In the mess at UMass Boston, it’s hard to know whom to blame more

No one is a winner in the disarray at UMass Boston, and how to move forward isn’t evident.

Omni Hotels officials, Mayor Martin Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and other dignitaries met to ceremonially break ground on the Omni hotel project across the street from the convention center in the Seaport District.

Fidelity sues Omni hotel developers over use of ‘Seaport Hotel’ name

Fidelity says the name of a new hotel in Seaport District conflicts with one it has owned nearby for 20 years.

Gasoline prices were seen at a gas station near downtown Los Angeles.

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Gas and mortgages are getting expensive again. Welcome to a normal economy

Gas at $3 a gallon. Mortgage rates nearing 5 percent. It’s starting to look a lot like America before the financial crisis.

Short-term rental hosts and industry giants such as Airbnb have been lobbying for looser rules on by-the-night rental of apartments and homes in the city.

City Council won’t vote yet on short-term rental rules

Councilors will probably spend at least two more weeks hammering out rules governing short-term rentals in Boston.

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US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

President Trump said Tuesday that the deal might require ZTE to revamp its board and to pay a fine of $1 billion or more.

Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Trump.

Stocks slip as smaller companies and industrials fade

Stocks finished the day mostly lower as industrial companies and retailers fell.

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Environmental group objects to zoning that allows waterfront towers

Conservation Law Foundation says state is giving away too much to developers.


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Retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, greeted a visitor to his Toliet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas.

The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thrones

“This is my life’s history here,” said Barney Smith, a retired plumber and owner of the 1,350 toliet seats in his Toilet Seat Art Museum.

A computer-generated image shows a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.

Partnership based at BU gets $50m to help fight drug-resistant superbugs

Infections from drug-resistant superbugs cause around 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, including an estimated 23,000 in the United States.

McDonald’s workers in 9 cities file sex harassment claims

Two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge the complaints against the fast food giant.

Imported cars awaited distribution while sitting in a lot in Qingdao, China. Beijing said Tuesday it will reduce auto import duties effective July 1.

China will cut auto import taxes as of July 1

The immediate impact of the change was expected to be limited, as most cars sold in China by global automakers are produced domestically.

A “60 Minutes” segment is prompting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to seek an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

Mnuchin urges antitrust probe of tech after Google report

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

McDonald’s workers block HQ, chant ‘We can see your greedy side’

About 150 cooks and cashiers blocked the entrance to the corporate headquarters in Chicago on Monday, protesting what they call unfairly low pay.

Critics say a toxic workplace culture was allowed to fester at Uber under former CEO Travis Kalanick.

Former Uber engineer’s lawsuit claims sexual harassment

As Uber works to remake its tarnished image, the company is still dealing with the fallout from its past misdeeds.

Southwest Airlines temporarily offered one-way fares as low as $49 last week.

Despite rising jet fuel costs, air fares steady

The airline industry has been so competitive that carriers haven’t been able to pass on much of the cost to consumers.

Bob Cordy.


Retired SJC justice Bob Cordy is still busy writing his next chapter

Cordy has continued his work in helping to reform Uzbekistan’s legal system.

Supreme Court says employers can bar worker class actions

A split decision potentially limits the rights of tens of millions of employees with legal claims against companies.

Hopes for better US-China trade relations lift stocks

Industrial and technology companies led stocks to solid gains Monday after the US and China appeared to make progress in trade talks.

GE Transportation, which had about 8,000 employees on Jan. 1, has faced falling sales after a decline in North American rail-shipping volume left an oversupply of trains.

GE will merge its locomotive business with Wabtecin an $11.1b deal

Boston-based General Electric stock rose the most in a month as its CEO took the biggest step yet in his plan to revitalize the beleaguered manufacturer.

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Necco wafers were sorted for packaging at the company’s Revere plant.

Three new bidders are sweet on acquiring Necco

The bankrupt Revere candy company is scheduled to be auctioned off Wednesday.

City Council divided on Walsh’s proposed rules to restrict Airbnb-type short-term rentals

Several councilors questioned the purpose of regulations that would all but ban by-the-night rentals of homes by non-owner-occupants through popular websites such as Airbnb.

Former president Barack Obama.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign on with Netflix

Netflix says that it has reached a deal with Barack and Michelle Obama to produce material for the streaming service.

Emorfily Potsidis prepared Jack Hogan, 13, for an eye exam at Mass. Eye and Ear.


After nerve-racking eye surgery, the world comes into focus for an early recipient of gene therapy

Jack Hogan, 13, was the first person to get an $850,000 therapy called Luxturna, in an attempt to improve his sight.

Treasury secretary says US and China are putting trade war on hold

The gesture will temporarily ease tensions, but rapidly increase pressure on President Trump to secure the type of tough deal he has said is necessary.

The library building on the campus of UMass Boston in Dorchester.

Somerville company offers free tuition at UMass Boston

Like many bosses around here, Triumvirate Environmental CEO John McQuillan is finding it increasingly tough to find the talent he needs.

(FILES)This file photo shows the GE logo on a sign outside the corporate headquarters of the General Electric company, in Fairfield, Connecticut. General Electric reported lower second-quarter earnings on July 21, 2017 following a mixed performance of its industrial division as outgoing chief executive Jeff Immelt prepares to step down.Net income was $1.2 billion, down 57 percent from the year-ago period. Revenues fell 11.8 percent to $29.6 billion. The results in the 2016 period were boosted by the inclusion of appliances assets that have since been sold. / AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDASTAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

GE is said to be in talks to merge its transportation business with another company

Boston-based General Electric is reported to be moving toward a merger of its transportation unit with another transportation company.

“We’re putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Treasury secretary says US and China are putting trade war on hold

The gesture will temporarily ease tensions, but rapidly increase pressure on President Trump to secure the type of tough deal he has said is necessary.

David Sinclair, professor of genetics and director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging, has been working on triggering an anti-aging enzyme called SIRT1.

Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process

Serious scientists, who’ve long scoffed at “anti-aging” products such as nutritional supplements and growth hormones, are now warming to the idea of slowing human aging.

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

George Antoniadis’s PlaneSense has access to more than 4,000 US airports.


His business is like time sharing for airplanes

George Antoniadis’s PlaneSense has access to more than 4,000 US airports.

Former Wilmington Trust executives seek acquittal after fraud convictions

Attorneys for the four argue in court papers filed Wednesday that the prosecution evidence wasn’t strong enough to support a jury’s guilty verdict on May 3.

Cambridge Analytica’s name plate was removed from its offices in London in early May. In a May 2 statement, the company said it had lost “virtually all” its customers.

Cambridge Analytica files US bankruptcy after data scandal

Cambridge Analytica, overwhelmed by a scandal over how it harvested data from Facebook to influence the last U.S. election, filed for bankruptcy in New York.

Union Square is already booming, yet it’s eligible for federal tax breaks.

Opportunity knocks for cities, but is there a hidden cost?

The federal government’s new Opportunity Zones program is aimed at spurring development in low-income areas, but some question who stands to benefit.

The Mystic plant is the largest in Massachusetts, and it’s in a strategic position, at Boston’s doorstep.

Owner seeks extra charge to keep Mystic power plant running

ISO New England has asked Exelon to keep the fires burning beyond a projected closure date in mid-2022.

Top Places to Work deadline extended

Nominate your company for the Boston Globe’s annual rankings of the state’s best workplaces.

Christina Severin, the CEO of Community Care Cooperative.

Five things you should know about Christina Severin

Severin runs a Boston-based company that’s embarking on an experiment in Mass. health care.


Millennials get plenty of financial advice — but most of it is wrong

Unlike past generations, young adults have unprecedented financial pressure.

From left, former Biogen CEOs George Scangos, Walter Gilbert, Jim Mullen, and current CEO Michel Vounatsos at a celebration of the company’s 40th birthday.


It’s kind of amazing that Biogen is here for its 40th anniversary

The Cambridge biotech has survived — and mostly prospered — in an industry where companies frequently come and go.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

FILE - This May 10, 2017, file photo, shows the CBS logo at their broadcast center in New York. CBS Corp. is suing its controlling shareholder in the latest move in a long-running attempt to combine CBS and Viacom. Both companies’ majority shareholder is National Amusements, which is run by media mogul Sumner Redstone’s daughter Shari Redstone. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Judge denies CBS restraining order against major shareholder

A Delaware judge refused Thursday to grant CBS Corp. a restraining order against its majority shareholder in a power struggle that could decide control of the company.

 Boston, MA - April 27, 2018: Evan Payne displays his Suboxone prescription. He takes the medication in the form of a dissolvable strip. The medication is also available as a tablet. He was at his appointment at the Substance Use Disorders Bridge Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA on April 27, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Neighborhood Health Plan to encourage prescribing of anti-addiction medication

The plan creates incentives for network doctors to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug that prevents overdoses and supports recovery, but is underused.

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Developer wins approval for its Winthrop Square tower

But Millennium’s skyscraper still needs the blessing of the Massachusetts Historical Commission and another round of zoning approval from the city.

Toshiba said Thursday it had received “all required antitrust approvals” from China for the deal with a consortium led by Boston-based Bain Capital.

China approves Toshiba microchip deal

The move that could signal an easing of the simmering trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Bob Coughlin (center), president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, chatted with Mayor Marty Walsh (right) and state Senator Michael Rush.

Shirley Leung

This Mass. organization is banning the all-too-common all-male panel

The Mass. Biotechnology Council will no longer host or sponsor event panels that feature only men.

Roxbury, MA--5/16/2018-- Emily Gonzalez, 15, of Roxbury (L) laughs as she holds up a dress that her friend, Matayah Roderick, 15, of Roxbury wants during the Believe in Yourself event at the Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18dresses Reporter:

100 Boston teens get gowns and wisdom at a Believe in Yourself event

One hundred girls gathered to hear messages of advice and wisdom from a panel of career-driven Boston women.

Shari Redstone won a round Thursday but CBS said the fight’s not over.

Judge rejects CBS’s move to strip Shari Redstone’s control of company

A Delaware judge on Thursday handed a victory to Shari Redstone in her dispute with CBS, the television network controlled by her family, but left the door open for further courtroom battles in a bitter, and unusually public, boardroom feud.

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.