Customers travel far and wide for Drive-by Pies

Fran Kolenik made 250 pies for Thanksgiving last year. For this year’s feast, she’s baking 550.

Airbnb cofounder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks in San Francisco.

Facing Airbnb suit, Boston to delay some short-term rental rules

The City of Boston will delay implementing key provisions of its new rules regulating short-term rentals for at least a few months while it contends with a lawsuit from Airbnb.

Verizon’s Boston plans include expanded Fios service, 2,000 more jobs at North Station

Verizon will anchor a 31-story building under construction that will open in 2021.

Boston Scientific buying British health care firm for $4.2 billion

It’s the ninth acquisition of 2018 for the Marlborough medical device maker.

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Unions’ political advantage could be tested in Mass.

The state Office of Campaign and Political Finance has started a rule-making process on union political donations, following a Nov. 7 request from watchdog group Common Cause of Massachusetts.

Trump agency moves to expand drilling in Alaskan oil reserve

The process could shift drilling rigs closer to herds of caribou and flocks of threatened birds.

Boeing cancels call to discuss issues with its newest plane

The Boeing 737 MAX has come under close scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.

Jury finds former Aveo CFO misled investors

A federal jury in Boston found the former chief financial officer of Aveo Pharmaceuticals liable for civil securities fraud Tuesday.

Glamour magazine to cease regular print publication

Condé Nast, the publisher, had installed a digital journalist as the magazine’s top editor in January.


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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 20, 2018 in New York City. Stocks fell again on Tuesday morning with the Dow Jones Industrial average plunging over 400 points after the opening bell. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dow drops more than 500 points as tech and retail stocks fall

The Dow closed down more than 500 points Tuesday amid weak results from retailers and mounting losses for big technology companies.

Charting the market pain.

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Stocks tumble as markets continue to feel pressure

Plus: Boston Scientific makes big UK buy, France wants Ghosn out at Renault, and Mass. goes to pot.

Carlos Ghosn (pictured in Detroit in 2015) is the chairman of Nissan, chief executive of Renault, and chairman of the board at Mitsubishi.

Nissan chairman is arrested over financial misconduct allegations

Carlos Ghosn, who created an alliance between Nissan and Renault that made it effectively the world’s largest carmaker, was arrested by authorities in Japan on Monday in a remarkable tumble for one of the industry’s most powerful and admired leaders.


GE details new structure of power business

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Rockland Trust chief says revived Worcester lured bank

 As Chris Oddleifson beefs up Rockland Trust’s presence in Boston, he has finally achieved another longtime goal by expanding into New England’s second largest city as well.

Resilient Coders mentors and boot camp participants at the nonprofit’s offices in downtown Boston.

Breaking the code: program trains young adults to enter computer industry

Through a nonprofit group called Resilient Coders, Anne Demosthene and about 20 other young adults are working to turn the tech industry’s traditional image of software engineers on its head.

Citizens Bank CEO Bruce Van Saun is turning to his Boston-based commercial bank to find new corporate clients.


Citizens Bank pursues national ambitions

So what was the Providence company doing, sending one of its top Boston lenders out to sunny Los Angeles to open a new office? It’s all about the Benjamins, of course.

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Saeed Jones and Isaac Fitzgerald, replied to tweets on “AM to DM,” a weekday morning show produced by BuzzFeed News. The show is paid for by Twitter.

BuzzFeed founder’s big idea to revive its fortunes? A merger with rivals

A natural camaraderie exists among digital publishers, which could make a potential partnership more palatable, said an industry CEO.

The Dow declined by 1.6 Monday, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq dropped by 3 percent.

Tech’s troubles on Wall Street haven’t hit Boston yet — but they could

No boom lasts forever. When this one ends, Boston’s tech sector could be vulnerable — but less so than in the past.

FILE -- Harvesting soybeans outside Luverne, N.D., Oct. 29, 2018. American soybean sales to China — the world’s largest importer of soybeans — have plunged by 94 percent from last year’s harvest. (Dan Koeck/The New York Times)

A $12 billion program to help farmers stung by Trump’s trade war has aided few

A $12 billion bailout program Trump created to “make it up” to farmers for his trade war has done little to cushion the blow, with red tape and long waiting periods resulting in few payouts so far.

US Treasury to scrutinize all-cash home sales in Boston

Suffolk and Middlesex counties were added to a list of areas where real estate deals are reviewed in an effort to combat money laundering.

“There have been lots of attempts to do this that have failed,” said Alexander Karp (above), the cofounder of Palantir.

Palantir, Merck KGaA form Boston venture to mine health care data

Called Syntropy, it will be aimed at speeding up cancer research.

Michael Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg’s jaw-dropping donation: $1.8b to Johns Hopkins

Plus: Uneasy future for Mass. rest homes, Ghosn is out as Nissan chairman, and a bridge over calm waters.

David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but don’t worry, your order is safe

The company says its 300-plus stores will continue to operate and online sales will continue unimpeded during the restructuring.

Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested over financial misconduct allegations

The company said an internal investigation found Ghosn under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other “significant misconduct.”

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US Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the media while standing next to a traditional mask display at the end of meetings at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, on Sunday.

US-China trade dispute leaves Asia-Pacific Forum without consensus

The trade dispute between the United States and China has led to a standoff at a summit meeting of Pacific Rim leaders.

From his station beside the Eel Pond Bridge in Woods Hole, Michael Botelho watches boat and car traffic and works the controls to open and close the span, sometimes using a hand crank to accomplish the task.


For the Woods Hole ‘tender,’ it’s always bridge season

Michael Botelho has long tended to a small — but important — drawbridge in Woods Hole. He loves the job.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Leiden helped finance the Massachusetts Innovation Catalyst Fund.

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Massachusetts must do a better job hyping its digital health care smarts

A much-hyped effort to make the commonwealth a leader in the technology hasn’t made enough progress.

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Tom Glynn deserves thanks for pushing for development diversity

The former Massport chief made a point of opening up the insular world of Boston developers.


Machines, too, discriminate against black and Latino homebuyers

Even with automation, mortgage bias exists, according to recent findings by researchers at University of California, Berkeley.

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS was one of the drugstore chains named in the lawsuit.

Florida sues CVS, Walgreens over opioid sales

The state says the chains oversold painkillers and didn’t take precautions to stop illegal sales.

Liliana Afonseca was excited about the settlement.  She works at the Westin Copley.

Striking Marriott workers will return to work Wednesday with new contract

The workers will return to the job Wednesday after voting in favor of the deal, which was announced earlier Saturday.

Last seen in 2015, FAO Schwarz, the extravagant toy store, has reopened in Manhattan.

Iconic toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

Three years after the beloved New York toy store closed, it’s making a return to Manhattan.

The Amelia Earhart Dam loomed in the background before sunrise.

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This dam problem needs to be fixed, cities say

Members of the Mystic River watershed are lobbying Beacon Hill for $5 million to help improve the Amelia Earhart Dam’s pumping capacity.

Martha Sheridan, newly picked chief executive of Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau.

Visitors Bureau picks new chief executive

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board on Friday picked Rhode Island tourism honcho Martha Sheridan to be its new chief executive.

Protesters gathered in front of Sanofi in Cambridge on Friday.

Protesters at Sanofi in Cambridge decry high price of insulin

Two mothers Friday tried to deliver the ashes of their two diabetic children to the Cambridge offices of drug giant Sanofi to protest the high price of insulin.

GE stock dips below $8 as November proves to be a cruel month

General Electric’s shares tumbled toward their worst month since the depths of last decade’s recession Friday.

US, Mass. regulators fine Boston startup over cryptocurrency sale

The sale is one of dozens of “initial coin offerings” that caught the eye of regulators amid an investment frenzy last year.

Fidelity Investments is based in Boston.

Fidelity names Steve Neff, top tech executive, to run asset management division

Neff succeeds Charlie Morrison, who is retiring from the Boston-based fund company.

Ex-Bank of America senior VP and husband sentenced for embezzlement

Palestine “Pam” Ace, a former senior vice president, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for a kickback scheme involving nonprofits.

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Boston Scientific starts cost-cutting drive that could cost some jobs

Plus: Senator Warren presses consulting firms on work for Saudis, Trump’s consistent message on trade, and Night of the Living Artist.

Partners HealthCare.

Partners HealthCare, Harvard Pilgrim end merger talks, for now

Partners’ chief executive said the deal was getting too complicated, but he didn’t rule out future negotiations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is to meet President Trump this month.

China says talks with US on trade have resumed

Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday.

A team lead by Boston Global Investors was the winning bidder for a Massport parcel in the Seaport. Here's an image of the office building planned for the site. BUSINESS 11-16-18 16CHesto


Massport makes first Seaport office deal with ‘public realm’ requirement

The Massachusetts Port Authority is striking back to improve the look of what some critics have called “Houston-by-the-Sea.”

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Technology companies, banks lead rebound for US stocks

Health care and industrial stocks also rose, offsetting losses in retailers, homebuilders, utilities, and other sectors.

Menthol cigarettes account for about 35 percent of cigarette sales in the United States.

Flavored e-cigarettes are OK, but FDA to seek ban on menthol cigarettes

The proposed menthol ban would be the most aggressive action the FDA has taken against the tobacco industry in nearly a decade, and it was notable given the Trump administration’s business-friendly approach to regulatory issues.

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Did Moscow take a miss on the midterms, to wait for 2020?

Cyber specialists said Russian interference over social media was low this election season.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.