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August 18, 2005

Vol 3 • No 31

This Modern World Aug. 18


A TV anchorman died last week and one of the next-day headlines was, “Jennings’ Death Ushers in Uncertain Era.” Silly me, I thought we’d already been living in an uncertain era.

Costco, Part II

I made good on my promise to visit a Costco warehouse store during my vacation. It was as good as my big-spending daughter had advertised. The Kansas City store (plunked down in a revitalizing center city neighborhood, not a lilywhite suburb) was clean

Well-rounded at Oval

When Oval Gallery held its inaugural juried exhibition last year, 16 pieces of art won a spot. Oval’s a year old now and its First Anniversary competitive show, judged by Barbara Pryor, has matured, too. This year, Pryor — an art collector and wife of for

Mysterious ways of Mex

When you get right down to it, good ol’ American food is — like most good ol’ Americans — pretty much straightforward, with nothing to hide. The menu at your average greasy spoon is a testament to that ideal. Note the humble chilidog: gooey perfection, wi

Media complicity

George W. Bush and Richard M. Nixon have at least this much in common: The White House of each abused the power of the president in order to destroy their critics and then tried to cover it up. As Americans would discover, Nixon was personally complicit

The long goodbye

In her nearly two decades at Cumberland Towers, resident Betty Murray has often fought for the rights of her neighbors. They’ve been little victories: new wheelchair ramps, changes in the rules concerning pets. For the past four months, however, Murray ha

Hard to buy 'Red Eye'

The problem with most action hero movies like the new release “Red Eye” is one of credibility, and ability.

The week that was Aug. 10-16

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … BARE-KNUCKLE POLITICS. Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh announced he’d be a Republican candidate for 1st District Congress, a seat now held by Democrat Marion Berry. Stumbaugh talks tall, an ex-cop

More picks Aug. 18-24

Highlights this week include a documentary on school desegregation in Hoxie, rock 'n' roll at the Old State House, baseball, Scooby Doo and 'Guys and Dolls.'

Letters Aug. 18

I just read about the beacon of peace and hope that WAND wants to build. I’m all for peace and hope, and a monument is a fine way to symbolize it, but please tell them and your readers that bright beacons shining into the night sky is a very bad thing for
Jay Grelen of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette


Okay, I’m just going to say it. Jay “Sweet Tea” Grelen, the columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, might have a problem. I’m not saying it’s a big problem, or even an uncommon problem. But still, it’s a problem.

Orval Aug. 18

Princes return as kings

American Princes, the down-to-earth independent rockers who we recall fondly from their participation in the Young Voters Project in Little Rock a year ago, return home for the first time since inking a deal a few weeks back with Yep Roc Records out of No

The Insider Aug. 18

A broad coalition will put finishing touches this week on the formation of an organization to push a 2006 ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas, now $5.15 an hour. No fixed proposal is set yet, but the increase would likely be a dollar

TV highlights

BRANDO MARATHON All day Friday, Aug. 19 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) Though Marlon Brando might always best be known for his turn as Don Corleone in “The Godfather,” you don’t get to be a legend over one role.

Editorial cartoon Aug. 18

Smart Talk Aug. 18

The National Center for Education Statistics’ recent report that the nation’s 9- and 13-year-olds are scoring higher on math and reading is good news on two fronts: Not only are scores higher, fueling the higher rates are scores by children in the South.

Words Aug. 18

A New York Times article about recording companies paying radio stations to play the companies’ records, a practice known as payola, prompted an e-mail from Paul Mahfouz. He notes that payola is most often associated with a scandal involving rock and roll

Chillin’ on Easy Street

Nightlife has taken on a new face in downtown Little Rock. On any evening, a swarm of 20-somethings hits the River Market district for barroom blues and rock bands, sing-along dueling piano bars and imported beer. But an ever-growing group of night ow

Lost in space

Discovery and its crew of seven landed back from the space station safely last week with no trouble even though the space shuttle kept shedding small bits of foam, the kind of thing that killed 14 astronauts in the explosions of two shuttles in 1986 and 2

Felton's versatility a plus on the line

FAYETTEVILLE — On almost every pass play, the right tackle takes a big step back with his right leg, slides with the left and then quickly repeats the maneuver maybe a half-dozen times to stay in front of a defensive end. For a 360-pounder with s

A plan for the fleeting surplus

Arkansas state government is awash in surplus funds because the legislature made budgets conservatively on the basis of experts’ predictions of an inevitable economic slowdown that has not yet occurred.

Mysterious Roberts

If John Roberts is such a good nominee for the Supreme Court, why are he and the White House and his Senate handlers being so secretive about his beliefs and affiliations? What have they got to hide?

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking:Osaka Japanese Steakhouse; McAlister's Deli. Capsule rev iew: Frostop.

On deck: Midtown

Two developments this month signal that the renaissance of downtown Little Rock is rippling out from its originating point in the River Market, making its future more promising and secure.

All we need is a bit more cash

Now that North Little Rock voters have OK’d adding a penny to their sales tax to fund a new ballpark for the Arkansas Travelers, there are all kinds of possibilities for raising Central Arkansas’s quality of life.

Driftin' Slim Mickle

During his career as a bluesman, Keo native Elmon Mickle was known by a variety of nicknames: Harmonica Harry, Model T Slim, Drifting Smith, but the stage name that stuck best was Driftin’ Slim.

The Observer

The Observer was in our car listening to the radio when a song by rapper Warren G came on. We first thought it was his “Regulate,” with such soothing lyrics as “Sixteen in the clip and one in the hole, Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold/Now

Benching Title IX

Before the enactment of the federal law known as Title IX in 1972, fewer than 32,000 women participated in college sports. Today, the number is 150,000. Female participation in high school athletics has increased from fewer than 300,000 before Title IX to

This is funny?

Our media writer doesn't much like an editorial cartoon in the Aug. 23 Democrat-Gazette. Beware: His language isn't the kind you'd generally use in front of children.