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Week in review (1/9-1/15)

By: 15 January 2011 No Comment

It was quite a busy week here at First Arkansas News.

There was so much going on, in fact, that it wouldn’t be a surprise if some of our regular readers missed a thing or two. It’s a true shame to miss an article or two, so we’ve made it easy for people to keep up with the latest posts on this site. You can follow First Arkansas News through our RSS feed, on Facebook, through Twitter or through daily email updates (click the appropriate link to keep up through any of those methods).

So, what were the big stories this week? Have a look at the following list and get ready to click some links and read them for yourself:

* Verizon gets the iPhone — we followed this story all the way from the initial rumors to apparent confirmations to an official announcement from Verizon and Apple.

* Craighead County DCFS — perfecting the art of taking candy from a baby? A family wanted to give some gifts to orphans and now allege that those gifts were swiped by DCFS workers and exchanged for personal items. Sleazy!

* Snow in Arkansas. Central and south Arkansas got hit hard by the snow, whereas northwest Arkansas didn’t get much precipitation at all (meanwhile, some kids had great fun spreading winter-related rumors and playing pranks through social networking outlets).

* A lot of old time radio programs. What’s better than listening to some OTR while trapped inside because of the snow? Not much. We posted episodes from Big Town as well as Laurel and Hardy and Zorro. Of course, we always post and OTR episode every weekend, and the one this time around was a great one from the Red Ryder series.

* Mark Marchand named CEO of Arkansas Realtors Association. We had the story before anyone.

* Beebe inaugurated for second term, gives ‘state of state’ address. The headline says it all.

* Take over the world or universe with that iPhone. Risk fans, take notice — there are a couple of free apps that you simply need to install.

* Garrick McGee. For awhile, it looked as if the Razorbacks would lose their offensive coordinator to a school offering a head coaching job. He changed his mind, however.

* You’ve lived in ‘Lo-Debar’ long enough. Pastor Larry Davis offered up some hopeful words.

* The smallest Walmart in the world. Yes, Wal-Mart Stores opened a tiny shop on the University of Arkansas campus.

* Don Harp dies. The northwest Arkansas business community lost another iconic figure.

* PlayStation — Sony becomes a contender. Sony entered the video game industry in 1995 and quickly dominated it.

* Comparing ‘apples to apples’ in the housing market. Two years of tax credits for buyers skewed reports quite a bit. Read the article to find out why and how.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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