Proposal that would have excluded some janitors from a new contract is withdrawn

Cleaning companies drop request to exclude some janitors in small buildings from union wages.

High expectations for Nobel recipients can be hard to meet

The path from a brilliant lab discovery to an actual medication is long and winding.

Harvard’s Cambridge campus.

Harvard raids rival Columbia for new endowment chief

N.P. “Narv” Narvekar, currently head of Columbia University’s endowment, will take over Harvard’s $35.7 billion fund in December.

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Janitors, building contractors negotiate amid threat of strike

Both sides hope to come to an agreement by Friday night when the current contract is set to expire.

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Here’s what GE CEO Jeff Immelt thinks of Boston so far . . .

He had some high praise for his new city.

Children’s gets key backing amid Prouty Garden fight

Boston Children’s Hospital’s proposed expansion received a key recommendation, despite concerns over the garden and a possible increase in medical costs.

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What could possibly be bad about unlimited vacation time?

A growing number of companies allow employees to take as much time off as they want. But the policies can create problems.

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

The Obama administration failed to follow the president’s health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress’ investigative arm said Thursday.

Warren joins complaints against debt collection practices

Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted the US Department of Education for sending debt collectors after students who were defrauded by a for-profit school.

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Most Americans believe prescription drug prices are unreasonable

Those responding to a Kaiser poll support some, but not all, of the ideas being floated to lower costs.

Molecule can make mice smarter. Can it heal brains?

The discovery of this potentially promising compound has ignited a scientific and entrepreneurial whirlwind, with a playful, brilliant scientist in the middle.

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Brigham and Women’s expands its campus with a $475m building

The 11-story building will put patients, doctors, and scientists under one roof.

Conservation Law Foundation sues Exxon Mobil

The suit accuses Exxon Mobil Corp. of ignoring pollution hazards posed by the energy giant’s waterfront terminal in Everett.

Stocks slide on Deutsche Bank worries

Drug makers and banks absorbed big losses.

Friday’s business agenda

Bootcamps, festivals, and more notable events and things to know.

ImmunoGen cutting 65 jobs after strategic review

Waltham biotech company ImmunoGen Inc. said Thursday it will eliminate 65 jobs from its workforce.

A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Dorchester.

Bottled Dunkin’, coming to a grocery store near you

The iced coffees will be sold in grocery and convenience stores, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts shops across the nation.

In a report Thursday, S&P Global Ratings said its outlook for Harvard was stable.

Harvard keeps AAA bond rating

Wall Street bond analysts shrugged off Harvard University’s lagging endowment returns, maintaining the AAA rating for the institution’s $5 billion in debt.

GE announces partnership with Boston-based Allied Minds

By sharing technology, GE and a local intellectual property company think they can create winning startups.

LEO Pharma grabs toehold in Cambridge

Denmark’s LEO Pharma is the latest European health care company to open an office in Kendall Square.

‘Virtual’ groundbreaking for a real building

Suffolk Construction used virtual reality to simulate a groundbreaking.

Ginkgo Bioworks opens production site for custom cells

The new 18,000-square-foot foundry near the company’s South Boston headquarters will make living cells for food, fragrances, and cosmetics.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

Sumner Redstone (left), owner of National Amusements, with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. CBS is a subsidiary of National Amusements.

Viacom, CBS owner said to be eyeing merger

The Redstone family is pushing ahead to reunite Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer is on track to be ordained in June.


For Health Care for All chief, a spiritual shift

The organization’s executive director, Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, is resigning to become a priest.

Biotechs leverage patient groups in drug development

Startups are tapping patient groups to raise awareness of diseases, bankroll research, design clinical trials, and tell their stories to the regulators.

The blockchain that makes bitcoin work is really a vast and accumulating database of transactions that are stored on a network of thousands of computers.

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Bigger than bitcoin: Here comes blockchain

Blockchain has so far proved to be a bomb-proof way of registering and storing information so that it is impervious to hacking.

Fed politics in spotlight as Yellen cornered by lawmaker

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s defense of the central bank as nonpartisan came under attack on Wednesday, as a Republican congressman cornered her on whether a key policy maker would have a conflict of interest in discussing a post in the next US president’s administration.

Och-Ziff hedge fund unit to plead guilty to bribery

Och-Ziff Capital Management is expected to have an overseas subsidiary enter a guilty plea.

Edwin Crespo manned the meat counter at the Big Y on Hancock Street in Quincy. The company kept former Hannaford employees on the payroll when it took over.

Springfield grocer Big Y takes a big step into Eastern Mass.

West of Worcester, Big Y is an institution. Now it’s making a big play around Boston.

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California suspends some Wells Fargo business amid scandal

California’s treasurer said he’s suspending some of the state’s most profitable lines of business with the bank amid allegations bank employees opened millions of accounts without customers’ permission.

The group’s president, Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada of Qatar, spoke with its secretary general, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, on Wednesday.

OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production

Output levels must still be finalized at a meeting in Vienna in November.

Vertex wins OK for cystic fibrosis drug for younger patients

Federal regulators Wednesday approved Vertex’s Orkambi drug to treat children from 6 to 11 years old.

Energy stocks lead market higher

Reports say OPEC nations are moving closer to an agreement to cut oil production.

The device used to inject flu vaccine in this 1968 photo was described as “an innovative syringe.”

What you need to know about flu vaccines as the winter draws near

While the flu is a common illness, that hardly means the science around it is static.

Governor Charlie Baker’s first overseas trade mission will be to Israel in December.

Governor Baker confirms Israel trade mission

It’s official: Governor Charlie Baker will head to Israel in December for his first overseas trade mission.

Cosi files for Chapter 11

The Boston-based restaurant chain, known for its homemade flatbread, said business would continue as usual at its remaining locations.

Baker’s economic development chief withdraws bid for Cambridge city manager

The top economic development official in the Baker administration has withdrawn his bid to become Cambridge’s city manager.

Stanford endowment joins long list of college funds doing poorly

The Stanford University endowment posted a 0.4 percent loss on its investments for fiscal 2016, underperforming some large rivals but doing better than Harvard University’s 2.0 percent loss.

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office is debating whether to further regulate the industry.

Advocates seek more limits on debt collectors

The calls follow a series of debt collection lawsuits and settlements, including one announced this week by Attorney General Maura Healey. founder Jenny Mirken.

For tweens, a social media network all their own

Facebook, Snapchat and many other social media platforms are technically only open to people 13 and above. A new app has a different target.

State Street names new financial chief

The Boston-based firm has tapped the chief financial officer of a Providence-based banking company.

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BlackBerry to stop making its once-ubiquitous smartphones

BlackBerry’s device business will focus on developing applications and an extra-secure version of Google’s Android operating system.

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Google Express shopping service expands across New England

Google Express will expand across the region as part of a broader national push.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified last week on Capitol Hill before the Senate Banking Committee.

Amid uproar, top Wells Fargo executives to repay hefty bonuses

CEO John Stumpf and former executive Carrie Tolstedt will give up at least $60 million in compensation, the bank said.

A rendering of the proposed park. Creating the park and moving the New England Aquarium’s IMAX theater would open up new views of the harbor.

‘The Blueway’ could break stalemate over high-rises

The New England Aquarium’s proposal could breathe life into Don Chiofaro’s plans to redevelop the Harbor Garage site.

Developer Don Chiofaro talked to Globe reporters and editors earlier this month about his vision for the waterfront, which includes the site of the present Harbor Garage.

Pay attention, Don Chiofaro: The Aquarium has come to the rescue

Hey Don, the New England Aquarium is providing a way forward — and an ally in your bid to transform the waterfront.

John Stumpf will not be eligible for a 2016 bonus.

Wells Fargo CEO to give up $41 million in pay after sales scandal

John Stumpf will forfeit unvested stock awards currently worth about $41 million and will not receive a salary while the investigation is ongoing.

Brenna Schneider, founder of 99Degrees Custom, accepted a $125,000 award Tuesday.


MIT awards focus on tech that helps low, middle-income workers

MIT gave $1 million to four companies that are trying to use innovation to help under-served communities.

Elon Musk unveiled his plan Tuesday to colonize Mars within 40 to 100 years at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Elon Musk lays out grand vision to colonize Mars

Thousands of people packed a conference hall to hear the much-hyped and long-anticipated presentation.

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Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.