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February 18, 2010

Vol 8 • No 6

Education by avatar

Second Life, a web-based, user-created virtual world where people remake their own identities, is being used by universities in Arkansas and elsewhere as a cost-effective, easy-to-use learning tool.

Did he really say that?

Stephens Media coverage of Sarah Palin's visit includes Democratic Party spokesman Gabe Holmstrom's poke at Palin for quitting her job as governor to be a highly paid celebrity.

Calling all Republicans

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln have announced a $5 million grant of federal stimulus money to help build a Bella Vista bypass, a long-sought amenity in Yellow Dog Republicanland.

Virginia is for haters

The new Republican governor of Virginia has rescinded his Democratic predecessor's state non-discrimination policy and issued a new one that no longer provides protection against discrimination on account of sexual orientation.

Wednesday thread

It starts unraveling here.

Mind games

For a time, Hot Springs neurologist Richard Pellegrino’s business card read: “No nerve too big, no brain too small.” It’s a nugget the doctor reveals in the course of explaining how he came to write “I Love You … Not."

Palin visit

At press time, a party spokesman said 300 $500 reception tickets had been sold, plus about 800 tickets to the $175-a-plate dinner. That’s about $290,000 in proceeds.

What's Cookin', Feb. 18

Nancy Tesmer has opened B-Side, a new “sophisticated” breakfast and brunch-focused restaurant specializing in the "modern classics" with Chef Jefffrey More in the former party room of Lilly’s.

One for the dogs

If its lag in production times gives us any clue, "The Wolfman" turned into a real money pit at some point. It's not so much bad as it is forgettable, but I’m not sure many folks would see it twice out of anything but sheer boredom.

Mind games

For a time, Hot Springs neurologist Richard Pellegrino’s business card read: “No nerve too big, no brain too small.” It’s a nugget the doctor reveals in the course of explaining how he came to write “I Love You … Not."

Riverfest gets a bad rap

Riverfest is peeking out over the horizon and on Monday, we heard Democrat-Gazette columnist Linda Caillouet bemoan the rising cost of the festival amidst the "continuing economic crisis."

War on workers

After an early political defeat, George Wallace famously said that nobody would ever “out-nigger” him again. Fearing defeat, Sen. Blanche Lincoln has vowed that no one will out-union her.

A letter to the judge

Another interesting wrinkle in the Cycle Breakers saga has been the discovery of a large cache of correspondence received by former Judge Willard Proctor Jr. from those whom he had either sentenced to jail or put on probation. The letters run the gamut from pleas for leniency to recitations of Biblical scripture to anger.

What's Cookin', Feb. 18

Nancy Tesmer has opened B-Side, a new “sophisticated” breakfast and brunch-focused restaurant specializing in the "modern classics" with Chef Jefffrey More in the former party room of Lilly’s.

The Week That Was, Feb. 10-16

It was a GOOD week for...GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He didn’t even have to throw a fund-raiser to raise $1 million for his re-election campaign in the first month of trying. And he doesn’t have an opponent yet, either.

Riverfest gets a bad rap

Riverfest is peeking out over the horizon and on Monday, we heard Democrat-Gazette columnist Linda Caillouet bemoan the rising cost of the festival amidst the "continuing economic crisis."

Book report

Lots of material in American history textbooks that offended decent, God-fearing Americans has been left out of the new ones, and lots of old-fashioned family-values material that was left out of the current textbook crop to appease certain minorities and elites has been put back in.

In Brief, Feb. 18-21.

Country musicians Brady Seals and Nathan Lee Jackson bring their no-frills country singer/songwriter style to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. MacDaddy in North Little Rock hosts a night of house music with DJs Worthy, Dirtybird, Manny Ledezma and SpencerX.

The Televisionist, Feb. 18-19

How do I love www.funnyordie.com? Hold your arms wide apart. Wider. That’s about right. Now the folks behind the site are heading to TV, with the new HBO sketch-comedy show “Funny or Die Presents.”

A new day at The House

In the eight months or so since it opened off Kavanaugh, the idea of The House has changed. Several times. For those changes, The House has taken its share of lumps. Even as a regular, largely satisfied patron, as recently as last fall, we couldn’t help but wonder if all the upheaval spelled an early end for the Hillcrest hangout. Then Scott McGehee on board.

Halt, says Hutchinson

For the second year in a row, Rep. Donna Hutchinson has tried (but failed) to stop a state grant for an organization that disseminates information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment to African-American homosexuals.

To-Do List, Feb. 18-21

'Stomp,' Ted Ludwig Trio with Tony Dagradi, John Sinclair, 'Dying City,' Eric Roberson/Algebra Blessett, Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, Queer Prom: Cash Bash 2010, G-Eazy, Willie Nelson

Whitewater revisited

You’d probably have to be a Clinton scandal junkie to plunge into “The Death of American Virtue." It's massive and even-handed. No one comes off too well.

Orval

A handsome 'Corpse'

An annual literary journal produced by UCA’s Department of Writing, The Exquisite Corpse leans toward the experimental with a lot to be enjoyed in the new second issue that just hit the stands.

Temptress Palin

What do you think of the radio spots running for the Sarah Palin money grubbin,’ er, book tour? The one wife tells the other wife to keep your “husband on a short leash” when he sees Sarah. Is Sarah such a temptress that even married men aren’t safe around her?!

The Observer, Feb. 18

Listen, Snow… I’ve been meaning to talk to you about something. We’ve had some great times over the years. But this time, you really hurt me. Literally: I’ve got bruises to prove it.

A fan of God?

In Arkansas, we love us some God. More Arkansans subscribe to God’s Facebook fan page than any other entity. Even the Razorbacks come second.

Justice Jim, a man of his time and place

Justice Jim Johnson, found dead over the weekend in his home north of Conway that he brazenly called Whitehaven, surely was one of the more influential figures in Arkansas history.

Words, Feb. 18

Is 'politics' singular or plural? We’ve wrestled with this question before, but I decided to give it a rematch.

Smart Talk, Feb. 18

Nature magazine has painted a bleak picture of the possibility that the ivory-billed woodpecker may still live in the Big Woods of Arkansas, even as a “recovery” plan is pursued to protect the habitat.

Showcase showdown

Thursday is the final semi-final round of the Ark. Times Musicians Showcase at Sticky Fingerz. It'll feature Ryan Couron (pictured), Iron Tongue, Outstanding Red Team and Underclaire.

Justice Jim's timing

It was Jim Johnson’s misfortune, and many would say the state’s blessing, that his life was confounded by bad timing.

Sex and NW Arkansas

A blog reader alerts me to an extensive post on the OkCupid.com blog about how a woman's age affects dating preferences and practices.

The past is prologue

Gene Lyons' column today (and here in Salon) has already dealt with the error in saying the death of segregationist politician Jim Johnson is the end of an era in racial politics.

Thursday: Brady Seals, Nathan Lee Jackson, Spaci Traci, 'One Night of Queen'

Country musicians Brady Seals and Nathan Lee Jackson bring their no-frills country singer/songwriter style to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10.

Thursday To-Do: Ted Ludwig Trio with Tony Dagradi

TED LUDWIG TRIO5 p.m., Capital Bar and Grill. Free.Ted Ludwig is no stranger to people who frequent our town's more upscale drinking and dining establishments.

Hot tickets at Oaklawn

Much has already been written about the huge interest in the $5 million Apple Blossom to match top fillies Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta at Oaklawn Park April 9.

A guided tour

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's pin collection, now on display at the Clinton Library, is WAY more interesting than you think it is.  At first, a collection of brooches doesn't sound like much to look at, but when you hear the story behind each one, it's really pretty fascinating.  Albright was in town on Tuesday night and took some media-types on a guided tour of the exhibit, called "Read My Pins."  Watch and enjoy.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Ryan Couron

Ryan Couron and co. Ryan CouronDebut: Six or seven years back.From: Little RockBand: Eric Couron (bass), Ryan Couron (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), John Conner McInnis (lead guitar and co-songwriter), Mark Matoska (steel guitar), Craig Pilkington (drummer).Album: A debut "Play What I Feel Like," released last December.Nashville Callin': Couron's attracting attention.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Iron Tongue

Photo by JM Liles. Iron TongueFormed: August 2009From: Little RockMembers: CT (vocals), Mark Chiaro (guitar), Stan James (drums), Reid Raley (bass), Jason Tedford (guitar).Album: Not yet, but Tedford says they're looking to some split vinyl releases soon and record an album by the summer.This is not a band that makes sense on paper: Chiaro and James play in the Southern rock 'n' blues act Jeff Coleman and the Feeders, Tedford is a local producer extraordinaire who played (and still for the occasional reunion gig, plays) bass for Ashtray Babyhead.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Outstanding Red Team

"Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding! Getcha a case of beer for that one."

Can we rethink secession?

Can't we just let Texas go? Gov. Rick Perry going to attempt to make a case -- science be damned -- out of "Climategate."

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Underclaire

Photo by E. Whitmire. UnderclaireFrom: Little RockFormed: More than a decade ago.Members: Bryan Baker (drums), Rob Brackett (bass), Edison DeLeon (guitar) and Mike Mullins (guitar and vocals).Albums: Three, most recently "Making Sky," recorded by Barry Poynter and released on Jan. 1 of this year.

Ark. chefs in Beard competition

It happens that I'm a voter in the annual James Beard Foundation awards contest for restaurants and chefs, the Oscars of the dining industry.

And speaking of Texas ...

A small plane crashed into an Austin, Texas offiice building today. The building houses IRS offices.

Budget pessimism

This is based on nothing scientific. But reading that Joint Budget today approved $4.5 billion in state general revenue spending for the next fiscal year (July 1), $176 million more than this year, or an increase of almost 4 percent, makes me the slightest bit nervous.

Why Palin likes Griffin

I'd speculated that it was a Rove-Kristol-Palin connection that produced Sarah Palin's singular endorsement of Rove stormtrooper Tim Griffin for 2nd District Congress at her appearance in North Little Rock this week.

Princella Smith is in

The Republican native of Wynne has set her announcement for 1st District Congress.

Arkansas Literary Festival announces authors

Like last year — and maybe even more so — there aren't really any big names headed to the seventh annual Arkansas Literary Festival, which'll is happening April 8-11 throughout the River Market area.Still, some good looking authors and programs.

The furor at Holy Souls

A reader's note Saturday night on the Arkansas Blog was probably the first regular media outlet mention of the removal of Msgr.

Steel rail news

It would not be blues if this news came true -- Carl Icahn's idea to become a high-speed train manufacturer from plants based in Arkansas through a new startup venture that includes American Railcar.

Like father like daughter

Liz Cheney, after a speech at CPAC, tells Talking Points Memo that it's time for don't-ask-don't-tell to end.

What's wrong with South Carolina

No local connection, just yuks. A page listing the burgeoning scandals besetting the Republican Party of South Carolina.

Televisionist: 'Archer'

ARCHER9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18FXAs somebody who is partial to both the Sean Connery-era “James Bond” flicks and the movie “Airplane!” I have found a lot to like in the new animated series “Archer.” The show revolves around the adventures of Sterling Archer, a Bond-ish super-spy with a penchant for taking 007's misogyny and arrogance to absurd extremes – think “24” meets “The Office.” The show often pushes the boundary of good taste right over the cliff into delightful absurdity, with storylines involving everything from racism in the office to Archer's secret lust for his mother — who happens to run the spy agency he works for: The International Secret Intelligence Service.

Ex-Affiliated CEO pleads

John Mills, 59, of Cabot waived indictment in federal court today and pleaded guilty to aiding bank fraud by a check kiting scheme devised to cover up financial problems at the now-defunct Affiliated Foods.

Meet the guest judges: Jeff Riggs and Roy Doyle

Jeff Riggs and Roy Doyle. Who?

Pricey legislative offices

The legislative Joint Budget Committee today signed off on the state's purchase of the old Dillard's building on Capitol Avenue for $18.5 million.

Pricey legislative offices

The legislative Joint Budget Committee today signed off on the state's purchase of the old Dillard's building on Capitol Avenue for $18.5 million.

Biopic on Bocephus' dad to film in Arkansas

Whoa. Bingo.

Take it away

The party line is open.

Daily Digest: NBC, Drunk Eggleston, Fear Gordon Lightfoot, etc.

  "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerrrrrrraaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrhhhhrrggrr." William Eggleston, the south's greatest photographer, gets druuuuuunk, listens to Roy Orbison.

Showcase showdown

The judges judged and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth came out on top. And really, how could it not have? This is a band born to stand apart.

The broken record

Of everything to come out of the Cycle Breakers probation program run by former Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. -- the program that eventually cost him his judgeship last month -- one aspect is sure to haunt the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office for years to come: what prosecutors characterize as “dozens and dozens” of record expungements made by Proctor during his years on the bench.

Queer Prom

Showcase finalist Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth is among a number of local acts performing at a new event organized by supporters of the local LGBQT community.

Willie!

Real talk: no one has to tell you to go see Willie Nelson. You'll either be a level-headed, appreciative human who drives to Hot Springs to see him or you'll stay at home like a jerk. He's an — if not the — American icon and arguably the greatest songwriter of the late 20th century.

Blues lecturer

Manager of the MC5, co-founder of the White Panther Party, marijuana martyr, Delta blues scholar, subject of a John Lennon song -- John Sinclair may just be one of the most interesting people to live the '60s to the fullest and still have the grey matter to talk about it.

Underclaire takes round four of the Ark. Times Musicians Showcase

Woot woot. Iron Tongue heads to the wildcard round next week.It's late.More tomorrow.

The Medicaid cuts

The $400 million in Medicaid cuts facing Arkansas are not unique. Other states are struggling, too.

The Tiger show UPDATE

Big business and PR and the cult of celebrity all come together in Tiger Woods' carefully scripted rollout this morning as a repentant sinner.

Senatorial back-scratching

Paul Barton writes from Washington this morning about how excess campaign finance collections by one senator -- such as Mark Pryor -- can come to the aid of another -- such as Blanche Lincoln.

Tonight's the Night.

Hard for me to let this one go... but I tell you what, if a huge hunk of prime rib featured for dinner tonight doesn't get you there, maybe the family-style lunches will.  More on Opal Mae's, a great little restaurant in Russellville, over at Tie Dye Travels.

Pie Lover's Delight.

What's better than pie?  Free pie!  From five to eight tonight over at North Little Rock's Galaxy Furniture Store, Hunka Pie will be offering several of its pie varietals for you to sample during the Argenta Art Walk.  Try Banana Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, Dutch Peach-Pecan and Sugar Cookie Apple Pie, and perhaps even a few surprise mini-pies and pie-ettes.  You'll find Galaxy Furniture at 304 Main Street.  Save me a slice. 

Dangerous shopping

Today's questions-remain crime report from LRPD: Three men walk into emergency rooms with gunshot wounds suffered while shopping at Creme Clothing at 4618 Asher Avenue.

Democrats need Southern strategy

Oxford American publisher (and former Times colleague) Warwick Sabin writes on Huffington Post today that Democrats must not give up on the South, despite some conventional wisdom to the contrary.

MoveOn Halter!

MoveOn.org, the liberal PAC, is polling its followers on whether the organization should encourage Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to get in the U.S. Senate primary with Blanche Lincoln.

Weekend To-Do: 'Dying City'

Hannah Sawyer and Justin Pike. Photo by Byron Taylor.

Friday To-Do: Eric Roberson - Algebra Blessett

Eric Roberson. ERIC ROBERSON/ ALGEBRA BLESSETT6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Juanita's.

Conway bookkeeping -- again

Now it's Conway's sanitation fund that's millions short, the Log Cabin Democrat reports. It may be time to audit every aspect of city government.

Friday To-Do: John Sinclair

JOHN SINCLAIR6 p.m., Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, free.10 p.m., White Water Tavern, $10.Manager of the MC5, co-founder of the White Panther Party, marijuana martyr, Delta blues scholar, subject of a John Lennon song — John Sinclair may just be one of the most interesting people to live the '60s to the fullest and still have the grey matter to talk about it.

The turning tide?

The Cheneys are one thing, with a lesbian in the family. But this is interesting.

Soup's On

Soup Sunday, the annual fundraiser for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, returns this Sunday for the 29th year.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Video recap

Round 4 winner Underclaire. Video by Brian Chilson.

Weekend To-Do: 'I Love You ... Not"

'I LOVE YOU ... NOT'7 p.m., RayLynn Theater, Hot Springs.

Beware the gift laptop

Your company issue you a laptop? Ever notice the built-in camera light flashing for no apparent reason?

That stimulus money

The Democratic Party tries, probably in vain, to make a campaign issue of Republican opposition to stimulus spending that helps local people -- here deaf kids, cancer patients and boys and girls clubs.

"Rock 'n' roll" grocery coming to River Market

The future home of Green Grass Rock'n'roll Grocery and Bodega. Local promoters and men-about-the-town Erin Hurley and Mike Brown have partnered to develop what they call Little Rock's first "rock 'n' roll grocery and bodega," where they'll sell staple groceries; tourist items; locally produced clothing, art and CDs; smoothies; tickets to local concerts and various other sundries.The future location of Green Grass Rock 'n' Roll Grocery and Bodega, as Brown and Hurley are tentatively calling it, is 301 President Clinton Ave., the former home of River Market ArtSpace.

The Weekend: American Idiot, Cody Belew, Spectrum, Paul Morphis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, more

Cody Belew. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Twittering

What if a reporter interviewed a candidate for office by Twitter (140 character limit per Q and A.)

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: Reel Civil Rights Film Festival

REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL2 p.m., Market Street Cinema. Free.It's year four for this annual free documentary festival, jointly sponsored by the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Market Street Cinema.

Saturday To-Do: Queer Prom

Brother Andy. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Saturday To-Do: G-Eazy

G-EAZY9 p.m., Revolution. $7.The big picture on G-Eazy's MySpace page was shot last month at Verizon Arena, when he was the first performer on Lil Wayne's packed bill.

Sunday To-Do: Willie Nelson

WILLIE NELSON7:30 p.m., Summit Arena, Hot Springs. $35-$55.Real talk: no one has to tell you to go see Willie Nelson.

Free soup -- hurry

It's a little late in the day, but over on Eat Arkansas, Lindsey Millar has a tout for a winter weekend favorite of many years' standing -- the Soup Sunday feast to benefit Arkansas Advocates for Childeren and Families.

Shopping: Korto's at Dillard's and new Rock City Kicks opens

Korto Momolu unveils her new jewelry and accessories line for Dillard's tonight at the Dillard's in Park Plaza, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What about 'neither of the above'?

Twitter from Scott Wallace, Republican candidate for 2nd District Congress: Fact: 1/3 of US House & 1/2 of US Sen are lawyers.

Beebe appoints 15

Gov. Mike Beebe made 15 appointments today to several higher-tier state boards and commissions. The majority were reappointments, but some changes here and there, including at the Economic Development Commission.

Gazette photographer passes UPDATE

GENE: In 2007 photo by Johnpaul Jones. Gene Prescott, a Pearl Harbor survivor, veteran Arkansas Gazette photographer and good guy, died Thursday at 86.

Gazette photographer passes UPDATE

GENE: In 2007 photo by Johnpaul Jones. Gene Prescott, a Pearl Harbor survivor, veteran Arkansas Gazette photographer and good guy, died Thursday at 86.

Hard times continue

Roby Brock reports that Dassault Falcon will idle its 1,800-worker plant here this summer for two weeks.

The Stepford candidates

A fifth Republican announces for 3rd District Congress. He wants to get government off the back of small business.

Charter school actions

The state Board of Education today approved the Little Rock School District's request to convert the lagging Cloverdale Middle School to a charter with an aerospace technology theme.

The line is open

You're up. But one last word.

Technical difficulties

Yes. We're having problems.

Queer Prom

Showcase finalist Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth is among a number of local acts performing at a new event organized by supporters of the local LGBQT community.

Tonight at 7 UPDATE

Huck PAC blog photo Mike Huckabee and First Lady Michelle Obama talk about childhood obesity on his Fox show tonight.

Torture apologists

John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who provided legal cover for the Bush administration's use of torture, were merely guilty of misjudgment, not professional misconduct, a second Justice Department review has concluded.

Eye on Arkansas

We're just getting this off the ground -- belatedly, I should add. But we've set up an Arkansas Times pool account on Flickr, the photo-sharing website.

Marching for health

About 60 demonstrators from unions, churches and progressive groups marched today from the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce today to press for health insurance reform.

The line is open

Fire away. How about that Ron Paul?

Willie!

Real talk: no one has to tell you to go see Willie Nelson. You'll either be a level-headed, appreciative human who drives to Hot Springs to see him or you'll stay at home like a jerk. He's an -- if not the -- American icon and arguably the greatest songwriter of the late 20th century.

Hopeless on Hanaroo.

We're always willing to share our readers' comments about restaurants and such here at Eat Arkansas.  Just send them along.  When you share information here, it might spark a little debate, sure, but it also might spark a betterment in the restaurants addressed.

Porkoholics

John Brummett offers a few more discouraging words for legislators who cling to prerogatives over set asides for local spending projects rather than deferring to general state needs in time of financial crisis.

One small omission

A high editor of the New York Times today reviews Ken Gormley's encyclopedic rehash of the Whitewater investigation, "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr."

Texas secession -- now!

Who knew that Kay Bailey Hutchison, soon to be electorally drummed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, would look so good?

Open and Closed.

The Taco Shop on Central Avenue in Hot Springs is apparently no more. I drove by yesterday.

The soup WAS on

Soup Sunday is winding down at the Embassy Suites. Kat Robinson sends a long a photo.

The line is open

Not much to report here. PS -- Great start on our new Eye on Arkansas Flickr pool for photographs about people, places and things in Arkansas.

Beauty to Share.

Have you heard about our Eye on Arkansas Flickr sharing pool?  It's a resource you can contribute to -- with your photos of Arkansas and its people, places and of course food.  This colorful photo's from Scott Adams, the first snowcone of the season.  My, that's bright.  Like to share your artsy shots?  Or perhaps you'd care to let others view your handiwork in the kitchen?  Pull out your camera at your favorite restaurant and snap away, or head to your garden (once you start one) and let us see it grow.   Don't forget the tags.

Education by avatar

The virtual world of Second Life offers unique opportunities for a new sort of hands-on research in college, but it might not be for everyone.

Huckabee rips CPAC

Mike Huckabee says he blew off the conservative gathering this year because it has become dominated by liberatrians.

What's wrong in D.C.

John Brummett notes that there's more wrong in Washington than  partisan stalemates, as quitting Sen. Evan Bayh mentioned.

Animal abuse registry

A legislative idea being proposed in California won't be coming any time soon to Arkansas, but for your information: A farm region legislator in California has proposed creating an animal abuse registry -- similar to sex offender registries.

Cracked in Cammack

Cammack Village Police Chief Peter Powell encountered more than an errant driver in the generally peaceful community Saturday.

Call the roll on health care

President Obama has slimmed down the Senate health plan. He's talking about an up or down vote.

Beebe cool on Halter

Gov. Mike Beebe was cornered at the National Governors Association on the possibility of a Bill Halter challenge of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

It's what's for dinner

You might have missed word that the Arkansas Times has set up a Flickr photo pool, Eye on Arkansas.

$200,000 Powerball winner

A $200,000 Powerball ticket was sold at a Fort Smith EZ Mart on Country Club Avenue.

Asa!

I think this was foretold a while back by a spousal endorsement, but, all the same, former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson has endorsed Sen. Cecile Bledsoe's candidacy for his old Third District congressional seat.

Charge coming in Pearcy shooting

A reader asked for an update in the case of the Pearcy man who shot and killed another man allegedly driving away from his home on a stolen ATV.

The wheels of justice

You know the cliche. Those wheels of justice turn slowly.

Savory Slice.

I have found in my many years that there are a few foods everyone loves.

Hog sports planning

Arkansas Business has posted a deep look by Chris Bahn at the $250,000-$500,000 study underway to develop a master plan for future athletic facilities at the University of Arkansas.

Lottery scholarship debate

The House Rules Committee passed HB 1163 today, an amendment to the lottery scholarship bill and Gerard Matthews was on hand.

Run, Bill, run

MoveOn.org says that 92 percent of its Arkansas members want Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Where's the love for Halter?

Just in time for MoveOn.org: Twitter indicates Rep. Keith Ingram is trying to slash the lieutenant governor's budget by more than a third, cutting all but one staff position.

Big bankruptcy in NWA

Arkansas Business has the scoop on a whopper of a personal bankruptcy -- a Chapter 7 petition by famous developer Jim Lindsey's son, John David Lindsey, a Fayetteville real estate developer.

2010's coming tsunami

Charlie Cook says Republicans will win the House in 2010. He has little good to say about the Obama administration's political skills.

Football tickets going up UPDATE

Hog football tickets will cost more next season for SEC and War Memorial games, but still remain lower than most in the conference, Athletic Dirsector Jeff Long said in a release today.

'Lord of the Dance' comes to Little Rock.

...sans Michael Flatley, who now acts as overseer of the play: Lord of the Lord of the Dance, if you will.

Over to you

Here's Monday's thread.

North vs. South

No, I'm not talking about that. Michael Tilley's City Wire in Fort Smith indicates former Republican legislator Gunner DeLay will enter the Third District congressional race on Wednesday.That makes him the only Repub so far from his end of the district, with a gaggle contesting from the northern end.

Philip Martin, musician

He's got kind of a Dylan-esque delivery. Stream or download "Closest Friend" here.There's more.

Johnny Depp: Free WM3

Actor Johnny Depp will appear on CBS' "48 Hours" to advocate release of the West Memphis Three.

Affidavit: Bomb suspect's threats

The Courier in Russellville unearths (updated link) more details in the investigation of Dr. Randeep Mann, charged with bombing the chairman of the state Medical Board.

States: trouble ahead

State revenues nationwide have declined for 5 consecutive quarters and, according to this story, the outlook isn't bright for improvement.

Halter budget survives

West Memphis bossman Keith Ingram's effort to slash Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's budget and force a reduction of his four-person staff to one failed in the legislature's Joint Personnel Committee this morning.

Out today: Cash for cheap

Amazon's MP3 store's selling it for $3.99. Background.

At last, no shame

Republicans, who previously said health legislation was too long, now say it's too short.  

ACORN and the pimp

I bet, if you followed the ACORN "scandal" story at all, that you really think a skinny white kid dressed in an outrageous pimp costume sat down for assistance with an ACORN worker.

And speaking of ACORN

Arkansas ACORN announced today that it was forming an independent organization -- the Arkansas Community Organization -- independent of the national organization, to make it easier to continue its work on behalf of low-income people and neighborhoods.

Sauce wars, contd.

I wrote a while back on the Arkansas Blog about my mystification at D-G restaurant reviewer Eric Harrison's putdown Feb. 11 of Sims Bar-B-Que's nonpareil barbecue sauce.

Sauce wars, contd.

I wrote a while back on the Arkansas Blog about my mystification at D-G restaurant reviewer Eric Harrison's putdown Feb. 11 of Sims Bar-B-Que's nonpareil barbecue sauce.

Good advice

A friend who is reading D-G columnist Mike Masterson as a Lenten penance notes that the man who once wrote about himself as a rising star of Arkansas journalism today advised readers:

LR District planners exit UPDATE

Terence Bolden and former Sen. Jim Argue are no longer co-chairs of the community-based strategic planning commission that has recommended ways for the Little Rock School District to improve student achievement.

Oink, oink

Legislators anxious to convert some general improvement fund money to pork projects now have refused to give Gov. Mike Beebe all he wants from the money to meet some pressing needs.

Busted -- forever

Just another coke case. But ....

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4: Judges commentary on Underclaire

joshuaAbsolutely superb musicianship. Strong melodies and head-nodding polyrhythms.

White Water going smoke free

Boom. Take that, lung polluters.

"Evidence"

I'm reminded of a great piece on NPR today about climate change skepticism by a tweet from Fox 16 meteorologist Jeff Baskin.

Congressional rumbles

First, just let me say that I'm not exploring, thinking about, planning, announcing or otherwise contemplating a race for Congress.

Ark. Times Musicians Showcase Round 4 Recap

Round four winner Underclaire. Like I’ve said before, we call it the Musicians Showcase for a reason.

Tuesday night thread

It's here.

'Delineations of V.L. Cox'

V.L. Cox is showing new abstract work at Boswell-Mourot.

Émigré

The discourse here in Century 21 USA has got just too stupid for me. It’s toxic and comprehensive, all stupid all the time. It seeks to accomplish nothing, only to berate the efforts of the other guy.

Orval

The broken record

Of everything to come out of the Cycle Breakers probation program run by former Circuit Judge Willard Proctor Jr. one aspect is sure to haunt the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office for years to come: what prosecutors characterize as “dozens and dozens” of record expungements made by Proctor during his years on the bench.

Shameless self-promotion

A quick review of my usual stops leaves me mostly, for a change, speechless. So it might be a good time to toot our own horn.

Health bill gets new life

What's this? Congress is going to pass health care reform legislation?

Troopergate: a postscript

Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the State Police, confirms that Trooper Ronnie Anderson was fired Feb. 18.

Billionaires decry government spending

Sun rises in east. Dog bites man. Americans for Prosperity says government has grown too much.

Do as we say, etc.

The Republican Party of Arkansas rips House Speaker Robbie Wills for arranging a fund-raiser while the legislature is in session, though he is not actually accepting campaign contributions during that time, which a House rule prohibits.

Lincoln and the black vote

Conventional wisdom is that U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is even more in peril without her traditional strong support from black voters.

I (heart) you, in tattoo: Bro-love inking sweeps through the Little Rock music scene

Travis McElroy and Andy Warr. A few weeks back, Travis McElroy, the 36-year-old owner and operator of Thick Syrup Records, lay flat on a fully-reclined black leather chair, his snap button shirt halfway open.

Wednesday: DJ Cameron Holifield, Elsinore, Cindy Woolf

Cameron Holifield. Photo by Chris Heien.

About grade inflation

A blog that's the work of adherents of the education "reformers" at Walton U. offers a different take on grade inflation -- inspired by what they report to be rampant grade inflation problems in Georgia on account of its lottery-funded college scholarships.

Meatless Menu.

I’ve had some contact with readers who are practicing Lent this year, looking for meat-free meals around town, other options outside of cheese pizza and bean burritos, if you know what I mean.

DeLay is in

Here's Gunner DeLay's announcement for Third District Congress. You've heard it all before from all the other Republican candidates.

Is Halter ready for prime time?

An earlier post about U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's troubles in the black community over judicial appointments carried the requisite reference to a potential Democratic primary challenge by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

Walmart to the rescue?

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Coens' find their Mattie Ross

She's 13-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, according to Deadline Hollywood.Shooting starts next month.

Game and Fish wins gas lease decision

There's a courthouse scoop in this week's Insider, just posted on the web. The Game and Fish Commission has won the first round of a lawsuit challenging whether it can keep all the proceeds of lucrative gas leases on its land or be forced to share the money with the rest of state government.

The Halter Lottery passes

With House and Senate approval today of bills providing $5,000 lottery-funded scholarships for four-year college students and $2,500 for two-year college students, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter issues a news release to toot his horn.

Thursday To-Do: 'Strange Humors'

‘STRANGE HUMORS'7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church. $5-$10.Are a few strands of seasonal affective disorder still hanging around?

Daily Digest: Pickle for a Nickel, Lady Gaga, "Your Highness"

Point, pickle. [The Daily Swarm] British music journalist Mof Gimmers gives the old what 'fer to the few Lady Gaga backlashers that still stand defiant.

Beebe calls down the oinkers

Gov. Mike Beebe knocked the legislature today for hanging onto $3 million in local pork project money, rather than spending it on statewide needs.

Why Mike Huckabee is so good

Another lesson on why Mike Huckabee is such a good politician. He has First Lady Michelle Obama on his show on Fox.

Kris Allen gets rich

Special post for Erica, the Ark. Times "American Idol" expert: Winning is a good thing.
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