Editorials


Nightmare in Dallas

The moment we heard the terrible news Thursday night from Dallas, it was obvious that at least one experienced shooter was responsible for this latest domestic terrorist attack at a Black Lives Matter march that killed five officers and injured seven. President Obama called the murders "vicious and despicable."
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Our readers
help us win

For the eighth time in nine years, The Leader has been named "Best of the Best."
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Department
to the rescue

Southbound traffic on I-440 headed toward the Arkansas River Bridge was backed up for miles early Wednesday afternoon. Traffic stopped for at least 15 minutes and then started to crawl at a snail's pace. If you were headed for the airport trying to catch a flight, you were probably out of luck.
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North Metro heads south

North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville is in turmoil after two of its top administrators resigned when its Louisiana owners reinstated a doctor who was believed to be drunk on the job.
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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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Neighbor gets
out alive from
club shooting

Chris Hansen used to live in Jacksonville on Oak Street near The Leader before he moved to Orlando.
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Fines seen

doubling
in Wynne

Wynne's city coffers are filling up since District Judge Joseph Boeckmann Jr. became the focus of a state investigation last fall over allegations that he was forgiving fines for sexual favors in his Cross County court in east Arkansas.
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Holocaust ceremony
on LRAFB

A group of eighth graders from the Flightline Academy on Little Rock Air Force Base entered the Walters Community Center auditorium on Thursday morning for a Holocaust Remembrance Day service.
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Huckabee, Rubio ---
now what?

Donald Trump, the billionaire real-estate developer and entrepreneur with a checkered past and raucous political rallies, is rapidly moving toward the Republican presidential nomination with a string of primary victories yesterday and on Super Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]


Another Grammy for Tony

Tony Bennett recently won another Grammy award --- his 18th --- in the best traditional pop vocal category for "The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern" (RPM Records/Columbia). The octogenarian Bennett (he'll be 90 in August) is accompanied by the brilliant jazz pianists Bill Charlap and his wife, Rene Rosnes, who is the second pianist on "The Song Is You" and "Look for the Silver Lining." [FULL TEXT]


Man who stood up
to Castro

Eduardo Diaz was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base in 1966 and has lived in Cabot most of the time since he left the Air Force in 1970. [FULL TEXT]

Millage hike

is needed

Jacksonville residents are fortunate that U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., a brilliant jurist, is overseeing their move toward independence from the Pulaski County Special School District after decades of turmoil. [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]

 

Apocalypse
in an age of
daily terror

It didn't take long for another ISIS sympathizer to infiltrate the U.S. by way of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and an online engagement arranged in terrorist heaven.
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House returns $500
oil contribution

His loyalty is to Mayflower and not to ExxonMobil, legislator says.
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Planting of tree
is symbol of hope

President Clinton on Friday helped dedicate a small sapling taken from the chestnut tree outside Anne Frank's window in Amsterdam and now planted in 11 cities in the U.S.
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Base always on missions, target same

Commander says LRAFB a role model for others to emulate.
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Next 60 years at LRAFB

Investment in runway proves base national asset, Brown says.
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Colonel: Guards will get medals

Ceremony next week for airmen whose quick action prevented a potential massacre.
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Deja vu: Refugees
from '50s to today

The scenes of Syrian refugees stranded last week at the two main train stations in Budapest brought back memories of the Hungarian revolution in 1956, when my family took a train from Budapest to the Austrian border in December ahead of the Soviet army that had crushed the uprising.
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Lucille: mystery woman
solved

A marker at the Twist Plantation in Cross County commemorates a fire that broke out during a fight at a dance hall where B.B. King was playing with his band.
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Musicians who made
stars shine

Legacy/Sony Entertain-ment has issued "Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City," a two-CD compilation to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibition celebrating the music of several gifted studio musicians who backed not only Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash but many other stars who helped create the Nashville sound in the 1960s and beyond.
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Lehoczky: A class act and witness to history

Istvan (Steve) Bela Lehoczky, the patriarch of the Hungarian-American community in Little Rock, passed away July 10 at the age of 82.
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Pardons by Beebe
not as bad as Huck's

(This Nov. 15, 2014, political column won first place in the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper contest for large weeklies.)
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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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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Three injured in front of Ace Liquor
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday on T.P. White Drive in front of Ace Liquor near the Pulaski-Lonoke County line. Patricia Whalen of Ward was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion. She told police she was driving south on T.P. White Drive. She was beginning to make a left turn into Ace Liquor and did not see any oncoming traffic. Whalen said as she started to turn, she saw a van traveling north and was unable to avoid a collision. The van hit the passenger side of her car. Whalen was transported to North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville for non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, Debbie Kesl of Ward, was transported to Baptist Medical Center-Springhill in North Little Rock for non-life threatening injuries. Nitita Gaddie of Maumelle was driving a 2014 Freightliner Sprinter van. She told police the car turned in front of her. Gaddie was unable to stop the van in time to avoid the collision and turned over. Whalen was issued a citation for improper left turn.

 

June: Hot and humid

IN SHORT: Temps above average led to warmest month in past five years. [FULL TEXT]


Cooling stations open around area

IN SHORT: For those looking for a way to escape the summer heat, Cherry Godwin, site director at the Cabot Senior Center at 600 N. Grant St., says, "If anyone is in need, especially when a heat advisory has been issued, we want to help them." [FULL TEXT]

Police work is 'ruff'

IN SHORT: Like most Jacksonville police officers, when not on duty, Maik hangs with the family and plays with the kid, and oh yes, he likes his couch potato time. And he works as hard as he plays but unlike most other members of the department, he's a real dog. [FULL TEXT]


Kameron Whitmore dives back to first base to beat a throw from the mound during the Chevy Boys' win over Searcy on Tuesday.


GC seniors avenge Searcy loss

IN SHORT: Gwatney Chevrolet takes win in sixth inning at Dupree. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot's AA gets pair of victories

IN SHORT: Centennial Bank team almost back to .500 after six-straight early losses. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville alum to play in Argentina

IN SHORT: Tirrell Brown Jr. signs with Atletico Echague in ParanĂ¡, a city of a quarter-million population. [FULL TEXT]

Searcy rolls past Jacksonville Junior

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A growing success

IN SHORT: Donna and James Waggle of Ward make a "special trip" at least once a week to Barnhill Orchards' Farm Corner Market near Sandhill Road and Hwy. 89 in Lonoke County. [FULL TEXT]