It was a good week for …
LITTLE ROCK. Despite a miserable, rainy day, the Clinton Presidential Center opened with a ceremony worthy of the giant facility — diverse music, four presidents, uplifting speeches, a big crowd and worldwide TV coverage.
The RIVER MARKET. It was THE place during library week to people watch, to drink, to eat and to stroll sidewalks with a true urban feel.
BILL CLINTON. He ambushed Peter Jennings, who thought he was getting a nicey-nicey exclusive preview of the Clinton library. Clinton unloaded on ABC’s manipulation by Whitewater persecutor Kenneth Starr.
SEN. DAVE BISBEE. The thinking man’s Republican proposed an overdue idea — assess and collect property taxes the same year to produce some $35 million for schools and other uses without a tax increase.
MURDERERS. Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his intention to release another killer, Wade Stewart. Stewart has 35 prison disciplinary marks and doesn’t appear to take responsibility for the slaying. What does it take to be ineligible for Huckabee help?
It was a bad week for …
The TORT REFORM LOBBY. A new study shows that the state market for malpractice insurance hasn’t improved since passage of 2003 legislation that made it harder for injured people to sue for damages.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. A puny crowd witnessed a bashing by North Texas State to complete another losing (3-8) Indian football season. Why not drop back to the less expensive and more competitive second tier of Division I? I-AA is good enough for Harvard, which drew a helluva lot more fans last week than ASU did.
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.