Politics

Billings case

July 9, 2010

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…

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Mother Jones questions BP ad budget

July 9, 2010

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…

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BP cuts $5K checks to $1K

July 9, 2010

In the beginning of this BP oil disaster, I reported how BP initially tried to get fishermen to sign waivers when they joined the Vessels of Opportunity. I was able to get a copy of one…

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Buzz: BP changes claim rules again

July 8, 2010

BP has brought in CPAs from Chicago and Miami to process the claims from local businesses. The oil giant has bought hours in bulk from these firms and shipped the accountants to Pensacola. Meanwhile, the rules…

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Gas Station Owners Pulling BP

July 7, 2010

With the boycotts and hatred towards BP, many gas station owners with the brand are pulling the plug in an effort to generate revenue. http://www.freep.com/article/20100707/BUSINESS06/7070307/BP-gas-station-owners-switching-brands-as-customers-boycott…

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Beach Update: July 7

July 7, 2010

Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Update Wednesday, July 7 – 10:00 a.m. – Update #31 If you see tar or oiled debris on the beach. DO NOT PICK IT UP. Report it to 1-877-389-8932 (new number)…

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Candidate Forums in July

July 7, 2010

—These forums will be unlike any you’ve ever attended. I am the moderator. The forums will be fast-paced and the candidates will have to stay on their toes. “Canned” answers aren’t going to work. Press Release:…

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News: BP delayed decision for help

July 7, 2010

Bloomberg reports that Helix Energy Solutions Inc.’s offered in April its floating platform to help with BP oil recovery, but it took BP six weeks to accept the offer. BP notified Helix June 10 that it…

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Could BP default on loans?

July 7, 2010

Bondsquawk.com reports that investors believe there is a higher probability of BP defaulting within one year than in five. BP was spending $6 million a day when the spill began, but that cost has soared to…

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Escambia County Disaster Update: July 6

July 6, 2010

We’ve asked for six skimmers. Said we would settle for three and are getting one. Escambia Disaster Response – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Tuesday, July 6, 4:00 p.m. – Update #62 (Day 78 of the oil…

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BP changes Vessels of Opportunity

July 6, 2010

Just got off a BP media conference call on the Vessels of Opportunity program. After eights weeks since the first VOO contract was signed, BP is reconfiguring the program. Judith Labanski (spelling?), who heads the VOO…

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BP says county boom contracts excessive

July 6, 2010

BP Incident Commander Bryant Chapman sent Florida DEP Secretary Mike Sole an email on June 30 regarding a request for reimbursement of $3.5 million of the operational costs incurred by Escambia County that were “above and…