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June 5, 2008

Vol 6 • No 21

Eye for an eye?

The shooter in a 1993 killer gets life, his teen-age accomplice gets death. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund takes up the teen-ager's case.

How dare she?

The usual suspects -- and then some -- are in a purple rage that Hillary Clinton didn't concede last night.

Clinton Library 'greeters'

Got a note last night about the intent of members of the local cycling community to start a "meet and greet" campaign with Clinton Library visitors to inform them of the unfulfilled promise to convert the old Rock Island railroad bridge (shown beyond reflecting pool) to a pedestrian/bike span.

McCain challenges Obama

McCain proposes a series of weekly "town hall" discussions between the presidential candidates, lightly moderated.

Sexual politics

John McCain might not like town halls so much after all, not if he gets another one where somebody asks him about his marital infidelity in a more direct fashion. Until now, this subject has been off limits unless the candidate's name was Clinton.

Ark. Boys State report

For a decade or so, I've been appearing as the token liberal at the American Legion's civics experiment, Boys State.

What's Cooking, June 5

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce presents the fourth annual Taste of the Rock 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 5.

Editorial cartoon, June 5

‘Fire on the Mountain’

“Fire on the Mountain,” the “bluegrass musical” closing out the Rep’s current season, is one of the more bizarre things I have seen on stage.

A&E news, June 5

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre has announced a $6 million capital campaign to renovate its home at 601 Main, provide off-site space for storage and set construction, and renovate its apartments for guest actors on Sixth Street.

Change

Nearly everything has changed in Century 21, none of it for the better.

Why Hillary lost

How did it come to pass that the shrewdest and most talented political team in a century lost a presidential nomination after enjoying some of the most daunting advantages in history?

Well-heeled women

Having jumped on the “Sex and the City” bandwagon (or in the yellow cab) late in the game, during intermittent periods of free HBO and the occasional DVD rental, I find myself more on the periphery than in the clique.

Smart Talk, June 5

One-quarter of Arkansas pharmacies are in danger of closing, according to a new study released by trade groups the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Food Marketing Institute. Arkansas sources say the danger is real.

Whither the farmers this time?

I propounded a theory a couple of weeks ago that the candidate who wins the votes of East Arkansas farmers wins the state.

Downtown disagreement

The Insider heard last week that leases for commercial space at the southwest corner of Markham and Scott, including a liquor store and gift shop, had not been renewed.

To-do list, June 5

'Sweeney Todd, San Antokyo, Maxximum Impact, Pinnacle of Music Festival, Hot Rod Power Tour, Mother's Best Music Fest, Indigo Girls and Demon Hunter / Living Sacrifice are all happening this week.

May 28-June 3, 2008

It was a good week for … DIRTY AIR. The Little Rock metro area was rated among the worst in the country for carbon emissions.

Felons for cleanliness

People are always coming up with ideas about using convict labor for the public good.

Orval, June 5

This modern world, June 5

Diamond Hogs bounced early

The Diamond Hogs put together some valiant efforts over the weekend, keeping games close enough against quality opponents to justify their inclusion in the tournament field.

The Observer, June 5

A few weeks ago a well-dressed young couple came into Midtown Billiards, a bar in the South Main Street district (SoMa).

In Brief, June 5

The Hot Springs Music Festival, an event that brings together some 250 musicians from all over the world, starts to wind down its first week.

Daddy’s little gift bag

Here’s the thing about shopping for men: You are on your own.

Come on, big money

Come the July deadline, paid signature gatherers should have a sufficient cushion to put a state lottery amendment on the ballot.

Zowie! ’Za at Za Za is a blast of Italy

Scott McGehee changed my life. His Boulevard Bread Company on Kavanaugh gave me the equivalent of the hunting club and golf club membership I never wanted.

A case against death

In December 1993, Kenneth Reams, an 18-year-old black man, sat on trial for capital murder in a shooting he didn’t commit.

Bad topic

It’s a sad commentary that two people connected to Arkansas have made disgusting remarks in the past two weeks about assassination.

Words, June 5

Abbott was right: A historic event occurred on ESPN the other night. The announcer of a major-league baseball game got to say “Who’s on first.”

The Good Fear

In the days before mass media entertainment, carnivals of various sorts traveled from town to town to entertain folks.

An eye for an eye?

NAACP lawyers argue that a non-murderer should not be executed — and question the death penalty in the process.

Al Green gets inside your head

Al Green refers to himself in the third person. Calmly, reflectively, like, “I think Al Green is still growing.”

Camp Ouachita revival

From the late 1930s to 1979, Camp Ouachita hosted generations of Girl Scouts.

Movies in the Park

Blake Rutherford reports that 1,100 people went down to the River Market amphitheater last night to watch "E.T.," the opening movie in the summer's Movies in the Park series.

Adios Alltel?

Talk Business offers some analysis for the possibility of a speedy resale of Alltel by the private investment group.

Burn, Beebe, burn

The Audubon Society had a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion yesterday. It got the usual hospitable reception from Gov. Mike Beebe, but no encouraging words for the group's fight against the poison-spewing coal-fired power plant SWEPCO has begun building in southwestern Arkansas.

The futile drug war

Arkansas politicians have steadily been banging the meth drum for political points -- none more assiduously than Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The Bill and Barack show

Brummett figures the former president may be too big a problem to solve for Barack Obama to find a place for Hillary Clinton on his ticket.

Speaking of databases

The state can look up Sudafed purchasers on-line. You can't. But take heart, you can unearth matters potentially far more embarrassing.

Speaking of databases

The state can look up Sudafed purchasers on-line. You can't. But take heart, you can unearth matters potentially far more embarrassing.

Done deal in Fayetteville

An agenda change notes that a committee of the UA Board will be asked Friday to approve the request by Chancellor John White and David Gearhart to enter negotiations to purchase Fayetteville High School.

Verizon buys Alltel -- UPDATE

Talk Business is first in my in-box with the news. Price: $28 billion, a bit more than the investment group paid to acquire it last year.

Closing in on Nixon

Bush's approval rating is down to 25 percent, a mere point away from Tricky's. You can do it, W.  

Review: Al Green's "Lay It Down"

Al Green refers to himself in the third person. Calmly, reflectively, like, “I think Al Green is still growing.” Passionately, like “Al Green can sing to that!” It's a common affliction of fame: the ego swells beyond the man. But Green, 62, has another explanation.

Start your engines

Motorcycle fans should mark their calendars for a coming exhibit at the Clinton Library -- Art of the Chopper, a display of 30 customized bikes based on the book shown.

Wally Watch: June 4, 2008

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. June 4, 2008: Hail to the chief or get tossed through window.

Bush lied, troops died

Bush and Cheney made statements in the pre-war that they knew were inaccurate. Say it ain't so.

Alltel: Outta here

Alltel CEO Scott Ford met the press today about the impact of Verizon's $28.1 billion purchase of the Little Rock-based wireless company.

Alltel: Outta here

Alltel CEO Scott Ford met the press today about the impact of Verizon's $28.1 billion purchase of the Little Rock-based wireless company.

Tonight: Drink free and buy shoes

Leave work early, I guess. Starting, thirty minutes ago, Dirtbag and DJ Discipline are spinning at Rock City Kicks in Hillcrest as part of the monthly Shop-n-Sip event.

A new abortion provider

For the first time since its opening 24 years ago, Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Little Rock is offering abortion services — by medication.

'Sweeney Todd' opens

After gaining huge exposure on the big screen, “the demon barber of Fleet Street” returns to his original home, the stage tonight. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Weekend Theater knows its fake blood.

Vroom!

After culminating in Little Rock last year, the Hot Rod Power Tour kicks off this year with more than 4,000 hot rods, classic cars, low riders and muscle cars streaming into the Arkansas State Fairgrounds today.

Boss Womack

From the NWA D-G a report on Rogers Mayor Steve Womack, a wannabe rising political star, corporate welfare provider to the mighty, scourge of hard-working immigrants:

Boss Coughlin

You'd think the felonious former Wal-Mart exec Tom Coughlin believes he's an innocent man from this filing in his lawsuit with Wal-Mart over millions in retirement benefits.

D-Millionaire

Darren McFadden struck a deal with the Oakland Raiders last night -- a $60 million, six-year contract with $26 million guaranteed.

Enough with the gun metaphors

You just about have to conclude Mike Huckabee has a gun fetish. From D-G coverage of his appearance at Sen. Gilbert Baker's fund-raiser:

Schoolhouse confidential

TV station scores exclusive on ousted Booneville school superintendent. A not-so-clandestine affair in the schoolhouse (would it have been OK off school property?); sexy text messages (when will they ever learn?); prescription drug dealing; expensing gas to the school district.

Hog on the high school

Students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will get to help pay for the school's $50 million acquisition of the Fayetteville High School property (if the school district accepts the offer).

What Do These Men Have in Common?

Other than both being known for their smooth flow at the mic and silky three point shots, Snoop Dogg and John Pelphrey wouldn't seem to have that much in common.

Friday To-Do: San Antokyo CD release

SAN ANTOKYO10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $8.

Friday To-Do: Maxximum Impact

MAXXIMUM IMPACT9 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

Ferneau food

They had a little celebrity chef contest at the Peabody Hotel this week as a fund-raiser for Pulaski Tech's Arkansas Culinary School.

Baby, You're a Rich Man

It's official: Darren McFadden is a very wealthy man. Last night he and his agent inked a 6 year, $60 million contract with the Raiders that includes $26 million in guaranteed money.

Farm to market

Big doings Saturday morning, June 7, in Argenta, with a grand opening of the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market, a beefalo giveaway, walking tours, music and more.

Professional standards for school workers

The state Board of Education next week likely will adopt rules for the new professional licensure and practices board.

How slimy is Joe Loserman?

Pretty slimy. He's picked up the Republican slur of calling the Democratic Party the Democrat Party.

$4, do I hear $5

Oil prices jumped by the biggest amount ever today. The market thinks Bush's desire to go to war with Iran might not be a boon to oil supply.

Speaking of those slacker teachers

Jay P. Greene, the Waltons' hired gun in the Department of School Voucher Promotion and Teacher Union Busting at Walton U.-Fayetteville, blogs between partisan hatchet jobs.

The Alltel ripple effect

Alltel employees aren't the only ones sitting anxiously to see the effects of the Verizon purchases of the wireless provider.

Coming soon

 

ACLU on the case

I'm in sympathy with the Pulaski sheriff's need for more deputies, more jail space, more money.

'Swingtown:' Too sexy for TV?

I knew nothing about "Swingtown," which Wikipedia tells me is a CBS TV series about the supposedly sexually liberating 1970s, until I started receiving a fearsome Astroturf campaign against the show.

You're up

Friday night thread.

I-40 revisited

This one somehow slid under our radar: Bob Dylan (above, perhaps about to accept his Pulitzer Prize) is returning to Little Rock, this time at the Riverfest Amphitheater on August 26.

Vroom!

After culminating in Little Rock last year, the Hot Rod Power Tour kicks off this year with more than 4,000 hot rods, classic cars, low riders and muscle cars streaming into the Arkansas State Fairgrounds today.

Having it both ways

That would be Sen. Gilbert Baker, writes John Brummett. Baker claims bipartisanship while he signs off on slashing attack advertising against Mike Beebe; while he decries "Little Rock Democrats" (read that any way you want -- queers, blacks, liberals, your favorite bogeyman); while he brings in The Huckster to womp on Democrats some more.

Huckabee for vice president?

Ross Douthat at The New Republic considers The Huckster's "gonzo conservatism" and its fit with John McCain.

Kids with nothing to do?

The Clinton Library is offering a series of Saturday programs, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tailored to kids.

Take me out to the ballpark

This has nothing to do with anything but guilty pleasures. A fun story in New York Times by a guy who traveled around the country sampling ballpark food.

Offensive speech

An Arkie from Walnut Ridge has been implicated as the source of offensive T-shirts aimed apparently at Barack Obama.

Offensive speech

An Arkie from Walnut Ridge has been implicated as the source of offensive T-shirts aimed apparently at Barack Obama.

Hillary live - UPDATE

The Hillary Clinton campaign closing speech at 11 a.m. today will be streamed live on her website.

Hillary live - UPDATE

The Hillary Clinton campaign closing speech at 11 a.m. today will be streamed live on her website.

We're all Obamaists now

Arkansas Democratic officials jump on the bandwagon.

Come blow our own horn

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is holding its annual convention this weekend in Philadelphia, an event that includes announcement of winners in the annual national contest for writing and design.

Saturday evening thread

Right here.

Test fest '08

About this time a year ago, I was living in a small town surrounded by a lot of other small towns in southwest Arkansas.  One day I was coming back from lunch with my coworker, Tina, when out of the blue, she said,   “Girl, I thought about you this weekend.  We were all at Mike’s Country Store for the Testicle Festival, and I almost called to see if you wanted to come down and join us.” I froze in the middle of the parking lot and stared at her.  I had never heard of such a thing.  Did you know about this?  My first thought was that this was something for men kind of like breast cancer awareness for women.  I was very, very wrong.  For several minutes I just kept asking, “What?” and then, as she explained it to me, I followed up with, “I don’t understand.  Are you kidding?” In case you are equally unfamiliar with this charming tradition, let me try to explain.  Apparently, in the spring, farmers castrate (or according to Tina, “de-ball”) bulls.  I’m sure there’s a reason for it, but I don’t know what it is.  At the end of the day, farmers have all these leftover cow parts.  As she talked, my spidey-senses started tingling.

Zowie! ’Za at Za Za is a blast of Italy

Scott McGehee's new pizza joint is a five-star winner.

The good Christians

Rob Moritz of Stephens Media writes today about the effort to punish gay people -- and punish children by complicating foster parenting and adoption for everyone in Arkansas gay and straight -- by the self-proclaimed arbiters of family values.

A historic day

AAA says the national average gas price has reached $4 per gallon for the first time.

Verizon builds in Tulsa

WW alerts me to a story about Verizon's building of a major operations center in Tulsa to serve Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The important stuff

Forget about it today, Brummett says, and consider John McCain's "creepy forced smile." And whether Bill has been acting strange.

Hillary: the day after

Hillary Clinton's concession speech Saturday was timed to give the big papers plenty of time to meet early Sunday print deadlines.

Ark. and the race for No. 2

Andrew DeMillo writes this week about the three people with Arkansas links at least nominally in the running for vice presidential slots -- Hillary Clinton and Wesley Clark on the Democratic side and Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.

Order Mike Huckabee's book

"Do the Right Thing." Pre-order your autographed copy now. And don't miss the Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Oliver North and Dennis Hastert titles right below.

Sunday evening thread

It's hot. It's Sunday.

Can Obama beat McCain?

Brummett poses and answers the question in the affirmative.

Tax dollars at work

SNIFFING OUT PREDATORS: Police Chief Richard Friend of Shannon Hills I've expressed previously some skepticism about the immense amount of time devoted by the North Little Rock police to posing as jailbait on the Internet to lure the attention of potential sex offenders around the world.

Tax dollars at work

SNIFFING OUT PREDATORS: Police Chief Richard Friend of Shannon Hills I've expressed previously some skepticism about the immense amount of time devoted by the North Little Rock police to posing as jailbait on the Internet to lure the attention of potential sex offenders around the world.

The silence of the nutcracker

An interesting commentary on Daily Kos. About the above "novelty" item and what it might have said about public attitudes in the year 2008.

God and Maher and Arkansas

Thanks to Phil for a link to this trailer (now I have it from YouTube above) of a new Bill Maher movie, "Religulous," in which he travels to interview people about God and religion.

From the police blotter

Thanks to The Iconoclast for this one from the NWA Times: "Brandon George Smith, 22, of 1724 Live Oak, No. 7, in Fayetteville was arrested June 5 on a felony charge of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Craig O'Neill to KTHV anchor

Arkansas Business has the news that prankster radio jock turned sometimes-pranksterish sports announcer Craig O'Neill is going to be sliding into the 10 p.m. anchor slot on Channel 11, KTHV.

Hold the tomatoes!

McDonald's has temporarily stopped using raw tomatoes on sandwiches until the source of a salmonella outbreak can be pinpointed.

None dare call them racinos

An inquiring reporter discovers that Arkansas's two racetracks -- at Oaklawn and Southland -- look and operate like casinos.

None dare call them racinos

An inquiring reporter discovers that Arkansas's two racetracks -- at Oaklawn and Southland -- look and operate like casinos.

More on Chenal house fire

Arkansas Business has done some reporting on information passed along earlier today (see last comment on thread) by one of our readers.

Arkansas in presidential play

Seems like John McCain is opening with the Republican Party's usual solid south strategy and that you can add Arkansas to his list of early stops.

Arkansas in presidential play

Seems like John McCain is opening with the Republican Party's usual solid south strategy and that you can add Arkansas to his list of early stops.

Hageeeeeeeee!

If any Democrats are actually thinking about following through on their threats to "sit this one out" or vote for McBush in November they might enjoy Lee Child's latest novel in his Jack Reacher series.

Annals of corporate welfare

The Jefferson County Quorum Court has voted to ask voters at a special election Aug. 12 to approve a 10-year half-cent sales tax to produce an estimated $4.5 million to spend on worker training and economic development grants (read handouts to potential businesses.)

Ladies night

The female bonding continues. If the male-female ratio at the opening weekend of “Sex and the City” was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1:200, expect similar numbers at tonight's Indigo Girls concert.

The signature campaigns

In a roundup on various efforts to put initiated acts on the ballot, Stephens Media reports that the drive will be close on the anti-gay measure that would make foster parenting and adoption harder for all in Arkansas.

Obamanuts not

Brummett reviews the lack of enthusiasm among Arkansas Democratic officialdom for the Democratic Party's apparent nominee.

Hell hath no fury

If you haven't seen it already, you'll want to read the Democrat-Gazette account of activity in former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson's divorce case.

Those brainy Asians

A report worth reading in NY Times: The image of Asian-Americans as a homogeneous group of high achievers taking over the campuses of the nation’s most selective colleges came under assault in a report issued Monday.

The Rogers PD

Just what does it take to get meaningful discipline for misbehavior as a Rogers police officer?

The Rogers PD

Just what does it take to get meaningful discipline for misbehavior as a Rogers police officer?

Magic Springs sold

Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, the amusement and water parks in Hot Springs, have been sold to a Florida-based operator of amusement parks.

Girls gone wild: Clinton edition

Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers have teamed up for a $1.99 videotape on the Bill Clinton they knew, down to the most intimate details according to this gossip column.

Girls gone wild: Clinton edition

Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers have teamed up for a $1.99 videotape on the Bill Clinton they knew, down to the most intimate details according to this gossip column.

Following the felon -- to LR

A House report concludes that the jailed influence peddler Jack Abramoff had plenty of connections with the Bush administration and influenced White House decisions, if not Bush himself.

More Bush corruption

A friend lauds an ABC Nightline episode last night about federal Justice Department money channeled to programs run by Bush cronies and favored causes rather than going to programs that actually did much good.

Tuesday To-Do: Indigo Girls

INDIGO GIRLS8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $27.75-$37.75.

Their masters' keepers

You see headlines like this and you'd think Mike Gravel could beat John McCain. Senate Republicans block taxes on oil profits.

Lease to own: PSC member

You perhaps remember when, until the whistle was blown (here first), that former PSC Chairman Sandra Hochstetter was planning to sit on the Southwest Ark. coal-burning power plant case even though she was planning to go to work for the Arkansas Electric Co-op, which was hoping to own a portion of the power plant and which is a company already heavily invested in coal-fired generators.

Mid-Week Hodge Podge

December Madness? According to Brandon Marcello of The Slophouse, John Pelphrey is trying to schedule an early-season invitational that would take place next season in Bud Walton.

Fighting high food costs

-- Ashley County Ledger More community journalism from the Arkansas Blog. Our Hamburg bureau chief, clipping the region's papers, guides us to the feel-good-story-of-the-day in the Ashley County Ledger.

Beebe appointments -- a big one

There's some great news in a generally routine announcement of gubernatorial appointments today. Ted Suhl has been replaced on the Child Welfare Review Board. (In answer to a question: He was not reappointed when his term ended.)

Pop! in the Park

Yes! More diverse local bills!History Pavilion is brick, arbor-looking thing adjacent to the Junction Bridge.

'Shotgun Stories' on DVD

Own it on July 1.Alan Disaster is having a good month. First, the mini-tour with Green Day.

Tonight: Chase Pagan, free film, Big John Miller

Chase Pagan. Indie yelper Chase Pagan continues to tour ceaselessly behind his debut 2007 "Oh, Musica."

'Wake the Dead'

North Little Rock native Jay Russell is moving away from family fare like “My Dog Skip” and “The Waterhorse.” Variety reports that the director is slated to helm “Wake the Dead,” a modern retelling of “Frankenstein” based on Steve Niles' graphic novel of the same name.

Marryin' Sam alert

An attorney general's opinion today says there is no statutory authority for sitting justices of the peace to charge a fee for performing a marriage and it likely would be unconstitutional if a county tried to authorize it.

Shall we?

Have an open line? Early night here.

Shall we?

Have an open line? Early night here.

Go-to guv

Governor only a year and a half, Mike Beebe has reached goals that eluded his predecessors, spoken out on controversial issues when he could easily have remained silent, and maintained an amazingly high level of popularity through it all, even with people

A new abortion provider

For the first time since its opening 24 years ago, Planned Parenthood's clinic in Little Rock is offering abortion services — by medication.

Speaking of tomatoes

The first Bradley County tomatoes have been harvested, UA Co-operative Extension Service reports. In a month or so ....

Blogging the Alltel buyout UPDATE

Not surprising: An unofficial blog has popped up to follow the fallout at Alltel of its acquisition by Verizon.

Mimi's: My, my

Kat Robinson at Tie Dye Travels visits Mimi's in WLR and likes what she finds now that you can finally get in the place.

Bisbee wins

It drew little attention in the LR edition of the D-G, but Sen. Dave Bisbee won the Republican primary for Benton County judge, despite an all-out effort to beat him.

Arkansas is (70 percent) OK

The Clinton obsession continues in the NY Times with an article about supposed Clinton enemies lists of those who supported Obama.

Arkansas is (70 percent) OK

The Clinton obsession continues in the NY Times with an article about supposed Clinton enemies lists of those who supported Obama.

Do you solemnly swear?

The Iconoclast suggests that it might have been fun to get former Sen. Tim Hutchinson under oath to ask whether he'd had an extramarital affair with the aide he later married.

The joy of text

The Reno newspaper is goings nuts -- it discovered the Nevada governor sent 867 text messages in six weeks last year to his alleged paramour.

Wednesday To-Do: Demon Hunter - Living Sacrifice

Hating the devil. DEMON HUNTER/ LIVING SACRIFICE7:30 p.m., the Village.

Former LR reporter's YouTube moment

Remember Isiah Carey, who once worked as a reporter for Channel 4 in Little Rock?

Ark. home sales slump

The monthly report from the Arkansas Realtors Association shows that home sales in Arkansas were down almost 19 percent in April compared with April 2007 and average home prices were down 2 percent (but 9 percent in Pulaski County, ouch.)

Ex-diplomat talks immigration in LR

John A. Ritchie, a retired diplomat who served as the State Department's Coordinator for U.S.-Mexico Border Affairs from 2004-2006, spoke of the complexity of American-Mexican relations this afternoon at the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations.

Judge coddles cross burners

Tom Coughlin's special handling by a federal court in Fort Smith sent a message that there's a special brand of justice for rich folks.

Judge coddles cross burners

Tom Coughlin's special handling by a federal court in Fort Smith sent a message that there's a special brand of justice for rich folks.

Wednesday: 'Rocky,' the Heat Machine, Oh No Not Stereo and...

Find out why people are always saying, "Yo, Adrian!" and running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Bill wears the union label

Thanks to the blog of the AFSCME local at the UA for news that Bill Clinton cancelled a commencement speech at UCLA rather than cross a picket line of university workers in a wage dispute.

Farewell, Freddie

Junior Freddie Fairchild has been booted from the UA football team. He'd been suspended earlier.

Do I hear $6?

There's an old-fashioned filling station in the Heights where they'll still pump your gas, check your oil and wash your windshield, but you pay a  handsome premium for the service.
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