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The week that was Aug. 9-15

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

MARMADUKE. American Railcar Industries announced that it would build a new manufacturing plant in Marmaduke, creating 150 to 200 jobs.

CRONYISM. Sen. Mark Pryor, a nominal Democrat, said that he would support and contribute money to Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, now running as an independent against Ned Lamont, who defeated Lieberman in the Democratic primary. Pryor climbed into bed with Vice President Dick Cheney, another pal of Lieberman’s.

WATERMELONS. Hope Vice Mayor David “D.J.” Johnson defeated other politicians, including the Republican candidate for governor and the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, to win the Politically Correct watermelon-eating contest at the annual Hope Watermelon Festival.

IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

POCAHONTAS. Waterloo Industries Inc. announced that it would close its Pocahontas toolbox plant, eliminating 553 jobs.

PUBLIC EDUCATION. Of 1,100 public schools in Arkansas, 325 were placed on the state Education Department’s “academically troubled” list because of a history of low scores on state-required examinations. The schools face sanctions, including the possible loss of pupils to other schools. And, the Board of Education put four school districts and 63 schools on probation for violating accreditation requirements in the 2005-06 school year.

NLR HOMICIDES. Like its big brother across the river, North Little Rock is seeing a sharp increase in homicides. The city recorded its 10th of the year, twice as many as all of last year.

THE HUCKSTER WATCH

He mostly lay low, out of public view. In 20 more weeks, he can lie even lower.

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