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More news of the weird
Former Cong. Tommy Robinson, mired in bankruptcy proceedings, is headed for the Republic of Congo as a lobbyist for the newly installed regime, while Gov. Mike Huckabee and the First Lady are planning a wedding shower for themselves as they prepare to move into their new $500,000 home in North Little Rock.

Biggest challenge
The biggest challenge facing Mike Beebe when he becomes governor of Arkansas is figuring out what to do with the state’s growing surplus.

Call me a populist
AUSTIN, Texas — Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

Winners and losers
Republicans took a beating at the polls Tuesday in Arkansas and the nation. Gov. Huckabee calls it “a whipping,” and with good reason: Democrats captured all the constitutional offices in the state and even gained some seats in the Legislature.

Huck fails honesty test
Minnesota has a law that mandates punishment for politicians who lie provably when they are running for office.


Vote count disaster for Bush, GOP
Few Republicans expected this year’s mid-term elections would go their way, but Tuesday’s results are worse than any of the polls had predicted.

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.












NOV. 18, 2006

Melissa Eads of the Department of Health Services administers an influenza vaccine to 8-year-old Arron Smith from Lonoke. DHHS clinics received 238,000 doses to prepare for flu season, which runs from mid-December to March.

Do Harding students tilt elections?
IN SHORT: Critics say those from out-of-state who attend the private university in Searcy vote in blocs to affect the outcome of local elections, but Democrats and Republicans both says that’s democracy at work. [FULL TEXT]

Law favors high-interest lenders over servicemen
IN SHORT: Rep. Wood, a soldier-legislator, is upset that a law he sponsored requires payday lenders to make usurious loans to the military. [FULL TEXT]

Military asks banks to help
IN SHORT: Pentagon official urges local financial institutions to assist service members.

Library seen as changing Main St.
IN SHORT: Media center will be dramatically different from other Jacksonville buildings.

Hunters find dead woman
IN SHORT: Body located Thursday has been sent to state Crime Lab and may be that of a Cabot resident who vanished on Oct. 24. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot sets hearing on sidewalks
IN SHORT: A public hearing for a proposed plan for sidewalk construction in Cabot is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the courtroom of the City Annex, 208 N. First St. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville budget grows
IN SHORT: Mayor’s proposed draft of city’s 2007 general fund has expenditures at $15.5 million, up $1 million from 2006. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville guard Chamky Billingslea dribbles the ball up court under pressure during the Lady Devils' 46-39 win Friday.

Devils sweep up Lions
IN SHORT:Jacksonville’s boys and girls basketball teams swept Little Rock McClellan in Friday night’s season opener. [FULL TEXT]

Signing up with Wofford
IN SHORT:Cabot senior Madison Helms will continue her basketball career at Wofford University in South Carolina. [FULL TEXT]

'Cats act as Hector's Achilles in double OT
IN SHORT: Harding Academy needed two overtimes, but finally overcame a comeback by Hector in the second round of the playoffs. [FULL TEXT]

Heber spoils boys opener, Beebe ladies get first win
IN SHORT:The Lady Badgers won their season opener 48-41 Tuesday night against Heber Springs while the boys fell 60-35 to the highly-ranked Panthers. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot stumbles in first game against Vilonia
IN SHORT:The Panthers shot just 26 percent from the field in their season opener to fall 55-47 to Vilonia. [FULL TEXT]


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