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The Week That Was, Oct. 4

Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2007

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It was a good week for …

ANNE YE. The Central High School senior racked up perfect scores on the SAT, ACT and PSAT tests.

UNIVERSITY AVENUE. A Dallas developer bought the land under the failed University Mall and will raze it to make way for a “lifestyle” retail center and perhaps multi-family residences.

It was a bad week for …

ACXIOM. A buyout of the Little Rock data manager fell through, apparently because of a weak credit market and poor financial performance. Company leader Charles Morgan also announced his retirement. Not a happy week for a nervous company workforce.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JIM GUNTER. Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley was named to investigate a Hope police report that the justice roughed up his sister in a dispute over some family papers. Criminal investigation aside, the incident requires a review by the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which is appointed by the court on which Gunter sits.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER LARRY BERKLEY. He alone endorsed a proposal to put a charter school in one of Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman's vacant buildings. The school appears aimed at higher achieving students. Berkley seems intent on doing harm to the district as payback for the board majority's ouster of his and Hussman's pet, former Superintendent Roy Brooks.

The FAMILY COUNCIL. It lost its lawsuit challenging the legality of elections held to allow video poker at Oaklawn and Southland race tracks. It also further solidified its role as the state's leading gay basher with resubmission of a constitutional amendment intended to prevent gay people from adopting or fostering children.

The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. Hiding behind a faulty lower court judgment in an Arkansas Times case, the UA arrogantly asserted competitive disadvantage as the reason for refusing to release the names of people who rent public facilities, namely fancy private boxes at the Hogs' baseball stadium. Where's a public interest law firm when we need one in Arkansas?

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