The Leader

America’s birthday
We have the vague sense, unsupported by research, that the Fourth of July is the American holiday that people still observe unashamedly for its original spirit and not for its commercial or political abstractions.
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Release all emails now
Here’s a surprise: The Arkansas Supreme Court has temporarily put on hold a lower court decision ordering Pulaski County to release potentially embarrassing emails from a former employee accused of stealing public funds and romancing a woman who works for a vendor that does business with the county. [FULL TEXT]

Don't rush 'burger tax'
People supposedly don’t notice the tax they pay when they go to a restaurant, which is one of the reasons a Jacksonville alderman is pushing to add a two-cent levy to prepared foods—and that adage may be correct. [FULL TEXT]

Some progress on energy bill
The United States Senate, which has seen its standing with the public sink to historic lows owing to its inaction on the gamut of national problems, finally delivered last Thursday night on an energy bill that is many years overdue. [FULL TEXT]

Investigate vote 'caging'
A couple of eastern senators, one of them named Edward M. Kennedy, asked the Justice Department this week to investigate Timothy Griffin, the recent U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, to see whether he illegally sought to suppress voting for Democratic candidates in Florida in 2004.
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Air strategy saving lives
Brig. Gen. (Select) Rowayne Schatz is in his office at the headquarters of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, where he’s the commander, and he reaches for a dagger he’d brought back from Qatar a couple of years ago, when he was in charge of running airlifts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Payday series wins award in competition
(The Arkansas Press Association awarded The Leader first place in the Better Newspaper Contest for our in-depth reporting on payday lenders. This column from March 22, 2006 was part of that series.)
A populist state like Arkansas, which once had the lowest usury rate in the nation — 10 percent was the interest limit until 1982 — now allows payday lenders to charge outrageous interest rates — often several hundred percent interest.

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Next move may be up to federal prosecutor
When the FBI completes its public-corruption probe into former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh’s administration, interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in Little Rock could be the one who decides whether to file charges against Stumbaugh and his cronies.
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How city wiped out vet’s investment
A veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, Jim Eggert bought two commercial buildings in Jacksonville, but the closing of the Graham Road rail crossing killed business. He’s put his property up for sale, but he’ll have to take a huge loss.
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Famed photographer had roots in area
If you turn off Hwy. 5 at Cabot near the freeway and drive down Cleland Road for less than a mile, you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Road.
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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]

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]

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]

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

July 4, 2007

Preparing for Fourth of July spectacular
Ted Bland, middle, Michael Dailey, right, and several others volunteered their time to paint a flag backdrop and risers for the Jacksonville Patriotic Spectacular scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Jacksonville High School football stadium. For a list of more Fourth of July activities,

Group looks into mailings
IN SHORT: Postcards from churches may be a violation of campaign laws. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe is reluctant to outlaw pit bulls
IN SHORT: Grandfather clause would let owners keep their controversial animals. [FULL TEXT]

Highway funds could run dry for area cities
IN SHORT: Director says new local taxes are needed to pave the way for road improvements as federal highway funding runs out of gas. [FULL TEXT]

Hamburger tax on agenda
IN SHORT: Chamber group wants aldermen to weigh their decision carefully Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

 





Sports

Gwatney second baseman Adam Ussery gets a force out at second base on Sylvan Hills runner Grant Garlington during the Bruins’ 10-4 win over Jacksonville Saturday.

Title bid ends for Bruins in wet field
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills AAA team advanced to bracket play in the Jacksonville Fourth of July Classic, but steady rain halted the action and the tournament championship was given to Paragould.
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Cabot AAA splits two at Blytheville
IN SHORT: The Post 71 team turned a terrible opener around to take a 6-2 victory to close out a doubleheader in Mississippi County. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills into state
IN SHORT: The 15-year-old All-Star team qualified for Jr. Babe Ruth state by taking second in tournament. [FULL TEXT]

 




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