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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

March 19, 2002

>>50 years ago — The charge for local telephone calls from some 70,000 coin telephones throughout California. including more than 26,000 in the Southland, will change to 10 cents.

>>40 years ago — The county Health Department already has given 4,500 polio shots and expects to give another 17,000 during April, Dr. Merle E. Smith, the department director reported. Smith said, however, that indications show May will be the biggest month.

>>30 years ago — Acupuncture — Oriental medical treatment by needle — apparently works but not in the Imperial Valley. Interest in the subject increased among Valley residents and medical personnel following the first family's visit to mainland China.

>>20 years ago — After a violent storm caved in the roof of the Calexico Chronicle and flooded out the office Friday, Publisher John H. Steppling vowed to publish this week even if he had to "hand draw" the weekly newspaper. On Wednesday, the 3,000-circulation Chronicle published as usual and Steppling didn't have to draw it.

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