by Max Brantley
Some odds and ends this morning:
* GREENWOOD CRACKDOWN ON INTERNET COMMENTS: Remember the story about Dennis McCaslin, a part-time newspaper reporter in Greenwood tracked down and arrested for making alleged threatening remarks on an Internet chat board (under a pseudonym) about a member of the Greenwood City Council? Sounds like a plea bargain in works. He entered a not guilty plea and a Jan. 4 court date is set. The case would be taken under consideration then after a no-contest plea and McQuaid's record would expunged if there's no further trouble.
* MAYOR MARK STODOLA THEN AND NOW: I sent Mayor Stodola yesterday a list of questions about the surprise deal by which the city will provide a variety of taxpayer-provided incentives for Pulaski Tech to move its culinary school from Southwest Little Rock to downtown. Here's one more. A reader who followed Stodola through the campaign to pass the sales tax increase from which he's now spending freely — including in ways not mentioned in the sales tax campaign — remembers this:
The mayor and city manager went to the Southwest Little Rock Community Center and talked up supporting an extended bus route that would serve that campus of Pulaski Tech.
Is that new bus route off the table now?
You wonder if bus talk (downtown is a better place for bus connections) is mostly window dressing anyway. Part of Stodola's downtown deal is to provide 250 free parking deck spaces (worth as much as $20,000 a year, I can testify as a paying parker in a deck down the street) to serve the students.