Today is Saturday, March 9, the 68th day of 2013. There are 297 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight-saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks go forward one hour.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 9, 1963, two Los Angeles police officers, Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, were disarmed and abducted by ex-convicts Gregory Powell and Jimmy Lee Smith during a traffic stop in Hollywood; the officers were taken to an onion field near Bakersfield, Calif., where Campbell was shot to death while Hettinger managed to escape. (Powell and Smith were sent to prison; the case was detailed in the book "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambaugh.)

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Towanda Borough has agreed to extend its temporary fire protection coverage to the area of Towanda Township previously served by the Monroe Hose Company.

Jeff Benjamin of Wyalusing, an employee at Taylor Packing Co., is 29 years old today.

Some equipment has begun arriving in the Wysox area for the start of the long-awaited Wysox Township municipal sewer project.

50 years ago - 1963

Appointment of George Weldy of Burlington as maintenance superintendent of state highways in Bradford County was revealed yesterday through the District Engineer's office of the State Highways Department.

Liquor and wine sales in Bradford County's state liquor stores last year climbed 1.092 percent over the pervious year's total. The State Liquor Control Board said sales in the county's five stores totaled $623,325.51 compared to $616,593.69 in 1961.

Mickey's of Binghamton and the Ithaca Whips gained the final round of the Sayre Rec Basketball Tournament last night.

75 years ago - 1938

Celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary yesterday were Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Hakes of Evergreen.

At this week's meeting of Standing Stone Grange No. 35, a checkers contest will be held for the men. All men bring checkers and checkerboards. A 500 contest will be held for the women.

No change was made in the number of polling places or the past practice of having the mayor, board and village clerk serving as inspectors for the Waverly Village election, at the recent meeting of the village board of trustees.

Elsewhere on this date:

Ten years ago: Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) won a seat in the Turkish parliament, clearing way for him to become prime minister. The film musical "Chicago" tap-danced away with a haul of movie honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best ensemble cast and the lead-actress prize for star Renee Zellweger.

Five years ago: Spain's governing Socialists won a second term, but without a majority in parliament.

One year ago: A high-profile international mission to end the Syrian crisis stumbled before it began as the opposition rejected calls by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad as pointless and out of touch after a year of violence. Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden to clinch her fourth overall title.

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. James L. Buckley, Conservative-N.Y., is 90. Singer-actress Keely Smith is 81. Singer Lloyd Price is 80. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 79. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 77. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 77. Actress Trish Van Devere is 72. Singer Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) is 71. Former ABC anchorman Charles Gibson is 70. Rock musician Robin Trower is 68. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 65. Country musician Jimmie Fadden (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 65. Actress Jaime Lyn Bauer is 64. Magazine editor Michael Kinsley is 62. TV newscaster Faith Daniels is 56. Actor Tom Amandes is 54. Actor-director Lonny Price is 54.

Actress Linda Fiorentino is 53. Country musician Rusty Hendrix (Confederate Railroad) is 53. Actress Juliette Binoche is 49. Rock musician Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) is 45. Rapper C-Murder (AKA C-Miller) is 42. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 42. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly is 41. Actor Kerr Smith is 41. Rapper Chingy is 33. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler is 33. Roots rock musician Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) is 30. Actress Brittany Snow is 27. Rapper Bow Wow is 26. Actor Luis Armand Garcia is 21.

Thought for Today: "Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life." - Karl Barth, Swiss theologian (1886-1966).