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Channel buys FCC (story down column)
troops will leave Korea DMZ after 50 years
cheats on Mom, she makes him a "special" sandwich
needs more water rate increases
4-year-old found dead in home
rates at another all-time low
Serena booed off court by French
ban here, then gone, will return
clubs in new Austin smoke ban Thanks
want Killer D manhunt files: FBI helped hunt?
consolidation a cozy situation
Center for Public Integrity ... examined the travel records of F.C.C.
employees and found that over the last eight years, commissioners and
staff members have taken 2,500 trips costing $2.8 million that were "primarily"
paid for by members of the telecommunications and broadcast industries.
Channel buys FCC Thanks
WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced
today that it has agreed to be acquired by Clear Channel Communications
(CCU) of San Antonio, Texas.
In announcing the deal, FCC Chairman Michael Powell said "This
transaction will greatly expedite the demise of the antiquated concept
of local ownership of media outlets. Critics of deals such as this need
to understand that Clear Channel embodies all that is good and decent
in the broadcast industry. Anyone that believes otherwise clearly isn't
listening to the news."
In a statement issued today, Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays said "This
acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for Clear Channel. The FCC has
been a wonderful business partner for the past several years, and has
carried out our directions with great enthusiasm. We are proud to welcome
the FCC into the Clear Channel family of companies." Although terms
of the deal were not immediately available, It is said that the acquisition
will include all components, operating units and assets of the FCC,
except for its soul, which was sold in a prior transaction to Satan,
Inc. in 1996.
Clear Channel, which owns broadcast facilities, shopping malls, billboard
advertising, and concert promotion units all across North America, has
been on an acquisition binge for the past several years, and has recently
broadened the scope of its acquisitions to include government entities.
In a recent deal, CCU purchased a 50% interest in the U.S. Congress,
and is reportedly close to striking a deal to purchase The White House.
OF PVT. LYNCH REPORTS
hero tipster gets job as D.C. lobbyist May 1
POW Jessica Lynch has "amnesia" May 5
REAL "Saving Private Lynch" May
Private Lynch story 'flawed' May 15
BBC "one of the most stunning pieces of news management
rejects BBC Lynch report May 20 BBC had reported
the American story of the rescue was "one of the most stunning pieces
of news management ever conceived".
Does the Pentagon
have amnesia on Pvt. Lynch? June 2 Letter from
Dennis J. Kucinich, Ranking Minority Member, Subcommittee on National
Security, to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
votes to double ethanol use
U.S. Senators remind me of that Broadway show tune "She's just a
girl who can't say no" after vote to double the amount of ethanol
in gasoline-- and here come the campaign donations from the corn-growing
convicted of peeing on inmates
To promote a contemplated April Fool's Day festival,
Mayor Gerald R. Sherratt of Cedar City, Utah, published in local papers
a tall tale about how wandering Vikings had left precious ancient
artifacts in a local cave. Most residents seem to have gotten
the joke, but various readers in the nearby town of St. George stepped
forward to lay claim to the supposed treasure found in the cave, several
of them saying "their ancestors had been part of the settlement
and had owned some of the artifacts. ...When Sherratt explained the
whole story was made up to promote the festival, the St. George residents
accused him and other officials of a cover-up." (Paul Rolly
and JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells, "Ad
Flap Is Stranger Than Fiction", Salt Lake Tribune, May 26).