The week that was May 24-30 


RIVERFEST. No rain and huge crowds made the Memorial Day weekend event on the Arkansas River a big success.


VOTING. A variety of voting machine and software glitches around the state complicated tabulation of primary voting and gave Jim Lagrone, a Republican challenger to Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, some ammunition for fall.

REPUBLICANS. We don’t care what tune the GOP leaders whistle. We wouldn’t want to be members of a party with Jim Holt in the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

PAUL SUSKIE. The Democratic candidate for attorney general ended his nice-guy routine by hypocritically whining about opposition research against him and then using some himself for a misleading attack on opponent Dustin McDaniel’s record on abortion. Easy guide: Suskie would be happy to see abortion illegal in Arkansas. McDaniel wouldn’t, though he does support parental consent for teen abortions and a ban on late-term abortions.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. Teachers were urged to “shut up” by one Board member and an administrator angrily called security on another audience member as the administration generally acted like petulant children in the face of unhappiness with board and administrative decisions.

NOLAN RICHARDSON. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the former Razorback basketball coach’s claim that he was fired for being black and outspoken.

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL SCHOOL. The historic Catholic school closed its doors after 112 years on account of dwindling enrollment.


HUGH B. PATTERSON JR., who led the Arkansas Gazette through circulation and ad boycotts spurred by the newspaper’s award-winning news and editorial coverage of the 1957 school crisis, died Monday at 91.


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