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February 16, 2006

Vol 4 • No 5

The week that was Feb. 8-14

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. It consolidated the Eudora School District, clearly unable to make it on its own.

Lonoke troubles

Lonoke is back in the headlines with a mayor, a police chief and his wife accused of crimes ranging from manufacturing methamphetamine in order to supposedly frame somebody, to spiriting liquor into the jail to give to inmates, taking inmates to a hotel t

Mama’s boy

Comparing the current president to his father, a character in “Doonesbury” says of the first President Bush, “To begin with, he didn’t torture people.” Yes, you always like to see that in a man. And it’s a quality generally not hard to find in presidents;

A woman president

Last week I talked to a very intelligent woman from California who has moved to Little Rock because she thinks it will help her to get a woman elected president in 2008, a desire she has had for 18 years.

The Observer

The Observer had just finished a nice, healthy lunch in the River Market and was taking a nice, healthy stroll back to the office when he breathed in a nice, healthy dose of marijuana.

Crimes of the century

I keep waiting for the 21st century to show me something, but the sumbitch won’t do it. It’s determined to be a derelict ne’er-do-well century that lies around the trailer unshaved and half-drunk, watching trash TV and slapping Momma on the rump when she

Experts' opinions: Halter's chances

We asked several political science professors: Does late-comer Bill Halter have a chance to win the Democratic primary for governor?

Words Feb. 16

X-rated: “Throw in a little trickery featuring MVP Hines Ward, a bunch of help from the Seattle Seahawks and a huge boost from the Terrible Towels, and the Steelers won Super Bowl XL 21-10 on Monday.”

Pay unhealthy, physicians say

In January, the American College of Physicians, which represents internal medicine doctors, issued the alarming assessment that “primary care is on the verge of collapse.”

I spy U. spy

Earlier this month, the Electronic Privacy Information Center released a November 2001 joint proposal to the U.S. Department of Justice from UALR’s CyberCollege and Acxiom Corp. that apparently never got the green light.

Smart Talk

Topics this week: Controversy at a groundbreaking; Arkansas TV history; "Brokeback Mountain."

‘Angels’ visit Weekend Theater

Picking up where it left off last year, the Weekend Theater presents more of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work with “Angels in America: Perestroika” beginning Friday, Feb. 17, and running for three weekends.

This Modern World Feb. 16

Orval Feb. 16

Frequent flier

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Seth Blomeley wrote a lengthy report in Sunday’s newspaper on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s heavy use of the State Police airplane for travels that have often included stops that enhance his national political profile.

Wanted man

Brian Ingram, profiled in the Jan. 26 edition of the Arkansas Times for his decision to sell the D.B. Cooper cash he found more than 25 years ago, is on Oklahoma’s most wanted list for failure to pay child support.

Don’t blame Lincoln

Poor Abe Lincoln, who bore the heaviest burden in the nation’s history, stopping its certain dissolution, now is being asked to share the burden of George W. Bush’s disastrous wars and their depredations on humankind.

Editorial cartoon Feb. 16

Soup Sunday

POSTPONED UNTIL FEB. 26 BECAUSE OF EXPECTED BAD WEATHER More than 30 restaurants, caterers and bakeries will be supplying their wares for the 25th annual Soup Sunday, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Embassy Suites on Financial Centre Parkway in W

Turning on turnout?

Candidates will not be able to file for offices until Mar. 21, but already there are campaigns underway that indicate crowded Democratic primary battles for most statewide open-seat constitutional offices.

The Halter factor

No one ever said that Arkansas politics was predictable. But even by this state’s standards, the storyline of the 2006 governor’s race already has taken some unusual twists and turns.

Plan your ‘I do’

POSTPONED ON ACCOUNT OF WEATHER UNTIL MARCH 5. If the huge Bridalpalooza at the Statehouse Convention Center last month was a little overwhelming for your taste, there’s a more intimate alternative this weekend at the newly restored Baker House Bed and

Get your green on

It’s still a month until St. Patrick’s Day, but you can get in the Celtic mood Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Arkansas Celtic Music Society presents its Celtic Fair at the Mabelvale United Methodist Church from noon to 6 p.m.

What's cooking/Capsule reviews Feb. 16

What's cooking: Pokey D’s Capsule reviews: Capitol Bistro, Crazee's Cafe

Alt-country BR549 has your number

The band’s name will invoke memories among those of us who watched “Hee Haw” on early Saturday evenings. BR549 was the phone number used by the goofy “Hee Haw” character Junior Sample. But the honky-tonk group has made a name for itself in the Nashville m


Music fans had a lot of choices last Thursday night, and I was thrilled that about as many of them as could fit into Sticky Fingerz chose the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semifinal round 3.

1920s romp

Thoroughly Modern Millie Robinson Auditorium Feb. 13

Auction time warms up

February in Arkansas means jonquils, snow and art auctions — in fact, four benefit art sales this week and next:

A shoat off the old block

Restaurant pioneers continue to push further west, where real estate speculators have built up an extraordinary amount of lease space. The Cross-Eyed Pig is the latest to jump on the wagon, with the restaurant’s first franchise opening in a shopping cente

Lucky strikes

Reviewed: "Match Point," “Freedomland,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.”

TV highlights Feb. 16-21

TRICK MY TRUCK 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 CMT (Comcast Ch. 58) NATURE: ANIMALS BEHAVING BADLY 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) SURVIVORMAN 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Discovery Channel (Co

True, false -- or both?

We make a basic mistake on many of our political questions. We couch them as either/or. Was Kenneth Starr a partisan and abusive prosecutor or was Bill Clinton a chronic dissembler even under oath? Actually, the best answer is yes, both.