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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, December 4, 2001

December 04, 2001

>>50 years ago — Californians who apply for ownership transfer of used cars in December will be required to pay their full 1952 registration fee. The new requirement was based on terms of a new law and announced by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

>>40 years ago — Calexico will receive new lighting. Thirty-two mercury vapor lights along Calexico's Imperial Avenue, officially were turned on Friday. Conducting the ceremony were Bruce Ritter, power superintendent of the Imperial Irrigation District Calexico division; Ed Freeley, manager of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce; Dick Emerson, city administrator; and Mayor Raul Carrillo.

>>30 years ago — Hoffman Music and the El Centro Lions Club floats were the commercial and non-commercial sweepstakes trophies at the 26th annual El Centro Christmas Parade on Saturday, viewed by an estimated 25,000 people.

>>20 years ago — A German photojournalist paralyzed when his rented Chevrolet rolled off Highway 78 near Glamis two years ago is suing General Motors for up to $5 million. The suit, being heard in Judge Henry Wien's court in El Centro, is also seeking redress from Avis-Rent-A-Car. The suit claims failures in the car's design contributed to the journalist's injuries.

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