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Venture capital is a crucial part of the technology and biotechnology fields, providing early fuel to companies trying to exploit undiscovered opportunities, but in both industries, diversity is a trouble spot.

Standard legal documents assume tech execs are men. That could soon change

A group of influential industry players said they will stop using legal language referring to “key men.”

BROOKLINE, MA - 6/21/2016: A mother and her child at the exterior of Tiny World Child Care in Brookline where one case of TB was reported. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 22brooklinepic

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2016

Stricter background checks could ensnare thousands of child care workers

The background checks, intended to improve safety in day care, could force out thousands who have a prior offense, even if they have worked without problems for years.