Oct. 14-20, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
BELT-TIGHTENING. A continuing drop in state revenue forced a $100 million budget cut for the remainder of this year.
* Little Rock was chosen as the site for a free health clinic on Nov. 21. It will be similar to other mass clinics held recently in major cities to serve the needy and to demonstrate the great unmet needs as Congress debates health care legislation.
* Little Rock also was chosen to receive two saplings from the chestnut tree that grew outside the window of the Amsterdam apartment where diarist Anne Frank hid during World War II. Eleven saplings are to be planted in significance of the fight for social justice – including one at Central High School and one at the Clinton Library.
A CHANGE OF HEART. Dr. David Burks, president of Harding University, reversed course and said the school's anti-gambling policy would continue to apply to lottery ticket purchases by students, even though they'll finance college scholarships at Harding and elsewhere. He said it would be hypocritical to do otherwise.
WINDS OF PROSPERITY. Arkansas landed another plant related to wind energy – a Mitsubishi wind turbine plant that is projected to employ 400 in Fort Smith.
DR. JOEL ANDERSON. The UALR chancellor spoke up for greater access to higher education for immigrants, including in-state tuition for illegal aliens who are long-time Arkansas residents with state diplomas.
It was a bad week for …
GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED RELIGION. The cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District, among others, pitched in to promote the appearance of a Christian evangelist at the City Fest revival this weekend.
RAZORBACK FANS. The football team outplayed top-ranked Florida, but lost 23-20 on a last-second field goal. A straighter kick, a better pass or an official with better vision and the outcome might have gone the Razorbacks' way.
LITTLE ROCK. The city's Adult Leisure Center, a popular gathering spot for older residents and for community meetings, burned to the ground. It was insured.
JERMAIN TAYLOR. The Little Rock boxer was hospitalized in Berlin after a 12th-round knockout in a fight with Arthur Abraham. It raised questions about his boxing future.