11:09 AM, March 5th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, Mar 5th

  1. Tight Races in Ohio, Tennessee: It’s going to be a tight race Tuesday, at least in Tennessee, where a recent poll shows Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum within just a few percentage points of each other. The results of a recent Ohio poll are almost exactly the same, but in reverse: Romney is leading Santorum among Ohio voters 34 percent to 31 percent.
  2. More Advertisers Abandon Limbaugh: It’s unclear whether Rush Limbaugh’s apology will be enough to keep his advertisers. The conservative radio host has now lost seven of them, with flower company ProFlowers being the latest. 
  3. Deepwater Drilling Roars Back to Life: Nearly two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling has regained momentum in that region and around the world. Now that the yearlong drilling moratorium has been lifted, many oil companies, including BP, have resumed drilling in the area, often in waters out of American control, but where an accident would still impact the United States.
  4. Police Surround Moscow: A day after he choked up celebrating his “clear victory” over his rivals, Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin ordered 12,000 police to prepare for protests.
  5. EU Eyes Quota for Women: The European Union is considering legislating mandatory quotas for the number of women on corporate boards, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding warned businesses Monday after European firms failed to back a voluntary pledge. 

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Photo: Fifteen thousand skiers start the 88th Vasaloppet cross-country marathon, one of the oldest, longest and biggest ski races in the world in Mora, Sweden. (Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP / GETTY IMAGES)

3:30 PM, May 10th, 2011


Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with coloured water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala, May 10, 2011. President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to crush the protests and blamed rising food and fuel costs on drought and global increases in oil prices. (James Akena)

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12:15 PM, January 7th, 2011

Microbes in the Gulf of Mexico consumed most of the methane and other natural gases released by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a report released Friday. The ocean’s natural cleaning process was near-complete just months after the spill, stunning scientists who thought the gulf’s waters would be tainted for years. Most of the oil has settled on the ocean floor, washed ashore, or dissolved along with chemical dispersants into the seawater. In a report last month, federal officials said there was no significant amount of oil remaining, and most of the gulf’s fisheries have reopened. Some microbiologists are skeptical, though, and fear the environmental impact might be whitewashed by such optimistic findings. “It would take a superhuman microbe to do what they are claiming,” one said.

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