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The Week That Was, March 10-16

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

UALR. The women's basketball team won a bid to the NCAA tournament.

UAPB. A conference title gave the men's basketball team a trip to the NCAA tournament, quite a finish for a year that began with a 0-11 road trip.

The state PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. It exhibited understandable skepticism about how Arkansas might fare if Entergy, the electric utility, devises a new “system agreement,” or scheme for splitting costs among the states served by the company. So far in our state's history with Entergy, not so good.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. Less than a week after singing the praises of the state's services at residential facilities for the retarded (in response to federal criticism of the Conway Human Development Center), the governor ordered a management change and study of the Alexander Human Development Center because of a bruising inspection report that faulted medi-cal care for injured residents, use of restraints and shoddy maintenance.

U.S. REP. JOHN BOOZMAN. This self-avowed champion of cutting government spending was the most frequent user of taxpayer-financed foreign travel in the Arkansas congressional delegation in 2009. And last year was only the continuation of a long history of taxpayer-financed junketing by Boozman, sometimes with his wife and including a jaunt to Germany in which he claimed $900 a day in expense money. Where's the Tea Party when you need one?

PINE BLUFF. Mayor Carl Redus fired Police Chief John Howell, a decision that split the community and City Council and did little to help Pine Bluff's image as a city in disarray.

HOT SPRINGS. The owner of Rachel Alexandra, a top filly, backed out of a $5 million match race April 9 at Oaklawn Park, ending dreams of an unprecedented crowd of big spenders in the city and a torrent of national publicity.

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