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The north

10 years ago

Dec. 5, 2002: The offices of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County reopened Monday after sustaining extensive water damage last week, but there is still a lot of repair work that has to be done, according to the agency’s executive director, Richard L. Halpin. The agency is still trying to determine how much damage was done when 60 percent of the 10,000-square-foot office at 223 J.B. Wise Place was covered with several inches of water more than a week ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 5, 1987: The dispute over certification of a helipad atop Mercy Hospital may be close to a resolution, if the hospital can get the city to approve the installation of a $35,000 piece of equipment to satisfy fire safety requirements.

50 years ago

Dec. 5, 1962: The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority at 4 this afternoon opened its 850-acre industrial park, formerly part of the St. Lawrence State Hospital farm, abandoned in 1960. At the site a large sign lists future use of the tract.

75 years ago

Dec. 5, 1937: With the opening today of 15 classrooms in the elementary and junior high school, Ogdensburg was preparing to meet its educational needs of the present and immediate future by providing a $619,241 addition to its public school system.

100 years ago

Dec. 5, 1912: Crescent Yacht Club officers announced today that nine yacht clubs of Lake Ontario will be represented at the Lake Yacht Racing Association’s race meet to be held at Prinyers Cove, Bay of Quinte, next August. It is expected that more than 300 boats from the various clubs will be present and have entries in the races. More than 80 boats from the Crescent Yacht Club will undoubtedly be in attendance.

125 years ago

Dec. 5, 1887: The employees of the Eames Vacuum Brake company are working 15 hours each weekday at present.

150 years ago

Dec. 5, 1862: There will be a Christmas Eve dance in LaFargeville at the house of E.E. Clark, Wednesday, Dec. 24. Music provided by Horth’s Band. Tickets, $2.

The world

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2012. There are 26 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 5, 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union announced a bilateral space agreement on exchanging weather data from satellites, mapping Earth’s geomagnetic field and cooperating in the experimental relay of communications.

Ten years ago: Strom Thurmond, the oldest and (until Robert Byrd overtook him) longest-serving senator in history, celebrated his 100th birthday on Capitol Hill. (In toasting the South Carolina lawmaker, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott seemed to express nostalgia for Thurmond’s segregationist past; the resulting political firestorm prompted Lott to resign his leadership position.) In Kansas City, Mo., Robert R. Courtney, a pharmacist who’d diluted chemotherapy drugs given to thousands of cancer patients, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. General Ne Win, former dictator of Myanmar, also called Burma, died in Yangon at age 91. ABC executive Roone Arledge died in New York at age 71.

Five years ago: A teenage gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., killing six store employees and two customers; Robert A. Hawkins, 19, then took his own life. President George W. Bush, trying to keep pressure on Iran, called on Tehran to “come clean” about the scope of its nuclear activities or else face diplomatic isolation.

Thought for Today: “As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly.” — Lew Wallace, American author (1827-1905).

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