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Attorney and FOIA advocate arrested at Bar Association convention, accused of soliciting petition signatures

An attorney and leader in a campaign to protect access to public information was handcuffed and escorted out of the Arkansas Bar Association's annual convention in Hot Springs Friday in a bizarre spectacle that unfolded in a room full of lawyers and judges.

Group supporting marijuana amendment reports raising $191,000 last month

The owners of Good Day Farm Little Rock provided the largest donation of the month at $26,415.

Friday open line

Party time.

UPDATE: ATF shooting of Bryan Malinowski was justified, prosecutor says after review

The ATF agent who shot Malinowski in his West Little Rock home "had a reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary to defend himself" and another agent, the prosecutor said.

Attorney arrested at Arkansas Bar Association meeting in Hot Springs for carrying FOIA petitions

Jen Standerfer, an attorney and leader in the campaign to protect Arkansas's Freedom of Information Act, was arrested and handcuffed in front of a room full of judges and attorneys today.
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Tyson suspends John R. Tyson as finance chief over DWI arrest

Tyson got off with an apology in 2022 after police found him passed out in a stranger's bed. This time around, he wasn't so lucky.

Game and Fish Commission leads Lake Conway clean-ups as budget questions linger

The Lake Conway rehab project is an example of one of the services that could be interrupted if the Game and Fish Commission’s budget is not approved by lawmakers during next week’s special session.

Green Springs owner files lawsuit, dispensary sale on hold

A hearing is set for Wednesday in Garland County Circuit Court.
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Son of Northwest Arkansas congressman sentenced to prison in drug case

Steve Womack's son James Phillip Womack has been sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge and still faces state charges.

We can blame one of the clumsiest politicians in Arkansas history for next week's special session

Chalk up the messy and expensive flap over an appropriation for Game and Fish to the naïveté and perhaps outright ignorance of one the great buffoons of Arkansas history, Gov. J. Marion Futrell.
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Mid-America Arts Alliance announces second cohort of $10,000 grant recipients

Twenty-five Central Arkansas artists were selected for the Catalyze program, which is funded by the Windgate Foundation and includes a $10,000 grant, mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Arkansas Times Film Series screens '35 Shots of Rum' (2008) Tuesday night

Join us this month for Claire Denis’ 2008 film “35 Shots of Rum,” which the Village Voice called her “warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two’s extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation.”

2nd annual Jubilee Film Festival on Friday

All submissions center on “a narrative of Black life, whether through struggle or the continuous push toward excellence.”

AMFA reports over 155,000 visitors during inaugural year

Coupled with the annual report is the announcement that “Rivera’s Paris,” a new Diego Rivera exhibition curated and organized by AMFA, is coming to the museum in 2025.

Bentonville Film Festival: 'The In Between' lingers in liminal spaces at the border

Memory and mourning at the border: Eagle Pass has become ground zero for American political anxiety about the border, but for Robie Flores, director of the new documentary "The In Between," it's home.
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Celebrate Juneteenth with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on Saturday

The centerpiece of the holiday in Little Rock is the Juneteenth in Da Rock street festival, with vendors, food, educational programming, a health village and live music, including a headlining performance from Destiny's Child's LeToya Luckett.

Releases from Willi Carlisle and Terminal Nation are among Stereogum's 50 favorite albums of 2024 so far

Carlisle’s “Critterland” came in at No. 33 and Terminal Nation's “Echoes Of The Devil’s Den” got the No. 42 spot.

Arkansas PBS to screen documentary short about Juneteenth traditions in Wilmar

June Dinner, one of the longest-standing Juneteenth celebrations in Arkansas, takes place in the small southeastern town of Wilmar and dates back to the late 1800s.

Little Rock bowed at the throne of Chappell Roan at The Hall

Pink cowboy hats were ubiquitous, variously bedazzled with feathers, glitter, rhinestones and light-up apparatuses. Dresses, skirts and tops made of denim, satin and tulle commingled. Most importantly, compliments gushed generously between strangers-turned-fast friends.

Oxford American honors Stax Records with Memphis Music Revue on Thursday

The event boasts performances by Memphis purveyor of self-described “Black Lady spiritual music” Talibah Safiya and The 926, an assemblage of alumni from the Stax Music Academy.
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Highway 70 Kream Kastle Drive Inn is returning under new ownership

Kream Kastle Drive Inn's legions of fans are getting some good news this week after Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib blog reported on Wednesday that the longstanding walk-up diner on U.S. Highway 70 is making a comeback.

Red Lobster bankruptcy could send four Arkansas locations overboard

Four Arkansas Red Lobster locations could be facing closures following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. 

A list of Arkansas food blogs to plan your summer eats by

Insta-piration from the state's experts.

Boss move: Order sweet potato fries as an app at 42 Bar and Table

Can sweet potato fries rekindle the optimism of youth? No, but they're good with wasabi aioli.

The Grind Coffee Bistro opens at Arkansas Baptist College 

Heaven McKinney, owner of The Grind Coffee Bistro, celebrated the grand opening of her new location at Arkansas Baptist College with members of the community, university officials and city leaders on Tuesday. 
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Cheeseburger slider franchise to ‘drop cans’ in Little Rock 

Smalls Sliders, the “industry-disrupting cheeseburger slider brand,” will bring the franchise to Central Arkansas. The company “drops cans” — prefabricated modular shipping container-style buildings — at new sites as opposed to breaking ground, which means “faster opens and fewer headaches,” according to its website.

Known for Flakes, but all in on cakes

After building out the pastry program at The Bagel Shop, Monica Chatterton is turning her attention back to her solo baking project, Flake Baby Pastry. Chatterton told the Arkansas Times that she is resurrecting the micro bakery with a renewed focus on creating custom cakes.

All-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi restaurant to replace WLR Applebee’s

Mizuki, an all-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi restaurant, will be taking the place of the former Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar at 12110 Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock.

Last call for Little Rock Big Whiskey’s 

Big Whiskey’s announced last week that it will be shutting down its Little Rock location later this month after 16 years in the River Market.

UPDATE: Lassis Inn has not closed permanently, owner says

Many people are mourning the loss of Little Rock's Lassis Inn — one of the oldest Black-owned restaurants in the country — after reports on Thursday circulated that the restaurant has closed permanently. Owner Elihue Washington Jr. said on a phone call Friday morning not to count the restaurant out just yet.
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