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Fred Smith runs for reelection, redemption with Arkansas Democrats
Fred Smith runs for reelection, redemption with Arkansas Democrats

The man who once held the record for world's highest dunk, at 11 feet 11 inches, stands in front of the class of giggling children in the balcony of the Arkansas Statehouse. They want him to keep spinning a basketball on his finger. He wants to give them life advice, on how they, too, can escape the poverty of Arkansas and end up something like him, traveling the world as a Harlem Globetrotter and then serving in the state Legislature. Get an education and mind your parents, he tells them. "And you know, the third thing is that you got to stay out of trouble," says Fred Smith. It's something that Smith has learned all too well in the four years he's been in...

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