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February 4, 2010

Vol 8 • No 4

Blessed are they ...

Last summer, a small number of serious students at Harding University, the Church of Christ college in Searcy, committed themselves to a budget of $10,000 to stage a conference to explore contemporary interpretations of Christ’s instruction to “love.”

So when did Blanche make a payroll?

President Obama conversed with Senate Democrats today. Politico reports the following exchange, proudly distributed by the Blanche Lincoln re-election campaign:

John McCain, meet Colin Powell

Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says times have changed and the don't-ask-don't-tell policy on homosexual military service should be repealed.

Talk is cheap

Throw some this way. Sorry about the disjointed day.

Exene forever

In a notorious boys' club, Exene Cervenka is one of punk's greatest matriarchs - and one of the genre's most enduring. As a member of X, she helped set the standard for punk.

Run Beebe Run

I think it's high time Sen. Blanche Lincoln took a good long hard look around her.

Drinking tea, watching Fox.

Polls show Fox News is the most trusted of the five national television networks, Tea Party has higher favorable ratings than both Democrats and Republicans. So all the political passion in America right now is for “other,” and Fox and the Tea Party catch the “others.”

Needed: Strong Estate Tax

On New Year’s Day the estate tax, an essential part of the U.S. tax system for nearly 100 years, disappeared because Congress failed to act in December. Congressional leaders now are pledging to act in early 2010 to reinstate the federal estate tax retroactive to Jan. 1. In the meantime, rhetoric over the estate tax will heat up.

In Brief, Feb. 4-5.

In case you somehow missed it: The ARKANSAS TIMES MUSICIANS SHOWCASE continues at Sticky Fingerz with round two, featuring 3 Penny Acre, Big Boots, Elise Davis and Matt Stell and the Crashers, 9 p.m., $5. Elsewhere, the ABBA tribute act Waterloo comes to UCA.

Mush.

Valentine's is upon us, mush is in the air, and I was just watching a TV commercial for the Blackberry "smartphone" from Sprint in which youngsters intone "All You Need Is Love."

What's Cookin', Feb. 4

Laurie Lowe, the franchise owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Little Rock, hopes to open a Little Rock franchise by June in a strip mall being built at 13000 Chenal. The Little Rock eatery will be 2,500 square feet and feature a patio. Lowe, who owns the rights to build eight franchises in Arkansas, says she’s currently eyeing locations in Jonesboro, Fort Smith, Rogers and Conway.

Nurturing fiction

Last Wednesday, a column by Cathy Frye appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette under the headline "Mothers in Haiti Face Living Nightmare." But Frye has never been to Haiti.

The Showcase continues

Tonight at 9 p.m. at Sticky Fingerz. 3 Penny Acre, Big Boots (pictured), Elise Davis and Matt Stell and the Crashers square off. Come out!

This Modern World, Feb. 4

Bobby!

607's younger bro takes round one; time for round two on Thursday.

The Observer, Feb. 4

Last week one of those rare and unexpected acts of kindness happened when, and where, you least expect it. This one unfolded in the drive-through lane at Zaxby’s chicken restaurant on Dave Ward Drive.

The Week that Was, Jan. 27-Feb. 4.

It was a GOOD week for...ICE. An ice storm becalmed most of the state for several days and punished some with loss of power. Driving was hazardous.

In his element.

Last Friday, President Obama stood in front of GOP house members and took questions for 90 minutes -- unfiltered, unscripted. It terms of political theatre, it was fascinating. For the president, it was an outright success.

What's Cookin', Feb. 4

Laurie Lowe, the franchise owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Little Rock, hopes to open a Little Rock franchise by June in a strip mall being built at 13000 Chenal. The Little Rock eatery will be 2,500 square feet and feature a patio. Lowe, who owns the rights to build eight franchises in Arkansas, says she’s currently eyeing locations in Jonesboro, Fort Smith, Rogers and Conway.

What's Cookin', Feb. 4

Laurie Lowe, the franchise owner of Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Little Rock, hopes to open a Little Rock franchise by June in a strip mall being built at 13000 Chenal. The Little Rock eatery will be 2,500 square feet and feature a patio. Lowe, who owns the rights to build eight franchises in Arkansas, says she’s currently eyeing locations in Jonesboro, Fort Smith, Rogers and Conway.

No country for old country

Willie Nelson is one of the few members of country music’s shaggily decadent outlaw coterie to avoid mention as an inspiration for Bad Blake, the anti-hero of “Crazy Heart,” director Scott Cooper’s examination of the ugly back end of Nashville’s generational changing of the guard. But Nelson’s “Whiskey River” could nonetheless be a metaphor for the divide between the film’s old and new guards.

Bad is good for the GOP.

Counting those who have given up, 26 million people are out of work, everyone else is scared stiff, the government is out of money and the reigning political party thinks all of that is to its advantage.

Books Calendar, Feb. 4.

Unless indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing.

To-do List, Feb. 4-9

Keller Williams, Love Ghost, Haiti Benefits, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Ghostfinger, New Found Glory, Saves the Day, Lipizzaner Stallions, are Paul Di'Anno are this week's top picks.

The needle points to The Hayestack.

Onion-scented whispers told us about the mammoth chicken fried steaks and hearty breakfasts at Ferndale's Hayestack Cafe, not to mention the best catfish po-boy this side of Cajun country.

Smart Talk, Feb. 4.

Rep. John Boozman, who’s mulling over a U.S. Senate run against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, co-sponsored a bill (H.Res. 809) last year to honor “the fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III.

Return of Count Ed

Dracula can’t stop biting necks and Ed Bethune can’t stop debasing Arkansas politics. Persistence is but one of the traits they share.

Campaign climate

A paper published by a think tank last month warned that Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s ascendancy to the Agriculture Committee chairmanship was a bad omen for passage of climate-change legislation in 2010 due to her close ties to agricultural producers and processors seen as major contributors of greenhouse gases.

Words, Feb. 4.

The American Dialect Society has named tweet “the top word of 2009,” and Google — the verb, not the noun — “the top word of the past decade.” I’m not sure what “top” means in this context, but there you are. I’ve personally had little truck with tweet.

Conan and Fox 16

Get your local TV news coverage here. KUAR's Ron Breeding has started a blog, The Arkansas Line, and writes today about the possibility that Conan O'Brien will take his show to Fox and what that could mean to Fox 16's new 10 p.m. local news show.

Obama transforms Arkansas ...

... to the detriment of Arkansas Democrats, Brummett writes.

Attending the Prayer Breakfast?

I'm  guessing no Arkansas politician will be dissuaded from attending, but critics have finally stirred up some public opposition to today's National Prayer Breakfast.

NLR desegregated?

Cynthia Howell's gavel-to-gavel coverage in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (sub. reqd.)

Bravo? We'll See.

Bravo Cucina Italiana is under construction out at The Promenade at Chenal. The Ohio based BRIO Restaurants Group, which has locations of Bravo and Brio in 27 states, will open the new restaurant in March.

Duggar a life-saver

Josh Duggar, first-born of the clan,and his brother John are credited with saving the life of a child in a car accident last week. They got help and gave CPR to the unresponsive child, now hospitalized in Little Rock.

Mike Huckabee's pardons

For the record, the Arkansas Leader highlights another beneficiary of Mike Huckabee's generous pardon/commutation practices who finds himself in trouble with the law again -- Jimmy Hinton, accused in a credit card scam.

How low will she go?

Why doesn't Blanche Lincoln simply trade parties? Even George Bush was comfortable trying domestic terror suspects in federal courts.

Boozman irks Coleman

Curtis Coleman, in an interview with National Journal, expresses his unhappiness with U.S. Rep. John Boozman's late entry into the U.S. Senate race.

Thursday To-Do: Keller Williams

KELLER WILLIAMS8:30 p.m., Revolution. $19 adv., $23 d.o.s.Okay, dig this: A guy who looks like your younger uncle that spends his summers stoned, kayaking and cooking at a Yellowstone resort with folks in their 20s, is going to come to Rev on Thursday with a mounted guitar, stand-up bass, loop pedals and a drum machine.

Thursday To-Do: Love Ghost

Photo by Ashley McLelland. LOVE GHOST10 p.m., White Water Tavern.

Super Bowl's partisan tinge

This survey says that, among those who care, Democrats tend to favor the Saints, Republicans the Colts.

Meet the guest judge: Burt Taggart

2010 Ark. Times Musicians Showcase guest judge Burt Taggart. Who?

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: 3 Penny Acre

Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree and Bryan Hembree. 3 Penny AcreDebut: 2008From: FayettevilleMembers: Bayard Blain (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals), Bernice Hembree (upright bass, vocals), Bryan Hembree (guitar, brush bucket, vocals).Albums: A self-titled album with another coming soon.Bona fides: The band won “Best New Band” at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards last year.

Boozman: Threat to Social Security

It's never too early for a Social Security defender, as in the news release on the jump, to start the hubbub about the threat that leading Republican candidates pose to Social Security and Medicare.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Big Boots

Trevor Ware, Mason Maudlin, Michael Motley. Big BootsFormed: Late 2007Members: Mason Maudlin (guitar, vocals) and Michael Motley (drums, vocals), Trevor Ware (bass).Roots: Maudlin and Motley co-founded Sugar in the Raw (later, after the threat of litigation, Sugar and the Raw), the Little Rock party band that packed out local rooms in the early part of the decade like no one in recent memory.Like Spinal Tap, but for bassists: Big Boots can't seem to keep em around.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Elise Davis

Jordan Trotter, Elise Davis, Joshua Tate, Trevor Ware. Photo by JM Liles.

Oaklawn offers $5 million purse

Big money for hard times. Oaklawn's owner Charles Cella announced today he'd offer a $5 million purse at April 3's Apple Blossom stakes race if the country's top fillies, Rachel Alexandraer and Zenyatta, show up.

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Matt Stell and the Crashers

Matt Stell and the CrashersFormed: Stell started performing at house parties and local bars in the mid-part of last decade when he was in school at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. The Crashers came aboard a little more than a year ago.From: Center RidgeBand: Adam Freitas (lead guitar, harmony vocals), Matt Richardson (drums), Joey Rowlett (bass guitar), Matt Stell (vocals, rhythm guitar).Album: Stell put out a solo album, “The Sound and the Story,” in 2008.

Boling in race for 2nd District

David Boling, a Pine Bluff native, lawyer and U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's former chief of staff, joints Sen. Joyce Elliott and Rep. Robbie Wills in the Democratic primary race to succeed Snyder.

Sunday booze sales

Sounds like alcohol distributors are beginning to chafe at the lack of retail alcoholic beverage package sales in Arkansas on Sunday.

Beebe wavers on lottery scholarships

Gov. Mike Beebe says he might be able to go along with $5,000 annual lottery scholarships for current and future college students.

Design the Times

Bring it:The Arkansas Times is accepting resumes for a full-time graphic designer. Must be proficient with all Adobe software, deadline-oriented and highly organized, with at least 4 years experience in publication layout, ad design and web design/maintenance.

Massanelli to be U.S. marshal

Chip Massanelli, currently chief deputy in the U.S. marshal's office in Little Rock, will be nominated by President Obama to be marshal, a political appointment.

Drunk and disorderly

An excessive amount of alcohol and Independence County sheriff's deputies proved a toxic combo for Nick Snider, said to be one of the country's top male models.

Help wanted at Times

Graphic Designer The Arkansas Times is accepting resumes for a full-time graphic designer. Must be proficient with all Adobe software, deadline-oriented and highly organized, with at least 4 years experience in publication layout, ad design and web design/maintenance.

A miserable night

Lift the cold gloom with humor, enlightenment, optimism and hope. Or the usual.

Win one for the Newt

Here's the congressional campaign announcement from Princella Smith of Wynne, the black Republican protege of Newt Gingrich who'd like to succeed Marion Berry as the Delta's rep in Washington.

No charges in UA assault complaint?

No official source is talking at this hour. But multiple sources indicate to me that H.G. Foster, appointed in November as a special prosecutor to review a UA freshman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by three basketball players at a campus fraternity party, has concluded his review of the case.

In the 3rd District

Fans are working on Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn to run, as a Democrat. She sounds interested.

V.L. Cox exhibit

"Delineations" at Boswell-Mourot.

Ch3mex at ACAC

Muralist and graffiti artist DJs at his own exhibit tonight.

Round two of the Musicians Showcase goes to...

Elise Davis, who edged out Big Boots, who're headed to the play-in round. Big night for Trevor Ware, who plays bass in both acts. Stay tuned for full coverage on Rock Candy on Friday.

How Sweet It Is.

Still making your Valentine's Day weekend plans? He're's a real winner that won't put you out a lot of money.

Krugman on deficits

Just in time for my frustration at Republican talking points on increases in the debt ceiling and the federal deficit, first created by George W. Bush.

Huckabee's 'super group'

The Jerusalem Post files a detailed report on some recent Israel hotel jamming by a "super group" including bassist Mike Huckabee, singer Pat Boone and Fox News reporter Mike Tobin on guitar.

The GOP's Dr. No

Sen. Richard Shelby has put a blanket hold on ALL presidential nominations to extort billions in pork for Alabama.

Elise Davis takes round two of the Showcase

Photo by JM Liles. Second times a charm for Elise Davis, who made her live debut at the Showcase back in 2004 with her high school band Sandbox Lizards.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Video recap

Round 2 winner Elise Davis. Video by Brian Chilson.

Wills takes no-money pledge

Under criticism from Republicans, House Speaker Robbie Wills has announced he won't accept contributions for his 2nd District congressional campaign during the coming fiscal session of the legislature.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2: Judges commentary on Elise Davis

Superb harmonies. Top notch musicianship all around.

Friday To-Do: Haiti Benefits

'Idol' hopeful Charity Vance. ARKANSANS 4 HAITI5 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center.

Friday To-Do: New Found Glory - Saves the Day

New Found Glory. NEW FOUND GLORY/ SAVES THE DAY7:30 p.m., The Village.

Friday To-Do: Ghostfinger

GHOSTFINGER10 p.m., Juanita's. $15.Sounding like “Midnight Mile” Rolling Stones one minute and a rootsy Smashing Pumpkins the next, Lucero's poppier compadres, Ghostfinger, have developed a reputation around these parts for their eclectic, manic live shows and attention-deficit twist on Tennessee alt-country.

No charges in Razorback probe UPDATES

As I'd heard yesterday, a special prosecutor has completed his review and recommended no charges in the case of a University of Arkansas freshman's allegation that she was raped by three Razorback basketball players at a fraternity party on campus last year.

Weekend To-Do: 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

Trista Moldovan as Maggie, Michael Ellison as Brick, Joe Vincent as Big Daddy and Kathleen Doyle as Big Mama.

The Weekend: CH3MEX, Venus Mission, Underclaire, Living Sacrifice, more

CH3MEX. FRIDAY 2/5At the ACAC space, muralist CH3MEX DJs his own art opening, “La Pinche Situacion!” 7 p.m., free (Leslie Peacock's Arkansas Art Notes blog has more).

Those wacky Repubs

Jim Holt, the Republican senatorial candidate, is still a Republican senatorial candidate. He held a news conference a few minutes ago to say so.

A picture worth a book

David Margolick, who's writing a book "Elizabeth and Hazel," about the iconic 1957 photograph of Elizabeth Eckford tormented (by, among others, Hazel Massery) on her lonely walk to Central High School, will speak at noon Monday at the Clinton School.

Saturday To-Do: Lipizzaner Stallions

LIPIZZANER STALLIONS2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $24.35-$31.35.Of all of Verizon Arena's annual events — the Globetrotters, the Gaithers, Monster Trucks, wrestling — this one is the most bad-ass.

Riverfest shifts its weight to Little Rock

Last year at the amphitheater. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Proctor replacement named

Gov. Mike Beebe today appointed Ernest Sanders Jr. of Little Rock to fill the fifth division circuit judge seat vacated when Willard Proctor was removed from the bench.

The race for Congress

Jason Tolbert has video of Sen. Joyce Elliott's announcement as a Democratic candidate for Second District Congress.

Michael Steele's chump change

Michael Steele's comment at UALR last night that $1 million isn't a lot of money is drawing some national attention.

It's a five o'clock world

Readers take over.

A Little Love for Luigi's.

The highly recommended Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta came up on our food wheel (I kid, there’s no food wheel, just a list of places people tell me I need to check out) this morning, so around noon we ventured to Bryant for lunch.

A Little Love for Luigi's.

The highly recommended Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta came up on our food wheel (I kid, there’s no food wheel, just a list of places people tell me I need to check out) this morning, so around noon we ventured to Bryant for lunch.

Trick horses

There's a lot to peel back before you get to the essence of the Lipizzaner Stallions. Epaulet-adorned jackets are de rigueur for those who ride the centuries-old breed. And riders do so in a style called dressage, which is all about harmony between horse and rider, but, at its highest levels, embraces moves that recall both ballet and battle.

Time for Lincoln TV

John Brummett thinks it's time for Sen. Blanche Lincoln to spend some money on TV, but maybe past time for soft-focus biographical stuff.

How low is Lincoln?

Since the John Brummett column raises the issue of the state of the Blanche Lincoln campaign, it's a good time for an interesting report from Paul Barton in Washington.

Tea Party news

And still speaking of Blanche Lincoln: Her name has been taken in vain at the Tea Party convention in Nashville (an event some have depicted as a moneymaking gimnick for the organizer):

Riverfest leaves NLR

You do scroll on down the page regularly for Lindsey Millar's Rock Candy blog reports on music, movies and more don't you?

Enter Boozman

John Boozman formally announced his entry into the U.S. Senate race this morning. We may have some film on that later.

The line is open

Commence firing.

The needle points to The Hayestack

Great greasy spoon dining in Ferndale.

Talk about costly agendas

It takes some brass for a U.S. Senate candidate -- John Boozman -- to talk about the "costly" Democratic agenda after the profligate spending and tax cuts for the rich supported by Rep. Boozman under eight years of Bushonomics that got us in this mess.

The coming Medicaid crunch

Seth Blomeley's preview in the Democrat-Gazette (sub. reqd.)

Modern love, Searcy style

Our cover story this week by Mara Leveritt was about "Peace by Piece," a conference on a contemporary interpretation of Christian love originally scheduled at Harding University, but moved off-campus over some doctrinal issues at the college.

The politics of gay rights

Frank Rich thinks the noise has been noticeably muted to military leadership's endorsement of the end of discrimination against gay people in the service.

Connecticut explosion

Mass casualties reported in the explosion of a power plant under construction in Connecticut. (It's a gas-fired plant.)

Run, Sarah, Run

Sarah Palin says she'd consider a run for president in 2012. Question: Will she 1) still make fun of people using teleprompters as she did in her earlier speech in reference to Obama; 2) use a telepromter herself, or 3) continue to use her hand as a cheat sheet?

1st District maneuvers

Roby Brock updates the Democratic race to succeed U.S. Rep. Marion Berry. Rep. Keith Ingram is out.

Hot time in S. Louisiana

Talk about "Lanterns on the Levee." The old South Louisiana custom of building massive bonfires on levees at Christmas time and for other occasions is in vogue for tonight's game.

Blessed are they ...

Last summer, a small number of serious students at Harding University, the Church of Christ college in Searcy, committed themselves to a budget of $10,000 to stage a conference to explore contemporary interpretations of Christ's instruction to "love."

Surprise

I thought the snow was coming tonight.

Congressional notes UPDATES

Republican Steve Womack will delay his planned announcement for Third District today on account of the snow ....

Here come the snack police

The New York Times reports that Sen. Blanche Lincoln will soon introduce federal legislation to ban candy and sugared soft drinks from school vending machines to combat childhood obesity.

Snow ballin'

Second and Cumberland. Just got out for a minute to fetch a staffer who got his car good and stuck up in his yard.

Review: Exene Cervenka - Dexter Romweber Duo at White Water

Exene live in NYC. Via Brooklyn Vegan.

Snow Treats.

Last week when the last blast came through, Fort Smith Eats posted pics from readers of snow treats, including this snow ice cream from Lauren Hendricks.  Well, we seem to have been blessed with our own snowful bounty today.  So, how about it?  Share your photos of snow treats and the things you eat to warm up by sending your photos to kat@tiedyetravels.com.    On the jump, a recipe for snow ice cream you can make yourself.

Call the roll, please

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is touted as one of the party's great thinkers. You betcha he is. And boy does he have a budget plan.

Conditions deteriorating

-- Brian Chilson photo About the snow. It seems to be at variance with the forecast, doesn't it?

Legislative damper

The snow apparently lent some urgency to the opening day of the legislature's first budget session.

Crowd-sourcing the weather

So help me. Normally we go to press Tuesday. We're trying to move the paper out one day early -- today -- for fear of worse road conditions tomorrow.

The House media effort

I must say the state House of Representatives has made great communications strides with on-line broadcasts of the House sessions and select committee meetings (today, the brief Rules Committee).

Sewage flow stopped

A temporary solution has been found to stop the flow of sewage from Marble Falls into a tributary of the Buffalo River.

No Weiner Delight

The state Board of Education didn't let a little snow deter it today from important business.

It's not torture, right?

A soldier in Washington is accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter for failure to know her ABCs.

Execution procedure upheld

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the constitutionality of Arkansas's lethal injection procedure.

Blacks unhappy with Obama

Even as President Obama pays an undeniable political cost for the mere fact of his race, he's paying a cost with many blacks for not doing enough for blacks.

The line is open

Place your weather bets and other commentary here.

Campaign climate

A paper published by a think tank last month warned that Sen. Blanche Lincoln's ascendancy to the Agriculture Committee chairmanship was a bad omen for passage of climate-change legislation in 2010 due to her close ties to agricultural producers and processors seen as major contributors of greenhouse gases.

Another night of surprises

Sunday night, it was the surprise snow. Monday night, with its 100 percent chance of snow (and wild alarms in some forecasting quarters of a record accumulation of snow in LR) it appears we got not a flake more.

Republicans on health

A skimpy fig leaf of health ideas are formulating on the Republican side of Congress.

The coming snore

If the U.S. Senate race winds up pitting Rep. John Boozman against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, bring some caffeine.

Decadent Night.

The seventh annual Chocolate Fantasty Ball's coming up this weekend at The Peabody Hotel.  The big fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House brings a whole world of chocolate to an evening of splendor, with its signature Chocolate Martini, dinner and decadent dessert buffet.  It's more than a chance to enjoy more chocolate than yo could conceivably consume; it's a celebration of the work of one of Arkansas' favorite charities.  Tickets start at $100 -- the event is Saturday night starting at six.  More on the event on the jump. 

Hidden Treasure.

 Little Rock’s blessed with more than its share of Oriental restaurants. One name that doesn’t come up as often as it might have 20 years ago is Forbidden City.

Hidden Treasure.

 Little Rock’s blessed with more than its share of Oriental restaurants. One name that doesn’t come up as often as it might have 20 years ago is Forbidden City.

Causey announces in 1st

Why not. Not much to be happening in Ark. today.

New look in the Quapaw

Leslie Peacock's art blog has the scoop on an architectural project to build a trendy modular home  at 1519 Commerce in the Quapaw Quarter environs.

The people speak

Just because you can assemble an angry gang of loudmouths doesn't mean you represent the majority opinion in America on every issue Thanks to Norma for calling my attention to a nice piece of work by numbers cruncher Nate Silver.

Kris Allen does an AOL Session

"Can't Stay Away" There's lots of in-studio performance and interview video with Kris Allen at AOL Sessions.

Homicide victim identified

The Little Rock police say Roosevelt Webster, 29, of North Little Rock was the man whose body was found Monday afternoon beneath the Interstate 30 overpass at Arch Street Pike.

Alabama hearts Huckabee

Poll says Mike Huckabee would be the leading Republican presidential contender in Alabama by a mile.

Ark. Blog question time

I'm going to open the floor here to one of my irregular Ask the Blogger sessions.

Ark. Blog question time

I'm going to open the floor here to one of my irregular Ask the Blogger sessions.

Neither snow ...

Hats off to my postal carrier. She parked her truck nearby and slogged down to the end of my steep 300-yard street and then back up, dropping mail at each house.

Neither snow ...

Hats off to my postal carrier. She parked her truck nearby and slogged down to the end of my steep 300-yard street and then back up, dropping mail at each house.

Tuesday Not To-Do: Paul Di'Anno

In the 15 years since Paul Di'Anno last toured the States, seems he hasn't been doing enough voice exercises.

Radical politics

Lots of radical talk today. The Democratic Party is sending around sound bites from a Curtis Coleman interview on KTHV. The Republican senatorial candidate is about as reactionary as you could possibly want, down the line.

Ask and you'll receive ..

... the answer to the question about what is going in the storefront at the corner of Clinton and Cumberland, where River Market ArtSpace used to be: It's 10,000 Villages.

Identified

Police have identified the homicide victim whose body was found under I-30 at the Arch Street overpass yesterday as Roosevelt Webster of North Little Rock. Webster, 30, has no record with the LRPD, public affairs offficer Lt. Terry Hastings says.

Two faces of the GOP

Blithering hypocritical dicks: The Washington Times reports that "more than a dozen Republican lawmakers, while denouncing the stimulus to the media and their constituents, privately sent letters to just one of the federal government's many agencies seeking stimulus money for home-state pork projects."

Rep. David Cook for Congress?

That's what this Facebook page says.

Frank Broyles and integration

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has scheduled a program at noon Wednesday on Arkansas Razorback Black History.

Who's coming to Riverfest 2010

Set your links. This is where we'll continuously update the Riverfest line-up as it's gradually announced.Gary AllanFriday, Clinton Center stageWho cares?

Add Bryles in 1st District

State Sen. Steve Bryles of Blytheville has formed an exploratory committee to run as a Democrat for 1st District Congress.

Add Bryles in 1st District

State Sen. Steve Bryles of Blytheville has formed an exploratory committee to run as a Democrat for 1st District Congress.

So somebody ask John Boozman ....

.... if he's still proud of his resolution honoring James O'Keefe, racist creep. It becomes clearer than ever what he had against Acorn in his trumped-up "investigation."

Before the snow melts...

But bring a scarf. ...if you live around Hillcrest or the Heights, hit up Allsop park.

Your Arkansas-centric guide to Hollywood Week on "American Idol"

Keia Johnson, 26, MemphisAudition: Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," in Atlanta. Judges' feedback: Four emphatic yeses and special props from Simon and Mary J. Blige.Arkansas connection: She was Miss ASU '04 on a platform of "You Can Achieve What Your Heart Believes."

Can't be too careful

With the aid of a plow and a front-end loader, sufficient snow was cleared from my street today to get me downtown.

Lincoln will do anything

Hey, Repubs, got a wish list? You don't need to elect your own senator.

Black Keys, Widespread Panic added to Wakarusa line-up

The Black Keys. Looks like Wakarusa's already eclipsed last year's line-up in terms of the number of name acts scheduled.

First film from David Gordon Green's new production company announced

McBride. "L.A.P.I," a vehicle for Danny McBride, is the debut project from Rough House Pictures, the new production company headed by McBride, director Jody Hill ("Observe and Report," "East Bound and Down") and LR native David Gordon Green.Dudes need to kick fellow North Carolina School of the Arts alum Jeff Nichols a project.

The Duggar dozens

Now comes some serious discussion from the Duggars about whether there is a time that enough is enough.

The LR Nine

A civil rights remembrance in New Yorker includes some stunning photography of the Little Rock Nine.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 2 Recap

Elise Davis and "husband' Jordan Trotter. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Arkie Idol Update: And then there were three*

Keia Johnson, 26, MemphisScreen time: Newp. Dave Pittman, 27, Gassville (but he just says Mountain Home most of the time)Screen time: Nuh Uh.

Orval, Feb. 4

Dinner specials

Check out the list of best restaurants of 2009 as chosen by Arkansas Times readers.

EndorsementsReal history

What the lottery giveth ....

Larry Fugate, writing in the Pine Bluff Commercial, surveys a dozen retailers who all say they've seen a decline in business that they believe is linked to customers' spending discretionary income on the lottery instead.

Whither Halter UPDATE

Within 24 hours, a Republican political operative and a trial lawyer have relayed supposedly solid information that Lt. Gov. Bill Halter will challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary.

Snow load damage

Argenta News provides photo and more details of a storage building that collapsed downtown because of the snow accumulation.

Residency question

A blog commenter last night welcomed Sen. Steve Bryles' potential entry to the 1st District race with a comment on Bryles' current residency in Little Rock.

Seven to Sample.

There's a lot more sushi out there these days... you find it at your local grocery store, at the buffet you're hitting at lunch, even at some non-Japanese restaurants.  I've been doing exhaustive research the past few years (okay, truth is, it was my big pregnancy craving) on sushi in Little Rock.  Over on Tie Dye Travels this morning, seven locally-owned sushi operations and their specialties.

Broyles event postponed

A Mosaic Templars Cultural Center program today  featuring Frank Broyles and racial issues in UA athletics has been postponed, Jim Harris at Arkansas Sports 360 says.

Pedestrian killed on I-30

State Police say Kevin Hall, 34, of Little Rock, was killed about 1 a.m. this morning when he was hit by a car while walking in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 near Scott Hamilton Drive.

Lucero headed to Bonnaroo

It's June 10-13. Dave Matthews, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem and The Avett Bros. are among the headliners.Tickets on-sale at bonnaroo.com.Full list of announced acts after the jump.

Hardings give $100,000 to UALR

UCA trustee Rush Harding and his wife Linda, who've been major supporters of UCA, have given $100,000 to UALR for its athletic department.

Review: 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

The play enters its second week with a performance tonight at 7 p.m., Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun.

Wednesday: Owl City, Ear Fear

Owl City. Owl City, the performance name for Adam Young, comes to Revolution tonight a sold-out show.

Stream: Awesome "new" Johnny Cash song

It's the title track from the last of "American" series "American VI: Ain't No Grave" that I told you about back in January.More Cash ephemera: There's a British radio documentary coming on Cash's Scottish roots.

The two faces of the GOP

Today's installment of the reality show, "Blithering Hypocritical Dicks." After slamming the Obama administration for "secret deliberations" and going back on his campaign promise to televise the health care debate, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) criticized the President yesterday for televising the bipartisan health care summit on Feb. 25, asking "is this a political event or is this going to be a real conversation?"

Capitol news: money and lotto cops

The Arkansas Senate is now Twittering. From which I learn that a fairly routine resolution to introduce the revenue stabilization bill fell two votes short (22 ayes needing 24) and will have to be revoted Thursday.

Advancing on Advanced Placement

The state Education Department reports on the annual assessment of Advanced Placement courses. Arkansas students continue to top the national average in participation in AP courses.

Walton Arts Center: On the move?

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville announced criteria for future expansion last night. Acreage and parking and a location near I-540 are desired.

What's Cookin': Satellite to remodel, Blanc Burger and Bar Louie coming, more

Blanc Burger Satellite Cafe has scaled back its business hours in anticipation of a remodel, tentatively scheduled for the coming weeks, that would leave the Heights restaurant closed until May. Until then, the cafe is serving breakfast only, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Reason to lace up your New Balances and polish your Clubmasters

What do you even begin to say about this whole situation... In a brain meltingly meta- feat of scheduling, Christian Lander, author of the blog nearly all of your white friends and co-workers like, Stuff White People Like, will speak April 8 at the Arkansas Literary Festival, one of the pastiest annual events Little Rock has to offer.

Arkie Idol Update: Charity Vance has a really good "ohmyGod!" face

Keia Johnson, 26, Memphis (Miss ASU '04)Screen time: So quick that we probably wouldn't have recognized her if not for a voice over saying she'd made it to the next round.

Meet the guest judge: Ben Jones

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase round three guest judge Ben Jones. Who?
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