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CALIFORNIA NEWS

Palo Alto University Rotary Club Funds 10K for El Salvador Based Projects
Fri, 30 Dec 2005, 12:37 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
PALO ALTO, CA - Dec. 30 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- As people across the globe are drawn closer together by the Internet and improved telecommunications, Rotary clubs long at the forefront of service have evolved new strategies for bringing their expertise and funding to those in need. Recently, a team of Rotarians from the Palo Alto University Rotary Club completed a two year effort during which the group conducted extensive research.

NETFONESYSTEMS.COM's Kiwi Phone Package Offers High Quality at Low Prices
Wed, 28 Dec 2005, 12:42 ESTEdited by Beverly West
LOS ANGELES, CA - Dec. 28 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Entrepreneur Jeffrey Elam, Jr. today announced the launch of his latest venture NETFONESYSTEMS.COM, a company dedicated to informing, educating and providing electronic products of the highest quality at the lowest possible cost to the consumer. NETFONESYSTEMS.COM's debut product, The Kiwi phone, offers cutting edge, crystal clear quality at a reasonable price, and comes bundled with Kiwi phone service that is completely free within the Kiwi Network, even on international calls.

Libyan-American Corporation buys Stake in Renewable Power Generation Plants
Tue, 27 Dec 2005, 11:51 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LOS ANGELES, CA - Dec. 27 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Lyamec Corp., a U.S. merchandising and distribution services firm, completed its acquisition, as stakeholder, in more than 13 power generation plants in the United States. The Lyamec Corporation is expanding its acquisitions and is building a multi-billion dollar portfolio through aggressive mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., Libya, the United Kingdom, and including France.

Change in Concert Time: THE NUTCRACKER SUITE Organ Concert in SF December 24 will Begin at 3 PM
Mon, 19 Dec 2005, 06:48 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Dec. 19 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Keith Thompson will play Holiday favorites of Mulet, Purvis, Bach, Delius and Tchaikovsky on the Skinner Symphonic Pipe Organ at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA on Christmas eve, December 24, 2005, at 3 PM, instead of the previously scheduled, 4 PM Eugene Dong, an independent music producer, announced today, to accommodate an earlier closing of the museum

CorEdge Demonstrates Industry's First MicroTCA / AMC Test Chassis System
Tue, 6 Dec 2005, 06:49 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAN JOSE, CA - Dec. 6 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- In conjunction with its recent introduction of a second generation MicroTCA Virtual Carrier Manager, CorEdge Networks, Inc., will be demonstrating a working version of its first generation MicroTCA / AMC test chassis system (CEN-MTCv1.0) during the Hardware Session at the AdvancedTCA Summit in San Jose, CA on December 7, 2005 from 8:30AM - 10:00AM.

Books to Bookmark(TM) - 9 New Books and 2 Calendars Worth a Look for Nov. 2005
Tue, 6 Dec 2005, 05:43 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
REDONDO BEACH, CA - Dec. 6 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Publishers Newswire announced today 9 new books and 2 calendars for 2006 'worth a look,' announced during November 2005. Topics include a book on Indy 500 Rookie Star Danica Patrick, a financial investment book explaining how Japanese candlestick signals improve technical analysis, Dennis Rodman says he's 'lucky to be alive' in a new book, and gorgeous geek girls prove that frumps don't dominate the computer industry.

Soap Star and Former Playgirl Editor Launch E-Books Business
Tue, 6 Dec 2005, 11:48 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LOS ANGELES, CA - Dec. 6 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Soap star Philece Sampler (Days of Our Lives, Another World, Rituals) has partnered with former Playgirl managing editor Charlene Keel to launch TantalizingTales.com. The e-publishing venture, announced by the new business duo, presents Keel's previously published books - uncut and uncensored, with steamy new scenes added-in electronic format. Keel's titles include The Sky's The Limit, I'll Do Anything, and Come Slowly Eden, which was once banned in the author's hometown.

Beyond Belief Media Declares War on Christmas
Mon, 5 Dec 2005, 06:15 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LOS ANGELES, CA - Dec. 5 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Beyond Belief Media has formally declared war on Christmas, the December 25 holiday in which Christians celebrate the birth of the mythical figure Jesus Christ, the company announced today. First Offensive features New York Times and USA Today ads, DVD 'Guerilla Giveaways' of film 'The God Who Wasn't There.'

Credit Card Minimum Payments Set to Double Beginning January 1, 2006
Mon, 5 Dec 2005, 03:30 ESTEdited by Beverly West
SAN DIEGO, CA - Dec. 5 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- City Mortgage Services, a California-based independent brokerage offering a full variety of mortgage products to the public, today announced that recent changes in credit card payment regulations could drastically affect consumer budgets, making it impossible for some families to keep up with increased minimum payment requirements.

Laguna Beach Film & Video Company Enhances Orange County's 'Hollywood South' Reputation
Mon, 5 Dec 2005, 02:45 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Dec. 5 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- When winners of the 26th Annual Telly Awards were recently announced in New York City, no one was more surprised than Orange County producer-director Robert Cassard. Cassard, whose production company, Edge Films, has operated in Laguna Beach since 1997, entered the national competition on a whim. He never dreamed that all six of his company's entries would garner Telly Awards.

Holiday Organ Concerts Feature THE NUTCRACKER SUITE transcribed by Organist Keith Thompson in SF December 10, 11 and 24
Fri, 2 Dec 2005, 07:38 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Dec. 2 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Keith Thompson will play Holiday favorites of Mulet, Purvis, Bach, Delius and Tchaikovsky on the Skinner Symphonic Pipe Organ at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA on December 10, 11 and Christmas eve, December 24, 2005, Eugene Dong, an independent music producer, (www.echoesofheaven.com) announced today.

SSB Technologies + BART Group Join Forces
Thu, 1 Dec 2005, 07:42 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Dec. 1 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- SSB Technologies, Inc. (SSB) today announced that it hired the principals of the BART Group of McLean, Virginia. SSB will change its name to SSB + BART Group and operate in both Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. 'This combination combines the strengths of both organizations and extends the company's leadership role in IT accessibility. The national presence of SSB + BART Group and extensive work in public and private sector markets ensures our customers receive a full lifecycle accessibility solution,' said SSB founder and Managing Director Timothy Springer.

TechGenii, Inc. Re-launches as an Interactive Strategy Company
Thu, 1 Dec 2005, 05:32 ESTEdited by Beverly West
LOS ANGELES, CA - Dec. 1 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- TechGenii, Inc., an industry leader in mobile marketing and interactivity, today announced that it will re-launch its website to provide greater support for entertainment and media companies in their quest to build interactivity and mobilize content.


OREGON NEWS

October Housing Construction Trends Report Released by Forefront Economics Inc.
Tue, 29 Nov 2005, 03:58 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
BEAVERTON, OR - Nov. 29 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Forefront Economics Inc., publisher of the Housing Construction Trends Report, released their analysis of trends in residential units permitted for construction through October today. 'Pockets of weakness observed last month in the underlying trend in housing units permitted for construction have spread to now include several areas,' said Mark Thompson, President of Forefront Economics Inc.

Two Guys With Flys, Ink Introduce: The World's First Official - Fishing Blog to Become a Book
Wed, 23 Nov 2005, 12:45 ESTEdited by Carly Zander
MEDFORD, OR - Nov. 23 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- In earth shattering news that only a bored newspaper editor, looking to fill space can appreciate, Two Guys With Flys Publications has just relesed a humorous new gift book just in time for the holidays.

CD Baby and Independent Musicians Donate $165,000 in CD Sales to Red Cross
Tue, 25 Oct 2005, 02:12 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PORTLAND, OR - Oct. 25 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) announced today that they raised a total of $165,000 over the past 7 weeks in concert with independent musicians and record labels who banded together to donate proceeds from their online CD music sales. The funds raised were sent directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through the Portland Oregon branch.

Reliant's New Health and Productivity Management Services Program Helps Members Stay Healthy for Less
Mon, 19 Sep 2005, 02:51 EDTEdited by Carly Zander
PORTLAND, Ore. - September 19 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Reliant Behavioral Health today announced the launch of its new Health and Productivity Management Services Program designed to help people make permanent lifestyle changes, manage chronic conditions, and improve their overall health while simultaneously containing health care costs. Support for health literacy and an understanding of an individual's state of 'pre-illness' for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can be motivating to ongoing health behavior.

CD Baby Musicians Donate CD Sales to Red Cross
Thu, 1 Sep 2005, 11:11 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PORTLAND, Ore. - September 1 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Musicians, bands, and independent record labels joined with CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) today in "banding together" to donate their entire wholesale price on music sales to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Rule #9 of McKenzie Scott Partners 15 New Rules for Job Hunting Success: Use 'Breaking News' to Connect with Emerging Jobs
Tue, 30 Aug 2005, 08:38 EDTEdited by Carly Zander
PORTLAND, Ore. - August 30 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- News releases can alert you to emerging situations... jobs that are not yet competitive. Jobs can also be created by presenting yourself as a solution to a problem or opportunity-as signaled by a news event. Every day, events occur in tens of thousands of firms that lead decision makers to begin the process of privately looking for new people. These events are often reported in local and national business publications, trade magazines, newsletters and newspapers. They are essentially signals of emerging jobs... and that hiring will soon follow.

Shakespeare's True Story - University Seminar Applauds 'The Monument'
Wed, 17 Aug 2005, 11:43 EDTEdited by Christopher Simmons
PORTLAND, Ore. - August 17 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Shakespeare scholars attending a week-long Concordia University seminar concluded that the great poet-dramatist revealed the most significant chapter of his life in the Sonnets of 1609, as explained in the new 918-page edition by Hank Whittemore entitled The Monument: 'Shake-Speares Sonnets' by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Meadow Geese Press, ISBN: 0966556453), published this year.


WASHINGTON NEWS

City of Loreto, Baja California Sur Finally Gets an Entire Book of Coverage!
Sat, 31 Dec 2005, 02:05 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SPOKANE, WA - Dec. 31 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Riley Books has released the first book dedicated entirely to the travel options surrounding the city of Loreto in Baja, Mexico. Instead of the brief coverage Loreto has received to date, 'You Decide Travel Guide: Loreto' dedicates two full pages of information on each hotel or lodging property along with specific practical information on dining and activity options for you to enjoy during your stay in Loreto. An expanded second edition was released on February 25 of 2005.

Top Long-Term Care Insurance Brokerage Seeks Agents Who Want to Be Owners
Tue, 20 Dec 2005, 11:15 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
KIRKLAND, WA - Dec. 20 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Today LTC Financial Partners LLC, the nation's most experienced long-term care insurance brokerage, announced the results of a recruiting campaign launched in September: 65 new Partners enrolled to date. 'We're delighted,' says Cameron Truesdell, CEO, 'but we won't be satisfied until we have 300 of the best of the best.' Known in the industry as LTCFP or 'The Partners,' the brokerage now includes 151 independent agents nationwide.

Long Term Care Insurance Video Clip and Guidebook Now Available
Fri, 16 Dec 2005, 03:01 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
KIRKLAND, WA - Dec. 16 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Will you or a family member need expensive long-term care someday? Almost for sure -- but if you're like most people, you don't want to think about it. But what if you could turn your mind, instead, to bright, bullish prospects? Visions of sailing or playing golf into your 90's, traveling, eating out ... or sheltering a few hundred thousand dollars from taxes? That's the focus of a video clip and guidebook from LTC Financial Partners, the nation's most experienced long-term care insurance brokerage.

Long-Term Care Tax Reminder from LTC Financial Partners
Fri, 9 Dec 2005, 12:12 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
KIRKLAND, WA - Dec. 9 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- One of the biggest overlooked sources of tax breaks is long-term care insurance, according to LTC Financial Partners LLC, the nation's leading agent-owned LTC insurance brokerage. Premiums for tax-qualified policies are deductible as personal medical expenses for taxpayers who itemize, with 2005 amounts ranging from $270 to $3,400 per person, based on age. Some states offer additional deductions or tax credits on state returns.

An Aging Population Will Need Modified Homes; New Course from LTC Financial Partners Gives Guidelines for Builders, Agents, and Homeowners
Fri, 2 Dec 2005, 10:56 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
LYNNWOOD, WA - Dec. 2 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- As the population ages, homeowners and real estate professionals face a challenge: meeting the special needs of people who can't take care of themselves. Things like making bathrooms wheelchair-accessible, or creating space for hired care workers.

PreViser Offers Free Oral Cancer Risk Assessment Tool as part of the Oral Health Information Suite(TM)
Mon, 28 Nov 2005, 02:29 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
MOUNT VERNON, WA - Nov 28 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- PreViser Corporation announces that effective November 1, 2005 it will no longer charge for use of its Internet-based tool to assess risk for oral cancer, a component of their Oral Health Information Suite(TM), software used by dental professionals worldwide.

Nation's Top Long-Term Care Insurance Producers Announced
Thu, 17 Nov 2005, 10:44 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
KIRKLAND, WA - Nov. 17 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- Long-Term Care Sales Strategies magazine has awarded the 2005 National LTCi Sales Achievement Award to 60 Partners of LTC Financial Partners LLC. The honor recognizes the nation's leading long-term care insurance specialists and was presented at the recent National LTCi Producers Summit, the annual industry conference, held in Kansas City, MO.

eNom, Inc., the #1 Registrar for Resellers, Announces the Beta Release of Multilingual PDQ, its Domain Name Business Toolkit
Wed, 9 Nov 2005, 10:58 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
BELLEVUE, WA - Nov. 9 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- eNom, Inc. releases its newest product, a beta multilingual version of its domain name reselling toolkit: PDQ. The first released language is Spanish, and more languages are expected. For an additional $99.00 USD, resellers can now buy a complete Spanish-language PDQ website. Initially, beta customers will get three months free of the service to try it out

Martronics Corporation Announces Revolutionary New Glass Etching Kit
Tue, 8 Nov 2005, 11:28 ESTEdited by Christopher Simmons
SALKUM, WA - Nov. 8 (WEST COAST NEWSWIRE) -- The Martronics Corporation today announced the launch of their revolutionary new Glass Etching Kit that lets anyone permanently etch their artwork or designs on glass using their own computer, Martronics new Dura-Film Stencils, and an inexpensive U.V. stencil maker.

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