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The Week That Was, Nov. 22

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Nov. 14-20, 2007

It was a good week for …

The CAPITAL HOTEL. After two years and a $24 million-plus renovation, the historic hotel reopened for business. It's more deluxe than ever thanks to owner Warren Stephens' significant investment.

ALLTEL SHAREHOLDERS. A $26.3 billion deal to take the company private produced $71.50 per share payments to stockholders. Analysts questioned whether the private concerns new debt might be unduly burdensome, an important question as the Little Rock-based company moves forward.

A FLIPFLOP. Mike Huckabee, who once said abortion should be left to the states, has decided as a presidential candidate with rising numbers among conservative Republicans in Iowa that he favors a national ban on abortion.

It was a bad week for …

NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. His plan to build a road to serve a publicly subsidized sporting goods store in Dark Hollow has evolved into a conservatively estimated $8 million project that will destroy yet another important wetland and gum up traffic in Lakewood.

HOUSTON DALE NUTT. Media reported that this would be his last season as Razorback football coach. He disputed the reports but never said directly that he expected to be coaching at UA in 2008. The hubbub was ameliorated by a Hog victory over Mississippi State in Little Rock.

The UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. It made the final round of judging but missed the cut for four colleges selected as sites for presidential debates in 2008.

VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY. Only about 125 turned out for his two-hour visit to Little Rock for a $250-a-head fundraiser that undoubtedly raised less than the trip cost.

GAMBLING. Little Rock police raided a poker parlor in West Little Rock and a slot machine operation in Southwest Little Rock. Officials had warned the poker game operator that they didn't buy his explanation of how he planned to structure the game to comply with anti-gambling laws.

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