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April 8, 2010

Vol 8 • No 13

Q&A with Christian Lander

An erudite, tongue-in-cheek Jeff Foxworthy for the urbane, liberal-arts set, Christian Lander will speak at the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday, April 10.

Personal fouls

The answer is simply that the book is not about the Arkansas Razorbacks. This book is about Nolan Richardson, and, through the towering prism of Nolan Richardson, this book is about race.

Arkansas Literary Festival 2010 schedule

Discussions, lectures, tables and workshops from April 8-11

Get lit

This go-round, the festival brings together 80 writers, more than ever before. Still, amid this year’s lineup, it’s hard to find the A-list talent of years past.

The ACORN hoax

Last night, Rachel Maddow aired the unedited versions of the tapes made by dirty tricksters Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe III to bring down ACORN.

Titan of boredom

I don’t mind the pat acting, the ridiculous script, the silly characterization, the outright heresy of remaking a cult favorite. The most damning charge against this film is that it is boring.

Reason out of season

In the Republican congressional race in the Third District of Northwest Arkansas, Rogers Mayor Steve Womack keeps flirting with good answers and these flirtations keep getting called blunders.

Rick tha Rula and the Human Beatbox

“La-di-da-di, we like to party / We don’t cause trouble, we don’t bother nobody” If you can read those lines without breaking out your coolest, smoothest voice, you were either born too early or too late.

'That Evening Sun' comes round again

After jumping from film festival to film festival last year and racking up the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at SXSW and the Golden Rock at our Little Rock Film Festival, “That Evening Sun” returns for a special engagement at Breckenridge tonight.

Editorial

Families first

As a boy, I learned a lot from the values my parents lived everyday — hard work, faith in God, living within your means, and doing right by others. Those are values Shanti and I work to teach our daughters, and they're values that most Arkansas families are providing their children, too.

Landfill battle

For nearly two years, it’s been taken for granted, by the city and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, that BFI would be required to shut down its landfill in Southwest Little Rock in May.

The Televisionist, April 8

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Just what does that proposed “marriage” amendment mean?
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Little Rock
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More Q's A'ed

Oh no, not another of those stupid Ask Assmunch columns. Afraid so. Since I’ve got enough inquiries saved up.

The Observer, April 8

The Age of Pollen is upon us, citizens. When we walked out to The Mobile Observatory this morning to get in, it looked like it had been dipped in yellow cornmeal and was ready for the fryer.

Words, April 8

Headline: “Bush and Clinton visit devastated Haitian capital.” An exaggeration, surely. The earthquake did most of the damage.

Taking the robes off

With a few exceptions, judicial races in Arkansas have been historically dull, the candidates refraining from criticizing each other or from saying much of anything except monotonous boasting about their own qualifications. But a couple of Supreme Court races this year seem on the verge of becoming interesting.

The Week that Was, March 31-April 6

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … PHILIP MANN. The assistant conductor of the San Diego Symphony was hired as the new music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Chasing Charles Portis

Charles Portis, the author of several wickedly funny novels, has become well known for not being well known, earning him sidelong compliments from his devotees.

In brief, April 8-10

Revolution hosts “Rock Out for Research,” an event to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital, featuring local music by A Plea for Justice, Whale Fire, Haley Stephens and Brothers with Different Mothers, 7 p.m., $15.

A&E News, April 8

After a months-long search, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced last week that it had selected Philip Mann as its new music director. Currently an American Conducting Fellow and the San Diego Symphony’s assistant conductor, Mann will join in October.

Pub or Perish 2010!

Here at the Arkansas Times, we’re big fans of the written word. We’re also big fans of bars. Once again this year, those two loves collide as we present our annual free-admission reading series, Pub or Perish 2010.

Uncle Sam's lifetime

To be chronically poor and in the backwaters has sometimes seemed like a blessing; the worst economic conditions in 70 years may feel mild if you had little to give up in the first place.

Smart talk, April 8

Stuart Jay Silverman of Hot Springs has passed along a group of limericks making fun of certain politicians, mostly Republicans. Some of the limericks are a bit naughty, but here’s a non-naughty sample:

Protecting kids

In the Russellville School District, administrators reported that they had resorted to paddling 64 times last year, a relatively modest amount. Eliminated, it might not even be missed.

The To-Do List, April 8-13

'That Evening Sun,' Apple Blossom Invitational/Arkansas Derby, 'Summertree,' Tim McGraw/Lady Antebellum, Love Ghost/The Easys/The See, 'Farewell, Maestro,' African Drum and Dance Festival, Heartless Bastards

Raised by wolves

Dr. Jack Cassell, a Florida urologist, posted a sign on his office door that said, “If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your health care begin right now, not in four years.” What is the correct response to such a brute?

What's Cookin', April 8

On Saturday, April 15, the Argenta Market celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m in the former home of Argenta Seafood Co.

Families first

As a boy, I learned a lot from the values my parents lived everyday — hard work, faith in God, living within your means, and doing right by others. Those are values Shanti and I work to teach our daughters, and they're values that most Arkansas families are providing their children, too.

No butts at White Water

Throughout all of the White Water Tavern’s incarnations, the only constant has been the ever-present cloud of cigarette smoke, affixing itself indiscriminately to any piece of clothing that passes through the door.

Ciao for cheap

Ciao Italian Restaurant has been around a quarter century in its quiet Seventh Street digs. For the lunchtime diner on a budget, there’s much good Italian food to be had.

Playing defense

Arkansas Business reports that Rep. John Boozman and Sen. Gilbert Baker had to play a little defense at the GOP senatorial debate in Conway.

Rope in the tug of war

John Brummett notes that, even though the health care debate is over, Sen. Blanche Lincoln isn't out of the woods yet.

Nuclear treaty

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have signed a treaty aimed at reducing the number of nuclear weapons a country is allowed to have.

Busy beef barbecue place

For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to get by Terri-Lynn’s B-B-Q. Always seems like when they’re open I’m passing by on the way to somewhere else.

Thursday To-Do: 'That Evening Sun'

‘THAT EVENING SUN'7 p.m., UA Breckenridge. $20.After jumping from film festival to film festival last year and racking up the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at SXSW and the Golden Rock at our Little Rock Film Festival, “That Evening Sun” returns for a special engagement at the UA Breckenridge theater.

Thursday: 'Rock Out for Research,' Carnifex, Good Time Ramblers, more

Whale Fire. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Last Night: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs

Lawyer Dave and Holly G somewhere else. Holly Golightly and the BrokeoffsApril 8, Sticky FingerzIn explaining how the band downsized from a four-piece to a duo, Holly and Lawyer Dave improvised a half-hearted yarn about a Swiss Alps tour-bus accident.

Halter hatin'

“I never did like him from the very beginning. I can find a thousand people and not one of them likes him.” That's what Rep. Marion Berry had to say about Lt. Gov. Bill Halter last night, speaking in front of a group of Lincoln supporters.

Dwight David Honeycutt gets a campaign song

Man is Dwight David Honeycutt fundraiser I told you about awhile back shaping up. Here's the teaser: The election is over and Dwight David Honeycutt lost, but he still has a message for you.

What's wrong with America

Not only is Glenn Beck a complete jack ass (there are too many examples to link to), but his jack ass-ness earned him $32 million last year.

Argenta Market is, no-foolin', about to open

After months--years maybe--of delays, on Thursday, April 15*, the Argenta Market celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Pasta Jack's is open

Just noticed today that it's open in the River Market.Here's the menu. Front and back.Anybody tried it?

Health reform is a BFD

Organizing for America has put together a short video that shows what health care reform will mean for each state.

Gunning for third

Roby Brock has released some polling numbers from the third congressional district race for the Republican nomination.

Update: Act 1 hearing

A hearing is underway regarding the constitutionality of Act 1, an initiated act approved by voters in 2008 that bans any unmarried person living with a partner from serving as an adoptive parent.

Half Off

I'm sure all y'all love the Times so much that you've clicked through every ad on our website, but in case you haven't, let me point you to the Half Off Depot.

Spay and neuter, giant condoms say

Representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in downtown Little Rock today, dressed up like huge condoms, to raise awareness for dog and cat overpopulation.

Coming soon: The Rock Candy 500

David Koon's car from last year looked awesome, but couldn't raise for sh... Another helpful reminder.

Eric Harrison is a nerd

You've gotta squint a little. Not to pile on the guy, but I came close to spewing my corn flakes across the table this morning when I read this bit in Eric Harrison's review of Simply Najiyya's in today's Democrat-Gazette.

Teachers get a win

A judge ruled Thursday afternoon for Pulaski County teachers in their fight with the Pulaski County School Board.

Iron Tongue coming soon to your stereo

Photo by JM Liles. Forgot to put this out last week.

It's days like today...

...when I'm always reminded of that line in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off:" "How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?"

In Heaven, there is no beer

Good looking burger, eh?  Yeah, I really wish it were in Arkansas.  I'd love to find its match here.  Instead, you have to travel to Mobile, AL for this fantastic cheeseburger at Callaghan's Irish Social Club.  And you wondered what I was doing out of state... here ya go.  I'd talk about it more here... but I've already done told the story over at A Hamburger Today at Serious Eats.  Tell me about any Arkansas burgers that you think duplicate the salivatatious effort pictured above (and yes, it was cooked to order, medium rare at the center). 

Tonite: Help The See, Magic Hassle and Sweet Eagle pay for a huge water bill

The See. Photo by Ethan Moore.

Big country

A balladeer who doesn't write his own songs, a razorjawed metrosexual in a metallic-colored, pre-distressed cowboy hat, Tim McGraw exemplifies all the excesses and successes to be found in “pop with a drawl,” Clear Channel-country. He's at Verizon tonight.

Some Memphis 'cue

Nothing quite like your first beef rib.  Especially when it comes from the like of Memphis barbecue legend Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ.  Read about our visit and that rib Hunter's gnawing on over at Tie Dye Travels. 

Clemmons saga continues

The families of three police officers killed by ex-convict Maurice Clemmons are suing Pierce County in Washington, claiming the county's jail did not heed warnings that should have kept Clemmons behind bars.

By the numbers

Roby Brock, over at Talk Business, has released some more polling data. There are some pretty interesting numbers on the Democratic side of the race for the second congressional district seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Vic Snyder.

Fracked up

Natural Resources Defense Council senior policy analyst and blogger Amy Mall puts together a list of incidents in which hydraulic fracturing, a gas-drilling process by which millions of gallons of water are injected into shale formations to extract gas, has ruined water wells of nearby home-owners.

Friday To-Do: Love Ghost - The See - The Easys

Love Ghost. LOVE GHOST / THE SEE / THE EASYS10 p.m., Town Pump.

Stevens to retire

The AP is reporting that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement.

Friday To-Do: Tim McGraw - Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum. TIM MCGRAW/ LADY ANTEBELLUM7 p.m., Verizon Arena.

Weekend To-Do: 'Summertree'

From L-R: Sarah Johnson, Elizabeth Ross, Will Moon and Jackson Tucker. ‘SUMMERTREE'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater.

Weekend To-Do: Oaklawn

APPLE BLOSSOM INVITATIONAL / ARKANSAS DERBY10 a.m., Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs. $4.50When Zenyatta, the 3-year-old superhorse that's been unbeaten in 15 starts, landed in Hot Springs on Tuesday, more than 200 people showed up at the airport, all cheers and signs, including one saying “marry me, Zenyatta” in Sharpie.

Friday To-Do: Slick Rock and Doug E. Fresh

SLICK RICK AND DOUG E. FRESH9 p.m., Revolution. $30-$60.“La-di-da-di, we like to party / We don't cause trouble, we don't bother nobody / We're just some men that's on the mic / And when we rock upon the mic we rock the mic right.” If you can read those lines without breaking out your coolest, smoothest voice, you were either born too early or too late.

Friday Ark. Lit Fest Picks: Ken Gormley and more

KEN GORMLEYClinton School, Sturgis Hall, noon. A constitutional law professor and the dean of Duquesne University law school, Gormley followed up his acclaimed biography of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox with the recently released “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr.” Reviewers — including Max Brantley in the Times' — agree: It's the tome to end all tomes on White Water.

A sad note

All good things must come to an end. Or, be re-purposed in some way.

'Arkansas Traveler' maybe coming to a theater near you

Garett Dillahunt Arkansas Civil War nerds rejoice! There's a new film in development that, if it gets financing, could satisfy all your pedantic gripes about authenticity — except that filmmakers hope to film it all in Missouri.

Where's the beef?

Campaign fundraising figures are starting to leak out from numerous campaigns. Last week it was announced that the Halter campaign had raised $2 million, Lincoln closer to $5 million.

This Weekend: Bobby Rush, Cory Branan, Boom Kinetic

FRIDAY 4/9Blues legend and unrivaled showman Bobby Rush (above) plays in Jonesboro for a special free show at ASU's Centennial Hall as part of the school's 16th annual Delta Symposium, 7:30 p.m.

Weekend To-Do: ASO presents 'Farewell, Maestro!'

The Maestro 'FAREWELL, MAESTRO' 8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $35-$58.

Saturday To-Do: African Drum and Dance Festival

AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE FESTIVAL 5 p.m., Philander Smith. $5-$10.

Saturday Ark. Lit Fest Picks: Alice Randall, Marcus Sakey, Jonathan Mahler, Christian Lander, Rus Bradburd and more

ALICE RANDALLMain Library, Darragh Center, 10 a.m. The first African-American woman to write a No. 1 country hit — Trisha Yearwood's "XXX's and 000's (An American Girl)” — Randall's better known for her novels: “The Wind Done Gone,” “Pushkin and the Queen of Spades” and “Rebel Yell.” All deal, often allusively, in themes of race and identity.

More debates

The Baxter County Democratic Club will host a debate tomorrow night featuring the six Democratic candidates hoping to take over for Rep. Marion Berry in the first congressional district.

Sunday Ark. Lit Fest Picks: Marjorie Rosen, Lauren Hall, David Stricklin, Matt Baker, more

MARJORIE ROSENMain Library, Darragh Center, 1:30 p.m.Last year, David Koon wrote in the Times about Rosen's book on the impact of Wal-Mart's growth on Bentonville, “Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community,” after Rosen had scheduled readings in Bentonville and Rogers libraries canceled.LAUREN HALLASI Room 124, 3 p.m.Author Dave Eggers came to the Clinton School last year and talked about 826 Valencia, the nonprofit he founded to promote childhood literacy.

Q&A with Christian Lander

Blogger, author and renaissance honky, Christian Lander, will speak at the Arkansas Literary Festival at 1 p.m.

Yard signs

Yeah, it's political season, but we're not talking about those types of yard signs. Benton alderman Brad Moore wants to make his city less attractive to sex offenders, by requiring them to post a sign in their front yard telling everyone about their crime.

Keen on Davenport

Monty Davenport, a Democratic candidate for Land Commissioner, announced today that Robert Earl Keen will play an "intimate" show at Juanita's on Thursday, April 22 as a campaign fundraiser.

Positives and negatives

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subs. required) reported this morning on a poll, released by the Jim Keet campaign, showing that Gov. Mike Beebe could be vulnerable.

Obama Catholic?

At a hearing today at the Pulaski County courthouse, Abdulhakim Muhammad, who faces capital murder charges for the killing of a solier outside of an army recruiting center, expressed his displeasure for the president.

Not no, but "hell no"

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, agreed with Rep. John Boehner that when it comes to health care, the GOP isn't just the party of no, but the party of "Hell no!"

TGIF

The week is done. Put your thoughts here.

Pub or Perish 2010!

Here at the Arkansas Times, we're big fans of the written word. We're also big fans of bars. Once again this year, those two loves collide like tanked-up Jell-O wrestlers as we present our annual free-admission reading series, Pub or Perish 2010, Saturday at Prost.

Pub or Perish 2010!

Here at the Arkansas Times, we're big fans of the written word. We're also big fans of bars. Once again this year, those two loves collide like tanked-up Jell-O wrestlers as we present our annual free-admission reading series, Pub or Perish 2010, Saturday at Prost.

Census please

A note from the Attorney General's office on the Census. If you haven't sent your's in yet, there's still time.

To-Do: Lit Fest

Be sure to check out Rock Candy for all the information you'll ever need about the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Open line

Beautiful day. You should be outside, not reading this blog.

Lit fest picks

Dave Eggers came to the Clinton School last year and talked about 826 Valencia, the nonprofit he founded to promote childhood literacy. Some of those in attendance expressed interest about starting a branch of 826 in Little Rock. Now, Hall, a former Little Rocker and the current development director for 826 National, comes to the Lit Fest to talk about the program.

Thoughts on a spring morning

Ever stop to give thanks to the hardy souls who prevented the Alltel muckety-mucks from converting beautiful Rebsamen Park Road into a speedway by destroying the wetlands and creeks between Murray Lock and Dam and River Mountain Road to the west?The muckety-mucks took their money and ran; the "Alltel campus" in Riverdale looks vacant; but Jimerson Creek and the bike/walking trail and The Big Dam Bridge still serve thousands of Arkansas citizens every week.

Sunday reading

The New York Times takes a look today the U.S. Senate race here in Arkansas, and what it means to be a Democrat.

You betcha

Let's open it up. If you didn't catch it last night, here's a link to the SNL "Sarah Palin Network" sketch.

No butts at White Water

Since it was founded in 1972, White Water Tavern has been, at various times and often all at once, a biker bar, a rendezvous for Arkansas politicos and the definitive Mecca for live, local music. Maybe the only constant has been an ever-present cloud of cigarette smoke. But today's a new day.

Bad news bats

The caves at Devil's Den state park will be closed indefinitely due to white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection that has spread through bat populations from New York north to Vermont and south to Tennessee in just four years.

Here come the talking points

The Washington Post reports that some Republicans are gearing up for a fight over President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee to replace justice John Paul Stevens.

Review: Tim McGraw - Lady Antebellum

Photo by Brian Chilson. Tim McGraw / Lady AntebellumApril 9, Verizon Arena Lady Antebellum probably infuriates country purists, if there are any of those left.

Behind the pay wall

Another day, another story about how the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is hanging in there by creating more content for the web and charging people to read their product online.

Televisionist: Chatroulette

DOING IT DOGGY STYLE: Better than a wang. CHATROULETTEwww.chatroulette.comThere are folks I know who completely and utterly freak out every time they learn there is some new bit of information about them on the Internet.

Love for the Whatta-Burger.

I know, I know, I know.  CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers has just about grabbed and cinched the title of burger king in Russellville.  Heck, I wrote that first review that snowballed into the sudden print media convergence on the little red and white building by the interstate.  Mea culpa.

Registered to vote? There's an app for that

The Secretary of State's office announced today the launch of a new mobile application that helps Arkansas voters verify their voter registration information, find out where and how to register and find their nearest polling location.

Monday: jazz, Irish music and, oh yeah, Extreme Midget Pro Wrestling

Given, from Manhattan to Merigold, Mississippi, Monday nights usually offer slim pickins. After the weekend, most people want to strap down to their couches and pass up most music offerings of the night.

ANOTHER UPDATE: A stay

THE LATEST: Fox 16 is reporting that the Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution.

In the money: 1st district

Chad Causey's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the first congressional district race announced today that they have raised $270,000 in the first quarter and have $212,000 cash on hand.

Pulitzers announced

ProPublica, the nonprofit online news journal, is the first of its ilk ever to win a Pulitzer Prize, one its sharing with the New York Times, the Pulitzer committee has announced.

Review: Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick

I missed Vivica Fox. Otherwise, showing up at Friday's Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick show — which started at 9 p.m. — at a quarter to midnight proved a wise decision.

Hard to tell...

...which part of this interview with Mike Huckabee is more disgusting. You could definitely make an argument for this one:

Open line

Here you go. What's going on in your world today?

Plummer gone

Arkansas Business is reporting that Nan Plummer has resigned "effective immediately" as director of the Arkansas Arts Center.Link: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?zone=AB_ENEWS_EarlyLateBreaking&lID=&sID=&ms=&cID=ZZZ&aID=121382.54928.133508

Plummer gone

Arkansas Business is reporting that Nan Plummer has resigned "effective immediately" as director of the Arkansas Arts Center.Link: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?zone=AB_ENEWS_EarlyLateBreaking&lID=&sID=&ms=&cID=ZZZ&aID=121382.54928.133508

Heartless Bastards, tonight

Erika Wennerstrom's voice has been compared to Janis Joplin's and PJ Harvey's and (hilariously) Robert Plant's, none of which, to these ears at least, quite capture her particular sound. But there is a clear connection between them all — that big burst of feeling they can summon in huge swoops between quiet and gale-force howling.

No words

Our work-horse of a photographer, Brian Chilson, grabbed these photos last night at the Extreme Midget Pro Wrestling show at Revolution.

Shine on

We got wind of this the other day, and NPR now confirms, that Ed Ward, 84, now has a license to make corn liquor.

Fracked up: part two

The other day I linked to Amy Mall's blog post over at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Tuesday To-Do: Heartless Bastards

HEARTLESS BASTARDS9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12.Erika Wennerstrom's voice has been compared to Janis Joplin's and PJ Harvey's and (hilariously) Robert Plant's, none of which, to these ears at least, quite capture her particular sound.

UPDATE: Berry mess gets deeper

Talk Business reports that a new ad attacking Bill Halter for supporting a plan that would invest Social Security revenues in the stock market was paid for by Arkansans for Common Sense, a group run that was incorporated by (see below) Mitchell L. Berry, son of Rep. Marion Berry.

Tuesday: Saliva, Norris Church Mailer, ASO Brass Quintet

Norris Church Mailer. Memphis nu-metal survivors Saliva come to Revolution with Since October and Anchored in  tow, 8 p.m., $20.Norris Church Mailer, the Russellville-born writer, painter, model and sixth (and final) wife of Norman Mailer, comes to Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UALR at 6 p.m. to talk about her new memoir, "A Ticket to the Circus," and sign books afterwards.

Lincoln and derivatives

Paul Barton reports from D.C. For a little background, John Brummett column-ized on this issue recently.

Deadlines looming for the Little Rock Film Fest

The LRFF's Golden Rock Award. The deadline to enter the Little Rock Film Festival’s new Oxford American Best Southern Film Award — which comes with a $10,000 prize —is Thursday, April 15.

Josie back in hospital

Josie Duggar, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19th child, was taken back to Arkansas Children's Hospital this morning.

Even Searcy has hookers

Say what? In the town "where thousands live and millions wish they could"?

In the money: Blanche Lincoln

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's campaign for U.S. Senate released their first quarter fundraising numbers today. No big surprises here.

Dollars for the Arts Center

An article in this morning's paper about the sudden resignation of Dr. Ellen (Nan) Plummer as executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center (more about that later) in the midst of its costly "Pharaohs" exhibit mentions a $20,000 grant from the Public Education Foundation of Little Rock that will provide the school district teaching materials about Egypt and send kids to the Arts Center.

Tuition hike likely

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees will consider a tuition and fee increase at Friday's board meeting.

Daily Digest: D.D. Honeycutt, Ditto, 'Treme,' Fun Cash Facts

This afternoon, local film cats Levi Agee and Collin Buchanan premiered the pilot for second episode of their new online movie talk show, "Movie's World."

Let Oklahoma go

The blogs are alive with astonished commentary on an Oklahoma state senator's suggestion that perhaps his state should form a volunteer militia to protect Oklahoma from federal infringements on its sovereignty.

Trouble at the State Capitol

A man in the employ of the Arkansas State Capitol Police filed an EEOC complaint last week alleging that his supervisor, Corp. Norman Gomillion, had referred to him and other workers at the Capitol as “niggers” and made other racist remarks, creating a hostile working environment.

Long day

Open line.

Big names at the county fair coming to Riverfest

Uncle Kracker, you're a bad dude. So I think we've reached the point in the Riverfest line-up announcements where the big name ain't getting any bigger.But surely someone out there's psyched for Uncle Kracker, who'll be opening for Lucero on Saturday (of course!)

Ciao for cheap

Downtown Italian restaurant corners the bargain lunch market.

Brace yourselves

The City Wire in Fort Smith reports that gas prices will likely top $3 a gallon this summer in Arkansas.

UPDATE: Half of $1.5 mill for UCA

A retired schoolteacher who graduated from UCA in 1940 with a degree in education has left the school $1.5 million.

Students respond to Huckabee

Mike Huckabee recently gave an interview to a group of students from the College of New Jersey in which he compared homosexuality to drug use, incest and polygamy.

In the money: Robbie Wills

The Robbie Wills campaign just announced their fundraising figures for the first quarter. The magic number is $327,000, more than any other congressional candidate in the second district has announced so far.

Tasty escape

The term “Ark-Mex” has been used to describe some rather strange combinations of food around these parts.

A decided disadvantage

Just a couple of hours after Robbie Wills announced the fruits of his fundraising efforts - to the tune of over $327,000 - the Patrick Kennedy campaign has released their numbers as well.

Looking up

Verizon Wireless will employ more workers than originally expected. According to Talk Business, Verizon Wireless regional president Steve Smith says the company will employ up to 2,500 workers by 2010.

What did you expect?

An editorial in the Arkansas Leader laments Sen. Gilbert Baker's support of the "fair tax," which would "substitute a giant national sales tax for corporate and personal income taxes."

Over the downturn

Robert Guy Matthews - no relation - writes in this morning's Wall Street Journal that North Little Rock exemplifies positive job growth in the economy.

Denkanstosse

Noam Chomsky ponders 2010 America and the Tea Party

Wednesday: Cindy Woolf, 'Bumpday,' Butterfly and Irie Soul

Dulcet-voiced Missourian Cindy Woolf plays "progressive bluegrass" for the crowd at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

Q&A: Dwight David Honeycutt

In advance of Friday's "Dwight David Honeycutt's Sweet Tea Party" at Juanita's, friend of babies and bald eagle lover Dwight David Honeycutt talked to me about the perks of being a web phenom, his theory on what unites all us "sons-of-bitches" and much, much more.Get the complete lowdown on the party here.What happened in the campaign?Over before it started, really.

Ponder this

An absolute flood of campaign fundraising numbers being released by the various campaigns today. Add this latest to your list.

Close

Roby Brock has released results from a statewide poll today on the Democratic Senate primary between Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and D.C. Morrison.

Arkansas Folk Festival kicks off

Mountain View's been long known for their commitment to preserving folk/bluegrass/traditional/hill music and tomorrow kicks off their 48th year to host the Arkansas Folk Festival.
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