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A member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock complimented the Arkansas Times for referring to the institution of higher learning at Fayetteville as “UAF” and “the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.” He wrote:

“A pet peeve of mine is UAF’s refusal to abide by system regulation and call itself by its own name, instead trading on the good will of UALR and the other institutions of the system. How much money has been misleadingly raised in the name of ‘the University of Arkansas’?”

The UALR professor was mistaken about “system regulation,” according to the president of the University of Arkansas System, Alan Sugg of Little Rock. He said there is no system policy on what the various institutions in the system call themselves. The Fayetteville campus was originally “the University of Arkansas” and that remains its legal name, Sugg said. “For purposes of identification, most people call it UAF,” he said, but he probably was referring to people connected with the system. Our own observation tells us that most laymen don’t use the F. Certainly, Razorback fans don’t. And people connected with the Fayetteville campus reject the F as strongly as the UALR professor embraces it.

Flea-quent flyers

Labradors, beagles, dogs euphemistically called “mosaic” — the Little Rock Animal Shelter has too many of them. But California, Canada, and other distant places want dogs, and Last Chance Arkansas is rescuing them from the shelter and putting them on planes to their new homes.

Some 30 Labradors, a friendly breed, have shipped out to sunny California on Northwest Airlines, thanks to Last Chance’s partnership with C.A.R.R.E., the California-Arkansas Retriever Rescue Effort. Last Chance volunteer David Cranford said West Coast shelters aren’t as full as those in the Southern states, where there are more dogs, and more dogs ditched. Margie Mullan of C.A.R.R.E. has rescued more than 100 Labradors total from the Little Rock Animal Services.

Janet Land of Mosaic Rescue in Victoria, British Columbia, flew to Little Rock last year to see the shelter and meet the Last Chance volunteers. She rescued 34 of Little Rock’s unwanted Heinz 57 breed last year, and four more are in foster care waiting to travel to Memphis, where they’ll be put on a Northwest plane to Seattle to be met by Land. Furrytale Farm, in Bainbridge, Wash., another Last Chance partner, both adopts pets out and runs a sanctuary.

Since the beginning of 2006, Last Chance has placed 145 dogs with rescue outfits.

The Happy Endings page at www.lastchancearkansas.org is a photo album of placed pups. The website has more information on adoption.

What the meaning of “is” is

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is planning a free weekly newspaper to target the Arkansas Times. We reported on this last week, including General Manager Paul Smith’s comments that he wasn’t sure the plan would go forward. Not long after our conversation with Smith, the D-G published a classified ad seeking applicants to work at the paper. Though Smith also said nobody had been hired, Smith concedes that Ed Major, a retired Gannett publisher, was hired six weeks ago to supervise the project.

Smith called after our article appeared.

“The reason that I told you that the plans weren’t final is because Walter Hussman is out of town, and Walter’s got to look at the plans and make sure he’s OK with them.”

He continued: “I try real hard to be up front with people. I didn’t want you to think that I lied to you. What I told you was the truth. But I know when you saw those ads, you thought: ‘Uh, oh. It’s final.’ It’s not final, but I fully expect we’re going to get approval to do it. But until Walter says the plans look OK, to me it’s not final.”

A Democrat-Gazette official not tell the truth? Virginia, you might as well try to make us believe Walter Hussman is such a hypocrite he would hire a Gannettoid to publish a free tabloid aimed at stilling other voices in the marketplace. You might as well tell us there’s no Santa Claus.

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