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May 8, 2008

Vol 6 • No 17

In Little Rock, some key legislative races

There are three Little Rock–area races for state House of Representatives in the May 20 primaries.

Here come more would-be judges

There’s been some fairly outspoken campaigning in the face-off between the incumbent Division 9 circuit judge (Circuit Judge Mary McGowan) and her challenger (Cecily Skarda).

Here come more would-be judges

There’s been some fairly outspoken campaigning in the face-off between the incumbent Division 9 circuit judge (Circuit Judge Mary McGowan) and her challenger (Cecily Skarda).

In Little Rock, some key legislative races

There are three Little Rock–area races for state House of Representatives in the May 20 primaries.

Ballot title approved

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved a popular name and ballot title (with some changes) for the initiative to prohibit public benefits for unauthorized immigrants.

The world wants to know ...

How that Pine Bluff School District secretary spent the $125,000-per-year she embezzled, on average, since 2001.

It's not over til ...

What she said.

In the margins, thriving

The American Princes kicked off their national tour last month at the West Little Rock Barnes and Noble on a Saturday afternoon.

Bigger and better

Cotija’s, which to our way of thinking is twice as good as most Tex-Mex restaurants in Central Arkansas, thanks to the Alvarez family’s touch, is now twice as large, having knocked out a wall in its Louisiana street restaurant to expand into a storefront

Blues on 12th Street

The old Safeway store at the corner of 12th and Cedar Streets doesn’t look like much these days — a peeling blue hulk of a building, marooned between the Willie Hinton Community Resource Center and the church on the next corner.

State judges reproach U.S. Supreme Court

A U.S. Supreme Court decision that people injured by defective medical devices cannot sue the manufacturers of those devices has evoked strong disagreement from Arkansas Chief Justice Jim Hannah.

A & E news, May 8

Online stores are for suckers. Local rapper and Arkansas Times Showcase Winner 607 is bringing technology back to the streets.

Silence is golden

Tracy Ingle — who was shot five times by a North Little Rock SWAT team during a no-knock drug raid back in January — was slapped with a gag order during his first court appearance since a story about his case was published in the Arkansas Times on March 2

Fall family fun

Were it not for a big batch of judicial races, the primary elections would mostly be a washout.

Orval, May 8

The land partisanship forgot

The state Democratic Party’s chairman has sent letters to scores of Democratic officeholders around the state making what would seem to be an altogether reasonable request.

Call me paranoid

If you’ve watched any national news program on TV lately, you’ve probably heard about bisphenol-A, the chemical in a lot of plastic bottles — particularly baby bottles — that’s either completely harmless or going to kill us all, depending on who you liste

To-do list, May 8

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hayes Carll, The Bravery, Jeffrey Ross, Josh Ritter, Blooms!, Conya Doss, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Carrie Underwood, Doo Wop Celebration and Dead Media Release Show are all happening this week.

What's Cooking, May 8

Capsule Review

‘Expelled’

When opening the page to the April 24 edition of the Arkansas Times, the movie review written by Matthew Reed caught this writer’s attention.

Standing by

When the TV goes out, and it’s not the fault of your set, they ask you to please stand by, but they don’t tell you who or what it is that you’re supposed to stand by.

Hot shows

An exhibit of blown glass by Dale Chihuly brought a record crowd to the Arkansas Arts Center in 2000.

Smart Talk, May 8

Scott Miller’s Argenta News website frequently breaks news that prompts the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s North Little Rock reporter to catch up.

Editorial cartoon, May 8

This modern world, May 8

For Griffen

As Judge Wendell Griffen says, courage is not a vice (though critics seem to fault him for having it) but a virtue.

Geek out

Lindsey Millar: I know that we’ve all been anticipating “Iron Man” for months now, pouring over screencaps, sending each other links to new versions of the trailer and crossing off days our calendar.

In brief, May 8

Participating venues in downtown North Little Rock continue to showcase their culinary offerings with menu specials through May 10 during Argenta Restaurant Week.

This ain’t your grandpappy’s Oregon Trail

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger caused quite a stir in the blogosphere last week.

The Observer, May 8

This weekend, the placard for a Little Rock judgeship caught The Observer’s eye. “From Little Rock, for Little Rock,” the sign said.

Words, May 8

“Both Democrats insisted on Wednesday they had the best credentials to go head to head — or as Clinton put it ‘toe to toe’ — against McCain.”

APRIL 30-MAY 6, 2008

It was a good week for …VOTING. Early voting began for the May 20 party primaries and non-partisan judicial elections. Because most races are relatively small ones, TV shouldn’t be overly cluttered with campaign jingles.

Battle of the Titans

Incumbent challenged by former representative.

Griffen, Gruber playing by old rules in appeals court race

Though he won the right for judges to talk openly about political issues, foreign and domestic, Judge Wendell Griffen is running for re-election by talking about his experience on the bench, the same sort of non-controversial fodder that judicial candidat

On the ballot

Early voting underway. Early voting underway. Early voting underway. Early voting underway.

Beebe: Me, too

The governor endorses Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney's chiding letter to Democratic legislators who've helped raise money for Republicans who tried to beat their heads in.

Shale impact inflated

Do tell. The industry-financed study by the expert shills up at Walton University (meant to blunt the drive for a severance tax) overstated the impact of the Fayetteville shale exploration on state tax revenues.

The race for president

Mike Huckabee says Hillary Clinton should keep running. Brummett theorizes on reasons for Bill Clinton's shortcomings as a campaigner for his wife.

Huck: The post-campaign life

The widely read Reliable Source gossip column in the Washington Post gives Mike Huckabee a strong review for his paid speech to a corporate meeting on diabetes.

Happy Mother's Day

Arkansas newspaperman Rick Fahr, currently doing citizen soldier duty with the 39th Infantry Brigade, has distributed this photo of a member of the Guard whose Mother's Day won't include a pass down the buffet line at a fancy hotel.

Independents make ballot

The secretary of state says only six independents submitted sufficient petition signatures for the November ballot, all state House candidates: Mal Stokes Jr., Dist. 13; Trent Eilts, Dist. 15; Robert "Bob" E. Philyaw, Dist. 54; and Jeffrey D. Hall and Marjorie LeClair, both Dist. 70.

Jonesboro confidential

Far from the civilizing influences: Jonesboro Sun readers got a change of pace today from the usual sober accounts of quorum court and school board business.

Family values candidate

The case of the Republican U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella, self-described in campaigns as an emblem of conservative values, keeps getting better.  Drunk.

Deaths in the LR family

Here's sad news for the old-timers, like me: Former Little Rock Mayor and City Director A. M. "Sandy" Keith died Wednesday at 84.

Fayetteville: Back to the drawing board

Oops. They don't have a new superintendent in Fayetteville after all.

Library to sue; cuts coming

The Central Arkansas Library board decided today to file a friendly lawsuit to remove a cloud over 2008 collections of millage increases voters approved for library improvements last November December.  A lawyer who studied the issue for the Democrat-Gazette has questioned whether the library can collect money in 2008 on an increase approved after November 2007.

Uhhhh, change gonna come

Hmmm, name change?  We'll see, my Central Arkansas Confidential idea never really took off, there was not a lot of "I need help solving this problem" sent to me... well, advice and ears are here, but maybe a name change is in order... we'll see...

Perry County road kill

We've all heard about deer-auto collisions. But what about bear-car accidents? Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Ross, who took this photo, said the 6-foot, 400-pound bear was hit yesterday by a car on Highway 60 in western Perry County.

Vote May 20

Is it just me, or is this one of the most mild mannered elections we have ever had?  I think the reason is obvious.

The Donald

Arkansas Business Donald Trump was in NWA today. Arkansas Business has coverage.

You named your child what ?

Court of Appeals of Arkansas,Division III.Marlene SHEPPARDv.Robert SPEIR.No. CA 03-0454.April 7, 2004. Background: Father filed petition seeking custody of child born out-of-wedlock.

MLK Commission slapped on wrist

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission could not properly verify $485 in credit card purchases over the past two years, said a new Legislative Audit report released today.

The glories of privatization

The Democrat-Gazette reported a while back, I believe, that CAT would be dropping bus shuttles to Alltel Arena events on account of federal rules meant to help private bus companies.

Whoa

Josh Brolin as George W. Bush ''I think history is going to be very tough on him.

Open line

Right here.

Time to judge

Disorder in the court? That’s Skarda’s charge against McGowan.

New Orleans' best

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was named for the venerable French Quarter venue — long the center of the New Orleans' jazz scene. There, the Charter members were joined by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. Today, the band continues to s

If you can't believe Josh Lyman ... UPDATE

More witnesses step up to support Arianna Huffington's report that John McCain said at a party that he had not voted for George Bush in 2000, despite recent protestations that Huffington wasn't telling the truth.

A last-gasp scenario

Real Clear Politics blogger outlines the long-shot, everything-has-to-break-right scenario for Hillary Clinton's campaign. He's not saying it will happen, mind you.

The Duggars do Mother's Day UPDATE

I'll leave the snark (and everybody's seen this one) to you. News release:

Politics in the pulpit

Wall Street Journal reports a movement by conservatives to have preachers take to the pulpit in the fall with overtly political messages.

The case for blogs

There's an energetic newspaper war underway in Northwest Arkansas. Big staffs produce mountains of local news reporting.

Friday To-Do: Hayes Carll

HAYES CARLL9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. A Houston native and Hendrix alum, singer/songwriter Hayes Carll has made Arkansas a home away from home throughout his near decade of performing.

Friday To-Do: The Bravery

THE BRAVERY9 p.m., Juanita's. $15 adv., $18 d.o.s. It's not too often Little Rock lands a buzz band, or at least not a buzz band that's been anointed by the mainstream press — not yet popular enough to land magazine covers, but familiar to Rolling Stone readers.

Friday To-Do: Josh Ritter

JOSH RITTER9 p.m., Revolution, $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter makes his Revolution debut with an all-ages show on his “Small Town USA” tour, following the release of his latest record, “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.” The album has received widespread critical acclaim and Ritter also has been named by Entertainment Weekly among its Top 10 artists to watch.

Drug courts get an audit

It's audit season at the legislature, and today was the statewide drug court program's turn to get vetted.

This is no way to run a board meeting

What does the Martin Luther King Commission do except for get bad publicity for infighting and allegations of corruption?  I honestly have no idea what this commission does day to day.

Spam wins

I'm getting killed with spam in old posts, so I'm afraid I'm going to have to revert back to forcing folks to sign in to comment.

The Weekend: Silverton-Damn Bullets, Sean Rock and co., Chippendales, Venus Mission and more

Shoes optional tonight at MacArthur Park. FRIDAY, MAY 9 The Damn Bullets and Silverton play a free show at MacArthur Park, 7:30 p.m.

Leslie is back

Dumped after 19 years as the TV voice of Landers Automotive in Benton, Leslie Basham is heading back to Arkansas airwaves.

The fight for clean air

SWEPCO has begun ground work on a coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, even though the Department of Environmental Quality hasn't completed action for an air (pollution) permit for the plant.

Anticipating the Little Rock Film Fest

UPDATE: Tickets for the "Fast Times" screening are available here exclusively. Craig Renaud tells me they're selling briskly.

The presidential primary

Polling firm declares it over.

Oh yeah

Noise pirates the Western Meds will be trying to be as incongruous as possible at the Historic Arkansas Museum in just moments.

Cops: pay us to 'gear up'

Word comes of a lawsuit brought today on behalf of Little Rock police officers claiming they are entitled  to overtime pay for the time spent putting on and taking off required protective gear and equipment each day.

Bank fails in NWA

Somebody had to be making all those bad real estate loans we've been hearing about up in Northwest Arkansas.

Open mic

have fun

In the margins, thriving

Still fighting for national recognition, but soundly Little Rock's favorite rockers, the American Princes return home to play Rock 'n' Roar at the zoo tonight at 7 p.m.

Tracking the DINOs

Brummett considers again the issue of Democrats helping Republican legislators get elected. Conclusions: Gwatney was right to remonstrate.

Dirty pool

Speaking of Republican attack PACs, here's an even more scurrilous campaign device -- the anonymous attack flier.

Dirty pool

Speaking of Republican attack PACs, here's an even more scurrilous campaign device -- the anonymous attack flier.

The primary numbers game UPDATE

Will presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's voter registration drives and appeal to new voters power him to victory in the fall?

Roundtable on 'Iron Man'

I know it's right there in the left rail of our website, but an additional plug is in order for the first edition of the Arkansas Times Movie Club.

Debate this, punk

After a long out-of-town trip I'm just getting caught up on reading the ArkTimes issues I missed.

Saturday To-Do: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $16-$70.

Saturday To-Do: Conya Doss

CONYA DOSS10 p.m., Juanita's. $20-$40.

Saturday To-Do: J. Roddy Walston and the Business

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: Blooms!

BLOOMS!10 a.m., Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. $5-$10 adv., $25-$35 d.o.s. New CEO Cliff Fannin Baker kicks off Wildwood Park's new feel with Blooms, a two-day festival that blends culture and the outdoors, with live music, plein air painting in the park, a flower market and high tea under a tent by the lake.

Legislative crossovers

Andrew DeMillo's column this week (note to D-G: why not run this weekly?) notes that Republican legislators are helping Democrats this campaign season, too, and that GOP Chair Dennis "What we need is another 9/11" Milligan isn't fond of the practice.

Cancelled: Rock'n'Roar

No go for the American Princes and the Friendly Friends tonight at the zoo. Not sure why.

What it says

Regrets, he'll have a few

Mike Huckabee says Gov. Mike Beebe will come to regret closing the state's office in Washington, D.C. Some more specifics of the office's activity would be welcome to support that position.

About that early primary

It would have been more exciting in Arkansas had the state saved the presidential primary for May 20.

Term limits are for suckers

So much for the argument that term limits would produce more candidates and more competition for legislative seats: 76 of the 118 seats on the ballot this year are uncontested.

Great minds -- football

John Brummett has written pleasantly today about the coming of football at Hendrix College, a subject of great controversy here when it was unveiled last week. So no one will accuse me of copycatting, I'd like to serve notice that I've already written a column for this week's print edition on the same subject, from the viewpoint of someone who took part in sports at a small Division III (no scholarships) college like Hendrix.

And furthermore re Petrino ...

In the previous item, I mentioned that the richly paid UA football coach Bobby Petrino would be moonlighting at one of those motivational seminars at Alltel Arena this summer.

'Sexism on parade'

An interesting lineup. But the Clinton rules stipulate that media can say anything about them. It is also fair to say that the Clinton campaign failed to demonstrate until too late any strategy to cope with that reality.

M is for the memories

Call your mother today? Have a good memory to recall if you couldn't?

Blues on 12th Street

A new police substation with a hefty price tag in the works?

Huckabee: Problem or solution for McCain

From Robert Novak's column today: Some U.S. Christians are not reconciled to McCain's candidacy but instead regard the prospective presidency of Barack Obama in the nature of a biblical plague visited upon a sinful people.

Carrie Underwood at Alltel

Photographer Brian Chilson's shot from Carrie Underwood's show at Alltel Sunday evening.

Pondering the 'dream ticket'

Brummett concludes that Hillary wouldn't hurt Obama as No. 2, but probably wouldn't help much either.

The next voter suppression trick

It is to require proof of citizenship to vote. You have your birth certificate handy, don't you?

The next voter suppression trick

It is to require proof of citizenship to vote. You have your birth certificate handy, don't you?

Fun with numbers

Here's a site with poll-based noodling on electoral outcomes. Be sure to look at the map showing states won by popular vote in the Democratic primary.

Mayor Hays' RV lot

Argenta News is raising questions about the financial wisdom of NLR Commodore Pat Hays' idea to put an RV parking lot at the foot of the Rock Island railroad bridge across from the Clinton Library.

Mayor Hays' RV lot

Argenta News is raising questions about the financial wisdom of NLR Commodore Pat Hays' idea to put an RV parking lot at the foot of the Rock Island railroad bridge across from the Clinton Library.

Halter family growing UPDATE

News release: Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter and his wife, Shanti, are pleased to announce they are expecting their second child.  The Halters have an 18-month-old daughter.

Arkansas first?

In at least one category it is, says this New York Times story, dateline Little Rock: It gives the most generous welfare aid to low-income workers.

Monday To-Do: Dead Media Release Show

DEAD MEDIA RELEASE SHOW8 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $4.

Wally Watch: May 8 and 11, 2008

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. May 8, 2008: Hitting to all fields as summer draws near.

The Bush wedding

 As a public service, a link to the White House photo gallery, from which this photo is taken, since the D-G didn't offer much this morning.

Doodle for Google Contest

So I'm on Google today, because who isn't, and I found this. Which is a contest for school kids to redraw the Google logo.  You know, for special occasions and junk, Google will redraw the logo all funky and now they have a contest for kids to do it, based on the theme "What if?", and some of their stuff is pretty cool...

Huckaveep UPDATE

U.S. News blogger says Mike Huckabee is at the top of McCain's list. UPDATE: Mike Huckabee blogs today about the Robert Novak column mentioned earlier.

Huckaveep UPDATE

U.S. News blogger says Mike Huckabee is at the top of McCain's list. UPDATE: Mike Huckabee blogs today about the Robert Novak column mentioned earlier.

Who you callin' partisan?

That race for Court of Appeals in NWA is heating up. Ron Williams takes offense that Courtney Henry has distributed a mailer suggesting he's playing the partisanship card.

John Prine wrote a song about this

Obama dons the flag lapel pin to campaign in West Virginia.

Hot race for courthouse

Our web design isn't exactly intuitive concerning on-line comments on our regular articles for the print edition.

Huckabee's cross UPDATE

The Huck cross? It was intentional.

Open records at LRSD

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued an opinion on the Freedom of Information Act as it pertains to e-mail among members of the Little Rock School Board.

Farm politics

The farmers wanted George Bush and they've been punished for their poor judgment. Now Brummett writes about the farmer's friend, plantation gal Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and her efforts to preserve handsome farm subsidies for a currently very profitable lot.

For Joyce Elliott UPDATE

I received a letter from former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter, too late for the final pre-election paper edition of the Times, in support of Joyce Elliott's bid for the state Senate.

For Joyce Elliott UPDATE

I received a letter from former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter, too late for the final pre-election paper edition of the Times, in support of Joyce Elliott's bid for the state Senate.

Country-fried prejudice UPDATE

Frank Rich writes often in The New York Times that it is a bright new day in America and that racial bigotry is no longer a significant factor in elections.

Country-fried prejudice UPDATE

Frank Rich writes often in The New York Times that it is a bright new day in America and that racial bigotry is no longer a significant factor in elections.

Lottery signature jackpot

Today's lottery media event later this morning at the Capitol: A Pulaski Tech student (remember, the proceeds would be for college scholarships) today will sign, symbolically, as signature No. 77,468 on the lottery petitions.

Lottery signature jackpot

Today's lottery media event later this morning at the Capitol: A Pulaski Tech student (remember, the proceeds would be for college scholarships) today will sign, symbolically, as signature No. 77,468 on the lottery petitions.

Tuesday Hodge Podge

Let's check in on the ex-Hogs who have recently joined the work force: * The Raiders held their rookie minicamp last weekend, and naturally D-Mac was the star of the show.

Get ready to stand in a really, really long line

AKA... Maybe it's a super-secret show or maybe it just got booked, but I only just heard about the Foxboro Hot Tubs playing Juanita's on Monday from an editor at NME looking for a review.

Library continues to discuss cuts

The Central Arkansas Library System's finance committee met this morning to discuss possible cuts we reported last week.

Bowen gift to UALR

Retired banker Bill Bowen and his wife Connie have given a $1 million unrestricted gift to the UALR Law School, which bears Bowen's name.

Newspaper war story

San Francisco Chronicle story: A judge said Friday she's inclined to boost a jury's damages award against the SF Weekly to $15.6 million and order the publication to stop trying to ruin the competing San Francisco Bay Guardian with below-cost ads.

Newspaper war story

San Francisco Chronicle story: A judge said Friday she's inclined to boost a jury's damages award against the SF Weekly to $15.6 million and order the publication to stop trying to ruin the competing San Francisco Bay Guardian with below-cost ads.

Little Rock finally gets its due...

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Seem hot to you?

New report: Highest greenhouse gas levels in 650,000 years and rapidly rising ocean levels. But what do scientists know?

Seem hot to you?

New report: Highest greenhouse gas levels in 650,000 years and rapidly rising ocean levels. But what do scientists know?

'Fast Times' with the Judge

Another reminder: The greatest teeny-bop movie of all time screens tonight at Riverdale (helped to that position by the best performance Sean Penn's ever given).

Election watch

File comments here tonight on the West Virginia Democratic primary. Media script: If Hillary wins by less than 25 it's a loss.

Election watch

File comments here tonight on the West Virginia Democratic primary. Media script: If Hillary wins by less than 25 it's a loss.

AKA

Mark your calendars; get ready to stand in a really, really long line. The Foxboro Hot Tubs, the garage-rock alter ego of Green Day, are playing Juanita's on Monday, May 19. There's no pre-sale. More info

Judicial race goes to pot

Stephens Media today notes that a candidate for circuit judge in Little Rock, Cathi Compton, once testified at the legislature in favor of a law to permit medical use of marijuana.

Full of baloney

NEWS FLASH: The Benton County jail inmate who's dropped 100 pounds in confinement and complained that he's being starved to death, has been caught trying to give another inmate a bologna sandwich.

Signal Democratic victory?

Is the 54-46 victory for Democrat Travis Childers in a previously Republican congressional district in Mississippi an omen of things to come?

Obama stoops to conquer

After a 40-point shellacking in West Virginia (a state that has been a part of winning Democratic presidencies of yore), Barack Obama -- flag lapel pin firmly in place and words like God springing frequently from his lips -- has begun an outreach to working class voters.

Fun with numbers

They held a non-binding Democratic presidential primary in Nebraska yesterday. Obama led the balloting 49-47.

Shooter's testimony delayed

Andrew Golden, one of the Westside school shooters, was scheduled to give a deposition in Jonesboro tomorrow in a damage lawsuit.

Alamo up north

The Village Voice is on the Tony Alamo beat this week with a report on the World Pastor's New York followers. The Catholic-trashing evangelist is currently based in Fouke, Ark.  Hard times in New York town: Apparently the church is having trouble convincing people to take the bus to its facility in Jersey, so it's having meetings in a New York pizza parlor.

Cruelty to kids

A Louisiana teacher has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile for forcing a third-grader to unplug a toilet with bare hands.

Salut!

A team of local restaurateurs, including Chris Tanner (Cheers in the Heights), Dave Bisceglia (Dave & Ray’s) and New Orleans chef Matthew Ratcliff, will open Salut!

Update: Creegen's

CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Corned beef and cabbage is pretty hard to find at restaurants in this part of the world, so when we heard it was on the regular menu at Cregeen’s, we hurried on over.

Comings and goings

Coming soon: A third Faded Rose location. Ed David will expand his mini-chain with a new restaurant in North Little Rock’s Argenta district, on Sixth and Main, across from Argenta Seafood.

Roots and Shoots

The Arkansas Sustainability Network, Arkansas Heartland Slow Foods and Boulevard Bread Company will join together on May 31, from 4-8 p.m., to host, “Roots and Shoots,” a celebration of local farms.

Creperie

Coming in June to the Icehouse Building in Hillcrest: Lemon, which bills itself as “Little Rock’s premier creperie.” A flyer for the restaurant suggests that Lemon will serve sweet and savory crepes for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Still funny: Brad Neely

Breathe easy fans of zany, scatalogical cartoons about man babies and clueless professors. The end of superdeluxe.com (or, officially, the "fold-into" adultswim.com) does not signal the end of Fort Smith native Brad Neely's cartoon output (see our long-feature on Neely from last year).

The Judge

This shirt can be yours at Judge's Closet. Like any seasoned public speaker, Judge Reinhold knows that self-deprecation is an easy path to being charming.

Where does the buck stop?

Not with Barack, apparently. Jake Tapper is going to get himself drummed out of the Kool Kidz for Obama Club.

Ho-Hum...Another Hall of Fame for Frank

"Hi, my name is Frank (some call me 'Frank of the Ozarks'). I'm mostly retired now, do a little consulting every now and then.

Huckablog and the GOP 'brand'

Mike Huckabee not only has a future on TV, he's a prolific blogger. Today, he comments on the Mississippi congressional loss, where he'd worked hard for the loser.

On-line access

The Pulaski County clerk's office is moving into the 21st century with on-line filings. Through no fault of Clerk Pat O'Brien, a great deal of public record is, however, being withheld from online access by a misguided judicial edict.

On-line access

The Pulaski County clerk's office is moving into the 21st century with on-line filings. Through no fault of Clerk Pat O'Brien, a great deal of public record is, however, being withheld from online access by a misguided judicial edict.

Needed: boiled crawfish

A reader seeks help at finding a restaurant with good boiled crawfish in Central Arkansas.

Edwards to endorse Obama

Said to be a bid for the working class vote. But do they really want the votes that are still up for grabs?

Help for the polar bears

Been watching this story? I have.
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