With outdoor classes and boot camps, gyms innovate as they wait to reopen

Fitness centers have pivoted to offer outdoor boot camps and virtual classes while they wait to reopen indoors. Some say their business models will shift permanently.

Stay-at-home orders helped lift several Mass. stocks in the first half of 2020

We are in a Work From Home World, and Wall Street knows it.

Quincy Market reopens, but expect a slow summer

Faneuil Hall merchants face a long road ahead as they contend with lost foot traffic from tourists and downtown office workers.

Actual number of COVID-19 cases is 12 times higher than reported, with 50 percent more deaths, says MIT study

The researchers contend that a swifter response to the pandemic could have prevented one-third of all fatalities.

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After June job gains, still a ‘deep hole,’ and new worries

Employers brought back millions more workers in June as businesses began to reopen across the country. But the recent surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to stall the economic recovery long before it has reached most of the people who lost their jobs.


Brexit Talks End Early as EU, U.K. Say Big Differences Remain

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Boeing quietly pulls plug on the 747, closing era of jumbo jets

Boeing Co. hasn’t told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its hulking 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run for the twin-aisle pioneer.

Facebook biased against Black workers, complaint says

Facebook biased against Black workers, complaint says

Columbia Gas agrees to pay $56 million to resolve state investigations into Merrimack Valley incident

The state’s agreement comes less than two weeks after a federal judge in Boston approved a similar settlement between NiSource and federal prosecutors.


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The private sector is unwilling to take on the financial risk, experts say, despite desperate need.

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The Capitol building in Washington, June 30, 2020. Republicans and Democrats are considering new aid for workers and businesses, but lobbyists and lawmakers say the Trump administration is not deeply engaged. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Congress eyes more spending as economy continues to struggle

There is a growing recognition across party lines that Congress will need to spend more money, soon, to continue to prop up the US economy during the coronavirus recession.


Nearly a third of workers expect to remain out of the office for good, survey says

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Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max has been grounded since March 2019 after the second of two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.

Boeing withheld data on system linked to crashes, report says

Boeing Co. provided only “limited information” on the flight-control software implicated in two fatal crashes on the 737 Max as it was being approved by federal regulators, a government watchdog report has found.

A $6 million PPP loan and bankruptcy keep two chains afloat

HopCat’s beer pubs or TooJay’s sandwich delis are the two biggest recipients of Paycheck Protection Program aid, designed to prevent US small businesses from collapsing during the pandemic, that also filed for Chapter 11 protection.

A roofer working in 110-degree weather in Yuma, Ariz., took a water break last month.

As heat sears US, soaring energy costs foreseen

Utility bills are already a hardship for about 50 million people in the United States.

Jewish Vocational Service to take over Boston Center for Adult Education

The Boston organization had all but closed up shop after several former employees were accused of theft.

The Treasury Department will loan $700 million to YRC Worldwide, a trucking firm that ships military equipment.

US Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan

The US government does not typically take ownership stakes in companies but was given permission to do so by Congress as a way to ensure taxpayer funds are not misspent.

Labor-backed group pushes Beacon Hill for new corporate taxes

Lawmakers are holding off on a new budget for now, but liberal groups say programs to help the needy and schools need funding certainty.

Healey demands that N.H. fireworks seller stop mailing ads to Mass.

The Massachusetts attorney general claims that the solicitations from Phantom Fireworks violate consumer protection law.

Boston neighborhood health centers complete merger

Struggling South End facility will now be run by the East Boston community health center

Paycheck program ends with $130b unspent

After a stumbling start three months ago, the government’s centerpiece relief program for small businesses is ending with money left over.


Supreme Court says Booking.com can trademark its name

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Mehra departs as president of Boston Globe

The executive oversaw day-to-day operations at the news organization for three years.

When power shifts in Boston, the establishment gets uncomfortable — and that’s a good thing

The establishment isn’t used to being asked to take a back seat on anything.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin bumped elbows after testifying Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee. Mnuchin said he expected an economic rebound in the second half of the year, while Powell expressed more uncertainty.

Mnuchin and Powell offer mixed views of recovery

The Treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve chair presented differing economic forecasts in testimony before Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers prepare for negotiations over another round of stimulus.

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Baker boosts emergency housing aid

The additional $20 million is intended to help prevent a mass of evictions and foreclosures from the pandemic shutdown.

Whole Foods workers prepare for more protests

Protests are planned on Tuesday over employees' rights to wear Black Lives Matter masks.


Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy

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Revere mayor responds to soaring unemployment in his city

The city has the second highest unemployment rate in Massachusetts, behind Lawrence.

Where are all these fireworks coming from? New Hampshire, apparently

The skies of Greater Boston have been lit up by a noisy display that has divided the region into two camps: those lighting off fireworks and those wondering why.

Plans to block evictions anew gather momentum in Mass. and nationwide

The bill would halt most rental evictions through at least March 2021.

Encore furloughs 3,000 workers as COVID-19 closure takes its toll

The Everett resort's move is a signal that the economic damage from the pandemic will not be easily reversed.

While a single advertiser can do little to hurt a company that generated $17.7 billion in revenue last quarter, the rising tally creates peer pressure on other brands, and civil rights groups say they expect more corporations to join a boycott.

Facebook sales at risk as Starbucks bails, GM plans review

Facebook Inc. fielded criticism from a growing number of consumer companies over harmful content on its sites, with Starbucks Corp. and Diageo pulling back on ad spending and General Motors Co. planning to review its social media marketing strategy.


The summer of alfresco meetings

Startups and investors are ditching video conferences in favor of walking meetings and small outdoor gatherings.


City is spending more with minority- and women-owned businesses, but still lags its peers

New numbers the administration is presenting Monday to the City Council indicate a modest improvement in awarding contracts to businesses owned by women and people of color.


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The Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando and other tourists attractions have been empty since the pandemic began.

Tourists absent, Orlando area’s workers struggle

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four <em>thousand</em> phone calls.

For Thermo Fisher, a swift shift to virus testing

For Boston Scientific, a ‘most difficult year’

CEO Mike Mahoney, in his most detailed public remarks about how he is steering Boston Scientific through its biggest crisis since he became CEO in 2011, said the pandemic hasn’t been the only extraordinary challenge. The turmoil in Minneapolis also affected its employees.


Hands off: It’s time to go touchless

Fear of COVID-19 is driving the rapid US uptake of contactless technology, according to Richard Crone, a mobile payments analyst. “What would have taken five years to achieve . . . has been compressed into two months,”

No, the IRS should not try to claw back $1.4 billion sent to dead people.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report with the explosive news that almost 1.1 million stimulus payments totaling nearly $1.4 billion were sent to dead people. Don Moore’s deceased wife of 42 years was one of the million.

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‘What can I do?’: 19 Black and brown business leaders want to drive a movement to end racial inequities

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund expects to begin issuing out grants in a few months to organizations working on racial equity and social justice matters.

Baker says pandemic adds to the need for his Housing Choice bill

Governor Charlie Baker just gave the Legislature another reason to pass his long-stalled Housing Choice bill: the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Albertsons falters in debut as $800 million IPO disappoints

Albertsons falters in debut as $800 million IPO disappoints

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa. There will be no more attempt at social distancing on American Airlines flights. The airline said Friday, June 26, that it will start booking flights to full capacity next week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)

American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.

Akouos raises $213m in IPO, far above what it projected

The Boston biotech is aiming to develop the first gene therapy for hearing loss.

Como Audio launches crowdfunding effort for a Braintree manufacturing plant

The Boston company's founder says his goal is to stop making its high-end equipment in China.


‘This year is over for us'

Temple of Groom's owner expected the barbershop to be slammed with eager customers when it was allowed to reopen. Surprisingly, it’s not.

Bain to buy Virgin Australia in bold bet on a shattered industry

Bain Capital will buy collapsed Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. in one of the biggest single bets on the airline industry since it was shattered by the coronavirus pandemic.


State expands rebate program for electric vehicles

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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.