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February 4, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Series: "Hard Copy"; airs weeknights at 7:30 on NBC. The Setup: The personal woes of America's favorite tabloid fodder--Tonya, Michael, Burt and Loni--vie with celebrity romances and movie-of-the-week crime news for air time on the magazine-format series.
Phillips Petroleum executives charged with checking out the company's rural oil fields nowadays are leaving home without what was once standard equipment: the American Express card. After nine years, the Bartlesville, Okla.-based company dumped American Express in favor of Visa--it's not only cheaper, but accepted more often by the roadside diners and motels that dot the Southwest. For American Express, the loss of Phillips and its 5,000 corporate cardholders was a blow but not a catastrophe.
June 21, 1992 | MARLA CONE
Although no other company has announced production plans for an electric car in the United States, the electric-vehicle team at General Motors in Warren, Mich., is constantly looking over its shoulder to see who is gaining on them. On the way to the bathrooms, engineers pass poster boards tacked up in a hallway that show electric-car prototypes built by other auto makers. They frequently stand there, mumbling to themselves about how Nissan got a battery to weigh less than GM's.
September 7, 1994
The United States, boosted by its emergence from recession, has replaced long-dominant Japan as the world's most competitive economy, according to an international study released today. Singapore comes a close second in a league table covering 41 developed and major developing countries. Japan, wracked by political and economic woes, was pushed into third place, the annual World Competitiveness Report says.
January 16, 1985 | AP)
China plans to introduce competition to the state-run tourism monopoly as part of the Communist Party's economic reform program, a top tourism official said. "This will happen naturally, increasing step by step," National Tourism Administration Director Han Kehua said. He did not explain how the industry will be changed to accomodate competition or when the changes will start.
March 23, 2005 | From Reuters
The U.S. Air Force said it hoped to kick off a new competition next month between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. to launch as many as two dozen government satellites into space. Acting Air Force Secretary Peter Teets said he expected the Air Force to finalize the terms of the competition -- in which both companies would be guaranteed some orders -- in the first quarter of fiscal 2006, which begins Oct. 1. He said a contract award was planned sometime in calendar 2006.
September 18, 1997 | (Denise Gellene)
The future looks good for prospective sport-utility vehicle buyers, according to a recent study from J.D. Power & Associates. Two dozen models are expected to be introduced in the next five years, and the competition for buyers should result in lower prices for consumers--and lower profit margins for dealers. The study said that the new models may not attract new SUV customers, heightening the competition among manufacturers for buyers.
August 23, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
If a 7-year-old can be poised, professional and irresistibly adorable at the same time, Kelly Reynaga pulled it off. With butterfly barrettes in her hair and a few teeth missing, the pint-sized mariachi player didn't look the least bit anxious performing in front of 100 people Sunday at the Festival Juvenil del Mariachi at San Fernando High School. As Kelly stood on stage with her 20-piece band, the only thing that seemed a little amiss was that her violin bow was as long as her leg.
November 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lynwood High School teacher has been nominated by state schools chief Jack O'Connell to participate in the national teacher of the year competition. English teacher Alan Sitomer was selected because of a program he initiated in which he used hip-hop to engage students in the classics. He was one of five named California teachers of the year for 2007.
February 22, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed new rules to improve competition in wholesale power markets amid criticism of rising electricity costs. Average U.S. retail power prices climbed 9.3% to 8.9 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2006, the largest increase since 1981, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department.
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