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2008-07-01 09:00:45

By Jim Stafford, The Oklahoman Jul. 1--The second quarter stock performance of Tulsa-based Syntroleum Corp. might best be compared with a small speedboat that can reverse direction quickly. Syntroleum completed an abrupt about-face in the direction of its stock price in the quarter ending Monday, claiming a 167.2 percent increase from March 31 to June 30, rising to $1.71 from 64 cents since March 31. That made Syntroleum the state's top performing stock in terms of the percentage of...

2008-07-01 09:00:07

By Jim Stafford, The Oklahoman Jul. 1--The obituary for Windows XP was written more than a year ago, but Microsoft Corp. showed some mercy on millions of users and computer sellers by delaying the euthanizing of the computer operating system until Monday. What Microsoft's action means is that computer sellers will no longer be able to include copies of XP on the new computers they sell. Instead, users will receive Windows Vista, the much-maligned new operating system that earned almost...

2008-06-30 09:03:18

By Wendy K. Kleinman, The Oklahoman Jun. 30--More than 1,000 middle and high school students in Oklahoma take classes online, with some earning their diplomas solely through virtual schoolwork. The students' options include online high schools offered by a charter school, a local company, a public school district and a university. "One thing we know is that we can't make all students fit into one model. We've got to be able to adapt our teaching models," said Jeff Elliott, president of...

2008-06-28 12:02:36

By James S. Tyree, The Oklahoman Jun. 28--NORMAN -- Decontaminating a civilian population to thwart a public health calamity is not as easy as it may sound. It's a lesson that Norman Regional Hospital employees learned this week during a training exercise. Medical staff donned protective suits and masks while "decontaminating" volunteers who pretended to have various levels of exposure to hazardous materials. "It's surprising how much we actually have to do," said Heather Warden, an...

2008-06-27 12:03:04

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jun. 27--Quest Resource Corp. is stepping into the Appalachia natural gas field in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Company officials call the move significant for several reasons. First, it establishes the company outside its traditional operational area of the Cherokee Basin, located in northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. Second, it gets Quest into a significant position within the Marcellus Shale, a source of natural gas in the field, because it is...

2008-06-27 12:03:03

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jun. 27--Cheaper power. This drives the rationale behind plans by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the Oklahoma Municipal and Grand River Dam Authorities to buy the Redbud Energy's power plant, just outside Luther. The plant owner -- Kelson Energy Inc. -- is selling the plant to those entities for an estimated $852 million in a deal that should close late this year. The 1,220 megawatt plant, which became operational in 2004, was built for $750 million....

2008-06-27 12:02:56

By Debbie Blossom, The Oklahoman Jun. 27--A longtime local manufacturer that for decades focused on making replacement refrigeration compressor parts has expanded its southeast Oklahoma City plant to include production of custom-made products. A 40,000-square-foot addition to the CMP Corp. plant at 4101 SE 85 now houses CMP Custom Manufacturing, which will produce specialty compressor parts for the oil, medical and electronic industries, said Ben Harrison, president and chief operating...

2008-06-27 12:02:35

By John David Sutter, The Oklahoman Jun. 27--An emergency cleanup continues in Osage County after more than 10,000 gallons of oil spilled into a tributary of Skiatook Lake earlier this month. Tulsa's drinking water, some of which comes from the lake, has not been affected by the spill, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An agency report also says fish and birds appeared not to be hurt by the incident. The spill was reported June 16. According to...

2008-06-26 12:03:20

By Debbie Blossom, The Oklahoman Jun. 26--Concerns that Oklahoma could face the same shortage of skilled emergency medical services personnel seen in other parts of the country have prompted the state's largest emergency medical services employer to boost its pay and benefits. Earlier this month, Texas-based Paramedics Plus Inc. increased salaries, provided retention bonuses and implemented a revamped paramedic training program to help recruit and retain paramedics, emergency medical...

2008-06-26 12:03:13

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jun. 26--TULSA -- Favorable prices for commodities prompted The Williams Cos. on Wednesday to announced it increased its profit and per-share earnings guidance for 2008 and 2009, the company said. The company now expects profits for 2008 in the range of $3.1 billion to $3.65 billion, from an earlier estimate of $2.5 billion to $3 billion. Per-share earnings in 2008 were revised from $1.70 to $2.10. And guidance for 2009 included expecting earnings of $2.9...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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