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April 22, 2010

Vol 8 • No 15

Judging Burnett

Since 1994, when he officiated at the trials of Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, Judge David Burnett has had several opportunities to make further rulings in their cases.

‘Not a soul in there’

John Fogleman asked juries to sentence three teens to death. Now voters will judge his career.

No 'cutting edge' for Ark.

L.J. Bryant, a candidate for land commissioner, calls attention to a campaign theme of another candidate for the office, state Rep. Monty Davenport.

Bar officers endorse Fogleman

Circuit Judge John Fogleman, a candidate for state Supreme Court against Appeals Court Judge Courtney Henry, rolled out a slew of endorsements today from former leaders of the Arkansas and American Bar Association.

Sen. Lincoln regrets ...

... to inform Goldman Sachs that she won't be a guest at the Wall Street plunderers' fund-raising reception for her after all.

At the debate

I sat in at UALR Law School this afternoon for most of the debate between 2nd Congressional District Republican candidates Scott Wallace and Tim Griffin.

Spring report

We’re spending our spring pretty much the same as always: Airing up tires, charging batteries; changing filters; lubing whatever’s lubable; boldly caulking where no one has caulked before.

Smart Talk, April 22

The Arkansas Times’ favorite little rabblerouser, elementary school student Will Phillips of West Fork, is getting another award for his ongoing stand for gay rights. He'll receive the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation’s “Champion of Liberty” award during a banquet in Little Rock.

Out of Huck

The national pundits seem to believe that Mike Huckabee’s move to Florida is more about presidential politics than tax avoidance. Arkansans can easily believe that hanging on to more of the big bucks Fox News pays him is sufficient to lure Huckabee to a state with much sunshine and no income tax.

When majority is wrong

Scoffing conservatives call this “making law, instead of interpreting law.” To be precise, they scoff when a ruling goes against them. Activist courts making law aren’t so bad if they’re making law you like.

Business first

ProPublica last week published an examination of how Republican Rep. David Vitter of Louisiana stalled an EPA assessment that would declare formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. Three Democrats — including Rep. Mike Ross — were also working to block the EPA move.

A&E News, April 22

Q&A: The See

It’s just about inarguable: The See are the kings of Little Rock’s current landscape of bands.

What's Cookin', April 22

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt plans to open its first Arkansas franchise in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center in about six weeks.

Face off

"Frost/Nixon" arrives at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre a good 36 years after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the pardon of Nixon by successor Gerald Ford and the subsequent high profile interview of Nixon by TV personality David Frost.

A&E News, April 22

In Brief, April 22-24

Nineties garage pop duo Local H comes to Sticky Fingerz as part of their “Six Angry Records” tour, in which a member of the audience chooses which of their albums will be played in its entirety, 8:30 p.m., $10.

Editorial

The Week That Was, April 14-20

...CHILDREN. A circuit judge struck down a voter-approved law that prohibited unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children. The law was aimed primarily at homosexual couples.

Face off

"Frost/Nixon" arrives at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre a good 36 years after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the pardon of Nixon by successor Gerald Ford and the subsequent high profile interview of Nixon by TV personality David Frost.

Lost Longhorn

Hey, I totally get the hatred Arkansas has for Texas. We are a bigger, richer, snootier state with huge cities, huge universities, and huge egos to boot. However, Texas has completely dominated the football series throughout the last 100 years or so. DOMINATED.

The To-Do List, April 22-26

Disney on Ice, Frightened Rabbit, Arkansas Earth Day, Les Claypool, Ballet Arkansas, Craws for a Cause, Woo at the Zoo and Local Natives highlight the weekend and week to come.

Q&A: The See

It’s just about inarguable: The See are the kings of Little Rock’s current landscape of bands.

Charter schools: who chooses?

In the movie “Lean on Me,” Principal Joe Clark has all the troublemakers and under-performing students gather on the stage and he then kicks them all out of the school. With only the most serious students remaining, he restores his high school to its once proud position. The movie, based on a real life situation, reflects pure fiction. Or does it?

The Observer, April 22

The Observer is not much on campaign rallies and all the attendant posturing and hoorahing and bunting. But we made an exception last Friday for Dwight David Honeycutt’s “Sweet Tea Party” at Juanita’s.

Words, April 22

William Lindsey is concerned about “the tendency to talk about sipping ‘some beers,’ or buying ‘some beers’. To my ears as a native Arkansan, that sounds as strange as addressing a group of folks as ‘you guys’ rather than ‘you all.’

Mother

While I usually hold back my pronouncements about a film until the end of my reviews, I'll go ahead and spoil it for you: If you're a mystery geek — or just enjoy a good story — take a couple hours to check out “Mother."

Mother

While I usually hold back my pronouncements about a film until the end of my reviews, I'll go ahead and spoil it for you: If you're a mystery geek — or just enjoy a good story — take a couple hours to check out “Mother."

This Modern World

Costumed carnival on ice

Minnie and Mickey and Donald and Cinderella and all sorts of other Disney characters skate, theatrically, at Verizon Arena, beginning tonight and continuing through Sunday.

Conway gem

First: Faby's tortillas are handmade from scratch each day. They're as flavorful as a good, savory pie crust, but not so much as to distract from whatever you put in them.

Orval

‘Expressions’ at the Mansion

Joey Skripko, 36, says Birch Tree Communities took him in a year and a half ago when “the world was hard” on him and made him family. Now Skripko has a part-time job, an apartment and is the featured artist in Birch Tree’s “Expressions” annual show.

Obama tax cuts don’t stop critics

Conservative pundits and their followers were shrieking in rage on Tax Day last week, so wrought up they forgot to mention that Americans are paying less in taxes under President Obama than they paid under his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush.

NY Times notes Act 1 ruling

A New York Times editorialist has taken note of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling invalidating the "cruel and heartless" initiated Act 1, aimed primarily at preventing gay people from building families.

Chickens for checkups

Have you read yet about the Republican who hopes to oust Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada and her proposal to barter for health care?

Weekend To-Do: Disney on Ice

DISNEY ON ICE7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $12.75.Arkansas, I gotta tell you, if there's one thing about impending parenthood that scares me, it's the promise of forced attendance at this annual giant-headed costumed carnival on ice.

King of Burgers?

There are many who believe it's far too soon to pass the Russellville burger crown from mainstay Feltner's Whatta-Burger to CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers... and some who say it's already happened.  Whatever choice you make, you can't escape the fact that CJ's is using fresh ground chuck, or that the French fries are still potatoes when you walk in the door.  Then there's the simplicity of a four item menu.  Of course, none of that would matter if it wasn't done well.  More over at Serious Eats:  A Hamburger Today. 

Unions target Lincoln

The AFL-CIO is targeting job sites with anti-Lincoln campaign material, Talking Points Memo reports. Sen. Lincoln's repudiation of card check legislation is the driving issue for labor.

Frost-Nixon and more

A reminder that the Times is sponsoring a pre-theater discussion at 7:15 p.m. tonight before The Rep's 8 p.m. performance of "Frost/Nixon."

Joyce Elliott TV

The 2nd District Democratic candidate hits TV with a nice piece of image advertising.

Don't forget KUAR match

KUAR wraps up its semi-annual begathon tomorrow and Rosi Smith and I will do our usual Friday morning shift.

Movie news round-up: David Green taking on teen fugitive

Airplane thief, Colton Harris Moore. *Been meaning to mention this for a minute: David Gordon Green's new production company, Rough House, recently picked up the rights to a still-in-the-works book based on this pretty engrossing story in Outside about Colton Harris Moore, a 19-year-old fugitive who's eluded every branch of law enforcement working in the northwest part of the country for several years.

Thursday: Local H, Levon Helm in Fayetteville, Robert Earl Keen

Nineties garage pop duo Local H (above)comes to Sticky Fingerz as part of their “Six Angry Records” tour, in which a member of the audience chooses which of their albums will be played in its entirety; Phoenix piano poppers Kinch and intense Little Rock soundscapers Underclaire open, 8:30 p.m., $10.

Robbie Wills: a jobs plan

Is Robbie Wills running for Congress or governor? His "jobs plan" sounds more like something a gubernatorial candidate would propose.

Choosing charter schools

In case you missed it: Paul Hewitt, who teaches education leadership at the University of Arkansas and is a former school superintendent, filled in for me this week on the last week of my vacation.

Cops back Hutchinson

You could do worse politically than vote against anyone the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police endorses.

W does El Do

The former president, George W. Bush, dropped in on El Dorado High School today for "signing day," when some 250 students took advantage of the El Dorado Promise scholarship for college educations.

Ferneau unveils new summer menu

Beginning tonight, Donnie Ferneau's doing ahi tuna nachos, a Caprese salad, buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, rack of lamb on ratatouille and all sorts of other new dishes.Check out the full menu after the jump.Ferneau serves dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

New Farmers' Market in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is celebrating the grand opening of a new 2,355 square-foot Farmers' Market pavilion on Saturday, May 1.

Baker strategery

It's a slow day. So I'll pass along a memo from Alice Stewart, Sen. Gilbert Baker's campaign manager in his Republican race for the U.S. Senate nomination, on Baker's strategy to win.

Over to you

I'll try to check back, but I places to go, including the Rep panel before the show tonight at 7:15 p.m.

Weak ass

I will not give "Kick-Ass" the benefit of controversy. A film this lifeless hasn't earned it, no matter how gory and profane. It boasts not a single original idea, imaginative sequence, or unpredictable outcome.

The Televisionist, April 22

While it might not be everybody's cup of tea, especially if your patience with blonde goofiness runs thin, “The Price of Beauty” can be a good time with the tube.

Bids squelched

Contrary to an announcement last summer, the state contract to provide online services will not be awarded by competitive bidding this year. Instead, the state will negotiate another contract with the same private company that has held the contract — without competitive bids — since the on-line services program began in 1997.

To-do

If the Volcanic Ash Monster deems it worthy and lets these Scotsmen out of his snares, Little Rock will get what's expected to be one of the best shows of the season from Frightened Rabbit. The five-piece plays unabashedly emotional guitar rock, a tense, melodic, masculine take on Morrissey's nervous, disillusioned and blatant sexual frustration.

KUAR pledge time UPDATE

My last-day stint begins shortly. All pledges that mention the Arkansas Blog get a $10 match.

Central scrap

Goof asked on the open line last night what was known about an event at Central High yesterday.

Friday To-Do: Frightened Rabbit

UPDATE: Looks like it's on.FRIGHTENED RABBIT8 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.If the Volcanic Ash Monster deems it worthy and lets these Scotsmen out of his snares (last night's show in Dallas was cancelled; we'll keep you posted), Little Rock will get what's expected to be one of the best shows of the season from Frightened Rabbit.

Whoo boy

For someone who loves Creole and Cajun eats like I do, you might be surprised to find out I just had my first meal at Boudreaux’s Grill and Bar (towards Maumelle but in North Little Rock).

Arkansas: cutting edge?

A new study finds Arkansas is the most competitive state for broadband service. Good? Or is it just because we're poor and have vast tracts of lightly populated territory?

Weekend To-Do: 'Frost - Nixon'

Keith Langsdale as Richard Nixon and Brad Heberlee as David Frost star in the Rep's production of 'Frost/Nixon' 'FROST / NIXON'8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Beebe aide to Delta job

Forgot to mention that Chris Masingill, an aide to Gov. Mike Beebe, has been tabbed by President Obama to be federal co-chair of the Delta Regional Authority.

Block that cliche

How slow a day is it? So slow that Politico is quoting Bill Halter as playing the low-expectations game in advance of tonight's debate with Sen. Blanche Lincoln and a third Democratic candidate, D.C. Morrison.

Pilot faulted in plane crash

A federal review of the crash of plane on takeoff from Gaston's White River Resort about a year ago faults the pilot's poor judgment, Channel 4 reports. The plane was overloaded and the pilot showed poor judgment in attempting the no-flap takeoff, the report said.

The Weekend: Woven Bones, Elise Davis Band, Steve Azar, Josh the Devil, This Holy House, Steve Martin and more

Woven Bones. FRIDAY 4/23Union scores an awesome, very last minute show with lo-fi, Jesus and Mary Chain-weaned Woven Bones from Austin, the power-garage sounds of Magic Hassle and the premiere of Mandy McBryde's new band, featuring local guitarist Ryan Britton and monster drummer Matt Quin, 10 p.m., donations.

Saturday To-Do: Arkansas Earth Day

ARKANSAS EARTH DAY10 a.m., North Shore Riverwalk, North Little Rock. Free.Time to gather together, fans of green-swathed edu-tainment.

ASU employee pleads in mail fraud scheme

The U.S. attorney's office has announced a guilty plea to mail fraud and money laundering charges by Virginia DeMaine, 57, of Jonesboro.

Oscar Stilley to prison

Oscar Stilley -- Fort Smith gadfly, political candidate, alleged lawyer -- was sent to jail today in Tulsa for 15 years for conviction in a federal tax fraud conspiracy.

Fact-checking Lincoln

The Bill Halter campaign provides a pretty thorough takedown of a recent Blanche Lincoln ad smear.

Saturday To-Do: Les Claypool

LES CLAYPOOL8 p.m., The Village. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.That bass god Les Claypool's latest solo album, “Of Fungi and Foe,” draws largely from songs originally written for the soundtrack to a film called “Pig Hunt” (about the legend of a 3,000-pound wild boar named Hogzilla) and those from a Wii game called “Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars” (about radioactive mushroom men come to life) should surprise no one familiar with Claypool's resume.

Weekend To-Do: '4ByFour'

BALLET ARKANSAS PRESENTS ‘4BYFOUR'7 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$25.This weekend, Ballet Arkansas presents their spring concert, “4byFour.” It's four ballets, including “Pressing On,” by nationally celebrated guest choreographer Kiesha Lalama-White, which makes its world premiere.

Saturday To-Do: Craws for a Cause

CRAWS FOR A CAUSE7 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $30 adv., $35 d.o.e.The organizers call this “Arkansas' Largest Crawfish Boil.” I think they're underestimating the extent of this annual Bacchanalian.

Saturday To-Do: Woo at the Zoo

Banana slugs get freaky deaky. WOO AT THE ZOO6 p.m., Little Rock Zoo.

14CV88

Who knew? The Internet unmasks a thoroughly unreconstructed Virginian.

Arizona goes native

The Arizona governor has signed the nation's meanest anti-immigrant law. The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime.

The line is open

Your weather reports, debate notes and anything else are welcome here.

Debate notes

Halter is the brains of the bunch. TV angle emphasizes: he's a shrimp. Lincoln's effective when she departs from programmed responses.

Mudbuggin'

The organizers call Craws for a Cause “Arkansas' Largest Crawfish Boil.” I think they're underestimating the extent of this annual Bacchanalian. It's a celebration of excess, with unlimited crawfish and lakes of beer. (They went through 86 kegs last year.)

Mike in the middle

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee gets a warm quotation from the liberal Think Progress for moderate remarks on Fox about Arizona's new immigrant profiling legislation.

The Lincoln-Halter debate

Brian Chilson grabbed a clip of demonstrators before last night's debate of Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate (above) and debate photo below.

Charter schools and accountability

Interesting report here in New York Times about private control of charter schools, with a focus on one particular operator.

The great debate, Part II

Lincoln v. Halter before APME today and the head-to-head matchup (D.C. Morrison dropped out) was a great deal more exciting.

'True' Grit

Here's a batch of photos (sorry, I screwed up this link Saturday night and didn't catch until Sunday morning) of the conversion of Granger, Texas into a film version of bygone Fort Smith in the remake of "True Grit."

The line is open

File your thoughts here.

Your mileage may vary

I’ve never understood why people in general sometimes settle for sub-par food. I see it over and over again - a somewhat unsettling addition to a particular chain or even an individual restaurant, a place you go because “that’s where we always go.” I have people in my immediate circle of friends who feel this way about McDonald’s and Red Lobster.

Your mileage may vary

I’ve never understood why people in general sometimes settle for sub-par food. I see it over and over again - a somewhat unsettling addition to a particular chain or even an individual restaurant, a place you go because “that’s where we always go.” I have people in my immediate circle of friends who feel this way about McDonald’s and Red Lobster.

Judging Burnett

Since 1994, when he officiated at the trials of Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, Judge David Burnett has had several opportunities to make further rulings in their cases.

Judging Burnett

Since 1994, when he officiated at the trials of Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, Judge David Burnett has had several opportunities to make further rulings in their cases.

Are voters excited?

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels predicts the highest primary voter turnout (in a non-presidential year) in 16 years.

Halter won

Brummett explains why Bill Halter handily won Saturday's debate with Sen. Blanche Lincoln. It's interesting how little attention, relatively, is being given at this point to the eight-man scramble for the Republican nomination.

Sunday thoughts

Too nice a day for much news. I can't help but notice that the Log Cabin Democrat has taken the hyperlocal mantra of today's new journalism to heart.

To-do

Airy vocals with infallible harmonies, California guitar, drums that sound like a pick-up basketball game one second and a Krautrock take on New Orleans second line the next: Local Natives are Animal Collective without the pretension. Or maybe Grizzly Bear with grass stains. Or Vampire Weekend's cousins that passed up Columbia University for state school.

Monday To-Do: Local Natives

LOCAL NATIVES 9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Airy vocals with infallible harmonies, California guitar, drums that sound like a pick-up basketball game one second and a Krautrock take on New Orleans second line the next: it's Animal Collective without the pretension.

Are things looking up?

A mildly optimistic tone in this NY Times article mirrors anecdotal evidence around town -- busier retail shops, upturn in charitable giving, sale of some high-end homes that had long languished -- that things could be getting better.

Will Lincoln Meet the Press?

Brummett blogs on whether Sen. Blanche Lincoln will accept, as Bill Halter has, Meet the Press' invitation for a nationally televised debate May 9.

Review: Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchinson, live somewhere else. Frightened RabbitRevolution, April 23Upon taking the mic on Friday at Revolution, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson told the crowd, "I've got four words for you: Fuck the fucking volcano."

Monday: Chris Denny, Smile Empty Soul, Irish music

Who wants to petition state congress to name Chris Denny the Official Voice of Arkansas?

The Party of No

The Repubs will filibuster financial reform. And you might as well add all Obama nominees.

Holt to the rescue

Jim Holt, Republican candidate for Senate, staged a gimmick news event at the Capitol today (lightly attended as you can see) featuring a flashing light-covered ambulance dubbed the Obamacare Repeal Unit and bearing other messages such as Join the Taxpayer Revolt.

Class action OK in Wal-Mart suit

Big ruling from the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In a 6-5 vote, the court ruled that a massive class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart, covering perhaps well more than1 million employees, can go forward.

Class action OK in Wal-Mart suit

Big ruling from the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In a 6-5 vote, the court ruled that a massive class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart, covering perhaps well more than1 million employees, can go forward.

Lincoln: No Meet the Press

It's not church, but Mom that will keep Sen. Blanche Lincoln from debating Bill Halter on Meet the Press.

The new newspaper math

Steve Womack, Rogers mayor and Republican candidate for 3rd District Congress, boasts in a news release that he received endorsements from four NW Ark. newspapers -- the Benton County Daily Record, the Northwest Arkansas Times, the Morning News of Springdale and the Morning News of Rogers.

Lawsuit promised

Secure Arkansas, the anti-immigrant group that has taken up Obama bashing as an added sideline, says it will announce its lawsuit over the health legislation tomorrow.

Complaint over Wills' reporting

David Boling, a Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, has raised questions about the accuracy and sufficiency of opponent Robbie Wills' campaign finance reporting.

Good grief

This has been a slow day. Take it away.

Market time

Well, it's that time again.  The 36th Annual Little Rock Farmers Market begins its meet at the River Market Pavilion tomorrow morning bright and early.  Many will go and celebrate the opening of garden season.  Others will air their opposition to the market and vendors that they believe are taking advantage of assumptions.

Market time

Well, it's that time again.  The 36th Annual Little Rock Farmers Market begins its meet at the River Market Pavilion tomorrow morning bright and early.  Many will go and celebrate the opening of garden season.  Others will air their opposition to the market and vendors that they believe are taking advantage of assumptions.

‘Not a soul in there’

John Fogleman asked juries to sentence three teens to death. Now voters will judge his career.

Wooldridge: Don't 'protect' gays

A gay liberal blogger notes more evidence of the deep homophobia that characterizes Tim Wooldridge, Democratic candidate for 1st District Congress.

Newspaper message massage

Noted: Article in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today is headlined that the D-G gained subscribers last year in the six months ending March 31 while newspapers nationally were losing readers.

Newspaper message massage

Noted: Article in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today is headlined that the D-G gained subscribers last year in the six months ending March 31 while newspapers nationally were losing readers.

Lincoln a liberal?

John Brummett muses on a statement by Sen. Blanche Lincoln that you could interpret as outreach to liberal voters.

Saline throwdown

Three news websites that cover Saline County issues have banded together to stage debates for Democratic and Republican candidates in three state legislative races covering the county.

LRSD school shakeup

The Little Rock School Board will have a special meeting tonight. Among the agenda items is an administration proposal to "reconstitute" the staff of Forest Heights Middle School.

SUJ, Androids resurrect

They're baaaaaaack How's this for some heavy, awesome news about two heavy, awesome bands: the long disbanded Smoke Up Johnny and the regretfully defunct reconvened Androids of Ex-Lovers are slated to bring it back to the White Water stage on May 22 to celebrate Thick Syrup Records' fourth birthday.

2nd District debate

The big field of Democrats to succeed U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder in the 2nd District congressional seat will assemble for a debate tonight at Philander Smith College.

Yo Gotti to Little Rock on Thursday

After pulling one over on Little Rock on April Fools' Day, Memphis' Yo Gotti brings his raspy Cocaine Musik to On the Rocks this Thursday (yeah, April 29) for this installment of the weekly Thirsty Thursday party.

Alleged killer's trial delayed

Circuit Judge Herb Wright today indefinitely postponed the murder trial of Abdulhakim Muhammad, accused in the Little Rock military center shooting.

Pulaski School District upset

A letter went out to Pulaski County School District teachers today informing them of the end of contracts negotiated by the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers, effective June 30, and the beginning of contracts shaped by a personnel committee.

WWT: now smokefree

Originally slated to change on April 10, but postponed while trying to wangle a building permit from the city, the nicotine den that is White Water Tavern has now officially gone live as a smoke-free establishment after finishing construction their outdoor smokeyard.

Tuesday: Travs, Brian & Nick, Central High Jazz Ensemble with Ted Ludwig

The 7-10 Arkansas Travs hope to repeat last night's win (a 6-5 upset pulled off with three runs in the bottom of the ninth) against the Tulsa Drillers at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12.Brian & Nick entertain for the Cajun's crowd this evening at 5:30 p.m., free until 8:30 p.m.The Central High Jazz Ensemble teams up with local guitar virtuoso Ted Ludwig for a concert at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7:30 p.m., $10, $5 students.J-One Productions hosts an open mic tonight in the River Market district at Prost, 9 p.m.In Hot Springs, Maxine's has music by local guitarist Paul Sammons and Nashville's Shane Tutmarc, 9 p.m.Fayetteville brings brings Sevendust, Nonpoint, Kallused, Day of Fire, Blistercrown and Hail the Villain to George's Majestic Lounge, 9 p.m., $20.

Short and sweet

A union backer of Bill Halter responds concisely to the latest Blanche Lincoln smear ads trying to make something evil of union support of Halter and suggest some quid pro quo.

Sue on, brothers

As promised, Secure Arkansas, the  immigrant-punishment society, filed its suit over federal health care legislation today.

Review: Local Natives - Suckers

Local Natives. The perhaps not-so-disparate music worlds of Brooklyn and Los Angeles were spectacularly united Monday night at Sticky Fingerz.

An ad too slimy for Lincoln supporters?

Interesting item from Jason Tolbert. It's about cancellation of a secretive special interest group's plan to run $200,000 in attack ads against Bill Halter.

Win free tickets to The Rep's 'Frost - Nixon'

Brad Heberlee and Keith Langsdale star in The Rep’s production of ‘Frost / Nixon.’ The Times is hosting a special performance of "Frost / Nixon," next Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., and we've got a bunch of tickets to give away.

Review: 'Frost - Nixon'

Brad Heberlee and Keith Langsdale star in The Rep’s production of ‘Frost / Nixon.’ It’s difficult to consider Richard Nixon beyond caricature.

Dragoon out today

Max Recordings stretches beyond its typical Arkansas purview with a release today from Memphis' Dragoon's debut.

The Party of No, cont.

Another day of filibuster as Senate Republicans continue to protect the barons of Wall Street.

Coens find Fort Smith in Texas

From zube2 Flickr set. Because Fort Smith of the 19th century does not look anything like Fort Smith of today -- and probably for a lot of other reasons -- the Coen brothers are remaking Fort Smith in Granger, Texas, a town of 1,400 located in the central part of the state.From a great article in the Temple Daily Telegram: Construction crews busily hammering, nailing and painting up and down the main drag have enhanced facades and built movie sets.

The line is open

Take it away.

Wing ding

This has been floating around all day, but DBI wonders if he should be out of sorts because the Sebastian County jail administrator had found a way to pacify prisoners and raise a little revenue by offering inmates a chance to pay $5 three times a week for some special jail chow by Aramark, such as a meatball sub or chicken wings.

The great bailout

Gilbert Baker has decided No Bailouts is his ticket to victory in the GOP Senate primary and he'll begin a bus tour tomorrow to deliver the message.

Wills in the crosshairs

House Speaker Robbie Wills' de facto designation as front-runner for the Democratic nomination for 2nd District Congress was apparent in the debate last night as he came in for negative attention from several opponents.

Bird watcher alert

SEARCHING: For the ivory-billed woodpecker. (Cornell U.)

For the defense: Laura Bush

The former president's wife hits the bookstores with a spirited defense of her husband. The lead news is that, for the first time, she gives a detailed account of the fatal accident for which she was responsible as a teenager.

Krazy good

I've been working on this project (yeah, you'll find out about it soon enough), and part of this project involves me coming up with all the restaurants I've visited in the past few years.  While getting my stuff together, I discovered I'd never shared with you anything about Krazy Mike's.

Krazy good

I've been working on this project (yeah, you'll find out about it soon enough), and part of this project involves me coming up with all the restaurants I've visited in the past few years.  While getting my stuff together, I discovered I'd never shared with you anything about Krazy Mike's.

Special justice

Gubernatorial appointments today include three special Supreme Court justices to replace disqualified justices on a couple of important pending cases.

Rock Candy 500!!

Barely more than a week away: On Thursday, May 6, the second annual Rock Candy 500 pinewood derby returns to the River Market Pavilion.

Lincoln: All good to Chamber

How bad does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want Sen. Blanche Lincoln to defeat Bill Halter?

Double-edged endorsements

House Speaker Robbie Wills, Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, rolled out a list of endorsements today.

Party of No, cont.

Republicans have stood up for their pals on Wall Street again by a third filibuster of financial reform legislation.

Power to the states?

Ever read Charles Pierce? The Esquire columnist is funny.

Wednesday: 'Celtic Woman,' Rally for One, Ted Ludwig Trio

Celtic Woman, a five-piece vocal group from Ireland that found fame with a number of PBS specials performs their "Songs From the Heart" show for an AETN fundraiser at Robinson Center Music Hall tonight, 7:30 p.m., $40-$150.The wide-ranging Dave Williams & Co hits Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

Oldie but goodie for Lincoln

New Lincoln ad spooks the oldsters on what Bill Halter, a former top Social Security Administration official, would do to their Social Security benefits.

Stonewall Democrats speak

The Stonewall Democrats have something to say about Democratic congressional candidate Tim Wooldridge's support for legal discrimination in the workplace against gay people.

Dirksmeyer murder case

Fox 16 says the defense rested today in the Nona Dirksmeyer murder case after testimony intended to point the finger at the Russellville beauty queen's boyfriend, acquitted previously in the death.

How Democratic of them

Senate Republicans relent. They'll allow financial reform legislation go to the floor for a vote.

Why even hold an election?

If new Rasmussen Reports polling is even close to right, any jackleg Republican you can name beats either Sen. Blanche Lincoln or Bill Halter by 10 to 20 points, with Halter only marginally better than Lincoln.

LRSD and the charter school talks

Little Rock School Board member Baker Kurrus last week circulated an opinion critical of School District attorney Chris Heller's first proposal to settle a dispute with the state over open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County.

Realtors endorse

The Arkansas Realtors Association has endorsed L.J. Bryant in the Democratic primary race for state land commissioner.
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