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  1. 1. Mail-in ballots require one dollar in postage OUR TOWN PAGE 1 CharlotteSun BUCS PREP FOR SEASON FORD’S WORST QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE AND WEEKLY HERALD The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face plenty of questions as $8.7 BILLION LOSS Layoffs, plant revamping planned. FRONT training camp begins. SPORTS PAGE 1 PAGE 11 AN EDITION OF THE SUN VOL. 116 NO. 207 AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITY DAILY F R I D A Y J U LY 2 5 , 2 0 0 8 www.sun-herald.com 50 cents Charlotte’s real estate ranks as most affordable By BOB FLISS percent off their year-ago pace The Punta Gorda metropoli- markets. June’s sales figures the Punta Gorda-Port Char- CHARLOTTE BUSINESS EDITOR of $199,000. This compares to a tan statistical area — which supported this point — 591 lotte-North Port Association of Charlotte County emerged 16 percent year-to-year drop includes all of unincorporated houses sold, up 4 percent from Realtors. from June as the most afford- statewide, the Florida Associa- Charlotte County — reported 567 in June last year. But “We’ve been on the plus side able residential real estate tion of Realtors reported 196 closed sales in June, Sarasota also posted its lowest since December. That’s obvi- market in Florida, with a Thursday. compared to 292 in May and median price of 2007 — ously not the case now,” median sale price of $141,000. Splitting the difference, it 218 in June a year earlier. And $235,500, down 20 percent Dryburgh said. “But we’re set to At least that’s the optimistic might be accurate to character- the $141,000 median price was from $293,800 in June 2007. pick back up in August, when way of looking at it. ize June as just another month down from $154,600 in May Considering that June is people come down, and have But if you’d rather read a in the local real estate market’s and $199,000 in June 2007. traditionally a slow month to put kids in school and stuff.” disaster narrative, the latest gradual recovery from the post- Sarasota County experi- locally, 196 closed deals in Still, every month from existing home sales figures Hurricane Charley boom in enced somewhat less turbu- Charlotte wasn’t all that bad, show that prices were 29 2005 to the doldrums of 2007. lence than other Florida said Bill Dryburgh, president of REAL | P3 New refineries unlikely It’s unlikely more offshore oil drilling would directly lead to new refineries in Florida — or anywhere REFINERY PROCESS FACTS: • After crude oil is removed from the ground, By NEIL HUGHES Mineral Management it is sent to a refinery by pipeline, ship or STAFF WRITER Service estimates there are barge. At a refinery, different parts of the crude Regardless of whether roughly 3.6 billion barrels oil are separated into usable petroleum oil drilling occurs off the of oil in the eastern Gulf. products. coast of Florida, Libby That’s enough to feed the • Crude oil is measured in barrels (abbreviat- Cheney figures that it’s U.S. oil consumption rate ed “bbls”). A 42-U.S. gallon barrel of crude oil probably a long-shot that of 20.6 million barrels-per- provides slightly more than 44 gallons of Florida will get into the day for roughly six months, petroleum products. This gain from processing refinery business. according to the U.S. the crude oil is similar to what happens to “I sometimes wonder if Energy Information popcorn, it gets bigger after it is popped. it’s not impossible to build a Administration. • One barrel of crude oil, when refined, brand new refinery with Numerous expansions of produces about 20 gallons of finished motor permits,” said Cheney, vice existing facilities have taken gasoline, and 7 gallons of diesel, as well as president of corporate place over the last 30 years, other petroleum products. Most of the support for Shell Oil (and but in that time an entirely petroleum products are used to produce no relation to the U.S. vice new refinery has not been energy. president). built in the U.S. • Other products created from petroleum Assuming drilling takes “There are a number of include propane, ink, crayons, bubble gum, place, and an unexpectedly reasons why a brand new dishwashing liquids, deodorant, eyeglasses, incredible amount of oil is refinery from the ground up records, tires, ammonia, and heart valves. not found in the eastern hasn’t been built since 1976 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Gulf of Mexico, pipelines in Garyville, Louisiana,” that intersect all over the said Bill Holbrook, commu- Gulf floor can easily trans- nications director for the port oil to many of the National Petrochemical & country’s other refineries. Refiners Association. And it’s unlikely any Consider, he said, that AP PHOTO/THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, STEVE UECKERT drilling would result in a estimates for building a new A crane collapsed within the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery, July 18 in Houston, killing four workers and need for drastic refinery injuring seven others in the latest of several fatal accidents that have raised concerns about the safety of expansions. The U.S. REFINERIES | P4 construction cranes. Memo: ‘Good faith’ Should the votes protects against of dead people torture charge By PAMELA HESS and LARA JAKES JORDAN approved the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques be counted? ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER By DEBORAH HASTINGS tion, raising new questions method by method, but AP NATIONAL WRITER about an age-old phenome- WASHINGTON — The warned that if the circum- non normally associated stances changed, interroga- If you vote by mail, but die Justice Department in 2002 with chicanery in places like tors could be running afoul before Election Day, does told the CIA that its inter- your vote count? It depends Chicago: What should be rogators would be safe from of anti-torture laws. done with the ballots of the The Aug. 1, 2002 memo on where you lived. prosecution for violations of Oregon counts ballots no recently dead? anti-torture laws if they signed by then-Assistant Laws in at least a dozen matter what happens to the believed ‘in good faith’ that Attorney General Jay Bybee states are evenly split voter. So does Florida. But in harsh techniques used to was issued the same day he between tallying and dump- South Dakota, if you die break the will of prisoners, wrote a memo for then- ing the votes. No one keeps before the election, so does including waterboarding, White House Counsel AP PHOTO your vote. records on how often such would not cause “prolonged Alberto Gonzales defining Increasingly popular mail- deaths occur. torture as only those 88-year-old Florence Steen votes for Hillary mental harm.” Rodham Clinton at the Rapid City Regional in ballots mean voters can Yet in this year’s The newly released but Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House in Rapid City, SD now choose candidates up heavily censored memo MEMO | P4 on April 29, 2008. Steen died on Mother's Day. to 60 days before an elec- DEAD | P3 INDEX| FRONT: Nation 2,8,9 | State 6,7 | World 9, 10,17 | Business 11-16 | Weather 18 | TV Grid 18 | OUR TOWN: Police Beat 3 | Obituaries 5 | Crossword 12 | Abby 13 Daily Edition 50¢ High Low WINNING HORSE CHARLIE SAYS ... Can I get sued for saying my socks cost 92 74 Partly sunny with a storm. Gene Gage of Punta Gorda recently won a APHA World Champi- on title in Fort Worth, Texas, with her horse Helens Reflection. OUR TOWN PAGE 1 50¢? 7 05252 00025 8 Send suggestions to charliesays@sun-herald.com
  2. 2. Front Page 2 D/E/N/C www.sun-herald.com NATIONAL NEWS The Sun /Friday, July 25, 2008 | NATION Texas begins cleanup after Dolly Feds: Mine operator HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) many lives. Even so, there Rain and wind from courted danger — Residents across south will be substantial cleanup: Dolly probably doomed Texas slogged through President Bush declared much of the cotton crop in PRICE, Utah — The knee-deep muddy waters, south Texas a disaster area Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. operator of a collapsed tiptoed around downed to release federal funding About 92,000 acres of Utah mine violated safety power lines and dug to 15 counties, and insur- cotton in the region was protocols by cutting coal through debris Thursday, ance estimators put the awaiting harvest but pillars that should have but were thankful that losses at $750 million. driving rains and high been left standing to Hurricane Dolly didn’t By Thursday afternoon, winds knocked bolls to the prevent cave-ins, federal pack the wallop they had with the storm’s maximum ground, making them regulators said Thursday. feared. sustained winds blowing unsalvageable, Texas Agri The officials said a Downed power lines around 35 mph, forecast- Life Extension agent Rod subsidiary of Ohio-based remained the greatest ers downgraded Dolly to a Santa Ana said. Sorghum Murray Energy Corp. danger, and South Texas tropical depression. The acres damaged by rain in undermined other pillars officials urged people to storm was expected to early July also could be by excavating coal from stay home one more day tunnel floors. They also break up by Friday. doomed, he said. “unless it’s life or death.” faulted the company’s One person in Matamoros, engineering firm, Agapito Mexico, died from electro- HARDEE/DESOTO ENGLEWOOD Associates Inc. of Grand cution after walking past a Junction, Colo., for con- CIRCULATION CIRCULATION power line on the ground. ducting a flawed evalua- Residents picked up the Customer Service Customer Service tion of mining dangers. pieces of their houses and 863-494-2434 941-681-3000 The agency is fining businesses blown apart by Fax: 863-494-3533 Fax: 941-681-3008 Murray Energy $1.6 million AP PHOTO the storm. But as dry skies info@sun-herald.com and Agapito $220,000 for spread over the region, Jose Luis Ramirez walks through his home after the Classified Classified the disaster, he said. winds from Hurricane Dolly tore off the roof, Thursday, they were struck by relief in the Laureles area of Cameron County, Texas. that the storm didn’t take 863-494-2434 941-475-2200 Vast oil, natural gas Fax: 863-494-3533 Fax: 941-485-3036 reserves in Arctic WASHINGTON — Some 90 billion barrels of oil Cavers chart ‘snowy’ NORTH PORT CIRCULATION CHARLOTTE CIRCULATION and a third of the world’s undiscovered natural gas lie beneath an area north river of crystals Customer Service 941-429-3000 Customer Service 941-206-1300 of the Arctic Circle, FORT STANTON by members of the Fort Fax: 941-423-2318 Fax: 941-629-2085 government scientists CAVE, N.M. 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A closer examina- say they’ve seen nothing Stanton Cave, N.M., on July 3. world’s recoverable oil and tion reveals that the odd else like it. Early studies natural gas reserves, the formation is an intricate point to its uniqueness: USGS says: 13 percent of the oil, 30 percent of crust of tiny calcite Already, some three IS YOUR A/C RUNNING crystals. dozen species of OUT OF STEAM? .. natural gas and 20 percent The explorers have microbes previously of natural gas liquids. reached Snowy River — unknown to science j thought to be the have been uncovered. 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Ask for details. devices this month, don’t even know how big such activities as mining triggering an investigation it is,” said Jim Goodbar, that threaten the water by military and National a cave specialist with the flows that created the Security Agency experts, the Air Force said Thursday. federal Bureau of Land Management. cave. It also might generate funding for Quality The probe found that The survey expedition scientific research. Control Air, Inc. the missile launch codes air conditioning & duct cleaning conditining were not compromised, but the July 12 incident Sun Newspapers 941-766-1AIR 348325 comes on the heels of a series of missteps by the MEMBER of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (1247) Air Force that had already put the service under President..........................................Derek Dunn-Rankin................941-206-1001 intense scrutiny. 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  3. 3. Friday, July 25, 2008/ The Sun FROM PAGE ONE www.sun-herald.com D/E/N/C Front Page 3 REAL: Charlotte County ranks high on the affordable housing list FROM PAGE 1 are about as low as have some confidence market, Dryburgh noted. sive price cutting is tive delegation and is a they’re going to go,” will be able to pay them At the opposite necessary to clear the Cape Coral homebuilder December through May Dryburgh said. back. extreme was Lee County, market. and real estate broker in topped its year-earlier Two of the three That leaves interest which turned its June “The banks have in private life. He noted that month in terms of houses elements needed to rates, and it’s here that sales volume around in a many cases gotten his own firm managed to sold, according to the restore balance to the Dryburgh sees some big way — 719 sales, or 29 access to properties that sell about $20 million in Realtors figures. And local real estate market room for action by the percent more than the were in default or that property over the last Dryburgh noted that it’s are already in place, Federal Reserve. The 588 houses sold in June, the banks were willing to quarter, which he charac- no accident that in all Dryburgh added. Sellers current mid-6 percent 2007. To achieve this negotiate over via short terizes as an encouraging these months, local have cut prices. Banks range for fixed 30-year volume, the median price sales,” he said. “It looks increase over last year sellers cut their prices have money to lend — all mortgages is scaring off had to drop 32 percent, like everyone has gotten and another bit of evi- more than the statewide the more so since the some potential buyers. from $253,900 to realistic about the right dence that the local average. subprime mortgage Get this down to the $172,400. pricing, and everyone’s market has bottomed out “What I’m noticing market is dead and upper 5 percent range State Rep. Gary Aubu- responding.” and will continue to now is that they’ve pretty lenders will only advance and many more buyers chon, R-Cape Coral, Aubuchon chairs the improve. well bottomed out, and money to people they would get into the explained that the aggres- Charlotte County legisla- E-mail: bfliss@sun-herald.com F R E E ON L I N E DEAD: Should the votes of the deceased count after they’re gone? 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  4. 4. Front Page 4 D/E/N/C www.sun-herald.com FROM PAGE ONE The Sun /Friday, July 25, 2008 BUS Where are America’s oil refineries located? 50 Cent sues Taco Bell NEW YORK — 50 Cent has sued Taco Bell, claiming the fast-food restaurant chain is using his I lb .0 0 O Q name ? without permission in advertising that asks him to call himself 99 Cent. G IX The rapper 50 CENT says in a federal , lawsuit filed Wednesday that S/ i the Mexican-themed chain C7 features him in a print ad asking him to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 01 0 . . 99 Cent. His real name is Curtis Jackson. The rapper’s court papers say the ad is part of Taco Bell’s “Why Pay More?” campaign, which promotes items for under a dollar, including Cinnamon Twists for 79 cents, Crunchy Tacos for 89 cents and Bean Burritos for 99 cents. More than 250,000 barrels per day The papers say the Irvine, Calif.-based company sent a 100,000 to 249,000 barrels per day bogus letter requesting the 50,000 to 99,000 barrels per day name change to the news 10,000 to 49,000 barrels per day media but not to the rapper. The rapper’s lawyer, Peter D. Fewer than 10,000 barrels per day Raymond, said his client didn’t learn about the letter or that he was featured in the ad campaign until he saw a news Alabama Hawaii Minnesota Oklahoma West Virginia report about it. Raymond said Three refineries processing Two refineries processing Two refineries processing Six refineries processing One refinery processing 148,700 barrels per day 147,500 barrels per day 335,000 barrels per day 488,700 barrels per day 19,400 barrels per day his client is seeking $4 million in damages. Alaska Illinois Mississippi Pennsylvania Wisconsin Taco Bell Corp. spokesman Six refineries processing Four refineries processing Four refineries processing Five refineries processing One refinery processing 375,900 barrels per day 896,000 barrels per day 364,800 barrels per day 775,000 barrels per day 33,000 barrels per day Rob Poetsch issued a state- ment saying: “We made a Arkansas Indiana Montana Tennessee Wyoming good faith, charitable offer to Two refineries processing Two refineries processing Four refineries processing One refinery processing Five refineries processing 76,800 barrels per day 433,000 barrels per day 180,000 barrels per day 158,000 barrels per day 50 Cent to change his name to 375,900 barrels per day either 79, 89 or 99 Cent for one California Kansas New Jersey Texas day by rapping his order at a 21 refineries processing Three refineries processing Six refineries processing 26 refineries processing Taco Bell, and we would have 2,117,201 barrels per day 303,200 barrels per day 728,000 barrels per day 4,925,500 barrels per day been very pleased to make the Colorado Kentucky New Mexico Utah $10,000 donation to the One refinery processing Three refineries processing Two refineries processing Five refineries processing .......................................... . charity of his choice.” 90,000 barrels per day 423,000 barrels per day 91,800barrels per day 163,600 barrels per day Delaware Louisiana North Dakota Virginia ALMANAC One refinery processing 16 refineries processing One refinery processing One refinery processing Today is Friday, July 25, the 175,000 barrels per day 2,945,800 barrels per day 60,000 barrels per day 58,600 barrels per day 207th day of 2008. There are 159 Ohio Washington Georgia Michigan days left in the year. One refinery processing One refinery processing 4 refineries processing Five refineries processing SUN MAP BY JOSH OLIVE 28,000 barrels per day 100,000 barrels per day 551,400 barrels per day 618,000 barrels per day Source: Wikipedia Today in history On July 25, 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast. 51 REFINERIES: Offshore oil drilling may not lead to new facilities FROM PAGE 1 would take years to break tion Administration. purgatory for years, wise move. people were killed. even on. And although no new although neither facility “Why would we want refinery suggest it would “There’s not a big facilities have been built, has a traditional big oil to invest billions of On this date take 10 to 15 years. incentive just for compa- expansions on existing company behind it. dollars annually in In 1868, Congress passed an “A lot of the impetus nies to go out philan- refineries have, for the But perhaps the largest expanding capacity,” act creating the Wyoming Territory. behind expanding thropically and build a last decade, produced the obstacle in building new Holbrook said, “only to In 1943, Benito Mussolini was capacity in the United refinery,” Cheney said. equivalent capacity of facilities is the fact that no have that abandoned 10 dismissed as premier of Italy by States through expansion Rising oil prices have one new large-scale one wants a refinery in years down the road Victor Emmanuel III, and placed projects at existing led to a steep decline in refinery per year, said his back yard. perhaps?” under arrest. (However, Mussolini facilities has purely been margins at refineries over Joanne Shore, a senior Enough pipelines have But with petroleum the was later rescued by the Nazis, and a matter of time,” he said. the past two quarters, petroleum analyst for the been put in place in the key ingredient behind re-asserted his authority.) “It gets product to Holbrook said. U.S. Energy Information U.S. that transporting oil everything from gasoline In 1946, the United States consumers faster than it “We’re the first to bear Administration. to a far-away refinery is to lipstick, it’s unrealistic detonated an atomic bomb near would be to build one the brunt of high crude “In general, it makes not a major concern. For to expect that U.S. Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first from the ground up.” prices,” he said. “We’ve more economic sense for example, oil drilled in dependence on oil will underwater test of the device. Another problem: got to buy the oil to make refiners to expand Alaska is sent to refineries subside anytime soon. In 1952, Puerto Rico became a Refineries require a huge the gasoline.” existing refineries,” Shore in California. “There’s still going to self-governing commonwealth of investment and don’t Thirty-two out of 50 said. And with rising oil be an incredible demand the United States. yield high profit margins, states currently have oil That’s not to say that prices fueling the current for our product,” Hol- In 1963, the United States, the Cheney said. Much like refineries in them. some companies aren’t political push to invest in brook said. “This country Soviet Union and Britain signed a with the time factor, it Together, they can trying to build new alternative energy is nowhere near close to treaty prohibiting the testing of makes more economic produce 17.4 million facilities. Proposed sources, oil companies replacing the hydrocar- nuclear weapons in the atmos- sense to expand existing barrels per calendar day refineries in South are left to wonder bon molecule.” phere, in space or underwater. facilities rather than make of crude oil, according to Dakota and Arizona have whether continuing oil In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the a major investment that the U.S. Energy Informa- been in permitting refinery expansions is a E-mail: nhughes@sun-herald.com first “test tube baby,” was born in Oldham, England; she was conceived through in-vitro fertilization. MEMO: Interrogators told they would be safe from prosecution FROM PAGE 1 tion Act starting in 2004, The new documents employed, the identities prove they were tortured Today’s birthdays when the Abu Ghraib indicate that senior Bush of those present” and or coerced. Actress Barbara Harris is 73. “extreme acts” that cause prison abuse scandal administration officials other factors. “They will be very Rock musician Verdine White is pain similar in intensity to revealed detainee mis- were aware of the contro- Tenet’s memo also interested to know that 57. Singer-musician Jem Finer is that caused by death or treatment. Thursday’s versial and potentially authorized the use of document identifies 53. Model-actress Iman is 53. organ failure. That memo release adds to the problematic use of both “enhanced tech- techniques, how long Cartoonist Ray Billingsley was later rescinded by the growing record of the still certain interrogation niques” and “standard they were used and the (“Curtis”) is 51. Country singer Justice Department. secret program launched methods, including techniques,” and said names of the agents who Marty Brown is 43. Actor Matt Waterboarding is a after the Sept. 11 terrorist waterboarding. no other methods inflicted the torture,” ........................................... LeBlanc is 41. form of simulated drowning that critics call attacks. The new Bybee memo In a second memo, dated Jan. 28, 2003, then- could be used “unless otherwise approved by Jaffer said. “It is very important to those NEWS OF torture. CIA Director was obtained by the CIA Director George headquarters.” tribunals.” THE WEIRD Michael Hayden banned American Civil Liberties Tenet authorized CIA Jameel Jaffer, director A third document waterboarding in 2006 Union, along with two officers to interrogate a of the ACLU’s national released by the ACLU All-points bulletin but government officials other previously unre- terror suspect using an security project, said the Thursday is undated but Police in Osaka, Japan, have said it remains a leased documents “enhanced technique” Tenet document suggests likely was written in 2004, mobilized in January to possibility if approved by dealing with the CIA’s and ordered a record to the CIA at least contem- well after the last con- apprehend fugitive Hirofumi the attorney general, the interrogation program. be kept of it as the plated “super enhanced” firmed use of water- Fukuda, 27, who was wanted CIA chief and the The Bybee memo specifi- interrogation was hap- techniques that went boarding against a CIA for assaulting an officer . By president. cally approved proposed pening. It was not clear beyond waterboarding. prisoner. It addresses a the end of the two-hour Bush administration interrogation techniques whether such a record He also said the planned interrogation, episode, a helicopter and memos authorizing that were devised for use would be taken via notes, interrogation records, if saying that it should go 460 patrol cars, involving interrogation techniques against al-Qaida suspects videotape or audiotape, released, could be used forward only with the 2,240 law-enforcement have been leaked to the who were resistant to but it was to include the as evidence by defen- clear understanding of all officers, were on the case. press and released under traditional questioning “nature and duration of dants in military tri- policies pertaining to the — From wire reports the Freedom of Informa- methods. each such technique bunals at Guantanamo to treatment of prisoners.
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