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Big George Brock still packs a punch
Big George Brock is a 74-year-old former heavyweight boxer who still packs a double punch as a powerful harmonica player and blues singer. His new CD, Round Two (Cat Head Records), follows last year’s successful Club Caravan, which was nominated for a Handy award.

Lawsuit aims to stop group
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.

Sheikh, rattle and roll as war goes on
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, didn’t do the Lebanese any favors when he picked a fight with Israel. He’s still firing rockets into Israel, but look at the price he’s paying: Hundreds of his fighters dead, thousands more Lebanese civilians killed and injured and much of his country in ruins.

Beware: Lines are signs of WWIII
You can tell from the long lines of cars outside Little Rock Air Force Base that the nation is at war. Security is extremely tight, as it is throughout the country and at all U.S. military installations around the world.

Huckabee pardons another drunk
Gov. Huckabee blundered twice this week: He leased a brand-new Suburban at taxpayers’ expense for nearly $900 a month, the gold-plated version, no less, even though he has only six months left in office. What was wrong with the old one?

Down in Bentonia
For Sam Myers, 1935-2006 Down in Bentonia, Miss., deep in the Delta, a couple of fast-fingered bluesmen strummed their guitars and sang in a haunting falsetto, creating the Bentonia blues sound.












AUG. 19, 2006

Alexia Sims, 9, Michael Sims, 6, and their mother Nancy Sims shop for school supplies at Knight’s Grocery in Jacksonville.

Cabot prepares for start of class
IN SHORT: Close to 9,000 students get ready to hit the books in Cabot when classes resume Monday, although Cabot Junior High North students don’t start for another week, except the ninth graders, who will meet at the high school. [FULL TEXT]

Nutritionstressed this year at PCSSD
IN SHORT: Lunch programs are improved for better health. [FULL TEXT]

Schools get strict on cell phone users
IN SHORT: Students may carry their phones, but cannot use them during classes.

Aldermen wonder why bills piling up
IN SHORT: Council members Waymack and Polantz seek audit of yard mowing and other practices that may have caused a $400,000 shortfall. [FULL TEXT]

Council votes to appeal Sherwood land grab
IN SHORT: Jacksonville takes case to circuit court to stop annexation of 2,000 acres that Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines approved earlier this month. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot coach Mike Malham hands the microphone to Raul Gault Thursday night while introducing the team to fans during the preseason barbecue. Players and participants in all the fall athletic activities were on hand for the event.

Veteran flagger readies for 100
IN SHORT: Beebe resident Chris Ellis will be on the flagstand for the 14th annual Comp Cams Topless 100 feature race tonight. [FULL TEXT]

Bears progressing nicely
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills has had a good preseason, but a thin line has been a concern.

Third week starts slow, ends stout
IN SHORT:The third week of fall football camp at Lonoke built momentum slowly as it went on. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville’s upgrades numerous
IN SHORT:The athletic facilities at JHS have been drastically improved during the recent off season. [FULL TEXT]

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Previous Issues

Inheritance for superrich
Sen. Mark Pryor’s vote against the omnibus bill that tied an increase in the minimum wage to the virtual repeal of the estate tax did not strike us as a politically dangerous act, but it apparently worried him.

Candidates pandering
Voters know by now not to invest much confidence in what a candidate for governor says about taxes during a heated campaign. The budget realities a year from now will determine what he does about taxes.

College bonds: They're baack!
Gov. Huckabee signed a proclamation last Thursday putting $250 million of college construction debt on the ballot again, less than a year after its defeat at a special election.

‘Good,’ ‘bad’ governors
Economic statistics can prove to be so perverse, but rarely to such an extreme as the report card that the Arkansas Policy Foundation issued the past week on the job-creating performance of Arkansas governors since World War II.

The Fed does nothing
After 17 straight periods in which it raised benchmark interest rates, the Federal Reserve yesterday lay doggo. Equity exchanges, bond markets, traders and economists everywhere waited for that news and then, their prayers answered, didn’t know what to make of it. The indexes fluctuated wildly and then finished, very oddly, lower across the board.

Casinos Royale
By winter, Arkansas will have casinos at Hot Springs and West Memphis, the first since Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller shut down the illegal ones at Hot Springs in 1968.

Adios, Paron
Should anyone by now have any doubts, the seven justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court let it be known this week that they are serious about finally requiring the state to follow the state Constitution’s 130-year-old mandate that it provide a good education to every child, equally and efficiently.

Huckabee in Frisco
Gov. Huckabee pops up nowadays in the most unusual venues, newspaper offices, as he plies his unofficial campaign for president.

Special election is ill adviced
Pulaski County, which is too broke to afford to house hardly any new prisoners, is about to get $100,000 deeper in debt and be out of jail options because of the quorum court’s ill-advised decision to hold a special election.

Internet disputes
Every-thing’s up to date in Arkansas this week, with a pair of high-tech news items grabbing our attention.

We'll pay piper twice
Did you catch the numbing remark in the state newspaper this week about the land value of the rugged slopes south of Lake Maumelle that the water utility for central Arkansas is trying to buy to keep your water safe?








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