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News that was making news in years gone by:

December 12, 1935:

* The first edition of the Northern Virginia Sun rolled off the presses, promising non-partisan coverage of news across the region.

* The ongoing expansion of the Arlington courthouse is slated for completion in June.

* Gov. Perry is looking for ways to reduce the increasing number of traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways.

* Washington-Lee’s basketball team defeated Jefferson High of Falls Church, 20-13.

December 9, 1949:

* The Arlington County Civic Federation is seeking elimination of Virginia’s poll tax, and wants a new state constitution.

* The Arlington YMCA is celebrating its five-year anniversary with plans for expansion.

* The Arlington School Board has sold $2.5 million in bonds at an interest rate of 1.862 percent.

December 8, 1962:

* Gov. Harrison says the state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after Virginia’s legislative districting was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel for discriminating against urban areas of the commonwealth.

* The Arlington County Civic Federation is seeking higher teacher pay.

* Rev. Billy Graham will speak at the Pentagon this week.

* It took four overtimes, but Yorktown defeated Wakefield in boys basketball. Hoffman-Boston defeated Walker-Grant, 49-40.

December 9, 1969:

* Groundbreaking for the Metro system this week was coupled with President Nixon’s signature on a $1.15 billion measure to help fund it.

* Gov.-elect Linwood Holton says he will outline his priorities during a speech on Jan. 19.

* David Brinkley will be the featured speaker at a community forum at Washington-Lee High School.

* At the movies: “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Midnight Cowboy,” Elvis in “The Trouble With Girls” and Paul Newman in “Hombre.”

* Wakefield is the only local team to have opened its basketball season so far, and it tallied a victory.

December 9-10, 1977:

* While ridership on Metro subway and bus service has fallen across most of the region, it has been stable in Northern Virginia.

* Republican John Dalton spent $1.9 million in his successful bid for governor, compared to $1.2 million for Henry Howell.

* Billy Carter has endorsed Republican John Warner for U.S. Senate.

* McLean defeated Washington-Lee, 26-24, in wrestling.

* Sun publisher Herman Obermayer opines that “I get nut calls almost daily.”

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