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NOT SO COOL POOL: The swimming pool at the Jim Dailey War Memorial Fitness Center is looking a little rough -- literally -- at the moment, thanks to a $73,000 repair job that Parks and Recreation hired out after a Health Department inspection. The bottom of the pool had cracks and there was peeling paint, director Truman Tolefree said; Harrison Contracting is replastering the surface and fixing a slide. Ever the optimist, Tolefree said the pool -- a real gem in the parks system -- should be open by Memorial Day, May 28.
  • Brian Chilson
  • NOT SO COOL POOL: The swimming pool at the Jim Dailey War Memorial Fitness Center is looking a little rough — literally — at the moment, thanks to a $73,000 repair job that Parks and Recreation hired out after a Health Department inspection. The bottom of the pool had cracks and there was peeling paint, director Truman Tolefree said; Harrison Contracting is replastering the surface and fixing a slide. Ever the optimist, Tolefree said the pool — a real gem in the parks system — should be open by Memorial Day, May 28.

Another week done. Final words:

* NO CONFIDENCE: The unions that once represented employees in the Pulaski County School District have voted unanimously a "no confidence" statement on Superintendent Jerry Guess and Arkansas Education Director Tom Kimbrell for busting their unions. I feel their pain. But this is pointless. A lawsuit will restore them as a bargaining agent or it won't. And the unions have plenty of improvident administration actions in recent years to cite in explaining the district's distressed state. But, year in and year out, personnel costs are No. 1 and some givebacks were coming sooner or later. They should have given back more when they still had a chance.

* REPORT MISSING: The Federal Election Commission today said it had cited D.C. Morrison, alleged Democratic candidate for 4th District Congress, for failure to file a 12-day pre-election campaign finance report. He has bought some TV time recently.

* TROUBLE IN THE 'HOOD: UAMS dispatch: "Little Rock Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins near the main UAMS campus, Freeway Medical and in a neighborhood near the campus. Employees and students are reminded to lock their vehicles and take precautions to secure any items in their vehicles. All valuables – items such as cell phones, purses, computers, GPS units – should not be left in view. In addition, please be alert to your surroundings for any suspicious activity."

* THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY: I wrote earlier about the Republican/Democrat-Gazette effort to pump the fringe candidacy of nominal Democrat John Wolfe in the presidential primary. Scoff at my theory if you wish. But add to the promotional bill a Wolfe appearance on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show tomorrow. That ought to be good for Page One in the DOG, too, don't you think? If Monroe Schwarzlose had gotten this kind of free publicity, he'd have beaten Bill Clinton way back when.

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