Port Authority Riders Frustrated With Delays And No-Shows

Some Port Authority riders say they’re being left behind, and it’s a problem that’s been going on for more than a year.

Source: Port Authority Riders Frustrated With Delays And No-Shows

Pennsylvania liquor stores put 2-bottle limit on some booze

Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor system will begin rationing sales of a few dozen products on Friday in response to what it describes as supply shortages beyond its control.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board notified license holders on Thursday that two-bottles-per-day purchase limits for customers at state stores, as well as well for bars, restaurants and other license holders, will remain in place indefinitely.

The PLCB said “sustained supply chain disruptions and product shortages” prompted the restrictions on certain types of alcohol.

The 43 items on the list of restricted products also will not be available through store-to-store transfers starting Friday.

Source: Pennsylvania liquor stores put 2-bottle limit on some booze

Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA has learned that Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.

Amazon prides itself on the fast delivery of online orders. But to do that, the world’s largest online retail store has to have fulfillment and distribution centers in most major markets. Pittsburgh is no exception.

READ MORE:Report Shows More Than $104M In Uncollected Pa. Turnpike Tolls

With the opening of its newest facility in Imperial last week, Amazon says it needs more people on its payroll in Pittsburgh. The company told KDKA’s Jon Delano that it will announce Tuesday the total number of workers it will be hiring, and it will be “substantial.”

Source: Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully converted to all-electronic tolling, with the millions of motorists who don’t use E-ZPass having a nearly 1 in 2 chance of riding without paying under the “toll-by-plate” license plate camera system.

An internal turnpike report issued in July and obtained by The Associated Press through a Right-to-Know Law request showed nearly 11 million out of the total of about 170 million turnpike rides generated no revenue for the agency in the year that ended May 31.

“We take this issue very seriously. It is a big number, there’s no question,” turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton said. “But we, as an organization, are leaving no stone unturned in the way in which we’re going after that leakage.”

Toll revenue “leakage” – an industry euphemism for uncollected tolls – has become the focus of turnpike agencies across the country as the use of E-ZPass transponders and license plate cameras continues to spread.

It is a particular problem for the debt-strapped Pennsylvania Turnpike, where more than half of its total revenue goes to pay borrowing costs and tolls have more than quadrupled in 12 years for the minority of motorists who don’t have E-Z Pass to pay for rides.

Last year, license plates could not be identified in 1.8 million Pennsylvania Turnpike rides, bills were undeliverable in just over 1 million instances, and motor vehicle agencies failed to provide vehicle owner addresses more than 1.5 million times. An additional 6.7 million transactions were marked as “not paid.”

After tolls and fees go uncollected for about three years, the turnpike writes them off.

Source: Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

Illinois meat store responds to Biden admin accusing producers of illegally fixing prices | Fox Business

The owner of an Illinois retail and wholesale meat store told FOX Business he has been increasing prices for his products as the industry grapples with higher raw material costs, global supply chain challenges and a rebound in demand.

This as the Biden administration announced it plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies the White House argues are causing higher prices for meat at grocery stores.

Richard Whittingham, the owner of R. Whittingham & Sons Meat Co., told Jeff Flock during an interview on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Thursday that he doesn’t blame the processors for the spike in prices, but acknowledged that “competition never hurts anybody,” noting that “that is what built our country.”

In a Wednesday blog postPresident Biden’s top aides blamed the four companies that control much of the meat processing market in the U.S. for the price spikes.

In the post, the aides acknowledged that “factors like increased consumer demand have played a role” in higher prices, but argued that “the price increases are also driven by a lack of competition at a key bottleneck point in the meat supply chain: meat-processing.”

The aides wrote that “Just four large conglomerates control the majority of the market for each of these three products, and the data show that these companies have been raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic.”

The post pointed to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which noted that just four firms “control approximately 55-85% of the market” for beef, pork, and poultry, pointing out that the figure reflects “dramatic consolidation of the industry” over the last 50 years.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort Looking To Hire More Than 1,000 For Winter | News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer

Seven Springs Mountain Resort wants to hire more than 1,000 employees for seasonal, part-time and even full-time positions for the upcoming winter season.

Seven Springs, Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain are holding multiple hiring events throughout the fall. Those include a job fair from noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25, a hiring party from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 16 and Walk-In Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, all at Seven Springs.

At the hiring party, resort department managers will talk to prospective candidates. The party will include complementary Seven Springs food favorites, games, prizes and giveaways.

Walk-In Wednesdays is a new concept to be held through November, where applicants may come by any Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. and be hired for winter on the spot.

All resort professionals receive a multitude of unique perks including a complementary season pass for skiing and snowboarding and up to three additional season passes at a discounted rate for immediate family members. Additional perks include discounts on resort-wide activities including dining, sporting clays, spa services, snow tubing, swimming and more.“

Throughout the summer, we have been eagerly planning for another exciting winter on the mountain and now is the perfect time to secure a job unlike any other out there,” said Jim Singer, Human Resources Manager. “Whether you are a high school or college student looking to line up work for the winter or an active adult or retiree looking for a new fulfilling opportunity, we have something for everyone.”

Available positions include winter operations such as snowmakers, lift operators, snowcat operators, ski and snowboard instructors, snow tubing attendants and ski rental attendants. Hotel and food and beverage positions include housekeeping, front desk agents, cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, resort security, massage therapists and more.

Interested applicants should be prepared to complete an application and take part in an immediate interview.

Candidates attending the hiring events are encouraged to apply in advance at www.7springs.com/employment. Conditional job offers may be extended. Candidates attending the hiring events are also asked to follow current CDC and State Health Guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Seven Springs is located at 777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs, Pa., 15622.

Source: Seven Springs Mountain Resort Looking To Hire More Than 1,000 For Winter | News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer

Demolition begins in downtown Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

With the push and pull of a 25-foot claw attached to heavy equipment stationed on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg, workers started the laborious task of bringing down a dilapidated former restaurant building Sunday morning. The three-story building that once housed the former Derby’s Delicatessen but has been vacant for a decade.

Source: Demolition begins in downtown Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Giant Eagle to hold in-store job fair to fill more than 1,000 jobs in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is looking to hire more than 1,000 people across the Pittsburgh area.

To fill those positions, the company will host an in-store job fair at all of its supermarket locations.

During the job fair, candidates will meet with recruiters and could possibly get job offers the same day.

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Those interested in taking part in the job fair are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.

Giant Eagle offers benefits like flexible scheduling, competitive wages, weekly pay, advancement opportunities, and paid time off.

Candidates who are interested should submit their applications in advance on Giant Eagle’s website to expedite the in-person interview process.

Source: Giant Eagle to hold in-store job fair to fill more than 1,000 jobs in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

ALDI to host hiring week, fill over 400 positions in Pittsburgh

 

 

The company will host a National Hiring Week from Sept. 20-24, during which local stores and warehouses will host interview events to fill available positions.

ALDI announced Monday it is hiring more than 20,000 new store and warehouse employees across the country through February 2022 and beyond.

ALDI says it’s looking to fill more than 450 positions in the greater Pittsburgh area.

The company will host a National Hiring Week from Sept. 20-24, during which local stores and warehouses will host interview events to fill available positions.

Interested applicants can view open positions in their area at careers.aldi.us/now-hiring.

ALDI recently increased pay for store and warehouse employees and the new national average. Starting wages for store and warehouse positions will be $15 and $19 per hour respectively.

ALDI employees are also eligible for benefits, including health care, retirement plans, financial wellness and employee assistance programs and paid time off.

Source: ALDI to host hiring week, fill over 400 positions in Pittsburgh

Part of building collapses along East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side

The building is located in the 1600 block of East Carson Street. There are bricks and debris on the sidewalk.

Officials said the collapse may have been weather-related.

Public Safety officials said the second floor was vacant and there were no injuries to patrons who exited the business below. The business below is Swirl Penguins, an ice cream shop.

A worker who was inside Swirl Penguins told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that she believes the building was struck by lightning.

Officials said a firefighter was treated for glass in his eye.

Public Safety officials said East Carson Street between S. 16th and S. 17th Street will be closed overnight.

The integrity of the building is being inspected.

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Source: Part of building collapses along East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side

Pennsylvania police responding to reports of ‘shots fired’ at Target store in Lower Nazareth Township | Fox News

Pennsylvania police are responding to a reported shooting at a Target store in Lower Nazareth Township.

Police confirmed to Fox News that they received a call of “shots fired” and that police officers are on scene.

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck told The Morning Call that people were taken to the hospital.

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One man is dead and another wounded after an exchange of gunfire in a crowded Lower Nazareth Township shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck confirmed the fatality in the shootout at Lower Nazareth Commons, 3835 Dryland Way, which is home to the Target and a Burlington Coat Factory, among other stores.

Houck said the investigation is active and the identities of the people involved aren’t being released yet.

The shopping center is in the jurisdiction of the Colonial Regional Police Department but police at the scene said information would come from state police or the district attorney’s office.

The gunfire erupted a little before 2:15 p.m. Hunter Phillips, 21, of Palmer Township said he and his father arrived in the parking lot of the Target about that time and were looking for a parking spot when the younger Phillips heard gunshots.

In the next aisle over, Phillips said he saw a man leaning over the hood of a white car firing a gun toward a black car. A man on the driver’s side of the black car was firing back toward the white car.

The man behind the white car started running toward the Target, losing his shoes in the process, Phillips said. Another witness said the man ran up to her car and asked for help. The man on the driver’s side of the black car also took off running, Phillips said, but he did not see where the man went.

Phillips said he saw the passenger side door of the black car open and a man fall out onto the ground. Phillips got out of his car and ran to aid the man, who appeared to have gunshot wounds to his neck, back and shoulder.

Source: Pennsylvania police responding to reports of ‘shots fired’ at Target store | Fox News

Plans for Dollar General in Hempfield underway | TribLIVE.com

Despite some back and forth between township supervisors, a proposed Dollar General store is one step closer to opening in North Hempfield.

Supervisors during a meeting last week granted final conditional approval for proposed plans in a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Rob Ritson and John Silvis voted against the project.

Source: Plans for Dollar General in Hempfield underway | TribLIVE.com

One of Pittsburgh’s largest banks closing three local branches

PITTSBURGH — Citizens Bank is closing 14 branches, half of which are in Pennsylvania, including three in the Pittsburgh area.

The local sites on the chopping block are at 4885 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, near Ross Park Mall; 121 Main St., Ligonier; and 901 5th Ave., New Kensington.

Read more from our news partners at the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Source: One of Pittsburgh’s largest banks closing three local branches

Boeing set for rerun of Starliner space capsule test – BBC News

The American Boeing company is about to run another demonstration mission of its new astronaut capsule.

The CST-100 Starliner is set to launch from Florida to showcase how it can ferry crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

It will be the second test flight, and conducted with no people aboard.

The previous demonstration, in 2019, encountered software problems that very nearly resulted in the loss of the capsule.

Two years of redesign and upgrades give Boeing another chance to showcase its astronaut vehicle.

Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.

The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.

Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.

The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.

Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.

DoorDash Drivers Go On Strike : NPR

Across the country, many DoorDash drivers have stopped dashing to your door.

They’ve logged off the app for the day as part of a strike organized on social media against the food delivery service, demanding tip transparency and higher pay.

Here’s why.

It all started, presumably, on Reddit

While the strike is nationwide and not affiliated with any particular organization, it appears to have originated on Reddit, where a post from July 15 circulated, titled, “DOORDASH BOYCOTT ON JULY 31ST ALL DAY !!”

The post urged Dashers — the company name for drivers — to stop using the app for the day and to instead use UberEats. At the bottom the post lists demands, including a minimum “base pay,” the amount a driver earns on each order before a tip, of $4.50.

According to information provided to NPR by DoorDash, Dasher base pay is calculated based on the estimated time, distance and desirability of an order, Right now, Dashers can expect to earn a base pay between $2 to $10+, according to DoorDash’s website. Drivers say the lower end of that range had previously been $3.

Source: DoorDash Drivers Go On Strike : NPR

Walmart reverses mask policies as Delta variant spreads – CBS News

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart said it will require all its workers — including vaccinated ones — to wear masks in areas with high infection rates of COVID-19. The country’s largest retailer also is encouraging its customers to wear masks in stores in areas with high infection rates from the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and will be adding back signs at entrances announcing its latest policies, according to a memo supplied by Walmart that was sent to its employees Friday. Walmart is also requiring some employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 4.

Source: Kroger, Walmart reverse their mask policies as Delta variant spreads – CBS News

Hunter Biden art exhibition led to Rep. Michael Waltz’s transparency bill

A Florida Republican congressman is set to introduce a bill requiring presidents and vice presidents provide financial disclosures for their non-dependent children ahead of Hunter Biden’s much-criticized art exhibition.

Rep. Michael Waltz told Fox News Tuesday his legislation, the Preventing Anonymous Income by Necessitating Transparency of Executive Relatives (PAINTER) Act, is a bid to stop “the obvious and shameless grift that’s going on with Hunter Biden’s art sales, for which he is obviously not qualified to do and is only doing to continue to profit off of his family name.”

The first son will present a solo exhibition of 15 paintings at galleries in New York and Los Angeles this fall. Prices for the art will range from $75,000 for works on paper to $500,000 for the larger canvases.

Critics have warned that would-be purchasers of Hunter’s art could spend big money not to purchase a masterpiece, but to curry favor with the West Wing.

“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” former George W. Bush chief ethics lawyer Richard Painter told The Washington Post earlier this month. “The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, those are awfully high prices.”

Source: Hunter Biden art exhibition led to Rep. Michael Waltz’s transparency bill

Hasbro whistleblower claims CRT being pushed through toy packaging; training says 6 month olds can be racist | Fox News

An employee working on a project for Hasbro blew the whistle on reported critical race theory training inside the toy and boardgame giant on “Hannity.”

Source: Hasbro whistleblower claims CRT being pushed through toy packaging; training says 6 month olds can be racist | Fox News

Fire breaks out inside auto body shop in Beaver County

Fire crews spent about two hours at the scene after a two-alarm fire broke out inside an auto body shop in Pulaski Township, Beaver County.

The fire was reported early Wednesday morning on the 3300 block of Sunflower Road.

The Beaver Falls Fire Department said crews quickly arrived on the scene and worked to extinguish the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

 

Source: Fire breaks out inside auto body shop in Beaver County

Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Alcoa, Argo AI, Schell Games and more — 7/19/21

Looking for a new job?

IT and Engineering

Argo AI is hiring a Firmware Engineer, Tools & Testing to develop software for complex embedded systems and build frameworks for software environments and firmware development ecosystems.

Alcoa has an opening for an IT Technical Services Analyst to provide operational technical support to the company’s enterprise central service team and customers.

Marketing and Communications

Kennametal is looking for an Email Marketing Manager to implement email marketing strategies and more.

Design

Schell Games is hiring a Vice President of Design to provide leadership for design, staffing and coaching, projects, performance management and business development.

Nonprofit

Neighborhood Legal Services seeks an Executive Director to oversee the organization’s administration, programs, strategic plan, fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater seeks a Front of Worker to open and close The Alloy School space and check in with families throughout the day. Interested candidates should contact margo@kelly-strayhorn.org.

Administrative

The Mon Valley Initiative has an opening for an Office Manager to oversee office operations, including tracking tenant maintenance requests, assisting program staff with filing systems, coordinating expenses and wages, ordering supplies, making travel arrangements and maintaining relationships with vendors.

Trinity School for Ministry is looking for a Receptionist and Campus Event Facilitator to serve as the first point of contact for callers and campus visitors and handle a wide range of inquiries and requests.

Human Services

TCV Community Services is looking for a Direct Support Professional for its Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Department to provide support and training to help individuals increase their level of independence and improve their quality of life.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh seeks a Housing Stabilization Program Coordinator to address housing insecurity in the city, oversee housing insecurity programs, provide case management to participants and perform administrative functions.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Alcoa, Argo AI, Schell Games and more — 7/19/21

Major project could bring nearly 150 jobs to the Pittsburgh area – WPXI

A major project in Etna could bring up to 150 jobs to the area.

The AM Group, based out of New York, is leading the charge to transform a former steel pipe manufacturing building into an 88,600 square foot state of the art tech facility. The plan is to use for things like robotics, artificial intelligence and other tech-related projects.

Right now, there’s two companies reportedly eyeing the space.

Source: Major project could bring nearly 150 jobs to the Pittsburgh area – WPXI

Tuna ‘100%’ found in new Subway tuna DNA testing: report – New York Daily News

“Inside Edition” tested the much-discussed tuna used in Subway sandwiches, salads and wraps and found, for the second time in five months, that the fast food chain does in fact use real tuna in its offerings.

This follows a June 19 New York Times report that it had purchased more than 5-feet of Subway tuna sandwiches to be tested at an undisclosed lab in California that failed to find “amplifiable tuna DNA” in the samples it examined, citing a couple possible reasons — either it’s so heavily processed no tuna could be detected or “there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.”

Subway didn’t initially comment on that testing, but has since pushed back arguing that by the time tuna reaches Subway customers, it’s been so heavily processed and “denatured” that its DNA wouldn’t be recognizable.

This follows a New York Times report that didn’t detect DNA, which Subway said is to be expected when fish is ‘denatured’

Source: Tuna ‘100%’ found in new Subway tuna DNA testing: report – New York Daily News

Utah company halts sales of Lego handgun case kits after cease and desist | US gun control | The Guardian

Utah company has stopped selling a kit that encases Glock handguns in Lego blocks, amid uproar and after the Danish toymaker demanded it cease and desist.

Marketing the “Block19” as a “a childhood dream come to life”, Culper Precision introduced it on Instagram, saying: “We wanted the second amendment to simply be too painful to tread on, so there was only one logical solution.”

Red, yellow and blue blocks made the original weapon barely visible, disguising it as a child’s toy.

Source: Utah company halts sales of Lego handgun case kits after cease and desist | US gun control | The Guardian

132-Night World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours : NPR

The cruise will take passengers on a trip lasting 132 nights. Prices range up to $199,999. The strong interest may be a positive sign for the cruise industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises released the fares for sale at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday. By 11 a.m., all the spots had been snapped up by people eager to spend more than four months on a cruise ship. The strong interest may be a positive sign for the cruise industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic.

The voyage, which will span 34,500 nautical miles, includes 66 ports of call, as the Seven Seas Mariner will visit 31 countries and four continents. Passengers will also see 61 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Source: 132-Night World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours : NPR

House GOP demands answers about Biden family ‘cash-grab’

A dozen Republican members of Congress demanded Wednesday that the White House turn over information related to the business interests of President Biden’s family in order to “understand the extent of the Biden family’s use of its connection to the President to enrich itself.”

The letter to White House Counsel Dana Remus from the members of the House Oversight Committee seeks information on trips then-Vice President Biden took with son Hunter to China in 2013 and Mexico in 2016. It also asks for a list of “all past and ongoing foreign business interests and past and ongoing foreign relations for members of the Biden family,” as well as all “documents and communications regarding Hunter Biden’s artwork.

Source: House GOP demands answers about Biden family ‘cash-grab’

Sun sets on long career at family-owned Greensburg restaurant | TribLIVE.com

The sun set in late May on the long restaurant careers of Robert and Anna Jo Noviello, owners of a popular Greensburg restaurant that had been in the family for three generations. The Noviellos sold the Sunset Cafe at South Urania Avenue and Laird Street to Ronald and Angela Mellinger

The Noviellos sold the Sunset Cafe at South Urania Avenue and Laird Street to Ronald and Angela Mellinger of Greensburg for $600,000.

Robert “Bob” Noviello said they wanted to sell so they could retire, which they have since done by moving to Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“We worked it for many years. (Anna Jo) was the backbone of the business. We had a great run,” Noviello said.

Noviello said he and his wife owned the restaurant since 1986, when he purchased it from his brother, Gerry Noviello.

“We dearly miss our customers and employees,” Anna Jo Noviello said. There were cooks, bartenders and servers who had worked at the restaurant for more than 20 years, she said.

She was proud the employees remained with the restaurant, despite the pandemic-related shutdown and the restrictions that limited them to offering takeout meals.

“This past year was the most trying year in the business,” Anna Jo Noviello said.

Source: Sun sets on long career at family-owned Greensburg restaurant | TribLIVE.com

Biden’s assault on monopolies launches – POLITICO

The White House is scheduled to issue an executive order Friday to promote competition throughout the U.S. economy in the most ambitious effort in generations to reduce the stranglehold of monopolies and concentrated markets in major industries.

The order — whose details POLITICO first reported last week — marks a major push by President Joe Biden’s administration to focus on competition as part of the economic recovery from the pandemic. It also offers a response to progressives’ criticisms that the federal government has focused too much on supporting banks and other corporations without concern about the effect on consumers, who have watched their choices dwindle over the years.

Source: Biden’s assault on monopolies launches Friday – POLITICO

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