The Leader

Our money goes where?
Paul Suskie has been on the job as the state’s top utility regulator for only a few months, but he wasted no time earning our confidence.

Free speech not allowed
Rod Bryan, the quixotic candidate for governor who fueled his car with old vegetable oils from restaurants and raised novel ideas about conserving energy and taxes at the Capitol, was entirely too quaint for most voters, at least for those who even knew he was on the ballot last fall.

Excited over gas prospect
From Bentonville to Helena, people are starry-eyed at the prospect of riches from the prospecting for natural gas in what is known as the Fayetteville Shale.

Will we know?
Before Congress is through, we may finally know why President Bush wanted to fire his own chief law enforcement agent for eastern Arkansas and install a fire-breathing partisan from the White House political staff. The fired attorney, Harry E. “Bud” Cummins, is just as interested as the rest of us.

Huck tries to impress
The first big cattle show of the 2008 season for Republicans, which was promoted as a debate but wasn’t, left the pastoral scene of presidential politics unchanged as far as we could tell. [FULL TEXT]


U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.

Why didn’t feds take this case?
You may have wondered while you were following the corruption trial of Jay and Kelly Campbell in Lonoke County why the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock didn’t prosecute the couple, along with two shady bail bondsmen, who will be tried later.

Politics at local level rough, just ask mayor
“All politics is local.”
— Thomas “Tip” O’Neill,
— longtime Speaker of the House
The political pros know that voters are more passionate about local issues than about national politics, even in time of war.

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]












May 12, 2007

A guardrail along the southbound lanes of Hwy. 67/167 dangles onto Main Street following a traffic accident on Friday morning. About a 30-foot section of the guardrail was affected by the impact. Unconfirmed reports indicated that a car hit the guardrail, but the vehicle managed to stay on the freeway. Last year, a motorist was killed on the same bridge when he was rear-ended by a truck, plunging the victim onto Main Street. The overpass was built more than four decades ago and was designed to handle far less traffic.

District to name its chief Tuesday
IN SHORT: The Cabot School Board will announce Holman’s successor as superintendent from a list of 22 candidates, including five who work for the growing district. [FULL TEXT]

Protecting area water source
IN SHORT: A possible watershed protection agreement between CAW and builders could serve as a model for future development. [FULL TEXT]

Magical answer eludes county
IN SHORT: The Pulaski County Detention Center still looks for a solution to its funding and overcrowding problems as officials await the results of a task force study that will be out in June.

Mortgage defaults increase
IN SHORT: High-interest loans have led to more foreclosures and bankruptcies. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood golf course could be profitable facility
IN SHORT: A cheaper selling price is needed if the city has a chance of buying North Hills Country Club. [FULL TEXT]


Lady Badgers Mykia Cox, seated, and Emily Bass look down in disbelief at the end of the 5A state-title game, which they lost, 2-1.

Walk-off hit dooms Beebe
IN SHORT: For the second time in three years, the Beebe Lady Badgers came up short in the state fastpitch championship game. [FULL TEXT]

SH senior Philander-bound
IN SHORT: Brianna Austin will go from a Lady Bear to a Lady Panther this fall. [FULL TEXT]

SAU signs a second Lady ’Rab
IN SHORT: Calisha Kirk is yet another Lonoke senior to become a Lady Mulerider. [FULL TEXT]


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