- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2001

N.Y. company bids for US Airways
NEW YORK — A New York-based holding company was to announce an offer for US Airways, which called off its $4.3 billion merger with United Airlines on July 27.
Global Airlines Corp. said yesterday it will offer $1.8 billion, or $27 a share in cash and stock, for Arlington, Va.-based US Airways and assume nearly $8 billion in debt.
Shares of US Airways were up 8 cents to close at $16.88 in trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. The offer represents a 60 percent premium for US Airways.
The offer is valid until midnight tonight, John Scott, a spokesman for privately held Global, said yesterday. He said Global would bypass the airline's board of directors with a tender offer to US Airways' shareholders no later than Sept. 4.
US Airways had no comment about Global's offer.

Civil rights group returns to its birthplace
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Christian Leadership Convention got down to business yesterday with President Martin Luther King III, hoping to erase questions about his leadership of the organization founded by his father after the Montgomery bus boycott in the 1950s.
The organization placed Mr. King, 43, on administrative leave in late June but reinstated him about a week later.
The convention runs through Wednesday and includes a celebration of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act and workshops on voter registration, reparations and racial profiling.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson; Coretta Scott King; former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat; and entertainer Dick Gregory will attend.

Rain helps fight park blaze battle
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Light rain during the night gave firefighters a boost yesterday as they strengthened their attack on a wildfire in Yellowstone National Park.
Firefighters had contained about 25 percent of the fire, up from 15 percent in previous days.
The east entrance had been closed for eight days, and the fire remained half a mile from employee housing.

Father pulls support to clone dead son
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia lawyer says he has withdrawn his support for a French researcher who had offered to clone his dead son, the Sunday Gazette-Mail reported.
Mark Hunt, a Charleston lawyer and former state legislator, said he had lost confidence in researcher Brigitte Boisselier because she became "a press hog." His 10-month-old son died of complications after surgery to correct heart defects in 1999.
Miss Boisselier, a former visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., is scientific director of Clonaid, which advertises cloning services on its Web site for fees of up to $200,000.

U.S. governors want private lands protected
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The National Governors Association yesterday called for new strategies to protect farms, ranches and forests, two days after the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a Republican-led $5.5 billion bailout for farmers.
It was the fourth such rescue in four years.
The NGA report called for a better-funded policy that would coordinate private, state and federal conservation efforts, but it did not give a price tag.

Airline flies sisters to wrong airport
SAN DIEGO — For the second time in less than a month, America West Airlines employees have placed young children traveling alone on the wrong connecting flight.
Krista Spears, 11, and her sister, Sierra, 8, were on their way home to Lakeside, Calif., on Saturday after visiting their father in Texas.
They were supposed to take a connecting flight from Phoenix to Lindbergh Field in San Diego, but ended up at Ontario International Airport, about 100 miles northwest of San Diego.

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