Editorials


Road work
continues

The Arkansas Highway Department this week approved bids for a new interchange for Cabot and widening Hwy. 67/167 from Jacksonville to Cabot totaling about $100 million. They are part of an ambitious Hwy. 67/167 improvement project from Redmond Road in Jacksonville to Hwy. 5 in Cabot costing an estimated $200 million.
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Giving makes big difference

Christmas is less than two weeks away. Many people are wrapping up their holiday shopping and preparing to celebrate with family and friends, but it’s a good time to remember the less fortunate and contribute to noteworthy collection drives that make sure people in need have a merry Christmas.
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New leader
for JNPSD

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board this week picked Bryan Duffie, 46, to lead the district over the next three years, beginning July 1. Duffie, who is now assistant superintendent, was offered the top job by a 6-0 vote with one board member absent.
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Time to winterize

What a coincidence. The coldest weather in almost a year hits the state right in the middle of Winter Weather Awareness Week
(Dec. 4-9).
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Assault on free speech

Donald Trump has been threatening to sue The New York Times for printing allegations that he groped several women going back 30 years.
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Art of deal fading fast
for Trump

If the polls continue to show a widening lead for Hillary Clinton --- she's now 14 percent ahead --- there will be no art of the deal for Donald Trump this November.
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Release medical records

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said this week they will release "detailed medical records" amid rumors about Hillary's health, especially in the wake of her near-fainting spell at Sunday's 9/11 ceremony in New York.
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Trump visit to church
moving

Donald Trump made a carefully scripted visit last Saturday to Great Faith Ministries, a black church in Detroit, where he called for a new civil rights agenda to raise America's black population from a life of crime and poverty.
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More newly discovered Evans music

The brilliant jazz pianist Bill Evans passed away at the age of 51 on Sept. 15, 1980, leaving behind an impressive body of recorded work from the mid-1950s until just a couple of weeks before his death.
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Trump seen as quitting

Prominent Republicans are pressing Donald Trump to abandon his run for the presidency and let Michael Pence, his running mate, take over the top spot as the GOP standard bearer falls further behind Hillary Clinton with just 90 days to go till the election.
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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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New chapter is beginning at Metroplan

IN SHORT: Planners lose 72 years of institutional memory as Townsell takes helm from retiring McKenzie. [FULL TEXT]

Pupils get free eye exams thanks to Lions
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Lions Club teamed up this week with the North Little Rock Lions Club to offer free vision screening for pre-K, elementary and middle school students at the schools in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District. [FULL TEXT]


Prisoner dies in jail in Lonoke

IN SHORT: An inmate at the Lonoke County Detention Facility was found dead in his cell at about 2:37 a.m. Friday. [FULL TEXT]


Beebe's K.J. O'Neill shoots a driving baseline layup during the Badgers' home win over Lonoke on Tuesday.


Badgers down Jackrabbits

IN SHORT: Beebe takes control late in game, beats old rival Lonoke at home. [FULL TEXT]


Longhorns, Razorbacks hark back to old SWC

IN SHORT: Arkansas and Texas meet for only fourth time since they were in the same conference.
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Defense leads to Beebe win

IN SHORT: Lady Rabbits miss buzzer beater to lose by one to Badgers. [FULL TEXT]




A different breed
Jacksonville Animal Shelter manager Wuelling has drastically reduced the annual number of animals euthanized. [FULL TEXT]



At the surrender in Tokyo Bay
World War II veteran Thurlow Fernandez, 94, of Sherwoodwitnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay when the defeated empire signed a peace treaty aboard the USS Missouri at 9 a.m. Sept. 2, 1945. [FULL TEXT]