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Possible power line installation sparks environmental debate

After 10 years of controversy, a proposal to give electrical power to the University of Arizona's Mount Graham Observatory will finally be decided tomorrow.

The Arizona Board of Regents will examine the plan to install a 23-mile power line that would eliminate the need for generators to power the three telescopes on the mountain.

The observatory's telescopes and facilities currently run on diesel fuel generators. The power lines, which could be completely underground, would become the source of energy for the facilities.

"Diesel fuel can be dangerous. The power line would reduce pollution and be cheaper," said Joel Valdez, UA senior vice president for business affairs.

Thursday August 31, 2000 Quotable:

"I kind of would like them to carry me out."
-Jake Elkins, an urban planning graduate student, on the Chrisotpher City housing complex being closed tomorrow

Today in History - Thursday August 31, 2000

In 1889, Thomas Edison invented the kinetoscope which was the forerunner of the motion-picture film projector.

In 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of London serial killer "Jack the Ripper," was found murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel's Buck's Row. The East End of London would see four more victims of the murderer over the next few months, but no suspect would ever be found.

In 1839, at noon, despite threats of British and French intervention, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signed an order to attack Poland, and German forces moved to the frontier.

In 1997, Lady Diana Spencer, the former wife of Charles, prince of Wales, was killed with her companion Dodi Fayed in a car accident in Paris.

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