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February 9, 2006

Vol 4 • No 4

Words Feb. 9

Ask Ol' Assmunch

Dear Assmunch: Do these Muslim religious fanatics scare you as much as they do me? I mean, somebody in Denmark draws a stupid cartoon and they want to burn the world down and kill all of us infidels? What kind of world would it be if they were running it?

Orval Feb. 9

Editorial cartoon Feb. 9

The week that was Feb.1-7

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … SEX, DRUGS AND CRIME. All figured in the arrests of the Lonoke mayor, the Lonoke police chief and his wife and two others in a bust that rocked the quiet farming community.

Eye on the river cities

A digital camera atop the Junction Bridge provides visitors to North Little Rock’s city website real-time video of the Razorback submarine, work along the river, the Clinton Presidential Center and other views of the north and south shores of the Arkansas

Doctor shortage

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has closed its West Little Rock clinic because it’s been unable to fill two vacancies that have left the clinic shorthanded for at least a year.

The Observer Feb. 9

As a supporter of the Little Rock Zoo, The Observer receives the zoo’s newsletter, the Jungle Express. We saw in the latest issue a “wish list” of things the zoo would like for people to donate. We were intrigued by some of the items.

Dickson St. memories

As a Dickson Street musician of yore, I read Jim Kelton’s article about Ronnie Hawkins, John Tolleson, the Cate Brothers, and others of the Fayetteville music scene with interest and nostalgia.

The myth of merit pay

The oldest and most persistent failure in the long history of school experimentation is back, and this time it takes a form that is sure to wreak more havoc with children than ever.

Blogland

Reading the Arkansas Daily Blog yet? If not, we recommend it.

Smart Talk Feb. 9

This week's items: Modest swimwear; tax breaks in west Little Rock; God and "Will and Grace."

Between luck and learning

Attorney General Mike Beebe told an audience the other day that if educational investment was the extent of your economic development strategy, then you’d merely turn out smart kids who’d go elsewhere for jobs.

Art of war

Do you want a good example of why the Republicans keep winning and the Democrats keep losing?

Conway sees ‘Rain’

Folks in the front row might need weather gear when the Canadian circus troupe Cirque eloize performs “Rain” at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15.

Shuck the boots

In the interest of good taste and his own political advancement, Governor Huckabee should take that $3,700 pair of cowboy boots the state Republican Party gave him and donate them to a worthy charity like the ACLU or Planned Parenthood.

Voltage at Juanita’s

Jay Farrar gave Son Volt a complete overhaul when he re-formed the band last year. Little Rockians got a taste of the new version last summer at Sticky Fingerz, and will again when Farrar and Son Volt return to town Thursday, Feb. 9, this time to Juanita’

Chef's choice

Where top chefs eat when they're not chained to their stoves.

ASO’s Valentine gift: ‘He Said She Said’

Broadway stars Judy Kaye and Jeff Keller will highlight the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Pops, Live! series salute to love and Valentine’s Day in “He Said She Said,” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Why so high?

Chef Donnie Ferneau, an imposing fellow with a large grin, confesses to being a little cocky. But why wouldn’t he be, considering where he’s come in five years?

A dynasty built on eggplant casserole

A few years back, the Luby’s chain out of Texas swaggered into Little Rock, opened a cafeteria in the Park Plaza mall, and began drawing large crowds. Park Plaza is a block away from University Mall, an older, smaller and rather rundown mall that housed a

Linked in

I first heard about P.F. Chang’s from friends who came back raving about it after eating there in Dallas. What could be so great about a chain Chinese restaurant, I wondered.

Chefs' secrets

We asked four of our best chef runners-up to divulge the recipe of a popular dish they serve. Here goes:

Into the Woods for catfish

While our annual Best Restaurants coverage is all about your choices, Dear Reader, we also know that — like us — you’re a rather Little Rock-centric bunch. When you’re out away from the Capital City you usually end up with a McBurger in your hand instead

Readers choose the best restaurants in Arkansas

Time again to reveal our readers’ picks of the best restaurants in Arkansas. Ours is the oldest restaurant contest in Arkansas and still the best, we modestly assert.

Cornerstone is back

There has been some restaurant drama on the 300 block of Main Street in North Little Rock’s Argenta district.

TV highlights Feb. 9

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) WEB JUNK 20 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56) MODERN MARVELS: CANDY 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)

Cox launches fellowship show

A first-of-its-kind exhibit of work by artists who’ve received Arts Council fellowships during the past 20 years will open Friday, Feb. 10, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cox Creative Center. The reception is one of several 2nd Friday Night

I (heart) CHUCK

I must confess: I love Chuck Dovish. As a kid, I used to anxiously await each new installment of his “Travelin’ Arkansas” on KTHV, Ch. 11, like Christmas. Dovish seemed — to a lad with a penchant for pocket knives and barefootedness — to possess the world

Surprises abound

‘They’re Playing Our Song’ Robinson Center Music Hall Feb. 3

FOI expert fears greater secrecy for court records

Proposed new rules governing access to court records in Arkansas could give judges even more power than they now have to withhold information from the public, according to a law professor and freedom-of-information expert.

Clouseau returns

With Peter Sellers gone, the humor of “The Pink Panther” would have fallen flat with likely any other actor-comedian. But Steve Martin, sporting a silly French accent, had us laughing for pretty much the entire hour and 40 minutes of this restoration of t

What's cooking/short reviews Feb. 9

What's cooking: Vieux Carre. Short reviews: Blue Cake Company, Cornerstone Deli and Pub, Forbidden City.

Are newspapers dying?

Three hundred daily newspapers in the United States have gone out of business in the last 25 years. Several others have stayed alive by consolidating with a larger paper in the same town, but while they say their reporting and editorials are still indepen

Get Brave in the kitchen

Peter Brave wields a mean chinois and makes a bon beurre blanc, and he learned it all in Little Rock. Maybe that’s why the down-to-earth Brave, who serves up some pretty fancy food at his Brave New Restaurant, willingly rises early on a Saturday to show f

Flappers and love

The six-time Tony-Award-winning romantic musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” finds its way to Robinson Center Music Hall for three shows beginning Monday, Feb. 13, featuring flappers dancing the Charleston, dashing leading men, a middle-American sweetheart

Ask Ol’ Assmunch

Dear Assmunch: Do these Muslim religious fanatics scare you as much as they do me? I mean, somebody in Denmark draws a stupid cartoon and they want to burn the world down and kill all of us infidels?

The myth of merit pay

The oldest and most persistent failure in the long history of school experimentation is back, and this time it takes a form that is sure to wreak more havoc with children than ever.

A tip of the cap for late fill-in

A young group from Fayetteville called Phantazmelodia didn’t win last week’s semifinal in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase — local group the Munks did, before a large crowd at Sticky Fingerz. But what Phantazmelodia did, not only for themselves but f

Coretta’s all-American service

Whose funeral is it, anyway? And what’s wrong with an American president’s having to sit through an impassioned and morality-based criticism of his actions and policies?
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