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Lawsuit aims to stop group
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives.
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Sheikh, rattle and roll as war goes on
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, didn’t do the Lebanese any favors when he picked a fight with Israel. He’s still firing rockets into Israel, but look at the price he’s paying: Hundreds of his fighters dead, thousands more Lebanese civilians killed and injured and much of his country in ruins.
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Beware: Lines are signs of WWIII
You can tell from the long lines of cars outside Little Rock Air Force Base that the nation is at war. Security is extremely tight, as it is throughout the country and at all U.S. military installations around the world.
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Huckabee pardons another drunk
Gov. Huckabee blundered twice this week: He leased a brand-new Suburban at taxpayers’ expense for nearly $900 a month, the gold-plated version, no less, even though he has only six months left in office. What was wrong with the old one?
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Down in Bentonia
For Sam Myers, 1935-2006 Down in Bentonia, Miss., deep in the Delta, a couple of fast-fingered bluesmen strummed their guitars and sang in a haunting falsetto, creating the Bentonia blues sound.
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AUG. 2, 2006

Tim Luckenbach serves watermelon to Jacob Reed at a Hope Luthern Church picnic held at Dupree Park in Jacksonville.

More work for North Belt
IN SHORT:Work to extend second phase of loop to Highway 107 should start within 10 years at a cost of $95 million, while other area projects include work on Highway 67/167 and Highway 5 between Highway 89 and 319. [FULL TEXT]

Census will start late fall in Cabot
IN SHORT: Cabot is spending money as it seeks to document its growth so it can qualify for more state turnback funds. [FULL TEXT]

City may condemn property for library
IN SHORT: Jacksonville will consider eminent-domain procedures to gain library land.
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Sheriff: Inmate release is valid
IN SHORT: Roberson says he made a deal with judge to allow nonviolent prisoners to go free because of overcrowding. [FULL TEXT]

Firefighters taking heat precautions
IN SHORT: July saw six triple-digit days and heat indices in the 100s most days.
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Sports

Jerry Lawson singles to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning during the Bruins' 7-3 win over Ft. Smith on Saturday.

Bruins advance in state
IN SHORT: Wins over Ft. Smith and Van Buren moved the Bruins to mid-week play at UAFS. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot All-Stars headed to world series
IN SHORT: The Panther 10-under team won the Southwest Regional tournament in Crossett and advances to the Cal Ripken nationals in Lafayette, La, this weekend. [FULL TEXT]

Local rider earns high marks at nationals
IN SHORT: Bradley Bohannon, 14, turned in a personal best time and finished in the top 125 of over 1,000 contestants at the National Barrell Racing Youth World Championships in Jackson, Miss. [FULL TEXT]


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Huckabee in Frisco
Gov. Huckabee pops up nowadays in the most unusual venues, newspaper offices, as he plies his unofficial campaign for president.
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Special election is ill adviced
Pulaski County, which is too broke to afford to house hardly any new prisoners, is about to get $100,000 deeper in debt and be out of jail options because of the quorum court’s ill-advised decision to hold a special election.
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Internet disputes
Every-thing’s up to date in Arkansas this week, with a pair of high-tech news items grabbing our attention.
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We'll pay piper twice
Did you catch the numbing remark in the state newspaper this week about the land value of the rugged slopes south of Lake Maumelle that the water utility for central Arkansas is trying to buy to keep your water safe?
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Special vote not needed
Arkansans always love an election, but there are cheaper forms of entertainment and sometimes far better ways to spend the money.
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Unsound bites
Presidents like to go abroad when they are in trouble at home. Basking in the adulation of native throngs and hobnobbing with heads of foreign states are always good for poll ratings.
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