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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, June 18, 2002

June 18, 2002

>>50 stories ago — Operation Skywatch, a civil defense volunteer organization, was put on alert along the border of the country by an order from Washington, D.C.

"The Soviets have had the capability for some time to attack us," said Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Smith Jr., explaining why the 24-hour watch is essential.

>>40 years ago — Charles Wilson, former superintendent of Barbara Worth School, is recipient of the educator's award presented by Valley Forge Freedom Foundation. The honor was given to only 14 educators in the United States, selected on the basis of having done the most to foster American values among children.

>>30 years ago — The government ban on DDT for use on farm crops by Dec. 31 will not even cause a ripple in this county, Claude Finnell, Imperial County agricultural commissioner, reported. Finnell said it was 10 years ago when use of DDT was restricted in Imperial County.

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>>20 years ago — An Imperial Valley College student is asking other students to join a class-action suit that challenges admission standards to state junior colleges. The lawsuit will attack requirements that college students moving to the United State from other countries wait one year after receiving a lawful permanent resident card before qualifying for the much lower resident tuition. The case is being handled locally by California Rural Legal Assistance.

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