Mixed success in controlling health costs, report says

Spending at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts jumped 3.65 percent, and as much as 4 percent for some Partners HealthCare patients last year, compared with an inflation rate of 1.4 percent in the Boston metropolitan area. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Spending at the state’s biggest health insurer and health care provider helped drive spending well above inflation last year.

BU, Northeastern, Wellesley sue state over cleanup work

The trio claim the state unfairly denied them millions of dollars in tax credits for environmental clean-up work done.

Boston Capital

Insiders big winners when mutual banks go public

Most community banks that convert to public companies will disappear in a matter of a few years. It’s not hard to see why.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” said Michael Wheeler, chief executive of the 126-year-old bank, which has four branches.

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Depositors block bank’s plan to convert to a publicly traded stockholder business

Depositors at tiny Beverly Bank blocked a plan by executives to convert to public ownership.

Adam Tanner’s book explores changing ideas about privacy.

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Casinos may offer lessons about protecting privacy

In his latest book, Adam Tanner takes a tour of Caesars Entertainment, which has been built into the biggest gambling company in the world.

The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time, labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Fast-food workers seeking higher wages plan another strike

Labor organizers plan to stage widespread civil disobedience and have thousands of home-care workers join the protests.

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The Globe’s data team enhances stories with data through charts, maps, and interactive graphics.

Shirley Leung

Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Market Basket in turmoil

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

Game Changers

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The new publication highlights the entrepreneurs and the contributors who make the state a national leader in innovation.

Massachusetts housing prices

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Median sales prices have climbed above the 2005 peak in more than 60 Massachusetts communities. Compare the numbers for each Bay State city and town.

Diversity Boston

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A look at how urban farming is taking root, books about diversity for children and teens, a conversation about Boston’s health disparities, and more.

Top Places to Work

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The Globe’s annual survey of Massachusetts companies ranks the top largest, large, medium, and small employers in the state.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.