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Billionaires' letter: Tax us

The New York Times reports on a letter being circulated by 18 people from wealthy families urging a modest wealth tax.

The sexual assault open line

The latest sexual assault allegation against Donald Trump brings an insider’s reference to an old Clinton scandal. Mind boggling.

Morning in America. Not always a pretty sight.

Is this America? The sad answer is yes.

The steamy open line

The open line.

Right Wing Watch reports white supremacist arrests in Pope County

Right Wing Watch, an arm of People for the American Way, posted an item Friday about the arrests in Pope County of three men identified as participants in a white supremacist organization.

Group challenges program to train Baptist ministers in Arkansas prison

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit that works against the entanglement of government with religion, has written the Arkansas Correction Department to question a new initiative to allow Varner inmates to earn a college degree in Christian studies to prepare to become ministers.

Legal brief illustrates failure of Arkansas 'Works'

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging a work rule to qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage have filed their brief in the government's appeal of a lower court ruling striking down the work rule in Arkansas and Kentucky.

The True Crime and Politics Edition

Max and Lindsey talk about Sarah Huckabee Sanders returning to Arkansas and likely running for governor, the arrest of a suspect in the murder of former state senator Linda Collins and the latest in federal corruption case of former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.

TGIF: Video and open line

Here are the day's headlines and the open line.

Mountain Home approves public drinking in entertainment district. And Little Rock?

The Baxter Bulletin reports that the Mountain Home narrowly approved a city ordinance to take advantage of a new state law that allows public consumption of alcohol in designated entertainment districts. So what about Little Rock?
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'Get up there and do it': Kimbie Akins talks Full Figure Fashion Weekend

Kurvy Kuties, a full figure modeling and entertainment company, will be launching the 10th anniversary of Little Rock’s Full Figure Fashion Weekend, to take place 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center Sunday, June 23.
Picture of George Takei from "The Terror: Infamy"

UA grad Tony Tost's new historical horror show, set in a Japanese internment camp, stars George Takei, who was confined in Arkansas camp

Tony Tost, a University of Arkansas graduate and up-and-coming TV screenwriter and producer, has a new project: He's co-executive producer and writer on season two of AMC's "The Terror: Infamy."

$1 million gift for TheatreSquared

Lynn Carver, the chairman of the board of TheatreSquared, and her husband, Dr. Joel Carver, will give $1 million to the Our Next Stage capital campaign.

Beth Ditto joins cast of bizarre Showtime series "On Becoming a God in Central Florida"

Multi-hyphenate talent Beth Ditto makes a bold, strange move for her acting career in the new Showtime series, "On Becoming a God in Central Florida." Set in 1992 near Orlando, Fla., Kirsten Dunst stars as Krystal Stubbs, an ambitious water park employee who gets embroiled in an insidious pyramid scheme. Ditto plays Bets, the wife of Stubbs' employer and a cautious voice of reason against Founders American Franchise, the multi-level marketing outfit seeking wealth and power at all costs.

New record store, Control, opens Saturday in Hillcrest

"When Wes told me the idea of the name 'Control,' I thought it was a perfect fit for a record store. I’ve always thought of music was a way to take control of your world. Whether it's personal or political, music is a way to find your way through everything."

2nd Friday Art Night roundup: Art, music, living history

Coming Friday, June 14: A busy 2nd Friday Art Night features new exhibits, new venues, and gamblers and tavern owners over at the Old State House Museum.

Jimmy Buffett took his "lucky band of goofballs" to Verizon Arena

“We’re a lucky band of goofballs who get to do this for a living."

Leave Her Alone: Kari Faux talks fear, power and having a "Kanye moment"

“I’m so many things,” Faux said. “I’m goofy. I’m creative. I’m smart, when I want to be. I’m sexy. I’m loud. I’m fearless. Sometimes I’m scared, sometimes I’m a crybaby, sometimes I’m dismissive. Sometimes I’m detached. I’m all of these things.

"Dear Walmart" doc screens in Bentonville ahead of Walmart's annual shareholder's meeting

The film was screened for a group of around 40 Walmart associates and, a press release said, "profiles Walmart associates and their fight for respect at Walmart through OUR Walmart (now United for Respect) over the last near-decade."

Arkansas Country Music Awards honors legends and up-and-comers alike

Arkansas Country Music Awards (ACMA) held its annual ceremony Monday night, June 3, presenting signed and unsigned Arkansas musicians and singer-songwriters, heralding the talents of country music talent from sound engineers and entertainers to radio promoters to dobro players.
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Pic of That Ramen Place's Seaweed Salad

Ramen and the American Dream

Hard to pick a favorite at That Ramen Place.

Little Rock mocktail guide

Shirley Temple’s got some company.

A little bit about that bourbon at Pig & Swig

Calling all bourbon lovers! The Arkansas Times' 3rd annual Pig & Swig event on Friday, June 14, at the River Market Pavilions will feature five Knob Creek whiskeys.

Pizza D is back, of course

Perhaps to nobody's surprise, the doors to the beloved Stifft Station dive, Pizza D'Action, will open up once again this afternoon at 4 p.m., this time under the direction of Rev Room manager Mike Brown.

Summer is coming and so is Pig and Swig

It’s the time of year for seersucker suits, sipping whiskey and watching the river flow by. You can be that laid-back and party, too, at the third annual Arkansas Times Pig and Swig, coming to the River Market on Friday, June 14.
Picture of lobster roll from The Capital Seafood House

The Capital's Seafood House off to a good start

Prince Williams hopes his bar and seafood shack will earn a reputation for solid food and keep people coming back. The duck gumbo will make us return.

The deep-fried cauliflower at Blue Sage Vegan is your new favorite sandwich

If you are not currently wedging some deep-fried cauliflower into your work week, you might not be doing it right. 

Feast on grasshoppers with the Southern Foodways Alliance

The 2019 Summer Field Trip of the Southern Foodways Alliance is hopping over to Bentonville in June.
baklava-topped ice cream

700,000-piece mosaic icon (and new eats) to debut at Greek Food Fest

Two-dimensional Byzantine iconography surrounds the Anunciation visitor on all sides — intentionally presented in a flat matte style, "not meant to be Renaissance art," Father Nicholas said — but now, the eye is drawn to the radiant glass at the altar, Christ in a gold robe and halo, holding a chalice in one hand and the Eucharist symbol on the other. Over 200 shades of glass and eight months of work went into the icon, Father Nicholas said. 

A stone's throw from Hillcrest: Stone's Throw opens second location

Stone's Throw Brewing opens its Stifft Station Taproom on May 7.
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