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The north

10 years ago

June 2, 2003: All it took to save E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay was a determined effort by an outraged community. And about $150,000. The Concerned Citizens for E.J. Noble Hospital, now named River Hospital, spent more than $100,000 on legal and accounting counseling to take over the hospital. The group assumed management of the hospital because that was the only way to ensure that Samaritan Health System, Watertown, the former manager of the hospital, would not close the facility.

25 years ago

June 2, 1988: The six pounds of heroin seized at a Massena border crossing Memorial Day — the biggest ever in the north country — was “China white,” according to information that surfaced here Wednesday. The drug came from Southeast Asia, drug agents believe, and the three suspects charged with smuggling it across the Canadian border either lived or worked in Chinatown in New York City.

50 years ago

June 2, 1963: The Cape Vincent-Wolfe Island ferry, delayed a month later than usual for an engine overhaul, started operating over the weekend, it was reported today.

75 years ago

June 2, 1938: Fred M. Boyer, president of the board of education, announced today that the board had acquired a site for the proposed new senior high school. The land acquired is about 80 acres, surrounding the present site of the South Junior High school, and it was purchased at a cost of $19,500 from the Thompson Gardens.

100 years ago

June 2, 1913: The enemies of the squirrels are going to “get the law on ’em.” They have discovered a section of the game law that permits destructive animals to be taken within the closed season under certain regulations, and a permit will be granted to allow the bagging of squirrels in Watertown.

125 years ago

June 2, 1888: The strawberry market has advanced one cent in this city since the opening this morning.

150 years ago

June 2, 1863: Julius Coleman of Rodman, put in jail a few days ago for abusing his family, died there night before last with delirium tremens. This is shocking indeed.

The world

Today is Sunday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2013. There are 212 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London’s Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI; it was the first such ceremony to be broadcast on television.

On this date:

In 1863, during the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote a letter to his wife, Ellen, in which he commented, “Vox populi, vox humbug” (The voice of the people is the voice of humbug).

In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

In 1941, baseball’s “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a communist country.

One year ago: Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from power; He and his two sons were acquitted of corruption counts.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 76. Actor Ron Ely is 75. Actor Stacy Keach is 72. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 72. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 72. Actor Jerry Mathers is 65. Comedian Dana Carvey is 58. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 43. Actress Paula Cale is 43. Comedian Wayne Brady is 41. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 37. Actor Dominic Cooper is 35. Actress Nikki Cox is 35. Actor Justin Long is 35.Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 30. Actress Brittany Curran is 23. Actor Sterling Beaumon is 18.

Thought for Today: “Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery.” — Rex Harrison, English actor (born 1908, died this date in 1990).

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