Morning Links: Science vs. CEO in the BP Oil Spill; Actors Prepare to Mourn Law & Order; Woe to the Mets


BP (and dozens of other oil companies) were allowed to drill in the Gulf without getting required federal permits, “despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have.” Also, scientists are saying the size of the spill has been underestimated, while BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward counters that it’s “relatively tiny.”

Faisal Shahzad may have taken the LIRR to Ronkonkoma in April to collect money for his alleged bomb plot. Yesterday the FBI searched locations in Long Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine in connection with the intended attack. Three men were taken into custody, although none have been charged.

• Tensions between protestors and Thai soldiers in Bangkok have worsened following yesterday’s shooting of rogue general Khattiya Sawatdiphol: “Thai troops fired tear gas and bullets at anti-government protesters who responded with stones, slingshots and homemade rockets.”

• The co-op board of the Dakota, where a butler recently inherited two apartments from his employer Ruth Ford, has said that he is eligible to apply to live there. (He is considering selling them.)

• Actors prepare to say goodbye to the best damn gig they ever had. (If you’ve been away from a television for the past 20-odd years, that’s Law & Order.) Don’t give up yet: Discussions with series creator Dick Wolf are “ongoing,” say people familiar with the matter.

• A Staten Island dad tried to put his 9-year-old son in the oven. Sir, that’s bun in the oven.

• Practically no one wants to see the Mets. Aw.