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January 19, 2006

Vol 4 • No 1

Editorial cartoon Jan. 19

Back to the bar?

Jan. 19 marks the expiration of Bill Clinton’s five-year suspension from the Arkansas bar as part of a deal struck in the wake of the Whitewater investigation.

Schools -- by the numbers

The University of Arkansas’s newish Department of Education “Reform” has been nothing if not predictable for an outfit aided by Walton millions.

Smart Talk Jan. 19

This week: A balm from UAMS for itchy skin; Little Rock's a meanie again; Acorn is a survivor.

Riverdale traffic

One possibility that ought to be considered to help alleviate the pending traffic problems of an expanding Alltel corporation is a ground rail system using the existing railroad that runs along the river past Murray Park and into the Riverdale area.

The week that was Jan. 11-17

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … KILLING. Little Rock recorded six homicides in seven days. The only good news was that the slayings weren’t related. Or is it bad news that murderous people are so numerous?

Guns in Arkansas

There were 50 people murdered in Pulaski County last year — 41 in Little Rock, six in North Little Rock and three in the county. It’s not a record (76 were killed in 1993) but it’s higher than usual and scary that it’s going to rise.

Time for a change

The iron has never been much hotter in regard to reforming lobbying laws, and in Washington there is considerable talk of doing so. Whether this will be transformed into action remains to be seen, but in Arkansas, we don’t even get the talk.

The Observer

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has 36 cheerleaders and a jazzy pep band set up in the east end of the new Jack Stephens Center. They keep things hopping when the Trojans’ basketball game is on a break. A court can look pretty busy with 36 cheer

Orval Jan. 19

Time to compromise

If you had to pick one thing to which the successes of the Clinton administration could be attributed, it would have to be the art of compromise.

Will Rogers' Arkansas crusade

He crossed the state for four days in 1931, working for hunger relief.

Words Jan. 19

“I find myself giving a polite brush-off to perfectly nice guys out of habit, and then realizing a day later, ‘Hey, that guy was actually pretty nice, and not skeevy. What did I just do?’

Park protector

When Little Rock resident Don Castleberry appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and National Resources last November, he laid it out straight: Changes proposed by the Bush administration to National Park management policies would place some of

Send rain

The Bro.-Gov. has decreed that Arkies who believe in that sort of thing should pray for rain, and I thought I’d use the column today to do my part. Lord, send us some more rain.

This Modern World Jan. 19

Arkansans still hunger

When it came to hungry people, Arkansas ranked near the top 75 years ago. Not much has changed.

Big show, smaller stage

Arkansas-native poet Jo McDougall drew from several of her books to create the drama “Towns Facing Railroads,” which will have its world premiere at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Second Stage on Friday, Jan. 20.

TV highlights Jan. 19-25

NATURE: THE BEARS OF CHURCHILL 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) A CULTIVATED LIFE: JEFFERSON AND WINE 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) EXPLORING ARKANSAS WITH CHUCK DOVI

Opening day at Oaklawn

Oaklawn Park’s opening weekend tradition of turning back the clock on soft drink and corned beef sandwich prices continues again in 2006 as the horse track begins its live racing meet on Friday, Jan. 20.

The forgotten rebellion

Today, England, Arkansas, seems to be the most normal small farm town in the South. ... It is Jan. 3, 2006, and there is no hint that 75 years ago to the day the course of American history was changed by farmers who converged on England, demanding

What's cooking/Update Jan. 19

What's cooking: Pizza d'Action, House of Philly Cheescakes. Update: Acadia

Brave New: Simplified excellence

Longtime fans of Peter Brave’s cooking know the meal is going to be simply and solidly presented, in ample portion and delicious. But Brave New can handle the customers with more varied tastes as well it does those looking for tried and true and who a

The second time around

I have this co-worker with an unerring sense of style who, assuming she tells me the truth when I ask about a particularly fetching outfit, gets about half her wardrobe from the Goodwill store in Searcy. Patience, she says, is the key.

Strait back to Alltel

Miranda Lambert looks a wee bit younger than the 21 years old she’s supposed to be. But she’s old enough to know not to look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth: in this case being asked to travel with veteran country crooner George Strait on a 25-city

A flood of Showcase entries, 20 survivors

The only consolation I can give that I think would be meaningful to each of the many good original music groups who didn’t qualify for this year’s semifinals of the Arkansas Times Musician’s Showcase is this: 49 others didn’t either.

Really big shows

A five-section mural about Sept. 9, 2001, art and artifacts from African cultures, an exhibit of works by Benini — those who make a point to see the best of what’s in Arkansas galleries can look forward to an exhausting schedule in the upcoming weeks.

Jazz still has a place at the Afterthought

The Afterthought, the club at the corner of Beechwood and Kavanaugh and now under new ownership along with the next-door Beechwood Grill, has expanded its mostly live jazz offerings to include party, soul, rock and blues bands. However, it will continue t

Anti-freedom fighters

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Oregon law that authorizes doctor-assisted suicide, an administration spokesman said that President Bush was disappointed, but still committed to “building a culture of life.” Someone should direct the presidential a