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January 23, 2014

Step Back in Time: Jan. 23, 2014

25 years ago

Jan. 23, 1989

A crowd of pro-choice activists withstood freezing temperatures at noon Saturday on Main Street to show their support for abortion rights, on the eve of the 16th anniversary of a landmark court decision legalizing abortion.

About an hour later, a large group of right-to-lifers, carrying signs, marched down Main Street, mourning the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The two events were scheduled for the day before the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade, Jan. 22, 1973. The pro-choice demonstration also was prompted by the Justice Department’s request that the Supreme Court consider a Missouri case that might overturn Roe vs. Wade and restrict abortion rights.

“People thought the pro-life movement would die down. Instead the fire is even brighter,” said Karen Levanway, vice chairman of the Otsego County Right-to-Life Committee.

“If we want to end abortion, we must have education and responsible behavior,” said speaker Chris Lilly, a volunteer at Planned Parenthood in Oneonta.


50 years ago

Jan. 23, 1964

A detailed physical plan and timetable for expansion of the State University College at Oneonta was unveiled Wednesday. The plan for 16 new buildings to accommodate more than 3,500 students will cost $21.9 million and is scheduled for completion by 1969.

Dr. Royal Netzer, SUCO president, and Elwin W. Stevens, assistant vice president for facilities of the State University, explained the plan to about 40 Oneontans in a special preview at the Lee Hall dining room.

The plan is to immediately negotiate for property which will expand the campus to almost 200 acres, then extend an academic complex of 10 buildings north from the new physical education building and add 10 dormitories and dining halls in areas east and southwest on the fringes of the academic complex.

If the plan is followed, most of the construction will be started and completed in the next 3½ years, the most significant part in the next two years.

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