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PROBE: March 22, 2001

March 22, 2001

QUESTION: I stopped at the USA service station on North Imperial Avenue in El Centro. Behind the counter there were nudie magazines in a location where they were clearly visible to children. — shocked, El Centro

You're right. We drove there after we were assured by store manager Art Arias that the magazines were hidden from the curious eyes of children.

He said the magazines are stored on a high shelf beyond the reach of the kids. In any case, the magazines are wrapped so nobody can see the cover.

We found the magazines displayed in an open rack behind the cash register, at eye level of any 10-year-old and clearly visible.

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We were disappointed in Art but not shocked. The cover on Playboy was modest, no more titillating than a swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated or Cosmopolitan.

It would bother us less to see our grandchildren ogling the cover of Playboy than the lurid front pages of The Globe, National Enquirer or Cosmopolitan, all openly displayed at the supermarket.

QUESTION: When Fairelene Taylor was county public administrator, there were frequent auctions of the belongings of people who died without wills or heirs. Since the election of Norma Saikhon, there has not been a single sale. When will there be a sale? — Willing Bidder, Holtville

Saikhon said there was a huge probate sale at the fairgrounds shortly after she was elected two years ago.

"We had warehouses packed with stuff that had accumulated for years," she said.

She said she will have another sale in the fall. It will be advertised in this newspaper.

A FEW TIDBITS — Our Day-Out program for the brain-impaired needs beads, yarn, silk flowers and scraps of leather and fabric for handicrafts. We're covering picture frames with buttons in our day-care center for adults. We provide care for adults so their care-givers can take a few hours off. — Activity Director, El Centro

OK, PROBE readers, this sounds like something we can do in our quest to make the world a better place. If you have anything to donate, call Liz Quiroz at 337-8393 or drop off the stuff at 757 Main St., El Centro.

A NOBLE EAGLE — I used to work at Salico. The creature looking over the top of the Salico sign is an eagle with his wings spread.

Niaz and Sally Mohamed, who own the company, designed the logo. Salico was named for Sally Mohamed. The logo was created as the label for their onions and now it's on the sign of their umbrella company, Salico. — Former Employee, Brawley

Thank you for saving a family torn with strife over the meaning of the logo. Remember, the father said the creature was "a noble eagle."

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