Daily Archive: September 19, 2013



Pirates erupt against Kennedy, top Padres 10-1

Gerrit Cole throws against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates had a plan for Gerrit Cole when they drafted the hard-throwing right-hander with the top pick in the 2011 amateur draft. They hoped Cole would develop into one of the franchise cornerstones, and two years later he may already be there.



Green incubator in Larimer gets even greener

GREENING LARIMER—Larimer Green Team Chair Carolyn Peeks, center, joined by residents and public officials including Rich Fitzgerald, Jim Ferlo and Rev. Ricky Burgess, cuts the ribbon opening the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center’s Stormwater Management Garden. (Courier Photos /Gail Manker.) Even as state Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Lawrenceville, was working to turn the former Connelly Trade School into a green technology innovation center in the Hill District, he was also looking at bringing green building practices—and related job training to the city’s East End. He found the perfect symbol for such a transformation at an abandoned BP gas station on Larimer Avenue, which reopened as the Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center in June.



Baxter to head local chapter of NAWBO

READY FOR LEADERSHIP—Donna M. Baxter, CEO of Soul Pitt Media and known as the Tech Diva makes plans for her two year term as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. (Photos by Diane Daniels) Concerned about the growth and development of small and medium size businesses in the region, as the recently appointed president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Donna M. Baxter said one of her goals is to provide relevant programming and assistance to support and advance the membership. As an organization she said, “We will continue to extend our arms embracing and supporting businesses from all communities. We’ll also create quality programming for women business owners that will express our new theme, ‘Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise in Business.’”


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NoWait App Allows Pittsburgh Diners to Get in Line With Their Phones

Pittsburgh Startup NoWait Launches App to Help Feed Fans Quickly During the City’s Big Upcoming Sports Weekend As thousands of people prepare to head to the North Shore for this weekend’s jam-packed sports weekend, the Pittsburgh-based tech startup NoWait is making sure no fan in the area will go hungry with the launch of their new consumer-facing app, which allows diners to remotely add their names to restaurant wait lists and dramatically reduce their wait time.



Blacks poised to benefit from Civic Arena site development

$$$ – Visitors can be charged as much $21 to park in the lot at the former Civic Arena site. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) Next week, the Hill District community will receive an update on the results of yearlong negotiations between community stakeholders and the Pittsburgh Penguins over redevelopment of the 28-acre former Civic Arena site.



Biden: U.S. could be left behind on infrastructure

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks on the importance of infrastructure investment to a crowd of nearly 500 gathered at the docks of the Garden City Terminal of the Georgia Ports Authority Monday afternoon Sept. 16, 2013. Sharing the stage with him are Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, second from left, and Georgia senators Saxby Chambliss, and Johnny Isakson, right. (AP PHOTO/SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, STEVE BISSON) by Bruce SmithAssociated Press WriterCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)—Vice President Joe Biden implored Americans on Monday to find the resources to invest in its ports, warning the U.S. will fall behind its competitors unless it spends now to bolster its infrastructure. Addressing a crowd of about 300 on a wind-swept dock in Charleston, S.C., Biden said the U.S. is behind the rest of the world. He cast infrastructure projects as key to a broader strategy of growing the middle class, calling them a big win not just for local communities, but the entire nation.