In Boston, Stanley’s opening new doors

Stanley Black & Decker opened its latest innovation center, in Boston’s Seaport District

A travel tour company denied JoAnn Becker a chance to join a scheduled tour of Vietnam because she is blind.

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Blind woman told she couldn’t join a travel tour without a companion

A Boston-based travel company wants a blind prospective tourist to find a traveling companion before they allow her on their trip, which the traveler says is unfair.

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MassDevelopment’s new chief needs no introduction

Bold Types

FitNow acknowledges that the DNA information it is selling will not on its own be the difference maker for people seeking to lose weight; rather they believe it will add persuasive, targeted information that, along with other suggestions about diet and exercise, will help consumers do a better job of staying fit.

Boston fitness firm wants to add DNA to your diet

Academic researchers expressed deep skepticism about whether FitNow’s product would make any difference in weight loss.

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Disney’s 38,000 Florida union workers seek wage-hike talks

A wage hike would raise costs for Disney at a time when the company’s largest business, television, is coping with a loss of viewers to online video options.

‘A bleak picture’ for women trying to rise at law firms

Even as more women add a law degree to their résumés, carving out a successful career at a law firm remains an uphill endeavor.

Fed will likely focus on low inflation but leave rates alone

The Federal Reserve appears puzzled why inflation remains so low at a time of nearly full employment.

Al fresco with Fido in Boston sounds good, but city laws limit it

Yappy Hours are prevelant in the summertime, but the laws around them still seem ambiguous.

AbbVie ordered to pay $150 million damages in ‘Low T’ trial

The jury awarded the punative damages to an Oregon man who accused the drugmaker of hiding the heart attack risks of its AndroGel testosterone booster.


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Tuesday’s business agenda

Panel discussions, earnings date and other things to know and notable events.

Microsoft Paint’s days may be numbered

More than three decades, billions of dollars, and dozens of iterations later, Microsoft plans to stop developing the program, nudging it a step closer to death.

An image from a 2014 video showed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State. The New York Times described as “malicious and inaccurate” a “Fox and Friends’’ segment that accused the paper of publishing a story that hindered a US attempt to kill Baghdadi.

New York Times asks Fox for apology after ‘inaccurate segment’

The newspaper asked that the TV show “Fox & Friends” apologize for a piece accusing the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that hindered the US military’s attempt to kill the leader of the Islamic State group.

Alameda County prosecutors unveiled mughots of Billy DeVincenzi and Cheryl Drace after they were recently sentenced to 15 years to life for the 1990 murder of Drace’s ex-husband Steve Rudiger near Oakland. DeVincenzi, 53, a career criminal from East Boston, was the poster boy for the federal Witness Protection Program after he helped authorities solve a string of robberies and a murder in Boston in the early 1980s.

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Billy DeVincenzi takes another wrong turn

A cold case from 1990 catches up with East Boston’s “Baby Driver.”

Support groups for former ICU patients have had trouble attracting attendees.


Ex-ICU patients struggle, but support groups sit idle

Survival can seem like the only goal during a stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit. But for many patients, the aftermath can be just as harrowing.

US stocks mixed ahead of earnings reports

Stocks mostly fell on Monday, and broad-market indexes inched modestly backward.

KKR’s Internet Brands buying WebMD in $2.8b deal

The online media and software services provider will pay $66.50 per WebMD share — an approximately 20 percent premium.


CAR-T cancer treatment offers hope, but still faces hurdles

The FDA looks poised to approve the first hot-wired white blood cell treatment from Novartis.

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32.

Talking points

BBC women demand action on pay gap

An open letter signed by 42 demanded that the corporation “act now” to eliminate the disparity.

EU, German regulator studying reports of automaker collusion

The European Commission is studying the matter, according to a statement.

Boston Carmen’s Union President James M. O’Brien.

Amid controversy, MBTA Retirement Fund performing better in 2017

The T’s largest union said recent returns show the fund is on better footing than the agency has suggested.

Martha A. Shea, program coordinator of ClearPath, helped Don Gage sort through his cluttered home.


She helps hoarders find space, and peace

Former police officer Martha Shea heads the community organization ClearPath.


Protect yourself from debit card crooks

The debit card you rely on to conduct your business has a vulnerability that thieves have become masters at exploiting.

Evan Horowitz

The health care debate we should be having

Public health programs, such as efforts to curb smoking, have helped the lives of countless people. But these measures get little focus.


Changing the channel on cable

Streaming is picking up steam, but cutting the cord isn’t easy.

US seeks dismissal of charges in ‘London Whale’ case

Acting US Attorney Joon Kim said Friday his office made the request in the case against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout.

The Ashley Madison website was hacked in 2015.

Judge OKs $11.2m settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users

Douglas Dowd, an attorney representing users of the marital infidelity website, said the settlement is ‘‘fair and reasonable’’ for both sides.

Jeff Immelt.

As Immelt bows out, GE shows the stench of oil is hard to escape

In his final days atop General Electric Co., Jeffrey Immelt still can’t throw off oil’s stink.

Eversource is seeking approval to increase its Massachusetts rates next year by $96 million.

Attorney general pushes back on Eversource’s request for rate hike

Attorney General Maura Healey filed a brief challenging Eversource’s request and calling on the state agency to cut its rates instead.

Professor Marc Edwards and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Professionals who exposed Flint water crisis win first MIT ‘Disobedience’ award

The $250,000 prize was established to reward whistleblowers and activists whose work bucked conventional wisdom for social good.

FILE -- A car from Waymo, one of several companies that are becoming partners in Lyft’s Open Platform Initiative on technology for self-driving cars, in Mountain View, Calif., March 21, 2017. On July 21 Lyft, the ride-hailing company, announced that it was developing its own self-driving technology, marking yet another company’s gamble that the future of transportation will be marked by self-driving cars. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Lyft riders in Boston will be able to hail a self-driving car by the end of the year

Lyft riders in Boston will be able to hail a self-driving car by the end of the year.

Revelopment of the Government Center garage site includes two towers, shown at the right in this rendering.

Developer of 45-story tower changes plans, will convert some apartments into condos

The move to modify the Government Center project is an indication that condominium demand in Boston remains high.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt

GE profits off in second quarter

The Boston-based industrial conglomerate still beat Wall Street expectations as longtime chief executive Jeff Immelt prepares to hand over the reins in August.

Investor and conference organizer Sheryl R. Marshall says that the venture capital firms should institute the same kinds of policies that public companies have.


What’s to be done about male venture capitalists who harass women?

An industry dominated by men scrambles to come up with ways to head off bad behavior.

The President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

European Central Bank chief says inflation lags behind growth

Mario Draghi said policy makers are still waiting for inflation to catch up with the economic recovery as they put off discussions on winding back stimulus until after the summer.

Friday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, gas prices, beginner workshops and other notable events and things to know.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

New York to Washington in 29 minutes? Elon Musk teases a new hyperloop

With a tweet and very little else by way of detail, the entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday raised the prospect of speedy, hassle-free travel.

JPMorgan has agreed to pay $307 million in fines, with $267 million going to the SEC and $40 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

JPMorgan whistle-blowers seen reaping record $61 million bounty

JPMorgan agreed to pay $307 million, with $267 million going to the SEC and $40 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Exchange at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska offers many name-brand items.

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free

Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Pregnant workers’ bill heads to Baker’s desk

The bill would give pregnant workers the right to less strenuous duties, more frequent breaks, and temporary transfers.

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Treasury Department hit Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine on July 20, 2017, for violating Russia sanctions while Tillerson was the oil company’s CEO. Treasury said in a statement that Exxon under Tillerson’s leadership had shown “reckless disregard” for sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russian entities in 2014 over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions when it signed contracts in May 2014 with a Russian oil magnate known to be closely connected to Vladimir Putin.

Stocks waver as earnings, central banks dominate

US stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday.

Anne Finucane, who is based in Boston, is reportedly intrigued by the idea but hasn’t begun official discussions, according to the report.

Bank of America’s Finucane reportedly eyed for top spot at Uber

Could Bank of America vice chair Anne Finucane, who is based in Boston, end up in the driver’s seat at Uber?

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.

President Donald Trump spoke to members of the US military following a meeting at the Pentagon Thursday.

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.

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.


Babson breaks another barrier with first woman board leader

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

A family trust is likely to seek $95 million for its properties on a prime stretch of Brattle Street.

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.

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.

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