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Callum Borchers


Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Callum:

Super Speedy And A Little Scary: 5G Is Coming To Boston

The possibilities are exciting, but 5G networks will only speed things up for early adopters who buy new devices and more expensive data plans. And 5G technology that could improve or even save lives could also cost lives, if networks are not secure and reliable. → Read More

Why Insulin Defies The Normal Rules Of Economics And Keeps Getting More Expensive

The first fast-acting insulin hit the market in 1996, the same year as the Nintendo 64. The video game system got progressively cheaper, but a vial of insulin that originally cost $21 now goes for $275. → Read More

Inside The Encore Resort Casino: $68 Lobster Rolls And Alexa In Every Hotel Room

The Vegas-ified version of a signature local dish is just one of many ostentatious offerings at Wynn Resorts' new venue in Everett. There's also a $15,000 hotel suite and a carousel adorned with 83,000 flowers, some of which are real. → Read More

Mass. Prepares To Confront Gambling Addiction, Ahead Of Encore Casino Opening

As Massachusetts basks in anticipation of a $98 million tax windfall from Wynn Resorts' Everett casino, which opens this weekend, the state is also preparing for a possible downside: a new temptation for people with gambling addictions. → Read More

'It's Just Not Acceptable': MBTA Derailments Frustrate Riders

MBTA derailments increased every year between 2012 and 2018, and have been trending upward for 15 years, according to Federal Transit Administration records. → Read More

David Ortiz's Doctor Also Treated Ted Kennedy, Is 'Very Accomplished And Skilled'

The stakes are far higher now than the last time Dr. Larry Ronan oversaw Ortiz's medical treatment. "Big Papi" battled chronic foot soreness during his final season. But Ronan is no stranger to life-and-death situations. → Read More

Investments In AgTech Are Growing Fast. What's Got Some Investors Betting On The Future Of Food

AgTech investment spending has increased sixfold globally since 2013. And the wide range of investors includes venture capital firms, large corporations, and individuals with personal causes. → Read More

50 Mass. Newspapers Will Reportedly Consolidate Into 18

GateHouse calls consolidation "a necessary next step in our evolution," amid reported merger talks with USA Today publisher Gannett. → Read More

U.S. Trade War With China Could Cost GE As Much As $500 Million This Year

CEO Larry Culp said GE has "a longstanding public record of being for free and fair trade." But Culp also validated the Trump administration's complaints about China's trade policies. → Read More

Amazon Breaks Ground On Fort Point Office For 2,000 Future Jobs

The development will further expand Amazon's presence in Greater Boston, where the tech giant considered planting a second headquarters. → Read More

Wynn Resorts Says It Has Ended Talks With MGM, Will Keep Everett Casino

Wynn's announcement quells speculation that erupted just days earlier when the company said it was mulling a possible sale to MGM. → Read More

How Should The NFL Handle The Robert Kraft Case?

Whatever the outcome in court, Kraft will still have to stand in judgment of the NFL. → Read More

Who Gets A Piece Of The Action If Legal Sports Betting Comes To Mass.?

Businesses, sports leagues and even the state lottery see an opportunity. → Read More

Competitor's Record-Price Drug Could Add To Biogen's Challenges

The FDA this month is expected to approve a new therapy that will compete with Spinraza, which generated $1.7 billion for Cambridge-based Biogen last year. → Read More

Wynn Resorts Can Pay Its $35 Million Fine With Less Than 2 Days' Revenue

In the scheme of the $2.6 billion Wynn Resorts spent to develop Encore Boston Harbor -- now cleared to open as planned next month -- the fine is equivalent to a cost overrun of 1.3%. → Read More

Easter Agreement Ends 11-Day Stop & Shop Strike

The 11-day work stoppage had shuttered some stores, left workers unpaid and become an issue in the nascent presidential race. → Read More

'Take Back This Country': Biden Urges Striking Stop & Shop Workers Not To Give Up

"I know you're used to hearing political speeches, and I'm a politician. I get it," said Biden, who is mulling a White House bid in 2020. "But this is way beyond that. This is morally wrong, what's going on around this country." → Read More

Both Sides In Stop & Shop Strike Are Feeling Pain

Some of the grocery chain's stores are closed. Meanwhile, picketers are going without pay and say they don't expect much financial assistance from their union. → Read More

Picket Line Turns Tense As Stop & Shop Union Workers Heckle Replacements

At a Stop & Shop in Mansfield, some picketers claimed that their replacements are prison inmates on work release. Stop & Shop denied hiring inmates. → Read More

State Police Are Tracking The License Plates Of All Cars That Pass Through Cape Cod — Have They Gone Too Far?

The Massachusetts State Police have been tracking the license plates of every vehicle that enters and leaves Cape Cod every day for the last three years. That means more than 100 million trips have been recorded and stored in a growing — if opaque — database. → Read More