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On a windy Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans, Clara Gerica is in her usual spot: beneath a small, blue tent at the Crescent City Farmers Market in the well-to-do Uptown neighborhood.
The BP spill is shattering hopes and dreams along the Gulf Coast.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 06, 2010
Scientists Predict Larger ‘Dead Zones’ in Gulf

Scientists Predict Larger ‘Dead Zones’ in Gulf

Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: More bad news for the "dead zone?"Federally-funded scientists predicted a "larger than average" dead zone in the Gulf...
By Pro Publica  |  June 29, 2010

Say what?

Barack Obama is much more of an establishment-style president than the public generally realizes.
Obama should forget the feel-good and seize the opportunity in the Gulf
By EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2010

Pointing fingers in the Gulf

Now that we have enlisted the aid of James Cameron, Kevin Costner, Betty White, and the Olneyville New York System Oil, Olestra, and Anal Leakage Institute to help plug the BP underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s take a look at what is really b
The disaster was waiting to happen; kudos for Grover; and gangsta talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 11, 2010

High-octane coverage

Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 04, 2010

Take this to the polls

Our endorsements for the June 8 elections


Oil, oil, everywhere

It is not enough that British Petroleum’s wounded oil well in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico continues to bleed millions of gallons of viscous crude oil, killing marshes that could offer protection from future hurricanes, destroying habitats for m
BP’s latest eco-crime; City Council Pres. Mike Ross does the right thing; Scott Brown disappoints
By EDITORIAL  |  May 28, 2010
Read the Govt’s Report Blasting Drilling Regulators on Ethics, Drugs and Porn

Read the Govt’s Report Blasting Drilling Regulators on Ethics, Drugs and Porn

Ken Salazar on BP, regulations, and MMS When news of the Gulf oil spill first broke, we wondered if previously reported problems at the Minerals...
By Pro Publica  |  May 25, 2010

The high cost of free markets

Free markets are not free. They always carry a cost.
A lack of regulation invites oil spills and financial collapse
By EDITORIAL  |  May 21, 2010

Power plays

Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010
BP: Oil Flow “Might Be a Little More” Than Earlier Estimate

BP: Oil Flow “Might Be a Little More” Than Earlier Estimate

A controlled burn of an oil slick 10 miles from the Deepwater Horizon drill siteUntil now, BP hasn't officially updated its 5,000-barrels-a-day estimate of the...
By Pro Publica  |  May 20, 2010

Whistleblower Sues to Stop Another BP Rig From Operating

Whistleblower Sues to Stop Another BP Rig From Operating

BP Atlantis Whistleblower Ken Abbott: Interior Dept Aware of Safety ProblemsA whistleblower filed a lawsuit today to force the federal government to halt operations at...
By Pro Publica  |  May 17, 2010

Saving America from itself

The nation’s inability to regulate the corporate class is bringing death, destruction, and economic ruin.
The federal government must rein in corporate criminals
By EDITORIAL  |  May 07, 2010

Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010
Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

BP Oil Spill: Is Corexit Having an Effect on Plants and Wildlife? The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow...
By Pro Publica  |  April 30, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010


A taste of Florida

On a recent road trip down the coastal corridor to Key West, I was reminded that one of the best ways to explore the "culture" of a different region is through its food.
Culinary delights along the coastal corridor
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2009

20 reasons the Earth will be glad to see Bush go

The planet Earth usually tries to stay out of politics. It doesn't endorse candidates. It doesn't run attack ads. It doesn't even register as a lobbyist.
As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, a look at the ways our planet will be better off under Obama
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2008

Don't tase me, bro

2007 was the year that viral humor hit critical mass.
The year in would-be catch phrases
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 21, 2007

Local 121

My usual dining companion doesn’t order shrimp anymore because she’s tired of asking where they came from.
Regional and reasonably priced
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2007


So let’s hope that Sunday brunches can pull in the locals, and that out-of-state visitors love those martinis.
Great name, mixed results
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 08, 2007


It can happen here

The American Society of Civil Engineers almost three years ago issued a catalogue of pressing needs related to Massachusetts infrastructure.
The Minneapolis bridge collapse should be a wake-up call. Plus, a Congressional disgrace.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2007

Crossword: 'Go, Blockhead'

You think I'm playing around?
By MATT JONES  |  March 14, 2007

Snowe’s tracks

Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnell
How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006

RI goes (a little) green

As Rhode Islanders shed their heavy coats and wel­come spring, chances are they won’t remember this past fall and winter for the relatively mild weather.
Surging energy costs are leading the state to tap alternative sources once viewed as flaky or unproven
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  April 12, 2006