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BASEBALL. Nearly 8,000 fans turned out for the opening of Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. After a spirited effort, the Travelers lost the game to the Frisco Roughriders, but the loss was scarcely noticed in all the excitement over the new stadium. AND IN FAYETTEVILLE, Razorback pitcher Nick Schmidt set a Hog record for career strikeouts in the course of a win over Florida.

CURLIN. The unbeaten colt won the Arkansas Derby by 10 and a half lengths, a Derby record, and probably made himself the favorite for the Kentucky Derby.

SEN. MARK PRYOR, even though Rebekah Kennedy of Fort Smith announced her intention to run against him. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that Pryor raised nearly $1.8 million for his 2008 re-election campaign in the first three months of this year. Kennedy said she’d raised $150.

It was a bad week for …

MARTINOUS OLYN “M. J.” MOORE, convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of Brady Alexander, the son of former Pulaski Circuit Clerk Jacque Alexander. Another defendant, Gavino Patrick Mazurek, was sentenced to 35 years.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROY BROOKS. The School Board voted 4 to 3 to notify him of charges that, if proved at a hearing, will be reason for dismissal.

MEN AT WORK. The Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department announced that construction of a new playground would not be completed in time for Riverfest, as the city originally expected.

QUALITY OF LIFE AT BENTON. Only 13 percent of voters endorsed a temporary sales tax increase to develop a new city park.

ALSO …

ARKANSANS were among the students and faculty on-campus at Virginia Tech when 33 people died in the worst shooting rampage in American history. All the Arkansans appeared to have escaped unharmed.

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