Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The `Claus & Effect' of Holiday Shoppers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The `Claus & Effect' of Holiday Shoppers

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Holiday shoppers are using the Internet to research holiday purchases but still head to the mall for buying, according to a survey at Crossroads Mall.

"The results of this survey demonstrates the continued strengths of bricks and mortar retailing as savvy consumers turn to the Internet to research holiday purchases," said Christi Parks, marketing director for Crossroads Mall.

Although 89 percent of shoppers won't buy gifts on the Internet this year, 38.7 percent will go online to research mall purchases, according to the survey.

The survey is called "Holiday-ology 1999: The Authoritative Study of Claus & Effect on the American Holiday Shoppers." The survey included 4,500 shoppers at Crossroads and other malls across the country operated by Macerich Co., which has ownership interest in 50 malls.

The survey found an average budget of $903 for gifts and toys and $501 for parties, decorations and travel.

Of the shoppers in the survey, 56.1 percent said they are looking primarily for clothing and accessories and 21.5 percent listed toys, games and video games as their primary gift targets.

While Thanksgiving is considered to open the holiday shopping season, 40 percent of the shoppers said they get a head start with 13.6 percent starting before October.

Then there is the "Scrooge factor" as 7.9 percent said they wait until the week before Christmas to begin shopping.

How to select judges

An Oklahoma County judge wants to see commissions formed that would determine whether sitting trial judges should be retained or have to run in nonpartisan elections.

Voters currently pick trial judges in nonpartisan elections.

Under the proposal by District Judge Niles Jackson, the commissions would be made up of lawyers and lay people. Judges failing to win a commission's endorsement for a new term would have to run on the nonpartisan election ballot. Those getting the endorsement would automatically be retained for a new term.

"It remedies two perceived evils of our system," Jackson said of his proposal.

The first is voters' lack of knowledge about judges, he said.

"The other is a perceived appearance of impropriety of lawyers donating to a judicial campaign and then appearing before that judge to conduct business," said Jackson.

Jackson will make his recommendation today to a special task force, of which he is a member.

Currently, the only retention in judicial elections involves judges of the state Supreme Court, state Court of Criminal Appeals and state Court of Civil Appeals.

These appellate judges run on a retention ballot. Voters decide whether to keep them for another term.

If they aren't retained, the governor is allowed to appoint a new member from a list of nominees submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. But Oklahoma voters have always voted to retain appellate court judges. …

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