June 15th, 2006

Chris Keeley

a Texas oilman and longtime Republican activist, Ernest Angelo, wrote a letter to Rove complaining t

EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief's Letter to Rove

The White House says the executive's appeal had no role in changing a measure to protect groundwater. Critics call it a political payoff.
By Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
Times Staff Writers

June 13, 2006

WASHINGTON — A rule designed by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep groundwater clean near oil drilling sites and other construction zones was loosened after White House officials rejected it amid complaints by energy companies that it was too restrictive and after a well-connected Texas oil executive appealed to White House senior advisor Karl Rove.

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Chris Keeley

Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton was booed when she said she opposed a firm date for a troop withdraw

Lebanon Claims Capture of Mossad-Backed Assassin
In Lebanon, the army is claiming a suspected assassin has confessed to murdering senior Hizbollah and Palestinian guerrillas on behalf of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. According to the Lebanese military officials, the suspect, Mahmoud Rafeh, said he was a leading member of a cell behind at least three other major assassinations in Lebanon. Rafeh was arrested last week in connection with the recent murder of two members of Islamic Jihad. Hizbollah and Islamic Jihad have long accused Israel of being behind a string of attacks that have killed their members. Hizbollah has battled Israeli forces in Southern Lebanon since the Israeli invasion of 1982.

2,000 Immigrants Arrested in DHS Sweep
Here in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has announced more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants have been arrested in a massive crackdown that began last month. Government officials said close to half of those arrested have criminal records. Just over 800 people have already been deported.

Bush Admin Eases EPA Law Following Industry Complaints
The Bush administration is being accused of undermining an environmental regulation at the request of energy and oil companies. According to the Los Angeles Times, the White House pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to loosen rules that would have forced companies to keep groundwater clean near oil drilling sites and other construction zones. The intervention was made after complaints by energy companies and a direct appeal from a Texas oil executive to White House senior advisor Karl Rove. In 2002, the executive, Ernest Angelo, wrote Rove the proposed regulations were causing many in the oil industry to doubt supporting Republicans “when we wind up with this type of stupidity." Rove forwarded the letter to top presidential environmental advisors and instructed them to respond. The EPA later modified the rules even after Congress had agreed on a detailed compromise. The new regulations went into effect this week. Sharon Buccino, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's land program called the rule change: "yet another example of the Bush administration rewarding their friends in the oil and gas industry at the expense of the environment and the public's health."

Lawmakers Protest Constraints on House Iraq War Debate
On Capitol Hill, the House will debate a resolution on the Iraq war today. Critics say the wording of the resolution will preclude any meaningful debate. The text of the resolution declares: “that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror [and] the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary." House rules will prevent Congress members from proposing amendments or alternative resolutions. At a press conference Wednesday, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers stood with yellow rope tied around their hands to symbolize what they called the lack of debate. Hawaiian Democrat Neil Abercrombie explained: "Our hands are tied literally on the floor of the people's house -- the one place that the American people should be able to expect a full and honest and open debate.”

Kerry Calls for Troop Withdrawal
Today’s debate comes as major splits continue to emerge within both parties over the war. On Tuesday, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry told a gathering of liberal voters at the “Take Back America” conference in Washington that the Iraq war was a mistake and he was wrong to vote for it. Kerry announced he is introducing a resolution for a withdrawal of troops by the end of the year. Kerry attacked the war's architects as “armchair warriors whose front line is an air-conditioned conference room.” In an interview with the Boston Globe, Kerry later added: “It is both a right and an obligation for Americans to… end a war in Iraq that weakens the nation each and every day we are in it." Kerry’s proposal would keep some troops in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers.

Clinton Booed Over Iraq War Stance
Kerry’s comments at the “Take Back America” conference came shortly after an address from New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton was booed when she said she opposed a firm date for a troop withdrawal. As she left the stage following her speech, a group of audience members chanted: “Bring home the troops.”

Chris Keeley

daily life of Staten Island from the late 19th-century until well into the 20th-century.

the NYPL Digital Gallery


Staten Island in Vintage Postcards

768 postcards depicting the buildings, scenery, and daily life of Staten Island from the late 19th-century until well into the 20th-century.

I'm All Alone - Midland Beach, Staten Island [(lady in early bathing costume poised to dive into water, superimposed on painted water scene] 

Image: I'm All Alone - Midland Beach, Staten Island


Chris Keeley

"Photography will always be my first love," Helmut told her, "but you will be my second." Even so, t

Double exposure

June Newton's photographs were never as celebrated as those of her husband, Helmut. Two years after his death, she talks to William Cook about their marriage - and why she was better at capturing people's souls

Thursday June 15, 2006
The Guardian

Twice a year, on their birthdays, June and Helmut Newton used to throw parties in Berlin for a few dozen of their closest friends. Although Helmut died in 2004, June still keeps up the tradition: lunch at a grand old hunting lodge in the Grunewald, where Helmut learned to swim, followed by supper at the Paris Bar. I first came here on Helmut's birthday in October last year, to ask June if I could write her husband's biography. Now, on her birthday, I've come back to make a start. 

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Chris Keeley

In the labyrinthine and often paranoid world of illicit drugs, tales of killer heroin have come and

The additive, called fentanyl, was developed as a commercial painkiller in the 1960's and surfaced as street-drug compound in the mid-80's on the West Coast, where it killed perhaps 100 people over as many as eight years.

Sally Ryan for The New York Times

Officials Seeking Source of Lethal Heroin Mixture

CHICAGO, June 14 — The police and health authorities are struggling to track down the source of a doctored, intensely powerful heroin that has killed at least 130 people in and around Chicago and Detroit and sent hundreds more to hospitals in cities from St. Louis to Philadelphia.

In the labyrinthine and often paranoid world of illicit drugs, tales of killer heroin have come and gone before. But this time is different, law enforcement and health officials say.

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Chris Keeley

Man Quits Job, Sends Large Tarantula To Co-Worker

LEICESTER, Great Britain - A British man who quit his job recently made two deliveries before he walked out of his office: A letter of resignation to his boss, and a large tarantula to his co-worker.

Mexican Red-Kneed Tarantula


Mahlon Hector, 22, admitted to boxing up a rare Mexican red-kneed tarantula at the Marks & Spencer store in Leicester -- at the same time he handed store bosses his resignation.
Chris Keeley

"Nude," a new ballad, was gorgeous; during one soaring falsetto note the band faded out, and the eff

Nude," a new ballad, was gorgeous; during one soaring falsetto note the band faded out, and the effect was angelic. 

Mr. Greenwood and Mr. O'Brien laid aside their guitars to squat at analog consoles, precisely shaping noise. In similar fashion Mr. Selway blended his drumming with various electronic beats, erasing the distinctions between them.

Radiohead Remains Suspended Between Extremes

Half a dozen songs into Radiohead's show on Tuesday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Thom Yorke rolled out a new lyric rooted in allegorical imagery. "When I'm at the pearly gates," he sang, "this'll be on my videotape." Then, in his next breath: "When Mephistopheles is just beneath /And he's reaching up to grab me." 

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