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Monday, December 31, 2007

The year in review

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2007 at 8:50 AM

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With another slow news day in store -- apart from presidential politics -- I thought it might be a good time to throw open a line for a review of 2007 by blog readers.

For me, it was a great year. My son graduated from college, joining his sister in the, I hope, self-supporting world. We paid off our mortgage, an event that seemed positively a fantasy when he sgned our first mortgage papers back in 1976. We traveled. We had fun.

The Arkansas Times survived a 15th year with the "Kevorkian of Arkansas journalism" as its editor. Maybe next year, Mr. Huckabee, you'll prove prophetic. Meanwhile, the former governor's presidential candidacy helped drive increases in readership on our blog, which has as many as 10,000 unique readers on our busiest days.

In the world of news, the University of Arkansas was always good for controversy. The prospect of an Arkie v. former Arkie presidential race emerged. Little Rock struggled under a government of the few, by the few, for the few. North Little Rock, with its more democratic government, thrived, though the mayor may be nearing the end of money pots he can tap, the electric bill finally having come due. The Little Rock School District was overtaken by electoral democracy and it was messy. County government? The less said the better -- misspending; a sex and thievery scandal; a scandalously unethical circuit judge; a jail inadequate to its task thanks to lack of public support.

Downtown's revival continued, a happy trend that can't be hurt by rising gas costs, but the long-term vibrancy of the neighborhood is by no means assured.

We remain a city fractured by race and income. More than miles separate Chenal Valley from the southern end of Martin Luther King Drive, where a fusillade of gunshots left a child on life support at year's end, unbelievably the apparent intended victim of a revenge shooting.

Predictions for 2008 welcome.

UPDATE: Police say 6-year-old Kamya Weathersby was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon. Said a release from Lt. Terry Hastings:

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward. The reward for information stands at $3,000 total. Many calls have been received from concerned citizens. Detectives believe that the suspects knew they were shooting at children. Kamya called for her mother when the shooting started and the suspects continued to fire through the window striking the 6 year old multiple times.

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