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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2007. There are 96 days left in the year.

Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Sept. 26, 1957, the musical play “West Side Story,” a retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” set in modern-day New York and featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins, opened on Broadway.

The Valley Then: In 1925, the local American Red Cross chapter asked Wilkes-Barre women to knit sweaters for disabled World War I veterans in government hospitals.

On this date: In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first secretary of state.

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