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.

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.

Doing business at NGIN Workspace in Cambridge this week.


They want you to invade their spaces

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

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.

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In Vancouver, high drama over new Trump tower

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump’s rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.


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.

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.

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.


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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

(For Business Project)03022015 Brockton Ma Luis Mayancela (cq) age 18, fell off a roof in Portland, ME while doing construction at age 15, and broke his leg. He was a minor at the time and the contractor made him sit in a van for a 75 mile ride to a hospital. He is photographed at his Brockton home with his little brother Filemon, who is 14 months old.Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

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.

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.

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.

Trump’s moves could embolden unscrupulous employers

The possibility of arrest could keep undocumented workers from speaking out about unsafe conditions, advocates say.

HINGHAM, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Exterior Views Of Wahlburgers Family Restaurant on November 13, 2013 in Hingham, Massachusetts. It was just announced that owners Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg will produce and star in an upcoming A&E reality show based around the restaurant that they own. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Wahlbergs embroiled in food fight

The Wahlbergs are being sued by business partners who say they were shut out of Wahlburgers expansion plans.

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. Inc on April 28, 2016 reported profit and revenue that blew past analysts' expectations, sending its shares soaring in after-hours trading and demonstrating the growing market power of its core retail business and new cloud services division. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Amazon picks Back Bay for Boston expansion

The e-commerce and tech giant, already a presence in Cambridge, plans to lease space in the new WeWork building.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in Washington. While Oklahoma’s attorney general, emails show that new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Automakers ask EPA chief to toss Obama emissions decision

Automakers want a decision that upheld light-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards through 2025 to be withdrawn.

East Boston, MA: 02-21-2017: Haibnan airlines airplane at Logan Airport in East Boston, Mass. Feb. 22, 2017. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Katie Johnston ( 23china )

UK was biggest source of foreign tourists to Boston. Now it’s China.

Boston’s first sales mission to China comes as the country overtakes the UK as the top source of overseas visitors to the Hub.

Valerie Padilla and Diego Munoz, both 16, cross from El Paso into Ciudad Juarez for the weekend to see relatives. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Washington Post

A Trump effect hits El Paso’s economy

Each day, tens of thousands of people cross the three bridges between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez

Patrick T. Harker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and one of the voters this year, said Tuesday he continues to see three modest rate increases ahead in 2017.

Some Fed members back quicker move on rates

The US economy appears to be avoiding the kind of winter swoon that has become an annual event in recent years.

Pension liabilities hobble GM Europe deal

GM’s pension plan for Opel and Vauxhall retirees is underfunded by about $9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.

A John Deere combine demonstrates corn harvesting at the Husker Harvest Days agricultural fair in Grand Island, Neb., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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You gotta fight for the right to repair your digital devices

Businesses can bar customers from tinkering with the software; those who do so could be hauled into court for copyright violations.


FTC cracks down on Maine supplement maker

Federal and state officials in Maine said the company disguised 30-minute radio advertisements as a talk radio show and repeatedly promoted fake print newspapers ads.

3/12/2013 - Jamaica Plain, MA - Boston Beer Co. - Jim Koch, cq, is the founder of Boston Beer Co. Item: DzenOnBeer. Story by Gary Dzen/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Sam Adams sales are down, and so is Boston Beer’s stock

Boston Beer had a rough 2016, and so far, 2017 is also looking bad.

Tech foulups cut into auto reliability ratings

Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners.

Thursday’s business agenda

Economic data, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

Stocks slip from their recent record-setting gains

Investors made few big moves. They spent most of the day waiting for the minutes from the last Fed meeting, but got no surprises.


Diane Von Furstenberg to headline Simmons leadership conference

The Simmons College event has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a get-together of women from the college’s management school.


Growing number of businesses cater to autistic visitors

As general awareness of autism grows, more private businesses are changing their practices during select times to accommodate individuals with the condition.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 2/22/2017: The closing of Schoehhof's foreign books outside of Harvard Square after 161 years in business. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC techlab

Schoenhof’s books, a Harvard Square landmark, will live online only

After 161 years in business, the bookstore will operate only online.

Big banks launch Zelle to take on Venmo

A collection of 19 companies, including Bank of America, teamed up on a website and app that will let users send and request money.

Waltham, MA., 08/26/16, A wrap-around deck for outdoor dining. As Thermo Fisher Scientific prepares to move into a new corporate headquarters on a bluff overlooking Route 128 in Waltham, we look at the growth and challenges faced by the state's second most valuable public company. In the 10 years since it was formed through the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific, it has grown its employment from 7,500 to 50,000 and its global sales from $9 billion to $17 billion. But its plan to enter the precision medicine market -- key to its future expansion -- faces formidable hurdles. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

Patent royalties curbed as Supreme Court backs Thermo Fisher

The ruling is a defeat for Promega Corp., which claimed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.’s Life Technologies unit infringed a patent covering genetic testing kits.

Elizabeth Deveney is the fourth generation of her family to carry on the stone-cutting tradition at Deveney and White Monument Co. in Dorchester.


A death in the family had profound effect on this tombstone maker

Elizabeth Deveney carries on her family’s Dorchester business, Deveney and White Memorials

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick led an hourlong meeting with staff Tuesday at the company’s headquarters that focused on employee complaints, including sexual harassment.

Uber CEO apologizes for company culture after harassment claims

At a meeting open to all Uber Technologies Inc. employees on Tuesday, Travis Kalanick apologized for cultural failings at his company.

Harvard Pilgrim expands use of novel drug purchasing deals

The health insurer signed two more deals to pay for expensive drugs based on how effectively they treat patients, a strategy aimed at reining in medical spending.

Wells Fargo fires managers, denies bonuses in account probe

The actions come as the bank’s board examines how abusive sales practices spread through branches before spiraling into a national scandal last year.

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