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Nationally affiliated moving company opens in Medford

Southern Oregon Moving Systems has opened at 2059 Lars Way in Medford.

The business is affiliated with United Van Lines, marking that company's first move into the Medford market.

Charles Amerson, who has 33 years experience in the industry, is the operations manager and Craig Thigpin, with 24 years experience, is the moving consultant.

The phone number is 618-9462.

Magazine features Ashland retirement community

Ashland's Mountain Meadows is featured in the fall/winter edition of Home Building, a special section House Beautiful magazine.

The retirement community is featured in an article about creating homes with a universal design that can be adapted to keep pace with changing needs.

Contamination concerns prompt eye drop recall

WASHINGTON — An Oregon company is recalling eye drops because of fears they may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause severe eye injury, federal regulators said Friday.

Rich Distributing of Portland made the drops, sold under the name Rich's MSM Eye & Ear Drops.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The product was sold in 1-ounce containers over the Internet and at retail locations nationwide. Company spokesman John Rich said slightly more than 100 bottles are in circulation, and customers can return them to the company for a full refund.

An FDA analysis found the drops could be contaminated with yeast and Pseudomonas fluorescens, bacteria that in some cases can cause sight-threatening injury. The FDA urges people who have used the product to contact their physicians.

For more information, consumers can call the FDA consumer information line at 888-463-6332.

Puget Sound housing slump hits fourth straight month

The housing market continued to cool for the fourth straight month in the Puget Sound region, but it doesn't mean prices will be coming down anytime soon.

In July, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 8 percent fewer homes and condominiums sold compared with the same month a year ago in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Skagit and Grays Harbor counties.

That's a continuation of a four-month-long trend.

Decatur plant's Firestone tires failed at higher rate

The recalled Wilderness tires made at Firestone's plant in Decatur, Ill., from 1996 to 1999 failed at a rate more than 10 times greater than the same tires made at all the company's other plants combined, according to an analysis by the Ford Motor Co.

Firestone announced the recall of 6.5 million 15-inch ATX and Wilderness all-terrain tires last week, including all the Wilderness models made at the Decatur plant. It did so after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was investigating Firestone tire failures involved in accidents that killed 46 people and injured 80 others.

The NHTSA records show that of 30 tire failures reported to the federal government on an auto safety hot line that included tire-identification numbers, 20 of the tires were made at the Decatur plant. The failures included 11 crashes that resulted in three deaths and at least 12 injuries.

From staff and wire reports