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Stories of the Past: Friday, June 8, 2001

June 08, 2001

50 years ago — More than 300 boys and girls attended the summer opening of the Palladium Canteen in El Centro yesterday. The young people participated in ping pong, pool, basketball and badminton.

40 years ago — A 14-year-old confessed to starting two fires with a magnifying glass. The fire damaged three boxcars and burned down two haystacks. The boy is in a juvenile hall awaiting action by the juvenile court.

30 years ago — It is cheaper to be addicted to drugs in Imperial Valley than in other areas, but an addict's craving for drugs costs the county and its residents a lot of money, Lt. Oren Fox of the Sheriff's Office said today. Fox and Dr. Amalia Katsigeanis appeared before the Board of Supervisors to plead for a heroin treatment center.

20 years ago — With breakfast and boasting, the Imperial Irrigation District broke ground today on a 4,000-kilowatt hydroplant hailed as "a new era of power development" in Imperial Valley.

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