From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 7, 1973:
- The new trees recently planted on Massachusetts Street as part of 2012's downtown improvement project were possibly in danger, according to George Osborne, city superintendent of parks and forestry. Osborne was asking downtown merchants not to shovel snow into the tree planters, as de-icing agents used to melt snow on sidewalks could damage the young trees, as could frozen snow packed around them.
- Another four inches of snow forecast for overnight had failed to materialize, but fans of winter were not disappointed in the temperatures. A cold blanket of air was settling over the state and was expected to remain for several days, with thermometer readings predicted to fall tonight to lows between zero and 10 degrees and the high the next day to be only in the mid-teens.
- Robert Blackwell Docking, 38th governor of Kansas, took his oath of office this week for an unprecedented fourth term. He was sworn in by Harold R. Fatzer, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, before a crowd of about 2,000 in Topeka's Municipal Auditorium.