John Chips, left, with his son Tim at their dental practice in Ross.

For many family-owned businesses, handing off the baton is tricky

Some bruised egos may be inevitable, as specifics about who will control what, and when, are worked out.

about 18 hours ago

 The Kathy Davis card display at the Wegman's in the Shops at Valley Square in Warrington, Pa.

A quarter-century of greeting cards success, and more, for Kathy Davis

More than 400 million of Kathy Davis’ greeting cards have sold. Lately, that amounts to $100 million in annual sales.

about 18 hours ago

 Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Xbox Live back up, PlayStation Network still down

Gamers on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network experienced connection problems and delays on Christmas Day.

about 7 hours ago

 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn., the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

about 8 hours ago

Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

about 7 hours ago

 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

about 18 hours ago

 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

about 18 hours ago

Ag-tech in Silicon Valley could change how the world eats

Dozens of companies are creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming more efficient.

about 18 hours ago

 Jeanne Clark, public information officer for Alcosan (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) started her new job at Alcosan on her 65th birthday, working past normal retirement age.

Older workers bring the long view to their jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18.7 percent of Americans over 65 were working or looking for work last year.

1 day ago

 The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO features exterior, interior and performance refinements, along with an expanded model selection that includes both 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmissions and a new 370Z NISMO Tech grade.

Nissan 370z Nismo revs up some sporty fun

The 370Z handles like a dream, as a low-slung sports car like this should. Winding country roads are a delight.

1 day ago

 Trudie Bruner is the president and chief operating officer at Fernley & Fernley.

A new face at Philly’s Fernley & Fernley

Besides the president’s post at Fernley & Fernley, women are now at the helm in accounting, human resources, client services and meeting

1 day ago

In Takata shake-up, president is removed as founding family member expands role

The Takata board voted to replace Stefan Stocker, who became president last year.

1 day ago

Wal-Mart gift card exchange, Honda recalls, mortgages rates

Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week.

1 day ago

 On Wall Street, stocks opened slightly higher, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time.

U.S. stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

It was the Dow’s sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday.

1 day ago

 An effort to make public data more available includes a survey that encourages citizens' feedback at

Online center to serve as data portal for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

A $1.8 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will help start the effort of making data more useful and easily available.

1 day ago

 A woman uses the Uber app on a Samsung smartphone in September.

Uber slapped with suit by 45 Philadelphia taxi companies

The suit also names 18 individuals, including Uber drivers it says are operating illegally in the city.

1 day ago

 The Pennsylvanian, as seen from the Hill District, a 242-unit apartment complex at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue, and a a former train station is being offered for sale by its owner, Brothers Property Corporation of Coral Gables, Fla.

The Pennsylvanian in Downtown Pittsburgh up for sale

The 242-unit apartment complex at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue is being offered for sale by its owner, Brothers Property Corp.

2 days ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

1 day ago

Former LTV site to set sustainability standard

Almono LP has hired a top global architecture and design firm, to revamp the master plan with an emphasis on sustainability.

2 days ago

 Plastic surgeon Leo McCafferty has noticed a trend -- more older male executives seeking plastic surgery to regain a youthful appearance in the workplace.

Cosmetic surgery growing in popularity among men

Whatever the reason, the number of middle-aged and older men signing up for cosmetic surgery has increased three-fold in the past 15 years.

2 days ago

 Katie Hopkins of Point Breeze has volunteered the past six years and plans to do so again in 2015 as part of the United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition.

Allegheny County tax program pushing for expansion

Katie Hopkins has volunteered the past six years and plans to do so again in 2015 as part of United Way’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition.

2 days ago

Enrollment for Obamacare jumps with 2 million new sign-ups

WASHINGTON — Enrollment in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is increasing rapidly, with more than 2 million people so far

2 days ago

Broker imprisoned for mortgage fraud faces new charges

David C. Jackson, a mortgage broker who went to prison in 2006 in a loan fraud conspiracy, was indicted Monday.

1 day ago

 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

2 days ago

Keurig recalls single-serve brewers, stock falls, GNC enters e-commerce partnership, Pharmacy sales boost Walgreen earnings

News from Keurig; GNC Holdings Inc.; Walgreen; Southern California Ports; Barnes & Noble

2 days ago

US economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in third quarter, fastest in more than decade

Federal data shows that third-quarter U.S. economic annualized growth was 5 percent, driven by a consumer spending and plunging oil prices.

2 days ago

 Pilot Maxime Tran Quan Tien guides his Parrot Bebop drone during a presentation to the press in Paris.

Drones become popular holiday gifts

Drones, flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers, have “taken off” as gifts.

2 days ago

 Mary Teister, 72, would like to keep her landline phone. Her husband needs it for his pacemaker, and she says she always knows where her phone is in an emergency.

Phone companies would like to cut your landline cord for you

If you haven’t cut the cord on your landline phone service, pretty soon you may not have a choice.

2 days ago

 A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview" on Monday.

Theories abound over who hacked Sony

Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues.

2 days ago

Bethel Park chamber, students work to boost local shopping

The new Bethel Park Chamber of Commerce and Bethel Park High School DECA students formed a partnership to promote local businesses.

2 days ago

 Mark Mattern of Butler Community College's Hospitality Program, left, sophomore Mike Paul, center, and engineering tech professor Mike Aikens review details from a vacuum mold in the school's manufacturing lab.

Manufacturers draw in millennials with new training approach

Second in a series: Millennials’ need for instant gratification is changing the way manufacturers train the next generation of workers.

3 days ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has said he will pursue the expansion of Medicaid eligibility envisioned under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Lawsuit challenges changes to Healthy PA initiative

Gov. Tom Corbett’s health initiative is the target of a suit by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

3 days ago

Uncommon legal concept may surface in New York after fracking ban

Landowners and oil and gas companies ponder filing so-called takings lawsuits to get compensation for assets seized by government action.

3 days ago

 Fracking protesters cheer outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Dec. 17. Protesters were celebrating the announcement by Mr. Cuomo's administration to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Pennsylvania lags in studying health risks of shale fracking

A study led New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Some experts don’t see the move influencing Pennsylvania.

3 days ago

Ranks of women lawyers at Pa.’s largest firms stagnant

Female lawyers make up 28.8 percent of the workforce at the state’s largest 100 firms.

3 days ago

U.S. economy grew at fast 5 percent rate in third quarter

Much of the strength came from consumer spending on health care and business spending on structures and computer software.

3 days ago

Dow tops 18,000 as market reaches new highs

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,027 as of 9:58 a.m. Eastern time.

3 days ago

Former Shuman director sues county, claiming racial discrimination

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Manager William McKain as defendants in the lawsuit.

3 days ago

U.S. existing home sales fall in November; Poll finds people optimistic about jobs; 4moms Develops App-controlled Infant Seat

News from National Association of Realtors;  Gallup poll; 4moms; Procter & Gamble Co.; Express Scripts

3 days ago

 Erin Beckner-Conlin

People on the Move: 12/23/2014

Tucker Arensberg, P.C., Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers

3 days ago

6 ways to build credit without a credit card

You have to take deliberate action to positively change your credit score.

3 days ago

Business Workshop: Defined contribution comes to health insurance

The movement mirrors the shift in retirement contributions over the past 30 years.

3 days ago

Business forum: Outsourcing, not inversion, is the issue

The fuss about inversions is a smokescreen that conceals the real problem: U.S. companies moving abroad and outsourcing their production.

3 days ago

 Consol Energy Inc. is drilling the horizontal portions of six Marcellus Shale wells its first well pad at Pittsburgh International Airport. This horizontal rig drills between 120 feet and 200 feet per hour and "walks" to the next well, rather than being taken down every several feet.

Consol continues airport drilling with "walking" rig

Consol has drilled the vertical part of six wells and is now starting to drill the horizontal wells with an electric rig that can "walk"

2 days ago

 Columbia Gas' project involves putting a pipeline under the Maumee River between Maumee and Perrysburg in Ohio.

Ohio’s natural gas boom brings flurry of pipeline construction

The shale boom in northern Appalachia is sparking a flurry of pipeline construction in Ohio, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the

3 days ago

Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins expand collaboration

Already working together on oncology, the health giants will join on other initiatives.

3 days ago

Gas prices continue to drop in Pittsburgh region

That means prices are 63.7 cents a gallon lower than a year ago, and 29.3 cents below what drivers were paying a month ago.

4 days ago

7 strategies for growing your savings account to $1 million

Putting away $1 million in a savings account is a major goal that requires a solid plan of attack to reach.

4 days ago

Baby boomers creating ‘Silver Tsunami’ in workforce

By 2029, up to 50 million will retired, with the potential to reshape the local workforce, economy and health care landscape.

5 days ago

Ride-share questions to carry into 2015

Officials are still trying to determine how to regulate the new industry.

5 days ago


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