Jason Pirl, 40, accused of taking money for projects and not completing the work
The contractor, Jason Pirl of Proline Painting, is now facing charges accused of taking money from multiple victims across two counties without doing the work.
The record volume of cargo has overwhelmed longshoremen, truck drivers, warehouses and railroads. Vessels are waiting up to five days just to get into port, and it can take 10 more days for a container to be loaded on a train.
The store has reopened and there are “Now Hiring” signs posted.
The headaches for Southwest, which is widely credited for pioneering the low-fare airline business model, began on Monday night, when a problem with a weather data supplier prevented the airline from safely flying planes. The issue was resolved within hours, but on Tuesday the airline suffered its own technological problems, resulting in half of its flights that day being delayed and many being canceled, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service.
Spillover from that episode caused Wednesday’s problems, the airline said. About 10 percent of Southwest’s flights were canceled and another 19 percent were delayed by midafternoon, according to FlightAware.
“While our technology issues from Tuesday have been resolved, we are still experiencing a small number of cancellations and delays across our network as we continue working to resume normal operations,” Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman, said in a statement.
McDonald’s has become the latest company to be hit by a data breach after unauthorized activity on its network exposed the personal data of some customers in South Korea and Taiwan.
The fast-food giant said Friday that it quickly identified and contained the incident and that a thorough investigation was done.
“While we were able to close off access quickly after identification, our investigation has determined that a small number of files were accessed, some of which contained personal data,” the burger chain said.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —
The owner of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio said Thursday that it will shut them down.
Houston-based GenOn Holdings LLC said it will shut down a generating unit at both Avon Lake station on Lake Erie near Cleveland and Cheswick station on the Allegheny River outside Pittsburgh by Sept. 15.
It said it will shut down two generating units at the much larger Morgantown station on Maryland’s Cobb Neck peninsula by next June 1.Combined, the four coal-fired units can provide up to 2,421 megawatts.
In a statement, GenOn blamed “unfavorable economic conditions, higher costs including those associated with environmental compliance, an inability to compete with other generation types and evolving market rules that promote subsidized resources.
”Coal power has fallen out of favor in the climate change era amid a push for cleaner power sources that produce less pollution and greenhouse gases. U.S. coal production has been in steady decline, down by about one-third over the past decade.
Coal also has been buffeted by a flood of cheaper natural gas from shale formations, including the vast Marcellus Shale reservoir underneath Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.
Shutdown of the units is subject to a 90-day reliability review period by the regional electric grid operator PJM, GenOn said.
The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.
The Canadian pipeline company that had long sought to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced Wednesday that it had terminated the embattled project, which would have carried petroleum from Canadian tar sands to Nebraska.
The announcement was the death knell for a project that had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and had been stalled by legal battles for years before that, despite support from the Trump administration.
On the day he was inaugurated, Mr. Biden, who has vowed to make tackling climate change a centerpiece of his administration, rescinded the construction permit for the pipeline, which developers had sought to build for over a decade. That same day, TC Energy, the company behind the project, said it was suspending work on the line.
On Wednesday, the company wrote in a statement that it “will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the project.”
Washington (CNN)US investigators have recovered millions in cryptocurrency they say was paid in ransom to hackers whose attack prompted the shutdown of the key East Coast pipeline last month, the Justice Department announced Monday.The announcement confirms CNN’s earlier reporting about the FBI-led operation, which was carried out with cooperation from Colonial Pipeline, the company that fell victim to the ransomware attack in question.Specifically, the Justice Department said it seized approximately $2.3 million in Bitcoins paid to individuals in a criminal hacking group known as DarkSide. The FBI said it has been investigating DarkSide, which is said to share its malware tools with other criminal hackers, for over a year.The ransom recovery, which is the first seizure undertaken by the recently created DOJ digital extortion taskforce, is a rare outcome for a company that has fallen victim to a debilitating cyberattack in the booming criminal business of ransomware.Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published last month that the company complied with the $4.4 million ransom demand because officials didn’t know the extent of the intrusion by hackers and how long it would take to restore operations.
The former CEO of the Make-A-Wish chapter in Iowa has pleaded guilty to embezzling from the charity almost $41,000, money that would’ve gone to help fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.
Jennifer Woodley confessed last week that she made unauthorized purchases on a foundation credit card, gave herself an unapproved bonus and salary increases and falsified foundation records related to those expenses, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
An Arizona-based real estate investment firm bought part of the vacant seven-story building in downtown Greensburg that formerly housed A.E. Troutman Co. department store with plans to convert it into 57 apartments.
Urban Communities Steel Valley LLC of Phoenix told city officials it wants to create “multi-family workforce apartments” in the building at 225 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Urban Communities Steel Valley, one of seven funds Urban Communities formed to acquire real estate across the nation, bought the building from Downtown Commons LLC of East Pittsburgh on April 22 for $460,000, according to the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds.
The 7,140-square-foot building remains linked to the original Troutman’s building on South Main Street, which was converted into apartments for senior citizens by the Westmoreland County Housing Authority more than 20 years ago. The department store closed in 1985, but the two buildings remain connected by a bridge over an alley, as well as a tunnel. Seton Hill University had used the first floor of the building from 2008 to 2015, for visual arts classes, said Jennifer Reeger, Seton Hill spokeswoman.
Poor Jeff Bezos.
His space flight company, Blue Origin, just lost out on a $2.89 billion NASA contract to build a system to land astronauts on the moon in 2024, according to a Fox Business report.
Bezos, who recently became the wealthiest man on the planet, lost to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. NASA reported that the SpaceX bid was lower than Blue Origin’s “by a wide margin,” Fox noted.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, where Blue Origin is headquartered, and Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, sought to soften the blow by adding an amendment to the $130 billion “Endless Frontier Act.”
According to the Senate website, this legislation seeks to strengthen “national competitiveness in science, research, and innovation to support the national security strategy.” The bill is designed to boost our ability to compete with China.
On Friday, Customs and Border Protection issued a withhold release order for any goods that come from Dalian Ocean Fishing Company Limited, due to their use of forced labor.
Last year, the Straits Times ran a story detailing the tragic conditions crewmen faced aboard one of Dalian’s boats. It further detailed their experiences with wage withholding and abuse, which resulted in international scrutiny. While CBP has issued WRO’s for individual vessels before, officials said the scope of the allegations mandated larger action.
The New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital – known for slashing its newspapers’ budgets to extract escalated profits – won shareholder approval Friday for its $633 million bid to acquire the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain.
The purchase represents the culmination of Alden’s years-long drive to take over the company and its storied titles – including Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News and major metro papers from Hartford, Conn. to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
NEW YORK (AP) — Board members at Microsoft Corp. made a decision in 2020 that it wasn’t appropriate for its co-founder Bill Gates to continue sitting on its board as they investigated the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources, The Journal reported online Sunday that board members looking into the matter hired a law firm in late 2019 to conduct an investigation after a Microsoft engineer alleged in a letter that she had a sexual relationship with Gates over several years.
The Journal reported that Gates resigned before the board’s investigation was finished, citing another person familiar with the matter.
An unnamed spokeswoman for Gates acknowledged to The Journal that there was an affair almost 20 years ago, and that it ended “amicably.” The spokesperson told The Journal that “his decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter.”″
- Dogecoin’s price soared as high as 56 cents early Friday, according to Coin Metrics data.
- Elon Musk tweeted that he was working with dogecoin developers to improve the efficiency of transactions.
- Crypto exchange Coinbase said Thursday it would offer dogecoin support in the next six to eight weeks.
PITTSBURGH — Purchasing or leasing the new car of your dreams might prove challenging in the months ahead, as dealers face unprecedented supply issues.
“It’s something we just never would have even foreseen,” said Mike Engle, general manager of Jim Shorkey Auto Group.
It’s a problem impacting dealerships nationwide, and it’s caused by a global microchip shortage.
“They run everything from the infotainment system to blind spot monitoring, back up cameras, everything that we want in our vehicles now, are all the result of these microchips,” Engle said.
Engle said certain manufacturers have been impacted more than others.
For some, new car availability is down 70%, while others are down 40 or 50%. Several manufacturers have cut back on incentives, meaning you could pay more for a new car than anticipated.“
Overall, it’s a tight supply,” said Mark Smail, one of the owners of Smail Auto Group in Greensburg.
Smail said some manufacturers are simply ordering the retail units that customers want. “They’re prioritizing those instead of for stock units, so it’s maybe a shift in how we’re going to retail cars too going forward,” he said.
Ashley Merard sued the franchise owner, Magic Burgers LLC, for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orlando Sentinel Reported. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages on May 4. Merard was also awarded $30,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish and $15,519.60 for lost wages.
Jesse Drawas, the attorney for Magic Burgers LLC told Fox News in a statement that the company is “disappointed with the result” and plans to appeal the verdict.
Excela Health released a statement regarding the incident, telling those who received a bill to ignore it.
“We have attempted to contact those patients immediately to inform them to disregard the statement and apologized for the confusion,” Tom Albanesi, Excela Health Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. “Patients are not responsible for any cost for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and Excela strongly encourages those who haven’t received the vaccine yet to do so immediately.”
Employees at Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar at Live! Casino in Westmoreland County are planning to hold a rally outside the casino Monday afternoon to protest “pay discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints.”
In a statement from organizers, they said that this protest comes “after a number of workers … complained about labor violations that management has failed to address.”
On March 4, employees sent a petition to management that had over 3,000 signatures on it, asking for the company to raise the wages of Black workers, implement mandatory racial sensitivity and equity training and issue a public acknowledgement and review of the working conditions at the restaurant, which is just east of Greensburg in Hempfield.
In the statement, organizers said that a disparity between white and Black workers’ wages was found after an employee had filed a grievance over a manager using the N-word while telling an employee to turn music off.
That manager no longer works for the restaurant or the casino, the casino’s public relations manager Doug Haniford said.
“That particular incident was addressed,” he said.
The petition is asking that management raise the wages of Black workers at the restaurant, including five months of back pay.
“Although Black workers at Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar Westmoreland have more professional experience, they are being paid lower wages than their white counterparts,” it read.
Zoom has an opening for a Database Engineer/Admin to manage its core databases, optimize SQLs, assist service engineers with solving customer issues and more.
PNC is hiring a Senior Software Services Manager (Capital Markets) to manage development projects and application support functions for a major business segment.
The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh seeks a Paralegal to provide assistance to attorneys in the Civil Law Project as they represent clients in cases involving intimate partner violence.
Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach is hiring an Employment/Vocational Case Manager to oversee the cases of refugee clients.
The Allegheny Children’s Initiative, a subsidiary of Partners For Quality Inc., seeks an Intake Services Coordinator to manage intake functions for the organization’s programs.
Bike Pittsburgh has an opening for a Volunteer & Events Coordinator to coordinate volunteers and event logistics.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera is hiring a Warehouse Inventory Coordinator to create an inventory and conduct an evaluation of its assets, including sets, props and costumes.
The Pittsburgh Foundation is looking for a Human Resources Generalist to manage the day-to-day human resource functions for 65 employees of the foundation and its supporting organizations.
The University of Pittsburgh seeks a Portfolio Director for Innovative Health Systems Initiatives for the School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit to oversee a $10 million portfolio of projects.
Fresh Acquisitions, the parent company of a restaurant chain that owns several buffet-style concepts, including Old Country Buffet, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
A Monroeville woman is suing a police officer and a Panda Express restaurant, alleging she was arrested for complaining that she got the wrong meal.
According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, Diana Broadnax, 64, went to the Panda Express on William Penn Highway in Monroeville on May 5, 2019, to place a take-out order.
When she got home, she realized she had gotten the wrong order, the lawsuit said. She immediately went back to the restaurant to exchange it.
According to the complaint, the manager, who is described as a white woman, responded angrily, yelled at Broadnax, who is Black, and threatened to call the police.
The manager did call the Monroeville police, complaining that Broadnax had been disorderly and was drunk.
“Plaintiff was not intoxicated, had not consumed any alcohol, was not disorderly, and since it was Sunday, her only activity before going to the Panda Express, was to attend church services,” the lawsuit said.
It continued that Broadnax had not engaged in any physical or verbal activity that justified the manager’s behavior or her calling the police.
Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets.
After enduring a year of closures, employee safety fears and start-stop openings, many American restaurants are now facing a nationwide ketchup shortage. Restaurants are trying to secure the tabletop staple after Covid-19 upended the condiment world order. Managers are using generic versions, pouring out bulk ketchup into individual cups and hitting the aisles of Costco for substitutes.
“We’ve been hunting high and low,” said Chris Fuselier, owner of Denver-based Blake Street Tavern, who has struggled to keep ketchup in stock for much of this year.
The pandemic turned many sit-down restaurants into takeout specialists, making individual ketchup packets the primary condiment currency for both national chains and mom-and-pop restaurants. Packet prices are up 13% since January 2020, and their market share has exploded at the expense of tabletop bottles, according to restaurant-business platform Plate IQ.
Live! Casino in Greensburg is looking to hire dealers, cooks, and servers.
Casino officials plan to interview for positions that include table games dealers, guest services representatives, cage cashiers, environmental services attendants, security ambassadors, line and prep cooks, dishwashers, food servers, bartenders, restaurant hosts and cocktail servers.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are welcomed, those interested in attending the job fair are encouraged to register online, where they can choose which time they will attend. The casino’s recruitment center is located on the first floor of the mall in the former Sears wing. Type tinyurl.com/up56ew into a web browser to register online.
OTHER COMPANIES ARE ALSO HIRING AT THE JOB FAIR ON MONDAY AT WESTMORELAND MALL IN GREENSBURG, PA.
The car manufacturer issued a voluntary recall of 628,124 Acura and Honda vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 model years.
The past week has been a tenuous one for GameStop (NYSE:GME) stock. Its earnings report proved less than stellar, missing estimates. Talks of a stock offering came the same day, worrying investors of a dilution of Class A common stock. However, much has happened since that is giving the company new life and new hope.
It started with a Roaring Kitty r/WallStreetBets post which rallied the GameStop troops. That momentum has only snowballed with news of the company’s change of guard.
GameStop told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last night that eight of its board members will be resigning. Notable names in the industry like Reggie Fils-Aimé of Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) fame and Activision’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Kathy Vrabeck are among those stepping down.
The Ever Given, which become lodged in the Suez Canal, is still stuck, halting traffic in one of the world’s busiest waterways.
- The massive container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, halting traffic in one of the world’s busiest waterways, is still stuck.
- The ship, called the Ever Given, became horizontally wedged in the waterway following heavy winds.
- Nearly 19,000 ships passed through the canal during 2020, for an average of 51.5 per day, according to the Suez Canal Authority.
- The massive container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, halting traffic in one of the world’s busiest waterways, is still stuck as tug boats continued to try to dislodge the ship on Thursday. A team of expert salvors from Smit Salvage have been called in to assist with the operation.
IT and Engineering
Argo AI has an opening for a Technical Director of Cyber Security to implement cybersecurity for development and cloud environments, bring next-generation capabilities to the company’s cybersecurity portfolio, document infrastructure security requirements, create report metrics and more.
The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health seeks a Client Service Manager for a client-facing role to deliver exceptional service and supervisory skills.
The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Major Gifts Officer to raise gifts at the $100,000-plus level and build a diverse and sustainable portfolio of fundraising prospects.
The Quaker Valley Council of Governments seeks an Executive Director to work with 15 municipalities, as well as state and county officials, to establish regional priorities, identify efficiencies and meet the needs of citizens, businesses and civic organizations.
The Frick Pittsburgh is looking for a Membership Manager to define and refine the Frick experience for members and increase the organization’s membership and individual donor bases.
Business and Finance
Amazon has an opening for an Area Manager to oversee safety, quality, productivity and customer delivery, mentor team members, develop plans that meet business objectives and more.
Citizens Bank seeks a Fraud Operations Senior Specialist to handle customer calls, perform analytical review of data and documentation, ensure compliance with policies, troubleshoot operational issues and more.
Marketing and Communications
Duquesne Light Company is hiring a Marketing Specialist to implement the marketing strategy and administration of programs, track marketing efforts, increase visibility in the marketplace and more.
The Salvation Army Western PA Division seeks a Recovery Support Specialist to maintain a safe, orderly and therapeutic physical environment for residents, evaluate clients’ behavioral and emotional needs and work as part of a treatment team.
Calgon Carbon Corporation is hiring a Mechanical Assembler I to perform general labor functions, load and unload trucks, operate tools, machinery and vehicles, assemble products, test units and more.
ZOLL Medical Corporation is looking for an Associate Quality Assurance Inspector to oversee inspection reports, operate measurement equipment and read manufacturing drawings, inspection instructions, diagrams schematics and engineering change notices.
Sheetz is hiring a Store Team Leader to serve as a hospitality ambassador, greet customers, prepare food and beverage items, complete customer transactions, receive and replenish supplies and products, and more.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The coronavirus pandemic caused a massive wave of unemployment in the Pittsburgh region.
Now that the economy is coming back, employers face a new problem — not enough workers. KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan looks into why employers now can’t fill positions.
After a year of shutdowns and indoor dining restrictions, the lunchtime crowd at the Juniper Grill in Cranberry is picking up. The problem now is a shortage of cooks, bartenders and waitstaff to serve them.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Pat McDonnell with Atria’s Restaurants. “We have eight restaurants and we need employees at all eight restaurants.”
Employers throughout the region have the same lament. Now that the economy is springing back, they can’t find the workers to fill the positions.
“People call for interviews and they don’t show up for interviews,” said McDonnell. “We’ve gone every place we could go to advertise, to get the word out we are hiring. It’s just been very, very difficult.”
“The labor force is down. The people looking for work is down. I think a lot of folks have moved on,” said University of Pittsburgh researcher Chris Briem.
At the onset of the pandemic, the region lost 200,000 jobs but got all but 78,000 back over the last year. Now that many of those jobs are returning, about 50,000 people have left the workforce and, according to Briem, are no longer available.
“I think some of our workers have retired early,” said Briem. “I think a lot of our younger workers include students. I think there are tremendous issues with folks taking care of children or other folks at home not being able to jump back into the labor force.”
“It’s a challenge to get them back because of the increased money they get,” said Chief Operating Officer of St. Moritz Security Services Chris Hansen.
- Bezos declined Sanders’ invitation to testify at a hearing, but the senator had harsh words for him.
- Sanders criticized Amazon’s countering of a union drive in Alabama despite the CEO’s record wealth.
- The hearing included testimony from a pro-union worker at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse.
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