Morning Links: The Oil Spill Hits Land, Bad Week for Goldman, Kentucky Derby Washout


• A moment of silence over that coffee today, please. Leslie Buck, designer of the hot beverage container you see everywhere — you know, the New York one (it’s called the Anthora) — has died. (Get your own ceramic homage at the MoMA gift shop, if so inclined.)

• St. Vincent’s is now, officially, closed.

• The oil spill in the Gulf has reportedly touched land, and people in New Orleans are reporting “a fuel smell” in the air. The federal government is stepping up involvement, with officials visiting the spill area today to help coordinate the response. No new offshore drilling will take place until a thorough investigation is completed.

• It is really not Goldman’s week: The Justice Department has now opened a preliminary criminal investigation of the bank over its mortgage securities deals.

• Kentucky is preparing for a wet, muddy, nasty mess of a Derby. Bring on the juleps.

• The Justice Department’s decision to subpoena New York Times reporter James Risen — who refused to testify about the confidential sources he used for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration — has press advocates saying that Obama hates leaks just as much as Bush did.

• Hypocrisy in the streets: A man protesting Wall Street corruption on Thursday took the opportunity to also steal the backpack of the fire safety director at JPMorgan Chase.

• The Mega Millions jackpot is at $224 million.