The latest from the Gulf of Mexico:
*British Petroleum has successfully replaced the busted cap on the leaking oil well and it has passed its initial tests. Now the company hopes it will hold while relief efforts to remove the oil still underground begin in earnest.
*Meanwhile, after protesting the extra oil allowed into the Gulf during the cap's testing phase, environmentalists project at least a couple of years of recovery after clean up efforts conclude before the fishing industry can safely resume operations, let alone hope to have a good season.
*Despite the best efforts of its Republican membership, Congress passed the Financial Reform bill this week to overhaul bank regulations in hopes of preventing another economic crisis from occurring. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is concerned about the Republicans attempt to stall extending unemployment benefits to those currently unemployed and increasing economic assistance to small businesses.
*A Swedish court denied an United States legal request to extradite director Roman Polanski. While not condoning Polanski's actions stemming from allegations of illegally being with a minor in 1977, the charge was not major enough to support the request.
*Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in soccer.
*In Major League Baseball, the National League won their first All Star Game since 1996; beating the American League 3-1 and obtaining home field advantage for the World Series this October.
Amongst those we have lost this week:
*Artist/raconteur Harvey Pekar, famous for his work American Splendor and Our Cancer Year.
*Bob Sheppard, long time stadium announcer for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.
*Actor James Gammon, from the movie Major League, the TV series Nash Bridges, and other productions.
*New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
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