June 9th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

On the Radar: Van der Sloot, oil disaster, Obama and anger

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 the effect on wildlife and the environment grow, CNN will continue to highlight solutions you are offering 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-enactment 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 Here’s 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 you’ve followed the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, you’ve probably heard critics complain that Obama isn’t showing enough emotion or anger.  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. It’s the lesson Obama absorbed from his upbringing and his presidency. And it’s 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 you’d 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. The social-networking tool stirred up an interest in classmates she didn’t 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.

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  1. Victoria

    Please join our cause!

    http://www.causes.com/causes/487728?recruiter_id=101964161

    We are currently seeing the destruction that's taking place because of BPs oil drilling.
    The oil is now found, not only floating, but even 500m under water! This means that the oil is even trapping animals swimming beneath the surface of the water and causing them to die!

    Not only do we have a crisis on our hands, but we have a choice...

    Something needs to be done, why don't we start today?
    Before its TOO LATE!

    YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    Thank you
    - Founder of Save Our Oceans

    June 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 1814, this is an oil spill contingency plan that has a proven extraction process. If British Petroleum’s hired goons stop authorized U.S. press from filming on American Soil just one more time, History may repeat its self!

    THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, by Johnny Horton: In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip, we took a little bacon and we took a little beans, we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We looked down the river and we see'd the British come, there must have been a hundred of'em, beatin' on the drums They stepped so high, and they made their bugles ring, we stood by our cotton bales, and didn't say a thing

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise if we didn't fire our muskets 'Till we looked 'em in the eye, we held our fire 'Till we see'd their faces well Then we opened up our squirrel guns And really gave 'em – well we

    Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That the hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Go Johnny!

    We posted a PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May 2010, this is a post oil spill contingency plan that has a proven Oil Spill extraction process and a patented Hydro-Carbon (emissions free) recycling technology.

    We’ve found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that will extract up to 98% of oil spill contaminants from the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also includes contingencies for, re-processing all of the oil drenched materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities creating, long term renewable energy revenues for the community.

    We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to minimize their cost by denying problems exist. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies our plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on an oil spill they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. This cannot be allowed to go on any longer! We have four suggestions to remedy this situation.

    a. Executive orders from the president to keep BP within five miles of their oil rig to work on plugging their oil well.
    b. Executive orders from the president keeping BP completely out of the state containment and clean-up process.
    c. Executive orders from the president to keep BP paying for the affected business and state clean-up’s, on time.
    d. Find a way to approve pro-active plans rapidly and, for God’s sake, make decisions without first consulting BP.

    To date, BP has not plugged the well, contained the oil spill or even moved quickly to approve state contingency plans to keep oil off their shores. BP needs to plug their damned hole and pay the states for containment and clean-up operations.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Craig N. Barthelmas ge1re22@aol.com

    June 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WHERES THE CHANGE

    What a waste Obama has been in this crisis. What the hell has he done? Nothing. Some LEADER you people elected. Who would have thought that anyone could make George W look good.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |