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By James Bridgman

50 Years Ago

∎ Radio Station WHMP has been commissioned by the Voice of America to record tonight’s Smith College address by Assistant Secretary of State Harlan A. Cleveland. His topic is “The Overseas American.”

∎ Miss Candra Sue Vogel of Northampton School for Girls received one of six Distinguished Delegate awards at the Model United Nations session at Boston College this past weekend for her participation in the Disarmament Committee. She is the daughter of Mrs. Betty H. Vogel of 7 Hampton Terrace.

25 Years Ago

∎ A 25-year-old man apparently committed suicide at the Hampshire County Jail last night by hanging himself from a bunk bed, jail officials said today. The man was found in his cell by jail guards making a routine inspection. He used a shoelace to hang himself.

∎ Mary L. Ford, chairwoman of the Northampton City Democratic Committee, said today she will not seek re-election to the post. Ford said the demands of being a city councilor made it impossible for her to continue as chairwoman of the committee. Ford was elected as an at-large councilor last November.

10 Years Ago

∎ Area lawmakers say Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposal to close courthouses statewide, including Ware District Court and one being built in Hadley, is unlikely to survive the legislative process intact because the plan is not only politically changed, but also flawed. “These are just proposals,” state Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, said today.

∎ Surprise inspections by city officials at five popular nightclubs and dance spots Friday night found two emergency exits locked by deadbolts, some exits that were difficult to use due to snow and ice, and others with mops and cases of beer obstructing stairways. The visits were prompted by last Thursday’s deadly blaze in Rhode Island.

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