Boylston Street should be bustling, but many storefronts sit empty

One of the most prominent blocks in the Back Bay — Boylston Street between Arlington and Berkeley — feels downright desolate.

Compassionate Organics has said that it will also hire a police officer to patrol the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, where neighbors fear that patients might light up.

Proposed Newbury Street dispensary’s promise: No recreational sales

The pledge came after a neighborhood group voted to oppose the facility.

“The field in general — and our pharma colleagues — are recognizing that they need to think beyond amyloid,” said Dr. David Knopman, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic.

As debate rages over best path for Alzheimer’s research, new ideas emerge

There’s a bevy of new research efforts into Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting ideas.

Steven Smith, a long-time GasBuddy app user who reports gas prices during his travels, checked the app recently.

GasBuddy wants to turn its loyal users into cash

The Boston entrepreneurs behind GasBuddy want it to become the essential supplier of Big Data to gas stations and convenience stores.

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Vt. ski resort owner won’t contest investment fraud charges

A ski resort owner accused of massive fraud involving foreign investors’ money will not contest the SEC charges against him.

Wednesday’s business agenda.

Social media for startups, millennial mixer, and other notable events and things to know.

Village Voice to end print publication

The move was intended to revitalize the 62-year-old Voice by concentrating on other forms and to reach its audience every day rather than once a week, the paper’s owner said.

Johnson & Johnson says its drug shouldn’t be used to kill prisoners

The state of Florida is scheduled Thursday to use an anesthetic drug called etomidate in the execution of Mark Asay.

Verizon tweaks prices, cuts video quality on unlimited plans

Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers.


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The service is available to owners of apartment buildings and condominiums in Boston and 21 other US cities.

AT&T brings new high-speed Internet service to Boston

The company says its can be hooked up to apartment and condo buildings.

Stocks surge as investors put a shaky two weeks behind them

Stocks around the world jumped on Tuesday.

Another month of higher home prices in Massachusetts

Two new reports show demand remained strong in July, but there weren’t enough properties for sale.

Ariel Quiros, the owner of Jay Peak Resort, and former Jay president William Stenger are accused of misusing more than $200 million raised from hundreds of foreign investors.

Immigrant investor center to close following alleged fraud at Jay Peak ski resort

‘‘Certainly better Regional Center oversight of the projects may have prevented this,’’ the US Citizenship and Immigration Services said.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, spoke during a product launch event in Cupertino, Calif. The arrival of Apple, Facebook, and Google means that the hypercompetitive world of scripted TV is going to become even more ferocious.

Tech firms make push toward TV

Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal,” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama.

Tuesday’s business agenda

What’s going on in the business world today.

Jury awards $417m in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

Low-cost European airlines such as Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA are hurting revenues of US carriers by dropping the price of trans-Atlantic fares.

Cheap airfares to Europe put price squeeze on American and Delta

What’s great news for bargain-hunting travelers is a blow for traditional airlines.

The Jeep is a quintessentially American car, but it also has a strong resonance in China.

Chinese automaker sets its sights on Jeep

A deal would give the Chinese auto industry a foothold abroad and help it become an industry force. But Fiat Chrysler said there had been no overtures.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people yearly.


Genetic tweaks to tuberculosis could speed up vaccine discovery

Tuberculosis kills 1.5 million people each year, and a better vaccine could save lives on a stunning scale.

Retailers including Walmart are turning to data scientists to sift through information and find more efficiencies in their operations.

Here’s a retail job that’s still in high demand: data scientist

Despite an onslaught of bankruptcies, store closures, and layoffs, there’s one retail job that’s still in hot demand: data scientist.

Ed Krapels is taking on a new challenge — and this one is personal.

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For this investor, it’s a life-and-death venture

Energy industry executive Ed Krapels is taking on a new challenge: investing in a fledgling biotech firm.

FILE - In this April 15, 2011, file photo, a bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

A hospitalized woman had claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer.

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Ironwood wins OK for an easier-to-administer gout treatment

As many as 10 million Americans suffer from the painful condition. A Cambridge company has a new treatment.

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, a home under construction and for sale is shown in Roswell, Ga. On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Higher mortgage rates that many expected in Trump era haven’t materialized

Rates jumped after Trump’s election victory but have steadily dropped this year.

View and print your own Verizon ‘elder protection’ form

Verizon’s three-paragraph “elder protection” form, once completed, helps the company adhere to state-enforced rules that give the elderly special protection.

The Jeep is a quintessentially American vehicle, but it also has a strong resonance in China.

Chinese automaker Great Wall considers bid for Jeep

It’d be an ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands.

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Verizon cuts off elderly woman’s phone — on her birthday

The state needs better rules for determining if a utility customer is elderly.

White nationalists who marched Aug. 11 in Charlottesville, Va., used Tiki torches to light the way. The company that makes the torches is distancing itself from the groups.

Tiki torch maker burned by racists in Charlottesville

The innocuous bamboo beacons known for their presence at barbecues were found this month in Charlottesville.

At iSpecimen, Rachel Lawrence packed plasma samples.

At iSpecimen, biosamples get shipped fast when researchers need them

Lexington’s iSpecimen is helping to radically change the way researchers get blood and tissue samples

Vice president Jim Farrell says AMD in Boxborough plays a key role.

Lifted by its Mass. labs, chip maker AMD rebounds

For the first time in at least a decade, the Silicon Valley chip maker Advanced Micro Devices may be living up to its name.

The heavy hitters include ex-Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (top) and former White House aide Lanny Griffith.


Who gets Big Pharma’s lobbying dollars?

As the winds shift in Washington, D.C., here’s something to depend on: Big pharma and health products companies will be the top spenders on lobbying.

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Smart investors may be killing capitalism

When investors own little bits of everything, they lose interest in the kind of fierce market competition that is supposed to keep prices low and innovation humming.

worker install the laminate floor


Keeping things solid underfoot

Wood is most the popular flooring, but a poor choice for the kitchen.



Are you plagued by serial get-out-of-debt disorder?

This ailment typically affects people who live above their means.

Sporting goods retailers brace for lengthy slump

Shares of stores that mostly sell sneakers and sporting gear plummeted Friday after Foot Locker and smaller rival Hibbett Sports reported a drop in sales in the latest quarter.

Vishal Sikka has resigned as chief executive of Infosys.

Infosys chief quits after battle with founders

The departure of Vishal Sikka comes just months after a struggle at the top of the Tata Group, a powerful Indian conglomerate, focused attention on a variety of problems in the country’s corporate governance and culture.

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded.

Rep. Pete Welch, D-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.


Lawmakers push drug makers to explain soaring MS drug prices

Two Democratic lawmakers have sent letters to several drug companies about the costs of treatments for multiple sclerosis.

Carpenter Andral LaFleur worked on a column at the new building.

One Dalton tower set to power up

The hotel and condo tower under construction alongside Christian Science Plaza is set to poke its head up above the neighboring Sheraton Hotel within the next few weeks.

Brigham and Women's Hospital officials previously said that they were offering voluntary retirement to 1,600 employees.

Brigham and Women’s buyouts will cost as much as $90m

The company doesn’t expect to start reaping savings from the job cuts in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

What’s said during a meeting of the High-Growth CEO Forum — like this recent session at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge — doesn’t get repeated in public.

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Never heard of the High-Growth CEO Forum? That’s just fine with the group’s members

Local tech executives say its low profile allows them to seek advice — and accept criticism — from peers.

Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng to buy MassMutual unit for $1.7 billion

Yunfeng will use the new unit to add offerings such as death benefits and annuities.

Walmart said sales have soared at,, and its other websites in the last three months.

Walmart’s online sales soar as it seeks to catch Amazon

The world’s largest retailer said Thursday that online sales soared 60 percent in the past three months.

A worker ran the new molding machine used to make L.L. Bean’s famous hunting shoe.

L.L. Bean boosting production of iconic boot

L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product.

The Landmark Center had been expected to be the site of the first urban Wegmans store in the Boston area.

Wegmans moves ahead with two suburban stores, while plans for Boston market are on hold

In Boston, Wegmans’ hunt for space led it to the Landmark Center in the Fenway. But now that deal might not happen.

User design professionals from around the area are invited to a forum and happy hour on Thursday.

So far, compromise eludes Mass. alcohol task force

But the group’s chairman insists it will promote major changes to the way beer, wine, and spirits are sold in Massachusetts.

Lawsuit claims Poland Spring Water is committing ‘colossal fraud’

A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers by saying their bottle contains ‘‘100 percent natural spring water’’ that hails from Maine.

Friday’s business agenda

Networking breakfast, programming workshop and other notable events and things to know.

UMass Memorial, which has its flagship teaching hospital in Worcester, said it will continue to care for MassHealth patients.

UMass Memorial pulls out of state Medicaid overhaul

The move makes UMass Memorial Health Care the state’s only large network of doctors and hospitals that will not participate in the restructuring of MassHealth.

Mass. unemployment rate evens out with national average

Massachusetts lost 200 jobs in July, and the labor force participation rate took a slight dip.

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