Speaking of the Capital Bar, as I was earlier: It was one of the big winners in our first Toast of the Town survey of the state’s best watering holes.

The cover story is on-line now. Just look over there to the right and check the story lineup, including a visit with a still maker, nostalgia for the neighborhood tavern and more.

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Other items of interest include:

* A Boy Named Sooie, Derek Jenkins, writes movingly of his experience as a teacher of UA athletes and laments the poor graduation rate of black football players.

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* State. Rep. Randy Laverty talks to Doug Smith about legalizing medical marijuana.

* I have my promised rant about the lack of accountability for the growing public subsidy of the private Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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* David Sanders tells media columnist Gerard Matthews that the offer to manage Stanley Reed’s Senate campaign was a bolt from the blue AFTER he’d completed a column on the Senate race that mentioned Reed favorably. (The job offer did precede publication of the column.)

* Bob Lancaster has some fixes for Christmas, like Wii-run manger scenes.