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The Week that Was, March 31-April 6 

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RESOLUTION. Volunteer retired detectives who make up the North Little Rock Police Department's cold-case unit announced that they had cracked the city's oldest unsolved murder, that of Myrtle Lee Hoggard in 1977. The murderer died in prison in 2009.

PHILIP MANN. The assistant conductor of the San Diego Symphony was hired as the new music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

KENNETH HARRISON. The convicted murderer, acting as his own attorney, persuaded a judge to overturn his conviction and order a new trial.

MORE HUCKABEE. The former governor and presidential candidate revealed that he has gained back about 35 pounds of the 100 he lost a couple of years back. He wrote a best-selling book about the weight loss that helped bring attention to his 2008 presidential campaign.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

HUMANKIND. Police revealed that Hannah Grace Dowdie, nearly 2, was alive when she was strapped into a car seat in a truck that was then set afire. Two men arrested in the death of Hannah and her father awaited trial.

READERS. One of the few remaining independent book stores in the state, That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place in Conway, closed its doors because of insufficient business.

STACEY JOHNSON. The state Parole Board recommended that Gov. Mike Beebe reject Johnson's request for clemency. Johnson is sched-uled to be executed April 12 for the 1993 murder of a De Queen woman.

CRANKS. A group called the Guardians of the Free Republics sent letters to most governors, including Gov. Mike Beebe, demanding that they leave office. The letters said that governors who didn't leave voluntarily would be removed, in an unspecified fashion. Beebe stayed put. A few hundred more of the confusedly disgruntled milled around at the Capitol, this group including passengers on three Tea Party buses that are touring the country, protesting federal health-care legislation and people who don't agree with them.

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