by Max Brantley
The line is open. Final notes:
*LITTLE ROCK TECHNOLOGY PARK AUTHORITY: Going to the Authority Board meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday? Here's the agenda.
* LET'S PLAY (SMALL COLLEGE) FOOTBALL: I'm in the small number — and I don't include a number of Hendrix alumni friends in this — somewhat upbeat about Hendrix College's decision to start playing Division III (no-scholarship) football in 2013. Looking ahead: The conference in which it will play with the likes of Rhodes and Sewanee has grown to include Washington U. at St. Louis and the University of Chicago. These brainiacs should be good for some trick plays, don't you think? Hendrix can out-party U. Chicago, I can tell you from experience.
* STUNNING/ARKANSAS'S UNFUNNIEST HOME VIDEO: 40/29's Jo Ellison gets stun gun as a gift. She tries it out on station photographer. Guess what? It hurts like hell. Video at the link.
* HUCKABEE TAKEDOWN ON MORNING AFTER PILL: Mike Huckabee is pimping (and narrating) a new anti-abortion movie in which his family has a stake. News Hounds rakes him good over it because it includes some of his usual bodacious lies about Plan B, the morning-after pill that prevents pregnancy. It does NOT cause abortions. It is NOT abortion in a bottle. But it's convenient for the Huckster to dishonestly portray it otherwise and to spin other lies such as the one about how 17-year-olds can't get an aspirin without their parents permission. He needs his mouth washed out with Lava.
* WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MITCH MUSTAIN: The former high school quarterbacking phenom is now selling cars in Bentonville. USA Today recounts the sad story of a guy bound for football glory who fell short.
* JUDGE WILSON SANCTIONS ROSE FIRM LAWYER: Federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson has ordered Ryan Solomon of the Rose Law Firm to pay costs and attorney fees related to a contentious deposition lawyer Pat James took from Solomon's client Jason LaFrance of USA Drug. James represents Garret Sorensen, a former USA executive, who'd been sued by a LaFrance company and who also faces criminal action over financial dealings at the company. The judge sent the case back to state court and had plenty to say about the machinations that got it transferred to federal court, plus the extreme lengths to which Solomon went to make the deposition (taken in the garage of LaFrance's Edgehill home), if not impossible, as difficult as possible. Good reading if you have the time.
* NO PURPLE HEARTS: The defense bill reported out of conference today does not include authorization for Purple Hearts for service members killed or wounded in attacks at Fort Hood and a Little Rock military station. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said he would continue to work for recognition for soldiers equivalent to that given those in foreign service.
* CLINTON BOOK SIGNING: Former President Bill Clinton will sign copies of his new book at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Barnes and Noble on Financial Centre Parkway. One book per customer. Beginning at 9 a.m., customers may line up to get a wristband to participate in the signing.
* DR. HAROLD CHAKALES DIES: The University of Central Arkansas sends word of the death of Dr. Harold Chakales, an orthopedic surgeon who was a member of the UCA Board of Trustees for 17 years and its chair three times.