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40 years ago: Rescuers search for man in Kansas River

May 21, 2010

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The Municipal Swimming Pool was being filled and was expected to open on Memorial Day. George Williams, city director of public works, said the traffic light at the corner of Eighth and Kentucky would be turned on by the middle of next week. The light had been installed to assist traffic flow during pool season.

The TraveLodge was formally opened here, with a ribbon-cutting for the 69-unit operation at 801 Iowa.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital unveiled a new radioisotope scanner, the first of its kind in Lawrence.

Searchers continued patrolling the Kansas River, looking for signs of a 20-year-old Lawrence man who was believed to have drowned. His friends informed police that they had been wading in the river when they got caught in the current and carried downstream. Two of them pulled themselves out onto a rock pile in the middle of the river, but the man, who was not a good swimmer, continued to float downstream.

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