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March issue

March 1, 2019

Vol 45 • No 19

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Black Boys at the Barre

By connecting classical dance to a broader history of black movement, C. Michael Tidwell influenced generations of teenagers.

Windgate Foundation draws attention to the arts, its benefits

It's become the Johnny Appleseed of Arkansas arts education.

Revenge of the elite in Little Rock

The city manager system and the collapse of racial moderation in Little Rock, 1955-1957.

Doris Wright says Little Rock needs the leadership of a strong mayor

A Q&A with the Little Rock city director.

The Getaway

It's been 10 months since The Observer hung up our cleats after 15 years as a reporter and took a job with a little more pay, a little less stress and a lot better insurance to take care of our various health bugaboos.

Cannabis list stays at 18

Dispensaries talk about opening dates.

Orval learns about what the General Assembly is up to

Money for Nothing – Why it doesn’t pay to buy cheaper CBD products

If you’re just starting your search for CBD products, you’ve no doubt noticed there exist major price differences. Like most people, you’re probably willing to pay for a quality product, but you don’t want to pay an unnecessary premium.

Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news…

If you’ve been using CBD products and you’ve seen results – or read any of the myriad individual testimonials that are out there – you may be wondering why companies that deal in CBD aren’t more aggressive in touting the medicinal benefits of their products. After all, with all the buzz out there surrounding CBD’s positive effect on everything from achy knees to sleeplessness to mood disorders, why keep it hidden?

Wake up and smell the…pesticide?

“The cannabis plant is an accumulator,” said Jason Martin, CEO of Little Rock-based Tree of Life Seeds. “Anything that’s in the soil or anything that it’s fed, whether it’s a nutrient line, a pesticide or something already in the soil, the plant is going to draw that out.”

CBD: Which delivery method is right for you?

CBD treatments are customizable and no one size fits all. A good rule of thumb for the newcomer in deciding which form of CBD to take lies in the old adage: “The right tool for the right job.”

All hail the anti-hotel in Arkansas

Take shelter in an oddity.

Inconsequential News Quiz: Cheap ass weave edition

Play at home, just before being attacked by a ravenous mountain lion!

'No Tears Suite' at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

And much more.

Blue smoke

Since 1983, Little Rock's Nichols & Simpson Organbuilders has built a reputation for uncompromising excellence.

Little Rock's first family of tortillas

Brenda's turns out the freshest in town.

Doris Wright has a 'charge to keep' in Ward 6

Doris Wright, in her 13 years on the city board of directors, has defined herself as a champion of life in West Central Little Rock. She has played a major role in bringing the Central Arkansas Library System’s Sidney S. McMath branch to Ward 6, and with her advocacy, the city built the $6.4 million West Central Community Center and the 25-acre West Central Sports Complex.

The end isn't clear

Anybody who predicts how the Trump administration will come to an end is begging to have his soothsayer’s license revoked. “Surprisingly,” is as far as I’m willing to go. NPR ran a story the other day about a 93-year-old World War II veteran whose dying words were “S***, I'm not going to see the Mueller report, am I

Hogs hard to pin down

Say what you will about these basketball Hogs, they’re doing their damnedest to still make March an interesting month.

How to speak cat

Many people find cats aloof and mysterious, so much so that a small academic/journalistic industry has sprung up to explain the animals to their owners.

Hogs flop in SEC tourney

Arkansas has had a curious history in the SEC men’s basketball tournament. The 1994 national champs were ousted from it by a stellar Kentucky squad, and when that happened, it seemed to provide a spark as the Hogs spent the next three weeks wiping out their competitors to claim the ultimate crown.

Lundstrum pushes ahead on efforts to limit minimum wage hike

Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R-Elm Springs), despite opposition from Governor Hutchinson and the state Republican Party, is proceeding with her bills to undo significant portions of the state minimum wage hike approved by voters just last November.

Buying way into the Ivies: What else is new?

If it’s news to you that social climbers see buying their children’s way into fancy, name-brand colleges as the functional equivalent of wearing Rolex watches or driving Maseratis, then I don’t know where to start.

Review: Brothers Osborne at Robinson Performance Hall

Tucked in between “Shoot Me Straight” and “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” near the beginning of the duo’s show Friday night at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” was not only an early highlight of the concert, but also a fine showcase of TJ Osborne’s great voice as he sang about “the boy I used to be.”

Review and slideshow: Alabama and Charlie Daniels Band at Verizon Arena

Fort Payne, Ala. country superstars Alabama made a greatest hits concert out of their stop at Verizon Arena Saturday night.

'Exonerated'

So President Trump says the Mueller Report proves his innocence: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” As usual, he’s making it up.

Jordan Peele’s "Us" is no coincidence

In Jordan Peele's new movie "Us," the "Get Out" director unveils his "new nightmare:" People who look exactly like us and seek to take our place.

Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders offers a “hand up, not a hand out” after year-long hiatus

Darlene Lewis, 64, founded Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders out of her home in 1987, and in the years since, she’s placed thousands of people in jobs. But for the past year, the agency was closed while Lewis battled colon cancer. As of January 2019, the nonprofit has reopened, and Lewis said it’s in the process of rebuilding, because “when God puts something on your heart to do, then you’ve gotta fulfill that.”
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