At Massport, new CEO is ready for change

A smooth rollout of new ride-hail rules at Logan Airport is Lisa Wieland’s first big test as the head of Massport.

In June, proponents worked to support Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to increase the state real estate tax; that measure is still pending.

Compromise plan may give Boston a 2 percent tax on larger real estate sales

The City Council on Wednesday will consider a measure to allow a tax of up to 2 percent on real estate transactions of $2 million or more.

Increasingly, employers seek applicant with expertise in multiple fields — those with deep knowledge of molecular biology who can also write computer code, for example.

Report: Colleges aren’t doing enough to prepare students for Mass. life-sciences jobs

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation says job growth is far outstripping the number of qualified candidates for positions.

Paul Sellew

Entrepreneur plants aggressive growth plans for lettuce business

When Paul Sellew heads to the annual New York Produce Show this week as an exhibitor, he will have a promising story to tell.

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Pelosi declares a ‘victory for the American worker’

House Democrats hailed the changes they secured in President Trump’s North American trade pact.

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An app developer conference, a holiday party, and other events.

US stocks dip as weekend deadline on trade looms

A new round of US tariffs is scheduled to take effect on Chinese goods Sunday, the latest escalation in the trade dispute.

Tentative deal reached on North American trade pact

The US-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Trump.


PG&E stock jumps on report of settlement in wildfire cases

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Architects, other supporters rally to save the Hurley building

The Baker administration views the aging Charles F. Hurley Building as a prime redevelopment opportunity in the heart of Boston. But cashing in on this potential windfall could be challenging.

Business agenda

A job fair for interpreters, a sales workshop, and other events.

Former Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker instituted a series of painful but ultimately successful moves that ushered in a long period of prosperity.

Larry Edelman

Inflation is no longer a scourge. Thank Paul Volcker

Paul Volcker, who died Sunday at 92, is best known for taming inflation as chairman of the Federal Reserve in the 1980s. His Boston friends also remember a man with enormous decency and humanity.

Stocks close broadly lower, with trade talks still the big issue

The selling snapped a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500, cutting into its gain from last week.

Explosion of US tech jobs concentrated in just five metro areas, study finds

Just five metro areas — Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle — snapped up 90 percent of the 256,063 tech jobs created from 2005 to 2017, according to a study released Monday.

Amazon is alleging that President Trump abused the power of his office to deny the company a massive military cloud computing contract, court documents released on Monday showed.

Amazon accuses Trump of ‘improper pressure’ on JEDI contract

Amazon said in a legal complaint unsealed Monday that it had lost a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract with the Pentagon because President Trump used “improper pressure” to divert it from the company to harm its chief executive, Jeff Bezos.


Mass. biotech and technology companies are scrambling to fill open jobs

Some biotech firms are paying for new employees’ moving expenses, temporary housing, and other costs, while tech companies are allowing people to work out of state.

It’s too late for Judy Murphy, caught in a gift-cards scam, to get her money back, but she hopes new tech will spare others.

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A plea from a friend, via a hacked e-mail account, is a cautionary tale about scams

Judy Murphy didn’t think it would happen to her. “I’m a capable person,” she said. And she still fell for a gift-cards scheme.

US says suspect in Apple case had classified Patriot missile file from Raytheon

A search of the suspect’s home turned up a classified file from the Patriot missile program that belonged to his former employer, Waltham-based Raytheon Co.


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Dr. Roy Phitayakorn is a general and endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Serious as a surgeon, but less so as a collector

Surgeons are used to working in sterile rooms with drab walls and lots of equipment. When he retreats to his office, Dr. Roy Phitayakorn is in a very different environment.

Workers rebuilt a cell tower with 5G equipment for Verizon in Orem, Utah. For now, Verizon 5G delivers astonishing speed in Boston — as long as you’re in the Fenway, standing at a street corner.

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Not so fast: Bostonians may want to wait a bit longer on 5G service

The new service is now available in Boston, but it still has many limitations.

Elizabeth Warren campaigned last month in Laconia, N.H.


Elizabeth Warren has ‘a plan for that’ — more than 50 expensive ones

Warren’s campaign platform underscores an existential question for Democrats: How far left should the party tack to rein in what many voters see as out-of-control capitalism?

Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Michael Kremer (left), Esther Duflo (center), and Abhijit Banerjee (right) at a press conference at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday.

2019 Economics Laureates to donate Nobel Prize money to next generation of economists

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT and Michael Kremer of Harvard University — the 2019 winners of the Sveriges Riksbank Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences — are donating their prize money to invest in the next generation of development economists.

A screen capture from Aviation American Gin’s newest ad, starring “Grace in Boston” as herself.

Janelle Nanos

The Peloton ad angered America. That’s why Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation American Gin ad is so brilliant

Driving angry is problematic. Going to bed angry isn’t advised. But shopping angry? Well, that might actually have some benefits.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce chief Jim Rooney is among those pushing for the change to the tax code.

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Business groups hold out hope for Christmas tax fix amid Beacon Hill budget stalemate

Will the change to the tax code come before the holidays? The odds get slimmer with each passing day.

Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday.

Elon Musk did not defame British caver in tweet, jury finds

The Tesla CEO did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday.

Head of state health-benefits agency is leaving post

The Group Insurance Commission said Friday that Dr. Roberta Herman is taking a job in the private sector, but did not specify the job.

J.Jill president, CEO steps down

After just a year and a half in the role, Linda Healy has left the Quincy-based women’s clothing retailer.

Recent home sales west of Boston (December 4)

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At a roundtable discusion with small business owners, President Trump spoke about the Labor Department's monthly jobs report, announcing that the US added 266,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5 percent.

Labor market remained strong in November as US economy added 266,000 jobs and jobless rate fell to 3.5%

The United States added 266,000 jobs in November as the jobless rate decreased to 3.5 percent, the latest snapshot of an economy that appears to have slowed but stabilized in recent months.

A rendering of  Fenway Center.

Developer proposes changes for ambitious Fenway Center project

The developer wants to build a 20-story, 311-foot-tall tower over the Mass. Pike, with another 160-foot-tall building along Brookline Avenue.

The day before Thanksgiving, Partners announced that it will change its corporate name to Mass General Brigham to reflect its two best-known hospitals, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s.

Partners HealthCare generates $14 billion in revenue

Chief financial officer Peter Markell said the numbers give the company flexibility as it prepares to invest in a name change and rebranding, the launch of several new outpatient clinics, and new digital health programs.

Workers shoveled on Arch Street in Boston during a recent storm.

US jobs report trounces forecast with 266,000 gained

Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as US employers shrugged off global trade conflicts and added 266,000 jobs.

Charles Flagg of Jamestown, R.I. (above, with his wife, Cynthia), had received Biogen’s aducanumab until the studies were halted in March. Since he was taken off the medicine, “his cognition, his alertness, his interactions have definitely diminished,’’ Cynthia Flagg said.

Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.


Cambridge Trust to acquire Wellesley Bank

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Boston Globe managing director Linda Henry interviewed Warren Buffett as part of a HubWeek Curated Conversation at Fenway Park on Thursday.

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Warren Buffett offers up management advice to Boston business leaders

Warren Buffett came to Fenway Park on Tuesday, offering up folksy aphorisms, management advice, and a baseball metaphor or two.

Weekend agenda

A conference on the retail industry, a “winter wonderland” brunch, and other events.

Live racing ended at Suffolk Downs this year.

Mass. OK’s Suffolk Downs betting plan with FanDuel

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a proposal by Suffolk Downs that will allow the daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel to offer wagers on horse races to Massachusetts customers through its mobile apps.

“Massachusetts has reached a tipping point,” a study released in August concluded. Above, rush hour in the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel.


It’s time to clear a path through the political gridlock for a test of congestion pricing

If Boston moves ahead with congestion pricing, it’s going to need the state’s help, and you can already sense political gridlock setting in.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh “would like to support” a bill that would allow the city to levy a tax on the sale of office and apartment buildings and, potentially, homes.

Walsh signals possible support for transfer tax on real estate sales

The tax could raise millions of dollars a year for affordable housing, but many questions remain about the trickle-down effects, and time is running short before the City Council breaks for the year.

Pretzels from Swissbakers in 2013.

Local Swissbakers cafe chain abruptly shuts down operations

After 13 years in business, Swissbakers abruptly shut down Thursday, shuttering its four locations in Allston, North Station, Reading, and at Harvard University.

Marc Casper, chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher, Wednesday addressed the crowd at the opening in Lexington.

Baker marks opening of Lexington gene therapy plant

Governor Charlie Baker marked the opening of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $93 million gene therapy manufacturing plant, saying he has “very close friends” who have been devastated by a disease for which the facility hopes to make a yet-to-be approved drug.


Worcester, Pawtucket offer contrasting stadium incentives

With different financing plans, Worcester is getting the WooSox and Pawtucket is getting a soccer team. Think of it as the Tale of Two Stadiums.

Trader Frederick Reimer worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Stocks were broadly higher as traders became more hopeful that a trade deal between the United States and China was making progress.

US, China move closer to trade deal despite harsh rhetoric

The US and China are moving closer to agreeing on the amount of tariffs that would be rolled back in a Phase 1 trade deal despite tensions over Hong Kong and Xinjiang, people familiar with the talks said.


Bridgewater Savings Bank, Mansfield Bank to merge

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A growing number of passengers allege they were raped or sexually assaulted while using the ride-hailing app.

More than 20 additional women sue Lyft alleging rape, sexual assault

The suit adds to a growing list of legal complaints against the ride-hailing company from passengers who say they were targeted by drivers on the app.

Alphabet’s New Boss Means $2 Billion for Departing Founders

Larry Page and Sergey Brin just got a $2.3 billion retirement gift from investors.

Young Sheldon, meet SpongeBob: CBS and Viacom are back together

After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom are reuniting.

Air bag maker Takata is recalling about 1.4 million driver's side inflators because they could explode and hurl shrapnel. They also may not inflate properly to protect people in a crash.

Deadly defect found in Takata air bags

The malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like the earlier issue, leads to air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, killing or injuring people.

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.