DCS flagged the case as a top priority and dispatched a field investigator who, upon seeing Cloud, removed him and took him to a hospital. He was released to a family member a few weeks later, and Megan and her boyfriend were charged with child abuse. Though it's unacceptable that Cloud had languished in Arizona's "broken" child welfare system, it's almost unfathomable that he continued to do so for seven months after what arguably was the most drastic overhaul of the system ever attempted in this state. In January 2014, then-Governor Jan Brewer dissolved Child Protective Services, Arizona's long-maligned child welfare agency. She replaced it with the new cabinet-level Department of Child Safety, to which she named Charles Flanagan director. Flanagan, then head of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, previously had headed Brewer's task force on child welfare reform. In a short period of time the Flanagan administration was reporting some measurable success. Then came Cloud … [Read more...] about Not Suitable for Children: Can Arizona’s Broken Child Welfare System Ever Be Fixed?
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FORT SMITH -- One of the most famous -- and some say infamous -- characters of the city's early days, Federal Judge Isaac C. Parker, will be the centerpiece of a small park being developed at the eastern tip of downtown. Former Sebastian County Circuit Judge Jim Spears briefed city directors last week on the progress of establishing what is being called Gateway Park, where Rogers and Garrison avenues come together and form a point. "We believe Gateway Park will create a beautiful and memorable gateway into downtown Fort Smith with areas for rest, reflection and education," said John McIntosh with 64/6 Downtown, the organization that is spearheading the project. McIntosh said the park is expected to open around Oct. 1. A noted sculptor, Spencer Schubert of Kansas City, Mo., has been retained and is creating three bronze statues for the 1-acre park. Parker's will be a lifesize-and-a-half statue of the federal judge sitting in a chair, holding a law book and looking to the northeast … [Read more...] about Fort Smith statues to recognize Judge Parker, others from city’s history
NEW … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: MONDAY: The president is having lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. He will headline political rallies for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Tupelo and Biloxi, Mississippi. TUESDAY: Trump will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. WEDNESDAY: The president will participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. THURSDAY: The president will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He will be there Friday and Saturday as well. BREAKING … BIG BREXIT NEWS -- “EU leaders approve ‘best possible’ Brexit deal,” by POLITICO Europe’s Charles Cooper: “EU leaders approved a Brexit deal agreed with the U.K. government at a special summit Sunday, but warned that there could be no meaningful renegotiation of the agreement, even if the British parliament rejects it. ... “The British and European parliaments must both ratify the deal — a 585-page legally-binding … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s border dealmaking
THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE'LL HELP PELOSI -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:37 a.m.: “I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it -- but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win! @TomReedCongress”. -- TRUMP, via a pool report from from Linda Feldmann of the Christian Science Monitor: "I’m not saying I'd get any [votes from] the super conservative side, but maybe I even get them from there. But I don’t imagine she’d need too many. But whatever number of votes she needs, if it's 50 or 10 or 2 or 1, she’s got em from [me], automatic. So tell her opposition, they’re wasting their time.” PELOSI RESPONDS ... DREW HAMMILL, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff: “Leader Pelosi will win the Speakership with Democratic votes.” -- ALSO ... ANY REPUBLICAN who votes for Pelosi would probably get a primary challenge. Kevin McCarthy … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook: Trump says Republicans would save Pelosi, Pelosi world says she’ll win with Dems
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMark Landler, Kenneth P. Vogel and Kate Kelly Oct. 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — The mysterious disappearance and possible murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey is reverberating from Wall Street and Silicon Valley to Washington’s K Street, with lobbyists, financiers, high-tech executives and media figures confronting the risk of doing business with Saudi Arabia when it is under harsh scrutiny for its role in the case. One of the roughly 10 lobbying firms that represent the Saudi government, the Harbour Group, has dropped it as a client, and others are considering following suit, according to people familiar with discussions, as Saudi Arabia struggles with a backlash over allegations that it murdered the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The lobbying firms are privately discussing how to … [Read more...] about From Wall Street to K Street, Companies Gauge the Risks of Doing Business With Saudi Arabia