Documents: Another delayed GM recall

The company waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints.

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Dateline Pittsburgh: 04/20/14

People on the Move

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Business Calendar: 04/20/14


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 Terry Letherby, third from left, an engineer of Royal Dutch Shell, talks to Alan Flummer, a J.C. Penney store manager in Monaca, and others during a meeting Wednesday about the company's proposed ethane cracker project at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Aliquippa. The company likely won't make a decision on building it for another year, but it wants to know what residents and businesses in the region want to talk about.

La. parish's story shows costs, time don’t indicate Shell's intent

Shell chose location after an exhaustive, yearslong search, secured millions of dollars in incentives then pulled the plug ... in Louisiana.

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Workzone: Unconventional meetings take boring out of the boardroom

Unconventional meetings have gained popularity in the last 10 to 15 years.

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Shop Smart: Car mechanic fiction vs. fact

It's easy to feel intimidated by a mechanic who says your vehicle needs a new, um, rotorbeltifyer or a change of translubricator fluid.

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Heinz 'derisks' pension plan

Heinz is making changes in some of its pension plans, following the trend toward shifting retirees into annuities or paying out lump sums.

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 Gregg Perelman, left, a managing partner for Walnut Capital, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto collect their hard hats and shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking for Bakery Square 2.0 on Thursday in East Liberty.

The week that was: Week of April 13, 2014

Twice baked; raised rents; feeling the squeeze; and jobs jump.

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The Color of Money: College is for learning, not debt

Maybe it will help to walk you through the points we made to our daugh­ter to dis­cour­age her from ig­nor­ing the af­ford­abil­ity is­sue.

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 Andrew Scudera, a cook from Goodfellas Pizza School of New York, takes a fresh pie from the oven for the throngs to sample at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

Closed to the pub­lic, the expo is the re­served do­main of those who bring you the world’s most pop­u­lar food.

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Office Coach: New boss reluctant to delegate tasks

You must first understand that the issue is not your competence, but your boss's discomfort.

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Balancing Act: Work-life balance’s secret weapon

The secret weapon for remaining strong and finding balance, says Donna Shalala, president of University of Miami, is a good night’s sleep.

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Western Pennsylvania to get taste of Tennessee-style for-profit health care

Barbecue and country music many be Tennessee’s best-known exports, but its biggest is for-profit hospital administration.

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Sound Advice: Data backups just plain good practice

And it is so easy to do these days there really isn't any excuse for not backing up your system.

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Job prospects bleak for millions

Economists say the long-term unemployed could become a permanent underclass, left behind by the nation's broader economic recovery.

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UPMC data breach could be part of a national scheme

Health care providers across the nation have been targeted by cybercriminals.

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Study says government awards influence CEOs

High honors such as knighthood or damehood can influence CEOs to make decisions that harm their companies.

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 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled the Pinnacle Travel Phantom, a new Bespoke Collection motor car, at the Beijing Motor Show. The car has been conceived both to celebrate the Chinese love of travel and the success of the Bespoke programme in China.

Rolls-Royce Motor CEO predicts 5th year of record deliveries

Rolls-Royce unveiled the custom-made Pinnacle Travel Phantom, a new Bespoke Collection motor car, at the Beijing Motor Show this week.

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Pennsylvania lost 8,400 jobs in March

The state's unemployment was going down even as employers cut jobs.

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Business Briefs: Mazda recalls older SUVs for rust problem

S&P low­ers bond rat­ing for Her­i­tageVal­ley; Chobani to expand offerings with desserts, dips.

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Business Forum: Why private education loans need reform

For many students, education debt nearly is a practical puzzle.

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, lowest since 2008

The rate for March fell for the right reasons -- more people working and fewer unemployed.

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Chairman: PPG 'the largest coatings company in the world'

PPG, founded near Pittsburgh as a glassmaker,  has completed its transformation to primarily a coatings business, its chairman says.

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 Facebook shows the “Nearby Friends"  tool. Using your smartphone’s GPS system, it will tell your Facebook friends that you are nearby.

Business Briefs: 4/18/14

Drilling equipment company coming to Leetsdale; PNC a finalist for award; Facebook is tracking you and your friends

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 A Berkshire-Hathaway sign

Local Prudential Realty franchise moving to Berkshire-Hathaway HomeServices

The franchise owner touts new technology and market share as reasons for the switch.

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Work, wages and women in the energy industry

An employment lawyer gives her take on coal, oil and gas, and how to get more women into energy.

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 Alaina Smith, a Pitt sophomore, talks about a frustrating odyssey through Pittsburgh's fractured medical system as a Highmark Community Blue subscriber. Her father, Wayne, listens.

For some Pitt students, UPMC could soon be out of network

A University of Pittsburgh sophomore’s broken ankle has exposed a new twist in the ongoing Highmark-UPMC contract dispute.

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 The new Boulevard Apartments at 5801 East Liberty Blvd.

Pittsburgh renting rates rising quickly

As a percentage increase, rent locally is rising faster than established high-rent cities such as New York and San Francisco.

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UPMC data breach may affect as many as 27,000 employees

The new figure was the latest increase by UPMC since employees began reporting instances of identity theft about two months ago.

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PPG Industries sales surpass predictions in first quarter

The credit for the boost goes to the market for automotive and aerospace coatings and Europe's economic recovery.

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Joblessness not due to skills gap, experts say

Over five years, the impediment to work is a lack of jobs, not a lack of skills, economists say.

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 Sandy Burkett, owner of Vital Signs, a business in East Carnegie, poses with one of her printed signs.

Older entrepreneurs finding new opportunities

Given the high rate of dissatisfaction with corporate America, it isn't surprising many older workers want to strike out on their own.

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Neighborhood Allies names innovator as first president

Presley Gillespie starts in May with the nonprofit formed from the dissolution of the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.

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Walnut Capital working to expand Bakery Square project

A host of dignitaries will join Walnut Capital principals today in breaking ground on the first office building for Bakery Square 2.0.

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 Roofers install a roof on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Business Briefs: 4/17/14

City rated as one of best for millennials; Mylan Inc. gets approval for insomnia tablets; Local 2030 District ahead of goal to reduce

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Beige Book report shows weather froze Pittsburgh region's growth

Mild temperatures helped to increase overall consumer spending and retail sales in other districts.

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Pittsburgh's largest bank continues to cut expenses

PNC Financial Services Group Wednesday reported earnings of $992 million in the first quarter, up 7 percent from $928 million a year

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 The 2014 Kia Forte gets a revamped exterior, following in the company's footsteps toward a bolder look.

Drivers Seat: Review of Kia Forte EX

The model is a "must see" for those looking to buy a smaller sedan.

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Delinquencies on loans expected to rise

Analysts, though, said more delinquencies could include a positive sign for the economy.

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PNC Financial Services earnings rise 7% in first quarter

PNC Financial Services Group this morning reported earnings of $992 million as it set aside less money to cover bad loans and expenses fell.

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 An aerial view of Downtown Pittsburgh, and UPMC's headquarters, in 2012.

UPMC: Court is not the place to settle tax-exemption issue

But the city's attorney says, "We would like to let a court decide this issue before we slap you with a bill."

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Heartbleed bug fixes threaten to cause Internet disruptions in coming weeks

Estimates of the severity of the bug's damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week.

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 Bill Stolze bought the eight-story former whiskey distillery building on the South Side in 2012 for $495,000.

Former South Side whiskey distillery to transform into condos

With the Whiskey Barrel Flats, Bill Stolze may be the first to test the market on a riverfront stretch long considered a prime spot.

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 Camille Downing, left, associate professor at Point Park University’s School of Communication, teaches a class on Web design and marketing Tuesday. The class is launching Wood Street Communications — a student agency that will service nonprofits with Web design, marketing, PR and other communications. Students will do the work for nonprofits pro bono as part of their course work. Ms. Downing teaches a class that is organizing the agency.

Point Park student agency to help nonprofits connect

The payoff for students in the Downtown university’s School of Communication is they get professional experience in a for-credit class.

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 U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing.

Business Briefs: 4/16/14

Carmichaels, Monessen banks complete merger; UPMC sublets chunks of Heinz 57 Center; Pittsburgh architecture firms to merge.

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Koppers eyes growth with purchases

Koppers expects the $460 million acquisition of Osmose units to boost its positions in wood treatment products and railroad services.

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 Andrew Moore, CMU's new School of Computer Science dean.

CMU taps Google VP as new dean of computer science

Andrew W. Moore, a computer scientist and expert in robotics, will begin his duties in August.

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 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald answers a  reporter's question during a press conference announcing the county's decision to exclusively retain Highmark for its health care coverage through Dec. 31, 2015.

Allegheny County to stay with Highmark for health insurance

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he hopes the decision to keep Highmark spurs settlement talks with rival UPMC Health Plan.

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Business Briefs: 4/15/14

New York firm OKs purchase by Koppers; Fort Lauderdale-’Burgh daily flight set to launch; Apollo reports income rise in first quarter

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PNC Bank refunding customers hit by fees

The $90 million settlement covers customers who had PNC accounts accessible by a debit card between Jan. 1, 2004, and Aug. 15, 2010.

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