Gulf disaster - On Day 51, Capitol Hill will be awash in oil disaster hearings Wednesday as the House and Senate tackle issues ranging from safety to cleanup to liability. Three committees and two subcommittees will discuss matters related to the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil industry. The hearings come as rig survivors say the morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling and ordered a shortcut be taken.
President Obama also has announced he will make a fourth trip to the Gulf region next week, and environmental groups plan to hold a vigil later in June protesting offshore oil drilling. As concerns about theÂ effect on wildlife and the environment grow,Â CNN will continue to highlight solutions you are offeringÂ on how to stop the oil disaster and reduce its impact.
Joran van der Sloot - Joran van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, could be formally charged as early as Wednesday in the death of a Peruvian woman, authorities said. Also Wednesday, van der Sloot is expected to re-enact for investigators the crime in his room at Lima's Hotel Tac, said Peru National Police Col. Abel Gamarra. That re-enactmentÂ originally was slated for Tuesday but was delayed for security reasons.
On Tuesday, an Interpol document showed van der Sloot also faces criminal charges in Alabama after allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway's mother. The document alleged he would reveal the location of the body and the circumstances surrounding the girl's death.
Obama and race - Hereâs proof that President Obama may have indeed ushered in a new era of race relations. Who would have ever thought that white Americans would demand that an African-American man show more rage? If youâve followed the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, youâve probably heard critics complain that Obama isnât showing enough emotion or anger.Â But left unsaid is some important historical context: African-American men frighten white people if they display too much anger or passion, scholars and political scientists say. Itâs the lesson Obama absorbed from his upbringing and his presidency. And itâs a lesson he may now have to jettison as public outrage spreads as quickly as the oil slick, some say. CNN.com's John Blake reports.
Facebook and your high school reunion - If youâd asked Bekki Scotto a few years back about her interest in attending a high school reunion, she would have rolled her eyes and laughed in your face. But a funny thing happened in recent years: Facebook. TheÂ social-networking tool stirred up an interest in classmates she didnât know was there. The same thing is happening all over the country, reunion planners say. CNN.com's Jessica Ravitz takes a look at the changing trend.