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40 years ago: Kansas AG suspects local bar of being ‘trading post’ for drugs

March 14, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 14, 1971:

  • Rumors were afoot that the Rock Chalk Cafe at 12th and Oread might be closing. Most of the speculation pointed to the office of Atty. Gen. Vern Miller as the instigator of the action. An associate of Miller said that the city “had considered attempting to close the cafe as a nuisance” for a long time and that “the whole city knows the atmosphere in the place and the people who frequent it.... There’s an awful lot of drug traffic in the place -- epidemic proportions.” He was careful to point out that he was not accusing the owners and operators of the business of drug trafficking, but he said that many of “the Chalk’s” frequent customers were using at as “a trading post” for drugs.
  • An estimated $500 in damages was the result of a recent vandalism incident at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University. Glass panes in a south door were smashed, and a section of a stained-glass window had been broken with a wine bottle sometime overnight, according to a KU police report.

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