Two years after a rig operated by British Petroleum exploded, spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and is expected to pay $4.5 billion in fines. Jeffrey Brown talks to ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten and John Young, president of Jefferson Parish, La., for their reactions. Continue reading
FEMA is still working hard to help get relief for storm victims in the Northeast — not a small task considering the size and scope of that natural disaster. To help fill in the gap, volunteers from a movement called Occupy Sandy are trying to reach residents in need who live in New York City’s boroughs. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading
The town of Belmar was among New Jersey’s hardest hit communities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and a fall nor’easter. With schools still closed, special correspondent John Tulenko tells the story of the teachers coming to the rescue of families by turning their efforts from education to storm relief. Continue reading
The homes of some New Jersey residents have been without power or heat more than 10 days after superstorm Sandy struck. And even with support from out-of-state utility workers untangling downed lines, erecting polls, and repairing the grid, many may remain in the dark for days to come. Special correspondent Rick Karr reports. Continue reading
As Sandy victims try to recover from last week’s superstorm, the U.S. Northeast is dealt an unfortunate hand of weather, with another storm. This time a nor’easter. The storm brought wind, rain and snow, with the potential for more flooding and power outages to an already weathered region. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, Sandy victims and Northeast residents braced for another storm scheduled to hit the already battered East Coast, bringing powerful wind, heavy rain, and even snow. Hundreds of scheduled flights have been cancelled. Also Wall Street saw one of its worst days of the year. Continue reading
Red Hook is a remarkably close-knit and neighborly community. Sandy tested that social infrastructure but did not damage it, even though half the neighborhood lacks power and hundreds of residents have lost piles of personal possessions and family memorabilia.
In Staten Island, one of New York City’s boroughs hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, custodians worked quickly to clean up schools that had functioned as shelters in time for classes to restart on Monday. Centers for residents to pick up donated supplies and receive counseling also opened for business. Continue reading