New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's not ready to declare the well dead just yet.
"I think we can all breathe a little easier regarding the potential that we'll have oil in the Gulf ever again. But we need to ensure the people of the Gulf and the people of the United States that this thing is properly finished and that will be through the bottom. Now how long it takes depends on when the cementing is done."
The kitchen at Crescent City Cafe is slammed at eight in the morning on a recent Saturday. Cooks plate the day's specials as fast as they can, expediters urge them on and servers constantly cycle through the line, picking up two or three dishes at a time to shuttle to the dining room.
New Orleans, La. – The report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says about a quarter of the oil that spilled remains in the Gulf. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says most has dissolved naturally or with the use of chemical dispersants.
Martha Ward and Frank Aseron had a long acquaintance. It began in the mid-1970s when she was married and had a daughter, Marlowe. Frank did some carpentry work at her home, and they saw each other around New Orleans for years. She later divorced, and enjoyed her career an anthropology professor at the University of New Orleans. Frank became involved in mortgage banking and construction lending.