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The Week That Was, Feb. 17-23

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

BLACK FARMERS. The government has agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle a long-running discrimination suit against the USDA.

PROSECUTOR STEVE OLIVER of Hot Springs. He reiterated that he intends to charge a Garland County man in the fatal shoot-ing of a man he said was riding off on his ATV. Citizen-initiated capital punishment for theft is still not allowed in Arkansas, no mat-ter what many who've commented on the case think.

The state BOARD OF EDUCATION. It declined to approve an expansion of an elementary charter school (e-Stem in Little Rock) that was on the academic watch list for insufficient scores for black and poor students. That's what accountability is supposed to be about. Shame on board members who want to rubberstamp anything that has the word “charter” on it.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES. Officials told the legislature that the university's new hospital is still running in the red after a number of cost cuts and needs to hire a consultant to figure out a way to operate profitably.

JOHN MILLS, the former CEO of now-defunct Affiliated Foods, who pleaded guilty to a check kiting scheme aimed at keeping the grocery wholesaler in business.

JOHN DAVID LINDSEY. The son of former Hog football star and prominent developer Jim Lindsey filed a personal bank-ruptcy with liabilities of $100 million to $500 million, ten times his assets. The tangle of business deals, when disclosed, seems likely to reveal a trove of information about the Northwest Arkansas boom and bust.

REP. KEITH INGRAM. The West Memphis lawmaker proposed to slash Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's budget and force him to lay off three of four staff members. He was just doing dirty work, most likely, in behalf of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who might face a challenge from Halter. Known mostly for his special interest local legislation, Ingram had a lot of nerve.

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