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Should a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage be placed on the ballot?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. If it goes on the ballot and it is approved, discrimination and intolerance will be written into the state constitution.
Yes. I want to vote to support the ban on same-sex marriages.
No. It’s not necessary. Kansas statutes already ban gay marriage.
Yes. I want to vote against the ban on same-sex marriages.
Total 1281

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KU football player injured in downtown Lawrence fight
March 8, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:51 p.m.) Lawrence Police are investigating a Saturday night fight involving a Kansas University football player that sent one man to the hospital. Austine Nwabuisi, 21, a junior KU running back last season, suffered facial injuries when he was hit with a beer bottle in the fight, according to a police report.
MU won’t forget finale
March 8, 2004
Missouri will open a new state-of-the-art basketball arena next year across the parking lot from its current building, but fans won’t soon forget the last game played in 32-year-old Hearnes Center.
KU ‘ecstatic’ over victory
Jayhawks thrilled to close Hearnes with win over MU
March 8, 2004
Leave it to archrival Kansas University to spoil one of the biggest parties in Missouri basketball history. The Jayhawks’ 84-82 victory over Mizzou on Sunday at Hearnes Center came on Senior Day for MU standouts Arthur Johnson, Rickey Paulding and Travon Bryant and reserve Josh Kroenke.
Selig to testify before Senate committee
March 8, 2004
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will join a handful of sports officials Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where he will testify before a Senate Commerce Committee meeting on steroids.
K.C. struggles; Royals send four to minors
March 8, 2004
Zack Greinke struck out three in 12/3 innings in his spring-training debut for Kansas City, before Colorado took advantage of three errors to beat the split-squad Royals, 4-1, Sunday.
Syracuse’s McNamara finally solves UConn
No. 24 Orangemen’s sophomore earns first win against No. 7 Huskies, 67-56
March 8, 2004
Gerry McNamara finally said good-bye to that Connecticut jinx, and so did the Syracuse Orangemen.
Attacks won’t stop signing of constitution, Iraqis say
March 8, 2004
Insurgents fired at least seven rockets Sunday night on the U.S. coalition headquarters in Baghdad, hitting a hotel used by U.S. occupation officials and wounding one American, the military said. It was the biggest attack on the Green Zone in weeks.
Land owners feel run over by state
Turnpike claims eminent domain in taking property
March 8, 2004
There’s a noisy beast in Richard Wolfe’s back yard, and it’s getting bigger. Wolfe is one of dozens of Douglas County residents losing land to the Kansas Turnpike, which is slated to expand by two lanes in coming years between Lecompton and Topeka. Of Wolfe’s 80-acre property, the expansion is taking about 2 acres — a strip of land roughly 50 feet wide along the south side of the highway.
Stent research takes angioplasty to new level
Drug-coated device works in even smallest arteries
March 8, 2004
Tiny clogged arteries in the heart that have long bedeviled cardiologists’ attempts at repair can now be kept flowing smoothly with new drug-coated stents that have already revolutionized treatment of larger vessels.
Group unwilling to share Carnegie building
Langston Hughes Center representatives say historic facility too small for arts commons
March 8, 2004
The historic Carnegie Library building is a prime downtown space for two nonprofit groups that want to serve Lawrence, but it might not be big enough for both of them. The Langston Hughes Center for Community Enrichment, which wants to use the building at Ninth and Vermont streets to promote “diverse literacies,” sent a letter to the Lawrence City Commission saying the Carnegie wasn’t big enough for it and a second group that wants to create an “arts commons” in the building that has been vacant since the Lawrence Arts Center moved.
Plan would radically change school funding
Shawnee Mission employee proposes local control
March 8, 2004
Now that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ education plan has been defeated, the next major school funding plan out of the chute for Kansas lawmakers is one written by a little-known school administrator. The plan by Tim Rooney, manager of budget and finance for the Shawnee Mission school district, will be voted on by the House this week and is supported by Republican leaders in that chamber.
Japan firm to sell robot by year’s end
March 8, 2004
A Japanese company has mass-production plans for a human-shaped walking robot that will sell for $4,600.
IRS spokesman helps answer taxpayers’ questions
March 8, 2004
Recently I invited Sam Serio, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, to be my guest for an online chat to answer tax questions from readers.
On the money
March 8, 2004
With spring around the corner, a homeowner’s thoughts may start to turn toward making home improvements. In addition to increasing square footage or adding a new aesthetic feature to a residence, a structural remodeling job is a good way to improve the house’s market value.
Icons, newcomers win Image Awards
NAACP honors Ray Charles, Luther Vandross
March 8, 2004
Soul crooner Luther Vandross won four NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony Saturday that blended politics with a wide range of honors for works by and about people of color.
Networks test passions with ‘Angels,’ ‘Judas’
March 8, 2004
As network television continues to lose audience share to cable, the Internet, video games and reading (OK, I made that last one up), TV honchos have become increasingly timid and their scheduling choices ever more curious. In a programming walk through the looking glass, they now wait until the end of sweeps to show the kind of spectacles that used to dominate the ratings-sensitive month. Stephen King’s “Kingdom Hospital” on ABC is a perfect example, and so is the biblical epic “Judas” (8 p.m., ABC). And let’s not forget the campy, now-it-can-be-told (because it’s all been told a thousand times) expose “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels”’ (8 p.m., NBC).
On the record
March 8, 2004
Apartment complex planned near proposed Wal-Mart site
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
March 8, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will consider approval of an apartment complex that would be built adjacent to a proposed Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
March 8, 2004
¢ Gay bishop takes over as head of diocese ¢ Israeli raid kills 14 ¢ Boy Scouts rescued after avalanche traps them
Edwards services
March 8, 2004
Donald F. Clement
March 8, 2004
Gladys M. Mooney
March 8, 2004
Georgemma Wagner
March 8, 2004
The Capitol Report
News and views from the Kansas Statehouse
March 8, 2004
¢ Who’s on defense? ¢ The governor’s kids ¢ Kerr on gay marriage ¢ Stem cells ¢ Wilson headed home ¢ Things to watch
Fire chief witnesses Sunday’s attacks in Iraq
March 8, 2004
Rick Morris grabbed his flak jacket and combat helmet, then headed for the nearest bunker Sunday when rockets were fired into Baghdad’s Green Zone.
State and local briefs
March 8, 2004
¢ Linwood resident wins Powerball prize ¢ Professor tapped for space consortium
Fair enough
It makes sense that older workers’ benefits should be more generous than those of the younger ones.
March 8, 2004
Rack up a victory for our older workers.
Poor policy
March 8, 2004
Taxed brackets
March 8, 2004
Bill would bar bad reviews of nursing homes from court
March 8, 2004
When a Kansas nursing home is sued for providing poor care, there’s nothing to stop the attorney for the aggrieved resident or family from using state inspection reports to show the home has a bad history. The reports, after all, are public record. But the state’s nursing home industry says that’s not fair. Many times, its lobbyists argue, good homes get hit with bad reports. And that can eventually lead to higher costs for nursing home residents.
Proud family
March 8, 2004
Different view
March 8, 2004
Wrong ruling
March 8, 2004
Woodling: Miles has knack for bedeviling MU
March 8, 2004
On the day of the last Missouri University basketball game at the Hearnes Center, Mizzou officials honored Norm Stewart again. Stewart — aka “Sit Down, Norm” in Lawrence — coached MU’s men’s basketball team forever. When he retired after the 1999 season, they named the Hearnes Center floor for him.
Companions for elderly needed
March 8, 2004
Trinity Respite Care’s attendant care volunteers help elderly clients with basic supervision, companionship, transportation to doctor appointments, shopping, light housework, meal preparation and yard work. Volunteers are needed to help fill these needs and to relieve regular caregivers. These volunteers would spend time on a flexible schedule with the client, usually providing supervision and companionship.
Street snarls
March 8, 2004
SRS change
March 8, 2004
Jayhawks rally for baseball win
March 8, 2004
There’s no way that Kansas University baseball players Matt Baty and J.C. Sibley knew of the magic freshman David Padgett had just made miles away in Columbia, Mo., but that’s the exact moment they helped the baseball Jayhawks accomplish a monumental mark of their own.
Kenseth dominates Chrysler race
Kahne finishes second again after Harvick runs out of gas
March 8, 2004
Defending champion Matt Kenseth rolled to his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surpassing his victory total of 2003 in the third race of the year.
Iraq needs a trained security force
March 8, 2004
Who will provide Iraqis the security they need to rebuild their country, hold elections and restart their lives?
In praise of growing older
March 8, 2004
Well, this is a new one. I mean, we’ve all heard about the pot calling the kettle black. Until this week, though, I’d never heard of the pot calling the kettle old.
Raptors rout Hornets
March 8, 2004
Vince Carter had 26 points, including a buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt at the end of the third quarter, and Toronto ended a seven-game home losing streak with a 84-76 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.
Turn out the lights … Padgett’s ‘ugly, lucky’ shot ruins Tigers’ party for Hearnes
March 8, 2004
David Padgett called it “an ugly shot, a lucky shot.” His Kansas University men’s basketball teammates and legion of Jayhawk fans would have to disagree. “It was an unbelievable shot, as big a shot as I’ve had a freshman make,” KU coach Bill Self said of the 6-foot-11 freshman’s tie-breaking eight-footer from the baseline with two seconds to play in the Jayhawks’ 84-82 victory over Missouri on Sunday at Hearnes Center.
U.S. Marines return fire as Haitian protest turns deadly
March 8, 2004
Gunfire erupted Sunday at a rally of protesters calling for the prosecution of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, drawing return fire from U.S. Marines and leaving five people dead in the worst attack since the Haitian president’s ouster.
U.S. troops accused of abuses
Human Rights Watch cites deaths, detainment in Afghanistan
March 8, 2004
U.S. operations in Afghanistan are marred by needless civilian casualties, lawless arrests and the alleged torture of prisoners, Human Rights Watch reported today.
Military spending at ‘80s levels
March 8, 2004
A sharp jump in military spending under President Bush has lifted defense budgets to levels not seen since the height of the Reagan buildup of the early 1980s, prompting warnings by lawmakers and defense analysts that the surge may no longer be sustainable as deficits grow.
March 8, 2004
Lawrence native on front line of firefighting efforts in Iraq
March 8, 2004
Firefighters in Iraq need more than water hoses and shiny trucks to do their jobs, Lawrence native Rick Morris says. After all, there’s a war on. “They carry combat helmets and flak jackets on the fire trucks,” said Morris, the fire chief for Coalition Provisional Authority camps in Iraq. “A fire helmet doesn’t do much good against shrapnel.”
Livestock ID program raises questions for cattlemen
March 8, 2004
In western Kansas, where feedlots are so vast that one even rates its own scenic overlook along U.S. 50, cattlemen see mandated livestock identification as inevitable. But some say a bill in the Kansas Legislature that would start a statewide program — which could be folded into a national program if one is created — is an overreaction to a minor threat.
Another Scalia visit fuels ethics debate
March 8, 2004
As the Supreme Court was weighing a landmark gay rights case last year, Justice Antonin Scalia gave a keynote dinner speech in Philadelphia for an advocacy group waging a legal battle against gay rights.
Huskers hand KU softball loss
March 8, 2004
A line drive down the left-field line Sunday spoiled what could have been a perfect opening weekend for the Kansas University softball team in its newly christened Arrocha Ballpark.
March 8, 2004
¢ Tribeca film fest growing ¢ ‘The Passion’ soars beyond $200 million ¢ Bush’s brother remarries
Health-conscious meat lovers boost demand for bison
March 8, 2004
More than 125 years after settlers eradicated millions of wild buffalo that once roamed the continent, modern-day consumers are developing a taste for the meat that nourished American Indians for centuries.
Companies mull metered e-mail
Internet experts discuss tactics to slow spam
March 8, 2004
If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit card offers, sweepstakes entries and supermarket fliers.
Roger R. Krom
March 8, 2004
Powerful film
March 8, 2004