Little Rock native Christian Rudder's $50 million idea to turn dating into math.
Vol 37 • No 33
Revolution hosts a night for those celebrating the unofficial holiday with music from Muck Stikcy, Adam Bomb & Lilo Eskimo, Futuro Boots and a 'School of Dub' afterparty.
Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker appears in a fashion designer's advertising.
The theory that persistent marketing can make people yearn for that which they formerly feared is about to get its supreme test, the selling of the Republican deficit blueprint and the scuttling of Medicare, the most beloved government program in history.
If Wilbur Mills were still around, he'd be crying "Give me my country back!"
Storm damage piles up outside a home in Little Rock.
What happens when there is little accountability?
Today there are fewer bookstores in Central Arkansas than anytime in recent memory, with only three big-box retailers, two indies and one used bookstore to pick from. You'd be wise not to take them for granted.
Also, the Meshugga Klezmer Band celebrates Passover at The Afterthought
Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker, modeling a blue suit, features in a Jamileh Kamran advertisement in the April 15 issue of the lawyer-targeted Daily Record newspaper.
A Times Freedom of Information Act request turned up Belew's resignation letter, saying she resigned over concerns that "certain aspects related to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act are not being properly followed by the Secretary of State's Office."
Amid the hoopla surrounding Diamond Bear Brewery's announcement of a move to a much bigger, custom-built space on the North Little Rock waterfront next year is a mechanical headache that has choked off the flow of Diamond Bear's bottled brews to retailers
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has purchased a home at 4 Lacelle Court in Chenal for new ASU system president Dr. Charles "Chuck" Welch.
"You just don't get it," the little boogers used to tell me in exasperation. And of course they were right. I didn't get it then; I don't get it now; I'll never get it.
"My hope is that the redistricting process can avoid the ad hominem. We're all citizens of Arkansas, and we can be better than that."
Wes Craven's horror chops almost save 'Scream 4' from itself. Almost.
April 14, Robinson Center Music Hall
The Observers loves reptiles.
After a year-long negotiation, the family of the current owner, William Stegall, has reportedly accepted ASU's $100,000 offer to buy the Cash house and the small plot of land it sits on in a cotton field about a mile outside Dyess.
At least as far back as the congressional redistricting of 1991, people have been saying that White County, the easternmost county in the Second Congressional District, should be moved to the First Congressional District.
Conway native and emergent Cleveland Browns star Peyton Hillis is a finalist to be named the cover star of Madden NFL '12.
Also, The Boondogs host their "Annual Shareholders Meeting" at White Water Tavern.
And the first two seasons of "Sons of Anarchy."
It completed work on congressional redistricting and went home.
In the cafe's early days it'll serving items like shrimp gazpacho, a Cubano sandwich, a Cobb salad, a chicken Caesar salad, a pulled barbecue chicken sandwich and hand-cut fries.
'The multibillionaire Koch brothers are used to running their nefarious network of political front groups from behind closed doors...
But now, the curtain is being pulled back, and there they are — buck naked and butt ugly — for all to see."
The North Shore Riverwalk keeps it down to Earth.
'Take Shelter' is the only American feature film with the distinction
That's what the punitive Birthright Citizenship Act claims.
Their differences center on hair and cultural background. Otherwise Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump amount to the same prospective Republican presidential candidate.
David's Butcher Boy Burgers versus Wimpy's Burgers and Fries in Conway.
This little corner eatery, opened in March by Thelma Anaya, is an intimate breakfast and lunch place, featuring Italian/American entrees.
Interesting story from Mountain Home, where Ozark Tea Party leader Richard Caster, now a Baxter County justice of the peace (member of the county government governing body) isn't too embarrassed about a video on his website making fun of an elderly woman urging the county to join the national flood insurance program.
Also noted in mail this morning is an article from the Fort Smith newspaper: In a handwritten letter this month, Van Buren High School Principal Becky Guthrie asked 20 high school employees to become prayer warriors with her to resolve the crises at the school.
The Benton School Board constructively fired superintendent Tony Prothro Monday. It suspended him with pay (a package worth $200,000) through the end of his contract in June 2012, but didn't say why.
Hearty Mexican-inspired fare covers the menu at this Hillcrest standard.
A new PAC aimed at regaining Democratic control of the House is on the air with radio ads attacking select Republican members of Congress who voted for huge tax breaks for millionaires in the same legislation that will bring an end to Medicare.
Nate Silver at the New York Times reports on the mounting poll evidence that opponents of same-sex marriage are now in the minority.
UAMS has announced a visit Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin to the central office of UAMS' Head Start program, which serves kids at 21 sites.
Why does sports news often seem to sound more like the police blotter? DRUGS: Sports talk shows were buzzing this morning with news that former Hog quarterback Ryan Mallett, hoping for an NFL draft bonanza, has been telling NFL teams that he has "used drugs" in the past.
The news that Arkansas and Mississippi lead the contrary in abandoning landline telephones for cell phones isn't surprising.
BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH7:30 p.m., Revolution. $18 In a nutshell: Guy co-founds Korn, one of the heaviest, most successful bands of metal provocateurs in the '90s.
The widely-loved, seldom-united collective of Little Rock musicians offers a night of mini-solo sets at White Water Tavern.
This is rich. Rep. Paul Ryan went home to a town hall to tout his plan to end Medicare and further cut taxes on the rich, who already enjoy the lowest tax rates in decades.
Thanks to Lawrence O'Donnell for the headline, a bumper sticker for Huckatrump 2012. Here it goes again, Mike Huckabee defending Donald Trump despite his past support for universal health care.
Lots in the hopper for Mary Steenburgen.
Installation of the first shipping container homes in Little Rock and what consultants say are the first platinum-level LEED-rated homes in the nation began today as the first of the pre-cut containers were lowered by crane onto foundations at the corner of 21st Street and Commerce Street.
It's open. Final notes: * Fire today in one of the old buildings in downtown Van Buren.
The reviews are in. Secretary of State Mark Martin hasn't even taken 100 days to prove himself spectacularly unprepared to head a state ministerial office that Charlie Daniels managed quietly.
You might have missed on the web this week another guest column from Paul Hewitt, a former school superintendent on the University of Arkansas education faculty.
Good column by Susan Collins that illustrates how Tea Party math and Religious Right zealotry ends up costing us all money when it comes to conservatives' battle to interfere with women's reproduction.
How could I go naming all these great burger joints and leave out CJ’s? You can't get better than made-from-scratch when you get there, can you?
The country superstar comes to UA's Barnhill Arena on April 30.
Richard Weiss, director of the state Finance and Administration Department, has provided an updated assessment of the state's financial condition based on current revenue, future estimates and the impact of tax-cutting the recent legislation session.
The Arkansas Music Pavilion announces the second half of its Summer Music Series.
Funny story given the rich context of recent years. Republicans apparently hired signature gatherers — some apparently with criminal records and some who misrepresented their aim — to gather recall petitions for Democratic senators in Wisconsin.
Roby Brock begins a project today to rate Arkansas legislators based on the success rate of the the legislation they introduced.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today released an accounting firm's report on spending of state-supplied desegregation funding to the Pulaski County and North Little Rock School Districts.
You'd have thought something was important underway given the excitement among the political class as the Arkansas legislature limped toward approval of new congressional districts.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reports on a lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband and son were killed in a West Memphis police shoot out. Nutty stuff.
Several blocks of Main Street will be blocked off on October 1st for a celebration of mobile eating.
Your comments welcome. Final notes: * HUCKABEE ON BECK: Mike Huckabee unloads on Glenn Beck for calling him a — gasp — "progressive" for endorsing Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin got his photo op yesterday with cute Head Start kids, prominently displayed on 1B of the Democrat-Gazette, but the payload down in the related article inside the paper (pay wall), when Charlie Frago reported Griffin's answer to the question of whether tax cuts for the wealthy were more important than money for Head Start.
ABC's Nightline last night featured an extensive piece on concerns about the environmental impact of fracking for natural gas in Arkansas, particularly the question of whether the activity relates to earthquake swarms.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, prepping for his race for governor against Mike Ross in 2014, has had an excellent week by his lights.
Ginger Shiras reports for the Harrison Daily Times that fluoride is returning to the drinking water of Carroll and Boone Counties, thanks to a new state law.
It's small town politics, but I admit a certain fascination with the pitched political battle in Bryant, the booming suburb near Little Rock's southwestern edge.
Lots of folks have been pestering me about heading up to Green Forest for pie at a very unusual little restaurant.
I wrote yesterday about the legislative ratings compiled by Roby Brock's Talk Business, an index based on legislation introduced and passed.
Former North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines received a four-month federal prison sentence — not the home detention prosecutors had recommended — for conspiring to set up kickbacks on city jobs to pay off his gambling debts.
It seems the Los Angeleno rockers play Juanita's every sixth week. Not like that's a bad thing, though. As far as melodic, vintage rock played in the key of Vitamin D goes, you could do a lot worse than these guys.
Avenged Sevenfold, Stonesour, Three Days Grace, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Sevendust, Helmet, Halestorm, My Darkest Days and Art of Dying, Dark From Day One play at Arkansas State Fairgrounds.
Doodlebug, one cog in early '90s jazz rap trio Digable Planets, is slated to bring his one-man show to Cornerstone. Hip-hop heads profit.
The Little Rock Police Department released this report on times and places for a recent series of breaking and entering thefts from automobiles in the area covered by the downtown patrol division — 38 between March 28 and April 17.
I've been out of town and out of pocket and out of touch, and apologize.
Glenn Beck called Mike Huckabee a progressive. Mike Huckabee said Glenn Beck had smeared him.
New polling isn't much of a surprise. Call it privatizing or call it shifting responsibility for medical care from the government to the private sector, the majority of people in the U.S. don't like it.
Fox 16 reports that Mary, the Little Rock Zoo's 60-year-old elephant, has been diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer.
The 2011 Winthrop Rockefeller Legacy Exhibition opens next week at the WR Institute atop Petit Jean, in conjunction with the institute's Legacy Weekend.
On this week's podcast, I quiz Max on the report from the attorney general's office on desegregation funding, the 2014 gubernatorial race, the politics of natural gas drilling and Ryan Mallet, the NFL draft and the sanctimony in sports reporting.
The line is open. Parting shots: * NEWS SOURCES: One of the questions on a new round of polling by Roby Brock's Talk Business and Hendrix College was about where people got most of their Arkansas legislative news.
Roby Brock runs down the list of potential matchups in the reconfigured Arkansas congressional districts.
John Brummett captures the essence of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's $250,000 accounting boondoggle to review spending of state desegregation money in Pulaski County.
Three words: Krispy Kreme Burger. You have been warned.
Please, chime in. I've been slacking, except for laundry and some cooking.
Here's another installment of recent polling by Roby Brock at Talk Business and Hendrix College on Arkansas political issues.
I, like some others, have been stunned by the relatively mild reaction to House Republicans' approval of a budget blueprint that drastically reduces Medicaid (health services for the poor and elderly); privatizes and essentially ends Medicare over a period of years,and gives an enormous tax break to the rich (a drop from 35 percent to 25 percent for households with taxable inconme — after deductions — of more than $373,000 a year.)
It's a pleasure to call attention to an Arkansas native who's distinguishing himself in Washington.
Sorry. Nothing here our angle.
Paul Krugman touts a plan by progressives in Congress to reduce the deficit. 1) Higher taxes for the rich.
Searching in vain for items of interest this quiet morning, I stumbled upon a video presentation of winners in the Washington Post's annual Peeps Show, a contest to create news-related dioramas from Peeps, the familiar Easter candy.
More from the Talk Business-Hendrix College polling. Gov. Mike Beebe's approval is bipartisan and huge.
KUAR's Kelly MacNeil reports that Medicaid money for the state's center for developmentally disabled at Booneville is in jeopardy because of lax supervision of residents.
The Little Rock School Board will meet this afternoon to produce a group of finalists for consideration for school superintendent.
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to fast-track review of a lower court ruling (one of many) on the federal health care reform law.
The House Republicans' vote to end Medicare (Reps. Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford all joined this historic repudation of a single-payer guaranteed health plan for the elderly) won't be soon forgotten.
The Little Rock police report a robbery of a Valero station at 12001 Col. Glenn Road early Sunday morning.
King and Spalding, the big-time Atlanta law firm that was lined up by House Speaker John Boehner to defend the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act, has decided not to take the taxpayer-financed job after all.
If it's not a city government squabble occupying time and energy in Helena-West Helena, it's a school debate.
The monster of Midwestern rock returns to Verizon.
Roby Brock talks with Entergy Arkansas chief Hugh McDonald about the utility's plans to affiliate with an Indiana electricity transmission system as it ends a system agreement with other Entergy operating units.
The popular burger joint will reopen in the former Nickel & Dime Diner spot at the Park at West End.
Capt. David Iglesias, a Navy lawyer who leads a team prosecuting war crimes and terrorism cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will speak at the UALR Law School at 4:30 p.m.
Survey of Republicans in three former slave states finds not much happiness that the North won the Civil War.
Gov. Mike Beebe has resumed setting execution dates despite some ongoing court deliberations on death penalty challenges.
A reminder that public forums are scheduled Tuesday in Little Rock and Pine Bluff on the search for a new president of the University of Arkansas System.
Here's the open line. Close-outs: * LEGISLATURE IN LOW REGARD: More Talk Business-Hendrix College polling.
The morning hasn't yet brought a comprehensive assessment of the widespread damage from last night's storms and the continuing high water.
Following is the news release on the three finalists chosen by the Little Rock School Board last night to interview for the superintendent's job.
I guess nobody in Bryant is surprised that Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs selected Mark Kizer, husband of her pal, City Clerk Heather "Republican" Kizer, to be the city's permanent police chief.
Title IX, which led to a huge increase in female athletic participation in college, has left many men unhappy because of the impact on male sports.
The National Republican Campaign Committee has cut a radio ad — extent of use unknown — to rip U.S. Rep. Mike Ross for voting against the Republican budget to destroy Medicare and Medicaid while slashing taxes for millionaires.
UALR reports a full house at the meeting site on campus today for a public forum on the search for a University of Arkansas System president to succeed the retiring B. Alan Sugg.
The Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board has sent a useful list of tips to remember when making home repairs.
A reader reminds me that a Republican-supported House budget plan — thanks Reps. Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — would take $450 million out of the hide of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The "Expressions" art show and sale of work by clients of Birch Tree Communities will fill the Arkansas Governor's Mansion ballroom to capacity.
The NOLA pop act behind "Ten-Twenty Ten," one of the best singles of the year, comes to Stickyz.
Cover a Foos song, send it to us, enter the competition and maybe win some tickets. It's that easy!
Like so many others, I have been impatient about the opening of Seoul, the new Korean joint in the Heights.
The line is open. Meet you by the TV.