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March 13, 2008

Vol 6 • No 9

Republicans: Rebuilding

The Republican Party, which once claimed two statewide officers, a U.S. senator, two congressmen and a steadily growing legislative contingent, now is rebuilding from the bottom up, its party leaders say  in explaining the lack of entries for top offices in this year's elections.

Compassion sought

Dwayne Dobbins, the sleazy former state legislator from North Little Rock who plea bargained a felony sexual molestation charge in return for resignation from the legislature in 2005, says it's time for a little compassion.

An example for our children

Thanks to a tipster for sending along links to the continuing court record in the case of Dwayne Dobbins, the unopposed Democratic candidate for state representative from North Little Rock, who was given a reduced sentence to a charge of sexually molesting a 17-year-old girl in 2005 in return for his resignation from the legislature.

Gender, race and more

Nearly every white professional man in Arkansas who talks to me about politics these days expresses alarm that Hillary Clinton might become the Democratic presidential nominee and president.

Editorial cartoon, March 13

John Prine

In case you were wondering, that was me whistling Saturday at the John Prine concert.

Slow down, Vermont

Long famous for their moonlight and their maple syrup, Vermonters are now winning praise for citizenship.

Final score: 607

On his way to the Rev Room for the finals of the Musicians Showcase, 607 spun his car into a retaining wall on I-630.

Smart Talk, March 13

Grady farmer and locavore impresario Jody Hardin’s plans for an all-Arkansas farmer’s market in Argenta now have a date attached: The Certified Arkansas Farmer’s Market is scheduled to open May 3.

To-do list, March 13

Inksplosion, Marky Ramone, 'Golda's Balcony', 'Stars & Stripes Pops', Energy Shift, Newsboys, Cloud Cult, and 'Kanye West Was A Neuroscientist', are all happening this week.

Sprawling and brawling

A proposal to sell the high school would be controversial in just about any town.

Independent smorgasbord

It might be time to start concocting elaborate excuses that can free you from work and other responsibilities for the next few days. From Thursday until Monday, March 17, the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival hosts 30 bands from seven different countries.

Michael Bublé

It’s 9:54 on a cold Saturday night in North Little Rock and if by some chance Michael Bublé doesn’t in fact have the world on a string as he’s claiming in song, then at least he’s well on his way to wowing the 6,350 fans who turned out to see him heat up

Hogs limp into March

Underachievement is a tough cycle to buck.

Shop Arkansas at the Clinton School

We’re lucky in Little Rock. Even when the Farmer’s Market isn’t in season, there are places we can go to shop for products made by other Arkansans.

This modern world, March 13

Independent smorgasbord

It might be time to start concocting elaborate excuses that can free you from work and other responsibilities for the next few days. From Thursday until Monday, March 17, the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival hosts 30 bands from seven different countries.

What's cooking-Capsule review

What's cooking: U.S. Pizza

Observer, March 13

The condition of “Crane Unfolding,” the sculpture in the middle of the River Market food hall, tells us something about Little Rock and its attitude toward art.

Abortion-cancer link disputed

Some researchers argue that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, but doctors -- including a Catholic who is opposed to abortion -- say science has proven otherwise.

Misogyny

The twits who have seized the Washington Post and the revival Little Rascals’ Wimmin Haters Club at MSNBC have thought to separate themselves from the media herd this political season by embracing misogyny.

Orval, March 13

McCain’s rage at Pryor

It would not have been a farcical question for many colleagues of Pryor and John McCain in the U.S. Senate, where McCain’s volcanic rages and grudges and Pryor’s bipartisan benevolence were equal legends.

In brief, March 13

At White Water Tavern, indie rocker Chase Pagan performs songs from his latest release, “Oh, Musica!”

Putting the B in ‘B.C.’

Ten thousand years ago, we were all swarthy and hot and had dreadlocks.

Nanny Air

The Little Rock Airport Commission will soon take up the issue of whether to censor the airport’s wireless Internet system.

Citizen Huck

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee officially ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last week.

Fleshed out

Michael Worsham and Jean Flint are Arkansas artists traveling on nearly opposite aesthetic paths, but both are passing through Little Rock currently.

March 5-11, 2008

It was a good week for … ARKANSAS. Gov. Mike Beebe announced he’s struck a deal with gas producers to go along with an increase in the state’s almost non-existent severance tax. Can he get 75 percent of the legislature to go along?

Gripping narrative

Mara Leveritt’s story “A Long Way to Fall” in the Times Feb. 21 was a gripping and disturbing narrative.

Front-page content:

“Former sports reporter William Davis, who has been in the Daily Bugle’s business news department the last four years, has been named the sports content editor effective Monday."

True romance

What defines a romantic restaurant? We’re not sure — dim lighting, soft music, small tables for two that promote footsy-playing?

Western Meds

I approached Monday’s Western Meds show with a fair amount of trepidation.

Singing 100 years away

Just about every professional theater company in the country has an educational program aimed at young artists, says Nicole Capri, the director of education at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Republicans oppose highways

And they don't want gas companies to pay for tearing up roads and fouling the environment.

Everybody is entitled to a lawyer

I see that Asa Hutchinson is the attorney for the meat packer who denied any potential safety issues at his processing plant until confronted with video of sick cattle being forklifted to slaughter.

Worth $4,300 and a job?

Meet "Kristen," (shown in her My Space photo) former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's fateful call girl.

Worth $4,300 and a job?

Meet "Kristen," (shown in her My Space photo) former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's fateful call girl.

Obama's pastor

He places recent race-related presidential campaign controversies in a Biblical context. Ben Smith of Politico describes it as "deeply racially confrontational."

Add some lobby muscle

News release: The Executive Committee of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, Inc., congratulates Governor Mike Beebe and representatives of the natural gas industry for reaching an agreement to increase the severance tax on natural gas in Arkansas.  ...

State trooper shot

A state trooper investigating a homicide was shot in the shoulder in Hempstead County last night.

Pickett environmental resolution: dead

This morning the Joint Performance Review Committee beat Rep. Betty Pickett's interim resolution on the Fayetteville Shale like a piñata.

Today in history

March 13, 1868 A new Arkansas Constitution adopted by referendum enfranchises Negroes and disenfranchises ex-Confederate soldiers

Meet the new ASU logo

U.S. Pizza doings

Two longtime U.S. Pizza Co. employees, Lana Powers and Julie Mara, plan to open a U.S. Pizza franchise on 402 S. Louisiana St. in the former home of House of Philly Cheese Steak.

Update: The Crooked Hook

THE CROOKED HOOK is all about catfish, shrimp, oysters, and crawfish tails. And to help out the non-aquatic ones in the party, there's some chicken fillets, a pair of steaks and a few hamburgers and sandwiches.

The old 'jury duty' trick.

Doesn't work, apparently.

The law east of the Cache

Circuit Judge L.T. Simes, has been reversed on a bit of East Arkansas home cooking. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that theft charges should not have been dismissed against West Helena city officialas who authorized pay for themselves after they left office.

This ain't chicken feed

An Oklahoma jury has returned a $21 milion verdict in behalf of chicken growers against Fort Smith-based OK Industries.

Race and health care

The latest installment of UALR's ongoing survey of racial attitudes in Pulaski County covers opinions about race and health care.

Huckabee T-shirt sale UPDATE

NY Times reports a fire sale on Huckabee for President T-shirts -- $5 plus $1 for shipping.

LRSD: To search or not to search

The League of Women Voters has written the Little Rock School Board urging district-wide input and an advertised search for a new superintendent.

Later for the restaurant tax discussion

FYI: We mentioned yesterday that restaurant operator Mark Abernathy would present a list of criticisms today to the mayor's committee reviewing Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission business.

The shale boom -- UPDATE

The University of Arkansas, in a report commissioned by the gas industry, has more than tripled its projection for the economic benefit of exploration of the Fayetteville shale.

The shale boom -- UPDATE

The University of Arkansas, in a report commissioned by the gas industry, has more than tripled its projection for the economic benefit of exploration of the Fayetteville shale.

Boo pig phooey

The All American Football League, a minor league outfit that  had planned a Hog-flavored entry playing in Little Rock beginning this spring, has announced play has been postponed until 2009.

Thursday: VOV, Chase Pagan, the Ataris and more

Chase Pagan High-singing local indie-rocker Chase Pagan plays White Water. He might be poised to blow-up.

Color Wal-Mart ....

... green. But only if you're talking about cash money.

Allegations of racism at UALR Law UPDATE

The  Gazette reports that Prof. Richard Peltz sued two black students and an attorney for allegedly unfairly claiming he is racist.

The last of the Ramones

Marky Ramone, the longest tenured Ramones drummer and the most prominent living connection to the first and arguably greatest punk band ever, comes to Revolution, not to play, but to DJ. Expect a punk rock dance party.

Huck as veep?

He has "serious doubts" that will happen.  But, hey, he's already made an impact. Fox News has adopted his floating cross.

Shocking news

The Rogers mayor reprimands the police chief for not promptly disciplining a cop who Tasered a cow and jokingly passed around videos of the abuse.

The racial divide

Matt Bai takes a long look at race and the Democratic presidential contest in the Sunday NY Times.

Friday slowdown

Fair warning: It's my annual day to moderate the LRSD Middle School Quiz Bowl, in which I ask questions that I can't answer to young teens who generally can.

Friday To-Do: ‘Stars & Stripes & Pops!'

‘STARS & STRIPES & POPS!'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $16-$66.

Friday To-Do: 'Golda's Balcony'

‘GOLDA'S BALCONY'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

New Virgin

The Washington Post's Al Kamen says departing N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer is the latest politician to help Virgin Mobile sell cell phone contracts, joining Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the line in a Canadian newspaper campaign:

New industry for Little Rock

Gov. Mike Beebe has just announced that Man Industries, an Indian lead pipe manufacturer, will locate its North and South American headquarters to Little Rock.

Friday To-Do: Marky Ramone

MARKY RAMONE8 p.m., Revolution. $12-$18.

That special session...

For those of you who just can't get enough severance tax news, Governor Beebe spoke briefly this morning about the possibility of a special legislative session.

Romantic Fool

In a teleconference yesterday with soldiers serving in Afghanistan, President Bush said that if he were a younger man, he wouldn't mind being in their shoes.

Friday To-Do: Inksplosion!

The Enigma.   INKSPLOSION!2 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center and River Market Pavilion.

Quiz bowl buzz -- UPDATE

Another year, another Quiz Bowl. Dunbar again won the LRSD middle school championship, with Pulaski Heights second and Mann team tied for third.

Quiz bowl buzz -- UPDATE

Another year, another Quiz Bowl. Dunbar again won the LRSD middle school championship, with Pulaski Heights second and Mann team tied for third.

Friday To-Do: 'Sing, Dance, Repeat!'

Young artists do a number from 'Annie.' Photo by Ben Krain.

See 'Assassins'

After all the buzz, surely you want to see what it was all about. I refer to the Arkansas Tech production of "Assassins," briefly cancelled because of the college president's objection to use of blank-firing guns in the play.

Tax dollars at work

I can't decide which is worse. That Russellville city employees used city computer equipment and software to run a private business.

Friday: More VOV, Boondogs and Big Silver, Kyoto Boom, the Ho Bash and more

Big Silver At day three of the Valley of the Vapors Festival in Hot Springs, Louisiana's Dirtfoot plays self-described “grumble boogie,” a mish-mash of Southern genres and flamboyant flourishes.

Saturday To-Do: Newsboys

NEWSBOYS7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $26.75-$31.75.

Ark. claims first blind governor

The elevation of New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson gave rise to press reports that he was the country's first blind governor.

More writing on John Glasgow case

An AP story on the John Glasgow case will take the missing construction executive's story nationwide.

More writing on John Glasgow case

An AP story on the John Glasgow case will take the missing construction executive's story nationwide.

Hogs beat Vandy 81-75

Might there be an NCAA dance on the Hogs' card?

Saturday To-Do: Energy Shift

ENERGY SHIFT8 p.m., the Village. $5.

It Was 27 Years Ago Today...

On March 14, 1981, U.S. Reed hit what is undoubtedly the most memorable buzzer-beater in Razorback history: a half-court bomb that knocked defending national champion Louisville out of the NCAA Tournament and propelled the Hogs into the Sweet Sixteen.

Time to Dance!

A few short hours ago, the Hogs were still perched precariously on the NCAA tournament bubble, thanks to their rather lackluster stretch of games in late February.

Open line

Fire when ready.

Energy shift

There's nothing we love more here at the Arkansas Times than local concerts with diverse and full line-ups of local music. Put it all towards a good cause and that's icing. On Saturday, the Sierra Club presents “Energy Shift,” a night of music and activis

A hit on Broadway

Because I happen to like going to Broadway shows, I'm happy to report on Arkansas-related success stories there.

The spin cycle

John Brummett is grumbling about this and that today. He reviews, for example, poll results on the gas severance tax and notes, on a straight-up question on the tax alone, majority support (or opposition ) was lacking.

Hulu Goes Public

I've meant to write about Hulu before, because I've been loving it since Day One.  But while it was in Beta, and limited to invitation-only, I was hesitant lest it not make it.  But now, it's gone public and added a huge amount of content, including more full episode television and even a decent selection of full-length feature films.  Just a cursory glance at that category shows options like "The Big Lebowski" and "The Usual Suspects," so I have high hopes for the future of Hulu.  Get on over to Hulu.com, sign up, and start browsing.  It's free, and, in my opinion, it's fabulous.  You even have the option of embedding their content on your own site, and the superior quality of Hulu video (compared to YouTube or Google Video) is impressive.

The company you keep

Barack Obama's associates -- his provocative pastor and the dubious businessman Rezko, with whom he's now admitted repeat lapses of judgment -- have finally become a generally accepted news story, even his most ardent press supporters have been forced to acknowledge.  A Politico columnists explains this, sounding somewhat regretful, in the case of the preacher.

Family fun note

The Clinton Presidential Center's Easter festival was scheduled today. But the event was postponed on account of wet grounds.

Bad basketball weather

I'm glad I wasn't in the Georgia Dome last night. How about you?

The legislature and the sex offender.

Andrew DeMillo, whose weekly Arkansas political column is always worth a check, reviews the case of the dastardly Dwayne Dobbins.

Outrage of the week

I can't add much but sputter to the continuing news of special treatment given the felonious thief Thomas Coughlin, the former Wal-Mart executive who was given "house arrest" on his palatial family estate by a solicitous federal judge for his crime of stealing from his employer.

Hogs beat Vols 92-91!

Would another victory send them to Alltel? As good a place as any to start an open line.

Razorbacks Shock Tennesse, Rest of Arkansas

"That play was totally designed for me." How do you prepare for a team like Arkansas?  Charles Thomas turns in a possessed performance, Gary Ervin makes several clutch feeds down low, and Steven Hill sinks a game-winner that was every bit as tough as the one Tyler Hansbrough made earlier today (only Hill accepted the savior role with humor and humility rather than beating his chest up and down the court).  A win tomorrow would be terrific, but I'm not sure it would equal the feeling of warm confusion washing over me right now.

How 'Bout Them Hogs!!!

Absolutely electrifying. After enduring several strokes and a half dozen heart attacks, we can say that was the most thrilling Razorback basketball game - and the biggest victory - we've seen in a long, long time.

Hogs!

A boy named Sooie, our sports columnist, is fired up after the basketball Razorbacks upset fourth ranked Tennessee. Sunday, they play Georgia in the SEC fina

Full of gas

There's severance tax commentary galore on Stephens Media today. Brummett is for it.

Full of gas

There's severance tax commentary galore on Stephens Media today. Brummett is for it.

Electoral math

The NY Times surveys Democratic super delegates and finds that many favor math -- if Obama arrives with more pledged delegates, more state wins and more popular votes, they'll lean toward him.

SEC Championship: Halftime Update

We spent most of the first half trailing by more points than we had scored, so only being down by ten is some kind of victory.  The question today seems to be how do you prepare a team like Arkansas.   Nobody's the same player they were yesterday afternoon.Maybe Sonny will indeed heat up in the second half, but we're not likely to succeed unless we get some unexpected production from someone like Thomas.  Hill might have earned some stripes in the waning seconds yesterday, but he's not matching up well with Bliss.  If we're gonna come back, we're gonna have to throw up something better than prayers in the final twenty.

Hogs Fall After Their Own Improbable Run

They never once held the lead, though at times they were close enough to break your heart.  Ultimately, the same stat that won the game for them yesterday lost it for them today.  The Bulldogs scooped up the boards that mattered, then hauled in some key offensive rebounds in the final minutes.  We were simply outplayed, both in the front court and beyond the arc.Maybe we can bounce back in the tourney, but my hopes for the team were pinned on the SEC championship.  And for these seniors, there's no such thing as next year.

Hot out of the oven

Here's some business news to which I feel a little kinship, having just recently toured the production line of this home-grown enterprise and sampled more than a few of the more-varied-than-I-knew production: Lance, the snack food company based in Charlotte, N.C., has purchased Brent and Sam's Cookies in North Little Rock.

Hoop dreams: Hogs to N.C.

Well, the Hogs, after the loss to Georgia today, are heading to Raleigh for the first round of the NCAA tournament as a ninth seed.

Sunday open line

I'm goofing off.

Huck: The new Pat Robertson?

A religion writer poses the question. Some say yes.

This couldn't happen here, could it?

The Ann Arbor newspaper starts what appears to be a bombshell of a series on athletics at the University of Michigan, hailed as one of the greatest academic institutions among state universities.

That Was Disappointing

If you're looking for a scapegoat for today's miserable loss to Georgia, I'm your guy.

The end of the Valley

The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival in Hot Springs winds down tonight with performances by Sissy Wish, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons and Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers.

Re Geraldine Ferraro

Brummett: Forced to choose, he'd rather be a white woman than a black man. As it happens, the NY Times took a look at "post-feminism" in Sunday's paper and the question of whether it is easier to overcome race or gender.

The prom monitors

Who knew? Until this year, Rogers High School students could attend the school prom only with other Rogers High students.

Bike friendly

Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas ">has begun an awards program to recognize people and agencies that encourage biking and environmentally friendly practices.

The case of the vanishing website

Ever heard of Noelle Nikpour, a Little Rocker who's dabbled in Republican-side political consulting? She also made the society pages in New York back during her friendship with a Little Rock trust funder.

Honeymoon's over

Ron Fournier, whose Little Rock Capitol coverage proved a springboard to a career as one of the country's leading political reporters for the Associated Press, writes a column nowadays.

The wearing of the green

They got an early start on St. Patrick's Day at Cregeen's in North Little Rock last night.

Time to kiss your a** goodbye

George Bush says his administration is on top of the cratering financial markets. If the war is a guide, that means things will be worse in five years than they are today, though perhaps marginally better than the slough of despond we'll experience  in the interim.

What They're Saying

With the NCAA Tournament brackets unveiled last evening, there is no shortage of analyzing and prognosticating going on.

Monday: St. Patrick's Day doings

Mini Kiss Hot Springs embraces St. Patrick's Day. At 4:30 p.m., the First Ever Fifth Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade travels 98 feet on Bridge St. Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs," is the grand marshal.

Gravity will get you

"Not even a disturbingly twisted leg will stop me from future rafter hanging." Ark. Times contributor Tim Jones took his son to see After the Tragedy and PM Today at Vino's over the weekend.

Keep up with SUJ and the Front

There's a tour blog for the Smoke Up Johnny/Moving Front. Likely, Jeremy Brasher, the lead MFer, will shoulder the blogging load, which is good news for old Arkansas Rockers and Localist messageboarders.

Explain please

The feisty Independent Weekly in Lafayette, La., finally nailed the whorehopping U.S. Sen. David Vitter with a question on his continued presence in the Senate. Vitter says: there's a big difference between Eliot Spitzer's whoring and his own.

Downtown development

Bank of the Ozarks and Mainstream Technologies have purchased the old Federal Reserve building at 325 W. Capitol Ave. It will house Mainstream's 31-employee workforce -- which President John Burgess anticipates will more than double in the next five years -- and Bank of the Ozarks' professional and executive banking group, as well as a retail branch.

The jail: Making progress

Former UALR chancellor Dr. Charles E. Hathaway held a press conference today at the Pulaski County jail to assess the county's response following last year’s UALR task force report on making Pulaski County a safer place to live.

Bloodsucker alert

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has scheduled a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Texan = ?

How about arrogant, insufferable asshole? From the Austin newspaper:

Tim Griffin takes aim at severance tax

Tim Griffin, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, is back on the local scene: On March 5, he established a group called Arkansas Coalition of Concerned Taxpayers (ACCT) to campaign against an increase in the natural gas severance tax.

The severance tax headcount

Not there yet. Come on, Benny.

Yearning for an open line?

Here one is.

Kanye West was a Neuroscientist

Tonight, the Clinton School hosts Jonah Lehrer, a 26-year-old former Rhodes Scholar, who's the author of "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," a fascinating discussion on how art often presages science. According to Lehrer, Kanye West uses the same musical princ

Gas tax for dummies

Does it worry you that Gov. Beebe is about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, as a little band of Republicans maintain? A 5 percent tax on the gas that big Texas and Oklahoma companies harvest from the Fayetteville shale in northern and eastern A

The pastor problem UPDATE

Brummett says it's hard to reconcile the situation with Obama and his provocative pastor. Perhaps Obama's speech today will ameliorate things.

Play ball!

So. The question of the day: Got any tickets?

Tab's Take: NCAA Tournament Preview

In honor of this week's official start of the national holiday known as March Madness, we've asked some of our regular contributors to weigh in with their takes on the tournament.

Gas tax for dummies

Does it worry you that Gov. Beebe is about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, as a little band of Republicans maintain? A 5 percent tax on the gas that big Texas and Oklahoma companies harvest from the Fayetteville shale in northern and eastern A

Gas tax for dummies

Does it worry you that Gov. Beebe is about to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, as a little band of Republicans maintain? A 5 percent tax on the gas that big Texas and Oklahoma companies harvest from the Fayetteville shale in northern and eastern A

Seafood platter

Kat Robinson at Tie Dye Travels has another road food stop for you -- Skip's near Picayune, Miss. What else at a seafood restaurant but a seafood platter?

The taxpayers' mudhole

The Iconoclast analyzes contradictory coverage in Fayetteville newspapers of the great TIF (tax increment finance) boondoggle, the long-behind-schedule grand hotel that was going to rise with the diversion of school tax money to private developers' pockets.

Severance tax headcount

I keep hearing that Gov. Mike Beebe is near a 75-vote count in the House for his severance tax proposal, if you count leaners.

Shut down or I'll sue

That's the ultimatum Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued to payday lenders at today's news conference, which I mentioned yesterday.

Shut down or I'll sue

That's the ultimatum Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued to payday lenders at today's news conference, which I mentioned yesterday.

ASU finds a coach; or vice versa

Red Wolves basketball will be in the hands of washed-up LSU coach John Brady, Arkansas Sports360 reports.

ASU finds a coach; or vice versa

Red Wolves basketball will be in the hands of washed-up LSU coach John Brady, Arkansas Sports360 reports.

Tuesday To-Do: Jonah Lehrer 'Kanye West Was a Neuroscientist'

‘KANYE WEST WAS A NEUROSCIENTIST'6 p.m., Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service. Free.

Tuesday: J. Roddy, Pasties and more

Hopefully, you read the Arkansas Times calendar, and you drank several fewer green beers last night than you would've had you not known that J. Roddy Walston and the Business were returning to White Water tonight.

Busy day at LR National

The Little Rock National Airport is hopping today. But that doesn't mean everyone is going anywhere.

MLB in Memphis

It's a rare opportunity to see major league baseball without driving eight hours. On March 29, the Chicago White Sox take on the New York Mets in Memphis in the second annual Civil Rights exhibition game.

Hendrix: Student center of the future

College students of a certain age will remember the student union -- a crummy coffee shop and a bookstore, maybe, not that luxury was necessary to kill time.

Hendrix: Student center of the future

College students of a certain age will remember the student union -- a crummy coffee shop and a bookstore, maybe, not that luxury was necessary to kill time.

Promenade makes it official -- UPDATE

The Promenade at Chenal's probable tenant list has been circulating for awhile now, but today the developers of the shopping center at Chenal and Rahling Road issued a formal press release naming 13 of them.

New Brockmeier

Little Rock's Kevin Brockmeier has a new short story collection out today. It's good.Since our Book's section gets kind of buried away on the web, I'll post my review here.

Worst foods in the world

Here's a funny post from a New York Times blog, hitting some highlights on a new book about the worst foods in the world -- meaning the least healthy.

NCAA tickets -- UPDATE

UPDATE: This original offer has been taken. But note that a reader has a spare ticket mentioned in the comments string.

The gun argument

It appears the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is quite ready to declare a person's right to own a gun.

Sprawling and brawling

A proposal to sell the high school would be controversial in just about any town. In Fayetteville, with a highly educated and highly opinionated population, it's even more so.

A touch of glass

In contrast to the hoopla — and hoops — this spring arts issue highlights are the visual arts and the quiet contemplation they afford.

J. Hawg's Pen: NCAA Tournament Preview

In honor of this week’s official start of the national holiday known as March Madness, we’ve asked some of our regular contributors to weigh in with their takes on the tournament.

Follow the money

Will Rogers poach the Walton Arts Center from Fayetteville? What do you think?

The post-racial Obama

I think it's safe to say that the reaction to the Obama speech has been overwhelmingly positive.

Arkansas's growing Latino population

A new study shows that the number of Latino graduates of Arkansas high schools will more than quintuple over the next 15 years, a factor for educators to consider as they work on high school and college graduation rates.

A dead letter to Dillard's

Investment group wants four Dillard's board seats so as to improve management of the Little Rock-based department store chain.

Santo's gift

I shared the late Santo Formica's love of food, particularly Italian, and education. Those things brought us together for frequent pizza lunches at Iriana's, even though we lined up on different sides of the partisan political divide.

Santo's gift

I shared the late Santo Formica's love of food, particularly Italian, and education. Those things brought us together for frequent pizza lunches at Iriana's, even though we lined up on different sides of the partisan political divide.

Wednesday: Kingsdown, Kiss Kiss and more

LLL At Juanita's, Long Live Logos, a shiny indie-pop band from San Diego, perform with shiny rockers Kingsdown from Little Rock, 9 p.m., $7.

Big flood update

A reliable source just called in to say that Jack's Resort, the fishing dock on the White River north of Mountain View, is under water thanks to heavy rains that have fallen on Arkansas since yesterday, swelling the rivers in the northern counties.

Bon voyage

Here's a Wednesday night open line and a farewell. I'm off to China in a few hours and will be gone about three weeks.

The real dropout rate

From tomorrow's NY Times: The real high school dropout rate is almost certainly higher across the country than reported to the feds for NCLB purposes.

Grandma Susan's NCAA Preview

In honor of this week’s official start of the national holiday known as March Madness, we’ve asked some of our regular contributors to weigh in with their takes on the tournament.
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