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April 24, 2008

Vol 6 • No 15

Shot in the dark

Interviewing the people in Tracy Ingle’s life — his sisters, his foster brother, his friends — you hear one line often enough that it soon becomes a refrain: Tracy is no angel.

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.

Former home team helps Hillary

Hillary Clinton was left busted financially  in her winning campaign in Pennsylvania. But old friends in Arkansas are helping her restock the bank account.

Marathon

I haven’t watched televised political debates since Ross Perot was on there for comic relief, but I understand that a great wave of dismay or horror followed the most recent one — a kind of national disgust triggered by the vapid, puerile questioning tha

In brief, April 24

Tune in: Rap/soul collective Epiphany and One Night Stand make a repeat appearance on AETN’s “Front Row” at 6:30 p.m.

Killer located

Craighead County attorney Bobby McDaniel, who filed a lawsuit nearly 10 years ago against manufacturers of the guns used in the Westside Middle School shooting in Jonesboro, says that he has located and served convicted killer Andrew Golden with papers, a

The Observer, April 24

Driving around in Southwest Little Rock on Sunday morning, The Observer decided to stop into one of the tidy Latino bakeries that have sprung up in those parts in recent years — in this case, La Regional Panaderia, on Baseline Road.

To-do list, April 24

Upscale Underground's Live Karaoke, Blind Melon, Vibe 4, Maumelle Family Fest, Edgefest, Garrison Keillor's 'A Prairie Home Companion', Yea Big + Kid Static and Samantha Crain should keep fun-seekers busy this week.

Stop the death machine

More than one prominent public servant has concluded that opposition to the death penalty must be expressed as long as there’s a chance to do so.

The greening of Arkansas

The head of one of the gas companies rushing to exploit the Fayetteville shale said in Little Rock last week that the cumulative investment over the next 10 years might quintuple earlier estimates and reach $75 to $100 billion.

The Globetrotters

I enjoyed reading your article in Smart Talk on Goose Tatum, and the mention of Marques Haynes.

Go green or go see Sonic Youth

Even the cynical among us, those skeptical of the growing number of contrived holidays, can’t argue too much with Earth Day.

Orval, April 24

Orval, April 24

Clark: new man, old pursuit

Steve Clark’s rehabilitation impresses. He owned up to alcoholism and defeats it daily.

Clutch

CLUTCH: (v.) To grasp or attempt to grasp and hold tightly.

Words, April 24

“Richard Land, chief lobbyist for the Southern Baptist Convention, recently sparked controversy for calling U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) a ‘schmuck’ during a speech.

Unexpected delight

One of the nicest things about going to new restaurants are those rare times when you get a surprise.

Smart Talk, April 24

Ersatz dirt You can’t grow tomatoes in it, but the artificial soil invented recently by a University of Arkansas professor is just the thing for researchers investigating how certain agricultural practices affect soil chemistry.

Judge Wilson enters the fray

In an article in the winter issue of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, federal Judge William R. Wilson Jr. roars to the defense of the late federal Judge Ronald N. Davies, a key figure in the historic 1957 desegregation of Little Rock

She deserves it

Great gifts for mothers.

This modern world, April 24

April 16-22, 2008

It was a good week for … REDEMPTION. Steve Clark, who lost his job as Arkansas attorney general for felony expense account fraud, announced he’d run for mayor of Fayetteville.

What's cooking, April 24

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

Editorial cartoon, April 24

‘Expressions’ at mansion

Annual Birch Tree art auction is set.

How can McCain win?

No candidate for president from either party since Herbert Hoover in 1932 has faced a bleaker situation than John McCain, so why is this man considered an even bet to win?

‘High School Musical: The Ice Tour’

About five minutes into the Disney production “High School Musical: The Ice Tour” at Alltel Arena, my 6-year-old turned to me and said evenly, “I think they’re lip-synching.”

Shot in the dark

On Jan. 7, the North Little Rock SWAT team stormed Tracy Ingle's house on a high-risk, “no-knock” search warrant. By the time all was said and done, Ingle had been shot five times — including one bullet that pulverized his femur and left his leg dangling from his body, connected only by a bloody mess of meat, skin and tendon.

Brian Regan

Brian Regan can impersonate Pluto — not the god, but the planet.

Devolved

The easy thing to do here would be to turn the movie’s title, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” into the obvious snarky retort.

J-Mac, P-Bev, D-Mac and ManRam

After a long and fruitful career, the head coach of the University of Arkansas track team, John McDonnell, is calling it a day.

NLR chief defends SWAT unit

Danny Bradley, chief of the North Little Rock Police Department, has been around long enough to remember when the department first fielded a Special Weapons and Tactics Team in the late 1970s.

A day for candlelight?

Thirty-two years ago this morning, a gray pall enveloped the city. The humid air  was thick enough to cut with a knife.

High gas prices?

The Arkansas congressional delegation shows little support for the meaningless gimmick of a gas tax "holiday."

No endorsement for Steve Clark

John Brummett is uneasy about former Attorney General Steve Clark's quest to return to public office as mayor of Fayetteville, years after his felony conviction and efforts to turn his life around.

The race card

Is race a factor in recent primary outcomes for Barack Obama and does this hold meaning for November?

Vermillion

Mike Selig’s Vermillion has opened the rooftop of the Capital Commerce Center for private events.

Wolves want Hogs

ESPN interviews John Brady, the former LSU basketball coach now at Arkansas State University. Relevant to us:

Thursday To-Do: Live Karaoke

UPSCALE UNDERGROUND'S LIVE KARAOKE8 p.m., Crush Wine Bar. $5.

It's Feeling Drafty in Here

The NFL Draft is almost upon us, and like my Expat counterpart, I generally find it to be one of the most ridiculous events on the yearly sporting calendar.

Day of Silence

A Breaking the Silence rally is set at 5 p.m. Friday at the state Capitol as part of a national Day of Silence in support of gay and lesbian students.

The money race

Mike Huckabee has said Sen. Gilbert Baker will be a beneficiary of his new political PAC for past favors.

Courthouse buzz

Reporters have been circling Circuit Judge Willard Proctor's court today in response to hot rumors that developments were imminent in investigations related to the judge's operation of a highly criticized probation program he set up apart from the state probation system.

Courthouse buzz

Reporters have been circling Circuit Judge Willard Proctor's court today in response to hot rumors that developments were imminent in investigations related to the judge's operation of a highly criticized probation program he set up apart from the state probation system.

Thursday: Salty Dogs, Epiph on TV, the Future of Ghost and more

Tune in: Rap/soul collective Epiphany and One Night Stand make a repeat appearance on AETN's “Front Row” at 6:30 p.m.

Senator battles kidney infection

Ginger Shiras reports in the Harrison Daily Times on Jasper Sen. Randy Laverty's bout with a kidney infection.

Clickable

In case you've missed, earlier in the week we unveiled a beta version of a clickable calendar.

Malvern mystery UPDATE

Was a Malvern police officer really shot last Friday by an illegal hunter he encountered, as has been reported?

Huckabee's pep rally

We told you earlier that some of John McCain's troops weren't happy to learn that Mike Huckabee had a Promote Mike Huckabee rally at the Capital Hotel less than a week in advance of McCain's visit to Arkansas tomorrow.

Late show add

Walker's FOI -- UPDATE

Lawyer John Walker has written a letter distributed to the Little Rock School Board that indicates that the Hathaway real estate firm has refused his FOI request for its records relating to work done for the Little Rock School District on real estate matters.

Walker's FOI -- UPDATE

Lawyer John Walker has written a letter distributed to the Little Rock School Board that indicates that the Hathaway real estate firm has refused his FOI request for its records relating to work done for the Little Rock School District on real estate matters.

Anticipating 'W' the movie

Vulture, the culture blog of New York magazine, teams with the Upright Citizen's Brigade to give a sneak preview of actual scenes from a leaked script of Oliver Stone's forthcoming Dubya biopic.

Pit stop

Our dog, Sunny, 8, formerly held the title of the fastest dog in Hillcrest. Recently, she was on the verge of being declared the most potentially dangerous dog in Hillcrest.

More than meets the eye UPDATE

Doug Thompson of Stephens Media has news of the disappearance of a federal case brought in Missouri against an Arkansas company led by Robbyn Tumey, a Democratic activist.

Darren McFadden's riches

Pro athletes' money -- even the promise that an athlete MIGHT someday have money -- can attract shady characters.

What's wrong with Obama?

Paul Krugman again departs from the national media-approved talking points on the presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton's campaign?

That Fayetteville high school

A residents' committee, after months of study, has recommended what amounts to a compromise site for a new Fayetteville high school -- not at the current location and not a tract, already owned by the district, that had once been favored by many.

Huckabee's press notices

Mike Huckabee's poor timing -- beginning 2012 presidential exploratory work the week he's nominally hosting a fund-raiser for John McCain -- is filtering through the political media.

Weekend To-Do: Maumelle Family Fest

MAUMELLE FAMILY FEST5 p.m., Lake Willastein. $5-$7.

Philadelphia story

A massive Philadelphia effort finally has come up with $68 million to keep a Thomas Eakins' painting, "The Gross Clinic," in Philadelphia and out of the Crystal Bridges Museum being built in Bentonville by Alice Walton.

Friday To-Do: Vibe 4

DJ Baby Anne. VIBE 49 p.m., the Village.

Friday To-Do: Blind Melon

BLIND MELON10 p.m., Juanita's. $17.

LRSD conversations

E-mail conversations among members of the Little Rock School Board continue to reveal ongoing issues of interest to those still interested in the School District.

Mama Told Me (Not To Go)

We've been a little slack in discussing this, but, per Brandon Marcello of The Slophouse, Patrick Beverley will be returning to Fayetteville for his junior season.

Unconventional wisdom

David Sanders requests a plug for his AETN political talk show "Unconventional Wisdom," tonight at 6:30 and noon Sunday.

McCain watch

--Brian Chilson photo UPDATE: Here's a little snippet of video footage of McCain and co. glad-handing.

Outlook: Not sunny

Nationwide, state tax revenues are softening as signs of recession grow. One report here.

Ethical treatment favored

Hey, PETA doesn't just support animals' rights. They've offered a reward for conviction of whoever shot the Malvern cop -- "for all species' sake."

Who's a bully?

Jay P. Greene, Walton endowed professor of school vouchers and union busting at  Walton University-Fayetteville, is blogging.

The Weekend: Big Smith, the Schwag and more

Friday Springfield, Mo.'s favorite family band, Big Smith, always a crowd favorite in these parts, comes to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8.

LR goes green

Mayor Stodola announces a sustainability committee.

Straight Talk at Arkansas Baptist

John McCain rolled into Little Rock today on the last leg of his tour of "America's forgotten places."

Notes from a Little Rock rave

I don’t much like techno music. New Order is about as close as it comes, and they have guitars.

Grassroots sampling UPDATE

Brummett visits the mythical Bubba McCoy for a sounding on the presidential race. Bubba's no racist, you understand, but Obama?

Let freedom ring

Free speech is busting out all over. First Micah Qualls and now this.

D-Mac is D-Millionaire

Darren McFadden was the fourth pick in the NFL draft, by Oakland.

D is for deadbeat

A subdivision that went belly up was at the root, Sen. Dave Bisbee says, in his failure to pay his property taxes on time.

Jock watch

Andrew DeMillo's weekly column: State Board of Education member Ben Mays' crusade for more accountability in public school athletic spending.

A lonely dissent -- YES! MORE UPDATES

I'm in receipt of this letter from Micah Qualls, who says she lost her job today (Friday) at a business at the Little Rock airport for holding a Hillary Clinton sign in sight of where John McCain's plane landed.

A lonely dissent -- YES! MORE UPDATES

I'm in receipt of this letter from Micah Qualls, who says she lost her job today (Friday) at a business at the Little Rock airport for holding a Hillary Clinton sign in sight of where John McCain's plane landed.

Free speech

You know we allow it on the Arkansas Blog. Have at it.

Late-night mailbag

To the jump for a continuing LR School Board e-mail discussion on discipline in the schools.

How dumb are Ark. Democrats?

Dumb enough, in the case of several legislators, to raise money for Republican legislators. Dumb enough, in some cases, to do so even after having been targeted for defeat by a Republican PAC.

Cliffs Notes news

Elizabeth Edwards (have I mentioned how much I like her) weighs in with media criticism in today's New York Times.

Speaking of media narratives

Just after posting a link to Elizabeth Edwards' comments on media's love of story lines over substance comes a surprising Frank Rich column.He rejects -- as I have for weeks -- the story line that the Democratic primary battle is assuring the election of John McCain.Noted: the significant Republican turnout in Pennsylvania against McCain, voters who might bolt for an anti-war Democrat or stay home.

Sunday Hodge Podge

* Nothing was Shocking - In yesterday's first round of the NFL Draft, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones landed where most prognosticators believed they would.

It's not over until it's over

Obama goes on Fox, but he doesn't take Fox on. Columnist sees Godfather scenario.

Sing, sing, sing

Sunday forum.

Ground control

Micah Qualls lost her waitress job on Friday at Central Flying Service after she waved a Hillary sign while McCain and his entourage disembarked. The aftermath has been an onslaught of accusations and conflicting statements.

Obama as Jesse Jackson

Brummett blames Bill Clinton for encouraging racial polarization of Democratic voters and notes, as NYT did yesterday, that Obama is beginning to appear the riper target to Republicans.

Exotic travel

Little Rock's Fred Poe, the world traveler who should need little introduction, is off on another of his wacky journeys, this one dubbed The Three Stans.

El Dorado goes to college

I'm advised that El Dorado will hold a big "signing day" Wednesday for the 211 high school seniors heading off to college next year, with tuition (up to the cost of an Arkansas public university) paid by the El Dorado Promise scholarship program.

Pitchfork on Dickson St.

Domestic projects kept me in LR this weekend, but Pitchfork was in Fayetteville for the festival.

More good news

The downtown Farmers Market begins its 34th year tomorrow, Tuesday, at the River Market. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Special airport privileges

Little Rock National Airport has distributed a news release bragging about the number of people who've signed up (paid, in other words) to use the Clear lane at the airport for expedited passage through security screening.

Special airport privileges

Little Rock National Airport has distributed a news release bragging about the number of people who've signed up (paid, in other words) to use the Clear lane at the airport for expedited passage through security screening.

The judge speaks

Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen, who's in a re-election contest this year, is interviewed by Ethics Daily to elaborate on remarks the judge and ordained minister had made at a recent church conference.

The Bush court

The U.S. Supreme Court's latest sad ruling is the decision upholding the Indiana law requiring a voter ID at the polls, despite an absence of evidence of fraud and an abundance of evidence of the hardships this causes on some voters.

Loose lips sink campaigns

Rev. Wright isn't helping Obama much. Dana Milbank opines here. Should it become necessary in the months from now to identify the moment that doomed Obama's presidential aspirations, attention is likely to focus on the hour between nine and ten this morning at the National Press Club.

Loose lips sink campaigns

Rev. Wright isn't helping Obama much. Dana Milbank opines here. Should it become necessary in the months from now to identify the moment that doomed Obama's presidential aspirations, attention is likely to focus on the hour between nine and ten this morning at the National Press Club.

Prosecutor speaks in Janie Ward case

Somebody get the straitjacket for Masterson. It's worth noting before the columnist's wailing begins that the news staff of the Democrat-Gazette has treated this story very carefully for years.

Miracle diet!!

You just can't satisfy some folks. Thanks to Smoking Gun, I've learned of Broderick Laswell, who's dropped 105 pounds since being locked up in the Benton County Jail last September.

Miracle diet!!

You just can't satisfy some folks. Thanks to Smoking Gun, I've learned of Broderick Laswell, who's dropped 105 pounds since being locked up in the Benton County Jail last September.

The Hog Blogger: Report from the Red-White Game

We're very excited to announce a new addition to our team of expert correspondents: the Hog Blogger.

Waitressgate, Part II UPDATE

Wonkette enters the fray. UPDATE: Also, the Raw Story does its own reporting.

Waitressgate, Part II UPDATE

Wonkette enters the fray. UPDATE: Also, the Raw Story does its own reporting.

The Buzz: Since you asked

Take a deep breath, Tommy Smith fans. He'll be back on air tomorrow.

Who's a conservative?

Not Sen. Dave Bisbee, who is running for Benton County judge. Or so says a PAC that has been active before in working to defeat Republican candidates considered not sufficiently wacked.

Who's a conservative?

Not Sen. Dave Bisbee, who is running for Benton County judge. Or so says a PAC that has been active before in working to defeat Republican candidates considered not sufficiently wacked.

Pit stop

Our dog, Sunny, 8, formerly held the title of the fastest dog in Hillcrest. Recently, she was on the verge of being declared the most potentially dangerous dog in Hillcrest.

The Rev. Wright

Timely. The day after he explodes again on the country's front pages, Rev. Jeremiah Wright gets a thoughtful and sympathetic interpretation from John Brummett.

Score one for Obama

He opposes a summer gas-tax holiday, while Hillary Clinton endorses it. The savings will have little impact and do nothing about consumption or oil imports, he says, which sounds right to me.

100 years in Iraq

Josh Marshall examines a question that will be critical in the fall campaign. Will The Associated Press and the rest of the media continue to swallow whole the McCain campaign's premise that quoting the candidate's own words (as above) amounts to unfair politics?

Irony of the day: 374-FREE

Editor and Publisher yesterday and the Democrat-Gazette today noted that the Ark. Democrat-Gazette in recent months had not been immune from a national trend of declining daily newspaper circulation -- a nearly 7 percent (make that .7 percent, Editor and Publisher misfigured the math) drop in Sunday circulation for the six months ending March 31.

Irony of the day: 374-FREE

Editor and Publisher yesterday and the Democrat-Gazette today noted that the Ark. Democrat-Gazette in recent months had not been immune from a national trend of declining daily newspaper circulation -- a nearly 7 percent (make that .7 percent, Editor and Publisher misfigured the math) drop in Sunday circulation for the six months ending March 31.

Big Game Joe

I expect the Rapture to begin any second now. Or a meteor to smash into Earth.

Is being obese a civil right?

One of my first posts I ever did on here was about whether obesity should be considered a disability.

McCain watch

Talking Points Memo says this new site -- which puts John McCain under the microscope -- is the work of David Brock.

Quote of the day

From D-G coverage of a Republican state representative primary in Fort Smith. The words are those of Brandom Woodrome, who faces Stephanie Malone to win the nomination to succeed term-limited Rep. Jim Medley.

Easy come, easy go

Wal-Mart announced today that it would waive its customary $3 fee to cash the government's coming "economic stimulus" checks -- even load the money on a Wal-Mart spending card for free.

Obama caves UPDATE

Pitiful any way you look at it. I know he can't stand by Wright now, though it would be refreshing. But maybe, just maybe, the real shortcoming was in his failure to see this coming.

'Enormous snafu'

That's the description I get from an accountant on the secretary of state's newish on-line sytstem for filing corporate franchise taxes.

Hi Darren, Welcome to the Neighborhood

In the days leading up to the NFL draft, I posted a couple of rants about why I didn't think Oakland was the best place for Darren McFadden to wind up...I've lived in the Bay Area for 12 years now and have seen numerous good players get swallowed up by the disfunction that surrounds every aspect of the Raiders, never to be heard from again.

Das Bridge UPDATE

Bruce Lindsey, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, has sent to city directors a memo about the status of plans to convert the abandoned railroad bridge by the Clinton Library into a link on the 14-mile riverfront trail.

Das Bridge UPDATE

Bruce Lindsey, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, has sent to city directors a memo about the status of plans to convert the abandoned railroad bridge by the Clinton Library into a link on the 14-mile riverfront trail.

Make plans: 607's download extravaganza

Online stores are for suckers. 607 is bringing technology back to the streets.

Eye candy: Inky Fingers

A good way to kill the minutes: Marvel Comics artist Mitch Breitweiser, who calls Little Rock home, recently launched a new blog, Inky Fingers.

Extinguish all smoking materials UPDATE

That hearing on smoking in Little Rock parks, which had seen set for Wednesday evening, has been postponed until 6 p.m.

Local flavors, volume 1

Click. I've finally jumped into the Muxtape game with a Rock Candy special.

ID, please

You could just about figure which legislators would favor requiring Arkansas voters to have a photo I.D. to vote, though there's no evidence anywhere in the country that the degree of voter fraud warrants the law or that voter IDs would deal with the fraud that does occur.

ID, please

You could just about figure which legislators would favor requiring Arkansas voters to have a photo I.D. to vote, though there's no evidence anywhere in the country that the degree of voter fraud warrants the law or that voter IDs would deal with the fraud that does occur.

Huckabee in Montana

He speaks at a fund-raiser for a Christian school and, naturally, touts the benefit of church schools.

VIP parking

Argenta News, which marks the sparrow's fall in North Little Rock, does a little investigating and finds that Valentine's restaurant at the ballpark apparently has a sweetheart deal to use a public street for its private parking.

The facts on Lake Maumelle

A while back, I posted a comparison proffered by County Judge Buddy Villines that he said demonstrated the superiority of a proposed  county land use ordinance for protecting Lake Maumelle's watershed over an agreed land management plan worked out by the water utility, residents and developers.

He must not be running for president

Gov. Mike Beebe said yesterday that he would not maintain a state office in Washington.

The hills are alive ...

... with reports of a bank robbery in normally quiet, save for folk music, Mountain View. A bomb threat was called into a school, apparently so as to occupy authorities while a bank across town was robbed.

Play hooky

It's your solemn duty. The Travs are playing at Dickey-Stephens Park.

The 39th in Iraq

NPR visits with Arkansas's redeployed 39th Infantry Brigade in Iraq. It brings home some of the darker side of heroic sacrifices.

The Fed moves again

From Arkansas Business: another Federal reserve interest rate cut -- quarter point.

Sifting Through the Post-Draft Leftovers

As America's favorite non-sporting sporting event, the NFL Draft certainly receives a lot of coverage.

Tonight: Gov't Mule and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

They don't travel light: There's a semi and a giant tour bus in the lot behind Revolution, lugging Gov't Mule and all their gear.

Al Green, leaking

Because Rock Candy exists for the people, not just the straight arrows and the fly rights, but the unscrupulous and freeloading, I'ma tell you: Al Green's HUGELY anticipated new collab with ?uestlove and James Poyser, "Lay it Down," due out on May 27, leaked today.

Another setback for immigrant bashers

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the form of a proposed intiated act to prohibit certain public benefits for people not in the country legally.

Crime alert

This is going to shock you. The federal government has discovered that masonry workers on a building project at LR National Airport have been found to be working in the U.S. without proper papers.

Crime alert

This is going to shock you. The federal government has discovered that masonry workers on a building project at LR National Airport have been found to be working in the U.S. without proper papers.
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