Tabloid Tales of the Past

May 24, 2002

Parents who object to a book that is read by Joy School fifth graders took their case to the Board of Education Wednesday night. Other speakers supported use of the book. Nine people spoke to the board about students being required to read "Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth." Some parents objected to the use of the occult and witchcraft.

Improved business at Dolphin Technology means it will occupy more space and employ more people than originally anticipated in its new home at Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

May 24, 1992

The four prisons in Oneida County have brought jobs and economic benefits to the area, but are not responsible for significant increases in crime and demands on social services. The study was conducted by the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program.

May 24, 1982

ALBANY — A battle is shaping up in the state Legislature over a proposal by Gov. Hugh L. Carey to convert three state mental health facilities — including Utica Psychiatric Center — and part of a fourth facility into medium-security state prisons.

May 24, 1972

An $80 tuition increase at Rome Catholic High School, raising the annual fee to $300, was announced by the Rev. Donald H. Karlen, principal.

May 24, 1962

The executive committee of the Rome Republican Committee has endorsed Mayor Charles T. Lanigan for Republican candidate for Oneida County Executive.

May 24, 1952

Wallace B. Johnson, Middle Road, Oneida, has annoucned his candidacy for the Republican nomination for member of the Assembly from Madison County.

Today is Thursday, May 24, the 145th day of 2012. There are 221 days left in the year.

Today in history

On May 24, 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.

On this date:

In 1775, John Hancock was elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding Peyton Randolph.

In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message "What hath God wrought" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.

In 1918, Bela Bartok’s one-act opera "Bluebeard’s Castle" had its premiere in Budapest.

In 2001, 23 people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending them plunging several stories into the basement.

Today’s Birthdays

Comedian Tommy Chong is 74. Singer Bob Dylan is 71. Actor Gary Burghoff is 69. Singer Patti LaBelle is 68. Actress Priscilla Presley is 67. Country singer Mike Reid is 65. Actor Jim Broadbent is 63. Actor Alfred Molina is 59.

Singer Rosanne Cash is 57. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 52. Rock musician Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry) is 49. Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 49. Actor John C. Reilly is 47. Actor Eric Close is 45. Rock musician Rich Robinson is 43. Actor Bryan Greenburg is 34.

Actor Billy L. Sullivan is 32. Actor-rapper Jerod Mixon (aka Big Tyme) is 31. Rock musician Cody Hanson (Hinder) is 30. Country singer Billy Gilman is 24. Actor Cayden Boyd is 18.

Thought for Today

"Responsibility educates." - Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist (1811-1884).