100 YEARS AGO: After a two hour deliberation by the Houston Red Socks and the Chicago Cubs for readjustment of the World Series receipts, the national commission made a flat refusal in the matter. The two teams agreed that they would contest the remaining games if it were publicly announced that they "played for the sake of the public, the good name of baseball and the soldiers and sailors present. Update: The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two.

50 YEARS AGO: Gov. Warren P. Knowles today proposed a six-point program to strengthen local law enforcement and combat juvenile crime and narcotics use in Wisconsin. The key measure would establish a statewide program for law enforcement officers, including a police training academy. Knowles told the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association convention that the academy will be among six recommendations he will make to the 1969 legislature. The governor said he was alarmed by the "tremendous increase in crime among youth." "In Wisconsin," he said, "young people are the primary offenders. During 1967, 72.4 percent of those arrested were under 18 years of age." In addition to a statewide training program for law enforcement officers, Knowles proposed the establishment of a law enforcement standards board with authority to set minimum standards of training and qualifications for local or state law enforcement officers; and the establishment of a state central criminal identification and criminal statistics file. 

25 YEARS AGO: Iraq has promised to fill in the blanks about its weapons of mass destruction, but is still balking at U.N. terms for ensuring it doesn't rebuild its military program, officials said Thursday. Iraq won't agree to long-term monitoring of its industries until the U.N. Security Council clarifies conditions for ending a ban on Iraq's oil exports, said Rolf Ekeus, chairman of the U.N. Special Commission. The council slapped a total trade embargo on Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, depriving Iraq of vital revenue from its oil reserves. Among the new information Iraq has promised to provide, is a list of foreign suppliers of equipment used to build weapons of mass destruction.

FIVE YEARS AGO:  Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month. The president made his comments as a glimmer of a possible diplomatic solution appeared after months of defiance from the Russian-backed government of President Bashar Assad in Syria. In a rapid response, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cited "international discussions" in unexpectedly postponing a test vote originally set for Wednesday on Obama's call for legislation backing a military strike.

In a series of six network interviews planned as part of a furious lobbying campaign in Congress, Obama said statements suggesting that Syria might agree to surrender control of its chemical weapons stockpile were a potentially positive development. At the same time, he said they were yet another reason for lawmakers to give him the backing he is seeking. "If we don't maintain and move forward with a credible threat of military pressure, I do not think we will actually get the kind of agreement I would like to see," he said on CNN.

Earlier, Reid had spoken strongly in support of the president's request. "Today, many Americans say that these atrocities are none of our business, that they're not our concern," the Nevada Democrat said of Assad's alleged gassing of civilians on Aug. 21. "I disagree. Any time the powerful turn such weapons of terror and destruction against the powerless, it is our business." Others came down on the other side of the question. "I will vote 'no' because of too much uncertainly about what comes next," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican. "After Step A, what will be steps B, C, D and E?" he added, reflecting concerns that even the limited action Obama was contemplating could lead to a wider war. Missouri Republican Roy Blunt also announced his opposition.