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RETIREMENT. University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles, 82, announced his retirement at the end of this year after 50 years as a Razorback. Largely unspoken was the fact that he was pressured to make the decision.

MELODRAMA. Broyles’ announcement isn’t likely to heal the division among Hog fans over football coach Houston Nutt and the middling record of basketball coach Stan Heath. Talk persists that both coaches may not be around come Broyles’ actual retirement date.

SHEFFIELD NELSON. The former head of Arkla Gas and a former Republican candidate for governor, wrote an op-ed for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette endorsing an increase in the state’s scandalously low severance tax on gas. Where do we sign on?

TRAFFIC SAFETY. A 33-year-old Little Rock man was arrested on charges that he’d caused dozens of accidents so he could file fraudulent insurance claims.

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MARK MARTIN. The Batesville NASCAR driver was nipped at the finish by a tiny fraction of a second to lose what would have been his greatest victory — a first-place finish in the Daytona 500. Of course, better to be second and win a million bucks than crash like many of those behind him did.

PORK. A legislative plan to evade a state Supreme Court ruling against appropriations for local projects appears to be designed with unconstitutional intent. Or that’s our assessment after reading an attorney general’s opinion that said a pork commission appointed by legislative leaders isn’t unconstitutional on its face, but could be depending on how it’s implemented. Believe it: The porky legislators want unconstitutional power to divvy up surplus on a per-legislator basis. They’ll be sued and lose if they try it.

WEB SURFING. A new Senate rule prohibits use of computers while the Senate is in session for anything but reading bills. No e-mail. No reading the Arkansas Blog. No checking collegehumor.com for the latest boob shots. It’s an outrage.

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