Trying to dish up a friendlier waterfront park

The spot where diners flocked to the popular Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant is now the latest in a series of waterfront parks to open in the Seaport District as major development has rolled through the neighborhood.

14allston - An aerial rendering of Allston Yards, which won BPDA approval. (Stantec)

Huge new project approved in Allston

The Stop & Shop near the turnpike would give way to one of the largest redevelopments in the Allston-Brighton area.

Jeneé Osterheldt

The Massachusetts Women’s Conference put diversity in a box — literally

This year, in a conference first, there were dedicated roundtables for women of color. Just one, big, cruel problem: In their new programming designed for inclusivity, the conference literally put diversity in a box.

Beth Savage (right) is wondering how she’ll afford her au pair, Maya Zabel from Germany, shown with Savage’s daughter, Hannah.

A court ruling boosts au pairs’ pay, but it puts families in a bind

A new mandate to pay childcare providers the state minimum wage immediately raises annual costs by as much as $17,000.

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Sarepta shares rise after FDA reversal

The company’s stock skyrocketed on Wall Street hours after the US Food and Drug Administration reversed its decision and approved a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy that it had previously rejected.

Shirley Leung

In shortchanging MBTA, Legislature once again picks politics over T riders

Beacon Hill is once again shortchanging T riders, this time by $18 million. It’s easy to call this politics as usual. It’s actually more like pettiness as usual.

Ad agency Arnold gets a new CEO as parent company merges leadership roles

Arnold Worldwide will get its third leader in two years, as French parent company Havas combines oversight of the Boston ad agency and the local operation of its media planning arm.

Hasbro announces line of Baby Yoda toys, melts hearts of mega-fans

Baby Yoda toys are coming soon but won't be here in time for Christmas.


Sale of Harriet Tubman House approved

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The Hynes Convention Center’s exhibit halls were occupied 44 percent of the time in 2018.


Colliers is picked to market the Hynes, but it could be a tricky assignment

The sale of the Hynes Convention Center should be a lucrative deal for Colliers International, the brokerage picked on Thursday to handle the transaction. But it could also become one of the Boston office’s trickiest deals to pull off.

Among the most pressing issues facing Stephen Hahn are underage vaping and the potential importation of drugs from Canada.

Senate confirms Stephen Hahn, an oncologist, as FDA commissioner

Among the most pressing issues facing Hahn as the FDA’s chief are underage vaping and the potential importation of drugs from Canada.

On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted: “Getting VERY close to a BIG DEAL with China.”

US, China settle on outline of elusive phase one trade deal

The United States and China have settled on final terms of a phase one trade deal, moving both countries closer to signing a pact that President Trump originally announced in October, four people familiar with the negotiations said.

A rendering shows one of the possible designs for a span to replace the Northern Avenue Bridge.


Bold design for a car-free span over Fort Point Channel would reflect a forward-looking city

We should push hard for the new Northern Avenue Bridge — and to keep it free of cars and most other vehicles.

S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal

Financial, technology, and health care stocks powered much of the rally, which gave the S&P 500 its second straight gain and erased its losses from earlier in the week.

Weekend agenda

A digital marleting workshop, a winter market, and other events.

Carol Efron-Flier, one of the store’s first customers, greeted one of its owners, Ilene Epstein (left).

Brookline women’s clothing shop closing after 40 years

In recent years, the shop’s owners have found that younger customers seem less interested in personal service, preferring to shop online.

Partners HealthCare is launching a $100 million digital health initiative

The five-year plan will aim to appeal to patients by allowing them to book appointments online, communicate with care providers through video and text, and access doctors’ notes, among other changes.

Local alternative lending startup looks to tap into more US homes

Hometap, a Boston startup that offers homeowners cash in exchange for an equity stake in their house, is gearing up for a major national expansion after raising $100 million from investors hoping to unlock some of the value stored in US residential real estate.


Eversource pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030

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Interest rates will be holding steady for the foreseeable future, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday.

Fed says interest rates, like economy, should stay stable

The Federal Reserve predicts no interest rate cuts in 2020, ignoring President Trump’s calls to boost the economy.

Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon said “the FAA rolled the dice on the safety of the traveling public” in allowing Boeing’s 737 Max to fly.

In House, FAA chief faces sharp questions over how agency handled Max crisis

WASHINGTON — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration faced sharp questioning from Congress on Wednesday as he sought to defend the agency’s certification of the Boeing 737 Max and its decision not to ground the plane after a first deadly crash last year.

Posing business robot.

Are you ready for a robot boss? Many workers say that yes, they are

Artificial intelligence is everywhere. In our Google searches, in our mobile banking apps, in our thermostats and refrigerators and endless requests for Alexa. At work, AI tells sales reps which accounts they should pursue and helps lawyers analyze piles of contracts. Is it any wonder that we’re starting to think it might be OK if the machines take over?

US stocks notch modest gains as Fed leaves rates unchanged

The market shook off a mixed start after the Federal Reserve announced it is would be leaving interest rates unchanged this month and signaled that it expects to leave them alone in 2020.

Brookline voted to ban gas pipes in new buildings when it adopted a bylaw last month. The attorney general has yet to sign off on the measure.


Brookline’s ban on natural gas connections spurs other municipalities to consider the idea

When Brookline approved its ban last month, many in the business community worried it would be the first of many dominoes to fall. Well, here they go. Next in line: Cambridge, and then Newton.

Business agenda

Mortgage rates, a networking dinner at Lululemon, and other events.

The developer wants to convert the Harriet Tubman House building into 66 condos.

City set to approve controversial sale of Harriet Tubman House to condo developer

United South End Settlements, a nonprofit that owns the South End building, says it needs to raise money.

The city has unveiled several new conceptual designs for the Northern Avenue bridge. This is one of them.

Boston has dramatically reworked the design for a new Northern Avenue bridge

City officials working on replacing the long-closed bridge over Fort Point Channel appear to be moving toward a span that would prioritize walking and bicycling and prohibit single-occupancy cars. Indeed, conceptual images shared Tuesday don’t show any vehicles.

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Wellforce health system names new CEO

Michael J. Dandorph will begin the new role in mid-January, after many years as a health care executive in Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Beth Israel Lahey expands orthopedic surgery care, using Baptist Hospital as model

New England Baptist’s surgeons have shared their best practices — their specific way of doing orthopedic surgery — with surgeons at Beverly Hospital in Beverly and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.


Nissan fined $22m for under-reporting former chairman’s compensation

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Facebook rebuffs US AG over access to encrypted messages

End-to-end encryption locks up messages so that not even Facebook can read their contents.

Big biz group makes strides with board diversity

Because the Roundtable membership consists of top executives from the state’s largest employers, this lack of diversity might have once seemed inevitable. Not anymore.

Dr. S. Eliza Dunn, a physician at Bayer, was in Cambridge Tuesday to defend Roundup weedkiller, arguing that it is not carcinogenic.

Amid lawsuits, Bayer mounts campaign to defend weedkiller

CAMBRIDGE — Forget the three juries that delivered staggering multimillion-dollar verdicts to people who claimed Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Springfield Democrat, announced Democrat support for the North American trade deal negotiated by President Trump.

Pelosi declares a ‘victory for the American worker’

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

Lisa Wieland, Massport’s new CEO, is a Level 5 leader, says business executive Dan Kraft: The work is “not about her. It’s about the mission. That’s important.”


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.

Business agenda

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.