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Hints of the future of the LRSD at first State Board meeting inspire frustration, confusion

It looks like the LRSD will be reconstituted, which will mean whatever the State Board of Education decides it means.

City directors deny ordinance de-emphasizing marijuana enforcement; Richardson says he 'won't give up'

In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Little Rock Board of Directors denied an ordinance proposed last week by Ward 2 Director Ken Richardson that would have asked the Little Rock Police Department to create a formal, written policy de-emphasizing personal use marijuana arrests. 

Former VA pathologist indicted on 31 charges, including manslaughter

DAK Kees, U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas, announced this afternoon that Robert Morris Levy, the former chief pathologist for the VA in Northwest Arkansas, had been indicted on 31 charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, making false statements and three counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A blazing hot news roundup and open line

Has the heat driven newsmakers to cover? Check the video and see. This is also the open line.

Law school starts veterans clinic

The UA Little Rock Bowen Law School announced today establishment of a veterans legal services clinic to open by the fall of 2020.

3.7-carat diamond found in Crater of Diamonds

Here's the rundown from the Parks and Tourism Department on the recent find of a 3.72-carat yellow diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Latest episode of Rock the Culture: 'WWJD?'

In this episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on Jay-Z's dealings with the NFL. This is by far the most in-depth cultural analysis of Jay-Z and NFL situation. There is also a brief discussion regarding the State Board of Education's forums on the future of the LRSD. We also interview Preston Clegg, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, regarding the relationship between the pulpit and politics.

Cache presents its Shrimp Burger

Try one of today's Cache lunch special dishes: tomato basil soup, pickled beet salad or Cache's shrimp burger with bibb lettuce, tomato, onion, avacado relish, and citrus ginger mayo all on a brioche bun.

A Republican challenge for South Arkansas Senate seat

Ben Gilmore, deputy chief of staff to Republican Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, has announced he'll challenge Democratic Sen. Eddie Cheatham of Crossett for his Senate seat.

The corrupt Capitol: An open secret

Who did NOT know about Jeremy Hutchinson's corruption?
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Summer music from Dylan Earl, Tsukiyomi, John Burnette, Bonnie Montgomery and more

Volume on. There's new Dylan Earl, Tsukiyomi, Bonnie Montgomery and more.
starry sky on the Bufffalo River at Grinder's Ferry

Let's Talk Lumens: A Q&A with Bruce McMath of the Arkansas Natural Sky Association

"Utility companies wanting to sell electricity off-peak at night and politicians wanting simple solutions to complicated problems have sold light as an antiseptic to crime," McMath said, "which it decidedly is not."

"Ann," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" and "Bye Bye Birdie" up at The Rep in spring of 2020

"Ann," Holland Taylor's play about legendary Texas governor Ann Richards, goes up Jan. 29-Feb. 16; Simon Stephens' visually spectacular "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" plays April 1-19; and the classic musical comedy "Bye Birdie" goes up July 8-26. 

The 1980s in Arkansas art: UA Little Rock, Mitchell Williams pair up

The Mitchell Williams Corporate Collection joins artworks from the UA Little Rock collection to create "Paired Collections: Contemporary Art in 1980s Arkansas.

Here's the 'Dolemite Is My Name' trailer

Here's the trailer for Netflix's upcoming "Dolemite Is My Name" film, starring Eddie Murphy as Arkansas native . It'll have its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and then come to Netflix sometime in the fall.

Arkansas Cinema Society opens Filmland with 'Troop Zero'

The girls in ACS' Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls are part of ACS' opening night screening, premiering the flicks they made as part of the eight-week project earlier this year.

'From Dixie with Love': A Q&A with Trae Crowder, The Liberal Redneck

While the South continues to serve as the primary scapegoat for the rest of the United States when matters of race and exploitation come to the fore of public consciousness, Crowder sees it as part of his mission to complicate that image — to show that someone from a rural, impoverished background can embody cosmopolitan values and progressive ideals.

George Takei’s “They Called Us Enemy” exhumes Rohwer, comic book-style

In “They Called Us Enemy,” the “Star Trek” actor’s new graphic novel memoir from Top Shelf, Takei tells the story of his family being removed from their homes in 1942 and sent by train to an internment camp — a euphemism, Takei notes archly, for imprisonment — in southeast Arkansas.

Jeff Nichols’ Filmland captures an industry in transition 

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Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to Little Rock in October

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the First Security Amphitheater October 12.
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Chatz burger, barbecue sandwich among the best in town

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Get over your skepticism of vegan food

Blue Sage Vegan's “Don’t Be a Chick’n” sandwich is a masterpiece.

'In wine, there is truth': Tasting the Arkansas River Valley terroir

Along the Arkansas River Valley in Altus, there is a wine trail rich in history, rooted in family and eclectic in presentation.

Indian Kitchen is curry as comfort food

Indian Kitchen drops the pretense of fine dining in favor of Indo-Pak comfort food with a focus on catering.

Trader Joe's confirmed as tenant for former Toys 'R Us location in West Little Rock

After much speculation and petitioning, Arkansas Business confirms today that Trader Joe's is indeed setting up shop at the former Toys 'R Us in West Little Rock, at 11500 Financial Center Parkway. 

The Happy Camper at Paninis & Co. makes good on its name

While Panini & Co. supports vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, general manager Benjamin Hoanzl says the goal is to “provide variety for everybody.”

King Kone on top of the empire

King Kone’s large menu, a dictionary book of flavors, covers the entire front of the purple cinder-block building. But if you’re here, you probably have some variation of ice cream and/or burgers on your mind.
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Hillcrest's El Mezcal shows a lot of promise

Don’t take this as a full-fledged restaurant review from Arkansas Times: We’re just letting you know what we loved and what might need that aforementioned improvement (very little, we’ll tell you now!).

Patients impatient for the arrival of edibles in Arkansas: Feed thyself

We got buds in the oven.
Pic of That Ramen Place's Seaweed Salad

Ramen and the American Dream

Hard to pick a favorite at That Ramen Place.
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