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May 1, 2008

Vol 6 • No 16

Those economic stimulus checks

I notice in today's paper that many retailers are doing more than waiving check-cashing fees to corral the rebate checks.

Drum majors for ???? UPDATE

About the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. From today's Democrat-Gazette, it appears things have gone from bad -- lingering questions about expenditures in the past controversy-marred administration -- to worse: The current director, DuShun Scarbrough, has been investigated in an insurance fraud case.

Happy days are here again

You gotta love Arkansas Red's blind 28-percenter devotion. He counts this as great news:

Bill Halter to the rescue

Read all about it.

No s***, Sherlock

The "Mission Accomplished" banner (five years ago) was a bad idea, numnutz now admits.

What we’re reading

Here are the top 10 bestsellers from three local bookstores. Data is most recent available.

Walgreens welcome? Maybe

It’s not the prettiest corner of South Main Street — a Harvest Foods store, the lowslung, red cinderblock Box restaurant, a Post Office parking lot, and a lone remaining historic house — but residents who live near 17th and Main are hoping a developer’s p

What’s Happening in May

Daze of green

It’s summertime (or close enough) and the living is easy, though as suggested a few pages earlier in “The Greatest Hits of Summer,” it’s not hard to get overwhelmed by all the entertainment madness, much of which stems from the festival season we’re enter

Youthful delegate

Though Jonesboro native Taylor Riddle is just 18, he has already accrued enough political experience to travel to Denver this August as a part of the Arkansas delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

Wylie Lama

Ray Wylie Hubbard came up in the outlaw days of Texas country, hanging with three-name honky-tonk heroes like Michael Martin Murphy, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Jerry Jeff Walker. Still going strong, Hubbard plays Juanita's tonight. Read on.

No, it ain’t over ... yet

She is in it to win. Surprisingly, some observers either don’t see it, or for whatever reason don’t want to admit that the long road to the Democratic National Convention is getting longer.

Thanks, Arkansas

I hope the parents and future parents of students of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville realize that if the University chooses to buy the present Fayetteville High School site (for $59-61 million) most of that amount may well be paid for in the fo

Victory through air power

I’m still a little red in the face after showing up an hour early to snag a seat on the 35-yard-line of the visitors’ side for the Red/White game.

Orval, May 1

Smart talk, May 1

It wasn’t Camelot, but the Winthrop Rockefeller era transformed Arkansas politics.

Book notes

Steven and Ray Hanley’s latest Arkansas book in the Images of America series is out.

A trio of watery retreats

The Little Red River has long been known for its world-class trout fishing. Anglers line its shoals and pools in pursuit of the river’s wily browns and rainbows.

The chain game

We’ll be honest: We weren’t thrilled to draw Boston’s in the restaurant-review assignment pool.

As seen on TV!

From the Guilty Pleasures file comes my current love affair with “Deal or Dud” on Fox 16 News.

In brief, May 1

KUAR presents “This American Life” on the big screen, for one night only, at Breckenridge Village, 7 p.m., $20.

Words, May 1

Last week, we talked about a Baptist preacher calling a Jewish senator a schmuck and the ensuing controversy.

Hector Faceplant

There’s some crazy shit that happens on Hector Faceplant’s new record, “Songs You’ll Never Hear.”

April 23-29, 2008

It was a good week for … DARREN MCFADDEN. The former running back was drafted fourth in the NFL draft, by Oakland. He’ll be signing a multimillion-dollar contract. Running mate Felix Jones was also a first-round pick, by Dallas, at No. 22.

Stockpile

President Bush was saying the other day that he intended to get our rebate checks to us early so we could quit all this worrying about the high cost of groceries and gasoline.

Nowhere, Arkansas

Be warned. John Brandon’s “Arkansas” (McSweeney’s Rectangulars, $22, cloth) is not your Arkansas.

This modern world, May 1

The Observer, May 1

Ah, springtime! Something about sunshine and flawless blue sky can bring out the exuberance of youth in even the most dried up and cranky of us.

New to the Max

On May 30, Max Recordings celebrates its seventh birthday and the release of two new albums with a concert at White Water Tavern.

'The Counterfeiters'

Just as important as a film’s artistry is its honesty.

Bud comedy

Out of respect for the first “Harold and Kumar” film, which definitely deserves consideration among anyone’s top-five-best-comedies-of-the-last-five-years list, I took in the late show of the latest installment — “Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay” —

Editorial cartoon, May 1

Nice and quiet

Were Barack Obama to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s shoes are unfashionable, or she to complain that his breath could stand sweetening, the pundits would go into a tizzy again.

To-do list, May 1

Ray Wylie Hubbard, Juiceboxxx / Holy Shit, Cool Shoes, Hurricane Chris / Lil JJ, 'Ramona Quimby', 'Brundibar' / 'Contact with the Enemy', Norte De Havana, The Moving Front / David's Pegasus / A+ Set-Up and The Avett Brothers are all happening this week.

Waitress woes

John McCain visited Little Rock last Friday. He was greeted on arrival about 10:30 a.m. at Central Flying Service by former Gov. Mike Huckabee.

VIBE 4

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

Rev. Wright unplugged

When he said “God damn America,” the Rev. Jeremiah Wright mostly performed an over-the-top Mark Twain.

What's Cooking, May 1

The state’s first “certified Arkansas” farmer’s market will be open from 7 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, May 3, in the 400 block parking lot on Main St. (next to the post office) in downtown North Little Rock.

Michael Jukes

Michael Jukes returns with another excellent collection of songs, “Bright Room.”

Peaches and ’maters and berries, oh my

Every season has its thing — fall has the changing leaves, winter has Christmas and the possibility, at least, of snow, spring has all that color and newness.

The greatest hits of summer

Whatever happened to lazy summers? Porch-sitting with a tall boy, lounging by the pool, taking refuge from the heat in the cool blast of movie theaters?

Stop me as I’m passin’ by

Ask Little Rock residents what summer sounds like, and it’s a sure bet that many of them will say: the clang of bells, accompanied by a grainy, too-cranked version of “Turkey in the Straw.”

Chicago: Glitter and lots more

Sometimes, the only way to survive a Little Rock summer is to flee for a cooler climate.

Little Red: A fishing hole in paradise

The Little Red River has long been known for its world-class trout fishing. Anglers line its shoals and pools in pursuit of the river’s wily browns and rainbows.

Bassing in the heart of the Arkansas

Lake Dardanelle claims to be “the heart of the Arkansas River,” or at least the state Parks and Tourism Department makes that claim for it.

Pryor sides with unions

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says chamber of commerce types have exaggerated impact of a union-backed bill that would ease signing up for union membership.

Pryor sides with unions

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says chamber of commerce types have exaggerated impact of a union-backed bill that would ease signing up for union membership.

Real issues on display

Tired of Rev. Wright? Then let's look at a real issue -- gas prices -- Brummett suggests. All three candidates fail, he writes, Obama less badly than the other two.

Real issues on display

Tired of Rev. Wright? Then let's look at a real issue -- gas prices -- Brummett suggests. All three candidates fail, he writes, Obama less badly than the other two.

Evolution revolution

Scientists fight back (sorry, the Baltimore Sun has changed the url on this article and I can't currently find the new one; meanwhile, read about the evolutionary scientist quoted below who's waging this battle) with a new book on evolution and creationism, only one of which belongs in classrooms.

The lone parking man theory

The Democrat-Gazette's Jake Sandlin followed up this morning on a piece of news broken by Argenta News and mentioned here yesterday.

Speaking of the Travs

The Arkansas Travelers’ ballclub decision to quit its lease of Ray Winder Field (shown in happier days) as of today was likely less of a surprise to the city than was reported this morning in the Democrat-Gazette, since the Arkansas Times reported it in last week’s edition.

Thursday To-Do: Juiceboxxx - Holy Shit

JUICEBOXXX/HOLY SHIT9 p.m., the Exchange, Hot Springs. $TBA.  So you're teen-aged, white and gangly.

Update: Doubletree Plaza Bar & Grill

DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILL We tried the lunch buffet at this restaurant in the DoubleTree Hotel.

Update: Mexico Chiquito

MEXICO CHIQUITO Since the eat-in Mexico Chiquito closed in Lakewood some years back, we’ve often been heard to lament the old girl — storied Mexican joint of our troubled youth.

Restaurant week in Argenta

May 4-10 is Restaurant Week in the Argenta district of downtown North Little Rock. Participating restaurants include Argenta Seafood Company, Benihana, Cornerstone, Creegen’s, Margo’s Catfish Diner, Reno’s, Ristorante Capeo, Riverfront Steakhouse, Salty Parrot, Valentine’s and the district’s newest restaurant, the Circle (located in the former home of Fat Boys).

Za-Za's UPDATE

John Beechboard, co-owner of Za-Za Fine Salad and Wood-Oven Pizza Company, says the restaurant will open, “come hell or high water” on Monday, May 5, in the Height's Theater.

800 jobs gone

Arkansas Business: Cargill won't rebuild its meat processing plant in Booneville, destroyed by fire Easter Sunday.

Hook Slide Ale at Dickey-Stephens

Yet another reason to take in a Travs game at Dickey-Stephens Park: Bosco’s is brewing a special beer, Hook Slide Ale, that’s exclusively served at the stadium.

NLR Farmer's Market

The state’s first “certified Arkansas” farmer’s market will open at 7 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, May 3, in the 400 block parking lot on Main St.

An experiment in commenting

Just for grins, I've lifted the sign-in requirement to comment on my blog. Max had to add it to his because he was getting slammed with spam and crazies, but until that happens to me, I'm gonna give insta-commenting a whirl.

Princes update: Not clicked to victory, but Uncut approved

Way to click, Arkansas. The American Princes’ “Real Love” video didn’t make it past the MTVu battle of “The Freshmen,” a show where four hipsters debate the merits of five music videos and viewers at home vote, endlessly, for a favorite.

The Donald

May 8, Rogers. Here's how.

UALR Law

The UALR Law School hit the pages of the NY Times today -- about the defamation lawsuit by professor Richard Peltz against black students who described him as racist.

The state of LR

Mayor Mark Stodola delivered his second State of the City Address today at the Willie Hinton Resource Center.

Mark your calendars: Max turns 7 and releases two

On May 30, Max Recordings celebrates its seventh birthday and the release of two new albums, with a concert at White Water Tavern.

The governor's budget

When I wrote that Gov. Mike Beebe had decided not to staff an office in Washington as Mike Huckabee had done, reader Al Fornaut posed some fair questions about the size and cost of the Beebe administration relative to the Huckabee administration.

Independents file

Several independent candidates have filed for legislative seats. The secretary of state rounds up those who filed by the deadline today.

Keep those machines jingling

Talk Business: The state Racing Commission today approved 24-hour gambling on video poker, blackjack and slot-type machines at Southland Park in West Memphis.

Most unpopular in American history

Heckuva job, Bushie.

Executions to resume in Ark.

Matt DeCample mentioned to me today that the governor had announced the state was prepared to resume executions.

Arkansas Music Video competition finals

  Bryan Frazier- Unwise (Bryan Frazier) So the finalists for the Little Rock Film Festival's Arkansas Music Video competition  have been announced.

Film competition weekend

There's still time to enter either the Trip 7 film competition or the 24 Hour Film Festival, both kicking off this Saturday.

Not going to Memphis in May

Yeah, they've got Lou Reed, Betty LaVette, Cat Power, the Roots and the Black Crowes (also coming to the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville at the end of the summer), but aside from the cost ($60-80) and the miserable bottleneck that is Tom Lee Park and the hours you'll spend waiting in line to use the john, here's a good reason not to make the trek to Memphis in May this weekend: Festival organizers administer a radius clause in performers' contracts that prohibits them from playing Riverfest, too, according Riverfest's DeAnna Korte."We don't feel threatened by it, but we don't think the two events conflict," she says.

'Arkansas' in review

Be warned. John Brandon's “Arkansas” (McSweeney's Rectangulars, $22, cloth) is not your Arkansas.

Weather matters

Arkansas Business has the scoop on a change in the on-air lineup at Channel 4.

Reagan Democrats?

This does not bode well for fall if, as still expected, Obama is the nominee.

Reagan Democrats?

This does not bode well for fall if, as still expected, Obama is the nominee.

Summer pleasures

It’s time again for our annual tip sheet for the sunny season. Why not start with a tall, cool glass of tea?

Like a Hurricane

You've heard the chirp. “You wanna know what we say in the club? A Bay Bay.” Maybe not in your car stereo, but in passing, blaring out of another. “White folks, gangstas and the thugs? A Bay Bay.” Pronounced “ay-bay-BAY,” like a catcall, repeated over and

Biker friendly

Gene Pfeifer writes to highlight some specifics of interest to cyclists in Mayor Mark Stodola's state of the city speech Thursday:

What it is

Isn't it time to stop the euphemisms? What's happening on the gambling machines (24 hours a day at Southland now) and card tables of Oaklawn and Southland is gambling. How else would Southland be able to proudly report that it is taking business from the casinos in Mississippi?

Duh

Sales of small cars are up sharply and down for pickups and SUVs. I'm glad I'm not commuting from Cabot every day in my 24-mp$4g SUV.

Correction

A note for readers of the print edition of the Arkansas Times who might be interested in the coming program on Winthrop Rockefeller at the former Winrock Farm on Petit Jean.

Candidate's wife dies

Terrible news: Hugh Finkelstein's wife, Kim, 36, died last night . A friend said she was at home and apparently suffered a catastrophic health event, such as a seizure or heart attack, and fell.

New flights to Cleveland

Little Rock National Airport says Continental Airlines is adding two nonstop flights daily to its Cleveland hub, which offers, among others, flights to London and Paris.

'For the record'

Former First Lady Janet Huckabee e-mailed me a comment on reports here about Micah Qualls, the waitress fired for waving a Clinton campaign sign during John McCain's arrival in Little Rock last week.

State money watch

The April state revenue report shows income about the same as last year, slightly above forecast.

Memorial statuary

Plans are to be announced Monday for a piece of sculpture to adorn the grounds of War Memorial Stadium at Fair Park and Stadium Drive.

Friday To-Do: Cool Shoes

COOL SHOES10 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.  In the grand tradition of localizing popular culture that's given us Little Rock Star and Belvis the Black Elvis, local promoter/roustabout TJ Deeter offers up his version of “Club MTV” (which, of course, was modeled on “American Bandstand,” which, in turn, had its own Little Rock version, “Steve's Show”).

Friday To-Do: 'Ramona Quimby'

‘RAMONA QUIMBY'7 p.m., Arkansas Children's Theatre. $10-$14.  The Children's Theatre closes its season with a modern classic, the stage adaptation of Beverly Cleary's Newbery-winning “Ramona Quimby.” The story, Cleary's fifth in the series, finds Ramona at age 8 and in the third grade.

Friday To-Do: 'Brundibar'- 'Contact with the Enemy'

Actors from 'Brundibar' ‘BRUNDIBAR'/‘CONTACT WITH THE ENEMY'7:30 p.m., the Weekend Theater.

Friday To-Do: Hurricane Chris - Lil JJ

HURRICANE CHRIS/LIL JJ8 p.m., the Village. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.  You've heard the chirp.

Friday: Brian Martin and the Circulators, Big Silver, Damn Bullets and more

Brian Martin and the Circulators. White Water hosts a powerhouse bill featuring hook-y, Americana-inflected pop-rockers Big Silver and Spa City's finest swingin' blues band, Brian Martin and the Circulators, 9 p.m., $5.

Still alive

The latest Oxford American — the first since the embezzlement drama — is on newsstands.

Checking in on Houston Nutt

What's everyone's favorite ex-Razorback coach up to these days over in Oxford? Well, according to this glowing profile in the Laurel (MS) Leader-Call, he's certainly taking the locals by storm.

Count the chairs

Hillary Clinton has rounded up DNC chair endorsements to counter yesterday's defection. Their letter makes the electability case.

Open table

A reader offers a food rave. You are encouraged to add your own comments on any and all topics.

A golden oldie

Just the thing for a slow Friday afternoon. I'm reminded that our Bob Lancaster was undoubtedly the first journalist -- mainstream, sidestream, slipstream -- to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

Just a rumor

A couple regular Rock Candy readers told me that they'd heard on the Point this morning that Juanita's had been sold and would shortly be reopening as a hip-hop club.Not true says Juanita's general manager Chris Pickens.

Connecting A Boy Named Sooie to the New Yorker and Elvis Costello in two steps

  What do A boy named Sooie, Elvis Costello, the Oxford American and the New Yorker's "Goings On" blog have in common?

All-Stars squared

I'm happy to pass along news that both of Arkansas's presidential scholars this year were members of the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.

Not enough debates at library

By interest -- four candidates -- and likely by money, the race for House District 38 is one of the most interesting this spring.

Stormy weather -- seven dead

If you're not already following the weather, you might. One death in Benton County, two in Conway County,  three in Van Buren County and one in Hensley in Pulaski County.

Mike Huckabee v. Ethics Commission UPDATES

UPDATE: The editorial at the end of this item that I posted Friday morning was timely.

Case dismissed

Two weeks into trial in Circuit Court here, the lawsuit against Arkansas Children’s Hospital's insurer over surgery on the wrong side of a boy's brain was dismissed today at the request of the plaintiffs.

OK, OK

Open line.

DIY trio

t's a DIY throwback: Three bands from three different cities who came up around the same time a couple years back and who, in their short existence, have become local indie darlings play Vino's tonight: the Moving Front (pictured), A+ Set-Up and David's P

Unrepentant

The Democratic Party apparently has sent a letter to Democratic officeholders urging them not to support Republicans in election contests.

Oh, what a beautiful morning

It seems like the weather is always this way after terrible storm systems. Small comfort.

American dream

Jennifer Garcia, daughter of a Mexican immigrant who lives in Springdale, wins $200,000 college scholarship. 

When guns are outlawed, etc.

Scanning my hometown paper in Lake Charles, La., today I came across articles relevant to Arkansas: First this:

Ballparking

Inspection begun by Argenta News has produced some changes in the expropriation of public parking spaces on Willow Street by NLR's ballpark.

Is McCain a p****?

When the "real" reporters won't do their jobs, sometimes average citizens step up to the microphone.

Is McCain a p****?

When the "real" reporters won't do their jobs, sometimes average citizens step up to the microphone.

Berry good

Maggie C.B. Smith reports Saturday morning from the new NLR farmers' market: I went out this morning and it was lovely.

Saturday night sorrow UPDATE

What a disaster for Eight Belles. I didn't see it, I'm happy to say.

Bayou state news -- UPDATE

Can't help but watch my home state: At 9:10 p.m., wackjob rightwinger Republican Woody Jenkins had a healthy lead over a Democrat in the race for 6th district Congress around Baton Rouge with about half the precincts in. The pre-election word was that the Dem.

Walgreens welcome?

It's not the prettiest corner of South Main Street — a Harvest Foods store, the lowslung, red cinderblock Box restaurant, a Post Office parking lot, and a lone remaining historic house — but residents who live near 17th and Main are hoping a developer's p

Deja vu all over again

Somebody asked: Yes, you've seen before the story in the Sunday D-G of the former Miss Arkansas turning her life around after being homeless. Today's apparently was an update on her progress.

How Hillary can win

Brummett explains.

McCain's pastor and the race card

Frank Rich suggests a little scrutiny for the preacher whose support John McCain so avidly sought and has yet to repudiate: John Hagee.

Mississippi Mike

Mike Huckabee pitches in on a hot congressional race in Mississippi that could be another pickup for a Democrat.

Spring open line

Is it spring? What better sign than lamb chops, asparagus and Arkansas strawberries?

Spring open line

Is it spring? What better sign than lamb chops, asparagus and Arkansas strawberries?

For your health

John Brummett examines the shortcomings of John McCain's thin ideas for health care. It's unusual, you know, for McCain to get scrutiny.

Wal-Mart pitches in

Speaking of health care costs: Wal-Mart announced an expansion today of its promotion of low-cost drugs, with, among others, a $10 90-day prescription and $4 prices on certain over-the-counter drugs.

Who you calling a fighter?

NY Times evaluates battling underdog Hillary Clinton -- tough and tenacious or a dirty fighter willing to do anything to win?

Judgment day

Early voting begins today. Judicial races dominate the electoral landscape.

Judgment day

Early voting begins today. Judicial races dominate the electoral landscape.

Polls schmolls

Thanks to Real Clear Politics: Some stats that show how cloudy the Democratic campaign picture is. Polls of likely voters by USA Today/Gallup and CBS/New York Times, both taken May 1-3: Gallup: Clinton +7 CBS/NYT: Obama +12 Gallup is the outlier among a group of polls.

Stadium sculpture

The design was unveiled today for a sculpture, "Stars and Stripes," that is going to be installed outside the north end of War Memorial Stadium.

Marriage pioneer dies

Death of note: Mildred Loving, whose Virginia lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated state laws that prohibited interracial marriages.

Walking over water

The Junction Bridge, converted for pedestrian and bike use, will open to the public with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Wally Watch: May 1, 2008

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. May 1, 2008: Kentucky Derby memories are forever vivid Primary Theme: The Kentucky Derby sure is fun.

Project Vote Uninformed

Project Vote Smart says only one congressional candidate, Rep. Mike Ross, and 23 of 174 Arkansas legislative candidates filled out its "political courage test" on a range of public policy questions.

Telephone TV

Blogger, quoting a serviceman, says AT&T's TV-by-phone-line will roll out Sept. 2 in Little Rock.

Telephone TV

Blogger, quoting a serviceman, says AT&T's TV-by-phone-line will roll out Sept. 2 in Little Rock.

Silent is Golden Bear UPDATE

Jack Nicklaus made a stop at Warren Stephens' Alotian golf course today as part of the annual Jackson T. Stephens charity tourney.

Go, Rebels UPDATE

A sharp reader mentioned this yesterday, but unhappy Razorback fans have demanded more prominent attention to a Mike Huckabee lip-flap in Mississippi while campaigning in a congressional race.

Go, Rebels UPDATE

A sharp reader mentioned this yesterday, but unhappy Razorback fans have demanded more prominent attention to a Mike Huckabee lip-flap in Mississippi while campaigning in a congressional race.

Why Obama will win

Brummett takes the flipside today.

ACORN picks

The Pulaski County ACORN PAC has issued political endorsements. I was interested in some picks related to the neighborhoods where the grassroots group is known to be strong.

ACORN picks

The Pulaski County ACORN PAC has issued political endorsements. I was interested in some picks related to the neighborhoods where the grassroots group is known to be strong.

The good, the bad, the Blog

The bad: Our apologies for the intermittent service interruptions of the last couple of days.

Steve Clark revisited

The Iconoclast is working over the files of the Steve Clark fraud case for the benefit of Fayetteville voters who have Clark to consider as a mayoral candidate.

McCain didn't vote for Bush in 2000

So he told Arianna Huffington. And before you start asking whose word is more trustworthy, consider some of the McCain backflips and prevarications she's assembled.

Tax holiday mania UPDATE

We've all heard that a few presidential candidates want to take a summer break from the 18.4 cent federal gas tax, a suggestion that hundreds -- hundreds!

Movies in the Park

Somebody asked. Now the answer.

When the Justice Dept. is corrupt ...

only the corrupt will have Justice.  The good news is that the photo is out of date.

Geek out: The inaugural editon of the Arkansas Times movie club

da da DA DA DA Since our two regular movie critics, David Koon and Matt Reed, were super-amped for "Iron Man," and since reams of straightforward reviews have already been written, we decided to take it on discussion-style, a little more conversationally.

Do state employees need a pay raise?

Sez here they do.

Styling

AP, NY Times and Reuters appear to call the place devastated by a cyclone Myanmar.

Hendrix to hit gridiron

It's official. Hendrix College will play football again.

Hendrix to hit gridiron

It's official. Hendrix College will play football again.

Re-Evaluating Casey Dick

There's no more optimistic time for a football fan than the spring, when a few good scrimmages can raise expectations to the point where every halfway-decent player seems like the second coming of Peyton Manning or, well, Darren McFadden.

Linkage: A mom jam, Cafe Press for CDs, more from Marvel

The centerpiece of any good Mother's day mix.The long tail finally comes around: CreateSpace is Amazon's service for creating products as customers order them.

Injudicious

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission today admonished District Judge Elizabeth Wise of Perryville for violating the judicial conduct rules by effectively banishing someone from the county.

Start planning

Princes return. There's almost too much happening this weekend.

Split decision?

So it would appear at this post. Everybody called North Carolina for Obama the moment the polls closed.

Late developments in Indiana...

Hillary Clinton's lead has dwindled to two points, and it may get smaller yet. Vote counting has been held up in Lake County, where there are 11,000 absentee ballots left to tally.

Hendrix to hit the gridiron

The Arkansas Blog is abuzz with chatter about Hendrix College's decision to revive its football program. See more below.

Should Hillary continue?

That's the question of the day.Unlike other days, I suspect that a growing number of even dedicated Clinton supporters will say the answer is "no."Her campaign's final fallback is a pitch for Florida and Michigan delegates.

Effective punishment

Remember David Koon's article about the use of physical punishment -- walking up and down steps -- at Shirley Elementary?

'Hi, I'm Frank White'

The Arkansas Republican Party's "Hi, I'm Frank White Awards Dinner" will feature South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, mentioned by some as a potential vice presidential candidate.

'Drug war outrage'

The Reason blog has taken up the case of Tracy Ingle, the North Little Rock man blasted by NLR cops during a no-knock raid on his home that turned up zero drugs.

Whitbeck plea bargain

Arkansas Business reports: That Little Rock businessman Frank Whitbeck will plead guilty to one mail fraud charge in a deal with federal prosecutors.

Not doing: Jeffrey Ross at the Village on Friday

Erin Hurley, of Green Grass Entertainment, reports that it was a mutual cancellation. Tickets were selling slow, but he plans to reschedule the comedian.  He hinted that Patton Oswalt might be a possibility in the future.

Dogtown doings

The Dogtown Wire, an on-line "newspaper" covering North Little Rock, is up and running. Leading coverage at the moment is Mayor Pat Hays' continuing effort to moor another derelict naval rust bucket on the Arkansas River.
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