Roxbury’s  Whittier Street Apartments and adjoining areas would be the site of 462 new housing units south of the Ruggles MBTA station.

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Roxbury’s Whittier Street Apartments and adjoining areas would be the site of 462 new housing units south of the Ruggles MBTA station.

New mixed-income housing projects planned for Roxbury

Two non-profits are collaborating with the Boston Housing Authority to redevelop the 1950s-era Whittier Street public housing project. By Dan Adams

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Shakers outsource chair making

For the first time, the United Society of Shakers will license the manufacture of its classic ladderback chairs and rockers to an outside party.

Claire Richer, a senior, was the force behind getting bike desks into use at Boston University. Among other things, she raised $10,832 to buy two cycles from a Belgian company.


Boston University offers pedal power to charge electronics

Sleek bike desks with power outlets at BU are being touted not just for physical fitness but also as pedal-generated electricity kiosks.

Amazon launches marketplace for services

The services in the company’s new marketplace range from the conventional to the downright odd, like having goats eat your unwanted vegetation.


Social network to aid depression sufferers

Researchers with ties to MIT are creating a private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles with depression.

Partners HealthCare offers low-cost way to earn degree

The health care giant’s sweeping new initiative gives its workers access to a free or nearly free college education.

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CVS chief Larry Merlo earned $32 million in 2014

Merlo’s total compensation increased by 3.2 percent last year, the company reported Tuesday.

Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal

Charter buying Bright House for $10.4 billion is the latest big deal in the pay-TV industry.

New Bedford medical manufacturer lays off 190

Tecomet is shutting down its medical device factory and employees will be laid off over the course of the next year.

Boston bank robber barred from securities industry

A Boston-area man currently imprisoned for robbing two banks has been barred from selling stocks and brokering sales by federal regulators.

The Beatles’ childhood homes are selling at ridiculous premiums

The semi-detached house at 1 Blomfield Rd. in Liverpool is a modest three-bedroom with a stucco exterior, wood-paneled walls, and red shag carpeting. In a typical scenario, such details would make the house feel outdated and undesirable. But Tuesday’s sale was far from typical: The property, which was home to John Lennon’s mom until her death in 1958, sold at auction for $229,000.

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