Board does impossible
The Pulaski County Special School District has done the impossible—it has managed to generate sympathy and widespread support for the strident, take-no-prisoners teachers’ union.[FULL TEXT]

Rural areas get Internet
When Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush signed the High Performance Computing and Communication Act nearly 20 years ago, its author, Al Gore, promised that the “information superhighway” would transform business, medicine and education and enrich the lives of people in every corner of the country. [FULL TEXT]

Emulate O’Brien
Finally, there is a public official and politician who makes perfect sense in the great state-car war. Well, actually Pat O’Brien is the second one, after Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.[FULL TEXT]

Candidate's bankruptcy
Who cannot feel some sympathy for Rick Crawford, whose race for Congress in east Arkansas, including Lonoke County, unlocked some unfortunate past – that he had run up a lot of credit as a young man and got the government to relieve him of the debt? It happens to too many of us.[FULL TEXT]

Candidates against pork

Utter the words “earmarks,” “federal spending” or “pork barrel” and everyone’s blood pressure rises, which accounts for some irrational political behavior in 2010. Sensing the great public concern about the mushrooming national debt and the anger over absurd earmarks like the Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” the Republican leadership in Congress recommends that the party’s candidates this year vow not to do earmarks for their districts or states. [FULL TEXT]

High hopes for Hopson
“I am an agent for change,” Charles Hopson said when he came from Portland, Ore., to interview for the PCSSD superintendent’s job in February, and since his hire, he’s done nothing to dissuade us. [FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.

Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.

Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.

What a little girl asked
from Santa

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.

Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.

Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?



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Aug. 25, 2010

Highway improvements
The southbound Exit 16 ramp at Hwy. 67/167 in Cabot will be closed for several weeks as Highway Department crews work to complete a new ramp, which will connect with South Rockwood Road and lead to the Hwy. 5 traffic light. The project is estimated to cost $414,000. The ramp is scheduled for completion by the end of September.

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
IN SHORT: The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[FULL TEXT]

Sherwood workers will get $500 bonus
IN SHORT: All Sherwood employees can expect a bonus check within the next few weeks of up to $500. [FULL TEXT]

Water-line work resumes from LR
IN SHORT: Work will resume on two 30-inch water pipes underneath the I-430 bridge in Little Rock that was stopped after three men were killed in April 2008 when the scaffold they were standing on collapsed. [FULL TEXT]

Two sides in PCSSD negotiate again
IN SHORT: The Pulaski County Special School District and the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers resumed negotiations Tuesday to resolve their differences. [FULL TEXT]


The Jacksonville secondary drags down Mills quarterback Chris Hampton. The Red Devils’ defense contained Hampton for most of the evening.

Free gifts lift quick Hornets
IN SHORT: Turnovers and big plays were the downfall of the Lonoke Jackrabbits in a 22-8 loss to the Pulaski Oak Grove Hornets in a scrimmage at Lonoke on Monday night. [FULL TEXT]

Everyone is still a winner
IN SHORT: Hope springs eternal, or to Week 6, whichever comes first.[FULL TEXT]

Cabot red-zone ready
IN SHORT: There were big plays on both sides but Cabot coach Mike Malham didn’t inject much drama into his analysis of Monday’s scrimmage at Lake Hamilton.[FULL TEXT]

Defense carries Red Devils
IN SHORT: Mills University Studies matched Jacksonville in the strategy and execution departments, but ultimately proved less conditioned than the Red Devils in Monday night’s scrimmage at Jan Crow Stadium. FULL TEXT]

Football 101: An education for fairer fans
IN SHORT: When is the last time a football coach has broken down a play while basking in the aroma of a scented candle? [FULL TEXT]


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