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The Week That Was, March 10-16




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.


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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