We put our usual cynicism and grousing on hold as we genuflect in the direction of Aphrodite, with highly questionable sex and relationship advice from our staff, much sounder advice from an honest-to-God sex therapist and entertainment editor Stephanie Smittle's survey of two of the state's finer rubber schlong and porno emporiums.
Love and sexFebruary 8, 2018
Vol 44 • No 23
Peddling porn in Johnson County.
Make your marriage pretty, with sex.
From the WebMD of Romance and Dr. Love.
In the age of Reddit, it takes more than porn to keep the doors open.
And much more.
Forty-five years ago this year, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a fundamental truth: A woman's right to personal autonomy must include the ability to make the most deeply personal decision of all — the decision of when and whether to have a child.
A company recently sent the Arkansas Times a press release advertising its cannabidiol (CBD) products, claiming they help with "relief of chronic pain," "anti-inflammatory benefits," "anxiety relief," "sleep," and "Cancer, Parkinson's, and Diabetes fighting properties."
Let's be honest: It's a tough time to be a gun safety advocate in Arkansas.
And John Dee Graham comes to White Water Tavern.
Play at home while wearing a surgical mask, so as not to infect others!
"Those are devil worshippers out there," a boy at church told us one night as we watched the fires in the rice fields near the old Bono Church of Christ.
Also, Bart Hester does not approve of dance majors, Rapert critic gets arrested and more.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner's surprise emergence as a candidate for a higher-paying job in a smaller city (Charleston, S.C.) is a commentary on the fraught relationship of police with the Little Rock community and a city government structure in need of change.
Exhibition of acquisitions made possible by Windgate foundation opens Windgate Center at UALR.
Within (and about) 'Phantom Thread,' Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-bound period piece.
Will do further study before seeking private provider.
The Arkansas Times got a visit this week from some folks teaching a class for LifeQuest of Arkansas, an outfit that puts on continuing education courses for older folks.
You'll find elevated comfort food there.
It pains me to scrawl this batch of Pearls, because like virtually everyone else who watched Mike Anderson "come home" in March 2011 amid fanfare and with a sense that a painful epoch of Razorback basketball was set to close for good, I wanted the beloved understudy to get his overdue, storybook reintroduction and then take flight.
The majority of the prison population in Arkansas consists of returning parole violators, and, moreover, almost half of released prisoners return within three years.
Let's put it this way: If poor, abused Carter Page wasn't a Russian agent back when Donald Trump plucked him from obscurity to advise his 2016 campaign, he'd definitely done all he could to look like one.
Events Thursday sharply illustrated Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's priorities — an anti-gay Kentucky T-shirt maker over low-wage workers in restaurants and other businesses that depend on tips.
A post on the Arkansas Blog Monday about Sen. Bart Hester's slam of UALR for renting a billboard that promotes the school's dance major (the only one in Arkansas) has engendered a great deal of commentary and press coverage and little repentance from Hester.
Benji Hardy reports for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network on a delay of at least a year in the state's intention to turn over youth lockups to private operators for at least a year.
City Manager Bruce Moore has altered a $5,000 new recruit bonus for police officers that drew criticism when two recruits quit the force after drawing the bonus and working for only a few months.
Margo Duvall, associate professor of photography at Henderson State University, imprints cyanotype images on fabric for her installation "The Women Are Stronger," which opens today at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.
Barkus on Main is a free and family friendly event that will take place Sunday, February 11th on Main Street, along the Creative Corridor in downtown Little Rock.
For folks in Fayetteville, a trip to Art Ventures (nee Fayetteville Underground, 101 Mountain St.) is in order to see the gallery's retrospective of works by University of Arkansas emeritus art professor John Newman. It's a rare opportunity to see Newman's work, which has been exhibited in Little Rock and numerous other places but which you won't find on the internet.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today kept alive a damage suit filed by the mother of slain KATV anchor Anne Pressly over unauthorized sharing of her medical records when she was hospitalized after she was raped and beaten in her home in October 2008. She died of the injuries.
The North Little Rock School District is investigating the handling of a student by a district security officer, Superintendent Kelly Rodgers says.
A change in state law has opened the door for public service by people with past criminal records that previously disqualified them.
The open line and the daily roundup of news and comment.
KARK reports help from a fellow student and emergency workers for helping a 16-year-old suspected of overdosing Monday at Central High School.
A powerful piece by Dahlia Lithwick in Slate demonstrates, with the case of White House aide Rob Porter, why women have a long way to go before they achieve parity with men.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she will review Arkansas pharmacists' complaints about insufficient reimbursements for drugs set by CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefit manager.
The Arkansa Supreme Court has paid out almost $25,000, has $135,000 in pending bills stacked up and expects more to come in defending a suit against it by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. Out-of-state law firms representing some individual justices have run up the biggest bills so far.
The news at the Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday was what did NOT get argued in a challenge of a state department's ruling on a tax issue.
The early morning vote to approve a federal budget was marked by Rand Paul's hyporisy, Paul Ryan's failed leadership and unanswered questions about immigration policy.
Many details to come, but there are multiple indications that the Religious Right has targeted Arkansas Governor's School.
The Pew Charitable Trusts have compiled an evaluation of the states for how well they monitor industrial development incentives, or corporate welfare payments of tax money to attract business. Arkansas scores poorly.
The reviews aren't kind for Sarah Huckabee Sanders' honesty as White House press secretary
Clinton National Airport has announced that Via Airlines will begin offering nonstop air service between Little Rock and Austin, Texas beginning April 29.
In time for Valentine’s Day, Saltgrass Steak House, a Texas chain owned by Landry’s Inc., opened its first Arkansas outlet Feb. 1 at 10 Anglers Way off Interstate 30, near the Bass Pro Shop and Outlets of Little Rock.
Tacos 4 Life, an Arkansas chain that supports the Minnesota-based nonprofit Feed My Starving Children, will open a restaurant in Dillard’s parking lot at McCain Mall in North Little Rock this summer.
A group calling itself the RiverFest Organization has scheduled a news conference Monday at the First Security Amphitheatre for the announcement of rebirth of a Riverfest music festival on the river Memorial Day weekend.
The 2018 SoMardigras, which includes a Main Street parade at noon Saturday, Feb. 10, and The Root Cafe Beard and Mustache Contest in the Bernice Garden afterward, has a food and drink lineup that includes beer, King Cake, King Cake and more King Cake.
Your groovy winner of Round 2 of the 2018 Arkansas Times Musician's Showcase is Couch Jackets.
No Small Talk is continuing Musicians Showcase coverage this week. We're talking with current judges and previous winners Dazz and Brie.
Here's the open line. Also the daily news roundup.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has released the hourly rates charged by lawyers representing justices in the federal lawsuit by Judge Wendell Griffen. They top out at $975 an hour for a lawyer representing Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson.
A new lawsuit challenging the state’s photo ID law, Bart Hester vs. the humanities, signs of a threat to governors school, big bills for the state Supreme Court and Clarke Tucker making a run for Congress — all covered on this week's podcast.
The Babe Bracket, a beauty contest for women journalists, has become an issue in the governor's race after Asa Hutchinson gave it an on-air endorsement and then later backed away. The Democratic candidate Jared Henderson said he'd set a better example for the state.
An important artwork, in storage for 27 years, could soon be on display downtown in a new facility UA-Little Rock plans on Clinton Avenue.
The agenda meeting for the Little Rock City Board this week includes a resolution for the city to pay the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce $300,000 again this year for "economic development consulting services." It's sham to subsidize corporate lobbyists.
Who knew Attorney General Leslie Rutledge would say there ARE circumstances in which the right to bear arms may be infringed? Such as at public facilities that serve alcohol.
Open line time.
The Pine Bluff Commercial reports today that Henry Wilkins IV, a former state representative, has announced he won't seek another term as Jefferson County judge, the top county elected office.
Reuters reports that Remington Arms, one of the country's largest gunmakers, has been seeking financing to allow it to file for bankruotcy. Some investors are apparently reluctant to back the gun industry
Wendell Griffen, the circuit judge and Baptist preacher whose penchant for free speech regularly gets in trouble with legislators, is taking on a church establishment now, though the topic likely would rile the same lawmakers who don't like him speaking out on capital punishment.
Donald Trump is said to have gone "off script" yesterday by expressing sympathy for men accused of abusing women while showing no concern for the victims.
A rueful blast from the past in today’s “Other Days” column I the D-G. Feb. 11, 1968 • The Central Arkansas Labor Council says it will go to court if necessary to stop cities from paying dues to chambers of commerce.
The Sunday open line.
Another booming city, Indianapolis, fights ever wider urban freeways. Meanwhile, back in Little Rock .....
The legislature meets. The big question: How cheap will the state choose to be in helping working poor get health coverage? Also on the agenda: Supreme Court legal bills.
Country rap music. Four-wheelers. Alcohol. Arkansas. What could go wrong?
KAIT-TV in Jonesboro just tweeted that Arkansas State University intends to sue the University of Miami for $650,000 because Miami cancelled a September game with ASU in Jonesboro on account of Hurricane Irma.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that he'd appointed Dr. Matthew McDonough of Jonesboro to the state Board of Dental Examiners, replacing Dr. Richard L. Smith of North Little Rock for a term ending Sept. 1, 2022. Smith had just been appointed last fall and that appointment had engendered controversy in the profession.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation says Searcy High School has taken down Bible and religious quotes from a choral room in response to the foundation's complaint.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson opened the legislature's budget system with an endorsement of his record since his first joint session talk three years ago — a tax cut, strong employment and other positives. "The state of our state is stronger than ever before."
Mike Lee, a semi-retired engineer and lawyer, said today that he'll make a Democratic challenge to Republican Rep. Andy Davis for House District 31 in western Little Rock.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislative opening speech had little to offer with one exception: His "free beer tomorrow" gambit in the form of a far-off income tax cut for the rich.
Welcome the new RiverFest — now headed by Universal Fairs of Memphis and the Riverfest Organization. You can expect country music, kiddie rides at the "large Ford Family Fun Zone," and a return to Memorial Day Weekend.
Here's the open line. Also, the roundup of headlines and comment.
Eddie Wayne Cooper, 51, who served three terms as a Democratic state representative from Melbourne, has pleaded guilty in Springfield, Mo., to participating in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $4 million from a nonprofit health care agency.
A lawsuit over rights to a $300,000 lottery ticket has been resolved on undisclosed terms.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families has posted its assessment of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislative session-opening remarks. Bottom line: It fell short on adequate funding of existing services and promised greater inequality in taxes in years ahead.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to deliver a tax cut worth roughly a 14 percent reduction in state income taxes for the wealthy in 2019 is a good place to check in with his Republican primary challenger, Jan Morgan.
The Trump budget and infrastructure plan? Losers!
Russ Racop, the blogger who's running for City Board of Directors, has added a new question to those he's been peppering the city with about the police department. Is free car use reported as a taxable benefit for officers who enjoy it.
Will the Arkansas Senate ever allow the public to watch it work on the web? The House does, to its credit. The Senate likes to make it difficult to hold them accountable.
Here's the full federal charge alleging former legislator Eddie Cooper's participation in a kickback and illegal campaign contribution scheme run by officials of a giant health care nonprofit. The details make references to unnamed other legislators and lobbyists. It might make fun, or uncomfortable, reading for Capitol insiders.
Ernest Dumas writes this week about Garrard Conley, an Arkansas native whose biography about being the son of a Baptist preacher forced into a church-supported gay conversion program is the basis for the coming movie "Boy Erased" starring Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.
The Trump administration idea to replace a big part of the SNAP (food stamp) program with boxes of non-perishable food items is, I think the LA Times writer gets correctly, his meanest idea yet.
Mike Preston, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission filed an amended financial disclosure form this week after we asked about his omission of travel expenses paid for him by the private Arkansas Economic Development Foundation.
Here's the open line. Also plenty of Trump talk on the daily video.
A former wrestler offers the latest take on what REALLY happened when two boys were run over by a train in Saline County in 1987.
A special election to fill the Senate seat held by the late Greg Standridge in the Russellville area has produced a runoff in the Republican primary between starkly different candidates, Bob Bailey and Breanne Davis.
If the subject is gun legislation, you can count on the NRA to oppose common sense and lie about it in the process.
Add Springdale native Gary Morris to the list of Democrats not ready to give up Northwest Arkansas legislative seats without a fight.
Every attorney general in the U.S. has joined a coalition asking Congress to end secret, forced arbitration of workplace claims of sexual harassment.Yes, even Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
An insurrection by pharmacists over drug payments for those covered by Arkansas Works has grown to the point that it's threatening Gov. Asa Hutchinson's entire budget.
KARK's Isabella Moller says North Little Rock police have reported two gun deaths at the L'Oreal cosmetics factory on the city's east side were a murder-suicide — a 19-year-old woman was shot by a 32-year-old man who then shot himself.
After the inaugural meeting of the Industrial Hemp Committee in late January, the regulatory system for hemp in Arkansas seemed near completion — draft regulations were sent along to Governor Hutchinson as part of the final steps for approval of the program's bureaucracy.
Take a trip into the world of an Arkansas juvenile lockup — unsafe and unsanitary where such basics as soap are in short supply.
Donald Trump, in seeking ultraconservative federal judges, is making the judiciary white male again.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's multicultural bent — including its decision to rehang its galleries to include works by Native American artists — has the Washington Post asking if it is the "most woke museum in America?"
The open line and the day's roundup of news and comment.
River Market district promoters have always hoped for a Beale Street feel, and it looks like they’re going to get one, when Gusano’s Pizzeria at 313 President Clinton Ave. morphs into The Shack, that beloved barbecue joint of yore, and brings in the blues, perhaps sometime in March.
Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom pizza restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. has a couple of big events coming up: A birthday bash and a benefit for cyclists in the 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle Ride.
A distinguished threesome — Les Christensen, Shea Hembrey and Brian Young — have been tapped by the Arkansas Arts Center to judge the 60th "Delta Exhibition" to run May 25 through Aug. 26.
Anthony Bland, who'd previously announced as a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, announced in a release today that he'll run instead for lieutenant governor, a seat for which incumbent Republican Tim Griffin is seeking re-election.
Here's a write-through on the latest gun massacre in a U.S. school — with 17 dead apparently killed by a former student at the Broward County, Fla., high school with an AR-15. He's now in custody. It's not too soon to talk gun politics. If not now, when?