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Bring them to Arkansas
The swansongs of penitent congressmen caught up in the lobbying and page scandals would make a fine libretto for a modern opera. We need Kurt Weill or Bertolt Brecht to do it justice.

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.


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. 14 , 2006

Charles Uzzell (from left) of Clarksville, Jessie Pardue of Camden and Ken Smith of Cabot prepare on of the kiddie rides brought in by Razorback Amusements for today's CabotFest activities downtown.

Celebrating Cabot rebirth
IN SHORT:It started as a renewal event, the festival has grown to be the city's biggest. [FULL TEXT]

Survivors file suit in fatal truck accident
IN SHORT: Second lawsuit filed in gravel-truck collision that killed one, hospitalized four in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Osprey lands at base for refueling
IN SHORT:While en route to Andrews AFB in Maryland, a CV-22 makes a stop at LRAFB Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

Air base holds disaster drill
IN SHORT: A vintage P-51 Mustang aircraft from World War II crashed into a C-130 cargo plane parked on the tarmac at Little Rock Air Force Base Friday morning, killing the P-2's pilot, the C-130 navigator and a paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and injuring 13 others. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot is not tapping into new water supply
IN SHORT: Commissioners decide to hold off on signing on with the Lonoke/White Public Water Authority until the city attorney has a chance to study the proposal and decide if it's worth giving money to it, as Jacksonville has done. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville running back Deverick Hall makes yardage up the middle against the Searcy defense Friday night at Jan Crow Stadium.

Devils cruise on homecoming
IN SHORT: Jacksonville jumped ahead early and kept pouring it on for a 41-15 win over Searcy on homecoming night at JHS. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers dominate line, come up short
IN SHORT:Cabot pushed Little Rock Central up and down the field, but missed two kicks and a two-point conversion in a 14-12 loss to the Tigers. [FULL TEXT]

SH ladies lock up state bid, top Devils
IN SHORT: The Lady Bears beat Jacksonville on Tuesday to make it a season sweep over the Lady Devils. [FULL TEXT]


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