Nov. 19-25, 2008
It was a GOOD week for …
The INTERNET. In the old days, without web photo coverage, no one would have learned about the two Miller County deputies who ventured into Texas for a Hooter’s-related car wash featuring bikinied babes nor would the deputies have been disciplined for their graphically illustrated hijinks. Also, without the web, readers would not have heard about the man who left a cell phone in a Fayetteville McDonald’s. Before he could return to pick it up, photographs stored on the phone of his nude wife popped up on the Internet. Feeling burned, the man has sued McDonald’s.
The HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. In the interest of safety, it recommended that the speed limit remain 55 mph on non-interstate highways.
The state DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. It continues to move aggressively to protect children housed at Tony Alamo Ministries outposts in Arkansas. In a surprise raid, it took custody of 20 children because of reports of mistreatment. DHS apparently no longer has the same timidity about acting against “faith”-based agencies, a hallmark of the Huckabee era.
It was a BAD week for …
OBAMA INAUGURAL GOERS. Requests for tickets far exceed the supply allotted Arkansas members of Congress. But many people will go for the celebration, tickets or no tickets, including charter buses arranged by the state Martin Luther King Commission.
SOLVING CRIMES. Police announced that an intensive investigation could find no motive for Timothy Dale Johnson’s slaying of state Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney. Johnson took the secret to his own grave. He was shot dead by police at the end of a long chase.
The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. Enrollment is down almost 1,300 compared with last year and that will require a budget cut of some $10 million, Superintendent Linda Watson said.