The Leader

Taxpayers ripped off
We confess that we never much liked the advertising and promotion taxes that are collected by the larger cities to try to lure convention and tourist business, although we weren’t absolutely sure why.
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State should audit projects
The Arkansas Supreme Court could not have made it clearer last week that when the state Constitution prohibits the legislature from enacting local and special laws it really means it.
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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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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. 20, 2006

Airmen James Stewart and Kerry Gaubault, who is stationed at another base out of state, embrace Sunday morning at Little Rock Air Force Base after Stewart, along with more than 130 airmen, returned from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joyous reunion as airmen return home
IN SHORT: They didn’t play “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” but it could have blared from the flightline early Sunday morning at Little Rock Air Force Base as friends, families and loved ones welcomed 130 airmen home from overseas. [FULL TEXT]

Base wants help on schools
IN SHORT: Gen. Self has asked the congressional delegation and community groups to help replace aging structures. [FULL TEXT]

Rebsamen examines its future role
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville hospital’s “strategic” review looks at how to best serve health needs, perhaps even building a larger facility closer to Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Senator will push for plane upgrades
IN SHORT: Lincoln tours base to see if she can help update its fleet and improve runway.
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City wants to promote its heritage
IN SHORT: Jacksonville looks at adding a tax on prepared foods to help bring in tourists.
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Council in Cabot rebuffs shelter
IN SHORT: Residents didn’t want facility for abused victims put in their neighborhood.
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Man wanted for murder surrenders
IN SHORT: Shooting death of a 27-year-old marks the fourth killing in Jacksonville this year.
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Sports

Beebe’s Ashley Watkins, left, and Cabot senior guard Leah Watts battle for the ball during the Lady Panthers’ 68-51 win over the Lady Badgers Friday night at the Cabot gymnasium. The Cabot boys also came away with a win over Beebe 67-44 to improve their season record to 6-4.

Falcons fall to Devils
IN SHORT:Jacksonville sweeps cross-town rivals North Pulaski Falcons in Friday night play. [FULL TEXT]

Rabbits take pair of wins at home
IN SHORT:Lonoke, ladies dominate Mountain View, taking home two wins Friday night.[FULL TEXT]

Panthers, Ladies sweep Badgers
IN SHORT: Cabot takes 67-44 victory while the Lady Panthers take 68-51 victory over Beebe. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders take home third win in a row
IN SHORT: Riverview gets crucial double-header sweep in Friday matchup.[FULL TEXT]

LR Hall Warriors hand Lions second loss
IN SHORT: The Searcy Lions’ record fell to 9-2 on the season with a 58-50 loss to Little Rock Hall. [FULL TEXT]

 




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