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Achenblog: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

The oil spill from the air

See this video, which I came across on Andrew Sullivan's blog. "Nothing but a red mass of floating goo..." "I find myself using the words hopeless. We can't stop this...." Meanwhile, on the deepwaterhorizonresponse website we see that the Coast...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 14, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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LeBron is LeGone

So the Cavs have emulated the Caps, and LeBron James has emulated Ovechkin: Kings of the regular season, chumps in the playoffs. With the Caps playing golf I had been searching for some other sport to fall asleep to and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 14, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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BP releases oil leak videos [Updated]

This afternoon, BP released the first videos of the major leak at the bottom of the gulf. I'll embed the video link as soon as we process it. There are two clips: One shows a black plume that variably mixes...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 12, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (239)
 
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Where's the video of the gulf oil leak? [Updated w/fotos]

With the Challenger, there was the O-ring, brittle in the cold. With the Columbia, there was the foam that flew off the fuel tank and damaged some protective tile. With Deepwater Horizon? The cement looks like the culprit. Or was...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 11, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Send in the golf balls [Updated]

[See end of item for update.] Send in the golf balls! That's the BP plan. Read our story today about Plans A through F in the gulf (Plan G is "Despair"). Excerpt: Engineers have developed at least a half-dozen distinct...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 11, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Gulf oil spill operation a success, but the patient ...

In the gulf, things are going swimmingly from a bureaucratic perspective. That's the constant refrain of the Obama administration. It is the message detailed exhaustively in the administration's timeline, the one that talks of how quickly the administration responded to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 10, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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The mysterious end of Deepwater Horizon

[My story in today's paper.] Deepwater Horizon was true to its name. The giant drilling rig, floating on submerged pontoons, set up shop 42 miles from land in the Gulf of Mexico. It was an award-winning rig that epitomized the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 9, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
 
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