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The week that was Oct. 11-17, 2006 


IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

GOING NEGATIVE. Republican A$a Hutchinson, desperate to close a gap in the governor’s race, is all negative all the time in his TV ads. Democrat Mike Beebe, hoping to preserve his margin, also has turned negative, particularly on the issue of Hutchinson’s lackluster record at battling illegal immigration at the Homeland Security Department. Good point by Beebe, by the way.

DEMOCRACY. More people turned out to vote in the runoff for Little Rock School Board Zone 7 than voted in the regular election. Dianne Curry’s grassroots victory — over a special interest-backed candidate — gave the board its first black majority.

ROAD RAGE. A beer-drinking Mills Freeway motorist fired a crossbow at a car that had cut him off. The arrow shattered the other driver’s rear window, but no one was hurt and the bowman was arrested.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. The hunger relief organization indicated it may dramatically scale back its planned Global Village tourist attraction. Reason: Too expensive for donors’ tastes.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS. A raft of untested charter schools, backed by Walton money, have lined up for state approval of more ideas to debilitate public schools and cherrypick better students.

WAL-MART. For the second time, a jury, this one in Pennsylvania, returned a multi-million-dollar verdict against the retailer for violating wage-and-hour laws. In this case, workers were not paid for rest breaks and overtime.


THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He campaigned in Michigan, Oklahoma and New York. Arkansas? Not so much. He caught hell in Oklahoma for criticizing efforts to fight pollution of an Oklahoma river by Arkansas chicken waste. Twelve weeks to go.

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