Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2008
It was a GOOD week for …
The LITTLE ROCK POLICE. They arrested a suspect, Curtis Vance of Marianna, in the beating death of KATV morning anchor Anne Pressly.
MARIANNA POLICE DETECTIVE CARL MCCREE. He brought the Little Rock police into his investigation of a rape and burglaries in Marianna. DNA of the Marianna rape and his suspect, Vance, matched DNA gathered in Little Rock. Book him, Dan-o.
BOBBY PETRINO AND THE UA FOOTBALL TEAM. A last-minute touchdown pass gave the rebuilding Hogs a thrilling victory over LSU, last year's national champion, and hope for fans that 2009 will be better.
PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JAMES SHARPE. A vote to fire him for failure to promptly inform the School Board about dangerous roofs at two elementary schools fell short by one vote, 3-4.
RAY WINDER FIELD. Four proposals were filed to redevelop the abandoned minor league baseball park. Future expansion of the Little Rock Zoo or UAMS seem the most promising ideas.
It was a BAD week for …
WHITE FLIGHT. A federal magistrate told parents illegally sending children to whiter schools outside the Malvern School District that they can't win their lawsuit to continue improper attendance elsewhere.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. He's been hankering for a raise in his $97,518 annual pay to put him closer to Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's, $160,615, but a tight city budget for 2009 included no cost-of-living raises for him or anyone else. The budget is slumping despite the recent addition of big new retail stores in the city, something to remember the next time Hays promises a Bass Pro Shops in Dark Hollow would rain prosperity on all in return for huge taxpayer subsidies.
The state CRIME LAB. It blamed a backlog on a seven-month delay in processing DNA in the Marianna rape, a time during which, conceivably, a suspect could have been arrested before Pressly was killed.