Watertown’s Mount Auburn Club to close for good, sell site to lab developers

The owners of the longstanding fitness and tennis center are selling to Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development for just under $33 million.

Major Boston landlord extends eviction moratorium to end of year

WinnCompanies, which owns and manages more than 6,500 apartments at 51 buildings across the state, said it will halt all evictions at its properties through the end of the year for tenants who are struggling to pay rent.

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The Wing tried to act inclusive and exclusive all at once — that won’t fly

I was foolish to think The Wing, a posh co-working space for women and nonbinary folks, could be both exclusive and inclusive at the same time.

More of Mass. is reopening with Phase 3, but economy might soon have to retreat a bit

The Massachusetts economy is taking another step forward as casinos, gyms, and movie theaters prepare to open Monday, but some business leaders fear that the surge of coronavirus infections across the country could disrupt the state’s fragile recovery..

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On reopening day, gyms work through Governor Baker’s restrictions

Some Massachusetts gyms reopened Monday, but with strict distancing and equipment guidelines as they worked to figure out how to follow all of the rules.

Our cash-free future is getting closer

in the era of the coronavirus, cash is no longer à la mode at La Fromagerie in Paris, as social distancing requirements and concerns over hygiene prompt nearly everyone who walks through his door to pay with plastic.

Cambridge biotech raises $110 million to advance treatment for blood cancer

COVID-19 has upended the economy, but biotechs with promising medical treatments are still attracting venture capital.

Uber buys Postmates, ups delivery game in $2.65 billion deal

Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely competitive delivery market by acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the company said Monday.

Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld and broadened a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones.


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

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Small business loans flowed to health care, construction, and big states

Data released Monday by the Trump administration showed that businesses in big states like California and Texas received the most in loans from the government’s small business relief program.

Markets swell around the world; Nasdaq sets another record

Stocks rallied worldwide on Monday as investors bet that the economy can continue its dramatic turnaround despite all the challenges ahead.

Boston hotels make a push to bring back indoor gatherings in Phase 3

Several Boston hotels are finally turning the lights on again as they awake from their slumbers this spring. But some of the biggest ones will stay dark, with no sign of indoor events returning.

China dominates medical supplies, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon

China has laid the groundwork to dominate the market for protective and medical supplies for years to come.

Segun Idowu, head of BECMA, is a man of the moment

At just 31, Segun Idowu already has a career as an organizer behind him, from street protests to the campaign to bring body cameras to Boston police. Now, just 20 months into his role as the executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA), Idowu has emerged as a singular voice of the moment.

Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott. So far, they aren’t impressed.

Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott. So far, they aren’t impressed.

Running a startup requires confidence, but also humility

In a new book, Boston tech CEO Dave Balter encourages leaders to admit they don't have all the answers, and to listen to the people around them. The Globe sat down with him for an interview about leadership in the current climate.

Liquor stores, restaurants battle on Beacon Hill over expanding booze sales

The House's restaurant rescue package has sparked a firestorm of lobbying at the State House.

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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Documents from Boeing indicate that the last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle-area factory in about two years.

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.

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.

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.


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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

At Fall River clinic, a remote reopening

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.

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.