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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 16:23:04

The auld lang line

It's open for the last night of 2011. A note: * F*** IOWA: The Iowa caucus madness continues.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 07:55:52

Crime reports: Are all of them made?

A New York Times article focuses on a New York city problem that I suspect is replicated many other places.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 07:46:02

Rep. Darrin Williams: One to watch

Thanks to Stephens Media for noting Governing magazine's inclusion of state Rep. Darrin Williams of Little Rock on its list of a dozen state legislators nationwide to watch in 2012.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 07:29:27

Arkies work for water projects in third world

A change of pace on a so-far quiet holiday weekend. Roger Armbrust, a former Arkansas Democrat reporter now retired back in Little Rock after a career in New York, contributes columns to Yahoo and today's is a feel-good story about Arkansans, particularly the Little Rock couple Beckham and Karla Allen.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 07:15:13

Montana bans corporate campaign cash

Heartening news from Montana. The state Supreme Court there has upheld the state law that bans direct corporate spending in state and local elections.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 16:55:16

Let the eagle soar

A traffic fatality, arrests of two serial robbers and other police news dominate the day.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 16:54:17

No charges to be filed in assistant chief's wreck

The Little Rock police today gave me their investigative file on the October wreck involving now-retired Assistant Police Chief Carlos Corbin.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 15:01:43

Greene County Tech defies ACLU on Nativity display

We wrote earlier about the Greene County Tech elementary counselor in Paragould who put up a Nativity scene display in her classroom despite counsel against it from the school district lawyer, Donn Mixon of Jonesboro, and the administration.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 14:34:12

Copper thieves hit skating rink

If not for crime news, there'd be no news at all. Police say that sometime between 10 p.m. last night and 7 a.m. this morning, some stole 20 feet of heavy-duty copper wire that powered the ice skating rink under the River Market Pavilion 1.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 13:06:31

Park Plaza officer suspended for 3 car wrecks

I received a followup from the Little Rock Police Department yesterday on the work history of Officer Chris Johannes, who shot the driver of a car in the Park Plaza parking deck earlier this week when Johannes felt the car was backing up toward him in a threatening manner.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:09:19

Mitt Romney's son is a birther

Republicans and Democrats alike expect another Mitt Romney chameleon performance when and if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:04:35

Teens arrested in press box fire

40/29 reports that surveillance video led to the arrest of two 13-year-olds in that elementary school press box fire in Rogers.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 09:12:51

Charter schools allowed to intervene in deseg case

Some legal normalcy is returning to the Pulaski County school desegregation case. First, it was the 8th Circuit's decision to nullify Judge Brian Miller's out-of-the-blue order ending state desegregation aid to the three Pulaski County school districts.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 08:37:57

Homicide reported in SWLR this morning

The Little Rock police say Greg Smith, 25, of 4315 Pinecone Drive, was fatally wounded by several gunshots on a parking lot at 5201 Geyer Springs Road shortly after midnight this morning.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 07:14:02

Oil and gas exploration: A cautionary tale

I've said before that I grew up in the Southwest Louisiana oil patch in a refinery town.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 07:01:06

Little Rock School Twitter hit by hacker?

Sorry I didn't take a screen shot. I was alerted last night to a post on the Little Rock School District Twitter account that suggested a Bible reading for the day — from Revelation, maybe?

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 06:58:59

Dump truck breaks through gate at Fort Smith Airport

40/29 reports that somebody drove a dump truck through a gate at the Fort Smith Regional Airport last night.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 06:51:43

Occupy Little Rock sets convention Jan. 13-15

Occupy Little Rock sends word of an Occupy Arkansas convention in Little Rock this weekend.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 06:48:27

Corporations score tax windfall

Another reminder in the New York Times today of why income tax rates hold little meaning since so many loopholes reduce the effect of high marginal rates.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 15:29:59

Throwing out some line POLICE UPDATE

The night line is open. Close-outs: * MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: Tour guide throws message in a bottle off a cruise ship.

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