GREENSBURG APARTMENT COMPLEX OWNER GIVEN TIME TO SERVICE ELEVATORS | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

A judge on Wednesday gave the owner of a downtown Greensburg apartment complex some time to get their elevators up to snuff.

The Tribune-Review reports that the attorneys for the owners of Pershing Square Apartments said that the upgrades they want to do are substantial and will cost them $280,000. The owners, a California-based LLC called “I Choose Not To Run,” came under fire over two code violations, one pertaining to the elevators, the other pertaining to a fire safety and evacuation plan. Judges said that both elevators need to be in service, but only one is and that is suffering overheating because of overuse. Both elevators were up and running in October, and repair crews were hired to upgrade the elevators.

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Netflix now has 139 million paying subscribers – CNN

(CNN)Netflix is quickly approaching 150 million subscribers.

Netflix (NFLX) said Thursday that it added nearly nine million new paying subscribers during the final three months of 2018, beating its own expectations of 7.6 million new subscribers.
The service now has 139 million subscribers globally. It expects to add another 8.9 million subscribers in the quarter that ends in March, the vast majority of which are expected to come from strong growth in its international markets.
Expectations were high for the company heading into the holiday quarter report. The stock had soared roughly 50% from its low hit in late December amid a broader market sell-off.
Netflix stock was down about 3% in after hours trading Thursday following the report.

Source: Netflix now has 139 million paying subscribers – CNN

Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources | Reuters

Lampert’s bid, boosted from an earlier $5 billion offer, prevailed after weeks of back-and-forth deliberations that culminated in a days-long bankruptcy auction held behind closed doors. The billionaire’s proposal, made through his hedge fund ESL Investments Inc, will save up to 45,000 jobs and keep 425 stores open across the United States.

Lampert boosted his bid by adding more cash and assuming more liabilities, the sources said. The auction, held at the Manhattan offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the law firm representing Sears, concluded in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Source: Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources | Reuters

Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

Walmart pharmacies are expected to leave the drugstore networks offered by CVS because of an ongoing pricing dispute.

  • CVS announced Tuesday that Walmart pharmacies are leaving its network because of a dispute over pricing.
  • Both Walmart and CVS are saying that the other company is trying to make prescriptions more expensive for consumers.
  • CVS said it has asked Walmart to stay in its networks through April 30.

Source: Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

Bayer to close site in Robinson, over 500 positions impacted

The decision to close the Robinson site will impact 569 positions and 96 contractors.

The site will be closed over a two-year period to “provide ample time for employees and operations to transition smoothly.”

Part of the official statement is as follows:

“For more than 150 years, Bayer has stood for quality and trust, making innovative products in health and nutrition that improve lives and make a contribution to society. Our employees around the globe work every day to find solutions to a growing and aging population.

“With the acquisition of Monsanto completed last year, we doubled the size of our business in the United States to more than $16 billion in sales, and we now employ more than 20,000 people in 300 locations across the country.

“As part of the work to bring our companies together and significantly improve productivity and profitability, Bayer announced in November 2018 that it will reduce 12,000 jobs globally by 2021.”

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Cannabis-based beer debuts to high demand | WPXI

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A craft beer brewer in South Africa is debuting a new cannabis lager.

Poison City Brewing started up in 2015 and makes five different beers including its latest brand, Durban Poison Cannabis Lager. Durban Poison is blended with hemp instead of hops.

Hemp and cannabis are from the same family, but hemp doesn’t contain the psychoactive chemicals found in marijuana.

Source: Cannabis-based beer debuts to high demand | WPXI

Woman banned from Walmart after riding cart while drinking wine from Pringles can, police say | WPXI

Police were called to a Texas Walmart after a woman was reportedly drinking wine from a Pringles can and riding an electric cart in the parking lot.

Source: Woman banned from Walmart after riding cart while drinking wine from Pringles can, police say | WPXI

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SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce : NPR

SpaceX, the pioneering space technology company led by Elon Musk, will lay off about 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees.

The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

In a statement, a company spokesman confirmed the layoff without specifying how many employees will be released.

A company source says SpaceX remains financially strong and can continue to “manufacture and launch at a reliable cadence in the years ahead.”

Source: SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce : NPR

Stock market today: Latest news – CNN

Here’s what investors are watching today, from the Dow to Fed chair Jerome Powell’s speech to oil’s winning streak.

  • Markets: The stock rally continued. The Dow climbed 123 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq each ended 0.4% higher.
  • Powell: Fed chair Jerome Powell again emphasized the Fed’s flexibility on policy. Read our recap.
  • Oil: Oil climbed for the 9th straight day, something that hasn’t happened since 2010.

Source: Stock market today: Latest news – CNN

Sears liquidation looms as Lampert’s buyout bid fails: report – MarketWatch

Sears Holdings Corp. is preparing a wind down after Chairman Eddie Lampert’s bid to buy several hundred stores out of bankruptcy fell short of bankers’ qualifications, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Sears representatives summoned liquidation firms and other advisers to emergency meetings on Friday after rejecting Lampert’s $4.4 billion bid to buy and operate Sears stores, said the people, who declined to be identified because the discussions were private. Sears would now focus on preparing for liquidation sales to begin as early as mid-month, they said.

If the 125-year-old retailer does die in bankruptcy — like Toys “R” Us in 2018, and Borders Group Inc. in 2011 — it would mark the largest fatality yet in the retail apocalypse prompted by a shift to online shopping and other changing spending patterns.

Source: Sears liquidation looms as Lampert’s buyout bid fails: report – MarketWatch

Western Pa. hospital suspends pay after workers say previous checks bounced

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) — A small, financially struggling western Pennsylvania hospital has delayed paying its workers.

Biweekly paychecks due Dec. 21 haven’t been distributed, and employees of Ellwood City Hospital say previous paychecks have bounced.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Grant White, CEO of the hospital’s parent company, blamed the delayed paychecks on a “significant backlog” in collections. He predicted the hospital’s finances would improve this month, pledging in a Dec. 28 email to employees that “everyone will get paid for their work.”

Source: Western Pa. hospital suspends pay after workers say previous checks bounced

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National Spaghetti Day 2019: Where to get deals and freebies Friday and beyond

UPDATE: Several of the offers listed below are ongoing.

Carb fans, it’s time for a little comfort.

Friday, Jan. 4 is National Spaghetti Day and as with other made-up food holidays, you can take advantage of some savings to mark the day.

Ranker.com, a crowdsourced rankings website, found the 10 most popular types are: fettuccine, tortellini, ravioli, penne, spaghetti, rotini, tortellini, angel hair, linguine, farfalle and elbow macaroni.

A bigger carb-laden holiday is National Pasta Day held Oct. 17 and the month of October is National Pasta Month.

According to Foodimentary.com, the average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year.

Below are deals and ongoing specials including sign-up offers, available at participating chain restaurants with at least 20 locations. To be on the safe side, make sure to check with your closest location before heading out.

Olive GardenJoin Olive Garden Rewards to earn rewards and for other discounts at www.olivegarden.com/rewards.

P.F. Chang’sEarn rewards and get discounts with the chain’s reward program. Sign up at www.pfchangs.com/rewards.

Source: National Spaghetti Day 2019: Where to get deals and freebies Friday and beyond

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U.S. markets stage late rally but 2018 decline still worst in a decade – Chicago Tribune

All three major indexes finished 2018 in the red during the finale of a tumultuous year. The Dow Jones industrial average closed the last day of 2018 at 23,32.467, up 265.06 points, or 1.1 percent, on the day. The Dow finished at negative 5.97 percent for the year.

Source: U.S. markets stage late rally but 2018 decline still worst in a decade – Chicago Tribune

Amazon to expand Whole Foods stores: WSJ

Amazon.com is planning to expand its Whole Foods Market portfolio by adding more stores to put more customers within its two-hour delivery service range, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources.

Whole Foods employees have visited regions of Western North America for potential retail spaces in parts of Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming where it currently has no stores, the Journal reported, citing a source.

Source: Amazon to expand Whole Foods stores: WSJ

Westmoreland Mall Sears to close in March | TribLIVE

The Sears store at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield, one of the anchor stores when the mall east of Greensburg opened in 1977, will be shuttered in March, one of 80 closures announced Friday as the once-mighty nationwide retail chain faces liquidation.

The company, which also owns Kmart, has since announced plans to close more than 260 of its roughly 700 remaining stores within the next few months, according to a CNBC report .Signs in the window of a Sears store advertise the store's closing on May 3, 2018 in Chicago.

The department store operator told employees Thursday that it plans to shut another round of Kmart and Sears stores next year, in addition to those that are already in the process of going dark. When Sears filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 15, it was still operating a little under 700 stores. At that time, the company said it would close 142 unprofitable stores. In November, it announced the closure of 40 additional stores.

Source: Westmoreland Mall Sears to close in March | TribLIVE

Oregon hotel fires employees who called police on black guest – CBS News

An Oregon hotel said it fired two of its employees for “mistreatment” of a black guest who was talking on his phone in the lobby when he was asked to leave a week ago. DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland tweeted Saturday they have “terminated the employment of the two men involved.”

They said the men’s actions “were inconsistent with our standards & values.” The hotel didn’t identify the employees.

Jermaine Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby December 22. He was staying at the hotel, and his attorneys say they want a public explanation and intend to pursue legal action, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The hotel posted an apology on Twitter, saying the employees involved had been placed on leave and an investigation would be done. A day later, it said two workers were fired.

DoubleTree Portland@doubletreepdx

We have terminated the employment of the two men involved in the mistreatment of Mr. Massey. Their actions were inconsistent with our standards & values. We reiterate our sincere apology for what he endured & will work with diversity experts to ensure this never happens again.

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The security guard told Massey that if he could not provide a room number, he would be asked to leave. The Washington state resident left with an officer, according to a police report. Massey posted a video on social media that shows part of the interaction with the guard.

Source: Oregon hotel fires employees who called police on black guest – CBS News

Computer virus hits Southern California newspapers

Saturday’s print run of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune was affected by a computer virus, with many customers stepping into a chilly sunny morning only to find empty doorsteps. The Times said in a statement that Sunday’s newspaper might also be impacted.

According to the company, malware is suspected.

“We have been actively working with all of the relevant vendors to resolve the systems issues and restore timely service to our customers,” the Times said. “However, it’s likely that the issues will affect the process of printing and delivering the Sunday newspapers as well.”

Source: Computer virus hits Southern California newspapers

Sears, Kmart could be liquidated with no bid to save 2 retail icons – Houston Chronicle

The clock appears to be ticking for one of America’s venerable retail companies.

With more than 68,000 workers between the two brands, Sears Holdings’ last chance at survival comes down to a possible $4.6 billion proposal by Chairman Eddie Lampert.

Source: Sears, Kmart could be liquidated with no bid to save 2 retail icons – Houston Chronicle