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The Takeaway

Oil Disaster Boon to Gulf Politicians

Monday, August 02, 2010

For many politicians along the Gulf Coast, the oil spill has had an unexpected positive spillover effect – increased exposure and popularity. With the clear exception of BP and its doomed CEO, Tony Hayward, the oil spill has given politicians the opportunity to bond more closely with their constituents along the Gulf Coast.

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The Takeaway

Caught in Red Tape, Gulf Coast Claims Should Soon Be Addressed

Friday, July 30, 2010

Over 130,000 people have filed for damages due to the Gulf Oil Spill. They include shrimpers, realtors, deckhands, rig workers, restaurant owners and fish distributors from every Gulf State, and seven states beyond. Getting their checks from BP has been difficult. Only a third of the 130,000 claims against BP have been paid out. The rest are stuck in an whirlpool of red tape.

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The Takeaway

Did the Oil Spill Cause Less Damage than Expected?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Yesterday, a Time Magazine article suggested the damage from the Gulf oil spill may have been exaggerated, and that some of the marsh areas important to the Gulf's life cycle may have escaped disaster. But can we know the full extent of the damage caused by the spill, just two weeks after the leak has been capped? The impact of the sheer volume of oil – which on its long journey to shore from the spill site loses some of its toxic qualities in the ocean – has yet to be determined. How can we better understand the complexity of the spill, and the road to recovery?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Cameron, Rwanda, Cambodia and the marshlands of Louisiana

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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WQXR News

Officials Meet in Louisiana to Discuss Oil Spill

Thursday, July 29, 2010

National Incident Commander Thad Allen is in Louisiana this week to discuss the gulf oil spill with local officials.

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The Takeaway

6 Indicted in New Orleans Danziger Bridge Shooting

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Six current and former New Orleans Police Department officers were indicted yesterday in connection with the Danziger Bridge shooting five years ago, amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The indictment charges that NOPD officers shot at unarmed civilians as they crossed the bridge on September 4, 2005, leaving four people wounded and two dead: 17-year-old James Brissette and Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man who was shot in the back and, allegedly, kicked and stomped while dying, laid out on the ground.

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WQXR News

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Alex

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hurricane Alex was well into the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward Texas and Mexico on Wednesday, after being upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane this afternoon, making it the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, according to the Associated Press.

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The Takeaway

Meet Darryl Willis: The New Face of BP

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Perhaps the only disaster equal in magnitude to the oil spill in the Gulf is the public relations disaster BP has on its hands for causing the spill. After weeks of embarrassing gaffes from BP executives, namely CEO Tony Hayward, BP is struggling to regain its footing. With the announcement that the maladroit Hayward is stepping away from overseeing daily operations related to the spill, BP is launching a media blitz in an attempt to mend their public image.

The centerpiece of that PR campaign is Darryl Willis. Willis is BP's vice president for resources who is now overseeing BP's claims process in the Gulf coast. He's also the star of a new ad campaign that seeks to portray him and the company as more caring and sincere than the steely Hayward. Part of the selling point of that strategy is the fact that Willis is a Louisiana native. 

 

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The Takeaway

Federal Judge Overturns Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling; Obama Vows Appeal

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A federal judge in New Orleans has overturned a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, instituted by President Obama at the end of May. The judge said the Interior Department's decision to suspend drilling in the Gulf was arbitrary. Obama, on Tuesday, vowed to appeal the decision.

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The Takeaway

With No Solution in Sight, Gulf Coast Residents Turn to Faith

Monday, June 21, 2010

Since the start of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, neither BP nor politicians nor the smartest engineers and technicians in America have been able to cap the well and contain the damage.

Some Americans say we are looking to the wrong people for answers, and should instead be directing our requests to a higher power.

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The Takeaway

Grasping the Enormity of the Oil Leak, One Photo at a Time

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For 57 days, oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. That's 57 days of trying to determine what the leak looks like, how big it is, who it's affecting and where the oil has hit land. In other words: 57 days to get pretty creative.

Jeff Warren is a student and fellow at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. He's working on mapping the Gulf leak using digital cameras tied to balloons and kites. Here are some of the photos Warren and his colleagues have taken, using cheap digital cameras, kites, garbage bags, and tanks of helium.

"You take each image and you stretch it on a map and then every pixel of the location is a place in the real world," says Warren.

Lauren Craig is a master's student at Tulane and a photo volunteer. She's one of the people attaching a camera to a balloon and taking thousands upon thousands of photos.

After the jump, a short video by Jeff Warren in which he describes the project.

 

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WQXR News

Oil Close to Florida Coast, as BP Halts 'Cut-and-Cap'

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Federal scientists say oil could reach the Florida coast this week.

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WQXR News

Schumer Wants Oil Companies to Pay

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New York State Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make sure the companies responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill pay for the full amount of the cleanup.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Oil, Jobs, and Terror Suspects

Monday, May 31, 2010

It's Monday, which means it's time to check what's on the agenda this week. Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times, and Dan Gross, senior editor and finance expert at Newsweek, look at what's ahead for BP; what unemployment numbers, due out on Friday, will say of the economy; and court hearings for two accused home-grown terrorists, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspected Fort Hood shooter, and Faisal Shahzad, the accused Times Square bomber.

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WQXR News

President Obama Visits Gulf Coast; BP Continues 'Top Kill'

Friday, May 28, 2010

The president toured the Gulf Coast today to survey damage caused by the oil spill.

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The Takeaway

Is the Gulf Oil Spill Obama's Katrina?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Amid criticisms about slow response times and an unclear chain of command, the question has been asked, "Is This Obama's Katrina?"  In a press conference yesterday - his first since the gulf oil leak five weeks ago - President Obama sent a clear message: I take responsibility.  This is my job.  And things should have moved faster.

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The Takeaway

Without Protective Gear, Oil Cleanup Crews Say They’re Getting Sick

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some of the workers who have been hired by BP to help clean up the massive Gulf oil spill say they’re getting headaches, dizziness and nausea after coming in close contact with oil and other chemicals from the spill.

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WQXR News

BP Says Other Companies Also at Fault

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The energy giant says Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron International were involved.

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Last Chance Foods

Craving Crawfish

Friday, May 21, 2010

Though the oil spill continues to harm the Gulf Coast seafood industry, crawfish are still safe to eat — and now is the time to eat then, since the season concludes soon. Get a recipe for crawfish etoufée here.

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The Takeaway

Can Wildlife Survive the Oil Spill?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thousands of gallons of oil are still spewing each day from leaking pipes at the Deepwater Horizon's wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil has touched land along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi and is headed for other coastlines along the Gulf. The amount of wildlife affected has been minimal so far, but more damage seems inevitable.

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