The Leader

Loopholes in FOI Act
A little forbidden sex can lead judges and prosecutors down strange legal corridors, as we learned often during the long Whitewater ordeal. [FULL TEXT]

Huck’s computers
Mike Huckabee’s durable political life has been built partly on his ability to turn a harrowing escape into a picnic in the park. [FULL TEXT]

Huck runs short of cash
Our favorite son candidate for president, according to the federal campaign-finance reports filed over the weekend, has now raised enough money to mount a creditable race for state land commissioner.

Don’t judge by the breed
To the editor: Recently, one of my neighbors, who happens to be a local attorney, was bitten, while jogging, by a dachshund.

Water utility throws it away
The public interest, which includes the assurance that people will have clean and affordable water, is not always paramount when it collides with the profit goals of developers — not, anyway, when municipal fathers in Little Rock do the reckoning. [FULL TEXT]


Kids, dope don’t mix with driver
He’s been driving a bus for the Pulaski County Special School District for 22 years, and this summer he drives a van for special-education students who attend a summer program at the Jacksonville Middle School for Boys.

Stax marks 50 years of great music
If you remember Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft,” the Staples Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Eddy Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Booker T. and the MGs’ “Green Onions” and the Mar-Keys’ “Last Night,” you would have enjoyed a concert last month in Memphis commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stax record label.

Air strategy saving lives
Brig. Gen. (Select) Rowayne Schatz is in his office at the headquarters of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, where he’s the commander, and he reaches for a dagger he’d brought back from Qatar a couple of years ago, when he was in charge of running airlifts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Payday series wins award in competition
(The Arkansas Press Association awarded The Leader first place in the Better Newspaper Contest for our in-depth reporting on payday lenders. This column from March 22, 2006 was part of that series.)
A populist state like Arkansas, which once had the lowest usury rate in the nation — 10 percent was the interest limit until 1982 — now allows payday lenders to charge outrageous interest rates — often several hundred percent interest.


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]














July 21, 2007

Ann Besley (right) and Andy the Great Dane prepare to enter the newly opened Jacksonville Dog Park with help from Hedy Limke of the animal shelter. A grand opening was held Thursday at Dupree Park for the off-leash park after nearly a year of hard work by the Jacksonville Dog Park Club to get the project completed.

District would add balance
IN SHORT: Proposed district in north Pulaski County would be almost equally divided between white and black students, but a settlement in Little Rock shouldn’t affect Jacksonville, Rep. Bond insists. [FULL TEXT]

Schools are filled as fast as they go up in Cabot
IN SHORT: Superintendent reveals the state of schools to local Lions Club, announces plans to form task force to find community’s solutions for future growth.

Committee wants ban on pit bulls
IN SHORT: Cabot aldermen push for getting rid of the breed, apart from some exceptions. [FULL TEXT]

Panel: City needs course
IN SHORT: As a lawsuit by the owners of North Hills Country Club moves forward, a blue-ribbon group will tell Sherwood mayor and council to go ahead with purchase. [FULL TEXT]

Ex-police officer says war on drugs not working
IN SHORT:Traveling speaker with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition tells Jacksonville Lions Club the best way to fight the scourge of drugs is to legalize them and thereby remove exorbitant profit margins. [FULL TEXT]



Gwatney Chevrolet second baseman Terrell Brown dives for the ball while a Texarkana runner makes his way to second base.

Gwatney drained after Texarkana
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville A team rallied in the last inning to beat the Razorbacks in the semifinal, but had very little left for the title game, which it had to play that same night against top-seeded Jonesboro. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills gets shutout in opener
IN SHORT: Pitcher Brannon Chastain struck out 13 batters in the Bruins’ 4-0 win over Heber Springs in the Class AA Zone 3 tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Blacksox rally late to defeat Post 71
IN SHORT: Bryant scored five runs in the fifth inning to pull away from Cabot Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]


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