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Contractors board seeks three new members

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board is looking for three contractors to serve on its policy board.

The state regulating agency's policy board is made up of nine members who hear contested cases between claimants and contractors. The board meets 10 times a year, usually in Salem. Board members serve four-year terms and receive a small stipend plus expenses.

For more information, call administrator Ken Keudell at (503) 378-4621, ext. 4010.

July weekend picked for annual sidewalk sale

The annual downtown Medford sidewalk sale will be held July 28-29, the Heart of Medford Association says.

This year, the sale has been shifted from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday. The downtown association is coordinating the event. For information, call Beth Berghofer at 770-9429.REGION

N.Y. fund pays big bucks for part of Seattle building

SEATTLE — The nation's second-largest public pension fund has bought nearly half of Seattle's tallest skyscraper for more than $200 million.

The New York Common Retirement Fund paid about $210 million for its 49.9 percent share of the Bank of America Tower, formerly known as the Columbia Seafirst Center.

The rest of the 76-story tower still is owned by Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust, a publicly traded real-estate investment trust controlled by Chicago financier Sam Zell and the largest single owner of office and apartment buildings in the Puget Sound area.

Under the deal, announced Friday by Equity Office, the New York state fund will assume a proportionate share of the $195 million in debt owed by the new joint venture, according to Equity Office.

With assets of $127 billion, the fund may also invest $200 million more in Equity Office properties over the next two years.NATION

Greenpeace says Coke's Olympics site isn't cool

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Greenpeace uncapped a formal campaign Thursday against Coca-Cola for undermining the environmental guidelines of the Olympic Games this summer in Sydney, Australia, and for the company's use of hydrofluorocarbon gases. At the Olympic Games site, Coca-Cola will have 1,700 refrigerators that run on global warming HFC gases and only 100 Greenfreeze coolers that comply with Sydney's environmental guidelines.

The group has produced the CokeSpotlight Web site, which provides a comprehensive campaign kit, including stickers, posters, postcards and e-mail images with which to lobby Coca-Cola directly.

Intel program puts kids in the computer picture

NEW YORK — Intel has figured out a way to let kids jump into their computers for fun and games.

Me2Cam snaps a picture of the child, cuts the image from the background, and places it inside one of five backgrounds.

Then the child stands in front of the small digital camera again.

As the computer figure goes down the mountain on a snowboard, the real child can move around in front of the computer image, allowing him or her to slide away from trees or other obstacles.

The package includes the camera with port and software. It sells for less than $70.

A demonstration of the game can be found at

— From staff and wire reports