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George L. Jones, who grew up in Little Rock and is the former head of the Saks Inc. department store chain, has a new job. He’s the new head of Borders Group, one of the nation’s largest book retailers. Saks located its coming Parisian store in Little Rock during Jones’ tenure. Maybe he’d like to plop a Borders next door to the department store, which opens on Highway 10 this fall. A reader? The New York Times asked Jones about his favorites. He listed John Grisham and James Patterson novels.





Manure politics

Every year, American farms produce an estimated 500 million tons of manure, polluting the nation’s air and water in the process. Despite the problem, the Bush administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a new regulation that makes it easier for farmers to pollute without penalty, and two Republican congressmen are planning legislation to declare that manure is not a hazardous substance and therefore is exempt from anti-pollution regulation.

According to The Progress Report, an on-line source, much of the pressure on Congress to exempt manure from regulation comes from a group misleadingly named Farmers for Clean Air and Water. This is a front group for the American Farm Bureau and various livestock, poultry and dairy companies, including Tyson Foods, the huge meat-processing company that is headquartered in Springdale.





High on downtown

Moses Tucker Real Estate ceremonially put the highest steel in place last Friday on 300 Third, the 18-story condo set to open at Third and Cumberland next April. Rett Tucker reports that roughly two-thirds of the 98 condo units have been sold at prices from $249,000 to $727,000. It’s said to be the tallest construction project downtown in 20 years.




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