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February 17, 2005

Vol 3 • No 5

TV highlights Feb. 17

AMC holds a weeklong salute to Oscar with a marathon of Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning pictures.

Far from New York

Little Rock native Brad Simpson is living his dream, working with some of the most respected people in the film industry. His new job: producing partner of one of the biggest stars on the planet, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Words Feb. 17

“Thus, the more insistently people bring Christianity into politics, the more political argument becomes a Christian hermeneutics. Does God say gays should be executed or married? ‘Spare the rod’ or ‘suffer the little children’?”

Letters to the Editor Feb. 17

I generally agree with Max Brantley’s view on issues but must comment on his article commending the state sales tax office shutting down offenders. Max has obviously never owned a business that happened to get into arrears with this draconian agency.

In defense of chain newspapers

BATESVILLE — Bennie L. Ivory, a native of Hot Springs, is one of five black editors at America’s metropolitan daily newspapers. He’s the editor and vice president of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 45th largest newspaper among the 1,400 in the nation,

More picks Feb. 17

Don’t miss the 24th annual Soup Sunday, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Embassy Suites from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Orval Feb. 17

This Modern World Feb. 17

In defense of chain newspapers

BATESVILLE — Bennie L. Ivory, a native of Hot Springs, is one of five black editors at America’s metropolitan daily newspapers. He’s the editor and vice president of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 45th largest newspaper among the 1,400 in the nation,

Smart Talk Feb. 17

The Huckabees and the Governor’s Mansion Association have not asked the public to chime in on what the new residence they plan to build on our Governor’s Mansion grounds should look like. They’re thinking 8,700-square-feet Georgian (though they may scale

‘Urban’ weasel

The Far Right loves stealing the words right out from under us. You know: Patriotism. Marriage. Life. God. Now it looks like they’ve moving on to boosting whole phrases. The latest example is the co-opting of “urban legend” or “urban myth.”

AIDS advocacy, resurrected

Four or five months ago, Eric Camp, one of Arkansas’s best known AIDS advocates, wrote an open letter announcing his intention to quit: Too much to do, too few people willing to help, and a state government that seemed less and less interested.

The Insider Feb. 17

There’s still been no bill introduced in the legislature to save the Arkansas estate tax, legislators apparently fearing the wrath of the handful of super-rich Arkansans who pay the tax.

A tedious ‘Assassination’

Though the American Dream as it once was — the idea that you can start out scrubbing toilets at the local gas station and end up the president of Texaco — might not exist anymore, this is still a country full of success stories. Given that — and our gener

What's cooking-capsule reviews Feb. 17

What's cooking: New Mr. Mason's barbecue. Capsule reviews: Catfish City and Barbecue Grill, Royal Buffet.

Grammy nod goes to Norful

A Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album was awarded Sunday to former Pine Bluff singing sensation Smokie Norful.

Theocracy redux

State Rep. Buddy Blair of Fort Smith, who must be identified right now as a Methodist layman so as to give him cover, is alarmed that the legislature is becoming the state’s ecclesiastical police.

Kids count

The legislature cares, really cares, about fetuses. It finds new ways every year to protect them until they enter the world. Follow-through is another matter.

We Aydelotte, we drank a lot

Pizza mogul Judy Waller's new restaurant features only one pizza, an appetizer version with portobello mushrooms. The rest of the menu offers fine dining from all the basic food groups, in a setting that is nothing short of spectacular.

Letting legislators be somebody

An issue like it almost always comes up. Its magic is that it allows state legislators to feel like somebody. So it is with Deltic Timber’s brazen power play against Central Arkansas Water.

Deltic’s senators

There are places in America where people worry about protecting their water supply from terrorists. Here in Central Arkansas, we have to fight to protect our water from our own legislators.

The Observer Feb. 17

‘Singing the Blues’

The chestnut song “Singing the Blues” debuted on KWCB radio in Searcy. Originally called “I Never Felt More Like Singing the Blues,” it was written by Cleburne County native Melvin Endsley.

First century frescoes, toys for 2004

Ancient frescoes from Italy, modern toys designed by artists — what richer contrast can you get? The Arkansas Arts Center’s “In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite” exhibit should attract lovers of art, architecture, Italy, h

Editorial Feb. 17

There are places in America where people worry about protecting their water supply from terrorists. Here in Central Arkansas, we have to fight to protect our water from our own legislators.

The week that was Feb. 9-15

= IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … DELTIC TIMBER CORP. Twenty-two senators voted for Deltic’s bill to weaken Central Arkansas Water’s ability to protect Lake Maumelle against pollution.

The ties that bind

Me and the pard got hold of one of the Bro.-Gov.’s invites to the big Valentine’s Day hitchathon, but we decided to pass it up. We don’t like big self-serving sanctimonious shows.

Baby, please don’t go

Every year, many of the brightest young Arkansans graduate from high school and decide to leave the state for college. And even if some choose to attend in-state colleges and universities, a healthy percentage end up going elsewhere after they earn their

Join in Porter’s show

Willy Porter, a 6- and 12-string guitar player/songwriter and Milwaukee native, brings his charismatic stage show to Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 18.

Live from Wed-o-palooza

Mike and Janet Huckabee’s Valentine’s Day re-nuptials at Alltel Arena may have been the most prolonged and extravagant show since Mickey Mouse jetted in from Orlando to officiate at the wedding of Breezy Osborne.

Right as rain

We felt out of place entering Alltel Arena last Friday night without a straw cowboy hat, as it was immediately obvious most of the 8,986 fans in attendance had come for Toby Keith, not Ted Nugent.

Right as rain

We felt out of place entering Alltel Arena last Friday night without a straw cowboy hat, as it was immediately obvious most of the 8,986 fans in attendance had come for Toby Keith, not Ted Nugent.

Loggins commands

Though many Arkansas Symphony Orchestra season ticket holders thought they were going to the symphony, they ended up at a rock concert.

Artspree on strings

The Marian Anderson String Quartet, the first African-American ensemble to win a chamber music competition, performs at UALR’s Artspree on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Leahy

This might be the Von Trapps turned Celtic: Lakefield, Ontario’s Leahy, a multitalented family band of eight brothers and sisters, will perform at Reynolds Performance Hall on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21-22, on the University of Central Arkansas campus in

A response for Deltic

Central Arkansas Water responds in a detailed memo to Deltic Timber Corporation's assertion that the water utility has been unwilling to work with Deltic on watershed development and other issues. This is part of the controversy over Deltic's effort to pa
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