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The Week That Was, Oct. 18-24

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

THE FIRST AMENDMENT. A federal judge ruled Watson Chapel School District violated students’ right to free speech by suspending them for wearing black wristbands.

CROOKED CREEK. The director of the state pollution agency denied new gravel mining permits along the scenic creek in Marion County.

THE HOGS. Their 38-3 win over Ole Miss secured the Razorbacks a bowl game, their first since 2003.

TOP CEOS. Actually, it was a good year, with bonuses to the top executives at Alltel, Wal-Mart and 19 other companies up 32 percent over last year.

STREET DRINKING. Little Rock officials said they’ll try to get an open-container law law passed in the legislature for designated “entertainment districts” — like the River Market.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

ARKANSAS MANUFACTURING JOBS. They hit their lowest level in 16 years in September, falling to 196,000, 20,000 fewer than in 1990.

REAL ESTATE SALES. September home sales were down 22 percent compared with last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said.

HUCKSTER WATCH

He was called “insensitive” and “tasteless” by a Jewish group after an appearance on Don Imus’ national radio show last week. When Imus told him he looked “emaciated,” Huckabee said, “I have just come from six weeks at a concentration camp held by the Democrat party of Arkansas in an undisclosed location, making a hostage tape. That’s why I look that way.”

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