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25 years ago — 1994 A body­guard for fig­ure skat­ing cham­pion Tonya Hard­ing has ad­mit­ted be­ing in­volved in the at­tack that knocked Hard­ing’s main ri­val, Nancy Ker­ri­gan, out of the national cham­pi­onships, NBC News re­ported Wed­nes­day. NBC’S Now program, cit­ing anony­mous sources, said Shawn Eric Eckardt con­fessed to be­ing in­volved in the Jan. 6 at­tack at the U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Detroit. The NBC re­port ex­panded on a Wed­nes­day story by The Port­land Ore­go­nian that the FBI was in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that Hard­ing’s hus­band, Jeff Gil­looly, and Eckardt were in­volved in the at­tack. In last week’s at­tack, a man bran­dish­ing a club struck Ker­ri­gan after a prac­tice ses­sion, se­verely bruis­ing her right leg and forc­ing her to with­draw from the com­pe­ti­tion. The man es­caped. 50 years ago — 1969 The gov­ern­ment said in Washington yesterday that it is grow­ing its own mar­i­juana for lab­o­ra­tory use, and the Re­search In­sti­tute of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sciences at the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­sis­sippi has the main con­tract for grow­ing it in the field. The National In­sti­tute of Men­tal Health said the gov­ern­ment-pro­duced mar­i­juana would be used by it and by pri­vate re­searchers to de­ter­mine the ef­fects of mar­i­juana on hu­mans. The in­sti­tute said the re­cent boost in il­le­gal mar­i­juana use had cre­ated new so­cial and med­i­cal prob­lems and that an ac­cel­er­ated re­search program was needed to pro­vide ob­jec­tive data. 75 years ago — 1944 Mem­phis work­ers will be asked this week to “help launch the in­va­sion” by tak­ing jobs at the Charleston, S.C., Navy Yard, where 6,000 new work­ers are needed im­me­di­ately for build­ing the Navy’s new in­va­sion craft, the LSM (Land­ing Ship Mer­chan­dised) un­der the gov­ern­ment’s $5,000,000,000 program for pro­vid­ing craft of the type within the near fu­ture. 100 years ago — 1919 COBLENZ, Ger­many — At this proud mil­i­tary fortress yesterday a com­mis­sion of Ger­man avi­a­tors be­gan the hu­mil­i­at­ing task of turn­ing over $1,320,000 worth of aero­planes to their Amer­i­can con­querors. Un­der the terms of the armistice the Ger­mans are forced to give a 15 minute test flight to one plane out of ev­ery 20. In the pres­ence of a large Amer­i­can crowd Ger­man pilot Von Hausen, who shot down Theodore Roo­sevelt’s son, Quentin, was forced to make a flight de­spite a ter­rific gale. After an ex­hi­bi­tion of trick fly­ing he was cha­grined to learn upon land­ing that he had only flown 13 min­utes in­stead of the re­quired 15. Or­dered to go up again, he re­peated the flight. The plane crashed to earth, bury­ing him un­der the wreck­age. He was crit­i­cally, per­haps mor­tally, wounded. 125 years ago — 1894 The ter­ri­ble de­pres­sion in busi­ness for the past year has caused us to try an ex­per­i­ment to keep things go­ing. Full well you know the old style of do­ing busi­ness on credit. Some pay prompt, some pay late and some don’t pay at all. We call our new way “bar­gain sales.” On Satur­days we will sell for “cash only” many ar­ti­cles at prices so low it will as­ton­ish you. This week it will be silk cro­chet sus­penders for 98 cents (found else­where for $1.98), col­lars, cuffs and half-hose at bar­gain prices. Henry Loeb & Co., 314 Main.

THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL FILES

Di­rec­tor Tom Fitzsim­mons, right, puts fin­ish­ing touches on a seance scene from noel Cow­ard’s “Blithe Spirit,” which has a week’s run in Jan­uary 1952 at the new Arena The­atre play­house in the base­ment of the King Cot­ton Ho­tel. Rose­mary Mur­phy, medium Carolyn Bren­ner and Rex Partington get rather more than they bar­gained for from the spirit world.

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