The Leader

Rethinking TIF laws
If we can depend upon the Arkansas Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution rigorously as it has so consistently in recent years, the threat to the public schools from development interests will soon end. [FULL TEXT]

Huckabee a pauper
If like us you are obsessively following the national maneuverings for signs that Arkansas will raise another native son to the presidency of the United States, this has not been a good week. [FULL TEXT]

Traumatic loss
A teen-age boy who plow-ed into a car while riding his skateboard in Little Rock last week suffered a head injury that was so severe he might have died or been permanently impaired but luckily the trauma unit of Arkansas Children’s Hospital was only minutes away. [FULL TEXT]

The Judiciary Committees of the state House of Repre-sentatives and state Senate should make the honor roll for killing dangerous legislation.

Surplus trough
With almost $1 billion in surplus funds piled up in the state treasury, you knew that it was not going to be pretty watching lawmakers, the governor and their key constituencies fight over the lagniappe.

Integrity counts
If none of his superiors at the Department of Justice understood it, Bud Cummins at least knew the majestic principle that was at stake in the purge of U.S. attorneys who were not deemed to be “loyal Bushies,” in the immortal words of one of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s lieutenants. [FULL TEXT]


You cannot judge a book by its cover
The cover of Elizabeth Jacoway’s book on the Central High School integration crisis reproduces one of the most famous photos of the civil rights era. [FULL TEXT]

Terrific music from a favorite label
Robert Bilbo Walker was performing New Year’s Eve at Sarah’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Clarksdale, Miss., playing many of his songs from his old Rooster Blues CDs, “Promised Land” and “Rock the Night: Live in Chicago.” [FULL TEXT]

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.
















April 7, 2007

Lt. Col. Daniel H. Tulley assumed command of the 41st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base during a ceremony Thursday; the 41st was realigned here from Pope AFB, N.C.

Blackcats arrive
IN SHORT: The C-130s are continuing to arrive at LRAFB, and it’s fitting that the only C-130 training base in the world will have its own 100-plus squadron of the latest generation of cargo planes. [FULL TEXT]

Governor supports plan for district
IN SHORT: Legislators, Beebe wrap up session with $1 billion for public schools. [FULL TEXT]

Aldermen will decide on interim
IN SHORT: Mayor Danny Stedman resigns four months into his four-year term, citing health reasons. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot will build new junior high on burned site
IN SHORT: A $5.2 million state payment will be added to $10 million in insurance money to rebuild burned school in Cabot district. [FULL TEXT]

City votes to close crossing
IN SHORT: Despite voices of opposition, aldermen voted to abandon the right-of-way, which will allow trains to stop blowing their horns at abandoned street. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot first baseman Drew Burks waits for an oppurtunity to pick off a Russelliville runner Thursday night during the Panthers’ 10-4 win over the Cyclones. The win gives Cabot a cushion in the 7A-Central Conference standings with sole possession of second place.

Cabot beats Cyclone 10-4
IN SHORT: The Panthers started out slow, but started generating runs in the third inning, topping 7A-Central Conference rival Russellville on Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville falls to Searcy
IN SHORT: The Lions dominated the Red Devils in two 6A-East Conference matchups on Tuesday night at the newly-opened Fletcher Sullards Annex. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Panthers dispose of Russellville
IN SHORT: It only took five innings for the conference-leading Lady Panthers to dispose of Russellville on Thursday at the Conrade Sports Complex. [FULL TEXT]


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