“Is the conversation revolving around the future of the Commonwealth? If it’s not, then we’re not having the right conversation,” said John Fish, the chairman of Boston 2024.

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“Is the conversation revolving around the future of the Commonwealth? If it’s not, then we’re not having the right conversation,” said John Fish, the chairman of Boston 2024.

Boston 2024’s problem? It’s not John Fish, it’s us.

This is more than just about Fish and his improbable dream. At stake is nothing less than Boston’s reputation.By Shirley Leung

Barbara Lockwood shopped during the store’s final days.

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Another neighborhood store becomes part of a bygone era

For 72 years, Ward’s Gifts has been a landmark in Medford Square. But the Ward family has decided it’s time to close up shop.

Nancy Kleiman played the harp for Delva Castanos at the Brigham.

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Nancy Kleiman is one of the many healers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, but not the kind with a medical degree.

Postal Workers’ ad assails Faust for ties to Staples

The ad claims that Harvard president Drew Faust is “smearing Harvard’s good name” by sitting on the board of directors at Staples.

CVS Caremark CEO Larry Merlo

CVS chief Larry Merlo earned $32 million in 2014

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

Former Fidelity executive Ronald O’Hanley testifies at a state Senate hearing in 2011.

Ex-Fidelity executive to lead State Street’s investment arm

Scott Powers, president and chief executive officer of State Street Corp.’s investment arm, plans to retire later this year.

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US construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.

Microbrew laws rewritten as demand for craft beer grows

The popularity has craft breweries bumping up against the country’s longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

Futures contracts rebound after rapid morning plunge

S&P 500 E-mini contracts tumbled by as much as 1.3 percent over a two-minute period before rebounding.

MBTA pension fund performance in 2014 lags peers

The fund reported a 5.5 percent investment return for 2014, down from 17.1 percent the prior year.

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