Trust’s decision to sell buildings means big changes in store for Harvard Square

The Dow and Stearns family trust is likely to seek $95 million for two properties that house businesses like the Black Ink gift shop, Felipe’s Taqueria, Origins, and Flat Patties.

City Sport USA Owners Brent and Blake Sonnek-Schmelz.

New City Sports owners plot revival of Boston brand

Two brothers in New Jersey are starting to revive the City Sports business, after buying the brand and the chain’s customer lists for $400,000 in late 2015.

Apple is gearing up to make tens of millions of new iPhones.

Tech Lab

Would you pay $1,200 for the new iPhone?

Assuming the industry rumors are true, Apple will unveil a 10th anniversary iPhone that might be priced as high as $1,200.

Len Evans of Burlington had the nicest lawn in the neighborhood until they hired Lawn Dawgs to fertilize it and kill weeds.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Ruined lawn leads to a fight over how to fix it

Hiring people to work on your home or yard is often stressful. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when dealing with contractors.

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She helps hoarders find space, and peace

Former police officer Martha Shea now heads the community organization ClearPath.

Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

Since the beginning of 2017, the state’s jobless rate has grown despite the addition of thousands of new jobs during that time.

Evan Horowitz | Quick study

Six months in, Trump’s economy looks awfully familiar

By most measures, not much has changed since Inauguration Day. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison.

Surge in development builds nest egg for Boston

The city raised $55 million in affordable housing funds last year, according to data released Wednesday.


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Babson breaks another barrier with first woman board leader

Bold Types: Another glass ceiling is shattering at Babson College.

The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.

Citigroup said to open Frankfurt hub as banks consider post-Brexit moves

Score one for Frankfurt.

Thursday’s business agenda

Stocks to watch, US mortgage rates, networking and other notable events and things to know.

A federal jury in New York City ruled Wednesday that the ignition switch in General Motors’ Chevrolet HHR wasn’t to blame for a 2014 crash that injured an Arizona man.

GM wins switch trial as N.Y. jury balks at lack of evidence

The ruling suggests juries have a high standard for evidence in linking specific accidents to the deadly flaw.

Tech, health care lift stocks to record highs

Stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, health care, and energy companies.

The main entrance to the headquarters of the BBC in London, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The publicly funded BBC has published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, Wednesday, compelled by Britain's government to publish the salaries of on-air talent, which had previously been secret, revealing that its highest-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

BBC publishes pay of top stars, revealing gender gap

Only one-third of the BBC’s top-paid stars are women, and only a tiny number are black, Asian or members of another minority group.

Close up of a credit or debit card for security background


Here’s how you can build your credit score

Many people don’t have enough of a financial record to qualify for a bank loan.

The old Middlesex County courthouse building in East Cambridge may finally get a makeover.

Court ruling clears the way for redevelopment of East Cambridge courthouse tower

State appeals panel rules that long-delayed renovation of 22-story building can proceed.

Tyler Haddad, a rising senior at Becker College, is bringing free game design classes to low-income kids in Lawrence, holding class on tables at his parents’ diner.

Craving French toast and video game design classes? This Lawrence diner has both

For those looking to chew on something a little more creative at Eli’s Place, there’s an after-hours special: video game design classes.

Daimler to modify 3 million Mercedes cars over diesel concerns

Jack Ewing reported from Frankfurt and Prashant S. Rao from London.

A worker at agriculture manufacturer AGCO used Glass to see assembly instructions, make reports, and get remote video support.

Remember Google Glass? It’s back and ready for work

Google is pitching the much-ridiculed augmented-reality goggles to businesses.

Trump urged by CEO to nationalize the only US rare-earths mine

The California mine should be converted to a national laboratory “dedicated to rebuilding America’s rare-earth mining industry so the world knows it is safe to build high-tech manufacturing plants in the US,” the executive said.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, rooftop networking, and other notable events and things to know.

At the Charles River Country Club, men hold all but a half dozen or so of the “A” memberships.

Shirley Leung

Sexist grill still par for the course at Charles River Country Club

A $1 million renovation of the Newton club’s men’s locker room includes a single-sex pub complete with food, booze, and a stone fireplace.

Massachusetts General Hospital and others closely watch US News & World Report’s review.


Errors delay US News & World Report’s annual hospital ranking

US News & World Report is postponing the release of its annual hospital rankings after it discovered errors in the data used to compile its report, according to an e-mail obtained by STAT.

The 401(k) match is back, and it’s getting bigger

Many companies are boosting their matches in employee 401(k) plans.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Chuck Goolsbee, site director for Facebook's Prineville data centers, shows the computer servers that store users' photos and other data, at the Facebook site in Prineville, Ore. Facebook is making good on plans to expand its high-tech data center already under construction in central New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced early Tuesday, July 18, that the company will build a second building at the site near Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque. (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin, via AP, File)

Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

The social media giant will add a second building to one already under construction

This Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, photo shows a sign on a Chipotle restaurant. Chipotle says it temporarily shut down a restaurant in Virginia, on Monday, July 17, 2017, after becoming aware of reports of illnesses. The chain says it’s working to understand the cause, but that the reported symptoms are consistent with norovirus. The company says it plans to reopen the location in Sterling, Va., after a “complete sanitization” later on Tuesday, July 18, and that its food is safe to eat. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Chipotle closes Virginia store after reports of illness

Chipotle’s efforts to move past its food scares have been complicated by fresh reports of illnesses, which prompted it to close a branch this week.

FILE - This March 1, 2017 file photo shows the exterior of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber is ceding control of its operations in Russia by agreeing to merge its ridesharing business in the country and five other ex-Soviet republics with Yandex, the Russian search-engine leader that also runs a popular taxi-booking app., statement released by Yandex on Thursday July 13, 2017 said. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Uber discriminates against riders with disabilities, lawsuit says

Advocacy groups for those with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Uber for failing to provide enough wheelchair-accessible cars in New York City.

Rapid7 buys local security firm Komand

Boston-based corporate network security company Rapid7 Inc., has purchased another Boston company, Komand, which builds security automation systems. Rapid7 analyses activities on corporate networks, to identify security vulnerabilities and hacking attacks. Komand makes a system that automates responses to security threats, enabling users to respond more quickly.

The 401(k) match is back, and it’s getting bigger

In many places, one of the first casualties of the financial crisis was the company match. Now, it seems, the match is roaring back.

A scientist in a lab at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Vertex reports strong findings from cystic fibrosis drug trials

A combination treatment dramatically improved lung function, lifting hopes for a medicine that could treat 90 percent of CF patients.

Doug Franklin.

Globe chief executive Doug Franklin steps down

Doug Franklin cited strategic differences with publisher John W. Henry. His resignation took effect immediately.

Doug Franklin

Globe CEO Doug Franklin steps down

Boston Globe chief executive officer Doug Franklin stepped down Tuesday, citing strategic differences with publisher John W. Henry.

Clarus raises $910 million for latest drug fund

The firm plans to use the money to help big pharmaceutical companies win regulatory approval for products that are in the final stage of development.

Graduating students filled the Columbia University campus in May.

As paperwork goes missing, private student loan debts may be wiped away

The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute.

James Mendes was once a landscaping business owner; now he helps out at the parking lot for the Hy-Line ferry in Hyannis, where a wide variety of backgrounds are represented.

For some, the path of retirement takes a detour to a ferry parking lot

Most of the employees at the Hy-Line ferry in Hyannis are retired from a range of other jobs.

Procter & Gamble Faces Showdown With Activist Investor

The billionaire investor Nelson Peltz disclosed Monday that he was seeking a board seat at Procter & Gamble, setting up one of the biggest showdowns between an activist shareholder and a corporate titan.

US stocks end the day mixed

US stocks hardly budged Monday.

Microsoft, Google back strong Net neutrality on broadband firms

Microsoft Corp. and Google pleaded with U.S. regulators on Monday to preserve strong net neutrality rules, while AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. backed weakened oversight and said Congress should settle the issue that’s burned for more than a decade.

Critics see the chamber as part of an antiquated influence establishment that’s too exclusively aligned with Republicans.

A divided US Chamber of Commerce losing its clout, critics say

The US Chamber — historically one of the cornerstones of Washington politicking and policy making — has been deeply shaken.

Qualcomm loses bid to stall $664,000 daily fines in EU battle

Qualcomm loses bid to stall $664,000 daily fines in EU battle

Tuesday’s business agenda

The future of edtech, networking for youngins, and other notable events and things to know.

STAT | Pharmalot

Why a money-back guarantee for drugs is a bad idea

It’s unlikely to lower patient costs and may let pharma evade a tougher crackdown on prices.

Bold Types

A labor voice at Harvard: ex-union leader to study the underground economy

Bold Types

Kohlberg elevates 2 executives

Two of the best-known pioneers in private equity are joining their industry peers and naming potential successors.

The $500 million Fenway Center project would include five new buildings with apartments, offices, stores, and a parking garage on property near the historic ballpark.

Long-delayed Fenway Center project moves ahead

The development over the Mass. Pike is now closer than ever to launching construction, thanks to a plan to do the easy part first.

Ruling means Mass. companies can’t fire workers for medical marijuana

The SJC’s decision said employers can’t use blanket anti-marijuana policies to dismiss workers whose doctors have prescribed the drug.

Subway is looking to give its stores a fresh new look.

Subway looking to update its stores’ not-so-fresh look

The redesign will include a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets.

Desktop Metal makes 3D printers to create metallic products.

Desktop Metal gets $115 million investment in 3D printing technology

The company said the amount is the largest private haul to date for any 3D printing company focused on metal.

A message from GilletteÕs Òhappy birthdayÓ kit, in New York, July 14, 2017. A marketing effort to get free razors in the hands of young men for their 18th birthdays has sometimes reached the wrong target. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Welcome to manhood, Gillette told the 50-year-old woman

Gillette has mailed razors to young men for their 18th birthdays since the 1990s. But the free razors can be bemusing when sent to the wrong people.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.