Professionals who exposed Flint water crisis win first MIT ‘Disobedience’ award

The $250,000 prize was established to reward whistleblowers and activists whose work bucked conventional wisdom for social good.

Revelopment of the Government Center garage site includes two towers, shown at the right in this rendering.

Developer of 45-story tower changes plans, will convert some apartments into condos

The move to modify the Government Center project is an indication that condominium demand in Boston remains high.

Eversource is seeking approval to increase its Massachusetts rates next year by $96 million.

Attorney general pushes back on Eversource’s request for rate hike

Attorney General Maura Healey filed a brief challenging Eversource’s request and calling on the state agency to cut its rates instead.

Investor and conference organizer Sheryl R. Marshall says that the venture capital firms should institute the same kinds of policies that public companies have.


What’s to be done about male venture capitalists who harass women?

An industry dominated by men scrambles to come up with ways to head off bad behavior.

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Protect yourself from debit card crooks

The debit card you rely on to conduct your business has a vulnerability that thieves have become masters at exploiting.

The health care debate we should be having

There’s something wrong with our health care debates. Always in D.C., the big questions are about insurance: who has it, how they get it, how much the government should pay.


Changing the channel on cable

Streaming is picking up steam, but cutting the cord isn’t easy.

US seeks dismissal of charges in ‘London Whale’ case

Acting US Attorney Joon Kim said Friday his office made the request in the case against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout.

Judge OKs $11.2m settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users

Douglas Dowd, an attorney representing users of the marital infidelity website, said the settlement is ‘‘fair and reasonable’’ for both sides.


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Jeff Immelt.

As Immelt bows out, GE shows the stench of oil is hard to escape

In his final days atop General Electric Co., Jeffrey Immelt still can’t throw off oil’s stink.

Amid controversy, MBTA Retirement Fund performing better in 2017

The T’s largest union said recent returns show the fund is on better footing than the agency has suggested.

FILE -- A car from Waymo, one of several companies that are becoming partners in Lyft’s Open Platform Initiative on technology for self-driving cars, in Mountain View, Calif., March 21, 2017. On July 21 Lyft, the ride-hailing company, announced that it was developing its own self-driving technology, marking yet another company’s gamble that the future of transportation will be marked by self-driving cars. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Lyft riders in Boston will be able to hail a self-driving car by the end of the year

Lyft riders in Boston will be able to hail a self-driving car by the end of the year.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt

GE profits off in second quarter

The Boston-based industrial conglomerate still beat Wall Street expectations as longtime chief executive Jeff Immelt prepares to hand over the reins in August.

The President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

European Central Bank chief says inflation lags behind growth

Mario Draghi said policy makers are still waiting for inflation to catch up with the economic recovery as they put off discussions on winding back stimulus until after the summer.

Friday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, gas prices, beginner workshops and other notable events and things to know.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

New York to Washington in 29 minutes? Elon Musk teases a new hyperloop

With a tweet and very little else by way of detail, the entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday raised the prospect of speedy, hassle-free travel.

JPMorgan has agreed to pay $307 million in fines, with $267 million going to the SEC and $40 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

JPMorgan whistle-blowers seen reaping record $61 million bounty

JPMorgan agreed to pay $307 million, with $267 million going to the SEC and $40 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Exchange at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska offers many name-brand items.

Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free

Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Pregnant workers’ bill heads to Baker’s desk

The bill would give pregnant workers the right to less strenuous duties, more frequent breaks, and temporary transfers.

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Treasury Department hit Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine on July 20, 2017, for violating Russia sanctions while Tillerson was the oil company’s CEO. Treasury said in a statement that Exxon under Tillerson’s leadership had shown “reckless disregard” for sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russian entities in 2014 over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions when it signed contracts in May 2014 with a Russian oil magnate known to be closely connected to Vladimir Putin.

Stocks waver as earnings, central banks dominate

US stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday.

Anne Finucane, who is based in Boston, is reportedly intrigued by the idea but hasn’t begun official discussions, according to the report.

Bank of America’s Finucane reportedly eyed for top spot at Uber

Could Bank of America vice chair Anne Finucane, who is based in Boston, end up in the driver’s seat at Uber?

Item Name: 23onthejob Content Folder: Business Martha A. Shea, Program Coordinator of ClearPath, a program of Marlborough Community Development Corporation helps Don Gage, sort through his cluttered home. (he agreed to be photographed and have his name used). Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe


She helps hoarders find space, and peace

Former police officer Martha Shea now heads the community organization ClearPath.

Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

Since the beginning of 2017, the state’s jobless rate has grown despite the addition of thousands of new jobs during that time.

President Donald Trump spoke to members of the US military following a meeting at the Pentagon Thursday.

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Six months in, Trump’s economy looks awfully familiar

By most measures, not much has changed since Inauguration Day. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Russian man who helped develop Citadel malware gets 5 years

A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison.

Surge in development builds nest egg for Boston

The city raised $55 million in affordable housing funds last year, according to data released Wednesday.

City Sport USA Owners Brent and Blake Sonnek-Schmelz.

New City Sports owners plot revival of Boston brand

Two brothers in New Jersey are starting to revive the City Sports business, after buying the brand and the chain’s customer lists for $400,000 in late 2015.


Babson breaks another barrier with first woman board leader

Bold Types: Another glass ceiling is shattering at Babson College.

A family trust is likely to seek $95 million for its properties on a prime stretch of Brattle Street.

Trust’s decision to sell buildings means big changes in store for Harvard Square

The Dow and Stearns family trust is likely to seek $95 million for two properties that house businesses like the Black Ink gift shop, Felipe’s Taqueria, Origins, and Flat Patties.

The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.

Citigroup said to open Frankfurt hub as banks consider post-Brexit moves

Score one for Frankfurt.

Thursday’s business agenda

Stocks to watch, US mortgage rates, networking and other notable events and things to know.

A federal jury in New York City ruled Wednesday that the ignition switch in General Motors’ Chevrolet HHR wasn’t to blame for a 2014 crash that injured an Arizona man.

GM wins switch trial as N.Y. jury balks at lack of evidence

The ruling suggests juries have a high standard for evidence in linking specific accidents to the deadly flaw.

Tech, health care lift stocks to record highs

Stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, health care, and energy companies.

The main entrance to the headquarters of the BBC in London, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The publicly funded BBC has published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, Wednesday, compelled by Britain's government to publish the salaries of on-air talent, which had previously been secret, revealing that its highest-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

BBC publishes pay of top stars, revealing gender gap

Only one-third of the BBC’s top-paid stars are women, and only a tiny number are black, Asian or members of another minority group.

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Here’s how you can build your credit score

Many people don’t have enough of a financial record to qualify for a bank loan.

Apple is gearing up to make tens of millions of new iPhones.

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Would you pay $1,200 for the new iPhone?

Assuming the industry rumors are true, Apple will unveil a 10th anniversary iPhone that might be priced as high as $1,200.

The old Middlesex County courthouse building in East Cambridge may finally get a makeover.

Court ruling clears the way for redevelopment of East Cambridge courthouse tower

State appeals panel rules that long-delayed renovation of 22-story building can proceed.

Tyler Haddad, a rising senior at Becker College, is bringing free game design classes to low-income kids in Lawrence, holding class on tables at his parents’ diner.

Craving French toast and video game design classes? This Lawrence diner has both

For those looking to chew on something a little more creative at Eli’s Place, there’s an after-hours special: video game design classes.

Len Evans of Burlington had the nicest lawn in the neighborhood until they hired Lawn Dawgs to fertilize it and kill weeds.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Ruined lawn leads to a fight over how to fix it

Hiring people to work on your home or yard is often stressful. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when dealing with contractors.

Daimler to modify 3 million Mercedes cars over diesel concerns

Jack Ewing reported from Frankfurt and Prashant S. Rao from London.

A worker at agriculture manufacturer AGCO used Glass to see assembly instructions, make reports, and get remote video support.

Remember Google Glass? It’s back and ready for work

Google is pitching the much-ridiculed augmented-reality goggles to businesses.

Trump urged by CEO to nationalize the only US rare-earths mine

The California mine should be converted to a national laboratory “dedicated to rebuilding America’s rare-earth mining industry so the world knows it is safe to build high-tech manufacturing plants in the US,” the executive said.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, rooftop networking, and other notable events and things to know.

At the Charles River Country Club, men hold all but a half dozen or so of the “A” memberships.

Shirley Leung

Sexist grill still par for the course at Charles River Country Club

A $1 million renovation of the Newton club’s men’s locker room includes a single-sex pub complete with food, booze, and a stone fireplace.

Massachusetts General Hospital and others closely watch US News & World Report’s review.


Errors delay US News & World Report’s annual hospital ranking

US News & World Report is postponing the release of its annual hospital rankings after it discovered errors in the data used to compile its report, according to an e-mail obtained by STAT.

The 401(k) match is back, and it’s getting bigger

Many companies are boosting their matches in employee 401(k) plans.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Chuck Goolsbee, site director for Facebook's Prineville data centers, shows the computer servers that store users' photos and other data, at the Facebook site in Prineville, Ore. Facebook is making good on plans to expand its high-tech data center already under construction in central New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez's office announced early Tuesday, July 18, that the company will build a second building at the site near Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque. (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin, via AP, File)

Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data center

The social media giant will add a second building to one already under construction

This Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, photo shows a sign on a Chipotle restaurant. Chipotle says it temporarily shut down a restaurant in Virginia, on Monday, July 17, 2017, after becoming aware of reports of illnesses. The chain says it’s working to understand the cause, but that the reported symptoms are consistent with norovirus. The company says it plans to reopen the location in Sterling, Va., after a “complete sanitization” later on Tuesday, July 18, and that its food is safe to eat. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Chipotle closes Virginia store after reports of illness

Chipotle’s efforts to move past its food scares have been complicated by fresh reports of illnesses, which prompted it to close a branch this week.

FILE - This March 1, 2017 file photo shows the exterior of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber is ceding control of its operations in Russia by agreeing to merge its ridesharing business in the country and five other ex-Soviet republics with Yandex, the Russian search-engine leader that also runs a popular taxi-booking app., statement released by Yandex on Thursday July 13, 2017 said. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Uber discriminates against riders with disabilities, lawsuit says

Advocacy groups for those with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Uber for failing to provide enough wheelchair-accessible cars in New York City.

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