home of the week
The two-car garage has been converted into a very large one-bedroom apartment with a private entrance.
home of the week
The two-car garage has been converted into a very large one-bedroom apartment with a private entrance.
The school’s long-running MITES program helps minority high schoolers navigate the rigors — and reap the rewards — of an education in the so-called STEM fields.
The 100-year-old Hibernian Hall serves as a welcoming beacon amid a rebuilding and changing Dudley Square.
Point of View
The comedian may be doing more to raise broad consciousness about the subtle workings of race, power, and privilege than a conference full of activists.
A story involving Uber, and a strike that didn’t happen, illustrates what it means to be an independent contractor in today’s economy.
This holiday season, kids seem to be taking a break from high-tech gadgets and turning to more low-tech toys.
The nonsmoker’s discount — on average a $50 annual savings on an insurance policy in Massachusetts — has slowly fizzled away.
The Possible Project is an after-school entrepreneurship program for disadvantaged students in grades 10-12 in Cambridge.
The discount retailer raised its full-year forecast after saying third-quarter net income rose as traffic improved and shoppers spent more.
A black market has bloomed in which opportunists sell top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply, expensive, or illegal to ship.
J.C. Penney Co. said the SEC is looking into its liquidity, debt, and other financial matters.
Even if an extended warranty or protection plan on a gadget is right for you, just say no.
A new book called “Confessions of a Credit Junkie” by Beverly Harzog can help get the conversation about credit card debt started.
Etiquette at Work
The incorrect use of “me” and “I” is actually important because it reflects on a person’s image.
There’s an industry of counterfeiters who build their businesses around brand names and the words “cheap,” “sale,” and “discount.”
Many job seekers don’t realize that often companies will re-contact a strong candidate at a later date.
On the Job
Kathy Alpert’s journey into art licensing began when she saw a vintage-style postcard in a card shop.
In Consumer Reports’ latest ratings of electronics stores, websites as a whole outdid walk-in stores for quality, selection, and price.
handyman on call
Peter Hotton answers readers’ questions.
Boston real estate now | Scott Van Voorhis
If you have a thing for old homes, nothing is worse than seeing some beautiful old Colonial or Victorian leveled to make way for yet another McMansion.
The university’s recently launched office has quickly become a “one stop shop” for those in need.
At Dorchester’s Mather School, a partnership with UMass Boston provides mentorship to a growing population of Vietnamese students.
Larry Ellison is leading the effort to have the department better reflect the city.
A wheelchair’s no obstacle for the coach of Boston Breakers and his team.
We sat down with three candidates of color from Boston’s recent elections to hear what they learned from their recent campaigns.
Amit Dixit founded the South Asian Arts Council to bring the South Asian community together in Boston.
Now See/Read This
A selection of movies and books that changed how these notable Bostonians think about the world around them.
Stocks rose Friday after the government reported a fourth straight month of solid job gains.
For many small businesses, the economic slump was just another in a series of challenges they faced and conquered over the years.
A group of financial educators is advocating that grandparent give their grandchildren the gift of financial awareness.
The unemployment rate last month is the best reading since President Obama took office.
Mayor Menino is appealing to the health care chain’s board of directors, hoping it won’t take 4,500 jobs out of the city.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Genetic testing company 23andMe Inc. will comply with a Food and Drug Administration directive to stop providing access to health-related reports from its tests during a regulatory review.The Mountain View, Calif., company said late Thursday that it will continue to provide ancestry-related information to customers and raw genetic data without interpretation. Those customers could receive additional, health-related information in the future, depending on whether the FDA grants marketing authorization.Customers who bought kits since the FDA order came out late last month also will be eligible for refunds.
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc. that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus.The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it approved the pill Sovaldi in combination with older drugs to treat the main forms of hepatitis C that affect US patients.Current treatments for hepatitis C can take up to a year of therapy and involve weekly injections of a drug that causes flu-like side effects. That approach only cures about three out of four patients. Sovaldi is a daily pill that in clinical trials cured roughly 90 percent of patients in just 12 weeks, when combined with the older drug cocktail.
Shares of Barnes & Noble fell on Friday after the bookseller said it was cooperating in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting.The struggling retailer has been trying to make a turnaround in the face of tough competition and book readers who are increasingly turning to digital media for content.The SEC told the bookseller Oct. 16 that it was investigating the company’s restatement of earnings announced in July as well as an employee allegation that it improperly allocated some information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. The news came in its quarterly report filed after the market closed Thursday.
Sears Holdings Corp. said that it will spin off its Lands’ End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer’s shareholders.
The boost was led by another big increase in auto and student loans and the biggest rise in credit card debt in five months.
The US District Court judge said a bankruptcy court correctly rejected arguments made by a lawyer for some consumers.
After an initial review, the Health Policy Commission ruled that the merger “raises the potential for Lahey to leverage higher prices” in the health care market north of Boston.
The Acton-based company's fourth-quarter guidance of between 15 cents and 20 cents per share fell well below analysts’ expectations (36 cents per share).
The stock slumped Friday after Jefferies downgraded Gap to hold, believing things will cool off after a good run.
Back in the old days when blush zinfandel was known as rosé and Liebfraumilch was a top choice of debonair sophisticates, the American drinking public seemed more inclined to opt for beer or liquor than for fine wines. That has all changed, of course. Wine is much more popular. And now it’s possible that a shift in wine consumption habits is underway. Today’s hearty trencherman may be as much in the mood to order a glass of wine in a family dining restaurant as in a bar or nightclub --- or so suggests a new report from Restaurant Sciences LLC, a Newton firm that analyzes spending patterns in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other food-service establishments by scrutinizing guest checks.
Good news was finally good news for the stock market on Friday.
First Wind, a Boston-based company that owns and operates 12 wind farms in six states, said Friday that it has reached an agreement with the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont to sell the utility power generated from the planned Hancock Wind project near Ellsworth, Maine. First Wind said it will sell 25 percent of the power and renewable energy certificates generated at the 54 megawatt wind farm for the next 10 years under a fixed-price agreement to the Vermont utility. “This project will help provide clean, renewable energy to Burlington ratepayers at a highly competitive cost, and the Hancock Wind project will deliver significant economic benefits throughout Down East Maine,” First Wind chief executive Paul Gaynor said. When built, the Hancock Wind project will feature 18 turbines.
CambridgeSide Galleria said it is “offering the gift of free parking until 2 p.m. for the next two weekends.” According to the indoor mall of more than 120 stores and restaurants, the offer is a response to the shortened holiday shopping season. On this year’s shopping calendar, there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas and one less weekend for making forays to malls and stores. So starting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 and continuing next weekend Dec. 14 and Dec.15, customers can enjoy three hours of free indoor parking at CambridgeSide Galleria until 2 p.m. “Waiving the parking fee during this busy time is something that we’ve never done before,” Jennifer Rotigliano, the mall’s vice president of property marketing, said.
The stock market responded positively after the government reported that the US unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November, a five-year low.
James Murren said his company planned to hire 3,000 people, and another 2,000 to build the casino.
Farmers to You is one of several area companies expanding the local food movement.
Encouraging as the latest figures are, hopes for a robust finish to 2013 hinge on strong hiring, about which more will be learned through Friday’s jobs report.
The 175-unit condominium building is slated to rise near TD Garden and North Station.
China moved on Thursday to restrict its banks from using Bitcoin as currency, citing concerns about money laundering and a threat to financial stability.The action comes as monetary authorities around the world have begun to confront the issue of Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value has soared in recent months as interest in it has spread. Part of its rise has been driven by intense demand for the virtual currency in China.The notice curtailing financial institutions’ involvement with Bitcoin was issued by the People’s Bank of China and four other ministries and agencies, and the directive said the step was needed to “protect the status of the renminbi as the statutory currency, prevent risks of money laundering and protect financial stability.”
Twitter has named Marjorie Scardino as a director, adding a woman to the all-white male board for which it’s been sharply criticized.Scardino, 66, was the CEO of Pearson PLC, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012, Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. Before that, she worked at The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist and CQ Roll Call. Her roles at the company included chief executive.Twitter, like Facebook before its own IPO, was criticized for not having women or minorities on its board of directors. Facebook named its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to its board after it went public in May 2012. Unlike Facebook, though, Twitter still doesn’t have any high-ranking female executives.
The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns your phone into a flashlight has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges that the software secretly supplied cellphone locations to marketers, even when consumers rejected its terms of service.The settlement against Goldenshores Technologies LLC, which makes the ‘‘Brightest Flashlight Free’’ app, comes as the FTC is taking a closer look at app developers, websites and other companies that track consumers’ data without their knowledge. The company will make changes under the agreement; no fines were imposed.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency, asking it to disclose efforts to stop municipalities from using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners and make its dealings with the financial industry more transparent.The ACLU, Center for Popular Democracy and other nonprofits filed a freedom of information lawsuit against the agency Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.Richmond, Calif., was the first city to officially codify the divisive foreclosure fighting plan, which has drawn zealous opposition from Wall Street and Washington. Two lawsuits challenging the use of eminent domain have been thrown out, but will likely be refiled. The city has not yet used eminent domain to seize a mortgage.
Stocks fell after the government reported that the number of Americans applying for jobless benefits dropped last week. Also, the US economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September. But investors believe the encouraging signs will push the Fed closer to easing its bond-buying program. Among active stocks: Microsoft fell after Bloomberg reported a Ford company director as saying that CEO Alan Mulally was staying at the automaker until the end of next year. Mulally is considered a leading candidate to take the top job there. And Morgan Stanley slumped after analysts at Deutsche Bank cut its rating to ‘‘hold’’ from ‘‘buy.’’
The ECB left its main interest rate at a record low amid an intense debate about whether the eurozone is at risk of being sucked into a vortex of plunging prices and wages.
It’s the latest break from a longstanding practice of offering subsidies on devices to lock customers into two-year service agreements.
Ford Motor Co. on Thursday introduced the 2015 Mustang, a confident and aggressive riff on the iconic pony car that first made Americans swoon in the 1960s.
More than a dozen states are pleading with the company for a share of the riches to be made from the next-generation 777 jetliner.
Another Deepwater Horizon-type disaster could threaten BP’s existence, but success could restore the company’s fortunes — and perhaps its reputation.
The firearms maker was upgraded by analysts at Lake Street Capital from “hold” to “buy” in a research report Thursday, according to a report.
A New York real estate firm that bought the lease to the marketplace in 2011 will present a preliminary redevelopment plan to the Boston Landmarks Commission next week.
Protesters are calling for pay of $15 an hour, but the figure is seen more as a rallying point than a near-term possibility.
Electronic Arts Inc. shares dropped after the company said it would halt production of all projects currently under development.
US factories received fewer orders in October, as aircraft demand fell and businesses cut back on computers. The decline suggests companies were hesitant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdown.Factory orders dropped 0.9 percent in October, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That followed a 1.8 percent increase in September.A big reason for the decline in October was a steep drop in orders for aircraft.But core capital goods, which are a proxy for business investment, dropped 0.6 percent, the second straight decline. Economists watch this category closely because it excludes volatile orders for aircraft and defense equipment.Much of the decline in that category came from a drop in demand for computers. Demand picked up for primary metals, household appliances and oil and gas field machinery.
The battery technology that powers Tesla Motors’s electric cars could soon be paired with solar installations across the state.
Mayor Menino expressed his displeasure with Partners, which he said had been considering a site in Roxbury.
James Murren’s proposed $700 million casino project is scheduled to come before the state gaming commission on Monday.
Zipcar Inc., the Boston-based car sharing network, said Thursday that it has launched service at Chicago’s O’Hare International and Midway airports, bringing the total number of airports that offer Zipcar to 26. Zipcar is perhaps best known for giving its members the option of renting vehicles by the hour. With more than 850,000 members and 10,000 vehicles in its fleet, Zipcar currently operates in 26 markets in North America and Europe. Many members are city dwellers. For this group, becoming a Zipcar member can make more sense than owning a car and paying fees to garage it. But Zipcar has also found college campuses and airports to be friendly territory for its business model. Since March, Zipcar has been owned by Avis Budget Group.
The bank also cut its inflation forecasts, suggesting the 17-country eurozone’s recovery will remain weak.
While the overall beer category has had a “difficult year” so far, cider continues to outpace beer on the strength of such cider brands as Angry Orchard, Strongbow, and Stella Artois Cidre, according to GuestMetrics LLC. (Angry Orchard is a cider sister brand to the Samuel Adams brand marketed by Boston Beer Co.) It’s hard to imagine beer losing popularity. (What? Have large numbers of young men suddenly come to their senses?) But that’s a possibility.GuestMetrics, a Virginia firm that monitors check-level data from more than 10,000 restaurants, said a recent analysis of “on-premise” 2013 sales through early November showed that the beer category is underperfroming the wine and spirits categories. One bright spot: The cider category continues to “display exceptional strength,” with volumes up 53 percent year-to-date.
The revised growth estimate of 3.6 percent was much higher than the initial 2.8 percent rate reported last month.
Nauset Construction said it has started construction on the $5 million addition and renovation of the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. Owned by Lighthouse of Revere Inc., and affiliated with the Atlanta-based Guardian Foundation, the addition and renovation will enhance the company’s ability to serve both its residents and ambulatory patients via a new, three-story 17,000 square foot addition and the renovation of an additional 10,000 square feet of existing space, said Nauset Construction, which has an office in Needham. Part of the project includes a new, 2,700 square foot, state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym. “This is the type of project where our extensive experience working in occupied senior living and medical environments really pays dividends,” Anthony Papantonis, president of Nauset Construction, said.
General Motors Co. says its efforts in Europe will focus more on its main Opel and Vauxhall brands.
The heat shield that will protect NASA’s Orion spacecraft during its first test mission next year departed on Wednesday.
Construction began this week on the Grand Bazaar Shops outside of Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
The survey noted that 34 percent of the executives expect their companies will increase hiring in the next six months, up from 32 percent.
Companies with ties to Israel have become a force in Mass., nearly tripling their revenues over the past four years and employing roughly 6,700.
While the system is nowhere near perfect, Microsoft is well on its way to building a true home entertainment hub.
Advertising that portrays itself as independent, unbiased reporting is drawing increased scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, officials said Wednesday, warning of a more vigilant campaign against a deceptive practice that dates back a century but has grown more aggressive on the Internet.