Elizabeth Guise of Hillsboro,
Oregon took home $5,000 and the title of Grand Prize Winner in the 2006
Grand Finale Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Contest, created by Tillamook
Cheese and hosted by McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants. Elizabeth's
Tillamook Crab & Macaroni Bake recipe was awarded the grand prize after
competing with seven other regional winners from across the country, and
was selected out of more than 1,000 total recipe entries.
    First runner up was Arizona finalist Jenny Flake for her Tillamook(R)
Four Cheese Chicken Florentine Tortellini dish, and second runner up was
Northern California finalist Laura Najar for her Mega-Cheesy Mac-N-Cheese
with Crab recipe. All winners and finalists' recipes are available at
    The grand finale cook-off was held June 23 at McCormick & Schmick's
Harborside at the Marina in Portland, Ore., where fourteen local
celebrities and culinary experts judged the eight regional finalists for
taste, presentation, unique qualities and more. Finalists and guests
received a personal tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Oregon
Coast the day prior to the cook-off.
    This year's contest grew to include eight cook-off locations and a new
Grand Finale component. More than 1,000 home cooks from across the country
submitted their favorite original macaroni and cheese recipes. Three
finalists in each city then participated in a regional cook-off, where they
prepared their dishes from scratch in front of a panel of judges, who
selected the regional winner. Each regional winner received $1,000 in cash,
25 pounds of Tillamook cheese, dinner for four at McCormick & Schmick's
Seafood Restaurant and all travel expenses paid for to attend the grand
finale cook- off with one guest.
    Eight cities fired up its ovens for the 2006 Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Contest, which included San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA;
Phoenix, AZ; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Tillamook, OR; and Pasadena, CA.
Expo TV (http://www.expotv.com), the
leading video destination for product reviews, and IDG Entertainment
(IDGE), the world's leading interactive entertainment-information provider
and publisher of GamePro, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind
user-generated video contest for reviews of currently available video
games. Five winning videos will be selected as the "Best Gamer
Videopinions" through online voting and by a panel of experts from
GamePro.com. Winners will receive a home entertainment system, including a
32-inch Flat Screen HDTV and a surround-sound speaker system, and have
their videos aired on Expo TV's nationally distributed video-on-demand
television network, and showcased online at GamePro.com and expotv.com.
    "Expo TV is committed to capturing unbiased product testimonials on
video to help inform consumers in a fun, entertaining way. And there's no
better source for game buying advice than GamePro's enthusiast community,"
said Daphne Kwon, chief executive officer of Expo Communications. "Our
members have already turned the camera on themselves and uploaded over
six-thousand product reviews at expotv.com to create an authentic, powerful
new tool for consumer research."
    "GamePro.com attracts a very active community of gamers who regularly
share recommendations and advice with each other," said IDGE President and
CEO Daniel Orum. "Partnering with Expo TV to get their reviews on video
adds a new dimension of interactivity that our community will really
    Expo TV has set up a special contest site
(http://www.expotv.com/contest) to receive the uploaded video reviews from
July 7 through July 23. Fifteen semifinalists will be selected by online
voting taking place from July 31 through August 13. A panel of GamePro
judges will then select five finalists, whose videos will air on Expo TV in
14 million television homes and be featured on the home page of
GamePro.com, and who will each receive a Sony 32-inch Flat Screen HDTV and
a surround-sound speaker system. Winners will be chosen based on the
quality and depth of the insights on the games and use of the video aspect
of the reviews to convey information and demonstration. While there are no
specific technical requirements, reasonable standards for lighting, sound
and editing will be important.
    Selected video game Videopinions can be viewed online at
CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC, the
"Official Real Estate Organization of Major League Baseball," truly brought
it home for James Sparks of Irvine, Ky., awarding him $250,000 toward the
purchase of a home in the eighth annual CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby All-Star
    Sparks became the lucky recipient of this grand prize on Monday, July
10, following the 2006 CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby competition in Pittsburgh.
    Randomly selected from entries received through
http://www.century21.com, http://www.century21espanol.com, in-office
displays and mail-in entry forms, the eight finalists were each paired with
a Major League Baseball player competing in the 2006 CENTURY 21 Home Run
Derby competition. Through three elimination rounds, the eight sluggers
battled for the 2006 CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby title.
    In the end, with 23 home runs, Ryan Howard, first basemen with the
Philadelphia Phillies took the title, winning Sparks $250,000 toward the
purchase of a new home.
    "The excitement in the ball park during the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby
was unbelievable," said Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay. "The
performance of Ryan Howard and the excitement of James Sparks made it a
night that baseball fans will always remember. Thanks to CENTURY 21, every
baseball fan was a winner tonight."
    In addition, for the second consecutive year, CENTURY 21 Real Estate
LLC and Major League Baseball included a "gold ball" charitable element to
the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby competition. For every home run that CENTURY
21 Home Run Derby participants hit during the competition with the
commemorative CENTURY 21 Gold Ball, CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC and Major
League Baseball combined to donate $21,000 to their respective official
charities, Easter Seals and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
    Collectively, the eight CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby batters recorded 14
qualifying "gold ball" home runs generating a $294,000 charitable donation.
    About CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC
    CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC (http://www.century21.com) is the franchisor
of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization,
providing comprehensive training, management, administrative and marketing
support for the CENTURY 21 System. The System is comprised of more than
7,800 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in more
than 40 countries and territories worldwide. CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC is
a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD).
A North Carolina State University
computer design team won the IEEE Computer Society International Design
Competition with its project "SunRay." The Beijing University of Posts and
Telecommunications team took second place with its project "Coal Mine
Enhancing System," and "Synairgy," the project of the Politehnica
University of Bucharest team, placed third. N.C. State also won the
Microsoft Award for Software Engineering. The Microsoft Multimedia Award
went to Nanjing University for creative use of multimedia in the
presentation and demonstration of their project, "AntiHunter."
    "This year's top ten were some of the best teams we've seen. Each year
the judging becomes harder and harder," said Susan K. (Kathy) Land, a
program manager with Northrop Grumman and lead judge. "The top three teams
provided the best representation of the contest theme and thoroughly
covered the topics of software engineering."
    Alan Clements, chair of the CSIDC Executive Committee and a professor
at the University of Teesside in Teesside, UK, said, "I was surprised at
the depth of the students' knowledge and maturity in appreciating the way
the problem fits into the environment and to understand the need for
publicity and marketability. They even appreciate the need to create
promotional materials and produce advertising brochures."
    N.C. State's SunRay system uses ray-tracing combined with a numerical
model to calculate the amount of radiation that falls on a
three-dimensional form, which more readily approximates that of the human
body. This improves upon current measures that only measure UV radiation as
it penetrates flat surfaces. Beijing University's coal mine enhancing
system collects data about the contaminants and other health risks in mines
to save the lives of miners through early warning. Politehnica's "Synairgy"
is a customizable mobile device that warns its wearers, asthmatics and
others, concerned with air quality, of high levels of pollutants such as
car exhaust gasses. Nanjing University's "AntiHunter" uses wireless sensor
networks to identify the sounds of gunshots to help patrols to catch
    Teams demonstrated and presented their projects at the CSIDC World
Finals July 1-2. The theme for this year's project was Preserving,
Protecting and Enhancing the Environment.
    The competition drew entries from 133 teams from 28 countries. Other
finalists in the competition were Boston University, Boston; "SmarTrash";
California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.; "Swarm-Cast";
ICFAI Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad, India; "Tsunami
Tracking System" Nanjing University, Nanjing, China; "AntiHunter"; Poznan
University of Technology, Poznan, Poland; "BirdWatch" and "IntelliForest";
The University of Jordan, Amman: "AviTrack"
    The IEEE Computer Society Design Competition is sponsored by Microsoft
and is designed to provide a substantive design experience for
undergraduate students in computer design and computer engineering fields.
Teams develop computer-based solutions to real-world problems.
    The IEEE Computer Society is the world's oldest and largest membership
association of computer professionals. The largest of the 38 societies that
make up the IEEE, the Computer Society is also the leading provider of
technical information and services to the computing industry. For more than
50 years, the Computer Society has provided opportunities for professionals
to exchange insights and ideas, to solve problems, and to learn what the
future of the industry may hold. Membership in the Computer Society is open
to anyone with a serious interest in the computing field. More information
about the Computer Society's programs, publications, and services is
available at http://www.computer.org.
    CONTACT: Randi Hicks Rowe, +1-703-836-0900 or +1-571-218-0984, for IEEE
Computer Society
The ultimate contest
pitting man against frankfurter, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July
International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a staple on America's
birthday since 1916. With the "Super Bowl of competitive eating" only days
away, PinnacleSports.com today released odds on the world's most famous
eating contest and lists reigning five-time champion, Takeru Kobayashi as
an overwhelming favorite to successfully defend his title.
    The largest sportsbook on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com has expanded
its sports betting menu into the competitive eating arena by posting
several betting options on the most intense 12 minutes of eating to be
witnessed this year. The greatest eater in history and world record holder
at the Nathan's event, Takeru Kobayashi has been installed as an
overwhelming favorite at 1/3 odds (i.e., win $1 for every $3 bet) to
capture the Mustard Yellow Championship Belt for the sixth straight year.
    PinnacleSports.com believes Joey Chestnut, who devoured 50 hot dogs in
qualifying, will present the biggest challenge to Kobayashi, listing him
with the second-best odds to win the contest at 3/1. Sonya Thomas may
appear slight in stature, but proved her bite is bigger than her bark with
a second place finish in 2005 by devouring 37 dogs, and at 21/1 has the
third best odds to win this year's event.
    "When people discuss individual dominance in sports they usually
mention Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles or Tiger Woods' 10
major championships, but Kobayashi's consecutive win streak at Coney Island
is equally impressive," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "Although
Joey Chestnut is having an amazing year on the competitive eating circuit
and set a new American record with 50 hot dogs, it's unlikely he'll be able
to unseat the great Kobayashi. Champions respond under pressure, and like
Jordan and Elway before him, Kobayashi is the most clutch performer in
eating history."
    In addition to calculating odds on who'll win the contest,
PinnacleSports.com has created several other betting options on the world's
most prestigious eating competition. Although the oddsmakers favor the
winner consuming at least 50 hot dogs and buns at 5/8 odds, they believe
Kobayashi's world record of 53 1/2 frankfurters will be safe for at least
another year, listing a new standard being set as a 9/4 underdog. Bettors
may also wager on unique over/under lines on the number of hot dogs the
three favorites will eat in this year's contest. The over/under line for
Kobayashi's total has been set at 50 hot dogs and buns, while Chestnut's
total is 45 and Thomas' has been set at 37.
    PinnacleSports.com has also created unique match-ups between eaters
participating in this year's event. For a complete list of odds, please
visit the "competitive eating" section at http://www.pinnaclesports.com .
    Current Odds:    *All Odds Subject To Change*

Odds To Win Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
    Takeru Kobayashi        1/3
    Joey Chestnut           3/1
    Sonya Thomas           21/1
    Chip Simpson          100/1
    Patrick Bertoletti    100/1
    Bob Shoudt            100/1
    Rich LeFevre          100/1
    Brian Subich          150/1
    Tim Janus             150/1
    Eric Booker           150/1
    Ed Jarvis             150/1
    Any Other Eater        10/1

Will The Record Of 53.5 Hot Dogs Be Broken?
    No                      2/5
    Yes                     9/4

Will The Winner Eat At Least 50 Hot Dogs?
    Yes                     5/8
    No                      3/2

Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Kobayashi
    Over 50 hot dogs      10/13
    Under 50 hot dogs       6/5

Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Chestnut
    Over 45 hot dogs        5/8
    Under 45 hot dogs       3/2

Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Thomas
    Over 37 hot dogs        5/6
    Under 37 hot dogs     11/10