This time, let’s skip the old-boy network and let the woman run Massport

The white male insider is always a leading candidate. The men in this town love to help each other out. And who gets to be the next Massport CEO may just come down to that.

Jeff Socolow said a supplier failed to deliver and install an awning he ordered for his deck. He is using the umbrella a

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Owner of Gloucester rental property is seeing red over awning dispute

Jeff Socolow paid $3,825 — a 50 percent deposit — in mid-February, thinking his awning would be ready for the spring. It’s late June, and there’s still no awning.

Izzy Berdan is a member of the Rose Brigade, an all-volunteer corps of community gardeners who toil in the soil of America's oldest botanical garden to maintain four beds of roses.


In the war of the roses in the Public Garden, the rabbits are winning

“Not to sound dramatic, but if we don’t solve the rabbit problem, we’re not going to have roses,” said one of the leaders of the volunteer Rose Brigade.

Lots of people in Kendall Square are fed up with the poor reliability of the MBTA, which serves many of the workers who commute to the district’s businesses.


Kendall Square businesses, citing a ‘state of emergency,’ demand revenue to fix the T

These executives collectively employ tens of thousands in the congested neighborhood. They all agree the transit system has entered what they term “a state of emergency.”

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US economic expansion is about to set a record, but Trump says Fed ‘Blew It’

The president accused the central bank of reining in a US economy that is on track to reach its longest expansion in history.

Trump order aims to disclose ‘real’ costs for health care

President Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down .

US stock indexes finish mixed ahead of trade talks

The markets capped a day of listless trading with modest losses Monday as investors focused on upcoming US-China trade talks.


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Firm takes account of Worcester, and likes what it sees

Bold Types: Count Brian Renstrom among the believers in the Worcester renaissance. He recently inked a deal to expand his accounting firm, BlumShapiro, in the city’s downtown.

BBC executive Ann Sarnoff was named CEO of of WarnerMedia.

Harvard alum Ann Sarnoff named CEO of Warner Bros.

BBC executive Ann Sarnoff will replace former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations.

Boston drug price watchdog criticized for ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach

Pioneer Institute says ICER’s assessment methods slight rare disease medicines.

Pedestrians walked in front of the entrance to the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Eldorado buying Caesars in $17.3b cash-and-stock deal

The cash-and-stock deal, valued at $17.3 billion, puts about 60 casinos and resorts in 16 states under a single name.

Counterfeit copies of “The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” — many poorly printed and hard to read —were purchased from Amazon and its third-party sellers.

What happens after Amazon’s domination is complete? Its bookstore offers clues

“The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” is a medical handbook that recommends the right amount of the right drug for treating ailments from bacterial pneumonia to infected wounds.

The startup Smoodi, which is designing a smoothie-making station for offices, gyms, and stores, recently tested a prototype at Boston Consulting’s offices.


Will free smoothies work at work? The startup Smoodi thinks so

A Boston startup has come up with an automated machine for offices.

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Your maid of honor is not made of cash

For many people, being part of a wedding party can strain their savings, not to mention their relationship with the couple.

Environmental League of Massachusetts president Elizabeth Turnbull Henry has been reaching out to key business groups, hoping to turn enemies into allies.

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It’s true: Environmental and business groups are on the same page

Former antagonists have joined forces, advocating for improved public transportation and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

A crowd of people placed bets at the sports book bar Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. on January 29, 2019. Rhode Island began accepting last year.

New Hampshire and Maine could soon approve sports betting

The action comes as the practice remains outlawed in Massachusetts. Rhode Island began accepting bets last year.

This image provided by Amag Pharmaceuticals in June 2019 shows packaging for their drug Vyleesi. The medication OK'd Friday, June 21, 2019 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase sexual desire in a women, a market drugmakers have been trying to cultivate since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. (Amag Pharmaceuticals via AP)

Waltham-based Amag’s sex-drive drug for women gets FDA approval

Women can give themselves a shot in the thigh or abdomen; it raises sexual interest for several hours.

GE, PowerChina set to build $4 billion Zambia-Zimbabwe plant

The 2,400-megawatt Batoka Gorge plant has been planned for years by the two southern African nations, both of which are struggling with electricity shortages after a drought curbed hydropower output.

Insulin rationing higher among US diabetics than worldwide rate, survey finds

The findings come amid rising rancor over the cost of prescription medicines. Insulin has become something of a poster child in the US.

Fed officials make case for cutting interest rates

Federal Reserve officials made clear in their first public remarks since the central bank chose to leave policy unchanged this week that inflation and rising global risks are weighing heavily on their minds.

Four states added to suit to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal

Nine other states and the District of Columbia had sued to block the merger, saying it will reduce competition and damage consumers by driving up prices for cellphone service.

UN labor agency passes accord to reduce workplace harassment

Delegates exchanged hugs, applauded and whooped in a UN conference hall after the International Labor Organization overwhelmingly passed the resolution, which has been some four years in the making.

New concession areas and seating are planned for TD Garden’s seventh floor.

TD Garden is going to close for a summer makeover

The $100 million project includes 400 additional seats, plus expanded concourses and club areas.

Sushi chef Kenji Wong prepared food at Zuma, the upscale Japanese restaurant at the new Four Seasons in the Back Bay.

Is Boston hungry for another Japanese restaurant? Zuma will find out

The eatery at the new Four Seasons is Boston’s latest upscale spot on the food scene.

One way to get to the casino will be the motor coach from some suburbs.

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The Encore casino has placed a multimillion-dollar bet to get people out of cars

Casino honchos have good reason to brace for a traffic Armageddon when Encore opens Sunday. Greater Boston’s notorious congestion threatens to choke the resort’s success.

S&P 500 closes at record high as stock rally continues

The milestone underscores a swift rebound for the market in June that has erased the losses from a 6.6 percent dive in May.

Lisa Wieland and Brian Golden.


Massport CEO search narrows to two finalists

The Massport board of directors, it turns out, won’t be going far to find its next chief executive officer.

One Congress, a 600-foot-tall skyscraper atop the Government Center Garage, is scheduled to open in 2022 as the new headquarters for State Street Corp.

Work on Boston’s tallest office building in 25 years has started

The One Congress tower is being built above the Government Center Garage.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Traders gather around a post as they wait for shares of Slack to start trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), June 20, 2019 in New York City. The workplace messaging app Slack will list on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of Slack were surging more than 60 percent over its reference price in early afternoon trading. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Slack soars to $21 billion valuation in debut after shunning IPO

Slack opened at $38.50 on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, well above the reference price of $26 that was set for the shares.


The Fed can only do so much to contain the damage from Trump’s trade war

Investors think the Federal Reserve will ride to the rescue if things get too out of hand. They should think twice.

Boston, MA - June 06, 2019: Steven Pearson, President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) talks with chief medical officer David Rind during a meeting at their offices in Boston, MA on June 06, 2019. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Boston drug-pricing watchdog group is ‘mouse that roared’

ICER researchers spend about eight months studying how well a medicine works and whether it might reduce other health care costs, then publicize their findings in the hopes of getting drug makers to set a fair price.

US CEO hands Oxford University $189 million for AI studies

An American billionaire has given Oxford University 150 million pounds ($188.6 million) for a new institute that will study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and computing technologies.

New Balance chairman Jim Davis plans to open what it calls a “Factory of the Future” in Methuen next year.

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New Balance advances plan for sixth New England factory

New Balance, led by chairman Jim Davis, is back at it, with plans to open what it calls a “Factory of the Future” in Methuen next year.

YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children’s privacy

The Federal Trade Commission launched the investigation after numerous complaints from consumer groups and privacy advocates.

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, at 20 Maverick Square, is looking to cut costs by sharing resources.

East Boston, South End health centers to join forces

The deal would give the fast-growing East Boston Neighborhood Health Center a foothold in a new neighborhood while offering a financial lifeline to the much smaller South End center.

Zoe Lin of Jupiter Legends, a tour group, supplied headsets so a Boston Duck Tours group could hear the narration in Chinese.

Will the trade war cut the number of tourists from China? The tourism industry is wary

Boston’s tourism industry works hard to accommodate Chinese tourists, and with good reason: They’re the largest source of overseas visitors to the city.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fed holds rates steady but opens door to a cut

While the Fed still expects a strong labor market and inflation near its goal, “uncertainties about this outlook have increased,” according to the central bank’s post-meeting statement, released Wednesday.

Sara Nelson with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, right, speaks with Captain Chesley

Pilots criticize Boeing for mistakes on its grounded jet

Airline union leaders and a famed former airline pilot said Wednesday that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so that pilots could train for it.

Stocks advance after Fed signals future rate cuts

Stocks brushed off a muted start on Wall Street and notched modest gains Wednesday.

FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. The slightest hint that the Federal Reserve might lower interest rates often puts investors in a buying mood, stoking their expectations of greater stock market returns. But it doesn’t always work that way. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Fed holds rates steady, signals future cuts

The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday but signaled that it’s prepared to start cutting rates if needed to protect the US economy from trade conflicts and other threats.

Lululemon men’s-only stores quietly close after short-lived runs

Lululemon has quietly closed its men’s standalone stores in New York City and Toronto even as it plans to more than double its men’s business in the next five years.

Comet Therapeutics raises $28.5m for research into metabolic disorders

Cambridge company aims to tackle a range of conditions, from MS to arthritis.

A nonprofit, not Facebook itself, will own Libra.


Facebook’s digital currency would be great — if it didn’t come from Facebook

It seems hard to trust this company with our money after all its privacy problems.

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (second from right) said the ECB is open to using a wide array of measures to prevent a recession from taking hold.

As recession fears grow in Europe, central bank signals stimulus increase

The European Central Bank is poised to step up its stimulus to the eurozone economy in response to international tensions and the trade war.

Maple syrup producers said the original idea to include an “added sugars” disclosure was nonsensical, since sugar was a natural ingredient in their product.

Not requiring an ‘added sugars’ label is a sweet relief, but not for all

The FDA has ruled that while maple syrup producers needn’t include an ‘added sugars’ line on their labels, another classic New England food — cranberries — will need to add one by July 2021.

Optimism over trade sends stocks sharply higher

Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones average 350 points higher.

Looking to rent an apartment in Massachusetts? You might need more than one job

The report, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, estimates that a household needs $33.81 an hour to comfortably afford an average two-bedroom in Massachusetts.

Mass. Senate President Karen E. Spilka spoke at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the arrests and jailing of suffragists in Boston.

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Boys in the boardroom, consider yourself warned

A pair of bills on Beacon Hill aim to mandate women on boards of public companies and state commissions.

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.