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April 14, 2005

Vol 3 • No 13

The 2005 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

The Times honors 20 of the state's brightest seniors.

The 2005 Academic All-Star finalists

The Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team – 10 males and 10 females – was chosen from a group of 30 finalists by judges from the education community.

The 2005 All-Star nominees

These students were nominated by their high schools for Academic All-Star Team consideration. They are listed by their hometown.

This Modern World

What happened?

Mike Trimble used to say it was a sure sign you were getting old when it became a wonder to you how long the days were and how short the years. That’s a truth so true that Mike surely got it from the great 20th-century American philosopher Leland Duva

How you say it

Is Arkansas more conservative than it was 30 years ago? It is hard to believe that in 1975, for instance, people here had more relaxed attitudes on issues of social tolerance (we did not repeal a constitutional amendment permitting racial segregation

TV highlights

PROJECT GREENLIGHT 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14 Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50) A lot of us tend to gripe about the crummy movies coming out of Hollywood, but when was the last time you did anything about it? That’s the premise behind this reality show from HBO

Smart Talk April 14

George McGovern is coming to Little Rock Wednesday, April 20, to address a breakfast meeting of the Political Animals Club. It’s at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center. Admission is $12. Call 570-2200 for reservations.

Editorial cartoon April 14

The sands of a popcorn bucket

When looking at a movie as a critic, you have to judge each film on its own terms. Using the same yardstick for everything will just wind up with a reviewer doing that thing readers love to hate about movie critics: anything with subtitles and complica

The week that was April 6-12

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … CORPORATE WELFARE. Tax increment finance legislation — which allows capture of school taxes for private developments — seems headed to passage. Expectant beneficiaries include a sporting goods s

Drawn in by ‘Moments’

Marjorie Williams-Smith’s line, the reaction between air and silver, is so fine that a newspaper reproduction could not do it justice. Silverpoint is an appropriate medium for budding twigs and dropped petals, mimicking their ephemeral beauty but letting

The Observer April 14

The Observer availed our-selves of the national pastime not once but twice last weekend, taking in the second and third games of the Travs’ season at Ray Winder Field. We were happy to note a feeling of energy we didn’t pick up on last year. Lots of young

The Insider April 14

We have it on good authority that Gabe Holmstrom will be the new executive director of the state Democratic Party.

Auburn ‘Pat’ Hare

Auburn Hare — yes, that’s his real name — was born Dec. 20, 1930, in Northeast Arkansas’s Cherry Valley and lived to influence a generation of raw rock guitar players.

An orgy of self-service

Memory does not fetch up a single session of the Arkansas legislature marked by so much pandering and selfishness and so little regard for the future as the 2005.

Letters April 14

I’m writing in response to Warwick Sabin’s “Arkansas street party,” an accurate look at state Senate Bill 1174 that would allow “entertainment districts” in the state, thereby allowing public drinking/open containers in designated areas. As the owner of

Editorials April 14

Officials at Arkansas State University - Mountain Home have canceled a speech by a liberal columnist, apparently because they discovered he was liberal. Since making the decision, they’ve devoted themselves to not commenting. Suddenly, ASUMH has gone from

Music reviews: 'Exodus' and Papa Roach

Considering the many gawking fans that David Itkin has accumulated in his 12 seasons as ASO maestro, especially with his previous Pulitzer-nominated composition “Jonah” in 2000, Itkin’s latest opus, which he premiered last weekend, effortlessly drew in th

Theater review: 'The Glass Menagerie'

The Community Theatre’s production of modern American playwright Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” under the direction of Andy Hall, sought to bring to life Williams’ most personally affected story in the homely atmosphere of the Woolly Auditor

Words April 14

“More than a dozen Japanese tourists were injured, but none of the injuries were serious, authorities said.” … “Perhaps none of them are as memorable as Bill O’Reilly. But who is, really?” … None is a contraction of “no

More picks April 14-20

Actor Judge Reinhold, whose wife, Amy, is from Little Rock, is the guest of honor at the Ozark Foothills Filmfest’s climactic weekend in Heber Springs. Reinhold will appear at a banquet Saturday, April 16, at Eden Isle’s Red Apple Inn, beginning at 5 p.m.

Another loss for women

By a vote of 16 to 15, the Arkansas Senate decided last week that Arkansans do not want women to have the same rights as men. There are six females in the Senate, and what’s so strange is that three of them — Ruth Whitaker, R-Cedarville; Barbara Horn,

Brau Haus lost us at ‘hello’

When it comes to consumables of the German variety, it’s safe to say beer is what most folks would go for. After that, probably white wine. A nice, crisp Gewurtztraminer or a Riesling. Food, though … unless you grew up in a region with a strong Germ

Oxford omnivorian

Diners and readers alike have something to smile about this week, as the new “Southern Food” issue of the Conway-based Oxford American magazine hits the stands.

Laws made and broken

Did the legislature violate the Lake View court order and its own law in its enactment of a public school budget?

Half empty or ... ?

From where I sit, the legislative session has been the disappointment I expected. When the legislature said its initial response to the Lake View ruling requiring adequate and equal schools was just a down payment on a new model of schools, I knew it

What's cooking/capsule reviews

What's cooking: Wingstop Capsule reviews: Starlite Diner, Dragon Palace, La Maison des Tartes

Sex, blood and rock ’n’ roll

It’s many a young man’s fantasy, distilled to its beer-commercial essence: Fighting, sexy women and loud music. Last week’s Fite Nite in Conway lived up to the billing, with four hours of testosterone-laden entertainment on each of two succeeding night

‘Nemo’ swims in April 20

Want to see a fish lure thousands of children and adults to an ice pond? Then be at Alltel Arena beginning April 20 when Disney on Ice presents “Finding Nemo,” a skatathon of the mega-popular movie of the same name.

The 2005 Academic All-Star nominees

Here's a complete list of all students nominated for Academic All-Star consideration.

One for the books

All the details about the second Arkansas Literary Festival, including headline events and a detailed schedule.

Arkansan dances down ‘42nd Street’

When “42nd Street” brings its tour Monday to the Robinson Center Music Hall, it will bring home two Arkansans as well — Kyle Massey and Erin West. Former Jonesboro resident Massey plays the pompous tenor Billy Lawler, who woos the ensemble understudy-turn

Cowboy ropes ’em in

Now an Arkansas bride is trying to warn others about her on-line disaster.