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BP polluted the Gulf of Mexico; are we still angry?
The weekend after Christmas in Jackson, Miss., my resistance to BP toppled. Thirty months after the massive oil spill that befouled the Gulf of Mexico, I stood before a green pump and filled my tank with gas. On the road to my relatives' house, I had encountered stations selling gas from BP, Exxon and Shell in that order. I'd assumed I'd stop at one that hadn't poisoned Louisiana's fisheries, but it appeared that BP was quite a bit cheaper. Times-Picayune
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Super Bowl XLVII: Area hopes to tap spillover from New Orleans
When Super Bowl XLVII is held Feb. 3 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will be the first time since 2002 that New Orleans has hosted America’s biggest annual sporting event. The Advocate
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Unlike BP, Transocean likely off the hook for felony charges related to workers' deaths in 2010 Gulf spill
Like their counterparts at BP, executives at Transocean Ltd. are likely breathing easier with the looming unknowns of civil and criminal fines and penalties now settled for their role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, legal experts and industry analysts following the case generally agreed Friday. Times-Picayune
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Lee Harvey Oswald's Apartment Building Is Coming Down, Dallas Declares
After more than a year of legal wrangling, the city of Dallas has apparently decided enough is enough. It is sending contractors to an apartment building once lived in by presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to tear the dilapidated structure down. NPR
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Augusta Regional experienced increase in foreign travel
As one of the busiest travel times of the year just concluded, I stumbled upon an interesting study involving air travel that included the Augusta Regional Airport. By being on its e-mail list for MetroMonitor and other economic analysis, the Brookings Institution sent over a study on international air travel. In eight years, Augusta had a 30 percent increase in the number of travelers headed for other countries. Augusta Chronicle
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The Financial War Against the Economy at Large
Today’s economic warfare is not the kind waged a century ago between labor and its industrial employers. Finance has moved to capture the economy at large, industry and mining, public infrastructure (via privatization) and now even the educational system. (At over $1 trillion, U.S. student loan debt came to exceed credit-card debt in 2012.) The weapon in this financial warfare is no larger military force. The tactic is to load economies (governments, companies and families) with debt, siphon off their income as debt service and then foreclose when debtors lack the means to pay. Indebting government gives creditors a lever to pry away land, public infrastructure and other property in the public domain. Indebting companies enables creditors to seize employee pension savings. And indebting labor means that it no longer is necessary to hire strikebreakers to attack union organizers and strikers. Truth-Out
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KEARNEY COLUMN: Boeing's strong finish
What a difference a few weeks make. With a dozen days left in 2012, Boeing South Carolina had delivered only one of its 787 Dreamliners. The other planes that had rolled out of the North Charleston final assembly factory since summer remained parked on the flight line; three were painted and ready for Air India to pick up. It also had been more than a month and a half since the last roll-out even though the pace of production was closer to one every month. Post-Courier
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Time Warner Cable adding 644 jobs in Lexington SC
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC Time Warner Cable’s expansion in Lexington County will provide 644 new jobs to the area that will pay $40,000 or more a year, the company said Friday. Those jobs, primarily the cable television and Internet giant’s customer care agents, representatives and supervisors, come with full benefits and are expected to be filled this year, the company said. The State
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Jobs with the lowest (and highest) unemployment
Want a guaranteed job? Get used to being called doctor. And stay in school. The top five jobs with the lowest unemployment rates for 2012 are in the health care, finance or social service sectors -- and all require a lot of education and training. CNN
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Oil Industry's New Workers Have Great Eyesight—And Feathers
Until recently, falconry—the ancient art of hunting small game with trained birds of prey—was just a hobby for Michael Gregston, who makes a living leading canoe trips down the Missouri River. But to supplement his income, he has been toting four of his rare hawks and falcons in the bitter cold to an unusual destination for a bird enthusiast: an oil refinery. Wall Street Journal
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