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THOUSAND OAKS - Rockwell Scientific Co. has been awarded a $2.8 million, 12-month contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop technologies and manufacturing processes to produce laser-protective eyewear for air crews.

The eyewear will protect air crews from various laser devices to prevent temporary or permanent loss of physical or functional vision. When using the eyewear, air crew members will see their flight instruments, and outside scenes, without visual distortion in both day and night conditions.

Westfield picks up 9 shopping malls

Los Angeles-based Westfield America announced Friday that it has completed the acquisition of nine regional shopping centers from The Richard E. Jacobs Group.

The nine Jacobs centers acquired by Westfield for $756 million are Belden Village, Canton, Ohio; Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, Missouri; Eastridge Mall, Gastonia, North Carolina; Gateway Mall, Lincoln, Nebraska; Midway Mall, Elyria, Ohio; Richland Mall, Mansfield, Ohio; Southcenter Mall, Seattle, Washington; Southlake Mall, Merrillville, Indiana; and SouthPark Center, Strongville, Ohio.

Vivendi Universal calls for a revote

PARIS - Vivendi Universal SA said late Friday it discovered irregularities in votes cast electronically by principal shareholders at its stormy April 24 annual meeting.

The media company said it will call an extraordinary meeting of shareholders to conduct new votes on all resolutions.

Vivendi described the irregularities as systematic and ``probably due to piracy.''

Wednesday's meeting came amid a recent share-price slump, controversy over the firing of the head of Vivendi unit Canal Plus, and growing doubts over Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier's position.

Hazard prompts recall of baby crib

WASHINGTON - Vermont Precision Woodworks is recalling about 990 cribs because slats can come off, creating an opening that could entrap a child's head or neck and cause strangulation.

Consumers should stop using the cribs until they are repaired. The company is providing replacement side rails.

The models are 7010 Alpine, 7020 Caspian, 7030 Coventry, 7040 Dunmore and 7070 Haystack. The full-size maple cribs were sold in five finishes. A label on the bottom reads ``Vermont Precision Woodworks'' and includes the manufacturing date and model.

An opening of more than 2 3/8 inches between crib slats can lead to strangulation, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Consumers can call Vermont Precision Woodworks toll-free at (866) 869-7974.

Enduro bicycles pose crash risk

WASHINGTON - About 2,200 Enduro-brand bicycles that sold for $1,650 to $2,750 are being recalled because a tube behind the seat could break, causing the rider to lose control and crash.

The recall involves model year 2002 bicycles: the silver Enduro Pro FSR, the black Enduro Expert FSR, the yellow Enduro Comp FSR and the blue Enduro FSR. The model name of the bicycles is on the top tube, and the brand name is on the bottom tube.

Consumers should stop riding these bicycles and call (800) 214-1468 for details on repairs.

Trailers for kids need safety repair

WASHINGTON - InStep LLC is recalling about 4,300 Hitchhiker III Trailer Bikes designed for children because the joints that attach them to adult bicycles can fail, causing riders to lose control.

The voluntary recall covers NH300 model trailer bikes with the words ``Hitchhiker III'' printed in red on the trailer arm and the InStep logo on the bottom tube and the safety flag.

Consumers should stop using the trailer bikes immediately. They can receive a free repair kit by contacting InStep at (800) 242-6110.
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Date:Apr 27, 2002

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