The week that was Jan. 10-16 

It was a good week for …

RAIN. Drought? What drought? Four days of rain soaked Arkansas.

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He released the investigation of an ousted Parole Board member that Mike Huckabee had tried to keep secret. It amply demonstrated reason to encourage the member to leave — alleged sexual comments and unwanted touching of female staffers, dirty pictures on his computer, etc.

JUSTICE. Machine guns remain illegal. A jury in Fayetteville convicted self-styled militiaman Hollis Wayne Fincher, 60, of possession of such a weapon.

BUD CUMMINS. The former U.S. attorney, who’s been a straight shooter, fessed up to the obvious — the Bush administration forced him out to make a spot for Karl Rove hatchet man Tim Griffin. Griffin got an interim appointment so he could avoid the customary Senate confirmation process.

JUDGE WENDELL GRIFFEN. The state Supreme Court delayed a scheduled hearing on whether he should be disciplined for his public comments on a variety of topics (none to do with pending cases). It wants to consider his argument that his hearing should be held in public.

It was a bad week for …

HOUSTON NUTT. So much for the fiction that the Arkansas football coach and assistant Gus Malzahn, who lured some big Springdale talent to the Hogs, got along famously. Malzahn decamped for a similar job at, of all places, Tulsa!?!

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROY BROOKS. He passed up a golden opportunity to apologize for intemperate remarks he’d made about his bosses, the ruling majority on the School Board.

The NATIONAL GUARD and RESERVE FORCES. A Pentagon policy change means they can be sent for a second tour of duty in Iraq. And for any number after, as needs require.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS. A huge 38 percent rate increase took effect earlier than expected — on bills sent in January for December usage.



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