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The Week That Was, Oct. 15-21 

It was a GOOD week for …

 

The ARKANSAS STATE FAIR. It drew 467,000 people on its 10-day run, a record helped along by glorious fall weather.

 

CHILDREN. Arkansas Families First drew endorsements from clergy and began a media campaign to defeat Initiated Act 1, the effort by religious conservatives to prevent unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.

 

POTENTIAL ARKANSAS MEDICAL STUDENTS. The Democrat-Gazette reported that UAMS won't ask the legislature to end the geographic quota system for med students. So: Move to Bodcaw  and you have a better chance of being admitted to med school than if you live in Little Rock.

 

The STATE LOTTERY. The Arkansas Supreme Court said the proposed lottery amendment could stay on the ballot. It left open the question of whether casinos are matter for the legislature to decide.

 

VOTING. Some 5,000 voters turned out for the first day of voting in Pulaski County this year, almost double the first-day voting in 2004, the last presidential election. Time for change, anyone?

 

It was a BAD week for …

 

The HOGS. They seemed on their way to a convincing road victory at Kentucky. Leading 20-7 with five minutes left, the football team lost 21-20.

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK DISTRICT JUDGE JIM HAMILTON. Judges are supposed to avoid public connection with political races. The Argenta News blog caught Hamilton waving a sign and wearing a sticker promoting the re-election of Mayor Pat Hays at a weekend political rally.

 

DWAYNE DOBBINS. A judge ruled the convicted sex molester and former state representative waited too long to challenge the Democratic Party's decision not to certify him as its nominee for his old seat.

 

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In a crime without a suspect or clear motive at press time, KATV's morning anchor Anne Pressly was savagely beaten by an intruder in her home in the Country Club neighborhood. She was in critical condition from her injuries at press time.

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