The Leader

Excited over gas prospect
From Bentonville to Helena, people are starry-eyed at the prospect of riches from the prospecting for natural gas in what is known as the Fayetteville Shale.
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Will we know?
Before Congress is through, we may finally know why President Bush wanted to fire his own chief law enforcement agent for eastern Arkansas and install a fire-breathing partisan from the White House political staff. The fired attorney, Harry E. “Bud” Cummins, is just as interested as the rest of us.
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Huck tries to impress
The first big cattle show of the 2008 season for Republicans, which was promoted as a debate but wasn’t, left the pastoral scene of presidential politics unchanged as far as we could tell. [FULL TEXT]

U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.
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Bush vetoes spending bill
As he had vowed, President Bush vetoed the supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war Tuesday evening, settling a score with the Democratic majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.
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U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.
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Why didn’t feds take this case?
You may have wondered while you were following the corruption trial of Jay and Kelly Campbell in Lonoke County why the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock didn’t prosecute the couple, along with two shady bail bondsmen, who will be tried later.
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Politics at local level rough, just ask mayor
“All politics is local.”
— Thomas “Tip” O’Neill,
— longtime Speaker of the House
The political pros know that voters are more passionate about local issues than about national politics, even in time of war.
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You cannot judge a book by its cover
The cover of Elizabeth Jacoway’s book on the Central High School integration crisis reproduces one of the most famous photos of the civil rights era. [FULL TEXT]

Terrific music from a favorite label
Robert Bilbo Walker was performing New Year’s Eve at Sarah’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Clarksdale, Miss., playing many of his songs from his old Rooster Blues CDs, “Promised Land” and “Rock the Night: Live in Chicago.” [FULL TEXT]

Good guy decides he won’t run
It must have come as a relief to the already crowded field of presidential candidates when Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, at least not just yet. [FULL TEXT]

Stackhouse label keeps blues alive
Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing. [FULL TEXT]

First-class care, pay essential for military
The scandal over the shabby treatment veterans receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and elsewhere tells only half the story. [FULL TEXT]

State plane flies again: Say it ain’t so, Mike
The Leader was complaining in an editorial Saturday about former Gov. Huckabee wearing out that State Police plane after he hijacked it for his personal use, flying with family and friends to all the fun places, high above the great unwashed — that’s us, the taxpayers who’re now supposed to shell out $4 million for a new airplane because Gov. Beebe likes it, too. [FULL TEXT]

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

May 9, 2007

Vicky Reeves, co-chair of Jacksonville’s Relay for Life, lights a candle during the luminary portion of the event held Friday on Jacksonville High School’s football field with 22 relay teams participating. More than 80 luminaries were placed in honor of victims and survivors of cancer. The event raised more than $37,000 for the American Cancer Society, exceeding the goal of $29,000. The next relay event being held in the area will be in Cabot on Friday and Saturday.

22 applicants for Cabot school job
IN SHORT: School board could pick a new superintendent next week as it goes over a long list of hopefuls which includes five educators from within the the growing district. [FULL TEXT]

Contract for center in Cabot too vague
IN SHORT: City attorney recommends paying contractor $74,382 despite ambiguity to avoid a possible lawsuit. [FULL TEXT]

Chapter 2 of Lonoke trial is set to resume
IN SHORT: Special prosecutor awaits State Police report before charging bail bondsmen with trying to kill prosecutor and witness.
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Gas prices near $3 mark
IN SHORT: Many area stations are running below the state average of $2.87 for a gallon of unleaded. [FULL TEXT]

Millage passes vote Tuesday in Beebe
IN SHORT: Funds raised will pay for construction of an early childhood education center in an old factory building on eight acres of land. [FULL TEXT]





Sports

Abundant Life’s Justin Treece gets a hit while teammates look on during the Owls’ win over Harding Academy in the semifinals.

Owls dominate semifinal
IN SHORT: Abundant Life broke the 1-1 tie for the season with Harding Academy on Monday with a 14-0 blowout over the Wildcats in the 3A state semifinals. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers off to title game
IN SHORT: The Beebe Lady Badgers will be making their second trip to the state finals in three years after a 2-0 shutout over Malvern. [FULL TEXT]

Bad luck buffets SH Bears
IN SHORT: Good fortune went the way of the Devils Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state baseball tournament. [FULL TEXT]

 




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