Originally created 06/28/02

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BACK IN TIME

JUNE 28, 1955

AIKEN - An inquest into the death of Eugene Harold Key, 9, who died hours after his bicycle crashed into a car Saturday, will be held Wednesday, Coroner James L. Gregory said.

The youth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Key of Route 3 in Aiken, reportedly turned his bike into the path of an automobile. The fatal crash occurred in front of the boy's home.

The youth's death was the second resulting from bicycle-car collisions in Aiken County this year. Earlier, young Michael Hites, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Hites of North Augusta, died from injuries suffered in a similar mishap.

HANDS FREE

More companies are telling workers to refrain from using a cell phone while driving on the job.

"The evidence is overwhelming that cell phone usage while driving is hazardous to drivers and those around them," said Vince Sommer, the director of collision management and driver safety programs for Wheels Inc., a fleet management company based in Des Plaines, Ill.

"That's prompting many companies, particularly those who understand the risks - like those in the insurance and telecommunications industries - to create policies for their employees' use of phones while driving," he said.

The firm polled 125 companies and found that 59 percent of them have a policy regulating the use of cell phones by employees while driving, mostly for liability and safety reasons. Of those companies that don't have policies, more than half said they're in the process of coming up with one.

SOME ADVICE FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS

Planning a business trip? Sept. 11 changed the rules. Here's what the National Business Travel Association advises:

  • Share your travel plans with at least one other person at work - along with your family - and advise them of any changes. Leave an itinerary that includes flight information, hotel telephone number and local contact numbers.
  • Bosses should make sure workers book travel through an in-house agent or the firm's travel agent to minimize mix-ups in employee whereabouts.
  • Pack as lightly as possible and limit carry-on bags to essentials (Carry-ons from top luggage companies hold laptops, toiletries, purse and briefcase contents.)
  • Clearly identify all luggage, whether checked or carried on.
  • Carry two forms of photo identification, along with contact information plus medical information that includes blood type. Have ID, credit cards and cash in separate locations.
  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours early and allow time so airline personnel and security workers can do their jobs.
  • Ask for a paper ticket, but if an e-ticket is required, have all ticket-related paperwork, including a receipt.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone at all times. Know how to make long-distance or emergency calls if you're traveling abroad.
  • International travelers should check State Department advisories in advance and know locations of embassies and consulates. Don't display wealth or attract attention.
  • YOU SAY 'TOMATO' ...

    Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Well, neither, actually. Botanically speaking, the tomato is a berry.

    Other tomato facts:

  • A 5-ounce tomato has 26 calories, 1 gram of protein, a half-gram of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrates and no cholesterol.
  • All parts of the tomato plant are poisonous except for the fruit.
  • Red tomatoes store less sugar than lighter-colored ones. So whites and yellows taste sweeter. Among the reds, the redder the fruit the stronger the flavor.
  • Horizontal and vertical cracks and cat facing (odd-shaped fruit) are often the result of genetic differences among varieties and rarely an indication of disease. Whatever the reason, they'll still taste good.
  • WATCH THAT SIP

    If you take iron supplements, wait at least 90 minutes before drinking any tea. According to Prevention magazine, the tannins in the tea can prevent your body from fully absorbing the iron.

    THE ODDS, FELLOWS

    That an American will die in a given year: 1 in 119

    That you will live past age 65: 4 in 5

    Of dying of heart disease: 1 in 3

    Of surviving your first heart attack: 2 in 3

    Of dying of cancer: 1 in 5

    Of dying in an accident: 1 in 23

    Of dying in an automobile accident: 1 in 125

    Of being struck by lightning in a lifetime: 1 in 9,100

    That you will be murdered this year: 1 in 12,000

    Source: What the Odds Are by Les Krantz.