Good morning, gentlemen. Here’s what’s good feeding on this fine Friday morning.
Hurricane Earl may have weakened in its approach to the North Carolina coast, but it still packed a punch at winds exceeding 100 mph. Most local residents in danger zones had already evacuated when it hit, but Earl still did a fair amount of damage, causing power outages and coastal flooding all along the state seaboard.
Hurricane warnings have been issued in Massachusetts (where Earl is expected to brush by Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket), as well as various other areas along the East coast.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, in spite of the storm there were still “a few daredevils—kite-boarders and hang-gliders out testing nature in the Outer Banks” as well as, surprisingly, a wedding happening on the beach.
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Oil Rig Explosion Yesterday Reignites Debate
(Headline writers across the nation rejoice in pun-opportunity.)
After an oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire yesterday, a new discussion has erupted over the (consistently proven) dangers of off-shore drilling—and what they mean for our energy future.
However, as Politico’s Jake Sherman reported, “Congress isn’t wasting any time. With another oil-rig explosion, some House Democrats are already demanding answers. Just hours after a Mariner Energy rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the House Energy and Commerce committee is asking Scott Josey, the president and CEO of the company, for a briefing on the incident.”
Yup, you heard us. The social networking giant has begun testing a new feature dubbed the “stalker button.” It allows users to subscribe to friends and receive notifications (rss feed-style) whenever that person updates their status or posts new content (including photos, videos, links, or notes.)
Brace yourself Office fans, the replacement boss in the beloved NBC show may be the grizzly-faced Harvey Keitel, best known for his tough guy roles in Quentin Tarantino movies and Scorsese’s Mean Streets.
“He’s probably the only guy who can do it, and he’s doing TV now,” said one Office cast member. “That’s what a very smart eager man once called a win-win-win.”