Leatherman tools

make it to the Oscars

Even high-maintenance glamour pusses have to tighten a loose screw every now and then. And now at least 100 Hollywood celebrities have the means to do it with a Portland-made Leatherman tool. The presenters who handed out Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremonies Sunday were each given the latest version of the multipurpose pocket tool, the Leatherman Juice C2, which was included in the gift baskets they received.

Leatherman Tool Group spokesman Mark Baker says the company simply applied to have its product included in the gift basket Ñ there was no extraordinary wooing of the judges. Baker says he's not sure why the Leatherman tool was chosen but speculated that it stood out from the usual personal electronics and perfumes that are included.

18,000 Oregonians have

a cash influx coming

Wouldn't it be nice if some money just sort of fell out of the sky in these last weeks before taxes are due? For as many as 18,000 Oregonians, such a windfall is possible. That's how many have an unclaimed tax refund or kicker check awaiting them. Oregon Department of Revenue spokeswoman Deni Cooperrider says the state has about $2.2 million it's trying to return. The names of those the state owes but cannot find are listed online at under the Unclaimed Refunds link.

Mentor Graphics-IKOS

deal nears completion

Wilsonville-based Mentor Graphics Corp. has acquired more than 7.8 million shares of IKOS Systems Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based maker of hardware-assisted design verification technology. The purchase was pursuant to Mentor's $11 per share cash tender offer in December. Added to the 841,600 shares it already owned, Mentor now controls more than 85 percent of IKOS' outstanding common stock.

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