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Stories of the Past: Friday, August 10, 2001

August 10, 2001

50 years ago — An unemployed El Centro man who threatened to blow up Santa Anita Racetrack with a bomb was placed on five years probation yesterday and ordered to get psychiatric treatment. The man made the threat because "I lost all my money and my self-respect by betting at the races."

40 years ago — Members of the Niland Fire Department had their problems when they responded to a freight car fire 16 miles out of town. In their travels to and from the fire, firefighters had three blowouts and lost the three tires. Fire damage to the freight car was minor.

30 years ago — The anxiously awaited drive to get national legislation covering unionizing of farm workers is under way in Congress. Rep. Victor Veysey, R-Imperial and Riverside counties, introduced legislation scheduled to be referred to the House Subcommittee on Education and Labor for consideration.

20 years ago — A fire in the storage area that runs the length of the rear of Brawley's Safeway store was extinguished at 11:10 this morning. The fire was reported at 10:45 a.m. Flames and water extensively damaged merchandise, mostly paper products in the west end of the storage area. The store will be closed the rest of the day.

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