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Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

40 years ago: Local residents have wide-ranging opinions on latest Vietnam action

May 9, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 9, 1972:

  • Lawrence residents were showing varied reactions today to President Nixon's announcement of a blockade action in Vietnam. U.S. Navy planes had dropped delayed-action mines at the entrances of certain North Vietnamese ports as well as heavily bombarding railroads and highways there. Some Lawrencians interviewed on Massachusetts Street this morning spoke of being scared, opposed, or unsure, while others were whole-heartedly in favor of the action. One man who wished to remain anonymous said, "I think he ought to blow them clear back to the stone ages."
  • Recent increases in meat prices had been apparent in a store burglary in St. Joseph, Mo. Thieves had backed a truck up to a supermarket door and hauled away almost every piece of meat in the store, leaving several safes untouched.
  • Kansas University was tentatively planning to present 4,257 degrees at its 100th commencement later this month. Registrar William Kelly had released figures showing 2,198 prospective candidates for undergraduate degrees.

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