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25 years ago — 1993

WASH­ING­TON — Per­sian Gulf vet­er­ans with lifethreat­en­ing ill­nesses ac­cused the gov­ern­ment Tues­day of ig­nor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity they were sick­ened by Iraqi chem­i­cal or bi­o­log­i­cal weapons. “I know that some­thing is ter­ri­bly wrong,” Nick Roberts of Colum­bus, Ga., told the House Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in re­count­ing his ser­vice with a naval con­struc­tion bat­tal­ion in Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing the war. Thou­sands of gulf war vet­er­ans have com­plained of un­di­ag­nosed ail­ments that have come to be called “Per­sian Gulf Syn­drome.” Among the sus­pected causes have been fumes from oil fires, pes­ti­cides and ra­di­a­tion from de­pleted ura­nium used in mu­ni­tions.

50 years ago — 1968

NEW YORK — An Arab fa­ther and two of his sons were ar­rested Sat­ur­day night in con­nec­tion with an al­leged plot to as­sas­si­nate Pres­i­dent-elect Richard M. Nixon, po­lice said. Ahmed Rageh Namer, 46, and his two sons, Abdo Ahmed Namer, 18, and Hus­sein Namer, 20, were booked early Sun­day in Brook­lyn on charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, crim­i­nal so­lic­i­ta­tion and pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous weapons, of­fi­cers said. It was not im­me­di­ately es­tab­lished whether the al­leged plot was the re­sult of en­mity to­ward Is­rael as was the case of Sirhan B. Sirhan, a Jor­da­nian im­mi­grant charged with the as­sas­si­na­tion of Sen­a­tor Robert F. Kennedy.

75 years ago — 1943

Sher­iff-elect John Bar­bee of ad­join­ing DeSoto County, Miss., has pub­licly as­serted that the mo­ment he takes of­fice on Jan. 1 gam­bling and liquor dives on the Ten­nesseeMis­sis­sippi state line will be closed, and that he has al­ready warned op­er­a­tors that they had “bet­ter not be in busi­ness” when he does take of­fice.

100 years ago — 1918

An ex­plo­sion at the power house at 1:30 this morn­ing cut off all elec­tric light and cur­rent and did con­sid­er­able dam­age, the ex­tent of which is not known yet. The ma­chin­ery of The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal was stopped while the third edi­tion was on the press and the last edi­tion and this ex­tra were got­ten out un­der the great­est dif­fi­cul­ties.

125 years ago — 1893

Mem­phis will get the Litchfield Car Works. A let­ter just re­ceived from C.F. Collins, pres­i­dent of the com­pany in St. Louis, has brought to a suc­cess­ful close a cam­paign of 14 months waged tire­lessly by the Young Men’s Busi­ness League to lure the com­pany to Mem­phis. The car plant will be east of the city, be­tween Po­plar and Sum­mer, east of Treze­vant. It will turn out 15 freight cars per day and will em­ploy 1,500. It will be the largest plant of its kind in the coun­try.

Sid­ney M'Reynolds, 16, of 1876 Crump, is a ju­nior at Cen­tral High School in No­vem­ber 1955. While at Snow­den School, she was art ed­i­tor of "The Chat­ter­box." She's al­ready had two years of study at Mem­phis Academy of Arts and has cap­tured sev­eral stu­dent art awards. This young artist likes both wa­ter­col­ors and oils and her goal is fash­ion de­sign­ing, or an al­lied field. She is the daugh­ter of Mrs. Hays Brant­ley and the late Sid­ney McReynolds. BAR­NEY SELLERS/THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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