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U.S. attorney plot thickens
Witnesses come and witnesses go, but not one of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former and present aides gives him the slightest nourishment in his effort to outlast the storm over his leadership of the nation’s law-enforcement system.

Straight talk from Beebe
Gov. Beebe climbed the ladder of political success by coming pretty close to pleasing everybody as a state senator and attorney general, but after getting elected governor he has become the real version of the Straight Talk Express. We like the conversion. [FULL TEXT]

Rude owners
The Jacksonville City Council made a mistake when it voted to ban pit bulls at its meeting Thursday night.

A preacher's legacy
If a pastor is God’s vicar on earth, his life ought to be measured by the number of souls that he saved or at least by his effort.

Welcome back, Col. Schatz
The 314th Airlift Wing has a new commander, but Col. Rowayne A. Schatz is no stranger to these parts. A decade ago, he commanded the 50th Airlift Squadron at the base, where the squadron was voted the best in Air Mobility Command.


How city wiped out vet’s investment
A veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, Jim Eggert bought two commercial buildings in Jacksonville, but the closing of the Graham Road rail crossing killed business. He’s put his property up for sale, but he’ll have to take a huge loss.

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 26, 2007

The Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard lowers the flag at the close of Memorial Day honor ceremonies held at the base Friday. More than 200 men and women of the 314th Airlift Wing participated in the event to honor and remember their fellow service members who served their country before them and gave their lives in its defense.

Base observes Memorial Day
IN SHORT: Present and former commanders join with airmen Friday to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. [FULL TEXT]

Shortage of funds prevents hirings
IN SHORT: A loss of five firemen has city residents concerned for their safety, but Mayor Eddie Joe Williams tells them there is no money to hire more fireman. [FULL TEXT]

Purchase of course may skirt by voters
IN SHORT: Blog tells residents in favor of keeping Sherwood links to attend Tuesday’s council meeting even though the property is not on agenda. [FULL TEXT]

Instructor is back at his school
IN SHORT: For the second time in just over a year, an accident has torn up the old-style Hwy. 67/167 southbound overpass railing at Main Street in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Keep out pit bulls, sex shops
IN SHORT: With other cities banning vicious dogs, a Cabot committee is considering it, too. [FULL TEXT]

Corn sweet to farmers
IN SHORT: Use of ethanol boosts Lonoke County’s acreage four-fold to 12,000 acres as demand increases. [FULL TEXT]


Sylvan Hills’ Jeff Henderson, middle, takes off in his second-place performance in the 100-meter dash Wednesday at the Meet of Champs in Cabot. Henderson won the long jump and triple jump. His winning triple jump also broke the Meet of Champs record.

Locals highlight 2007 MOC
IN SHORT: Whitney Jones and Jeff Henderson broke records at the Meet of Champs Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

Gwatney sweeps Sylvan Hills
IN SHORT: Jacksonville opened the American Legion season by taking both ends of a double dip. [FULL TEXT]

Progress pleasing to new coach
IN SHORT: Beebe’s gridiron guys get basics of new offense down during early practices. [FULL TEXT]


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