CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 2, 2001 |
Forget the desktop--Microsoft has won that war. But between any two desktops is a network, and on that network are servers. And there, the war for domination rages on. Though it was barely a player nine years ago, Microsoft might be winning this war too. But the dust is not likely to settle for a long time. Providing server software has become a very big deal: Client/server networks are the way America does business these days, both within offices and on the Internet.
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.
March 18, 2006 |
The crates that leave this Central American nation these days are more likely to be stuffed with microchips and telecom components than the bananas that once represented Costa Rica's plantation economy. With little fanfare, Costa Rica has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investment from some of the best-known names in technology, including Intel Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. Medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies are sprouting in the tropical heat.
September 14, 2005 |
ONCE upon a time, I entered a couple of small-time chili contests. Then, because I am a good-natured patsy, I agreed to judge a couple of contests. I learned to regret this. Take it from me, the heartbreak of losing a chili contest is nothing compared with the heartburn of being a chili judge. (Well, not literal heartburn, though there's enough of that.
November 7, 2012 |
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.