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Big George Brock still packs a punch
Big George Brock is a 74-year-old former heavyweight boxer who still packs a double punch as a powerful harmonica player and blues singer. His new CD, Round Two (Cat Head Records), follows last year’s successful Club Caravan, which was nominated for a Handy award.
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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. 5, 2006

Cabot police and firefighters look on as Mayor Mickey D. Subby Stumbaugh speaks to the Cabot 10-year-old All-Stars Thursday morning before proclaiming the Cabot Panthers 10-year-old All-Stars baseball team "best of the best." The All-Stars traveled to Lafayette, La., for the Cal Ripken World Series after winning seven tournaments this season.

Petrus, Glover split on surplus
IN SHORT:House speaker tells Lonoke chamber he’s in no hurry to return $402.7 million in excess funds to taxpayers. [FULL TEXT]

Boy, 11, charged in fire at complex
IN SHORT: Blaze causes $400,000 in damage to a Jacksonville apartment building.
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Builder makes plans for Sherwood land
IN SHORT: Jacksonville loses its bid to stop the annexation of 2,000 acres of undeveloped
land to its southern neighbor, as contractor submits plat to develop a commercial strip.
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City taking land for library
IN SHORT: Jacksonville City Council approves using eminent domain, but property owner says he’s been offered too little. [FULL TEXT]

Impact fees could fetch $2.3M a year
IN SHORT: The implementation of building impact fees has been discussed during meetings of the Cabot City Council, Cabot Homebuilders Asso-ciation and the Stakeholders Committee.
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Sports

The Red Devils go through a series of drills Thursday afternoon practice. The team has shown a lot of unity in the early workouts.

Red Devils are committed
IN SHORT: JHS football players have shown great comaraderie in first week of two-a-day practices. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot offense solid, defense young
IN SHORT: The Panthers have need for sophomores to help out on defense as season gets started. [FULL TEXT]

New era revs up ’Rabbit football
IN SHORT:Lonoke will start the 2006 football season with a new head coach in Jeff Jones, and a new look on both sides of the football for its first venture into the 4A-2 Conference. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers lean on seniors
IN SHORT:The young team will have to rely on some of its underclassmen for several starting positions this season. [FULL TEXT]


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Adios, Paron
Should anyone by now have any doubts, the seven justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court let it be known this week that they are serious about finally requiring the state to follow the state Constitution’s 130-year-old mandate that it provide a good education to every child, equally and efficiently.
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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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