* Joel Achenbach on how both the government and BP are keeping us in the dark on the progress of the Gulf oil disaster.
* The Aral Sea is disappearing.
* 'The legal and moral issues of drone use.'
* Three American cities on the brink of bankruptcy.
* The latest wacky twist in the fight over Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.
* Do today's college students lack empathy?
* Ooh, new exhibit of awesome pictures from space. This might be worth a trip downtown.
* OK, I hate to say it, but this new Nike commercial/short film makes me want to love soccer.
* Good read: retrospective on the strange career twists of the late Dennis Hopper.