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July 17, 2008

Vol 6 • No 27

Best time yet to hit the road

It’s flush times for bicycle shops in Little Rock.

Best time yet to hit the road

It’s flush times for bicycle shops in Little Rock.

Who you calling liberal?

We yield to very few in our admiration for U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of Little Rock, who wins the category of Best Liberal just about every year.

Who you calling liberal?

We yield to very few in our admiration for U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of Little Rock, who wins the category of Best Liberal just about every year.

NLR: The public's ballclub

Dogtown Wire is at it again. Pointing out more favors for the favored over in Boss Hays' North Little Rock.

Higher ed bonuses

A reader sends along a clip from Insider Higher Ed: James Ramsey had specific goals in his contract as president of the University of Louisville, and he met just about every one, entitling him, trustees said, to a bonus of up to $113,857-25 percent of his base salary.

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.

The Dobbins dilemma

What to do about Dwayne Dobbins, the former legislator who gave up his seat in returned for a reduced charge when he was accused of molesting a teenager.

Impact fees

On the surface, impact fees sound like a good idea: make growth pay for itself by “taxing those who cause it.”

To-do list, July 17

Skillet, The Ted Ludwig Trio, '1964 . . . The Tribute,' 'The Feminine Freakshow,' Michael Burks, Stella Fancy, TNA Wrestling and Fastball are among this week's entertainment highlights.

I seek truth, not facts

One thing we’ve always known in the newspaper business — or ought to have known — is that we’re not necessarily being truthful by being factual.

Court jockeying begins

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Glaze apparently has decided to retire at the end of 2010.

‘Hellboy II’ is all about the awe factor

When it comes to summer movies — and, I must admit, movies in general — I’m a sucker for spectacle.

In brief, July 17

Guttural-voiced singer/songwriter Jon Dee Graham stops in at Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10.

Orval, July 17

Bipartisan mischief

When a consumer product safety bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Pryor was approved by the Senate over presidential opposition in April, Republicans joining Democrats in support of the bill, Pryor said this showed how the American people benefited from his poli

This Modern World, July 17

Curious? Not George, not McCain

Except in one admittedly troubling respect, John McCain is not a facsimile of George W. Bush, and his presidency would almost certainly not mirror the reign of the worst president ever.

Words, July 17

The latest issue of the Drug Policy News, published by the Drug Policy Education Group in Fayetteville, is full of information, about words as well as drug policy.

Ween

Though normally under no circumstances would I go up to Fayetteville to watch a concert in a mall parking lot, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see what Ween would pull out of their frazzled brains last Friday night.

Hit that line! Hit that line!

Nobody likes a scold. Few are more prone to tsk-tsking than pasty columnists with space to fill.

Trickle-down empathy

I saw where one of John McCain’s ward heelers called us “a nation of whiners” the other day, while Der Alte himself was iterating that our economic troubles are mostly merely psychological.

Real colleges teach real college courses

State Rep. Donna Hutchinson of Bella Vista says that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff could keep its football team even if UAPB were converted into a two-year community college.

The Observer, July 17

Verizon on horizon? Or will this be a Dead Zone?

Editorial cartoon, July 17

Orval, July 17

Ludwig and guests

Local jazz fans know Thursday night is always there if they need a fix. That's when 12-string phenom Ted Ludwig leads a jazz trio that delivers the best of the genre Little Rock has to offer. But that kind of regularity can breed complacency — there's al

July 9-15, 2008

It was a good week for … MASS TRANSIT. Suburban cities in Central Arkansas have begun to research mass transit for their bedroom community workers. Here’s a better idea for the workers. Move closer to your jobs.

This Modern World, July 17

‘Godspell’

The intimate setting of the Weekend Theater serves its latest production well. Dynamic characters — Jesus and a company of 12 approximating his disciples — filled every inch of space, both physically and vocally, effectively drawing the audience into the

Smart Talk, July 17

The Smoking Gun website — and also reporting by the Arkansas bureau of the Associated Press — have suggested recently that some manly Arkansans apparently were duped into being extras in a coming Sacha Baron Cohen movie.

Call me Eurotrash

Turns out Barack Obama, despite his basketball skills, isn’t a wholly regular guy.

Do you miss New Orleans?

Copeland’s, the “Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar” chain invented by Popeye’s chicken creator Al Copeland, has at last landed in Little Rock after establishing an Arkansas beachhead in Northwest Arkansas years ago.

What's Cooking, July 17

The owners of Lulav are in talks to take over Velo Rouge, the French bistro-style restaurant in the River Market.

Scoot over

First of all, a disclaimer. I wouldn’t buy one, wouldn’t let my husband buy one, would holler at my sister if she bought one.

Saturday (and Sunday) Night Fish Fry

If Louis Jordan, the Brinkley-born musical pioneer who’s credited, but not widely celebrated, as one of the pioneers of rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll, were still alive this year, he’d be 100.

Editorial cartoon, July 17

A&E News, July 17

Korto Momolu, a Little Rock fashion designer who’s been featured in the Times, is one of the 16 finalists on cycle 5 of “Project Runway,” which debuted on Wednesday on Bravo.

Best band — Ladies’ choice

The Gettys have a lot going for them. The four-man band’s members are young or young-ish. Several of them have hair or goatees that look pretty rock ’n’ roll.

Dipping and dating: Si, si Senor

We know Senor Tequila is an institution around here, but we’d only eaten there once before the results of this year’s Best of Arkansas poll came in and we saw the Mexican restaurant chain had gotten votes for both best cheese dip and cheap date.

Colonial goes megastore

One of Little Rock’s distinguishing features, at least in my part of town, is the neighborhood liquor store — those little holes in the wall that are short on selection but always reliable for a quick pint of booze.

Editor’s choice

Again this year, the staff of the Times adds its own two cents’ worth to a slightly idiosyncratic discussion of the bests of Arkansas.

New gallery gets the nod

It’s been open only 16 months, but M2 Gallery has already won the title from the readers of the Arkansas Times of the best place to buy art in Little Rock.

How does your garden grow?

The most amazing thing about The Good Earth nursery — situated as it is on chi-chi, gotta have it, gazillion-dollars-a-square-millimeter land in far West Little Rock — might just be that it’s always been in the same spot.

Sales up along with neighborhood

I was a bit disappointed to discover that Don’s Weaponry, a runner-up in the best gun shop category, did not take top prize.

Sheats comes clean

First off, while you could easily make the mistake of thinking KARK news anchor Jancey Sheats is one of those tiny women, maybe even pixie-ish, she’s taller than you’d think.

Journalists' search for truth

Remember the item the other day about how Ron Fournier, once a reporter in Little Rock, was reshaping the way The Associated Press covers news in the important job of Washington bureau chief?

Lu Hardin unfiltered

You already know UCA President Lu Hardin is planning to pay back his $300,000 bonus to get the campus out of the headlines.

Lu Hardin unfiltered

You already know UCA President Lu Hardin is planning to pay back his $300,000 bonus to get the campus out of the headlines.

Different panel: Same dirty coal

Relying on information in the Hope newspaper yesterday, I mentioned that PSC Chairman Colette Honorable would be moderating a panel at a coming conference in Hope on "Making Clean Coal Technology a Reality."

Different panel: Same dirty coal

Relying on information in the Hope newspaper yesterday, I mentioned that PSC Chairman Colette Honorable would be moderating a panel at a coming conference in Hope on "Making Clean Coal Technology a Reality."

Fresh and cheesy

Our own Ninja Poodle blogger has another free-world Ninja Poodle blog on which she's been talking lately about making home-made fresh mozzarella.

Thursday To-Do: Skillet

SKILLET6:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $10-$15.

For the first time in 12 years, the readers of the Times don't think the Rockets are the best band in Arkansas

Matt Joyce of the Gettys. Your new favorite: The Gettys have a lot going for them.

Let the sun shine in

Alerted by The Iconoclast, I wrote an item recently about a civil case put under total blackout in Benton County.

Thursday To-Do: Ted Ludwig Trio

THE TED LUDWIG TRIO8 p.m., Afterthought. $5.

Last Night: Who knew the importance of fresh produce?

The kale and sliced cherry tomatoes are KEY. Episode 1: The first half hour was all meet and greet and shit-talking to the camera (ever a hallmark of the competitive reality show).

There will be gas

We've been paying some attention to the mockumentary Chesapeake Energy has produced for showing multiple times on Arkansas TV stations.

There will be gas

We've been paying some attention to the mockumentary Chesapeake Energy has produced for showing multiple times on Arkansas TV stations.

Echoes of Memphis

The Arkansas Interfaith Commitee for Worker Justice is invoking Martin Luther King's work on behalf of striking Memphis sanitation workers in a Little Rock labor issue.

'Dark Knight' tix going fast

So far, the critics, save David Edelstein of New York, who's generally pretty on point, and David Denby of the New Yorker, who's generally not,  love "The Dark Knight."

Thursday: Jon Dee Graham and more

Jon Dee Graham, feeling it. Guttural-voiced singer/songwriter Jon Dee Graham stops in at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10.

607 is everything that's good in rap, says CNN

Speaking on it. With the Dat Heat plug.

Headline irony

It's strictly accurate, but I still did a doubletake on this local news headline: Lawyers: Ark. execution method 'dangerous'

A word about blogging…

A word about blogging…In response to Scott McGehee’s letter to the Arkansas Times. (Scroll about ¾ down the page.)

A word about blogging…

A word about blogging…In response to Scott McGehee’s letter to the Arkansas Times. (Scroll about ¾ down the page.)

Al Gore: Not welcome in Hope

The former vice president's message wouldn't be cheered at that "clean" coal conference the coal and power lobby is putting on in Hope to whip up enthusiasm for SWEPCO's noxious gas machine in Hempstead County.

Tune in: The Louis Jordan story

Tonight, KUAR and Arkansongs present a special hour-long broadcast,  "The Louis Jordan Story." KOKY DJ Billy St. James stars as Jordan.

Friday and Saturday To-Do: 'The Feminine Freakshow'

'THE FEMININE FREAKSHOW'10 p.m., Public Theater. $12.

McCain +10 in Ark.

The latest Rasmussen poll puts McCain up 10 over Obama in Arkansas -- 47 to 37.

Thursday thoughts

Right here.

The Best of Arkansas goes digital

Call it a mid-summer’s Dream Team — Arkansas Times’ readers’ choices for the Best of Arkansas in dozens of categories from retail to restaurants.

Nostalgia!

Complete with signature bowl cuts and matching suits, “1964 . . . The Tribute” returns to Little Rock for another highly anticipated show, with replica instruments, stage arrangements and a set list packed with hits from the Beatles' catalogue.

Dems move to avoid damage

The Democratic Party is also moving to deny Dwayne Dobbins a path to the legislature, fully aware that Republicans otherwise hope to make plenty of hay out of a Democrat with a sex-related conviction on his record.

Shoddy work in Iraq

The New York Times today reports on continuing evidence of shoddy electrical work by private contractors in Iraq.

A break in the food chain

Rising corn and soybean prices are putting catfish farmers out of business. (And some catfish restaurants.) The New York Times focuses on the Delta region in the report.

Congressional Staff Salaries

Ever wonder how much our U.S. Senators and Representatives pay their  staff ?  - it is all public and can be found at http://www.legistorm.com/  

The electoral crystal ball

To continue the presidential guessing game begun by last night's note on the Rasmussen poll in Arkansas, a UA politics junkie sends along some links to spur discussion.

Gas bonanza

A discussion yesterday about Chesapeake Energy's documentary-style TV campaign extolling the benefits of Fayetteville shale exploration included some comments about the money, through mineral lease and gas royalty payments, Arkansans are already receiving.

You really don't want to see this lawyer's briefs

Really, you don't

Starbucks closures

Remember when the opening of the state's first Starbucks was BIG news? Ho-hum now.

Following the (extra) money

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we try to weave around the legislature, which nominally sets pay maximums for public employees.

FOCAL Book sale

In about ten minutes, the FOCAL book sale in the basement of the main library opens up.

Music videos aren't dead, they just moved to the web: Weirdos

  Girl Talk "Still Here" Big props to Chris Beckham, 20, of Springfield, Mo., who's making music video collages to match every sample on Girl Talk's hyperactive new album, "Feed the Animals."

David Gordon Green has big plans

On page one of the Village Voice, in a write-up on David Gordon Green's film retrospective at BAM in NYC this weekend, Nick Pinkerton wonders, "Would Green rather be Michael Ritchie now than Terry Malick?"

School board filings UPDATE

Noon today is the deadline for filing for the Sept. 16 school election. So far, there's a potential three-way race for Little Rock incumbent Katherine Mitchell's Zone 1 seat.

Friday and Saturday: Justin Carr and Ghost Co., Riverboat Crime, Miss Arkansas and more

Justin Carr. FRIDAY 7/18 At White Water, impressive local singer/songwrite Justin Carr performs with Ghost Company, 9 p.m., $5.

American beauties UPDATE

I've been talking recently with Lauryn Smith about joining our community blog lineup. Writing under the tentative title of "Sex in the Little City," she's written several in advance, including one about her affinity for left-handers.

American beauties UPDATE

I've been talking recently with Lauryn Smith about joining our community blog lineup. Writing under the tentative title of "Sex in the Little City," she's written several in advance, including one about her affinity for left-handers.

Ok, We Are Officially Concerned About Our Home State

Here at Razorback Expats, we are spirited defenders of The Natural State (although we have mellowed out from our college years, when we were just flat-out defensive).

Chain them up, pregnant or not

The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today ruled that Arkansas prison officials had not violated a female inmate's constitutional right by shackling her with leg irons during the final stages of her pregnancy.

Speaking of pregnant

A week-ending vignette from the Pulaski County courthouse. A couple from Memphis seeks judicial approval for marriage.

The perpetual campaign

Can it possibly be true? Are House members really lobbying for election as House speaker in 2011?

Water world

I checked in today on applicants for the vacancy on the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Weekend To-Dos: Stella Fancy, "Jump!" and TNA Wrestling

The best web flyer in a loooong time. STELLA FANCY9 p.m., Gallery 26.

Plug: The latest Oxford American

The third installment of the Oxford American's "Best of" series is on newsstands now. You can pick it up at Wordsworth, the Cox Center and Barnes and Noble.

Tree trimmer killed

Police say Keith Chadwick, 32, was killed about 9:30 a.m. today when he was pinned against a fence at 33 Robinwood Drive by a falling tree.

Plea bargain in boat shootings

The report is that Arkansan Kirby Archer has struck a plea bargain in charges that he and another man killed the crew of the Joe Cool charter boat off Florida.

Fugitive from Arkansas to plead guilty in four deaths

From CNN, Arkansan pleads guilty to four at-sea death.

Best comic book movie ever made, Koon says

This'll run in next week's paper, but since it's kinda, you know, an event movie, here's David Koon's glowing review of "Dark Knight."There are comic book movies, and then there’s “The Dark Knight.” The sequel to director Christopher Nolan’s series-rebooting “Batman Begins,” this is a sleeker, meaner, even darker Batman.

You may tip your JP

Checking in with the Ethics Commission on another matter, I was informed that the Commission had signed off on "honoraria" to justices of the peace who perform weddings.

Mayor's law license suspended

Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley was disciplined by the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct today.

Friday night flight

I'm outta here. PS -- my office mail is down again.

Saturday night fish fry

Tonight, in celebration of the centennial of Louis Jordan's birth, Wildwood hosts a fish fry and debuts an original play, "Jump!", written by 'Arkansongs' host Stephen Koch.

Obama: New-style politics

Brummett argues that Barack Obama really is a new kind of leader, not just a politician seeking the broadest possible acceptance.

WWD.O.D.D?

Gen. Smith must be on vacation. Otherwise, how could a story about vandalism of the Confederate memorial statue in Bentonville not make at least 1B of the Little Rock edition of the Democrat-Gazette?

WWD.O.D.D?

Gen. Smith must be on vacation. Otherwise, how could a story about vandalism of the Confederate memorial statue in Bentonville not make at least 1B of the Little Rock edition of the Democrat-Gazette?

Trapped in cave UPDATE

Morning News reports on a teen trapped last night in a cave in Devil's Den State Park.

Straight-talk express

Claude B. passes along a passage from an account of Maverick John McCain's candid "town hall" meetings.

Straight-talk express

Claude B. passes along a passage from an account of Maverick John McCain's candid "town hall" meetings.

Name That Obscure Hog

It's time for another edition of the game that is quickly becoming a national obsession.

Obama channels Reagan

Politico is writing on Obama's continued invocation of Ronald Reagan. He praises his communication skills, but not his policies.

Early Saturday UPDATE

I have cooking to do tonight (see a platter of Farmer Al's heirloom tomatoes and eat your heart out; I'll spare you the peppered ham, squash casserole, yeast rolls, cole slaw and peach and blackberry cobblers), so I'm leaving it to the readers early for an open line.

We don't negotiate with terrorists, except when we do

The Obama haters have been gushing on for weeks about how we shouldn't "talking to terrorists," specifically Iran.    Now what is the Bush administration doing ?  Talking to IranJust like we will never have a timeline for troop withdrawal from Iraq.  Instead, let's just call it something different -- a "time horizon."     It just sounds better already doesn't it?

Naked came the tomatoes

When eating organic heirloom tomates from Farmer Al's Truck Patch, there's only one appropriate way to do it -- au naturel.

Naked came the tomatoes

When eating organic heirloom tomates from Farmer Al's Truck Patch, there's only one appropriate way to do it -- au naturel.

Say it ain't so

You don’t need me to tell you that the economy seems just a bit out of whack.  The ripple effects can be felt in just about every sector of every market.

Sunday brawling

Get it? That's right, Total Nonstop Action. What, you had other ideas? For shame. This is wrasslin' for a new generation, set in a hexagonal ring (more opportunity for ropes bouncing) and featuring some of the baddest brawlers in the “sport.”

Cell phone monitoring

Channel 7 plans a report Monday night apparently on cell phone use in the Little Rock School District.

Predatory bank fees

A frequent argument in the debate over predatory payday lenders is that banks get away with the same predatory practices through the likes of overdraft fees.

Done with Lu?

Maybe, maybe not, Brummett says, in the course of rubbing in a little more salt on the issue of his insider legal counsel hire.

Woo Pig!

That logo above? Toss it.

Woo Pig!

That logo above? Toss it.

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.

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.

Democratic Party Denies Dobbins ' Certification

The Democratic Party of Arkansas stripped Dwayne Dobbins of being a nominee for state representative after passing a rule that prevents anyone who resigns their seat as part of a plea bargain from running on the Democratic ticket.

Green Party Sticks With Fringe Candidates

The Green Party nominated Cynthia McKinney as its candidate for president. If their goal was to maintain a reputation as a fringe party - they could not have picked a better candidate.

Sunday thread

It's yours.

Real colleges teach real college courses

State Rep. Donna Hutchinson of Bella Vista says that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff could keep its football team even if UAPB were converted into a two-year community college.

'It's a joke'

The Obama cartoon, writes Brummett. For goodness sake, it's a joke about the laughable pervasiveness of ignorance and absurd rumor.

The November surprise

This worries me, too, along with long-standing worries about touch-screen voting machines. With millions of new voters heading to the polls this November and many states introducing new voting technologies, election officials and voting monitors say they fear the combination is likely to create long lines, stressed-out poll workers and late tallies on Election Day.

Ark.: A top 10 finish

Here's a funny feature in the Washington Post about the weights people put on their driver's licenses.

New school downtown UPDATE

-- Brian Chilson photos UPDATE: School chief Roy Brooks greets arrivals at the new e-Stem charter school Monday morning.

New school downtown UPDATE

-- Brian Chilson photos UPDATE: School chief Roy Brooks greets arrivals at the new e-Stem charter school Monday morning.

Court Throws Out Fine For Janet Jackson's "Wardrobe Malfunction"

From Breitbart: The 3rd  Circuit Court of  Appeals threw out the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS  for Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Superbowl.

Same old traffic song

The Iconoclast laments the Jurassic-age mindset of the Northwest Arkansas Good Suit Club, which generally runs government in that part of the world.

Deputies punished for arrest

We wrote a month ago about an ACLU complaint against Pulaski County deputies who arrested a woman who, in her own home, refused to produce an identification.

A blog clarification

We stirred up some lively comments Friday by posting a trial column by Lauryn Smith, who will soon begin a  blog for us on Little Rock life as seen by a young professional, who, among other things, happens to be single, sings in a band and loves to write.

Which side are you on

This should test our readers. An Arkansas man took his family swimming on a creek in southern Missouri.

More water applicants

Add Little Rock lawyers Chris Corbitt and Richard Downing and retiree Charles Dudley, whose past work includes 20 years as an operator for the North Little Rock Water Department, to the applicant list for an opening on the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

More water applicants

Add Little Rock lawyers Chris Corbitt and Richard Downing and retiree Charles Dudley, whose past work includes 20 years as an operator for the North Little Rock Water Department, to the applicant list for an opening on the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

More Sagging News

Chicago suburb outlaws "sagging," and authorizing $25 fine for showing more than 3 inches of underwear.   I'm not sure how they define "underwear."  Have to work on this one.

'Major breaking news'

That's the breathless advisory concerning a coming news conference by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Let's see.

'Major breaking news'

That's the breathless advisory concerning a coming news conference by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Let's see.

From Sea to Belly

While these fish may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as bright, silvery King Salmon, do not be fooled (not that you are) by their somewhat monstrous appearance.  They are delicious!!!

Vote or be forced to watch "Forrest Gump" for free yet again

Rock Candy wholeheartedly endorses "Caddyshack." As has become tradition, "Movies in the Park" closes out its season, this year on July 30, with a "People's Choice" film.

Weather watch

Weather junkies will enjoy a report on tornadoes this year from the Weather Service's John Robinson.

Pub crawling

Kat Robinson's Tie Dye Travels slides into Kelt's Pub in Altus for a pint. And a fine steak.

Monday matters

Any fight left?

On dumping Dobbins

John  Brummett writes that it was just a matter of CYA when the Democratic Party moved to remove Dwayne Dobbins, the teen molester, from the ballot as a Democratic candidate for legislature.

Woo, pork

Joel DiPippa is back. A few weeks ago, I bought a pork loin as my main protein for the week and decided to see what I would do with it before the week was out.  First up was a fairly simple preparation: Always present kitchen components, onions and garlic went into a pan with a little bit of butter to soften and carmelize a bit.  A few medallions, about 3-4 ounces  each, were given a light dusting  of salt and pepper before going into the cast iron skillet.  The red sauce is a standard quick and easy red sauce I make at home, with just a touch of  Monk Sauce to keep me on my toes.  Once the onions were mostly soft with some nice flavor, they went into the middle of the plate and were stretched across while the sauce crossed the other way.  The medallions, off the heat, out of the pan, and resting for a few minutes, were plated and the result was delicious.

Chesapeake News Channel

We've mentioned Chesapeake Energy's mockumentary, which is blanketing the Arkansas airways with a paid pro-drilling message dressed up to look like a news magazine.

Chesapeake News Channel

We've mentioned Chesapeake Energy's mockumentary, which is blanketing the Arkansas airways with a paid pro-drilling message dressed up to look like a news magazine.

The Gitmo Trials Begin

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25789074/

For the record

The NY Times says it is going to go down a path blogs have pioneered -- on-line access to primary documents of interest.

Gone to the dogs UPDATE

An e-mail circulating around LR today hits me where I live. Literally.

Gone to the dogs UPDATE

An e-mail circulating around LR today hits me where I live. Literally.

Reductions announced at Hino in Marion

The Arkansas Economic Development agency distributed a news release today for Hino Motors that says no Arkansas workers will be laid off at its Marion facility despite the big slump in truck sales. But there will be a reduction in work hours, to 24 hours a week for each worker.

Reductions announced at Hino in Marion

The Arkansas Economic Development agency distributed a news release today for Hino Motors that says no Arkansas workers will be laid off at its Marion facility despite the big slump in truck sales. But there will be a reduction in work hours, to 24 hours a week for each worker.

Arkie does good

More inside media baseball: Bob Stover, a Dermott native (home folks knew him as Bobby Lee) who raised a ruckus while a student newspaper editor at OBU for supporting legalized mixed drinks, has been named executive editor of Florida Today, one of Gannett's leading daily newspapers.

Fortson will run

Gene Fortson, who's been serving on the Little Rock City Board by appointment, has announced his candidacy for an elected term.

Boning Up on 2008

Looking to kill a little time at work and read up on the football Hogs?

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Capital murder charge in child's death

Police announced the arrest this morning of Patrick Lynn Sanders, 22, for capital murder for killing a 22-month-old girl by knocking the baby's head into a wall.

Gobble, gobble

The eat-smart emphasis in recent years, from the Arkansas governor on down, apparently hasn't fully taken hold in Little Rock.

Scott Ford's farewell

Talk Business covers the Alltel CEO at the Downtown Rotary Club. Ford's sticking around Arkansas, no matter what, he says.

AG to UCA: No, no and no

The attorney general has released his opinion on UCA's use of cash funds -- from a bookstore and food service -- to pay a $300,000 bonus to President Lu Hardin.

Traffic eye in the sky UPDATE

I'm in receipt of a letter from a lawyer who works in an office tower downtown.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Gov. Mike Beebe announced appointments today to a Yellow Ribbon Task Force to work on helping veterans return to civilian life from the war in Iraq.

Cleavage is the new pink

A couple days late, but in case you missed her, meet 2008 Miss Arkansas. With the serving plate.

The beginning of the ending

The Little Rock School Board will talk with its lawyers Thursday about negotiations to end the Little Rock desegregation case.

I yield the floor

Tuesday night's all yours.

New Health Food Store in Little Rock

Imagine if a GNC, a Whole Foods, and a medical supply store had a child.

It's a Start

So, according to their website Wal-Mart is jumping on the “locally grown produce” wagon. Shopping at Wal-Mart is sometimes unavoidable so I wanted to see just what kind of local produce you could find there.

Free film

“Movies in the Park” goes classic with its penultimate film, one of the greatest family films of all time: “The Wizard of Oz.”

Farm Bureau gets one right

The stopped clock and all that. The Farm Bureau will oppose the measure for annual sessions of the legislature.

RazorVision

I admit it. I pay only passing attention to sports.

RazorVision

I admit it. I pay only passing attention to sports.

Energy counter-programming

A reader from Damascus, in the heart of the Fayetteville shale zone, notes that there are other messages floating about meeting U.S. energy needs, even if they aren't supported by multi-million-dollar TV buys and new websites streaming gas drilling PR in faux news form, a la Chesapeake Energy.

We're hooked on fishing UPDATE

Gov. Mike Beebe gets to pass out one of the coveted Game and Fish Commission seats today.

We're hooked on fishing UPDATE

Gov. Mike Beebe gets to pass out one of the coveted Game and Fish Commission seats today.

A View, Perhaps? Part One.

Welcome to the end of the world.  Or, at least, one of many.  I will try, in vain, again, to get some one other than my Mom pumped up about Alaska.  This mean you, less-than-thrilled Eat AR blog readers.  Tough crowd.  Jeeze.  I mean, okay, I get it.  It's not Arkansas.  However, I will shamelessly whine, "but... it's Alaska."  ALASKA.  And it ranks right up there with New Zealand, in terms of beauty.  Wouldn't you enjoy a paper in a steamy hot tub with a view for which there are no words?

Wednesday To-Do: 'Wizard of Oz'

‘WIZARD OF OZ’Sundown, Riverfest Amphitheater. Free.“Movies in the Park” goes classic with its penultimate film, one of the greatest family films of all time: “The Wizard of Oz.” We forget, of course, that the movie was adapted from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a children’s novel, but also one that a host of scholars think it’s a grand allegory for the gold standard debate, a hot topic in the late 19th century, when Baum published.

Fayetteville's TIF sinkhole

The Iconoclast turns his attention to recent news coverage of the big hole in the ground in downtown Fayetteville where a hotel was -- maybe is -- supposed to rise, though nothing but an eyesore has been created since 2004, when a Tax Increment Finance scheme got rolling.

Wednesday To-Do: Fastball

ALSO: Everyone's favorite new wave/post punk, guitar-bass-keyboard-and-drum trio Kyoto Boom opens the show.FASTBALL9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Prince of darkness busted

Politicos will be interested in this one on Politico: Columnist Robert Novak -- insert favorite invective here -- has been issued a citation in Washington, D.C., for what sounds  close to hit-and-run.

Who's in the tank?

Just about every political candidate thinks the other guy is getting better treatment from the media than he/she is. That said, a Media Matters columnist savages (link fixed) Ron Fournier and the AP for its perceived favoritism toward Republicans generally and John McCain extra especially.

Who's in the tank?

Just about every political candidate thinks the other guy is getting better treatment from the media than he/she is. That said, a Media Matters columnist savages (link fixed) Ron Fournier and the AP for its perceived favoritism toward Republicans generally and John McCain extra especially.

House rules

The proposal to amend House of Representatives rules to bar membership to someone who's struck a felony plea bargain has been filed.

Ne-Yo is not ready to subject his hands to guitar playing

Camden native and casually hilarious R&B superstar Ne-Yo recently talked to Vulture about his failed attempt to learn to play guitar.

Next up for the Renauds

Craig and Brent Renaud. In this week's Insider column:Craig and Brent Renaud, Little Rock's famous documentarians, have a project in the works that's a natural followup to “Off to War,” their award-winning depiction of Arkansas citizen soldiers in Iraq.

The unfair death penalty

A group pushing for a moratorium on the death penalty in Arkansas notes efforts to set aside the execution date recently set for Frank Williams by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Tonight: Dexter Romweber, 'Project Runway' and more

  Everything you ever wanted to know about Dexter Romweber.

Counting down the days

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