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Publication date - Thursday, January 27, 2000

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Gas prices lowering, change evident soon

The average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline increased significantly since last January, according to an AAA Texas survey.

The current Texas statewide average price per gallon is $1.22. The average price in the Dallas area is $1.254.

The statewide average price in January 1999 was 90 cents.

"Motorists will find slightly lower prices at the pump than they did just a few weeks ago. However, they will find they're paying higher prices for gas than what they paid this time last year," said AAA spokesman Rose Rougeau.

The national average price for the same gallon is $1.289, up more than 30 cents since last January.


HotJobs.com announced Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner

Judy Conover of Plano has been announced as winner of HotJobs.com Ltd.'s nationwide "Get in the Game" Super Bowl Sweepstakes.

The winner, selected randomly from more than 15,000 entries, is being awarded a complete Super Bowl XXXIV dream vacation, including free hotel accommodations and tickets to the game.

She is attending with her husband Ray Flores. She is a native of New Jersey and a Giants fan. Her husband is a native Texan and a Dallas Cowboys fan. They said they are favoring the former Houston team, the Tennessee Titans.

"Get in the Game" entries were submitted by online registration or postcard and had to be received no later than Dec. 17, 1999.

Conover told HotJobs.com that she's not using their job placement services at least for the time being.

"I love the HotJobs site," she said. "Even though I am very happy with my job, it's always good to see what other opportunities are out there."


Kendry appointed to legal affairs, Spurr to global sales

Entrust Technologies Inc., headquartered in Plano, has appointed Jay Kendry vice president of legal affairs and Rick Spurr executive vice president of global sales and services.

The appointments were made by John Ryan, president and CEO. He said, "I believe this executive restructuring will make us a much stronger team as we head into the new millennium."

Entrust, whose NASDAQ symbol is "ENTU," is a company that specializes in solutions for e-business.

Kendry left Nortel Networks to head up Entrust Technologies' legal department in 1997 and has since been the company's prime legal counsel.

Spurr joined Entrust in May 1997, and has helped the company build a quality global distribution capability which to date reaches 30 countries around the world.

Entrust Technologies provides products and services that allow e-businesses to manage trusted, secure electronic transactions and communications over today's advanced networks, including Internet, extranets and intranets.

Since 1994, Entrust Technologies has been providing solutions to global enterprises, government entities, small to mid-sized businesses and individuals. Over four million Entrust Technologies users have been licensed with digital certificates to date.

Entrust Technologies Inc. has offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

For additional information, visit www.entrust.com.


Rincon-Mora receives National Hispanic in Technology Award

Dr. Gabriel Rincon-Mora of Texas Instruments has been named recipient of the 2000 National Hispanic in Technology Award.

The senior design engineer will receive the award during the 22nd annual National Technical and Career Conference on Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C.

The award is recognized by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and honors the top Hispanic engineer who has made outstanding contributions in the fields of engineering and science.

Dr. Rincon-Mora is an inventor, author and designer of numerous patents, publications and products in the field of analog integrated circuit design and serves as an adjunct professor for Georgia Institute of Technology.

His work at TI and Georgia Tech helped establish a multi-million dollar TI sponsorship of Georgia Tech's engineering program. 

He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Florida International University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.


Bacharach to appear at Adolphus Hotel

Richard Petty, NASCAR Winston cup leader, was on hand Wednesday in the Sprint booth at the Call Center 2000 conference and trade show at Wyndham Anatole Hotel's conference center.

Composer Burt Bacharach is scheduled to appear tonight at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas for the Alexis de Toqueville Society, the division of United Way that encompasses its largest contributor. On hand will be former national United Way president Ruth Sharp Altshuler.