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Q&A: Good uses for old cell phones

Good uses for old cell phones

I have a cell phone I no longer use. Where can I take it to have it put to good use?

The 911 Cell Phone Bank works with law enforcement and victim services agencies to provide emergency cell phones. For dropoff locations, go to

Mail unwanted cell phones to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The organization supplies working cell phones to victims of domestic violence so they can call 911 for help in emergencies.

The Wireless Foundation's Donate A Phone program refurbishes and distributes used cell phones to domestic violence shelters:

Phones For Life,, gives seniors a lifeline by providing them with 911-capable phones.

Drop off your old cell phone at an AT&T site for their Cell Phone for Soldiers Program. For information and locations, go to: www.cellphones

There are also many local programs that accept old cell phones for a variety of causes. Check with your favorite charity to see if it participates.

Officials' jobs on football field

Can you explain what the different football officials do? Who has the final say?

The referee is the official who has control of the game and is generally the final authority in all decisions. He lines up about 10 yards behind the quarterback before each snap.

The umpire's primary responsibility is to rule on players' equipment and their conduct and actions on the scrimmage line. The head linesman straddles the sideline and watches for line-of-scrimmage violations. The line judge is responsible for the timing of the game and assists the head linesman.

The back judge keys on the wide receiver, and the side judge keys on the tight end. They are responsible for action in the defensive backfield. The field judge is responsible for long passes and punt returns. He and the back judge determine if field goals are successful.

The referee's hat is white; the other officials' hats are black.

Before 'Friends'

My wife and I have a steak dinner riding on the answer to this question. She says Jennifer Aniston appeared in a TV spinoff of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I say she is thinking of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Who is right?

Ferris Bueller, NBC's 1990 sitcom derived from the hit Matthew Broderick movie, starred Charlie Schlatter as Ferris and Jennifer Aniston — later famous for Friends — as his sister, Jeannie. (Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey played that role in the movie.) Parker Lewis Can't Lose, which resembled Ferris Bueller and premiered around the same time, starred Corin Nemec as Parker. It ran on Fox until 1993.

Q&A: Good uses for old cell phones 12/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:11pm]
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