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Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Begin Deposing Top Bridgestone/Firestone Executive

<TAB>Attorneys representing customers who have sued Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. are hoping to get answers from the embattled tire maker’s top chief that will help bolster their case.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The lawyers began taking a deposition yesterday from CEO Masatoshi Ono at a Nashville hotel. Ono was brought in through one of six hotel entrances, avoiding waiting reporters before he went to a room on the ninth floor for questioning. It was believed this was the first time he was interviewed by attorneys suing over his company’s tires.

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SmithKline Beecham to Buy Maker of Poli-Grip

<TAB>SmithKline Beecham PLC is buying U.S.-based Block Drug Co. for $1.24 billion, adding brands like Sensodyne toothpaste and Poli-Grip denture adhesive to its consumer health care portfolio that includes Aquafresh toothpaste.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The deal announced yesterday would secure SmithKline

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Virginia, Kentucky Test Less Toxic Cigarette

<@SM><@SM><@SM><@SM>A small tobacco company is test-marketing in Virginia and Kentucky a new type of cigarette that it says has lower levels of one type of cancer-causing substance than regular brands.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Star Scientific Inc. said it plans to expand the tests of its Advance brand to other states in a couple of months.

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Company Finds 101 Other Uses For Typical Coffin

<TAB>An online company is digging for Halloween business with a line of furniture that would make the Addams Family envious.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Your Coffin Company, based in Terre Haute, Ind., builds and sells coffins to consumers eager to give their home decor a distinctive flair. The company has devised 101 uses for the average wooden coffin

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NEWS SUMMARY- Updated 12:00 p.m.

Updated items in italics HealthExtras Inc. Marketing AgreementHealthExtras Inc., a Rockville-based online provider of health and disability benefits, announced today that it has entered into a reciprocal marketing agreement with the UnumProvident Corp., a world leader in providing group and ...

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