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Early warning

Hollie Newton • Dec 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

50 years ago, 1963: The American Cancer Society, in what it said was the broadest study yet, reported that death rates were far higher among cigarette smokers than among non-smokers, and that rates increased with the amount of smoking.

25 years ago, 1988: Jim Bakker, facing likely indictment on criminal charges stemming from his operation of PTL, said that Christianity was in disarray and it would help if he would "get a gun and blow my head off."

10 years ago, 2003: Authorities closed nearly half of the beltway around Columbus for two hours after dusk as federal agents investigating 14 shootings there used lasers to take ballistic measurements.

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