Some start-ups forgo receptionists

Paul Schwenk, senior vice president of engineering for the Web travel site Kayak, opened the door to the company’s offices in Concord, where visitors use a call button to get buzzed in.

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While some fledgling companies would rather apply the salary to a position they consider more important, others figure a reception area is poor use of expensive real estate.

Barack Obama rode alongside daughter Malia during their 2011 vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

No Martha’s Vineyard vacation for Barack Obama this summer

Police on the island have been told the president won’t be coming, bookings have been canceled, and the ­estate where the Obamas stayed the last three years has been sold.

// Tennis Hall of Fame pivots, investigates Bob Hewitt

The Tennis Hall reversed course and is investigating allegations that Hewitt sexually abused girls he coached.

This doctored TV image last year showed the fireworks display directly behind Fenway Park.

TV coverage sticking to real fireworks this year

CBS’s national broadcast of Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was criticized last year because historic buildings had been inserted into the fireworks video feed.

Tisei picks up hope, steam in race vs. Tierney

The legal trouble of Rep. John Tierney’s family has given Republican Richard Tisei an opening as he looks to unseat the eight-term ­incumbent in the sixth district.

Boston Capital

Stock pickers need years to regain trust

The stock pickers of the mutual fund world — once the rock stars of finance — couldn’t sell popcorn at the circus today.

Mass. tightens control of 2-year colleges

Lawmakers are tying community college budgets to academic performance.

Glitches, gripes mark first days of MBTA fare hikes

A software glitch rendered thousands of T passes temporarily unusable on the first weekday commute following the weekend fare increase.

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Barclays CEO Bob Diamond

Barclays CEO resigns amid scandal

Bob Diamond and two other top managers are leaving the British financial firm after it was fined $453 million for submitting false reports on borrowing rates.

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A letter carrier made sure the mail was delivered to a residence in Washington on Monday despite the damage.

East Coast power failures could last most of week

Nearly three full days after a severe summer storm lashed the East Coast, utilities warned that many neighborhoods could remain in the dark for much of the week, if not beyond.


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One-time SEAL now leads nonprofit benefiting elite Navy unit

The SEAL Foundation goes beyond what the Navy provides for members of the special forces unit, as well as their families and support staff.