A new breed of recycled houses, or "steel box residences," help community renovation.
Vol 37 • No 28
Today's Arkansas history lesson is about place names.
Is he insane enough to punch his weight as a Fox News anchor?
CALS expanding offerings into the digital world.
If there's one thing this alien-invasion movie needs, it's more face time with the aliens
It's good, we think, to introduce him early to the fast-paced world of international commerce. (That's called "sarcasm," son.)
Sen. Sue Madison wants to use $3 million in unclaimed lottery prize money for just that.
The Economist pairs every U.S. state with the nearest comparable GDP of a foreign country.
Also, Austin Lucas and John Sinclair at White Water Tavern, Patti LaBelle at the Statehouse Convention Center, 8Ball & MJG at Revolution, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 'St. Patrick's Day Celebration' at Robinson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Stickyz.
And 'This American Life' on TV.
Republican legislators who profess to believe in smaller government lined up time and again behind handouts for corporate Arkansas, making government even more expensive for the little guy.
All Aboard will serve fast-casual food with a healthy tilt. Again, by train.
We might have guessed Conwayans or Conwayers, but those are too pedestrian for the Athens of Faulkner County.
The seven-day festival celebrates its sixth year
Also, the final trailer for Hank Williams biopic "The Last Ride" finds its public debut.
Project's promoters charged, one convicted of tax evasion.
The Chamber of Commerce thinks so, and wants it stopped.
Mayor Jill Dabbs keeps the political hubbubs coming.
A look at a few of the more than 2,000 new proposals from this session.
The new River Market wine bar does it well.
Fine, but not up to the standard of the area's best meatball grinders.
Tea-party madness proves that for every great national agitation, history provides generous lessons if not always solace.
The Arkansas legislature seems to think that corporations are better people than you and me.
At the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival
Also, Mockingbird Hillbilly Band and The Ugly Stuff play The Afterthought, Big Smith performs and DJ Seth Baldy spins soul sounds at the Dreamland Ballroom.
The possible 19th mound is about 30 feet across and two feet high.
Belt tightening is still the order of the day at the UAMS campus.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford institutes "bow tie Tuesday" for his office.
It's dismal. Another morning of reading about corporate control of the political agenda, augmented by the reactionary tools in the movement fomented by the Koch boys. Doug Smith's editorial this week reviews some of the corporate agenda at the Arkansas capitol.
The Daily Beast has compiled a ranking of the relative safety risks of the 65 U.S. nuclear power facilities.
The Romany Rye is on to round two.
The Johnny Cash jukebox musical "Ring of Fire" kicks off the 2011-2012 season at The Rep.
"Secret Art of Dr. Seuss" curator returns for another talk about the show at the Clinton Center.
The first meeting of the Arkansas Board of Apportionment started off on a somewhat contentious note. Gov. Mike Beebe questioned Secretary of State Mark Martin about $70,000 in expenses that had already been made out of the board’s $200,000 budget. Martin’s office used the funds for a vehicle, a consulting contract and to hire Tim Hutchinson, a Rogers attorney and son of the former U.S. Senator, as the reapportionment coordinator.
As best as I can determine, only about three grumpy old men — John Walker, John Brummett and yours truly — have raised questions about replacing the aging Broadway Bridge with a super-duper new bridge at a time when money is tight.
Gina's Chinese Kitchen and Sushi Bar stays consistent, continues to serve up great sushi and Asian favorites.
Rep. Ed Garner's bill to give a tax cut to the wealthy through a capital gains tax cut on Arkansas property failed in the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on a voice vote.
The alt-country cult musician comes to White Water Tavern to release not only a full album, but a "Live From White Water Tavern" CD as well.
Over Airport Director Ron Mathieu's kicking and screaming, the Little Rock Airport Commission decided yesterday to move ahead with creating a so-called cell phone lot where people can wait for free to pick up people arriving at the airport.
I had to grin when a national reporter again mentioned yesterday that Mike Huckabee leads most polls on Republican presidential contenders.
Crystal Bridges' "Excavation at Night" on exhibit in London in show reviewer calls "electrifying."
Roby Brock indicates the defeat of the capital gains tax cut for the wealthy this morning in Senate committee set the stage for a workout of House/Senate divisions on the issue.
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel held a press conference at the Capitol today to announce the findings of their latest report, "Model Oil and Gas Laws, Regulations and Ordinances." The report examined how other states with active shale plays regulate the natural gas industry and found - no big surprise here - that most of them have better protections in place than the Natural State. APPP also offered up some recommendations for state legislators and regulators.
Another nice bit of record sleuthing by Blue Hog Report. He runs through the list of Republican legislators who blocked an appropriation for the Arkansas School for the Deaf yesterday because it contained $6,000 in increased spending.
It's open. Mara Leveritt passes along the shot above, snapped near Stuttgart.
'Sex and the City' actor John Corbett returns for Hot Springs' biggest annual PR stunt.
For the second time, a Dillard's department store in Houston is helping a fund-raising event for the anti-abortion group Heroic Media, known for controversial anti-abortion billboard campaigns.
The Koch brothers PAC (just one of many political interests of the Tea Party underwriters) offers a window on their work with this latest round of political contributions.
Lee Jefferson, who teachers religion at Centre College in Kentucky and blogs for Huffington Post, alerts me to his post on the Arkansas legislation to encourage teaching of the Bible in Arkansas high schools as an "academic" subject.
The R&B diva delivers her "Vegas revue" at the Statehouse Convention Center.
More on the Broadway Bridge. It would appear the Highway and Transportation Department is hard at work on planning a replacement for the Broadway Bridge — questions about cost and repair v. replacement notwithstanding.
Suddenly — and felicitously — there's a wealth of public events for watching on the web.
John Brummett echoes the Republican talking point that it is a perverse gerrymander to run a peninsula up to Washington County to capture Fayetteville for the Fourth District.
You can't be anything but dismayed about the 200-plus students who had to find a new school to attend this week after the state Board of Education abruptly closed the Little Rock Urban Collegiate Public Charter School this week because of egregious financial mismanagement.
Leslie Peacock is on hand for the Arkansas Supreme Court arguments in the case challenging the initiated act that prohibits adoptions and foster parenting by cohabiting couples.
I’ve rambled on about my memories of Frostop and how great the root beer is. What I haven’t shared with you is the awesomeness of the Big Daddy Burger.
I continue to receive assurances that the House-Senate divide on tax cuts has been resolved.
A spokesman for defendants in the West Memphis Three murder case said Circuit Judge David Laser of Jonesboro has scheduled a hearing beginning Oct. 1 and lasting up to three weeks to consider evidence that the three are entitled to new trials based on DNA evidence and jury misconduct.
Rep. Andy Mayberry asked approval today of his bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on the belief that fetuses of that age can feel pain.
I just don't get it. The State Fair and Livestock Commission keeps studying and talking about moving the state fairgrounds from Little Rock, preferably somewhere along I-40 and I-440 between North Little Rock and Jacksonville.
Now in its eighth year, the UALR survey on racial attitudes in Pulaski County expanded to cover Hispanics this year.
Old World Pizza goes green for St. Patty's Day.
The day the earth stood still. U.S. Rep. Mike Ross voted against the House-passed bill to end federal support for National Public Radio.
The Center for Artistic Revolution is still accepting hearts for its annual fund-raiser "Corazon," this year to be held April 2 at the ACAC.
Saggy pants, legal advertising, tax cuts, bird watching, hate crimes
The iconic Memphis rap duo return to Revolution for a special Spring Break throwdown.
Celtic traditionalists Mithril join the Symphony for the two-show stand at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The beatnik poet, blues scholar and marijuana activist returns to White Water Tavern.
Slow morning. Slow enough to pass along a link to a new book, "Teed Off," by one of golfer John Daly's ex-wives, Sherrie Daly.
The sunshine pop duo visits Stickyz in the midst of a wave of attention from internet tastemakers.
Not long after the Thursday issue of the Arkansas State student newspaper Herald hit racks, hundreds of copies disappeared.
I had a short discussion yesterday about emerging partisan proposals for congressional redistricting. Surprise, each party has a plan that best suits its interest.
Time for the weekly reminder from the Arkansas Times of our great half-off deals. Example: Argenta Market: $50 worth of stuff — groceries, deli, whatever — for $25.
Bending toward justice: Washington Post/ABC poll finds a slim majority — 53 percent — now favors legalizing same sex marriage.
Thanks to Jim for sending me a link to an NPR piece on how Utah has taken a pragmatic and more human approach to immigration than Arizona, Jon Hubbard, Steve Womack and similar.
The state Education Department has notified the Dermott School District that it appears to be in fiscal distress.
Republican Rep. Bryan King won committee approval this morning for a bill to require a photo ID to vote.
A good backgrounder in the Wall Street Journal on the coalition pushing in Arkansas and other states for legislation to force collection of sales taxes by Internet merchants such as Amazon.
I’ve talked with you before about Ed’s Custom Bakery, haven’t I? Oh, then I have been remiss.
The former Hot Springs (by way of Italy) painter is having a one-man show at Greg Thompson Gallery; there will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, the Argenta ArtWalk.
Gallery 26 will host a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday for its new exhibit of works by Dominique Simmons and David Warren.
Good political sport. The Arkansas Democratic Party is riding the Republican Party over Secretary of State Mark Martin's unauthorized free-spending, including a brand new car, for board of apportionment work.
"This is so much better than last time." Thus did Sen. Gilbert Baker thank the House Revenue and Tax Committee for endorsing his used car sales tax reduction.
Many wonderful things have been accomplished, Mayor Mark Stodola said in his state of the city address today, but all is not rosy.
When the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce sends out a message touting a bill as "fiscally responsible good government" you know it's time to watch your back and grab your wallet.
North Little Rock School Superintendent Ken Kirspel told the School Board last night that the 2012-13 school year would be his last with the district.
New work by gallery artists on view.
I urge you to go pick up the latest issue of Arkansas Wild, just out on newsstands, for a piece on mindful gardening and my article on Ratchford Farms.
You're turn. Weird day.
It will most likely be a historic day when the Arkansas legislature votes to ban corporal punishment in schools because we'll be in a race with Mississippi to be the last state in the United States to join the rest of the civilized world.
For the school junkies this weekend, a little more fodder to indicate there is more to debate in the Billionaire Boys Club push for more charter schools, high stakes testing and other "reform" than their publicity machinery likes to acknowledge.
Maps have begun floating around for congressional redistricting. The Republicans came out first, with their Destroy the Delta map that moves counties with heavily black (Democratic voters) populations out of the 1st and into the 4th.
The Blue Hog Report made a fine political point the other day by highlighting the Republican bloc that was standing in way of tiny state spending increases, including a piddly $6,000 for the Arkansas School for the Deaf.
Allied forces with UN approval are now patrolling the skies of Libya and this New York Times report indicates a Libyan jet has been shot down.
The line is open. Graffiti above was captured on the wall of a Cabot store.
John Brummett is sore about legislative approval of a $700,000 appropriation (which may not be funded) for the private Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Was it really only 45 years ago that "mixed race" marriages were still illegal in some places?
To nice to linger by a computer. The line is open.
AmericaBlog devotes broader attention to the source of cookie-cutter legislation being used in Wisconsin and elsewhere to destroy public employee unions.
Extensive interview from KAIT-TV with Rep. Homer Lenderman, who's among those who'll be working for legislation to ensure adequate oversight of clean air and water standards by natural gas producers.
... hell, I don't know. But this Kansas City Star report on the is-it-or-is-it-not-Mike-Anderson story is a pretty good roundup of the craziness over a leader for a bunch of kids who jump around in short pants.
News of corporal punishment comes in bunches. * In Mississippi, a federal lawsuit has been filed to end corporal punishment in that state.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted last week to issue an agreed letter of admonishment to Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann of Wynne over a phone call he made to Wynne police about a person stopped in a vehicle registered to Boeckmann's family business.
George Waldon's real estate column in this week's Arkansas Business reports the sale of the old Arkansas Gazette building at Third and Louisiana to its occupant, the eStem charter school, for $5.3 million.
I just noticed an Arkansas Democratic Party notice of a 3rd District Democratic Hispanic Caucus meeting.
A report from Roby Brock makes it sound like Rep. Tracy Steele and the Black Legislative Caucus will get behind a congressional redistricting plan to runs the 4th District up to Washington County.
How, exactly, does a legislator consult herself, as Rep. Ann Clemmer claims in the bill below.
"SXAR" continues with blog-buzzed electro-pop at ACAC, tongue-in-cheek metal at Revolution, Valley of the Vapors continuing for a second day in Hot Springs and more.
It appears the Joint House-Senate State Agencies committee will have seven proposed constitutional amendments from which to choose a maximum of three to refer to voters.
A bill by Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, that would require a drug test before someone could receive unemployment benefits from the state failed in the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee late this morning on a voice vote. Pritchard said he did not call for a voice vote because he "knew where the votes were." Holly Dickson, of ACLU Arkansas, spoke against the bill saying it was unconstitutional.
A pet piece of Republican cookie cutter legislation — to require voters to exhibit a photo ID — passed the House today 53-36.
Interesting release from Connect Arkansas. A new survey says 68 percent of Arkansans now have high-speed Internet access at home or work, up from 42 percent in 2007.
The secretary of state announced today that an independent candidate had qualified for the special election to fill the House District 54 seat in Crittenden County vacated after Rep. Fred Smith's conviction of a felony.
The dada/camp/performance artists will speak at Bradbury Gallery, where their show "Right Before Your Eyes" runs through April 15.
The line is open.
Little Rock City Director Erma Hendrix is on a tear about a proposal to open an office for a social service agency at 200 W. Roosevelt.
The New York Times' Bob Herbert plunges into a subject mentioned here the other day — the ill effects of segregating students not only by race and ethnicity but by economic class.
Amen to this. A public interest law firm has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require more disclosure about who pays for political advertising.
Here's an early look at Ernest Dumas' column this week. It explains the utter senselessness of the current Republican legislative fight to prevent Arkansas from operating insurance exchanges under the new federal health care law.
That word "gerrymander" is going to be thrown around a lot this week when Arkansas congressional redistricting plans finally get a full airing.
Forbes puts Little Rock at No. 2 on a list of the most environmentally healthy metro areas in the country.
Gas lobbyists have turned up the pressure this morning as committee consideration begins of legislation to protect landowners and the environment as gas exploration continues in Arkansas.
This and that in legislative committees today: * Rep. Jon Hubbard, scourge of otherness, won committee approval this morning for a bill to require that driver's license examination be given only in English.
Brown Sugar Bakeshop celebrates two years with free cupcakes... and oh, they have good reason to celebrate.
Mike Huckabee would work to pass legislation to reimpose a ban on gay military service.
Artist Nancy Sadler called today to let me know about the art scammer who is contacting artists whose works appear on the Arkansas Artists Registry and pretending to want to buy work.
Ain't it just like a double-talking Republican? Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, in a year when Republicans had to be pressed hard to increase Arkansas School for the Deaf spending by $6,000, is begging for taxpayer moneyy\ to study lignite mining in South Arkansas.
The Beebe administration is preparing to try tomorrow to win Senate committee approval of legislation to enable health insurance programs in Arkansas necessary to implement federal health care law.