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The week that was, July 25-July 31

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The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. It won a lawsuit over its right to buy out the contract of Superintendent Roy Brooks. Now, let's move on.

VOTING. Early voting began on the proposal to raise the pay of the Little Rock mayor and increase the powers of the office.

NEW LAWS. Much of the work of the last legislative session took effect, including the likes of a new tax on beer, legalized charity bingo and a law to make a crime of taking “upskirt” and “downblouse” photos.

PREMATURE CELEBRATION. A Sunday Democrat-Gazette news article proclaimed a Hells Angels gathering in Eureka Springs a peaceful affair. That very day, the Angels brawled with the Bandidos motorcycle gang in a knife fight that sent several to the hospital.

HISTORY. Pressured by criticism from former Gov. David Pryor, Gov. Mike Beebe said he'd convene a meeting for another look at the question of whether new guidelines water down the teaching of Arkansas history in public schools.

COMMEMORATION. Free tickets to the main observance of the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock School Crisis in late September have already “sold out.”

FOOTBALL. A new pro football league – featuring college graduates associated with local colleges – has announced plans to have Little Rock as a member when play begins in spring 2008. War Memorial Stadium would be home to a team wearing uniforms reminiscent of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

It was a bad week for …

DRIVING. Figures for 2006 show traffic fatalities increased in Arkansas while they were dropping nationwide.

JUDGE WILLARD PROCTOR. Apparently expecting a critical legislative audit about his unusual court-room probation program, he asked the Quorum Court to adopt ordinances that would legalize his past practices.

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