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50 Years Ago, 1955

Washington – Rep. Heselton (R-Mass) today introduced a bill to bar “excessive” advertising on any radio or television program. He said the public is fed up with “repetitious, monotonous, excessively long advertising.” His bill would direct the Federal Communications Commission to say how much time on any program should be used for ads.

Lewiston-Auburn residents enjoyed plenty of sunshine, occasional breezes and comfortable temperatures yesterday. The mercury climbed to a warm 60 degrees at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, just seven degrees under the record warm mark for 1955.

25 Years Ago, 1980

Blaming inflation, the Postal Service asked approval Monday to increase charges for mailing most types of letters from 15 to 20 cents, effective early next year. Postmaster General William F. Bolger said the Postal Service will need new revenue by next February or March because of rapidly rising labor and energy costs. “If there is a villain in this story, that villain is inflation.” Bolger told reporters.

Cigarette smokers are finding fewer and fewer public places where they are allowed to “light up” in the presence of nonsmokers. Of this, there are no if’s or and’s, and perhaps fewer “butts.” At least 32 states, as well as the District of Columbia, now have laws restricting, if not banning outright, smoking of cigarettes in enclosed areas.

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