What would the Ark. Blog do without its readers? Such as Quapaw, maitre d’ at Midtown Billiards, who scours the web for Arkansas-related news of note.

Today, it’s an article in a Florida newspaper about a woman who blames cancer and other health ailments on her exposure to dioxin during a childhood in Jacksonville, Ark. The city was home of the infamous Vertac plant, where Agent Orange and other products left a controversial chemical trail.


The news is not her claim of dioxin exposure. It is that she’s uninsured and trying to raise money for treatment by selling an MRI scan of her brain in which an image of the Virgin Mary seems to appear. Next: an MRI of Quapaw. That one should be good enough for Ripley’s.