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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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New Hampshire considers importing Canadian drugs

A proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada to New Hampshire won praise from both the Democrat sponsoring the bill and the Republican he wants to replace in the corner office.

MetroWest Medical Center to curtail most hospital services in Natick

The hospital still will offer psychiatric care. But it will no longer treat patients needing medical care or surgery. The emergency department and intensive care unit also will close.

US stocks close lower amid jitters over China’s coronavirus outbreak

The sell-off snapped a three-day winning streak by the S&P 500. The benchmark index ended last week at an all-time high.

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New Bay Village apartment building will feature two-bedrooms for about $7,000 a month

The nation’s biggest landlord is getting into the business of building apartments in Boston and is about to start construction on $126 million, 126-unit Stuart Street complex.

MGM replaces head of lagging casino in Springfield

The move comes less than one week after the casino reported its lowest monthly revenues ever.

At ConvenientMD in Weymouth, which opened in December 2018, physician assistant Shannon Sheridan-Geldart assessed Natan DePaula’s congestion symptoms.

State seeks to rein in largely unregulated urgent care industry

Urgent care has become a common term in health care — but it has no state definition in Massachusetts, making these centers difficult if not impossible to monitor, according to officials.


Moody’s downgrades Hong Kong credit rating as civil strife continues

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This courtroom sketch by Jane Wolsak and released to AFP by the artist shows Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou attending her extradition hearing in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday.

Huawei executive extradition hearing begins

The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom Monday.

Google CEO calls for ‘balanced approach’ in regulating artificial intelligence

Sundar Pichai’s comments suggest the company may be hoping to head off a broad-based crackdown by the EU on the technology.

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President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he had a “great discussion” with President Trump on digital taxation.

French president tweets that he and Trump have a truce on taxing tech companies

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump agreed to a truce in their dispute over digital taxes that will mean neither France nor the U.S. will impose punitive tariffs this year, a French diplomat said.

The Fed may have reached the limit in its ability to use monetary police to affect things like inequality in income, wealth and education.


When it comes to these economic threats, the Fed can’t ride to the rescue

There have always been limits to the Fed’s might, and they are painfully obvious today as the economy hits hurdles that monetary policy — the control of the money supply and the cost of borrowing — can’t overcome, including widening disparities in income, wealth, and education.

Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people?

Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism — and even for treating arthritis in dogs — can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by Massachusetts researchers who tested thousands of approved medicines and experimental compounds in a search for unrecognized cancer-fighting properties.

Shamus, a 6-month-old, rested before his nap at the workplace of his mother, Mary Killgren, at W.S. Badger Co. in Gilsum, N.H.

More employers are offering parents a chance to bring their babies to work

For a growing number of workers across the country, having a baby doesn’t set off the customary scramble to arrange child care — at least not right away. That’s because they are employed by the 300-plus organizations that allow employees to bring their infants to work.


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Covered Security wants you to be smarter about online threats — for your employer’s sake

A five-minute online quiz by Covered Security is designed to give you the cybersecurity equivalent of your credit score — basically, how do your online security habits compare with the average person’s, and how do they compare with the habits of security experts?

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Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, must stay in the Vancouver area and wear a GPS ankle bracelet while her case makes it way through the courts.

Stakes are high as Huawei executive goes to court to fight extradition to US from Canada

Global politics, big money, and high technology come together when the extradition hearing of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei, begins in a Vancouver courtroom.

Quincy-01/17/2020 A new 99Ranch Asian supermarket opened in Quincy this week. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

5 things you have to check out at the new 99 Ranch supermarket

The California grocery chain’s newest location caters to Quincy’s large Asian population, although the store is big and bright, showing a Western-style approach.

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