Favorite

Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2009 

Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2009

It was a GOOD week for …

 

FALL. Another week of non-summer, with morning temps in the 50s and the football season upon us.

 

A PLEA BARGAIN. DAVID PIERCE, the 29-year  music minister at a Benton Baptist church, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing teen boys in his choir for years.  The sentence was for 20 years, but he'll be eligible for parole in 18 months.

 

REFUNDS. The state Teacher Retirement System has begun the process of seeking refunds of overpayments of retirement benefits from educators who retired then went back to work for ATRS member agencies without honoring an income limitation on active work. So far, more than $700,000 in overpayments have been identified.

 

WES LACEWELL. The Little Rock businessman repeated as champion crossword puzzler at the Third Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day at the Clinton School of Public Service. Beth Levi repeated as the sudoku champ.

 

SAVING PAPER. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reduced the width of the newspaper, which, along with a circulation dip and fewer news pages, should save a huge amount in paper costs.

 

It was a bad week for …

 

MIKE HUCKABEE. He overloaded his mouth by suggesting “Obamacare” would have sent U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy home with a pain pill to die. No, that's the kind of care Huckabee and his ilk would provide  for the working poor — except they wouldn't even pay for the pain pill.

 

The STATE POLLUTION CONTROL AND ECOLOGY COMMISSION. It rejected as late an appeal of a waste dump permit that had been filed on time at the Department of Environmental Quality, which the Commission oversees, rather than at the commission's own office. State law doesn't make a distinction on the address for an appeal and the state's materials and website were unclear.

 

U.S. REP. VIC SNYDER. He evinced little interest in a public health insurance plan to serve as a curb on private insurance price gouging.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Watch the trailer for 'Shelter,' the Renaud Bros. new doc on homeless kids in New Orleans

    Check out the trailer for "Shelter," the Renaud Bros. new feature-length documentary about homeless teens navigating life on the streets of New Orleans with the help of Covenant House, the longstanding French Quarter shelter for homeless kids.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Latest in The Week That Was

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.

Event Calendar

« »

January

S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation