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Stories of the past: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

January 31, 2001

50 years ago — George Cartwright, chief of police in Calexico, was elected president of the Imperial-Yuma Peace Officers Association Tuesday night. He replaces Robert W. Ware, Imperial County sheriff.

40 years ago — The farm labor dispute is not just Valleywide, it's statewide. To prove this, a long caravan of farmers and farm workers from up and down the length of the state will start heading for the Imperial Valley for a huge rally at the fairgrounds.

30 years ago — Residents in El Centro high school district will go to the polls to decide a school board request for a $2.10 tax override referendum to cover education costs in the upcoming term. The district reports it currently is struggling to operate on a budget based on a $1.89 rate approved by voters in a previous override election.

20 years ago — A 14-year-old girl said Friday a bizarre reaction to marijuana, which may have been laced with the synthetic narcotic PCP, caused her to lose control Jan. 9 in an attempted suicide at her home in El Centro. The girl said she took a butcher knife from a kitchen drawer then, while her mom stood helplessly nearby, screaming, the girl began stabbing herself in the stomach.

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