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Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2008. There are 312 days left in the year.

Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag.

The Valley Then: In 1968, a four-block area of Ashley was damaged by mine subsidence.

On this date: In 1633, English diarist Samuel Pepys was born in London.

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio.

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