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Re: “The Friday 4/20 open line

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY--Stephen Smith

20-Apr 1944 Little Rock Mayor Charles Moyer signs the city's anti-petting ordinance, designed to "prohibit certain conduct in public places."

20-Apr 1990 Alliance for Women's Concerns at University of Arkansas holds protest against Harrison Municipal Judge Don West, who found Melissa Thurston in contempt for not wearing a bra in his court.

20-Apr 1912 Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Party presidential candidate, delivers campaign speech in Van Buren.

20-Apr 1998 Governor Mike Huckabee, in speech to Arkansas Farm Bureau at North Little Rock says that "environmentalists are those who worship the things that He made rather than He who made them."

20-Apr 1898 Arkansas Oratorical Contest held at the State Capitol.

20-Apr 1987 Haynes Johnson delivers the Hugh B. Patterson Lecture at Arkansas College, Batesville.

20-Apr 1990 The 27th annual Arkansas Folk Festival at Mountain View announced it is expecting 70,000 people to attend this year.

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/20/2018 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Belated Thursday open line

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY---Stephen Smith

19-Apr 1899 George Sengal of Fort Smith calls for "selecting men of ability and progressive ideas" for next legislature, because the present lot "has done us great harm abroad" with image that state "is 50 years behind the age."

19-Apr 1886 Texarkana residents express fears that black members joining the Knights of Labor would be "the blind instruments of some bold Communist like Martin Irons."

19-Apr 1971 Mountain Pine School District terminates high school teacher Mary Appler (certified teacher with 11 years of experience and salary of $5,785) because literature assigned students to read "with language used that does not meet approved moral standards."

19-Apr 1976 Arkansas Democratic party says Paragould Municipal Judge C.B. Erwin should not be on ballot in May 25 primary for Chancery Judge. A $100 check Erwin wrote for his filing fee bounced.

19-Apr 1999 UA Students Against Sweatshops pressed administrators to support changes to "code of conduct" addressing women's rights and realistic wages to ensure college's trademark apparel isn't made by mistreated foreign workers.

19-Apr 1995 Richard Hensley, Mayor of Bardford, indicted by federal grand jury for conspiracy and possession of 65 pounds of marijuana.

19-Apr 1996 Betty Bumpers and Barbara Pryor unveiled a portrait of Senator Hattie Caraway at state Capitol, will be moved to U.S. Capitol in June. Painted by Arkadelphia native, Little Rock artist John Oliver Buckley.

19-Apr 1986 Jonathan Kozol told Project Literacy conference that illiteracy numbs the ability of people to function in democratic society, unless checked, the political and economic survival of the country will be in doubt.

19-Apr 1990 Tom McRae, candidate for Democratic nomination for governor, issued a six-point environmental program and said Governor Bill Clinton had neglected environmental issues during his 10 years in office.

19-Apr 1991 Institute of Southern Studies report, "The 1991-92 Green Index: A State-by-State Guide to the Nation's Environmental Health," ranked Arkansas 50th among states on environmental policies.

19-Apr 1999 Fayetteville pulls plug on $100,000 annual economic development contract with Chamber of Commerce. Alderman Cyrus Young, critic of the Chamber, asked, "Where are the results? Where is the industry?"

19-Apr 2000 Drew County Quorum Court appoints Chief Deputy Bobby Eggleston as Drew County Sheriff.

19-Apr 2006 EEOC administrative law judge finds that officials of the Forrest City Federal Correctional Institution unlawfully racially harassed facilities manager Rickey Martin and awarded $50,000 in damages.

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/19/2018 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Midweek headlines and an open line

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY----Stephen Smith

18-Apr 1956 The state meeting of the Disciples of Christ urged political candidates not to engage in race baiting and hate mongering but to focus on the real issues facing the state's people.

18-Apr 1961 Catherine Dorris Norrell elected to 87th Congress.

18-Apr 1966 Elsijane Trimble Roy appointed Circuit Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Arkansas.

18-Apr 2007 Salman Rushdie speaks at Fayetteville Town Center on "The Role of the Writer in the 21st Century."

18-Apr 1990 Dardanelle High School honor student Tim Bull, denied faculty permission to run for student council president, runs as write-in, arguing vote for him is vote for a "student council" not a "teacher council."

18-Apr 2002 John S. La Tour seeks injunction against Fayetteville enforcing sign ordinance prohibiting electronic signs with changing messages, says violates his free speech rights to proclaim his religious and political beliefs.

18-Apr 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa presented a reading from his works at Boatmen's Bank, Little Rock, sponsored by Central Arkansas Library System, UALR, the Black Forum, and the Writers' Network.

18-Apr 1899 Big Rock Lodge 49, Brotherhood of Rail Road Trainmen hold annual ball at Concordia Hall.

18-Apr 2001 Ralph Nader gave the keynote address at the University of Central Arkansas' "Challenge Week 2001," with theme of the "Natural Order" and the environment, leading up to Earth Day on Sunday.

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/18/2018 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Hog farm near Buffalo River, operating on expired permit, files application for new type of permit

For those never being around hog farms I can attest they are terrible, foul smelling places for man and beasts. If such is built next to your property, the value immediately is destroyed. The odor reeks for miles. At least the ones I have been around in our area. Thank goodness they have disappeared.

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/18/2018 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Tuesday's headlines and your open line

Jake, was the student male or female?

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/17/2018 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Tuesday's headlines and your open line

"The idea that the Republican Party cares about the debt and deficit is one of the biggest myths in America. The numbers speak for themselves: The last four Republican presidents have increased the deficit. The last three Democratic presidents have reduced the deficit."--Robert Reich

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/17/2018 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Tuesday's headlines and your open line

THIS DATE IN ARKANSAS HISTORY---Stephen Smith

17-Apr 1989 Arkansas Women's Political Caucus awarded Uppity Woman of the Year to Dr. Joycelyn Elders, staunch advocate for school health clinics; Yahoo of the Year to State Representative Albert "Tom" Collier (D-Newport).

17-Apr 1939 U.S. Supreme Court in Kessler v. Strecker holds that government cannot deport Joseph Strecker of Hot Springs for membership in Communist Party.

17-Apr 1943 President Franklin Roosevelt makes an unannounced visit to Camp Robinson.

17-Apr 1974 The Arkansas Republican Party, under court order, accepted Joseph H. Weston's $ 1,500 filing fee as a gubernatorial candidate for the May 28 primary.

17-Apr 2007 Rogers School Board President Joye Kelley said committee would consider whether to incorporate Discovery Institute's anti-evolution creationist materials into the districts secondary science curriculum.

17-Apr 2007 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James G. Mixon found former Pulaski County Sheriff and Congressman Tommy Robinson guilty of criminal contempt and ordered him jailed for six months and fined $5,000.

17-Apr 1972 Elvis Presley performs in concert for 10,000 fans at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock.

17-Apr 1976 The Cate Brothers' "Union Man" hits No. 24 on the Billboard charts.

17-Apr 1981 Dr. Gordon Beasley, UA vice president, resigned at request of UA president James Martin, claiming he had been drummed out of my job by a local fringe group for funding a campus lesbian group.

17-Apr 2007 About 300 black students boycott classes at Brinkley in protest of the lack of black role models, specifically black school administrators, in 842-student district that is 60% black.

17-Apr 1990 Garland County Juvenile Court Judge Terry Diggs resigns after being arrested for asking a 15-year-old boy to commit sodomy. The boy had appeared in his court a few months earlier.

17-Apr 2000 Former Washington County Deputy Prosecutor Scotty Maglothin sentenced to 14 years for conspiracy to distribute meth; previously served two years of 12-year sentence for embezzling client trust funds.

17-Apr 2001 Lonoke High School Principal Michael Bradshaw convicted of sexual harassment of a student and fined $1,000, agrees to surrender teaching license and leave the state.

17-Apr 1996 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Arthur Kornberg presents lecture "Science and Medicine at the Millennium" at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

17-Apr 2005 University of Arkansas Debate Team wins Protagoras Cup and the International Public Debate Association national championship for third time in five years.

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Posted by Cato1 on 04/17/2018 at 3:41 PM

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