Here’s today’s open line, video news roundup and:
* RAPE REPORT: Conway police are investigating a report that a 21-year-old Hendrix College student was subdued by three assailants with a stun gun and raped at an off-campus apartment owned by the college. They also stole her television. The college said it was taken the assault as an attack on the whole community. He said the college would “redouble” its awareness and prevention efforts.
* BANKS OF THE WABASH: A report from Fort Smith says “Dixie,” ruled out as the Southside High School fight song in the move to strip the place of Confederate symbolism, will be replaced by an “upbeat” version of “Wabash Cannonball.” I think Kansas State uses it.
* PICKING PEAS: The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma sent a photo of Tribe chair John Berrey picking purple hull peas planted on 10 of the tribe’s 160 acres near the Little Rock Port. The peas will be donated to the Arkansas Food Bank. An okra crop is expected later in the summer.
“This is what we do,” said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey, who on Wednesday joined others including state prison inmates in hand picking the peas and loading them for delivery to the Food Bank. “In our area around Northeast Oklahoma, we load up the food banks twice a year with about 50 tons of canned food. We wanted to help feed the hungry in our Central Arkansas homeland too.”
Local politicians have been nearly united in opposition to the Quapaw Tribe putting the land in federal trust, apparently stirred by fears on the part of the Missouri-based owners of the Oaklawn casino in Hot Springs that the tribe might someday want to start a casino like it operates in Oklahoma. Berrey has said the tribe will enter a formal agreement not to use the land for a casino, but it hasn’t lessened opposition.
I’d like to see Charles Cella picking purple hull peas. He heads the St. Louis family that owns the Hot Springs casino and racetrack.