ROGERS, Ark. -- On a brisk spring morning, much of northwest Arkansas' power elite, in suits and cowboy boots, waited in a field about five miles from Wal-Mart Stores' headquarters for the groundbreaking of a lifestyle center mall. Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller exited from a helicopter, but the crowd hardly noticed. Instead, many gawked in the opposite direction, where Lee Scott had arrived with his wife, Linda, in a silver Honda Odyssey SUV. It was a rare local public appearance for Wal-Mart's ...

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