WBEZ | GOP convention http://www.wbez.org/tags/gop-convention Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en First tainted Gulf, now tainted gas for BP http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP071025065989.jpg" title="BP is at it again. (AP/Charles Dharapak) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> Oh, BP. It&rsquo;s okay. Really. By now, everyone&rsquo;s forgotten all about that teensy little oopsy-daisy you had in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. You know, the little spill wherein you dumped an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/bp-feared-gulf-oil-spill-rate-of-3-4-million-gallons-a-day.html">estimated 206 million gallons</a>&nbsp;of crude oil into a delicate ecosystem? Wherein the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-23/bp-oil-spill-haunts-gulf-business-owners-almost-two-years-after-disaster.html">economic effects linger</a> (but thanks for <a href="http://blog.al.com/live/2010/06/apologetic_bp_oil_spill_ads_ge.html">those ads</a>!) as does the threat of <a href="http://www.wlbt.com/story/19413041/isaac-could-stir-up-remnants-of-the-bp-oil-spill">oil churning up</a> every time a hurricane comes by? I mean, sure, it&rsquo;s understandable you&rsquo;d be nervous after that. But I wouldn&rsquo;t worry. No one will get <em>that</em> upset about you <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-bp-releases-list-of-stations-that-sold-tainted-gas-20120829,0,7287506.story">selling 4.7 million gallons of tainted gas</a>&nbsp;in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. That&rsquo;s way less than before! It&rsquo;s a good thing you&rsquo;re finding oil in other places,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ogj.com/articles/2012/08/bp-ieoc-make-nile-delta-shallow-gas-discoveries.html">like the Nile Delta</a>. Who needs the Nile Delta anyway? Not Gulf of Mexico wildlife or fuel injectors, am I right?</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The defense in the Drew Peterson case <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-trial-updates-son-to-take-stand-today-20120829,0,7102187.story">has rested</a>, meaning the jury could soon get the case, and then we&rsquo;d be all done with this thing one way or another, right? Wrong.&nbsp;While Peterson himself <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14802637-761/drew-peterson-wont-testify-in-his-trial-on-murder-charges.html">will not testify</a> at the trial, depending on how the jury finds, we won&rsquo;t be done with this thing for a while. A guilty verdict will only mean lenghty appeals. The prosecution&#39;s anctis&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;as well as that hearsay law&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;give the defense plenty of grist for that fight. A not guilty verdict means the prosecution will up their attempts to peg the Stacy Peterson murder on Drew, too, something that&#39;s hard to do without a body. The most fun outcome of all also feels the most likely: a mistrial. Then we get to do this dance all over again.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>So now that the Chicago Teachers Union has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-union-files-strike-notice-keep-contract-talks-moving-102072">made their ten-day strike announcement</a>, what comes next? First of all, a lot of tense waiting for parents over the next week. The strike notice means teachers could strike at the end of next week, but it&#39;s also a tactic they could use to force the city&#39;s hand to fire up negotiations. Said negotiations have been going on since last November. And while it&#39;s been 25 years since the last teacher&#39;s strike in Chicago, parents are obviously <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14806044-761/chicago-parents-fret-what-to-do-if-teachers-go-on-strike.html">still worried about what they&#39;ll do </a>if the strike does happen. Two seemingly movable forces are now primed for a fight that has an endpoint; it&#39;s just a matter of who&#39;ll blink first.</p><p><strong>Farewell:</strong> Tennis star Kim Clijsters,&nbsp;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/matches-book-quickly-us-open-074059863--ten.html">who retired from the sport</a> after a loss at the U.S. Open Wednesday. The four-time Grand Slam event winner (three U.S. Open titles, one Australian Open title) knew it&#39;d be her last tournament going in. And while a second-round loss isn&#39;t exactly what she had in mind, she walks away one of the great hardcourt players of the last decade.</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Hurricane Isaac moved ashore &mdash; slowly &mdash; and has weakened to a tropical depression. But the <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/pricetag_of_isaac_totals_more.html">clean-up is just beginning</a> in Southeast Louisiana, where early estimates <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/isaac_storm_surge_close_to_kat.html">put the storm&rsquo;s surge</a> almost on par with that of Katrina.</li><li>Paul Ryan had his moment in the spotlight at the GOP convention Wednesday night, accepting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/us/politics/paul-ryan-accepts-republican-vice-presidential-nomination.html?_r=1&amp;hp">the vice presidential nomination</a> while delivering a speech that <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/29/night-two-tampa-running-mate-and-more/">set fact checkers on fire</a>.</li><li>Meanwhile, President Obama proved he&rsquo;s the nerdy dad we suspected, taking to popular Internet forum Reddit <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/president-barack-obama-went-reddit-and-answered-dorkiest-questions-ever-102065">for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session</a>. It&rsquo;s pretty great to see a President embracing the Internet like this even if his answers were bland and predictable.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Remember the controversy over opening Wal-Mart stores in Chicago a few years back? Now that they&rsquo;re springing up across the city, <a href="http://cheezburger.com/6550728960">this little animation</a> shows how they&rsquo;ve spread across the entire country. Watch and try not to think of a plague spreading.</li><li>Outer space science continues to amaze as we now know that <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19408363">gravity waves can be seen</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li>A Chicago Police officer <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/chicago-police-officer-shot-in-morgan-park/">was shot in the knee</a> while responding to a call last night in Morgan Park; his injuries aren&rsquo;t life-threatening. It&rsquo;s a sobering reminder of the number of police officers <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/07/08/police_officer_killed_outside_stati.php">killed</a> or injured in the line of duty in Chicago in recent years.</li><li>Even Alderman aren&rsquo;t spared during this violent year. James Cappleman (46<sup>th</sup>) has reportedly been attacked <em>twice</em> now, most recently by a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14805402-761/ald-cappleman-i-was-chased-by-woman-with-knife.html">knife-wielding woman</a>.</li><li>Another round of trash pick-up changes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-implement-next-phase-garbage-collecting-plan-north-side-102057">has been announced by the city</a>.</li><li>File under &ldquo;good news, maybe?&rdquo; &mdash; you&rsquo;ll soon be able to <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&amp;id=8790635">buy Powerball tickets online</a> in Illinois.</li><li>The biggest will-they-or-won&rsquo;t-they of the GOP convention: <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Ronald-Reagan-Hologram-to-Speak-at-RNC-167906195.html">the Reagan hologram</a>. Except it&rsquo;s not because <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/29/digital-domain-ceo-says-theres-no-hologram-reagan-in-the-works/">the &ldquo;news&rdquo; is satire</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>A bunch of Notre Dame players have gotten in trouble but Allen Pinkett <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/story/_/id/8314224/allen-pinkett-notre-dame-fighting-irish-need-bad-citizens-win">thinks that can be a good thing</a> because if anything can turn a collegiate sports team around, it&rsquo;s arrests.</li><li>Well, there&rsquo;s been at least one good thing about the Cubs this year and that&rsquo;s Darwin Barney&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-barney-sets-nl-single-season-record-for-errorless-streak-at-second-20120829,0,138112.story">record-setting defensive performance</a>.</li><li>It&rsquo;s official: the NFL <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/nfl-to-use-replacement-officials-for-week-1/">will use replacement refs for at least Week One</a> of the regular season. As if officiating couldn&rsquo;t get any worse&hellip;</li><li>The battle between the NHL players union and the league continues as the two sides <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/hockey/nhl/08/29/nhl-labor-talks.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a9&amp;eref=sihp">try to reach an agreement</a> on a new labor deal and sidestep another lockout for the league.</li><li>Were juiced balls partially<a href="http://deadspin.com/5937432/was-mlbs-juiced-era-actually-a-juiced+ball-era">&nbsp;to blame</a> for the explosion of home runs during MLB&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;steroids era&rdquo;?</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong></p><p><em>The Daily Show</em> correspondent Samantha Bee absolutely crushes it at the GOP convention.</p></div><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding: 4px; text-align: center; "><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:418445" width="512"></iframe></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079