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The week that was, Jan. 9-15

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Jan. 9-15, 2008

It was a good week for …

ARKANSAS. Thanks to surprising presidential results in Iowa and New Hampshire, there's a chance that the primary vote in Arkansas might be nationally interesting come Super Tuesday Feb. 5. How well will Obama do? How well will Huckabee do? Officials report a surge in voter registration.

CHURCH NETWORKING. Mike Huckabee hoped his ties to evangelical churches — and not traditional paid advertising — could stir grassroots support for his campaign in Michigan.

DAVID O. DODD. The 17-year-old Confederate spy, a Civil War footnote for his hanging in Little Rock 144 years ago, remains big news at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The newspaper continued its Executive Editor Griffin Smith-era custom of huge feature coverage of the annual hanging observance. Equivalent devotion to history didn't mark the newspaper's reference to the Little Rock school crisis. The newspaper continued to inaccurately report that Gov. Orval Faubus was “complying” with court orders when he removed National Guard troops from Central High in 1957. The judge did not order Faubus to remove the troops. He said they must not be used to block desegregation, but could be used to preserve order.

STEPHENS INC. For the umpteenth year, it was the leading municipal bond underwriter in Arkansas.

The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. Chancellor John A. White announced that he'd be stepping down at the end of this year. His disregard for the humanities, his maladroit meddling in athletics and his failure to tell the truth at critical junctures all argued for a change in the office.

It was a bad week for …

The football HOGS. The greatest running back duo in Razorback history — Darren McFadden and Felix Jones — said they'd skip any more collegiate football in favor of the NFL draft.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. Influential black patrons and officials seemed intent at a public hearing on limiting construction of schools to serve demand in mostly white western Little Rock. Follow-through on the desire will hasten the demise of the public school district.

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