Tomorrow when the authorities find Timothy Manning's body, the 16 year old will be face down at the edge of a cornfield at the end of Corning Road.
Fiction IssueDecember 11, 2014
Vol 41 • No 14
Our carnival grounds have fallen to a field of brown stalks, the rides felled, a sparkling harvest of metal reaped with remnants of recycled laughter.
Little Rock music community mourns the loss of TC Edwards.
At its foundation, we are a nation that was established by white men drafting rules and laws from their point of view. The mistreatment of people of color has never been an isolated incident. It's a continuum of purposeful, often legal, actions to keep people of color in a constant state of second-class citizenship.
How Hawking came to know the universe.
Photo by Stuart Bowles from our Eye on Arkansas Flickr group.
We asked local literary figures for Arkansas novels they wish were better known. Here are a few of the results.
The Arkansas novelist returns with 'Man Of Clay.'
Every report of police overreaching with black males — the national spectacles like those involving Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the local ones that catch only passing notice in the press — summons a memory from my distant youth.
Also, "Mythbusters" at Walton Arts Center, 2nd Friday Art Night, Garth Brooks at Verizon Arena, "Art of the Bar" at South on Main and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at White Water Tavern.
Also, Arkansas Sounds Holiday Concert at Ron Robinson Theater.
Lotto scholarships, cat hunters, crazies on the Jonesboro City Council and more assorted news of the week
A new Japanese restaurant in Chenal.
Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.
UALR volleyball player was part of greatest Trojan team ever.
We went to press before votes were counted in Fayetteville's referendum Tuesday on its civil rights ordinance.
What you're holding in your hands (or, as the case may be, staring at on a digital screen) is our soon-to-be-annual Fiction Issue, which contains the results of our recent contest for Arkansas writers.
As has become custom in the overlap of seasons, this bag of Pearls is a mixed one. We'll first address postseason for the gridiron Hogs, a favorable Texas Bowl slotting with onetime rival Texas on Dec. 29 that has more intrigue than any game between 6-6 also-rans would normally merit.
All credit to Arkansas for their 30-0 whitewashing of Ole Miss. The Hogs played a great game, with their defense causing six turnovers and stifling a potent Rebel offense. However, Wilcox is way off base when he declares "you can bet that Ole Miss will have more offensive stability when their signal caller changes next fall. He's not a natural scrambler, misses reads and is just not capable of making decisions under duress."
KTHV reports that Joshua Melton, a former Razorback recently acquitted of a second-degree murder charge, is back in trouble with the law.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is spending his final days in office catering to the desires of his successor, Leslie Rutledge. He's joined a Republican gimmick lawsuit against President Obama's executive order on immigration. Why not let her do it in three weeks? Good question.
A friend of Sen. Mark Pryor tells me the outgoing senator became engaged to Joie Whitfield Monday night. There is life after Congress.
Here's where legislators — unburdened by Issue 3 — will get free meals and drinks today and their payees:
Today could be the day for a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the state appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage. Or not. And, if not, it presents some new questions about final completion of the case.
More money is being spent to buy judicial races, often using tough-on-crime as a campaign theme. That's bad for criminal defendants, but the hidden agendas of such advertising is bad news, too. Arkansas is a good example.
Homeowners along West Markham Street think recent gas line excavation may have damged trees lining Markham severaly enough to cause them to fall. The gas utility is taking a look.
Police today made official what we'd reported Monday, that Terry Charles "TC" Edwards, a familiar figure on the local music scene, was the man found shot to death in a carport on Howard Street last Sunday.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has announced the winners of its annual "Say It Aint' Say's" sweet potato pie baking contest.
A mounting list of questions remain to be answered about implementation of Issue 3, the constitutional amendment that opens the door to pay increases and longer service by legislators, but also imposes some new ethics restrictions that the lobbyists are already dodging nimbly. Here's another:
Here's an open line and video headlines. Garth Brooks said hello to Little Rock before his Verizon shows. Sen. Jason Rapert horned in on the event to grab some attention for himself.
Jeff Gardner has been replaced as CEO of Windstream, the telecommunications company based in Little Rock, by Tony Thomas.
An email sent to River Market tenants says that a film crew from a reality TV show called "Smashed" will be in town Friday and Saturday night, asking world renowned geniuses to explain the meaning of life. Did we say "world renowned geniuses" and "the meaning of life"? We meant to say: "drunk people" and "stuff." Sounds like "Smashed" sends crews to bars, where they walk around with a camera and ask questions of drunk people. We'll stick to the home game, thanks.
Here's coverage from St. Louis of arguments before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in which Little Rock cops are trying to get dimissed from a lawsuit over the shooting death of Eugene Ellison, 67, in his Little Rock apartment
Time is running short, but there's still a chance Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable could be confirmed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this year.
Brian Chilson has a Facebook folder full of photos from last night's sold-out Garth Brooks show at Verizon Arena. He has a couple more shows scheduled, but they are sell-outs, too. Oh, and anti-gay Sen. Jason Rapert strutted around with "We Shall Be Free' Brooks.
Here's the list of the special interest groups picking up the tab for legislators' meals today.
Rep. Tom Cotton, an outlier again on a spending bill, find himself in agreement with that San Francisco liberal, Nancy Pelosi.
The story of the Bryant 11-year-old who took $10,000 from her grandmother's sock drawer and then struck a $2,500 deal with a Little Rock Yellow Cab driver ($1,300 up front) to drive her from a Little Rock doughnut shop to visit a boy in Jacksonville, Fla., has pretty well gone viral on the web. Our question is WWUD? What would Uber do in the same circumstance?
Fayetteville Alderman Matt Petty says he'll try again to pass a city civil rights ordinance that extends some protections to LGBT people.
The attorney general says the changeover of county election commission to reflect the Republican Party's new majority status won't occur until January. Get ready for some changeover friction.
KTHV reports on an open carry advocate who had his concealed carry permit confiscated by a state trooper because he persisted in attempting to carry it openly in a Searcy Walmart.
A thought-provoking op-ed in today's New York Times that's directly relevant to the ongoing discussion by the University of Arkansas about moving more aggressively into on-line education.
Houston plans a dual langue public elementary school — Arabic and English. Could that happen in Arkansas?
Eggnog and art are a great combination, one offered up tonight (Dec. 12) by the Historic Arkansas Museum, which is holding its 10th Ever Nog-Off competition, opening new exhibitions and hosting Kemistri, featuring Nicki Parrish, from 5-8 p.m.
TC Edwards had hundreds of friends. If you were among them or even somewhere on the periphery, your Facebook feed has been dominated this week by tributes and photos and news of benefit concerts. Here's an attempt at a roundup of everything that's out there, with a focus on all the things you can do or attend.
Here's the open line and video roundup.
Garbo Hearne will lead a gallery tour Saturday and Sunday of the current exhibit at Hearne Fine Art, "Bitter Medicines and Sweet Poisons," assemblages by Alfred Conteh and Charly Palmer. Both are nationally known artists whose works comment on the African-American experience.
Tonight, is the Arkansas Times annual holiday party. As usual, I've been asked to DJ. That means putting together a playlist on iTunes and Spotify that starts with not-lame Christmas music, gradually transitions into mid-tempo party music, moves to Stax and Motown so the boomers on staff will dance and then, maybe after Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, is just "Back That Azz Up" played on a loop.
Sen. Gary Stubblefield has told reporters he'll plan again to try legislation to prevent any public money from going to an organization that provides abortion. It's aimed at Planned Parenthood's services other than abortion, but that organization contends it has much broader peril to health service providers.
The repeal of Fayetteville’s civil rights ordinance, the new ethics amendment, why Dustin McDaniel joined a meaningless lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration and the Arkansas Supreme Court and same-sex marriage — all discussed on this week's podcast.
With money tight, the Little Rock City Board will vote Tuesday on an ordinance to increase fees for building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and similar work permits.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has spoken approvingly of the use of torture before, but he's expanded on that in a Swiss radio interview. Nothing in the Constitution prevents its use, he said, while citing circumstances where it would be hard to rule it out.
Here's a New York Times story on how colleges are raising money for sports by selling "experiences" in on-line auctions run by an affiliate of CBS.
An Internet survey is testing other names for UAMS, the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus.
Arkansas Baptist College officials say they have received news of approval of a federal loan that is expected to stabilize the college's finances after a period of struggle.
Black Lives Matter proclaimed demonstrators across America today, in Little Rock. It's cause, too, for reflection on the "Don't Shoot" gesture of Razorback football player Jonathan Williams, a historic moment that deserves more credit than some want to give it.
Politico delves deeply into the political machine begin built with the Koch brothers' fortune — a data-driven colossus for voter identification and turnout that has eclipsed Republican Party machinery to the extent that people like Tom Cotton used it over party tools.
One of the attorneys in the federal lawsuit striking down the state ban on same-sex marriage has filed a request for $16,411 in fees and costs for her work on the case.
Another split between city planning staff and regulators has emerged on a proposal to build a Popeye's chain restaurant at 5514-5520 West Markham Street, across the street from the War Memorial Golf Course pro shop.
The confusion about final votes of the U.S. Senate has implications for which governor will control the majority of appointees on the Arkansas Public Service Commision.
Gov. Mike Beebe has a shot at some "midnight" judicial appointees. Will he take advantage of a two-week window to put his old pal Cliff Hoofman in a fat job for a fourth time, this time Court of Appeals?
The Sunday open line.
Kansas and Mississippi show it's easy to cut taxes, but hard to pay for education and other vital services when you do.
Republican lawmakers plan further assaults on the constitutional right to an abortion in the 2015 legislative session.
Uber was forced to back off "surge pricing" in Sydney during the hostage crisis after an outcry on social media.
I think I was supposed to have an introduction here but i'm gonna just skip all that and let you guys get to the music.. Here's a list of some of the songs I listen to on my day2day.
A new dress code for Montana legislators has stirred controversy in that western state among female legislators. It turns out the Arkansas House operates more or less along the same lines, clothing-wise.
Tickets are on sale for that rite of Arkansas political pasage — the 72nd Gillett Coon Supper.
Arkansas Business reports on the Energy Department's completion of an environmental impact study of a 750-mile power line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma across Arkansas to Memphis.
Hmmm. Wonder how legislators managed to get skybox seats at Verizon Arena for the Garth Brooks concert?
Gov. Mike Beebe issued today what likely will be his last round of recommended pardons. He announced his intention to grant 14, all to people who've completed all aspects of sentences. None had a conviction for a violent crime.
Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams has drafted a new city civil rights ordinance to replace the ordinance repealed by voters in a referendum Dec. 9.
The Monday open line and video roundup.
The Historic Arkansas Museum's website is the place to go for winning eggnog recipes.
The revelations from last month's massive Sony hack have so far included embarrassing financial statements, embarrassing emails and many other categories of embarrassments. Sony employees hate their own movies, for instance, and Channing Tatum writes weird emails. And now even Arkansas is involved, however tangentially, with the news that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols might be attached to direct the "Aquaman" movie.
The Little Rock Airport Commission will consider Tuesday morning a proposed sale of Central Flying Service leases to TAC Air, a competing fixed base operator at the airport. TAC will also take over all fueling services.
John Lyon of Stephens Media reports on a Legislative Audit finding that a $1,500 payment the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission made to the Democratic Black Caucus appeared to be a prohibited political contribution.
Arkansas Business' Lee Hogan reports that an accrediting commission has turned down an application to open a branch of a New York osteopathic college of medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. ASU says it will try again, with hopes to open the branch by 2016.
Legislative Audit released its review of Arkansas State University finances yesterday and it included a report on a topic suggested for review by ASU's internal auditor concerning student housing discounts given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lonnie Williams.
The New York Times reports on a Taliban attack on a school in Islamabad that left scores of children dead and hundreds of students trapped inside.
Jeb Bush took to social media this morning to announce an exploratory bid to run for president in 2016. Has anybody of substance ever undertaken an exploration that didn't end with an affirmative decision?
State Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure tells me he was informed yesterday by a representative of the incoming Hutchinson administration that Asa Hutchinson would be naming a new director of the state Securities Department, which oversees the securities business.
Here's another piece of transition news: Martha Miller has told staff that she'll be departing as director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before
IKEA will open a store in east Memphis in 2016, moving the Swedish retailer about three hours closer to Central Arkansas.
Fans of food trucks and Salvadoran food alike will find a lot to love about one of Hot Springs' most popular destinations for good eats.
Lansky Sound and opponents of Valero Pipeline/Plains All American Pipeline's Diamond Project have created this video to talk about the state Constitution's provision granting eminent domain to oil pipeline companies and the threat that presents to Arkansans who don't want to give up their land to the oil company.
Don Bingham, currently director of special events at UCA, is going to replace Ron Maxwell as administrator of the Governor's Mansion in the Hutchinson administration.
The Arkansas Lottery said today that the Monopoly Millionaires Club game will end Dec. 26 because of disappointing sales nationally.
The Tuesday open line. A comment on lack of livestreamed legislative committee meetings while equipment is used to broadcast school choirs singing Christmas carols.
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas has been informed by Magellan Midstream Partners of Tulsa that its Fort Smith-to-Little Rock pipeline project is planned to bisect about 450 acres its owned for 50 years at the northeast corner of the I-40/I-440 interchange in North Little Rock.
UPDATE: News reports say the Senate confirmed Colette Honorable to a position on the Federal Energy Commission by unanimous voice vote Tuesday night. So now the question: Who will Gov. Mike Beebe appoint to replace her on the PSC?
Regnat Populus, the grassroots good government group, has begun its effort to tighten campaign finance law and increase the transparency of campaign spending.
Stephens Media rounds up an embarrassing appearance by Henderson State University before a legislative audit panel over audit findings of rampant improprieties in a campus center that helped students who speak English as a second language. The leadership is now gone.
The mess over Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb continues to grow.
Talking Points Memo reports on a People magazine interview with President and Michelle Obama about being black in America.
A prisoner exchange sets the stage for a planned announcement today by President Obama that the U.S. and Cuba will enter talks on normalizing the countries' relationship.
Asa Hutchinson has announced that former state Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock will be the insurance commissioner in his administration, succeeding Jay Bradford, and that Sheila Sharp will remain as director of the Department of Community Correction.
Last night, dozens of friends of TC Edwards, the Little Rock musician and man on the scene who was found murdered Dec. 7, marched in his memory, chanting "Justice for TC" and "TC is metal" as they walked from Pizza D' Action up Kavanaugh.
Brigadier General Mark H. Berry will succeed Major General William D. Wofford as adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, the Asa Hutchinson transition team announced today.
What a great year it's been in Arkansas for beer lovers, and as the last month quickly gets crossed off the calendars it become pretty evident that 2015 is going to be just as rewarding.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he favored a moratorium on fracking for natural gas in upstate New York after receiving a report about potential public health risks and questions about economic benefits.
Still shopping for art gifts? The Holiday Art Show, featuring the fellows of Artist INC and the students of Art Connection, will be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at 413B Main St. in Argenta. (That's the other half of John Gaudin's gallery space. Religious icons by Sylvia Inzerella are on exhibit in 413A.)
The Education and Information Technology committees received a report this morning from CT&T Inc., which was hired to conduct a comprehensive study of the Internet capacity of Arkansas K-12 schools. It brings little clarity to the confusing issue, but it does illustrate the Department of Information Services has given a very bad deal to schools
To nobody's surprise, Arkansas State University today hired Shane Broadway as its lobbyist, or vice president for governmental relations. He'll be paid $185,000.
Major theater chains decided not to show "The Interview" because of threats of action against theaters that do. Sony then scrapped release of the movie. Will this spawn more threats on commerce?
Here's the midweek open line and our video news roundup.
A New York investment group that owns the operating leases for the Doubletree Hotel has struck a deal to sell its interest to another New York investment group and it will bring in a new management firm.
The Arkansas Venture Center will be the Little Rock Technology Park's tenant in its temporary space in the Block 2 Building on Markham, where it will offer its pre-accelerator and incubation programs for early-stage businesses and its coding classes. Brent Birch, director of the park, said the arrangement will sustain the current momentum of interest in tech startups while the Tech Park works toward a permanent home and "show the tech park is happening."
Here are the Little Rock albums we listened to more than any others this year, the ones that meant the most to us and that we’d push on any out-of-towners who asked what was new in the Little Rock music scene.