Fayetteville Finance Director Paul A. Becker recently  (July 16) issued a request  to all department heads that they each reduce their 2008 budget requests by 1.5%. I’ll bet that money coming in from the Renaissance Towers “developers” will come in pretty handy – assuming the City Council insists on the architect’s of Fayetteville’s Big Dig  paying the penalties.

I guess they could add some Christmas lights to it – as well as the square – once the holiday season is upon us. That might bring a few more folks to the downtown area.

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From the New York Times – interesting to note that the Iraqis might not even be able to rosecute.

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Security Firm’’s License Is Pulled in Iraq

By SABRINA TAVERNISE
Published: September 17, 2007
BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 —— The Iraqi government said it had revoked the license of Blackwater USA, a private security company that provides protection for American diplomats across Iraq, after shots fired from an American convoy killed eight Iraqis
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Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for Iraq’’s Ministry of Interior, said the authorities had canceled the company’’s license and barred its activity across Iraq. He said the government would prosecute the deaths, though according to the rules that govern private contractors, it was not clear whether the Iraqis had the legal authority to do so.

Just check the NY Times website for more details.

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Those interested in Mohja Kahf – cover story in the latest Arkansas Times, might enjoy an interview I did with her last year, which will play on Fayetteville’s Community Access Television next week.
 
Dates and times:
Monday – 7pm
Tuesday – noon
Saturday – 6pm

Those unlucky enough not to be in the C.A.T. viewing area can call (479)444-3433, and order a copy if you want.

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And then you can ask your city council – or city manager, as the case may be – why you don’t have public access in your town yet.

For more information about C.A.T., go to www.catfayetteville.com.

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