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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 28, 2002: Massena Memorial Hospital is looking to add a multipurpose wing to go along with its upcoming $8.3 million renovation and expansion project. The proposed wing would connect the three-story addition planned at the west end of the building and the area that now serves as the main entrance.

25 years ago

Nov. 28, 1987: Traffic has shot up as much as 95 percent since 1984 on Route 11 bordering Fort Drum, a factor that will be considered in the state’s decision on whether a connector is needed between the post entrance and Interstate 81.

50 years ago

Nov. 28, 1962: A practice drill will be held in Watertown’s public and parochial schools Thursday afternoon in which 8,550 students will scurry home, most on foot, in the face of a simulated nuclear strike warning. The test, the first in a planned series, will begin at 2:20 p.m. when bells and sirens will be activated by school principals.

75 years ago

Nov. 28, 1937: The Potsdam town highway department has placed gravel on 29 roads within the town during the past summer, according to statistics revealed in a report compiled by O.D. Welden, highway superintendent. The department has graveled 61 miles of roads using 34,000 yards of material in these projects.

100 years ago

Nov. 28, 1912: Yesterday was a white Thanksgiving in Ogdensburg and it was also pretty cold during the early hours. The atmosphere was charged with white frost and the thermometer hung around the zero mark.

125 years ago

Nov. 28, 1887: The house in Croghan owned by Dr. Kilborn, which recently burned, was insured by the Agricultural of this city, which company promptly paid the loss in full, for which Dr. Kilborn wishes to commend the company.

150 years ago

Nov. 28, 1862: A letter was posted in New York, Nov. 5, 1861, plainly addressed as follows: “Mr. Myers, North Galveston, India.” The clerk here, into whose hands it fell, put it on its way to London, England, where it was then passed to Calcutta, India. Some official there marked it “No such person or place here,” and returned it to the original New York postmark. The unlucky letter has probably finally found its way to Indiana, in which state there is a North Galveston.

The world

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2012. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 28, 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

Ten years ago: In twin attacks in Kenya, three suicide bombers killed 14 people at an Israeli-owned hotel, while at least two missiles were fired at — but missed — an Israeli jetliner taking off from Mombasa airport.

Five years ago: A day after an international Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., President George W. Bush told Israeli and Palestinian leaders he was personally committed to their mission of peace. Republican presidential rivals Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney clashed over immigration in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate. O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers. (Simpson and a codefendant were later convicted.) Broadway stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement on ending a crippling 19-day-old strike.

Thought for Today: “We are not all born at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later.” — Mary Hunter Austin, American novelist and playwright (1868-1934).

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