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Huck picks our pockets
Mike Huckabee’s unstylish leavetaking from the Capitol, in which he almost literally took everything with him, seems almost calculated to make him unmissed by the body politic.
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Say it ain’t so, Benny
Early observation of the new speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Rep. Benny Petrus of Stuttgart, records an unusual pattern. He matches each good deed with a foul one.
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Pass seat-belt law
We have the same libertarian impulses that govern the most contrarian Wyoming rancher.
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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]

 

Finding out more about state firings
Gov. Mike Beebe promises he’ll run an open administration, unlike his predecessor, the secretive Mike Huckabee, who used to walk out with the office furniture when no one was looking.
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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. 20, 2007

Since the water has receded after last weekend’s flooding, David Hussman, an employee with the White County Road Department, makes repairs Friday morning to Gilliham and Arthur Kirk roads in Beebe. These roads are among many on the department’s list for repairs after flooding and heavy rain in the area closed roads and damaged some homes and businesses.

Villines: Fiscal crisis overblown
IN SHORT: O’Brien blames woes on comptroller, but judge says no personnel cuts are needed. [FULL TEXT]

White County is cleaning up
IN SHORT: Damage could have been a lot worse, which is why state disaster aid is unlikely. [FULL TEXT]

Lawmakers are given committee assigments
IN SHORT: Former Gov. Dale Bumpers said Friday that he welcomed Mike Beebe’s ascendancy to the governorship, calling him a fine and principled man.
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Housing director seeking reforms
IN SHORT: Phil Nix, the new executive director of the Jacksonville Housing Authority, sounded optimistic in an interview this week, saying he can turn around the troubled agency, which is under order by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to comply with the federal regulations. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville doing well, officials say
IN SHORT: City council told of progress made at sewer plant, water supply and construction. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot hoping for funds to rebuild school
IN SHORT:Junior High North insurance payment so far is only $7 million, but district seeks millions more in a state grant.vide millions [FULL TEXT]

Funding seen for streets in Cabot
IN SHORT: Mayor wants to stretch $2 million to $10 million with federal matching funds. [FULL TEXT]

Sports

Jacksonville senior forward Kajuan Watson goes past Bears post defender Julian Bassett for two of his total 17 points during the Red Devils’ 62-51 win over the Bears Tuesday night at the Devils Den. The Lady Devils also beat Sylvan Hills Friday night 49-37 for their first league win of the season.

Jacksonville sweeps Sylvan Hills
IN SHORT: The Red Devils led the entire distance on Tuesday, taking a 62-51 win over Sylvan Hills in a 6A-East Conference matchup. The Lady Devils also won 59-47. [FULL TEXT]

Prayer falls, lifts Raiders to win
IN SHORT: The Raiders stayed unbeaten when a late three lifted them over ALHS. [FULL TEXT]

Jackrabbits come back on Southside-Batesville
IN SHORT: Lonoke got a pair of 16-point wins over Southside-Batesville Tuesday night at Lonoke High School. [FULL TEXT]

 


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