Developer makes dramatic changes to main Newton drag, one property at a time

Amid this hodgepodge of older one- and two-story buildings, Robert Korff sees a golden opportunity for a modern version of the Garden City.

Robert Chandler, who no longer shops at, teaches guitar in Wareham.

Think before you boycott: There are consequences

It’s an age-old way to push for change, but good intentions alone won’t get results.


This is how it feels to be a millionaire and still feel broke

One woman’s story proves that you can never save too much.

A Verizon store in New York, April 10, 2018. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization hindered consumers from easily switching carriers.

AT&T, Verizon face collusion inquiry

The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by the companies and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

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Maker of jet engine in fatal accident wants more inspections

A spokeswoman for CFM International said the company plans to issue a service bulletin on Friday that would expand the number of engines to be checked beyond those in previous notifications.

State gains 4,700 jobs in March; unemployment rate unchanged

State officials say the Massachusetts economy picked up an estimated 4,700 jobs in March while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent.


What to do when a lunch break really isn’t a break

In Massachusetts, the law requires a 30-minute meal break for any employee who works six or more hours in a single shift.

Heard in the halls of biotech: I’ll meet you in the Valium room.

Developing drugs is a serious business, but many Massachusetts biotechs go for the quirky when they name meeting rooms.


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Sarah Hodges is a partner at the venture firm Pillar.

Five things you should know about Sarah Hodges

Hodges believes Boston can be the center of the blockchain universe.

General Electric, GE Chairman and CEO John Flannery in 2017.

Finally GE had some better news to report

General Electric CEO John Flannery must be relieved. As far as GE shareholders are concerned, Flannery has been a bearer of bad news almost since taking the job in August.

Takeda again sweetens its offer for Shire

Japanese drug maker now says it’s willing to pay about $62 billion for the Irish-based biotech, which is run out of Massachusetts.

The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to issue an emergency airworthiness directive as soon as Friday calling for stepped up inspections of the CFM56-7B.

FAA is said to plan emergency engine checks after fatal accident

US aviation regulators are planning to require emergency inspections of one of the most popular jet engines in the world.

Harvard grad students vote to unionize

Nearly 5,000 teaching and research assistants join the United Auto Workers, a union with blue-collar roots that has become a bastion of academic organizing

Douglas Farmbrough III, chief executive of Cambridge biotech Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Two Cambridge biotechs settle dispute over alleged theft of trade secrets

Without admitting wrongdoing, Dicerna will pay much its larger rival Alnylam $15 million plus stock to resolve litigation.

A 3-D printed “upper,” the top part of a shoe, at Voxel8 in Somerville.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

This Somerville startup wants to change the way shoes are made

Somerville’s Voxel8 says its 3-D printing method allows for more customization and less waste and it is hoping shoe manufacturers take notice.

General Electric Co. stuck with its 2018 profit forecast, powering shares to the biggest gain in three years as the beleaguered manufacturer defied expectations of a cut.

GE jumps most in 3 years as ‘excited’ CEO gets investors to buy in

General Electric Co. stuck with its 2018 profit forecast, powering shares to the biggest gain in three years as the beleaguered manufacturer defied expectations of a cut.

Mick Mulvaney has spent the past several months doing everything he can to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion US fine

Federal regulators are poised to impose a $1 billion fine on Wells Fargo for years of selling unnecessary products to customers, the toughest action by the Trump administration against a major bank.

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The new Silver Line extension from Chelsea to Logan Airport and the Seaport District opens to the public on Saturday.

Shirley Leung

Silver Line’s newest route links Chelsea, Seaport

A one-seat ride through the Ted Williams Tunnel serves Logan Airport, the Seaport District, and South Station.

Lexington, MA -- 3/27/2018 - Vito LaMura makes a Meals on Wheels delivery to Sally Neale in Lexington. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: xxmealwheel Reporter:

For those who receive — and deliver — Meals on Wheels, more than nutrition is on the menu

For hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts, many of whom are hungry and isolated, Meals on Wheels is a daily human connection to the outside world.

MassHealth overpaid for drug tests, audit finds

Laboratories bill separately for tests that are supposed to be “bundled,” costing the state up to $4.4 million over four years.

Federal regulators reportedly plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto lending and mortgage businesses.

Wells Fargo to be fined $1 billion as early as Friday, reports say

The fine is for alleged abuses tied to its auto lending and mortgage businesses, multiple outlets reported.

Jane Collins in her Duxbury home with some of her best-known courtroom drawings.


One of this courtroom artist’s biggest challenges: Whitey Bulger’s bald head

Duxbury’s Jane Collins says she never imagined she’d land in front of a judge (and infamous criminals).

Some Brockton Census tracts are included in the list of “Opportunity Zones” compiled by the state.

State names 138 neighborhoods as ‘Opportunity Zones’

The areas could qualify for a new federal program that gives tax breaks for business and real estate investments.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, reported total compensation of $1.68 million last year.

The median pay for Amazon employees? Less than $30,000 a year

Amazon reported the number for the first time under a new requirement that companies disclose the gap between pay for the rank-and-file and the person in the corner office.

An expert panel on Thursday unanimously recommended that the FDA approve Epidiolex for two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy.


Panel recommends FDA approval of epilepsy drug derived from marijuana

An expert panel on Thursday unanimously recommended that the FDA approve Epidiolex for two rare and devastating forms of epilepsy.

Jannelle Chan is the state’s new undersecretary for Housing and Community Development.

MBTA executive named head of state housing and community development

Janelle Chan, who was chief of real estate at the T, will be overseeing the state’s affordable housing programs, community service, and assistance for homeless people.

A worker packed drugs  at Takeda in Oranienburg, Germany.

Shire rejects Takeda’s $60 billion takeover bid

The Irish drug maker, which has most of its operations in Massachusetts, rejected an offer that would have made Japan’s Takeda one of the biggest drug makers in the world.

Boston, MA - 4/18/2018 - An Embr Wave, a device that straps to your wrist like a watch to help change the feel of your body's temperature, is displayed in Boston, MA, Apr. 18, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Climate control on your wrist from Somerville-based company Embr Labs

The Embr Wave, a device that straps to your wrist like a watch, functions like a personal thermostat and can cool you off or warm you up.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes seeks a merger with AT&T.

Time Warner CEO calls the government’s case against AT&T ‘ridiculous’

Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes denied Wednesday that AT&T will raise the price of TV channels such as CNN and TBS after a merger.

Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, called Abramovich and officials from the FCC and other agencies to discuss ways to stop abusive calls.

Florida man accused of 97 million robocalls says he’s no kingpin

A Florida man accused of flooding consumers with 97 million phone calls touting fake travel deals appeared Wednesday before lawmakers to explain how robocalls work and to say, “I am not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged.”

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

Senate votes to kill a policy warning auto lenders about discrimination against minority borrowers

The legislation, which passed 51 to 47 largely along party lines, is the latest Republican rebuke of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s history of aggressive tactics.

Tesla vehicles sit in the back of the company's showroom in New York. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Mark Kauzlarich

Tesla to ramp up Model 3 production

Tesla Inc. jumped after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk laid out measures to boost production of his most crucial electric car and rein in expenses to achieve profitability.

Sales associate Charlie White waited for customers at The Andover Shop in Harvard Square. The shop opened in Cambridge in 1953.

The Andover Shop, a Harvard Square salon for jazz artists and literati, is up for sale

The store has a well-known tradition of classic style. But nearby retailers say ongoing construction in Harvard Square has decreased their revenue.

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3/25/2013 - Boston, MA - Landmark Center - In a major speech before 500 business and civic leaders, Boston mayor Thomas Menino announced that Wegmans Food Market will open its first Boston store in the Landmark Center in the Fenway. Item: 27wegmanspic. Story by Andrew Ryan/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Wegmans opens in Natick this month, but Boston fans will still have to wait

It’s taken several years, but Natick is finally getting its own Wegmans supermarket this month.

A local beer wholesaler owned by Anheuser-Busch, parent company of Budweiser, was found to be not liable under state anti-pay-to-play rules for giving away nearly $1 million in equipment to beer retailers.

Budweiser parent absolved of pay-to-play charge in Mass.

The ABCC ruling is the latest setback to the state’s efforts to crack down on inducements in the beer industry.

FOR Business. Waltham, MA 4/12/2012 The new brick oven personalizes the Waltham Bertucci, rather than giving it a chain look. Photos of Bertucci's in Waltham after they re-modeled their location to give their location a more individual rather than chain look, in Waltham, MA on Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Section: Business Slug: 16sapient Reporter: DC Denison LOID: 5.0.1065997374

Bertucci’s was a brick oven juggernaut, but its fire has dimmed with bankruptcy filing

The Northborough-based pizza chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, citing seven years of sliding sales and revenue.

David Solomon, co-chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs, in New York in November 2017.

The likely next head of Goldman Sachs is a DJ who spins in the Bahamas

David Solomon spends his days as a buttoned-up COO in New York. But on the weekends, he becomes DJ D-Sol.

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At Downtown Crossing Roche Bros., skipping the longer line can cost you

It’s quicker to pay upstairs at the Downtown Crossing Roche Bros. Market, but you may end up paying sales tax on items that, under the law, are simply not taxable.

Poll: Many Bostonians aren’t breathlessly following the race to land Amazon’s HQ2

Twenty-two percent ‘neither support nor oppose’ the company’s campus being located here, and 13 percent say they haven’t heard anything about it.

Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner David Kautter apologized for the glitch.

Computer crash prompts IRS to extend tax deadline

A glitch knocked offline the agency’s ability to process many tax returns filed electronically.

Business agenda

Networking strategies, help with your business’ Yelp page, and other events and things to know.

Carol Fulp, who runs the Partnership, has said she’d be willing and able to help the Visitors Bureau find candidates of color.

Shirley Leung

Tourism board will try again after inept search for leader

The board of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau failed to include a single person of color on its shortlist for a new top executive.

Justices divided on sales taxes for online purchases

A closely divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to decide whether Internet retailers should have to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence.

Tech stocks lead US market higher

Technology companies led US stocks solidly higher Tuesday, giving the market its second straight gain.

Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner David Kautter apologized for the glitch.

Computer crash prompts IRS to extend tax deadline

A glitch knocked offline the agency’s ability to process many tax returns filed electronically.

Drift plans to grow its team this year.

This startup already had plenty of money. Then the VCs showed up again

The Boston business sales startup Drift found that it’s hard to say no to Sequoia Capital.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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

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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.