IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
HOG NATION. The Razorbacks upset heavily favored Auburn and, once again, most seems right with UA football and, thus, the world. (Does the Arkansas Times have a reverse-cover jinx?)
The RACE FOR THE CURE. The event to raise money to fight breast cancer drew more than 43,000 to the streets of Little Rock. Per capita, it’s the biggest race of its kind in the country.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
NORTH LITTLE ROCK. With energy prices dropping, the city’s new electric contract — more than double the old cost for wholesale power — doesn’t look so hot. And the city has taken no steps yet on figuring how much of the burden will be borne by ratepayers or a reduction in city services currently financed by profit from electricity sales.
WATSON CHAPEL SCHOOL DISTRICT. It suspended students for wearing tiny black wristbands to protest the school district’s uniform policy. Free speech? Not in Watson Chapel. The ACLU says it will sue.
The STATE CORRECTION DEPARTMENT. After three escapes, officials decided — duh — it’s not a good idea to let unsupervised inmates drive other inmates to work release assignments.
SEX TOYS IN RUSSELLVILLE. Local cops began enforcing a new ordinance that prohibits sale of any item designed for “sexual gratification” within 1,000 feet of a home or park.
THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He kept a low profile on the Foley scandal, dodging questions about Republican leadership complicity in the cover-up. Max Brantley also reports this week that he’s shut down his Arkansas PAC, preferring to raise money for candidates in other states more helpful to his presidential campaign. Thirteen weeks to go.