From heartbreak comes invention to help others

Mike and Kezia Fitzgerald, shown with their son, Lochlan, began making their medical device at their Danvers home.

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Mike and Kezia Fitzgerald turned their tragedy into a simple product that is making it easier for thousands of children around the world to undergo cancer treatment.

Shirley Leung

Don’t vote for Charlie because he can cry

If Martha Coakley cries, the race is over. If Charlie Baker cries, he might win it. Noooooooooooooo. People of Massachusetts, you are better than this.

Elaine Timms, an employee of Phoenix of Anderson, sorted fabrics inside the company's warehouse in Williamston. S.C.

Economy grew more than forecast in third quarter

Gains in government spending and a shrinking trade deficit made up for a slowdown in household purchases.

Homeless population in Mass. rising faster than any other state

In the state, the number has increased by nearly 28 percent since 2010, according to a federal report released Thursday.

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Dispatch from the disruption zone

While Boston entrepreneurs focus on selling to corporate buyers, the motto in San Francisco is “Ask forgiveness, not permission.”

Legal Sea Foods to close Prudential Center restaurant at end of the year

Legal Sea Foods will close its 20-year-old Prudential Center restaurant at the end of the year. The company said all 144 workers will be transferred to other area restaurants.

Amazon proposes fulfillment center in Fall River, Freetown

The online retail giant announced it intends to build a one million square foot facility — its first in Mass.

Three startups split prize in Children’s ‘shark tank’

Three health care startups competing for seed money at a Children’s Hospital “shark tank” competition Friday each took home a share of the $30,000 prize

At end of wild month, Dow and S&P close at record highs

The market bounced back just two weeks after its biggest slump in two years.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Apple Pay is promoted on signs placed at the cash register of Whole Foods in Columbus Circle on October 20, 2014 in New York, NY. The software, which debuted today, is available in the recently updated iPhone 6 software and accepted in 220,000 stores. It allows iPhone users to pay for purchases using their iPhone's NFC capabilities instead of using their credit card. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

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Here come the pay phones

This is no ordinary shopping spree. This is research into a quartet of digital wallets that transmit financial data to retail credit-card terminals.

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

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