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March 9, 2006

Vol 4 • No 8

Beebe falters

In other states, Democratic politicians would leap to endorse a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.15 an hour and provide periodic adjustments for inflation. It’s their party that supposedly represen

Words March 9

Twick or tweak: “Jonathon Modica and Eric Ferguson each tweaked an ankle but were fine Thursday, trainer Dave England said.”

This Modern World March 9

Editorial cartoon March 9

Orval March 9

Fuzz buster alert

An anonymous source told The Insider that the director of the state Department of Higher Education, Linda Beene, had a radar detector in her state car.


Thank you so much for your article about Kelsey Gadberry (Media, Feb. 23). It is very obvious to me that the media that have so blemished her life with their ink pen abuses have certainly never lost a child.

The two-district solution

Influential persons in Jacksonville and Sherwood are trying hard to get their own school districts rather than have all the schools in Pulaski County north of the Arkansas River put into one district. They are making a bad mistake.

The Week That Was March 1-7

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The HOGS. The men’s basketball team rolled to a fifth straight SEC victory and, surprise, a likely berth in the NCAA tournament.

Can we get along?

This column went to press before Tuesday night’s meeting of the Little Rock Board of Directors. A UALR group was scheduled to present a report on whether Rebsamen Park Road should be extended to the west to join River Mountain Road.

Farm-raised fix

In recent years, it has been the conservatives proposing radical ideas that serve their ideology at the expense of the average American. From the Medicare prescription drug reform to the privatization of Social Security to the massive tax cuts that ha

Thinking it over

TV commercials (eBay, J.C. Penney, Nike) got me thinking about it. The thing about it is, you never know where it will lead. For instance: It can be a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A long way to Tipperary. A jungle out there. None of

Lying as policy

George W. Bush is the first president of the United States to oppose truth not only as a pattern of conduct but as a matter of official policy.

Smart Talk March 9

This week's topics: Bush budget cuts; a prize-winning Arkansas-native editorialist; religion and football mix.

Faith of our felons

NEWPORT — Bobbie Nicholson is 63 and has spent the last 13 of those years in confinement. She’s an inmate at the McPherson Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction, a women’s prison located just outside Newport. The Grimes Unit, a men’s prison, is ne

The Observer

The Observer was dazzled by an exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum: “The National Pastime in Black and White: The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867-1955.”

Soul man McDonald pops in

Michael McDonald, whose career has covered pop music with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan as well as a recent foray into the Motown classics, will appear with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, at Robinson Center Music

Hot for the Ice House

Is yet another bank in the offing for Kavanaugh Boulevard in Hillcrest?

Have coffee, have shelter

With a lot of muscle — in the shape of three big men — and some fancy footwork, former schoolteacher Matilda Buchanan helped move the cumbersome gears of city hall to set up an indoor breakfast for the homeless.

Wye, oh Why

Wye Mountain is abloom for the annual Daffodil Festival.

Albom’s ‘Morrie’ opens at Rep

“Tuesdays With Morrie,” the Mitch Albom best-selling book adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher, opens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Main Stage on Friday, March 10.

Willis right for ‘16 Blocks’

Often plumbing the dark corners of what it is to be “right” or “wrong,” "16 Blocks" is a fast-paced, interesting character study masquerading as a shoot-’em-up. “Ultraviolet,” on the other hand, is an ultrawaste.

TV highlights March 9-15

I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE 8 p.m. Friday, March 10 The Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53) HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) JOHNNY CASH: ANTHOLOGY 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 A

Vieux Carre is OK

There’s been a restaurant and bar in the attractive old building on the southeast corner of Kavanaugh Boulevard and Beechwood Street for a number of years now. The latest incarnation is the recently opened Vieux Carre, and it’s a pleasant addition to a ne

Fill them up

Competing art auctions on Saturday, March 11, will require people to make difficult choices. Want to help artists displaced by Katrina? Want to help make up for the under-funded art program at a public school? Want to help a hunger agency feed Arkansans?

Cashing in on Austin

Bands en route to Austin for the South by Southwest Music Conference next week will stop here for some shows.

Metropolitan plans draw interest

“Nearby and neighborly” is Metropolitan Bank’s slogan. Now that it plans to open a branch at Kavanaugh and Beechwood, the nearby are letting the bank know how they define neighborly: it means not building the kind of nondescript, multiple-lane drive-thru

Fun ‘Dates’

“Bad Dates,” now at The Rep, is a fun, lively and clever play about a single mom’s attempt to balance her career and deal with the tumultuous and unpredictable dating scene in New York.

What's cooking

The Italian Couple has returned.

The STONES keep rolling

Who among you said in 1994 that you were going to see the Rolling Stones at War Memorial Stadium because it was likely the last time they’d tour, and even if they did they’d never come this way again? You were wrong on both counts, of course.

Willis right for ‘16 Blocks’

Often plumbing the dark corners of what it is to be “right” or “wrong,” "16 Blocks" is a fast-paced, interesting character study masquerading as a shoot-’em-up. “Ultraviolet,” on the other hand, is an ultrawaste.

Hillary, Huckabee win in Memphis

That big Republican gathering in Memphis over the weekend might not have been as pointless as it appeared.