Denied a chance to say goodbye to an old friend

When Thelma Kaminsky died last month at age 87, no friends gathered in her building to grieve and pay their respects. The managers of her building wouldn’t allow it.

In May, hundreds rallied at the State House for paid leave and a $15 minimum wage, both of which were adopted.

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Will wages ever catch up in an era of weak unions, mergers, and rising inflation?

Jobs may be plentiful and corporate profits strong, but the US economy is still failing workers.

The clearest big-picture finding of the study is that the average job isn’t nearly as painful as it used to be.

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Work is getting better, especially for women

Women have upgraded their working lives, moving into jobs that are more meaningful — but things look wholly different for men, according to a provocative new study.

Dr. David Schenkein, the CEO of Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Work Space

This CEO doesn’t like to be cornered

David Schenkein’s office at Agios Pharmaceuticals reflects his life story and vision.

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After Hurricane Maria, foreclosures in Puerto Rico stopped, but they’re starting again

The foreclosure machine that ground to a halt in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September is slowly cranking up again.

The week ahead in business

Networking, social media workshops, and more events and things to know.

Coming soon to a theater near you: State tax incentives?

Lawmakers are pondering offering state tax credits to encourage producers to debut Broadway-bound shows in Massachusetts.

CVS apologizes after managers call cops on black customer

CVS Health is apologizing after a black customer says a white store manager in Chicago accused her of trying to use a phony coupon.

Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc verdict may open floodgates to more suits

The company should ready itself for a flood of new lawsuits, legal experts said.

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At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior

Barney Harford was hired late last year to help fix problems at Uber, the ride-hailing company. Instead, he has created new ones.

Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains

Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one.

How many different resumes should you have?

It is smart to tailor your resume to a specific job opening — with a few caveats.

Ellen Waylonis says her signature move is the y-scale — a split while pulling one of her legs behind her head.


Her circus business embraces the unconventional

Ellen Waylonis and her husband are proprietors of Esh Circus Arts in Somerville.


No, you don’t need a perfect 850 FICO score

Once you get close to the top levels of any scoring model you are considered an exceptional borrower.


The week in business

Five of the top stories from the past week.

Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation

It looks like Massachusetts will get another energy bill after all.

Microsoft urges Congress to regulate facial recognition

Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus.

Fed plays down trade woes and suggests rosy economic outlook

Federal Reserve officials presented a rosy economic report card to Congress on Friday, playing down risks to growth from trade tensions and declaring that the financial system is “substantially more resilient than during the decade before the financial crisis.”

3D printing companies clash in federal court

Desktop Metal is accusing Markforged of stealing its ideas for printing metal parts.

A three-building complex along Shawmut Avenue in the South End has been approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency board.

Two South End apartment complexes, including a ‘millennial resort,’ win approval

The other project, on Shawmut Avenue, calls for at least 139 units to be set aside for low- and middle-income residents.

Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of the Boston-based artificial intelligence firm, Affectiva.

Tech Lab

Tech community wrestles over working with government

Some entrepreneurs and employees of tech firms object to their technology being used by surveillance and enforcement agencies.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a House panel Thursday that he is “available” for negotiations with China.

US, China may talk amid escalating trade threats

The U.S. and China signaled they were open to resuming negotiations over trade after days of exchanging retaliatory threats, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Beijing must commit to deeper economic reforms.

Austin reportedly bests Boston in bid for Army Futures Command

A formal announcement is scheduled for Friday morning in Washington.

Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway

In the first 10 days of July, at least 10 drugmakers and biotechnology companies raised prices on at least 20 brand-name medicines.

An aerial view shows, prior to construction, the Everett property where Wynn Resorts is building a gaming resort.

Gaming Commission drags Wynn Resorts into legal dispute with former Everett property owners

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission expects to win this lawsuit. But with millions of dollars at stake, the agency is hedging its bets.

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, speaks as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and Solicitor General Noah Purcell look on at a news conference in SeaTac, Wash. Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches, limiting their wages and job opportunities, under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Ferguson announced the binding agreements with companies including Arby's, Jimmy John's and Cinnabon, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington.

Weekend agenda

A web conference, networking lunch, and othr events and things to know.

As a single mom running for office, Lee Erica Palmer racked up thousands of dollars in baby sitter bills, but she could not tap any campaign funds to defray the cost.


Mass. political candidates can expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change

As Beacon Hill drags its feet, other states have already changed campaign finance rules to allow candidates to count child care as a campaign expense.

If the Justice Department ultimately prevails in its appeal, AT&T would have to detach the Time Warner business, now renamed Warner Media.

Justice Department plans appeal of AT&T-Time Warner merger approval

A federal judge approved the deal a month ago, saying the federal agency did not sufficiently prove that the merger would harm competition and consumers.

A Pioneer 3DX robot traveled during an experiment at the opening of the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell on Thursday.

UMass Lowell fabric center aims to make smarter clothes

The new Fabric Discovery Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is about so much more than couture.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018, file photo, the logos for Time Warner and AT&T appear above alternate trading posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating networks from the Time Warner company it just bought for $81 billion. Thursday, June 21, announcement comes just days after AT&T closed its Time Warner deal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger

Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal.

Stocks rebound; tech rally leads Nasdaq to a record

Technology companies soared Thursday as major stock indexes recovered the ground they lost a day earlier. The Nasdaq closed at another all-time high.

Necco wafers on the production line in Revere.

Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments

Round Hill says it withheld $1 million because it was unaware the FDA found evidence of “widespread rodent activity” and other health violations at Revere candy plant.

Rudina Seseri.

This investment firm has $112 million to spend on AI startups

Glasswing Ventures executive Rudina Seseri said she’s looking for the “next wave” of promising companies.

SimpliSafe has grown from 200,000 customers in 2013 to more than 2 million today.


Why one Boston home security startup caught on and another didn’t

This is a tale of two startups, both focused on developing new products for home security and both run by novice CEOs.

“This kind of uncertainty is really very bad,” said Tom O’Brien, managing partner of HYM Investments,  which is planning an office tower (rendering above) atop the Government Center Garage.

Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher

On a major project, the difference of a few percentage points in the price of goods can amount to millions of dollars.

Business agenda

Mortgage rates, a networking fund-raiser, and other events and things to know.

Banks are offering higher interest rates for savings accounts. But you still need to be smart

Risk-averse people who have the means to sock away some cash are now able to earn a decent guaranteed return from bank savings, money market, and CD accounts.

Battling fake accounts, Twitter to slash millions of followers

Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users’ followers Thursday, signaling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular but embattled platform.

Billionaire Elon Musk is the chief executive officer of electric-car maker Tesla.

Elon Musk pledges to pay for clean water to homes in Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination,” Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday.

Dave Hoffmann, who came to Dunkin’ Donuts in 2016, made changes to the brand even before taking over as CEO for Nigel Travis, who is retiring.

New Dunkin’ CEO charts a path for growth

Someone new will be in charge of ensuring more of America runs on Dunkin’.

Stocks skid as trade war worsens with new tariff threats

Global stock indexes sank Wednesday after the Trump administration released a list of $200 billion in goods that could be hit with tariffs and China said it would retaliate.

Twitter to remove suspicious accounts from follower counts

Twitter says it will begin removing suspicious accounts it has locked from its counts of users’ followers.

An artist’s rendering of a plaza that could be part of developer Don Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage project.

Harbor Towers residents sue to stop Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot tower on garage site

Some residents in Boston’s downtown waterfront are trying to block the skyscraper from being built, saying it’s too “grandiose” for the area.

The Boston Harborwalk, near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester.

Here’s a new way to find a restroom (and other things) on Boston’s waterfront

Boston Harbor Now group has created a searchable and mappable database of public facilities along Boston’s coastline.

Nigel Travis, center, the retiring chairman and CEO of Dunkin' Brands, during an opening bell ceremony at Nasdaq in New York last year.

Dunkin’ Brands longtime CEO Nigel Travis retires

The Canton, Mass., company said Wednesday Travis was named executive chairman of the board of directors.

A scientist at work at a Visterra lab.

Japanese drug maker signs $430m deal to buy Waltham-based Visterra

It’s the latest example of a foreign pharmaceutical company establishing a presence in the white-hot Massachusetts biotech cluster.

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, customers line up for recreational marijuana outside one of MedMen's marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California this year, and the industry is targeting tourists as well as locals, with tours, shops, lodging and ads. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging

A company called 420 Suites is offering rentals in the Back Bay, Fenway, downtown, Longwood, and East Boston aimed specifically at the cannabis set.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2017, a sign for Pfizer pharmaceutical company is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pfizer reported increased first-quarter profits on May 1, 2018, on slightly higher sales, but results were dented somewhat by a US patent expiration on blockbuster drug Viagra. Net income came in at $3.6 billion, up 14.1 percent. Revenues rose 1.0 percent to $12.9 billion. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTERDOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images

Pfizer agrees to defer drug price hikes

Pfizer Inc. agreed to defer substantial price hikes that went into effect just last week CEO Ian Read met with President Trump.

David Monahan (center) was diagnosed with a bladder tumor a week before National Grid locked out union workers. He is scheduled for surgery in a few weeks but isn’t sure how he will pay for it because he lost his work insurance.

Locked out, National Grid workers grapple with loss of income, health insurance

One employee who just found out he has a cancerous tumor in his bladder is unsure how he’s going to pay for surgery.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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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.