tedster - 10:58 pm on Apr 7, 2009 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 7:05 pm (utc) on April 8, 2009]
Yes, this is a new expansion of local influence in the SERPs - for some query terms. It was mentioned on one of the Google blogs within the past week or so. I can't find that page at the moment but maybe someone else has the link to Google's official information.
[edited by: tedster at 7:05 pm (utc) on April 8, 2009]