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June 19, 2008

Vol 6 • No 23

Aeromancy

In ancient times, men tried to foresee the future by looking at the movement of birds.

Common sense: A Thomas Paine Day

Remember the 2007 legislative session, when religious nuts beat a resolution to establish a Thomas Paine Day in Arkansas?

Mrk Pryr jnk -- (:

Complete with cutesy headline, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor plunges into one of the pressing issues of the day.

Baptists, Huckabee and 2008

An interesting article in the American Prospect about the Southern Baptist Convention's fight for political impact, its lack of warmth toward John McCain (though hardly any Baptists will vote for Obama) and some surprising antipathy to former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee.

Helena mayor may face charges

The Humane Society wants Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley prosecuted for abandoning stray dogs.

Go green; get drunk at home

A campaigner for a wet-dry election in Sharp County has an inspired idea -- promote alcohol sales as an energy-saving tool.

No Muslims need apply

Yes, when you promise to be a uniter, as Barack Obama has done so successfully, you can expect the attention his campaign is getting for giving the bum's rush to Muslim women when it came to spots for them in high-profile photo locations.

Wednesday thread

It's open.

Best of both worlds

Conway native Graham Gordy is on a roll. “War Eagle, Arkansas,” a feature film based on his debut screenplay, is currently racking up accolades on the festival circuit.

The Televisionist, June 19

Come up with enough dough, and you can find someone to do anything. The proof of that can be seen every week on the History Channel’s reality hit “Ice Road Truckers.”

That was no lady …

I passed a hot Saturday afternoon watching the NCAA track and field championships on TV.

State moves to boot provider from Medicaid

The Department of Human Services has issued an order to terminate Gilead Family Resource Center, a mental health care provider based in McGehee, from the state Medicaid program.

It’s not easy being green

You know, as a reviewer, I tend to take it easy on the big summer movies.

Huckabee’s smart TV route

Sometimes some of us are too hard on Mike Huckabee, not that it appears to constrain him much.

Judicial passivism

Justice, not cuddling, is what’s expected from the federal judiciary — equal justice.

‘The Tempest’

A man with a tattooed chest and shaved head walks onto an almost bare stage.

Hold that Heimlich

Mike Huckabee got worldwide press coverage when he applied the Heimlich maneuver to a North Carolina political candidate who began choking during a dinner recently.

In Brief, June 19

California bluesman Len Rainey comes to Studio Joe for a jam with Mike Dollins and Joe Pitts, 7 p.m., $7.

Aeromancy

Planning for a new airport terminal means peering into the murky future of flight.

Watch out, Williams-Sonoma

I’ll admit to not doing my part to keep the Sauce Co. alive and cooking at its Heights location once Williams-Sonoma opened at nearby Midtown.

What's Cooking, June 19

In what’s becoming a world tour of cuisine, Little Rock restaurateur Jerry Barakat has yet another concept for the Village at Rahling Road.

To-do list, June 19

Juneteenth Power Jam, Grand Archives, Folksy Strings And Summer Things, Cooper's Orbit, John Paul Keith And The 1,4,5's, Silverton, Hook And Ladder Country Music Festival, Pop! In The Park, The Rocking Guys, Jim Mize, Jason Ricci & New Blood and 999 Eyes

One justice away from tyranny

It is somehow supposed to be amazing that five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court last week did not scuttle 793 years of precedent and affirm that President George W. Bush could ignore the Constitution if it suited him.

The Observer, June 19

The Observer had a hard day last week and groaned when we got home.

Smart Talk, June 19

Arkansas Audubon will break ground on its $1.4 million nature center later this summer, director Ken Smith told the city board of directors last week.

Orval, June 19

Elaine massacre

I’ve read the review that Grif Stockley wrote of my book “On the Laps of Gods,” and since it basically questions my integrity, I hope that you will give me the opportunity to respond.

Editorial cartoon, June 19

This modern world, June 19

Home-style catfish

We hold as true that the real measure of any fish place is consistency.

Numb

It’s time for another installment of the occasional question-and-answer feature Ask Ol’ Assmunch.

June 11-17, 2008

It was a good week for … CONWAY. Word leaked of the coming announcement of a Hewlett-Packard facility for the city that could employ 1,200.

Words, June 19

This little piccie went to market: “Scientific American has a nice article listing the top five mistakes that photo-fakers make when they use photoshop to doctor piccies.”

Indigo Girls

Folk power duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, depending upon whom you ask, are many things: musicians, proponents of the environment, hippies, political activists, lesbians, lovers.

Planes, trains and automobiles

With gas at $4 per gallon and rising, it’s seeming like a better idea all the time: link the city’s streetcar line to a station at the Little Rock National Airport.

Caution when nearing the Capitol

The convergence of events was interesting. The state Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a judge's requirement that a man convicted of a misdemeanor count of sexual indecency register as a sex offender.

Conway's big day

Brummett anticipates today's announcement of a big Hewlett-Packard facility in Conway. In the course of the column, he makes a couple of passing statements that are provocative, even if true.

Conway's big day

Brummett anticipates today's announcement of a big Hewlett-Packard facility in Conway. In the course of the column, he makes a couple of passing statements that are provocative, even if true.

Bad loans, battered banks

NY Times, in a roundup on the woes of regional banks due to the crisis in mortgage lending, mentions problems for an Alabama bank that reverberate among significant stockholders in Arkansas.

Heaven help the homeless ...

... because it's becoming clearer and clearer that North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays intends to do all he can to keep them out of Dogtown.

Somebody finally had the nerve to say it ...

... the Tim Russert death coverage was over the top, though MSNBC ran away with the Emmy for maudllin, self-absorbed, unbalanced, look-at-us celebrity journalism.

Somebody finally had the nerve to say it ...

... the Tim Russert death coverage was over the top, though MSNBC ran away with the Emmy for maudllin, self-absorbed, unbalanced, look-at-us celebrity journalism.

Thursday: Spill Canvas, Len Rainey, Live Karaoke,

The Spill Canvas. Buzzy alt-rockers the Spill Canvas headline a full bill at Juanita's, which also features Steel Train and Liam and Me, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. California bluesman Len Rainey comes to Studio Joe for a jam with Mike Dollins and Joe Pitts, 7 p.m., $7.

The news in Conway

Hewlett-Packard will open a service and support center there. The Conway Corp. will build the building and lease it to H-P, which also announced a similar center in New Mexico.

Illness outbreak in Washington County

A pesticide is a leading suspect in a mass outbreak of illness in the Washington County health department offices in Fayetteville today.

Happy feet at the movies

"Happy Feet" was on the screen and happy feet were in the Riverfest Amphitheatre last night for the most successful edition of Movies in the Park to date -- 2,500 people basking in an unusually pleasant June evening.

Mortgage fraud busts

The FBI announced today that it made hundreds of arrests of real estate people in a national mortgage fraud investigation that has touched 50 judicial districts.

Petition the governor

Don't want any more coal-fired power plants in Arkansas? Stand up and be counted.

Leaking "Blood"

Anna Paquin is Sookie Stackhouse The pilot for the HBO series "True Blood," based on the Southern Vampire series of novels by Magnolia's Charlaine Harris, has leaked at least in some form.

Change vs. more of the same

A blog reader asks: Max, how about a thread on Obama's rejection today of public financing for the general election?

Change vs. more of the same

A blog reader asks: Max, how about a thread on Obama's rejection today of public financing for the general election?

The polluters are in a tizzy

Just got word today about a coming meeting of the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission that ought to be interesting.

I'm done with CDs

Thursday thread

It's open.

Poppin'

Lil Mama's lip gloss will be poppin', Mike Jones will be repeating his name, Trey Songz will be crooning, salaciously, and dozens of other acts whose names you might not know, but whose songs you probably do, will be putting it down, so look for another s

The primrose path

Here's what I did last night. Joined several in Ernie Dumas' backyard to watch the night-blooming primroses open up.

The primrose path

Here's what I did last night. Joined several in Ernie Dumas' backyard to watch the night-blooming primroses open up.

Right-wing echo chamber

Even Dick Cheney has backed off the erroneous myth that China is drilling for oil for Cuba offshore near Florida.

Inspecting the H-P gift horse

Big day for Conway. 1,200 $20/hour jobs.

Letter to the blog editor: Water

Concerning Lake Maumelle and its watershed, the biggest part of the city's water supply, from a water protection activist.

Friday To-Do: Damn Bullets - South 61

Damn Bullets. DAMN BULLETS / SOUTH 6110 p.m., Juanita's.

Letter to the blog editor: Conway jobs

Stephens Media columnist David Sanders offers some comments on yesterday's Conway job announcements and promises more discussion on Arkansas Week tonight at 8 p.m. on AETN.

Alltel alert

Roby Brock will have Alltel CEO Scott Ford on his Talk Business show at 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday To-Do: Folksy Strings and Summer Things

Kevin Kerby. Art by Isaac Alexander.

Friday To-Do: John Paul Keith and the 1,4, 5's - Silverton

JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE 1, 4, 5's / SILVERTON       9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Friday To-Do: Juneteenth Power Jam

JUNETEENTH POWER JAM3 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $20-$30 d.o.s. Last week, Arkansas Times media columnist David Koon outlined the problems with Power 92's massive annual Juneteenth concert, as described in the documentary “The Truth Behind Juneteenth: A Paradox of Freedom.” The history and relevance of Juneteenth are barely mentioned.

Friday To-Do: Grand Archives

Grand Archives. GRAND ARCHIVES9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

More on Russert

This Nation writer will never be invited to dinner in Washington again. You'll pardon me if I don't jump on the pyre the media is building for Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack June 13.

Huckabee: Letter from Japan

Mike Huckabee's blog reports on his doings in Japan -- raw fish, solar energy and all, except for Janet's thoughts on same -- but also goes into great detail to elaborate on his warning to Republicans not to demonize Barack Obama.

Huckabee's permanent record

The state Ethics Commission won't take it back. I refer to the letter in which The Huckster acknowledged a law violation in failure to disclose the people who chipped in to pay for his official portrait.

School scores moving up --UPDATED

The latest round of testing shows steady progress for Arkansas public school students and a narrowing of the gap in scores by race in many instances, says the state Education Department. Lake Woebegone here we come.UPDATE: Good news and bad news for Little Rock schools.

Democrats cave

Warrantless wiretapping and immunity to telephone companies who've done it. The House, including every Arkansas Democrat, gave Bush that today.

Quality of life and a free press

I just happened to check the Conway Log Cabin Democrat's coverage of the Hewlett Packard announcement yesterday.

Quality of life and a free press

I just happened to check the Conway Log Cabin Democrat's coverage of the Hewlett Packard announcement yesterday.

The Weekend: Lord T and Eloise, Flyleaf, Green Jello and more

Aristo-crunk duo Lord T and Eloise. FRIDAY 6/20 Revolution kicks off its second anniversary weekend celebration with venue favorite Lord T and Eloise, who played Bonnaroo recently.

Saturday To-Dos: Pop in the Park, the Rockin' Guys, Hook and Ladder Fest, Charlie Robison and more

POP! IN THE PARK6 p.m., History Pavilion, Riverfront Park.

GOP leadership

Rep. Bryan King of Green Forest will be the new leader of the House Republican Caucus, the party announces.

Juneteenth open line

It's happening downtown, right now, and there is going to be a whale of a crowd.

Class act

I missed this the other night, Orval and others of similar persuasion. Nice.

Class act

I missed this the other night, Orval and others of similar persuasion. Nice.

Hook and Ladder Country Music Festival

Slather on the sunscreen, country fans. A strong line-up has been assembled in North Little Rock to benefit the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund that includes John Anderson, Confederate Railroad, Collin Raye, Emerson Drive and Riverbilly.

Bingo: who hit the jackpot?

The state reported to the legislature yesterday on early returns on the legalization of charity bingo.

In review: Indiana Jones

Brummett screens the latest Indiana Jones movie and concludes there's more suspense in sports and politics.

Be on the lookout ...

... for the possible entry today of a Green Party candidate in the race for House District 39, in which sex offender Dwayne Dobbins, a Democrat (and a special-interest-bound legislator in previous service, never mind his criminal record), is so far the only candidate.

A home of your own

Home ownership is declining sharply and renting is up. So much for Bush's "ownership society."

Gas pump credit limits

A Washington Post article explains a hassle we've talked about before -- limits on credit card purchases at gas pumps.

Shut up and drive

Both houses of the Louisiana legislature have approved a bill to ban all text messaging while driving and to limit teens to hands-free cell phone use.

Green Party nominees

On the jump, find the candidates nominated by the Green Party of Arkansas at its convention at Juanita's restaurant today.

Saturday sounding

The thread is open.

Saturday sounding

The thread is open.

David Broder: 'Serial liar'

This is inside Washington baseball, but it gives you insight to some of the people who set the tone in Washington media and thus drive media nationwide.

Home-style catfish

We hold as true that the real measure of any fish place is consistency. Lou Lou's, in Fayetteville, hasn't been around long enough to provide us with enough data to make that call, but it gets a long way on atmosphere alone.

Alltel CEO on future for workers

I mentioned earlier that Roby Brock of Talk Business had an interview with Alltel CEO Scott Ford -- airing at 10 p.m. tonight -- on Fox 16 about the sale of the Arkansas-based wireless compay to the larger Verizon.

The last word on Hewlett Packard

The big Conway announcement, says Brummett: "Great, if not spectacular." Great's not bad.

Republicans: set to demonize Obama

John Brummett, in his national column that is published in Arkansas on Mondays, wasn't too impressed by Mike Huckabee's high-minded appeal in Japan that Republicans not demonize Barack Obama.

Down from these hills: A poet

A fine review in today's New York Times of the latest book of poetry from C.D. Wright, the Arkansas native and MacArthur genius grant winner who teaches at Brown.

In the news: the Duggars

Another Arkie angle in today's newspapers: A feature in the NY Times magazine on reality shows about big families and websites that talk about them includes -- naturally -- Tontitown, Ark.'s Duggar clan -- mom and pop and 17 kids and one more on the way.

Urban wildlife report

This isn't big news to country folks, or even those in the hills and hollows of western Little Rock, but I had small surprise this morning when I walked out my front door -- a doe and fawn were nibbling on my lawn.

The dogs of Helena

I've received a blast e-mail from Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley defending his decision to loose stray dogs (he's broken no law, he says), but also pledging to work to establish a humane animal shelter in the city.

Home ownership: oversold?

Paul Krugman offers some counter-intuitive thinking on the subject. Given financial risks, the reduction in mobility and the cost of commuting to suburbs with cheaper home prices, it may not always be the best decision for a family.

Junction Bridge crowd control

After some confusion over access to the new pedestrian Junction Bridge during Riverfest fireworks (pictured), new rules have been put in place on access to the span during the July 4 concert and fireworks on the river.

Swiftboating Obama

The latest: Regnery Publishing, which has specialized in hit books on Democratic candidates, has one on Obama in the works. That's to be expected.

'Love Guru': Love it or hate it?

Checked Lindsey Millar's Rock Candy lately? If you caught "Love Guru" over the weekend -- or might be planning to see it -- I'd recommend the item on the rough critical reaction the movie has received.

UPDATE II: It's increasingly possible 'The Love Guru' will suck

UPDATE II: Phil responds! In great, great detail.

What about Maureen Dowd?

I'm so tired of the NY Times columnist's shtick that I didn't bother to mention that she'd been given a bit of criticism yesterday by her own newspaper's public editor. But it may have been an important moment for the Beltway Clubwoman. The public editor's column is stirring plenty of comment on the lefty blogs -- all supportive.

What about Maureen Dowd?

I'm so tired of the NY Times columnist's shtick that I didn't bother to mention that she'd been given a bit of criticism yesterday by her own newspaper's public editor. But it may have been an important moment for the Beltway Clubwoman. The public editor's column is stirring plenty of comment on the lefty blogs -- all supportive.

Barket trial begins -- UPDATE

UPDATE: Elizabeth Roberts of the Royal Gazette in Bermuda is covering the jury trial there of Gary Barket, the Little Rock lawyer arrested for attempting to clear airport security with a gun while leaving the island.

IRS mileage rate goes up

I notice that the IRS has announced that the deduction rate for business mileage will go up to 58.5 cents a mile from July 1 through the end of the year.

A Midsummer Night's Trip

  When he's not opining about sports as A Boy Named Sooie, Times columnist Derek Jenkins is a huge movie geek.

Monday To-Do: 999 Eyes Freakshow

999 EYES FREAKSHOW10 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.Those who recall with twisted fondness or wracked nerves the phenomenon known as the Jim Rose Circus on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour or Nine Inch Nails' 1995 Downward Spiral tour are well advised not to miss 999 Eyes Freakshow.

Court closes I-30 motel

The city of Little Rock happily reports a judge's padlocking of the Plantation Inn on Interstate 30 as a safety hazard.

Bossa Nova brunch: It's boss

Brunch to me is a big deal. It’s less like an ordinary meal and more like a mini-vacation.

Carjacking at Capitol

Scary story on Channel 7 tonight. An older woman, sitting in her car outside the state revenue office on the Capitol grounds and writing a check for car tags, was carjacked by a man who bloodied her with a blow to the head and then dumped her a few blocks away.

The Monday line

is open.

Sweet dream: terrorist attack

Charlie Black, John McCain's main lobbyist man, has been caught channeling  Arkansas GOP chair Dennis "What We Need is Another 9/11" Milligan.

Choose your poison: cigs or cell phones

Says here that heavy cell phone use is more dangerous than smoking. Never mind the traffic hazards.

One of the All-Time Greats

Mike Miller of MSNBC.com's Beyond the Arc college basketball blog is counting down the all-time great programs, and he's placed the Razorbacks at No. 17 on the list.

Testing Obama

John McCain seems almost a second thought as the fall campaign begins in earnest. Here, a blogger provides links to articles 1) assailing Obama from the Religious Right (James Dobson) and 2) noting Muslims' unhappiness with Obama.

Minding the mayor

I noticed Mayor Mark Stodola couldn't be reached for comment in the D-G story this morning following up on our earlier item about City Attorney Tom Carpenter's opinion that the mayor's salary doesn't automatically rise with that of City Manager Bruce Moore.

Service interruption

Sometime this morning, we'll shut down the website for several minutes for some updates. Sorry.

Primetime: Janie Ward

Arkansas's armchair sleuths should be sure to tune in to KATV Channel 7 tomorrow night at 9 p.m. for "Primetime: Crime," the latest incarnation of ABC's long-running news-mag showOn tap: their three-year investigation into the mysterious 1989 death of Marshall teenager Janie Ward.

Abducted child found UPDATE

A 16-month-old child was abducted yesterday from a Mountain Home daycare owned by state Rep. Johnny Key's wife.

Letter to the blog editor: Hot homeless

Re homeless people and hot weather: Perhaps some of your readers  will email the mayor and manager  on behalf of the homeless who suffer greatly, to the point of deteriorating health, in very hot weather.

Peddling beer from the White House

So far, Cindy McCain, hands-on head of a giant beer wholesaler, has given every indication she'll keep pushing suds as first lady.

Bush: More corrupting of Justice UPDATE

The previously nonpartisan Justice Department honors program became a partisan preserve under Bush administration operation.

Bush: More corrupting of Justice UPDATE

The previously nonpartisan Justice Department honors program became a partisan preserve under Bush administration operation.

Democratic unity

The gloom-and-doom predictions of Democratic disharmony on account of the hard-fought primary, advanced on such websites as Talking Points Memo, are now being described as overblown, as reflected by recent polling in Michigan, on those same websites.

Democratic unity

The gloom-and-doom predictions of Democratic disharmony on account of the hard-fought primary, advanced on such websites as Talking Points Memo, are now being described as overblown, as reflected by recent polling in Michigan, on those same websites.

New image for MLK Commission

In celebration of the first 100 days in office of Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough (above, in suit), the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission held a press conference and reception at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.

New image for MLK Commission

In celebration of the first 100 days in office of Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough (above, in suit), the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission held a press conference and reception at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.

Barket trial: Day 2 UPDATE

The Bermuda trial of Little Rock lawyer Gary Barket for attempting to clear airport security with guns in his checked luggage entered its second day today.

Corporate welfare for fishermen

I hesitate to mention this and thus give anyone any ideas -- but Louisiana is giving $350,000 to bring a Bassmasters fishing tourney to Shreveport.

Corporate welfare for fishermen

I hesitate to mention this and thus give anyone any ideas -- but Louisiana is giving $350,000 to bring a Bassmasters fishing tourney to Shreveport.

Tuesday: Denny Malone, Magic Hassle, Girl in a Coma and more

Denny Malone. Austin indie-folk-rocker Denny Malone is at White Water with American Princes side-project, Magic Hassle and local singer/songwriter Mandy McBryde, 10 p.m., donations.At Sticky Fingerz, Texas' Girl in a Coma, which has opened for the likes of Frank Black and the Pogues, plays an angsty brand of alt-pop, 9:30 p.m., $5The Arkansas River Blues Society celebrates its 24th anniversary with a big ol' blues jam at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $5.

OA Best of and DVD

  The Oxford American "Best of Issue" is out July 1.

Tuesday thread

It's open.

'Talladega' tonight

Last week, the Movies in the Park showing of the animated family comedy “Happy Feet” drew 2,500 folks. Now that it’s a few degrees hotter and the relief of summer nights is even sweeter, surely they can best even that impressive number. After all, we’re t

Four-day work week

Sen. Tracy Steele continues to push for more four-day work weeks for state employees. I confess concern, as Gov. Beebe did, about the impact on offices that need to operate five days a week.

How to pay for road building

Stephens Media reports on the highway construction lobby's plan for a new road program. It won't be based on a fuel tax increase, of course.

Day care abduction details

The Baxter Bulletin is all over the abduction of a child yesterday from a daycare facility owned by state Rep. Johnny Key and his wife.

Bush: the teens are in reach

Dick Cheney's approval rating is already in the teens, so you could already say the presidency is held in its lowest repute ever.

Evangelizing the military

Interesting story in the NY Times about developing criticism of mandatory religious exercises at West Point and the Naval Academy.

Meth use declines

A UAMS study of rural meth users shows a decline in use of the drug, though perhaps as a consequence of burnout rather than any laws adopted to make the drug harder to obtain.

Sleeping with a School Board member

A Beebe blogger suggests (link fixed) that it can pay dividends for a school district employee.

REVISED: Barket acquitted in Bermuda

--Photo by David Skinner of the Royal Gazette A Bermuda jury today returned a speedy verdict of acquittal for Little Rock lawyer Gary Barket, who was arrested for guns found in checked luggage when he attempted to leave the country after a business trip.

Arkansas blueberries

Julie Woolfolk, who took this photo for her own blog, graciously shares it with us, too.

No death penalty for child rape

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Louisiana law permitting the death penalty for people who rape children.

Dueling lottery studies

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's organization today distributed a report advocating his state lottery proposal, which directs proceeds to college costs.

Dueling lottery studies

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's organization today distributed a report advocating his state lottery proposal, which directs proceeds to college costs.

Yellow Book, NO! You go away!

UPDATE! So, after a reader comment, I got all hyped up, cause I haven't had one in so long and this meant someone read and entry so I wasn't just talking to myself; anyway, I found this page from the "Yellow Pages" that will let you opt out of getting phonebooks automatically, I think that's pretty cool, so go there and help fight waste     OMG.  Yellow book, leave me ALONE!  Have they been coming by your office lately?  They are totally killing me, they've been here three times.  The first time I took two to be polite, you know, cause they came in and stuff with them.  The second time I was like, "You guys were just here last week, I think we're good on second tier phone books that are outdated by the time their published".  Okay, that's what I was thinking, I probably said, "No, we're good, thanks."  But thanks was real sarcastic and Seinfeldian.  But just now, a third person pops in with a dolly of them and I'm like, "Whoa.  No.  We don't want any of those things, in fact here's two from the first time you came, take them back, we have our SBC/AT&T book and we're good."  He tried not to take them, but I was insistent on him taking them before Iwould sign his sheet that said he'd come by to attempt delivery.  Seriously, I haven't used a phonebook to look up a number in years anyway... see there's this new fangled thing called the "internet" all the cool kids are using.

City moves toward downtown parking deck

This afternoon the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission resolved to move forward with plans to acquire land at the corner of Scott and Markham in order to build a parking deck.

Audition - Transamerica

Audition This movie is great!  Well, if you like freakshows and Japanese films where we have like an hour of creepy, polite, weird, uncomfortable, awkward build up to 40 minutes of complete genius and gore and freakness.  I high recommend this film if you are into horror, etc. GREAT!

Coming: Social Security number debate

The Quorum Court last night discussed a complaint from a citizen who's discovered that some -- though by no means all -- real estate records added to the Internet by the Pulaski clerk's office sometimes contain Social Security numbers, typically on the older documents, but not always then.

Memo to LR taxpayers: Seen Soiree?

The Insider in this week's Times, now on the web, leads off with a little item about a recent feature on Power Women in Soiree magazine.

CORRECTION

An earlier item on a judge's ruling about continued Medicaid payments to a mental health services provider in McGehee was incorrect.

Janie Ward case

Anybody watch the big ABC special? I'm seeing the final minutes.
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