The Week That Was, Oct. 13-19, 2010 

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EARTHQUAKES. Faulkner County continues to be shaken by earthquakes, up to 4.0. Geologists tend to think it's a continuation of a historic pattern, unrelated to gas drilling and waste injections. Nervous residents aren't so sure.

A SHAVE. U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder shaved his mustache for the first time in more than 40 years after supporters of Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate to succeed Snyder, met a $50,000 fund-raising challenge.

DR. JOYCELYN ELDERS. The former surgeon general's straight talk continues unabated in retirement. This week, she said it was time to legalize marijuana, which is non-toxic and non-addictive but creating criminals of small-time youthful users.

INTERSTATE RIVALRIES. It was revealed that UCA and ASU will play each other in football next year. Now if the University of Arkansas would just agree to play Arkansas State, all would be right in the football world.

RENEE GORK. The Fayetteville radio station reporter fired for wearing a Florida cap to a Razorback football practice, got new work in a more hospitable climate — with a University of Florida-owned radio station.

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DREAMS OF FOOTBALL GLORY. The Hogs lost to Auburn 65-43. Fans were unhappy about the officiating, but it takes more than a few bad calls to run up 65 points.

MIKE HUCKABEE. A new book by Seattle Times reporters documents in grisly detail the violent criminal record Maurice Clemmons was steadily compiling in prison on eight felonies while pleading for the clemency granted by Huckabee. Huckabee bought Clemmons' rehabilitation story for reasons that remain unclear. Clemmons went on to be implicated in two more Arkansas robberies and then, most infamously, kill four Washington police officers.

The FORT SMITH SCHOOL DISTRICT. It sent home a female middle school student for wearing rainbow bracelet, deemed to be an expression of support for homosexuality. Then, when the student wore a T-shirt with the message "homosexuality L-O-V-E" she was suspended. Calling the ACLU.


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