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Week in review (2/16-2/27)

By: 28 February 2011 No Comment

Yeah, yeah, yeah — the title should probably be something more along the lines of “two weeks in review.”

Still, you get the idea. Besides, the past couple of weeks have been hectic and — for that reason — the expected “week in review” item wasn’t posted last week.

So it’s time to make up for it. Quite a bit has gone on over the past couple of weeks in that we’ve posted housing market reports, news of the National Association of Realtors possibly overstating its sales numbers for the past few years, etc. So just sit right back and get ready to review.

By the way, you can easily keep up with what’s going on around here by simply finding us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, subscribing to our RSS feed or signing up for email updates. Just pick your favorite service, click the appropriate link and you’re all set.

* IRS email scam alive and well in 2011. The most common virus roaming around the Internet a couple of weeks ago was attached to an email that appeared to come from the IRS. It’s still out there, so be careful if you get an email from the IRS and remember — the organization will rarely contact you by email and will never ask you to open an executable file.

* My bucket list: the Super Bowl — check! A Bauxite teen went to the Super Bowl and was kind enough to write up a report of his trip and send back some photographs.

* Weekend OTR: Luke Slaughter — Duel on the Trail. A great western from the golden age of radio.

* OTR serials updated. If you haven’t checked out our OTR Serials section, you really should take some time to do that. It’s all exciting stuff, and we updated the Superman and One Man’s Family programs. Want even more excitement? We added the Blue Beetle series, too.

* Arkansas Author: Tim Ernst. We’ve got some great writers in this state. Here’s an article about one of them.

* Letting the market work. The Obama administration submits a surprisingly capitalist suggestion for repairing the secondary mortgage market.

* OTR on your iPhone for free. Want to stream some old time radio programs to your iPhone and not pay a dime for the privilege? There’s an app for that.

* Smurfy apps for the iPhone. Want some city-building simulations for the iPhone? There are two that are more fun than a barrel full of monkeys — Smurf’s Village and Trade Nations. They are free, easy to play and are true time killers. Fun stuff? You’d better believe it. Smurfy!

* Exchange of higher ed power. Big changes at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

* January housing market reports. We’ve got the reports for central Arkansas and northwest Arkansas. The results are mixed because, hey, markets are still recovering.

* NAR numbers questioned by CoreLogic. And speaking of housing market reports, an independent research group has accused the National Association of Realtors of vastly overstating its numbers since about 2007. Wow. Just — wow.

* Weekend OTR: Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Gang — Kulah’s Brother. A kid’s show, revisited.

* Something New — Saline County open houses. The title really says it all.

* Mortgage Bankers ask for HARP extension. Help for home owners in trouble?


About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =

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