Testimony Thursday in the Kansas City, Kan., federal retrial of former Westar Energy executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake recalled a forgotten fact â€” that in the summer of 1998, Westar tried to buy the Kansas City Royals. This was just before the same company, then known as Western Resources, started making headlines for piling up $3 billion in debt, grappling with regulators, feuding with Wichita over rate parity and failing at two merger attempts. Had Westar gotten into the baseball business, quipped Eagle columnist Mark McCormick, “At the night games, you’d have to be putting coins in the machine to keep the lights on.”
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