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July 10, 2008

Vol 6 • No 26

Malvern mystery

A wounded cop. A mystery assailant. A $500,000 reward, financed by an in-law with an axe to grind. Things get weird down in Hot Spring County.

Catching up on UCA

The lead story today, July 9, in the Democrat-Gazette is about the question of whether the $300,000 bonus to UCA President Lu Hardin runs afoul of state statutory salary caps.

From bad to worse

County Clerk Pat O'Brien reported here early yesterday that the Pulaski Quorum Court had backed off the idea of a confiscatory per-page charge for viewing public records on-line.

What is Sen. Lincoln up to?

The people going after the bloodsucking cash advance/payday lending industry want to know what Sen. Blanche Lincoln is up to.

LR Zoo's new rhino

Little Rock Zoo unloads 3000-pound black rhino from Little Rock Zoo on Vimeo. The Litttle Rock Zoo's latest movie -- the arrival of a new black rhino.

Women! Submit or beware

The Huckabees provided earlier occasions to discuss the Baptist belief that women should "graciously submit" to their husbands.

Steaming into Fayetteville

First off, a bit of a definition is in order. Steampunk is an underground culture devoted to the fashions and technology of the 1890s — but with a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi twist. If that’s a bit vague, try thinking: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” meets H.G

Fulks to Sticky Fingerz tonight

The words the music press uses to describe nontradtitional country music get silly pretty quickly. Alt-country, Americana, no depression, y'allternative. But with singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks, one of those usually meaningless synonyms sounds about right

What's Cookin', July 10

As our new Eat Arkansas correspondent Jessica Kokinos-Havel has reported, Lemon, “Little Rock’s premier creperie,” is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, July 12.

Young Buck - Lil Boosie

It’s not every day that a national recording act comes to Little Rock, let alone two well-known rappers. And it’s not every day that police break up a near-riot show at the Statehouse Convention Center. Yep, Lil Boosie and Young Buck came to town.

Who you callin' a hick?

Calling all of the Arkansas population “hillbillies” is kinda painting with a broad brush don’t ya think pard? I suggest you go jump in a two-foot-deep muddy lake.

Gina's gets it

Sushi places seem to have been cropping up in the Little Rock area faster than you can say “wasabi” in recent years, but there’s still something to be said for a nice, hot plate of Chinese food.

'Our Body: The Universe Within'

Once you ease past the slight creepiness of walking among actual bodies and parts, the Our Body exhibition takes on a life of its own. The ultimate in deconstruction, this summer getaway trip is full of intrigue and wonder thanks to a “plastination” proce

Go green, ye dogs!

All kinds of stuff drifts into the offices of the Arkansas Times on a daily basis. Some of it even has a media bent. This week’s highlight: “The Adventures of Captain Sewer,” a coloring and activity book for kids, distributed by Little Rock Wastewater. N

Sadly, not about transvestites

It’s probably a safe bet that “Bra Boys,” the new Australian documentary about the notorious Sydney surfing gang, owes its existence to Rus-sell Crowe, who narrates the film and executive-produced it. Or, if not its existence, at least the distribution th

Qualified

I agree with Gen. Wesley Clark that piloting a plane and being shot down in that plane don’t qualify a person to be president.

To-Do List, July 10

Here's what's on tap: Robbie Fulks, Samantha Crain, 'The Corey and Jay Show' 10 Year Bash, 'Godspell,' Dizzy Reed's Hookers N' Blow, 2nd Friday Art Night, Runaway Planet and the Nels Cline Singers.

In Brief, July 10

Chris Denny, Big Smith, Genine Perez and more.

To an athlete dying old

I was in my hometown of Crossett all last week for the funeral of a former Razorback. He had died on Sunday night — Wallace Wayne Jack-son, class of ’64. You wouldn’t know his name. You won’t see him in any team pictures. His stats aren’t in the books. He

A&E News, July 12

Allman Bros to Fayetteville, Molten Lava name war, the Backyardigans and 'Shotgun Stories' on DVD.

They like us, etc.

Movies in the Park drew 1,800 to "Willie Wonka" last night and the crowd apparently was of interest to some visitors expected from Jackson, Miss. They hope to find strategies in Little Rock to copy to spur redevelopment efforts in their downtown.

God and blogs at Harding

John Brummett, a lapsed Church of Christ member himself, wades into the case of Mark Elrod, the Obama-endorsing Harding prof, who took his popular blog private recently on account of the discord his writing had begun to generate.

The Janet M. Huckabee Grand Hall? UPDATE

-- Brian Chilson photo A followup on the erasure of former first lady Janet Huckabee's name from the entrance to the Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion.

More NLR woes

--Scott Miller photo Poor ol' strong mayor Boss Hays. He needs a jillion dollars to build screwball traffic connectors, as well as stealing millions from school taxes, to get that big sporting good store built in Dark Hollow.

Matt Jones busted

A faithful reader of the Washington County  Jail detention logs sends along the link. Former Hog and current pro football player Matt Jones (photo from jail mugshot) was busted early this morning in Fayetteville on a felony charge of possession of cocaine, according to a Washington County sheriff's office spokesman.

Bass Pro no bonanza UPDATE

From Dallas, a story about unfulfilled expectations from a taxpayer giveaway to lure a Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro no bonanza UPDATE

From Dallas, a story about unfulfilled expectations from a taxpayer giveaway to lure a Bass Pro Shops.

This is Bad

Arkansas Sports 360 is reporting that Matt Jones was arrested for cocaine possession in Fayetteville last night.

Thursday To-Do: Robbie Fulks

  "Cigarette State" ROBBIE FULKS 8 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Thursday To-Do: Samantha Crain

SAMANTHA CRAIN 9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Ark. Supreme Court Proposes New Rules on Privacy

This is one of those simple rules lawyers don't notice unless you look at Sup.

Truck spill on I-630

  One of our graphic designers, Dan Limke, grabbed this video of a pretty gnarly semi-truck crash on 630 on his way in from work this morn.

Thursday: Chris Denny, Ted Ludwig, Family Fun Fest before the Travs and more

Denny. Local folk-singing wunderkind Chris Denny kicks off his mini-Southern tour, which will take him and his band, the Old Soles, to Texas and Louisiana, with a show at Pizza D, 9 p.m.

Worst. Ever.

Bush's Rolling Blunder farewell tour continues: George Bush surprised world leaders with a joke about his poor record on the environment as he left the G8 summit in Japan.

Cutting the nuts out

Here's an interesting item from Columbia Journalism Review on how the media covered Jesse Jackson's unintentionally recorded remark that he'd like to cut Barack Obama's nuts off for remarks Jackson considered patronizing to blacks.

Coody's in

Says here that Dan Coody will seek a third term as mayor of Fayetteville. Iconoclast: How about a quick analysis?

UCA's pirates in the clear...for now

Argh. UCA received the second most warnings about music piracy from the recording industry last year, according to an AP report yesterday.

Mrs. Huckabee comments

I wrote former first lady Janet Huckabee soliciting a comment on the recent discussions about the removal of her name from the Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion.

Thursday thread

Maybe I'll check back. Maybe I won't.

UCA seeks opinion

The University of Central Arkansas has formally requested an attorney general's opinion about the legality of the $300,000 pay supplement paid President Lu Hardin in May. Can the university pay in excess of 125 percent of statutory pay (Hardin's is $253,000) if the money comes from a Board of Trustees discretionary fund?

Outside the crate

In Arkansas, in the summer, it is hard to think about anything other than tomatoes. Stop thinking about the tomatoes, with a July sun overhead, and you may start thinking “Why go on?”

The Observer, July 10

The Observer can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan if we feel like it — like, say, when we hear an insistent noise in our still-dark bedroom at 5 a.m. — we will never, ever let you forget you’re a man.

Grades, personality, work ethic

Cecilia is a credit to her school, her family and her community. But she stands out in another way. She may be the only student at her school to cross the Rio Grande on an inner tube, in the dark, dodging the border patrol.

What price truth?

The worst aspect of this race for president is that it bears out John Milton’s maxim that truth comes into the world a bastard, heaping ignominy upon those who dare to speak it.

The Week that Was, July 2-8

It was a good week for ARKANSAS. The state will be spared a divisive and hateful campaign for a measure to severely restrict aid to immigrants. A petition drive to pass such a law fell short.

If Lu is really his name

There are a couple of unfortunate loose ends on Lu Hardin’s once-secret big bonus.

Words, July 10

“Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, identified what he called the ‘four modern horses of the apocalypse’ and challenged messengers to make personal commitments to bring revival to America. … "

Unsigned

Former first lady Janet Huckabee’s name has been removed from the atrium entrance to the Governor’s Mansion’s Grand Hall.

Smart Talk, July 10

The American Family Foundation in Tupelo, Miss., has achieved a certain notoriety for its opposition to sexual themes on television and its deep aversion to homosexuality. Thanks to an outstanding Arkansan, the web world got a look at the depths of that a

Of, by and for

Public officials are not always dishonest and self-interested. Sometimes, they are simply afraid to tell people the truth. I think we saw examples last week.

Orval July 10

This Modern World July 10

Editorial cartoon July 10

New planet

Since 2001, Runaway Planet has been the standard bearer for bluegrass in Little Rock. A four-piece string band that features stand-up bass, mandolin, guitar and banjo, the Planet storms into White Water on Friday to celebrate the release of its sophomore

Lincoln's usury bid dead

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln says her latest effort to expand federal pre-emption of the state's constitutional limit on interest is dead this session in the Senate.

Our man in the Fourth District

Most Democrats in Congress are holding firm against mucking up Alaskan wildlife reserves by oil drilling.

The perils of privatization

Krugman has a good explainer on the importance of a Medicare vote in the Senate this week.

Inside media baseball

Jim Hopkins, a former Pine Bluff Commercial reporter and then business editor of the Arkansas Gazette, took a buyout from USA Today a while back and is currently sunning himself in Spain.

Inside media baseball

Jim Hopkins, a former Pine Bluff Commercial reporter and then business editor of the Arkansas Gazette, took a buyout from USA Today a while back and is currently sunning himself in Spain.

Publishing Social Security Numbers

I remember a time they gave you the option of using your social security number as your driver's license number; in retrospect, a terrible idea.          I'm not sure how this law effects the discussion of the publication of real estate court records containing social security numbers and other personal data - but it should be considered for sure.

Rallying McCain's troops

I mentioned a Zogby poll recently that showed Barack Obama two points ahead (though statistically tied) with John McCain in Arkansas.

No dog on the menu for the Olympic games

When you order dog off a menu - do you think they serve it by different types of breeds?

Comcast in hot water over blocking file sharing

Comcast has incurred the wrath of the FCC by limiting customer's ability to use file sharing sites.

27 UCA Students get letters to stop computer privacy

UCA received the third most complaints of illegal music downloading from the Recording Industry Association of America recently.

City board candidacy

It's getting to be time to talk city politics. Lynn Hamilton, vice president of operations for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, told downtown Little Rock neighbors last night that he was circulating petitions to run for an at-large seat on the City Board. Terms for all three at-large seats, currently held by Dean Kumpuris, Joan Adcock and Gene Fortson, expire at the end of this year.

City board candidacy

It's getting to be time to talk city politics. Lynn Hamilton, vice president of operations for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, told downtown Little Rock neighbors last night that he was circulating petitions to run for an at-large seat on the City Board. Terms for all three at-large seats, currently held by Dean Kumpuris, Joan Adcock and Gene Fortson, expire at the end of this year.

Borat strikes in Fort Smith

Old news now - but Sasha Cohen tricked 1,500 cage wrestling enthusiasts in Fort Smith to watch wrestling with a twist - each bout ended with the wrestlers stripping down to their underwear and embracing and kissing.         The crowd was not pleased and tried to pelt the men with their beers ( which Cohen had provided for a mere $1 a piece.)   Cohen was smart - had at least 18 off-duty police there - I guess to make sure no one got lynched.

Who let the blogs out -- the sequel

Argenta News keeps hounding NLR's Boss Hays over his solicitous treatment of the private Arkansas Travelers ballclub.

Trailer gazing: 'TC and Me'

  Here's the trailer for Mike Poe's long, long in the making documentary on T.C. of T.C. and the Eddie's and every pizza place in town fame.

If you need to get out of town...

Ween. UPDATE: The Fayetteville Flyer, the go-to source for Fayetteville A&E news, reports that the Good Fear, Damn Bullets and Memphis Pencils are playing the grand opening tonight of Club Froggy, which used to be the Gypsy.

Friday To-Do: ‘The Corey and Jay Show' 10 Year Bash

Puddle of Mud. ‘THE COREY AND JAY SHOW' 10 YEAR BASH 4 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre.

Friday To-Do: 2nd Friday Art Night

2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT 5-8 p.m., downtown art galleries. In the midst of all that River Market district music comes the monthly after-hours art event at galleries on and off President Clinton Avenue.

Friday To-Do: The July Chill

Gina Gee and Piph. THE JULY CHILL 8 p.m., Cornerstone Pub.

Friday To-Do: Runaway Planet

RUNAWAY PLANET 10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Friday To-Do: 'Godspell'

‘GODSPELL' 7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.

Friday To-Do: Hookers and Blow with Dizzy Reed

DIZZY REED'S HOOKERS N' BLOW 10 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. Cover TBA.

DGG & BAM

Next week, the Brookyln Academy of Music presents a retrospective of all the films of LR native David Gordon Green.

New hustle

Yesterday, Memphis director Craig Brewer announced "$5 Cover," a new project focused on the Midtown Memphis music scene that he's producing in partnership with MTV New Media, Memphis Flyer reported.

The continuing Huckabee Hall saga

OK, then. It's still the Janet M. Huckabee Grand Hall.

Are things great or what?

 Market continues to implode. Oil continues to rise.

Here, Fishey - Fish.

  Fair warning to all: prepare to be inundated.  I have returned from Alaska with a little bit of everything- killer stories, killer food, killer shots and most importantly, killer fishing.  It is my vain hope that I will not overwhelm you.  But please consider that the sheer vastness of AK is difficult to abbreviate.

Anticipate: New ones from San Antokyo and Loch Ness Monster

In just a couple of weeks, Thick Syrup in conjunction with Max Recordings, is putting out the debut from raucous local rockers San Antokyo.

New heights for public radio

They announced the details today of a deal I told you about earlier that will transmit Little Rock public radio signal from KATV's new tower on Shinall Mountain.

The UCA prez's pay UPDATE II

UPDATE II Re Point 3 below: It's a small town. Returning from an Arkansas Press Association meeting, I ran into Rush Harding (pictured), the UCA trustee.

The UCA prez's pay UPDATE II

UPDATE II Re Point 3 below: It's a small town. Returning from an Arkansas Press Association meeting, I ran into Rush Harding (pictured), the UCA trustee.

The Weekend: Big Smith, Rodney Block, Genine Perez and more

Big Smith. FRIDAYOzark hillbilly favorites Big Smith headline at Revolution, with one of Northwest Arkansas's most popular acts, Charliehorse, opening, 9 p.m., $8.

Velo Rouge

Arkansas Business reported earlier this week that Velo Rouge, which has been "temporarily closed" since Fourth of July weekend, has fallen behind on its taxes.Now comes word that the owners of Lulav are in talks to take over the restaurant.We'll keep you posted as more details become available.

Friday thread

Something fun, how about? James says he's tired of UCA, Huckabee Hall and throwing down on Republicans.

And I forgot

Because of some office construction work, I"m going to be cut off from Arkansas Times e-mail until Monday.

Malvern mystery

A wounded cop. A mystery assailant. A $500,000 reward, financed by an in-law with an axe to grind. Things get weird down in Hot Spring County.

This State Is Bustin' Out All Over Right Now. Get Out In It.

Well, seven of us (Mom, sister, nephew, brother-in-law, Husband, Daughter, Myself) headed up to Greers Ferry Lake to spend the day out on the water.

Nipping at Halter

When Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's staff travels in support of his effort to pass a state lottery, are their expenses reportable under ethics laws?

'What were you thinking?'

John Brummett poses the question to a UCA trustee, who groans. The column was written in advance of the new complications I mentioned yesterday about Bonusgate.

The name change: Beebe Hucks up

Perhaps one last comment is in order on the de-Janetization of the Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion.

Book: U.S. is torturer

Jane Mayer's book is apparently worth a read, though the Cheney-Bush administration is beyond shock by now.

Flip-flop: A strong theme

Newsweek polling indicates the flip-flop story line on Barack Obama is getting traction. Curse the darkness, Orval, but better figure out a way to light a candle.

Some memorable quotes by Sen. John Mcain

McCain said this week his ideal president was Theodore Roosevelt.    Interesting choice for sure, but McCain is no Roosevelt.   But, he isn't as bad as George W. Bush by a long shot.

Saturday session

Is open.

Sushi. Sherwood? Surprise!

When my parents called me up and told me that the new sushi restaurant that opened near their home in Sherwood was to die for, I was more than bit skeptical.

Shameless self-promotion

Winners of the Arkansas Press Association's annual contest were announced at the convention this weekend.

Child support: a good idea

Interesting update from Stephens Media today on a state law that requires driver's license suspensions (and teachers' licenses, too) for people identified as child support deadbeats.

'Tacky on top of tacky'

That's Brummett's pronouncement on top of the matter of the Janet M. Huckabee Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion.

War criminals

Still more sobering words, these from Frank Rich, on the corrupt Bush administration. Are war criminal trials in the offing?

Blog watch

Arkansas Blog readers, I hope, click around from time to time to our other blogs.

Memories, Sweetened Through the Ages Just Like Wine

For an obvious reason, nose candy appears to be first and foremost on Hog fans' minds these days, but here at Razorback Expats, we thought it might be a nice change of pace to talk about something more pleasant.

Maybe This Would Have Helped Matt

We're guessing Matt Jones never saw "Desperate Lives," a made-for-TV, anti-drug movie starring a young Helen Hunt that was designed to scare the ever-living-sh*t out of kids.

Name That Obscure Hog

Welcome to the inaugural edition of what will be a periodic feature here at Razorback Expats.

Meet Your Waiter

Obviously, if you are reading this blog, you love food. You think about it, you read about it, you probably even dream about it.

Sunday thread

It's open. But the growing problems in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. troops died today, are on my mind.

Possible, but Highly Unlikely

I headed to Fayetteville this weekend and stayed at my friend Autumn's house.  It’s always fun to stay with her because in addition to being fun and sassy, Autumn bakes.  A few years ago, she started making custom cakes, and there are usually some samples in the fridge.  This weekend there were orange creamsicle cupcakes, which I am happy to report were awesome!

Electoral math

Does Bob Barr's third-party candidacy argue for Sam Nunn as Obama's vice president? Brummett lays out the thinking.

The financial bailout

The bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will dominate news today. Here's Paul Krugman's analysis.

Fresh produce, NLR-style

Grace Anderson sends a photo and note about her under-$20 haul from the North Little Rock farmers market on Saturday:

Socks on a rooster

The headline is from an old saying about trying to dress up something you wouldn't think particularly apt for finery.

Huckabee: Poorly timed endorsement

John Fund in the Wall Street Journal isn't too impressed by Mike Huckabee's decision to endorse star boodler U.S. Rep. Don Young in what looks like a losing race for re-election in Alaska.

The college president's dole

UCA's Lu Hardin is by no means the only Arkansas campus leader whose statutory payment is augmented by outside sources.

The oilman's president

He's failed at just about everything else, but Bush has fattened the bottom line of the oil bidness.

Local designer on 'Project Runway'

'Runway' alum Mychael Knight and Korto Momolu Korto Momolu, a Little Rock based fashion designer who Jennifer Reed wrote about in the cover story "Homemade Clothes," is one of the 16 finalists on cycle 5 of "Project Runway," which debuts on Wednesday on Bravo.

'Tasteless and offensive'

Satire just doesn't go down easy. The New Yorker gets a blast from the Obama campaign for its latest cover.

Ex-banker lawyers up

Arkansas Business continues its exclusive reporting on the central figure in a reported embezzlement at Twin City Bank.

Ex-banker lawyers up

Arkansas Business continues its exclusive reporting on the central figure in a reported embezzlement at Twin City Bank.

More city politics

Scott Miller, who started the Argenta News website (now being shepherded by former Times of NLR editor Eric Francis) to keep an eye on downtown developments in NLR, has decided to attempt to jump to the other side of the fence.

School distress

The state Board of Education gave the Greenland School District a reprieve today. The state will take it over and run it for a year to see if Greenland can work its way out of financial distress, rather than force its merger with a neighboring district.

Local boy makes good?

Local newspaperhounds will be interested in this story if no one else, but it has absolutely profound significance.

Local boy makes good?

Local newspaperhounds will be interested in this story if no one else, but it has absolutely profound significance.

Sex ed, Texas style

No state spends more than Texas on abstinence-only sex education. Guess what?

Water world: What the e-mail shows

There have been comments by Blog readers about how Central Arkansas Water came to be in a position to be held up for a huge sum of money by Jay DeHaven and partners (including Tom Schueck, member of the so-called Pollution Control and Ecology Commission) for sod farm acreage along the main tributary to Lake Maumelle, the city's main water supply.

New faces on School Board

Gov. Mike Beebe today began putting his mark on the state Board of Education, His first two appointees: Little Rock lawyer Sam Ledbetter and Alice Mahony of El Dorado, a public school champion.

Tonight: The Magpies

The Magpies, who Davis Clement profiled lovingly several months back in our A&E section, come to White Water tonight.

Free rides

Regions Bank has donated seven bicycles to start a Razorbikes program at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Anticipate: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Owner of the most enduring mullet in country music, wearer of shiny suits and shoulder pads, musical polymath, collector of country music ephemera, photographer — Marty Stuart will be on display in full on Aug. 23 at the Old Statehouse, when he comes to town in conjunction with the museum's "Sparkle & Twang - Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey" exhibit.

Paying for the Bush library

 From the Chronicle of Higher Education. Do you want Vice President Dick Cheney’s undivided attention for an hour?

Late but ...

... here's a thread.

Guitar Hero

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline brings his experimental trio to Revolution. See below for a best guess at who'll show up.

'We're all torturers'

Brummett reflects on Jane Mayer's book on the torturing practices of the Bush administration and every citizen's participation, through silence, in the death of an American ideal.

Helping the homeless

Credit where due to North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays. He had been a roadblock to allowing a temporary day shelter for the homeless in North Little Rock.

Doing ill unto the end

Bush is a lame duck, but his administration still works its destructive magic. Here, it is proposing a rule seemingly to protect employment rights of nurses who oppose abortion.

Brown-bag boom

Here's one beneficiary of hard economic times -- the people who make paper sacks. There's been a boom in people taking lunches to work, rather than heading out to a restaurant.

So you think you are anonymous? Maybe not

As the New York Times reports ( free registation needed),     a prosecutor tried to subpoena records to learn the identity of anonymous bloggers.

Things they don't teach you in law school, Part 1

During law school, we all took a class called "trial advocacy."  It was rather dry, but unlike most of our classes, 100% practical.

The Pat Tillman case

Wonkette turns deadly serious with this provocative recitation of the Tillman case, which the Bush administration is still stonewalling.

The Pat Tillman case

Wonkette turns deadly serious with this provocative recitation of the Tillman case, which the Bush administration is still stonewalling.

Obama cartoon fallout

The New Yorker cover on the Obamas reverberates today. The New York Times mulls the difficulty comedians have had in lampooning Obama.

Obama cartoon fallout

The New Yorker cover on the Obamas reverberates today. The New York Times mulls the difficulty comedians have had in lampooning Obama.

Crab Legs and Such...

Alright, alright.  So, you didn't take the bait (I know the pun is hilarious) with the 110 lbs of King salmon, so I'll try a different angle.  Let's talk food.  Served in Alaskan restaurants.

Conservation is for sissies

Our President doesn't think it is prudent to encourage the American people to conserve. In the Politico, the president is quoted as saying, "It's a little presumptuous on my part to dictate how consumers live their own lives," the president added.

VIP parking

It wasn't mentioned in today's coverage, but I'm informed that Mayor Hays held up action last night on his proposal to cede control of public property to the Arkansas Travelers for parking.

Chicken plant cuts

Arkansas Business' morning report says Pilgrim's Pride is laying off 600 from its chicken processing plant in El Dorado.

Tuesday Afternoon Hodge Podge

• Go Hog Go. Former Razorback and Benton native Cliff Lee will have the eyes of the baseball world upon him this evening, when he will be the starting pitcher for the American League in one of the sporting world's most boring events: the Major League All-Star Game.

Submit jokes here

Ouch. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas has a "roast and toast" banquet each year as a major fund-raiser.

How D.C. Plans To (Not) Comply With U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Gun Ban

By now, everyone knows that D.C.'s law banning possession of firearms in your residence has been found unconstitutional.

Reason #34 to hate the phone company

I called AT&T the other day. I have had a phone for several years now that I do not use, - only so that I can get DSL.

John McCain: Doesn't oppose gay adoption

Check it out. Sometimes, he allows in correcting the record, it might be what's best for children.

Tuesday To-Do: Nels Cline Singers

  Doing "Square King" THE NELS CLINE SINGERS 8 p.m., Revolution.

Is using your neighbor's wifi signal illegal?

Who knows. To be sure a few people around the country have been arrested and fined for it.

Myths about offshore drilling

The think tanks are on the case. More drilling will do nothing about the price of gas and will pose a risk to the environment.

Myths about offshore drilling

The think tanks are on the case. More drilling will do nothing about the price of gas and will pose a risk to the environment.

LR bucks newspaper trend

Daily newspapers nationally are in a world of hurt -- declining circulation, plunging classified advertising and staffs shrinking so that owners can cope with the debt of too-rich purchase prices.

Now just a minute

Speaking of the newspaper business: Dogtown Wire has a story about an interest on the part of some city officials in NLR in moving -- first on Main Street and then perhaps throughout the city -- to force newspapers to circulate through expensive modular newsracks that present a tidier appearance than a jumble of different boxes.

Public records and Social Security

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has fielded a question on state obligations as regards public records that contain Social Security numbers.

Public records and Social Security

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has fielded a question on state obligations as regards public records that contain Social Security numbers.

UCA hire

Tomorrow's news today. Look to the D-G tomorrow for another University of Central Arkansas story.

The Week's Infamous Arkansan: Bob Stokes

From the Smoking Gun, a story about Bob Stokes, UALR graduate, famous weatherman, sexist pig.

School tension

A Blog reader reports an unsuccessful effort at the Pulaski County School Board tonight to end recognition of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers.

Yearning to breathe free

Recommended reading: A very long and detailed essay by an interpreter brought in to help when the feds made a massive arrest of unauthorized immigrant workers, the majority Guatemalans, at an Iowa meat packing plant.

Tuesday talk

Here's a chance.

Grades, personality, work ethic

But no citizenship may mean no college.

The coming crumbling

Arkansas highway officials worry -- rightly -- about efforts to increase truck weight limits at the federal level in the name of fuel conservation and reduction of congestion.

Thomas Paine: No honor in Arkansas

The Economist takes note of a national effort to memorialize revolutionary figure Thomas Paine. Naturally, the Arkansas legislature gets a disapproving nod for dissing Paine in 2007.

Twits Twitter About Their Tweets

I'm not sure why I use Twitter - but I'm not the only one apparently.

Paid political message

A Southwest Arkansas reader, one of apparently only a handful concerned about the environmental impact local and globally from pumping more poison into the air at coal-fired generating plants, says he smells a rat in the announcement yesterday in the Hope Star of a coming conference on "clean coal" in Hope.

Panera Bread in LR

Panera Bread, the national bakery/cafe chain, announces it will soon open four stores in the Little Rock area.

The flouride is coming back

A reader notes that the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway is reporting that they'll soon resume adding flouride to city water, a practice stopped a while back, without notice to anyone, because of mechanical problems.

Laws? They don't need no laws

Another report out today from the group working to end abusive payday lending practices in Arkansas.

Wednesday Evening Hodge Podge

• Maybe He and Sonny Can Share a Place. Peyton Hillis has signed a contract with the Denver Broncos, although terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

UALR: smokes on way out?

I can't find a link, but I heard a bit of a KUAR story on the topic and called for a little followup.

Wednesday: Miss Arkansas, Chase Pagan and 'Casino Royale'

Current Miss Arkansas, Katie Bailey There will be preening and big hair and sparkly teeth and pageant waves and "The Music of the South."

BREAKING: Hardin to pay back $300,000

It was the only way to begin putting an end to the turmoil. UCA announced today that President Lu Hardin will repay the $300,000 he received as accelerated payment of a deferred compensation plan.

Copeland's: Here, pro

A funny thing happened last week. A couple of the Times' eaters tried out the new Little Rock branch of the New Orleans-flavored Copeland's in Shackleford Crossing about the same time.

Library sunshine

Republicans apparently have put a hold on legislation that would require disclosure of contributors to presidential libraries. It was a good issue for the GOP (really, it was a good issue) when the target was a Democrat named Clinton.

That Cantrell wreck

In reponse to questions about a wreck on Cantrell Road this morning shortly after rush hour: Stella Hill, 74, was killed about 9:18 a.m. in the 2900 block of Cantrell near the Riverdale Shopping Center, LRPD said, when her  westbound 1989 Buick Regency crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound National Home Center delivery truck.

Please do not feed the state employees

It makes sense, but I didn't know state employees couldn't have political signs on their personal cars if they use them for state business ( I assume this means if they receive reimbursement for mileage )   This would explain the lack of political stickers on politicians' cars I suppose.

Another Place to Buy Locally

There is no reason to wait for Tuesday or Saturday to get fresh Arkansas produce.

Another Place to Buy Locally

There is no reason to wait for Tuesday or Saturday to get fresh Arkansas produce.

Tune in: Korto Momolu on 'Project Runway'

Korto Momolu, looking fierce A reminder: The season premiere of "Project Runway" airs tonight on Bravo, 8 p.m.

Cops kill burglar

Fox 16 has the details on the Little Rock police killing of a burglary suspect in an exchange of gunfire in Leawood today.

Wednesday's thread

It's open.

Wednesday's thread

It's open.

Helena mayor fights back

Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley, under fire for handling of the city dog pound, is fighting back.
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