Morning Links: Heat Wave in NYC; Tar Balls Hit Texas; Queen Elizabeth Tours Manhattan


• Wow, OK, it’s hot. Supposed to get up to 100 degrees hot. Heat advisory and air quality alerts are both on, and it’s already at 90 (feeling like 92). Hang in there — it’s only supposed to be 97 degrees tomorrow, and in the high 80s on Thursday. (Tips here from a seasoned pro; handy power outage map here.) [Weather Channel]

• Tar balls have washed up on the coast of Texas, meaning that every Gulf state is now being affected by the spill. [Chicago Tribune]

• The Navy is sending a 178-foot-long blimp that can carry 10 people to the Gulf Coast today to detect oil, direct skimming ships, and look for wildlife threatened by oil. The blimp can stay in the air longer, survey a wider space, and is more fuel-efficient than your typical helicopter, says the Navy. [CNN]

• The Justice department will sue Arizona “on the grounds that the state’s new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives.” [WP]

• According to census estimates, a majority of Manhattan’s population is now non-Hispanic white, up to nearly 51 percent last year, from about 40 percent in the 1990s. The rest of the borough’s residents were 24 percent Hispanic, 14 percent black, and 11 percent Asian. [NYT]

• Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will spend five hours in New York City today — including a valedictory at the United Nations, a half-hour at Ground Zero, and a stroll through a garden in Lower Manhattan that memorializes the 67 Britons killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center — before returning to England. [NPR]

• The street pianos project is over, but nonprofit group Sing for Hope is planning to bring them back next summer. [NYDN]

• The New York Philharmonic has openings. [NYT]