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Rockefeller gentleman billionaire
I was late for lunch with Win Rockefeller because of a mixup; I wasn’t sure we were supposed to get together that day, but then his office called, wondering what happened.
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Robinson charged in assault of former partner
Brinkley police have charged former Arkansas Cong. Tommy Robinson with assaulting Cabot businessman Bill Thompson over a financial dispute.
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Let's help him find a
long-lost brother

We get calls from readers asking for all kinds of help. Sometimes they’re looking for lost relatives, and we’ll try to reunite them, but we don’t always succeed.
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JULY 19, 2006

Jackosnville Parks and Recreation groundskeeper John Walker works on installing second base at the softball field in Dupree Park as the temperature rose above 100 degrees on Tuesday.

Hot weather could cause fires, illness
IN SHORT:Lack of precipitation and high temperatures are poised to make this summer miserable for people and pets alike. Tinderbox conditions caused many county judges to issue burn bans throughout the central part of the state, including Lonoke, Pulaski and White counties. [FULL TEXT]

Summer weather risky for seniors
IN SHORT: According to state Health Department officials, those most affected by heat-related illness are people with health problems, very young children and the elderly. [FULL TEXT]

Shortfall in Cabot budget
IN SHORT: Cabot’s $7 million general fund and street budgets have been in a cash crunch much of the year, and one of the main reasons for the problem was revealed Monday night during a budget meeting held before the regular council meeting. [FULL TEXT]

Late census decision adds $50,000 to cost
IN SHORT: A special census will cost Cabot more than $54,000 than it would have if it could have been completed earlier. By not having the results this year as planned, the city will lose about $200,000 in additional revenue. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot sewer to spend $10M
IN SHORT: The Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission has accepted a bid of almost $10 million to build the wastewater treatment plant the city must have to stay out of hot water with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
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Three schools perfectly proficient
IN SHORT: All — that’s 100 percent—of the junior high and middle school students in Lonoke and Searcy who took the end-of-course algebra test this past spring are proficient or advanced. Most other area junior high students taking the test also did well.
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Neighbors

Summer reading successful event
IN SHORT: The 2006 Summer Reading Program at Arlene Cherry Memorial Library was a great success, according to Christine Williams, librarian.
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Sports

Sherwood Shark Ian Kerr competes during the team's championship clinching win over Otter Creek Saturday morning at the Harmon Center in Sherwood.

Sherwood wins third CASL title
IN SHORT: The Sherwood Sharks clinched their third consecutive Central Arkansas Swim League championship last weekend, beating Otter Creek to complete their third- straight undefeated season. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot falls to Maumelle in seventh
IN SHORT: Home Depot suffered its most disappointing loss of the season at Maumelle on Friday. Cabot led until the final inning, when a pair of Maum-elle runs stole the win away 8-7. It was Cabot’s second loss in the bottom of the final inning in two weeks. The Panthers fell in similar fashion at Russellville just over a week ago. [FULL TEXT]


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Sen. Pryor’s priorities
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor always seems to be in the hot seat nowadays, owing to the close partisan division in the Senate and his emergence as a centrist peacemaker. You would never know it by the angry commercials directed at him by “independent” Republican groups, but the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Monday that Pryor had voted with President Bush 73.1 percent of the time in the last Congress, the second-highest percentage among Democrats.
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Vote no on judge
While he is at it, Sen. Pryor needs to stand up to the president and the neoconservative lobby this week on one other issue, this one where his posture is absolutely critical. It is President Bush’s appointment to a federal appellate court of William Haynes II, the author of some of the most repugnant legal opinions in the nation’s history.
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