Lincoln introduces new innovations

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Oil spill spotted

first_img RelatedTask force talks tar balls, public beach restroomsBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS Due to tar washing up in Corpus Christi recently, the General Land Office (GLO) Oil Spill Response Team joined the South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force for its regular meeting Monday. A few weeks ago, the team cleaned up over 200 gallons of…June 12, 2015In “News”Coast Guard responds to diesel spill in Port IsabelPress Staff Report Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) have responded to an oil spill in Port Isabel Wednesday. According to a statement released by the Coast Guard, watchstanders received a report that a towing vessel had hit a dock at the Subsea 7…October 14, 2016In “News”South Padre Island to file claim against BPBy CRISTINA M. GARCIA Special to the PRESS The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill might not have directly washed up on the shores of South Padre Island, but the spill did take some tourism down with it during 2010. “We did get economically impacted by the gulf oil spill,” Mayor…January 12, 2012In “News” By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] 20 gallons of displaced oil was spotted in the water near the South Point Marina around 7 a.m. Tuesday. The spill was quickly contained and cleared by local Oil Spill Prevention and Response Team members with the application of solvents. The Coast Guard insists the incident does not pose a threat to the environment and samples were collected by Texas General Land Office officials (GLO) to determine the source and make of the displaced oil. The area was revisited the following day to be certain all the oil had been removed.Any spotted oil spills should be reported to GLO at 1-800-832-8224.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Florida lineman Rod Johnson has career-ending spine issue

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida offensive tackle Rod Johnson has plans for a new tattoo, one to mark his final day as a football player.Johnson, who had been expected to start for the Gators this fall, instead ended his career Tuesday because of a spine problem.The team released a statement saying Johnson has been diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that prevents enough fluid to gather around the spinal cord. The fluid protects the spinal cord from injury.”Just heartbreaking news on Rod,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said before a speaking engagement Tuesday evening. “It was one of those deals that we wanted to make sure that we got as many opinions as possible to make sure. Just feel horrible for him, and yet at the same time, a blessing that it was kind of discovered through what we kind of thought was probably a stinger.”Johnson experienced numbness in his fingers and hands after he was injured April 3 during a scrimmage. McElwain initially called it a stinger but later said it could be career-threatening. Johnson sat out the final week of practice along with Saturday’s spring game.Johnson posted on his Twitter page Tuesday that he wants a tattoo to remember his final playing day, saying “4/3/15 will tat it on me my last play in the swamp saw that white light when I went down and I stood and walk off the field with pride.”The 6-foot-6, 296-pound Johnson underwent several tests, and Florida’s medical team consulted with specialists before recommending he retire from football.McElwain made it clear Saturday that Johnson’s future was in doubt and he didn’t want to risk further injury.”One thing I’ll tell you this about any player: I will never, ever put him out there in harm’s way,” McElwain said after the spring game. “Life’s too short, man. Ain’t gonna do it. Ain’t gonna do it to a young guy.”Johnson, a third-year sophomore from Delray Beach, made his first career start last season against Kentucky and started two more games.Without him, the Gators have just six healthy scholarship linemen heading into fall camp. Six freshmen offensive linemen are headed to Gainesville this summer, including five-star recruit Martez Ivey, but none of them is sure to help right away.McElwain said Johnson will remain with the program to help with the younger guys.”We’re kind of going through the different things we need to do right now, but I look forward to him being a great influence on these young guys that are coming in,” McElwain said Tuesday. “As they get here this summer, I’ll put him in charge and he’ll work almost as a coach, as a student assistant moving forward. Look forward to him being with us as he continues to get his degree and move forward into that part of his life.”last_img read more