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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.