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Re: “UCA, ASU to face off next season

@ eLwood - Arkansas' game vs. Louisiana-Monroe was on TV this year. If Fox Sports is willing to show that game, I don't seen why they (or another network) wouldn't be interested in a UA/ASU match-up.

@ Durango - This series will *not* be a home-and-home. I don't know of any Division I-A team travels to play a I-AA opponent. One reason is that the I-AA school would have to pay the game guarantee. Also, the story doesn't say anything about a multi-game contract. This sounds like a one-time deal for now. (The benefit of NOT playing every year is that the game is a bigger event when it happens.)

@GaugeArkansas - This doesn't affect Arkansas' decision to NOT play ASU one bit. On one hand, it makes sense for them to play. Instead of paying Tennessee Tech to come to Fayetteville, they could keep the game guarantee money in-state. LSU does this now and is yet to lose to an in-state rival since doing so. However, if the Hogs were to stumble once against ASU... they would lose too much "market share" to the Red Wolves. For that, I don't expect the two schools to play any time soon.

Posted by cozmosis on 10/16/2010 at 1:25 PM

Re: “State Police join Hog call

Good thing your girlfriend wasn't driving, Observer...

Posted by cozmosis on 09/27/2010 at 7:18 PM

Re: “State Police join Hog call

It's my understanding the only "quota" officers have has to do with the number of citizens they must come in contact with in a given time. This could be assisting motorists, writing warnings or issuing citations.

I laugh at the people who think that beat cops are out there raising money for the government. What is there incentive? There's no bonus pay for writing tickets. They certainly don't get a percentage of the take. It's a lot easier to sit in your car all shift than it is to pull someone over and risk being killed, don't you think?

Posted by cozmosis on 09/27/2010 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Death in Marianna

Media Relations 101: If all you're going to do is read a statement and not elaborate, you do not need to accept interview requests. Just fax/e-mail the media outlet a copy of the statement.

A government entity refusing an interview appears *very* shady... But it's better to do that than to put your chief of police in front of the camera and have him appear that he doesn't know much about an investigation his own department conducted.

Posted by cozmosis on 09/24/2010 at 6:14 PM

Re: “A state car in every garage

In a previous Democrat-Gazette "Auto-gate" story, it was mentioned that the number of vehicles listed included machinery. Is this the case with the AG&FC? The agency has a number of ATVs and boats with trailers that could skew the numbers quite a bit.

When money is tight, I would have no problem with suspending take home privileges for government-owned vehicles unless there is an overwhelming need. However for many state positions, having a vehicle to take home is a perk that helps offset a salary that is lower than the private sector. It's another way government is able to recruit better employees. Of course, it's also a perk that easy to abuse if not carefully monitored.

Posted by cozmosis on 09/17/2010 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Rebel flag still waves in Highland

One thing is for certain... When the confederate flag is involved, there is no shortage of hyperbole -- on BOTH sides of the issue.

Reading comments in the Arkansas Times blog also makes me chuckle as I see the left paint the right with the biggest brush they can find... Watch as the right does the very same thing... And then read how they each think they're better than the other for doing so.

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Posted by cozmosis on 09/15/2010 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Calling the ACLU

@Tina- Cops generally search anyone they detain in handcuffs. All of your points make sense... but they also point out some flaws the general public has when we view the activities of law enforcement.

The woman in cuffs didn't look dangerous to me, either. But we know very little about her (the Jonesboro Sun report did say she had marijuana residue in her car, so this wasn't just a speeding ticket). The officers have procedures designed for their safety. In many places, those procedures are to search and handcuff the people they detain -- those decisions should not be based on whether someone "looks" or "seems" dangerous.

To make another reference to West Memphis, the Kanes didn't seem dangerous enough for Sgt. Paudert & Officer Evans to handcuff them. Looking back, we know exactly what they were capable of. No exaggeration, police officers have to think about that in the back of their mind with every single traffic stop. Every time they pull someone over, the potential is there for a dangerous or deadly encounter.

Posted by cozmosis on 09/01/2010 at 10:40 PM

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