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Clinton Foundation and Riverfest representatives are getting together this week to talk about the damage to the sod, and perhaps sprinkler heads, Sunday's festival crowd inflicted on the library park.

The ground around Bud Light stage, saturated even before Sunday's downpour, was turned to mud. Jordan Johnson, spokesman for the foundation, said the rest of the park was undamaged and no trees were lost.

Riverfest is contractually responsible for repairs, Johnson said, but he had no cost estimate by Tuesday, when workers were still cleaning the area. 

 

Death by Twitter

Lots of folks have heard by now about twitter.com, the online micro-blogging site that limits users' posts to 140 characters (yes, characters, not words) or less. Here's a new one on its use.

On May 20, Bob Priddy — a reporter for the website missourinet.com — twittered verbatim the written notes he took during the execution of Missouri killer Dennis Skillicorn. Skillicorn was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond.

There was an hour lag between the time Priddy's notes were taken and the time they ended up on twitter.com, but the results are still fairly sobering. Take this post, which appeared at 1:35 a.m:

“12:22 a.m., ‘phase one' begins, first drug. 12:23, turns head to right, face toward ceiling, loses consciousness.”

According to Dina Tyler with the Arkansas Department of Correction, you aren't going to be reading a live-from-the-death-chamber account of an Arkansas execution on twitter anytime soon. Though some high-ranking prison officials are allowed to have cell phones close at hand during an execution to allow for a backup means of communication in case of a last minute stay or pardon, witnesses and members of the press are not permitted to bring cell phones into the prison.

 

And more Twitter

House Speaker Robbie Wills probably wasn't the first, but we still were a little surprised to begin receiving his Twitter updates of his wife's delivery of their new baby. “Dialated [sic] to 3 and 1/2, 90% effaced. Looks like baby is definitely coming today,” said one post on Tuesday. He Tweeted his wife Dana's big news shortly after 4 p.m. “Alley Reece Wills was born at 3:30 p.m. She is 7 lbs even, 19 1/2 inches long. She is perfect!”

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