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QUOTE OF THE WEEK [8/16/2010] 

  "I don't care how many scientists BP buys. That oil did not disappear." — Director Spike Lee, responding to media reports that 74 percent of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico had dispersed or vanished. Lee's newest documentary, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, looks at New Orleans and the Gulf Coast five years after Hurricane Katrina.

  "I got lambasted by the Coast Guard and NOAA when we said there was undersea oil." — University of South Florida marine sciences dean William Hogarth, adding that some in the government ordered his group to retract the finding. Vernon Asper, an oceanographer at the University of Southern Mississippi, which found the same result independently, said NOAA "responded by trying to discredit us. It was just a shock." The Coast Guard had no comment on the allegations.

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