May 12th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil spill, severe weather, weed tourism

BP is trying to use a second containment box to stop the weeks-long oil spill.

Gulf oil spill - BP has lowered a second oil containment box in an effort to stop a weeks-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil company said. A larger containment vessel was unsuccessful in stopping the flow of oil from the gusher about 5,000 feet underwater. The spill is sending 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

Executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton will be back in the hot seat Wednesday as the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questions them about the oil spill. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

Karzai visit - President Obama will welcome Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the White House on Wednesday for a second day of partnership talks. Obama and Karzai have scheduled a joint news conference for 11:15 a.m. ET. Karzai plans to meet leaders in Congress on Wednesday afternoon.

Severe weather - Much of the Central Plains and Midwest braced for another day of potentially severe weather as residents of Oklahoma cleaned up from a deadly outbreak of tornadoes this week. The National Weather Service said severe thunderstorms were possible Wednesday across large sections of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, as well as smaller slices of Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.

Weed tourism? - Northern California has a lot of draws for tourists — its towering redwoods, rolling green mountains, hundreds of miles of coastline kissing the Pacific Ocean and, of course, its top-grade marijuana. As California nears a November vote on legalizing recreational marijuana use, residents and officials discuss the state of so-called “drug tourism” and how it might be affected by an end to prohibition. One tourism official is reluctant to discuss any plans to market the area’s marijuana, but admits he has a plan in the bottom drawer of his desk. “I’m not showing it to anyone until I figure out which way the wind blows,” he says. CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin reports.

Obesity bullying at home - Wide load.  Twinkies. Fat slob. Gordita. For Claudia Garza, these taunts didn’t come from the playgrounds or the school hallways — they came from her family.  While obese children are more likely to be bullied by their peers, according to a study published in Pediatrics this month, they might also be bullied by their families, health experts say. Families have good intentions to help their children become healthier, but some may unintentionally inflict psychological harm in their misguided efforts to get children to lose weight.  For example, humiliating or shaming a child into eating less seldom works as an effective weight deterrent, health experts say. CNN's Madison Park reports.

Work spats on social media - It’s happening more frequently as more people get into Facebook and other social media forums to air their dirty laundry. How are companies dealing with employees who go public on social media with their complaints? What should employees do? Are workplace policies catching up with the never-ending flow of new technology?  CNN's Stephanie Chen reports.

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  1. Craig N. Barthelmas

    ATTENTION!!!! Comment number 14 above will not plug the oil leak, but it will address four major problems; two of them are concerns that are not being addressed.

    1. It is truly a LONG TERM PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN.

    2. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to humans or other forms of wildlife.

    3. It will add a $30,000,000.00 per year revenue generator to communities that embrace staging and plant processing operations.

    4. It will also add 40 new jobs to the community. It is not only a plan that helps in short term clean up's, but it has a positive long term effect as well.

    We all know that BP is feeding us misinformation and then trying to mobilize our volenteers to minimize their cost. This technology is patented and M.O.S.E.S. can be tested in fifteen minutes!

    As always, our government seeks short term quickies so we can get long term sc***ed! What do you think?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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