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Today in History, May 19

May 19, 2007

A judge denied Howard Keith Henson's petition for a writ of habeas corpus his attorney filed challenging Henson's extradition to California on a governor's warrant. However, the judge let him stay in Arizona so a higher court could review the lower court decision. A California jury had convicted Henson of a misdemeanor charge stemming from threats he made against the Church of Scientology.

May 19, 2003

As a group of new mothers stretched and lunged every week at the YMCA Mommy and Me class, their babies were right by their side, wiggling in their arms and on top of their tummies. "It's nice that we can bring our babies here and get out of the house for a while," said Suzann Zinzilieta, who was part of the class. She brought her 13-month-old son Daniel with her.

May 19, 1998

Three Arizona State Land Department officials visited Prescott Valley to conduct a public hearing on the joint Prescott/Prescott Valley preserve application. The application, which preservation-minded individuals filed one year prior, sought to preserve 1,973 acres on the summit and in surrounding lands of Glassford Hill.

May 19, 1983

A loss of about 125 manufacturing jobs caused Yavapai County's jobless rate to edge upward from 10.4 percent to 10.6 percent. The county's unemployment rate roughly matched the state's. "There was no real change except manufacturing jobs dropping from 2,000 to 1,875," said Fred Ninotti, a labor market analyst. "Otherwise, there's not much to talk about."

May 19, 1958

"Bill Townsend, son of Mrs. Alive Townsend, who last May took his physical and final examinations for entering the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, will enroll next July. This information came today in a letter to the Evening Courier from Senator Carl Hayden."

May 19, 1933

"Any day now, officials of the Prescott National Forest are expecting Army officers from Fort Huachuca to arrive here to open two of the president's emergency conservation work camps, one at Groom Creek, and the other on the Camp Wood road, to be known as the Walnut Creek camp."

May 19, 1908

"Early yesterday morning on Granite Street a horse, in jumping over a fence, came in contact with a barbed fence picket, which entered the cavity of the animal's stomach. The entrails protruded and soon all came out and the unfortunate animal died a horrible death."

May 19, 1883

"Then it will be a glorious time for 'nailing lies to the counter,' and raking up old scandals. Then will the pestiferous candidate meander forth about the purileness of the city, and carelessly saunter into such mercantile establishments as dispense fluid comfort for a York shilling, following by an admiring file of voting cattle, ready to be rounded up into his herd."

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