10 YEARS AGO

Aug. 13, 2009 — One of the top defensive players from the Fairbanks Grizzlies 2009 season has been accused of stealing $1,600 from Wal-Mart, his employer.

Aaron Brown, a 25-year-old ex-linebacker, is being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on $2,500 bail. He has been charged with second degree theft, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail. Brown has lived in Fairbanks for 11 months and has no prior convictions, according to Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock.

Brown was arrested Tuesday following an internal investigation at Wal-Mart after Brown’s cash register reportedly came up short.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 13, 1994 — The University of Alaska Fairbanks dominates the District 29 House race much like the campus on the hill dominates the west end of town itself.

Republican Bonnie Williams and Democrat John Davies, although both are unopposed in the Aug. 23 primary, are making early issues of the statewide university system and of the Fairbanks campus.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 13, 1969 — NEW YORK — American’s moon voyagers came to a tumultuous hero’s welcome in New York today, riding through a torrent of ticker tape and confetti in a triumphant and historic motorcade along streets thronged with thousands upon thousands of cheering people.

Paper piled up ankle deep at spots along the way as New Yorkers poured out their hearts at the start of a massive, cross-country day of celebration that would take the astronauts westward later to Chicago and Los Angeles.

This was no Sea of Tranquility they came to on this beautiful, warm and sunny day — it was New York at it’s fullest, its throngs hailing the moonmen whom earthbound American’s soared with in spirit on one of the epic adventures of the ages.

75 YEARS AGO

The News-Miner didn’t publish on this date. Here is an item from Aug. 12, 1944 — MOSCOW — Two Soviet armies, moving through 250 captured settlements over a 100-mile front, are converging upon the Massurain Lake country of East Prussia, and seriously endangering today the Germans’ entire left flank.

Russian Marshal Konstantin K. Rockshowsky’s troops driving northward from positions northeast of Warsaw, and Russian Gen. Zahrov’s forces striking out from west and northwest of Bialystok toward the World War battle theater in East Prussia, were applying severe pressure on the Germans.