July 14th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

On the Radar: N.Y. mosque, oil disaster, 'barefoot bandit'


Ground zero mosque - Those for and against a proposed mosque near ground zero butted heads Tuesday night during a passionate three-hour hearing of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Officially, the hearing was for testimony on whether a more than century-old building near ground zero is worth preserving. Supporters of the landmark status are opposed to a project to build a mosque and community center at the site where Islamist hijackers destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers on September 11, 2001. The commission is expected to vote on whether to grant the building landmark status in August.

Gulf oil disaster - BP was set to continue reviewing testing procedures Wednesday, a day after delaying crucial "integrity tests" on a new stacking cap placed on its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant had expected the tests - to check pressure in the well and determine if it can be sealed once and for all - to get under way Tuesday afternoon. But Tuesday night, officials announced that additional analysis of the well testing procedure was needed.

The news came a day after the Obama administration sent a fourth bill for $99.7 million to BP and other responsible parties relating to the energy company's oil spill, according to a statement from the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. BP and other parties have paid the first three bills, totaling $122.3 million, according to a statement from the center.

'Barefoot bandit' in court - Colton Harris-Moore, the teenager dubbed the "barefoot bandit," is set to appear in federal court Wednesday afternoon in Miami, Florida. The 19-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. He was sought in a string of home and airport break-ins in various U.S. locations along with thefts of vehicles. In the Bahamas, Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally landing a plane, paid a $300 fine and was ordered deported, his lawyer said.

Tropical storm in Philippines - Eighteen people were killed and 57 others are missing as Tropical Storm Conson moved over the Philippines, the country's National Disaster Coordinating Council reported Wednesday. The storm, known locally as Basyang, had weakened slightly, the council said. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday (4 a.m. ET), its maximum sustained winds were at 53 mph (85 kph) near its center and gusts of up to 62 mph (100 kph).

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. C Newman

    BP keeps us on tenterhooks, holding our breath, while delaying and delaying even testing. While they are sitting on their hands, how much is being done to save the wildlife that is dying in the Gulf? What is BP doing for them, or are they only concerned with the oil they are losing?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. God

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

    July 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Really? I'm pretty sure everyone that has ever killed a person is not Muslim. Charles Manson was a terrorist, the Virginia Tech dude was a terrorist, what about every time the United States goes overseas and kills people in masses, is that not terrorism?

      July 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • goddess

      Yeah, right on, they are all muslim, just like the Oklahama bomber!!! ohh wait, he was white, nevermind...

      July 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David Lipkin

    From what I can gather, the proposed mosque is envisioned not only as place where moderate Muslims can gather to pray and study, but also as place where peoples of all religions can come together in interfaith dialogue. The name Cordoba House is ment to be symbolic of that period in history when what was to become Spain was part of the Muslim empire and the city off Cordoba was the epicenter of art, science and culture in Europe. Europeans of all faiths came to study and live there. Religious tolerance was the rule. The art, science and culture that flourished in Cordba was to become the seed of European Renaissance.

    I suspect that the values and aspirations of most Muslim Americans are no different from the rest of us. Unfortunately it is only the small minority of radical terrorists that make the news and become the face of Islam for most non-Muslims.

    The Cordoba House will become a Mecca for religious tolerance and a symbol that Al-Qaeda is abhorrent to most Americans, regardless of their faith.

    July 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Fidel Castro undoubtedly is a surviving poster child of a leader of a foreign country that stood up against the graft, corruption and utter greed by American politicians, covert agency's, organized crime organizations and the US military complex of defense contractors.

    Although virtually anyone with integrity and compassion for his fellow man and woman would have done the same if they were in a similar situation, Fidel Castro now presents a in your face America image of the very worst in America.

    In this post Bush Family values era, I certainly hope the corruption and aggression which typify's America's ultra right's actions on many nations in South America and in the Middle East is winding down.

    To me, Fidel Castro is reminding America in the post Bush Family values, Yes you can do these horrific things like rain nuclear weapons on the many Iranian military complexes built deep within Iranian mountains, however the question is Should You and does that make it Right to do so?

    Fidel Castro is reminding America that staving North Korea to the point of millions of North Koreans having virtually nothing to lose if they engage in a extremely violent active war with South Korea. And like a caged animal with nothing at all left to lose they turn on it's tormentors to the delight of the ultra right conservatives as the bear and the dogs tear one another apart, does that make it Right to do that America?

    There seems to be a open moral and ethical question to America from Fidel Castro being Yes you can but does that make it Right?

    Why does that scare the hell out of the ultra right conservatives in Israel, and in America's Republican lawmakers?

    Questioning the moral and ethical principles with which America proceeds NOW and in the Future should be a foundation from which all decisions proceed from and it shouldn't be anything to fear.

    July 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    While it is entirely refreshing to now see CNN and Thad Allen discussing and openly contemplating the seriousness of a under seafloor rupture of the Louisiana BP blown Oil well drill pipe and casing resulting in multiple seafloor vents and cavity's spewing out Louisiana heavy crude Oil from the mercando Oil reservoir under immense pressure.

    Month's ago, I had repeatedly posted on that very and specific situation and how serious that would be. Anderson Cooper and his blogger staff repeatedly deleted all of those comments left in AC360 blogs. Such callous actions detracts from informing the CNN audience and detracts from useful information from even being shared.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |