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        Equitable to dole out $970 million for Dominion
    If approved, the merger                    ginia, creating the largest natural gas   rent customer base.                         sumers,” state Consumer Advocate                tion company with 500,000 customers.
                                               distribution company in Pennsylvania.        Because Equitable is a corporate and     Sonny Popowsky said yesterday.                  The Equitable-Dominion merger would
    would create the state s                     Consumers won’t see immediate           civic leader, “a stronger Equitable is         PUC approval can take up to a year,          create a larger company in Pennsylva-
    biggest gas distributor.                   changes in billing or service, but the    great news for Pittsburgh and our re-       as the commission weighs the potential          nia, and the second largest distributor
                                               merger of two of the three largest gas    gion,” said F. Michael Langley, chief ex-   benefits — such as savings or better            in West Virginia.
            BY KIM LEONARD                     distributors in the Pittsburgh region     ecutive of the Allegheny Conference on      service for customers, line or equip-              Equitable owns gas production oper-
               TRIBUNE-REVIEW                  eventually could reduce costs, the com-   Community Development.                      ment improvements that could enhance            ations and reserves throughout Ap-
                                               pany said.                                   The deal is subject to approval by       safety, or access to capital that could         palachia and recently announced plans
  Equitable Resources Inc. said Thurs-           Equitable, headquartered in a new       state and federal regulators. Pennsylva-    lead to upgrades, spokeswoman Jen-              to build a large pipeline in Kentucky
day it will spend $970 million to acquire      building on Pittsburgh’s North Shore,     nia’s five-member Public Utility Com-       nifer Kocher said.                              and Tennessee.
Dominion Peoples Gas and Dominion              would deliver gas to more than 750,000    mission “will only approve it if it will       Philadelphia Gas Works currently is
Hope, its sister company in West Vir-          homes and businesses — triple its cur-    provide benefits for Pennsylvania con-      the state’s largest natural gas distribu-                   SEE EQUITABLE • A6




 House
to probe                                       Bush pitches India deal
                                                                                                                                                                                         He says closer
 cloning                                                                                                                                                                                ties will benefit
  fraud                                                                                                                                                                                   both nations
   A Pitt biologist s                                                                                                                                                                       India gets free reign of
$16M grant award also                                                                                                                                                                      its nuke program for
  will be scrutinized.                                                                                                                                                                     energy or military use.
      BY JENNIFER BAILS                                                                                                                                                                              BY MARK SILVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                          CHICAGO TRIBUNE
          TRIBUNE-REVIEW


   A U.S. House subcommittee                                                                                                                                                              NEW DELHI, India — In securing
plans to conduct a hearing in                                                                                                                                                          a “historic” nuclear agreement with
Washington next week into                                                                                                                                                              India, President Bush is attempting to
faked South Korean cloning re-                                                                                                                                                         convince Americans that recognizing
search, examining whether                                                                                                                                                              the common interests of the once-con-
University of Pittsburgh scien-                                                                                                                                                        flicting nations is crucial to the fu-
tist Gerald Schatten used that                                                                                                                                                         tures of both — including the need to
work to win a $16 million fed-                                                                                                                                                         relieve the pressure that the price of
eral grant.                                                                                                                                                                            gasoline is placing on the American
   “We are going to raise ques-                                                                                                                                                        economy.
tions about what happened                                                                                                                                                                 India, a nation with which the
there,” Michelle Gress, counsel                                                                                                                                                        United States has had frosty relations
                 for the House                                                                                                                                                         for decades, now is emerging as not
                 Subcommittee                                                                                                                                                          only a potential counterweight to the
                 on Criminal                                                                                                                                                           growing influence of China but also as
                 Justice, Drug                                                                                                                                                         an economic power whose embrace of
                 Policy      and                                                                                                                                                       nuclear energy could ease the upward
                 Human Re-                                                                                                                                                             pressure on oil prices. The Bush ad-
                 sources, said                                                                                                                                                         ministration will pursue that argu-
                 Thursday.                                                                                                                                                             ment in its case to persuade Congress
                 “Schatten’s                                                                                                                                                           to approve the pact signed Thursday
                 lab received a                                                                                                                                                        by Bush and Indian Prime Minister
                 very      large                                                                                                                                                       Manmohan Singh.
Schatten                                                                                                                                                                                  The controversy over civilian nu-
                 grant late last
year. That will also be a subject                                                                                                                                                      clear power generation and the po-
area for questions.”                                                                                                                                                                   tential for a continuing nuclear
   Schatten co-wrote what was                                                                                                                                                          weapons buildup in India, a 1 billion-
heralded as a landmark paper                                                                                                                                                           strong democracy soon to become the
published in the journal Sci-                                                                                                                                  JIM YOUNG/REUTERS
                                                                                                                                                                                       world’s most populous nation,
ence last June. In it, a team of                                                                                                                                                       reaches beyond the atomic bomb. It
                                        President Bush and first lady Laura Bush throw flower petals during a ceremony Thursday in honor of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in
researchers led by Seoul Na-            New Delhi.                                                                                                                                                    SEE INDIA • A6
tional University veterinarian
Hwang Woo-Suk claimed to
have custom-designed stem


                                                Grand jury targets                                                                                     Senators tackle task
cells for individual patients
from cloned human embryos
with promising efficiency.
   This purported break-
through raised hopes that sci-
entists would soon develop
powerful stem cell cures for
diseases such as Parkinson’s
                                               Beaver man in slaying                                                                                  of immigration reform
or diabetes.                                A defense attorney says               the Northern District of Ohio,” according                            Frist wants a viable                      Republicans were clearly
   A Korean investigation re-                                                     to a letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney      Bradford: Met                                                 split over President Bush’s call
vealed in January that Hwang                 federal agents want to               Linda H. Barr that was read Thursday in       Moonda s wife
                                                                                                                                                      compromise bill to be                   for a temporary guest worker
and possibly others faked the             indict his client in the death          Beaver County Court.                          in drug rehab          drafted by March 27.                   program, with several saying
data for the paper, which Sci-                                                       The Ohio State Highway Patrol has                                                                        that Congress must first
ence later retracted.                          of a Mercer doctor.                called Bradford “a person of interest” in                              BY DAVE MONTGOMERY                   toughen enforcement of exist-
   The House subcommittee                                                         the slaying of Dr. Gulam Moonda, 69, of                                 KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS            ing laws. “If we go forward on a
has jurisdiction over the U.S.                      BY MICHAEL HASCH              Hermitage, who was shot and killed on                                                                       temporary worker program, our
Department of Health and                               TRIBUNE-REVIEW             May 13 as he, his wife and mother-in-law                             WASHINGTON — The Senate                problems will get worse,”
Human Services, which in-                                                         were driving to Toledo.                                           Judiciary Committee on Thurs-             declared Sen. Charles Grassley,
cludes the National Institutes            The Beaver County man linked to the        Moonda’s widow, Donna, 46, told inves-                         day embarked on the daunting              R-Iowa.
of Health. The NIH awarded a            wife of a millionaire urologist from Mer- tigators that her husband was shot by a                           challenge of crafting an immi-               The committee will work in-
$16.1 million grant to Schatten         cer County is now the target of a federal robber after she pulled off the road on the                       gration bill in an election year,         termittently over the next three
last September to launch an             grand jury investigation into the doc- Ohio Turnpike near Cleveland to change                               exposing sharp divisions over             weeks, adhering to strict march-
ambitious stem cell program             tor’s slaying.                            drivers.                                      Moonda: Killed      how to deal with the more than            ing orders by Senate Majority
                                          Damian Ray Bradford, 24, “has become                                                  May 13 on Ohio      11 million immigrants living in
      SEE SCHATTEN • A7                 the subject of a federal investigation in             SEE MOONDA • A7                   Turnpike            the country illegally.                          SEE IMMIGRATION • A7




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