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Amandour Prison’s Final Inmate

Amandour Prison’s Final Inmate

In 1980 the only remaining state correctional facility within the city limits – Amandour Prison – closed its heavy iron door for last time. The order to shut down the facility, once home to as many as 494 inmates, actually occurred in 1951. While it is not surprising for the wheels of justice – or…

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Rare City Documents Burned

Rare City Documents Burned

Fire Commissioner Gordon ‘Chick’ Hall reports that an electrical fire in the 4th Floor Records Room at Old City Hall early Saturday morning destroyed some of the city’s most irreplaceable historical treasures. The blaze was discovered by third-shift security guard Mona Chellis at approximately 2:45 am. Chellis believes the fire started some time around 2:30…

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Friday Facts: “Shall our city be given over to the terorists? [sic]”

Friday Facts: “Shall our city be given over to the terorists? [sic]”

:: Number of “informational” flyers distributed this week on windshields and utility poles in the Parklawn section, insinuating that mayoral hopeful and City Councilman Terence Williams was once married to someone who may or may not have had relatives who were of the Muslim faith: Approx. 2,000 :: Number of spelling & grammatical errors in…

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Friday Facts: Apparently Babies Need Keys and Ham

Friday Facts: Apparently Babies Need Keys and Ham

:: Number of fire department/EMT calls due to fireworks ‘incidents’ on New Year’s Eve: 211 :: Number of fire department/EMT calls due to fireworks ‘incidents’ last July 4th: 213 :: The first baby of 2008 was born in Nilsson-Presbyterian South Hospital at 12:49am on Jan. 1. He’s Jeffrey Louis Hippert, 9 lbs., 4 oz., born…

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Friday Facts: End of Year Closeout Special

Friday Facts: End of Year Closeout Special

:: With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on a Tuesday this season, please note that all city services will be open and functioning on Monday, Dec.24 and Monday, Dec. 31, with the exception of the Mayor’s Office, which will be closed at 2pm on Friday, Dec. 21, and reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2,…

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Friday Facts: Light the Tree, Sell the Books

Friday Facts: Light the Tree, Sell the Books

:: Number of variations on “LED” used by various speakers during Thursday’s municipal Holiday Fest tree-lighting ceremony at Old City Hall: 7 (“LDE,” “LDD,” “LLD,” “Lead,” “DL,” “Leed,” and “Magic bulbs.”) :: Number of killowatt hours saved by the widely-touted switching of the tree’s lights to energy-efficient LEDs: 1,000/day :: And what of the old…

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Wanted: New City Slogan

Wanted: New City Slogan

Mayor Wilders will announce at a press conference today a competition to create a new “city slogan,” sponsored jointly by the Valley Regional Tourism Commission (VRTC) and the Chamber of Commerce. The competition is part of the VRTC’s promotional “Silent Nights, Bright Lights” holiday campaign, the details of which will also be announced this afternoon.…

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Friday Facts: Thanksgiving Parade, Freon, Events

Friday Facts: Thanksgiving Parade, Freon, Events

:: Number of states represented by marching bands in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 5 :: Number of people saved by this year’s parade Grand Marshal, Janelle Welks, when that van went off of Pier 8 in June: 7 :: Number of candidates for next year’s mayoral race who will be marching in the parade:…

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Friday Facts: 311 is Not a Joke

Friday Facts: 311 is Not a Joke

:: Today, at 5pm, the city’s Office for Information and Complaints hotline will shut down after 33 years of service. It will be subsumed into the city’s new 311 information service. :: Number of staffers for the hotline in 1974: 1 :: Number today: 28 :: Number to be staffing the new 311 line: 35…

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The Lost Windfall of the Colpo di Fortuna Due

The Lost Windfall of the Colpo di Fortuna Due

The last will and testament of world-renowned sculptor Oliver Henry Munro (1913 – 2007), whose 1940 masterwork Colpo di Fortuna was credited with inspiring insurgents who liberated Ethiopia from Italian fascists, awarded his follow-up piece, Colpo di Fortuna Due, to his grandnephew Gilbert L. Carroll, a resident of our city’s South Side, and long-time employee…

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