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Friday, May 3, 2013

TGIF line is open

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

It's Friday. You're on. Final words:

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* DON"T MESS WITH VAMPIRE FANS: Charlaine Harris, who became famous for her Sookie Stackhouse vampire fiction ("True Blood") while living in Magnolia, has decided to end the series after 13 books. Fans are NOT happy.

From the Wall Street Journal online:

Thousands of readers have written her and begged her to keep the story going. Some have taken to taunting Ms. Harris in emails and online forums, saying she'll regret her decision. One fan threatened to commit suicide if the ending doesn't meet her expectations.

"I'm very fortunate that people are so invested in the series," Ms. Harris says. "At the same time, it can be a source of some anxiety to get emails that say, 'If Sookie doesn't end up with Eric, I'm going to kill myself.' "

Some have sent death threats, said Harris, who lives near Dallas now. She's working on a new series that will include some supernatural elements.

* SLIP-SLIDIN' WITH MARK PRYOR: He might be open to a best-of-both-worlds gun bill, the senator said at an appearance in Little Rock today. But not unless the NRA says it's OK. (He didn't say that last part; we said it for him.) Channel 11 has a report on the father of a child killed in Connecticut who came to Little Rock in the vain hope of a personal meeting with Pryor on his vote to block consideration of the background check legislation. I was told he had talked with Pryor by phone, though a plan to have him attend a Pryor meeting with constituents in Lonoke didn't come to pass because of fears of a media circus. Pryor people say the Lonoke event had never been planned as an open session and the visitor understood that.

* HURRY THE EXECUTIONER: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has written Gov. Mike Beebe urging him to set execution dates for men on Death Row. Arkansas hasn't had an execution since 2005 and it seems unlikely to have one until pending legal battles over execution methods are resolved. We stand with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who signed legislation ending the death penalty in that state this week. It's not a deterrent. It's applied discriminatorily. It's too expensive. There's no way to reverse the mistaken execution of an innocent person. Odds of approval of such legislation in Arkansas are not good, of course.

* FREE SPEECH IN THE MILITARY: Interesting article by Jeff Woodmansee of the UALR Law School in the National Law Journal on service members' contemptuous speech on social media toward President Barack Obama, their commander in chief. Where do military rules end? Many soldiers, from their writing, appear to believe social media is outside of the bounds covered by respect for the chain of command.

* UCA RAISES TUITION: In addition to preserving UCA as a no-guns campus, as I reported earlier, the Board of Trustees today raised undergraduate tuition and fees by 3.59 percent.

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