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Why persecute Griffen?
The strange case of Judge Wendell L. Griffen, pro se, v. Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission becomes weirder and weirder, and more and more troubling for the public conscience.
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Beebe wants secrets out
Forty years ago this week, on the eve of his swearing in, Winthrop Rockefeller said his first act as governor would be to make public a State Police investigation of evil conditions inside the state penitentiary, which caused outgoing Gov. Orval E. Faubus to hand over the long-secret report almost literally as he was walking out the door. The bombshell made national news and set off a full decade of reform in the prisons. [FULL TEXT]

Slow jobs growth
The U. S. Labor Department Bureau of Labor Statistics surrendered — yes, that is the best word — the figures on job growth of the current administration this week.
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Beebe takes center stage
Mike Huckabee was governor for 10 ½ years, the third longest tenure in Arkansas’s 170-year history, and it seemed even longer.
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He's out of here
Let us hope that Gov. Huckabee plans a graceful and gracious exit from office Tuesday, when he hands the reins to Mike Beebe: maybe a solicitous gesture to his critics, a compliment to lawmakers who sometimes did not go along with him, anything to erase the memory of the past five days. The state has seen Mike Huckabee at his worst, petulant, spiteful, imperious — and wrong.
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Tell courts to stop TIFs
Once tiresomely again, the courts will have to save us from the folly of our public servants.
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Favorite jazz, blues from ’06
While talking to Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Larry Odom, who could pass for drummer Levon Helm’s brother, I remembered I still hadn’t listed my favorite CDs and DVDs of 2006:
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Time of year bringing out best in folks
Marti Frederick of Cabot returned home around 7 o’clock Christmas night from family gatherings in Little Rock.
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Man loses long fight to cancer
Andrew Parker, who had fought a brain tumor much of his life, wanted to see his sister and her family in Atlanta one last time over the Thanksgiving weekend.
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What little girl wanted for holiday
When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.
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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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Jan. 13, 2007

Jacksonville Knights’ cashier Misti Wilbanks (right) checks out customer Paul Harvey on Friday as he purchases groceries. Harvey was one of many shoppers who say they like Gov. Beebe’s proposal to drop the 6 percent grocery sales tax.

Pentagon to keep buying C-130Js
IN SHORT: Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England orders more planes, reversing Donald Rumsfeld’s decision to kill the carrier. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot fears state might pull plug on cheap water
IN SHORT: City is concerned that if it asks for permission to increase production it might be told to shut down the wells because of falling aquifers. [FULL TEXT]

Two gone as mayor starts his cleansing
IN SHORT: Mayor turns out two long-time Lonoke employees from important positions.
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Plans to drop grocery tax an easy sale for shoppers
IN SHORT: Customers at local grocery stores say they’re glad Gov. Beebe has proposed to phase out at least part of the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville Housing Authority picks new director
IN SHORT: Board hires special projects manager from the Morgan City Housing Authority in Louisiana. [FULL TEXT]

Sports

Cabot senior guard Maddie Helms goes up for two of her total 19 points against Mt. Saint Mary’s Tuesday night. The Lady Panthers beat the Belles 66-49 to improve their conference record to 2-1 on the season.

Cabot splits pair with LR Catholic
IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers defeated Mount St. Mary’s to improve to 2-1 in the 7A-Central, but the boys lost an important home game to the Rockets to fall to 1-2 in conference play. [FULL TEXT]

Riverview cruises by Episcopal Collegiate
IN SHORT: The Raiders moved to 7-0 in the 3A-2 Conference by easily beating Episcopal Collegiate Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Badgers dismantle 'Jackets
IN SHORT: The Beebe ladies picked up an important road win in the 5A-East by beating Wynne Tuesday night. [FULL TEXT]

 


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