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News: BP well gushing 4.2M gallons daily

The new estimate is staggering--4.2 million gallons per day. This means that in three days Deepwater Horizon exceeded Exxon Valdez. This 100,000/bbl per day estimate that we had heard from insiders two weeks ago, but it seemed to be unreal. At the time, BP and its Unified Command Center were [...]

On TLC Tonight

I will be on TLC tonight for a show about the Billings murders - 9 pm Central; 10 pm Eastern. Home Invasion Murders: The Billings and The Petits TV-PG (SV), CC It's every family's worst nightmare: the home you once considered safe and secure is the site of a terrible crime. The Petit family [...]

Tea Party Dirty Tricks

Young Turks expose Tea Party Dirty Tricks:

BP is burning sea turtle alive

Mike Ellis is a boat captain who's been rescuing the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles near Deepwater Horizon. He's got some pretty horrifying news to share: BP is burning turtles caught in the oil spill and turning away rescue workers who want to save them. (via BuzzFeed).

News: Bay County has its turn

Panama City News Herald: Cleanup crews were stretched out along western Bay County beaches Saturday, picking up the first coined-sized tar balls and smaller tar “flecks” from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that residents and officials have dreaded for weeks but knew were coming. Read more.

Remembering Manute Bol

Manute Bol: An appreciation for a Special Blessing by Wim Laven Remember Manute Bol? He was the tallest person to ever play in NBA, for 10 seasons. He could touch the rim without jumping—so tall (it is written) that the average man stands eye level to his belly button. The only player in [...]

Oil Disposal

Chasidy Hobbs of Emerald Coastkeepers has been working on how people can dispose of the tarballs that they may pick up. She got this reply from DEP: Good morning, Chasidy. Two solutions to this have been developed. First off, we are not encouraging private citizens to clean up shorelines. [...]

News: Okaloosa County awaits BP oil onslaught

Northwest Florida Daily News reports: As Walton County beaches witnessed their heaviest showing of tar balls to date, Okaloosa officials are gearing up for a second strong wave of weathered oil to hit shores Monday. Read more.

June 19 photos from Orange Beach

June 19 photos from Orange Beach

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Letter: BP will get to it…when they can

I've heard several complaints about the BP help lines, especially on the tarballs. I was sent this letter today. The decontamination and Vessels of Opportunity program have issues, too: I found an oil slick in Pensacola Bay on June 14th. I called the appropriate numbers and video taped with my I [...]

It’s time to end this nonsense

We have two has-beens--scions of old Pensacola--that are out to stop a project that will revitalize downtown Pensacola and, in the process, are trying to become relevant. Marty Donovan is the classic lose-lose personality. He doesn't care about losing as long as everybody loses. Instead of [...]

Donovan/Nobles petition could cost city millions

The City has already taken the New Market Tax credits - $12 million. A condition of the New Market Tax Credits was that the City Council pass the design & build contract for the stadium (and,yes, the construction of the stadium is also a condition). If the design & build contract is rescinded, the [...]

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