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Stories of the Past: Sunday, July 1, 2001

June 30, 2001

50 years ago — Cpl. Matias Murillo of Calexico has been wounded for a second time while serving with the U.S. Army in Korea. According to the report, Murillo previously had been wounded and returned to duty.

40 years ago — Water sports at Salton Sea are fun, even under the sun. Or so they say. To prove this there'll be the Helldrivers at the sea July 4. Each year this group gathers at the sea for club invitation. Last year 98 made the 21-mile trip across the sea and returned, taking off from Helen's Salton Sea Beach and going to Charlie's on the north shore.

30 years ago — "Black capitalism" means more than competing for the dollar for Ben Solomon. He has recently opened a store in El Centro that sells dashikis (African-style tunics), "soul" records, art work and other items made by or for blacks. The object is "just to make black awareness, that what's all about," Solomon said.

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20 years ago — The basic room rate at El Centro Community Hospital today goes up 10 percent at $160 a day while hospital employee salaries are going up by the same percentage. Both increases were included in the 1981-1982 fiscal year budget passed Tuesday by ECCH hospital board.

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