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April 28, 2002

Sen. Charles Schumer announced today that a new Justice Department probe could cost the Rome school district as much as $3.1 million. The department is looking into whether Rome and other districts filed improper Medicaid claims for items like speech and physical therapy to special needs students.

In the aftermath of a fatal Utica fire, experts stress that oxygen concentrators are normally very safe. Clothing placed too close to an oxygen concentrator at a Utica home is believed to have sparked a fire in which a 79-year-old woman died Saturday, fire officials said.

April 28, 1992

There will be 258 fewer Air Force personnel at Griffiss Air Force Base, when a voluntary separation program takes effect. As of September 1991, there were 4,555 military assigned to Griffiss.

April 28, 1982

The city will have to spend between $100,000 and $1 million or more to comply with a state Department of Environmental Conservation order regarding the Tannery Road landfill, city officials acknowledged today. City Engineer Frank Clark called the order "an overbearing ruling on the City of Rome."

April 28, 1972

Francis J. McGowan was elected commander of Rome Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the first Korean War veteran to hold that position.

April 28, 1962

Fire has destroyed a large frame barn and 40 head of Holstein cattle on the Charles Anken Sr. farm, four miles north of Holland Patent on the Steuben Valley Road.

April 28, 1952

Rome School Superintendent Lyndon H. Strough has urged outside school districts to come to a decision whether they will consolidate with the Rome school district.

Today is Saturday, April 28, the 119th day of 2012. There are 247 days left in the year.

Today in History

On April 28, 1789, there was a mutiny on the Bounty as rebelling crew members of the British ship led by Fletcher Christian set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)

On this date:

In 1758, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, was born in Westmoreland County, Va.

In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1817, the United States and Britain signed the Rush-Bagot Treaty, which limited the number of naval vessels allowed in the Great Lakes.

In 1918, Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the archduke’s wife, Sophie, died in prison of tuberculosis.

In 1937, former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was born in the village of al-Oja near the desert town of Tikrit (he was executed in Dec. 2006).

In 1942, pollster George Gallup said most Americans preferred to call the current global conflict "World War II" or "The Second World War" (other suggestions included "Survival War" or "War of World Freedom").

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.

In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before took effect. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Supreme Allied commander in Europe; he was succeeded by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway.

In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day General William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam."

In 1987, Contra rebels in Nicaragua killed Benjamin Ernest Linder, an American engineer working on a hydroelectric project for the Sandinista government.

In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 tore off during a flight from Hilo to Honolulu.

One year ago

President Barack Obama reshuffled his national security team, with CIA Director Leon Panetta succeeding Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus replacing Panetta at the CIA. Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a California girl, Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted in 1991 at the age of 11 and rescued 18 years later. (Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison; Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.)

Today’s Birthdays

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is 86. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 82. Director-actor Richard C. Sarafian is 82. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 71. Actress Marcia Strassman is 64. Actor Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI") is 63. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is 62. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 60. Actress Mary McDonnell is 59. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 59. Rapper Too Short is 46. Actress Simbi Khali is 41. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 41. Actor Chris Young is 41. Rapper Big Gipp is 39. Actor Jorge Garcia is 39. Actress Elisabeth Rohm is 39. Actress Penelope Cruz is 38.

Thought for Today

"We have two lives... the one we learn with and the life we live with after that." - Bernard Malamud, American author (1914-1986).