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40 years ago: Firefighters investigate possible arson at school

April 28, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 28, 1973:

  • Lawrence firefighters were investigating an early-morning blaze at New York School. The fire, which had caused about $9,000 in damage in the office and gym areas, was suspected to have been the work of an arsonist. School Supt. Carl Knox said this morning that a crew of about 20 men would work throughout the weekend to get the school back in shape and that classes would be conducted as usual on the upcoming Monday. A reward of $100 was offered on Monday for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of those responsible for the fire.
  • In the national news, a "less hazardous cigarette" was being developed and was expected to be on the market in the next five years. "This cigarette probably will be made from tobacco which has been modified," said Frank Rauscher Jr., head of the National Cancer Institute at Bethesda, Maryland. "There may be a different fertilizer used to grow the tobacco plant, and some chemicals now in the finished product may be eliminated." The federal government was spending $6 million annually on efforts to develop a cigarette less likely to cause lung cancer, Rauscher said.

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