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Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines

Over the years, the News, our local tabloid format daily paper, has become well known for its front page banner headlines. Some call them brilliant, some call them tasteless, but whatever your opinion, it’s a fact that the News is the city’s most profitable daily newspaper, so the headlines must work. We were lucky enough…

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Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

Friday Facts: Max, Stca Fyadirf, Yzumitelno!

:: Greatest decennial population increase (1950 – 1960)- 201,610 :: Actor James Robard once described the City as “The place where my heart has a home.” He had previously said the same of New Orleans, Louisiana and Tucson, Arizona. :: The Stander Memorial Gymnasium at Pine Run Junior High School is the only gymnasium in…

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What’s Happening! Feb. 8-14

What’s Happening! Feb. 8-14

A select listing of notable events around the city in the next week, culled from local publications: Feb. 8 Devil and Ms. Milveaux book reading/signing- Author Margaret Milveaux reads from her locally best-selling book, 7:30 pm, Woldman Heights branch library. Free. Feb.9 SCAMUG – The Society for Creative Anachronism Macintosh Users Group, 6 pm, Java…

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Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

Friday Facts: Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Sauerkraut, Mini-Marshmallows

:: Number of years between the founding of the city and its incorporation- 19 :: This Sunday marks thirty years since the closing of the Hearth’s Delight Confectionaries factory, here in the heart of the city. Here are some of the fondly-remembered candies and sweets manufactured by this hometown Willy Wonka: Caramel Flats, Chocolate Hailstones,…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 31

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 31

:: On this date in 1981, near the end of his third term, City Councilman John Rondo tearfully admitted at a press conference that he was illiterate. This came as quite a shock to most people, particularly his constituents. He revealed how he had faked it for much of his life and had relied for…

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Friday Facts: Meanwhile, at the Pioneer Square Strip Mall

Friday Facts: Meanwhile, at the Pioneer Square Strip Mall

:: Sister city featured on municipal signage on December 6, 1941- Mihara City, Japan :: Sister city featured on municipal signage as of December 9, 1941- Newcastle, England :: Hanna-Barbera animator Clark E. Pantuso reportedly modeled the design for the Super Friends’ Hall of Justice on the Pioneer Square Strip Mall, at the corner of…

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Friday Facts: Only Eight So Far (Fingers Crossed)

Friday Facts: Only Eight So Far (Fingers Crossed)

:: For the fourth time in ten years, the number of homicides is equal to less than half of the days in the year at this point. Police Commissioner Nelson Apperbee will be holding a press conference to celebrate this Monday afternoon, on the assumption that it will not be a “bad weekend.” :: Some…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 17

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 17

:: In 1918, an accident at the Jackson Independent Pharmaceutical Company caused a tank to burst, releasing 1.7 million gallons of the company’s patented Menth-O-Lux mentholated topical creme (a similar but different-enough-so-as-to-avoid-legal-action competitor to Vicks VapoRub) down Pikers Hill, in the Benson Park neighborhood. The initial six-foot-high wave damaged nearby buildings and killed eleven people…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

:: Most people naturally assume that the city’s first public vending machines were the chicken leg contraptions installed along Soldier Boulevard by the Vendmate Company in 1925. Not so! Predating even those beloved tin hulks were the Vend-O salt dispensers that first appeared in 1922 in front of the Oriental Library. Day and night, the…

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Friday Facts: It’s a type of purple

Friday Facts: It’s a type of purple

:: Twice a year, under an assumed name, architect Frank Gehry sets up an office in a strip mall on Watson Glenn Road and consults with homeowners for $25 an hour. He uses the name “Arthur Gilgreen.” :: The men’s room at the Halpern Club has three urinals which are rumored to have come from…

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