The still-spreading Gult Coast oil spill is threatening to become a full-fledged environmental disaster that may eclipse Exxon Valdez in cost and impact. [WaPo]
- Today, the Obama administration put pressure on BP America to do more to stop the leak and clean up its aftermath. [NYT]
- Experts and volunteers are scrambling to aid the wildlife affected by the spill. [Discovery News]
- NASA’s Earth Observatory team is tracking the oil spill’s progress by satellite. [Discovery News]
Image: This satellite photo provided by NASA shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as it closes in on the Pass a Loutre area of Plaquemines Parish, La. (NASA photo)
Ahead of our annual fashion shoot next week with the newly-announced 2010 Rose Queen and Royal Court, get a look at the transformation these local women have undergone in about a week.
The before photos on the left were taken on Oct. 12 at the big reveal of the seven Rose Court princesses. The after photos were taken yesterday during the announcement of Arcadia resident Natalie Innocenzi as Rose Queen.
What say you of their red, red blazers and red, red lips?
And: Did you know you can now follow the Royal Court on Twitter @therosediaries and at their official blog? The Tournament of Roses, that bastion of Pasadena tradition and ritual, is making strides into the modern era. Hello, Facebook! And YouTube. SRSLY.
Pasadena, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Arcadia, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Arcadia, Arcadia High School
Altadena, Blair High School
South Pasadena, Pasadena City College
Altadena, John Marshall Fundamental High School
La Canada Flintridge, La Canada High School
“At this time the Station Fire continues to be a slow moving fire and if
the fire continues moving toward Sierra Madre, officials do not expect
it to enter the City for at least five days. This prediction is
contingent on if the current weather conditions continue.” (3:04 p.m. Wednesday)
- City of Monrovia emergency notifications posted on main city site
“Monrovia’s Sawpit Dam helibase is operational for helicopter use in fighting the fire around La Canada Flintridge. As a contingency plan, bulldozers from the U.S. Forest Service are working in local foothills to cut fire breaks Monrovia. The fire is not currently a threat to Monrovia.” (3:05 p.m. Wednesday)
- Animal shelter listing for areas impacted by SoCal fires
How to help:
- The Red Cross evacuation center at La Canada High School
is seeking air conditioning vendors with portable units to help cool
their gymnasium. To help, call La Caada Flintridge City Hall at (818) 790-8880
- TCN North Now — covering Glendale, Crescenta Valley, Burbank and La Caada
- at (626) 585-7315.
- Los Angeles Unified — Schools in Sunland and eastern San Fernando Valley region were not yet in session. Outdoor athletic activities suspended.
- Santa Clarita — William S. Hart Union High School District and Saugus Union School District remain open
- Round-up of best Web maps of California wildfires at Search Engine Land
- LAObserved reports it is unclear if the outage was caused by traffic or the fire. — UPDATE: Camera not working.
- While the Mt. Wilson tower cam is down, you can view a time-lapse sequence of photos from Sunday night showing the approach of the fire.
- SGVN Metro Editor Frank Girardot