100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 7, 1913
Malpractice cases against physicians increased 700 percent in the state of Washington in 1912, according to statistics gathered by insurance companies of the state. Damage cases of this kind repaid attorneys to a large extent for the loss of personal injury cases now covered by the employers’ compensation act. Another class of cases that increased was that in which speeding automobiles play the villains.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 7, 1963
Dr. Fernando Martell, 39, a physician and instructor of biology and hygiene at the University of Mexico, was due in Tacoma today as a participant in the international Teacher Development Program. Tacoma is one of six school districts in the state chosen as a host in the program for six international teachers who will stay for a six-week period, according to Louis Bruno, state superintendent of public instruction. Dr. Martell will observe such areas as pupil health; physical, mental and emotional adjustment; counseling; guidance; test; measurements; audio visual aids; laboratories; and teaching methods.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 7, 1988
Mount Rainier National Park rangers want to change their forest fire policy from one of putting out all fires to one that would allow naturally occurring blazes to burn away in most areas of the park. The new fire plan isn’t policy yet, but rangers believe allowing some forest fires to play a natural role in the ecology of the 235,404-acre park will improve the park over future centuries. The park’s current policy is to suppress all fires with all available resources. The rangers are considering several related fire policy alternatives, which include permitting all naturally caused forest fires, even those near park entrances and exits, to burn until they burn themselves out.