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The Week That Was March 1-7 


IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

The HOGS. The men’s basketball team rolled to a fifth straight SEC victory and, surprise, a likely berth in the NCAA tournament.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He ran a P.R. in the Little Rock Marathon, which should pump him up for a Republican beauty contest in Memphis this weekend for 2008 presidential wannabes.

HOMICIDE. The execution-style slaying of a 23-year-old man in a drug-related killing was Little Rock’s 12th, ahead of the 1993 pace, when the city homicide record was set.

WAL-MART. After years as the country’s only major chain holdout, the Bentonville-based retailer decided its pharmacies would stock an emergency contraception pill.

SECRECY. The press wasn’t invited to a telephone chat between Gov. Mike Huckabee and legislators over whether lawmakers were ready for a special session on education. We’d be embarrassed to expose the evident lack of leadership, too. Huckabee wants legislators to do the work, THEN he’ll call a session.

GAMBLING. An Oklahoma Indian tribe and a Fort Smith businessman revealed a plan to put a casino in downtown Fort Smith, piggybacking on the new state law expanding machine gambling at race tracks. Many questions remain, but it’s a reminder that no new law is simple.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

EXERCISE FOR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. A new state rule requires 30 minutes of physical activity by all public school kids. Good. But a Democrat-Gazette article suggests the rule is going to be widely ignored in high school, with recess and even shop classes counting toward the minimum. No time to schedule it, is the excuse. Instead of meeting at the pole for prayer, how about meeting at the track for a few laps every morning?

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