From The Examiner in the week of Feb. 3-8, 1969:

• “REFINERY PLANS A MOVE TO COMBAT AIR POLLUTION” – A major improvement to combat air pollution in the metropolitan area has been authorized for installation at American Oil’s refinery in Sugar Creek. Construction of new equipment to lower the sulfur content of both gasoline and distillate fuels will reduce air contamination wherever these products are used. The sulfur will be used to produce a marketable liquid sulfur product.

• “POTENTIAL DEATH TRAP ELIMINATED” – A potential death trap for children has been eliminated from the U.S. 71 Bypass and Salisbury Road area thanks to the efforts of the city and Rumble Service Co. Inc. The 40 acres of land has been the target of the health department and trash hauling company since April 1968 when the two began to fill more than 25 deep holes caused by cave-ins. The acreage behind the Pixley Mines was a harborage for rats because of unauthorized dumping.

• “KEEP THE INSPECTION LAW” (an editorial) – Missouri legislators undoubtedly are under considerable pressure from many constituents to get rid of the automobile safety inspection law they passed only last year. They should not do it. The legislators knew full well when they passed the inspection law that it would encounter objections. The crux of the issue is that auto inspection does improve traffic safety, despite protestations that it does not.

From The Independence Examiner in the week of Feb. 3-8, 1919:

• “BLUE SPRINGS FIRE” – A fire at Blue Springs at 10 o’clock Thursday night destroyed a big barn, four fine jacks, 2 horses, several calves and a large amount of hay. The building and property belonged to M.V. Dillingham, Vice-President of the Bank of Blue Springs, and the loss is estimated at $5,000 or more, with no insurance. Mr. Dillingham’s farm adjoins Blue Springs on the east and the fire was about half a mile from the town.

• “BOIL YOUR WATER” – There are six or eight cases of typhoid fever in town. The cause may not be the water and we do not think it is. The typhoid fever comes from somewhere and does not come unless the cause is some kind of filth. The milk supply should also be watched very carefully.

• “WAS NOT A JOKE” – Some of the streetcar conductors who boasted recently about how wealthy they were becoming in the service of the company have come to grief in the courts. Four men were fined yesterday in the court of Justice Casimer Welch, of Kansas City, for embezzling various sums from the company. The men had been arrested after the company had received reports from spotters put on to watch the conductors. Since the strike began, the company has had to put on anybody it could get for conductors or motormen. Many of the men were strangers or irresponsible.