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Woody Harrelson’s Kentucky hemp battle, 2000

Actor Woody Harrelson celebrated his not-guilty verdict with supporters outside Lee County District Court on Aug. 24, 2000, in Beattyville. Harrelson was on trial for possession of marijuana after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds in 1996 in a rural Lee County field. Harrelson said the seeds he planted had a lower THC content, and he was challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s marijuana laws and trying to bring attention to the uses of growing hemp. At the time, the state legislature said hemp and marijuana are the same, and the state’s highest court agreed. But five women and one man from Lee County said Harrelson didn’t break the law when he planted the seeds in protest. The jury took only 20 minutes to find Harrelson not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. “That wasn’t marijuana he planted, if he planted anything,” juror Sylvia Caldwell said as she left Lee District Court with Harrelson’s autograph on a piece of hemp paper. Outside the courthouse, a crowd of cheering, squealing fans waited for the 39-year-old actor in the dark hemp suit. They carried hand-lettered signs that said “We support hemp.” The decision flew in the face of a law passed by the General Assembly in 1992 and upheld by a unanimous state Supreme Court. It also ended a case that began June 1, 1996, when Harrelson wielded a grubbing hoe to challenge the law, which didn’t distinguish between marijuana and hemp. The latter contains only a minute amount of the psychoactive ingredient that gives marijuana smokers a high. In 2013, the state passed a law allowing production for agricultural research purposes. The federal Agricultural Act of 2014 removed federal restrictions aimed at growing industrial hemp and allowed states that have legalized its manufacturing to set up research programs to study the benefits of cultivating it. Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

Actor Woody Harrelson, left, with former Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn on Aug. 24, 2000, during a break in Harrelson’s trial in Beattyville. Nunn, one of Harrelson’s four attorneys, during his closing argument, held up a candy bar made from hemp seeds, then took a small bite. “Now I’ve got it in me and I’ve got it on me,” he said. “If you think Mr. Harrelson should be put in jail for one year or one week or even one night, I guess we’ll be there together.” Photo by Janet Worne | Staff

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Chuck Berry in Lexington, 1976

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival on July 2, 1976, at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. Berry went on at 1 a.m., and after a lengthy set, he refused to leave the stage. Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30 a.m. What was billed as a three-day music festival met with financial problems, and Sunday’s show, which was to feature Harry Chapin, was canceled. Some performers who did take the stage Friday and Saturday included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doug Ross, Ian Gillan, Roger McGuinn and The Band. Ray Charles was backstage Saturday night but refused to go on unless he was paid in advance. Berry died Saturday, March 18, at his home in Missouri. He was 90. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Lexmark keyboard production, 1992

Janet Scott assembled keyboards on March 16, 1992, at Lexmark’s plant on New Circle Road in Lexington. She was working on the Model M IBM Enhanced 101-key keyboard, a Lexmark product that won a 1991 PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and sold for $217. The keyboard was known for its satisfying click-thunk-click sound when a key was struck. This photo ran with a story highlighting the company’s first anniversary after the International Business Machines division became Lexmark International Inc. The company touted new and revamped products, industry awards, aggressive marketing strategies, expanded distribution, improved financial performance and better customer service, saying those achievements made Lexmark’s first anniversary a cause for celebration. Then-chairman and CEO Marvin L. Mann said performance was “better than we would have anticipated.” About that time, about 3,000 of Lexmark’s 5,000 employees worked in Lexington, where the company made typewriters, printers and keyboards. It was Lexington’s largest private employer. In 1995, Lexmark became a public company and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1996, the company decided to stop making computer keyboards and moved its corporate headquarters from Greenwich, Conn., to Lexington. Five years after leaving IBM, Lexmark employed 5,400 workers in Lexington. Over the years the company would slowly move the cornerstone of its business strategy toward the enterprise software business. Lexmark began diversifying its revenue stream with the purchases of many software companies, and in August 2012, it left the inkjet printer business. In 2016, Lexmark was acquired by a consortium of investors led by Apex Technology Co. and PAG Asia Capital. The $3.6 billion acquisition was announced last April, and in November,  the company said it was shedding its enterprise software business. At that time, it employed 2,300 people in Lexington. Click here to see more images from our archives of the Lexington company. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Lafayette takes Sweet Sixteen title, 1979

Lafayette’s Dirk Minniefield, with coach Jock Sutherland, was all smiles  as the final seconds of the Sweet Sixteen state championship game wound down on March 17, 1979. Lafayette defeated Christian County 62-52 in Rupp Arena to claim the state crown. The 2017 champion will be decided Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena. Tip-off is 2 p.m. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Ashland Tomcats defeat Seneca, 1961

The Ashland Tomcats’ bench erupted as the final horn sounded, as the team won its game against archrival Seneca on March 17, 1961, in the quarterfinals of the boys state basketball tournament in Memorial Coliseum. Ashland beat Seneca 77-51 and went on to win the tournament, defeating Lexington Dunbar, 69-50. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Virgie’s Todd May, 1982

Virgie’s Todd May rejected a shot by M.C. Napier’s Louie Hoskins in the first round of the Boys Sweet 16 March 25, 1982 in Rupp Arena. Virgie won 53-49. May was named the tournament’s most valuable player, but Laurel County went on to win the tournament, defeating North Harden 53-51. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

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Sweet 16 All-Tourney team, 1963

The All-State tournament team posed for a photo after the championship game of the Boys Sweet 16 on March 17, 1963, in Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Front row from left: James Smith, Dunbar; Danny Shearer, Oldham County; Dwight Smith, Princeton Dotson, and George Wilson, Dunbar. Top row: Charles Taylor, Owensboro; Pearl Hicks, Clay County; Clem Haskins, Taylor County; Wesley Unseld and Mike Redd, Louisville Seneca; and George Davis, Maysville. Seneca defeated Dunbar 72-66 to claim the state championship. Taylor County, Haskins’ alma mater, plays Ballard in this year’s Sweet Sixteen at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Click here to see a gallery of more images from our archives as the boys’ tournament celebrates 100 years. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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36th annual boys state tourney opens, 1953

The opening game of the 36th annual state basketball tournament in Memorial Coliseum, March 18, 1953, between Caverna and Louisville Flaget. The 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament opens Wednesday in Rupp Arena, as Bowling Green takes on Graves County. Click here to read our series The Sweetest Century, highlighting 100 years of the Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament. And click here to see another image from our archives of the 1956 tournament.  Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lafayette’s new National Honor Society members, 1959

National Honor Society at Lafayette High School initiated new members on Nov. 5, 1959. From left, seated: Marlene Kays, Judy Stivers, Bernice Gabby and Betty Gail Brown. Middle row: Jackie Penn, Susan Walker, Sara Cowherd, Bernice Lowrey, Nancy Nickell, and Johanna Alms. Back row: Yvonne Hunt, Jimmy Congleton, Pete Jokl, Garry Wheeler Stone, David Meredith and Cathy Duncan. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lady Kats win state title, 1980

The University of Kentucky’s women’s basketball team, then known as the Lady Kats, celebrated their second Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference championship on March 1, 1980, in Memorial Coliseum by beating Morehead 80-61. From left, UK coach Debbie Yow-Nance, Liz Lukschu, Lea Wise, Maria Donhoff and Valerie Still. The victory earned UK, ranked 13th in the nation, a berth in the AIAW Region II tournament. The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was a national organization for women’s collegiate athletics for 11 years, starting in 1971. It folded after the NCAA began offering championships in women’s sports. This season’s women’s team will gather Monday night to watch the NCAA selection show and find out who and where they will play in the post-season. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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