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40 years ago: Local poll shows limited support for Nixon

June 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 26, 1973:

In an early incarnation of the "On the Street" feature, several passersby were stopped at a Lawrence location this week to give their opinions on an issue of interest. Individuals on the Kansas University campus were asked for their reactions to recent Watergate testimony by former presidential counsel John Dean (who had implicated President Nixon) and whether they believed any action should be taken against the chief executive. Respondents were almost unanimous in their belief that Nixon had known of the cover-up of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee offices. However, only one of those questioned believed that the President should be impeached.

The President's latest price freeze to curb spiraling inflation was not appearing to have much effect locally. In a survey of 12 Lawrence-area department and grocery stores this morning, managers reported little change in sales. The June 13 order had stated that prices be frozen for a maximum of 60 days. Ron Koch, manager of Krogers Downtown, 844 New Hampshire, said that prices on 20 items had to be rolled back this week, and at Falley's Gibson Discount Foods, 2525 Iowa, rollbacks had affected about 10 items. The manager at TG&Y Family Center, 711 W. 23rd, said that his store was in a particular bind this month as they had been forced to keep sale prices on some items after holding an anniversary sale in early June.

A 25-year-old Overland Park man pleaded guilty this morning to criminal damage to a vending machine and was fined $150 and issued a six-month suspended jail sentence. The man had been arrested on May 15 on charges of breaking into the soft-drink vending machine near the Kansas University Barber Shop, 411 1/2 W. 14th. He had originally been charged with criminal damage to property, petty theft, criminal damage to a vending machine, and possession of tools for breaking into a vending machine.

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