2. Jonathan Katz: The Wash U. professor was tapped Monday as one of the Obama administration's "best scientific minds" to investigate the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two days later he was dismissed from the committee after revelations that Katz describes himself as "proud homophobe" and describes global warming as "probably good for humanity."
3. Jay Nixon: The Missouri governor made headlines twice this week for his behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. On Wednesday Nixon's appointees to the St. Louis police board orchestrated a coup to replace Todd Epsten as president of the commission over objections of Mayor Francis Slay. Also this week, bicyclists enthusiasts accused Nixon of killing the Tour of Missouri because of a grudge match he has with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.