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September 24, 2013 | By David Zucchino
ASHEBORO, N.C. - If a county could blush, Randolph County just might. The school board in this largely rural county, to the embarrassment of many residents, voted last week to ban Ralph Ellison's iconic novel of African American angst, "Invisible Man. " In a 5-2 vote, the board barred the book from all school libraries in the county after the mother of an 11th-grader complained that the novel was "too much for teenagers. " But confronted by an angry backlash and concerns that the ban had shamed the county, the board backed down and scheduled a special meeting Wednesday in order to reconsider the book's status.
November 6, 1985
Arthur Koelle of Laguna Niguel, an Orange County deputy district attorney, was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian on Tuesday to the Municipal Court bench of the South Orange County district. Koelle, who now supervises the prosecution of criminal cases in the Central Orange County Judicial District, served as a patrol officer with the Long Beach Police Department before joining the district attorney's office in 1971. Koelle, 50, replaces retired Judge John Griffin in the $70,436-a-year post.
December 29, 1986
Boston police were investigating the death of a homeless man whose clothes caught fire as he was trying to keep warm in near-freezing weather. The man, identified as John (Dukey) Griffin, 55, was known to Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, whose teen-aged son had given him food. Police said that Griffin had taken shelter under a staircase behind a bathhouse on Dorchester Bay, and may have lit a cigarette or built a fire there. His body was found about 40 feet from the water.
August 29, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Because Gov. Pete Wilson eliminated $800,000 for construction of a senior citizens center at Las Palmas Park from his state budget at the eleventh hour, Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) is exploring ways to obtain other funding. Cardenas wants to write a separate appropriations bill to fund the project in such a way that it overrides the governor's decision earlier this month, an aide said. "The governor was pretty brutal," said Cardenas aide John Griffin on Friday.
February 29, 1988
Todd Dixon, Southern California College's leading scorer, Sunday was named to the NAIA all-District III basketball team by a vote of conference coaches. Dixon, who averages 15 points and 7 assists a game, will lead fourth-seeded SCC (17-13) in the first round of the district playoffs against Christian Heritage Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Costa Mesa. Steve DeLavega of Cal Lutheran was named player of the year and Biola's Dave Holmquist was named coach of the year.
April 7, 1994
Now that World Cup officials have squelched one Pasadena plan to fund economic development through soccer ticket sales, city officials are drafting another plan. The City Council on Monday is to consider a plan to sell the coveted tickets to out-of-town business people who might be persuaded to set up shop in Pasadena, said Assistant City Manager Edmund F. Sotelo.
May 5, 1993 | Ted Johnson, Times correspondent
Cattle ranchers are still investing in Orange County, but their home on the range is more likely to have mirrored glass and stucco. Central California Livestock Inc., an investment group in the San Gabriel Valley, bought a 153,000-square-foot retail, office and industrial complex at 1801 E. Dyer Road in Santa Ana. The group paid $5.8 million for the site. "It's just an investment property for them," said broker Robert Socci of Scher-Voit Commercial Brokerage Co. in Anaheim.
April 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
NASCAR might have convinced Dale Earnhardt's widow to have the racing star's autopsy photos sealed to protect itself against a wrongful death lawsuit, an attorney for a newspaper seeking access to the images suggested Tuesday. Attorney Tom Julin, in a memorandum filed in Volusia County Circuit Court, also argued that legislation passed last week restricting public access to all autopsy photos is unconstitutional and can't be applied retroactively to the Earnhardt case.
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