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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fill her up with spill oil? BP to sell leaked crude - Disaster in the Gulf- msnbc.com

Fill her up with spill oil? BP to sell leaked crude - Disaster in the Gulf- msnbc.com

NEW ORLEANS - Oil from the worst spill in U.S. history could soon end up at gas stations, construction sites and even grocery stores once BP sells the crude taken from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico to raise money for wildlife protection.
Energy giant BP announced this week it will donate its share of the proceeds generated by selling the oil captured from the well to fund efforts to protect and restore wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast.
The company has not released specifics on how the fund will work and said it doesn't know how much money might be raised — but once the oil is brought to shore, it will creep into the world's economic supply chain unnoticed by consumers. More...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Georgia colleges must check all students to see if they're legal  | ajc.com

Georgia colleges must check all students to see if they're legal | ajc.com

Georgia's public colleges are expected to verify the citizenship status of nearly 316,000 students by the time the fall semester resumes in August, the chancellor's office said Friday.

Chancellor Erroll Davis sent a memo to college presidents May 26 telling them to conduct checks on all their enrolled students. That memo did not include a deadline.

"The assumption is this should all be done by this fall," university spokesman John Millsaps said Friday, following questions from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The chancellor expects it will be done by the time students return on campus in August." More...

BP’s failures made worse by PR mistakes - World business- msnbc.com

BP’s failures made worse by PR mistakes - World business- msnbc.com

HOUSTON - BP is already fighting an oil gusher it can't contain and watching its mighty market value wither away. Its own bumbling public-relations efforts are making a big mess worse.

Not only has it made a series of gaffes — none greater than the CEO's complaint that "I'd like my life back" — the company hasn't even followed its own internal guidelines for damage control after a spill. More...

Poll: Obama leads 2012 rivals - POLITICO.com Print View

Poll: Obama leads 2012 rivals - POLITICO.com Print View

President Barack Obama holds an edge over each of his potential Republican challengers in 2012, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee runs closer to Obama than any other Republican in the field, taking 44 percent of the vote to the president's 46 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trails by a slightly wider margin, taking 42 percent to Obama's 45 percent.

Huckabee and Romney are at this point the strongest challengers to Obama, according to the national survey of 650 adults.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama's 2008 rival, is the third top opponent for the president, drawing 42 percent support but trailing Obama by 7 percentage points.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the next strongest Republican against Obama, down 8 percentage points to the president. Following were former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was behind 50 percent to 41 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), 46 percent to 36 percent. More...

Coast Guard Adjusts After Spill Estimate Rises Sharply - NYTimes.com

Coast Guard Adjusts After Spill Estimate Rises Sharply - NYTimes.com

Coast Guard Adjusts After Spill Estimate Rises Sharply

The Coast Guard moved on Friday to cope with new, much larger estimates of the rate that oil is gushing from the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico, and to press BP, the oil company responsible for the well, to adapt its plans to process the oil while continuing to try to cap the well.

“We’re still dealing with the flow estimate, and we’re trying to refine those numbers,” Adm. Thad W. Allen said in a news conference on Friday morning. Referring to BP’s proposals for handling the oil, Admiral Allen said, “We’re reconciling to see if the plan they have given us meets the requirements.”

A government panel of scientists released findings on Thursday saying that before the stricken well’s riser pipe was cut on June 3, a step needed to fit a containment cap over the leak, crude oil was being released at a rate of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day. That range was a substantial increase from the panel’s previous estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels daily, which in turn far exceeded the early 5,000-barrel figure that the Coast Guard proposed, and BP eventually deferred to, for weeks after the accident. More...


A Year After Election, Iran’s Divisions Have Hardened - NYTimes.com

A Year After Election, Iran’s Divisions Have Hardened - NYTimes.com

TEHRAN — A young woman who worked for years as a volunteer helping disabled people said she now saw her volunteerism as a “tool of resistance” because it highlights a failure of the state to provide adequate care.

The son of a prominent official told a friend he would no longer accept money from his father because he works for the state, which the son considers corrupt.

A medical school professor recently picked up a green marker to write notes on a white board for his students, and then with a smile chose another color, saying he might otherwise be arrested for using green, the color of the political opposition. More...


Experts Double Estimated Rate of Spill in Gulf - NYTimes.com

Experts Double Estimated Rate of Spill in Gulf - NYTimes.com

A government panel on Thursday essentially doubled its estimate of how much oil has been spewing from the out-of-control BP well, with the new calculation suggesting that an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days. More...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

As Oil Moves East, Anger Rises : NPR

As Oil Moves East, Anger Rises : NPR

Oil has slinked into the inland waters of Perdido Bay, a body of water on the Alabama-Florida state line. There weren't enough skimmers or boom to corral the brown, gloppy goo. This has infuriated local officials who knew this was coming, and they blame BP and the federal government for not doing more to prevent it. As the oil from the spill has moved east, it's been a familiar story. Will officials in Florida be any more successful? Listen to the story here...

Why Are Area Koreans Incensed by a Children’s Dance Concert? (Hint: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon) - Arts Desk - Washington City Paper

Why Are Area Koreans Incensed by a Children’s Dance Concert? (Hint: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon) - Arts Desk - Washington City Paper

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For the past month, the Fairfax, Va., office of the Chosun Ilbo, one of the three major Korean-language newspapers in the Washington area, has been flooded with angry phone calls. Readers have demanded to know why the paper is sponsoring a four-day concert at the Kennedy Center that begins tonight and features a Korean children’s dance company called the Little Angels. “Too many calls,” sighs reporter Hyun K. Park, who estimates receiving more than 50, adding that most of the callers are from the dozens of Korean churches that dot Northern Virginia’s Korean corridor, stretching from Annandale to Centreville. More...


SKorean rocket likely exploded soon after liftoff - Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:43 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

SKorean rocket likely exploded soon after liftoff - Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:43 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

A South Korean rocket carrying a climate observation satellite apparently exploded 137 seconds into its flight early Thursday, the country's second major space setback in less than a year.

The two-stage Naro rocket operated normally during and after liftoff from the country's space center, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Ahn Byong-man said. But then communications with the rocket were lost after it reached an altitude of about 43 miles (70 kilometers). More...

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This second rocket launch failure in less than a year will sorely disappoint a large part of the Korean populace. I was in South Korea at the time of the previous failure last August. This current failure will wound Korean national pride which has already been injured by the countries reent inability to respond to the recent North Korean naval attack.

John H. Armwood


BBC News - Oil spill: BP shares slide as crisis continues

BBC News - Oil spill: BP shares slide as crisis continues

BP shares suffered another difficult day as attention turns to the possible impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the UK's image in the US.

The oil giant's shares closed down 6% in London after earlier plunging 12%. More...

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Views of North Korea Shows How a Policy Spread Misery - NYTimes.com

Views of North Korea Shows How a Policy Spread Misery - NYTimes.com

YANJI, China — Like many North Koreans, the construction worker lived in penury. His state employer had not paid him for so long that he had forgotten his salary. Indeed, he paid his boss to be listed as a dummy worker so that he could leave his work site. Then he and his wife could scrape out a living selling small bags of detergent on the black market. More...

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions Against Iran - NYTimes.com

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions Against Iran - NYTimes.com

UNITED NATIONS — The United States, moving firmly away from the Obama administration’s previous emphasis on wooing Iran, pushed through a new round of United Nations sanctions against the nation on Wednesday, taking aim at its military in yet another attempt to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. More...

BBC News - North Korea warns UN against Cheonan warship debate

BBC News - North Korea warns UN against Cheonan warship debate

North Korea has sent a letter to the UN Security Council rejecting claims it sank a South Korean warship and warning the council not to debate the issue. More...

Whitman and Lincoln Win in Primaries - NYTimes.com

Whitman and Lincoln Win in Primaries - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Lincoln Hangs On to Win in Arkansas - Roll Call

Lincoln Hangs On to Win in Arkansas - Roll Call

Sen. Blanche Lincoln narrowly held on to win the Democratic nomination Tuesday in Arkansas, defeating Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and the vast network of organized labor and progressive groups that were backing his candidacy.

Ethics Office Investigates C Street Residence - Roll Call

Ethics Office Investigates C Street Residence - Roll Call

The Office of Congressional Ethics is apparently investigating whether Members of Congress sharing a residence run by a religious organization have received an improper gift in the form of below-market rent in the building.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who lives in the residence known as the “C Street house,” told Roll Call on Tuesday that he has not been contacted by ethics investigators seeking information about the residence but added, “I know some House Members have been asked for it. This is not the ethics committee. It’s the other one,” Coburn said, referring to the OCE, which was created by the House in 2007 to vet complaints and refer cases to the ethics committee.

The C Street Southeast house is owned by a Christian organization known as the Fellowship, or the Family, which runs the annual National Prayer Breakfast. A handful of Members of Congress have lived there over the past several years, and there also are regular prayer meetings there for Members who do not live in the house. More...


Monday, June 07, 2010

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says - NYTimes.com

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says - NYTimes.com

Although the Coast Guard had trained for the possibility of cleaning up a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it had never anticipated that oil would spread across such a broad area and break up into hundreds of thousands of patches as the current spill has done, the commander heading the federal response to the spill said Monday.

“It’s the breadth and complexity of the disaggregation of the oil” that is now posing the greatest clean-up challenge, the commander, Adm. Thad W. Allen, said at a news conference at the White House. More...

44 - Helen Thomas retires - The Washington Post

44 - Helen Thomas retires


By Anne E. Kornblut
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately, in the wake of a controversy over her comments on Israel, according to a report from her employer, Hearst News Service.
Thomas told a rabbi at a White House event last week that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland.
"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians," Thomas said in a statement on her Web site. "They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon." More...

Damage Will Go On After Well Is Plugged, Admiral Says - NYTimes.com

Damage Will Go On After Well Is Plugged, Admiral Says - NYTimes.com

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard commander in charge of the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico warned on Sunday that even if the flow of crude was stopped by summer, it could take well into autumn — and maybe much longer— to deal with the slick spreading relentlessly across the gulf. More...