July 15th, 2010
09:07 AM ET

On the Radar: Gulf oil, Arizona immigration, Casey Anthony

Gulf oil disaster - A leak in a crucial piece of equipment may stall BP's effort to stop the massive oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. The equipment, called a choke line, started leaking Wednesday, another setback for the beleaguered company in its hope of stopping the disaster.

BP will need to fix the leak before it can run the vital tests that could show whether an end to the environmental disaster is finally in sight, the company said. There was no timetable for when the leak was to be fixed, a company spokesman said early Thursday morning.

Arizona immigration challenge - A Phoenix police officer's challenge to Arizona's new immigration law could be settled in a court hearing at 1 p.m. ET Thursday. Phoenix police officer David Salgado has sued Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and is asking a federal judge to stall the implementation of the law until it can be proved that it is constitutional. Brewer has asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Wall Street reform –The Senate is expected to vote Thursday morning to finish up Wall Street reform , overcoming a last 60-vote procedural hurdle that, once cleared, assures safe passage to President Obama's desk next week. The bill aims to strengthen consumer protection, shine a light on complex financial products and establish a new process for shutting down giant financial firms that are in trouble.

Casey Anthony trial - Casey Anthony may face her mother and brother if they take the stand at 2 p.m. Thursday in Orlando. The state is expected to argue that 911 calls placed by Cindy Anthony in July 2008 should be admitted at her daughter's murder trial next year.

On the scene of the rig explosion - Mark Mead, Scott Russell and Bradley Shiver thought they were going to spend a few days out in the Gulf fishing for yellow fin tuna like they had done many times before.

They fish near the rigs because the fish are attracted to them. They noticed a light in the distance and something didn’t look right. It seemed like a rig was on fire. They called the Horn Mountain rig to see if anyone knew anything. Before the rig could respond they heard a woman's voice. “Mayday, mayday, mayday, this is the Deepwater Horizon. We are on fire!!” There has been an explosion and we are abandoning the rig.”

They were the first to arrive and will share their story with AC360 Thursday night.

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  1. jana

    To whom it my concern,

    Here is a copy of my letter of resignation from The Monte Carlo. I took training at the Culinary Training Academy through Nevada Partners, I was hired at The Monte Carlo Hotel started working on 7/1/10 for training. I have been unemployed for over a year and was very happy to get a job. I was only there for three days because I can't speak Spanish. The trainer spoke Spanish to the trainees, I was the only non Spanish speaking person in there and also the only black person in the training class and in the employee dining room that was a Guestroom Attendant. On July 3, when I told the trainer that I don't understand her when she speaks Spanish she said "well I do tell you in English after I am done". I thought that when you are on the clock that you must speak English not Spanish in America. On the job description for a Guest Room Attendant it states as a requirement that you must be able to commutate in English thoroughly, said nothing about having to be bilingual. During my processing at the MGM employment center I noticed that some of the Mexicans being hired and processed have Mexican ID's no Nevada ID or any other American form of ID!

    I am sure that there are many White and Black American people that would love to have a job as a Guest Room Attendant here in Las Vegas, NV but can't get a job because as my worker for Nevada Job Connect (unemployment office) put it "The casinos hire the Mexicans because they will come to work"!!!. It was like she was telling me that me being Black or White means we don’t or wont work. I have worked and paid taxes since I was sixteen years old and I am fifty years old now!!

    As I stated in my letter to them I didn't know I was required to speak Spanish in order to work there. The supervisors in that department are all Spanish from what I can see. I don’t think that this is fair in America. I understand how the people in Arizona feel.

    Can you investigate is this their policy for working as a Guestroom attendant, for all of the MGM, Harrah's and other Las Vegas, NV casino properties? I thought this was America and English is the first language not Spanish.

    Thank you,

    Jana Jones

    July 6, 2010

    MGM Resort International

    Human Resources

    Las Vegas, NV

    To whom it my concern,

    I Jana Jones resign my position of GUEST ROOM ATTENDANT because I didn’t know that I had to speak Spanish for this position. My trainer speaks Spanish to the other trainees’ first and I have to ask her all the time what is she saying to them. She will talk to them for about three to four minutes in Spanish and when I ask her what she said she gives me a one sentence answers. I can’t learn to do this job correctly if I don’t understand the trainer.

    Then on Saturday July 3, 2010 she evaluated me and said that I should not be mad when she shows me what I missed and told her that I am not mad or upset about that but I don’t understand what she is saying when she speaks Spanish in front of me. She responded “well I do tell you what I said after in English”. she said that like I should be grateful that she is even speaking English to me. I have never felt so bad and unwanted in my life!!!

    I also feel this is a unfair position that I have been put in as no one speaks English or they chose not to, I don’t know what my co workers are saying or if they are talking about me or what, which makes feel very uncomfortable. I thought that when your on the clock you must speak English but that’s not true here they speak Spanish on the floors among themselves and in front of the hotel guests and I see that this make the hotel guest also uncomfortable.

    I sincerely wanted to work and move up in this great company but I can’t under theses conditions.


    Jana Jones

    Cc: Job Connect

    Monte Carlo Housekeeping Department

    July 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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  3. turk

    we need immigration reform right away paye back taxes and paye a fine economy will go up china has more people then us look how fast there growing we need more man power get the reform done president obama we sport you

    July 16, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |