IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
The CLINTON LIB-RARY. Some 25,000 people stood in long lines to get a free look at the new facility on the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The RIVER MARKET. You could build up a powerful hunger and thirst standing in those library lines.
EMPTY TALK. Ruffles and flourishes (and plenty of headlines, which is the point) for Gov. Mike Huckabee’s support for music and arts education in schools. A honking splat of a mistuned tuba for his failure to develop a state budget that will pay for it.
QUIGLEY STADIUM. We’re Central High fans and happy they advanced in the state football playoffs with a win over Springdale at the Tigers’ venerable home field. But it was particularly fun to see the old inner city stadium rocking with a capacity crowd of 15,000.
CARL REDUS. He easily won a runoff to become the first black mayor of Pine Bluff.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
SCHOOLS. They need $2.2 billion worth of immediate repairs and $4.5 billion for facilities, all told. Legislators are worried more about the cost than the sorry facilities to which we are willing to entrust our kids. The court-mandated fix doesn’t seem likely to get done any time soon.
WAL-MART. It opened the Christmas season with flat sales. Maybe poor folks aren’t doing as well as the president insists they are. Or maybe you can’t be everything to everybody and other niche retailers, several of whom reported better results, have figured out ways to compete with the Arkansas behemoth.
The HOGS. LSU found a quarterback and trounced the UA, ending Houston Nutt’s unbeaten streak at War Memorial Stadium and leaving the Pigs with a losing season. Nutt hints that coaching changes might be in order. Of his assistants, of course, not the well-paid head man.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
The Observer will be moving soon. Not out of The Observatory, thank God, as we're sure it will take the wagon from the 20 Mule Team Borax box to get us away from there after 14 years of accumulation, plus a team of seasoned Aussie wildlife wranglers to herd our pair of surly wildcats into a crate. No, just out of the office we've been in at the Fortress of Employment for going on five years, which is bad enough. We're moving to the other side of the building here in a few months.