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Ford, Firestone clash over blame in accidents
■ In a goverment-arranged meeting in
Venezuela to negotiate compensation,
Firestone refused to show up.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. refused to
attend a government-arranged meeting
Wednesday with victims of accidents
involving Firestone tire failures on Ford
Explorers, saying it could not be blamed
for the vehicles going out of control.
Ford Motor Co.’s Venezuelan sub
sidiary did send representatives to the
meeting, and offered to set up a commit
tee to negotiate compensation for vic
tims. Ford said it felt “as betrayed as the
Venezuelan people” by Firestone, which
it said hid information about tire prob
The meeting with some 50 victims,
called by Venezuela’s consumer protec
tion agency, quickly became the latest
battleground for what has become an
open war between the two companies
over who is to blame for at least 150 fatal
crashes worldwide involving Firestone
tires. In many cases the tires were on
Ford contends tread is peeling off the
Firestone tires, causing vehicles to crash.
Firestone contends the Explorer is unsta
ble and its suspension system may have
contributed to tire failure, charges Ford
Although summoned by the govern
ment agency, Bridgestone/Firestone
declined. To attend "would imply an
admission of guilt that is not ours,”
according to Ana Cecilia Colmenarez,
legal director for the company’s sub
sidiary in Venezuela.
Bridgestone/Firestone "has emphati
cally maintained it has no responsibility”
for the accidents, she told the agency’s
director, Samuel Ruh, in a letter.
Colmenarez said the tire company
was cooperating with a government
investigation into the cause of tire
blowouts, allowing a prosecutor to visit a
tire plant in the city of Valencia on
The consumer protection agency’s
legal adviser, Steleo Pebreanez, said
Bridgestone's absence “implies they have
no desire to reach a reconciliation.”
He said the companies must cooper
ate in reaching a settlement with victims,
or would face fines of up to $11,600 for
each victim. The government wants both
companies to compensate a total of 104
victims for deaths, injuries and damage
Japan’s Bridgestone Corp., the parent
of Bridgestone/Firestone, posted 18.90
billion yen, or $172.8 million, in profits
for the six months ended June 30. During
the same period, Ford earned $1.5 billion
on revenue of $87.4 billion.
Ford sent lawyers, its purchasing
manager and about 50 mechanics to the
Andres Mezgradis, legal counsel for
Ford ofVenezuela, urged the accident vic
tims to work with a Ford committee on
quickly determining compensation,
arguing lawsuits could take years to
In a prepared statement, Ford legal
director Irene de Fuentes said “as a seri
ous company,” Ford believed reaching
settlements “is the best way to help those
affected by the problems associated with
Ford also gave the government test
results that “confirmed the stability and
maneuverability of Ford Explorer sport
utility vehicles,” said Ford sales director
“We all know that the problem is with
“Firestone didn’t give us all
the information and we feel
as betrayed as the
Ford sales director
the tires,” Rodriguez said.
"In 1999, while Firestone was assuring
us that the tires had no problems, they
were secretly compiling information and
data about defective tires,” Rodriguez
"Firestone didn't give us all the infor
mation and we feel as betrayed as the
Venezuelan people. It’s time that
Firestone assumes its responsibility and
Venezuela’s Congress is also looking
into the controversy, and two accident
victims gave brief testimony before a
panel that oversees transportation issues.
The panel planned to summon the local
company’s leaders, Jorge Gonzalez of
Firestone and Emanuel Cassingena of
Ford, to testify Oct. 11.
NASA: Discovery launch complex
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -
NASA is holding out hope that
the rain will stop and the sky will
clear before tonight’s planned
launch of space shuttle
Meteorologist John Weems
put the odds of acceptable
launch weather at 60 percent.
“It's just a matter of timing,”
Weems said Wednesday. "I’ve got
Discovery is scheduled to
blast off at 9:38 p.m. today on a
crucial space station construc
tion mission. It will be the 100th
launch for the nearly 20-year
old space shuttle program, a
milestone overshadowed by the
complexity of the flight.
Seven astronauts will attach
steel framework and a docking
port to the international space
station. Four back-to-back
spacewalks are planned.
"It is one of the most com
plex station assembly flights that
we will conduct,” said shuttle
program manager Ron
Even though another battery
has failed inside the station’s
new living quarters, no spares
will fly aboard Discovery -
there’s neither time nor room.
Instead, spares will be launched
on a Russian cargo ship in
November, said space station
manager Robert Cabana.
Six of the eight electricity
producing batteries in Russia’s
Zvezda module are working,
which is more than enough to
support the first permanent
crew, Cabana said. One battery
failed after it was installed bv
shuttle astronauts last month;
the second had to be turned off
by Russian flight controllers ear
lier this week.
The first residents will deal
with the problem after they
move in. NASA astronaut Bill
Shepherd and his two-cosmo
naut crew are scheduled to lift
off aboard a Russian rocket from
Kazakstan on Oct. 30 and arrive
at the space station two days
In the two years that the
space station has been in orbit,
the Russian-made batteries
have been the No. 1 problem.
Boeing engineer Ed
Gholdston blamed poor quality
“They worked awfully fast to
get some of this stuff put togeth
er,” he said. “It was a little too
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWYORK- New Internet
domain address proposed for
next year could simplify Web surf
As the Internet becomes
increasingly clogged, Web users
digging for family friendly sites
might one day be able to type .kids
instead of .com. More lurid mate
rial, on the other hand, might be
found after a search of the suffix
.sex or .xxx.
The new dot addresses could
be in use early next year. The
organization handling the expan
sion expects to announce the list
of new suffixes by Nov. 20, mark
ing the first major growth in more
than a decade.
Adding suffixes to the Internet
is akin to adding area codes to the
national phone system to accom
modate the growing number of
The Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers,
selected by the federal govern
ment in 1998 to handle address
policy for the Web, said Tuesday
that it has accepted 47 proposals
for new domain-name suffixes.
The bidding process ended
Currently, anyone can register
a name ending in .com, .net or
.org if it is not already in use. Four
other suffixes are reserved for spe
cific groups, such as .edu for edu
cational institutions. There are
244 regional suffixes.
Internet registration compa
nies had to pay a nonrefundable
$50,000 application fee, which
they would, in theory, recoup
through fees charged to register
Web sites with the new suffixes.
Nineteen companies submit
ted a plan for three new suffixes,
.info, .site and .web, as global
alternatives to .com, .net and .org.
Other plans proposed split
ting the Internet into separate
channels for kids, businesses and
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MINNEAPOLIS - Firstar
Corp. is buying U.S. Bancorp,
parent of Lincoln’s U.S. Bank,
for about $21 billion in stock in
a deal that would create the
nation’s ninth largest banking
company and extend the con
solidation in the financial serv
The company formed by the
deal announced Wednesday
would have more than $160 bil
lion in assets and operations in
24 Western and Midwestern
states from California to Ohio.
U.S. Bancorp, the holding
company of U.S. Bank, has a
large presence in Nebraska and
Iowa. The deal was expected to
have little or no consumer or
employment impact in the two
states, bank officials told the
ine aeai is me largest m me
financial services industry since
last month’s $35 billion merger
pact between Chase Manhattan
and J.R Morgan.
The dealmaking is driven by
the notion economies of scale
will improve efficiency and pro
duce savings for their cus
tomers. Critics argue the deals
will reduce competition in the
banking industry and drive
financial services fees higher.
The Firstar-U.S. Bancorp
deal has been approved by the
boards of both companies and
they expect it will be completed
in the first quarter of 2001, sub
ject to shareholder and regula
The combined company
will do business under the U.S.
Bancorp name and be head
quartered in Minneapolis,
where U.S. Bancorp is currently
based. Firstar is based in
Under terms of the deal,
Firstar will swap 1.265 of its
shares for each share of U.S.
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price TUesday of $22.25 a share,
that would make the deal worth
$28.15 for each U.S. Bancorp
share, 21 percent more than
U.S. Bancorp’s closing price
Hiesday of $23.19.
Shares of Firstar were down
$3.25 to $19 in late morning
trading Wednesday, while
■ shares of U.S. Bancorp rose 18.7
cents to $23,375.
Jerry Grundhofer, president
and chief executive of Firstar,
will continue in those positions.
“We are both devoted to
high standards of customer
service, and we have a lot of
other strengths to offer each
other in areas ranging from
sales culture to information
technology,” Grundhofer said.
Firstar has about $74 billion
in total assets, nearly 1,200
banking offices and more than
2,200 ATM locations across the
U.S. Bancorp has $86 billion
in assets and operates approxi-,
mately 1,000 banking offices in
the Midwest and West.
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205 Bicycles For Sale
Used men’s bicycle, $20. Call (402) 742-5515,
210 Books For Sale
Literally hundreds of National Geographies,
some collector sets. Call for information on
issues and prices. Call (402) 770-3347.
216 Computers For Sale
Apple iMac, 7 months new, grape, 400MHz
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IBM, Dell, Compaq, Toshiba Laptops. Prices
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PC Software for Sale
Titles include: Magic: The Gathering Encyclope
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Used computers starting at $175 and up. Also,
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220 Furniture For Sale
Brown hide-a-way couch (makes into a bed) and
peach chair. Only $50 for both OBO. Call Jessi
ca after 6pm, or leave message. 402-327-8696.
Full and Queen size mattress sets. New and in
plastic. Never used. 10 years warranty. Retail for
$439 and $639. Sell for $165 for the Full, Queen
Grey Queen hide-a-bed with matching love seat.
Good condition. $200 or best offer. 423-0242
240 Misc. For Sale
Aquarium For Sell
5 Gallon aquapum, excellent condition. Comes
with filter, cleaning tools and water solutions,
rocks, plants and four small, very cute healthy
fish. $35 for all. Total bargain for this complete
setup! Call (402) 770-3347,
King 613 Alto Saxaphone with everything In
cluded. Meyer mouthpiece, orginal case plus
hard gig bag, music stand, instrument stand,
beginning thru advanced music books, padded
neckstraps, and more. Asking $290 OBO. Call
Tim in Lincoln at (402) 423-7882.
Panasonic cordless digital answering machine,
black, excellent condition, one year new. $40.
Call (402) 770-3347,
. Arcade Games
Street Fighter II Champ. Edition and Final Fight
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Mid 70’s Kustom 200w. powered. 6-channel
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Scooters, camoflauge, airsoft pistols, jeans and
much more. 3241 South 13th. 420-5151.
TI-89 Graphing Calculator with manual &
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260 Sporting Goods
Yakima Racks and Accessories. All good condi
tion. Towers, cross bar, bike tray, ski mounts,
and security cable. Towers for car with rain gut
ters (1A- raingutters) $65, Roundbar (crossbar
58”) $30, bike tray (sim. to CopperHead) $60.
PowderHound ski accesory- $50, 6ft. security
cable $15. This is an excellent deal! Call (402)
265 Stereos/TVs For Sale
19" color TV with remote control, $40. 25” color
TV with remote control, $80. Call (402)
742-5515, leave message.
MOVING-NEED TO SELL!!
Great Stereo System, Sony Receiver and
cd-player. Huge Cerwin Vega Speakers. Full
transferable warrantee. $900, want $650 o.b.o.
270 Ticket Exchange
4 seats, row 7 and 3 seats, row 12. Call
402-731-9389, leave message. Cash only.
Two Dixie Chicks tickets, $200 or BO. Call Jill
Will buy up to 6 tickets to Iowa State. Call
290 Vehicles For Sale
‘87 Mercury sable for sale. Very good V6 en
gine,automatic, air condition,cruise,power steel
ing, power mirror, 125k,looks good,runs great.
Asking $1250(a free rio300 mp3 player will go
with the car). Telephone: 474-3047, email:
‘91 Honda Civic DX 2 door hatch back, 5 speed,
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‘96 CHEVY Cavalier Z24, 1 owner,
sound/security system, p/w, p/I, tinted win
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maintenance record, 74K, $8100 obo. Call
1988 Dodge Shadow ES 107K. Black w/ tan in
terior. Good body, runs good. Needs approxi
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$1200. Call 477-7691 for details.
1992 Ford Rannger XLT, Ext Cab, Power Steer
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looks and runs great. $4000 OBO 438-7697.
1995 Ford Probe. Black, leather, sunroof, p/w,
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1993 Pontiac Sunbird, white, excellent condi
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A young, happily married couple with much
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1987 Nissan Sentra station wagon for sale.
Power steering, A/C, AM/FM cassette, 5 speed,
116 K miles. $1200.436-7284.
For Sale: 1994 Mazda Protege DLX. Excellent
condition, A/C, PS, cassette, 4 dr., $3,450.
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Need 31 people who seriously want to lose
weight. Great business opportunity. Flexible
hours. Call (402)730-3745 or 1-888-390-5645.
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365 Legal Services
Auto Accidents & DWI
Other criminal matters, call Sanford Pollack,
And all other criminal and civil matters, call
Franklin E. Miner, 423-4417.
Call Jeffery F. Dean at 435-2424. 24 hour line.
370 Misc. Services
720 Snow Board Shop
New at 720 Snow Board shop: Burton, stocking,
boards, boots, bindings, and accessories from
this great company. Also at 720 Snow Board
shop: Northways, Never Summer, and Drake.
Selected items marked down plus package
deals on boards, boots, and bindings. 720
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mechanic staff is waiting to tune up or upgrade
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Expert repairs on all makes and models with
quick turn-around time. Close to campus, 27th
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life and business, call Jim Wallace at American
Family Insurance, 1340 L St., Lincoln, NE 68508
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