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50 years ago

Con­gress­man John V. Tun­ney joins with a dozen mem­bers of the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee to­day in in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion in Congress to take away from the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) the job of sup­port­ing pri­vate Amer­i­can op­er­a­tions abroad.

The bi­par­ti­san group is rec­om­mend­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a pub­licly con­trolled cor­po­ra­tion to carry on var­i­ous non-in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which un­til re­cently were sup­ported covertly by the CIA.

Un­der this pro­posal, the ac­tiv­i­ties which got the CIA pub­lic­ity dur­ing re­cent weeks would be en­trusted to a newly cre­ated In­sti­tute on In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, man­aged by a board of di­rec­tors com­posed of dis­tin­guished pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The ma­jor­ity of the board mem­bers would be drawn from pri­vate life.

40 years ago

Round­ing into shape after miss­ing pre-sea­son work­outs, ju­nior Steve Low pitched a com­plete-game vic­tory for the Cen­tral Spar­tans in Im­pe­rial Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Low played bas­ket­ball for the Spar­tans and the var­sity cage cam­paign didn’t end un­til just be­fore the base­ball sea­son opened. Low went from the hard­woods to the di­a­mond.

Coach Dave Mid­dle­ton has brought Low along slowly but let him go seven against Im­pe­rial. Steve fired a six-hit­ter and the Spar­tans gained a 4-2 ex­hi­bi­tion tri­umph.

Ralph Ware has worked won­ders with the Tigers. Im­pe­rial started with some de­feats, won the con­so­la­tion title in a tour­na­ment and have been play­ing good base­ball.

Ware used Gary Cox and Hec­tor Diaz in the Cen­tral game. They sur­ren­dered 10 to­tal hits. Cox worked into the sixth in­ning be­fore be­ing re­lieved by Diaz.

30 years ago

IM­PE­RIAL — Fair­go­ers, stock car race fans and other fair par­tic­i­pants may have to en­joy their fa­vorite sports with­out a “cold one” to quench their thirst if the city coun­cil here gets its wish of ban­ning the sale of al­co­holic bev­er­ages on the state-owned fair­grounds.

Claim­ing they are tired of ref­er­ee­ing brawls, en­forc­ing driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated laws and clean­ing up after fair events in their city, coun­cil mem­bers Wed­nes­day de­cided to con­sider writ­ing a city or­di­nance ban­ning the sale of al­co­holic bev­er­ages on the fair­grounds.

20 years ago

Rep. Dun­can Hunter, R-52nd Dis­trict, will have a break­fast meet­ing Thurs­day with cham­ber of com­merce mem­bers from around the Im­pe­rial Val­ley at the Bar­bara Worth Golf Re­sort & Con­ven­tio Cen­ter.

Top­ics to be dis­cussed will in­clude Hunter’s op­po­si­tion to the res­ur­rec­tion of the now-de­funct San Diego & Ari­zona Rail­road, which once linked the Im­pe­rial Val­ley to San Diego. Hunter has said he fears trains run­ning on the rail line would be vic­tim­ized by rob­bers and il­le­gal im­mi­grants cross­ing the bor­der. He has said he will not sup­port res­ur­rect­ing the rail line un­til Cal­i­for­nia’s bor­der with Mex­ico is more se­cure.

But Cathy Ken­ner­son, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the El Cen­tro Cham­ber of Com­merce, said many area cham­ber mem­bers want the rail line re­opened since it would ben­e­fit the Val­ley eco­nom­i­cally.

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