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?

BOSTON, MA - 12/18/2018:Spped limit posted and actual drivers speed seen here on Old Colony Ave. City of Boston speed calming measures throughout the city, to lower traffic, such as digital feedback signs, speed bumps, and curb extensions(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 19speeding

Boston traffic fatalities cut nearly in half, but overall crash numbers rise

Using public data, public safety groups found there were 10 road-related fatalities in 2018, down from 14 the year before and 21 in 2016.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

 BOSTON, MA - April 11, 2019: - Stop and Shop employee Luis Medina holds a strike placard while waving to traffic outside the the Stop and Shop on Freeport St. in Dorchester, Boston, MA on April 11, 2019. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

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.

General Electric dredging barge excavated soil from the banks of the Hudson River, near Troy, New York, where two of its factories once spilled PCBs into the water for decades, May 16, 2015.

EPA declines to make GE restart Hudson dredging, for now

The Environmental Protection Agency declined for now to make General Electric restart dredging in the Hudson River, triggering a wave of condemnation Thursday from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from its industrial pollution remain too high.

In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, photo a child holds his Amazon Echo Dot in Kennesaw, Ga. Amazon updated its voice assistant with a feature that can make Alexa more kid-friendly. When the FreeTime feature is activated, Alexa answers certain questions differently. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

So there are people behind Alexa’s curtain. Will anyone care?

A report this week revealed how deeply involved human beings are in supporting Amazon’s audio devices.

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Stop & Shop employee Rohan Balbour held a strike placard outside the store on Freeport Street in Dorchester on Thursday.

Here’s how customers will be affected by the Stop & Shop walkout

If you’re one of the many people around the region who rely on Stop & Shop for groceries, here’s what Thursday’s walkout likely means for you.

How a corner grocer ended up in the hands of a global supermarket giant

Stop & Shop has been hit by a strike less than three years after its parent company combined with the owner of Hannaford to create Ahold Delhaize Group.

The San Francisco-based company filed with an initial offering amount of $1 billion.

Uber files for US initial offering

Uber Technologies Inc. filed for an initial public offering, starting the clock on what’s expected to be the biggest US listing this year.

Plans for privately run student dorm move forward

British firm Scape is moving ahead with plans for what would be Boston’s first independent student dormitory.

A shopping cart sat in the parking lot of a Super Stop & Shop in Watertown, Mass., in 2006.

Read the statements from each side of the Stop & Shop walkout

Stop & Shop workers in southern New England walked off the job on Thursday afternoon. Here are the statements released by each side.

A rendering of the City Winery on the Greenway.

Here’s a roundup of all the open-air beer gardens coming to Boston in spring 2019

Hoping to grab an outdoor drink in Boston? We’ve got you covered.

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Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

A global team reviews audio clips in an effort to help the voice-activated assistant respond to commands. 

Diana Diller, 39, an event planner, shows Ovia at her home in Los Angeles. Diller used the app to track her pregnancy, as did her employer, who paid to gain access to the intimate details of its workers' personal lives. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Philip Cheung

Pregnancy tracking app raises questions about privacy

A report in The Washington Post this week found that employers can access aggregated data about their employees through a partnership between Ovia Health’s app and insurers.

MGM unveiled its logo at Fenway Park Tuesday, replacing a sign from rival Foxwoods that had been on the Green Monster for five years.

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MGM courts Greater Boston gamblers with Fenway sponsorship

Red Sox fans who packed Fenway Park on Opening Day didn’t just witness another disappointing defeat. They also had prime seats for the newest salvo in New England’s Great Casino War.

The National Enquirer’s attacks on Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, led Bezos to accuse Enquirer publisher David J. Pecker of extortion and blackmail.

National Enquirer expected to be sold imminently as parent company faces pressure

The decision to sell reportedly came after the hedge fund manager whose firm controls AMI became “disgusted” with the Enquirer’s reporting tactics.

Among the bank CEOs to appear before a House Financial Services Committee hearing Wednesday were (from left) Michael Corbat of Citigroup Inc., Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co., James Gorman of Morgan Stanley, and Brian Moynihan of Bank of America Corp.

CEOs of big banks face off with House Democrats

The heads of seven of the largest banks in the United States fielded sometimes contentious questions from a House committee on Wednesday, some dealing with current risks to the financial system and other focused on more politically charged topics.

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.