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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

From our archives, 100 years ago

A handsomely dressed, well-spoken, modest 22-year-old typist found herself in an odd place: The city jail.

The oddest thing was, this was her fifth time there in five weeks.

What was her problem? She lost all control whenever she had a few drinks in her, which was often. Her most recent arrest came when she ordered a cab and then could not tell the cab driver where she wanted to go. An earlier arrest came when she was found in the middle of the street, at the intersection of Howard and Riverside, dancing.

When the judge asked her if she had any statement to make, she merely looked out from beneath her fashionable feather-plumed hat and hung her head.

From the Italian-American beat: The Italian consular delegate in Spokane wrote a letter to the editor that ended with these lines: “In the (Spokane) Italian colony there is no war, no two factions, and our colony is one of the best colonies, composed of good, law-abiding citizens. If only the newspapers would leave the Italian colony alone and not make so much ‘ado about nothing,’ and let them settle their personal differences, it would be much, much better.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1954: Medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

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