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100 years ago

March 23, 1919

HOT SPRINGS -- Gus Perger and George Rouloff, both of St. Louis, today were held to the Grand Jury under $5,000 bond after they had been identified as two of the men who robbed William Cleamer and Pat Stearns of $5,800 at the Hotel Como Friday night. When Perger was arrested and searched at police headquarters, $3,635 was taken from him. The police believe that the remainder is in possession of the third man, who accompanied Perger and Rouloff, and who has not been arrested. The hold-up men entered a room on the fifth floor of the Hotel Como and secured $5,800 in cash. Several shots had been fired in the room above and caused the clerk and house man to go up. They attempted to stop the men, but, drawing wicked-looking guns, the three made their way to the street and fled.

50 years ago

March 23, 1969

FAYETTEVILLE -- George A. Newton, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has won a Danforth Graduate Fellowship for advanced study toward a doctor's degree, according to an announcement from the Danforth Foundation of St. Louis. Newton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenford A. Newton of Fayetteville, was recently named a Woodrow Wilson Designate. His field of study is comparative literature and he hopes to do his graduate work at Yale University. Newton was nominated for the Fellowship by the University of Arkansas.

25 years ago

March 23, 1994

BEECH GROVE -- A 150-pound escaped pet cougar attacked a 71-year-old Greene County man about 3 p.m. Tuesday, causing minor injuries, Capt. Sam Poe of the Greene County sheriff's office said. Poe said Walter E. Bridges of Beech Grove, which is about 15 miles north of Paragould, found the cat when he went to see what had disturbed his chickens. "He just reached down and grabbed the leash that was on him and tied him to a birdbath," Poe said. "He gave him some water and when he turned his back the cougar attacked him." Poe said cougars instinctively attack anything that turns its back on them. Bridges suffered deep gashes to his right shoulder and forearm from the cat's teeth. ... The 3-year-old cat's owner, Blake Faust, an air traffic controller at Jonesboro's municipal airport, had declawed the animal and had it vaccinated, Poe said.

10 years ago

March 23, 2009

• Taxpayers spent nearly $19,000 last year so state employees could watch HBO, Razorback games and pay-per-view movies from the comfort of home. Public college presidents and chancellors and Gov. Mike Beebe are among those who get premium cable pumped into the state- or school-owned homes that come with their jobs, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis of 2008 cable bills showed. Basic cable also is part of the deal for Secretary of State Charlie Daniels and more than 40 legislators who rent apartments with utilities included next to the state Capitol. ... Public colleges and universities, and state agencies, have been paying these bills for years. This practice continues at a time when many Arkansans are cutting back on expenses such as cable because of the sharp downturn in the economy. After receiving the newspaper's request for cable bills, at least one college official decided to pick up the bulk of his cable tab himself. "I think it's the right thing to do," said Mid-South Community College President Glen Fenter, whose cable costs last year totaled $1,809.

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