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December 17, 2009 |  8:00 am

Dec. 17, 1959, Cover

  Gov. Brown cites a projected $70-million surplus, says he'll propose no new taxes.

Dec. 17, 1959, Tuohy

Dec. 17, 1959, Whalen

Fred Whalen admits hitting Tony Reno, who was sitting with Mickey Cohen at Rondelli's restaurant when Whalen's son, Jack, was killed.

Dec. 17, 1959, Hedda Hopper

Dean “The Love Bug” Jones in “The Magnificent Seven?” Lerner and Loewe are writing a little Broadway show called “Camelot.”

Dec. 17, 1959, Sports

The Baltimore Colts place seven players, including John Unitas, on the Western Conference All-Stars, playing in the Pro Bowl at the Coliseum.

Dec. 17, 1959: Roger Touhy is shot to death in Chicago only 23 days after being paroled in the kidnapping of John “Jake the Barber” Factor. Touhy was promoting his book, written with Ray Brennan, “The Stolen Years.”