Oil and water. A leaky Enbridge pipeline pours millions of litres of crude oil into Michigan's Kalamazoo River.
On the dilemma of the horns. Legislators in Catalonia become capeless
crusaders -- and make their region the first in Spain to ban
Laying down the law. Parts of it, anyway. A U.S. federal judge rules
that the most contentious elements of Arizona's immigration law cannot
Man of steel. We pay tribute to pedal-steel legend Ben Keith, a man who
spent forty years feeling Young at heart -- Neil Young, that is.
Ansel and grateful. A California man is positive he's found a cache of extremely valuable Ansel Adams negatives.
And...grillers in the mist. An interview with the anonymous owner of a
New York restaurant who delivers secret, illegal grilled cheeses -- and
puts the profits in a Swiss bank account.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that's sure the authorities
know -- they're just burying their head in the sandwich.
On the front page of today's Detroit Free Press, there's a picture of
two oil-soaked Canada geese struggling under their thick, black, viscous
burdens. It's not a picture from the region affected by the BP oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's from the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun
There's a new oil
spill in the United States, and this time the company responsible is
Canada's Enbridge Inc. On Monday, the oil started flowing into the
Kalamazoo River, from a pipeline that stretches from Indiana to Sarnia,
The flow's been
stopped -- but not before more than three million litres of oil leaked
into the waterway, stretching more than twenty-five kilometres.
Rizor is an architect in Battle Creek, Michigan. His office overlooks
the point where Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo River meet.
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The timecards have been punched. The machines have stopped. The last transmission has rolled off the line.
General Motors ended its ninety-year run in Windsor, Ontario -- once
the heart of Canada's auto industry. The plant in the border city once
employed seven thousand workers. Today, the final five hundred workers
still employed at the plant shared a few tears, and a few drinks, to
mark the end of an era.
St. Amour was a machine operator at the plant for 30 years. Here he is
on his way into the plant this morning, for the record.
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Phytoplankton are like the mortgage-backed securities of the sea.
Unless you specialize in them, you probably don't know much about them.
phytoplankton are microscopic plants, and they form the basis for all
sea life around the globe. But all you really need to know is this: just
like obscure financial products, when things go wrong, we're in for a
And now the bad news: things don't look so good for phytoplankton.
Boyce is a biologist at Dalhousie University and the lead athour of a
new study published this week in the journal, Nature. We reached him at
his office, in Halifax.
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Bread. Butter. Cheese. Those are the essential ingredients of a classic
grilled cheese sandwich. It's also the name of Manhattan's underground
grilled-cheese shop. That's right. Bread Butter Cheese is a restaurant
that covertly supplies grilled cheese sandwiches. Illicit grilled
We reached the owner of Bread Butter Cheese -- who shall remain nameless -- at his apartment-slash-secret-lair in Manhattan.
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Dateline: Sevastopol, Ukraine.If there's one world leader who knows how
to orchestrate a photo op, it's Vladimir Putin. You might recall that,
three years ago, Mr. Putin -- who was Russia's president at the time --
went on a fishing trip in Siberia with Prince Albert the Second of
Monaco. It was just the two of them, some fishing rods, a vast expanse
of untamed nature, and a professional photographer whose lense was set
on "flattering". Pretty soon, people all over the world were treated to
"candid" shots of President Putin riding a horse in an undershirt, and
marching along an icy river with no shirt at all, his exposed chest as
majestic as the landscape itself. He looked like he owned the place.
Which, essentially, he did.
nowadays, Mr. Putin is merely Russia's Prime Minister. His approval
rating - previously the envy of politicians worldwide - has dropped to
a relatively crummy forty-seven per cent. And since it's an open secret
that he's planning to run for the presidency again in two years, he's
decided it's time to re-work that image of his.
he claimed he'd met with the ten Russian agents who were part of a
widely reported "spy swap" with the U.S. And rather than distance
himself from their misdeeds, he sang their praises. And he also sang a
song, along with the spies, called "From Where The Motherland Begins"
.... known in the motherland as a kind of KGB anthem.
Prime Minister Putin is clearly trying to tap into the kind of
retrograde patriotism that will bump up his approval ratings amongst
those who recall the bad old days as the good old days. It hardly
matters that skeptics claim the whole spy sing-along never even
And here's the
second way he's revving things up:That's the sound of Vladimir Putin,
dressed all in black, wearing fingerless gloves and aviator shades,
driving a three-wheeled Harley Davidson -- along with a posse of bikers
who call themselves the "Russian Wolves". He joined the Wolves for a
international motorcycle convention in Sebastopol. And then he howled
his support for them, and their mode of transportation.
motorcycle," he roared over the rumble of engines, "is the most
democratic form of transport. It gives the biker a sweet sense of
freedom. And so you can say that the bike is a symbol of freedom!"
words were powerful. Powerful and mind-blowingly banal. But that's what
these occasions are all about: making a good impression, superficially.
And that makes photo ops the least disturbing of all the ops Vladimir
Putin is involved in.
Well, we've got our motors runnin', and we're about to head out on the
highway. The news is coming up next -- and then we'll be back with more
"As It Happens". When we return:
Legalese, and legal unease. An American federal judge says Arizona is
overstepping its bounds with its immigration law -- so she blocks it.
I'd better get that "Laverne & Shirley" lunchbox I got from my
neighbour appraised. A California artist's garage-sale purchase may make
him a multi-millionaire.
Ben there, done that. A musical salute to the late Ben Keith, who spent forty years making his steel guitar gently weep.
Stay tuned. I'm LL.
And I'm DJ.
Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law -- also known as SB
1070 -- was set to go into effect tomorrow. And some parts of that law
will go ahead as planned.
thanks to a federal judge's ruling, the most controversial parts of the
law won't be among them. United States District Court Judge Susan Bolton
issued a preliminary injunction today against the key parts of the law.
Karen Tumlin is an attorney
with the National Immigration Law Center, which is part of a coalition
of civil rights groups that has filed a lawsuit against the legislation.
We reached her today in Los Angeles.
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In the minds of many, bullfighting is an integral part of Spanish
culture: the sweep of the music, the pass of the cape, and the flash of
the sword have long been seen as traditions in the country.
today, lawmakers in Catalonia said "Adios" to the sport -- banning it
in a vote of sixty-eight in favour, fifty-five against. As of 2012, the
northeastern region will become the first in mainland Spain to do so.
-- which translates as "Enough!" -- is a platform of animal rights
groups that forced the debate last year, after collecting a
hundred-and-eighty thousand signatures from Catalans in favour of the
Jordi Casamitjana is a
zoologist specialising in animal behaviour, and a consultant for Prou.
We reached him at their Barcelona office.
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Nearly a decade after making a remarkable garage-sale find, Rick Norsigian is finally cashing in.
years ago, the California artist bought a collection of negatives in
someone's driveway. He bartered with the vender, and managed to scoop up
the collection for forty-five bucks. Now, he's had the negatives
appraised at two hundred million dollars. That's because they've been
traced to the legendary photographer Ansel Adams
We reached Rick Norsigian in Beverly Hills, California.
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When your debut recording as a pedal-steel guitar player turns into a
Patsy Cline classic, there are two possibilities: either you've just
launched an auspicious career, or it's all downhill from there. For Ben
Keith, it was the former. Not just because he was one of the best
players around, but also because he wound up in a long-term
collaboration with another giant of popular music, Neil Young.
Ben Keith died yesterday, at the age of seventy-three.
started out as an enthusiastic player of non-steel guitars. Too
enthusiastic, actually: he practised so much that he had to undergo
surgery on one of his fingers. So he switched to the laptop steel. And
he was great -- which is why he was hired to do "I Fall to Pieces".
years or so later -- by which time he was considered part of
Nashville's "A-Team" of session musicians -- he met Neil Young. Mr.
Young was in Nashville to record what would become "Harvest", and Mr.
Keith was recruited to play steel guitar. When I say the two men met, I
should point out that it happened in typical Neil Young style: Ben Keith
came into the studio and played five songs with the band before they
stopped long enough for introductions.
Keith would play with Neil Young's touring band, and on umpteen of his
albums, for the next forty years. That's partly because he stayed out of
any arguments with the band or its leader; partly because he was a
terrific, intuitive multi-instrumentalist; and partly because he loved
working spontaneously -- an affinity he shared with Mr. Young.
afternoon in 1974, the two men recorded a song that Neil had written
earlier that day. They just sat down -- Neil Young with his banjo, and
Ben Keith with his steel guitar -- and worked out the vocal harmonies
and arrangement on the spot. And this is what it sounded like: from the
1974 album "On The Beach", this is "For the Turnstiles".
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