• Issue of
  • Nov 7-13, 2012
  • Vol. 39, No. 10
Digital Edition


  • Drug test policies in state's 10 largest school districts
  • Drug test policies in state's 10 largest school districts

    Many Arkansas districts randomly drug test middle and high school students who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. The reasoning behind these tests, according to school handbooks, is twofold — mixing drugs and physical activity endangers the health of students, and students who wear school jerseys are ambassadors, representing the school rather than themselves. A positive test typically means suspension from athletics or other extracurricular activities.
  • The battle for ethics

    Remember Regnat Populus, the committee formed to push an ethics reform law onto the 2012 election ballot? On account of a late start — and a huge failure by a private firm hired to canvass for signatures — the group gave up on making the ballot this year.
  • Follow the white rabbit

    The Observer is, of course, a chronicler of all things strange and wonderful, but stuff does slip off our back burner and fall behind the stove from time to time — even the oddest of things. So it is that we forgot to tell you in recent weeks about seeing a large, white rabbit roaming the wilds of Stifft Station.
  • From the web

    In response to an Arkansas Blog post, "Republicans ready to bring DC gridlock to Arkansas," about Republicans' willingness to consider Medicaid expansion in Arkansas only if their conditions, including applying co-pays and drug-testing, are met.


  • Arkansas should dump some lt. gov, state treasurer

    I rarely buy arguments that a smaller government is a better government, but the ongoing investigation into questionable investment practices in the office of Martha Shoffner, Arkansas's Democratic state treasurer, reminds us that there are a few places where some governmental shrinkage would create a smarter way to do government in the early 21st century.
  • GOP suppresses 'job creators'

    Two terrible events can befall a cherished economic theory. Someone can actually put it into action to see if it works, or impartial economists can employ regression analyses and other refined academic tools to see how the idea performs in the real world.
  • To Hell with you

    You'll recall him as the ex-Bro. ex-Gov. CheezWhizaholic, always with his hand out grasping for additional earthly treasures to lay up, now hired Murdoch throat and bass guitar in a Xian rock band that, if it isn't named the Fox Dicks, ought to be. His latest gig has been helping mainstream Republican rape apologists get elected to high public office.
  • Icon, go on

    "There are periodic rumors and reports that Mr. Romney's campaign is dabbling with the idea of buying advertising buys in Minnesota, but he and Republican-aligned groups have spent almost nothing there."




Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.


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