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April 17, 2008

Vol 6 • No 14

All-Star Team finalists

These students advanced to the final round of judging for 2008 all-stars.

All-Star Team finalists

These students advanced to the final round of judging for 2008 all-stars.

The 2008 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

The Times recognizes the state's top students.

Hot after the Hillcrest burglars -- UPDATE II

The Hillcrest burglars who pawned a stolen digital camera with photos of the crooks celebrating their haul has led to a bust.

La. goes after cell phones

Who'dda thunk my old home state would be out in front on a safety issue, trying to curb hands-on cell phone use and texting while driving?

Worst. President. Ever.

Latest installment: Bush tries to look like he's worried about climate change. Here's one of many pieces pointing out the fakery.

Senator jumps into hot water

Sen. Blanche Lincoln dips a toe in the trademark squabble in Hot Springs that pits the Hot Springs National Park's boss, a U.S. Park Service employee, against the city visitor's bureau over the bureau's use of the words National Park in conjunction with its advertising.

Eats and Drinks galore

It seems like a fairly simple concept, The Sandwich, but it’s one that many places seem to fumble.

This modern world, April 17

What's cooking, April 17

There won’t be any need to change the name: Claudio and Varina Formaris have purchased the Italian Couple from Michael and Yuli Waters.

Back home

I’ll spare you all but a few tidbits on my three-week Asian vacation.

Empty those pockets

It’s artauctionpalooza Friday and Saturday, thanks to fund-raisers “Places, Spaces and Chairs” and “Empty Bowls” (both April 18) and “PH Picassos” (April 19).

Orval, April 17

The king of funny-sad

Milking poignancy from humor in songwriting is a rare gift. Today, just about no one can touch Bobby Bare Jr.'s ability to marry funny and sad.

To-do list, April 17

'Movin Out', 'High School Musical: The Ice Tour', The Chill, Gringo Star, Blues on the River, Western Meds, Meshugga Klezmer Band, and Classical Mystery Tour are all happening this week.

Wrong review

What a review (“Wrong Iron Grill”) of the Wrought Iron Grill! I’m glad you waited 10 days — and not the first day.

Of asses and asterisks

When is an asshole an a**hole? The answer is: whenever said orifice or person is mentioned in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — most of the time.

In brief, April 17

Since reggae singer Joseph Hill passed away in 2006, his son Kenyatta has carried on his legacy in the legendary group Culture.

The tax man cometh

This is Tax Day, when conservative groups and President Bush ritually invite people to think about how the tax code affects the nation’s and their own well being.

April 9-15, 2008

It was a good week for … The CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK. It has a new bishop, Rev. Anthony B. Taylor, who comes from Oklahoma City with an impressive record of serving the Hispanic community, including opposition to Oklahoma’s immigrant-bashing l

Mallet out for spring, Hall out of his mind

So Ryan Mallett’s out for the spring, and probably out for the fall, and it doesn’t really matter all that much because Casey Dick was getting more snaps than him anyways?

Sign (pl.)

What used to be called global warming has apparently been renamed climate change.

Nonpartisan judge elections? Sure

We now have nonpartisan elections for judges.

‘Sherlock Holmes’

Let me cut to the chase: Make immediate plans to see “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” at the Rep. It’s sly, hugely engrossing fun.

Things you don't need to know, but might like to

Our entertainment blog, Rock Candy, is flush with posts to waste your day away with. There's a rundown of the Riverfest line-up, a new, hugely awesome Al Green song, trailers from the upcoming Little Rock Film Festival and more. See below.

A&E news, April 17

MTVU had added the video for “Real Love,” the lead single off the American Princes’ “Other People,” to its rotation according to the Princes’ Collins Kilgore.

Animal aid

Whatever Mike Beebe wants, Mike Beebe gets, it seems.

Editorial cartoon, April 17

Beebe sign will stay up

After the Arkansas Times raised questions about his expenditure of carryover campaign funds, state Rep. Tommy Dickinson of Newport called back to say that he’s reimbursing his carryover campaign fund the amount of the questionable expenditures.

Above average

Take the script for “Sideways,” replace the bottled-up wine snob with a dusty literature snob, take out the road trip, keep Thomas Haden Church, take out most of the comedy and a bit of the depth, and what you’re left with is, in a nutshell, “Smart People

The Observer, April 17

It can be a long trip from Heber Springs to Little Rock.

Smart talk, April 17

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it will require all states to follow a single formula when calculating high-school graduation rates.

Words, April 17

Little time remains to register for the second annual Central Arkansas Adult Spelling Bee.

Child care is another story

All-Star nominees

The following students were nominated for the 2008 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team. They are listed by their hometowns.

Steve Clark for mayor?

I'm just guessing, but sounds like Steve Clark, who quit as attorney general for felony expense account fraud, is going to run for mayor of Fayetteville.

A partisan judicial race

You can put judges in non-partisan elections, but that doesn't mean you've eliminated partisan considerations from judicial elections.

Chicken plant flu

I can't confirm this at the moment, but an overnight correspondent tells me that news of the immigration raid on a Batesville poultry plant yesterday, and others nationwide, prompted mass absences at at least one other Arkansas poultry processing plant.

Who's an elitist?

Purely for fun, I offer a Columbia Journalism Review hit on NYT columnist Maureen Dowd, the avowed working stiff's friend, and her writing on the elitism question in the Democratic presidential primary debate.

Dirty Dozen Dems

State Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney feels "somewhat betrayed" by the Dirty Dozen Democratic legislators who've thrown in for a fund-raiser for Republican Rep. Bryan King.

Cheddar's

Add Cheddar's Casual Cafe to the list of already confirmed restaurants set to soon begin construction at the Shackleford Crossing development.

The new Italian couple

There won't be any need to change the name: Claudio and Varina Formaris have purchased the Italian Couple from Michael and Yuli Waters.

The Gossip on Letterman

"I want to rent a van and drive cross country with you guys."For some reason this doesn't show up on some Explorer browsers.

Win money vs. give Memphis magazine $10

Memphis magazine is seeking entries for its 2008 short story competition. It's open to anyone in the Mid-South.

Winger watch

Secure Arkansas, the anti-immigrant ad hoc group, has resubmitted a proposed punitive ballot initiative. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel nixed an earlier proposal.

Also on the petition front

The Arkansas Death Penalty Moratorium Campaign Committee has announced its expected petition drive to urge the governor and legislature to study the death penalty.

Hendrix lives! -- UPDATE

The effort to recall Little Rock City Director Erma Fingers Hendrix is officially a dead issue.

Worst. President. Ever.

Today's entry: WASHINGTON — The Bush administration doesn't have a comprehensive strategy for eliminating Osama bin Laden's sanctuary in Pakistan's tribal region and preventing the region from being used for launching terrorist attacks on the United States, the investigative arm of Congress said Thursday.

Thursday: Still 'Movin' Out,' Clutch, Mad Trucker, Travs! and more

We've already won the logo battle. The inaugural intra-state rivalry series between the Travs and the NWA Naturals kicks off tonight, 7:10 p.m., $6-$10.

All-star slacking

I've had to be away to participate in the ceremony for the Arkansas Times' Academic All-Star Team.

Good point

A sage notes that Arkansas moved its presidential primary to February to get more attention.

Good point

A sage notes that Arkansas moved its presidential primary to February to get more attention.

Stick it to them

The Arkansas Supreme Court continues to send a message to payday lenders. They are offering no comfort to the bloodsuckers.

Meth arrests UPDATE

The U.S. attorney's office has scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss a major methamphetamine bust -- 52 arrests and seize of some 100 pounds of meth.

Can an interview with AT be next?

In the lion-lies-down-with-the-lamb category, or something: The Club for Growth interviews its former nemesis, Mike Huckabee, about John McCain's potential running mates, etc.

Lyon College prez retiring

Lyon College President Dr. Walter Roettger has announced he's retiring at the end of the 2008-09 academic year.

Medicaid is OK, DHS says

The Medicaid program provides health care for the poor, and is a huge expense for all states, including Arkansas.

Some NFL Draft Advice for D-Dawg

By the end of next week, Darren McFadden is going to be the richest man in the world with "Arkansas Bred" tattooed on his abs (until I win the lottery, at least).

School daze -- NWA-style

The Morning News happens to offer a bounty of school stories that indicate Little Rock doesn't have the monopoly on school friction.

Airing marital laundry

Today's entry in the ongoing story on the glories of the web is from the New York Times:

Tis the election season

There's not exactly a bumper crop of contested races on the primary election ballot in May, but that doesn't mean there's an absence of jousting.

WR remembered

A program on the legacy of former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller is scheduled Saturday, May 10, at the UA Rockfeller Institute on the grounds of the former Winrock Farms on Petit Jean Mountain.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

Political courage test

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

John Walker's questions

I mentioned that lawyer John Walker was prepared to stir the Little Rock School District pot a little more.

John Walker's questions

I mentioned that lawyer John Walker was prepared to stir the Little Rock School District pot a little more.

'Zac, I love you'

Who knew that Houston Nutt's daughter, Haven, was a budding, er, singer. And songwriter.

High-speed rail

One of the highlights of my Asian trip was a short hop on the Shinkansen, the 180-mph Japanese bullet train (pictured), between Kyoto and Kobe.

High-speed rail

One of the highlights of my Asian trip was a short hop on the Shinkansen, the 180-mph Japanese bullet train (pictured), between Kyoto and Kobe.

The city attorney responds

A citizens group that worked unsuccessfully to petition for a recall election for Little Rock City Director Erma Fingers Hendrix criticized the city petition certification process.

Friday To-Do: 'High School Musical: The Ice Tour'

‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ICE TOUR'7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $17-$50.

Straight talk express

Did I miss this earlier? That Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be in Little Rock Friday, April 25 for a fund-raising luncheon?

Friday To-Do: The Chill

Piph and Gina. THE CHILL9 p.m., Salty Parrot.

Beebe rips feds

We confess. We haven't listened to the governor's weekly radio address since Homer Bailey was governor.

Beebe rips feds

We confess. We haven't listened to the governor's weekly radio address since Homer Bailey was governor.

The Huckster's patrons -- UPDATE

So today, in response to Jim Parsons' ethics complaint, Gov. Mike Huckabee's lawyer, Kevin Crass, told reporters the governor would reveal the people who paid for his official portrait if the Ethics Commission told him to do so.

Deluxe36 makes the most involved music video in the history of Little Rock music videos

American Princes "Gravel" With police! A car aflame!

Separate but equal proms

Proms have been in the news of late in NW Ark.  There have been concerns about security in Rogers, mentioned earlier today, as well as an earlier question about admission of students from outside the high schools holding the proms.

Friday To-Do: Gringo Star - The Reds

GRINGO STAR 9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Weekend To-Do: 'Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure'

‘SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE'8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theatre. $20-$35.

Legislative grifters

The Iconoclast, Fayetteville's brawny blog, is railing today against the practice of unopposed legislative candidates raking in campaign contributions, sometimes even after the filing deadline has passed.

Sen. Crumbly wins vote

A Capitol observer, Glen Hooks, reports that a Senate committee has voted 4-3 that Sen. Jack Crumbly should keep his seat.

Sen. Crumbly wins vote

A Capitol observer, Glen Hooks, reports that a Senate committee has voted 4-3 that Sen. Jack Crumbly should keep his seat.

The Weekend: Silverton, Brian Regan, Genine Perez and more

Silverton. FRIDAY Local roots rock heroes Silverton headline at Vino's with Siberian and Mat Mahar, 8:30 p.m., $7.

Deep cuts

Also for your consideration. You know that g-force does it.

Dillard's-CDI-Glasgow etc.

We caught wind of this early in the week, but, surprise, neither Dillard's nor CDI would return our calls on the subject.

Do we need an open line?

I've been remiss.

Klezmer get-down

And now for something completely different: It's the return of the Meshugga Klezmer Band, Central Arkansas's best (only?) klezmer act at the Afterthought tonight. Read on for all the details.

Primary hyperbole

Everything new is old. But don't tell that to the vigilant trend watchers in journalism, such as at the New York Times, which reports a vigorous fourth-grade straw poll on the Democratic presidential race as anecdotal evidence that young kids are more engaged in politics than ever.

McCain's money search

John McCain's stop in Little Rock this coming Friday is part of a five-day Southern swing to tap fat cats.

Cheney's Toy

Add James McMurtry (yes, he's Larry's boy) to the slowly growing list of American popular singers who've written and performed songs pointing out Bush's Folly in Iraq.Bruce Springsteen, John Prine and John Fogerty have all recorded good old-fashioned "protest songs" pointing the arrow of culpability straight at what Prine calls "some cowboy from Texas."McMurtry's tune is called "Cheney's Toy" and it's included on his newly released album, "Just Us Kids."The guy who gave us the fabulous "Chocktaw Bingo" scores with this one.And thanks to Hugh Mann, here it is:

The Real McCoy, er, Cain

Given the wide ridicule heaped on George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson for their shameful handling of this week's Clinton/Obama "debate," here's a look at what Sunday's Stephanopolous interview of John McCain should look like.

Don't cry for Obama

Stephens Media never did get around to posting its website today. But I finally see John Brummett's column on the Morning News website.

No excuses

I"ve been neglectful. Open line.

Turnabout is fair play

Obama attacks Hillary in Pennsylvania. Fine.

The king of funny-sad

Milking poignancy from humor in songwriting is a rare gift. Today, just about no one can touch Bobby Bare Jr.'s ability to marry funny and sad. With an infectious and ever-shifting oddball sensibility, he's released three albums over the last six years filled with lyrics barbed, melancholy, sly and droll.

News you can use: Strawberries!

It's a slow news day, but this should set your heart racing if you didn't already know it: Arkansas strawberries are in.

News you can use: Strawberries!

It's a slow news day, but this should set your heart racing if you didn't already know it: Arkansas strawberries are in.

The blundering media

Frank Rich thinks ABC's abysmal debate performance will rally mad-as-hell voters. Maybe.

Free speech and the judge

Andrew DeMillo's weekly political column is about the election challenge faced by Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen and whether his past newsmaking over some extrajudicial speech will be a factor.

Gas boomtown: Part II

A reader who lives in the middle of the Fayetteville shale and is, I believe, a gas royalty recipient, calls attention to a useful op-ed in today's New York Times from a Wyoming writer.

Sunday Hodge Podge

* Bye-Bye Beverley? - That's the jarring headline of Brandon Marcello's latest Slophouse blog entry.

The selling of the war

It's a long one -- and, in its way, not terribly surprising. But this NY Times special today on how the Pentagon enlisted retired military leaders, now in the employ of arms merchants, to go on TV in support of the Bush administration line on the war, is worth a gander.

Back to you

The azaleas are popping, the wisteria has bloomed. I'll be on the deck barbecuing chicken.

The 2008 Academic All-Stars

It's our 14th edition of the only comprehensive effort in Arkansas to recognize academic achievement, though there is no shortage of recognition for athletic teams at Arkansas high schools. See the winners below.

Lawsuit planned in bridge accident UPDATE

A news release from a Texas law firm says a news conference today will announce a lawsuit on behalf of two of three workers believed to have drowned after the collapse of a scaffolding on a water line construction project on the I-430 bridge.

Coffee or orange juice

Brummett argues (bad link fixed) that little things mean a lot on the campaign trail -- Obama's refusal of a proffered cup of coffee in favor of o.j.; Clinton's shot-and-beer moment.

Guard changes

Arkansas Business reports James Womble's retirement from Acxiom, the last of the old guard big three at the company, along with Charles Morgan and Rodger Kline, to hit the door.

Analyze this

Richard Mellon Scaife indicated in a signed column weeks ago that his Pittsburgh newspaper might endorse Hillary Clinton.

Sex in the city -- not much

Men's Health ranks 100 cities on where men are having the best sex. Little Rock finishes at 77.

Sex in the city -- not much

Men's Health ranks 100 cities on where men are having the best sex. Little Rock finishes at 77.

More on McFadden and the Raiders

It seems that the Oakland Raiders management (i.e. owner Al Davis...everyone else there is irrelevant) was unswayed by my diatribe against the team last week, as they are considered the most likely team to pick Darren McFadden in this weekend's NFL Draft.

McDonnell retiring at U

The University of Arkansas's legend-in-his-own-time track coach, John McDonnell, apparently will announce his retirement today.

Planning to vote?

Today's the deadline to register to vote in the May 20 primary, if you're not already on the books.

A star passes

Kate Phillips, the dark-haired beauty from Pine Bluff who appeared in over 50 movies and later went on to write the 1950s B-movie classic "The Blob," has died.

Question for McCain

John McCain will have a photo op and fund-raising luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Capital Hotel.

Can We Get Some Service Around Here?

I am disappointed and annoyed to report that I had to walk out of Capers recently.  Understand that while I was only slightly intrigued by their menu, I still really wanted to give this place a chance.  After all, I had read only positive reviews in the AR Times and had been meaning to check it out for years.

What happens in Las Vegas ...

... also happens in Little Rock. In case you didn't know, the cover boy on last week's Las Vegas Weekly article on the most beautiful people in Vegas is Arkansas Symphony Orchestra director David Itkin.

Youth is served

Congressman John Boozman paid a visit to UA, where some sharp students, including Green Party candidate Abel Tomlinson, confronted him on energy policy.

Classical Mystery Tour

Former cast members of the Broadway hit “Bealtemania” join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra not to do over-orchestrated covers, but to play Beatles music exactly as it was written. Read on below.

A future network star?

John Brummett, seeking Mike Huckabee, gets instead to chat with daughterand chief of staff Sarah about the former governor's future.

Charter schools that work

Washington Post report here on the continuing good results (with the occasional exception) of the KIPP charter schools, which operate in Helena-West Helena, too.

Kurrus responds

LR School Board member Baker Kurrus yesterday distributed to board members a memo on the ownership of a real estate development partnership in which he has an interest.

Kurrus responds

LR School Board member Baker Kurrus yesterday distributed to board members a memo on the ownership of a real estate development partnership in which he has an interest.

Pressure for the bridge

Gene Pfeifer -- businessman, bicyclist and rabble-rouser -- sends me a link to this website, Build Our Bridge.

Dillard's details

Arkansas Business has details on Dillard's annual proxy statement.  No bonuses for Dillard's execs this year (but, not to worry, the family execs all still knocked down seven-figure take-homes counting pension and stock.)

What are they smoking?

I refer to the 28 percent (a record low) who give Bush a favorable job rating.

The New WSJ?

Here's a positive development at the Wall Street Journal: Thomas Frank, editor of The Baffler and author of "What's the Matter with Kansas," debuted a weekly column yesterday.

Tuesday To-Do: Classical Mystery Tour

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $30-$80.

Tune in: Epiphany and One Night Stand

  In case you were like me and forgot to set your TiVo last Wednesday, here's another chance: "Front Row featuring Epiphany and One Night Stand" airs again on AETN on Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Church dispute

I'm in receipt of legal filings in a case contesting AME Church Bishop Richard Chappelle's decision to reassign pastors at two well-known Little Rock AME churches -- Rev. Rickey Hicks at Rufus K. Young AME and Rev. Randolph Martin at Union AME.

Arkansas's Air Force One

Ever wonder what happened to that King Air that Gov. Mike Huckabee flew until it wore out as he advanced his political ambitions?

Arkansas's Air Force One

Ever wonder what happened to that King Air that Gov. Mike Huckabee flew until it wore out as he advanced his political ambitions?

The 'dream ticket'

Lots of Dems say they'd love a "dream ticket" of Obama-Clinton or vice versa. Problem is, nobody thinks the candidates want any part of that.

Can't wait

“There’s some stuff on there that sounds like something the Beatles might’ve done.  There’s some stuff on there that sounds like something Billy Joel might’ve done.

Gossip?

  This may've happened a long time ago, but only today did it come to my attention (thanks to an always reliable Rock Candy tipster) that the Gossip is just plain Gossip now, perhaps in an effort to distance themselves from the glut of "the" bands.

Now THAT is a reward

I received an e-mail with an offer of a $500,000 reward for the arrest and successful prosecution of a man who shot a Malvern police officer in woods last week.

Now THAT is a reward

I received an e-mail with an offer of a $500,000 reward for the arrest and successful prosecution of a man who shot a Malvern police officer in woods last week.

Anti-lottery rally

Jerry Cox of the Family Council tells me of a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

And the winner is ...

DBI requests an open line to talk about the Pa. primary and other stuff. (Personally, I'm still waiting for promised inside info on the weird Malvern reward story.)

McFadden's straight talk

Here's an interesting article in Sports Illustrated about Darren McFadden, the former Hog star whose stock in the NFL draft has suffered some because of off-the-field controversy.

The popular vote UPDATE

If Hillary Clinton pushes the Democratic primary to the nominating convention, the remaining delegates will have a variety of factors to consider before casting their votes.

Crime stopper

The police chief of Sulphur Springs, in Benton County, has been arrested. It's alleged that he stole guns from a rommate and then used another roommate -- a police officer -- to hock the hot firearms.

Building Wal-Mart's PAC

The Center for Public Integrity, with the help of some archival Wal-Mart video, shows how the company came up with a way to build its PAC, which can't be funded with corporate contributions.

Protecting Lake Maumelle

There may be hope for clean water yet. Though the Pulaski Quorum Court fell just short of rounding up the extraordinary vote needed to extend a moratorium on Lake Maumelle watershed development last night, the proposal still drew nine votes of the 15-member county governing body.

Not a good sign

Velo Rouge Brasserie has stopped serving lunch. “Business has been slow,” a waiter confided to one of our staffers.Previously.

Cupcakery

Cupcakes on Kavanaugh has opened at 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. across from Mary Healey’s in the Heights.

Quote of the day

From Todd Gitlin, in Columbia Journalism Review: There’s an absurd notion abroad in the land that criticism on the part of a self-acknowledged partisan deserves to be discarded automatically on the ground that it’s, well, partisan.

The Straight Talk Express

Courtesy of Max Brantley's Arkansas Blog, we came across this Sports Illustrated article about Darren McFadden's efforts to address the concerns NFL franchises have about his off-field issues, such as his involvement in two bar fights.

Brainiacs

I caught some, but not all, of the annual state Quiz Bowl finals on AETN last weekend.

GENIUS: Garfield Minus Garfiled

http://garfieldminusgarfield.tumblr.com/ I suggest you go to Garfield minus Garfield immediately and brighten your day as just John appears in the original cartoons, they are hysterical, and good for the Earth as they are recycled, leaving untapped raw cartoons in the wild for future generations.  HYSTERICAL.

McCain's day

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be greeted by some union folks when he heads to the Capital Hotel Friday to raise campaign cash.

The American Princes on a show you didn't know existed on a network you didn't know existed

So I was wrong. Or Collins was wrong.

Huckstering

A call from a Republican campaigner nudges me to link David Sanders' column this morning for Stephens Media.

Wednesday: PlayRadioPlay, g-force

PlayRadioPlay, a much-hyped one-man band from Ft. Worth, comes to Juanita's tonight, 8 p.m., $12-$15.  The one man is 18-year-old Dan Hunter.

Care to comment?

Late with the line, but here it is. PS -- Please note that the Malvern reward mystery may be unraveling on the unimitated, inimitable Arkansas Blog, courtesy of one of our all-knowing readers.

Buy Me Some Peanuts And Crackerjack

The fam, along with a goodly portion of our church membership, caught an Arkansas Travelers minor-league baseball game at the super-fancy new ballpark in North Little Rock the other night, and had a great time.
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