Frank Pepe Pizzeria will open in Burlington and in Watertown

The renowned pizza chain, already with a location in Chestnut Hill, is expanding its Boston area presence.

Cape Air officials said they were happy with their first Boston Harbor test flight for a seaplane service they want to bring to the South Boston waterfront.

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Cape Air on course for seaplane takeoff in Boston

The Hyannis-based airline has acquired the assets of Shoreline Aviation, a Conn. company that billed itself as the East Coast’s biggest seaplane operator.

Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

The electric-car maker says the move will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently.

Joe Biden spoke at a rally in Dorchester organized to support striking Stop & Shop employees.

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What the Stop & Shop picket line says about 2020

The parade of pols backing the striking workers underscores the pivotal role the issue of economic security will play in the coming campaign.

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Report: FTC considers oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking the action amid the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information.

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the FAA.

Visits by loyal Stop & Shop customers decline 75 percent during strike

An analysis of mobile phone location data found that most weekly shoppers are going to other stores — and many may never return.

Fiat Chrysler recalls over 300,000 vehicles due to rollaway risk

The company is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in North America because a transmission problem could cause them to roll away unexpectedly.


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Boeing tests 737 Max software updates, says it’s making ‘progress’ on certification

Boeing tests 737 Max software updates, says it’s making ‘progress’ on certification

Boston Medical Center has received an $89 million federal grant to participate in a nationwide research study addressing the opioid crisis.

Boston Medical Center receives $89m federal grant for opioid study

The funding will allow Boston Medical Center to better tailor treatment options to 16 communities across the state.

The drone that appeared over Fenway Park last week was benign, but the drone filled with explosives that attacked Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro (above) last August show the potential for more malevolent purposes.

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At Fenway, a prank and a warning

The remote-controlled aerial drone that soared over the ballpark during a game was probably just a bored teenager’s idea of a prank, but it could have been much worse.

Employees of the online image board Pinterest, including CEO Ben Silbermann (center), rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning as the company made its initial public offering.

Pinterest and Zoom surge in early trading after IPO

Pinterest and Zoom surge in early trading after IPO

Rabbis say it’s ‘not kosher’ to patronize Stop & Shop during strike

Some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region’s largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community.

The publisher of the National Enquirer is selling the embattled tabloid.

Trump-friendly National Enquirer sold to newsstand magnate

American Media Inc. is ditching the tabloid after being accused of trying to blackmail the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos.

Farmers in eastern China checked ginkgo leaves used to make ginkgo biloba tea. Chinese data show a strenthening economy, which could give China leverage in US trade talks.

China’s strengthening economy bolsters its hand in trade talks

New data show a sharp reversal from as recently as January when key readings were pointing to a pronounced downturn — a factor US officials have touted as leverage in their push for a pact.

4-16-19: Woburn, MA: A large green

Loved and loathed, iconic Helvetica font enters a new era

Woburn-based Monotype’s reboot opens up a familiar design debate. Is Helvetica perfect, or is it boring?

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said he didn’t try to curry favor with President Trump by staying at the Trump International Hotel.

T-Mobile CEO defends Sprint merger as opposition mounts

As fears grow that regulators will quash T-Mobile US Inc.’s Sprint Corp. merger, chief executive John Legere is leading a personal crusade to rescue the deal.

Bodyarmor’s decision to transfer distribution rights for it’s sports drinks to Coca-Cola left a sour taste in the mouths of Keurig-Dr Pepper executives.


Things go bitter with Coke distribution deal

Bodyarmor’s decision to transfer distribution rights for its sports drinks to Coca-Cola left a sour taste in the mouths of Keurig-Dr Pepper executives.

Rubidia Escobar (right) and Ofelia Duarte carried groceries at the Hyannis Ferry Terminal bought at Market Basket in Bourne.

On Nantucket, residents are facing a Stop & Shop strike dilemma

With only one supermarket chain on the island, residents who don’t want to cross the picket line don’t have a lot of options. Shopping on the mainland isn’t easy, and small grocers and boutique fish markets can be expensive.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Governor Evers said the plan ‘‘deals with a situation that no longer exists.’’

Wisconsin governor says 13,000 Foxconn jobs is ‘unrealistic’

The governor said he wants to renegotiate the contract with the global electronics leader.


The pigs were dead. Four hours later, scientists restored cellular functions in their brains

Beyond raising such philosophical and ethical concerns, the results could complicate the already-fraught debate over brain death and organ donation, experts said.

FILE - This photo combo of images shows the Amazon, Google and Facebook logos. A review into competition in the U.K.'s digital market says the country needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The independent review published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 says global tech giants don't face enough competition and that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up. (AP Photo, file)

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New York-Boston rivalry endures in tech sector, too

Even if the Red Sox languish in the American League for now, the state’s tech sector will remain a championship contender.

Drivers have experienced longer wait times at Logan Airport’s taxi pool. Massport said its plan was also aimed at easing congestion.

Uber and Lyft may be forced from the curb at Logan Airport. But not taxis

The beleaguered taxi industry may benefit from a potential policy change at Logan International Airport.

Watertown-04/16/2019 Stop & Shop workers are on strike. At the Stop & Shop Pleasant Street location shopping carts and empty registers. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

As strike goes on, effect on Stop & Shop is increasing

The nearly week-old strike by 31,000 unionized Stop & Shop workers is resulting in barren shelves, stores without customers, and even locations that are closed altogether.

At the Stop & Shop on Watertown’s Pleasant Street, the store was mostly empty Tuesday except for one employee walking near the Easter display.

Stop & Shop president apologizes directly to customers in e-mail

The company’s president sent an e-mail to customers in which he apologized “for the inconvenience that the strike has caused our loyal customers.”

Boston Scientific was ordered by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to halt sales of controversial vaginal mesh products used in surgeries, saying the company had not proved they were safe to use.

FDA orders Boston Scientific to withdraw surgical mesh product

Thousands of women had sued the company alleging the surgical mesh caused extreme discomfort.

US health regulators ordered Boston Scientific Corp. and a second company to stop selling a surgical mesh used in pelvic repair surgeries, after thousands of claims by women that they were injured by the products.

Boston Scientific ordered to halt sale of mesh targeted in suits

US health regulators ordered two companies to stop sales after saying there isn’t enough evidence that the product — which is embroiled in thousands of lawsuits — is safe or effective.

CVS fined $535,000 for filling forged Percocet prescriptions

The drugstore chain will pay to resolve federal allegations that it filled dozens of Percocet prescriptions its pharmacists should have known were forged.

Greg Shell on evening economic disparities

As managing director of the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund, Greg Shell works to identify and fund companies that offer profitable models for addressing critical social problems.

Brian Brusseau (left), member of the Roofers Union Local 33, and Senator Edward Markey spoke in support of the United Council of Food Workers who have been picketing outside of Stop & Shop in Quincy for the past four days. Union powerhouses that used to reign over swaths of the New England grocery industry have either consolidated or have fallen into disarray.

Stop & Shop, among the last union grocery chains, faces pressure inside and out 

One by one, union powerhouses that used to reign over swaths of the New England grocery industry, including A&P, Pathmark, and Grand Union, fell into disarray.

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Liberty Mutual’s ‘LiMu Emu’ is already a hit

Finding a spokesanimal can be easier for some insurance companies than it is for others.

Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti argued Monday for the Supreme Court to allow a trademark registration for his fashion brand ‘‘FUCT.’’

Edgy fashion brand name has justices tight lipped

None on the Supreme Court wanted to say the four-letter word.

CEO John Legere, his hair colored T-Mobile’s magenta, presented a $4.5 million check to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last month.

Dana-Farber comes away from Marathon a big winner

It’s a tale about a renowned researcher, a prominent CEO, and magenta hair. It’s also a story about how the Marathon brings together strangers, sometimes bonding them in unlikely ways.

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VW’s former CEO charged in Germany over diesel rigging

VW’s former CEO charged in Germany over diesel rigging

Kelly Povroznik of Weston, W.Va., teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her brother’s place just to enter grades into a database.

Feds unsure which areas have poor internet connections

Across rural America, a bandwidth gap separates some communities from an increasingly digital world where high-speed internet has become a fundamental component of modern life.

Shereen Shermak, executive director of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, stood in the council’s workspace at Boston University’s Hariri Institute for Computing.


Armed with data, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council takes on the gender wage gap

The council operates out of BU’s computer science department.

Landmark Properties recently agreed to invest in Tremont Crossing’s first phase: retail, an apartment tower, as well as a garage, museum, and central plaza (above).

Finally, a green light for long-vacant Roxbury parcel

The list of uses proposed over five decades for this unused city-owned property on Tremont Street in Roxbury extends longer than the Orange Line that rumbles by.

Somerville, MA - 04/10/19 - Manager Jose Flores and owner Brek Peterson (left, both cq) at the Assembly Square location of Which Wich restaurant. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Katie Johnston) Topic: (15betterjobs)

In tight labor market, employers going to great lengths to attract workers

Companies scrambling to fill positions are offering higher pay and better hours, and loosening requirements for college degrees.

FILE- In this March 13, 2019, file photo Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone in New York. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are down. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were not loading as of early Sunday, April 14. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp experience outage

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp were down for many people early Sunday morning.

SOMERVILLE, MA - April 12, 2019: Stop & Shop worker Lynda Insogna, center, joins in a chant on the picket line at the Stop & Shop in Somerville, MA on April 12, 2019. US Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Stop & Shop workers walking a picket line outside a Somerville store as the strike against New England’s largest supermarket chain enters its first full day Friday. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Stop & Shop strike is on, but will customers stay away?

With awareness of inequality and union approval growing, picket lines may be more successful than they would have in the past.

Judges Will Johnston (left) and Peter Chipman got in the spirit of Thursday’s corporate spelling bee.

How do you spell ‘sphygmomanometer’? A team of IBM employees knew

Teams of employees from some prominent Boston businesses took part in a spelling bee that was a fund-raiser for First Literacy.

BOSTON, MA - 4/12/2019:An empty storefront near 560 Washington Street (Lafayette City Center) This is what it says about retail in downtown crossing. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 12downtowncrossing

Empty store space in Downtown Crossing may become offices

The Boston Planning & Development Agency on Thursday approved plans by the owner of Lafayette City Center to convert much of its long-empty ground floor into office space.

Bird e-scooters parked at Coolidge Corner.


I took Brookline’s e-scooters for a road test. Here’s what happened

A few adjustments are needed to make them more than a novelty.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 28, 2019 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked on the tarmac after being grounded, at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. - Boeing on April 9, 2019 reported a 19 percent drop in first-quarter commercial airplane deliveries as the global grounding of its 737 MAX plane hits results. The aerospace giant delivered 149 commercial planes in all in the first quarter, including 89 of the 737 aircraft. That is down from 184 commercial deliveries and 132 of the 737s in the year-ago period. Boeing has been under scrutiny following a March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash on a 737 MAX that killed 157 people, the second deadly crash involving in the aircraft in five months. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Southwest Airlines removes 737 Max from schedule until August

Southwest Airlines is removing flights with the troubled Boeing 737 Max from its schedule through the peak of the busy summer travel season.

This image provided by Disney shows a product image of Disney Plus on a tablet. The video steaming service has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday, April 11, 2019, marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out plans for its attack on Netflix and a formidable cast of competitors, including Amazon, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. (Disney via AP)

Disney+ undercuts Netflix at $7, launching costly battle

Walt Disney Co. will charge $7 a month for its streaming service that debuts Nov. 12, a gambit to undercut Netflix in an increasingly crowded field.

Stop and Shop employee Luis Medina held a strike placard while waving to traffic outside the Stop and Shop on Freeport Street in Dorchester.

Thousands of Stop & Shop workers go on strike

The United Food & Commercial Workers union, which represents the 31,000 workers on strike, abruptly called the work stoppage for 1 p.m. shortly after contract negotiations hit an impasse over pension and health benefits.

Ron Burkle, a billionaire California financier, at his apartment in New York, Nov. 11, 2005.

Ron Burkle, supermarket magnate, in talks to buy National Enquirer

The owners of The National Enquirer are in talks to sell the tabloid to Ronald W. Burkle, a supermarket magnate with ties to former President Bill Clinton, according to two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

A sign protesting the Northern Pass pipeline was posted close to Colebrook, N.H.

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Eversource fights to keep Northern Pass alive

Eversource is waging war against its opponents in a bid to overturn the 2018 permit denial that doomed a pivotal deal to deliver electricity to Massachusetts.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.