Morning Links: BP Relief Well May Be Ahead of Schedule; Overnight Police Patrols to Double; Joe Francis Getting Married?


• The BP relief well may actually be ahead of schedule. It’s about 600 feet from intercepting the spill, although U.S. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said, “We shouldn’t come off that mid-August date until we know they’ve actually gone through.” The connection of an additional ship to double oil-containment capacity was delayed this week on account of Hurricane Alex. [Bloomberg]

• Elena Kagan is expected to be confirmed, albeit with little Republican support. [WP]

• The Taliban attacked a U.S. aid agency compound in Afghanistan early this morning, killing four and injuring 20. General David Petraeus will arrive in Afghanistan today. [CNN]

• Nearly 7,400 New Yorkers “borrowed” the names of dead people on applications to request help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [NYPost]

• Overnight patrols — from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in 23 precincts — may double or even triple in response to recent nighttime murders that have occurred on the streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx. The homicide rate was up 11 percent through the end of June. [NYT]

Captain America: The First Avenger will have select scenes featuring the 1940s Lower East Side. It’s filming now — in Manchester, England. [Bowery Boogie]

Girls Gone Wild‘s Joe Francis is, apparently, off the market. Sigh. [Page Six]