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 Forever Collectibles launched the "Ugly Teams" line earlier this year, which will generate $10 million in wholesale revenue.

Sports enthusiasts cozy up to 'Ugly Teams' Christmas sweaters

Sports teams are the newest to embrace the ugly Christmas sweater trend

about 11 hours ago


Doctors’ termination, Medicare letters spur action by Pa. officials

The public tiff started with last week’s announcement by Highmark that it was terminating the contracts of nearly 700 UPMC physicians.

about 11 hours ago


 2015 McLaren 650S:

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: 2015 McLaren 650S elevates the driving experiece

2015 McLaren 650S: For the driver who has everything, another reason to give thanks.

about 11 hours ago


 An artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of the proposed Station Square redevelopment from Downtown.

Station Square housing proposed

Owner Forest City Enterprises is proposing to redevelop the east side of the complex, with 300 units of apartments in the first phase.

about 11 hours ago


Airmall to open for nontravelers; RIDC sells building; Consumer spending rises

Also news on durable goods order, home sales and blue energy

about 11 hours ago


Tiffany, T.J. Maxx among retail holdouts ignoring Black Friday

Avoiding the promotional blitz, premium brands are trying to preserve their reputations, said Keith Jelinek, who tracks the retail industry.

about 13 hours ago


 A woman walks past businesses in downtown in Danville, Ill., where there still are many vacant buildings.

Escaping the wealth gap can mean fleeing hometowns

The flow of educated workers from struggling communities to areas with brighter job opportunities might help shore up the U.S. middle class.

about 13 hours ago


Inside billionaire Joe Grendys’ chicken empire

Billionaire Joe Grendys has no clue how Forbes found him.

about 11 hours ago


 The  former Civic Arena sits next to its replacement, the Consol Energy Center, in September 2010.

Penguins eye entertainment venues for former Civic Arena site

Possibilities for the site include a movie theater, bowling alley, a fitness center, a music venue, restaurants, cafes and a food market.

1 day ago


Report: Privacy policies still stump Americans

Americans unsure about privacy policies, net neutrality, according to Pew report.

1 day ago


 Highmark last week terminated the commercial and Medicare contracts of nearly 700 UPMC physicians who it says practice solely in UPMC facilities in the Pittsburgh region.

Highmark-UPMC flap hampering Medicare

UPMC and Highmark officials still disagree about which UPMC physicians will be in Highmark’s network next year.

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 Highmark announced last week that it was severing its contracts with nearly 700 UPMC doctors.

Highmark, UPMC battle complicates Medicare open-enrollment for seniors

Seniors who picked a Highmark Medicare Advantage plan two weeks ago may now find that their UPMC doctor is now out-of-network.

1 day ago


Pigs too fat for holiday hams as prices surge

Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because pigs are too fat.

1 day ago


RIDC sells Pittsburgh Technology Center building

Tenants are expected to remain in the office building at least through the remainder of their leases.

about 20 hours ago


Consumer confidence drops; Economy continues to grow; Home prices rise

Also news from Mazda and Home Depot

1 day ago


3 cheap smartphones to consider

Before you break the bank, here are three solid phones that cover the basics.

1 day ago


Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

Many customers are eschewing the top-end price tags for models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

1 day ago


Input from businesses sought for Castle Shannon revitalization

A meeting will be held by the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corp. at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ice Castle, 990 Castle Shannon Blvd.

1 day ago


 SJCAM SJ4000 action camera, $79 to $119: This camera features an LCD screen that delivers excellent 1080p/30 video footage that rivals GoPro models.

A holiday gift guide on electronics

For many people, tech gifts are the must-have present this year.

1 day ago


 One year after the polar vortex shook up Pennsylvania’s electricity marketplace, parties say they are prepared for another winter.

Pennsylvania's electricity marketplace braces for another winter

One year after the polar vortex shook up Pennsylvania’s electricity marketplace, parties say they are prepared for another winter.

2 days ago


 Max King

Pittsburgh Foundation president touts Fred Rogers' legacy

Nonprofit organizations should take their cue from Fred Rogers’ simple storytelling style when advocating for funding and policy issues.

2 days ago


 FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Beaver County failed to clear PJM’s annual capacity auction. The company has since postponed upgrades to the facility, which could jeopardize its functioning beyond 2016.

FirstEnergy says demand response putting power plants out of business

First Energy says demand response, which doesn’t require any capital commitment, is “starving” traditional generation out of revenue.

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 Highmark’s announcement last week that it would be terminating the commercial contracts of 700 UPMC physicians.

For some Highmark customers, UPMC doctors could be out of network

Some Highmark Medicare Advantage customers may find that their UPMC physicians are now out of network, despite promises to the contrary.

2 days ago


General counsels don’t like law firm service delivery model, survey shows

Just 4 percent were found to be satisfied with how firms provide their legal services.

2 days ago


 Uber has declined to disclose how many drivers it has in the Pittsburgh area.

Uber, airport continue court battle

Uber drivers had been cited by Allegheny County police for picking up passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport.

1 day ago


Law firms enter new markets without making acquisitions

A variety of strategies can help firms build market share.

2 days ago


 Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart U.S., appears at a Walmart U.S. associates meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., in June.

Wal-Mart's chief merchandiser for U.S. departs just before Black Friday

Duncan Mac Naughton was a public figure at Wal-Mart, appearing before investors and media.

1 day ago


Lawmakers still negotiating tax-break extension plan

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew criticizes lawmakers contemplating an extension of business tax breaks without doing the same for individuals.

2 days ago


Allegheny Technologies wins contract; Supercomputing Center gets grant; Chevron supports training

Other news from Budweiser, United Technologies and Google

2 days ago


Natural gas prices holding steady while crude prices tumble

Several factors are helping natural gas dodge the pressures that have knocked more than 25 percent from the price of crude oil since June.

2 days ago


Court decision could change the stakes in landowner lawsuits

Pennsylvania Supreme Court will soon decide whether drillers may extend the life of a lease by the length of time taken up by a landowner’s

2 days ago


 Pittsburgh-based Meyer, Unkovic & Scott today announced that Katie Kenyon has joined the firm as a partner.

People on the move: 11/25/2014

Company news from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott; Dickie McCamey & Chilcote; Rothman Gordon; Bassi, Vreeland & Associates.

2 days ago


Business Workshop: Help employees in open enrollment

Choosing a health plan is one of the most important decisions many people make.

2 days ago


 The owner of a Willow Street industrial site in Lawrenceville has plans to convert the property into housing. The site has been home to Art All Night, pictured here in April.

Restaurant, apartments proposed for former Lawrenceville industrial site

Alex Simakas plans to convert five acres at the former Interlocking Deck Systems plant at 43rd and Willow streets.

3 days ago


 Wind-swept flags at the Consol Energy Center on Monday frame the parking lot where the Civic Arena once stood.

U.S. Steel plans to build headquarters on former Civic Arena site in Hill District

Construction is expected to begin in August or September of 2015 and the project’s expected to be completed by October 2017.

2 days ago


 Tom Hoffman, left, the Rev. Ron Wanless, center, and Tassie Byers hold hands in solidarity during a UPMC workers rally outside Municipal Court, Downtown.

Nearly 30 UPMC protesters get community service

The protesters were ordered to serve 20 hours of community service.  Upon completion their charges will be dismissed.

2 days ago


UGI Energy completes two Marcellus pipeline projects

The projects enable UGI customers in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area to be nearly 100 percent supplied by Marcellus Shale natural gas.

2 days ago


High-deductible insurance plans put pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

Collecting from patients can be more complicated than dealing with insurance companies.

4 days ago


Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: U.S. Steel's ‘Carnegie Way’ reforges culture with new faces

U.S. Steel president and CEO Mario Longhi’s Carnegie Way transformation relies heavily on transfusions of new blood.

4 days ago


Survey: Men edge women in confidence

If women were more self-confident about their leadership skills, global research study says, they might be better positioned for top jobs.

4 days ago


 Kelly Sobczak waits on a customer Saturday at her Global Girl Gifts store at the holiday market in Market Square.

Holiday market welcomes shoppers on opening weekend

Modeled on European markets set up around Christmas, it has grown from 15 booths to about 30 this year.

4 days ago


 Robert Morris University Illinois students play ‘‘League of Legends’’ during a practice of the school’s eSports program. The school spent $100,000 turning a computer lab into an eSports Arena with fast processing computers, large monitors, and ergonomic gaming chairs.

Video games gain new ground with athletic scholarships

One school in Illinois is offering athletic scholarships for video gamers. And it’s not as crazy as you think.

4 days ago


 Best Buy’s general manager Jason Barranti, left, explains the routes for Black Friday sale during a pre-Black Friday sale test run Saturday at the store in Robinson Township.

Best Buy runs Black Friday drills to gird for the frenzied

Employees at Best Buy in Robinson undergo a Black Friday drill to prepare for the big day.

4 days ago


 A tablet is used in the food truck run by Square Cafe as it sits on a side street in the Strip District.

Tablets put customers, retail staff on the same side of the screen

The technology is being adopted in stores and restaurants.

4 days ago


Office Coach: Determining pay not an exact science, but experience certainly counts

Also, learning to work around annoyances can keep workers out of controversy.

4 days ago


Balancing Act: For men, informal ‘flex’ arrangements work best

A recent report, however, found only 29 percent say they have formal flex arrangements.

4 days ago


 Eugene Tommasi

People on the Move: 11/23/2014

People on the Move

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Business calendar: 11/23/2014

Tuesday

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Elder Law: Holiday season is the best time to update your estate planning

The times when families are together are a good time to discuss options.

4 days ago


Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding balance of sound quality, comfort in headphones

There are several options on the market for those seeking headphones fit for workouts.

4 days ago



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