The Week That Was, May 26-June 1 

It was a good week for ...

RIVERFEST. What looked like a record crowd jammed Little Rock's riverfront for music acts big and small and the usual refreshments on a warm Memorial Day weekend.

CLEAN WATER. The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission adopted a rule that bans release of wastewater in the Lake Maumelle watershed.

ENTERGY CUSTOMERS. Summer electric bills will be more than 20 percent lower than last summer because of a sharp drop in the cost of natural gas, a power generating fuel.

It was a bad week for ...

ROBBIE WILLS. The 2nd District Congressional candidate unloaded an attack mailer on his Democratic runoff opponent, Joyce Elliott, after promising he'd run a positive campaign. God, guns and abortion were the theme of a piece at best disingenuous, at worst dishonest.

YARD PARKING. A new Little Rock ordinance took effect that bans parking of any type of vehicle on yards. Enforcement prospects for a cash-strapped city: Uncertain.

The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. Its so-called school reform experts continued to churn out propaganda to prop up the Walton-financed attack on the Little Rock School District. Their own numbers show that charter schools in Pulaski County are whiter and have fewer poor students than the Little Rock School District. But the UA experts conclude this doesn't contribute to segregation in the Little Rock School District. Little Rock attorney Clay Fendley said the study should be "an embarrassment to the university." Yep.

MARTIN LUTHER KING. A Pine Bluff alderman has run into broad opposition for his proposal to rename a major street for the late civil rights leader. Too much hassle, people on Hazel Street say.

LAND COMMISSIONER MARK WILCOX. Just in time for his runoff contest with Pat O'Brien for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, the Democrat-Gazette reported that Wilcox had not one, but two state vehicles in use at his Greenbrier farm.


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