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Stories of the past: Friday,December 7, 2001

December 07, 2001

>>50 years ago — Quarterback Mike Casey kicked a field goal with a little more than a half minute left to play at Citrus Union High School last night to give Brawley a 9-7 win over the Cougars and the championship of the Southern CIF minor division. It marked the first time in 19 years the Wildcats have won the SCIF championship.

>>40 years ago — Otis W. Wood of Brawley was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Brawley County Water District last night.

>>30 years ago — Two men were arrested on suspicion of auto theft Saturday about 10 miles east of Ocotillo Wells after they abandoned their auto and fled into the desert. Four California Highway Patrol units, two Border Patrol units and a Border Patrol aircraft were used in tracking down the suspects. Subsequent to their arrest, the CHP learned the men are also suspects in at least one Los Angeles area burglary and other auto thefts.

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>>20 years ago — For a handful of survivors living in Imperial County, the attack on Pearl Harbor 40 years ago today was a near brush with death. The day started peacefully enough. At least two survivors — Tom Ary of Holtville, and Warren Greene of El Centro, — had a cup of coffee in hand when the first bombs hit. When they heard the planes come in, they looked up without much interest since the sound of plane motors coming into Hickman Field was not usual. Seconds later, as the planes laid bombs on Hickman Field and strafed everything that moved, their feeling "something was wrong" was confirmed.

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