by Max Brantley
The line is open. Final thoughts:
* POLICE SEEK HELP IN FORREST ABRAMS SLAYING: Also today, the Little Rock police asked for help in finding the car shown above, which they identified as a suspect vehicle in the May 10 slaying of Forrest Abrams, who was shot in early morning hours after being kidnapped from a 12th Street convenience store. Darrell Dennis, 46, a repeat offender and parole violator, has been charged in the death. But the police also said today:
Homicide Detectives are currently looking for a 1987-1993 Buick Century that is sky blue. This vehicle may or may not have hubcaps on the passenger side of the vehicle and may only have one on the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle does not have the traditional wire hubcap. The vehicle does not have a luggage rack as some do on the trunk. The vehicle is described as having a loud exhaust pipe. The vehicle is known to frequent the area of Asher and Maple and should be occupied by at least two black males. Both of these suspects are in their late teens to mid twenties. One of these suspects is supposed to be dark skinned and goes by the name of “Lil E.”
THE OCCUPANTS OF THE ABOVE VEHICLE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED HOMICIDE SUSPECTS AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
* THE GREAT VOTE PURGE BEGINS: Among the many unhappy reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's evisceration of the Voter Rights Act is that of Greg Palast, who uncovered Tiny Tim Griffin's role in Republican voter roll purging in Florida (one of the states that has supposedly "eradicated" bad practices.) He writes, in part, while promising to unleash reporters on the vote suppression and voter roll purges sure to come from Republican elected officials:
They might as well have burned a cross on Dr. King's grave. The Jim Crow majority on the Supreme Court just took away the vote of millions of Hispanic and African-American voters by wiping away Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
* LAKE MAUMELLE TASK FORCE JOB DRAWS 65 APPLICANTS: Says here that 65 people have volunteered to serve on a task force that will review planned Lake Maumelle watershed land use ordinances over the next year. A three-person committee — a Democrat, a Republican and an independent person — will select the task force, likely 30 or fewer. Details on the process here. JP Tyler Denton, who's the architect of the delay in the ordinances for further study, particularly for some input from small landowners, was positively bubbling with optimism about this process when I ran into him over the weekend. A one-year delay is better than the originally proposed four-year delay, I'll grant him that.