← Back to issues

December 4, 2008

Vol 6 • No 47

New arrival

Kat Robinson, a regular poster on this blog and now a regular contributor to our Eat Arkansas blog, has good news.

Behind the LRSD scene UPDATE

As the Little Rock School Board decides how to cope with the need to cut $10 million from its budget on account of an enrollment drop, one School Board member, Diane Curry, has inquired about the impact of a pay cut for administrative employees at the top end of the pay scale.

Blog performance update

The providers of the Movable Type software are working on our sign-in problem. They have identified it as associated with the change from Type Key to Type Pad and are endeavoring to fix it.

Unhand that phone!

Rep. Ray Kidd introduced a bill today to prohibit use of hand-held phones will driving.

Another hero passes

In the paid obituaries today was a notice of the death of Mrs. Imogene Brooks Brown, 92, of Little Rock, the first black nurse hired at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Gag order

Little Rock District Judge Lee Munson today issued what's been described to me as a sweeping gag order prohibiting comments from all law enforcement and any parties in the capital murder case against Curtis Vance, 28, in the fatal beating of KATV morning anchor Anne Pressly.

Anyone still around?

Here's a fresh thread.

Orval, Dec. 4

Come home, Barack

Barack Obama appeared to many Americans as the black presidential candidate with the foreign name.

It’s a wonderful, noisy life

This holiday season, the iconic story of George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, comes to the Arkansas Rep’s Main Stage — with a twist.

South rises again at Faubus Motel

It’s a rich story on many levels, filled with irony and striking coincidence.

The observer, Dec. 4

The Observer recently attended a talk at the Clinton School of Public Service, lured there by the appearance of a NASA astronaut.

This modern world, Dec. 4

Workers’ ‘rights’

If you can make yourself look at it this way, the country has become a far better place the past year or so because lots of people, from profit-motivated businessmen and lobbyists to hard-bitten newspaper owners and editors, have developed a sudden consum

Nada Surf, Delta Spirit

Arriving at 9 p.m., we secured spots on the front row, just in time to see the first opener, Jealous Girlfriends, break down their set-up.

Don’t believe everything you read

I’ve gotten two versions of it, so I’m assuming a lot of you have seen it too: An e-mail warning readers not to buy gift cards, or much of anything else, at a long list of national chain retailers that are supposedly closing a number of stores or going ou

Arkansas escaped

A decade or so ago, ambitious and well-connected chiselers sold gullible and/or greedy legislators on the idea that deregulation of electricity would be good for people.

Editorial cartoon, Dec. 4

What it is

I have to tell you that, at the end of the day, I personally agree with Doug Smith’s fairly unique column, WORDS.

Dirty Harry Marathon

I hate it here in the future. TV and movie cops have gone soft.

A&E news, Dec. 4

The 10th edition of the Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue hits newsstands on Friday.

An (un)likely story

I don’t believe it for a minute. Not one bit. How can a story this perfect possibly be true?

In brief, Dec. 4

Our favorite local honky-tonk stalwarts the Salty Dogs return to White Water after a month’s (or so) hiatus for a night of country classics and originals, 9 p.m., $5.

Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2008

It was a GOOD week for … The LITTLE ROCK POLICE. They arrested a suspect, Curtis Vance of Marianna, in the beating death of KATV morning anchor Anne Pressly.

Smart talk, Dec. 4

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission Nov. 21 released a letter of reprimand to Circuit Judge Mary McGowan of Little Rock.

Big taste, small packages

New restaurants have a tendency to be hit or miss.

What's cooking, Dec. 4

Satellite Coffee Co. will, once again, extend its hours into the evening beginning Monday, Dec. 15.

High concept

‘Synecdoche’ struggles under the weight of its form, but ultimately impresses.

Crime Lab delay

Was the rape of a Marianna schoolteacher less important to the state than an assault on a Little Rock TV personality? “Couldn’t be farther from the truth,” state Crime Laboratory Director Kermit Brooks Channell II said Tuesday.

Adam Faucett

In the imagination of the American winter, after the leaves are stripped from the trees and snow dulls the jagged edges of our immediate surroundings, our perception is sharpened.

To-do list, Dec. 4

My Brightest Diamond, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, 'The History Boys,', Hoobastank, Boys of the Lough, Christina Milian and Stanton Moore Trio highlight this week's entertainment options.

‘A night from hell’

Students who were present during what Jonesboro police have called a riot at that city’s The Grove apartment complex on election night Nov. 4 say the event was a peaceful celebration until cops arrived, and insist that accounts of rock and bottle throwing

Words, Dec. 4

Maybe we need a misusage vaccine:

The burning question

In his cluttered office in Jonesboro — “a working lawyer’s office,” he said with a smile — Bobby McDaniel keeps an assortment of trigger locks.

Farm Bureau backs cruelty bill UPDATE

The Farm Bureau may supports Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's bill to bring Arkansas into the 20th (yes 20th) century by making a felony of mistreatment of animals.

Socialized tire making

You betcha Arkansas is unlimbering its wallet for Cooper Tire's extortion of four states now in a bidding war to avoid a shutdown of one of its plants.

Old v. new UPDATE

It may be a story only a media insider can love, but John Brummett's disputation of a new reporting gimmick on Channel 7 continues today.

'Singlism' and the workplace

Have you read what Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said about Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's appointment to the Cabinet?

Bagel report

Sign says the Boulevard Bread Co. outlet in the River Market will be closed today for cleanup on account of the fire upstairs last night.

When reporters get in the story

Ron Breeding of KUAR has developed a full report on a media ethics matter that has caused some buzz in news circles -- the assembled friends of the late Anne Pressly, who gathered at LR police hq the night Curtis Vance was arrested in the KATV anchor's killing.

David Gordon Green and HBO

David Gordon Green and Danny McBride on set. Via Slash Film.

More orders in Pressly murder

Fox 16 has the jump on a couple more orders by District Judge Lee Munson in the capital murder case against Curtis Vance, suspected in the killing of KATV anchor Anne Pressly.

SWEPCO sophistry UPDATE

Roby Brock at Talk Business has an interview with Paul Chodack, president of SWEPCO, about the company's unprecedented bid to be allowed to keep building a power plant while opponents contest its air permit.

Movin' on up

A frequently reliable tipster says the latest report on Heights burglaries includes the theft, in addition to the usual flat screen TV haul, of some $5,000 in pricey wine.

CAN’T BE TOO HUNG OR TOO LIT . . .

  That’s Chenal’s Christmas motto: Restrained good taste.   My tree (below) is hung with dazzling ornaments from around the world, thanks to “Santa’s Little Helpers” – Juan, Miguel, Julio, Jésus, Rosario, Juanita, Luis, Celia and my marvelous landscaping team!

Weekend To-Do: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

The tiger tamer, hiding her flesh-colored body suit. RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS7 p.m., Alltel Arena.

Thursday To-Do: My Brightest Diamond

Shara Worden. MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

The Boondogs gorgeous new music video

  "Heaven" A couple of months back the Boondogs shot a video in New Orleans for "Heaven," off their recently released "Take Shelter."

The Grammy nominations: Less sucky than usual

Ne-Yo, steely. Camden-born Ne-Yo scored a nomination for Album of the Year last night for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February.

Beebe appoints

Gov. Mike Beebe announces a couple of key appointments today, including a former Mike Huckabee administration hand, Butch Reeves, to the Public Service Commission, and Watson Bell of Searcy to Workers Comp.

Hangup calls

Arkansas Business reports Windstream, the local phone company spinoff from Alltel based here, will announce layoffs today.

Thursday: Salty Dogs, Ted Ludwig, San Antokyo, Eoff Brothers and more

Paul Dellostritto, still doing it up My favorite local honky-tonk stalwarts the Salty Dogs return to White Water after a month's (or so) hiatus for a night of country classics and originals, 9 p.m., $5.

Thursday Hodge Podge

• Welcome Back, Jason Henry. Suspensions, apparently, become him.

Blues duo immortalized

The Oxford American's 10th anniversary music edition hit mailboxes today along with news that the magazine had won a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Blues duo immortalized

The Oxford American's 10th anniversary music edition hit mailboxes today along with news that the magazine had won a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Let's eat

The ongoing debate about interactive journalism inspires me to try some. I'm looking for nominations for your favorite single food dish in Arkansas.

Let's eat

The ongoing debate about interactive journalism inspires me to try some. I'm looking for nominations for your favorite single food dish in Arkansas.

News you can use, Lucero-philes

For the second year in a row, White Water Tavern is bringing Lucero to town for an intimate show (in a space far, far smaller than it typically plays).

Burglar set River Market fire

The city says the River Market fire last night, which forced closure of all businesses in the building except Andina's Cafe today, was set during a burglary of offices last night.

Night time at Satellite

Satellite Coffee Co. will, once again, extend its hours into the evening beginning Monday, Dec. 15.

Update: The Hop Diner

The Hop has taken a leap into plate lunches and pies with the addition to its kitchen of Sheri Mills, late of Pie Heaven in the River Market (and Lunch at the Legion and Andina’s before that).

More on Capi's

Inside Capi's. In this week's review of Capi's, the new tapas restaurant from the folks behind Trio's, we confused the restaurant's hours in the paper.

UPDATE: Zaxby's

ZAXBY’S While the appearance of yet another fast food restaurant in the Little Rock/North Little Rock market usually isn't much to crow about, we'll make an exception in the case of Zaxby's.

Little Rockettes

In advance of their upcoming performances at Alltel, a couple of the Radio City Rockettes were at Joel's House of Dance in Little Rock this afternoon to offer guidance on the proper form of a leg kick to some wee dancers.

Pressly suspect sighting

Fox 16 has interviewed the Heights housekeeper who's sure she saw Anne Pressly's accused killer in her neighborhood three days before she was fatally beaten.

Joe T. in 'lockdown'

Robinson High School was in lockdown for a period of time this afternoon after a gun was found in a locker.

The line is open

You're up.

A boy killer speaks

Everything about the video is cold. Cold blue/gray backdrop. Cold lighting. Cold, unblinking eye of the camera.

$400 haircut? Chump change

McCain campaign spent $110,000 in two months on Sarah Palin's makeup and hair styling. Looks like her clothing bill is going to hit $180,000.

Christmas greetings

Tough times continue at UCA, with the announcement of pay and hiring freezes and other measures to bring the budget into line.

Pressly suspect: A stalker?

ABC News has advanced the reporting on the Anne Pressly murder case a good distance.

Pressly suspect: A stalker?

ABC News has advanced the reporting on the Anne Pressly murder case a good distance.

Weekend To-Do: 'The History Boys'

‘THE HISTORY BOYS'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14.The Weekend Theater's artistic director Ralph Hyman directs this Tony Award winner, a drama set in a fictional grammar school in northern England in the early '80s.

Why not two days every 60 years?

This ain't going anywhere. But note that Sen. Bobby Glover has filed a proposed constitutional amendment to undo the overwhelmingly approved amendment to have annual legislative sessions.

Laughter: the best medicine

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die Saw this on Olbermann last night.

Feel the earth move?

Gov. Beebe has released $300,000 to install monitors of seismic activity in Arkansas. We are atop a major fault, of course.

Betty White's lyrical evolution, birth control advice from Michelle Duggar and Al Green and food metaphors

Betty and Elton on Venice Beach. Click on the pic for a slide show.

Mary on the brain

What would the Ark. Blog do without its readers? Such as Quapaw, maitre d' at Midtown Billiards, who scours the web for Arkansas-related news of note.

So...

My friend Danielle once pointed out that she and I frequently hurt ourselves doing really mundane things.  Like, if one of us ever ended up on crutches and someone asked us what happened, we wouldn't have a badass story about mountain biking or skiing a black diamond slope.  We'd say something like, "So, I was walking my dog...."

O.J. to slammer

Thug gets 15 years, it says here. He's sorry now.

What's wrong with Arkansas?

I think I indicated yesterday that the bullying polluters who control the state's so-called Pollution Control and Ecology Commission weren't likely to side with precedent or clean air in deciding to stay construction of the coal-fired SWEPCO power plant while an appeal of its air permit continues.

What's wrong with Arkansas?

I think I indicated yesterday that the bullying polluters who control the state's so-called Pollution Control and Ecology Commission weren't likely to side with precedent or clean air in deciding to stay construction of the coal-fired SWEPCO power plant while an appeal of its air permit continues.

Weekend To-Do: 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play'

'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY'7 p.m., the Rep. $20-$40.This holiday season, the iconic story of George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, comes to the Arkansas Rep's Main Stage — with a twist.

Saturday To-Do: Hoobastank

HOOBASTANK7:30 p.m., the Village. $17 adv., $20 d.o.s.At least for now, the gears that propel the music-industrial complex lurch along.

The perpetual campaign

Media are so hooked on horse race politics that they're whipping up the 2012 race for president before Barack Obama's inaugural.

Gulpsville UPDATE

E-mail to D-G staffers today reportedly said: There will be a short meeting in the newsroom today at 3 p.m.

The Weekend: Runaway Planet, Chris Denny, Korto, "The Nutcracker" and more

Runaway Planet. FRIDAY 12/5Local musicians Happenstance, the Boomers, Kat Hood and Chuck Gilbert perform at the Advent Lutheran Church, 7 p.m., $4-$12, to benefit the Bethlehem House, a homeless transitional center.

The Auburn Coaching Search Gets Nutty

I don't know about you, but I love me some SEC coaching search drama. Of course, it's a lot less stressful when it's happening to a team you don't really root for, which is probably why I'm so interested by the mess rapidly unfolding at Auburn.

Sunday To-Do: 'Boys of the Lough'

BOYS OF THE LOUGH4 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $23-$35.As the elder statesmen of Celtic music, the Ireland-based Boys of the Lough can rest their reputation on more than 70 U.S. tours, acclaimed recordings spread across five decades and two Grammy nominations.

The Televisionist: 'Dirty Harry' Marathon

DIRTY HARRY MARATHONFriday, Dec. 5, Bravo!I hate it here in the future. TV and movie cops have gone soft.

Sunday To-Do: Stanton Moore

STANTON MOORE TRIO7 p.m., Revolution, $10 adv., $15 d.o.s.Drummers fronting their own acts or side projects are rare luxuries, so rhythmists with no interest in Sunday NFL who aren't too hung-over would be wise to attend this gig and take notes.

Sunday To-Do: Christina Milian

CHRISTINA MILIAN6:30 p.m., the Village. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.Apparently the Village is the place to host Christmas-themed radio get-downs.

Franken by 4

By his count -- which includes how challenged ballots will eventually be tallied -- Al Franken claims a four-vote lead at the end of a recount of all Minnesota ballots.

Tracking Curtis Vance

You don't have to wait until 9 p.m. and 20/20 to see an interview with the Heights fitness trainer who believes murder suspect Curtis Vance was hanging suspiciously around her place three days before Anne Pressly's fatal beating.

Friday night flights

Take wing here. (Sorry, I've had other work today.)

Fly the Angry Skies

Taking a page out of the Razorback fans' playbook, some folks in Texas have gone aerial with their annoyance with Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

SEC Power Poll: Season-Ending Edition

Well, you know the season is really over when it's time to type out the final edition of the SEC Power Poll.

Mike Huckabee on gay bias

Interesting video here. An independent Michigan news website caught former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at a book signing in Lansing and asked him again about his differentiation of discrimination against gay people and the civil rights movement.

'Za on Sunday

Here's good news by my lights: Za Za, the wood-oven pizza/salad/gelato emporium on the back side of the Heights Theater on Kavanaugh, is now open on Sunday.

Why have regulators at all?

If keeping construction workers employed was the sole determinant for allowing construction work to continue on SWEPCO's poison-creator in Hempstead County, why have an environmental regulatory agency at all?

Children's interests

John Brummett takes on a monster of an issue this morning, one that will test the Beebe administration.

Bill Ayers speaks

Barack Obama's putative favorite terrorist breaks silence in an op-ed in NY Times today. His connection with Obama was slight, he writes.

Citizen Clinton

Bill Clinton made a paid speech in Malaysia for a company with unhappy investors. Here we go.

George W.'s valedictory

George W. Bush turns up in an op-ed column today, with his thoughts on leaving the White House.

NLR watch

Scott Miller, who brought us Argenta News and the late Dogtown Wire from his Argenta district perch, has a new effort to produce  a one-stop news website for North Little Rock.

Crystal Bridges speculation

I notice in the NY Times this morning the report of a sale of a couple of important Hudson River School paintings by the National Academy to an unnamed private foundation that intends to exhibit them.

Holey Moley.

One of my earliest memories involves a doughnut shop and my dad.  We'd go down on Saturday mornings and sit down for our regular order.  Since coffee was free, we'd both get a cup.  I didn't like the bitter drink, but I learned to love the doughnut holes I soaked in java.

Using Your Nog-in.

Can't wait until Christmas Eve for that perennial holiday favorite?  Get your egg on with the Fourth Ever Nog-Off at the Historic Arkansas Museum next Friday night.  The museum celebrates the traditional heavy favorite with a party and competition to see who makes the best egg nog around.  Leave your calorie counters at home.  The event runs 5-8 p.m. on the 12th.  More information can be found at the Historic Arkansas Museum website or by calling (501) 324-9304.

Over to you

Don't know about you, but I'm cooking a Santa Maria barbecue in the manner of the neighborhood of San Luis Obispo.

Over to you

Don't know about you, but I'm cooking a Santa Maria barbecue in the manner of the neighborhood of San Luis Obispo.

Let's play powerball

Lottery, perhaps the most interesting issue of the coming legislative sessions, gets attention from Stephens Media today.

Huckstering: With a bullet

Mike Huckabee's latest homily rockets to No. 4 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list.

Da Mayor

The NLR Daily News, Scott Miller's new news website for NLR, reports some political hardball today.

Da Mayor

The NLR Daily News, Scott Miller's new news website for NLR, reports some political hardball today.

Fire in the River Market

A blog reader who stays up way later than I do reports a fire in River Market during the wee hours this morning, with ambulances on hand, perhaps for smoke inhalation treatment.

Open line

I'm leaving it with you. One of my favorite musical groups is playing in Maumelle tonight and I think I'm going to drive over.

Open line

I'm leaving it with you. One of my favorite musical groups is playing in Maumelle tonight and I think I'm going to drive over.

Same old Georgia

Brummett beholds the U.S. Senate race in Georgia. So much for political realignment in the South.

About that gas boom

Nobody's calling it a bust yet, but Chesapeake, big player in the Fayetteville shale, is trimming its sails.

Sebelius says no

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won't be joining Barack Obama's cabinet, as had been expected. Kansas has money troubles and she says she shouldn't leave amid crisis.

Sebelius says no

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won't be joining Barack Obama's cabinet, as had been expected. Kansas has money troubles and she says she shouldn't leave amid crisis.

Stocking stuffers

Since Gov. Mike Beebe sent an early signal that this was going to be Arkansas's lumps-of-coal Christmas, I guess he'll be otherwise engaged when a group arrives at the Capitol Tuesday to present petitions calling for no new coal-burning power plants in the Natural State.

U.S. attorney goes private

A change in administration typically means a new team of U.S. attorneys around the country, so it's not a surprise that Robert Balfe, the U.S. attorney in Fort Smith, is making a career change.

U.S. attorney goes private

A change in administration typically means a new team of U.S. attorneys around the country, so it's not a surprise that Robert Balfe, the U.S. attorney in Fort Smith, is making a career change.

Riding Dillard's

Hedge funds unhappy about their investment in Dillard Department Stores are stepping up the pressure with a request to examine minutes of board and committee meetings.

When you have news...

You run it.  This was a lesson that we learned yet again last Thursday.  When you're working for a weekly paper it's always tough to decide when to go with something immediately or when to hold on to it for the next week's issue.  I learned about the moratorium on ADEQ permits for land-application sites the day before Thanksgiving.  We decided to hold it for the paper the following week, and on that same day, the DG ran the same story.  Oh well.  The only problem, for us yocals, is that the cut-off for permit applications was November 15.  That means the Prairie County Landfarm permit is still being considered.  ADEQ director Teresa Marks says she's not sure when a decision will be reached on that permit.  Officials are still reviewing and responding to public comments.

What the election was about

Judges. Outlook is good for changing landscape on some important U.S. circuit courts, if not the 8th Circuit bench that includes Arkansas.

'Shotgun Stories' among the best of the year say famous critics

After picking up all kinds of acclaim in the festival circuit and again when it gained wide (-ish) release early this year, "Shotgun Stories," the feature film debut of Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, is once again picking up accolades.

When will this fracking end?

I know.  I know.  There's been a lot of stuff here on this blog about the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing.  It's where a stream of water, sand and chemicals are shot into a well in order to crack shale formations and release natural gas.  One reason I write so much about it is that the word is a really good substitute for another word begginning in F, that I'm probably not supposed to write.  We're learning more and more about this process as time goes by.  Some states, like Pennsylvania have required drilling companies to release the components of their frack fluid.  The companies usually withhold this information, claiming that it is proprietary, sort of like the recipe for Coke, or something like that.  Anyway, the information floweth like frack water and I can hardly keep up, so here's a rag-tag bunch of links for you to check out.    Here's an article from the River Reporter in New York about the disclosure of frack fluids in PA.  Here's the graph to go along with it.    Here's an interesting link that I got from one of our loyal readers.  It's testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, from a hearing on the applicability of federal requirements to protect public health and the Environment from oil and gas development.  I haven't had time to digest it, but it's interesting information on frack fluid, health risks, and all kinds of scary frackin' stuff. 

Munson refuses to loosen order

District Judge Lee Munson today declined to loosen his protective orders pertaining to Curtis Lavelle Vance, suspect in the murder of Anne Pressly.

Last night: Stanton Moore Trio

Stanton Moore TrioDec. 7, RevolutionAlthough the Stanton Moore Trio is named after a drummer who plays in numerous other projects, has his own signature series of cymbals, sticks and a prototypical snare nearing the production line, the operative word in the band’s title is “trio.”Hailing from New Orleans, Moore’s trio blended swamp-boogie fusion jams, traditional Crescent City swing marches and voodoo-trance grooves to a small, yet very affectionate and appreciative audience Sunday at Revolution.

Charter school review tabled

The state Board of Education today gave the Dreamland Academy, a Little Rock charter school, another month to get its budget information together before the board considers whether to act against the financially troubled school.

Charter school review tabled

The state Board of Education today gave the Dreamland Academy, a Little Rock charter school, another month to get its budget information together before the board considers whether to act against the financially troubled school.

Bank fraud plea in TCB case

Arkansas Business has the details on a guilty plea today in a $2 million bank fraud by Brent Geels, a former Twin City Bank vice president.

Tasty news

  Gourmet photo of Richardson at work.

Sims reverie

We've reported that Sims BBQ is moving from its original location at 33rd and State to a shopping center at Roosevelt and Broadway.

Arkie on Broadway

Fayetteville native Jason Moore's latest Broadway achievement is directing the new "Shrek the Musical." You'll see him in this MSNBC clip on the big production and learn that it's his recorded belch used for the show's lead character.

Act 1's victims

The ACLU is looking for families who've been adversely affected by Act 1, the initiative aimed at keeping children out of homes with gay people, but which harms straight people, too.

Bill Would Require Disclosure of Frac Fluids

This is sort of an update from this morning.  I had heard of this a while back.  Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council tipped me off and I never got around to blogging it.  It looks like a bill being proposed in Congress would make the disclosure of frac water components a matter of federal law under the Clean Water Act.  A reporter from The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, a paper that has done a pretty excellent job reporting on the goings-on in the Barnett Shale, has this story.  Here's a clip. 

Auto bailout

A deal appears near. Includes a car czar.

Open line

and best wishes to all employees of the LR Garden Ridge store. Fox 16 reported they were all fired without notice today.

A Good Way To Lose Your Law License

Invoke your 5th amendment rights at  your disciplinary hearing.  The 5th amendment does not act like some type of legal "force field."

Trauma system: Inaction again

John Brummett portrays a cloudy outlook for an accomplishment that eluded the 2007 legislature -- creation of a statewide trauma care system.

Heckuva way to run a navy UPDATE

Commodore Pat Hays, NLR's mayor, is adding on-shore developments to his riverine achievements. And what a way to do it.

Mumbai v. Bombay

Frank Fellone's column in today's Democrat-Gazette explains why the D-G's executive editor Griffin Smith has decreed that Mumbai shall remain Bombay in the pages of that newspaper, but not most other U.S. news organizations.

Mumbai v. Bombay

Frank Fellone's column in today's Democrat-Gazette explains why the D-G's executive editor Griffin Smith has decreed that Mumbai shall remain Bombay in the pages of that newspaper, but not most other U.S. news organizations.

Close to Huck ...

... but not too close. That would be Chip Saltsman's dance as the former Mike Huckabee campaign manager seeks leadership of the Republican National Committee.

The apocalypse

When robbers start sticking up mailmen, the end is near. What would you do with a jillion Eddie Bauer catalogues?

Ill. governor arrested

The Illinois governor, Democrat Rod Blagojevich, has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell or trade his appointment of a successor to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

Greetings, greetings, greetings

The triplet sons of U.S. Rep. Vic and Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder have arrived. Congressman Vic Snyder and Reverend Betsy Singleton Snyder along with their 2 year old son Penn are delighted to welcome the arrival of three baby boys, Aubrey, Wyatt, and Sullivan.

Greetings, greetings, greetings

The triplet sons of U.S. Rep. Vic and Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder have arrived. Congressman Vic Snyder and Reverend Betsy Singleton Snyder along with their 2 year old son Penn are delighted to welcome the arrival of three baby boys, Aubrey, Wyatt, and Sullivan.

Looking for a job in the Obama administration?

Good luck.  It looks like they need about 3,300 people.  Unfortunately, 300,000 have applied. Of course, someone has to get hired right?

The Curse of the Razorback Rookies

The Hogs' all-universe backfield of 2007 hit the NFL this year, and we were sure that Darren McFadden's talent would shine through no matter how crappy his team was, Felix Jones had landed in the perfect situation in Dallas, and even 7th round pick Peyton Hillis would thrive in Denver's rushing attack.

Blog bugs

UPDATE: As most of you know, we haven't yet solved the blog's sign-in difficulties. But one possible solution would be to end authentication of commenters.

Blog bugs

UPDATE: As most of you know, we haven't yet solved the blog's sign-in difficulties. But one possible solution would be to end authentication of commenters.

Jones benched

Former Hog Matt Jones will miss the final three NFL regular season games because of his Fayetteville coke bust.

Hot air re coal plants

Reps of the Sierra Club and other opponents of the coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County got a meeting with Gov. Mike Beebe this morning, but no specific encouragement on their idea that he could call a temporary halt to coal plant construction while awaiting a potential important change of federal viewpoint on the greenhouse gases produced by coal burning.

Hot air re coal plants

Reps of the Sierra Club and other opponents of the coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County got a meeting with Gov. Mike Beebe this morning, but no specific encouragement on their idea that he could call a temporary halt to coal plant construction while awaiting a potential important change of federal viewpoint on the greenhouse gases produced by coal burning.

Open line

It's yours. I have a report -- unintelligible to my brain -- on the Typepad problem.

Special Bonus Q&A: Auburn Coaching Search Edition

As we've said before, we're big fans of Jerry Hinnen's Auburn blog, the Joe Cribbs Car Wash, so when the Tigers' coaching situation blew up last week we were naturally curious to hear his take on things.

Stewart v. Huck on gay marriage

Interesting. Jon Stewart gave Mike Huckabee most of the Daily Show last night, ostensibly to discuss his book.

Assembly line jobs

Finally. A careful analysis of the pay of employees of U.S. automakers vs. those of foreign-owned car manufacturers.

You say Bombay

More on the Bombay v. Mumbai debate. In Britain, where colonialism began, a few of the conservative outlets (surprise) cling to Bombay just as certain unreconstructed Ark. newspaper editors do.

You say Bombay

More on the Bombay v. Mumbai debate. In Britain, where colonialism began, a few of the conservative outlets (surprise) cling to Bombay just as certain unreconstructed Ark. newspaper editors do.

Dillard's CDI purchase

Roby Brock at Talk Business has some details from a recent regulatory filing by Dillard Department Stores, which includes the price -- nearly $10 million -- it paid to buy out the Clark family's 50 percent interest in the CDI construction firm.

Cooper Tire givebacks

Cooper Tire hardball continues. Report from Steve Harrelson's Under the Dome.

The Obama incident

The Jonesboro Sun does more reporting today on the massive police bust of students celebrating Barack Obama's victory at a Jonesboro apartment complex election night.

Burglary beat

LRPD today announced the arrest of suspects in some Hillcrest and Heights burglaries. I'm trying to find out if they're still in jail.

Foster care deaths

This sad case bears watching for a variety of reasons, but mark it down as two more children dying while in foster care.

Executive Eats.

This weekend's offering at the Little Rock River Market's Cooking Club is a class hosted by Chef James Coulter, the man in charge of eats at Forty Two, the Clinton Presidential Center's restaurant.  Folks who come out for Chef Coulter's class will be able to learn a couple of neat new recipes, watch a demonstration, and sample some Presidential (Center) fare.  Class runs 9-11 a.m Saturday on the third floor of the River Market.  There's a $10 fee for the class and a 50 person limit.  For more information, check out the River Market website or call (501) 375-2552.

Put America to work

Barack Obama wants a job stimulus program. The U.S. Council of Mayors has him covered, a report listing $73 billion in municipal projects "ready to go."

Something's in the air

Former President Clinton, Gov. Mike Beebe and state Rep. Kathy Webb will meet the press Saturday morning at the Clinton Library to talk about a climate change initiative announcement.

DMZ reunion

Make plans.Matt Besser, of the Upright Citizen's Brigade and TV and movie, is hilarious. And he ALWAYS reps the Hogs.

About those cheap SWEPCO rates

Sounds like they'll be going up if the PSC is as friendly to the company's request for more dough as it is to its desire to build environmentally damaging and ever-more-expensive coal-burning power plants.

2012: It's Huck v. Palin

Well, OK, and maybe Mitt. But Bobby Jindal says count him out.

Compound tragedy

I'd heard yesterday that the driver of a car believed at fault in a fatal crash that has prompted current cell phone legislation had shot himself.

Enter the FBI

If pay-to-play got Rod Blagojevich arrested, where are the investigators looking into strikingly similar allegations against Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman in a civil lawsuit?

Enter the FBI

If pay-to-play got Rod Blagojevich arrested, where are the investigators looking into strikingly similar allegations against Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman in a civil lawsuit?

Wednesday: Mannheim Steamroller, Battery, Rodney Block and more

  Steamrolled.

Teacher of the year

Susan Waggener, a math and business teacher at West Memphis High, is Arkansas's 2008 teacher of the year.

Media madness

The Little Rock media/blogging community’s three-week long navel-gazing session came to a head last night when Channel 7’s Kristin Fisher and Arkansas News Bureau’s John Brummett met up at the Arkansas Press Association Building for a debate over the merits of new vs. old media.  The two have traded barbs in blog posts and columns lately and a good crowd of local media people showed up for the Biden vs. Palin of local news debates.  Brummett was the seasoned veteran with years of experience going up against the young, rising star who's turning heads with tweets on Twitter and her live web cam.  Brummett made some thoughtful comments about new media and offered an apology.  He once had written he would not lend his credibility and experience to attract viewers for Fisher, comments he said were “arrogant and haughty.”  "I am arrogant and haughty, but you shouldn’t act that way,” Brummett said, drawing a big laugh from the crowd.  Fisher defended her “Choose Your News” segment on KATV as a way to reach out to younger news consumers and jump-start an ailing TV-news business.    Take a look at our video player for brief interviews with Brummett and Fisher on what points they were trying to get across, and what they’ve taken away from the experience.

Attn. arena football fans

Web's blanketed with stories that the big Arena Football League may cancel its 2009 season. Will this roll downhill to the minor leagues of arena football and the Arkansas Twisters?

Verizon progress

Roby Brock reports still more firming of financing on Verizon's purchase of Alltel, a deal that looks like it may now close in January.

Westside killer seeks gun permit

Andrew Golden, who went to prison at age 11 (1998 photo) for his role in the Westside School shootings, recently sought to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Coming Together - At Last

Can a Middle East peace agreement be far behind? After years of bitterness and hostility between Nolan Richardson and the Arkansas athletic department, the university is set to finally honor the 1994 national championship team.

Big, Easy Flight

The holiday season can inspire a great deal of wonderful, however, it also induces stress for many.

Down Go the Mighty North Carolina Central Eagles

I imagine car horns must be blaring and church bells ringing in Arkansas tonight. How else should you celebrate such a big victory?

Cop Cars and Nurse Caps

     I liked the old police cars better than the new ones. Remember when they had the downtown skyline on the side in blue.
Advertisement