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Custom Body Art moves to Court Street location

Custom Body Art has moved to a new Medford location.

Owner/artist Steve Anderson has relocated his tattoo and body-piercing business to 1039 Court St. The 5-year-old business is in a new building constructed by Ronda Construction of Medford. The studio is open noon-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 857-9866.

Southern Oregon Film and Video shifts to Sixth Street

The Southern Oregon Film and Video Association has a new headquarters. The association's new home is 222 W. Sixth St., Medford. Ken Westcott is manager. Call 858-5895 or visit . The association will show free weekly movies at the Holly Theater at Sixth and Holly beginning Oct. 16.

Medford health college offers 4 new programs

Northwestern College of Health Care in Medford is offering four new certificate programs: pharmacy technician, paramedical insurance examiner, medical bill/reimbursement specialist and medical office support specialist.

The college's programs run seven to 36 weeks; the next term begins Oct. 16. All programs are licensed by the Oregon Department of Education.

For registration or counseling information or appointments, call Richard Torgerson at 858-0616.

Mac users should find lots to like in new Office 2001

Mac fans who are feeling down about Apple Computer's recent stock market tumble, take heart: Microsoft has a little something to lift your spirits.

Yes, Office 2001 for the Mac ($500, $300 upgrade from Office 98) is scheduled to hit store shelves this week, in a snazzy package that looks like a cartoon clamshell. To run it, Microsoft recommends a PowerPC machine with at least 120 megahertz clockspeed, 32 megabytes of RAM, 75 MB of hard disk space and system 8.1.

The beauty here reaches beneath the surface. Microsoft has outdone itself with this suite of programs that includes new versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and a new program for e-mail and personal information management.

Stand-out features in Office 2001 for the Mac include an easier way to use data in a mass mailing, new tools for managing Excel lists, a feature that converts PowerPoint presentations into QuickTime movies, basic photo editing software and dozens of well-designed document templates for home and business use.

Qwest will pay $36 million to settle Colorado case

Qwest Communications International has agreed to pay $36 million to settle a 4-year-old lawsuit brought by Colorado residents who waited to receive new or additional telephone service.

The settlement could involve as many as 244,000 current and former customers who will receive a cash payment or a credit on their bills.

Under a formula calculated by plaintiffs? attorneys, and agreed to by Qwest, credits or cash payments could range from as low as $3.79 for a residential customer who waited one to four days for a second line, or as high as $1,900 for a business that waited more than 150 days for a primary phone line.

The telecommunications giant wants to put behind it the legacy of poor service left by US West, the phone company Qwest purchased in June for $40 billion. Qwest inherited the lawsuit when it bought US West.

Qwest didn't admit any liability in connection with claims made in the lawsuit.

From staff and wire reports