My Southern perspective: Hey, big spenders: Just who are they, really?

One of my favorite politicians was Everett Dirksen, the long time senator from Illinois. He was an old-time politician, given to long speeches full of sound bites for radio and television. In a budget debate in Congress, Sen. Dirksen once said, “Well, a billion here and a billion there and the first thing you know, it runs into real money.” Anderson, S.C. Independent-Mail

Gulf Oil Spill coverage – August archives

As of Sept. 17, BP said it has spent about $9.5 billion on the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, static kill and cementing, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs. On the surface, operations to skim oil recovered about 827,251 barrels of oily liquid. In addition, 411 controlled burns have removed an estimated 265,450 barrels of oil from the sea’s surface. Houston Business Journal

Drilling in Va. may be risky

Groundwater contamination. Illnesses from toxins. Gas well explosions. Coming to a community near you?Virginia is next in the sights of natural gas drillers who wish eventually to exploit the western region’s resources, locked in a multistate geologic formation called the Marcellus Shale. The Shenandoah Valley is an announced target. The Charlottesville Daily Progress.