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It seems to us . . .<br> Save the walrus, sell the names, a growing city and diverging paths

WHO DAT?: We have this success to report from the Gulf of Mexico—at last report, not a single walrus has been harmed by oil there.

That's a huge relief, because protection of walruses was noted as a needed goal in the predrilling report BP, and apparently other oil companies, filed with the federal government, which duly rubber-stamped its approval.

Which, because walruses haven't been in the gulf for 300 million or so years, is a pretty good indication a lot of somebodies just weren't doing their job.

We can't wait to see whether the New York Power Authority is that concerned about the walruses of Lake Erie, when it starts studying offshore windmill proposals.

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WHAT'S IN A NAME: It didn't get a lot of notice around here, this being hockey and small-school basketball territory. But a brief but intense game of musical chairs among some big-time college football programs out West was the dominant story for many days just about everywhere beyond Columbus.

When the dust settled, the Big 12 Conference had lost two members. Nebraska moved to the Big 10, which actually had 11 colleges already. (Don't they teach math at these schools?) And Colorado migrated to the Pac 10. Now the conferences should be thinking up new names.

Calling the Big 12 the Big 10 and the Big 10 the Big 12 would be accurate, but dull. And a little confusing to the record- book keepers. Besides, because it's all about money, what the conferences ought to do is sell naming rights, like they do for arenas and even college bowl games.

The American Airlines Conference? The Microsoft Network? The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio? If the champions are going to play each other in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl anyway, why not?

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GARDENS, HO!: We're all for rooftop gardens in general, but the ones at the Broadway Market are especially welcome. Not only do they fit in with the market's food theme, they touch a vein of Polish heritage as well.

Travelers to Poland long have noted the continuing tradition of communal gardens there, plots of land divided by often- colorful fencing into small gardens for townspeople. The market's rooftop isn't as crowded or as colorful as those gardens— yet—but it's nice to see that activity and that outreach to residents who want to tend a patch of soil in the city's sunshine.

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SPLITSVILLE: This week Gov. David A. Paterson, who's looking more gubernatorial by the day, split not only with his hand-picked lieutenant governor but with the deficit- closing report he had Richard Ravitch do. Paterson strongly—and rightly—ruled out borrowing as a budget measure, something Ravitch thought might be a reasonable $2 billion patch.

Ravitch has been complaining he hasn't had as much access to the guv as he thought he might. With advice like that, could be a good thing.

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