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News that was making news in years gone by:

October 8, 1936:

* The Sun editor complains that Military Road is in “deplorable” condition.

* Arlington teachers are getting lessons in first aid from the Red Cross.

October 8, 1943:

* Incumbent County Board members are facing criticism that they have delegated too much authority to County Manager Frank Hanrahan.

* County Board members have established a post-war planning board.

* County officials are mulling whether to establish a retirement plan for government workers.

* As of Aug. 1, a reported 4,996 Arlington men (and an unreported number of women) are serving in the Armed Forces, the highest total of any Virginia county.

* With the poll books now closed, Arlington will have about 15,000 registered voters.

* Washington-Lee defeated Western High School with three touchdowns in the final quarter.

* Brrrr! The first frost made an appearance across the region this week.

October 8, 1950:

* “I want to be taxed more,” said one county resident (and municipal employee) to the County Board this week. He thinks county services should be increased.

October 8, 1971:

* The School Board will give 18-year-olds an excused absence to work the polls and vote on Election Day, but they have to have their parents’ permission first.

* The School Board has rejected a proposal by student groups to apply for federal funding to study racial tensions in local high schools.

* Black students are mad that their white counterparts refused to stand during the “Black National Anthem” at a recent Wakefield High School assembly.

* Gov. Holton wants to raise the pay of state jurists, which now ranges from $23,000 for Circuit Court judges for $32,500 to the chief justice.

October 8, 1980:

* President Carter has made two campaign stops in Northern Virginia over the past week.

* A Carter campaign spokesman said “I really don’t see Northern Virginia going for Ronald Reagan.”

* Republican Frank Wolf appears to have momentum in his quest to knock off U.S. Rep. Joseph Fisher, D-8th.

* Sheriff James Gondles thinks it could have been an insider who helped an inmate to escape this week.

October 8, 1991:

* Commissioner of Revenue Geraldine Whiting is in the midst of her quest for a fourth term.

* United Press International is shopping for a new headquarters location in Northern Virginia.

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