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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 26, 2002: By bringing in outside help and changing some of its daily operations, Massena Memorial Hospital has found financial success, something it’s planning to carry over to next year. The hospital, which has seen about $3.8 million in profit this year, outlined a $31.4 million spending plan for 2003 with almost $28 million being projected in expenses. A $4 million profit is projected for the end of 2002.

25 years ago

Nov. 26, 1987: The Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross has become one of only three in its 15-county region to have a fixed location for blood donation, officials said. From 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, donors can go to the Eagles Club on outer Washington Street to give blood.

50 years ago

Nov. 26, 1962: Pupils at the Adams Center-Adams Central District had the day off today because the school ran out of gas. The school’s heating plant ceased functioning when the supply of bottled gas became exhausted.

75 years ago

Nov. 26, 1937: Fire of unknown origin caused extensive damage to the interior of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Copenhagen after breaking out about 10:30 Thanksgiving night, and the loss today was estimated at approximately $15,000. The furnace was ruined, damage to it including a burned-out motor, broken pipes and broken supports.

100 years ago

Nov. 26, 1912: A movement is under way to reorganize the Jefferson County Historical Society, and place it on an active basis. At present the relics of the society are stored in the library, part being in the basement and part in the upper rooms.

125 years ago

Nov. 26, 1887: Policeman Van Wormer found a drunken man on the railroad track about eight o’clock this morning and lodged him in jail, where he can sober up until Monday morning, when he will be arraigned before Recorder McConnell.

150 years ago

Nov. 26, 1862: The Ogdensburg Journal says that the new railroad is securing a fair share of Canada business. Considerable invoices of freight for New York already begin to come that way from Canadian lake ports, and goods from New York for Canada also pass that way.

The world

Today is Monday, Nov. 26, the 331st day of 2012. There are 35 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On Nov. 26, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1. The motion picture “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

Ten years ago: WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company’s $9 billion accounting scandal. A United Nations report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush met separately at the White House with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority a day ahead of a major Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md. Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an irregular heartbeat and was taken to George Washington University Hospital for evaluation. President Bush greeted the 2007 Nobel Prize winners — including former Vice President Al Gore — in the Oval Office. Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress. Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. (Taylor died the next day.) Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack died in Freer, Texas, at age 74.

Thought for Today: “The difference between the men and the boys in politics is, and always has been, that the boys want to be something, while the men want to do something.” — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992).

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