In case you missed it, the New York Sun (a right-wing daily) broke the news last week that the New York Times had hired former special persecutor Kenneth Starr in its effort to quash subpoenas of reporters’ phone records. A federal prosecutor is searching for leaks that produced stories about national security issues.
Since Starr is a Republican darling, the Times undoubtedly figures he’s a good hire to oppose the Justice Department. The Sun made much of the fact that the Times editorial page was occasionally critical of Starr’s work in the Whitewater investigation. But Starr was far more friend to the Times than foe. The paper was a reliable conduit for his leaks and the paper, both in news columns and editorials, regularly suggested that Starr was onto something against the Clintons. Starr for darn sure doesn’t want any precedents set on forcing the Times to reveal government sources.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.