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It's here. I think I'll catch David Margolick this evening at the Clinton School. If you read one more book about the '57 crisis, I recommend this one. It's full of fresh material, not the least about the star-crossed paths of the Little Rock Nine's Elizabeth Eckford and her famous 1957 tormentor, Hazel Bryan Massery. Their efforts at reconciliation succeeded, then failed. Some final stuff:

* ARKANSAS GAZETTE REUNION: Former Arkansas Gazette reporter Stephen Steed sends word that plans are in place for a reunion of Gazette people from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 (a week from this coming Saturday) at the Filibuster's restaurant/bar in the Legacy Hotel. It is to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the newspaper as part of the deal by which Walter Hussman, now publisher of the Democrat-Gazette, bought the paper from the Gannett Corp. The Legacy is at 625 W. Capitol, across from the federal courthouse. Cash bar; snacks will be provided. Pot luck contributions are welcome. Steed promises a display of Gazette memorabilia.

* DRUG BUSTS: Justice Department announces 54 arrests in federal/local drug operation in South Arkansas.

* HOT PURSUIT: A lengthy police chase in SWLR this morning ended without harm to anyone after officers put out a spiked strip on Col. Glenn Road to disable a fleeing vehicle.

* AGAIN WITH THE GAYS: Sounds like Sen. David Johnson's Republican opponents will include someone planning to run on an anti-gay, anti-abortion platform. Surprised his sampling didn't poll on King James v. Revised Standard. Note: The core Little Rock portion of Pulaski County covered by Johnson's district opposed the anti-gay marriage amendment that potential opponent Chris Stewart is proud of and easily defeated the anti-gay adoption amendment. It also has defeated every initiative ever offered to restrict abortion.

* SPEAKING OF HOT PURSUIT: FIREBALL HOLLAND STARTS OVER: Convicted of fleeing a deputy, speeding and dangerous passing in Perry District Court, Republican Sen. Bruce "Fireball" Holland began a de novo appeal Tuesday in Circuit Court. He pleaded innocent and a Feb. 21 trial date was set. De novo means the trial in circuit court will be held as if the district court conviction didn't happen.

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