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An open line: Plus more on assault victims unhappy with plea bargain

The open line and a link to report on sexual assault victims unhappy with a plea bargain struck with the massage therapist they'd accused of rape.

Another day another report on Asa's failed Medicaid work rule

Add the Wall Street Journal to the list of those reporting on the failure of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's work rule for Medicaid coverage.

Following the Walton dollars in Louisiana and Arkansas

With billions at play to shape American education to its will, the Walton Family Foundation is, if not constantly in the news itself, often a significant unnamed player in the news.

The arrival of fall open line

Fall and the Hillcrest Harvest Festival. A good way to start an open line.

Officers kill suspect in Pine Bluff chase

A Pine Bluff man was killed during a chase and manhunt by law enforcement officers.
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Johnny Key hurries to lower the boom on Little Rock teachers

Johnny Key informs the Little Rock school teachers he now owns them.

Fools names/fools faces/public places: The Mooch and Mike Huckabee Ukraine connection

There's movie in this convergence: Ukrainian influence-peddlers, Anthony Scaramucci and Mike Huckabee.

TGIF: Could things get any worse?

Another big week done, with schools and a tax cheat at the top of the video news roundup.

Charles Zook on LRSD's future and 'billionaire-backed systematic destruction of public education'

Here's the full text of the powerful public comment Charles Zook made before the State Board of Education Oct. 11.

Analysis: State Board isn't returning LRSD to local control

The state has not relinquished control of LRSD, and has no intention to do so. The State Board attempted to deceive the media and the people into believing that there will be a return to local control when there absolutely will not be.
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From Rock Candy

Kai Coggin's "Incandescent" burns brightly

In “Incandescent,” the voices behind the poems are passionate. They don’t over-rationalize humanity or pan its essence through long-winded metaphors. Sometimes they’re overcome with uncontrollable emotion. Sometimes they can’t say anything at all. Sometimes they find fire and life in the unexpected, in a slosh of memory, in the cycles of the natural world.

Ho-Hum releases lost LP

"Memphysema" really does capture buzz of energy and excitement the band possessed in those days. As a re-introduction to Ho-Hum 25 years on, few bands or fans could ask for anything better.

Sneak peek at new Oyster Bar menu

We ran into new owner Chris Tanner there last week and got a look at the new menu: Blue crab cakes. Fish tacos. Smoked salmon chowder. And more.

"Don't sleep on Arkansas": Opening Night at Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week

Former Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn told Thursday night's audience that representation of people of color, size inclusivity and an emphasis on sustainability were already emerging as elements in the Arkansas designers' collections, a welcome departure from the hegemony still largely present in many elements of New York Fashion Week. 

Vocal stamina wins at Simmons Bank Arena's Heart/Joan Jett concert

Maybe it was Jett’s long-sharpened road-dog skills or her devoted vegetarian diet, or whatever soothing tonic was in Ann Wilson’s ceramic coffee cup, but neither showed a shred of evidence of vocal atrophy, and both were surrounded by the kind of musicians and engineers who can make their music work in a stadium setting.
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Cox again starts "A Conversation to End Hate"

Arkansas's source for breaking news and analysis, with coverage of politics, Little Rock, dining, entertainment, medical marijuana, art, health care,...

R.I.P., Bud Kenny

We note the passing of Bud Kenny, founder of the long-tenured Wednesday Night Poetry sessions in Hot Springs.

Designer Korto Momolu's cannabis clothing line

How Little Rock designer Korto Momolu brought a weed-inspired collection to New York Fashion Week.

On jumping medium: Five questions with Jonathan Lethem

Ahead of Lethem’s visit to Arkansas as one of UA Fayetteville's 2018-19 2019-20 McIlroy Family Visiting Professors, we spoke to him about his love of used bookshops — he spent years working in them — gentrification, and what the election of Trump says about us as a society.

The art of drag: Five questions with M’Shay Victoria Foster, Miss Gay Diamond America 2019

M'Shay Victoria Foster — also known as Joel Little — is a Little Rock native and the winner of Miss Gay Diamond America 2019, a regional competition and a preliminary to the Miss Gay America pageant. Now living outside of Dallas, Foster is competing in the MGA pageant for the fourth time next week, and M'Shay thinks this may be her year to take it all.
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2019 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival Preview

Clear your calendar, beer lovers. The party of the year is just around the corner. The Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival returns to North Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.

Sacred and secular breweries in Arkansas wine country

Welcome to Arkansas beer country.

Sneak peek at new Oyster Bar menu

We ran into new owner Chris Tanner there last week and got a look at the new menu: Blue crab cakes. Fish tacos. Smoked salmon chowder. And more.

Check out photos from Arkansas Times R&B Cook

Our annual event took place on Saturday in Argenta.

Last chance for discounted R&B Cook Off!

Time does wonderful things to pork, and it’s done wonderful things for Arkansas Times’ annual Hog Roast, too — now matured into a block party that celebrates the best parts of the pig. Tickets for the Saturday event, held from 1-5 p.m., are on sale for $15 through tonight. They'll be $20 at the door.
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Bones Chophouse | Jumbo Shrimp & Grits - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Feast Mode! Bone’s Chophouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas is no stranger to carving premium cuts of beef and more.

Lisa Zhang has Central Arkansans obsessed with Chinese street eats

This is a milestone year for Lisa Zhang. It’s the fifth anniversary of Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., her wildly popular authentic Chinese restaurant in downtown Little Rock, and her 20th year in the United States. It also marks a year of expansion with the opening in May of her Chinese chicken restaurant Haybird (“Where East Meats West”), and the development of a new 9,000-square-foot project in Riverdale, slated to open next year, which will house three concepts: an expanded and relocated Haybird; Eastern Pantry, a sort of deli with take-home meal options; and a sake brewery. 

The state of Arkansas beer

It’s growing, and new styles are taking hold.
Taco Mama

Taco Mama | Tres Dishes! - A staple in the Hot Springs, Arkansas food scene - Feast Mode!

Taco Mama is a staple of the Hot Springs food scene. We’re meeting up with the one and only Chef Diana Marez Bratton. 'The' Taco Mama! Diana has been turning heads with her culinary delights for years.

Hill Station restaurant to open this fall in Hillcrest

Hill Station, a new restaurant run by Tara and Brandon Brown of Hillcrest Artisan Meats, is slated to open in Hillcrest at the end of October. Tara, who will be the restaurant's general manager, said Hill Station will serve a lunch and dinner menu that includes many favorites from the couple's artisan butcher shop across the street.
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