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Callum Borchers


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Recent articles by Callum:

$20,000 Electrical Bill: After Expensive Snow-Making, Mass. Ski Resorts Welcome Storm

The impending storm is a relief to businesses that have spent heavily on man-made snow, through one of the least-snowy starts to the season since 1872. → Read More

Another Shutdown Casualty: Biotech IPOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission said this week that its normal functions are suspended because the agency isn't funded. Companies can't go public without SEC approval. → Read More

Walsh's State Of The City Story About A Hotel Worker Was Touching. It Was Also A Bit Misleading

The mayor said "Leti's union ... set new national standards for hotel workers" by going on strike and winning higher wages. But the woman at the center of his story did not strike and is not covered by the new labor contract. → Read More

There's A Boston Leader Behind The Push For A Green New Deal

We speak with Varshini Prakash, a Massachusetts native and Boston-based co-founder of the Sunrise Movement. → Read More

Mayor Marty Walsh On His Priorities For The Year Ahead

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins us in studio to discuss his 2019 agenda, recreational marijuana, taxing Uber, and more. → Read More

A New Bill Could Allow Bird, Uber And Others To Bring Scooters Back To Mass.

State Rep. Michael Moran plans to file a bill that would exempt electric scooters from a law requiring turn signals and brake lights. Seven companies want to operate scooter-share businesses in Greater Boston. → Read More

As National Grid Reaches Tentative Deal, Real Estate Group Warns Backlog Could Be 2 Years

Developers are relieved that a deal in the gas utility's lockout could be near. But the uncertainty has been a headache for all involved -- banks, developers and tenants. → Read More

'That's What We Fight For': Mass. Minimum Wage Begins Climb To $15

With the new year, the state minimum wage is now $12 per hour. And it will tick up every year until 2023, when it hits $15 per hour. → Read More

Mass. Biotechs Smashed IPO Records In 2018, But Don't Expect A Repeat In 2019

Together, 17 companies raised $2.4 billion -- doubling the state's previous high. But the president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council expects the public market to "cool off" in 2019. → Read More

Cambridge Startup Says It Will Take $500M From Saudi-Backed Investor Despite Khashoggi Murder

A co-founder of Cambridge Mobile Telematics says the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a "crime against humanity," but the startup still felt comfortable accepting money from a venture fund whose largest backer is the Saudi government. → Read More

The Best State For Science And Tech? It's Massachusetts, Again

A prominent think tank ranks Massachusetts No. 1, highlighting its strength in research and development that's powered by its many colleges and universities. → Read More

Apple Plans To Add 'Hundreds' Of Jobs In The Boston Area

Apple already leases office space in the Cambridge Innovation Center, where a team works on the company's Siri speech recognition software. → Read More

Higher Ed Board Will Allow Schools To Use GPA To Place Students In College-Level Courses

The state's Board of Higher Education is looking to improve equity with a number of measures — among the, allowing public colleges and universities the option to consider high school GPA instead of the Accuplacer exam. → Read More

Catch Of The Day Or Tuna From A Test Tube? How Innovation Could Change Seafood

Researchers are developing AI to promote smarter fishing. And private companies are working on alternatives -- including bioengineered fish and even fish flesh grown in laboratories. → Read More

Last Hop(e) For Craft Beer Guild: Distributor Appeals $2.6 Million Fine To SJC

The beer guild contends that payments for coveted tap lines in bars were legal discounts. But a lower court ruled last year that because only certain bars could get them, they were a kind of illegal price discrimination. → Read More

A One-Word Theory About Why New Balance Signed Kawhi Leonard: Asia

Competing with Nike, Adidas and Under Armour could be tough, but a sports marketer says Boston-based New Balance may be targeting foreign consumers. → Read More

Fired Amazon Delivery Drivers Allege Racial Discrimination In Lawsuit

The drivers say they lost their jobs in 2016 because of old, minor offenses that Amazon had previously been willing to overlook. They claim a change in Amazon's background check policy disproportionately affected minority workers. → Read More

It's Going To Be A Long Holiday Shopping Season. Mass. Retailers Are Thrilled

Holiday sales are projected to increase 3.8 percent over last year. Businesses can thank a strong economy -- and the calendar -- for the jolly outlook. Black Friday arrives on the earliest possible date this year. → Read More

Mass. Cities Snubbed By Amazon Say Bidding Was Worth It

"Just like any person would do, cities should go through self-evaluation and, for us, it was a lot like that," said Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella. → Read More

In Competition For Amazon, Boston Misses The Big One. Again.

The area has a long history of missed opportunities to attract large technology companies. → Read More