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Police donate seized computers to school

Computers seized from drug dealers have a new home and a new purpose.

The Eugene Police Department has donated three computers that once belonged to criminals to the Jefferson Middle School robotics program. The computers were obtained through asset forfeitures related to drug manufacturing.

Eugene police Capt. Elvia Williams presented the two laptop computers and one desktop model during Wednesday's volunteer luncheon at the school library.

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Law bars insurers from e-mail cancellations

SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed a Eugene lawmaker's bill barring insurance companies from canceling auto and home insurance policies by e-mail.

Sen. Vicki Walker, D-Eugene, sought SB 207 after learning from a consumer-rights group, the Consumers Union, that it had unsuccessfully sought such safeguards at the federal level. Walker also said a personal experience led to her push for SB 207.

Last year Walker and her grown daughter, Sara, were riding with Sara's boyfriend when his car crashed. Only after the young man contacted his insurer did he learn that his auto policy had been canceled several months before. The problem, Walker said, was that the insurance company did not notify its former customer with a letter or phone call, but through an e-mail that he never saw.

"There are a lot of reasons you shouldn't depend on e-mail for canceling something like that," Walker said. "It's quick, but it's not guaranteed that you'll see it."

Kulongoski signed the bill on Tuesday. It was sponsored by Attorney General Hardy Myers at Walker's request. It takes effect next January.
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Date:Jun 2, 2005
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