July 13th, 2010
09:07 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, ground zero mosque, 'barefoot bandit'

Gulf oil disaster - BP plans to begin testing the new cap on its ruptured deepwater well Tuesday - a move that officials hope will be a step on the way to stopping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The process could take anywhere from six hours to two days, or longer if BP extends it.

Officials say several scenarios are possible:  The cap could contain all the oil; the cap could contain some of the crude while ships on the water's surface collect the rest; or, under a worst-case scenario, there could be more damage to the well's casing, meaning that capping the well would not stop the oil from flowing.

Barefoot bandit - The "barefoot bandit" has more than 80,000 Facebook fans who see him as a folk hero, a modern-day Jesse James. But police say Colton Harris-Moore is a brazen 19-year-old criminal, pure and simple. The beginning and end of Harris-Moore's two-year run as a wanted fugitive is the stuff of Hollywood. Indeed, one studio has optioned his story. But police and some of his victims don't think he should be glamorized.  Harris-Moore makes his first court appearance Tuesday.

Ground zero mosque debate –– New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday to decide whether a century-old building near ground zero is worth preserving. The hearing is expected to be contentious because if the commission rules the building is not worth landmarking, it will pave the way for a mosque and community center that have been planned for the site.

FDA Avandia hearings - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opens hearings on Tuesday into the safety of the diabetes drug Avandia after a scathing report that suggested the drug may be more dangerous than previously reported. An FDA advisory panel will hear two days of testimony about the drug and could vote on whether to remove it from the market.

Its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, says several trials have shown the drug is safe - but its usage has fallen sharply since a 2007 study concluded that Avandia raised the risk of heart attacks and other heart problems.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    but... WHY hasn't BP used its Genesis GXP 2500 giant idraulic shears to stop the oil spill in the EARLY DAYS of May?????????????????????????????????
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    http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts2/070oilspillsolution.html
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    July 13, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNewsBlog whose blog features:

      Zero science (CHECK)
      Zero math (CHECK)
      Zero calculations (CHECK)
      Zero facts (CHECK)
      Zero research (CHECK)
      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
      No education (CHECK)
      Poor English (CHECK)
      Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
      Ugly website (CHECK)
      Spam (CHECK)
      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      And we all know you are a joke::
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      For the record I'm not defending BP. I just think BreakingNews is an idiot. So does everyone else.

      July 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      @qwerasdf

      your web-stalking might have one (or more than one) of four possible origins:
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      1. you are one of the people responsible of the bad maintenance of the oil rig, then, of the accident and the 11 deaths
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      2. you are a BP's manager or a BP's official or a BP's engineer or a BP's PR-man (maybe, one of a larger PR "crew") that defends the indifendible
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      3. you are a BP's shareholder that's very concerned about the value of his BP shares today
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      4. you are none of them, but, simply, a guy that hasn't never had a (good or bad) idea, then, you hate those who have MANY (good or bad) ideas
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      however, if this posting is your "job", have fun doing your useless work... 🙂
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      July 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      after one day of illusions, the new "containment cap" seems NOT work, since BP hasn't yet closed its valves and the oil gushes as copiously as in the early days!!!
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      http://www.deepwaterbp.com/
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      what happens??????
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      July 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      "remove the old and bad cutted riser [since damaged by BP in late May] and put a new oil riser cap, then close its valves" is PRETTY CLOSE to my June 6 suggestion... so, WHY has BP waited over FIVE weeks to adopt my idea??? ...or, WHY hasn't BP adopted today's solution in the early days of May???
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      July 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mikey

    Re:ground "zero".Hard to believe that this idea suggested by NORMAL person.Can somebody show an historical precedent when victims render homage to their destroyers? People of America never forgive those who's going to accept this terrible, disrespectable to all perished,demonstrating disrespect to entire NATION, AMERICAN NATION. People of all over the world just make fun of us.STOP IT Before It is TOO LATE.

    July 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    Reports from the stricken cargo ship headed to Egypt with Food and Medicine supply's for the impoverished Gaza people, indicate the Israeli Military is now actively jamming the ships radio and distress channels.

    Sounds like the same attack strategy the Israeli forces used since the 1970's Israeli attack on the USS Liberty communications vessel murdering dozens of American sailors and machine gunning the rescue boats the US Navy had deployed to abandon the crippled vessel.

    Israel's jamming the standard and distress channels on a cargo ship is a act of war, nothing peaceful about that.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diane

    For critical health information vital to those involved in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup, Vessels of Opportunity, please do take a look at http://www.gulfofmexicohealth.com. There you will find factual information about the adverse health effects involved with crude oil. I hope you find the information useful and informative.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |