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40 years ago: Downtown excavations reveal deteriorating water pipe connections

June 21, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 21, 1972:

  • The intersection of Ninth and Massachusetts was the busy spot for construction this week as the downtown beautification project continued. While installing new feeder lines from the water main along the west side of Mass, workers had discovered many rusting connections. Since the pipe from the meter to the building was the responsibility of the landowner, a delay sometimes ensued while the owners were located to inform them of the deteriorating condition of the pipes so that they could be repaired while the hole was open.
  • In Washington, Democratic party leaders were still reacting to the recent burglary and attempted wiretapping at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex. DNC chair Lawrence F. O'Brien charged that the break-in constituted "gutter-level" politics and a million-dollar suit was to be filed against the Committee for Re-Election of the President. "As far as I am personally concerned," said O'Brien, "there is a clear line of direction to the Committee ... and a developing clear line to the White House."

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