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July 21, 2005

Vol 3 • No 27

Equal opportunity

The numbers alone are enough to stop you in your tracks. Of the close to 30,000 people who work for the state of Arkansas — not including colleges and universities and elected officials — 625, or 2 percent earn more than $75,000 a year. Upwards of three-quarters of them, 78 percent, are men. Yet men make up only about 42 percent of state employees.

Equal opportunity

The numbers alone are enough to stop you in your tracks. Of the close to 30,000 people who work for the state of Arkansas — not including colleges and universities and elected officials — 625, or 2 percent earn more than $75,000 a year. Upwards of three-quarters of them, 78 percent, are men. Yet men make up only about 42 percent of state employees.

Punctuational excess

An unsung consultant or advisor surely took home a big bonus for introducing the exclamation point into the Asa Hutchinson for Governor campaign. The campaign’s name – now official, I guess – is Asa! I wish it were not so but it is. I wish I could e

More picks July 21-27

Editorial cartoon July 21

Letters

We at the Army Corps of Engineers take our regulatory responsibilities for wetlands, streams and other waters of the U.S. very seriously. As such, we hope the following clarifying information regarding your July 7 article on the Shoppes at North Hills pro

Shield reporters

Like me, I suspect most people are now more bored than angry about the big story about the president’s indispensable aide, Karl Rove. He has admitted that he is the guy who told a couple of journalists that a fellow who debunked Bush’s idea that Iraq

Words July 21

Wisdom where you’d least expect it: An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial about a retiring Supreme Court justice cautioned readers, “Beware of anybody who uses the word ‘holistic’ seriously.” That’s good advice. Even a blind hog finds an acorn.

Next to godliness

When your state is not clean enough or educated enough to land a car plant, it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities. Arkansas continues to rest its economic development hopes on attracting a major automobile manufacturing facility to Marion, where a “

A rush act for NLR ballpark

Less than a month after finalizing a “memorandum of intent” with the Arkansas Travelers for a proposed new stadium in North Little Rock, early voting begins there this Monday, July 25, on a two-year, 1 percent sales tax in the city to pay for the stadium.

This Modern World July 21

Do-it-yourself set AOK with KTHV

In addition to a neck-and-neck race with KATV, Channel 7, for first place in the news ratings, KTHV, Channel 11, has something else to be proud of: a snazzy new news set that rotates, providing views of a city skyline backdrop, a perforated screen with t

Editorials July 21

If President Bush wanted to be a uniter instead of a divider for a change, there’s a way. He could nominate moderates for seats on the Supreme Court, and he could consult with members of the opposing party before making the nominations. It is neither unpr

The week that was July 13-19

It was a good week for … JERMAIN TAYLOR. The Little Rock middleweight boxer won an undisputed world title with a split decision over Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas.

Getting Borked

Robert H. Bork, the nightmare we thought was long behind us, materialized again overnight when Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement. Bork appeared on CNN castigating the centrist judge and lamenting the injustice of her having been on the

Fuji stands tall in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — This resort town may have more good restaurants per capita than any city in this region and they cover nearly every genre. But one style, traditional Japanese with sushi, was missing until two years ago when Fuji Hibachi Steak House and Sus

WM3

The murder of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis on May 6, 1993 — and the arrest and imprisonment of three older Crittenden County boys for the murders — has spawned its own culture. A pair of documentary films, “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Rob

Orval July 21

Smart talk July 21

As UALR nears the formal opening of the $22 million Stephens Center with a basketball game against Navy Nov. 22, some questions have arisen about the facility, built with a gift from Little Rock financier Jack Stephens (a Navy alum).

Property rights

?Some state political candidates see opportunity in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Connecticut city could condemn people’s homes to make way for a privately owned hotel and offices.� in cycles, certain people keep telling us.�e. �r toddler, S

Boxer, state are hog-tied

If there is another state that would have poured out in such big numbers to Las Vegas to support its boxing star, we can’t think of it. An estimated 5,000 fans from Arkansas were in Vegas in support of Jermain Taylor last week. Likewise, a large number

Two for Acoustic ’Grass

Bluegrass and country husband-and-wife team Eddie and Martha Adcock will appear at Acoustic Sounds Cafe, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22. The three-time Grammy nominees deliver a sound that they have named “TwoGrass” — a mixture of

London calling

Her brother’s wedding this week has led Londoner Susan Johnson Mumford, a Hendrix College graduate, to return to Arkansas for a week and put on an exhibition of international art.

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Oak Street Bistro, EJ's, Boscos Capsule reviews: Seasons in the Heights.

The Observer

It may have been daily exposure to Lance Armstrong’s televised exploits along the roads of France. Or maybe it was the memory of packs of Lycra-clad young Italians pedaling furiously along the winding roads in the steep Chianti hills between Loro Ciufenna

TV highlights

THE CLOSER 8 p.m. Monday, July 25 TNT (Comcast Ch. 29) Though we never quite get used to Yankee actors butchering Southern accents (they all tend to end up sounding like either Scarlett O’Hara or Karl from “Sling Blade,” no matter what part of Dixie

Rooting for Win Paul, betting on Beebe

Win Paul Rockefeller is a powerfully good man, a proud son and devoted father and leader of Boy Scouts and public-spirited citizen of noble intentions and temperate instincts. I'm rooting as hard as I can for him to overpower this damnable affliction. May

No crying at 'Wedding'

?“Wedding Crashers,” the Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn comedy vehicle, almost falls on top of itself with a sappy love story stuck in the middle of a movie that, at least for the first half hour or so, is pretty darn funny.�sas for lowdown. The dirt:�is growin

Taylor parade set Friday

A parade in downtown Little Rock honoring new world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, culminating at the Riverfest Amphitheatre about noon.

The facts about pay for women

Pay at a glance.

The top-ranking women

A chart shows the best-paid women in state government.

Area talent, national quality

You have a free, front-row seat to check out unique up-and-coming acts without leaving the confines of your living room La-Z Boy. You don’t even have to miss “Saturday Night Live.” “SpotlightON” is a cutting-edge musical showcase that airs every Saturday
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