Vote to increase
Old canards never die; they don't even fade away. So it is that in 2014, with minimum-wage laws facing voters or legislatures, the cries go up, "My God, when you raise the minimum wage, you drive people out of jobs and hurt the economy."
Helpful hints for ballot box
Changing a constitution, even the state Constitution, is a serious labor for voters since it either authorizes government or the citizens to do something or else forbids them to do it forever, at least until the constitution can be changed again. Altering a constitution is supposed to be a rare event since it tampers with individual rights or with the structure and powers of government.
Top award for 19th AW
The Air Force Historical Foundation recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th Airlift Wing for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years. It's an amazing history from the early decades of air combat to the modern era.
Voter ID law
Sometimes the law is so clear that appellate courts seem almost superfluous. Anyone who could read could see that the Arkansas legislature violated the state Constitution over and over last year with the act that stopped people from voting if they did not submit official government-issued photographic proof that they were the person they claimed to be when they went to the polls or mailed their absentee ballots.
Lennox, Hutcherson on Blue Note; Impulse back
Annie Lennox's new CD, "Nostalgia," from Blue Note includes a stunning version of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching song usually associated with Billie Holiday, who recorded it in 1937.
Is a life worth
a million dollars?
Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they're freed.
Killer at our front door
Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked.
Killer in Cabot's schools
Glen Martin Green, the killer serving a life sentence without parole, worked in Cabot schools three different times this year.
Cabot ends prison labor in schools
After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]
Killer worked at Cabot school gym
A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]
When firm's comptroller
AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]
Genocide threatens minorities
A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]
Strategy put own people in line of fire
A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]
Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight
Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]
VA isn't the only problem
It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]
New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash
Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]
Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift
When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [FULL TEXT]
For Cash, debut in the Rock
Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]
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October 29, 2014
Astronauts and still in fifth grade
A Cabot Middle School North fifth grader wears a space suit during a zero-gravity exercise during Space Camp at NASA in Alabama. About 500 Cabot students are set to attend next year.
Students going to Space Camp
IN SHORT: Schools in area sending hundreds of pupils to Huntsville, Ala. [FULL TEXT]
AARP hosts Stumbaugh, Cypert duel
IN SHORT: Mayor lists investments in library, sports complex, highway interchange, while predecessor denies he mismanaged city hall. [FULL TEXT]
Pryor vs. Cotton: How times change
IN SHORT: Only six years ago, Mark Pryor was re-elected to the U. S. Senate by the widest margin in the country, almost 80 percent. So popular or at least so invulnerable was Pryor that he was the only senatorial candidate of either major party who did not get an opponent from the other party. He defeated Rebekah Kennedy, a lawyer who ran on the Green Party ticket and attacked him for his conservative voting record. [FULL TEXT]
Unforced errors doomed the Beebe girls in the first round of the state volleyball tournament at Valley View High School in Jonesboro. The 5A-Central champion Lady Badgers lost in straight sets to Batesville to end the season with a 15-6 record.
Beebe falls in first round
IN SHORT: The No. 1-seeded Lady Badgers were ousted by No. 4-seeded Batesville Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot faces big, speedy Hurricanes
IN SHORT: Jonesboro brings the most talented team Panthers have faced since North Little Rock in conference opener. [FULL TEXT]
Bears hosting Badgers in big 5A-Central game
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills tries to keep its perfect record intact against an improving Beebe team. [FULL TEXT]
Jacksonville hosts thorn in its side
IN SHORT: Mills has had the Red Devils' number in last three. [FULL TEXT]
Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.
Mystery of women's prison
IN SHORT: Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]
Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business
IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]
CASA fundraising dinner
IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]