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The Week That Was, June 20-26, 2007

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It was a good week for …

HILLARY CLINTON. She drew an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 to the Arkansas Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and just about every major officeholder who counts lined up to endorse her. One significant holdout: Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

EXPERIENCE. Katie Bailey, 24, a student at UCA, was crowned Miss Arkansas on her sixth try. She’ll compete for Miss America, if the troubled pageant is held.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles said keeping Northwest Arkansas fans happy was one reason he favored the selection of Chuck Barrett as voice of the football Razorbacks over Scott Inman, a TV newsman in Little Rock. This confirmed for some unhappy residents of other parts of the state where the university’s priorities lie.

EUREKA SPRINGS. It began its symbolic domestic partnership registry, a welcoming sign to many gay couples who live and vacation in the city.

It was a bad week for …

WEST MEMPHIS. Police there shot a 12-year-old boy. Officers claim he was carrying a toy gun they thought was real. His family said he carried a bottle of soda pop and a bag of chips.

The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. Average faculty pay is lower than any school in the Southeastern Conference, save Mississippi State, a survey says. Coaches fare a lot better, needless to say. And professors in some favored disciplines — business and engineering, for example — do way better than others on the faculty at UA.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. Parents unhappy with the effort to oust Roy Brooks have begun scouring records to dig up dirt on School Board members who want Brooks gone. They found a little (emphasis on little) in the case of Board president Katherine Mitchell, who reportedly failed to properly complete a required financial statement and was paid some small sums handled by the school district for teacher training programs financed by the state. This vendetta means only more unrest, not less, in the district.

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