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Situational awareness: Gulf of Mexico operators Chevron, Shell and BP are "evacuating workers from most of their deepwater platforms in response to this hurricane season's first looming disturbance in the area," The Houston Chronicle reports.

Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,267 words, <5 minute read.

Finally, this month marks 45 years since Parliament released "Up For The Down Stroke," so the title cut is today's intro tune...