The week that was: 10/20/13

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Food oasis

Hill District residents tired of dragging food home from South Side or East End grocers can visit a neighborhood grocery for the first time in 30 years. A story by the PG's Ed Blazina discussed the ribbon-cutting for the long awaited Shop 'n Save supermarket on Centre Avenue. The 29,500-square-foot store is meant to be an anchor for the Centre Heldman Plaza, which has also signed leases with Dollar Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Crazy Mocha, Subway and Cricket Communications.

Health scare

The number of working age Pennsylvanians who have no health insurance has reached a record high, according to a Wednesday story by Steve Twedt. The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania reported that 15.9 percent of the state's working aged adults, some 1.3 million people, are without health insurance. The figure represents an 11 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. Conversely, the rest of the country saw the number of uninsured drop by 1.4 percent during the same period. Andy Carter, association president and CEO, attributed the decrease to drops in employer-based coverage.

Quote of the week

"We're trying to prevent people from graduating to the couch,"

-- Jeremy Shapira, director, talent acquisition for Giant Eagle, speaks about the O'Hara grocer's workforce training program for high school students with disabilities.

Retirement pains

Rising stock indexes and record corporate profits have yet to trickle down to some of the nation's elderly. A Thursday story by reporter Tim Grant discussed the Census Bureau report, "Insecure & Unequal," which reveals that last year nearly 1 million women ages 65 and older fell into the category of extreme poverty. With incomes reaching $5,500 per year or less, the report said women were forced to choose between paying for food, medicine or housing on a regular basis. Among potential causes are the fact that women often spend fewer years in the workforce, women are less likely to receive a pension and women have a longer life span than men.

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Deborah M. Todd: or 412-263-1652. First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM


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