TV Q&A: Compensation for TV folks is up to the station

Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in the Tuned In Journal blog at Here’s a selection of recent queries. Q: Since Jon Burnett fills in for just about everyone does he get reimbursed over his regular salary? He is so personable and friendly and such a good guy he […]

‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Actress Melissa Benoist is set to star in “Supergirl,” CBS’s new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes. The series will be written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler […]

Westinghouse needs break in India nuclear stalemate

It was hoped, if not expected, that there might be a break in the stalemate holding back commercial nuclear development in India before President Barack Obama’s visit to that country this weekend. A group of government leaders and nuclear company officials — among them legal and business representatives from Cranberry-based Westinghouse Electric Co. — have been meeting […]

Pittsburgh insurance customers like Obamacare and the price wars for their business

It’s now Year Two of the Obamacare adventure for Pittsburgh-area health care consumers, and a couple of facts seem clear:  No. 1: Shoppers are happy with their individual coverage, purchased through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace.  No. 2: They are more than happy to change their coverage, if the price is right.  In Pittsburgh this […]

Mylan, Heinz among U.S. companies using Luxembourg for tax reduction

When Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan bought Bioniche is 2010, it didn’t simply hand over a check to the owners of the Irish pharmaceutical firm. Instead, Mylan channeled financing through Luxembourg, a small European country that is a magnet for U.S. companies seeking ways to cut their tax bills. The transaction began with Mylan and […]

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: For better playback, think long term

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: JOHN BUSCHIAZZO, Concord, CA A. I think you should take a long-term approach. Start with the phono preamp, then save towards an audiophile turntable in the $300 to $400 range, like a Pro-ject Debut Carbon. The Schiit Audio Mani phono preamp is excellent and sells for $129. […]

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: 3-D printing advances open up frontier of legal fights

One of the headline makers at this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Strati, a 3-D printed car. Local Motors, the Phoenix developer of the vehicle, hopes to have it on the road this year. The Strati’s official debut is yet another sign that the march of 3-D printing technology cannot […]

Elder Law: Intra-family loans can spell trouble for elderly, children alike

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: When one of us was in college, his father loaned him $5,000 to purchase a “newer” 7-year-old vehicle. He worked all summer long in a laborious job to pay back every dollar. The whole transaction was done on nothing more than a handshake. While this type of […]

Triple Indulgence event raises funds for breast cancer

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: When, Where, Why: The Grand Ballroom at the Rivers Casino was transformed into a chocolate and diamond lovers’ paradise on Friday night, hosted by Jerome Bettis and his mother, Gladys, who has breast cancer. Guests sipped wine while perusing Joyce’s Jewelry and grabbed sweet treats from Betsy […]

Pittsburgh Film Office hosts pre-Oscars celebration

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: The Pittsburgh Film Office held its 15th annual pre-Oscar party to celebrate the local film industry at J. Verno Studios on Friday night on the South Side. The vibe felt fresher than last year’s, as though party efforts had been ramped up to meet the excitement of […]

The 89th annual Cinderella Ball held at the Omni William Penn

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: The Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, was a flurry of excitement (and puffy white gowns) on Saturday night as 550 friends and family members were on hand to celebrate the second oldest debutante ball in the country, the Cinderella Ball in its 89th year. “It’s so wonderful […]

Stylebook Snapshot: StyleIt app by Carnegie Mellon grad takes guesswork out of getting dressed

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Alicia Silverstone’s character in the 1995 chick flick “Clueless” had the right idea: let a computer program pick out your outfits so you never have to stress about what to wear again. Now there’s an app for that, thanks to software engineer and Carnegie Mellon University grad Henry […]

Stylebook: Pittsburghers recognized for making strides in style

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Two women with ties to Pittsburgh are thriving these days in fashion design and style. • Blake Uretsky, a Cornell University student from Pittsburgh who’s majoring in fiber science and apparel design, earned a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship for her maternity-focused wearable technology clothes. The mix-and-match collection […]

Hotel Monaco comes with a colorful twist and a unique design

Pittsburgh’s newest hotel gets its name from the principality of Monaco, which attracts visitors from every corner of the planet to the French Riviera. It’s located in the former Downtown home of the Reed Smith law firm, and before that, Duquesne Light. “The history and bones of this building are just beautiful,” says Kimpton Hotels […]

Stargazing: Bright celestial bookends

Stargazing January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, can be seen simultaneously on opposite sides of the sky after sunset this week. Shining at a dazzling bright –3.9 magnitude, Venus can be found about 8 degrees above the west-southwestern horizon at 6:45 p.m. Your […]

City calendar: 01/26/15

January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: MONDAY DOWTOWN: Today is the deadline for reservations for the public policy discussion and luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Ambassador Christopher H. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, will discuss “Reflections on a Life […]

Dine: For $40, what do you get in Pittsburgh vs. New York City

Pittsburgh is known as a city with a low cost of living, but sometimes you wouldn’t know it when it comes to dining out — especially at some of the newer restaurants. Diners are paying more for less than what customers can get in other cities — less experience and less competition that would bring better service, […]

Pacific Crest Trail expects more hikers thanks to ‘Wild’

More hikers are expected on the Pacific Crest Trail this year thanks to the movie “Wild,” according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which preserves and promotes the trail. The book “Wild,” which has been a best-seller for nearly two years, led to a small increase in inquiries about the trail, “but the movie seems […]

Lawrence Welk resort in California is ‘wunnerful’

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Grandma only let me watch two TV shows in her upstairs lair. Not her stories; those soap operas were far too risque for a tyke such as me. No, these two mid-1960s programs were so radically different in tone and content that, in retrospect, I guess you could call Grandma a Renaissance […]