Utilities in charge?
If anyone should ever dispute who the real constituency of the Arkansas legislature is, the definitive answer is, see HB 1895 of 2011. When the public interest clashes with that of a powerful commercial interest, the legislature will side with their corporate supporters every time.
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How much for roads?
The legislature early next week will put the finishing touches on a big highway program—make that a potential highway program—and you can choose to celebrate or mourn. There are reasons for both.
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Bibles, guns side by side
If Jesus chased the money-changers from the temple, would he have invited the gunslingers in?
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Don’t keep voters away
Arkansas’ long history of voter fraud has begged for reform, but it has not begged for the state to make voting an ordeal. That is what the House of Representatives has decided to do.
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Bluesmen from Delta
passing on

Joe Willie (Pinetop) Perkins, who was the oldest living bluesman and Grammy winner until he passed away Monday at 97, sat recently in a wheelchair in a little alcove just offstage at Stickys Chicken Shack in the Rivermarket District in Little Rock.
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Dictator fooled
by coverage?
Did Fox News goad President Obama into taking action in Libya?
Every hour until the missiles started flying, Fox showed Obama goofing off: Doing everything except his job, but there was a reason to the March madness, and it had nothing to do with basketball.
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Hate speech is protected,
court decides
(The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church members to demonstrate at military funerals. This column about the Kansas-based group, which demonstrated in Beebe nearly five years ago, appeared on Aug. 2, 2006.)
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives. [FULL TEXT]

Ex-Stax chief still has soul
Al Bell, the former Stax Records executive, is back in the spotlight with a new Web site, All Bell Presents American Soul Music, where you can hear classic Stax artists and new soul singers who are keeping the Memphis sound alive. [FULL TEXT]

Minihan: No break
for wing since 9/11
Col. Mike Minihan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing, sent off 40 airmen and a couple of C-130s into combat before the storm hit last weekend. [FULL TEXT]

From this poor little girl, special request for Santa
(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) 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. [FULL TEXT]

Base could depend on Snyder as real friend
Rep. Vic Snyder, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress at the end of the year, is getting some heat from Republicans for wasting time on the House floor to praise this community’s support of Little Rock Air Force Base. [FULL TEXT]

Panama president
ex-UofA roommate

John Mason, a Jacksonville real estate broker, was in Fayetteville with his wife Ien for homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, when the Razorbacks played Vanderbilt. [FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.
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Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.
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Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.
[FULL TEXT]

What a little girl asked
from Santa

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.
[FULL TEXT]

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.
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Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.
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Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?
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Remembering the fallen
From left, Shannon Fitzgerald, great-grandparents Joanne and Theodore Baker and great-aunt Toni Baker remember Loren M. Buffalo during a ceremony at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery on Saturday honoring fallen service members.

PCSSD: A state takeover unfair
IN SHORT: District hopes it can escape fiscal-distress label, move forward on new Jacksonville schools. [FULL TEXT]

Pen pal visits Warren Dupree
IN SHORT: Lt. Col. Wolfgang Geiss travels to Jacksonville school. [FULL TEXT]

Ward to sell bonds to improve sewers
IN SHORT: Mayor says he’s worried residents will have to pay more, but the council decides it’s time to bring plant into compliance. [FULL TEXT]

After school means fun in Sherwood
IN SHORT: Program lets kids participate while their parents are still at work. [FULL TEXT]

‘Lost’ cemetery rediscovered
IN SHORT: Denominations partner to clean up and uncover story of historic graveyard in Lonoke County. [FULL TEXT]

Taylor Ruple (right) helped pull the Jacksonville girls soccer team together and her efforts paid off in the early going.

Jacksonville soccer makes strides
IN SHORT: Girls jump to 2-0 with early conference victory, boys stand 1-1. [FULL TEXT]

Hog’s Baxendale savors role
IN SHORT: Former Bear standout starts and relieves on way to 5-0 pitching record. [FULL TEXT]

Athletic director named at Cabot
IN SHORT: Former ASU football coach to succeed Johnny White in July as head of sports programs. [FULL TEXT]

Rain doesn’t dampen Cabot championship
IN SHORT: Panthers pound Grizzlies to win tournament at Harrison. [FULL TEXT]

Travelers hook Trout for starters
IN SHORT: No. 1 draft pick from 2009 to open year in Arkansas outfield. [FULL TEXT]

Troy tops UALR, gets SBC sweep
IN SHORT: Eight runs in first two innings too much to overcome in blowout. [FULL TEXT]

 

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