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Today in history: Sept. 17

September 17, 2018

90 years agoBoucher withdraws from contest for Democratic nomination as registrarThere will be no contest in the Democratic primary.Judge John A. Walsh, chairman of the Democratic Town and City Committee, announced the petition of James J. Boucher for nomination for the office of Registrar of Voters in opposition to the incumbent, Thomas F. Reilly, had been withdrawn.“There will be no contest for the Democratic nomination for Registrar of Voters. Mr. Boucher has withdrawn and the differences with the party have been amicably settled,” Judge Walsh said.A bitter fight had been expected for the nomination, both candidates having been busy over the weekend lining up strength for the primary.60 years agoMan sought in crime here arrested in San FranciscoThe man Stamford police say staged a $4,000 holdup on the night of Sept. 6 at the Food Fair Supermarket, West Broad Street, was apprehended Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco. He is Frank Kelly, of no known address, who formerly lived in Stamford.Found in Kelly’s possession was $21 in cash, according to Chief Inspector Daniel P. McKlem, of the San Francisco police. Police believe Kelly spent $2,200 of the proceeds of the holdup they say he admitted having committed.The remaining $1,800 was found in a car in which John “Fats” Walker, 45, of Richmond Hill Avenue, and John B. Davis, 22, of 55 Pulaski St. ,were riding in Newburgh, N.Y., on the morning of Sept. 7 according to police.30 years agoBarbs heat up Senate raceDemocratic state Attorney General Joseph I. Lieberman sharply attacked Republican Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. yesterday in a debate in Stamford that left each accusing the other of distortions and negative campaigning.Lieberman charged that Weicker has an inconsistent record. He berated the three-term incumbent for claiming to support a cleaner environment and the elderly while voting against an improved toxic waste cleanup bill and voting for cuts in Social Security cost of living increases.“It’s OK to change your mind in politics, but if this were the Olympics, you’d get a 10 in gymnastics for all the flip-flops you’ve done over the years,” Lieberman said.erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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