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Using kids in attack ads
Politicians always feign shock and disbelief at the depths to which their opponents will sink in their television advertising, but Mike Beebe has a point when he complains that Asa Hutchinson's latest ads exploit children for political advantage.

Snyder is the choice
No one as far as we know ever accused U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of holding a wet finger to the winds before he voted or took a stand on a hot issue in a political campaign.

Debates over, so you decide
The televised debates among the statewide candidates have come to a close, making hardly a ripple in the opinion polls since the debates were followed mostly by political junkies who made up their minds long ago.

Huck makes Sooners mad
Gov. Huckabee's brief sojourn in Oklahoma last week to campaign for local Republican candidates explains better than anything else why he will never get far in the stakes for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

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.


Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary
I'm going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution–me.

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. 25 , 2006

Tommy Miller of Jacksonville listens to Margaret Wilson, an election official, explain how to use the new electronic voting machines installed at Jacksonville City Hall during early voting on Tuesday.

Big early-voting turnout
IN SHORT: For the first time, Lonoke County residents can vote early in Cabot at a new downtown polling site with new electronic machines that are user-friendly. [FULL TEXT]

County jail a hot issue as voters go to polls
IN SHORT: A roundup of races affecting north Pulaski County. [FULL TEXT]

White County voters go to Searcy
IN SHORT:Three-way battles for judge, sheriff and uncontested races for many offices await residents during early voting period and general election. [FULL TEXT]

She's not your typical beauty queen
IN SHORT:Being in the Air Force doesn’t stop her from taking part in other interests.


Jacksonville's Sean Alexander, 53, and Cam Hood, 9, stop a Searcy runner. The Red Devils play West Memphis Friday.

Red Devils vying for top spot in 6A East
IN SHORT: Jacksonville and West Memphis will battle for sole possession of league supremacy Friday at Jan Crow Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers' hopes still alive
IN SHORT:Although slim, Cabot still has a chance in the hunt for the playoffs. The Panthers have to win out and hope for Conway to lose both of its remaining games. [FULL TEXT]

Winning a must now for Badgers
IN SHORT: The Badgers must win against Nettleton this week in order to secure a spot in the playoffs for the 5A-East league. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke still eyeing title, Stuttgart in the way
IN SHORT: The Jackrabbits have the difficult task of going on the road to battle unbeaten Stuttgart Friday. [FULL TEXT]


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