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By adamg - 8/14/19 - 8:26 pm

NBC Boston reports Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care are looking to become a single insurer. No word on which college name will get dropped from the new entity or if they'll just have a computer generate some nebulous sounding new name.

By adamg - 8/9/19 - 11:39 am

The Globe reports that the owners of Cumberland Farms has filed a proposed ballot question that would let chains like, oh, Cumberland Farms, sell liquor at as many stores as it wants.

Under current state law - the result of a compromise between pure packies and supermarket chains - by 2020, companies will be able to hold as many as nine liquor licenses in the state.

By adamg - 8/7/19 - 10:03 am
What a mess in Charlestown

Post-spill photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports roughly 50 gallons of oil spilled onto the driveway at the Aamco transmission shop at 125 Cambridge St. in Charlestown around 9 a.m. while being pumped into a reclamation truck after it was full up.

Through liberal use of absorbent material, the BFD hazmat team contained the spill - and will remain on scene until it is fully cleaned up and removed.

By adamg - 8/5/19 - 10:30 am
The equipment that hit the gas main

The excavator that hit the gas main outside 41 Temple St. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. Gas contained, all out given.

Construction workers hit a high-pressure two-inch gas main on Temple Street shortly before 10:30 a.m. The Boston Fire Department has shut the street until National Grid can turn off the gas.

By adamg - 8/2/19 - 10:03 am

Jamaica Plain News reports that the corner spot at Centre and Burroughs streets vacated when Bukhara decamped for distant Forest Hills will be turned into a Chase bank branch by the end of October. The move will ease the critical bank shortage caused a couple years ago when Caffe Nero replaced a Commonwalth Bank branch down the street from the location.

By adamg - 7/27/19 - 9:49 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a former employee at the shuttered Eugene O'Neill's, across from the Forest Hills T stop, wants to re-open the watering hole, but with acoustic music.

Melissa Hunt goes before the Boston Licensing Board this Wednesday to seek a 1 a.m. liquor license. Hearings begin at 10 a.m. in Room 809 in City Hall.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 3:19 pm
Looking down at the steel beams that fell from a crane at Hub on Causeway at the Garden

Steel beams lying on the ground instead of being where they should be.

Teo posted this photo at 3:04 p.m., reports:

A crane’s cable snapped right outside of hub on causeway causing massive steel beams to drop several stories. Doesn’t look like anyone was injured. Building shook violently.

Earlier:
Construction debris falls off building and onto woman in the North End.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 3:00 pm

The Boston Guardian alerts us to a battle between downtown resident and business groups and a Winthrop company that wants to install a 25-foot-tall electronic billboard at Washington Street and Temple Place. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 12:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state commission's ruling to suspend a liquor chain's license for several days at two stores because it sold alcohol at costs lower than the invoice price it paid, in violation of state regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/19 - 4:54 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports the mini-Target will replace a closed clothing store. People who need to make larger Target runs will still be able to head up to the full-figured store up in South Bay.

By adamg - 7/16/19 - 11:47 am

Boston Liquors, 225-227 Cambridge St. in Allston, had the first of two hearings before the Boston Licensing Board this morning on the issue of whether a 24-hour service that delivers snacks, napkins and other convenience-store wares should be allowed to keep using its basement. Read more

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 12:04 pm

The Encore Boston Harbor casino made $16.8 million in gambling revenue between its opening June 23 and June 30, according to figures released today by the state Gaming Commission. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 11:29 am
Truck parked the wrong way on Washington Street in Roslindale

At least the Clydesales would be cute: Courtney Feeley Karp‎ spotted this Bud truck this morning parked against traffic on Washington Street, and blocking traffic from leaving Kittredge Street, in Roslindale, where the road is just one lane in each direction.

By adamg - 7/12/19 - 10:41 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that an oil company that has long used OrderMyOil.com to sell heating oil online has no case against a competitor that set up OrderYourOil.com, because the words "order" and "oil" are just too generic to deserve any sort of competitive protection under state law, never mind federal trademark law. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/19 - 9:33 am

Marc Levy brings us up to date on Cambridge's war on one restaurant through the proxy of tea candles.

By adamg - 7/2/19 - 1:18 pm

The Bay State Banner reports on the unlicensed cabs that ply the square.

By adamg - 6/26/19 - 2:18 pm
Wayfair worker holding sign reading Endless Detention is Torture

A couple of hundred workers at Wayfair, the online home-goods concern headquartered at Copley Place, walked over to Copley Square this afternoon to protest the company's contract with a contractor that runs border detention camps. Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/19 - 10:53 pm

State Police report divers pulled a man's body from the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/19 - 12:41 pm

Scout Cambridge reports the Cambridge Artists Cooperative is decamping after 31 years in Harvard Square and is now looking for help to move to either Central or Porter squares. There's just not enough foot traffic to justify the high Harvard Square rents anymore, a cooperative official says.

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