The Leader

Investigate vote 'caging'
A couple of eastern senators, one of them named Edward M. Kennedy, asked the Justice Department this week to investigate Timothy Griffin, the recent U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, to see whether he illegally sought to suppress voting for Democratic candidates in Florida in 2004.

PSC backs ratepayers
The job of the state Public Service Commission is to look out for the consumers of energy but fairly consider the profit interests of utilities.

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.


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 23, 2007

Airman First Class Michael J. Demik holds the flag as ceremonies began Wednesday at Little Rock Air Force Base to welcome the base’s newest C-130J that arrived from the Lockheed Martin factory at Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. Jim Hawkins and his crew (rear) flew the new Hercules to the base, making it the third aircraft of its kind for the 41st Airlift Squadron, the only active duty operational C-130J squadron. The Black Cats squadron moved here from Pope Air Force Base as part of the Pentagon’s base closure and realignment process. LRAFB also has seven other C-130Js as part of its training program. The base is scheduled to receive several more new C-130Js.

Sherwood is ready to take over huge tract
IN SHORT: Aldermen will meet Monday to officially accept 2,000 acres that Jacksonville hoped to annex, but developers did not want that and won the support of Pulaski County Judge Villines and Circuit Judge Kilgore. [FULL TEXT]

Building schools in Cabot
IN SHORT: District spends $6.6 million on Stagecoach Elementary, which opens in fall.

Approval given for district's budget
IN SHORT: Cabot school officials make a “best guess” at their spending next year. [FULL TEXT]

County will look at ban on pit bulls
IN SHORT: Quorum court names six-member committee to develop an ordinance to control vicious dogs and those running in packs. [FULL TEXT]

Council promise to literacy group falls flat
IN SHORT:Cabot mayor thought he broke a tie, but city attorney says not enough aldermen were present. [FULL TEXT]



Local All Stars Adam Robertson, from left, Jerry Lawson, Colin Fuller and Taylor Roark played for the East squad at the U of A.

East sweeps in fastpitch
IN SHORT: Four local players helped lead East softballers to All-Star wins. [FULL TEXT]

Former 'Rabbit battles at 'Bud'
IN SHORT: Henderson State bound Calisha Kirk fought hard, but was on the losing end of the girls basketball game. [FULL TEXT]

Hall sees few looks, still enjoys big week
IN SHORT: The Former Raider and state tournament MVP scored four points in All-Star game. [FULL TEXT]


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