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The week that was Dec. 22-28 

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … TOGETHERNESS. The failure of Little Rock and North Little Rock street crews to do much about snow and ice on side streets forced even more familial Christmas togetherness than normal — days of it for some folks. Raging cabin fever was treated Monday by a mass rush on malls. HYPOCRISY. Charter schoolers say they can do more with less, which is why they shouldn’t be encumbered by messy state rules. The result: All eight open-enrollment charters in Arkansas have asked for waivers on suggested pay levels to pay whopping stipends to administrators. And get this: The Haas Hall Academy, a new charter school in Farmington, is spending more than a third of its budget (including money from the charter-loving Walton Family Foundation) on administrators. The most inefficient public district in Arkansas spends 12.6 percent on administrators. The average is 6.1 percent. LSU. Houston Nutt swears he’s not a candidate for the open head football coaching job in Baton Rouge. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR … SICK KIDS. Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb, the world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon at Children’s Hospital, died Christmas night of a drug overdose, leaving a suicide note that seemed to express frustration at his inability to save every single severely afflicted patient he saw. The perfect became the enemy of a very, very good doctor. HUMILITY. Gov. Mike Huckabee told the Democrat-Gazette: “The truth is, if I were to walk out that door tomorrow, I’ve got a heck of a lot to point to. I think I can put my record up to any governor who’s ever been here, no matter how long they’ve stayed.” Cal Ledbetter, or some other sober studier of Arkansas governors, where are you? CRIME TV. TV surveillance cameras posted in high-crime Little Rock neighborhoods haven’t done much to deter crime or solve them. Part of the problem: Police lack manpower to monitor the TV screens more than 10 hours a week.
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