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On The Light Side

March 16, 1989

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) _ Brace yourself for a new invention: A businessman has come up with flavored rubber bands that would release fluoride into the mouth.

Jeff Fasnacht and his company, Midwest Orthodontics, have secured a $266,000 federal grant for research on the rubber bands for braces, called elastomeric ligatures.

Fasnacht said the product would have the same effect on teeth as if the patient brushed three times a day.

The company is awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the product hits store shelves. Market research predicts annual sales of between $12 million and $15 million, Fasnacht said.

Jeremy Dunning, associate professor of research and director of Indiana University’s industrial liaison program, helped Fasnacht get into a program for gaining Small Business Innovation Research grants.

″The bottom line is you must have a good idea to have a good proposal,″ Dunning said of grant successes such as Midwest Orthodontics.


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Three years ago, the Gwinnett County police switched from their old brown-on-brown police cars, hoping for a new image.

The new cars - white with a yellow lightning streak down the sides - made an impression, all right.

″Most of the officers just roll their eyes when the color of the cars is brought up, or they get this look of disgust on their face,″ Chief Charles Wayne Bolden said Tuesday.

So after only a week on the job, Bolden has decided that the yellow goes.

″Maybe I’m too much of a traditionalist,″ he said. ″I don’t really see many police cars marked that way.

″Every time I see them, I feel like yelling out ‘Shazam 3/8’ like in the Captain Marvel comic books.″

A new decal will be phased in with new cars as budget allocations allow, Bolden said.

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