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War on terror begins right here at home
Little Rock Air Force Base will once again send several hundred men and women overseas for the war on terror.
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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. 30, 2006

Workers with Kenneth Petty Masonry finish a house on Palisade Street in the new Stonehenge subdivision in Cabot, but costs are up as the city collects impact fees and other charges to help pay for improvements in the growing community.

Cost of Cabot growth
IN SHORT: Impact fees could now add thousands of dollars to the cost of homes in the city, and even more charges are considered. [FULL TEXT]

More students return
IN SHORT: First day of classes for Cabot Junior High North ninth-graders goes smoothly as workers scramble to get 80 classrooms ready for seventh and eighth-graders next Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Work will soon start on plant in Cabot
IN SHORT: The Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission broke ground Monday morning for a multi-million sewer treatment plant to replace the old plant.
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Positives stressed in report by PCSSD
IN SHORT: Officials tell of progress made in 2005-2006 school year.
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500 new homes in Ward
IN SHORT: Subdivisions under construction help town grow dramatically. [FULL TEXT]

Austin adds construction fees
IN SHORT: Council voted to increase permit charges. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood out $100K on road
IN SHORT: City council told that a contractor did not use enough materials for street work. [FULL TEXT]

Sports

The Cabot Panthers have improved runners and blockers from last year's team that lost at Jacksonville in the season finale.

Kickoff among rivals
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville-Cabot game will be hotly contested as a non-conference season opener this Friday at Jan Crow Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot dumps Beebe
IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers easily handled Beebe for their third win in four matches on Monday. Cabot won the first two sets 25-7 before letting the junior varsity duke it out in the final set.
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Catholic expecting Bear of a challenge
IN SHORT:Rocket coach doesn't foresee another easy win over Sylvan Hills tonight in the 2006 season opener at War Memorial. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers get good, close games with Greenbrier
IN SHORT: Beebe coach Cam Prock expects the usual battle to the end against Greenbrier. [FULL TEXT]


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Brothers or enemies
The Arkansas Times blog raised an intriguing question this week. How long can Gov. Huckabee hold out before he endorses Democrat Mike Beebe over Asa Hutchinson in the governor’s race?
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Raid unmasks country club
Someone in the federal establishment has a perfect sense of the sublime. He or she caused the U. S. Immigration and Customs services to raid the Little Rock Country Club last week and arrest 11 immigrant employees, illegal aliens almost certainly, because they did not have good citizenship papers.
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Huckabee monuments
You have an invitation to attend the grand opening and dedication of the Janet Huckabee Nature Center on the Arkansas River at Fort Smith on Thursday. We understand that it is quite an impressive place.
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More choices for voters
Jim Lendall, the copiously bearded former state representative, is not going to be the next governor of Arkansas, and he doesn’t expect to be.
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Judge sees the light
It does not speak especially well for judicial reflection, but Pulaski Circuit Judge Jay Moody reversed himself yesterday afternoon and ruled that the Bryant School District could close the little Paron High School immediately and educate the youngsters in schools that can offer them more education for much less of the taxpayers’ money.
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Beebe wants it both ways
Attorney General Mike Beebe, doing his best Bill Clinton imitation, tried to have it both ways when the state newspaper asked him about intelligent design, the theory that a supreme being created the universe.
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Inheritance for superrich
Sen. Mark Pryor’s vote against the omnibus bill that tied an increase in the minimum wage to the virtual repeal of the estate tax did not strike us as a politically dangerous act, but it apparently worried him.
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Candidates pandering
Voters know by now not to invest much confidence in what a candidate for governor says about taxes during a heated campaign. The budget realities a year from now will determine what he does about taxes.
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College bonds: They're baack!
Gov. Huckabee signed a proclamation last Thursday putting $250 million of college construction debt on the ballot again, less than a year after its defeat at a special election.
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‘Good,’ ‘bad’ governors
Economic statistics can prove to be so perverse, but rarely to such an extreme as the report card that the Arkansas Policy Foundation issued the past week on the job-creating performance of Arkansas governors since World War II.
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The Fed does nothing
After 17 straight periods in which it raised benchmark interest rates, the Federal Reserve yesterday lay doggo. Equity exchanges, bond markets, traders and economists everywhere waited for that news and then, their prayers answered, didn’t know what to make of it. The indexes fluctuated wildly and then finished, very oddly, lower across the board.
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Casinos Royale
By winter, Arkansas will have casinos at Hot Springs and West Memphis, the first since Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller shut down the illegal ones at Hot Springs in 1968.
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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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