Morning Links: BP Spill Officially the Worst; Virginia Joins Immigration Debate; Bill Cosby Lives


• The BP spill is the largest “accidental release of oil into marine waters,” at almost five million barrels of oil, say scientists. Related: Surveys find increased anxiety, sadness, and breathing problems/rashes in the Gulf region. [NYT, NYT]

• Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has issued a legal opinion that would allow law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by police officers for any reason. [WP]

• Bill Cosby is not dead, and he has asked the individual who keeps spreading his death rumor by Twitter to please stop saying he is. [NYP]

• Spirit Airlines started charging for carry-on bags this weekend, a move that reportedly has cut down on waits for security, boarding, and leaving planes. [MH]

• There have been 11 probable bias attacks in Staten Island since April, mostly in Port Richmond and involving the robbing or beating of Mexican immigrants by black men. [SILive]

• Consumers did not do so well with the spending in June. [Bloomberg]

• King Tut’s chariot will debut today at Discovery Times Square. [NewYorkology]

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