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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 19, 2004
BEIJING - In the hottest movie in China this winter, Cell Phone, a dejected girlfriend quietly confronts her lover with an incriminating photograph, a picture sent electronically to his cellular phone while he was out. It's a sad moment of truth in the darkly comic drama, but not everyone at a recent screening could hear all the dialogue. During the scene, three cell phones started ringing loudly, and the phones were answered - reminding the audience that no matter what's going on in China, somebody will be talking over it, during it and about it on their phones.
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By Margie Wylie | August 12, 2001
The first disposable cellular telephones won't hit the market until fall, but environmentalists are already concerned about the toxic trash that millions of chat-and-chuck phones could generate. Going for as little as $30, these pocket-sized phones will be sold over the counters of convenience stores, gas stations and drug stores without credit checks or contract agreements. The basic phones have no display and no dial pad, and can only make outgoing calls using voice recognition. When the minutes are up, the phones can be tossed or, sometimes, returned for recycling.
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By Marta H. Mossburg | April 13, 2010
ANNAPOLIS — April 13, 2012 State legislators voted to close drive-throughs yesterday in a late-night, pizza-fueled frenzy in which they passed 20 other bills in the last minutes before the end of the session. They said the ban, part of legislation outlawing eating while driving, will save lives. They also described it as one more victory in the war against distracted driving, which studies show is a major cause of accidents. Other distractions on the hit list: GPS systems, smoking, applying makeup, radios, Hooters billboards — and passengers, who may be required to be silent in coming years.
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November 7, 1997
CELLULAR PHONES for school buses are a good idea that's overdue. As long as their use is limited to real emergencies and important business communications, wireless telephones can pay off in the improved transportation of school children and better safety.Cell phones are becoming cheaper by the month. Service contracts are highly competitive. What was prohibitive in cost just a few years ago is now affordable and available.These phones should provide peace of mind for parents, as well as for the bus drivers.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2001
In the past six months, 16-year-old Katie McDonald has collected 50 cellular phones. They are not for the Severna Park teen-ager to use to chatter away the day. They are part of a newly coordinated effort in Anne Arundel County to get mobile telephones to victims of domestic violence who fear that their abusers will attack them again. Yesterday, Katie, an 11th-grader at Severna Park High School, joined with county officials and a wireless phone service to start a program to collect donated telephones.
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By James S. Granelli and James S. Granelli,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 12, 2005
A study of cell phone use by motorists shows that you aren't any better off using headsets in the car than holding the phone to your ear: You're still four times more likely to end up in a crash and injured. The survey, released yesterday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said that using mobile phones while driving was just as dangerous regardless of whether you're chatting through a headset or holding on to the hand set. The report, which compared phone records with the times of accidents, said the risk was just as great across all age groups and in both sexes.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 31, 1999
For septuagenarians Bea and Roland, the frequent drives to Johnson City, Tenn., to visit their son are long and a bit frightening, but a borrowed cellular phone will ease their minds on the next trip.The couple borrowed their phone from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office. The office has 40 free "loaner" cell phones available for seniors who wish to feel secure when they travel."Driving along miles and miles of remote highway made me think about what would happen if we had some sort of problem," said Bea, 70, who lives in Carroll County.
BUSINESS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,Sun reporter | May 31, 2007
Paul Palmieri has the sort of gleam in his eye usually reserved for new parents about to pull out pictures of their progeny. But instead of photographs, he takes his mobile phone from his pocket, flips it open and scoots his chair a little closer. On the screen is a 2007 Pontiac G6. He pushes a button, and color options appear. He pushes again, and tire rim choices float into view. Soon, fully outfitted, the car drives off, and Palmieri beams. He's clearly still something of a proud papa, except his baby is a year-old company - Baltimore's Millennial Media Inc. - working to put commercials, such as the Pontiac demo, on cell phones.
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By Matthew Mosk and Matthew Mosk,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
Among the most hated people in Maryland may be commuters who drive with cellular phones to one ear, slowing to a crawl or swerving into adjacent lanes while lost in conversation.Phone-happy drivers were the focus of a three-hour legislative hearing in Annapolis yesterday, as delegates debated a bill that would forbid drivers from using hand-held phones in moving cars.The proposal, by Del. John S. Arnick, a Baltimore County Democrat, won immediate endorsement from angry residents who jammed the hearing hall to tell horror stories of roadway encounters with distracted gabbers.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | November 8, 2009
The Ulman administration is preparing to cut back on cell phone use by Howard County government employees - a move expected to save the county up to $500,000 a year, top county officials said. "We're using this process department by department to take a fresh look at how they communicate," County Executive Ken Ulman told a recent meeting of the Compensation Commission, a citizens group appointed to recommend salaries for elected officials chosen in next year's election. Council members and Ulman have told the commission that cell phone use - especially involving e-mails - has spiked since their election in 2006, making their jobs more difficult and demanding.
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