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Re: “Sinclair Broadcasting gets broader footprint nationally and in Arkansas; also questions on agenda

Remember years ago when the KATV wealthy Pennsylvania owner ordered the news department to be favorable to his candidate, George W. Bush? Nothing new under the sun, folks.

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Posted by Cato on 05/13/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Deafening Silence Edition

STEPHEN SMITH COMMENTS:

Huckabee Sanders said she has spoken to "countless" FBI agents who were happy with Trump's decision to dismiss Comey. Matt Apuzzo NYT national security reporter, hrumpfed, "I have covered the FBI for more than a decade. The chance of 'countless' agents calling the White House to complain about their director -- and being routed to the deputy White House press secretary -- is precisely 0 percent."

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Posted by Cato on 05/12/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “State School Board member 'sick' of hearing about Little Rock School District; backers demand apology

Williamson should know a lot of us out here in the badlands of Arkansas are tired of hearing from government officials about their use of state government powers to erect a Ten Commandments monument on public land when we know what the outcome is going to be with the only real question being the court costs to all state tax payers.

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Posted by Cato on 05/12/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Friday's done

STEPHEN SMITH

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY

12-May 1952 U.S. House of Representatives approves request by Congressman Ezekiel C Gathings for special committee to investigate comic books that might plant the seeds of poor morals.

12-May 1945 Mae West portrays Catherine the Great in 11 scenes, mostly of risque pageantry, before a capacity audience in Robinson Auditorium.

12-May 1985 Attorney General Steve Clark sharply criticized Act 491 of 1985 sponsored by State Representative Tim Hutchinson and signed by Governor Bill Clinton that allows home schooling with no accountability.

12-May 1912 Ida Callery, Augustus Finke, Dan Hogan, and J.A.C. Meng attend as Delegates at Socialist Party national convention in Indianapolis.

12-May 1994 Federation of Metropolitan Teachers, affiliated with American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO), announces it will challenge Little Rock School District's decision to eliminate 80 teaching positions next year.

12-May 1988 Forrest City School Board apologized to Earle student Teresa Whitfield, who was barred from playing a high school tennis match at the Forrest City Country Club because she was black.

12-May 1989 Federal Judge Franklin Waters finds Superintendent David Land fired for exercise of his First Amendment rights and entitled to judgment against Johnie Melton and Marion County Rural School District.

12-May 2003 Irena King, Mena Wal-Mart "Associate," fell and fractured her right wrist while walking from bakery to employee lounge. Wal-Mart said she was not working, fought against insurance claim for medical bills.

12-May 2004 U.S. Senator John Kerry, campaigning for president in Little Rock, praised Arkansas' former Democratic U.S. Senators Dale Bumpers and David Pryor, calling them "two of the great storytellers in politics."

12-May 2006 Herman Luebker, physical-plant director at Arkansas Tech University, fired by Vice President David Moseley after Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published his letter criticizing unsafe student housing.

12-May 1958 Arkansas Supreme Court held that strikers who tried to get employer to recognize a union as bargaining agent eligible for unemployment compensation benefits when not rehired.

12-May 1986 Governor Bill Clinton signed workers' compensation legislation that increases benefits for injured workers, sets up system for mediation to reduce lengthy legal battles, and provides funding for job safety study.

12-May 1995 Dania Stivers, 22, a volunteer firefighter for the North Pulaski Fire Department is Arkansas's first female firefighter killed on duty.

12-May 2000 Jonesboro native John Grisham delivers commencement address at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

12-May 2001 John Carter, 19, graduates with a doctorate in physics from the University of Arkansas.

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Posted by Cato on 05/12/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “State School Board member 'sick' of hearing about Little Rock School District; backers demand apology

Have to wonder if Williamson tired of hearing about Lakeview over and over and over.....

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Posted by Cato on 05/12/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line

STEPHEN SMITH

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY

11-May 1932 Huey Long delivers Senate speech, "Our Bloated Plutocracy and the Outer Guard of Wall Street", attacking the corporate connections of Senator Joe T. Robinson.

11-May 1899 Eugene Debs at Gleason's Hotel (2nd & Center) in Little Rock, , predicts economic despotism should centralization of power & combination of wealth continue.

11-May 1988 Time magazine reports that Fayetteville ecowarrior Julia "Butterfly" Hill now holds the U.S. record for the longest, highest tree-sit, having since Dec. 10 protested clear-cutting redwoods near Stafford, Calif.

11-May 1985 David Simmons, public information officer from Vertac headquarters, said on radio program that the presence of about 22,700 drums of herbicide waste had caused some apprehension in Jacksonville. Really.

11-May 1949 President Harry S Truman marches in parade on Main Street, Little Rock.

11-May 1920 Kate Stiles is Arkansas Delegate to Convention of Socialist Party of America, New York. Arkansas native Freda Hogan is Delegate from Oklahoma.

11-May 1990 Democratic challenger Tom McRae called for debate with Governor Bill Clinton on why Arkansas teacher salaries are 50th in nation, chemical wastes stored at the Vertac plant, and clear-cutting national forest.

11-May 1991 Grif Stockley, director of litigation at Central Arkansas Legal Services and author of Expert Testimony, autographs copies of his book at Brentano's in Park Plaza.

11-May 1981 Bill Lewis presented speech to the Harrison School Board and later alleged that he was wrongfully terminated as principal of Harrison High School as a result, but content was job whining not public issues.

11-May 1987 Arkansas Political Women's Caucus gives Uppity Woman of the Year Award to Brownie Ledbetter and National Uppity Woman Award to Betty Bumpers, pans M.M. Cohn ad on National Secretaries Week.

11-May 1991 Betsey Wright, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, attempted to defend policy positions of the Democratic Leadership Council against charges of ideological sell-out by Bill Becker and Brownie Ledbetter.

11-May 1994 Tommy Sands, Irish folk singer who plays guitar, bodhran, tin whistle and banjo, performs for the Little Rock Folk Club at Vino's, West Seventh and Chester.

11-May 2007 Legislative Audit reports that John Harris, executive director of state Architects Board, and Shirley Worley, his administrative assistant, looted agency for about $230,000 in unauthorized travel reimbursement.

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Posted by Cato on 05/11/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Wednesday's open line and the daily news roundup

STEPHEN SMITH

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY

10-May 1908 Dan Hogan, Wells LeFevre, J Sam Jones, William R. Snow, William Penrose, and E W Perrin are Arkansas Delegates to Convention of Socialist Party of America, Chicago.

10-May 1933 Senator Joseph Robinson denies that legislation, drafted by State Department to prohibit publication of a book by Herbert O. Yardley, was a censorship bill.

10-May 1959 Capital Citizens Council founder Amis Guthridge charged that "communist fronters" were in Little Rock to help the Women's Emergency Committee with their race-mixing campaign.

10-May 1986 Barbara Jordan awarded an honorary doctor of laws and delivers the commencement address at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

10-May 1989 Author William Manchester calls Conway School Board a bunch of "yahoos" after they censor portions of his book, The Glory and the Dream.

10-May 2004 Jason Moore nominated for Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Avenue Q.

10-May 1945 Tiny Bradshaw and His Orchestra perform at a dance for black patrons only at Robinson Auditorium.

10-May 1990 Former Parkin mayor Tommy Voyles sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of distributing the drug while mayor.

10-May 1991 Environmental Protection Agency cited International Paper Co. in Camden and the Bekaert Corp., a Van Buren steel wire manufacturer, for exceeding water discharge limits in violation of Clean Water Act.

10-May 1991 The Arkansas Gazette was the top winner in the 1990 print category awards announced by the Arkansas Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Gazette won six, Democrat won three.

10-May 2000 Arkansas Supreme Court orders that Judge Morris Thompson be removed from office for having willfully violated the Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

10-May 1880 Birthdate of George Edmund Haynes at Pine Bluff. First black PhD graduate of Columbia University in 1912; first executive secretary of National Urban League (1911-1917).

10-May 1989 Lee Atwater, chairman of the Republican National Committee, is in Little Rock visiting with Jack Stephens and pumping up local Republicans.

10-May 1990 Trout Fishing in America won a gold award at the Houston International Film Festival for "Go Fish," a 60-minute video composed of original and classic children's tunes.

10-May 1994 George Stephanopoulos presents NCCJ Humanitarian Award to State Representative William Townsend who led Arkansas Council on Human Relations when Little Rock lunch counters integrated in 1960s.

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Posted by Cato on 05/10/2017 at 8:40 PM

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