The Leader

Removing grocery tax
If you follow the commercials, press releases and debates and debates of Asa Hutchinson and Mike Beebe, you would think that the paramount issue in the governor's race is who first or most wholeheartedly favored removing the state sales tax on groceries.

Hastert won’t resign
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert says flatly that he will never resign his leadership post because of the mushrooming page scandal, and we would never suggest that he should quit, at least not for his shocking but predictable weakness in the page matter.

Perspective on illegals
The campaign template for every Republican candidate for public office in America this year is supposed to include a plan to stop immigration.

Speaker Hastert should resign
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, widely criticized for doing nothing about Rep. Mark Foley after learning of the Florida Republican's sexually suggestive correspondence with teenage pages, asked the FBI Monday to start a criminal investigation of Foley.

The 527’s are coming
This is the part of the election season we dislike, when the 527s take over. Those are the “independent” political groups that are exempt from the rules of the game set up by the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law.


First school since 1970s a possibility
Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe wants to build the first new school in Jacksonville in 30 years, and he thinks he can fund it with the state's surplus, although that's vanishing about as fast as last decade's federal surplusd

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.












OCT. 11 , 2006

Paul Leonard with The Wing Stop, watches Dustin Murillo and Aidan Overgard in a wing-eating contest Saturday during Wing Ding in Jacksonville.

Congress must act on funds to center
IN SHORT:Because of a unique arrangement between Jacksonville and LRAFB, Washington must approve joint funding by the military and the city. [FULL TEXT]

Surplus seen as shaping budget
IN SHORT: Capps and Bond want to make sure excess funds don't evaporate next year. [FULL TEXT]

Stocks hearing coming up
IN SHORT:Lonoke murderer may find out Thursday if there is possiblity of parole. [FULL TEXT]

Supreme Court asked to decide Wilson fund suit
IN SHORT: A Jacksonville businessman is appealing to the state Supreme Court a lower court ruling that allowed local state legislators last session to earmark General Improvement Funds for local projects. [FULL TEXT]

CabotFest promises fun for all
IN SHORT: Volunteers are still needed for the festival that takes place Saturday. [FULL TEXT]


The Panthers try to bring down a North Little Rock runner during last week's loss to the Charging Wildcats.

Cabot facing toughest opponent on the road
IN SHORT: The Panthers travel to Little Rock to take on the third-ranked and undefeated Central Tigers Friday. [FULL TEXT]

Mustangs wary of winless Sylvan Hills
IN SHORT:Experience tells Forrest City not to overlook the struggling Bears in this Friday's 6A-East matchup at FCHS. [FULL TEXT]

Wounded Lions dangerous to Devils
IN SHORT: An already injury riddled Searcy team got even worse last week as the Lions head into Jacksonville as the Red Devils' homecoming guests this Friday night at Jan Crow Statium. [FULL TEXT]

Chicks right ship before Beebe game
IN SHORT: After two sub-par performances, Blytheville believes its headed back in the right direction just in time for a visit by the Badgers.

Jackrabbits alert, aren't overlooking underdogs
IN SHORT: Lonoke will have to keep focused on Montain View this week, despite a critical conference game against Marianna waiting next week. The 'Jackets are winless in league play so far this year.


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