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The week that was Feb.1-7 

FEB. 1-7, 2006
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

SEX, DRUGS AND CRIME. All figured in the arrests of the Lonoke mayor, the Lonoke police chief and his wife and two others in a bust that rocked the quiet farming community.

COLLEGE FRESHMEN. There are more of them this year and a smaller percentage required remedial courses, the smallest percentage in 10 years, though still over 50 percent.

STATE REVENUE. Taxes continue to increase at nearly double-digit pace, making it still harder for the legislature to justify a zero increase for public schools, whose costs have gone up even without new state mandates.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GASSVILLE. Part-time police officer James Sell was killed there after a routine traffic stop of a Massachusetts fugitive. The man, a white supremacist on the run after attacking people in a gay bar, killed his female traveling companion and then was killed in a police shootout in Norfork.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BEEBE. Opponents got a lot of mileage out of his failure to avoid politicking in use of his public employees and office. The miscues — editing of a speech on an office computer, a state employee’s trip to the post office, an office meeting with a political consultant — were all relatively minor. But they were still bad judgments and they’ll be the basis for a continuing theme of the gubernatorial race — arrogance of power.

SENS. BLANCHE LINCOLN and MARK PRYOR. The Democrat-Gazette detailed how a super-lobbyist runs their special political fund-raising committees. No specific smelly activities — beyond the obvious conflict of interest — were alleged.

BFI WASTE SERVICES. The operator of a Southwest Little Rock landfill packed a neighborhood group with its employees so it could put the organization on record as supporting a landfill expansion. The scheme was publicized and the resulting black eye won’t help the landfill cause. Thank goodness.


COLLEGE FRESHMEN. There are more of them this year and a smaller percentage required remedial courses, the smallest percentage in 10 years, though still over 50 percent.

STATE REVENUE. Taxes continue to increase at nearly double-digit pace, making it still harder for the legislature to justify a zero increase for public schools, whose costs have gone up even without new state mandates.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GASSVILLE. Part-time police officer James Sell was killed there after a routine traffic stop of a Massachusetts fugitive. The man, a white supremacist on the run after attacking people in a gay bar, killed his female traveling companion and then was killed in a police shootout in Norfork.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BEEBE. Opponents got a lot of mileage out of his failure to avoid politicking in use of his public employees and office. The miscues — editing of a speech on an office computer, a state employee’s trip to the post office, an office meeting with a political consultant — were all relatively minor. But they were still bad judgments and they’ll be the basis for a continuing theme of the gubernatorial race — arrogance of power.

SENS. BLANCHE LINCOLN and MARK PRYOR. The Democrat-Gazette detailed how a super-lobbyist runs their special political fund-raising committees. No specific smelly activities — beyond the obvious conflict of interest — were alleged.

BFI WASTE SERVICES. The operator of a Southwest Little Rock landfill packed a neighborhood group with its employees so it could put the organization on record as supporting a landfill expansion. The scheme was publicized and the resulting black eye won’t help the landfill cause. Thank goodness.

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