He can’t stop lying
He can’t stop. No sooner had the type been set than this comes: Mike Huckabee lies about his tax record on the Fox News show hosted by his colleague Chris Wallace.

Huckabee’s pardons
Mike Huckabee made the rounds of the national media venues last week reassuring people that he would probably run for president in 2012 although he would not do it officially for a long time so that he can keep his lucrative job at Fox News.

Tax holiday wreaks havoc
In the world of tax gimmickry, there is nothing more senseless than the tax holiday. But the Arkansas House of Representatives nevertheless passed a bill creating a sales-tax holiday for school-related merchandise.

More jobs lost here
Another area manufacturing plant is set to close, a victim of a slow economy and cheap foreign competition..

Fraud bites LR attorney
Alvin Clay, a former Little Rock lawyer who served five months in prison for mortgage fraud, gave up his law license the other day to avoid disbarment proceedings before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Flim-flam politicians
Deceptive retailers who employ the bait-and-switch are pikers compared with politicians, who make it a centerpiece of national policy. Rather than substitute an inferior or more expensive product for the one advertised, as an appliance dealer might do, the politicians use one crisis—say, budget deficits or unemployment—to produce ends that have nothing to do with the crisis.

Ex-Stax chief still has soul
Al Bell, the former Stax Records executive, is back in the spotlight with a new Web site, All Bell Presents American Soul Music, where you can hear classic Stax artists and new soul singers who are keeping the Memphis sound alive. [FULL TEXT]

Minihan: No break
for wing since 9/11
Col. Mike Minihan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing, sent off 40 airmen and a couple of C-130s into combat before the storm hit last weekend. [FULL TEXT]

From this poor little girl, special request for Santa
(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) 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.[FULL TEXT]

Base could depend on Snyder as real friend
Rep. Vic Snyder, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress at the end of the year, is getting some heat from Republicans for wasting time on the House floor to praise this community’s support of Little Rock Air Force Base. [FULL TEXT]

Panama president
ex-UofA roommate

John Mason, a Jacksonville real estate broker, was in Fayetteville with his wife Ien for homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, when the Razorbacks played Vanderbilt. [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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March 2 , 2011

March of the penguin
Penguin keeper Amanda Reeves (let) lets Kiwanis Kids members get a closer look at Laura the Penguin at Eastside Elementary School in Cabot on Tues-day. From left, fourth-graders Wyatt McMahan, Jonathan Outlaw, media specialist Pamela Sowell and fourth-grader Bryce Guptill.

Earthquakes are becoming routine here
IN SHORT: Area residents were shaken Sunday night, but White and Faulkner counties worry the most as tremors become more common, possibly because of gas drilling there. [FULL TEXT]

Vasquez sees school district growing again
IN SHORT: PCSSD board president says building new schools and remodeling others will mean growth for the district and better opportunities for students. [FULL TEXT]

PETA says fireworks killed birds
IN SHORT: Beebe City Council says it doesn’t need outside advice, although mayor warns roost will grow and more will die. [FULL TEXT]

Seeking Lonoke jail funds
IN SHORT: Committee is told the new facility will ease crowding, and renting out beds produces revenue. [FULL TEXT]

Dangers of holding Iraqi detainees
IN SHORT: Saddam was the most famous prisoner when McCarty served there. [FULL TEXT]

Leader starts 25th year
IN SHORT: The Leader, which published its first issue on March 4, 1987, is starting its 25th year. [FULL TEXT]

Xavier Huskey led Jacksonville’s man-to-man defense against Mountain Home..

Jacksonville claims 6A-East supremacy
IN SHORT: Tiebreaker gives Red Devils edge against Parkview Patriots. [FULL TEXT]

Devils’ esteemed Raheem
IN SHORT: Appleby leads Jacksonville into 6A state tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe pins state title in wrestling
IN SHORT: Badgers grapple back to overtake LR Christian in last match. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Red Devils end fruitless conference run
IN SHORT: Jacksonville not finished despite 0-14 record in 6A-East action. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot swimmers place in finals
IN SHORT: Girls relay teams post top-10 finishes to help grab sixth overall.at event at UALR. [FULL TEXT]



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