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September 11, 2008

Vol 6 • No 35

Wild times at the Rep

How a massive capital campaign and large-scale renovation fit in with perhaps the theater’s most ambitious season yet.

Lipstick on a pig

It's an old saw -- put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig.

Gas price puzzle

A reader sends along the following observation on gas prices. Good point, I thought.

Blog alert

I'm about to leave for a long weekend in New York to celebrate a milestone birthday for Ellen with our kids, both New Yorkers now.

These yahooos are gonna shake up Washington?

Politico.com has a useful article about how the Sarah Palin "phenomenon" has been so successful that it caught even the McCain team by surprise.

Steinem on Palin

Gloria Steinem's op-ed in the LA Times has been circulating widely on e-mail. In case you didn't get it, here's a paragraph from the piece.

Woooo lipsticked pig, phooey! UPDATE

ABC NEWS just caught John McCain playing the phoniness card.Reporting about the McCain/Palin campaign's phony "outrage" over Barack Obama's use of the old phrase, "lipstick on a pig," ABC took a cue from Jon Stewart's video archive technique.

It's not TV, it's trash

As a culture, we probably pay too much attention to box office gross, as if the $100 million dollars other people doled out to see Angelina Jolie make bullets curve in “Wanted” is reason enough for us to add to the pile (it’s not). Still, that last weeken

Good times at Playtime

If you’re a Gen-X’er like this reviewer (or the parent of a Gen-X’er), chances are you have memories — and possibly lingering nightmares — about Showbiz Pizza Place. Go to that place in your brain you normally only go when accompanied by Jack Daniels, and

What's Cookin', Sept. 11

Rooftop offerings at Vermillion and So chef at River Market Cooking Club

UCA money woes

The University of Central Arkansas has been forced to cut operating expenditures.

The Week that Was, Sept. 3-9

It was a GOOD week for Bobby Petrino.

Who is Sarah Palin?

By the deft use of lies and distortions McCain, Palin and their surrogates turned a blank canvas overnight into a portrait of a stylish Joan of Arc.

Buying for babies

Attention pregnant folks: Here's my one piece of advice about all that stuff you need, or at least that you think you need, for your impending arrival: Buy none of it new except the car seat.

In brief, Sept. 11

Cross Canadian Ragweed, Matt Keating, Styx, Glossary, Big Boots and more

Defense better know when to hold 'em

Bobby Petrino's no gambler. Gamblers have zero control over outcome. Petrino has drills and practice and know-how. He made that call on fourth and short because he trusts his team and trusts himself. You can't train dice to roll, no matter how many times

Bland competence Beebe’s burden

The best or worst thing about Mike Beebe is that even lawyers couldn’t think of a way to make fun of him.

Unplain speaking

Now we have two company-owned politicians ambling around America calling themselves “mavericks.” This is bad for the country and bad for the language.

Huck’s big moment

Mike Huckabee got a speaking spot near prime time during the Republican National Convention, but the performance was not likely to catapult him to stardom.

To-do list, Sept. 11

On tap: The Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival, Arkansas Football Jam, 'Vital Signs,' American Princes, 'Freedom,' WWE Raw, Lucero Family Picnic, Egypt Central and Ashtray Babyhead.

With sweet inspiration

Together with Elvis, several New Orleans rappers, this girl I used to date and maybe Loretta Lynn, Dan Penn deserves a spot in the pantheon of Southern accents. He speaks in a deep, dulcet drawl, usually in measured tones that stretch and quiet as he gets

Women took charge

Fifty years ago, a group of white women in Little Rock banded together to save public education in their city.

Charter school questions

I noted that the state’s daily did an article on the e-Stem Charter Schools in a very short time after my letter was printed in your paper.

Ear candy

After a long, long hiatus, we return with the To-Do List podcast, a quick audio rundown of the weekend's big events. Download or stream it on Rock Candy.

Brush work

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art revealed one more facet in its collection last week: “The Indian and the Lily,” an 1887 painting by George deForest Brush. The announcement came in advance of its inclusion in an exhibition of Brush paintings that wi

Words, Sept. 11

Joe Lieberman probably calls it the Democrat Party.

Community builders

Barack Obama worked for a short time out of law school as a community organizer; that experience was belittled during the Republican National Convention.

Run for the border

Purple Rain, almost surely the state’s largest nightclub at 43,500 square feet, is a bold endeavor for a small-ish border town like Texarkana.

‘Pajama’ to ‘Spamalot’

You couldn’t dream of plays more different than “The Pajama Game” (a musical comedy set in a pajama factory) and “The Pillowman” (a dark comedy set in a police state).

Warhol on way

The Arkansas Arts Center is going to look at the Warhol phenomenon when it opens “Andy Warhol: 15 Weeks of Fame” Oct. 17, an exhibit that will bring paintings, silkscreen prints, graphite on paper, film clips and his Silver Clouds installation to town for

Fall Arts Guide

The calendar of events.

The immigrant question

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel opined yesterday what had been clear all along -- no law prohibits Arkansas colleges from admitting undocumented immigrants.

No sex, please, you're a teacher

A Bentonville judge has upheld the constitutionality of an Arkansas law that prohibits a teacher from having sex with a student, even one 18 years old.

I hope he's wrong, but ...

I'm feeling the same feeling Brummett expresses this morning: Barack Obama has turned into Michael Dukakis, John Kerry and Al Gore.

I hope he's wrong, but ...

I'm feeling the same feeling Brummett expresses this morning: Barack Obama has turned into Michael Dukakis, John Kerry and Al Gore.

Laff riot UPDATE

The Huckster was a winner in that charity celebrity comedy competition last night in Washington. This year, there were no themes that dominated quite the way Larry Craig's bathroom adventures did a year ago, though there were a few limp shots at Sarah Palin.

Laff riot UPDATE

The Huckster was a winner in that charity celebrity comedy competition last night in Washington. This year, there were no themes that dominated quite the way Larry Craig's bathroom adventures did a year ago, though there were a few limp shots at Sarah Palin.

Thursday To-Do: Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival

MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL 9 a.m., Ozark. $65-$140.

WM3 Request for New Trial Denied

I don't think I've ever posted anything about the so-called West Memphis 3 case. I recently read the book and it raised lots of questions that have no answers.

Neo-Ecclesiastes

For all us Bible thumpers, here’s a nice prophetic rendition (link fixed) of the final days.

After a really, really long hiatus, the To-Do List Podcast returns

I still don't really have all the levels like I'd like them, but here tis, you're quick audio rundown of the biggest and best events of the weekend.

Bears in the Ozarks

More news from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "Group of Bears," a posthumous cast of a sculpture by Paul Manship, was unveiled today at Compton Gardens in Bentonville, on the south edge of the Walton Family property.

Good night and good luck

Word arrives that KATV is shuttering its Hot Springs bureau.

Thursday: Cross Canadian Ragweed, Matt Keating and more

Cross Canadian Ragweed. Texas alt-country act Cross Canadian Ragweed plays these parts just about every month, it seems.

Q but no A

Some of the questions that Katha Pollitt writes in the The Nation that's she'd like to put to Republican't veep nominee Sarah Palin -- if Palin were allowed to speak to the press:

New COPS

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in the Department of Justice has awarded nearly $20 million in hiring grants to local police agencies.

Stay away

If you were thinking about riding your bike on the River Trail or launching a boat or using Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock Sept. 22-29, forget about it.

Help from Beebe

Well, I"ve been riding Gov. Mike Beebe for his silence over his upheaval of DHS (apparently for inadequate services for youths, though he's yet to discuss what's up) and the four deaths of foster children and and battery of another that have occurred since the supposed needed reforms began.

Easy money not so easy

The bond lawyers and bond daddies worked on Jim Guy Tucker and then they worked on Mike Huckabee and voters finally went along with the bond daddy enrichment scheme to borrow against future federal highway money to get money up front for road repairs.

Let's do lunch THEATER UPDATE

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama got together for lunch today in Harlem. (I believe I was in midtown NYC about then, working on this Vietnamese banh mi, a sandwich full of tuna, daikon, carrots, a sweet/hot sauce, cilantro and other stuff on crusty french bread.)

Open line time

Here you go.

Palin speaks

How bad was Charles Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin? So bad that the local ABC affliate in NYC used a clip of him asking this smoking fastball: Can you look the country in the eye and say you are qualified to be president?

UALR goes for the gold

UALR kicked off a $75 million fund drive tonight. It's a too-well-kept secret that a lot of good things are happening at UALR, including, but not limited to, the booming college aimed at information age jobs.

Hogs vs Horns History, pt1: the Big Wins

If you woke up today with an extra spring in your step, or if the air felt just a bit crisper than usual, that's because it's Texas week.

Harvest Music Festival: The Warm-up

Photo: Bryan Clifton There's no better way to warm up for a summer music festival than by chugging ice cold beer.

Come on down

I like the idea, espoused in these pages by a fellow columnist recently, of place specificity in our tourism advertising. Come on down to Altus and taste-test native vintages till you just pass freaking out. Come on down to Gillett and have them fry you u

The sound of fall

In this annual edition of our Fall Arts Guide, we run down the best and the brightest of what's up in fall.

Change for the homeless

In late September, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership program “Change for the Better” will install 25 orange donation boxes around downtown to collect funds for the homeless.

Wild times at the Rep

This season may be the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's most ambitious and challenging in all of its 33 years. There's a major capital campaign underway and a large scale remodel set to being later this year. And this weekend, the theater debuts its biggest production ever, "Les Mis."

LRSD numbers fall

So much for the post-Labor Day bounce. Sept. 4 enrollment in the Little Rock School District was down about 1,000 from the same day the year before.

Sen. Lincoln: Get after Palin

Sen. Blanche Lincoln has no sympathy for the Republican talking point that tough handling should be off-limits for Miss Caribou 2008.

'Blizzard of lies'

Yep, Krugman has it right. Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig?

Friday To-Do: Arkansas Football Jam

A preview of tonight. ARKANSAS FOOTBALL JAM 8 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex.

Plug!

I've plugged former Little Rocker David Ramsey's article in the new Oxford American about teaching school in the recovery school district of New Orleans and his students deep love of Lil Wayne several times before.

Obama wants you

The Obama/Biden campaign just launched a website for Camp Obama Arkansas, their new grassroots effort designed to flip Arkansas's switch from Red to Blue in the upcoming presidential election.

Obama wants you

The Obama/Biden campaign just launched a website for Camp Obama Arkansas, their new grassroots effort designed to flip Arkansas's switch from Red to Blue in the upcoming presidential election.

Friday To-Dos: 'Vital Signs' and 'Freedom'

‘VITAL SIGNS' 7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

Friday To-Do: American Princes

AMERICAN PRINCES 9:30 p.m., Vino's. $6.

State of emergency

Gov. Beebe and AG McDaniel warn gas stations not to take advantage of supply disruptions caused by Ike by gouging us up here.

Bush bus

Just went down to see The Bush Legacy bus in the River Market. Yeah, they're preaching to the choir, and Bush is out in a few months, but we like revisiting the great moments of the past eight years -- Iraq, Katrina, Enron, No Child Left Behind bushwa, gas prices, weakened environmental protection, the national debt and so forth and so on.

Public art, part II

This sculpture, "Stars and Stripes" by Kathleen Caricof of Loveland, Colo., has been installed in front of War Memorial Stadium.

The Weekend: Styx, Glossary, Miranda Lamber and more

Miranda Lambert come to Hot Springs. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Weekend To-Do: "Les Mis"

'LES MIS'7:30 p.m., the Rep. $30-$60. This season may be the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's most ambitious and challenging in all of its 33 years.

Weekend To-Dos: WWE Raw, Lucero Family Picnic, Egpyt Central and Ashtray Babyhead

Batista gets raw. WWE RAW 7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena.

God bwess Baba WaWa

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was on ABC's "The View" this morning, perhaps expecting a softball interview.

American Princes on "Entourage"

UPDATE: Hollywood didn't lie this time, but you had to know the Princes' "Auditorium" pretty well to recognize the opening riff.

Making animal sausage

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and state Sen. Sue Madison apparently still haven't merged forces on animal cruelty legislation.

Sick

Another animal torture story from the Northwest Arkansas: Someone entered a shelter in Springdale and killed 4 kittens, then took 6 more to a Home Depot parking lot and killed them there.

Harvest Music Festival: The Chompdown

Photo: Bryan Clifton Thursday night's Hackensaw Boys performance got festival goers in the mood to party.

McCain flat lies

Leslie mentioned this earlier, but Talking Points Memo has a nice short clip that shows how directly and blatantly John McCain lied to Barbara Walters.

I Still Remember When 30 Was Old

I still remember when thirty was old, except for I really don’t. I was always an old soul even as child.

My Evening with D-Mac: a Report from the Raiders' Season Opener

Regular readers of this blog probably know that my expat adventures have taken me to the exotic locale of Oakland, California (until recently...I now live in the much wimpier city of Berkeley).

Ike hikes

Arkansas Business has been updating its story on the state of emergency Gov. Beebe imposed earlier today to fend off gas gouging.

Early night

Here's an open line to work on.

Who's on second?

James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly explains it in a nutshell: Sarah Palin doesn't know what the Bush doctrine is for the same reason I don't know one thing about baseball.

WM3 slam of Jonesboro judge

Advocates for the West Memphis Three have distributed a statement slamming Circuit Judge David Burnett of Jonesboro for refusing to hold a hearing on new DNA evidence in the murder cases agains the three and denying a new trial for Damien Echols, who has been sentenced to die.

Some explaining to do

Brummett reacts to unhappy reader sentiments, particularly re presidential candidates. Bottom line, to oversimplify: No matter how bad any of them are, Paln is worse.

Hurricane Ike

Sounds like a disaster brewing in Galveston. Given that city's grim history, it's hard to believe enough years could pass that people would forget the reason to heed evacuation calls.

U-Texas, Fayetteville campus

OK, I exaggerate. But one in three entering freshmen at the University of Arkansas is from out of state.

All is lost

Bob Herbert opened his column today this way: While watching the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson Thursday night, and the coverage of the Palin phenomenon in general, I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail.

Early, early thread

Munford, Ernie or someone may yet chime in, but I'm expecting to be out of pocket today.

Early, early thread

Munford, Ernie or someone may yet chime in, but I'm expecting to be out of pocket today.

The Beebe mansion

"The Patton of Arkansas" puts his touch on the Governor's Mansion. And plans to remove some touches from Jet Huckabee.

More Palin tall tales

Latest revision: On her foreign travels. That life-changing trip to Iraq?

Obama on Main

Just got back from the opening of the Obama campaign headquarters at 7th and Main in North Little Rock.

New Indian restaurant

I got this note today from a reader: We just ate at a new Indian restaurant.  It is in the location of an old restaurant at Rodney Parham Rd. next to Lily's Dim Sum.  It is very good and much better than the predecessor.  It is called Amruth.  It is definitely worth checking out - excellent food.

A new line for the evening

A fresh start, if you wish. I expect some similar topics will dominate.

A new line for the evening

A fresh start, if you wish. I expect some similar topics will dominate.

Sarcasm strategy

It's working for McCain. See pig and lipstick, Brummett writes.

Sarcasm strategy

It's working for McCain. See pig and lipstick, Brummett writes.

President Palin

Think about it, Frank Rich writes. WITH all due deference to lipstick, let’s advance the story.

Into the storm

I'm headed home, I hope, through Chicago. Rain everywhere.

Powerless

Some 135,000 Entergy customers statewide are without power today and that number is expected to rise.

This Post is Brought to You by the Letter L

This week we had Prince and Princess Day at the library for some of our young patrons, complete with a tea party.  I’m not much of a princess myself.  I’m more of a “walking disaster” since I keep bumping into things at work.  Just as a smattering of bruises on my leg cleared up, I fell into the corner of a credenza.  I had to trade out a chair in my office because it had pointy arms that I kept running into, and two weeks ago, I burned myself on a pop-tart.  Seriously.  But, the staff was invited to dress up for Princess Day, and to show my solidarity with the children’s department, who do a really great job, I hauled out a long, pink skirt, some preppy heels and a shiny necklace my grandfather won in a Bingo game.  Hardly ermine and pearls, but it would do.  I topped the whole look off with a construction paper crown that one of my co-workers made for me with a die-cut machine.

When the lights went out

--Photo by iJournalist Pat Lynch Ike drenched Chicago, but its movement miraculously didn't deter my flight home.

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UPDATE: (Almost) live from Bryant Park

UPDATE: Jezebel's got pictures of Korto's collection on the runway.We've still got a month left before we get an answer, but after the final six from "Project Runway" debuted their collections this morning at Bryant Park in New York as part of Fashion Week, there are twitter and live blog feeds from the show to parse to death.So, tidbits:Little Rock's Korto Momolu's collection is inspired by nature.

Open line

Here's a Sunday opportunity. The audience may be reduced by power outages.

Open line

Here's a Sunday opportunity. The audience may be reduced by power outages.

Change for the homeless

In late September, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership program “Change for the Better” will install 25 orange donation boxes around downtown to collect funds for the homeless.

Blog-inspired

Blog reader Larry Williams credits another blog contributor for inspiring his new bumper sticker.

Back in the pulpit

Mike Huckabee was in a California church -- an overtly political one where the pastor endorsed a political candidate -- to speak approvingly of a California proposition to ban same-sex marriage.

It's the economy, etc.

The largest monthly spike in unemployment of women in 33 years. Will women really flock to the candidate who supported the administration that brought us to this pinnacle?

Foster care questions

Legislative committees are expected this week to review state foster care issues. After four deaths and a battering on DHS' watch this year, it's overdue.

We're all New Orleans

John Brummett sat in on last week's lecture by John Barry, author of the acclaimed book on the 1927 flood, and explains why the lessons of New Orleans are lessons for all of us and why we all share culpability for the disaster that came with Katrina.

For football fans

A glowing mention in the NY Times of Hog transfer Damian Williams in the account of USC's thumping of Ohio State:

Ask the Hoglawyer: Can I sue my vet for malpractice if my dog dies because of their negligence?

Dear Hoglawyer: If my dog dies because of my veterinarian’s neglectful medical care, can I sue?

Four more years of this?

The Dow is down 300 on news of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch's sale to Bank of America.

After the storm

Now those who rode out Hurricane Ike in Galveston learn the rest of the story.

Bishop Allen get stuck in your head

  Little Rock's Christian Rudder is partly responsible for the song that comes at the end of the trailer for "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," otherwise known as the latest chapter in the Michael Cera-is-a-hipster-wimp film series.

Russian expert

Another opportunity to learn more about the Russia-Georgia conflict is coming up this week. Russian expert E. Wayne Merry will speak to the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations at 11:30 a.m.

"Oh, my gosh!" girls

Ladies, ladies, ladies, please, will you stop with the fake, "oh my gosh" girl personality?  If I have to listen to another introduction between two perfectly intelligent, perfectly business oriented women that goes like this: "HAAAAAAAAAY!

Hurricane in Arkansas? Wait, what?

Global Warming Exists.  Period. Unless you are a complete psychotic-nutcase homeschooling you children to believe that God intended the polar bear to die and it's the Lord's divine will to melt the ice caps, you have got to start paying attention to global warming.  Why?

Fort Smith layoffs

Whirlpool laying off 700 in Fort Smith. No timeline for a callback.

A little blowback

At least the Crooked Talk Express is prompting some dissension. David Ignatius: In suggesting McCain has sold his soul to the devil to win, writes:

Harvest Music Festival: The Aftermath

Friday afternoon was lovely and sunshiney. Music from Shannon Wurst with 3 Penny Acre livened up the Campground Stage, and Cornmeal kicked things off over at the Mulberry Mountain Stage.

John McCain's Arkie roots

Obama's got 'em. McCain, too.

Nature on the river

A Downtown Partnership members-only cocktail party Wednesday afternoon at the site suggests the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center (what, something not named for a Huckabee?)

510, Meet 501

In just his second NFL game, Darren McFadden conjured up visions of his years in Fayetteville by rushing for 164 yards on 21 carries in Oakland's 23-8 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Stephens sees opportunities

Arkansas Business has a report on a memo Warren Stephens circulated in the Stephens financial empire today.

Coal patrols

Opponents of the proposed coal-fired generating plant in Hempstead County are organizing carpools to take people to the public hearing on an air permit for the plant at 6 p.m.

Open line

Investment tips? Buildings to jump from?

The Eagles

Extending a biblical metaphor that began with "Hell Freezes Over" in the mid-90s, the Eagles last year released the comeback album "Long Road Out of Eden," exclusively through Wal-Mart. Tonight, the lite-rock legends are at Alltel.

Billionaire opposes lottery

How about this? Jillionaire Jim Walton has sent $75,000 in loose change to the campaign against a state lottery.

Billionaire opposes lottery

How about this? Jillionaire Jim Walton has sent $75,000 in loose change to the campaign against a state lottery.

Can we talk issues for a minute?

Good idea, Brummett. He picks health care.

Dan Penn Q&A in full

You grew up in rural Alabama in the ’40s and ’50s, which doesn't seem like a time or a place that would really lend itself to someone being immersed in soul music.

Heifer borrowing

Arkansas Business reports that Heifer International will seek approval from the Little Rock City Board tonight for establishment of a city bonding agency that would allow the charity to issue up to $20 million in tax-free bonds to pay for a new building and refinance debt on its existing headquarters.

RV rally stirs NLR

Commodore Hays has bent over backwards to lure a big RV rally to the city beginning next weekend.

In the 'hood

The Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods website is worth a look if you're interested in the future of the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Count the lies

McCain campaign? Integrity?

Tuesday Must-Do: Dan Penn

DAN PENN AND BOBBY EMMONS7:30 p.m., Cabe Theater, Hendrix College, Conway. Free.Together with Elvis, several New Orleans rappers, this girl I used to date and maybe Loretta Lynn, Dan Penn deserves a spot in the pantheon of Southern accents.

Celebrity endorsement

Former UAF Chancellor John White announced his endorsement of the state lottery today. Proceeds will go to higher education.

Latest polling trends

Uniformly bad. McCain up nationally and ahead in critical tossup states -- Virginia, Ohio (by an increasing margin) and Colorado.

Did John McCain Invent The Blackberry?

It seems like one of his campaign aids thinks so........he is the miracle worker you know.

Price gouging probe

  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today that his office had or would be issuing subpoenas to 10 fuel suppliers for an investigation of whether they unalwfully raised prices last week during the scare about interrupted gasoline supplies on account of Hurricane Ike.

Ragin' Cajun in town

James Carville speaks at 7 p.m. tonight at Philander Smith College in PSC's sterling lecture series.

Ragin' Cajun in town

James Carville speaks at 7 p.m. tonight at Philander Smith College in PSC's sterling lecture series.

Whistling past the graveyard UPDATE

A Stephens Media article today quotes a variety of people who see little fallout from yesterday's Wall Street debacle in Arkansas.

Open John McCain's mouth ...

... stuff it with grizzly bear paw.

He Just Might Make Me a Cowboys Fan

What a Monday night game - and what a performance by Felix Jones. One day after his former Razorback teammate grabbed a bit of the national football spotlight, Felix put on quite a show last night, returning six kicks for a total of 247 yards.

No lawsuit on adoption ban

Arkansas Families First will not file a lawsuit to contest either signatures or the constitutionality of the proposal to ban adoptions or foster parenting in homes with unmarried couples.

No lawsuit on adoption ban

Arkansas Families First will not file a lawsuit to contest either signatures or the constitutionality of the proposal to ban adoptions or foster parenting in homes with unmarried couples.

SEC Power Poll: Week 3

Once again, it's time for our SEC Power Poll ballot. Before we get to that, however, we'd like to note that the Hogs' next four opponents are currently ranked in the AP top 10 (and that doesn't even include LSU lurking later this season).

Pulaski County District Judge Wayne Gruber helps with homeless outreach

In a sea of otherwise depressing news, here is a bright spot how Judge Gruber and others are trying to help the homeless population of Little Rock.

I love small town papers

There is nothing inherently interesting or novel about this story about a woman who wrote a hot check to Sears in Malvern.

Tuesday To-Do: The Eagles

THE EAGLES8 p.m., Alltel Arena. $41.75-$151.75.Extending a biblical metaphor that began with "Hell Freezes Over" in the mid-90s, the Eagles last year released the comeback album "Long Road Out of Eden," exclusively through Wal-Mart.

For What I Don't Become...

  Glossary was in town Friday night at White Water Tavern and ripped through a stellar set of crowd-pleasers.

A Picnic in the Rain... Almost...

Cory Branan makes a cameo during Lucero's set Maybe it was the lights, or the huge stage, or their new record deal, but Lucero is no longer the rag-tag group of home-town kids, screeching the paint off the walls at Vino’s. They are a bonafide, tight, seamless rock and roll band.

McCainiacs redeployed

Repub blogger says Republican field staff sent to Arkansas to work for the McCain campaign have been moved to the Pennsylvania front.

UCA still booming

UCA announces record enrollment this fall.

Toddlin' Tuesday

An open line for you. And an invitation to weigh in on tonight's activities: * FINANCIAL CHAOS: The government (meaning taxpayers) bails out insurance giant A.I.G. Reluctantly.

Shot in the dark

Updates on the story, first reported here in April, of North Little Rock resident Tracy Ingle, who was shot in January 2008 by a North Little Rock Police Department S.W.A.T. team executing a no-knock search warrant on his East 21st Street home.

The female vote

I can't put my finger on why Sarah Palin inspires such furious opposition among many women.

Last Night: The Eagles

All pics by Brian Chilson. Click to expand.Click to expand.

Law and order

Mostly disorder last night, according to the string of robbery reports on the jump, but one Waffle House robber was butt shot and captured by cops.

NLR race dropout

Scott Miller announced today that he was withdrawing from the race for NLR alderman, Ward 2.

Media expert from LR

Tim Griffin, no introduction necessary, touts the journalistic skills of Matt Drudge in the Washington Post.

Arkansas: butt of web interest

Remember Paddling Steve Halter, the principal of Booneville High School?  He was featured on TruTV in the clips above and below.

OMG

"Eat it American Princes!" Lauren de Miranda might say if she was snarky and knew who the American Princes were.

Foster care foulups

The interim House and Senate committees on children and youth met up in Conway today.

Money, that's what they want

A good report from Roby Brock at Talk Business on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's annual report and wish list.

Still for animal cruelty, too

The Farm Bureau has announced its position on state ballot issues. No to lottery.

Bond foolishness

With still more bonds on this year's ballot, it's a good time to look back at the highway bond issue that Mike Huckabee claimed as a shining achievement.

Arkansas vs Alabama: Thanks for the Memories

The Hogs and the Tide have given us some truly great games over the past 16 years.

Coughlin settlement

The settlement in which Wal-Mart will still pay thieving former executive Tom Coughlin $6.75 million was unsealed today.

Coughlin settlement

The settlement in which Wal-Mart will still pay thieving former executive Tom Coughlin $6.75 million was unsealed today.

Spending the gas gold

The Game and Fish Commission got a look today at the agency staff's ideas for spending the coming gas royalty riches.

Spending the gas gold

The Game and Fish Commission got a look today at the agency staff's ideas for spending the coming gas royalty riches.
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