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Articles from December 27, 2001

At Peace with Marketing Kitsch
MINNEAPOLIS (NYT) -- It is not unusual for people walking the sidewalks of this city's Nicollet Mall to have what Ardella Pieper calls "a Mary Tyler Moore moment." She had one last year. While walking with a friend past the places where Moore's famous...
Collecting Criminal Fines
Does the civil statute of limitations apply to prevent the state from enforcing a defendant's criminal fines and court costs previously assessed upon conviction?This question was raised by a defendant recently in the District Court of Oklahoma County....
Consumers Enjoy Lower Energy Prices
The inversion of energy markets over the past year has brought an end to the frantic "money game" played by bookkeeper Sharon Perrigo at St. Bernard Parish in Omaha, Neb. When huge natural gas bills arrived last winter, Perrigo delayed payments and shuffled...
Custom Wheeling and Dealing
Trevor Turner is one of those lucky people who has developed a business around his passion. He builds, installs and sells suspension equipment to turn normal cars into street rods by lowering them on the chassis....
Devon May Have Problem Selling Assets
HOUSTON -- Devon Energy is about to complete the last of the takeovers that have made it one of the largest independent oil companies, but now it has another mountain to climb.The company wants to sell some $1.5 billion worth of properties at a time...
Enthusiasts Work to Boost Interest in Will Rogers
CLAREMORE -- In a spacious hillside museum, reminders of Will Rogers' death 66 years ago are kept in a small, out-of-the-way room, leaving more space for memorabilia on his life. Nearly 10 years since a Broadway play about Rogers and a spate of books,...
Gas Pipelines Now Stand as Enron's Main Assets
HOUSTON -- Enron began life as a natural gas pipeline company saddled with heavy debt, and it could end up in much the same form after it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.The decimated company likely will try to rebuild with its pipelines as the main...
How Can We Protect Our Nation from Smallpox?
As the anthrax scare is crowded off the front pages and replaced by the recent events in Afghanistan, the specter of biological warfare seems to be fading.However, intense discussion remains in the public health arena as to what credible threats are...
Inheriting Money from Your Parents: It's Not as Easy as You Might Think
NEW YORK -- It's a topic that makes some baby boomers feel squeamish but fills others with anticipation: inheriting their parents' estates. No matter how they view coming into money when their parents die, adult children need to be prepared. Financial...
Investment Bankers Reel from a Bad Year That Ended Terribly
NEW YORK -- The end of 2001 couldn't come fast enough for the investment bankers who get generous fees for cutting multibillion- dollar mergers and acquisitions deals. In a year of plummeting dealmaking activity both globally and in the United States,...
Lawmakers Seek Ideas for State Property Tax Relief
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Two House members have asked county assessors for ideas "beyond the ordinary" for improving participation in state property tax relief programs."We would like the benefit of any unique and unusual efforts that county assessors have...
OBA Takes CLE Seminars to the Net
The Oklahoma Bar Association has established online continuing legal education seminars.According to the OBA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission, OBA members may now include one to three hours of online learning to satisfy mandatory continuing...
OKC Legal Briefs: December 27, 2001
The Oklahoma Bar Association has established online continuing legal education seminars.According to the OBA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission, OBA members may now include one to three hours of online learning to satisfy mandatory continuing...
Roberts Family Gains Power with Cable Merger
PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Roberts was a toddler in 1963 when his father, Ralph, started in the cable business with the purchase of a 1,200-subscriber cable system in Tupelo, Miss. Nearly 40 years later, the Roberts family, with Brian steering Comcast Corp.,...
State Holiday Retail Spending Tops National Average
A pre-Christmas surge in spending boosted same-store retail sales for the holiday shopping period 2.8 percent in Oklahoma.The increase in Oklahoma exceeded the 2.2 percent increase nationwide over the same period last year, according to TeleCheck Services,...
Surprise Sales Reports Lift Stock Barometers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stronger-than-expected holiday sales at Wal- Mart and Yahoo! sent stocks climbing Wednesday as investors allowed themselves to feel a little more optimistic about consumer spending and in turn, the economy. But Wall Street's enthusiasm...
Wounded Retailers Brace for Shakeout
NEW YORK -- Stung by a slowdown in sales that only worsened after Sept. 11, retailers are nervous not just about getting through the holiday season and into the new year. They're worried about what comes next: an expected slew of consolidations and store...
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