February 12, 2003 |
When the sailing ends on the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland later this month, the sport's premier prize will belong to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which has had it since 1995, or the Societe Nautique de Geneve in Switzerland. Get used to it. The America's Cup is not America's cup anymore. The America's Cup event was named for the schooner America that won the ornate silver ewer in Britain in 1851.
April 2, 2001 |
The little Scandinavian operating system that could isn't so little anymore. According to a February report from International Data Corp., Linux accounts for 27% of the installed base of server operating systems, second only to Microsoft's 41% share. Furthermore, the 24% growth rate in Linux shipments is greater than Microsoft's own 20% boost in Windows servers. That success comes as a surprise to some. In the mid-1990s, Linux was slammed as too weak to support anything but small, simple tasks.
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July 2, 1989 |
For once, real estate isn't the hottest commodity in Orange County. Commercial acreage and ocean-view lots have been supplanted, if only briefly, by printed rectangles of cardboard good for just two things: admission to the 1989 All-Star game on July 11 at Anaheim Stadium and lots of memories afterward. If you still don't have a ticket, you've got lots of company.
August 4, 1990 |
Strangers have forever been coming to dig precious things out of Montana's ancient dirt--sapphires, copper, fossils--digging them up and carting them away. Not this time. This time the home team won. The trophy stays put. A museum right here, with exhibits that can run to barbed wire, frontier fashions and Rocky Mountain stargazing, has pulled off the grand slam, the Triple Crown, the Academy Award of saurian paleontology: the biggest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found.
April 6, 1997 |
Carroll Shelby insists that it all began as a joke. Just a bunch of hard-drinking buddies getting together in the wasteland of West Texas to have some fun and scorch their taste buds with a little chili. They called it the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, the name itself a mockery. "It's just a spoof, an adult Woodstock," recalled Shelby, a former championship race car driver and muscle car designer and one of the organizers of that first event. "Chili is a state of mind."
November 7, 2004 |
The designers of the first privately funded manned rocket to burst into space were handed a $10-million check Saturday, a prize designed to encourage technology that would open the heavens to tourists. SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan accepted the Ansari X Prize money, along with a 150-pound trophy, as a chase plane flew over the ceremony in a field adjacent to the St. Louis Science Center.
November 17, 2013 |
Alabama played lousy and Auburn got lucky, but nothing changes as another November starts to coalesce around SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. It's almost like the swallows returning to Capistrano. When undefeated Auburn was left out of the BCS title game of 2004, a defiant Commissioner Mike Slive vowed it would never happen again. He was wrong, but not for long. Texas and USC played for the title after the 2005 season, but the SEC has since won seven straight national championships.
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September 16, 2013 |
Less than six weeks after a $425-million Powerball drawing sparked lotto fever across Southern California, another massive jackpot awaits players on Wednesday. California lottery officials are estimating that Wednesday night's draw will reach at least $400 million, adding yet another big prize to a growing list. Since California joined the Powerball game in April, lottery officials say enormous jackpots have become more common. About a month after California joined the $2-a-ticket game, a Powerball jackpot climbed to about $600 million, setting a record for the game.