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by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | May 16, 2021 at 4:46 a.m.

100 years ago

May 16, 1921

• Pvt. Charles Leesman, a solider of Camp Pike, yesterday surrendered himself to Lieutenant Pitcock, Chief of Detectives, and Lieutenant Deadrick, Military Police, at police headquarters, saying that he was wanted in Carthage, Mo., charged with being implicated in the murder of William Spain, a taxi driver of that place. Leesman had in his pocket a copy of the Carthage Evening Press that contained an account of the murder of Spain.

50 years ago

May 16, 1971

• Governor Bumpers told the Arkansas Democratic Women's Club Saturday that he hoped as governor to properly direct changes that he said were certain to come to the state. "The responsibility of you and all the people of Arkansas is not to resist change, but to direct it and control it," Mr. Bumpers said. Militancy is not the answer, he said. "This is not to say that many things wrong with our society have not been dramatically demonstrated as being wrong, by militants." he said. "But it is by and large self-defeating, because oftentimes a very worthwhile cause will never get the attention it deserves because of the method it is championed."

25 years ago

May 16, 1996

• Attorneys for the Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts said Wednesday they will use two national experts' testimony to bolster their efforts to end the county's 13-year-old school desegregation lawsuit. Chris Heller, an attorney for the Little Rock district, and Sam Jones, an attorney for the county, made the comments after listening to three days of testimony before U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright on the effectiveness of desegregation remedies across the country. Dr. Herbert Walberg, an educational psychologist from Chicago, testified Monday. Dr. David Armor, a Virginia sociologist who designs and evaluates desegregation plans across the country, completed his testimony Wednesday.

10 years ago

May 16, 2011

• Central Arkansas Transit Authority does well getting the workers it reaches to their jobs, but fails to provide that same accessibility for most Little Rock-area residents, a new national study reported. The study, released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, focused on how well public transit systems in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas help people get to work. The study ranked the Little Rock metropolitan area 66th out of 100 overall. In all, 27 of 38 Southern metropolitan areas were in the bottom half.

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