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May 15, 2008

Vol 6 • No 18

A new soldier story

Near the end of the documentary “Lioness,” there is a scene in which a former soldier crouches in the grass, clutching a rifle, eyes shining with tears, and almost whispers into the camera:

House candidates debate

The House District 38 race in Little Rock stirred up some talk yesterday, so I thought I'd pass along some notes from a spectator at last night's library appearance.

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.

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.

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?

Cell phone bills

Good idea. KATV apparently is working on a story about cell phone bills at the LR School District.

‘Blooms’

A picture-perfect spring day accompanied Wildwood Park’s Blooms festival.

‘My Father’s War’

For a little hamlet in the hills, Fayetteville keeps its fair share of professional theater companies.

My gridiron glory

News item: Hendrix College in Conway may resume intercollegiate football in 2010, after a 50-year hiatus. Many students object.

This modern world, May 15

Orval, May 15

'Speed racer'

Reviewing movies is partly a game of expectations.

The Times recommends

Last week, the Times endorsed JUDGE WENDELL GRIFFEN for re-election to the Arkansas Court of Appeals and JOYCE ELLIOTT for state Senate from District 33

Channeling Faubus

I watch the last days of the primaries in North Carolina and Indiana, following the Pennsylvania primary, and the pattern has clearly emerged:

A & E news, May 15

UCA has announced its 2008-2009 season for Reynolds Performance Hall. In keeping with past bookings, it’s a mix of multicultural fare, nostalgia-laden concerts and a little country flair.

Carrie Underwood

Concertgoers at Sunday night’s Carrie Underwood performance were served a generous helping of classic country with a saucy side of pop music.

Hendrix football takes its hits

Hendrix College’s recently announced decision to resume intercollegiate football is causing a stir at the academically rigorous Conway campus.

May 7 - 13, 2008

It was a good week for … The GOLDEN YEARS CROWD. Mayor Pat Hays persuaded the North Little Rock City Council to authorize $200,000 in bonds to make improvements for an RV park on the scenic Arkansas River, just downstream from his planned collection of ag

Elitists all

“Obama Fights Perception He Is an Elitist” — so said the headline on a recent slow-day news item from Reuters.

Mediterranean on Dickson

Dining in Fayetteville only occasionally as we do, we’d never thought about it lacking a Middle Eastern restaurant until we learned that it doesn’t.

Gag reflex

Just after press time last week, Pulaski County Deputy Prosecutor John Hout phoned to say that he had withdrawn his motion for a gag order in the Tracy Ingle case, an order we reported here.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

May 9, Robinson Center Music Hall

In brief, May 15

Before the Little Rock Film Festival begins, join fellow moviegoers for entrees, appetizers and $5 martinis at the Arkansas Times Patio Party at Copper Grill, 4-8 p.m.

To-do list, May 15

Cirque Des O'Boogie, Greek Food Festival, Travelers vs. The Naturals, The Lee Boys, Attractive and Popular, Buzz-B-Q, Arkansas Music Video Competition and 607 Download Extravaganza highlight this week's entertainment options.

A full slate

The Little Rock Film Festival kicks off tonight with the Little Rock premiere of "War Eagle, Arkansas." See below for a complete overview of the event and check Rock Candy for continuous film fest coverage throughout the weekend.

Can voters handle the truth?

The question of how much truth about their elected leaders people can stand gets debated afresh every election, although you would think that Bill Clinton and his girlfriends had answered it:

Editorial cartoon, May 15

Smart Talk, May 15

Bill Wilson, an end and linebacker, played in Hendrix College’s last football game, a 7-to-6 victory over hated rival Ouachita Baptist College in 1960.

Hanks on Hanks

The good thing about working in a newsroom is that you occasionally have a breeze from the past waft in over the transom.

Knowledge to bob your head to

In the early ’90s, Craig Irving helped bridge the gap between jazz and hip-hop as Doodlebug in the Digable Planets.

Criswell on the move

Warren Criswell’s narrative drawings and paintings have secured for him a place as one of Arkansas’s premier artists.

Once-struggling Diamond Hogs go all Bad News Bears

Dallas Kuechel's performance last Sunday was just the cherry on top for a weekend in which the Diamond Hogs might have clinched a spot at the table come the SEC tourney.

The Observer, May 15

Words, May 15

Where’d you get that peeper? Myanmar?

‘Redbelt’

David Mamet’s new film, “Redbelt,” is almost exactly like “The Karate Kid,” parts one through whatever, only less smart and with a less reliable narrative thrust.

What's cooking, May 15

Coming in June to the Icehouse Building in Hillcrest: Lemon, which bills itself as “Little Rock’s premier creperie.”

Farming root of all politics

Statewide elections usually are decided by Arkansas farm politics from the eastern part of the state.?�on, years she denied having said it, nobody believed the denial. The sentiment sounded too much like her mean, tax-evading, grossly wealthy self. Even i

Five other movies to watch

Crawl, Walk, Run (2007) Fourteen veterans return from Iraq with amputations, brain injuries and traumas, and against long odds participate in 10 days of rafting, trekking and climbing through rugged terrain along the Colorado River.

LRFF Can’t-Miss List

“War Eagle,” the festival’s opening film and the latest big indie feature to come out of Arkansas, has a plot that’s the stuff of Hallmark specials.

Charles Pierce retrospective

Back in the day, regional filmmakers were a scrappier bunch than the current crop of nominally independent filmmakers.

Little Rock Film Festival Schedule

Screenings are free except when otherwise indicated.

Animal cruelty UPDATE

Sen. Sue Madison and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel are both ready to try again on legislation to make first offense animal cruelty a felony, something 40 other states have managed to accomplish.

Disorder in the court race

Brummett is back on the Courtney Henry-Ron Williams race for Court of Appeals in NW Ark. Young Timothy Hutchinson is arguing that it's not partisanship in Williams' hiring of right-wing extremist Jim Holt as a political consultant.

Oh, woe is us

More on the low political state of the Republican Party, with party leaders talking about the need for candidates to distance themselves from Bush.

Not on Countrywide's side UPDATE

I'd missed that the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System was the lead plaintiff in the shareholders lawsuit over the collapse of Countrywide Financial.

The choice lobby divided

That NARAL endorsement of Obama was not all that it appeared. Since yesterday's announcement, NARAL groups in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Texas and New York - Clinton's home state - have issued statements signaling their continued neutrality in the Democratic race and emphasizing that the national group did not speak for them on this matter.

CORRECTION: Most everything about the Buzz-BQ

The information about Saturday's 4th annual Buzz-B-Q in this week's To-Do List was inadvertently (cough), carelessly, lifted from a past event.

LRFF Can't Miss: 'War Eagle, Arkansas'

"WAR EAGLE, ARKANSAS"(2007)6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Riverdale 10. With Q&A with producer and screenwriter.

Roy Brooks' buyout

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the lawsuit arguing that the Little Rock School Board's buyout of former Supt. Roy Brooks' contract was an illegal expenditure of tax money.

Roy Brooks' buyout

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on the lawsuit arguing that the Little Rock School Board's buyout of former Supt. Roy Brooks' contract was an illegal expenditure of tax money.

The Arkansas nightmare

Whitewater rears its head again. Hillary.

The Arkansas nightmare

Whitewater rears its head again. Hillary.

Bushs***

Bush has provoked a political firestorm by saying in Israel those who want to meet with "terrorists and radicals" are like those who tried to appease Nazis.

Another ruling for same-sex marriage

The California Supreme Court has overturned a state same-sex marriage ban. It was a 4-3 decision that said domestic partnerships didn't amount to equal treatment with marriage.

Buy passes

We've gotten several calls, and I don't think there's an obvious answer on the LRFF website, so here you go: You can buy passes for the film festival at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at Riverdale 10 thereafter.

Thursday To-Do: Cirque Des O'Boogie

Appetite for Orange. CIRQUE DES O'BOOGIE8 p.m., Vino's.

Lottery bankroll

The state lottery campaign, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's creation, says the Bailey Family of Little Rock has contributed another $55,000 to the cause, on top of $300,000 in initial seed money.

Judgment in Little Rock

Tuesday, Little Rock voters face a slate of judicial choices, nearly all contested by people not currently in public office.

Judgment in Little Rock

Tuesday, Little Rock voters face a slate of judicial choices, nearly all contested by people not currently in public office.

McCain:Bush dittohead

Well. Here you go.

Take two

For the second year, the Little Rock Film Festival will kick off the summer with a full weekend of film-related events.

Fighting the super bug

An agitated vet called to sound an alarm about the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, where he’d been a patient.

A new soldier story

'Lioness,' a documentary on all-woman combat unit in Iraq, highlights Friday's Little Rock Film Festival offerings. It screens at noon at the Clinton School with a panel discussion, featuring a member of the unit, Mena native Shannon Morgan, to follow.

Almost heaven

Thank goodness for West Virginia. But for them, Arkansas's population would have the lowest percentage of college graduates in the country.

Judicial candidate hypes record

Ron Williams, the Jim Holt-backed candidate for Court of Appeals in Northwest Arkansas, has exaggerated his record as a part-time prosecutor, says a judge who was prosecutor in the district where Williams worked.

Gay marriage: A political wedge?

NY Times analysis describes presidential candidates of like mind on gay marriage and says McCain won't make an issue of it.

Epitaph for Dixie?

Surging black voter numbers and dispirited Republican voters -- as evidenced in primary voting this year: Do they signal an end to Republican dominance of the South?

Just say no

A Morning News article on petition canvassing at polling places prompts a couple of observations: 1) As a voter, the easiest course is to wave off anyone who approaches you at the polls.

Benton County bank bust

The Wall Street Journal has a good overview of the demise of the once go-go ANB Financial, a victim of brokered deposits and too many real estate loans.

Do you know what it means ....

A frequent Eat Arkansas visitor brags about her recent trip to New Orleans, particularly her dinner at Jacques Imo's and its updated take on classic Creole foods.

Water for gas

An environmental watchdog passes along word of the Corps of Engineers' approval of a plan by Chesapeake Energy to draw water from the Little Red River (the picture is from one stretch of the river) for use in gas exploration.

Weekend To-Do: Greek Food Fest

GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Free admission.If you're driving with the windows down, odds are that the aroma will tease the tastebuds before you find a parking spot.

Friday To-Do: Attractive and Popular

Attractive AND Popular ATTRACTIVE AND POPULAR8 p.m., Low Key Arts Building, Hot Springs. $5.If it's been a minute since you trekked to Spa City, here's a good excuse.

Friday To-Do: Travs vs. Nats

Not Lil Kato or Beautiful Bobby Dean TRAVELERS VS. THE NATURALS6:45 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10.Of course it's a manufactured rivalry.

Friday To-Do: The Lee Boys

THE LEE BOYS9 p.m., Revolution, $10.The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles.

Student-teacher sex challenge

Surprised the D-G didn't make way in the LR edition for this story from Bentonville.

LRFF: Lots of folks at "War Eagle, Arkansas"

It seems the Little Rock Film Festival is very, very popular. Too popular, to hear about 150 people tell it — ticket holders who were turned away when the Riverdale 10 Cinema ran out of seats for the premiere of “War Eagle, Arkansas.” That was after they opened up a second and then a third screen to try to accommodate everyone.  Those unlucky 150 were, to put it gently, fairly pissed off, and they should have been, because they missed one heck of a good movie.    The theater was so packed they had me lifting “caution” tape and moving to a seat within potential lawsuit distance of the scaffolding they’d erected to support the DVD projector.

LRFF: Navigating Day 2

Don't miss. If I didn't have to write about Riverfest and go home and check on my dogs this afternoon, here's the film fest schedule I'd follow:Noon: "Lioness," the documentary on an all-woman combat unit in Iraq that we've hyped on our cover, screens at the Clinton School.

Obama to Bush, McCain

He said he'd debate them anytime, anywhere on foreign policy and that he would win.

So you want to be an astronaut?

Virgin Galactic, which is promising to be the first commercial carrier of travelers into space, will be in Little Rock Sunday for a program at 3 p.m.  at the Aerospace Education Center planetarium.

Lights, camera, etc.

Slow day. I think I'm going to play hooky and catch the 4 p.m.

Lights, camera, etc.

Slow day. I think I'm going to play hooky and catch the 4 p.m.

Airport blowout

Some tense moments today for passengers on a flight coming into Little Rock National Airport from Cleveland.

William Randolph Hussman

Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman is bullish on newspapers, even if some in the industry are not.

Judicial investigation

More rumblings today in the matter of Circuit Judge Willard Proctor, whose operation of the Cycle Breakers probation program has been the subject of a critical state audit.

Judicial investigation

More rumblings today in the matter of Circuit Judge Willard Proctor, whose operation of the Cycle Breakers probation program has been the subject of a critical state audit.

Comic genius: Assassination humor

Oh, that Mike Huckabee. Such a kidder.

LRFF: Q&A with Warren Criswell

  "Nude Descending Staircase" Warren Criswell is the creator of “Six Moments,” an animated short film made up of six shorter films, to be shown at 1 p.m.

Take that, Brummett

John Brummett has been covering that Court of Appeals race in NWA where Ron Williams, member of the Hutchinson extended family, is facing a well-funded and politically astute opponent in Courtney Henry.

Obama's ploy

John Brummett departs from most pundits' script. He says Bush was talking about Jimmy Carter in Israel, not Obama, when he referenced appeasement of terrorists.

Obama's ploy

John Brummett departs from most pundits' script. He says Bush was talking about Jimmy Carter in Israel, not Obama, when he referenced appeasement of terrorists.

Hillcrest alert

View Larger Map Word is circulating about an old hot issue in the Hillcrest neighborhood -- redevelopment of the property formerly used by Easter Seals at the eastern end of Lee Avenue on property owned by the Arkansas School for the Blind.

Hillcrest alert

View Larger Map Word is circulating about an old hot issue in the Hillcrest neighborhood -- redevelopment of the property formerly used by Easter Seals at the eastern end of Lee Avenue on property owned by the Arkansas School for the Blind.

Last night: LRFF Gala

Rachel Jules and Harry Thomason The Little Rock Film Festival's Gala was typically Arkansas, if only because a whole slew of folks ignored the words "semi-formal" on the promotional material.  Wearing everything from carpenter shorts to ball gowns, roughly 200 film buffs, Arkansas-connected industry insiders, and local celebrities joined television and film producer Harry Thomason and Governor Mike Beebe at the Clinton Center's Grand Ballroom Friday night for the festival's otherwise swanky fundraising event.   Optimism for the future of Arkansas's film industry seems to be an underlying festival theme.   Judge Reinhold touched on the topic at his introduction to " Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Tuesday night.

Last Night: "The Town That Dreaded Sundown"

Saturday To-Do: Buzz-B-Q

BUZZ-B-Q11 a.m., North Shore Riverwalk. $5 (free for children under 12).Now in its fourth year, Buzz-B-Q pairs together the key ingredients of any good party: barbecue and live music.

Saturday To-Do: Arkansas Music Video Competition

Techno Squid Eats Parliament back in the day. ARKANSAS MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION7:30 p.m., Revolution.

JC Forward Decides Happiness is Lubbock, Texas, in His Rear-View Mirror

Perhaps Montrell McDonald has been listening to a lot of Mac Davis lately. Or maybe John Pelphrey is just one awfully persuasive fella.

Piling on Huck

Bob Barr, the former Georgia congressman and Libertarian presidential candidate, wacks Mike Huckabee for his foot-in-mouth assassination humor ("You can have my mouth when you pry it from my cold, dead foot," was an inspired Arkansas Blogster Hugh Mann's review) at the NRA meeting yesterday.

A bridge to Argenta

-- Brian Chilson photo Or a bridge to Little Rock, depending on your point of view.

A bridge to Argenta

-- Brian Chilson photo Or a bridge to Little Rock, depending on your point of view.

Open line

Let you entertain us.

LRFF: Charles Pierce Makes My Day

Eastwood: Turns out he's a nice young man. I haven't even seen a film yet.  I was chasing a deadline all day yesterday, missed my chance to hang with the guvnah at last night's gala, and drove into town this morning and straight to the Clinton Library to see the screenwriter's panel.  Arkansas indie hearthrobs Jeff Nichols, Ray McKinnon and Graham Gordy dropped knowledge in spurts, attended by a game Brendan Foley (The Riddle) and the old hand Steve Marshall ("WKRP in Cincinnati"(!)).

LRFF: Um, Blood Car

It's not quite midnight, but it's close enough. "Blood Car" is stupid, cheap, disgusting, demented, and probably evil.

Armies of God

Want a shiver? "Silhouette City," in a Little Rock Film Festival screening at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, is an Arkansas native's look at extreme evangelicals, including the infamous CSA militia busted up in the hills of North Ar

The animal cruelty lobby

John Brummett today explains some of the reasons Arkansas is one of the last holdouts on meaningful animal cruelty legislation.

The animal cruelty lobby

John Brummett today explains some of the reasons Arkansas is one of the last holdouts on meaningful animal cruelty legislation.

Cyber squatting

A fellow named Chris Johnston of Kirkland, Wash., calls my attention to a number of websites he's reserved.

Policing immigration

This story could just as easily be written in Arkansas, about a mass bust at a meat packing plant in a small Iowa town.

LRFF: Moving Front and recovery

  The winner of the inaugural Little Rock Film Festival Arkansas Music Video Competition.

Marching as to war

Religious extremism is serious business and a good Sunday topic on the closing day of the Little Rock Film Festival.

Obama: Geography lesson needed

Obama blames coming loss in Kentucky on Fox News and geography. The geography part:

Obama: Geography lesson needed

Obama blames coming loss in Kentucky on Fox News and geography. The geography part:

Shopping center site

Thanks to EK for a tip to the website for Park Avenue, the shopping and apartment development that is supposed to rise where the now-demolished University Mall once stood.

LRFF: Keeping it Natural and Keeping it Short

This year's panel on economic incentives aimed at encouraging growth in the native film industry was all business.

Staying in the public sector

Anybody notice a familiar face among the crew of TSA workers screening at Little Rock National Airport?

Staying in the public sector

Anybody notice a familiar face among the crew of TSA workers screening at Little Rock National Airport?

Huck: Still 'splainin' UPDATE

UPDATE: TMZ video captures an uncomfortable Huckabee at National Airport. Not long after he'd declared, yes, he'd be proud to be on the ticket with John McCain.

Huck: Still 'splainin' UPDATE

UPDATE: TMZ video captures an uncomfortable Huckabee at National Airport. Not long after he'd declared, yes, he'd be proud to be on the ticket with John McCain.

BlogHer Scores Exclusive Sit-Down With Obama

My good friend and BlogHer and Huffington Post Contributing Editor, Erin Kotecki Vest, was able to sit down with Senator Barack Obama this weekend, to directly ask questions that were chosen by BlogHer members.  I'm button-popping proud of Erin and all of my BlogHer compatriots, and it's a good interview, with real answers.  Let's hope the other candidates follow Obama's lead and provide a similar opportunity for us to get to know them a little better.BlogHer EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama Answers Policy Questions From Women Who BlogBlogHer reaches over 9 million women every month now, and boasts a publishing syndicate (of which I'm part) that is 1,800 blogs strong.  Just for the heck of it, a couple of Arkansas BlogHer affiliates that you might well enjoy reading are two of my daily favorites:Notes To Self: Culture.

LRFF: And the winner is.....

Speaking of apocalypse, a packed house crowded into the small viewing room at the Chamber of Commerce to see Michael Wilson and Natalie Zimmerman's "Silhouette City," then stayed on to work through their feelings about the film.  Philip Martin led a panel discussion concerning the apocalyptic Christian nationalism on display in various forms throughout the arresting film.

Fighting the super bug

An agitated vet called to sound an alarm about the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, where he'd been a patient.

McCain wins

Democrats make big gains in Congress. That's Brummett's prediction for now, anyway.

Purity balls

 NY Times covers a "purity ball," a father-daughter dinner and dance dedicated to the daughter's retention of her virginity until marriage.

The myth of vote fraud

It happens, but so rarely and in such small numbers that it has virtually no impact on elections.

Tonight!

Doors open at 7 p.m. No presale.ALSO: Should've said before, the Foxboro Hot Tubs have asked Smoke Up Johnny to play not just this date, but dates in New Orleans, Dallas and Austin.Yes.

From the SI Archives: the 1988 Football Hogs

The more things change, the more they stay the same... A damn good football team that was winning games on the field, but was beset by constant drama off it.

Putting in full day

Just before noon. Photo by Brian Chilson They're already lined up outside of Juanita's for the Foxboro Hot Tubs, who probably won't hit the stage until 11 p.m. tonight.

All the ribs that are fit to eat

Is this Eat Arkansas-worthy news, I was asked by Jane Dennis. You betcha.

Armed robbery, shots fired

The flat, matter-of-a-fact recitation of a police report takes none of the chill out of this description of the robbery of a Shell station at 721 E. 9th Street about 3 a.m. this morning.

Wherever two or three shall gather

You may recall that earlier this spring the Pulaski County School District superintendent called for bids from private companies to take over the district's transportation services.

Now you walk it ...

Now you don't ...The Junction Bridge blinked open and shut over the weekend, thanks to Riverfest's Riverfront Park takeover.

Central High: two-timer UPDATE

Word's just in that the Little Rock Central High School team has repeated as national champion in the Federal Reserve Bank's Fed Challenge, in which teams of high school students handle tough questions on economcs and monetary policy.

Central High: two-timer UPDATE

Word's just in that the Little Rock Central High School team has repeated as national champion in the Federal Reserve Bank's Fed Challenge, in which teams of high school students handle tough questions on economcs and monetary policy.

Out of order

  Oops. The Junction Bridge, reopened with great fanfare Saturday as a pedestrian link, is currently not open.

There he goes again

Gov. Mike Beebe, we mean. Making sense.

Whatever happened to ...

Marty Ryall, the Star City flash and former Arkansas Republican Party chair? He's been called in to play the cavalry as consultant to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole's re-election campaign.

Information super highway

I think maybe there's more than meets the eye here in this story about whether the Highway Department can open up the use of its statewide fiber optic network to other agencies.

Take that, Bobye

As LWood has noted, Brummett's Tuesday column is already on-line. He fires back at Bobye Holt's e-mail broadside. (She's the wife of former Sen. Jim Holt, current campaigner for a judicial candidate, etc.)

Election day

In case you forgot, today's your last chance. Did you notice that Oregon conducts its entire election by mail?

Flex-time for state employees?

A legislative committee Friday discussed four-day work week for state employees to ease the cost of long commutes.

Flex-time for state employees?

A legislative committee Friday discussed four-day work week for state employees to ease the cost of long commutes.

An example for youth

Check it out. Stephens Media article, notable for this accompanying Saline Voice photograph by LaJuan Mooney. It depicts a kids' league referee choking a basketball coach he'd called for a technical foul.

Bobo Rockefeller

The paid obituaries -- and only the paid obituaries -- in the Democrat-Gazette today noted briefly the death of Barbara Sears "Bobo" Rockefeller.

Last Night: Foxboro Hot Tubs

Not in LR, but just the same. Here's the tabloid-style British recap.

Drive time signage

Motoring down West Markham this morning, I was prompted to remember that, among the duties of Little Rock's environmental court, is prosecution of people who post flyers and signs on public structures and right of way.

Drive time signage

Motoring down West Markham this morning, I was prompted to remember that, among the duties of Little Rock's environmental court, is prosecution of people who post flyers and signs on public structures and right of way.

It is no joke

This is a clear example of why Mike Huckabee's assassination joke is no laughing matter, though it perhaps helps explain what might cause such subliminal thoughts to arise.

Kansas City going Mexican?

I meant to mention earlier the fine interview and profile Seth Blomeley did in the Sunday Democrat-Gazette with the paranoid Jeannie Burlsworth, who's leading Secure Arkansas, which has mounted an initiative drive to put further limits on services the state can provide to unauthorized immigrants.

Kansas City going Mexican?

I meant to mention earlier the fine interview and profile Seth Blomeley did in the Sunday Democrat-Gazette with the paranoid Jeannie Burlsworth, who's leading Secure Arkansas, which has mounted an initiative drive to put further limits on services the state can provide to unauthorized immigrants.

Mighty white of them

The Latino woman who spent four days without food, water or attention in a Washington County Jail cell will not be prosecuted for the alleged misdemeanor sale of pirated CDs and videos at a flea market.

Mighty white of them

The Latino woman who spent four days without food, water or attention in a Washington County Jail cell will not be prosecuted for the alleged misdemeanor sale of pirated CDs and videos at a flea market.

The public's business

The group that represents Pulaski County Special School District support staff has issued a news release about the Pulaski School Board's decision to meet one-by-one with a private bus contractor to avoid the state's open meetings law.

Same old, same old

An incumbent Republican congressman faces a strong challenge in Missouri from the former Kansas City mayor.

Hollywood in the ArkLaTex

How Shreveport -- Shreveport! -- became a major locale for the production of Hollywood films.

Teddy Kennedy diagnosis

A malignant brain tumor.

Teddy Kennedy diagnosis

A malignant brain tumor.

D-G publication launch

David Koon reported March 21 that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was preparing to roll out another niche publication aimed at local competitors, this one a glossy lifestyle magazine that sounds a good deal like the formula followed by Soiree and Inviting Arkansas.

Election update

Light turnout all over, according to reports here. But, there was this disturbing report from a North Little Rock voter: He was asked if he wanted a Democratic, Republican or non-partisan ballot this morning.

Election update

Light turnout all over, according to reports here. But, there was this disturbing report from a North Little Rock voter: He was asked if he wanted a Democratic, Republican or non-partisan ballot this morning.

Madison, Addison, Bo-baddison

Name game. The Social Security Administration compiles the most popular names of newborns each year.

Election watch

Comment here on tonight's results. NATIONAL: Minutes after the polls closed, Kentucky was called for Clinton as expected. She won by 35 percentage points, almost 250,000 votes.

Hello, My Name is...

I never really felt like an “Ashley.”  For a long time, the name seemed a bit too girly for my taste.  It made me think of flowery duvets and things with ruffles, which just wasn’t me.  In college, several of my guy friends pointed out that my first name is not exactly uncommon among strippers, and that, too, seemed like a bad fit.  I needed a name that suited me.  I am someone who wears Gin and Tonic perfume and once stole a book of Leonard Nimoy poetry, who loves Dorothy Parker and television shows on the radio and owns a pair of shoes my best friend calls “the flip-flops of death.”  I started going by my last name, which was fine except that sometimes people have trouble remembering it.  One summer, I volunteered at a special effects film camp, and kids aged 7-9 called me everything from McKenzie to MacKelly.  That didn’t bother me.  Unfortunately, the guy who ran the camp couldn’t remember it either, although he refused to admit it.  For two weeks he addressed me by nodding in my direction and saying “YOU.”  As in, “I need YOU [exaggerated nod] to go help them get on the zip line.”  That didn’t bother me either.  What bothered me was that there was another volunteer that summer, Meg, and the instructor used her in the vast majority of his demonstrations.  I suspected he called on her so often because he could remember her name—he called her “Magic Meg”—and as a result, it was Meg who got to fly, get shot at, and be set on fire.

Pulaski vote is in

Here are the totals. No switches from what I mentioned earlier.

Talking trash

River Market area restaurateurs are putting refuse to reuse with a new recycling plan.

The gas crunch

Gov. Mike Beebe says the state may have to reduce miles driven by state agences on account of high fuel prices.

The gas crunch

Gov. Mike Beebe says the state may have to reduce miles driven by state agences on account of high fuel prices.

Election cleanup

In the clear light of dawn, anything new to observe among you? It's on to fall.

Free Riverfest parking

Not only is it free, but it is just steps away from a main entrance on the North Little Rock side of the river.

A win for clean water

Worthy of a separate is the defeat last night of Pulaski JP Ann McCaleb, who's been on the Quorum Court since Jesus' day.

A new GOP?

It's a journey of a thousand miles, no doubt, but there are some Republicans who are quietly taking heart from last night's results and seeing them potentially as a new day for the party -- a party perhaps cut loose from old ruling cliques and, particularly, the pervasive influence of the hard-core Religious Right.

A new GOP?

It's a journey of a thousand miles, no doubt, but there are some Republicans who are quietly taking heart from last night's results and seeing them potentially as a new day for the party -- a party perhaps cut loose from old ruling cliques and, particularly, the pervasive influence of the hard-core Religious Right.

Hag-less

Merle Haggard has canceled his Riverfest appearance due to illness.In a news release, Riverfest brass promise another big-named country star, possibly to be named as soon as this afternoon.C'mon, Ronnie Milsap.

Ettiem: the comeback!

Easy Street Piano Bar and Cabaret Room, recently rumored to be closing, trucks along with a new regular DJ series, featuring Andrew Morgan, the man behind the dance parties in the basement at the Living Room (the halcyon days of Little Rock dance parties).

Walton Charter School Inc. acquisition

Now the University of Arkansas has company in the Walton-financed effort to reshape public education in Arkansas to the billionaires' liking.

The blues

Mark your calendars, local blues fans. On Saturday, May 31, Blues Patrol, the popular local act from the ’80s, reunites at Cornerstone Pub to celebrate the release of “We Walked the Streets Like Giants,” a DVD that tells the band’s story.

Starving Artist to Argenta

Starving Artist Cafe, where you can watch people paint while you eat, will quit its Seventh Street location at the end of July to prepare for its Aug. 15 opening in a new garret at 411 Main St. in North Little Rock.

Hold Steady, Ben Nichols

Ben Nichols, Little Rock's favorite gravel-voiced heartthrob, adds to the strung-out quotient in the new single from Rock Candy favorite the Hold Steady, "Sequestered in Memphis."

Sawyer Brown to replace Merle

What's up with old country stars shedding their country garb? These dudes could just as easily be the News.9:30 p.m., Friday, Budweiser Stage.

Don't overdo it this weekend

Bermuda: small world

The governor of Bermuda has responded to members of Arkansas's congressional delegation who've written him on behalf of Gary Barket, the Little Rock lawyer arrested as he left Bermuda for taking a gun (he'd forgotten it, he said) through Bermuda security.

Bag man

Eagle-eyed travelers who thought they saw a familiar face at the Little Rock National Airport baggage screening checkpoint were right: that is Mike Huckabee’s long-time press spokesman and brother-in-law Jim Harris riffling through your underwear and chec

Bag man

Eagle-eyed travelers who thought they saw a familiar face at the Little Rock National Airport baggage screening checkpoint were right: that is Mike Huckabee’s long-time press spokesman and brother-in-law Jim Harris riffling through your underwear and chec

Vetting the veeps

McCain begins the dance. Romney, Jindal and Crist are first up.

'Huck shoots own foot'

Brummett tomorrow replays The Huckster's Obama assassination joke, his propensity for juvenile, crude and stupid remarks and what it might mean to his chances to be vice president.

Most expensive ever

I mentioned this morning that the Joe White-Gilbert Baker race for state Senate in Conway could be the most expensive ever, in the $500,000 range.
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