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Chances are you couldn’t pick his face out of a lineup, but everybody recognizes Don Pardo’s sonorous baritone voice. The long-time Saturday Night Live announcer died Monday at Tucson, Ariz. He was 96.
The news of Robin Williams death came like a punch to the gut. The beloved comedian and Oscar winning actor died Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Before the ink is dry on the police report, many people are rushing to tell us what they know about Robin Williams, his addictions, his mental illness and his failure to show gratitude the successes his life brought him.
The New York Times broke the news to us Tuesday: Russian hackers have amassed more than 1 billion (yes, with a B) Internet passwords. And you thought the Target hack — 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million other pieces of personal information — was a problem.
Two steps forward, one step back — that’s what we thought when we saw the results of the annual Kids Count Data Book that rank Arkansas as the 41st state in child well-being.
The break from hot weather we’ve experienced this week gives us time to take a breath, but the heat will return as always in an Arkansas summer, bringing with it heat-related dangers.
Electronic cigarettes, now a $1.5 billion to $2 billion business, have become difficult to ignore. The electronic devices, which might look like cigarettes or cigars or even pipes, come with different battery sizes and burn a variety of vapors that might contain a greater or smaller amount of nicotine and a flavor enhancer, according to a February Southwest Times Record report .
Although we have always supported the hypothetical goal of leaving no students behind, we also have always held that in reality, not all students will make the same progress. Thus we have argued that alternative schools like Fort Smith’s Belle Point secondary school, which enrolls students who do not succeed in traditional schools, should not be judged by the same criteria as traditional schools face.
Our state lawmakers met last week for a very short but historic special legislative session, addressing issues they will consider again in their next regular session.