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April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
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April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
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April 17, 1998 | VANESSA DeRUYTER and LIZ SEYMOUR and MIMI KO CRUZ
The Boys & Girls Club of Westminster will receive an estimated five computers and some software to set up a computer lab for about 50 students. The computer equipment, from a $12,200 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, will teach students to navigate the Internet, allow them to use the technology on college applications and provide homework assistance and tutoring in English, math, reading and vocabulary.
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February 24, 2002
A Channel Islands High School senior was among 50 students in Southern California awarded the African-American Future Achievers scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities. Nicole Jenkins of Oxnard will receive $1,000 toward her college tuition. Although she has not yet decided on a school, the 17-year-old plans to study biological sciences and become a doctor. She is active in her school's Black Student Union, plays jazz on her alto sax and has immersed herself in Black folklore.
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November 6, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
Casa Pacifica, the home for abused children, will soon boast a new track and obstacle course, thanks to a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The nonprofit home was the recipient of a $13,522 grant that will be used to construct the new course. "We are extremely grateful," said Steven E. Elson, executive director of Casa Pacifica. "This new addition will allow the children to participate more fully in their own recovery."
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November 25, 2001 | BARBARA THORNBURG
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February 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Houston Rocket All-Star center Yao Ming is the new global spokesman for McDonald's, which let Kobe Bryant's contract expire after he was accused of rape. Yao's multiyear sponsorship deal was announced Thursday at a McDonald's outlet inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. Yao is in town to play in Sunday's NBA All-Star game. Bryant's three-year deal with the fast-food company expired Dec. 31. The Laker guard has lost other endorsement deals since being charged with sexual assault.
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June 26, 1997 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solidifying growing pessimism about today's youth, a new public opinion study reports that most people have negative feelings about children--even 5-to-12-year-olds--and they blame parents for a perceived increase in wild, rude and frightening behavior. If there is any hope for improving children's values, it is in schools and volunteer groups, said those surveyed.
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November 4, 2002 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The Hollywood Mass Choir, a 40-member ensemble led by a Los Angeles County public defender, won the adult category of the 18th annual Gospelfest at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday night. The ceremony marked the culmination of a five-month series of competitions to recognize the best amateur vocal groups from Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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December 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
WestJet quizzed passengers on what they wanted for Christmas, then gave two planeloads of people what they asked for.  Thomas the Tank Engine, an Android tablet, a 50-inch TV. And socks and underwear for that one guy who now has the sympathy of countless viewers. In a recent promotion ("Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight"), the Canadian air carrier set up a screen at airports in Toronto and Hamilton, Canada. Fliers could scan their boarding passes and talk to a virtual Santa.  He asked with a ho, ho, ho what they wanted for Christmas.  "A choo-choo train," said one boy. "A big TV," his parents said.
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