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TURKEYS. No live turkeys were dropped from an airplane during the Yellville Turkey Trot Festival. The drops, in which panicked birds have often dropped like stones to their deaths during past festivals, apparently were discouraged by a $5,000 reward offered by PETA for the identity of the so-called phantom pilot and the Federal Aviation Administration's promise to go after flight safety violations.

DARRELL BROWN. An unsung civil rights hero, Brown was the first black man to play on the University of Arkansas football team. He never played a varsity game, but paid a big price at practice for trying to integrate Frank Broyles' Hog team in 1965. On Saturday, he was honored as a trailblazer during the Auburn game.

FREE SPEECH. Eighteen Central Arkansas Transit buses are now carrying the disputed ads bearing the legend: "Are You Good Without God? Millions are." They'll run for four weeks, including during the highly attended Arkansas State Fair. Under terms of an injunction issued by federal Judge Susan Webber Wright, the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason had to post a $15,000 bond to cover potential damage to buses and ads. The bus company and its ad agency had originally refused to run the ads, fearing backlash, though they had accepted church advertising previously. 

It was a bad week for...

MARISSA WRIGHT. Authorities found the bodies of Joe Lee Richards Jr. and Randal Anderson in the backyard of Traskwood resident Marissa Wright, who at one time dated Richards. Wright, who was charged last Thursday with capital murder, has been linked to murder before, when she was identified as an accomplice in a 1993 slaying. She was charged, then given immunity for testifying against a man convicted of capital murder. Authorities have said there's no connection between the bodies or Richards and Anderson other than the yard in which they were found.

ERNESTINE MIDDLETON. The vice president for administration at the Arkansas Lottery was fired. She was the last of three lottery officials who came from South Carolina to get the lottery started to leave after lottery director Ernie Passailaigue and vice president for gaming David Barden both resigned. Middleton, like Barden, made more than $225,000.

MARK DARR. In his weekly column, the lieutenant governor defended partisanship and confused the rules of the state Senate, which he nominally leads, when he suggested that currently Democratic senators get to choose their committee preferences before Republicans, when, in fact, committees are selected by seniority.


Speaking of...

  • Breaking the color line: Jerry LeVias

    December 31, 2016
    It's a slow day and if football and/or human rights interest you, you could do worse than spend a few minutes reading the Think Progress story of Jerry LeVias, the former SMU star who was the first black scholarship player to compete in the Southwest Conference. That was merely 50 years ago. /more/
  • Former Saline sheriff Bruce Pennington gets year for wire fraud

    December 7, 2015
    U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announced that former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington, 64, was sentenced to one year plus one day of incarceration for wire fraud. /more/
  • Darrell Brown dies. He was first black Razorback

    October 31, 2015
    Darrell Brown, a Little Rock lawyer, has died. He is most famous, probably, as a walk-on Razorback football player in 1965. That made him the first black Razorback, a rough experience /more/
  • Audit committee gets accounting on referrals to prosecutors; includes decision not to charge Mark Darr

    October 9, 2015
    Report on a year's worth of legislative audit referrals to prosecutors shows charges resulted in 29 cases, though not in the case of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who spent state money on personal expenses. /more/
  • Former Saline sheriff Pennington pleads guilty to wire fraud

    August 3, 2015
    Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington pleaded guilty today to a wire fraud charge, paying personal bills with campaign money, KARK reports. A statement issued later by the Justice Department said Pennington pleaded to spending more than $20,000 on the likes of home mortgage, utilities, groceries, casinos visits and skin care products. /more/
  • Former Sen. Paul Bookout pleads to federal felony in expense account abuse

    March 11, 2015
    Paul Bookout, the former Democratic senator from Jonesboro who resigned his seat after an Ethics Commission finding that he'd used campaign money for personal expenses, is expected to enter a negotiated plea in federal court today to a felony count that he used the mails and wire in facilitation of the fraud. /more/
  • Woo pig sooie, Dustin!

    September 11, 2014
    Why is Attorney General Dustin McDaniel advertising his office during Razorback football radio broadcasts? /more/
  • Mark Darr pays up on illegal expense payments

    September 4, 2014
    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr had repaid the state for almost $11,000 in illegal expense reimbursements he'd claimed in office. Darr resigned Feb. 1 after findings that he'd misspent campaign money on personal expenses and and audit finding that he'd received money for personal expenses in claims for official expenses, chiefly commuting money to his home in Springdale. /more/
  • The Long Weekend Edition

    August 29, 2014
    The latest in state political races, including all the drama in District 35 in Little Rock; good numbers for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace; a new appointment to the state board of education; Uber in Fayetteville; Mark Darr’s debt to the state, and the resignation of the Jonesboro police chief — all covered on this week's edition. /more/
  • Mark Darr's state debt referred to the attorney general

    August 25, 2014
    Mark Darr, who resigned as lieutenant governor Feb. 1 amid controversy over his abuse of state and campaign expenses accounts, still hasn't repaid almost $10,000 in improper expenses he charged to the state. But Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the check may soon be in the mail. /more/
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