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The Week That Was, March 17-23

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MARCH 17-23, 2010

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

The UALR TROJANS. The women's basketball team thoroughly beat Georgia Tech in an opening round game in the NCAA tournament.

U.S. REP. VIC SNYDER: He'll leave office with his head high, the only House member from Arkansas to vote for historic health care reform.

ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE. With the aid of federal tax credits, the predominantly black school in Little Rock announced an $18 million building program.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GOV. MIKE BEEBE
, U.S. REP. MIKE ROSS and U.S. REP. MARION BERRY. The first two have only token election opposition. Berry is a lame duck. Yet in one of the country's neediest states they expressed opposition to health care reform that will broaden coverage for at least 500,000 Arkansans.

U.S. SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN
. She was for health care reform before she came out fervently against the House reconciliation legislation that was a key part of the compromise to get the historic measure passed. Her excuse: She objected to the end of a sweetheart deal for big banks in student lending. Oh.

STATE REPS. MIKE BURRIS, RANDY STEWART and JOHN PAUL WELLS. The Democrat-Gazette caught them failing to disclose lobbyist-financed junkets to Alaska, Idaho and Wyoming.

The ABUNDANT LIFE SCHOOL in Sherwood. The Baptist Church-sponsored private school put its high school principal, Tim Ballard, on leave with pay while he faces a charge of sexual assault of a former student. A police report said school officials told them multiple complaints about Ballard had been made over an 11-year period.

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BROWNIE LEDBETTER
, 77, died Sunday at her Little Rock home. If the fight was for racial or economic justice, women's rights, the envi-ronment, education or Democratic politics, this tireless activist was in it, if, indeed, she was not the founder of a group organized for the battle.

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