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March 16, 2006

Vol 4 • No 9

Paying for jail

This week's topics: The state collects a bill from prison inmates; Janet Huckabee hands out favorite recipes; the governor expresses his (lack of) affection for golf.

Is a deal working on minimum wage?

Even as a public campaign continues to place a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage on the Nov. 7 ballot, most of the real action is taking place behind the scenes.

The Observer March 16

Ahhh, Midtown. Closed it down Friday night. As in, was there until 5 a.m., when the big bouncer politely moved the crowd along the bar and out the door.

Crime solution: schools

Big cities are worried about the sudden increase in violent crime. Homicides mostly the work of gangs began to drop in 1993, but now the number of people being killed is going up again, according to the FBI. In the first six months of 2005, the number of

Huck: the 'right' stuff

Gov. Huckabee finished far back in the pack in the Republican straw poll for president at the party’s midterm convention at Memphis, but you should not count him out yet. He showed that in the skill that seems to matter most in 2006 he could compete w

State accounting

Re The Week That Was and the money the federal government is seeking from Arkansas as repayment under the Medicaid program: The $18 million fine has nothing to do with AASIS.

Reward for the timid

Asa Hutchinson has resigned, he says, from the Washington lobbying outfit he hooked up with as soon as he left the government payroll. We know that Asa sets his ethical standards comfortably low – that was established when he joined in the Impeachment Plo

Looking for a leader

Ideas rarely trump personality in political races. But what if both ideas and personality are lacking? You might be in Arkansas. Or maybe Memphis last weekend.

The week that was March 8-14

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The HOGS. The men’s basketball team landed an NCAA tournament berth, a No. 8 seed, after being written off early in the season.

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Words March 16

“But no matter which version of Indian history California adopts for its 6th graders, it is bound to aggravate someone. The Board of Education has already heard from South Indians who argued that the HEF and Vedic Foundation represent a North Indian upper

Tapping Arkansas

U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. was in Little Rock Monday, March 13, for a reception that reportedly raised about $100,000 for his U.S. Senate campaign in Tennessee.

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Sound of the second fiddle

When John Adams was vice president in 1793, he wrote to his wife, Abigail, “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived …. ” But whereas no one pub

Already hot

The calendar said it was only the ides of March, but when I woke the other morning it was already summertime. I know because looking out I could see the fish were jumping and the cotton was already high. In a manner of speaking, of course. Daddy wasn’t ri

Getzov gets going

Israel “Izzy” Getzov’s business card this spring could read “Have baton, will travel.” The violinist and assistant to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra conductor David Itkin will take the symphony to cities in Arkansas this spring, as well as direct the Con

Naughty as they want to be

Yes, Kid Rock employs local “dancers” in his rowdy, profane semi-Southern rock and rap shows . See him at Alltel Friday, March 17.

50 years of Community Theatre

What is theater? Spanish playwright Lope de Vega said it was two planks and a passion. The Community Theatre of Little Rock proves de Vega’s point. Despite limited funding and continually having to move from theater space to not-so-typical theater spa

Picasso pursued at Arts Center

Paintings, ceramics and lithographs by or under the direction of Pablo Picasso and contemporaries will be featured in three separate exhibits in June at the Arkansas Arts Center under the title,“Pursuing Picasso.”

New concert group works LR

A new concert booking group is bringing industrial metal band Ministry to the Clear Channel Metroplex on July 19, and says it has more in the works.

Statewide spring arts calendar

Here's a comprehensive datebook of spring arts events in Arkansas.

Soul provider

Mr. Bell’s Soul Food and Seafood can dish up the tried-and-true as good or better than Mama ever dared.

‘Cache’ in on a brainy thriller

Supposedly for our own safety, cameras are everywhere: in elevators, in parking decks, in shopping centers, at intersections. It’s enough to make a guy paranoid ... like the family in the new French thriller “Cache,” playing at Market Street Cinema.

TV highlights March 16-23

BEHIND THE MUSIC: 1992 9 p.m. Friday, March 17 VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56) BIG (1988) 7 p.m. Sunday, March 19 AMC (Comcast Ch. 31) NOVA: AMERICA’S STONE AGE WARRIORS 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

What's cooking/Capsule reviews March 16

What's cooking: New Chi family restaurant; Hooters held up; Gold named Chef of Year. Capsule reviews: Saddle Creek Woodfired Grill; China Delight Buffet.

Music at Quapaw

Jennifer Niceley will perform Sunday, March 19, at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist in the first of four HeARTworks programs being presented with RD Productions in 2006.

Stones still give it their all

Mick Jagger and the gang kept their Alltel show hopping with a blend of unforgettable hits and a trip through the rock-blues age that influenced this British band in its 1960s infancy.

Hectoring at Vino's

We popped in “Cry About It,” the title of local art-punk-literate-rock Hector Faceplant’s new CD, to give it a test run at a domino/beer joint populated by old timers. Their cries to “turn that s••• off!” would probably delight members of Hector Faceplant

On the trail to Austin

At one time the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, was a place for bands to perform in showcases in an effort to get record deals. Clearly that has changed — each of the bands with Arkansas connections at the festival, which runs throug

Music at Quapaw

Jennifer Niceley will perform Sunday, March 19, at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist in the first of four HeARTworks programs being presented with RD Productions in 2006.

Try the L.A.M.B.

Just ignore the legwarmers. Because once they’re out of the picture, it’s a lot easier to like Gwen Stefani’s clothes than her hit single “Hollaback Girl,” which, thanks to me typing it just now, will be camping out in my head for the next eight days.

Cirque du Soleil reaches higher

Cirque du Soleil, for all practical purposes, started life on stilts. The company was composed of street performers in Montreal. Today, people plan their trips to Las Vegas around when they can get choice seats to see Cirque’s water extravaganza “O,” th

Alltel's March of music

Michael Marion, the general manager at Alltel Arena, was close to having a big problem in April. “If I scheduled one more event for March, I think my staff was going to up and quit,” he said, sounding almost serious.

From Springdale to Pluto

In a way, this follows up that column the other day about how everything changes. There are limitations. Change normally occurs incrementally. To use a verb that Jim Holt eschews, it evolves. If the Springdale area were to replace Holt with that n

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