Business briefs: Trial wraps up over estimates of BP oil spill

October 19, 2013 

Trial wraps up over estimates of BP oil spill

NEW ORLEANS -- Two weeks of courtroom debate have come to an end over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after BP PLC's 2010 rig disaster.

Friday's testimony wrapped up the second phase of a trial over the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers.Government experts estimate 176 million gallons spilled into the Gulf. BP attorneys have urged U.S. District Judge Barbier set the figure at nearly 103 million gallons.The amount would be used to calculate any Clean Water Act penalties that BP would have to pay. Using government figures, a maximum penalty if the company is found grossly negligent could total $18 billion. The company's figures would cut that maximum to around $10.5 billion.U.S District Judge Carl Barbier did not say when he will rule.

Local artist designs Taste of Manatee poster

BRADENTON -- The work of James Unger, Liquid Art Designs, will be featured on a limited Edition Poster Commemorating the 27th Annual 27th Taste of Manatee.

The poster 20x30 inches and limited to 200 giclee prints are $30 each.

Unger is currently working on an underwater series using airbrush and ink. For information on his art visit

The Taste of Manatee features more than 20 restaurants offering a taste of their best preparations, live music, a children's stage, arts and crafts. A TIKI Bar tent will feature big screen TV's for the weekend's sports events.

The Taste of Manatee is one of Manatee County's largest public events, attracting 15,000 to 20,000 visitors annually. It helps support many local charities and non-profits in our community.

This year's event will take place Nov. 2-3 beginning at 11 a.m. each day. The event goes until 10 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Orthodontist Matthew S.Baker opens new office

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Orthodonitist Matthew S. Baker has opened his new private practice, Baker Orthodontics, at 5911 North Honore Ave., Suite 222, Sarasota.

Baker has treated more than 1,500 patients since 2006. He has been practicing in the tri-county area since 2008. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and completed an additional two and a half year master's education program in orthodontics at the St. Louis University Center for advanced dental education.

The new office is just off University Parkway and I-75. He will begin practicing full time in the new office starting Nov. 4. The new office is equipped with state of the art digital technology, allowing for quick sharing of models, x-rays, and treatment information.

Baker's practice website is and the office phone number is 941-355-3808.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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