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July 24, 2008

Vol 6 • No 28

LR's first church

In membership, Fellowship Bible Church is No. 1. Thank God, its leaders say. Meanwhile, other LR churches follow different paths.

Ethanol: Unintended consequences

Ethanol as fuel suddenly isn't the completely brilliant idea it was a while back, not with what it has done to the feed business.

The rich get richer

Shut up you whiners. The good times are rolling, just like Phil Gramm says, though you have to be in a fairly select group to notice it.

Another candidate for city board

Drew Pritt says he's going to run for Joan Adcock's at-large seat on the City Board.

Oops. Hardin story just grew new legs UPDATE

This breaking news from Stephens Media: LITTLE ROCK - University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin asked the UCA board for early payment of a $300,000 bonus that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has since said likely violated state law, according to documents obtained by the Arkansas News Bureau.

Family Council petitions insufficient

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has found, as expected, that the Family Council fell short of the number of registered voter signatures required to qualify its initiated act for the ballot.

Can-do Cajun

If you’re a vegetarian, Boudreaux’s is not the place for you.

When inertia is your lifeblood

The state Democratic convention passed a rule Saturday saying that Dwayne Dobbins of North Little Rock may not run for state representative on the party’s ticket.

‘Knight’ a masterpiece of tone and form

There are comic book movies, and then there’s “The Dark Knight.”

Words, July 24

“Hy Anaway pitched six solid innings as Arkansas beat the Tulsa Drillers Saturday. … ‘I was throwing everything in the kitchen sink,’ Anaway said.”

To-do list, July 24

Dana Falconberry, Chris Denny, Damn Bullets, Brian Martin & The Circulators, Vallejo, Pop! In The Park, The Apples In Stereo and School Boy Humor are among this week's entertainment options.

The prophet Duvall

Leland Duvall lived to the grand age of 94, but his death two years ago was untimely because he needed to see yet another of his predictions come true, though it would have given him no pleasure.

LR’s first church

Tim Lundy stepped to the pulpit with one of the toughest jobs of his life.

Orval, July 24

This modern world, July 24

Falconberry and Denny

It's a bill of voices of such strength and oddness to jar even the drunk chatterers in the back into attention. Hendrix alum Dana Falconberry, who's currently carving out a name for herself in the Austin, Texas, plays White Water with local folk king Chri

One more with feeling

When any legendary performer who’s climbing up into his years comes anywhere close to Little Rock, I dial up his age, add about 10 years for hard living and road wear and, if that puts him anywhere near 80, which is the upper reaches of an average America

Next movie

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.

Barnes does Spears

In a sea of blow-dried TV talking heads, Steve Barnes — the mellow-voiced former anchor and current host of AETN’s “Arkansas Week”—might be a paragon of old-school newscasterly decorum.

Clearing the air

To help Max Brantley become a better and more accurate reporter, I offer the following:

The Observer, July 24

We love the guys at our neighborhood sporting goods store.

Bipartisan virtue

Extremism in support of private insurers is no virtue, and President Bush was defiantly unvirtuous in resisting a Medicare bill that preserves and strengthens government-funded health care for elderly Americans.

In brief, July 24

From Nashville, Florez plays soulful acoustic pop in the vein of Maroon 5 at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $3.

Editorial cartoon, July 24

Smart Talk, July 24

Little Rock City Hall has compiled a racial and gender breakdown of the 304 seats on 32 city boards and commissions (279 were filled at the time the survey was taken).

Terror watch

There’s a federal agency that keeps a “terrorism watch list” that now has more than a million names on it.

Vaccine exemptions worry doctor

Recent media reports on a national measles outbreak overemphasized the impact of the disease in Arkansas, state Health Department officials say.

A change is gonna come

First-year athletic director Jeff Long has been busily dragging the University of Arkansas Athletic Department into the 21st century.

July 16-22, 2008

It was a good week for … GAMBLING. Secretary of State Charlie Daniels said backers of a state lottery had gathered enough signatures to put the proposal on the ballot.

Woo, Pig!

I’d like to take credit, but I’m sure Jeff Long, the University of Arkansas’s first-year athletic director, doesn’t know I exist.

What's cooking, July 24

Odell’s Uptown has opened in the lobby of the Metropolitan Bank Building in the former home of Cheers on Broadway.

Banana pudding and Brother Howard

It was a strange Sunday morning at Chenal Valley Baptist Church, but no one seemed to want to talk about it.

Mosaic: A church home for ‘outsiders’

It was happy hour at Norm’s, and no one ordered chardonnay.

The little church that could

A timeline of Fellowship’s growth.

The Lu Hardin papers UPDATED

Courtesy of Stephens Media, I have on the jump the full text of the letter UCA President Lu Hardin wrote to his Board of Trustees seeking a $150,000 pay bump in the form of deferred compensation over six years.

The danger within

The feds are pumping millions into local police in the name of anti-terrorism. Meanwhile, garden variety crime is surging in many cities.

Calling a nut a nut

A certifiable homophobe gave a congressional committee an earful yesterday about the dangers of allowing gay people to serve in the military.

Thursday To-Do: Chris Denny and Dana Falconberry

DANA FALCONBERRY/ CHRIS DENNY9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Obama meets with German leader

Refrains from giving unsolicited back rub. Behaves, instead, like credible world leader. Counting the days.

Last Night: Korto cries

A hot mess. Shew!

St. Vincent making cuts

St. Vincent Health System announced today that it would be laying off 34 workers including some in high management, about 1 percent of total workforce, none in patient care positions.

Greenland superintendent named

Roland Smith, former superintendent in Rogers, has been named as interim chief of the Greenland School District, now under Arkansas Education Department control in an effort to right it financially.

The quotable BB King

In anticipation of Friday's show with Willie Nelson..."When I first met him, I was playing at a place in Nashville called the Exit/Inn.

Woo, pork II

Joel DiPippa is back at the stove. Continuing on the ways to break down a pork loin for home consumption by a single guy, we now move to a makeshift calzone!

Tonight: 607 on CNN, Florez, Ted Ludwig's new gig and more

Reigning Arkansas Times showcase winner Adrian "607" Tillman gets big love from CNN tonight on the finale of the network's special series, "Black in America."

The Bill

Remember "The Queen," the hit movie about the British royal family starring Helen Mirren? Peter Morgan, the screenwriter of that movie and "The Deal," depicting Tony Blair's rise to power, is planning a trip to Little Rock to brainstorm a third film in the trilogy, "The Special Relationship," about Blair's relationship with Bill Clinton.

Deadly traffic hazard

Westbound I-30 traffic was detoured at North Little Rock, just before the river bridge, for almost three hours this morning after a body was found on the westbound lanes of the highway about 3:45 a.m.

Immigration bust in NLR

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers rounded up 13 undocumented workers at the WaCo Manufacturing boat plant in North Little Rock yesterday.

Immigration bust in NLR

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers rounded up 13 undocumented workers at the WaCo Manufacturing boat plant in North Little Rock yesterday.

Seeking information

A reader yesterday commented on improper handling of one of the anti-adoption petitions at a church.

Another mugamatic

Another abduction reported by gunmen seeking to get someone to tap an ATM. This note is going around to UAMS employees today from Chancellor Dodd Wilson:

Another CAW applicant

Add the name of Adrienne Bradley, rate analyst and economist at the Arkansas PSC, to the list of applicants for a seat on the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Hardin reports cancer recurrence UPDATE

UCA President Lu Hardin today told college Board members of a recurrence of his eye cancer, which will require surgery in August.

It's the Principle of the Thing, You Guys!

My coworker Jill is apartment hunting, and she asked how I liked my complex.  It’s fine, I told her, plus there weren’t any other serious contenders.  The first place I checked out seemed nice enough until I asked about internet service, and the girl giving me the tour hesitated a moment before telling me: “Yeah, you can only get dialup here.”  I stared at her as if she had suggested I keep in touch with friends and family via smoke signals and then, gave my mother a look that said, “I think we’re done here.”  Driving out to another complex, we passed the following: liquor store, liquor store, trailer park, cemetery, liquor store.  This time my mother was the one giving the look, but I didn’t disagree.  I picked the place I’m at now because I could get high speed internet, a decent gym and reasonable rent.  Done.  Sold.  And yet, the ladies in the office tried to seal the deal by promoting the fact that they have tanning beds and lots of single men. 

It's open

Your thoughts here. And thanks to Roger Head for tonight's photo feature -- an albino squirrel roaming the mean streets of El Dorado.

Old-time weirdos

Of all the Arkansas groups who try to channel that old, weird Americana (and there's a surprisingly sizeable contingent), perhaps none tap into it with more skill and unhinged joy than the Damn Bullets and Brian Martin and the Circulators.

One more with feeling

Two of music's most legendary performers come to the Riverfest Amphitheater tonight. Even though their combined age is 157, Willie and BB still know how to put on a show.

NLR: there they go again

The Dogtown Wire, NLR's new on-line news outlet, has another interesting exclusive today. In providing former mayor and Chamber of Commerce leader Terry Hartwick a prime spot to build a hangar at the North Little Rock Airport, the Airport Commission took away four airplane parking spaces.

Comcast is watching you

NY Times follows up on something I saw on TV the other day about Comcast.

Obama love

It's apparently waning among the press corps. With no Clintons to kick around, reporters find Obama less enchanting.

Friday To-Do: Damn Bullets

DAMN BULLETS/BRIAN MARTIN AND THE CIRCULATORS10 p.m., Juanita's. $6.

Fear of flying

Today's aviation blood curdler: a hole the size of a small car blown in the side of a Qantas 747, which then makes a successful landing without injury to passengers.

Drilling for votes

Arkansas Republican legislators and legislative candidates have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference at the Capitol today to pump what appears to be the only issue the GOP has left -- drill for oil anywhere you can sink a drill bit, now.

Another school district gone?

The state Board of Education will meet next Thursday to consider annexing the financially distressed Decatur School District to a contiguous district.

Warhol at the Arts Center

Coming October 17. This three-part exhibition features 63 iconic silkscreen prints that propelled Warhol to the front of the 1960s pop art phenomenon.

St. Mike of Amagon

Stateline.org reviews the political trajectory of 11 first-term governors, including our Mike Beebe, elected in 2006.

If you need to get out of town: Hayes Carll, Del McCoury and Roy Head

Still touring behind the critically acclaimed "Trouble in Mind," Hayes Carll plays Proud Larry's in Oxford on Saturday.In Fayetteville, also on Saturday, jam-band favorites moe.

Adm. Hays seeks to re-up

Jeremy Peppas of The Times of North Little Rock appears to answer the political question of the moment on the north shore: Pat Hays will announce Monday that he's seeking a sixth term as mayor and ex-officio commodore of the Dogtown Riverine Strike Force.

Don't go near the water.

It's dangerous out there. * Two men killed on Lake Hamilton last night during an informal fishing tournament.

Don't go near the water.

It's dangerous out there. * Two men killed on Lake Hamilton last night during an informal fishing tournament.

Suggested T-shirt: I'm NOT with stupid

I've poked fun at Repubs who might not want to be seen in the company of George Bush, Dick Cheney, etc. But it's for real.

Expand your horizon

Want to be able to converse with a huge chunk of the world's population? UALR will be offering a class in Mandarin Chinese this fall.

Weekend To-Dos: Vallejo, Pop! in the Park and Apples in Stereo

Apples in Stereo at Revolution on Sunday. SATURDAY 7/26 VALLEJO9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

A small affair in the River Market

When any legendary performer who's climbing up into his years comes anywhere close to Little Rock, I dial up his age, add about 10 years for hard living and road wear and, if that puts him anywhere near 80, which is the upper reaches of an average American male's life expectancy, I usually drop what I'm doing and catch a show.

It could happen here

There's a simple reason why tough watershed controls are necessary to protect Lake Maumelle. Give the developers an inch and they'll take every mile they can get.

John Edwards: To report or not? UPDATE

MSM aren't biting on the John Edwards story in National Enquirer, but some semi-legit sites are starting to ask why.

UCA Board meets on pay issue

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees is meeting today and discussion of President Lu Hardin's pay is front and center.

More this weekend: The Gettys, American Aquarium and more

Head Getty, Matt Joyce. FRIDAY 7/25 Recent winner of the Times' “Best of Arkansas” readers' poll, the Gettys play a big show at Revolution, 9:30 p.m.

Who I Am

I call boys. Always have.

The Brightest Light

One Saturday in January of 2006 I met with my best friend Wes to solicit his candid, un-sugar-coated advice about my latest relationship.

And a new blogger welcome to ...

Lauryn Smith. You've met her before.

UCA Board UPDATE

Quick recap of the UCA Board meeting in a phone call from John Williams: President Lu Hardin and Board Chairman Randy Sims both spoke.

A day for apologies

Twas a day for apologies. UCA earlier.

TGIF

Your turn. (Why do those initials always make me think of Jay Sims in a red-and-white striped rugby shirt, warmish draft beer, burgers built on English muffins and, around midnight and a goodly number of mugs into the evening, "Dueling Banjos"?  We were going to be young forever.

You Did WHAT With Those Purple-Hull Peas?

So, there I was, home from the Cabot Farmer's Market last Saturday with a whole heap of beautiful purple-hull peas, and only one known recipe for cooking them: Hoppin' John.  I got online, and in short order found myself at the website of the Emerson, Arkansas Purple-Hull Pea Festival & World Championship Rotary Tiller Race.  It was there that I was introduced to the idea of making jelly from the hulls of these distinctly Southern field peas, and further searching turned up many, many recipes for just such a concoction.  I was intrigued by this statement on one recipe site:"Purple hull peas produce grape flavored jelly.

Pop! in the Park

It's like Movies in the Park for music. Or at least that seems to be the aspirational vibe of Pop! in the Park, the summer concert series ongoing at the History Pavilion (the brick arbor-kind-of-structure, where the Indian Head lives in Riverfront Park).

Peril in the shale

If Chesapeake Energy really wanted to fully inform the citizenry about exploration of the Fayetteville shale, it would add to its new faux news website and its paid mockumentary lineup this investigative effort by the new nonprofit Pro Publica, a public interest journalism  foundation.

Lessons from UCA

John Brummett rounds up some morals from the UCA controversy. Sound stuff: * Don't ever fail to be vigilant about public officials, even -- maybe most particularly -- the wildly successful ones.

SOP: Same Old Party

Interesting that the Young Republican Turks were yammering Friday about a new way of doing things -- claiming that a Newt Gingrich-aggrandizement organization was actually a do-gooding nonpartisan outfit that would help us drill our way out of $4 gas.

SOP: Same Old Party

Interesting that the Young Republican Turks were yammering Friday about a new way of doing things -- claiming that a Newt Gingrich-aggrandizement organization was actually a do-gooding nonpartisan outfit that would help us drill our way out of $4 gas.

The night life

Eric Camp sent us a photo of Willie Nelson at last night's blockbuster pairing with B.B. King at the Riverfest Amphitheatre.

Ah, That Houston Dale

For the Razorback blogosphere, Houston Dale Nutt is truly the gift that keeps on giving, even after he's taken up residence in Oxford, Miss. The hilarious Tre Baker of ArkansasSports360.com is asking his readers to supply captions for the photo below, which surely has to rank among the great moments in the history of photojournalism.

Felix in the Spotlight (A Little Bit)

Courtesy of reader Eastville Holdings comes this nice Felix Jones profile from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Say It Ain't So, Elmer

It brings me no joy to report this, but the already-stocked Washington County prison all-star team just got a little more talented: former Hog hoopster Elmer Martin was has been sentenced to 15 years in the clink for a variety of drug-dealing charges, apparently involving cocaine and Ecstasy.

The Memphis Blues

Razorback fans living in Memphis: be strong. You'll need to be because ESPN.com has given Tiger fans yet another bragging right over their Hog-loving rivals.

'Electric' GOP meet

The Republican State Convention today was scintillating, said Chair Dennis Milligan. Release on the jump.

Lottery questions

Andrew DeMillo's column this week takes up one of my persistent questions. If voters approve a state lottery -- and I think they will -- what form will it take once the legislature gets through with it?

Saturday thread

It's open.

Derivative done well

Indie heroes Apples in Stereo make their first appearance in Little Rock.

In defense of Halter

John Brummett rises to defend work by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's staff on research and education about the lottery amendment Halter has advocated.

McCain: A desperate man

With devastating putdowns of John McCain such as Frank Rich's this morning becoming more frequent, it's no wonder his campaign is in full bleat desperation mode.

Nothing Better Than A Watermelon Pickle

Another brief installment in what is becoming a series of my exploits in taking the parts of food I'd normally throw out and putting them in jars to eat instead, I give you the luscious watermelon pickle.  And I tell you, in all honesty, that if I can do this?  An addled monkey can do this.  So go make some pickles while the watermelon rind is abundant.  You'll thank me later.Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Received from a Friend Called FelicityDuring that summerWhen unicorns were still possible;When the purpose of kneesWas to be skinned;When shiny horse chestnuts(Hollowed outFitted with strawsCrammed with tobaccoStolen from buttsIn family ashtrays)Were puffed in green lizard silenceWhile straddling thick branchesFar above and awayFrom the softening effectsOf civilization;During that summer--Which may never have been at all;But which has become more realThan the one that was--Watermelons ruled.Thick imperial slicesMelting frigidly on sun-parched tonguesDribbling from chins;Leaving the best part,The black bullet seeds,To be spit out in rapid fireAgainst the wallAgainst the windAgainst each other;And when the ammunition was spent,There was always another bite:It was a summer of limitless bites,Of hungers quickly feltAnd quickly forgottenWith the next careless gorging.The bites are fewer now.Each one is savored lingeringly,Swallowed reluctantly.But in a jar put up by Felicity,The summer which maybe never wasHas been captured and preserved.And when we unscrew the lidAnd slice off a pieceAnd let it linger on our tongue:Unicorns become possible again.~John Tobias

Little Rock stories

Little Rock writer Kevin Brockmeier contributed the closing essay in today's New York Times magazine.

Sunday headlines of note

A man with a shotgun opened fire in a Tennessee Unitarian church today while children performed "Annie."

Open line

Too hot to move here.

LR's first church

In membership, Fellowship Bible Church is No. 1 Thank God, its leaders say. Meanwhile, other LR churches follow different paths.

A telling week?

Brummett thinks it was Obama's week. Barack Obama, the Democrat, toured the Middle East, appearing vigorous and worldly and urbane and presidential, shining in controlled settings with the media kept at a distance and under control in ways that should have made Ronald Reagan's old handlers proud.

Business, Arkansas-style

Arkansas Business offers a window on the Arkansas businessman, and I do mean man, in a couple of articles this week.

Hatred of liberals turns violent

Last week, hanging up on one of the angry right-wingers  who call here periodically to curse the Times for its politics, I wondered briefly about the threat such people might pose.

Hatred of liberals turns violent

Last week, hanging up on one of the angry right-wingers  who call here periodically to curse the Times for its politics, I wondered briefly about the threat such people might pose.

Trailer gazing: "W"

  George Bush I to young, fiery and probably drunk George W. Bush: "You want an ass whooping!?"Still convinced: this is going to be comic gold.

Last Weekend: B.B. King and Willie Nelson

B.B. King / Willie NelsonJuly 25, Riverfest AmphitheaterMick Jagger and his fellow Rolling Stones were perhaps the first legendary musicians to keep touring long past the age when most of their ilk had retired – or worse.

Lawbreakers at Justice

An inspector general's report concludes that Justice Department officials broke the law by placing politics foremost in Justice Department hiring decisions.

'Caddyshack' prevails

The people have spoken and spoken correctly. "Caddyshack" received the most votes in the people's choice finale of the free summer "Movies in the Park" series.

Gasapalooza UPDATE

The state Game and Fish Commission has a meeting at 2 p.m. today. It's going to concern a major lease of Game and Fish acreage for gas exploration.

More water applicants

Two more applicants for that coveted seat on the Central Arkansas Water Commission -- environmental engineer Stan Jorgensen and Dr. John Gocio, a student in the College of Public Health.

More water applicants

Two more applicants for that coveted seat on the Central Arkansas Water Commission -- environmental engineer Stan Jorgensen and Dr. John Gocio, a student in the College of Public Health.

Cupcake time

Debbie Morgan provides the photo of a vanilla-mango cupcake and this note: My friends and I have been bitten by the cupcake bug here in the northeastern part of the state.

Name That Obscure Hog

Move over, "Wheel of Fortune." Eat your heart out, "Jeopardy."

Monday: The Evelyns, Sonny Burgess and more

The Evelyns. A new, or at least new-ish, incarnation of local power-pop champs the Evelyns headline Thick Syrup Mondays at Sticky Fingerz, with a new band, Frown Pow'r, unveiling weirdo lo-fi garage sounds, 10 p.m., $3 I think.Sonny Burgess, the legendary Sun Studios rockabilly hero ("Red Headed Woman") from Newport, plays an unlikely gig at the Esther D. Nixon Library, 6 p.m., free.

No more cookie cutter foreclosures?

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/07/25/subprime-legal-judges-scrutinize-mortgage-docs-deny-foreclosures/?mod=MostPopular

Last Night: Apples in Stereo

I hadn't listened to an Apples in Stereo album in probably ten years, but I went down to Revolution last night hungry for some sugary-sweet power pop goodness.

Development daydreams dashed

The Northwest Arkansas Times laments how it was taken by the soft-soap peddled by the developers who got significant Fayetteville taxpayer help to tear down the old Mountain Inn and in the form of valuable tax cuts in a Tax Increment Finance District created at their behest.

Hold, please, for Sen. Pryor

Anybody get the mass conference call this afternoon from Sen. Mark Pryor? Apparently recipients were asked to listen in to a conference call and invited to ask questions.

Gwatney goes negative

I was sent a mailer by Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney today. It's raising money for Joe White of Conway, the Senate candidate against incumbent Republican Gilbert Baker.

Monday thread

Here you go.

Another UCA revelation

It was somewhat buried in Saturday's coverage of the UCA Board meeting, but the opinion writers didn't miss the revelation -- first reported here -- that UCA administrators did not write the memo to the UCA Board supporting a secret pay enhancement for President Lu Hardin.

Speaking of shale

Louisiana folks, in the Haynesville shale, are striking it rich, too. The NY Times reports this morning.

Saucy

Joel DiPippa provides instructions for that sauce surrounding his shrimp. Every Italian cook will tell you to have an all purpose tomato sauce recipe ready at the drop of the hat.

Bush's war on women's rights

This issue has gotten some exposure, but not near as much as it deserves. The Bush Administration, in a final bow to the Religious Right, wants to make it possible to deny morning-after pills and other common forms of contraception to women.

God and John McCain

Matt Taibbi on politics and religion -- smart, outrageous, blasphemous, funny. His latest is a tour de force on John McCain's half-hearted outreach to the Republican evangelical base, which includes a newfound devotion to regular church attendance.

Northside politics

As Jeremy Peppas wrote last week for the Times of NLR (and which we linked), Pat Hays announced last night that he'd seek a sixth term as mayor of North Little Rock.

End of an era? UPDATE

Multiple reports say the financially troubled Bennigan's restaurant chain will be closing nationwide. The North Little Rock outlet was open at lunch today and a woman who answered the phone said they'd received no word of closure.

End of an era? UPDATE

Multiple reports say the financially troubled Bennigan's restaurant chain will be closing nationwide. The North Little Rock outlet was open at lunch today and a woman who answered the phone said they'd received no word of closure.

Huck veep? Uh, no.

Jonathan Martin notes that Mike Huckabee compared John McCain to  Bob Dole in a commentary stint last night on Fox.

The Petrino era

What? No waiting for judicial process to run its course?

Another GOP crook

U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has at last been indicted for making false statements on his income.

Mentors

I choose simply to laugh at this bit of news, courtesy of Rosso: Jim Adkisson, the man who shot two people to death in a Tennessee Unitarian church this week because he was angry at “liberals and gays,” had an array of right-wing books at his home.

New scenery

A former Arkie who now lives in Fort Worth was prompted to send this photo of a shale drilling rig in his neighborhood following news of massive exploration of wildlife management areas in Arkansas He comments:

Upside down houses

It's bad enough being upside down on your gas-guzzling SUV. But what about being upside down on your house?

Upside down houses

It's bad enough being upside down on your gas-guzzling SUV. But what about being upside down on your house?

Sweet Justice

I try to go to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest every year. A couple of years ago, I caught what has to be my favorite film I've ever seen there: Streetfight.

Arkansas connection in church death

Greg McKendry, the church member who was killed after he put himself between a shotgun-wielding man and a Unitarian congregation in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, was a former Arkansas resident.

Make plans: 2nd Annual Lucero Family Picnic

Make plans. The line-up for the second annual Lucero Family Picnic has been announced.

In the studio: The Boondogs

Indy Grotto and Jason Weinheimer. The Boondogs are wrapping up recording of their fifth LP.

Whose gas is it?

Ernie Dumas and I have been trading notes today about the legal authority by which the state Game and Fish Commission claims dominion over mineral rights on its land in the recent leasing of acreage for gas exploration.

Jewelry heist in LR

A New York jewelry wholesaler was robbed at gunpoint just moments before he was to pay a call at a Cantrell Road jeweler shortly before 1 p.m. today.

Turn out the lights

It's your turn.

Sifting the ashes

Developer Aaron Jones has gone silent about the fire that destroyed his expensive Chenal Valley home (pictured on left) as the feds join the investigation.

Enter Beebe on gas strike

You've perhaps noticed by now that Gov. Mike Beebe has made it clear he believes Game and Fish should share some of its gas riches with other state agencies -- most particularly the environmental stewards already woefully understaffed, even if they were inclined, to vigorously protect natural resources from the inevitable damage caused by massive exploration.

Not-so-happy warrior

Desperate for traction, John McCain has gone sharply negative and Rovian. NY Times claims some Republicans worry about the tactic.

Being close to sources

More on former LR journalist Ron Fournier, journalism, politics, etc. (After you read this, imagine for a moment that the report had emerged in February and the names Clinton or Obama were substituted for McCain.)

Being close to sources

More on former LR journalist Ron Fournier, journalism, politics, etc. (After you read this, imagine for a moment that the report had emerged in February and the names Clinton or Obama were substituted for McCain.)

Car thieves arrested

On the jump, an LRPD report on the arrest of three car burglars, WLR teens all, and a car full of their booty from some 25 car break-ins over a two-night span.

Josh Lucas stars in Showtime pilot

Little Rock native Josh Lucas, who's famous largely for looking like Matthew McConaughey and playing assholes, will star in "Possible Side Effects," a pilot Tim Robbins' is producing for Showtime.

Violent death

Police said today that the coroner has found that Charlie Hill, 54, who was found dead Sunday morning in his home at 4311 Pine Cone in Southwest Little Rock, was bludgeoned to death.

Wednesday To-Do: School Boy Humor

SCHOOL BOY HUMOR9 p.m., Juanita's. $10.

Modern Art

Poses! Charles Wyrick, who plays guitar in the Boondogs, the Easys, the Libras and Jim Mize and the Germans, blogs, way too infrequently, for Lucky Dog Audio, the boutique sound studio he co-owns.

Gas law

An attorney general's opinon today declines to render an opinion on whether the Oil and Gas Commission can "force pool," or integrate, mineral interests of government agencies.

Make plans: Salty Dogs on AETN

RSVP here. The broadcast debuts on Aug. 20.

Wednesday: 'Caddyshack,' Benjamin Del Shreve and more

Movies in the Park winds down its season tonight with "Caddyshack," sundown, free.Benjamin Del Shreve, who's a person and a band, plays a solo show at Sticky Fingerz,  9 p.m., $3.

Beebe appoints judge

Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Pine Bluff lawyer Eugene Hunt to the Arkansas Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created when Judge Brian Miller took a federal judgeship.

Water applicants everywhere

Add the name of Clyde Little, a district engineer for the Arkansas Health Department, to the list of applicants for the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

Tune In: 'Project Runway'

From this week's Televisionist column in tomorrow's paper (now up on the web).PROJECT RUNWAYBravo (Comcast Ch.

The scandal at Justice

We've become so accustomed to corruption and incompetence in the Bush administration that Justice Department confirmation of illegal political partisanship in Justice Department hiring was ignored by two of the major TV networks last night and mentioned only briefly on a third.

Football coaching is better, but ...

This week's Times has a roundup of the pay of top college officials at public four-year schools around the state.

Clemency petition for death-row inmate

The ARC Arkansas, an advocacy group for the mentally retarded, has issued a letter to Governor Beebe asking him to grant clemency to Frank Williams, a death-row inmate scheduled to be executed on September 9th.
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