A big fight is brewing over Boston’s iconic Citgo sign

Like so many real estate disputes, the battle over the neon landmark involves a longtime tenant and a new landlord who wants to jack up the rent.

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Cambridge wants something to happen with Harvard Square Theater

Officials in Cambridge are threatening to intervene if the owner of the long-vacant property doesn’t quickly move forward with redevelopment.

A Fidelity Investments office in Los Angeles.

Despite record profits, Fidelity to cut costs by offering buyouts

It’s unclear how many jobs the Boston-based investment giant wants to shed, but the packages are said to be generous.

General Electric chief executive Jeff Immelt (center) and Dell founder Michael Dell (left) arrived for a meeting with President Trump at the White House last week.

GE’s Immelt raises concern about nationalist trade policies

The chief executive said the company prefers “multilateralism and free trade” but is ready to compete in a more protectionist world.

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Rampant sexual harassment alleged at jewelry store chains

Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers claim company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination.

The quest for one of science’s holy grails: artificial blood

The quest to develop substitute blood has long bedeviled researchers.

SpaceX says it will fly two people to moon next year

SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.

Hundreds of workers at company behind Jared, Kay say culture fostered harassment

Routine sexual ‘‘preying’’ at events ‘‘was done out in the open and appeared to be encouraged, or at least condoned, by the company,’’ one manager said.

Uber software head leaves as past harassment claim surfaces

Uber Technologies Inc. executive Amit Singhal resigned after the ride-hailing company learned of a sexual harassment allegation from his previous job at Google.


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Congress could pump the brakes on states’ retirement plans

Some states are crafting special accounts that they say will make it easier for tens of millions of people to save for retirement.

Business giants to announce creation of a computing system based on Ethereum

Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and other corporate giants are joining forces to create a new kind of computing system based on the virtual currency network Ethereum.

Warren Buffett says he’s investing heavily in Apple, believing that once people begin using the company’s products they aren’t likely to stop.

Buffett’s Apple, airline wagers highlight emergence of deputies

Some of Berkshire Hathaway’s biggest new stock bets highlight the growing influence of Warren Buffett’s backup investment managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler.

Lawsuit alleges automakers knew of deadly Takata airbag defects

Five auto companies continued to use the airbags to save on costs, the suit contends.

Richard Freeland.

Bold Types

If retirement were a class, former college president would flunk

So much for retirement.

Dow’s winning streak is longest since 1987

Wall Street notched another set of milestones Monday.

Boston Dynamics’ new robot can jump higher than you can

Waltham robot maker Boston Dynamics is on a roll, with a fast-moving robot that gets around using both legs and wheels.

President Donald Trump, flanked by Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty, left, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina CEO Brad Wilson, speaks during a meeting with health insurance company executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Groups urge Baker to oppose possible Medicaid cuts

President Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act could include cuts to the joint state-federal health care program.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Economic data, info sessions, and more notable events and things to know.

A model of RNA, which is becoming a more attractive target for drug development.


Termeer-back biotech raises $38 million

Waltham-based Arrakis Therapeutics, which started with seed money from former Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer, is taking a new approach to treating diseases.

In global expansion, Netflix makes friends with cable, cellphone carriers

The deals give Netflix almost instantaneous access to potential users without having to spend a fortune on advertising and distribution deals.

Startups’ latest nut to crack: food allergies

A number of Boston companies have launched non-medical alternatives to help allergy sufferers better maneuver through life.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai.

Internet privacy rules headed for showdown

A new FCC chairman and Republicans in Congress are threatening to repeal privacy rules for Internet service providers.


Pharma urges FDA to delay rule on policing off-label marketing

The rule says drug makers must update product labels if there is evidence a company intended its medicine to be used off label.

The new Trump International Hotel and Tower about to open in Vancouver has been both criticized as ‘‘over the top, glitz and glamor” and praised for its sleek, twisting design.

In Vancouver, high drama over new Trump tower

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump’s rise to the US presidency are shaking the Pacific coast city.

Andrew Glincher, CEO of Nixon Peabody, in the firm’s Boston office.

The next shakeup at law firms: interior design

Boston is slow to embrace big changes. Boston’s staid legal community, even slower. But at least one major law firm is mixing it up.


How to attract millennial workers

Once you’ve identified the type of candidate you seek, then you need to zero in on what makes your organization most or least attractive to that population.

Harrison went into the startup world after the band broke up.

From rock musician to crowdfunding medical startups

Jerry Harrison, who turned 68 last week, went into music production and the tech startup world after Talking Heads broke up in 1991.

J.C. Penney to close up to 140 stores

The department store giant’s latest quarterly results, also released Friday, illustrate its struggle to connect with shoppers: Sales were down 0.7 percent at stores open more than a year.

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Don’t lose sleep over choosing a mattress

If possible, lie on any mattress you’re considering. And check return policies before you buy.

Marianne Paley Nadel.

Five things you should know about Marianne Paley Nadel

Paley Nadel helped launch the Maker Innovation Lab Lawrence, the city’s first makerspace for the next generation of innovators in the Everett Mills.

The Vertex building at 50 Northern Ave. in Boston.

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Vertex’s rebound, law firm’s big shift, more

In today’s Talking Points: a big law firm’s move in Boston, the rebound at one of our largest biotechs, and more.

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Danvers condo with private road looks out at marina

At $1 each, these two homes come with a catch

They are very likely the best real estate “deals” in town, but, of course, there is a catch.

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Contractor cited for past wage, safety violations agrees to join union

The Lunenburg company signed a deal with the carpenters union after paying $2.4 million to settle wage violations with the Department of Labor.

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Swiss company to use Children’s hospital as trial site for Duchenne drug

Santhera Pharmaceuticals also recently opened an office in Burlington.


How to spend less than you earn

Here are some tips on lowering credit card debt and building an emergency savings fund at the same time.

J.C. Penney to close up to 140 stores

The department store giant’s latest quarterly results, also released Friday, illustrate its struggle to connect with shoppers.

NGIN Workplace in Cambridge has desks and a lunch space. Private offices can be had, too — those start at $1,000 a month. These shared offices charge based on factors like how many desks you require or how many hours you need in a conference room.


They want you to invade their spaces

Not long ago, “co-working” setups were novelties; now they’re attracting crowds.

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli is facing a trial pn securities fraud charges. His former lawyer, Evan Greebel, is also facing charges and is asking a judge to try him separately.

Martin Shkreli’s ‘tornado of chaos’ has his ex-lawyer running for cover

Shkreli’s notorious antics have created “a bizarre one-of-a-kind spectacle” — designed to win an acquittal like O.J. Simpson — but might ultimately sink Evan Greebel, his lawyer said.

Like a broken record

As one-day gains go, the Dow Jones industrial average’s 34.72 point rise on Thursday was insignificant, a mere 0.17 percent.

With President Trump Thursday were (from left) Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Ford CEO Mark Fields, Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison, and United Technologies Corporation CEO Greg Hayes.

US factory CEOs to Trump: Jobs exist; skills don’t

Some of the CEOs who met with the president suggested that there are still plenty of openings for US factory jobs but too few qualified people to fill them.

Boston, MA--2/23/2017 - Architect Kevin Dealer (cq) stands on an existing pier. (Venezia (cq) restaurant, left rear, is not part of the development.) Developer Ryan Sillery (cq) has bought property at Russo/MarineMax (cq) in Dorchester. RODE Architects Inc partners Dealer and Eric Robinson (cq) are designing a redevelopment, that will include waterfront condos, a hotel, restaurant, park, retail space, and a refurbished marina. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 24marine Reporter: Jon Chesto

Developer hopes to tap into Dorchester’s Port Norfolk

A South Boston-based developer is aiming to develop and design a complex that would include condos, a hotel and restaurant, and marina slips.

Google firm develops system to help cull toxic comments from websites

Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Alphabet, says it has developed a new tool for Web publishers to identify toxic comments that can undermine a civil exchange of ideas.

Renaissance partners battle over Trump, WSJ says

A Renaissance Technologies partner went public with his strong objections to top executive Robert Mercer’s support for the president.

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Newton developer opts for affordable housing project in face of opposition

Building under state law 40B would allow developer Robert Korff to bypass some local zoning restrictions.

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Millennials may never get out of their parents’ homes

Why has living at home become so en vogue among millennials?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ruling may test Mnuchin’s zeal for Fannie-Freddie overhaul

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s seriousness about overhauling the nation’s $10 trillion mortgage market will soon be tested.

Friday’s business agenda

Workshops, bootcamps, and more notable events and things to know.

Stocks mixed as investors temper expectations for economy

Stocks wobbled as investors tempered expectations for faster economic growth.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt once saw Donald Trump get a hole-in-one on the golf course, and recounted the story today at the White House.

‘I’ve seen the magic before.’ GE CEO recalls Trump hole-in-one

Boston-based GE chief executive Jeff Immelt was among a number of manufacturing CEOs who visited the White House to meet with the President.

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Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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