IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
HOUSTON NUTT. The Hog coach needed a win worse than the fans did. Even if it was a gift courtesy of the hapless Alabama kicker, the record book will say 24-23 Hogs.
The LITTLE ROCK ZOO. It was reaccredited, vital to the zoo’s ability to acquire and breed animals.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
LITTLE ROCK CITY GOVERNMENT. Days after a losing jail election that turned in part on voters’ unhappiness over unnecessary government expenditures, news broke that the city wants to reinstall an ugly dome atop City Hall. It was part of the original building in 1908, but even the architect, who added it under pressure, hated it.
The PAROLE SYSTEM. The Arkansas Board of Parole has recommended a pardon for a multiple offender, Donald Clark, who previously received clemency from the governor, in whose office Clark’s mother worked. If people with Clark’s rap sheet can be pardoned, over the objections of the prosecutor, victims and others, anybody can be pardoned.
SCENIC RIVERS. The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission advanced a new rule that would make it easier to dam extraordinary waterways.
DELUXE MEDIA SERVICES. The North Little Rock factory, which makes movie DVDS, announced that it would close by March because of insufficient business. That will put 500 people out of work.
THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He joined Falwell, Dobson, Wildmon etc. in Washington to stoke the Religious Right base. Fourteen weeks to go.
It was St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, not St. Mark’s, that held a service blessing a gay couple mentioned in this column la