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February 7, 2008

Vol 6 • No 4

The perfect racial storm

Crittenden County’s troubles -- including the 2007 shooting of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow by a West Memphis policeman -- are rooted in its racist past.

Spoiling for a fight

The media gleefully anticipate a contested Democratic National Convention and -- along with the Obamaists -- the possibility that superdelegates could give the nomination to Hillary Clinton though Barack Obama might arrive with more "earned" delegates.

Let's play hardball

Obama is on the attack against the Clinton presidency, noting the loss of Democratic officeholders during the period.

Is Mike Huckabee lying?

Mike Huckabee, propelled by victories in Baptist Land on Super Tuesday, made it back into the cable TV talk lineup Wednesday.

Toys plus for 2nd Friday

It will be a playful Second Friday Art Night Feb. 8, when gallery-goers will be treated to after-hour tours of toys new and old at the Arkansas Arts Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

History in the making

In February, the Arkansas Times always devotes a cover story to Black History Month.

Bang

Arkansas scores near the bottom of the Brady bunch thanks to its lax gun control laws.

Round two!

After an action-packed first round, the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase continues at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. On the bill tonight: The Reds, Notion, Bryan Frazier with Action Figures and Epiphany and One Night Stand. Plus, Belvis the Black Elvis is a

Sounding the alarm against gays

They still haven’t worked out all their differences in Eureka Springs.

Will Mr. Smith go back to Washington?

Senate Democrats put on what they called a “progressive media summit” last week on Capitol Hill.

Editorial cartoon, Feb. 7

Severance tax

The biggest problem some people have in understanding the severance tax debate is in its name: severance tax.

This modern world, Feb. 7

Reviews, Feb. 7

In the words of David Lee Roth, “three originals and one inevitable” came to town last week and, as I saw it, they kicked some ass.

To-do list, Feb. 7

'Doubt,' Jim Mize and Isaac Alexander, the ASO does Andrew Lloyd Weber, Cross Canadian Ragweed, David's Pegasus, H.A.P.S. Live, Victor Wooten and 'Annie.'

Talk Business invests in ink

Central Arkansas has what can only be called a vibrant spread of free publications, including the Arkansas Times, our Spanish-language sister paper El Latino, the black-community-oriented Stand! News, the Dem-Gaz’s free weakly Sync, and a whole box full o

More cowbell

It was a tough decision, but if you’ve followed the popular culture over the last dozen years or so, you’re well aware that more cowbell is the consensus modern-day answer to all the great moral and philosophical questions.

What's cooking, Feb. 7

Roger and Missy Tucker, who owned Paul’s Restaurant in the Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock from 2000 to 2005, have returned to the business.

Hogs finally look, act their age

So the Hogs are on a roll. I was still getting over the much more impressive Mississippi State spanking when the Gators came to Bud Walton.

Fresh tastes in a small space

The Heights’ newest culinary resident, Sushi Cafe, may teeter, a little dangerously, on the claustrophobic side, but after a couple of visits we’ll readily recommend to anyone that what it lacks in space, it makes up for in location and seriously fresh fo

The Observer, Feb. 7

The Observer, inspired by the Times’ cover story this week on the history of racial strife in Crittenden County, was yearning to lay our hands on images from that county’s past.

Gall, in several parts

Full and half-page ads the new charter school eStem has run in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since Sunday have public high school teachers gagging.

History in the making

In February, the Arkansas Times always devotes a cover story to Black History Month.

Rebate an empty gesture

President Bush and congressional leaders put aside their acrimony long enough to agree to send a check to nearly everyone in America with a regular job and a tax cut for every company that is so prosperous that it plans to expand.

Dumbing down genius

Honestly, I’m just not sure where to begin here. There’s just too much to cover.

The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase continues!

The first round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase couldn’t have gone any better.

Calendar, Feb. 7

Orval, Feb. 7

Don’t try to lay no rockabilly on the kings of rock and roll:

Pioneer rock-and-rollers have blocked, at least temporarily, a proposal to call their music “rockabilly,” an artificial term applied years after rock and roll had transformed American music.

Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2008

It was a good week for … POLITICS. Uncommonly interesting races commanded huge attention for the Super Tuesday presidential primary voting. (Alas, we went to press before the polls closed. Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton seemed likely to win Arkans

In brief, Feb. 7

Just in case you’ve breezed through the paper and landed on this section, the ARKANSAS TIMES MUSICIANS SHOWCASE, round two, is tonight, featuring the Reds, Bryan Frazier with Action Figures, Notion and Epiphany and One Night Stand.

Knavery

If wanting to raise the severance tax to a fair level is “clownery,” as Sen. Bob Johnson calls it, what is the proper name for Senator Johnson’s position, resisting any attempt to make rich special interests pay their fair share of taxes? Stealery? Whorer

Distrust keeps wounds open

Though racial “reconciliation” and “healing” are words that are much bandied about in West Memphis concerning the DeAunta Farrow tragedy, action seems in short supply.

Junk the touch-screens

We mentioned Lisa Burks election day. She's the activist who's fought touch-screen voting machines but did lobby successfully for a paper verification trail for all voting machines.

Junk the touch-screens

We mentioned Lisa Burks election day. She's the activist who's fought touch-screen voting machines but did lobby successfully for a paper verification trail for all voting machines.

The morning Huck

AS MISSOURI GOES: The border state produced near dead-heats on both the Republican and Democratic ballots Super Tuesday.

Bang for the buck

Mike Huckabee has the lowest per-delegate cost of any remaining candidate in the presidential race, NY Times reports. Mitt Romney is the most extravagant.

The Pulaski vote

It took a good while, but the Pulaski County Election Commission finally posted precinct-by-precinct results.

The Pulaski vote

It took a good while, but the Pulaski County Election Commission finally posted precinct-by-precinct results.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Notion

NotionFormed: February 2006From: Little RockMembers: Sean Lyndsey (drums, vocals), Noel Moniot (guitar, vocals), Brian Wolverton (bass, vocals), Shon Hartman (guitar, lead vocals).Album: A debut self-titled disc that our reviewer Colter McCorkindale couldn't get enough of: "Hartman and his group have tapped into a sound and a groove that is utterly unique in its apparent indifference to rock 'n' roll trends.

The immigration police

Many lies have been told to promote shifting the burden of immigration enforcement from the federal government, where it belongs, to local law enforcement agencies, which already have plenty to do.

Thursday Re-Do: Ted Ludwig with Rodney Block

Ted Ludwig. UPDATE: The storms on Tuesday knocked the power out at the Afterthought, which threw a wrench in the Mardi Gras celebration.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Bryan Frazier with Action Figures

Bryan Frazier without Action Figures Bryan Frazier with Action FiguresFormed: Frazier's been a fixture on the local scene for years.

Grand jury quashed

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that Circuit Judge Victor Hill (pictured) had no power to call a special grand jury to investigate the West Memphis police shooting of a child.

Anticipate: The 1st Annual Arkansas Music Video Competition

I trust everyone has put giant X's in their calendars from May 15-18, when the Little Rock Film Festival happens again.

Off the fence

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln endorsed Hillary Clinton today. Release on the jump.

Donkeys and elephants

There are all kinds of web-based search tools to see who's giving how much to political candidates.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Epiphany and One Night Stand

Epiphany and Gina Gee. Epiphany and One Night StandFormed: Epiphany has been on the scene for more than five years, but he only started playing with One Night Stand sometime last year.From: Little RockMembers: Epiphany (raps), Gina Gee (vocals), O.T.

Judgeship progress

Since somebody asked: Appeals Court Judge Brian Miller, who's been nominated to fill the federal district judgeship vacated by the death of Judge George Howard, is scheduled to have a confirmation hearing next week, Feb. 12.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: The Reds

Jason Thompson, Johnny Mac and Graham Cobb are the Reds. The RedsFormed: Summer of '05.From: Little RockMembers: Johnny Mac (lead vocals, bass), Graham Cobb (vocals, guitar), Jason Thompson (drums).History: For years, Johnny Mac did the solo thing.

Two-man race? UPDATE II

Mitt Romney is giving up his race for president. Can a McCain-Huckabee ticket be far away?

Two-man race? UPDATE II

Mitt Romney is giving up his race for president. Can a McCain-Huckabee ticket be far away?

"'A circus of cliches' - but in a good way"

Memphis has soul

Kat Robinson is back on Tie Dye Travels with a review of Alcenia's in Memphis.

Memphis has soul

Kat Robinson is back on Tie Dye Travels with a review of Alcenia's in Memphis.

I smell a rat

I'd been wondering what's been taking Attorney General Dustin McDaniel so long about getting around to issuing a revised opinion on Sheffield Nelson's proposed initiated act to raise the gas severance tax to 7 percent of market value.

Torturers rule

The Bush Administration and its Justice Department are above the law. It is that simple and that horrifying.

The Fort Chaffee fire

Thanks to DBI for a link to a photo slide show put together by Alan Maxwell of the huge fire that destroyed 150 barracks and other structures at Fort Chaffee.

The Early Returns are In

Many football curmudgeons that we know like to bitch and moan about the instant grades and rankings that are published in the wake of National Signing Day.

Endless night

In West Memphis the endless night of racial conflict that so characterizes the Arkansas Delta in the 21st century is being played out in a hothouse atmosphere of emotion and acrimony that is increasingly devoid of restraint.

Congrats to round two winner...

Epiphany and One Night Stand. The rap/live band put on a hugely impressive show last night. Stay tuned for more follow-up.

The morning Huck

GOOD FOR MCCAIN: NY Times says Huck's decision to keep running is good for John McCain, essentially giving him an unchallenging reason for continuing publicity.

Free speech? Not in Fayetteville

Richard Drake, on his Street Jazz blog, reports that the Fayetteville Library, of all places, shooed away someone trying to gather election petition signatures on the sidewalk.

UPDATE Round two: Epiphany and One Night Stand win

Gina Gee and Epiphany. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Political Animals -- UPDATE II

Just got a note from Fayetteville, where Rep. Robbie Wills, slated to be House speaker in 2009, spoke to the Political Animals Club.

Leprosy report -- UPDATE

TV station reports (The TV station has taken the report down under pressure from Springdale; but the clip lives on YouTube) nine cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in Springdale.

Bill admits mistake

Read all about it.

Quality education

This week's Insider noted some fractured Latin and syntax in the big ads being run in the Democrat-Gazette for the Hussman-Walton Memorial Charter School, Roy Brooks, prop., that's going in at Third and Louisiana.

Quality education

This week's Insider noted some fractured Latin and syntax in the big ads being run in the Democrat-Gazette for the Hussman-Walton Memorial Charter School, Roy Brooks, prop., that's going in at Third and Louisiana.

Friday To-Do: Jim Mize - Isaac Alexander

JIM MIZE / ISAAC ALEXANDER9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Friday To-Do: 'Doubt'

Scott Barrow as Father Flynn ‘DOUBT'8 p.m., the Rep. $20-$35. The Rep knows its demographic.

Four score and 96 hours from now ...

Actor Sam Waterston will perform "Lincoln Seen and Heard," a dramatic re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln speeches at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Friday To-Do: Andrew Lloyd Webber and the ASO

BEHIND THE MASK: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBER AND MODERN BROADWAY8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.

Friday To-Do: Cross Canadian Ragweed

CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED9 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv./$20 d.o.s. Take rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, lead vocalist/guitarist Cody Canada, drummer Randy Ragsdale and original bassist Mark Wiedemann and you've got the formula behind the name Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Showcase round two recap

Round two winner: Epiphany and One Night Stand. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Courthouse capers

A little birdie reports that another run will be made before the Pulaski Quorum Court next Tuesday to put a veneer of respectability on the conflicted, messy shambles that is Circuit Judge Willard Proctor's Cycle Breakers probation program.

The so-called liberal media UPDATE

A 27-year-old woman campaigns for her mother. Weird?

Judges commentary on round two

On Epiphany and One Night Stand: "Need to let the lead loose. [He] brought the crowd into it."

Friday To-Do: Sean Rock & the Toltecs

SEAN ROCK & THE TOLTECS9 p.m., Cornerstone Pub. $5.See what could've been: Sean Rock & the Toltecs, who were among the 16 original semi-finalists in the Musicians Showcase, but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts (and Rock's reluctance to play without the band's bassist Roland Gladden, who's ineligible because he's our operations director and videographer), play tonight at Cornerstone.

The delegate count

Based on Super Tuesday voting, Arkansas Democratic National Convention delegates will be split 23-7 for Clinton and Obama, with five yet to be decided.

Huckabee and religious voters

Why did Mike Huckabee's victory in Iowa not carry him to sweeps of evangelical voters in other states?

Horror story

U.S. Attorney Jane W. Duke announced Friday the indictment of a Kingsland couple, Wanda Faye Richart, 50, and Charles Walter "Bubba" Richart, 52, for making false statements in an investigation of the disappearance of Bubba Richart's niece Christina, 14.

Care about health care?

This is deep stuff. But it's a useful antidote to the simplistic characterizations of the failure of Hillarycare.

M for misogynist

Media Matters compiles an interesting list of woman-unfriendly remarks by MSNBC commentators.

'See you at the inauguration'

The Huckabee faithful are promoting this I'm-not-quitting statement from Huckabee campaign managers. Check it on the jump.

The haps

Local R&B diva/multi-tasker Jordan Atwater leads the way at the first youth-oriented concert at Windsong, with performances by J. White, Rockst*r and last night's Showcase winners Epiphany and One Night Stand.

Inspirational words

Brummett: If you have not chosen to support Obama in the Democratic primary you're a Clinton cultist.

Inspirational words

Brummett: If you have not chosen to support Obama in the Democratic primary you're a Clinton cultist.

The morning Huck

THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE: The NY Times has a talking heads video feature, which, today, has a couple of fellows debating the proposition that Mike Huckabee should mount a third-party presidential candidacy now that he's all but eliminated from the Republican contest.

Saturday To-Do: David's Pegasus

DAVID'S PEGASUS9 p.m., Easy Street Cabaret Room. $5.

He likes Mike UPDATE

Mark Shields thinks Mike Huckabee served himself well with his presidential candidacy: Most people who run for president, by definition, lose.

The Way We Were

I recently came across these photos of a nine-year-old, bowl-cutted me taken at a Razorback autograph session and, needless to say, got a good laugh out of them.

The line is open

I have things to do. I'll check in if I can.

Turning up the heat UPDATE

Hillary turns up the heat on David Shuster. Yeah, she's playing the gender card -- overplaying it, probably, though there's ample reason to employ it.

Up and down

Brummett is firing arrows. You know who is up.

The state of Republicanism

Interesting op-ed on the Republican Party, where candidates scorned by conservcative opinion leaders, are the only men left standing in the race for the nomination.

Regional rivarly in NWA

I had missed this developing story: Is the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville big enough?

Bisbee is in

It's official. Sen. Dave Bisbee just can't get enough of being a part of government.

Huckmentum

Josh Marshall on Saturday's GOP primaries: There's something seriously wrong when the de facto nominee of the party loses three races in one day in three different regions of the country.

'No, I really don't'

That was Mike Huckabee's response to Tim Russert's question this morning about whether he wanted to be vice president.

Sunday, Sunday

I've been slacking. I guess there's been news on the political front.

Sunday, Sunday

I've been slacking. I guess there's been news on the political front.

Running for a TV show?

Mathematically, Mike Huckabee can't win the presidential nomination. (Or at least the odds are prohibitive.)

Electability

Obama and Clinton debate the issue. There's only one accurate test and it's after the nomination.

'Lost' and food

Joel DiPippa reports: Thursday has become "Lost" night at Chez DiPippa.  The best part about having friends over to watch the show, besides a chorus of yelling at the TV, is having some food.  Last night, aside from the usual sort of pretzels, chips & salsa, and crackers, we had some very tasty sandwiches.  These started with a ciabatta roll sliced open.  First, a layer of prosciutto went down, then a layer of sliced strawberries, and finally a small handful of baby spinach.  A quick balsamic reduction was poured on, the top of the roll replaced, and they got a few minutes under the cast iron skillet.

Tuscan treasure

Kat Robinson has posted a long and glowing report on the Tuscan Grill in the Boston area on her Tie Dye Travels website.

Moo-ved on? Not.

Kat Robinson reports that the Black Angus seems to have closed. The place was empty when her husband dropped by this weekend.

Fun on the prairie

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, for Garrison Keillor's return to Hot Springs. "A Prairie Home Companion" will be broadcast from Hot Springs' Summit Arena at 4:45 p.m.

Divided Democrats

Paul Krugman will pay for this commentary (link fixed) on the Obama-Clinton race: Supporters of each candidate should have no trouble rallying behind the other if he or she gets the nod.

Divided Democrats

Paul Krugman will pay for this commentary (link fixed) on the Obama-Clinton race: Supporters of each candidate should have no trouble rallying behind the other if he or she gets the nod.

Showcase round two videos

  Check the pro camera work from resident videographer Roland Gladden in songs from all four of last week's contestants.

St. Huck -- UPDATE

The Washington state Republican chairman did all he could to make a martyr of Mike Huckabee by shutting down voting in a close caucus Saturday with 13 percent of the votes not counted.

Doing Dallas

Male business travelers to Dallas, you have been warned.

UPDATE Monday To-Do: Magic Cropdusters - The Reds

Jennifer Freamon with the poster design. MAGIC CROPDUSTERS BROWNINGHAM / THE REDS9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

By popular demand

We get (e)letters

From Robert Johnston of Feed the Hungry: About 3 weeks ago [1-24-08] the Mayors’Commission on the Homeless voted to petition the City of Little Rock to open Dunbar Center [16th and Chester] as a Warming Center for the Homeless.

Mike Huckabee, Esq.

Speaking at Jerry Falwell's church in Virginia Sunday, the candidate offered advice on the law:

Sound like anybody else we know?

From a Wall Street Journal profile of Michelle Obama: At home, she expects a lot of every family member, from having her 6- and 9-year-old daughters set their own alarm clocks to insisting her husband pick up his dirty socks.

Wally Watch: Special "Wallyisms" Edition

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. Discerning readers will note that it's been a while since we've published a Wally Watch.

Bush visit

Laura Bush is scheduled to tour tornado-damaged Atkins at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

I just don't get this...

So you are probably seeing this ad right next to this post, to the right, a guy with a sleeveless shirt, flashing some pale while guns while looking up stuff on his laptop.  See that?

Monday To-Do: Over the Rhine

OVER THE RHINE8 p.m., Revolution. $12.Husband and wife Americana duo Over the Rhine perform at Revolution tonight.

Severance tax advances

I hear from Sheffield Nelson's side that they've received word that they'll shortly be getting official notice that the attorney general's office has signed off on a revision of the proposed ballot initiative to raise the severance tax on natural gas to 7 percent of market value, with most of the proceeds to go to highways and local roads.

Severance tax advances

I hear from Sheffield Nelson's side that they've received word that they'll shortly be getting official notice that the attorney general's office has signed off on a revision of the proposed ballot initiative to raise the severance tax on natural gas to 7 percent of market value, with most of the proceeds to go to highways and local roads.

UALR builds for future

UALR, with the governor and others on hand, began construction today of a $30 million building for its Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, a department aimed at connecting higher education with economic development, specifically high-tech jobs.

Former legislator dies at 91

Thanks to Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford for this news: Vada Sheid of Mountain Home, the first woman in her own right elected to the both the Arkansas House of Representatives and Arkansas State Senate, died this morning at her home.

Embezzler drains Oxford American

University of Central Arkansas police have arrested a former Oxford American office manager who allegedly embezzled an estimated $30,305 from the magazine over the course of the past five months.

Bet your bottom dollar

Thirty years after it debuted on Broadway (and for those who need a more recent point of reference, 10 years after Jay-Z sampled “It's a Hard-Knock Life”), “Annie” comes to Little Rock for four performances, continuing tonight at Robinson, 7:30 p.m.

Open records

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is continuing to complain to the Little Rock School Board about not receiving timely and complete records of e-mails between board members and administrators about school matters, the most recent example being a rundown on storm damage on school campuses last Tuesday.

Huckabee: A happy warrior

Mike Huckabee campaigns on, honing his message for the home-schooling, abortion-opposing, immigrant-fearing base that is solidfying for him on the Republican side.

Judicial speech

Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen, fresh from victory in a controversial disciplinary case over the limits of his free speech as judge, is still freely speaking.

Hillary hate

Brummett throws out the usual straw men about the evil Hillary Clinton in the course of mulling the prospects of a Democratic convention whose outcome isn't resolved in advance by primaries and caucuses.

Fishing for compliments

Rockefeller Elementary kids finished high in the recent Kids Canstruction design project. Our eye was naturally drawn to their eight-foot catfish, emblem of the Arkansas Times.

Up against the wall

Watching the Westminster Dog Show? I am, though I've already had my annual disappointment over the failure of the bulldog or French bulldog to win the non-sporting group.

Bush visit cancelled

Laura Bush won't be touring storm-damaged cities in Kentucky and Arkansas today as planned because of bad weather conditions.

It Was 24 Years Ago Today

Feb. 12, 1984. That's the day that Arkansas defeated the No. 1-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, who brought a 19-0 record into that Sunday afternoon nationally televised contest in Pine Bluff and featured the greatest basketball player who has ever lived.

The public v. phone companies

In the U.S. Senate, it wasn't even close. Only 31 votes could be mustered for a measure to strip retroactive immunity from telecommunications companies that helped Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.

Transmitter! Oh, picking up something good!

Thom Yorke's mewing grates on me, but I know I'm probably in the minority. So for you fanatics, here's the closest shots you have to see the band live in the next few months.May 5 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FloridaMay 6 - Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, FloridaMay 8 - Lakewood Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GeorgiaMay 9 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, North CarolinaMay 11 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge - Bristow, VirginiaMay 14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St Louis, MissouriMay 17 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TexasMay 18 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TexasPresale begins here on Valentine's Day.

Huckabee for Senate?

Asked of him and answered today: “It’s more likely I’ll dye my hair green, get a bunch of tattoos and go on tour with Amy Winehouse.”

Blog rolling

A boy named Sooie writes to plug a new blog obsession of his: Just a quick note to shake those of you sleeping on major sports media developments out of your ESPN-induced slumber.

Mitt Quits, Huckabee Vows to Quit Later ( Humorous Fabrication from Scrappleface.com)

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Tuesday To-Do: Dax Riggs

DAX RIGGS10 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $4.The former deadboy and the Elephantman frontman comes to Sticky Fingerz behind his latest solo album, "We Sing Only of Blood or Love."

Award tour

OCEAN: Bodoging I've given a lot of play to the Showcase we've got going, but I'd be remiss not to plug some local acts who've been contesting outside of Arkansas.

John Glasgow update

Family, friends and police will be present at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Allsopp Park Pavilion about the case of John Glasgow, the chief financial officer of the CDI construction company.

John Glasgow update

Family, friends and police will be present at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Allsopp Park Pavilion about the case of John Glasgow, the chief financial officer of the CDI construction company.

Judicial nominee

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln introduced Appeals Court Judge Brian Miller to the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Seat the Florida delegates

NAACP Chair Julian Bond has written the Democratic National Committee in support of seating delegations from Michigan and Florida.

What's a windfall?

Gas royalty owners are worked up about Sheffield Nelson's proposal to raise the gas severance tax. The letter I have on the jump fires back sharply at Nelson.

Katrina memories

Former La. Governor Kathleen Blanco will speak at the Clinton School at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The race in Jonesboro

I mentioned Jason Willett's candidacy for Jonesboro mayor the other day primarily because of his high profile as former Democratic Party leader.

Asa! emerges

Asa Hutchinson (pictured), thrashed in the race for governor in 2006, is baaack. He's formed a committee to point to elections in -- 2010.

LRSD reorganization: Not so hot

The Little Rock School Board has received a report from a group of academic experts on their evaluation of the 2005 administrative reorgnization undertaken during the tenure of former Supt. Roy Brooks (pictured).

The Barry and Mike show

Obama wins big in Virgina, as expected -- maybe even bigger than expected. Hillary's edge among white voters was only 51-48, no thanks to a strong majority of male opposition.

Be mine

Bentonville High School has finally decided to put a stop to allowing deliveries of flowers, candy, etc., on Valentine's Day.

Q&A: Eugene "The Dunking Machine" Nash, Part 1

A few weeks ago, we asked for your help in tracking down former walk-on Eugene Nash, one of our all-time favorite Razorbacks.

A Democratic solution

I'm still not convinced the Democratic nomination won't be decided before the convention by Obamentum.

Advanced Placement advancements

The Education Department issued a report today on Arkansas students' performance on Advanced Placement tests.

Advanced Placement advancements

The Education Department issued a report today on Arkansas students' performance on Advanced Placement tests.

Politics make a strange carpool

Last week, flyers bound from Washington to Little Rock missed a connecting flight in Memphis.

Politics make a strange carpool

Last week, flyers bound from Washington to Little Rock missed a connecting flight in Memphis.

Buy my book

Yes, an Arkansas college prof can legally profit from requiring students to purchase a book he/she wrote for class.

Invitation-only debate

I presume it will be on TV, but you can see from this story and comments that Texans are already hopping mad that a debate next week between Obama and Clinton won't be open to the public.

Trailer gazing: "Pineapple Express"

  Words cannot express how excited I am about this.

MSNBC doesn't mean Ms.

I saw this during MSNBC election returns last night. Last night during MSNBC's Potomac Primary coverage, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were discussing Barack Obama's speech.

MSNBC doesn't mean Ms.

I saw this during MSNBC election returns last night. Last night during MSNBC's Potomac Primary coverage, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were discussing Barack Obama's speech.

Blue skateboard flu

You think Hot Springs cops overreacted to kids willfully violating a skateboard ordinance? Check out a Baltimore cop in action.

Last night: 'Annie'

Kojak and a girl without a curly afro (!)  star in Annie. I'm always skeptical about traveling shows, (the way I am of certain off-brand generic foods).

Labor muscle

The AFL-CIO said today that it endorsed the state lottery amendment and that it would contribute manpower to the petition drive to put the amendment on the ballot.

Episcopal Collegiate grows -- UPDATE

Episcopal Collegiate School released today its expected plans to build a lower school (pre-K-5) adjacent to the existing upper school . It will open in August 2009.

Linkage: James Brown and Pavarotti, Richard Ford, Kanye and more

  Obviously.

Meet the guest judge: Will Boyd

Look for lots of considerate beard stroking on Thursday. Who?

Glasgow case: New details

With the family of missing CDI Contractors chief financial officer John Glasgow looking on, Little Rock attorney Chip Welch addressed the media at Allsopp Park today, saying that the family now believes that "evidence points away from the mountain."

Georgia is peachy

Over in Georgia, the state Supreme Court has upheld what I think should be true in Arkansas under our Constitution -- not a dime of school taxes can be used for anything but schools.

Georgia is peachy

Over in Georgia, the state Supreme Court has upheld what I think should be true in Arkansas under our Constitution -- not a dime of school taxes can be used for anything but schools.

Huckster Inc.: Taking care of business

Mike Huckabee's heightened profile as the last man standing in the Republican presidential race can't have hurt his marketability as an after-dinner speaker.

Not Ready for Prime Time (or At Least the Top 10)

Ouch. Ouch.
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