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Oil spill developments

CAPPING THE PLUME

A cap placed over the plume was collecting Saturday some of the oil gushing out at an estimated rate of about a half-million to a million gallons a day. The government’s point man for the crisis, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said at a news briefing that the cap had collected about 252,000 gallons of oil in its first full 24 hours of use. The goal is to gradually raise the amount being captured, Allen said.

BACKLASH

BP continued to take hits over its response to the spill. A Florida State League baseball team, the Brevard County Manatees, said it was changing the name of its batting practice so players would no longer have to utter the phrase “BP.” It will now be called “hitting rehearsal.”

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