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Achenblog: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Oil spill: war room

[My story in today's paper.] HOUSTON -- The ROV room is the closest thing to Mission Control. It's dark, cool, hushed. Engineers with headsets face a wall showing the live video feeds from the remotely operated vehicles, the submarines patrolling...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 3, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (350)
 
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Important topics discussed

I'm not the kind of blogger who blogs about his cats or, like, the crab grass in his yard. But sometimes there are emergencies. First, my cat, Phoebe, the Phoebester, an extremely durable, reliable, no-fuss cat, is in her 18th...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 1, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
 
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Houston in summer

It's so hot here I worried yesterday that my clothes were about to catch on fire. It's tricky going from AC to open air -- the temperature differential is routinely about 60 degrees. I keep my car AC cranked,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 29, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (332)
 
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Senator Robert C. Byrd

[My online column of Aug. 28, 2000.] We'd crossed into West Virginia and were zipping along a smooth, winding road through the mountains when I tried to explain to the kids the concept of "Senator Robert C. Byrd." He built...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 28, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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At the Deepwater Horizon disaster site

[I mourn the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, and will post some recollections of the senator later today.] Here's my story on the trip to the DDII drilling rig in the gulf. The view from the chopper. This shot doesn't...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 28, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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