It was a good week for...
A BIG SCREEN. The Razorback football team is getting a $4.6 million new video screen (and related sign upgrades) for Razorback stadium, described as "one of the biggest in college football." It's 38 feet by 167 feet. One of? One of? Why not THE biggest?
A SMEAR CAMPAIGN. A flyer created surreptitiously has begun circulating in the Arkansas business community to encourage people not to sign petitions to improve Arkansas ethics law. The flyer falsely claims that the Campaign Finance and Lobbying Reform Act is aimed at limiting the influence of small business on Arkansas politics. See more in The Insider (page 10).
It was a bad week for...
JERMAIN TAYLOR. The boxer was named in a sexual assault claim. According to Maumelle police, officers responded to a reported disturbance at a Maumelle hotel on Friday, where they made contact with a 27-year-old woman who said she and Taylor fought after she arrived at the hotel to have sex with him for money. After she was taken to a hospital to treat an ankle injury she said she sustained in the altercation, she claimed she was raped by Taylor. The investigation was ongoing at press time and no charges had been filed against Taylor.
CIRCUIT JUDGE SAM POPE. The Hamburg judge faces review by the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission for a physical altercation with his ex-wife and a male friend April 5 in the Crossett Walmart. A Crossett police report indicated that Pope, 58, greeted Bill Murray, 57, of Crossett, with the words "Hello, ass" when he saw him with Pope's ex-wife Gale Zimmerman at Walmart. Murray replied "Hello, ass" and the two began fighting. Pope complained that his ex-wife had struck him three times and he wanted to press charges. Walmart security separated Pope and Murray, the police report said, and when police arrived, Pope reportedly "kept trying to get to Bill Murray," who "had blood on both sides of his face." Police arrested both men at the store, but released them shortly after when both agreed to not press charges. No citations were issued.
THE ARKANSAS TIMES. Our weekly edition went to press on Tuesday afternoon, hours before primary and judicial elections polls closed. As usual, our daily news operation, arktimes.com, will have complete post-election coverage.