July 15-21, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
BLACK APATHY. The Democrat-Gazette reported that black voting in 2008 was at its lowest rate in a decade – 44 percent – while blacks elsewhere in the South turned out in record numbers to vote for Barack Obama.
U.S. REP. MIKE ROSS. He became the national media poster boy for obstruction of Barack Obama's health reform legislation. His deceitful arguments made little sense except to the special interests he served against the people of his district, where 1 in 5 is uninsured and many more don't have adequate coverage.
PRIVACY OF MEDICAL REC-ORDS. The feds got guilty pleas from a doctor and two St. Vincent hospital employees who peeked out of curiosity at the medical records of KATV anchor Anne Pressly, who died of her injuries. The case ought to give pause to anyone else inclined to go snooping.
DISGUST. The trial of cult leader Tony Alamo was dominated by mind-boggling testimony about serial sexual abuse of children. A question for state law enforcement officials when this is over: Why did it take a years-late federal investigation to prosecute this pervert?
UALR. Its Board of Visitors, in reviewing potential capital projects, said its first choice would be housing for 500 honors students.
SARAH SLOCUM. The UA law student from Sheridan was crowned Miss Arkansas and sounded like she was up to any potential interviewing duties. She used the word “inextricable” in a sentence after her win.
It was a BAD week for …
LOTTERY EMPLOYEES. Gov. Mike Beebe and legislators talked convincingly like they might be of a mind to roll back some of the high starting pay of lottery officials.
DOWNTOWN. Though the Downtown Partnership raised objections, our reporting indicates the Social Security Administration isn't interested in a downtown location for relocating its Capitol Avenue office. The reason: A desire for expansive parking for staff and customers.