by Max Brantley
Quiet here. Readers? One final note:
* FILES OPENED ON WEST MEMPHIS POLICE SHOOTING: The Commercial Appeal today reported on contents of law agency files on Jerry Kane, the "sovereign citizen" killed along with his son in West Memphis following the roadside slaying of two West Memphis police officers in May 2010. The FBI had been tracking Kane for some time because of suspected financial fraud, but apparently had no reason to believe he'd turn violent. The shootings ratcheted up FBI interest in sovereign citizens considerably.
* SAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD'S HOMES: A petition drive has begun in behalf of an effort to urge the city of Little Rock and Mayor Mark Stodola not to use tax money to force people out of their homes to acquire land for a proposed technology park. Care to sign? Here's the link. It says:
People have invested in their homes and their neighborhood. They should not be uprooted. It is immoral to tax people in order to displace them. It is immoral to uproot communities to benefit private companies. It is just plain wrong to destroy neighborhoods where people have been working hard to build a future. Not one dime of taxpayer money should go toward the Little Rock Technology Park until the Technology Park Authority agrees to change its plans and build it in a non-residential area.
* TEEN RX DRUG ABUSE FOCUS OF AWARD PROGRAM: Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane and Stephens Inc. Chief Operating Officer Curt Bradbury will receive the 2012 Marie Interfaith Civic Leadership Award at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall. They'll be recognized for work in combatting prescription drug abuse by teens. Lane developed a prescription drug take-back program in Benton. Bradbury is cited for a variety of efforts to raise awareness of teen abuse of prescription drugs following the death of his son Cameron, who had struggled with addiction. Monday's program will include a discussion by a panel including Lane, Bradbury and a Central High student. The program is free and the public is invited. Reservations may be made at www.themarie.com
* ECLIPSE: Sorry, every time I see articles about the partial solar eclipse I think of the fighter then known as Cassius Clay and his poem about the "total eclipse of Sonny" (Liston).