SJC rules for Tesla in fight with car dealers

The electric car company can sell directly to Mass. consumers instead of having to use traditional car dealerships.

A machinist at AccuRounds in Avon, which has a labor shortage that vocational schools could help eliminate.

Schools’ wait lists called a drag on the economy

Long lists for vocational and tech schools are creating a bottleneck in training as thousands of jobs go unfilled.

In 2005, Jessica Cruickshank experienced repeated incidents of her 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix shutting off during driving.

Often, auto safety unit is slow to act

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a record of missteps.

Graduated tax rates seen as one strategy for states like Mass.

A new study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems.

The deal is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in fiscal 2015.


Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

The game has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.

 Scott Simonson of the Oakland Raiders lost his helmet when he was hit by a Detroit Lions opponent.

Startup tackling helmet flaws

Fledging company HeadSmart Labs is rethinking some of the ways that football players’ protective gear is used.


‘Wearable robot’ gets $2.9m in funding

A soft, wearable exoskeleton under construction has received a $2.9 million shot of funding.

Marriott will be placing envelopes like this in 160,000 hotel rooms in the US and Canada beginning this week.

Marriott to urge guests to leave tips for housekeepers

Marriott International wants to give its housekeepers a raise — and it is hoping customers will chip in.

Openbay’s Rob Infantino at the MassTLC Awards.


First stop for auto repairs: the Web

Openbay, an app that lets users get the best deals for auto repairs, is quietly building an industry-leading marketplace.


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Erosion and a changing landscape are givens on Cape Cod. Above, storm surge ate away at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham in February 2013.

Climate change concerns weigh on Cape home-buying decisions

Erosion and redrawn flood maps have some buyers heading for the hills or the highways. Others, finding the beauty worth the risk, are digging their heels in the sand.

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


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

Game Changers


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

Top Places to Work


// 2013 Top Places to Work rankings

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

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