By: Greg Bluestein and Tamara Lush
By: Greg Bluestein and Tamara Lush

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - It's been 100 days since an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

For the people along the Gulf Coast, life has changed forever. In Louisiana, shop owner Cherie Pete spends her days worrying that fishermen who lined up for po-boys and ice cream may never come back.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has put his wedding on hold to argue with federal officials about the spill response. And in Florida, environmental activist Enid Sisskin has a new story to illustrate the dangers of offshore drilling.

The 100 days since the April 20 explosion have been a gut-wrenching time for folks who work, play and live along the Gulf Coast. It's a sanctuary for some, an employer for others, and now, a tragedy.

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