The Week That Was, Nov. 22 

Nov. 14-20, 2007

It was a good week for …

The CAPITAL HOTEL. After two years and a $24 million-plus renovation, the historic hotel reopened for business. It's more deluxe than ever thanks to owner Warren Stephens' significant investment.

ALLTEL SHAREHOLDERS. A $26.3 billion deal to take the company private produced $71.50 per share payments to stockholders. Analysts questioned whether the private concerns new debt might be unduly burdensome, an important question as the Little Rock-based company moves forward.

A FLIPFLOP. Mike Huckabee, who once said abortion should be left to the states, has decided as a presidential candidate with rising numbers among conservative Republicans in Iowa that he favors a national ban on abortion.

It was a bad week for …

NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. His plan to build a road to serve a publicly subsidized sporting goods store in Dark Hollow has evolved into a conservatively estimated $8 million project that will destroy yet another important wetland and gum up traffic in Lakewood.

HOUSTON DALE NUTT. Media reported that this would be his last season as Razorback football coach. He disputed the reports but never said directly that he expected to be coaching at UA in 2008. The hubbub was ameliorated by a Hog victory over Mississippi State in Little Rock.

The UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. It made the final round of judging but missed the cut for four colleges selected as sites for presidential debates in 2008.

VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY. Only about 125 turned out for his two-hour visit to Little Rock for a $250-a-head fundraiser that undoubtedly raised less than the trip cost.

GAMBLING. Little Rock police raided a poker parlor in West Little Rock and a slot machine operation in Southwest Little Rock. Officials had warned the poker game operator that they didn't buy his explanation of how he planned to structure the game to comply with anti-gambling laws.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

  • Friday's headlines and your holiday open line

    What happened at the State Board of Education and what does it mean; Legislation filed for Hutchinson's government reorganization plan; Pediatric flu-related death in Arkansas reported; Suspect arrested in unsolved 2008 North Little Rock homicide.
    • Dec 21, 2018
  • New episode of Rock the Culture: "Juice In Your Own Life"

    In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore.
    • Dec 11, 2018
  • End of the week headlines and your open line

    Alderman candidate misses chance to cast deciding vote for himself in runoff election; Dem-Gaz to phase out print delivery in El Dorado, Camden and Magnolia; Rapert threatens UA Fort Smith over 'Drag Queen Story Time' event; The Van seeks to raise $35,000 in three weeks for new warehouse facility in South Little Rock.
    • Dec 7, 2018
  • More »

Latest in The Week That Was

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Scrubbed from the system

    • I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 45. My grandma is…

    • on January 22, 2019
  • Re: Hep A still spreading

    • I am so so happy today, I have been suffering from hepatitis b for the…

    • on January 21, 2019
  • Re: Hep A still spreading

    • I am really happy that i have been cured from (HEPATITIS B VIRUS) with the…

    • on January 21, 2019

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation