Proposed Hynes sale runs into political difficulty at the State House

The sale of the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay to finance an expansion of the larger Boston Convention & Exhibition Center might make sense from a business perspective. The politics? That’s another story entirely.

Alan McKim


Clean Harbors CEO mingles with the troops on ‘Undercover Boss’

As the leader of a company with some 15,000 employees, Clean Harbors Inc. chief executive Alan McKim doesn’t get the opportunity to get out into the field much anymore. But what about as Bill Anderson?


Joanne Chang’s office is a moveable feast

The owner of the Flour bakery chain prefers to conduct business out in the open

Chipotle fined $1.3 million for child labor violations in Mass.

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been hit with a $1.3 million fine for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations at its more than 50 Massachusetts restaurants, the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday.

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Chase wins contract for nearly 20 new ATMs at MBTA stations

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Stocks have worst day since October over coronavirus worries

Just as the world economy appeared to emerge from the uncertainty of the trade war, the spread of the dangerous coronavirus in China has pierced the calm that had settled over financial markets.


Mattapan church puts 25 acres of land in Roslindale up for sale

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GM will make Detroit plant a Hub for all-electric trucks and SUVs

The plant had been scheduled to close this month but was spared in an October deal that ended the longest GM strike in half a century.


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Wall Street venture-fund curbs to be eased in Volcker revamp

Wall Street venture-fund curbs to be eased in Volcker revamp

A Huawei product stand at a telecommunications shop in London.

UK leader may defy Trump and allow Huawei access to 5G telecom networks

Numerous Conservative MPs raised concerns over Huawei gaining any access to UK networks, citing fears the Chinese company could become a long-term security risk for Britain.

Another downtown tower’s lobby will get a major makeover

The former home to Fiduciary Trust at 175 Federal St., overlooking Dewey Square, will be renovated at its ground level, in part to help the pre-Big Dig tower face the Greenway.

Alex Gorsky is the chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson.

J&J CEO relied on internal experts for claim baby powder is safe

Johnson & Johnson‘s CEO told a New Jersey jury weighing punishment for the company over cancer claims that he relied on internal experts when he went on national TV to insist the company’s baby powder was safe and didn’t contain asbestos.


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Michael Dubin, CEO of Dollar Shave Club, helped usher in a model for 21st century entrepreneurs to take on previously unassailable consumer brands.

Dollar Shave vs. Gillette: a lesson for a new era

At 6:15 in the morning on March 6, 2012, Michael Dubin woke up and checked his computer. He was puzzled by what he saw — actually, by what he didn’t see.

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Worried reporters in Chicago make a plea: Please buy our newspaper

Editorial employees acted after it was disclosed that Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund, had acquired a large stake in Tribune Publishing, parent company of Chicago’s biggest daily.

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The suburbs are cheaper, but they don’t have what Kendall Square has for biotechs: serendipity

What makes it worth paying such high rents, when you can be in the suburbs for half the price? A dynamic that’s tough to put a price tag on: serendipitous interactions with people at other companies.

Boston, MA 7/28/11 Harvard Business School professor Clay M. Christensen (cq) meets with research assistants, on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff); Reporter: Mary Carmichael; Section: Metro; Slug: 31christensen

Clayton Christensen, renowned Harvard Business School professor, dies at 67

Christensen was perhaps best known by his famous theory about disruptive innovation.

Paulette Ngachoko of Hapi African Gourmet sells sauces inspired by those she remembers from her native Cameroon.

Diverse, locally owned food start-ups make the menus at Harvard, UMass, and BC

CommonWealth Kitchen’s staff has a new strategy to help grow its small, mostly minority-owned food start-ups: Introduce them to the giant food service operations of Boston’s hospitals and universities.


Lawsuit over Seaport railroad track heads to trial on Monday

Lawsuit over Seaport railroad track heads to trial on Monday

Twin River completes $51m purchase of 3 casinos

A Rhode Island casino company said Friday it has completed the purchase of three casinos in Colorado.

In its first report on the merger, the monitoring firm said it found no evidence that Beth Israel Lahey Health has failed to comply with the attorney general’s stipulations.

One year after merger, Beth Israel Lahey gets good marks from monitor

In its first report on the merger, released Friday, the monitoring firm, Grant Thornton, said it found no evidence that Beth Israel Lahey Health has failed to comply with the attorney general’s stipulations.


Boston investment firm helps finance energy software spinoff

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Cronin Group has won the right to build a five-story building at 24 Drydock Ave. in South Boston.


Beyond restaurants: Jon Cronin scores victories at City Hall, State House in new ventures

Cronin Group built its reputation around its restaurant empire, and then residential development in South Boston. But Jon Cronin’s eponymous Boston firm just scored a pair of victories that have little to do with either of those core business lines.

Former Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf was also banned from working in the banking industry for the rest of his life.

Former Wells Fargo CEO fined $17.5m for sales scandal

The former chief executive, John Stumpf, was also banned from working in the banking industry for the rest of his life.

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NOCA was founded by (from left) Galen Hand, Rich Roy, and Alex Febonio.

NOCA’s founders see a big market for a ‘healthier’ spiked water

Two companies are selling boozy still water, looking to capitalize on the hard seltzer craze that has brands like Corona and Bud Light on board.

Stocks close mostly higher, led by tech, industrials

The S&P 500 notched a small gain for the second straight day, while a modest pickup nudged the Nasdaq Composite to an all-time high. The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the third day in a row.

Somerville, MA - 08/16/14: A variety of beer was served at the Bacon! Bands! Beer! party at Aeronaut Brewing Company on August 16, 2014 in Somerville, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

Aeronaut Brewing, former CEO settle dispute

The Somerville beer maker had accused one of its co-founders of using its business information to start a new brewer.

Insys founder John N. Kapoor (right) left US court in Boston Thursday after receiving 5½ years in prison.

At Insys sentencing, patient says company’s drug ‘robbed me of my life’

In Boston federal court, John Kapoor receives five and a half years in prison.

Striking workers at the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston last year.

Harvard professors offer sweeping plan to overhaul US labor laws

Two Harvard Law School faculty members unveiled a sweeping proposal that envisions labor unions designed for the modern workforce.

In 2017, Representative Richard Neal spoke at the newly refurbished Union Station (built in 1926) in Springfield.


Springfield-Boston rail service? Lawmaker’s message is that it’s long overdue

US Representative Richard Neal plans to give Governor Baker an earful about a pet project that hasn’t even left the station yet: frequent train service to Boston.

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A role for employers in battling opioid scourge

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is spearheading an initiative to encourage employers to support the opioid recovery efforts of their workers.


Chased by Google, TripAdvisor trimming jobs

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Oscar the cat sat in his carry-on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits, and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin.

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

The days of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles, and birds on planes as emotional-support animals could be ending.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 9, 2016 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) and the kingdom's trade and investment minister, Majed bin Abdullah al-Kassabi (L), posing with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (3rd L) during the latter's visit to Riyadh. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Bezos phone hack appears tied to Saudi crown prince, UN specialists say

Two prominent United Nations human rights specialists lent their weight to explosive allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince hacked the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, to “influence, if not silence,” its reporting.

US stocks flat as health authorities focus on China virus

Investors had their eye on an international effort by health authorities to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China that has spread to the United States and three other countries.

President Trump with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the opening of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, in August 2019.

France says US talks could produce agreement on digital taxes

France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said the United States and France had reached a broad framework for using a plan to set digital taxes, but further talks were needed.

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Two large apartment buildings planned for former Channel 56 site in Dorchester

Developers filed preliminary plans for two apartment buildings — 15 and 17 stories — for the site between Morrissey and the Southeast Expressway.

Developer unveils his 600-foot-tall vision for Boston’s waterfront

The long-planned tower would house offices and apartments, and rise 600 feet from where the hulking Boston Harbor Garage now sits.

Former Insys Theraputics executive Sunrise Lee left the Moakley federal courthouse after her sentencing Wednesday.

Two more former Insys executives get prison

The former pharmaceutical executives will go to prison for conspiring to bribe doctors and nurses to prescribe a highly addictive opioid painkiller.

The number of children between the ages of 5 and 17 has fallen by 43 percent since 1970.

Where have all the children gone?

Boston has barely half as many children as it did in 1950, a new report says. In the last 20 years, the population of school-age children in the city has fallen by nearly 10,000 — down about one-tenth — even as Boston as a whole has added 10 times that many people.


Some Uber drivers can set their own rates

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Don’t celebrate yet: Clean energy jobs have slipped in Mass.

This measurement of the clean-tech sector is more somber than it looks at first glance: Job growth in the state actually has been decelerating for the past four years.

Stefanie Seskin is the woman behind BlueBikes, bike lanes, and safe road initiatives in Boston.


She wants you to feel better about biking and walking in Boston

As the city’s transportation director, Stefanie Seskin is all about encouraging people power on the streets.

President Trump with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the opening of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 24, 2019.

France, US to work on digital tax compromise

France and the United States appeared to strike a temporary truce in a trans-Atlantic trade war, French officials said Tuesday.

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.