Vermont

During the fall, leaf-peepers throng New Hampshire and Vermont, and now there may be another reason to visit Manchester, N.H. --- to check out a virtually waterless washing machine that makes "aqueous washing" virtually old hat.

Alas, tourists will probably have to content themselves with goggling vistas of glorious foliage. That's because this washing machine --- a wonder of the age in white-appliance circles --- is being used by a commercial laundry service that launders linens for hotels, hospitals, and restaurants.

The washing machine in question was developed by Xeros Ltd.

A consortium of wireless phone companies in the rural United States are seeking to persuade the federal government to disallow exclusive cell phone carriage agreements such as the one between AT&T and Apple’s iPhone, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. The Rural Cellular Association, which represents about 80 regional wireless companies, has filed a petition with the FCC to look into the issue of whether such exclusive deals should be allowed. Citizens of some states, such as Vermont, are unable to get non-roaming AT&T service, which means they are pretty much cut off from the iPhone. The Republican-controlled FCC, the Journal

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