The Leader

U.S. attorney scandal widens
A sheaf of Justice Department memos that arrived on Capitol Hill Monday confirmed what had only been a strong suspicion: The White House intended to fully consolidate the entire federal criminal justice system into its political operation. [FULL TEXT]

Stop attacking payday lenders
To the editor: The recent editorial “Pay-day stooges” is an example of yellow journalism that indicates a clear lack of understanding about the payday industry and its critics. [FULL TEXT]

Support seniors
To the editor: Again this year, we want to thank you and your organization so much for participating in our 12th annual Roast and Toast on Feb. 22.

Can’t trust people
To the editor: Support for democracy in the United States recently suffered a disappointing setback with Arkansas’s 86th General Assembly. District representatives voted against allowing the people of the United States to elect the President.

Save a few trees
To the editor: These days, when you drive in any direction, before long you pass a plot of ground where all the trees have been bulldozed down and piled in the center of it to be burned.


Good guy decides he won’t run
It must have come as a relief to the already crowded field of presidential candidates when Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, at least not just yet. [FULL TEXT]

Stackhouse label keeps blues alive
Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing. [FULL TEXT]

First-class care, pay essential for military
The scandal over the shabby treatment veterans receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and elsewhere tells only half the story. [FULL TEXT]

State plane flies again: Say it ain’t so, Mike
The Leader was complaining in an editorial Saturday about former Gov. Huckabee wearing out that State Police plane after he hijacked it for his personal use, flying with family and friends to all the fun places, high above the great unwashed — that’s us, the taxpayers who’re now supposed to shell out $4 million for a new airplane because Gov. Beebe likes it, too. [FULL TEXT]

Disabled vet celebrates successors
Butch Davis sat at a round table near the corner where the Singing Sergeants entertained in the big gym on Little Rock Air Force Base, which was honoring its top personnel at the annual awards banquet Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates are plentiful for 2008 run
“Candidates Outnumber Voters in ‘08.” [FULL TEXT]

Charge Atilla the Huck for his vandalism
The national media will one day catch up with Mike Huckabee’s vandalism during his last days in office, when the former governor ordered underlings to smash computer hard drives costing Arkansas taxpayers thousands of dollars. [FULL TEXT]

Finding out more about state firings
Gov. Mike Beebe promises he’ll run an open administration, unlike his predecessor, the secretive Mike Huckabee, who used to walk out with the office furniture when no one was looking.

Favorite jazz, blues from ’06
While talking to Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Larry Odom, who could pass for drummer Levon Helm’s brother, I remembered I still hadn’t listed my favorite CDs and DVDs of 2006:

Time of year bringing out best in folks
Marti Frederick of Cabot returned home around 7 o’clock Christmas night from family gatherings in Little Rock.

Man loses long fight to cancer
Andrew Parker, who had fought a brain tumor much of his life, wanted to see his sister and her family in Atlanta one last time over the Thanksgiving weekend.

What little girl wanted for holiday
When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

Rape victim in Lonoke recalls her nightmare
One of Joe Rounsaville’s three rape victims was crying as she recalled her attacker menacing her in her home in Lonoke.

Next stage in Iraq still uncertain
More than 30 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq during the first week of December while politicians in Washington debated the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group on how to extricate ourselves from a war that will soon enter its fifth year

It's cold, but Africa is too hot just now
The cold weather blew in from the southwest, but we escaped an ice storm, which is not uncommon around here in early December.

Robert Junior Lockwood, RIP
Robert Junior Lockwood, the last of the great Arkansas Delta bluesmen, died this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.
















March 14, 2007

Col. John Gomez, far right, salutes four-star Gen. Duncan McNabb after he arrived Tuesday at the Little Rock Air Force Base for the delivery of the first combat-ready C-130J aircraft while the Air Force Honor Guard stands at attention before ceremonies begin on the flight line. The new plane is assigned to the 41st Airlift Squadron. Seven other C-130Js at the base are used for training.

C-130J makes LRAFB landing
IN SHORT: The 463rd Airlift Group has scored two firsts by receiving the first C-130 50 years ago and now the first active duty, combat-ready C-130J. [FULL TEXT]

Campbell witness reluctant to testify
IN SHORT: Judge adds 90 days to sentence in high-profile case against former police chief.

Airlifts saved lives in Iraq
IN SHORT: Lt. Col. Mark Czelusta, 463rd Operation Support Squadron commander, was presented the Bronze Star by Gen. Duncan McNabb Tuesday following the arrival of Little Rock Air Force Base’s first combat-ready C-130J. [FULL TEXT]

Will the golf course become a subdivision?
IN SHORT: About 150 residents met Monday evening after receiving word that the North Hills Country Club had been sold and the new owners want to built houses on the land. [FULL TEXT]

Dream trip turns into a nightmare
IN SHORT: Cabot woman will be buried Saturday while her husband recovers after crash. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot annexation hitting roadblock
IN SHORT: The first step in annexing the Gateway commercial subdivision on Hwy. 5 into Cabot will be to ask its owner if he will come into the city voluntarily. [FULL TEXT]



Riverview senior Tony Hall, 15, drives around Hughes’ Cordero Thorton and goes up and under Kevin Brown, 23, for a reverse layup during the Raiders’ 71-60 victory over the Blue Devils in the class 3A state title game Saturday.

Raiders win state championship
IN SHORT: The Riverview boys team controlled Hughes for most of the game in bringing home the class 3A state championship Saturday with a 71-60 win at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

Cabot and Beebe win two, lose one
IN SHORT:The tournament at Mt. Saint Mary’s produced 2-1 weekends for local teams.

Lonoke falls late, loses title to CAC
IN SHORT: The Lady Jackrabbits lost a late lead in the state championship game. [FULL TEXT]


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