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The week that was March 8-14

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

The HOGS. The men’s basketball team landed an NCAA tournament berth, a No. 8 seed, after being written off early in the season.

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. Its long awaited eco-friendly headquarters, a $17.5 million neighbor to the Clinton Library, opens this week.

The ARKANSAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Bill Halter dropped out of the race for governor, shooting for lieutenant governor instead. That likely means an unopposed gubernatorial nomination — and a savings worth millions toward the fall general election — for Attorney General Mike Beebe.

ROCK ’N’ ROLL. The Rolling Stones put on a universally acclaimed show before a full house at Alltel Arena.

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD. Little Rock city officials called a news conference to assure citizenry that the city is safe, despite a homicide count hitting a record pace (15 at last count). “It’s a safe city if you’re a law-abiding citizen,” said the mayor, inserting foot in mouth.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He finished a weak sixth in straw polling at a regional beauty contest of Republican presidential hopefuls in Memphis, behind a Yankee governor, among others.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY. A state trooper who thought he was dealing with an escaped fugitive killed a retarded 21-year-old with a shotgun blast when the young man wouldn’t show his hands after being stopped on a Benton County roadside.

WINTER. Unseasonably warm weather not only encouraged premature flowering of plants, it spawned damaging tornadoes.

CHARTER SCHOOLS. The conservative-touted Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle appeared headed for closure on account of financial problems. It was more evidence that charters can be managed as badly as any public school and maybe worse. There’s also been no showing that students there did better in the charter than they did in the schools they left behind.

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