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News: No Crude in tar balls….What???

News: No Crude in tar balls….What???

Orlando Sentinel reports that Coast Guard lab tests found no crude oil in the tar balls lapping on our beaches. Of the 192 batches of Florida tar-ball samples sent since mid-May to a Coast Guard laboratory in Connecticut, the vast majority have turned out to be lumps of heavy fuel oil, dark [...]

Showhalter may take over Orioles

Showhalter may take over Orioles

NorthEscambia.Com scooped the PNJ and posted last night the Century native Buck Showalter is the “heavy favorite” to become the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles, according to ESPN. Read more.

Buzz: Feinberg in Pensacola Monday

Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney appointed to oversee the $20M BP claim fund, will be in Pensacola tomorrow. He will be on Pensacola Beach around noon, possibly at Crabs. We suggest the chicken fingers.

Mopping up BP’s polluted image

Al Jazeera English TV interviewed me for their news program "Listening Post." The show aired June 25 and focuses on the scramble by the White House and BP to contain the negative press spilling across the media about the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

State politics roundup

State politics roundup

Gov. Charlie Crist is the clear leader in the U.S. Senate race. Marco "Polo" Rubio will need another Fox News push in October to help his stalled campaign. Kendrick "Not So" Meek is in free fall, according to the blog Pushing Rope. Florida GOP lawmakers are grumbling about the special session [...]

BP media spins

BP media spins

BP Liz Castro (yes, she is still around) yesterday told a group of realtors that BP’s current policy is to only pay claims to realtors on failed property sales blamed on the oil spill if the property is within one block of the beach, according to report by the Daily News. Castro spoke at town [...]

Should we get our hopes again?

Should we get our hopes again?

BP has submitted its latest plan for containing the oil spewing from its well....30,000, 60,000, 100,000 barrels a day---what don't know what figure to believe any more. For 48 hours, the oil will flow unabated yet again as they try "Top Hat #10." National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen [...]

The Dispersant Mystery

For months we’ve heard the environmental debate over the use of dispersants in the cleanup of the Deepwaater Horizon oil spill, yet the practice still remains a primary strategy for the Unified Command. Just how bad are they?  The Florida DEP has given the green light on their usage, but [...]

National Commission on BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Press Release: The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling announced today that members of the Commission will conduct site visits of affected coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida during the weekend of July 10 and 11. The [...]

We are still looking at August to cap BP well

We are still looking at August to cap BP well

According to Adm. Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander, BP is in position to move forward, when the weather conditions allow, to put a second containment cap on Deepwater Horizon well. “That will allow us at some point with—as other production platforms are brought on board during [...]

Billings case

Billings case

I read in today's daily newspaper Kris Wernowsky's recap of the home invasion and murders of the Bud and Melanie Billings, which happened July 9, 2009. Kris is a good reporter and the PNJ put considerable manpower into covering the murders and the investigation. After all, they are Gannett with the [...]

Mother Jones questions BP ad budget

Mother Jones questions BP ad budget

According to Mother Jones, Greenpeace kept track of BP's ads throughout June. The oil company ran 12 ads in the Times, 15 in the Washington Post, and 11 in USA Today. Based on the ad rates for each paper, Greenpeace calculated that BP spent at least $5.6 million on ads in these three papers alone [...]

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