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Achenblog: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Deepwater Horizon and technological catastrophes

[My story in the Post's special energy section.] BP's internal report on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, released earlier this month, summarized the calamity as the result of eight separate breaches of physical and operational barriers, any one...

By Joel Achenbach  | October 1, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (346)
 
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Gliese 581g

Finally, astronomers have found a planet in the Goldilocks position -- not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too eccentric, not too young, not too stupid, not too self-involved, not too prone to staying out until...

By Joel Achenbach  | September 30, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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BP fires someone you never heard of

You never heard of Andy Inglis until today. He's been fired by BP. He spent the summer killing the Macondo well. He's the company's head of global exploration and production, and when the blowout happened April 20, he became...

By Joel Achenbach  | September 29, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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Anxiety roundup, from D.C. to Islamabad

The U Street corridor has really taken off the last few years, what with all the new restaurants and bars, so it's distressing to read about the midday mayhem triggered by a shooting after a funeral. I thought we were...

By Joel Achenbach  | September 29, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Travails of a Washington sports fan

Yesterday, the Redskins lost convincingly to the previously unheralded, underpaid, misnamed St. Louis Rams, making rookie Sam Bradford look like Joe Montana. The first two weeks of the season, the Redskins looked good, borderline fascinating, winning a narrow one...

By Joel Achenbach  | September 27, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
 
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