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The Supremes say no to pork
Do we have a great state Supreme Court or what? Just back from telling the legislature once again that the state Constitution meant what it said about providing a suitable and equal education to all kids, the justices Thursday declared that a local act was, well, just that, a local act, and thus unconstitutional.
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No way to run youth center
Having not learned one bitter lesson, the government is going to hire another private corporation to treat and house neglected and wayward Arkansas children.
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He’s chasing Huckabucks
Our advice to Gov. Huckabee, if he were to ask, would be to begin his presidential campaign on the highest possible note by observing the spirit and letter of the laws governing the financing of campaigns.
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Baker plan makes sense
Not even President Bush’s most biting partisan critics can rejoice at the terrible decision that he must make in this winter most bleak.
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Don’t waste our surplus
Fresh estimates that the surplus in the state treasury will soar to $850 million and maybe well past that by the end of the fiscal year ought to be unalloyed good news.
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Rape victim in Lonoke recalls her nightmare
One of Joe Rounsaville’s three rape victims was crying as she recalled her attacker menacing her in her home in Lonoke.
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Next stage in Iraq still uncertain
More than 30 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq during the first week of December while politicians in Washington debated the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group on how to extricate ourselves from a war that will soon enter its fifth year
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It's cold, but Africa is too hot just now
The cold weather blew in from the southwest, but we escaped an ice storm, which is not uncommon around here in early December.
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Robert Junior Lockwood, RIP
Robert Junior Lockwood, the last of the great Arkansas Delta bluesmen, died this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.
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General who served here runs mobile war center
A group of airmen inside a metal building near the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base were talking shop while they stood near several covered pallets of cargo last week, when Gen. Scott Gray, commander of Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, N.J., walked in.
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Vote count disaster for Bush, GOP
Few Republicans expected this year’s mid-term elections would go their way, but Tuesday’s results are worse than any of the polls had predicted.
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Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary
I'm going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution–me.
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First school since 1970s a possibility
Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe wants to build the first new school in Jacksonville in 30 years, and he thinks he can fund it with the state's surplus, although that's vanishing about as fast as last decade's federal surplusd
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Honoring heroes in a time of terrorism
Sgt. Synnora Guinn of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was decked out in her Scottish regalia and played "Amazing Grace" on her bag pipes at the ceremony Monday honoring America's heroes.
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Bad guys will get hands on nukes soon
While talking to Israel's consul general not long before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I realized that in his country, they commemorate such anniversaries just about every week.
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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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DEC. 16, 2006

Sr. Airman C.J. Smith (left) and retired Chief Master Sgt. Silas B. LaGrow place a wreath in honor of other POW/MIAs during a ceremony Thursday at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Honoring POW/MIAs
IN SHORT: Retired Chief MSgt. Silas B. LaGrow of Jacksonville, who is a surviving POW of the Bataan Death March during the Second World War, participates in ceremony honoring POW/MIAs. [FULL TEXT]

Projects in peril in wake of ruling
IN SHORT: High Court agrees with Wilson against General Improvement Funds, but others say “not so fast.” [FULL TEXT]

Cabot population at 22,000
IN SHORT: The city will receive an additional $55.30 for each of the estimated 8,000 residents who have moved in since 2000 census. [FULL TEXT]

Community center now open to public
IN SHORT: Ribbon cutting in Cabot will usher in a healthy New Year for local residents.
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Reins put on subdivisions next to lake
IN SHORT: Developers are told to cooperate or no construction in critical area of Lake Maumelle.
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Our airmen will be home for holidays
IN SHORT: More than 130 airmen will return home Sunday from deployment in support of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Returning airmen are from the 463rd Airlift Group and the 314th Airlift Wing.
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Sports

Jacksonville senior forward Kajaun Watson nails a jumper for two of his game-high 18 points against Central Tuesday night.

Tigers rally, beat Red Devils
IN SHORT:Little Rock Central’s boys and girls teams went away with a pair of wins over Jacksonville Tuesday night. [FULL TEXT]

Owls top Harding Academy, Lady Wildcats stay perfect
IN SHORT: Abundant Life beat the Wildcats by a surprisingly wide margin Tuesday, while the HA girls remained perfect in league play. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers fall to Eagles for second time
IN SHORT: The Beebe Badgers suffered their fifth loss of the season at the hands of the Vilonia Eagles Tuesday night 56-42. The Badgers stayed close through the first half, trailing 27-21 at the intermission. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke ladies hammer Marianna
IN SHORT: The Lady Jackrabbits had no trouble at all against the Lady Trojans, but the boys faltered in the third quarter to drop what was a close game to that point. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders sputter, still beat Brinkley
IN SHORT: The Riverview boys and girls started slowly, but still got good league wins Tuesday night over Brinkley in the conference home opener for both teams. [FULL TEXT]

 


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