For Amazon, is Suffolk Downs the right fit?

The mayor made the soon-to-be shuttered horse track that straddles East Boston and Revere the prime location for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters in Boston’s pitch to the online giant.

The owners and management of Suffolk Downs will discuss their plans for a resort development.

Boston submits its bid for Amazon, aiming for 50,000 jobs and a transformation

Boston’s 218-page pitch leans hard on the region’s intellectual firepower and offers up Suffolk Downs as a site whose ease of development outweighs its distance from the heart of the city.

Commuters wait for a train on the MBTA Red Line at Park Street Station.

Could the Amazon bid finally connect the T’s Red and Blue lines?

The city’s pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Suffolk Downs relies in part on transit projects that are not even in the pipeline.

Suffolk Downs’ proximity to Logan is held out as a plus.

In East Boston, Amazon bid stirs anxiety as well as excitement

As Boston and Revere bid to bring Amazon to Suffolk Downs, there’s a sense of excitement — but also worry about gentrification and congestion.

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Despite technological advances, machines still don’t have all the right moves.

Five things you should know about Boston’s Amazon bid

You might not have time to read all 218 pages of the bid that Boston submitted to land Amazon’s second headquarters. So here’s a rundown of some of the key points.

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun . . . and giant buttons

Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’ve been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons.

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Elizabeth Moler, a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairwoman, said Rick Perry’s plan would “cost customers more money to run dirty old coal plants.’’

Bipartisan group of former regulators rip Perry’s push to help coal plants

Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have filed a letter opposing the energy secretary’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants a better chance of beating solar, wind, and natural gas competitors.

6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients

Many get little help coping with ugly incidents and nearly half of those surveyed experienced patients citing a personal characteristic of the doctor as their reason for requesting a clinician change.

An Athenahealth worker processed paperwork in 2009.

Watertown-based athenahealth laying off about 500 employees

The company said the job reductions would amount to 9 percent of its workforce, but it did not say how many of the cuts would come from Watertown.

Last-minute gain lifts S&P 500, Dow to new highs

A last-minute surge nudged US stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, extending the market’s milestone-setting run.

Authorities said a Brazilian man led them to $17.5 million stashed in a box spring.

TelexFree courier pleads to money laundering in mattress stash

Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering.

Darren Humphreys runs Travel Sommelier, a travel agency that operates luxury safari and wine tours in Africa.


His tours of Africa feature plenty of rhinos and wine

Duxbury’s Darren Humphreys has built a niche business in “vinitourism.”

President Donald Trump showed an executive order on health care that he signed last week.

State Health Connector, reacting to Trump’s move to cut subsidies, sharply raises 2018 rates

Before President Trump’s announcement last week, the increase had been set at about 8.7 percent. Now, it will be rising 24 percent next year.

The financing gives Lyft a new and formidable partner in Alphabet.

Google parent leads $1 billion investment in Lyft

The investment arm of Alphabet Inc. led a $1 billion investment in Lyft Inc. that values it at $11 billion, the ride-sharing startup said Thursday.

FDA backs gene therapy for cancer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the second in a radically new class of treatments that genetically reboot a patient’s own immune cells to kill cancer.

Images of a park space and new office and apartment buildings planned at Cambridge Crossing, formerly known as NorthPoint.

NorthPoint site gets a new name

DivcoWest is readying several construction sites for its 45-acre property on the borders of Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville and is also giving the project a new name.

Natick software firm donates $10m to Museum of Science

MathWorks will donate $10 million to the museum, the largest corporate gift in the institution’s two-century history.

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An out-of-state education at an in-state cost? Try UMaine

UMaine officials launched an ambitious effort three years ago to draw kids north to Orono.

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Will Amazon headquarters competition set off a bidding war among communities?

Eye-popping incentives by some communities that are trying to woo Amazon could force Boston to sweeten its offer.

Former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt in 2016.

GE’s ex-CEO reportedly had an empty jet fly behind him — just in case he needed it

When Jeff Immelt had to fly, he sometimes had an empty private jet follow him — just in case the plane he rode on had mechanical issues, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Some of biggest oil rigs being junked as daily losses mount

Transocean Ltd. is finally sending Pathfinder to its grave, after two years in a Caribbean purgatory that cost about $15,000 a day.

Walsh says Amazon bid will focus on East Boston

As Boston put the finishing touches on its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, Mayor Martin Walsh confirmed what everyone knew: the city’s preferred site is Suffolk Downs.

Dow closes above 23,000 for first time

A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for US stocks Wednesday.

Timothy Waters loads a car with groceries at a Walmart in Turnersville, N.J., July 6, 2017. Seeking an edge against Amazon, Walmart is pushing a service that delivers your order to the car, so customers never have to step inside the store. (Harrison Hill/The New York Times)

Walmart employees will deliver groceries to your car

Retailer debuts free pickup service at Avon, Plymouth, and Rochester, NH, stores.

Insurer Anthem, with CVS, will run its own drug-benefits plan

The move is another shake-up in the pharmacy benefits manager industry, and deals a blow to Express Scripts.

South Korean police raided the construction unit of the giant Samsung Group on Wednesday to investigate allegations that company money was diverted to remodel chairman Lee Kun-hee’s house, officials said.

Samsung under scrutiny again as South Korean police raid offices

Barely two months after its crown prince was sent to prison on corruption charges, the family that controls Samsung’s vast business empire is again facing allegations of white-collar crime.

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New tech vs. old law: How far can police go with digital searches?

By this time next year, American law enforcement officials may have a lot more power to investigate our online activities. Or a lot less.

Prouty Garden has been a place of solace to many Children’s Hospital patients and their families over the years, as well as hospital caregivers.

Lawsuit to block Children’s Hospital tower is dismissed

Plaintiffs sought to preserve Prouty Garden, a green space cherished by many patients, family, and staff.

This image provided by LEGO shows their Women of NASA set. The set features Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space and goes on sale Nov. 1, 2017. (LEGO via AP)

Lego unveils ‘Women of NASA’ set with astronauts, scientists

The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed the collection through the Lego Ideas program.

Gillette tests new razor designed to shave those who need assistance

Over 8 million older adults in the US receive assistance with daily activities – including shaving – from family or professional caregivers every year, researchers say.

Biogen Idec chief executive George Scangos founded San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology Inc.

Cambridge biotech strikes deal with startup led by former Biogen CEO

Visterra is working on single-dose treatments for infectious diseases.

Dr. Omar Abubaker talked with patient Ceydria McCray ahead of her oral surgery. Abubaker has steered away from writing opioid prescriptions for patients.


An oral surgeon who lost his son to drugs is trying to change his profession’s approach to opioids

Omar Abubaker wants dental schools nationwide to incorporate more lessons on the danger of prescription drugs into their curricula.

Buildings are seen along Front Street in downtown Worcester.

Worcester to offer $500 million in incentives to lure Amazon

The state’s second-largest city is digging deep to woo an Amazon headquarters facility.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is leading a bid for Amazon from that city, but also believes a regional approach to wooing the company is best.

Amazon will get more than one bid from Mass. Will that hurt or help?

Several communities are readying proposals for the e-retailer’s second headquarters — including more than one from the Boston area.

An Airbus A320 neo (left) and a Bombardier CSeries passenger plane on a runway in Toulouse, France.

Bombardier turns to Airbus to salvage imperiled airliner

Airbus will hold a 50.1 percent stake in the CSeries venture, and some production could be moved to Alabama.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai stated that he believes in the First Amendment, and that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a broadcast station license based on news content.

FCC chief rebuffs Trump’s call for license revocations over news

The head of the Federal Communications Commission suggested President Donald Trump shouldn’t expect any help from him in punishing television stations for news reports the White House doesn’t like.

Johnson & Johnson has appealed all the awards against it and says its products are safe.

Appeals court tosses $72m award in talcum powder case

The ruling has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.

The Velcro brand hook and loop fastener has a problem that many startups would love to have.


Velcro is too sticky for its own good

Velcro has a problem. It’s so famous and popular that its name has turned into an everyday word.

Bridj, which shut down earlier this year, had tried to remake transit in Boston and its suburbs with flexible bus routes based on demand and package deliveries via robots.

With new owner, Bridj aims for a comeback in Australia

The Boston transit company, shut down earlier this year, is headed down under.

Stock markets push further into record territory

Gains by health care companies led US stock indexes mostly higher Tuesday, pushing the market further into record territory.

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Bill to lower health care costs calls for more scrutiny of drug makers

The sweeping legislation tackles such issues as prescription drug costs and hospital prices, an effort that proponents say will curb medical spending.

The report predicts vehicle traffic in Boston could decrease between 11 percent and 28 percent, and average travel time for commuters could fall anywhere from 11 percent to 30 percent.

Driverless cars may be antidote for Boston’s bad traffic, report says

The study takes an optimistic approach to the emerging technology.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 23,000 for the first time Tuesday.

Dow tops 23,000 for the first time

Strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Johnson & Johnson helped push the more than century-old gauge to a record.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals chief executive Jeffrey Leiden said the company is evolving on its philanthropic side.

Vertex pledges $500 million for charitable efforts over 10 years

One area of focus for the pharmaceutical firm will be workforce training.

An Airbus A320 neo (left) and a Bombardier CSeries passenger plane on a runway in Toulouse, France.

Bombardier turns to Airbus to salvage imperiled airliner

Airbus will hold a 50.1 percent stake in the CSeries venture, and some production could be moved to Alabama.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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.