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Good week: Little Rock Film Festival 

June 1-7

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THE LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL. In its fifth year, the festival once again rolled out the red carpet for an impressive assortment of films from all over the world. Now it's time for city leaders to give the festival a permanent theater home, where it can show films year-round.

H.L. MCGILL. The recently fired director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the state-run museum about the black experience in Arkansas, was rehired after special-interest groups, including the Legislative Black Caucus, intervened with the governor.

MIKE HUCKABEE. Just two weeks after announcing that he would not run for president, the former governor left himself some wiggle room to change his mind. After telling reporters after a Clinton School visit "everything is still open," he said, "I'm not going to make some definitive, categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to be explained even though now I have no reason to think that there would be anything that would have to be explained."

WASTE MANAGEMENT. The Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District approved a new 10-year recycling contract with the company that cuts service to customers down from weekly to every two weeks and raises rates by 56 cents a month. The new arrangement would pose a significant burden for ratepayers, but it will represent a massive windfall for Waste Management.

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FREE SPEECH. The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason sued the Central Transit Authority and its advertising agency in federal court for refusing more than $5,000 in bus advertising aimed at atheists and agnostics. The ads, which ask, "Are you good without God? Millions are," have run in 36 markets, including Fayetteville.

TIM CLARK AND MICHAEL NELLUMS. Pulaski County School Board member Gwen Williams filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages after a sheriff's investigation found that her fellow Board members Tim Clark and Mills High Principal Michael Nellums worked together on a plot discredit her.

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