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Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2008

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POLITICS. Uncommonly interesting races commanded huge attention for the Super Tuesday presidential primary voting. (Alas, we went to press before the polls closed. Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton seemed likely to win Arkansas, though outcomes elsewhere were much more in doubt.)

EDDIE SUTTON. The former Arkansas basketball coach won his 800th game at San Francisco. He's the fifth Division I coach with that many wins.

CHURCH AND STATE COMMUNION. Mike Huckabee turned almost exclusively to churches and church-sponsored colleges in final campaigning before Super Tuesday. Churches were instructed in ways they could be used to advance Huckabee without jeopardizing their non-profit tax status.

RESTAURANT SERVERS. After unfavorable publicity, a restaurant chain that owns Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carraba's Italian Grill restaurants dropped a new policy to take credit card charges out of tips added to customer bills.

WOLVES. They'll be the new team mascot for Arkansas State University, which is dropping Indians under NCAA pressure.

It was a bad week for …

SEN. GENE JEFFRESS. He said he intended an appropriation for Boys and Girls Clubs to go only to clubs in his district, not clubs statewide. The legislation wasn't written specifically to say this because it then obviously would have been unconstitutional local legislation. Jeffress, at least, was honest about his intention. He's the first one caught at this, but not likely the only legislator with intentions of flouting the law.

JIM PARSONS. The Bella Vista agitator's lawsuit over then-Gov. Mike Huckabee's destruction of state-owned computer hard drives was thrown out of court because Parsons failed to respond to a motion to dismiss the suit.

CIRCUIT JUDGE THOMAS BROWN. The Pine Bluff judge resigned to end a disciplinary investigation of a complaint that he had made unwanted sexual advances to a woman who was a party in his court.

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