August 11th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

On the Radar: Remembering Stevens, cheering Slater

The DeHavilland DHC-Z3T Otter crashed into the side of a mountain in Alaska.

Alaska plane crash - Investigators are examining whether  former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others may have initially survived their plane crashing into an Alaska mountainside, but died while waiting for rescue workers who battled rugged terrain and bad weather. A pilot who initially spotted the wreck near Dillingham said the crash looked so bad, it was hard for him to imagine anyone surviving.

There were nine people aboard, including at least two teenagers, all on a fishing trip. Sean O'Keefe, NASA's former chief, and his son are among the survivors. Friends say O'Keefe considered Stevens a mentor and they were longtime friends. Stevens' death hit D.C. and his home state hard. Until 2008, Stevens had served 40 years and 10 days in Congress, making him the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history. He was a legendary pork-barrel lawmaker, funneling billions of federal dollars to Alaska .

A Slater in all of us? – The JetBlue flight attendant who allegedly flipped out, swiped beer, then released the plane’s emergency escape chute and slid to employment freedom is now being hailed as a working-class hero. According to reports, after Slater got in his car at JFK Airport and sped home, authorities showed up at his house and charged him with several crimes. He posted $2,500 bail and was released - smiling for cameras.

Get 'em while they're hot -  "Free Steven" T-shirts and buttons are available. Someone has written a song about him. Thousands have "friended" a Facebook page that purports to be raising money for the flight attendant's legal defense. The lesson in all this? Be kind to your flight attendant.

But amid the movie buzz, there are a few people who aren't applauding. "He's a big zero," Cesar Miranda, 39, of the Bronx, who works maintenance in midtown, told the New York Daily News. "Every day I come to my job, I do the right thing.”

Drilling delay - The final 50 feet of drilling on the Gulf of Mexico relief well has been suspended as thunderstorms and strong winds are expected to pass over the area. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the northern Gulf Coast as the fifth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the southeastern Gulf. The storm - which would be named Danielle if, as expected, it reaches tropical storm status - grew from tropical wave status about 375 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was headed in that direction at about 6 mph. Watch CNN for the latest weather updates and news about the oil disaster.

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