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Brewster Ambulance Service employees Christopher Groleau (left) and Kim Cordeiro.

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Brewster Ambulance Service employees Christopher Groleau (left) and Kim Cordeiro.

Brewster Ambulance’s emergence spurs fierce competition

The service has won lucrative contracts from Brockton and Quincy, but long-established competitors have cried foul over how the bids were handled. By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

“It clearly shows a bit of a trend happening here in the affordable and middle-income area of housing,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said.

In Boston, a surge in affordable housing

Nearly half of the 2,461 apartments, condos, and homes permitted in the first half of 2015 will target low- or middle-income renters.

Cambridge Innovation Center’s overseas office will be in Rotterdam’s Groot Handelsgebouw, a 1.1 million-square-foot former warehouse.

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Cambridge Innovation Center expands to Rotterdam

The startup hub is planning its first international expansion, a 140,000 square-foot office in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam that could eventually house up to 500 companies.

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Boston office rents continue to soar

Throughout the city of Cambridge there are just three vacant office spaces of 20,000 square feet or more on the market now, and rents in Kendall Square are averaging above $70 per square foot. Out along Route 128, vacancy rates are at record lows, while office rents along Rt. 495 are at seven-year highs.

Startup aims to boost restaurant technology

There’s a scrum underway among start-ups that want to replace the clunky old cash register at restaurants and coffee shops. Companies like Square, Breadcrumb, and Cambridge-based Leaf have all been promoting the benefits of using sleek tablets and cloud-based software. But one of the quieter local players, Toast, has been steadily building momentum. The Cambridge […]

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‘No clear theory’ for SpaceX rocket explosion

SpaceX founder Elon Musk addressed the recent explosion of his company’s space station resupply rocket at a Boston conference.

Ten things you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business

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Wednesday’s business agenda

Career in startups, video how-to, and more notable events and things to know.

FDA approves new heart failure pill from Novartis

Government regulators have approved a new pill from Novartis to treat heart failure.

Boston Fed takes action against Santander

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ordered the parent company of Santander Bank to improve the oversight provided by its board and its plans for managing risk and capital.

General Mills plans major move toward cage-free eggs

Food maker General Mills announced a major move toward cage-free eggs Tuesday as part of an updated animal welfare policy that now extends throughout its global supply chain.

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.