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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.

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.

War on terror begins right here at home
Little Rock Air Force Base will once again send several hundred men and women overseas for the war on terror.

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.












SEPT. 27 , 2006

Attorney General Mike Beebe tells doctors and administrators at Rebsamen Medical Center Monday about his plan for state healthcare reform after a tour he made at the Jacksonville hospital.

Beebe pushes health care plan
IN SHORT:Gubernatorial candidates agree on importance of affordable health insurance. [FULL TEXT]

Titan missile crisis
IN SHORT: It was Sept. 19, 1980, a day the 308th Titan II Strategic Missile Wing will never forget. [FULL TEXT]

Auditors discover financial shortfall
IN SHORT:Beebe mayor is reluctant to discuss specifics of findings against ex-city official. [FULL TEXT]

Rapists of kids get long jail time
IN SHORT: Two Lonoke County child abusers get hefty sentences, but a Pulaski County man receives minimum sentence. [FULL TEXT]

Proscecutor won't indict code officer
IN SHORT: Lonoke County Prosecutor Lona McCastlain says Cabot police found no criminal activity during a three-week investigation into complaints that a code enforcemetn officer had illegally removed property from vacated houses. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville homes often go to renters
IN SHORT: Jacksonville has more renters than homeowners, according to a presentation by the chamber of commerce to the city council Thursday night. [FULL TEXT]



Sylvan Hills outside hitter Leah Vest, 20, sends it over past a pair of Lady Red Devils defenders Thursday during game two.

Panthers shocked, making changes
IN SHORT:Cabot will likely go back to using a few players on both sides of the ball after the loss to Conway.[FULL TEXT]

Beebe expects a tussle with NP
IN SHORT:Despite the Falcons' winless record, the Badgers are aware of the dangers the athletic and large Falcons present. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Panthers stumble
IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers were not able to duplicate their success in the Cyclone tourney at ASU last weekend. [FULL TEXT]

Conference battle heats up early for Devils, Hurricane
IN SHORT: Jacksonville and Jonesboro are set to do battle in the second week of 6A-East league action this Friday night. [FULL TEXT]


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Previous Issues

Reduce debt, Beebe argues
A treasury surplus of between $700 million and $800 million supplies candidates for governor with a cornucopia of opportunities to indulge large blocs of voters, and Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson have not been timid.

Going after payday lenders
Desperately needing traction against Mike Beebe in their painfully mechanical race for governor, Asa Hutchinson accused the attorney general this week of not sincerely wanting to get rid of the payday lenders.

Looking at their records
Having a long record in public office is a political advantage on the day that you announce for higher office because voters are supposed to put a premium on wisdom that flows from experience.

A poverty of the mind
Here is a statistic that both encourages and depresses us: The parents of about 10 percent of seventh and eighth grade students in Arkansas sign waivers every year so that their children will not be required to take the core curriculum for secondary school.

Engaging in debate
Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson, the major party candidates for governor, engaged in the first debate of the season Monday night at Jonesboro, and our considered judgement is that the collective impact of the hour of boasts and jibes was

It's Lieutenant, sir
Their debate Monday night may not have been exciting-it was not televised and was witnessed by a handful of people besides their cheerleaders-but at least the candidates for lieutenant governor provide a refreshing contrast.

Why it failed
One of the arguments against the quarter-cent sales tax for Pulaski County jails, the most philosophically persuasive was that we already lock up too many people for too long for too many reasons.

Blaming Daniels
The name or political party of the Arkansas secretary of state has never mattered much to us because his or her work is ministerial and you merely hope that whoever wins the office hires competent people to keep all the files straight.

Docudrama downfall
Impartial media may have become an oxymoron, but even in this day of jaded and sly journalism ABC's five-hour documentary, or "docudrama," "The Path to 9/11" is a monumental embarrassment. More than that, it is an affront to the American people.

Message in a jail vote
For the third time in nine years, Pulaski Country voters yesterday rejected a proposed special sales tax to expand and operate the countyjail. Now, the county and municipal governments have a fresh mandate to be more innovative and more cooperative to keep communities safe.

Vote for tax, despite doubts
We wish in vain for the perfect tax proposal, one that addresses a need that everyone concurs is unavoidable with a remedy that everyone considers wise.

Slumping incomes
Another day, another depressing economic report. Now it is the U.S. Census Bureau reporting on its 2005 household survey, which showed median family incomes slumping swince the turn of the century, in Arkansas a whopping 7.2 percent over the five years.

Huck frees another one
Another killer has been paroled, and questions have been raised about Gov. Huckabee's involvement.

Where was the president?
There was a time — up to about a year ago, in fact — when a presidential visit was a big event in rural vineyards like Arkansas. When President Reagan swooped into Little Rock for an eleventh-hour campaign visit to plug Arkansas Republican candidates for federal office, every moment of his sojourn was public from his deplaning to the emplaning.

Brothers or enemies
The Arkansas Times blog raised an intriguing question this week. How long can Gov. Huckabee hold out before he endorses Democrat Mike Beebe over Asa Hutchinson in the governor’s race?

Raid unmasks country club
Someone in the federal establishment has a perfect sense of the sublime. He or she caused the U. S. Immigration and Customs services to raid the Little Rock Country Club last week and arrest 11 immigrant employees, illegal aliens almost certainly, because they did not have good citizenship papers.

Huckabee monuments
You have an invitation to attend the grand opening and dedication of the Janet Huckabee Nature Center on the Arkansas River at Fort Smith on Thursday. We understand that it is quite an impressive place.

More choices for voters
Jim Lendall, the copiously bearded former state representative, is not going to be the next governor of Arkansas, and he doesn’t expect to be.

Judge sees the light
It does not speak especially well for judicial reflection, but Pulaski Circuit Judge Jay Moody reversed himself yesterday afternoon and ruled that the Bryant School District could close the little Paron High School immediately and educate the youngsters in schools that can offer them more education for much less of the taxpayers’ money.










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