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SPORTS
February 12, 2003 | Rich Roberts, Special to The Times
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 4, 1990 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 2, 2001 | JASON COMPTON, SPECIAL TO THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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.
NEWS
April 6, 1997 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
NATIONAL
November 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Do yourself a favor: If you care about American politics and race relations and you haven't already seen “12 Years a Slave,” go see it. You will not be sorry. The brutal tale of a 19th century American black man's descent from freedom into slavery deservedly won the best picture Oscar on Sunday. But it hasn't done nearly as well at the American box office as it should have. It has grossed about $49 million in the United States, a relatively modest amount compared with multi-Oscar winner “Gravity,” which has taken in close to $270 million domestically.
SPORTS
November 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Linda McMahon, a former president and CEO of WWE, failed in her bid for a Senate seat in Connecticut, losing to Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy on Tuesday. This comes on the heels of her 2010 loss to Richard Blumenthal in the race for the state's other seat in the Senate. Total cost to lose two elections: Around $97 million. McMahon, a Republican, spent $50 million of her personal fortune in her failed 2010 campaign, and is believed to have spent approximately $47 million this time around.
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