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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday line

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The day is done. The Thursday night line is open. Final words:

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* CHANGE AT WINROCK GROUP: I learned today that Baker Kurrus, the lawyer and former Little Rock School Board member who was active recently in an unsuccessful drive for an ethics reform act, resigned last week as president of the Winrock Group, where he's worked for 14 years. He headed the business enterprises of the late Win Rockefeller, including a large group of auto dealerships and real estate investment enterprises. I reached Kurrus, 58, on vacation on a Florida beach. He said he had a "wonderful relationship" with the Rockefeller family and he felt good about what he'd accomplished there. He said he'd continue as a minority stockholder (and continues to be a principal in other separate real estate ventures), but said, "It just came to a point where I said I'm going to see what else is out there and whether I can build something my family can have after I'm gone." He said the Winrock Group had a great management team and "it's not like I'm leaving them in the lurch." The company remains a Rockefeller family enterprise. Lisenne Rockefeller, Win Rockfeller's widow, will assume the presidency, a spokesman said.

* BRIDGE TO ARGENTA: The state Highway and Transportation Department issues a reminder of a public hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Arkansas Transit Association Building, 620 W. Broadway, North Little Rock about the Broadway Bridge. The department yearns to start a replacement for the bridge in 2013, with two years of traffic nightmares to ensue. Others prefer alternatives, particularly a new bridge upriver first, then conversion of the existing span to a park. The department will discuss five alternatives, including no action at all for the time being. That last one sounds good if the alternative is a teardown in 2013.

* PERFECT RECORD: 4th District Republican candidate Tom Cotton is still batting 1.000 on extremist endorsements — Citizens United, Club for Growth, NRA, Tea Party, United States Chamber of Commerce and now National Right to Life. Did we miss the Family Council? How about Chick-fil-A?

* I SWORE I WOULDN'T: But New York magazine's item on the Oxford American dustup is noteworthy for its reader comments. Scathing. In addition to doing himself no favors, fired editor Marc Smirnoff dragged the whole state of Arkansas along with him. And then there's Slate. And also, Jezebel.

* OLYMPICS HEROISM: U.S. sprinter Manteo Mitchell ran half of his 400-meter leg on the 1600-meter relay in a preliminary heat with a broken leg. The team qualified. Wow.

* SCHADENFREUDE EDITION: Republicans are buzzing about yet another family values politician hooking up outside the bounds of matrimony — this time, to spice the broth, with the spouse of another family values politico. "Traditional marriage" — one man, one woman and .... another woman. At least one of these is, of course, a Chick-fil-Ater who participated in National Nuggets for Jesus Day.

* SHOOTING SUSPECT SOUGHT: The Pulaski sheriff's office today circulated a photo of a man they say is a suspect in a recent shooting at Roland. A man stopped to check on a car parked on a driveway and the windows of his car were blown out by an apparent shotgun blast from woods nearby. Lt. Carl Minden said he didn't know what led detectives to the suspect or the explanation for the shooting.

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