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Unformatted text preview: Tawnie Boyd Fall 2007 Arkansas in January of 1985 It is a common misperception that nothing of importance happened in Arkansas after the Civil Rights Movement simmered down. There were several exciting events that occurred, during the eighties to be specific. It is my goal to let you in on these exciting episodes in Arkansas History. To begin, there were enthralling breakthroughs in the medical field in January of 1985. Researchers from Little Rock, including Marsha Cunningham, Flora Bonner, Esther Fowler, and Rena Carbaugh, were making great strides in Alzheimers research (January 27 th , 1985). They made a stunning connection between diabetes and Alzheimers that would not be fully appreciated until twenty years later. From these studies, we would learn that people with type two diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimers as those without diabetes. Today, researchers are even calling Alzheimers type three diabetes because the links uncovered by Cunningham, Bonner, Fowler, and Carbaugh are so strong. According to Cunninghams research, people with diabetes cannot properly use insulin, which causes their body to severely overproduce the sugar digesting enzyme. Excessive insulin is damaging to the brain and leads to inflammation in the brain, which could ultimately lead to Alzheimers disease. This terrifying prospect could not be fully accepted with the medical knowledge, or lack thereof, of the time, but has come to be a vital part of Alzheimers research today. Arkansas was also the home of some very important death penalty debate in January of 1985. The U.S. Eighth Circuit of Appeals ruled that there was an imbalance in juries that would allow the death sentence for a criminal (January 31 st , 1985). Because the United States general population is not overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty, it comes to follow that no jury should unanimously accept the death penalty. The ruling fell apart in high courts, but it was definitely a landmark decision. The controversy likely stemmed from the death row pardon of every death row inmate that occurred a few years prior to the ruling. Another interesting series of events were the several murders that took place in January of 1985. On January 28 th , a fifty nine year old woman was shot and killed at eighty forty five in the evening. Mary Davis, a Blytheville resident was found by Police Chief Charlie Dye (January 30 th , 1985). Also, in Mountain Home, a twenty eight year old woman by the age of Patricia Crabtree was convicted of arson and two counts of murder for the death of her father and her...
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