Logan Airport due for huge makeover aimed at improving access

Plans are underway for expanded and updated terminals, new access ramps, and limited curbside access to terminals. Is there a monorail in its future?

Sarah Hodge Grob said, “I’ve always loved fashions, especially the transformative effect that clothing can have on someone.”


Her mission: finding clothes that you won’t return

True Fit’s Sarah Hodge Grob helps gather data that’s used by retailers and manufacturers to better target consumers.

State Street launches more layoffs, estimated 1,500 jobs

It’s unclear how many will come from the ranks of the company’s Boston workforce.

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Jack Bogle: A painful thorn in Boston’s side

Bogle’s Vanguard Group undercut the very premise on which much of the city’s fund industry was built: that stock-pickers are worth the fees they charge investors for managing their money.

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More lenient state laws could mean beer makers cut off low-alcohol brands

Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain.

Forbearance can protect credit score during shutdown

Once a loan is entered into forbearance status, a lender temporarily suspends the required payments.

Bill calls for higher fees for Uber, Lyft in Mass.

Three Massachusetts lawmakers are joining with a regional planning advocacy group to call for higher fees for ride-hailing companies.

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Supporters look to revive the ‘millionaires tax’

Proponents suffered a crushing defeat in June when the state’s high court ruled that the “Fair Share Amendment” would be unconstitutional.

US regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook

The penalty is expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fine the FTC imposed on Google in 2012.


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Seafood worker dies from injuries at New Bedford plant

William Couto of Acushnet is the second Sea Watch International worker in five years killed after getting caught in machinery.

Sweden forms a government after 133 days, but it’s a shaky one

After a deadlock lasting more than four months, Sweden got a new government on Friday, with the Social Democrats and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven holding onto power under an agreement that excludes a right-wing, anti-immigrant party.

Japan bars women from taking part in emperor’s throne handover

Japan bars women from taking part in emperor’s throne handover

The Model 3 assembly line, under a tent, at Tesla's factory in Fremont, Calif.

Tesla to cut 3,000 jobs in bid to sell Model 3 to mass market

The least-expensive version of the Model 3 now available costs $44,000. CEO Elon Musk said in a companywide e-mail that he wants the lowest-priced Model 3 to sell for $35,000.

Uber used surge pricing during storm last March, state agency rules. It’ll cost them $950,000

Despite the settlement with state officials, Uber defended its use of surge pricing but welcomed the agreement.


Drug maker payments to doctors are linked to higher opioid overdose deaths

In a county of 100,000 people, three additional payments to physicians were linked to 18 percent more prescription opioid deaths, according to the study.

Celgene is in the process of being acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in a blockbuster $74 billion deal.

Two local biotechs sign deals with New Jersey’s Celgene

Kyn Therapeutics and Obsidian Therapeutics are both focused on developing cancer treatments.

Stop & Shop wants to roll out the driverless stores this spring.

Your city street may soon turn into a grocery aisle

Stop & Shop said it will pack fresh grocery items into remote-controlled vans that will roll through Boston area streets this spring, but is it legal?

The sports book at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., opened in November.

Baker’s sports betting proposal goes outside traditional gambling industry

Governor Baker’s plan would allow companies to operate online sports betting without a financial relationship to an existing casino, opening the doors to many potential sports books.

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State Senator Eric Lesser is taking another swing at anti-patent troll legislation.

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Mass. lawmakers take another swing at patent trolls

Eric Lesser is resuming his legislative fight against people who use patent demand letters to bully tech firms large and small into paying up.

Sara Myerson, director of planning at the Boston Planning & Development Agency, is leaving her job.

City’s top planner is stepping down

Sara Myerson of the Boston Planning & Development Agency says she’ll take a job in the private sector.

An image of Puma's North American Headquarters, with a proposed sign, at Assembly Row in Somerville. The building is scheduled to open in 2021.

Puma is moving its headquarters to Assembly Row

The shoe maker will consolidate its Massachusetts operations and add jobs at the Somerville site.

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Here’s another economic problem to watch: Bad loans are rising

A growing number of businesses, mainly small and midsize, are having trouble keeping up with their bank loans.

Microsoft pledges $500m to ease Seattle housing crisis

It would be the most ambitious effort by a tech company to directly address the inequality that has spread in areas where the industry is concentrated.

H. Lawrence Culp Jr. was named chairman and CEO of General Electric Oct. 1.


GE is shedding more light on its political donations

GE executives decided to broaden the company’s disclosures of political donations to include trade association dues and gifts to “social welfare” nonprofits, used to funnel dark money to candidates.

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Alex Jones called the Sandy Hook shootings a hoax.

Social media storm prompts Roku to ban Infowars from platform

Roku gave a platform reaching millions to the conspiracy site that called the Sandy Hook school shootings a hoax. After hours of outrage, it backed down.

Many scientists say exposure to electromagnetic fields may pose a health hazard. They’re especially concerned about cellphones, because of their position close to the user’s head.

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?

Health activists want Massachusetts health officials to release data they hold about the risks of cellphones and other wireless technologies.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere, at a Senate hearing, stayed at Trump International Hotel.

T-Mobile executives were Trump customers while seeking deal approval

A VIP Arrivals list for the Trump International Hotel in Washington reveals frequent stays by T-Mobile higher-ups as they attempted a contentious merger which required government approval.

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Sears survives bankruptcy auction and will keep 400 stores open

Billionaire Eddie Lampert, the company’s chairman and largest shareholder, reportedly won the auction with a $5.2 billion takeover bid early Wednesday.

Big bank rally helps US stocks finish higher; Goldman soars

Bank stocks surged Wednesday following strong results from a slew of financial companies, and US stock indexes finished broadly higher.

An artist’s rendering of Arsenal Yards in Watertown.

SQZ Biotech will move to Watertown’s Arsenal Yards complex

The growing company will occupy more than 63,000 square feet at the former mall site.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, says the shutdown cuts quarterly economic growth by 0.13 percentage points each week it goes on.

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There will be significant consequences for businesses and investors.

YouTube revises policy, bans dangerous prank videos

YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things.

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Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open

The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears in New York, averting liquidation of the iconic chain.

The Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Purdue Pharma sought to put blame on addicts, Mass. says in lawsuit

Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin and its cozy ties with Tufts University and Mass. General Hospital.

A reverse motion detector in a bathroom — set off when a drug user overdoses and stops moving — often summons Dr. Jessie Gaeta.


When a reverse motion detector sounds, this MD becomes a lifesaver

Dr. Jessie Gaeta doesn’t spend much time in her office. She goes on the road, or into the bathroom, to take care of homeless people.

“Stranger Things” stars Caleb Mclaughlin (left), Sadie Sink, and Noah Schnapp. Netflix has said that it expects to have about 100 original TV series in production this year in languages other than English.


Facing new competition, Netflix bulks up for an arms race — by raising fees

Streaming services are in a costly war for original programming, and subscribers will have to pay.

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Sparks fly as Conservation Law Foundation weighs in on Boston Edison project

No one said redeveloping an old power plant in a booming urban neighborhood would be easy. But the owners of the old Edison complex in South Boston are finding out just how tough it can be.

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships, and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news.

Facebook is giving $300 million for local journalism

The money will fund projects to help local outlets strengthen their newsgathering operations and build their readership and subscription models.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey Tuesday, Jan.15 2019 announcing that Turkey will establish a 20-mile-wide “safe zone” in northern Syria.

Erdogan pledges Syria ‘safe zone’ as new UN envoy arrives

Turkey will establish a 20-mile-wide “safe zone” in northern Syria according to Turkey’s president in a speech on Tuesday, and will seek logistic and financial assistance from the United States and other allies.

US indexes hit one-month highs as Netflix leads tech rally

US stocks rallied to their highest level in more than a month Tuesday after China’s government moved to inject more life into the economy. Netflix led a surge in high-tech companies.

The Netflix Inc. app is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPad mini tablet compute.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’

The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over a “Black Mirror” interactive film.

The Friendly Toast in Burlington, Mass., one of the chain’s five locations.

Friendly Toast offering free meals to furloughed federal workers

The restaurant chain’s offer extends to all five locations as long as the shutdown continues.

With economic development remaining strong in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has a new proposal to help more city neighborhoods benefit from that growth.

Walsh debuts mobile economic development help in Boston neighborhoods

The mayor is launching an “Economic Development Center,” a rotating series of free business workshops throughout the city.

The real estate listing for the lot at the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth streets is expected to draw wide interest from developers and investors.

Newbury Street parking, apt to fetch millions, offers rare development opportunity

The longtime owners of a modest parcel at the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth streets have decided to cash in.

The Gannett Co. Inc. headquarters in McLean, Va. MNG Enterprises, which is owned by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital and is known for making severe cuts in newsroom budgets, wants to buy the newspaper publisher.

Hedge fund called ‘destroyer of newspapers’ bids for USA Today owner Gannett

The unsolicited offer, worth over $1.3 billion, would create the largest newspaper company in the United States and further consolidate a struggling industry.

Workers moved a pallet of beer at Night Shift Brewing. The government’s partial shutdown threatens $1 million of projected revenue at Night Shift if the Everett company can’t release its big new spring beer on time.


For many companies, the US shutdown permits no progress

The partial government shutdown has spilled over to the private sector -- putting permits in limbo for everything from seafood processors to craft breweries.

A Pacific Gas and Electric crew worked to restore power in Sonoma County, Calif., last year. The utility, formed more than a century ago, has been blamed for scores of California fires that have started when trees fall on power lines, sending sparks onto dry vegetation.

PG&E to file for bankruptcy following devastating California wildfires

PG&E to file for bankruptcy following devastating California wildfires

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.