Dispatches: No Herring. Care for a Lawyer?

No Herring. Care for a Lawyer?

The vast schools of herring that normally return to Alaska's Prince William Sound this time of year didn't show up. Nor did they return last spring. Here's what's showing up in their stead: dozens and dozens of attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, biologists, economists and officials of the Exxon Corp. They are settling in for the summer to write the final chapter in the story of the nation's largest oil spill, which began in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 11 million gal. of inky black crude into the pristine Prince William Sound.

What is known in Anchorage as "the little...

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