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Oil change

"Oil change" Continued...

Issue: "Crossing the Rubiocon," Aug. 14, 2010

At a press conference, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf-chairman of the Cordoba Initiative-said the project was an expression of moderate Muslims "who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism." Members of his congregation died in the attacks, and he said Park 51's leaders are committed to rebuilding the community with cooperation from non-Muslims. But Rauf has also said the United States' taking of lives overseas made it an accessory to 9/11. He told CBS' 60 Minutes just after the 9/11 attacks, "I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime."

Adrift in a sea of oil

Chinese workers and volunteers endured brutal conditions while cleaning up an oil spill that began on July 16 after two pipelines exploded at the port city of Dalian in northeast China. Workers braved the thickly polluted waters to save a man who nearly drowned after attempting to fix an underwater pipe.

Chinese newspapers reported workers initially using other primitive methods to remove oil from the water and shore, including plastic bags, straw mats, bare hands, and chopsticks. A week later, efforts had grown more sophisticated, and workers had dumped some 23 tons of oil-eating bacteria into the waters.

Officials estimated the oil affected some 140 square miles of the Yellow Sea, saying it was China's largest oil spill in years.


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