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Huckster in hot seat
When the moderator of “Meet the Press” asked Mike Huckabee Sunday if he and Bill Clinton, the other man from Hope, were similar, the freshest Republican presidential candidate said they shared the experience of rising from humble roots to achieve the American dream. But he said they had different philosophies and politics.
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General speaks, district listens
Every Little Rock Air Force Base commander in at least the last 20 years has tried to pry a new elementary school out of the Pulaski County Special School District, but it took a man with the skills and focus of Brig. Gen. Kip Self to make it happen.
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Huckabee lies
Tim Russert of “Meet the Press” on Sunday asked presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee about the attacks by conservative groups for expanding the government and raising taxes.
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A victory for free speech
The Arkansas Supreme Court handed a big victory to Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen Thursday and a small one to the people of Arkansas. Or we may have it reversed.
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Murphy Oil giving back
Talk about corporate citizenship. Murphy Corp., the global oil company headquartered at El Dorado, defined it this week when the company announced that for the next 20 years it would pay college tuition and fees for every son and daughter of the city, rich or poor, black or white, scholar or struggler. [FULL TEXT]

 

Candidates are plentiful for 2008 run
“Candidates Outnumber Voters in ‘08.” [FULL TEXT]

Charge Atilla the Huck for his vandalism
The national media will one day catch up with Mike Huckabee’s vandalism during his last days in office, when the former governor ordered underlings to smash computer hard drives costing Arkansas taxpayers thousands of dollars. [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. 31, 2007

SSgt. Matthew Patnaude, left, and SSgt. Lawrence Lipinski received medals Tuesday at Little Rock Air Force Base for injuries received while they were deployed in Iraq. Both airmen are explosive disposal specialists in the 314th Civil Engineer Squadron. Patnaude has been deployed to Iraq three times and has received two Purple Hearts.

Two airmen receive medals
IN SHORT: Explosive disposal specialists with 314th Civil Engineer Squadron awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star at a ceremony Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Elation over new base school
IN SHORT: Pulaski County Special School District officials are taking a look at what it will take to replace Arnold Drive Elementary on LRAFB. [FULL TEXT]

Bancroft restarts its beret machines
IN SHORT: U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian firm has completed shipping its 2 million caps.
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It’s official: Cabot has increased to 22,092
IN SHORT: City sees increase of 45 percent in population; will gain additional $409,860. [FULL TEXT]

Base improves its health care
IN SHORT: LRAFB officials are updating the 314th Medical Group with modern clinics for the whole family. [FULL TEXT]

Hospitals offer many treatments
IN SHORT: As part of our series on local healthcare providers, we look at the services offered by area medical centers. [FULL TEXT]

Sports

Cabot senior Maddie Helms hits a running jumper during the Lady Panthers’ win over Russellville Friday.

Panthers beaten by Cyclones, ladies win
IN SHORT: Cabot split a pair of 7A-Central games with Russellville Friday night. The girls’ win kept the Lady Panthers in the conference championship race, while the boys fell to 1-6 in league play. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills looks across county for new coach
IN SHORT: Former Mills high-school coach Jim Withrow accepted the Bears head coaching job last Friday afternoon.
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Jacksonville grows up in loss to ’Canes
IN SHORT: The Red Devils lost at Jonesboro, but the head coach saw definite progress. [FULL TEXT]

 


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