Morning AARP: Oil Aftermath


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We couldn't be happier that after a summer of oil spilling mercilessly into the Gulf, cement has finally sealed the Deepwater Horizon well for good. But that's just the well - the millions of gallons of oil haven't disappeared, and the aftermath will be with us for quite some time. We've mentioned a few of these stories this week, but it's worth another reminder: AARP Bulletin had several stories this week from people affected on the Gulf Coast. You can find them here. My favorite quote, from this story about cleaning up the birds:
"There will be silver linings out of this," Holcomb, 59, says later, "and I hope to God it's that people look harder at how we take care of our world."
Other morning news: Elena Kagan was confirmed to join the Supreme Court and will be sworn in tomorrow; your breakfast cereal just got more expensive, as Russia bans all grain exports after fires destroy a fifth of their crops.
Because it's Friday, a completely unnecessary quote:
"There was a midsummer restlessness abroad - early August with imprudent loves and impulsive crimes. With little more to expect from summer, one tried anxiously to live in the present - or, if there was no present, to invent one."
-Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Love of the Last Tycoon

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