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The Daily Need

Wednesday morning roundup


This disturbing photo of a waterway clogged with dead fish in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana was sent to local media outlets by Parish President Billy Nungesser. Residents fear that the massive fish kill could be related to the BP oil spill.


Among the many unanswered questions about what some have called the epidemic of autism is what will happen when all these children with autism become adults. In this month’s Atlantic magazine, John Donvan and Caren Zucker tried to answer the question by tracking down the first person ever to be diagnosed with the condition. They found Donald Gray Tripplett living quite happily in his hometown of Forest, MS; 77 years old and still golfing every day.


With chants of “Death to America,” “Death to Christians,” and “Death to Karzai,” thousands of Afghans protest in advance of this Saturday’s parliamentary elections.


Today marks the second anniversary of a day that will live in infamy — the day that Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America and Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman argues that 9/15 will loom larger in the history books than 9/11 for having shaken American’s economic and political dominance. “The crisis is likely to go down as the moment that both revealed and accelerated the erosion of western dominance,” he says. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman wonders why more people aren’t marking the anniversary of what he calls The Event That Ended The Economy As We Knew It.

And in Culture news, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off Lehman’s $10 million art collection at the end of the month.