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Probe: September 5, 2001

September 05, 2001

More on Hazel Livingston, the court reporter for the inquest in the local death of famous writer Nathaniel West … Hazel was an active member of the "courthouse crowd" well into the 1960s and 70s. She wrote a pamphlet on the proper way to testify in court for "rookie policemen." It became part of the agenda taught at Imperial Valley College.

She was a mother hen to all the young cops, giving good advice with charm and a ribald sense of humor. Some young history major will find Hazel made, lived and was history in the Valley. — Tom Carnes, Floresville, Texas

Thanks. Hazel Livingston sounds like a one-of-a-kind character, fun-loving, bawdy, intelligent and helpful. We think those are some of the best characteristics any person can have.

QUESTION: Why haven't we been getting the Albertson's ad in the newspaper on Tuesdays anymore? — Moving to Vons in El Centro.

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Well, it wasn't our choice! Albertson's made a decision to not run its weekly sales ads in our newspaper. Our sales manager, John Yanni, said an Albertson's staffer in the regional office in Los Angeles informed the newspaper at the end of July that, effective Aug. 1, the sales ads would no longer run in this newspaper. Short notice indeed.

If you would like to see the ads back in the paper, let the local Albertson's store manager know your feelings. He may have some input. We think Albertson's is a quality operation and we would like to have it back in the fold. We think we are not providing as full a service to our readers as we could with the ads. Oh yeah, and the money is nice.

By the way, cynics out there, this question was not a setup or an inside job. If it were we would go on and on about the bang for its buck Albertson's is getting by putting its inserts into another "publication" here in the Valley, citing specific circulation numbers and demographics and such. We don't want to take advantage of such a free shot.

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