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From the front lines

From the front lines

March 1, 2021

Vol 45 • No 42

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Arkansas medical experts weigh in on past, present and future of COVID-19

Tales from the front lines.

The origins of the Jan. 6 insurrection

We’ve known of the threats of domestic terrorism for three decades.

Squinting at diamonds

At 9:21 a.m. on a Tuesday in the middle of February — Fat Tuesday, actually — The Observer took the trash out.

Coffee delivered

There’s no shortage of locally roasted, delicious coffee in Arkansas. Roasters that sell online and will ship beans to your door include Brave New Restaurant, Fidel & Co., Doomsday Coffee (Fayetteville), Stirling Roastery (Booneville), Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee, RoZark Hills Coffee Roastery (Rose Bud) and Big Cuppa Roasting (Morrilton). 
Misty Orpin

Misty Orpin’s never-ending quest to figure it all out

Problem-solver Misty Orpin, mastermind behind, is setting her sights on curing dysfunction in state politics.

A survey of Arkansas medical marijuana dispensaries’ compassionate care plans

Tammy Calder is never sure if she’s going to be able to get out of bed on time in the morning. Degenerative disc disease, severe arthritis and fibromyalgia leave her in constant pain and she hasn’t been able to work in more than eight years. Calder, who lives in Huntsville (Madison County) on a limited income, uses medical marijuana to help with her medical conditions. Thanks to discounts called compassionate care plans, she can afford it.

The Inconsequential News Quiz: The Fast and the Felonious Edition

Play at home, while being thankful you weren’t dumb enough to bust into the U.S. Capitol with a stun gun.

MacArthur Park reboot: A Q&A with Victoria Ramirez of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

The Arkansas Arts Center has a new name to go with its $142 million new building in MacArthur Park. We talked with Executive Director Victoria Ramirez about the renovation and what it means for art in Arkansas.