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June 26, 2008

Vol 6 • No 24

‘How are they not infantry?’

There may be no better illustration of the complexities of the military’s policies on women in combat than Col. Trish Anslow.

Fox's Huckabee on Dobson, Obama

Mike Huckabee is at work commentating on Fox and a blog that monitors the Republican News Channel assesses its coverage of evangelist James Dobson's Bible sword drill with Barack Obama.

Good times for Arkansas racist

The Washington Post today gave white supremacist Billy Roper of Russellville (pictured at a speaking appearance) his equivalent of crack cocaine -- national publicity and even credibility.

Conway's gain ....

... may be someone else's loss. There have been hints that the new Hewlett-Packard service center in Conway, announced with great fanfare, might not mean good news somewhere else.

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.

Thank the Lord for the nighttime

Wow. Busy day.

Janie Ward case

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

Revitalized

After a five-year effort by the National Park Service to rehabilitate Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, the 87-year-old Quapaw Bathhouse will open to the public at the end of June under the name Quapaw Baths and Spa.

Silence is gold-related

Conway is joyful about Hewlett-Packard’s decision to use the city for a service center that could employ 1,200 people making about $20 an hour.

Drink tap water, mayor says

Last week, Mayor Dan Coody of Fayetteville urged residents to forgo bottled water and drink tap water instead. He hopes to stop the large waste of money on bottled water when cheaper, better, cleaner water is available from the tap, and to reduce the pollution from discarded water bottles.

Good news

Some would say that Baptists are always in conflict, but hostilities have been especially fierce and widespread over the last couple of decades, ever since right-wing fundamentalists decided to turn the Southern Baptist Convention into an auxiliary of the

What's Cooking, June 26

There’s a new restaurant coming to booming downtown Conway.

To-do list, June 26

Eclipse Glasses, Foamfest, Cool Shoes, Kyoto Boom / Browningham, Reel Stories, Gin Blossoms, Arkansas GLBT Film Festival, Rooney, and 'Talladega Nights' are all happening this week.

‘Romeo and Juliet’

In 1562, English poet Arthur Brooke wrote about two teen-agers who came to a tragic end by disobeying their parents.

Grand Archives

For those who wonder why traveling indie rock bands almost never come to Little Rock, the show at Sticky Fingerz last Friday by Grand Archives, a Seattle outfit, was instructive.

A & E News, June 26

Indie kids take note: Genre heartthrobs Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis come to George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Sept. 23.

Mike Myers goes meta

Ah, Mike Myers, you’ve broken ground yet again, but I have questions.

What's Cooking, June 26

There’s a new restaurant coming to booming downtown Conway.

This Modern World, June 26

Drink tap water, mayor says

Last week, Mayor Dan Coody of Fayetteville urged residents to forgo bottled water and drink tap water instead. He hopes to stop the large waste of money on bottled water when cheaper, better, cleaner water is available from the tap, and to reduce the pollution from discarded water bottles.

Two little words

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, its governing commission or the whole state government would never be counted as peculiar stewards of the earth and hardly better friends than the George W. Bush administration.

Editorial Cartoon, June 26

June 18-24, 2008

It was a good week for … CONWAY. Hewlett Packard announced it would put a service center employing 1,200 people in Conway. The jobs in the service center are expected to pay about $20 an hour.

Purchasing power

This month’s issue of the glossy society magazine Soiree features a spread on “Power Women” — profiles and portraits of 26 prominent women.

Smart Talk, June 26

Though former Gov. Mike Huckabee is now far removed from his presidential run, he remains highly popular on Facebook, the social-networking site where members can, among other virtual activities, “befriend” their favorite politicians.

Catching up with the 2008 draftees

I’m actually fairly bored by the NFL.

Words, June 26

Author and former prosecuting attorney Vincent Bugliosi on the proper use of “alleged”:

Broadway Joe responds

Citadel Broadcasting, which owns Little Rock urban station Power 92, was kind enough to forward us a letter from programming director “Broadway” Joe Booker soon after we went to press with the last media column.

New couple, same Italian

There wasn’t any need to change the name: Longtime restaurateurs Michael and Yuli Waters sold their restaurant, the Italian Couple, to another Italian couple, Claudio and Zarina Fornaris.

Orval, June 26

The Observer, June 26

Call it pop art.

Secret government for jobs

In the 1990s Little Rock boosters worried that Bill Clinton might not put his presidential library in the city because the local newspaper was editorially unfriendly to the president.

Good news

Some would say that Baptists are always in conflict, but hostilities have been especially fierce and widespread over the last couple of decades, ever since right-wing fundamentalists decided to turn the Southern Baptist Convention into an auxiliary of the

In brief, June 26

Local collective Bear Colony should pack in the young folks at Vino’s.

Good news

Some would say that Baptists are always in conflict, but hostilities have been especially fierce and widespread over the last couple of decades, ever since right-wing fundamentalists decided to turn the Southern Baptist Convention into an auxiliary of the

In a word

Duggars. Overbearing.

Midtown development

I have been reading with great interest and dismay the discussion and proposed ideas for the new Park Avenue development on the former site of the University Mall.

Doing right by Thomas Paine

Last year, the legislature refused to honor Thomas Paine, one of the founders of the American republic and among the most important of them.

The press and Gov. Beebe

David Sanders, Arkansas's Tony Blankley, opined the other day that the press, including the Arkansas Times, was entirely too adoring of Gov. Mike Beebe.

The press and Gov. Beebe

David Sanders, Arkansas's Tony Blankley, opined the other day that the press, including the Arkansas Times, was entirely too adoring of Gov. Mike Beebe.

Supreme Court strikes down gun ban

It's a biggie:  the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Washington D.C.'s ban on handgun ownership.

Thursday: The Gettys, Blacklist Royals and more

Local collective Bear Colony should pack in the young folks at Vino’s. Gentleman Auction House and An Orangutan open, 8:30 p.m., $7.  Our bad.

Thursday To-Do: Eclipse Glasses

ECLIPSE GLASSES8 p.m., Arkansas Flag and Banner. $5.What would you say if I told you that you could hear new, sure-to-be-compelling local music and support a good cause all in the same three hours?

Lottery campaign advances

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced today that his paid signature gatherers (and a few volunteers) had rounded up 135,000 on petitions for the state lottery amendment.

Old-fashioned fun

The city dedicated the new children's play area -- it will be known as the Peabody Park for the financial support provided by the nearby hotel -- in Riverfront Park today.

Tomorrow's pollution news today

Conservation groups will go before the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission tomorrow to argue for a change in definition of air contaminants to recognize the harmful effects of carbon dioxide.

Hurst to reimburse city -- UPDATE

The people have spoken and someone was listening. Just received this e-mail from Scott Carter at Little Rock City Hall:

Waterfalls in the East River?

More reasons why New York is a lot more fun, 15 million dollar art project in the East River will add "waterfalls" for the summer, check out this link from Daily Marauder.

So much for retirement

Dow drops 350. Oil prices head to $170 a barrel.

Water commission controversy UPDATE

A few days back I posted clean water activist Kate Althoff's letter objecting to the reappointment of Rose Law Firm lawyer Jane Dickey (pictured) to the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Adding a little spice to your life just got easier.

If Donnie Ferneau could bottle whatever it is that he does to food that makes it so darn yummy, he could be a millionaire.

Airport director named

After an executive session and final round of interviews lasting a good part of the day, the Little Rock Airport Commission has selected Ronald Mathieu as the airport's new executive director.

New chamber head

To Joe Six-Pack this doesn't mean squat, but trust me, it at least means squat.

New chamber head

To Joe Six-Pack this doesn't mean squat, but trust me, it at least means squat.

The Hog Blogger: I Know What I'm Getting

To those who suggest that Bobby Petrino is Lucy with the football and Razorback fans are a bunch of Charlie Browns, The Hog Blogger, one of our occasional contributors and the proprietor of the much-missed blog of the same name, would like to say that he, for one, knows what we're getting into.

Shall we?

Have an open thread?

Threads of Glory

In honor of tonight's NBA Draft, we present the image below, which captures perhaps the greatest moment in the event's history.

Chocolate. Beautiful Chocolate.

If you are like me, a candy bar just won’t cut it. My dad says that I’m a food snob, but I just don’t think that he understands me. Luckily for me, a new store in the River Market, Cocoa Belle does.

'What a tool'

Philip. Fucking. Martin. What a tool. I hate to sound so petty, but it’s about the best thing I can say about the guy right now, given his screed in this morning’s paper against my friend and colleague, Lindsey Millar.

One woman's trash...

I don’t like to throw things away.  If something can be used, I tend to hold on to it in case I might need it someday.  I get this from my grandmother.  Once, I had occasion to go through some of her books, and I came across a textbook my dad used in high school that actually had a bullet hole through the middle of it.  And maybe the book had it coming, who am I to say?  But even though I hate to throw out anything—and that is especially true of books—I was pretty sure that one could be retired.

DOG days

Good for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for following our disclosure, published Wednesday, that the city of Little Rock had paid $1,770 for an article about Vice Mayor Stacy Hurst in Soiree magazine.

DOG days

Good for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for following our disclosure, published Wednesday, that the city of Little Rock had paid $1,770 for an article about Vice Mayor Stacy Hurst in Soiree magazine.

Friday To-Do: Reel Stories

REEL STORIES7 p.m., Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean. $10.Like my homie Derek Jenkins always says, film is a medium made by a lot of people, for a lot of people.

Friday To-Do: Kyoto Boom - Browningham

Browningham. KYOTO BOOM / BROWNINGHAM9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Friday To-Do: Foamfest

If only FOAMFEST5:30 p.m., River Market Pavilions. $22-$30.The four keys to maximizing your Foam Fest experience: Eat a big lunch, make sure you’re hydrated, recruit 10 friends and line up a sober bus.

Friday: Brad Williams, Sean Rock, Chris Denny and more

Brad Williams. Salty Dogs frontman Brad Williams and local singer/songwriter Sean Rock each perform solo sets at Studio Joe, 8 p.m., $3.

Friday To-Do: Cool Shoes

COOL SHOES10 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.Here’s a slogan I can get behind: “Brought to you by dance music and cheap beer.” That’s the tag for Cool Shoes, the regular dance/art party that man-about-town TJ Deeter is hosting.

Next on guns

Unless I miss my guess, I doubt there are any gun restrictions on the books in Arkansas subject to challenge under yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Vegetable shoppers, be prepared

The forces of intolerance are closing in on the number of signatures needed for a ballot initiative to make adoption harder for all Arkansans, but most particularly gay people.

Fayetteville High feuding

Between The Iconoclast's own insightful commentary and the well-informed readers of his NWA-centered blog, you get a good deal more texture about the bizarre machinations underway over the future of Fayetteville High School.

Newest Threat to Public Welfare: Saggers

  Police in Michigan are going to start giving tickets to people with sagging pants ( just like they considered doing in Pine Bluff.)  Specifically, they are going to give out tickets if bare buttocks are exposed.   I wonder if this includes women with low-rise jeans and excessively small thongs too.  I predict the  Flint Police Department will be ridiculed until this law is no longer enforced.

The ledge and the sex offender

OK, sex offender is harsh. Then-state Rep. Dwayne Dobbins copped a plea bargain to a harassment charge and thus isn't classified as a sex offender.

A bipartisan energy bill

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln say they have joined a bipartisan effort to come up with energy legislation.

Where's the love on 'Guru'? UPDATE

Even as the DOG was dissing us in the news section, the Arkansas Times sustained a few nips, by name this time, in the Democrat-Gazette feature section. There, film critic Philip Martin contributed still further to the dialogue we mentioned earlier about his 85 rating of "Love Guru," which has been widely panned.

Where's the love on 'Guru'? UPDATE

Even as the DOG was dissing us in the news section, the Arkansas Times sustained a few nips, by name this time, in the Democrat-Gazette feature section. There, film critic Philip Martin contributed still further to the dialogue we mentioned earlier about his 85 rating of "Love Guru," which has been widely panned.

Ahhh, love that carbon dioxide UPDATE

The laughingly named state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission today slam-dunked the effort by conservation groups to get carbon dioxide defined as a contaminant.

Ahhh, love that carbon dioxide UPDATE

The laughingly named state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission today slam-dunked the effort by conservation groups to get carbon dioxide defined as a contaminant.

Big track shoes to fill

Arkansas Sports 360, the ever-growing sports colossus across the street from us, reports that the UA today will name Chris Bucknam, currently at Northern Iowa, to succeed John McDonnell as coach of the men's track team.

Big track shoes to fill

Arkansas Sports 360, the ever-growing sports colossus across the street from us, reports that the UA today will name Chris Bucknam, currently at Northern Iowa, to succeed John McDonnell as coach of the men's track team.

I missed the jackass?

Let's make t-shirts.   In case you missed it, Philip Martin is still huffing over my 24 word jab about the grade he gave "The Love Guru."

For-sale

This is the 21st Century, people!We've come to a point where kooky words can be written and, on the same day, t-shirts can be designed and up for sale.

The rest of the boondoggle

Boondoggle? You know the words "Pulaski County government" are about to follow, don't you?

Friday night fun

It's an open line. But, if you're not among the quarter-million or more who've already viewed this video, I think you'll get a kick of out this young fellow's spoof on George Bush and global warming.

Rocky Mountain High

By way of Chicago, Sonny Weems has landed in Denver. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of time today to bore you with our commentary.

O'Brien caves on S.S. numbers

Just in from an evening out I find a news release from County Clerk Pat O'Brien on the recent discovery that public records he's put on-line include some old real estate records that carry Social Security numbers, as was the custom for many years.

There Huckabee goes again

Mike Huckabee, newly minted TV commentator, needs to remember: The TV camera never blinks. And somebody out there might hold you to account for your bodacious B.S.

Warrant issued on animal abuse?

That's what Andrew Bagley's blog is reporting exclusively from Helena-West Helena. He says a judge has signed off an animal cruelty charge against the mayor, James Valley, for cutting stray dogs loose in the national forest rather than caring for them properly at a city animal shelter.

Still around

The Gin Blossoms owned rock radio in the early ’90s. Troubled relationship songs like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Allison Road” were just about inescapable. Tonight, they're at Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs.

The price of publicity

John Brummett engages in every columnist's favorite pastime -- mopping up the wounded that linger after a bruising battle, this one the quick flap over a city-paid profile of a city director, Stacy Hurst, in Soiree, the high society magazine.

The price of publicity

John Brummett engages in every columnist's favorite pastime -- mopping up the wounded that linger after a bruising battle, this one the quick flap over a city-paid profile of a city director, Stacy Hurst, in Soiree, the high society magazine.

Oh, Arkansas

This photo making the web rounds was shot last week in Morrilton, at the drive-through window of a tobacco store.

Saturday To-Do: Arkansas GLBT Film Festival

ARKANSAS GLBT FILM FESTIVAL12 p.m., Easy Street. Donations.The Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Film Festival kicks off on Saturday at noon with “The Golden Age of Broadway,” a documentary about the musical comedies, and their stars, that made Broadway what it is today.

Saturday: Waves on Waves, Graham Wilkinson and more

Waves on Waves. Nashville’s Waves on Waves have been called noir-pop.

Anatomy of a smear

For your reading pleasure: A deep piece in the Washington Post about scholar Danielle Allen's investigation into the origins of the Barack Obama-is-a-Muslim-terrorist-etc. e-mail smear campaign.

Crossword-sudoku alert UPDATE

Ah, a rainy day. Good day to re-run a notice I'd posted earlier in the week.

Country clubbing: No girls allowed

This amusing little story should have at least a touch of resonance among those admitted to, or familiar with, the inner sanctum of the Country Club of Little Rock known as the men's grill.

American Graffiti meets gas pump blues

Teen cruising? When it takes $100 to fill your Dodge pickup, forget about it.

Saturday thread

Here you go.

‘How are they not infantry?’

Combat exposure for women soldiers complicates the old problem of juggling home and military duties.

Have pity on the working man

Interesting legal fight here. An ex-cop who says he suffered permanent injuries by being shot in the ankle on the job, has been denied benefits by the state Workers Comp Commission, which apparently doesn't believe he was injured.

Peace brokers

Brummett proposes a peace plan for the Democratic convention with speaking roles for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Miscarriage of Justice

Was Rogers contractor Robin Tumey, an active Democrat, a victim of a Justice Department political witch hunt?

What a wonderful world

NY Times reports on a photo exhibit of a harmonious piece of American statesmanship of the 1950s.

It's the Supreme Court, stupid

The single most important reason why Obama must win: For much of its term, the Supreme Court muted last year's noisy dissents, warmed to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s vision of narrow, incremental decisions and continued a slow but hardly steady move to the right.

Gone but not forgotten at UA

Interesting article here notes that Monday is John White's final day as chancellor at the University of Arkansas and also the final day of the payout agreement with former basketball coach Nolan Richardson (right).

Sleepy Sunday

What do you think?

Religion and the presidency

Brummett wades into theology. Do you prefer Barack Obama's "expansive" view of Christianity?

Forecast: political storm today UPDATE

Gen. Wesley Clark said it on CBS yesterday. I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.

Gas boom: environmental pressure

Wall Street Journal features the growing conflict between environmental concerns and the push to develop new gas production in the U.S., some in places mostly untouched before by heavy production.

Wanted: pressure on LR city board

Reader "Waterboy" added this comment on the Sunday night open line, but I thought I'd call further attention to his contribution to the argument that the Little Rock Board of Directors should change leadership of Central Arkansas Water Tuesday by rejecting the reappointment of lawyer Jane Dickey, who's already had 11 years on the commission.

Preacher Huck: Christians under attack

Brummett's column on religion and politics was timely. Despite the indication that other issues are more important these days, it doesn't mean politicians aren't still taking care to water the religionist roots of the Republican Party.

Snyder's wife expecting -- triplets

A blog reader posted this on the Ark. Blog in an open thread yesterday and we put a call this morning to confirm, but a news release from U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder beat us to the punch:

Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

  Billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein today pleaded guilty to hiring underage girls for erotic massages and sex and will spend 18 months in a Florida county jail on the felony convictions.

Privacy of Court Records

Putting all of Pulaski County's court records online sounds great - at least until I find where my social security number is accessible to anyone with internet access.

Bush: Having a great year

Says here that Bush thinks he's having a great year and feeling the love as he travels around the U.S. In denial?

Bush: Having a great year

Says here that Bush thinks he's having a great year and feeling the love as he travels around the U.S. In denial?

World's fastest homosexual

This is kind of funny. Didn't a newspaper around here once frown on the use of the word "gay," preferring homosexual?

Unconstitutional green schemes

Lots of local governments have been talking about hiring companies to reduce their energy use, in some cases by floating revenue bonds that would be financed by "savings" from the energy strategies.

Green Party Candidates Outnumber Republican Candidates In Arkansas

This isn't new news, but the Green Party has found more candidates to run in contested elections than the Arkansas Republican Party.  It takes lots of courage to run in any election - let alone against a popular incumbent.

Those Pesky Anonymous Bloggers !

From time to time, I get some snarky comment or email about something I've said on this blog.  Such is the cost of thrusting my opinion on the few are willing to suffer through my tortured prose.

Late but ...

... here's a thread.

Gridley's moves west

Kat Robinson reports from the Arkansas highway: Well, after six months of being empty, the Fudge Factory at Pickles Gap Village is open once more.  Better still, it's also the home of Gridley's BBQ -- a Memphis favorite branching out to Highway 65.  We stopped by on seeing the signs this morning -- and were shocked, SHOCKED that we happened to stumble in on the restaurant's opening day.  No matter.  Though the beef brisket wasn't available yet (it's marinating in its cola marinade) the chicken was smoky and delicious, and any barbecue connoisseur could find a good choice in one of the four sauces we were offered.  We'll be going back -- with my camera -- at some point in the near future.  The picture, by the way, is from my little cell phone.  Amazing technology, cell phones..

What comes first in Arkansas?

You know it's the dollars. Certainly not the environment.

School woes in NWA

Looks like the Decatur School Disrict is going under (link fixed) for lack of money -- a dishonest bookkeeper having moved the process along.

School woes in NWA

Looks like the Decatur School Disrict is going under (link fixed) for lack of money -- a dishonest bookkeeper having moved the process along.

Arkansas schools: improving

The Southern Regional Education Board, in one of its periodic assessments of the regional effort to improve schools, has a generally positive report on Arkansas.

Cops and robbers

Don't know about you, but I'm getting far too many neighborhood group e-mails about smash-and-dash burglaries (even in homes with security systems) and worse.

Cops and robbers

Don't know about you, but I'm getting far too many neighborhood group e-mails about smash-and-dash burglaries (even in homes with security systems) and worse.

Are you a registered voter ?

If you haven't voted in the last four years, or you are a recent resident of Pulaski County - you probably aren't registered to vote here.  Registering to vote is incredibly simple.

Get a sniff of this, Tom Schueck

You can see in this one reason why the polluters of Arkansas -- and their colleagues and toadies on the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, such as  commissioner and steelmaker Thomas Schueck -- refuse to acknowledge that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is, well, a greenhouse gas.

Only the strong survive

The Little Rock Zoo is touting its newish and newly named reticulated python (Cammie) in a YouTube video.

Obama moves right

The latest Obama outreach to the right is to endorse and promise to expand the Bush practice of funneling federal money to churches.

Business buzz -- CDI sold?

Rumors are flying about sale of a major Little Rock construction company, or at least a portion of it, and a possible pullback from Northwest Arkansas, which is in the midst of a real estate shakeout, by another LR firm.

The best Arkansas band ever

The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly, has done a 50-state ranking of the best bands and solo performers.

The four-day work week

Utah is going to a mandatory four-day work week for most state employees. Energy savings and efficiency cited.

Alas, John, we knew ye

The Iconoclast gives a valedictory to John White, outgoing chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Huckabee: I heart Don Young

Even Mike Huckabee fans have been put off by his PAC's decision to support Alaska Rep. Don Young, suspected crook and known champion pork barreler, in his re-election campaign.

Partial victory for anti-adoption group

The group that wants to make adoption and foster parenting in Arkansas more difficult (and punish gay people in the process) has announced that it has enough signatures to qualify for an extension in signature gathering for its proposed initiated act.

Partial victory for anti-adoption group

The group that wants to make adoption and foster parenting in Arkansas more difficult (and punish gay people in the process) has announced that it has enough signatures to qualify for an extension in signature gathering for its proposed initiated act.

In LR! Worst. President. Ever.

Since folks have been anxious to throw in comments about the Bush visit in other threads, here's a line on that topic.

Identity thief arrested

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette promises more detail tomorrow on a story about the arrest of a Baptist Health worker for identity fraud.

Judge rules against healthcare provider

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody decided this afternoon that Gilead Family Resource Center, a McGehee-based mental healthcare provider we reported on previously, must stop receiving Medicaid payments as it decides whether to appeal a Department of Human Services (DHS) decision to terminate it from the state Medicaid program.

Water appointment deferred

The Little Rock City Board, lacking full membership (and perhaps needed votes), voted to delay consideration of the reappointment of Central Arkansas Water Commissioner Jane Dickey for a week.

Park Avenue approved

Also at the Little Rock City Board tonight: The revised plans for Strode Development's Park Avenue shopping/office/residential project on the site of the old University Mall was approved and praised by groups that had opposed the original site plan.

Bonus breakdown

The UCA Board of Trustees apparently didn't legally approve a $300,000 bonus for president Lu Hardin and it appears the bonus, paid from public money, exceeds statutory pay limits. The Arkansas Blog is on it.

Tween approved indie pop

Unabashedly derivative, hugely poppy and ooh-so dreamy, Rooney returns to Little Rock for the second time this year. Here's betting that the audience looks quite a bit different. The L.A. quintet's February show found them opening for tween sensations the

Admiral Hays' KOA

Argenta News continues to ride NLR Commodore Pat Hays on the RV park he wants to put on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River, just downstream from the mayor's mothball fleet.

Hogs on the radio: New provider?

For diehard Hog fans, some inside-media baseball: Harry King writes today that a deal may be in the works by KATV to sell the Arkansas Radio Sports Network.

Wednesday To-Do: 'Notting Hill" is the Movie in the Park

‘NOTTING HILL'Sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.It's a rom-com of the first order — schmaltzy, predictable and fluffy.

And now for something new...

Lemon, “Little Rock’s premier creperie” in Hillcrest, is coming along nicely. The grand opening is planned for July 12th and it looks like it will be fantastic.

And now for something new...

Lemon, “Little Rock’s premier creperie” in Hillcrest, is coming along nicely. The grand opening is planned for July 12th and it looks like it will be fantastic.

Chains a-coming

Look for two new-to-town chain restaurants set to open later this summer at the Promenade at Chenal shopping center.

Arkansas violin maker takes on Stradivarius

Terry Borman. Renowned Arkansas violin maker Terry Borman recently teamed with a Dutch doctor to answer an age old question.

The UCA money trail UPDATE

I've gotten some answers to questions raised by the hurryup of a windfall bonus for UCA President Lu Hardin.

The UCA money trail UPDATE

I've gotten some answers to questions raised by the hurryup of a windfall bonus for UCA President Lu Hardin.

Sweeter sounds at UCA

Too bad UCA hit the front page today for some financial funny business. It was scheduled to be a big day for the campus, and it still was.

Speaking of sweet sounds

This news story credits an Arkansas fiddle maker, Terry Borman (here's his website), with helping to crack the secret of the sweet sound of Stradivarius violins.

You know facebook isn't cool anymore when:

You get an unsolicited friend request from Martha Schoffner, the state treasurer.   But, as Woody Allen is quoted as saying "I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member."

It's official: bear market

And another new high for oil. Curse you, Bill Clinton.

Conflict of Interest or Just Conflicting Opinion

Yesterday, I wrote my city rep, Stacy Hurst, as well as the at-large reps and told them I didn't want Jane Dickey to be re-appointed to the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Scratch it

Still playing post-vacation catch up: In case you missed it in the paper, here's a plug for a new mp3 site out of Conway to add to your blogroll.

Welcome to the blog, mayor

Mayor Mark Stodola chips into the discussion on last night's delay of consideration of the reappointment of lawyer Jane Dickey to seven more years on the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Wednesday To-Do: Rooney

ROONEY8:30 p.m., Juanita's. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Unabashedly derivative, hugely poppy and ooh-so dreamy, Rooney returns to Little Rock for the second time this year.

"Shotgun Stories" for-sale

More catch-up: The "Shotgun Stories" DVD is in stores now.

And Brummett says re UCA ...

From his column for Thursday: Sometimes it's enough merely to tell the story.

And Brummett says re UCA ...

From his column for Thursday: Sometimes it's enough merely to tell the story.
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