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Do you think the city should create an ordinance dealing with marijuana possession so offenses would be treated more like traffic tickets than crimes?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. Cases involving small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia should be handled with a citation and notice to appear in city court, not an arrest.
No. It’s a crime and needs to be prosecuted as such.
Yes. It would save state tax dollars now going to investigate and prosecute marijuana cases.
No. This would send the wrong message to youths.
Yes. It would keep more students from being disqualified for federal financial aid.
No. Marijuana use leads to harder drug use.
Total 1089

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Cardinals hoping for return trip to state
August 24, 2005
A season ago, the Eudora High volleyball team thought it had advanced to the state semifinals. Turns out, they hadn’t.
LHS, Free State kick off fall sports
August 24, 2005
The fall prep seasons got a spirited kickoff this evening as both Lawrence High and Free State held jamborees for their fall sports teams.
Physician resigns from healing arts board
August 24, 2005
A physician who faced a complaint in Missouri, but was recently appointed to the Kansas board that regulates health care professionals has resigned from that board.
Lawrence in flood watch tonight
07:51 a.m., August 24, 2005 Updated 04:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Lawrence area through noon Thursday because heavy rains are expected tonight as thunderstorms roll through.
U.S. home sales cool, but market still hot
August 24, 2005
Sales of previously owned homes fell in July as some house hunters were put off by galloping prices, but the pace of sales was still the third-highest, suggesting the red-hot market isn’t cooling much.
Anheuser-Busch, family settle lawsuit
August 24, 2005
The family of former home run king Roger Maris and Anheuser-Busch settled a defamation lawsuit Tuesday stemming from the brewer’s termination of the family’s beer distributorship.
SUVs, trucks face proposed fuel rules
August 24, 2005
The Bush administration proposed new fuel economy standards Tuesday for pickup trucks, minivans and some sport utility vehicles, calling on automakers to make modest improvements to gas mileage amid rising prices at the pump.
Former Kmart executives face fraud charges
SEC alleges company officials misled investors
August 24, 2005
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused two former Kmart executives with misleading investors about the company’s financial condition before the retailer’s bankruptcy filing in early 2002.
August 24, 2005
Deadline looms for famous club
August 24, 2005
Hilly Kristal opened CBGB’s in December 1973, envisioning a home on the Bowery for country music.
Finchem may tinker with schedule
Playoff race could be considered as PGA prepares to negotiate new television contract
August 24, 2005
Tim Finchem is tempted to leave the PGA Tour schedule the way it is.
Cincinnati’s Huggins told to resign
Letter warns coach he’ll be fired if he fails to step down
August 24, 2005
Bob Huggins was ordered Tuesday to resign as Cincinnati’s basketball coach or he’ll be fired, the culmination of a power struggle with the school president.
Baseball to pick all-time Latin team
August 24, 2005
Six years after Latin American players were shut out from baseball’s All-Century Team, the sport launched a promotion Tuesday to select a “Latino Legends Team.”
Dodgers’ Bradley says Kent can’t deal with black players
August 24, 2005
Milton Bradley accused Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Jeff Kent of a lack of leadership and an inability to deal with black players.
Boston halts K.C.’s two-game streak
August 24, 2005
Winning without his good stuff is what makes David Wells feel like a good pitcher.
Fever rally past Sun
August 24, 2005
In a game of runs, the Indiana Fever had the final move.
Rattay, not Smith, will start at QB for Niners
August 24, 2005
Alex Smith will begin his first NFL season on the San Francisco bench.
New development under consideration
Planning commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:30 p.m. today ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
August 24, 2005
Planning commissioners will consider a new residential development for the area near Peterson Road and Monterey Way.
August 24, 2005
Catholic school safety light may be extinguished
Small number of children using crosswalk may not warrant beacon at 13th and Kentucky
August 24, 2005
Few children attending Lawrence Catholic School St. John campus use the crosswalk at 13th and Kentucky streets.
Reality show a real brat race
August 24, 2005
“Kicked Out” (9 p.m., Family) features funny scenes of parents throwing a party to celebrate the eviction of their lazy 24-year-old son. This giddy moment should be reason enough to admire this reality show, but “Kicked Out” has too many contrived and troubling elements to earn much praise.
On the record
August 24, 2005
Free State, LHS to fete fall sports
August 24, 2005
Lawrence High and Free State High will showcase their autumn sports teams during preseason exhibitions tonight.
Rush still undecided; relative sees KU as pick
August 24, 2005
Brandon Rush, a 6-foot-6 guard from Kansas City, Mo., didn’t announce his college destination Tuesday.
Ex-Jayhawk Graves arrested for marijuana
August 24, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Graves was arrested early Monday in Lee’s Summit, Mo., on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Passing stars
Where is your favorite teen pop act now?
August 24, 2005
It wasn’t too long ago that the Backstreet Boys truly were larger than life.
Cubs’ Williams baffles Braves
Chicago hurler’s father in stands for first time since undergoing kidney, liver transplants
August 24, 2005
Jerome Williams pitched with emotion.
Jones’ homer propels Twins
Garcia allows just one hit, but White Sox fall, 1-0
August 24, 2005
With Johan Santana and Freddy Garcia in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox put on a pennant-race classic despite the distance between them in the AL Central.
Woman who resurrected club ‘stunned’
August 24, 2005
Rusty Thomas couldn’t believe what she was reading.
Internet prompts top-secret strategy
August 24, 2005
Don’t blame Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino or anybody else from the athletic department for the Quarterback Club flap, insists Pat Henderson, former Jayhawk football player and assistant coach now working an administrative job at KU.
Tests show MU football player died from meningitis
August 24, 2005
The family of a Missouri football player who collapsed following a workout last month filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the school Tuesday, the same day medical examiners said Aaron O’Neal died of viral meningitis.
Keegan: QB Club? Just sign here first
August 24, 2005
Head out to Memorial Stadium for Fan Appreciation Night at 5:30 this evening and you can: ¢ Watch the Kansas University football team, coming off last season’s big victories over Kansas State and Missouri, work the final 30 minutes of practice. ¢ Snap photographs and get autographs from KU coaches and players. ¢ Grab schedule T-shirts, cups and cards, posters, yard signs and window clings, if you get there early enough.
KU student wins music award
August 24, 2005
Dan Forrest, a Kansas University music and dance graduate student, recently received the $5,000 John Ness Beck first place award for his outstanding selected sacred choral anthem.
Cooking classes to be offered in Baldwin
August 24, 2005
Carolyn Lambert, wife of Baker University President Daniel Lambert, will be host this fall to “Cooking with Carolyn,” two cooking and dining classes taught by Tanya Sieber, Baker’s chef and catering coordinator.
Paving projects to close parts of streets
August 24, 2005
Parts of 19th Street and Haskell Avenue will be closed to motorists Thursday and Friday for repaving projects.
Kansan has third case of West Nile Virus
August 24, 2005
A 28-year-old Johnson County resident is the third person in Kansas this year to contract West Nile Virus, state officials announced Tuesday.
Disputed physician is LMH landlord
Hospital leases its south facility from doctor who gave up Missouri license
August 24, 2005
A physician whose credentials are in question after being appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to a health care regulatory board is the owner of the building that houses Lawrence Memorial Hospital South.
Fewer parents buckling up children
August 24, 2005
A few more adults are using seat belts this year, but some of them are forgetting to do the same for their children.
More Kemper Awards handed out to faculty
August 24, 2005
More Kansas University faculty have received the $5,000 Kemper Awards given for excellence in teaching and advising.
Oscar nominee to star in BTK movie
August 24, 2005
With the real-life drama now history, viewers will soon be able relive the BTK killings saga in a movie now under production by CBS titled “The Hunt for the BTK Killer.”
Westar trial nears end with closing arguments
August 24, 2005
Federal prosecutors urged jurors to convict two former Westar Energy Inc. executives Tuesday, saying that instead of protecting the interests of thousands of company shareholders, the duo had manipulated the system for themselves.
U.S. urges negotiations on reform blueprint
August 24, 2005
U.S. Ambassador John Bolton urged U.N. member nations Tuesday to start negotiations to resolve major differences on a proposal to reform the United Nations and reduce poverty that world leaders are supposed to adopt at a U.N. summit in three weeks.
Cardinal Dayz’ to help school band
August 24, 2005
Music, food and entertainment are all part of the agenda for the second annual “Cardinal Dayz” in Eudora.
U.N. secretary-general focuses on food crisis
August 24, 2005
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited skeletal babies in Niger and heard villagers’ pleas for help Tuesday, seeking to put attention on 5 million northwest Africans left short of food after their crops were ravaged by drought and locusts.
Victory declared over uranium contamination
August 24, 2005
Iran claimed vindication Tuesday after the U.N. nuclear agency concluded that traces of highly enriched uranium found on centrifuge parts entered this country on imported equipment and did not result from Iranian enrichment activities.
Peruvian airliner crashes in jungle during storm, killing dozens
August 24, 2005
A Peruvian airliner carrying 100 people crashed Tuesday near a jungle town while attempting an emergency landing in a storm, killing at least 37 people. The pilot tried to land in a marsh, but the impact split the aircraft in two, a regional official said.
Al-Qaida group claims it was behind rocket attack
August 24, 2005
Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Tuesday it had reached across the border into Jordan again to carry out the weekend Katyusha rocket attack that narrowly missed a U.S. warship in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.
Venezuela condemns U.S. evangelist’s call for assassination
August 24, 2005
Pat Robertson’s call for American agents to assassinate President Hugo Chavez is a “terrorist” statement that needs to be investigated by U.S. authorities, Venezuela said Tuesday. The Bush administration quickly distanced itself from the religious broadcaster.
Israel completes Gaza withdrawal
Forces needed just a week to clear out Jewish settlers
August 24, 2005
Israeli forces armed with riot gear, saws and wire cutters evicted militant holdouts from two Jewish settlements Tuesday, completing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a corner of the West Bank.
Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man accused of Idaho slayings
August 24, 2005
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty when Joseph Edward Duncan III goes to trial on charges that he bound and killed three people in northern Idaho.
Agency hopes to return photos found after 9-11
August 24, 2005
About 6,000 photographs were scattered among the debris around the World Trade Center site after the 9-11 attacks. And now, the Port Authority wants to return those images to their owners.
An apple a day keeps hunger at bay
August 24, 2005
Lazy, leisurely days or holiday weekends, there’s time for a little light cooking to make a special breakfast or brunch. One way to savor your apple a day is to use the fruit in simple pancakes or omelet variations.
Poll: More plan to work during ‘retirement’ years
August 24, 2005
A growing number of Americans plan to work during what are traditionally retirement years because they can’t afford to stop earning a paycheck, according to a recent survey.
Report: Immigration prosecutions on the rise
August 24, 2005
Immigration prosecutions shot up in southern Texas last year, far surpassing increases in any of the nation’s other 89 federal court districts, according to a study released Tuesday.
Storms, flooding claim dozens of lives in Europe
August 24, 2005
Rescue workers piled sandbags to hold back floodwaters and evacuated hundreds of people from alpine valleys Tuesday as heavy rains and landslides battered central and southern Europe.
Bush says Cindy Sheehan’s views don’t represent most military families
August 24, 2005
President Bush took on the California mother who has been defiantly protesting outside his Texas home, saying Tuesday that Cindy Sheehan doesn’t represent the views of most military families and that fulfilling demands like hers for withdrawal from Iraq would weaken the United States.
Shooting leaves two dead in Wal-Mart parking lot
August 24, 2005
Two Wal-Mart employees were shot to death Tuesday as they gathered shopping carts in the parking lot of one of the retail stores in suburban Phoenix, and police later arrested the suspected gunman.
Rumsfeld predicts approval of base-closing plan
August 24, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted Tuesday that a federal commission will endorse “the overwhelming majority” of his proposals to close, shrink or expand hundreds of military bases across the country.
Kansas’ obesity problem growing
State goes from 27th to 22nd in national rankings
August 24, 2005
Kansas is fat, and getting fatter.
Fluoride opponents’ argument gains teeth
August 24, 2005
Albert Burgstahler is convinced Lawrence residents have been forced to swallow a giant government mistake for more than 50 years.
Anesthesia may not be effective detox method for heroin addicts
August 24, 2005
Using general anesthesia to help detoxify heroin addicts is no more effective than other treatments and potentially much more dangerous, according to a study published today by Columbia University researchers.
City marijuana ordinance courted
Group seeking municipal, not state, prosecution of offenses
August 24, 2005
If a newly formed group gets its way, marijuana will become a low priority for Lawrence police.
Former Junction City official pleads guilty to embezzlement
August 24, 2005
James H. Tate pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 while serving as the executive housing director with the Junction City Housing Authority, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren announced.
Science standards may be set at Lawrence meeting
August 24, 2005
State Board of Education members will hold their monthly meeting in October in Lawrence and may possibly finalize controversial science standards.
Drowning review could take six weeks
Victim’s father questions investigation into boating incident on Lake Shawnee
August 24, 2005
A Kansas Bureau of Investigation review of a 21-year-old man’s drowning could take up to six weeks, a top KBI official said Tuesday.
Latin Grammy awards show to move to Univision
August 24, 2005
Bebe, a Spanish singer-songwriter who is relatively unknown in the United States, made a surprise showing Tuesday with five nominations in the sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards, making her the only performer to be recognized in all the major categories.
Homeless task force’s final report is adopted
August 24, 2005
City commissioners unanimously adopted the final report from the city’s Task Force on Homeless Services and agreed to create a new advisory board on homelessness.
Saturday move pleases farmers market officials
August 24, 2005
The Lawrence Farmers Market will have a new Saturday home beginning in 2006, but it is not the home they once thought.
Bush bikes, boats during vacation
August 24, 2005
President Bush spent Tuesday at a resort in the Idaho Rockies, mountain biking around a rugged trail circuit before going fishing in a small pontoon boat on a wind-whipped lake.
Study finds link between daydreaming, Alzheimer’s
August 24, 2005
Stop daydreaming and read this story.
Texan executed for fatal stabbing
August 24, 2005
A man who fatally attacked a woman in her home with a knife and a hammer nearly 11 years ago was executed Tuesday evening in Huntsville, Texas.
As warm weather wanes, comfort food takes the front burner
August 24, 2005
When the temperatures are still in the 80s and daylight-saving time is prolonging the sunlight every day, it’s difficult to imagine that autumn is nearly upon us. But with the inevitable change in taste and appetite that comes in September, the foods we prefer will be just a bit heavier.
Deep purple
Any way you slice it, the enigmatic eggplant is a versatile vegetable
August 24, 2005
They’re purple, bulbous and look like something aliens from a B-list science fiction movie might grow in their gardens.
Former Barton County president denied severance
Controversy over coaches led to firing
August 24, 2005
The governing body of Barton County Community College will not give severance pay to former President Veldon Law, who was fired last month because of controversy over three former coaches who have been charged with fraud.
Who’s the father of the Constitution?
Pilot program seeks to improve student knowledge
August 24, 2005
A nonprofit group plans seminars for teachers across the state this fall under a pilot project designed to improve students’ knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Evolution debate creates monster
Satirists preach gospel of Flying Spaghetti Monster
August 24, 2005
From Darwin to intelligent design to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
School security is in the cards
Three-year plan calls for IDs to have many uses
August 24, 2005
Once the security overhaul is complete, Lawrence public schools employees will use one high-tech scan card to enter school buildings, clock in for work and buy lunch.
Commissioners try to clear traffic circle confusion
Ordinance OKs most left turns, but drivers will still have to ‘make the loop’ on roundabouts
August 24, 2005
Here’s a rule you probably didn’t learn in driver’s education class: You can turn left in front of a traffic circle.
Time to retire Indian mascots
August 24, 2005
The NCAA recently alerted my alma mater, the University of Illinois, home to the mascot “Chief Illiniwek” and the “Fighting Illini,” that “hostile and abusive” depictions of American Indians are no longer welcome at the association’s championship sports tournaments.
August 24, 2005
To the editor: Decades ago, in a high school science class, a young man shared his dream, “I wish I could go to the moon.”
KU decline
August 24, 2005
To the editor: Being a graduate of Kansas University, and also a former member of its faculty, I find the decline in its U.S. News rating a matter of deep concern.
Cannon concern
August 24, 2005
To the editor: What’s with firing off a cannon in South Park?
Americans seeking answers on Iraq
August 24, 2005
I’ve received a huge outpouring of e-mail in response to the column I wrote last week about an imaginary conversation between President Bush and Cindy Sheehan.
Exemplary educator
The former president of the University of Missouri system set a high bar for other university administrators.
August 24, 2005
Jim Olson, the former chancellor of the University of Missouri at Kansas City and later president of the four-campus University of Missouri system, died last week.
August 24, 2005
For Wednesday, Aug. 24
Tapped out?
Without some action, Kansas may soon face a serious decline in the water it obtains from lakes across the state.
August 24, 2005
When Clinton Dam was completed about 25 years ago and a city water treatment plant was built to draw water from the new federal reservoir, it seemed that Lawrence’s municipal water supply concerns were over. The combined water resources of the Kansas River and Clinton Lake seemed able to serve even a growing city for the foreseeable future.
KU seeks to fill stadium
Businesses offered football, basketball ticket package
August 24, 2005
Kansas University officials are offering access to two men’s basketball season tickets to businesses that buy 10 football season tickets.
Daily ticker
August 24, 2005
K.C. releases still-injured Maslowski
August 24, 2005
Mike Maslowski, whose hard work took him from an obscure Division Three team to a starting job as Kansas City’s middle linebacker, was released Tuesday because of continuing injury problems.
Lawrence datebook
August 24, 2005
New philosophy reigns at OSU
Cowboys acclimating to coaching changes
August 24, 2005
Mike Gundy is accustomed to being the one throwing the passes or plotting the inner workings of his team’s offense.
Sunnis show no sign of compromise on constitution
August 24, 2005
Sunni Arab leaders showed no sign of compromise Tuesday as they prepared to resume talks in yet another bid by the Shiite-led government to win approval of Iraq’s new constitution.
People in the news
August 24, 2005
¢ Actress clips family’s car while trying to evade photographers ¢ Sean Penn pens about trip to Tehran, Iran ¢ Magazine pieces together ‘most incredible’ rock star ¢ Former presidential candidate sheds bachelor status ¢ Mother of Michael Jackson’s accuser charged with fraud
Accomplice convicted in deadly KCK shooting spree
August 24, 2005
An accomplice in a shooting spree that left five people dead - one of them a pregnant woman - has been convicted of three counts of capital murder, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Health plan can affect treatment quality
August 24, 2005
According to a recent report issued by the nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance, and based on performance results from 563 managed-care plans, America’s health-care system is plagued by enormous quality gaps. Among the findings of the NCQA’s 2004 State of Health Care Quality: If Americans with hypertension received care through one of the country’s top 10 percent of health plans (which control blood pressure in about 71 percent of such patients), up to 26,000 deaths could be prevented annually.
Fall sports ready to roll
Lima evolving into elite volleyball player
August 24, 2005
Josi Lima didn’t scour Kansas University’s volleyball record books after arriving on campus as a goal-oriented, wide-eyed freshman in 2002.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 24, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Study: Fetal pain begins late in pregnancy
Researchers say evidence shows abortion discussions should not be mandatory
August 24, 2005
A review of medical evidence has found that fetuses likely don’t feel pain until the final months of pregnancy, a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think twice about ending pregnancies.
Prosecutors seek tough sentence for school shooter
August 24, 2005
Prosecutors asked a judge in a filing Tuesday to show Rocori High School shooter Jason McLaughlin little mercy when sentencing the double murderer next week.
Dole stumps for Medicare prescription drug plan
August 24, 2005
The flood is coming, and in Orlando, it began with a visit from Bob Dole.
Documenting new pilgrims
August 24, 2005
I have before me two haunting books of photography that I believe every American family should own. And these two hint at a third volume that does not exist. It doesn’t, but it should. Our history is incomplete without it.
School districts not making funding grade
Kansas ranks 41st in putting education dollars toward teaching
August 24, 2005
Kansas ranked 41st in directing its education funds into classroom instruction, statistics released Tuesday showed.