- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2002

Electricity prices climb with heat
SACRAMENTO After a mild spring, California power officials are bracing for electricity prices to soar next week as an expected heat wave sweeps the state's inland valleys.
Temperatures are expected to reach 107 degrees there early next week, and "prices are definitely going to be up," said Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for the California Independent System Operator, the agency that operates the state's power grid.
Prices already are rising along the Oregon-California border in anticipation of hot temperatures across the West, Miss McCorkle said yesterday.

Government to add patrols in airports
The new government agency responsible for airline security said yesterday it will place armed law enforcement officers uniformed and plainclothes throughout the public areas of airports.
The Transportation Security Administration made the announcement in response to a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday when three persons, including the gunman, were killed.
"This incident, even if isolated and regardless of motive, emphasizes that we cannot be complacent about any of the security measures that we put in place at our airports and at the other modes of transportation," the TSA said in a statement.

Man charged in fake calls for help
GAINESVILLE, Fla. A Florida man was charged with faking more than 1,100 calls to 911, tying up emergency service lines for two days.
Michael A. Holmes, 20, placed the calls June 30 and Monday because he was bored, an Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
He was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony extortion and misuse of 911 emergency communications.
"We normally have 190 cell phone calls in a 24-hour period. One night, he gave us over 800," said Sgt. Keith Faulk. "If something really bad had happened, this could have kept somebody from getting help."

Town keeps wary eye on rival bikers
SAN FRANCISCO Law enforcement officers were out in force yesterday to avert any clashes among rival motorcycle gangs as more than 70,000 bikers were expected to rumble into rural Hollister, Calif., for their annual Independence Rally.
Three bikers were killed and a dozen were wounded when Hell's Angels and the rival Mongols battled during a motorcycle rally at a casino in Laughlin, Nev., in April.

Jackson hits treatment of black artists
NEW YORK The self-ordained King of Pop Michael Jackson lashed out at the music industry's treatment of black artists including himself in an appearance yesterday with New York civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"The record companies really do conspire against the artists," Mr. Jackson, 43, told an adoring crowd of around 350 people inside Mr. Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. "Especially the black artists."
The former boy wonder of the Jackson Five said generations of black musicians have been hurt and manipulated by profit-grabbing record companies, and called attention to his own dispute with label Sony Music.
"When you fight for me, you're fighting for all black people, dead and alive," Mr. Jackson said.


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