Mark Fishman (right), of Novartis, spoke with researcher Joseph Kelleher in the Novartis labs in Cambridge.

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Mark Fishman (right), of Novartis, spoke with researcher Joseph Kelleher in the Novartis labs in Cambridge.

Drug makers join the battle against aging

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Ben O’Sullivan-Pierce, owner of Fresh Start Construction in Belmont, said winter is usually a slow period, but now he has several home remodeling projects.

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Homeowners tap into equity as refinancing surges

A recent mini-refinancing boom is leading homeowners to pump extra cash into remodeling projects and other investments.

The city currently offers residents a free parking pass for every vehicle they own, despite a limited number of spots. Pictured: Cars parked on Rutland Square in Boston.

Boston vows to review process for parking permits

The review comes after the Globe found that more than 300 residences have five parking permits or more.

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At SnowCrew.org, residents can post a description of the shoveling help they need, and able volunteers can find and assist them.

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As snowy weather approaches, food delivery services dwindle

Food delivery services are seeing an uptick in use in the waning hours before the storm.

Five senators back West Roxbury pipeline project

The senators -- from Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire -- said the Algonquin pipeline expansion could bring price relief to a gas-strapped region.

Medtronic completes $43b Covidien buyout

The deal for Mansfield-based Covidien is one of the largest ever in the medical technology sector.

Utilties urge customers to call if they lose power

For National Grid, customers with power outages can call 1-800-465-1212. For NStar, customers with power outages can call 1-800-592-2000.

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