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The Week That Was, Oct. 11

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Oct. 3-9, 2007

It was a good week for …

RACIAL POLITICS. Virtually every important black politician in Little Rock turned out for a rally for Little Rock School Board member Micheal Daugherty, in a tough fight for re-election against Anna Swaim. The votes were counted after we went to press this week, but the racial issue will linger (see Max Brantley).

The LITTLE ROCK POLICE. They made arrests that cleared a spate of robberies and car thefts and found a jail in Faulkner County to hold some suspects who otherwise would have been instantly freed from the overstuffed Pulaski County Jail.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. After months of court and Pulaski County dithering, the e-mail files of former county comptroller Ron Quillin, who's pleaded guilty to embezzlement, were released. They richly detailed an amorous relationship between Quillin and a woman whose company supplies computer services, abetted with public funds.

It was a bad week for …

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He said he wouldn't join a campaign against the gay-bashing initiative to limit adoption and foster parenting. There are things about it he doesn't like, he admitted, but apparently there are parts he likes more. And that's not all in an inglorious week for the governor. He's been putting a rush on execution scheduling, even though states including blood-thirsty Texas have slowed state killings because of court concerns over the constitutionality of the lethal injection procedure used here and elsewhere.

HOUSTON NUTT. Critics flew a banner mocking the Hog football coach over War Memorial Stadium. It was embarrassing, but no less so than a sloppy showing below against the woeful visitors from Chattanooga. Even cream puffs aren't going down easy for the Hogs this year.

A STATE LOTTERY. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Lt. Gov. Bill Halter he'd have to rewrite his proposal for a lottery before McDaniel could clear the wording for the ballot next year. Halter said he'd persevere.

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