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College cost isn’t big problem for poor students

To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

Junior Olympian

Torren Jackson, 9, of the Port City SPEED Track Club, will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, from Monday through Aug. 2. Torren will run in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He is the son of Robert and Sonya Jackson. (Special to The Commercial)

McIlroy challenged when it counts

LITTLE ROCK — Not on par with the “Drive,” or the “Miracle on Markham,” but Rory McIlroy’s response halfway through the final round of the British Open will stand for his defining moment until he crafts something better.

First Place

The Arkansas Bearcats seventh grade team finished in first place of the seventh grade bronze division in the HoopPlayUSA Nationals in Conway this weekend. They defeated the Texas Bulls 62-57 in the championship game. Players pictured are Mekel Kentle, Charles Harris, Kaleb Higgins, Javarious Brown, Jaden Crater, Jamarion Brown, Dewanje Hogan, Timquorian Johnson, Berkarion Black, Jamarcus Brown, Davion Graham, and Marquise Anderson. Also pictured is coach Brian Cal, team founders Jarrett Bell and Charles Woods; and staff Trenton Harris and Jordan Crater.