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Marrying young

The Arkansas Code Revision Commission had to have an emergency session last week to clean up an error in a 2007 law intended to clarify the age of consent for marriage. Where the law had once allowed women to marry as young as 16 and men at 17 – with parental consent – the new law, which takes effect July 31, makes 18 the age of consent. But an exception was provided for women younger than 18 who are pregnant. Unfortunately, the erroneous placement of a couple of “nots” before pregnant in the new statute had the unintended consequence of allowing marriage to anyone, no matter how young, as long as parents of both “bride” and “groom” consented. Given the acceptance of arranged child marriages in some cultures, the prospect caused a minor uproar. But the commission made editing changes and sponsors are confident the original intent was preserved in time for Arkansas code supplements now at the printer.

The coaching life

The American Association of University Professors has assembled data comparing the pay of major university head football coaches, professors and university presidents. The 2005-06 figures are already obsolete, thanks to Nick Saban’s new $4 million contract to coach football at Alabama. But they give you some idea. We provided the University of Arkansas figures. In some cases, “president” may mean campus chancellor, such as the UA’s John White.

Sorry, but you'll have to pick up our print edition to see the complete data. On average, Arkansas is worse than most if, by worse, you mean giving relatively higher pay priority to football coaches than to professors and college presidents.

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