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March 2, 2006

Vol 4 • No 7

Words March 2

Most hurdlers are trim. But watch it when the bigger ones hurtle.

Everybody's doing it

Little Rock teachers, despite deserved skepticism about a “merit pay” experiment proposed for the Little Rock School District, are in a tough spot.

The Observer March 2

When all the restaurants in the area go smoke-free (we’re being optimistic here), The Observer thinks those that were partitioned to separate the smokers from the non-smokers should keep the dividers up to separate cell phone from non-cell phone users.

Orval March 2

The IRS as weapon

Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous dictum that “the power to tax involves the power to destroy” seems not to have been a warning but a mandate for the Bush administration.

Rough on women

Gov. Mike Huckabee is more moderate than most of those who’ll be seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and far more restrained than the reckless reactionary currently in the White House, but when the subject is abortion, the brutish side of Huck

The week that was Feb. 22-28

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … STAN HEATH. Three wins in a row over three real teams put the UA Hog basketball team in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid, surely a job-saver for the embattled coach.

This Modern World March 2

Assmunch georgics

Hey, Assmunch, have you started your garden yet? What are you planting this year? Tell the truth about it this year instead of your usual lame attempt at anti-agricultural humor, OK?

Commercial break

Can you imagine politics without money?

Dr. Barlogie

First of all congratulations for your weekly newspaper, it’s one of the best ways to be informed of what’s happening here. Allow me to say a few words about Dr. Bart Barlogie, featured in your cover story Feb. 23.

Does ‘merit pay’ have merit?

The odds are not particularly good that the Walton Family Foundation’s merit pay proposal, approved by the Little Rock School Board Feb. 23, will make it past the required vote of all affected classroom teachers in about a month. The bar set by the teache

Dog gone

Excavators at the site of the new minor league baseball stadium on the North Little Rock riverfront got a scare last week when an earth moving machine turned up a small, child-sized coffin.

The Bush effect

Lots of political experts are now saying that many states like Arkansas that have Republican governors will be replaced by Democrats come November because of the recent blunders by the Bush administration.

Who's your 'HoopDaddy'?

“HoopDaddy” is a collection of stories of fathers and sons bound by basketball. Ex-University of Arkansas coach Eddie Sutton is part of the book, as is current Razorbacks assistant Ronny Thompson.

Smart Talk March 2

This week: Hunger in Arkansas; an Arkansas stamp collection; a youth movement at Lyon College.

Editorial cartoon March 2

SEC Women’s Tourney features nation’s best

LSU and Tennessee, which both reached the NCAA Women’s Final Four last season, likely could repeat what they did at Alltel Arena in 2003: meet in the SEC Women’s Tournament final game on Sunday.

Back to the land

Emily Dickinson wrote, “I dwell in Possibility,” and so did those who went back to the land in the Ozarks in the 1970s and ’80s.

Fighting the good fight

Arkansas native Mike Lyon has organized a national political action committee uniting over 50 military veterans running for U.S. congressional seats as Democrats.

What’s Happening in March

A calendar of bookish events this month.

What we're reading

Top sellers at local bookstores.

Brockmeier goes bleaker

Little Rock writer Kevin Brockmeier has made quite a name for himself in recent years as one of America’s best practitioners of fabulist fiction — fiction that, while realist on its surface, plays with the reader’s expectations about time, space and chara

Perch, you ivory-bill

Glimpses of The Bird — or what could be The Bird — have counteracted any blues that a skeptical article in a national ornithological journal may have caused, people engaged in the continuing search for Arkansas’s ivory-billed woodpecker say.

She’s hired

If you happened to catch this week’s episode of Donald Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” and you happened to let your gaze wander away from the fresh young faces hashing it out in the luxe residence, you might have noticed a dark, kind of funky-shap

Sykes, Davis deliver

Memphis sounds to White Water.

TV highlights March 2-8

HISTORIC BRIDGES OF ARKANSAS 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) REZONED 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5 HGTV (Comcast Ch. 49) BLACK/WHITE 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 FX (Comcast Ch. 59)

Pia’s lets food be the draw

CONWAY -- The latest addition to downtown Conway’s growing restaurant scene is Pia’s, a small Italian place in an unassuming storefront at 915 Front St.

We’re ready for good hoops

Had the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team not gone on this latest three-game roll through the powerhouse trio of Florida, Alabama and Tennessee (especially the 10th-ranked Vols, on the road), can you imagine what the local attitude about basketbal

This is it!

A three-month process that began with nearly double the previous record of entries of original music performers culminates Friday, March 3, at Sticky Fingerz when five diverse acts meet in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase final round.

What's cooking-Capsule reviews March 2

What's cooking: EJ's Eats moving; Iriana's sets May reopening date. Capsule reviews: China Buffet, Pokey D's.

Marathon madness

Little Rock's streets will resound with the sound of 4,000 marathoners, Rep opens "Bad Dates"; Garden Show and Mozart also on tap.

‘Three Burials’ rises up

Revenge in film is a mixed bag. Case in point is the new independent film “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.”

What’s that smell? Just independence

A fellow leafing through vinyl record albums at the hole in the wall called Anthro-Pop smelled home cooking.

The mix was right for Hannah’s band

Hannah Blaylock, with the great looks and great voice, and her bluegrass band Eden’s Edge from Russellville led off Friday’s final Musicians Showcase and put up a score that proved insurmountable.