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Stories of thePast: Monday, May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001

50 years ago — The decisive battle in World War III will be fought in the air over Europe in the vicinity of the Iron Curtain. This was the forecast by retired Navy Adm. Frederick C. Sherman in a radio speech in Brawley in observance of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

40 years ago — More than 30,000 Mexicali area residents are expected to welcome President Adolfo Lopez Mateos tonight. Mayor Federico Martinez said the president will be driven from the airport to the governor's palace in Mexicali.

30 years ago — California Rural Legal Assistance attorneys started "presenting their case" before a three-judge federally appointed commission gathering evidence in Imperial County hearings on a recommendation that CRLA should be abolished. Complaints against CRLA include dealings with the United Farm Workers.

20 years ago — A year-long discrimination suit by El Centro police Capt. Ralph Cordova charging he had been unfairly passed over for police chief was settled Wednesday. After a closed session, the El Centro City Council unanimously agreed to promote Cordova to assistant police chief retroactively. As part of the settlement, Cordova will receive more than $2,000 in back pay and a $120 a month increase in pay.

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