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The Insider, Nov. 22

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Death moratorium

Representatives of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said they plan in the next few months to ask Gov. Mike Beebe to consider imposing a moratorium on the death penalty in Arkansas and then appoint a commission to study the issue.

This would follow an example set in several other states. The commission would study, among others, fairness in application of the penalty — differences in race and geography, for example; the qualifications of people who administer lethal injection; the cost of the death penalty against life without parole for capital crimes; evidence on deterrence; the possibility of executing innocent people, and the quality and cost of legal counsel.

The thinking is that findings in these issues might cause voters and legislators to reconsider the wisdom of the use of the death penalty.

Parking Hogs

A scofflaw of our acquaintance reports parking in the “No Parking Game Day” zones in lower Hillcrest to attend last Saturday's Razorback game. He did as hundreds of others did, he said, and got no ticket.

He was just lucky, Police Lt. Terry Hastings said. Hastings said officers write “lots of tickets” and have had cars towed during every Razorback game played at the stadium since he joined the force in 1976. While any car parked on a prohibited street during a home game can be ticketed, Hastings said that most of the tows are cars parked in front of private driveways, or blocking sidewalks. (A homeowner may rent spaces in his or her yard, but not on a city sidewalk — that's a public right of way.)

Many mansions

Add another house to the places that University of Arkansas Chancellor John A. White can call home. He and his wife Mary Lib in July purchased a home in the Long Cove Club portion of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Beaufort County records show Arvest holds a $400,000 mortgage. When White came to Fayetteville in 1997, the university bought a house for him on Razorback Road, since replaced by a much larger official chancellor's residence built with a $1.75 million gift from Wallace Fowler. White himself also bought a $435,000 home in the Pinnacle Country Club development.

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