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November 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations said it was offering Bosnians a chance to win coveted consumer goods such as scooters and refrigerators in a lottery if they turned in weapons left over from the country's 1992-95 war. Prizes are the most effective way to collect weapons after conflicts, the U.N. Development Program said. About 16% of people in the Balkan country are believed to own weapons.
July 19, 1990 | MICHAEL SCHRAGE
If you had to design the dullest, most conventional, most uninspired way to encourage creativity and innovation, you'd probably end up with something that looks a lot like the Nobel Prize or the MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." Sure, a Nobel or a MacArthur is lucrative and glistens with a patina of prestige and media hype--but when you get right down to it, these awards have all the soul of an accountant and the spirit of an actuary.
January 26, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Marlane Meyer, a Los Angeles playwright best known for "Kingfish" and "Etta Jenks," has won the top prize in South Coast Repertory's first California Playwrights Contest with a new work entitled "The Geography of Luck." First prize--worth $5,000--was announced Wednesday by the Costa Mesa theater, which will stage the world premiere of Meyer's play as part of its 1989 California Play Festival in the spring.
March 5, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
Most winners of a free Hawaiian holiday might be on the plane before they've had time to think twice, but one unexpected winner of four trips grappled Tuesday with the dilemma of whether to accept the prizes at all. The winner was the City of Anaheim, and the Maui vacations--chartered air fare, hotel rooms, meals and drinks included--were a prize for being a good customer of an electrical supply company. After debating whether taking the prizes from Amfac Electrical Supply Co.
June 30, 1995 | ANTONIO OLIVO
Like any good restaurateur, Reseda Elementary School's cafeteria manager Jeannette Painter knows that a customer can become loyal through those subtle excesses that make an ordinary meal an experience. Care for some fresh strawberries with your cereal? Or perhaps a sheet of troll stickers attached, as a gift, to the bottom of your tray?
March 17, 1991 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
"Congratulations!" You have won a trip to Hawaii, a car or one of "several valuable prizes," according to a phone caller or a notice in the mail. There are just a few strings attached. Maybe you need to collect your prize in Bakersfield after listening to a two-hour sales pitch for a time-share, for example. Or, perhaps, you need to buy a year's supply of vitamins. Don't get me wrong.
May 4, 1995 | JODI WILGOREN
Thirteen local schools have won new photocopiers and fax machines in a contest sponsored by Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. in the wake of Orange County's financial crisis. More than 80 schools participated in the contest, in which students drew murals on rolls of fax paper and wrote essays about creative ways for the county to recover from bankruptcy.
March 8, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Religion Writer
The 1989 John M. Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion--the richest international prize of any kind--was jointly awarded Tuesday to a Scottish churchman who founded an ecumenical center and a German physicist-philosopher whose research has probed the relationships among physics, cosmology and theology. Recipients of the $435,000 prize are the Very Rev. Lord MacLeod, 92, who established the Iona community off the coast of Scotland in the 1930s, and Prof.
July 7, 1989 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
ABC's Emmy-winning series "The Wonder Years" and "China Beach," a CBS Schoolbreak Special entitled "My Past Is My Own," an installment of ABC's "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" and an ABC documentary on breast cancer, "Destined to Live," were all winners in the 15th annual Humanitas Prize competition, announced Thursday at the Century Plaza.
July 1, 1989 | ROBERT BURNS, Times Staff Writer
Opulence describes the work by the 10 advanced-level students at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising who showed their collections Thursday afternoon. And Marilyn Quayle (wife of the vice president) was the name most often repeated during the event, because several of the students had styled inaugural outfits for her as well as her daughter, Corrine, last January. Student Denise Ervin, who designed an inaugural ball gown for Mrs.
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