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Mike Deehan
Jul 1, 2022 - Politics

Meet the Boston-area socialists in public office

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Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

There are more democratic socialists serving in public office in the Boston area than ever before, including two state representatives on Beacon Hill.

What's happening: There's been a steady increase in the communities surrounding Boston. And in November, Kendra Lara became the first modern democratic socialist to join the Boston City Council.

Steph Solis
Jul 1, 2022 - News

Logan airport workers see first pay bump in years

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Another weekend, another series of delays and flight cancellations. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Some workers at Logan International Airport will start seeing a raise in their hourly wages Friday, marking their first pay increase in two-and-a-half years.

Driving the news: Massport voted last month to boost the minimum wage for certain airport service workers to $16 an hour starting today and $17 an hour starting next year.

A night at Hecate, Back Bay Boston's hidden bar

A white mug showing a tequila cocktail topped with ice and pink dragonfruit powder on top on a bar counter.
My personal favorite is this tequila drink called santa muerte, or "dead saint," which includes tequila, Chinola passion fruit liqueur and dragonfruit powder. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

The Back Bay's seemingly most exclusive bar fills up as soon as it opens at 6pm, with the waitlist packed in minutes — mostly because the venue only seats some 20 people at a time.

  • This bar's been open since April, but I stopped in for the first time earlier this month.

Why it matters: The hidden bar, named Hecate after the Greek goddess of magic and spells, adds a bit of intrigue to the popular shopping district.

Mike Deehan
Jun 30, 2022 - News

Delta preparing for a nasty Fourth of July

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Travelers can expect delays, cancellations and generally messy travel this Independence Day weekend. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Delta Airlines, one of the largest airlines operating through Logan Airport, is warning customers to expect travel disruptions over the July 4 weekend, and is making it easier to rebook their flights should they encounter delays or cancellations.

Why it matters: Boston is a major Independence Day travel destination, and nearly 48 million Americans will travel to celebrate the holiday this year — up 3.7% from last year, according to AAA.

One last meal at Gourmet Dumpling House

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My last meal was the spicy garlic eggplant and pork dish and, of course, some dumplings. Photos: Steph Solis/Axios

Gourmet Dumpling House calls it quits Thursday, so I thought I'd stop by for a final meal.

Why it matters: The restaurant has been a fixture of Boston's Chinatown since it opened 15 years ago, but it's closing due to rising rents and employee resignations, the company wrote in a Google post.

Mike Deehan
Jun 30, 2022 - Business

Firefly Bicycles builds international reputation

Firefly Bike's Kate Mills adds a design to a premium bike in construction.
Firefly Bike's Kate Mills adds a custom design to a premium bike, using chemicals to alter the color of the exposed titanium. Photo: Mike Deehan/Axios

Some of the finest custom-made bicycles out there come from a small shop on Boston St. in Dorchester, just outside Andrew Square.

Driving the news: Firefly Bicycles makes bespoke bikes for discerning riders.

  • Like a fine suit, every piece is made to order based on a customer's physical measurements and preferences: the length of their legs, the distance between the pedal and frame, the reach of the handlebars and more.
Steph Solis
Jun 29, 2022 - News

In Massachusetts, data breaches, threats on the rise

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massachusetts companies and government agencies have seen a twofold increase in data breaches since 2012, according to an Axios Boston review of state data.

What's happening: Data breaches have become more common as hackers grow more sophisticated, experts say, with residents' Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, driver's license details and other sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

Steph Solis
Jun 29, 2022 - Business

How to protect your business from a data breach

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Cybersecurity experts say that people and organizations can take steps to protect their personal data before a cyber attack happens.

Driving the news: Massachusetts companies and government agencies have seen a twofold increase in data breaches since 2012, according to an Axios Boston review of state data.

Pro tip: Cybersecurity experts recommend that individuals and businesses use Have I Been Pwnd to see which of their accounts, if any, have been affected by a breach.