Good morning, Boston. RIP, Bill Russell. Here are the five most important things you need to know to start your workday, and you don’t need to jump a fence to get off a train.
PerkinElmer to sell off businesses, adopt new name
After a streak of multimillion-dollar acquisitions last year, Waltham’s PerkinElmer Inc. is splitting into two separate businesses, with plans to keep its focus on what it calls the “high growth” areas of life sciences and diagnostics, Lucy Maffei reports.
What Mass. lawmakers passed … and what they didn’t
The state Legislature wrapped up its formal session in the wee hours of Monday morning, advancing a few last-minute bills on sports-betting, cannabis and the T— but failing to move a massive $4 billion economic development bill out of conference committee.
DraftKings is ‘thrilled’
With sports betting now set to be legalized in Mass., Jason Robins, CEO of Boston-based DraftKings, said he’s “hopeful” that Gov. Baker will sign it into law, Lucy Maffei reports.
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So much for Baker’s $750M clean energy fund
In the 11th hour, Beacon Hill lawmakers scrapped Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed $750 million clean energy fund. Here’s what happened.
Two historic ships, two historic skippers
The only two commissioned sailing ships in the U.S. military — the 224-year-old warship U.S.S. Constitution and the USCGC Eagle — for the first time are being commanded by women, Meera Raman reports.
What else you need to know
By the numbers
Good News Tuesday
Food For Free, one of the nation’s first food-rescue organizations, and Mass General Brigham have launched a new partnership to supply underserved communities with frozen, nutritious, microwavable meals. Read the Good News here, sponsored by Santander.
This day in history
On this day in 1923, Warren G. Harding died in San Francisco, and Vice President (and former Mass. governor) Calvin Coolidge became president.
The most charitable companies
The Business Journal’s annual list of the most charitable companies includes nearly 100 firms that gave a combined $322 million in cash contributions last year.
What I’m watching
Pistol, on Hulu
What I’m reading
The Power of the Dog, by Thomas Savage
What I’m listening to
Have Mercy on the Criminal, by Elton John
Your brown lawn = my camping heaven
Nearly half of New England is in the “severe” drought category, and suburbanites living in towns with water bans are contending with brown lawns or the shaming and water cops that threaten to fine them for watering when they’re not supposed to. But I just got back from a four-day tent-camping trip in the White Mountains, and for the first time in almost three decades of camping with my wife, it didn’t rain.
You read that right: I have never been camping when it didn’t rain at least one day. As I mentioned last week in this space, we have spent weeklong camping trips eating, sleeping and living under tarps.
But not this past weekend. We had a site right alongside the Ammonoosuc River, and we saw stars every night. Packing up our gear yesterday, not one item was wet. Not. One. Item. Was. Wet.
It was total heaven, and I’m still smiling.
So, yeah, I’m really sorry your lawn is brown, but this drought helped make our summer camping trip the very best ever. I can’t feel bad about that this morning.
This a cappella version of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill is impressive, and if you like it, you might also like their version of Metallica’s Master of Puppets, which also featured prominently in Stranger Things:
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They are among the Bay State’s movers and shakers. And, they’re all under 40 years old. Time to put in your nominations for the 25th Annual 40 Under 40.
Plentiful sunshine. High 91F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.. Partly cloudy with late night showers or thunderstorms. Low 73F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Updated: August 3, 2022 @ 9:53 amFirst Lady Britainy Beshear helped distribute the donated gifts on Monday in Princeton. When one little girl came up looking...
Hattie Campbell, seen in a mugshot when she arrived as an 18-year-old in 1925 at the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women, was one of more than 5,000 Kansas women imprisoned between world wars by a government more intent on enforcing a certain version of sexual morality than solving the health crisis at hand. (Submitted)Kansas...