Rehearing for WM3
At long last, the Arkansas Supreme Court took one small step Thursday toward unraveling the mysteries of the most spectacular Arkansas murder case of our time. The new proceeding ordered by the court will not answer many—perhaps not even one—of the hundreds of questions about the murders of three 8-year-old boys at West Memphis 17 years ago, but it will reverse several injustices. [FULL TEXT]

An historic tidal wave
Tuesday was the third election in a row governed by intense national discontent, and the result was predictably the same. The voters gave the party in power a hearty kick in the seat of the pants. [FULL TEXT]

Blanche vs. Boozman
Were it not for the little matter of party labels it would be hard to find two members of Congress more intimately yoked in philosophy, style and records than Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative John Boozman, who find themselves uncomfortably paired against each other in the U. S. Senate race. [FULL TEXT]

Broadway our choice
The most useless job in Arkansas is that of lieutenant governor, followed in rank order by his employees. But we spend a lot of money, effort and vain emotion every four years electing him because, potentially, whom we elect can make a little difference.[FULL TEXT]

Crawford vs. Causey
Rick Crawford greatly simplified the race for United States representative in the First District. He made it about truthfulness, but it was not to his advantage. [FULL TEXT]

High court race
Voters will choose a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court at the general election, and it is hard to see how they can go wrong.  Judge Karen Baker of the Arkansas Court of Appeals and Judge Tim Fox, a circuit judge in Pulaski County, are splendid judges with such deep experience on both ends of the gavel that they should not diminish the quality of judgment by the state’s highest court. [FULL TEXT]

Another term
for Gov. Beebe
Arkansas at rare times has had a visionary governor, a brilliant governor or a governor passionately committed to reform, and it has had three dozen chief executives of whom it could be said simply that they served their time and moved on. [FULL TEXT]

O'Brien gets Leader's vote
Sometimes the local boy really is the superlative candidate, not just the favorite son for whom support is obligatory. Pat O’Brien has about the best credentials one could have for secretary of state, and he also is lucky in his opponent, perhaps the state legislature’s leading abuser of the public trust. [FULL TEXT]

Why it's Joyce Elliott
Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, deflects questions about what he has done the past 15 years by saying that he wants to talk about the future, not the past. It is a clever riposte. Who does not prefer to talk about the future? [FULL TEXT]

A fun-filled weekend
You could go to a half-dozen places last weekend and still not catch all the excitement around the state, and that’s not counting the Razorbacks football game against Texas A&M in Cowboys Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Limiting state cars
Is Mike Beebe a good governor or a just a good politician, or is there a difference? He turns every controversy into a good-government lesson. [FULL TEXT]

Reassessing exemptions
The state Constitution says you can’t do it. A 60-year-old statute says you can’t do it. A good case can be made that the U. S. Constitution prohibits it.[FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[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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Nov. 6, 2010

Here comes the judge
Doug Erwin (middle), the newly elected Lonoke County judge, watches returns at the courthouse Tuesday with Bill Pederson (right) and his son, Donnie. Erwin may be the first Republican Lonoke County judge ever.

Candidates prepare for mayoral runoffs
IN SHORT: Sherwood and Cabot are gearing up for mayoral runoffs Nov. 23 after the top vote-getters failed to get more than 50 percent of the ballots cast Tuesday.FULL TEXT]

Cabot won’t join big water works
IN SHORT:Cabot’s participation in the Lonoke-White Water Project to bring water to the area from Greers Ferry Lake is uncertain.FULL TEXT]

GOP widening party influence in two counties
IN SHORT: When Doug Erwin is sworn in Jan. 1, a Republican will be Lonoke County judge for the first time in at least 50 years and Republicans will hold an 8-5 majority in the Lonoke County Quorum Court as well. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville plots next step
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s next move since the defeat of its annexation attempt is to wait. [FULL TEXT]

More legislators are Republicans
Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams took his first steps as a new legislator by attending a retreat at Petit Jean for new lawmakers on Friday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot quarterback Zach Craig was 3 for 5 passing for 84 yards. He completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Rod Quinn in the victory at Van Buren.

Russellville first for Cabot
IN SHORT: No matter what happens with the 7A playoff bracket, there is one thing they won’t be able to take away from Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe could win it all
IN SHORT: The game needs no other pitch or hype than calling it the “the big one.” [FULL TEXT]

Devils seeking seeding in trip to face Patriots
IN SHORT: There are plenty of good reasons for Jacksonville to win Friday’s regular season finale at Marion. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke out but not down in last stretch
IN SHORT: The defending 4A state runners up are down to playing for pride in the final week of the season, barring some sort of miracle.[FULL TEXT]

Falcons older, wiser entering game with Billies
IN SHORT: North Pulaski started the year young and will end the year young, but there has been some growing up in between. [FULL TEXT]

Classification lightning rod for complaint
IN SHORT: I can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. [FULL TEXT]



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