The Leader

What Griffin didn't say
Timothy Griffin’s own Apologia Pro Vita Sua, delivered Thursday to a packed house at the Clinton School in Little Rock, fell considerably short of Cardinal Newman’s compelling explanation of his philosophical journey to Catholicism.

Court favors states’ rights
For the rich and the favored, states’ rights has always been a handy principle, but there are times when it gets in the way. For example, when a big tobacco company wants to avoid liability.

Dump Alberto
Almost two-fifths of the United States Senate want Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to stay on the job or at least they do not want to publicly force him out. Is that a ringing endorsement for the man assigned to administer federal justice or what? [FULL TEXT]

Huckabee has bad week
What a week this was going to be for Mike Huckabee, our native presidential aspirant: Another televised national debate that would allow him to demonstrate his charm and wit against the grim Republican field, a big speech at the National Press Club, another big Washington fund-raiser with national lobbying interests that would fatten his anemic campaign cupboard.

Why we’re paying more
If you buy your electricity from Entergy you will be pleased to know that beginning this month you will help pay the light bills every month for nearly 2 million people and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Huck’s tax falls flat
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In a political campaign, make that always.


Next move may be up to federal prosecutor
When the FBI completes its public-corruption probe into former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh’s administration, interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in Little Rock could be the one who decides whether to file charges against Stumbaugh and his cronies.

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]












June 16, 2007

Little Rock Air Force Base held a Flag Day and prayer ceremony Thursday afternoon at Heritage Park on base. Flag Day commemorates the first official U.S. flag authorized on June 14, 1777 by the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War. Base Chaplain (1st Lt.) John Weeks prays for all those who have served their country. He also took prayer requests from airmen and their families during the ceremony.

Ceremony, prayer service mark Flag Day
IN SHORT: Little Rock Air Force Base Heritage Park was a solemn sea of red, white and blue with 1,400 miniature American flags marking Flag Day Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Pit bulls are out starting Sunday
IN SHORT: As the ban starts in Jacksonville other cities such as Ward, Beebe and Cabot are also considering banning the breed. Pit bulls currently in Jacksonville will be allowed to remain if their owners have the dogs registered, neutered or spayed and microchipped for tracking purposes.

Getting new passports taking 12 to 14 weeks
IN SHORT: Express service takes half the time as applications drop in Jacksonville and Cabot, but not in NLR. [FULL TEXT]

Interchange for Lonoke is not far off
IN SHORT: Lonoke-area residents could be using a second I-40 interchange, this one on the west side of town, by 2010, officials told about 30 residents and other interested persons in a meeting Thursday at the Old Lonoke Train Depot meeting room. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot beefs up water inspections
IN SHORT: Commissioners vote to hire new inspector, ban low-grade pipes and change procedures. [FULL TEXT]



Campers get doused by the Challenger British Soccer Camp coaches at the end of a suspenseful story told by camp director Mark Shackleton (foreground).

Pros visit, host British Challenger Soccer Camp
IN SHORT: The Cabot Soccer Association hosted its annual British Soccer Camp this week. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville whips Colts
IN SHORT: Jacksonville used 16 base hits to down a strong North Little Rock team 13-7 Thursday at Burns Park. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot Post 71 gets marathon win over 'Dogs
IN SHORT: It took 10 full innings, but the Cabot Class A American Legion team got a close win over Maumelle 4-3 Wednesday night at Conrade Field. The win improved Cabot’s record to 6-3 on the year. [FULL TEXT]


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