Editorials


Hungry seniors

There's been a lot of buzz about senior hunger in Arkansas. The state has won --- for the third year in a row --- the dubious honor of being No. 1 in the nation for hunger among seniors.
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Fireworks ban

The Cabot City Council voted Monday to keep the city's ban on fireworks after hearing from residents who opposed the proposal, which would have allowed fireworks for a few days around July 4th and on New Year's Eve.
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Standardized flip-flop-flip

The state might have wasted nearly three months of students', teachers' and principals' time this past school year administrating the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test.
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Honoring our nurses

National Nurses Week has been observed in some form since 1954 and in 1991 the American Nurses Association board of directors expanded the well-deserved recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration every year.
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The last time
King of Blues
sang at home

B.B. King, who passed away in his sleep in his Las Vegas home Thursday night at the age of 89, had been frail for years. Yet he kept performing until last fall, always willing to meet his fans and pose for pictures and sign autographs.
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Mother recalls
end of horror

My 89-year-old mother spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday at the assisted-living facility in Florida where she lives. She spoke for 10 minutes about the horrors of the concentration camps, as did another survivor, a man who is a couple of years older than my mother.
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Son of Delta:
Be a winner

Lloyd E. Shefsky is a retired international lawyer and entrepreneur who was born in Arkansas, raised in Chicago and is now semi-retired in Florida. He's still lecturing, consulting and writing books about living the American Dream through hard work, personal vision and playing by the rules.
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Arkansas ain't ready
for reform

Paddy Bauler, who represented Chicago's 43rd Ward for 35 years, must be the patron saint of Arkansas legislators. [FULL TEXT]


Little girl tells Santa a wish for Christmas

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]


Prison reform pushed

The Department of Correction wants $100 million for a new prison, but Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot) thinks that's a waste of money.
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Pardons by Beebe
not as bad as Huck's

Gov. Mike Beebe has had a good record on pardons until this week, much better than Gov. Mike Huckabee, his predecessor.
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Lennox, Hutcherson on Blue Note; Impulse back

Annie Lennox's new CD, "Nostalgia," from Blue Note includes a stunning version of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching song usually associated with Billie Holiday, who recorded it in 1937.
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Is a life worth

a million dollars?

Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they're freed.
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Killer at our front door

Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked.
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Killer in Cabot's schools
3 times

Glen Martin Green, the killer serving a life sentence without parole, worked in Cabot schools three different times this year.
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Cabot ends prison labor in schools

After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]

Killer worked at Cabot school gym

A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]

 

When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]


Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]

Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]





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June 17, 2015



Little Rock Air Force Base 19th Security Forces Squadron members stand guard at Vandenberg Boulevard and Marshall Road on Monday soon after a gunman shot at airmen at the front gate. The alleged gunman, who lives on Maddox Road, was seriously injured and has since died.


Brown: 'Defenders did their job'

IN SHORT: Attack at air base averted by security forces' rapid response. [FULL TEXT]

Funeral owners plead innocent to corpse abuse

IN SHORT: Father, son go before judge as they face 13 felony charges. [FULL TEXT]

Filings will start soon for boards

IN SHORT: Jacksonville school district will have seven open seats in fall. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot High School camp hosts Clinton McDonald
Cabot football campers listen as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald speaks to them about the importance of hard work and dedication on the field and in the classroom. The CHS Football Camp was held Friday and Saturday at Panther Stadium, and coached by CHS coaches and players.


Cabot in final at Wood Bat

IN SHORT: The Centennial Bank senior team wins four consecutively at Sheridan. [FULL TEXT]


Three Devils' second chance

IN SHORT: JHS football players get late chances to further their football careers. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville lefty quiets Morrilton's senior team

IN SHORT: Gwatney squad closes Sheridan Wood Bat Classic with win over Cogswell Motors on Saturday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot junior team hammers Benton

IN SHORT: Huge second lifts Centennial Bank. [FULL TEXT]




Tech. Sgt. Eric Sims, a 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems craftsman, stands in the back of a C-130H at Little Rock Air Force Base. Sims received the 2014 Air Force Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Maintenance Award.


Exceptional airman wins AF honor

IN SHORT: Tech. Sgt. Eric Sims recognized for outstanding maintenance. [FULL TEXT]

 

Letter from the front

IN SHORT: A young soldier from Lonoke County, who became a judge and prosecutor, fought in World War. [FULL TEXT]

Rebirth of Jacksonville's heart

IN SHORT: An effort is underway to return the city's original train station. [FULL TEXT]