The Leader

Fuel efficiency must improve
Was it the prospect of $4-a-gallon gasoline and perpetual war in the region where we get much of our oil, the growing dismay over global warming, a timely decision by the U. S. Supreme Court or the rising chorus from Democratic presidential candidates demanding higher fuel standards?

Charters flop
Charter schools, like vouchers, are a typical educational panacea. [FULL TEXT]

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.


Famed photographer had roots in area
If you turn off Hwy. 5 at Cabot near the freeway and drive down Cleland Road for less than a mile, you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Road.

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]

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]

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 16, 2007

Pat Case, left, Glenda Hughes, Kasi Weathers and Linda Campbell, all cancer survivors, take a victory lap during the Cabot Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society held Friday and Saturday at Panther Stadium. The survivors walk was just one of the many activities participants took part in during the evening.

Change of command today on base
IN SHORT: Brig. Gen. Kip Self to turn over reins to Brig. Gen. (Select) Rowayne A Schatz, Jr. [FULL TEXT]

Security specialist killed in Baghdad
IN SHORT: A roadside bomb killed a military member from Little Rock Air Force in Baghdad Monday while he was in a three-vehicle convoy. [FULL TEXT]

Principal promoted to top job
IN SHORT: The Cabot School board Tuesday named high school principal Dr. Tony Thurman to succeed Dr. Frank Holman. Board president David Hipp was the only one to vote against Thurman, but the two promised to work together.

Jacksonville may ban pit bulls
IN SHORT: The breed is responsible for more than half of bites and attack cases in the city and have been kicked out of neighboring cities. [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.

Hits don’t come when needed
IN SHORT: Abundant Life out-hit its state-championship opponent Horatio 7-3, but lost the game 5-1 to the Lions in a failed attempt to repeat as state champions Saturday at Baum Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers are eager but young this spring
IN SHORT: A large number of freshmen players showed up on Monday afternoon for the opening day of spring football at Cabot High School. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot track athletes qualify for 7A state
IN SHORT: The Cabot Panther track team qualified 11 boys and seven girls for this week’s state meet. The boys finished fifth overall while the girls team finished in sixth with 61 points. [FULL TEXT]


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