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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 30, 2002: More than 550 Jefferson County residents have been served by North Country Transitional Living Services’ mobile crisis program during its first year of operation by the agency. “The numbers are much higher than we expected,” agency Director Janice L. Anderson said. The nonprofit agency took over the Mobile Crisis Response Team program from Samaritan Medical Center on Jan. 1.

25 years ago

Nov. 30, 1987: The Sherwood Medical Co. plans to test and possibly decontaminate areas once used to store mercury at the Faichney Drive plant, according to documents filed with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Sherwood Medical Co. plans to opt out of long-term storage of hazardous materials on the site.

50 years ago

Nov. 30, 1962: School authorities are well pleased with the results of Thursday’s nuclear attack drill involving the “go home” release of 8,550 students in Watertown’s public and parochial schools. The prime objective of Thursday’s drill was to determine how long it takes students to get home from school after the nuclear attack warning is sounded and how many of them were unable to reach home — or safety — within the time allotted.

75 years ago

Nov. 30, 1937: A board of inspection and survey representing the regular Navy will visit the naval station at Sackets Harbor on Wednesday morning to inspect the U.S. sub-chaser 431 of the 13th Separate Fleet Division, U.S. Naval Reserve and New York State Naval Militia, which was wrecked by an explosion at the station the night of Sept. 3.

100 years ago

Nov. 30, 1912: After many years as a warning sign to pedestrians, automobile drivers and horsemen, the white enameled caution signs located on railroad crossings have been changed and today present a checkered appearance of black and white. The drop gates located on much-used crossings in Watertown and other cities also have been changed and are now mottled black and white with a domino appearance.

125 years ago

Nov. 30, 1887: Four bales of tobacco, imported from Holland, were entered at the port of Cape Vincent yesterday. This is the first entry of the kind at that port. The duty on the article is 35 cents per pound.

150 years ago

Nov. 30, 1862: The Rev. E.W. Reynolds will commence next Sunday evening, at the Universalist Church, a course of historical lectures, embracing the following topics: Zenobia, the Cultured Woman; Mohammed, the Religious Enthusiast; Roger Bacon, the Morning Star of Science; Hildebrand, the Iron Man, and Luther, the Religious Enthusiast.

The world

Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2012. There are 31 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 30, 1982, the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records.

Ten years ago: International weapons hunters in Iraq paid an unannounced visit to a military post previously declared “sensitive” and restricted by Baghdad. A nightclub fire in Caracas, Venezuela, killed 50 people.

Five years ago: A man took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office in Rochester, N.H.; Leeland Eisenberg surrendered about five hours later. An Atlasjet plane crashed in southwest Turkey, killing all 57 people on board. An Amtrak train and a freight train collided on a track on the South Side of Chicago, injuring dozens of people. Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 69.

Thought for Today: “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” — James Baldwin (1924-1987).

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