Federal Reserve’s Beige Book shows slow, stable growth in Pittsburgh

March 5, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: If finding the message tucked inside the Federal Reserve’s official statements sometimes seems like reading tea leaves, that also can be true of the central bank’s semi-regular publication officially titled, “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District,” but more commonly known as the […]

CMU set to save millions in energy costs annually

March 5, 2015 12:15 AM Share with others: Carnegie Mellon University announced a plan today to shave energy costs by $2 million annually across more than three dozen buildings on its Oakland campus by improving efficiency with a cloud-based analytics system. In a partnership with IBM Corp., the university hopes to more quickly identify and […]

Developers show renewed interest in hotel at convention center’s doorstep

March 5, 2015 12:30 AM Share with others: Related Media: Brian O’Neill: Why Downtown Pittsburgh keeps getting better, bit by bit David L. Lawrence Convention Center hotel plan faces competition Pittsburgh region’s political leaders again consider hotel next to convention center There may be life for a headquarters hotel next to the David L. Lawrence […]

Business Workshop: Consumers, not judges, get to decide trademarks

March 3, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: A jury of average consumers should decide trademark rights rather than judges, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Hana Financial sued Hana Bank for trademark infringement because of the similarity in the company names. California-based company Hana Financial said it was the first […]

Spring Sips: Pittsburgh’s great food scene includes unique brews and spirits

•Pittsburgh enjoys an enviable spot on an impressive number of lists these days – Best Places to Live, Best Places to Retire and Most Affordable Cities, to name a few. Each honor seems to make mention of certain regional specialties like chipped ham, Primanti Brother’s sandwiches and pierogies. Meanwhile, the sophisticated foodie knows the city […]

Dining In: Cooking tips for eating light and eating well

It’s so easy. We live in a region with so many remarkable restaurants it’s easy to find a meal that’s both light and delicious. We all have our favorites. The neighborhood bistro for the perfectly grilled orange roughy so light it almost floats on the plate. The place with the unspeakably good chicken dish that’s […]

Get inspired: Closet organization makeover

There’s little point in owning the latest bag or dress if you can’t find it in your closet when you’re getting dressed. A clean, well-organized wardrobe instead of a confusing, jumbled mess of clothes and accessories means you’ll maximize all your fashionable purchases, and come up with polished, carefully considered outfits even on hectic mornings. […]

Munch goes to The Commoner Corner

March 5, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: On the Table: Hotel Monaco’s The Commoner meets high expectations As the hero of the hole-in-the-wall, the duke of the diner and the general of the greasy spoon, Munch approaches the world of finer dining with all the subtlety of Rodney Dangerfield’s “Caddyshack” character Al […]

On the Table: Hotel Monaco’s The Commoner meets high expectations

About two months after opening, the Commoner in the Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, Downtown, attracts diners with dressed-up versions of familiar dishes. And they are often very good: This is a bonus, considering all eyes have been on the place because it’s part of the first boutique hotel to open in the city.   Hours: 6:30 […]

Police officer’s vehicle skids on road, crashes into vet center in Springdale

March 5, 2015 8:53 AM Share with others: A Springdale Township police officer was not injured after his cruiser skidded on an icy road and crashed into the side of a veterinary hospital overnight, officials said.  The officer was responding to a non-emergency call with his lights on about 12:30 a.m. when he slid into […]

Fourteen more people charged in federal Los Angeles-to-Pittsburgh drug case

March 5, 2015 10:40 AM Share with others: Related Media: Feds dismantle powerful cocaine, heroin rings in Pittsburgh Federal authorities said today they’ve charged 14 more people with dealing heroin and cocaine as part of a larger case announced in October focused on interconnected drug gangs in the East End supplied from California through a middle man in […]

Squirrel Hill landlord convicted in mortgage fraud scheme arrested again

March 5, 2015 11:21 AM Share with others: Related Media: Squirrel Hill landlord pleads guilty to bank fraud, money laundering A Squirrel Hill landlord with Israeli citizenship who pleaded guilty last week to his role in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme was arrested Wednesday after federal prosecutors said he tried to obtain a passport so he can flee […]

McKeesport marina damaged in ice jam

March 5, 2015 11:37 AM Share with others: Related Media: Temperature plunge may make travel treacherous this afternoon, tonight An ice jam destroyed more than 70 poles used to hold boat slips at McKee’s Point Marina Wednesday evening. Every pole at the marina has to be replaced, said Dan Carr, director of operations at the […]

Judge denies bond for fugitive who led police on Downtown chase

March 5, 2015 11:53 AM Share with others: Related Media: Use of force by Pittsburgh police under review in Downtown chase, crash A fugitive who led police on a mid-afternoon car and foot chase Downtown was denied bond this morning during a brief court hearing. Devon Davis, 23, of the North Side, who was wanted […]

Zac Brown Band coming to First Niagara Pavilion

March 5, 2015 12:13 PM Share with others: The Zac Brown Band will bring its Jekyll + Hyde Tour to the First Niagara Pavilion on May 24. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 20 at LiveNation.com. The band’s forthcoming album, ‘Jekyll + Hyde,” will be out April 28. Join the conversation: <!– This button is […]

Police say Stowe man offered baby sitter cash to kill unborn child

March 4, 2015 10:17 AM Share with others: MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Stowe man offered a baby sitter $100 to assault his ex-girlfriend and cause her to miscarry their unborn child. John Frazier was arraigned Tuesday on charges of criminal solicitation to commit homicide of an unborn child and other offenses. […]

Police say Aliquippa student will be charged in school attack on video

March 4, 2015 12:04 PM Share with others: ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old Pennsylvania high school student is being charged in juvenile court for an attack on another student that was captured on a third student’s cell phone video. Aliquippa police aren’t identifying the suspect because she’s being charged in Beaver County […]

Stowe man charged in soliciting killing of his unborn child

March 4, 2015 11:37 PM Share with others: A Stowe man offered a baby sitter $100 to assault the mother of his unborn child in a way that would cause her to have a miscarriage, according to court documents. Instead, police said, the baby sitter gave officers a statement and officials on Monday charged John […]

Irwin man indicted in federal W.Va. gun case

March 4, 2015 2:27 PM Share with others: A Westmoreland County man was indicted by a federal grand jury in West Virginia yesterday on charges of illegally acquiring a gun from a Bridgeport gun dealer through a straw purchase arranged with an acquaintance. Named in the indictment are Deandre Jones, 29, of Irwin, and Robert Pannell, 34, of Bridgeport. […]

Temperature plunge may make travel treacherous this afternoon, tonight

Falling temperatures could refreeze roads covered in snow and slush from this morning’s storm, causing hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians this afternoon and tonight. The temperature was expected to fall into the low teens by late afternoon and approach a record low overnight. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said road crews would transition from spreading […]