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VOL. 116 | NO. 181 | Wednesday, September 18, 2002

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A British judge sentenced a 23-year-old man to four months in prison for playing a video game on his cell phone during a fligh

The University of Memphis hosts the 29th annual Computers in Cardiology meeting Sunday through Sept. 25 at the Cook Convention Center. The conference provides an international forum for scientific presentations focusing on computer applications in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular research. About 250 scientists and students from 39 countries are expected. A symposium, Fibrillation and Fibrosis will highlight the event Sunday. Featured speakers are Peter Spooner, National Institutes of Health director for extramural programs in arrhythmia, ischemia and sudden cardiac death; Mort Arnsdorf, former University of Chicago chief of cardiology; Maddy Spach, Duke University professor of pediatric cardiology; and Andy Wit, Columbia University associate chair of pharmacology. For information, call 678-3733 or visit www.cinc.org.

 

The Department of Childrens Services launched a new Internet magazine, called Kidbits. Visit http://www.state.tn.us/youth/kidbits/index.htm.

 

Levi Strauss introduced a line of S-Fit slacks that offer pockets lined with a special material to protect wearers from possible cell phone radiation. The company said it is not attempting to cash-in on fear about potential health risks, but is responding to consumer concerns. The slacks are scheduled for a February introduction in the United Kingdom and will sell for $68 to $107.

 

Four operating companies of FedEx Corp. were recognized for dedication to exceptional services, reliability and on-time performance in the 2002 Quest for Quality survey. FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Supply Chain Services were among the best providers in their respective categories by readers of Logistics Management and Distribution report. The Quest for Quality survey reflects responses from more than 3,000 buyers of transportation services nationwide.

 

A British judge sentenced a 23-year-old man to four months in prison for playing a video game on his cell phone during a plane flight. Airlines ban the use of cell phones during flights because of concerns such devices interfere with aircraft electronic systems. The man, who was asked three times to turn off the phone, was returning from his honeymoon in Egypt. The judge also recommended airlines confiscate cell phones from boarding passengers.

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