The week that was July 12-18 


C. C. and PATSY BAIRD. The Sharp County couple escaped federal prison on guilty pleas to charges stemming from their lucrative and long-running trade in dogs and cats for medical research. Many of the animals they sold were believed to have been stolen pets. Animal rights activists also had complained about treatment of animals in the Bairds’ care.

The LITTLE ROCK CITY BOARD, which has begun studying imposition of impact fees to pay for street development. About 30 years late, but what the heck.


TOMMY ROBINSON. The former sheriff and congressman was arrested, along with a son, for assaulting a creditor in a Brinkley restaurant.

CROOKED CREEK. The bass-rich stream has been targeted for two more gravel mining operations. Permit hearings are set next week and state environmental regulators don’t seem inclined to object.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He appealed a ruling that he must release documents about an investigation that led to Larry Zeno’s resignation from the state Parole Board. Huckabee has made potential embarrassment of a political crony more important than the public interest.

The NORTH LITTLE ROCK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. It recommended floating bonds to pay for wholesale electricity. Take out a mortgage on the light bill? The mayor should unplug that notion pronto.

LT. GOV. WIN ROCKEFELLER succumbed at 57 to complications of a cancer-causing blood disorder. In continuing the public spirited contributions of his father, former governor Winthrop Rockefeller, the younger Rockefeller created a sizable legacy of his own.


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