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Looking back

Here's what The Indy was writing about the week of June 4:

5 years ago: The third-annual "Pink Triangle" issue argued that as awareness of homosexuality increases, some gay youth wind up grappling with their sexuality prematurely. A 16-year-old sophomore in Durham said the high-school rumor mill "made it worse because it forced me to deal with (my sexuality) and I wasn't ready. I was bad off for a long time."

10 years ago: Barry Yeoman detailed the tension at the Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park. Created in 1980, the center tried to wed professional scientists with their academic counterparts, but both camps bemoaned micromanagement and wasteful spending. "It's a real shame they're attracting top-level people who are then leaving," said an anonymous scientist fearful for his job. "Now they're telling the world, 'Hey, this North Carolina is a joke.'"

20 years ago: Thanks to the FCC's deregulation of the telephone industry, Triangle residents saw their telephone bills increase dramatically, Lillian Armstrong wrote. In theory, free market competition would keep phone costs down, but in reality, companies including Southern Bell increased fees by roughly 40 percent.

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