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April 26, 2007

Vol 5 • No 15

Arkansas Ink

For all the arguably beautiful things it can do in the right hands, a tattoo gun makes the ugliest sound in the world — a high, beehive drone that sounds something like fine shot rattling in a beer can. What it does when it touches your skin isn’t much prettier: a cluster of needles puncturing the dermis up to 80 times a second, each point driving a molecule of pigment down deep enough that the color will never flake or shed. Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve got to respect the hidden truth behind every tattoo: That change requires suffering. That nothing that stays comes easy.

Your assignment tonight -- CORRECTION

Fox News last night seemed to be spending the evening ignoring the coverup in the Pat Tillman death; ignoring the investigation of Karl Rove; ignoring the carnage in Iraq, etc. But we caught O'Reilly focusing on something very important -- what a bad guy Bill Moyers is. This was in preparation for the airing tonight of what everybody says is a blockbuster, the "Bill Moyers Journal"  that illustrates how the media went in the tank for George W. Bush's dishonest march to the disastrous war in Iraq.

The Walton stock

Wal-Mart issued a short news release yesterday saying that most of the late Helen Walton's Wal-Mart stock (an 8 percent stake in the company worth some $16 billion) would eventually be given toa family charitable foundation.

No more Mr. Nice Guy -- UPDATE

Sen. Mark Pryor had his meeting today with Attorney General Al Bu Ghraib "The Torturer" Gonzales.

War is hell

Thanks to the Huffington Post for this, with film -- Laura Bush on NBC today: Laura Bush appeared on the Today Show this morning in a one-on-one interview with Ann Curry.

Happy 50th

I hear a New York Times reporter, Adam Nossiter, has been working on a story about the current Little Rock School District turmoil.  Fifty years after the crisis and the community is still split along racial lines.

Hot off the fax

The UA issued a statement responding to the lawsuit filed yesterday against the UA president and UAF chancellor alleging they hadn't adequately investigated Hog fan Teresa Prewett's sneering e-mails to quarterback Mitch Mustain and coach Houston Nutt's role:

Caution: Tattoo removal in progress

This week's cover story  is about the booming tattoo business and it includes a sidebar on a UAMS doctor who specializes in tattoo removal.

House votes on Iraq

It votes money for the troops, but orders a pullout to begin in fall. Bush veto is expected.

Was it worker quality after all?

When Toyota announced it would build sports utility vehicles in Tupelo, Miss., rather than Marion in the Arkansas Delta, certain courtesies apparently were honored. Company officials told Arkansas officials they’d developed late concerns about air qu

What's cooking-Capsule reviews, April 26

What's cooking: Valentine's and Salty Parrot on the northshore. Capsule reviews: Hot Springs Brau Haus, Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales.

Mickelson goes by the numbers

It's all in the short game, Phil Mickelson says s at Alotian.

Arkansas Ink

For all the arguably beautiful things it can do in the right hands, a tattoo gun makes the ugliest sound in the world - a high, beehive drone that sounds something like fine shot rattling in a beer can. What it does when it touches your skin isn't much prettier: a cluster of needles puncturing the dermis up to 80 times a second, each point driving a molecule of pigment down deep enough that the color will never flake or shed. Love 'em or hate 'em, you've got to respect the hidden truth behind every tattoo: That change requires suffering. That nothing that stays comes easy.

Orval

Lots of ‘Love’

the UALR Theatre Arts and Dance Department’s production of “Big Love” premiered April 19 to a nearly-filled house.

River City salute

Voices of the talented River Citiy Men's Chorus ring true in 'Americana.'

Words

We're just si-fogging around.

Toward theocracy

Offensive though he is, Don Imus’ insults to women are slight compared to those of the United States Supreme Court, and the justices are harder to get rid of. Imus lost his job for disparaging young black women who play basketball. A five-member majo

Editorial cartoon

Twisters open at home

After a 2-1 start, including a “two-fer” sweep in Texas the past two weeks, the Arkansas Twisters Arena Football 2 League team plays its first home game of the season in Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 28, against Corpus Christi.

Smart Talk

This week: Fat and the candidate; lacrosse lands in Arkansas; Crystal Bridges takes shape.

Hopkins holds ‘Fracture’ together

You’ve gotta love Anthony Hopkins. Pushing 70, he’s still able to put all the up-and-coming pretenders to the freak-throne of Hannibal Lecter to shame. Even

University autos

Back in 2005, there was disagreement between the state Department of Finance and Administration and universities about vehicles provided by auto dealers to university employees. The gist of DFA’s argument was that said vehicles could no longer display dea

Exhibit A

Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen stands accused of ethical violations by the state Judicial Discipline Commission for, among other things, this guest column that first appeared Oct. 26 in the Arkansas Times. I reprint it to illustrate the

Hot gas

Better keep your eye on Hot Springs attorney Connie Meskimen. He’s a card — not to mention something of a minor Internet celebrity. In recent days, several readers have noted Meskimen’s April 16 letter-to-the-editor in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Observer

The Observer’s yearly pet project, Pub or Perish, went off with nary a hitch last weekend during the Arkansas Literary Festival. Going on four years now, The Observer has hosted PoP, a liquored-up reading series featuring poets and fiction writers both kn

Rod in the round

Rod Stewart will present his show "in the round" at Altell on Friday.

Handmade and gripping

What’s a pot got that a painting hasn’t? Heft and usefulness. If its glaze is poured color, it’s also an abstract work you can hold in your hand.

This Modern World

Fill your hand

Some of you might remember Rev. Huckaboo or Huckabunch, Huckasomething besides Huckafundraiser, who used to be governor and now is in full Republican pursuit of the presidency. Huckacontributions in the presidential scramble so far have been of the h

The week that was April 16-22

It was a good week for … UNIONS. By a 60-40 margin, registered nurses at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center said they continued to want a union to represent them in bargaining.

Absolute corruption

Lord Acton is having a long run of vindication. He is the one who wrote to a clergyman friend that power corrupts and absolute power, et cetera. Last year, the voters ended Republican control of Congress in good measure because they had a sense that

Feeling the sting

I usually avoid public appearances, but last weekend during the Arkansas Literary Festival, I found myself on a panel, discussing what the role of the media should be in covering online predator stings.

They're on a roll, in fishnet

Many friends cringe when I mention my secret shame of roller derby infatuation. The sport’s close association with ’70s wrestling leaves them believing it’s nothing more than a stage show that’s at best undignified and at worst trashy. The attraction for

Conduit brings a ‘Chill’ to Rev Room

Local rap collective Conduit celebrates the release of its latest compilation album, “Theme Muzik,” with an expanded version of its regular concert series “The Chill” at the Revolution Music Room on Friday.

Taketh away

Though you can’t see it, the invisible beam of laser light hitting Jodi Taylor’s skin a couple of times a second is audible enough: a sharp, sparkplug ZAP! that sounds like the repeat of a miniature Buck Rogers disintegrator pistol. The result is almost a

Toyota and Arkansas

John Brummett provides another important reflection on decisions by Toyota against expanding in East Arkansas.

A student athlete

If you want a feel-good moment, check out Harry King's column on former Hog basketball player Dean Tolson, about to receive a master's degree at UA after finishing his athletic career years ago with a transcript full of Fs and, by his testimony, illiterate.

Free speech

Sounds like the right wing of the U.S. Supreme Court is about to engage in a little judicial activism when it comes to congressional efforts to control campaign spending and curb corporate influence on elections.

E-mailgate considered

That illegal exaction suit because UAF Chancellor John White didn't adequately investigate the Teresa Prewett e-mail?

E-mailgate considered

That illegal exaction suit because UAF Chancellor John White didn't adequately investigate the Teresa Prewett e-mail?

Hendrix eyes the gridiron

Forget ASU v. UA. Hendrix College is talking about taking up football again.

Hendrix eyes the gridiron

Forget ASU v. UA. Hendrix College is talking about taking up football again.

Tom Tomorrow remembers yesterday

Tom Tomorrow, whose This Modern World appears weekly in the Times, has assembled a great retrospective of smug comments four years ago by right-wing commentators on the glorious Iraq victory.

Rap alert

Cowboy Troy, a country rapper who tours with Big and Rich, will perform free at 12:45 p.m. today outside the Alltel Wireless store in Lakewood Village.

Racial dialogue

Everybody's talking about racial divisions, but is anybody doing anything about it? The Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission proposes to do so, in sponsorship with the Nehemiah Group of evangelical churches.

Speaking of division

The Little Rock School Board meets tonight. Board president Katherine Mitchell says the board will go into closed session to review a letter prepared by lawyers listing reasons why a four-member majority of the board believes Superintendent Roy Brooks should be fired.

Speaking of division

The Little Rock School Board meets tonight. Board president Katherine Mitchell says the board will go into closed session to review a letter prepared by lawyers listing reasons why a four-member majority of the board believes Superintendent Roy Brooks should be fired.

Packing heat -- UPDATE II

Mike Huckabee's son, David, 26, was arrested at the Little Rock National Airport about 5:30 a.m. this morning for having a handgun in carry-on luggage while preparing to board a plane.

Packing heat -- UPDATE II

Mike Huckabee's son, David, 26, was arrested at the Little Rock National Airport about 5:30 a.m. this morning for having a handgun in carry-on luggage while preparing to board a plane.

Bertrand who????

So Little Rock, apparently another Kaufman-Hart Prize Winning new COMEDY , Bertrand Priest is up and running at the REP, see the Times story on it, and audiences are not very forthcoming.  Running well under normal ticket sales, one has to wonder where all the "theater" folk are when local theaters aren't doing stale productions of Annie, A Christmas Carol or Our Town.  Your children don't need to be in a show for you to go see it, be an adult, go out without them once in awhile.  For the love of all that is live entertainment, get off your butt and go see something that doesn't have "extended scenes" or "director's commentary".  I can understand Bible belters getting offended during a sex scene in Angels in America or something, but they do realize it's a play right?  There's obviously somekind of artistic expression or bigger message to it, it's not...

Slam dunk

It is a sad day for Bruce Burrow, NLR Mayor Pat Hays, Rogers wheeler-dealers, the Arkansas Municipal League and others greedily hoping to take school taxes for private development schemes.

Slam dunk

It is a sad day for Bruce Burrow, NLR Mayor Pat Hays, Rogers wheeler-dealers, the Arkansas Municipal League and others greedily hoping to take school taxes for private development schemes.

Panic set for the amphitheater July 10

The annoucement came out of Alltel Arena's marketing office that Widespread Panic is returning to the city: to the Riverfest Amphitheater on July 10.

Tonight!

Tonight! Let's get cosmopolitan.

Or...

...for those more inclined to let the radio keep them company tonight, Thick Syrup records is taking over "The Plague," the long-running KABF (88.3) mixed-genre that's recently moved from Wednesdays 10-12 to Thursdays at the same time.

The Lakeview masters are pleased

Special Masters David Newbern and Bradley Jesson, appointed to report to the Arkansas Supreme Court, have filed a final report summarizing the work of the legislature in complying with the Lake View decision ordering equal and adequte education in the state.

Open line and school forum

As I mentioned, I have to be out of pocket tonight. All''s fair in love and blogging.

She put me on child support !

I love that expression "she put me on chidl support" what I normally hear is "I don't want to put him on child support."

Wal-Mart weirdness

We agee with Roby Brock of Talk Business, who says this Wal-Mart statement defending CEO Lee Scott's pay is one of the weirdest yet.

The Freedom of Information Act isn't free - but it's close

Free Freedom of Information AdviceI think the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is great. So do most people, except maybe.....Mike Huckabee and lawyers at the U of A. The FOI is simple, citizen friendly, and surprisingly effective.

Following the Huckabee for Vice President or a Cabinet Position 2008 Fiasco

You know your pitiful excuse for a presidential bid is in deep trouble when:April 20: You make stupid comments that advocate college students carrying concealed loaded weapons on campus as a method of preventing mass murder.  April 25: Your son tries to sneak a loaded gun onto a commercial airline.

Nothing to hiss at

Interviewing most snakes might be difficult, but Athena, a six-foot female boa constrictor from Conway who appears in "Bertrand Priest," is an exception.

Crossing over

Classic country rock ’n’ roll group Cross Canadian Ragweed is back in town tonight (April 26).

The red, white and green

The River Market again has two Italian options for lunching, now that Scapetto’s has joined Layla’s Pizzeria in the hall. We tried both.

Recycling hits plateau

We don’t all drive hybrid cars or ride bikes or take public transportation, but there is one positive environmental step that much of the public participates in: Recycling.

Late-night LRSD developments

I should have stayed up all night. One reader kept watch and noted the Little Rock School Board's 4-3 decision late last night to suspend Superintendent Roy Brooks (shown here with Board member Baker Kurrus at an earlier board meeting).

Late-night LRSD developments

I should have stayed up all night. One reader kept watch and noted the Little Rock School Board's 4-3 decision late last night to suspend Superintendent Roy Brooks (shown here with Board member Baker Kurrus at an earlier board meeting).

The color of justice -- UPDATE

More news with a racial element. Here's Stephens Media, quoting Republican Rep. John Boozman as saying he won't limit his search for a replacement for the late federal Judge George Howard to black candidates.

The color of justice -- UPDATE

More news with a racial element. Here's Stephens Media, quoting Republican Rep. John Boozman as saying he won't limit his search for a replacement for the late federal Judge George Howard to black candidates.

Democrats debate

NY Times says none of the Democratic presidential candidates distinguished himself or herself in the debate last night.

TIF tiff

The Morning News has a good roundup from the Northwest Arkansas perspective on yestereday's Supreme Court ruling that outlawed capture of the required 25 mills of local property tax support for schools for Tax Increment Finance redevelopment districts.

Shameless self-promotion

The Times lifestyle editor, Jim Harris (soon to depart for Arkansas Business), joins Pat Lynch at 10 a.m. today to talk about Houston Nutt, Riverfest, the new sports publication he'll edit and all that jazz.

What, no Starbucks?

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he's adding Wi-Fi and an updated visitor's center to the Capitol rotunda.

For your viewing pleasure

David Sanders, Bill Vickery and Jason Willett all on the same TV show? Who needs American Idol?

For your viewing pleasure

David Sanders, Bill Vickery and Jason Willett all on the same TV show? Who needs American Idol?

Aggregated Awesomeness: The filling the dark void in my heart edition

Still mourning the end of "Sunglasses After Dark," so I've been a-trollin' the interweb this morning in search for some of that Oleo Magneto weirdness.

Lineup change for Acoustic Sounds tonight

Alan Rhody, schedules as the headliner for tonight's show at Acoustic Sounds Cafe, encountered transportation problems and won't make it.

Gala set for Weekend Theater on Saturday

Word we're getting is that Blake Rutherford over at StoneWard is portraying Bush in one of the skits planned for the Weekend Theater's gala on Saturday night, and Blake as Georgie will be a hoot.

Kings of Leon on Leno tonight

Set your VCR, if you're going to be out tonight, for 11:28 or thereabouts so you can catch Kings of Leon, one of our favorite bands, on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Let the sun shine in

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued his opinion on what information from the state employee computerized database should be released to the Associated Press.

More To-Do

Friday:All those folks on the poster above plus more, I hear, play the second of three CD release parties for the new Thick Syrup Records "Arkansas Compilation."

The fix was in -- UPDATE

Now both Rep. John Boozman and Bud Cummins are saying they warned the White House well in advance that the stench of the U.S. attorney purge would be hard to deodorize.

The fix was in -- UPDATE

Now both Rep. John Boozman and Bud Cummins are saying they warned the White House well in advance that the stench of the U.S. attorney purge would be hard to deodorize.

It's late but

If anyone is still up, here's an open line.

The religion gene

If there be one, it seems to have beeen in short supply in a huge crowd that gathered for best-selling author Richard Dawkins, the best-selling Oxford professor and happy atheist/evolutionst, who gave a challenging and entertaining talk in Little Rock Thursday.

Where women rule

Imagine such a place. Why, it could even be a tourist attraction. 

He wears it well

Rod Stewart, at 62, still entertains. Here's Brian Chilson's shot from Stewart's Alltel show Friday night.

'Rural Arkansas' and Wal-Mart

I just happened to stumble on this passage from the transcript of the Democratic presidential debate last week: MR. WILLIAMS: Senator Clinton, overall, is Wal-Mart a good thing or a bad thing for the United States of America?

No sex, please, I'm a Bushie

It's a dirty business, but since I didn't spot this in the morning paper, I'm dutybound to share news of the resignation of a high Bush administration official for his dealings with a high-price prostitution ring in Washington.

Duggar update

Thanks to Prouster for a link overnight to news a couple of months old now, but new to me and I'm guessing several others.

School buzz

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone about a letter that supposedly went out this week to some select LR school district administrators.

School buzz

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone about a letter that supposedly went out this week to some select LR school district administrators.

I bet you don't get a mint on your pillow though

For $82 a Day, Booking a Cell in a 5-Star JailNew York Times, April 20, 2007ANA, Calif., April 25 — Anyone convicted of a crime knows a debt to society often must be paid in jail.

How to get a job in the Bush White House

I love me some Bill Maher.....

The Baptist endorsement

Richard Land, a big political stick in Washington for the Southern Baptist Convention, chatted with the Wall Street Journal for an article today on his take on the Republican candidates.

Cause for hope

While many of you were taking advantage of a splendid Saturday, I'm happy to report that the students of Parkview High's state championship Quiz Bowl team, supported by teachers, parents and volunteers, put on a benefit Quiz Bowl tournament for middle schools today at Parkview.

"Shotgun Stories" premieres at Tribeca

"Shotgun Stories," the debut feature film from Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, made it's North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last night (it premiered internationally at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival last month).

LR movie news

Movie fans will want to motor over to our Little Rocking blog, where Lindsey Millar reports on the warm New York welcome for Little Rock independent filmmaker Jeff Nichols' "Shotgun Stories," which made its North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The school bomb

That Little Rock school bombshell? Here it is, though not supplied by any of the four-member Board majority, none of whom has responded to my telephone calls or e-mails.

The school bomb

That Little Rock school bombshell? Here it is, though not supplied by any of the four-member Board majority, none of whom has responded to my telephone calls or e-mails.

Bully boys

I just heard from Garrick Feldman, the crusading newspaper editor out in Jacksonville. He provides a little insight into the U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock under the leadership of Karl Rove's boy Tim Griffin.

Open line

there's probably enough to chew on, but ....

No wimp

Brummett makes the case, referring to Sen. Mark Pryor, that moderation does not equal wimpishness.

In the classroom

The NY Times has sponsored an essay contest to win a reporting trip to Africa with Nick Kristof.

Lower the drinking age

That's the provocative topic of a brownbag lunch at the Clinton School at noon Monday.

The D.C. madam

Since the Democrat-Gazette seems to find little news in this story, we serve by providing a link to the Washington Post's profile of the D.C. madam.

Perusing the documents

U.S. attorneygate has offered up another batch of documents to peruse and Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo website is leading the way in analysis.

Corporate citizenship

Murphy Oil keeps on giving to El Dorado. Not long after its huge scholarship program for El Dorado High School graduates, it announced last night a $5 million gift to build a new community center at South Arkanas Community College.

Corporate citizenship

Murphy Oil keeps on giving to El Dorado. Not long after its huge scholarship program for El Dorado High School graduates, it announced last night a $5 million gift to build a new community center at South Arkanas Community College.

LRSD 'scandal'

Channel 7's report on the LR School District turmoil headlined it a "scandal." That's a stretch.

LRSD 'scandal'

Channel 7's report on the LR School District turmoil headlined it a "scandal." That's a stretch.

Arkansania

Arkansas history-nerd/action fans, your time is almost upon us!Dean Cain's dad directed a movie that's apparently soon to be released about the Fancher party, the group of Arkansans, who, en route to emigrate to California, were slaughtered in the Utah Territory in 1857 by Paiutes and Mormons dressed as Native Americans.

UAMS ranked in top 10 for family doctors

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine has been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) as one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation for producing family practice doctors.

Cause of action

Uh oh. Channel 4 report on the LR school turmoil quotes Board member Michael Daugherty as saying he spoke briefly with Board president Katherine Mitchell about her letter to select administrators warning them of possible job changes.

Cause of action

Uh oh. Channel 4 report on the LR school turmoil quotes Board member Michael Daugherty as saying he spoke briefly with Board president Katherine Mitchell about her letter to select administrators warning them of possible job changes.

Deja vu all over again

Yes, that's the legislature back in town. Supposedly for a little cleanup today and tomorrow, primarily to enable a little pork that wasn't carefully crafted enough to pass gubernatorial muster the last go-round.

Bush doctrine

Brummett beholds the Bush administration. It's disastrously interventionist when it comes to foreign policy.

Lawsuit threat brings job backlash

Stop the presses. We have kind words to offer for Tim Griffin, interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Wounded Knee to film

The late Dee Brown's masterwork, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," is going to get a film treatment on HBO.

Bye bye Rodham

Says here that Hillary! will henceforth be Hillary Clinton, not Hillary Rodham Clinton, for presidential campaign purposes.

Bye bye Rodham

Says here that Hillary! will henceforth be Hillary Clinton, not Hillary Rodham Clinton, for presidential campaign purposes.

Brooks puts LR back in federal court

Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks has sued School Board President Katherine Mitchell for her letter to nine administrators last week saying they might not have jobs next year.

Brooks puts LR back in federal court

Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks has sued School Board President Katherine Mitchell for her letter to nine administrators last week saying they might not have jobs next year.

Will this appear in Ark. Dem-Gaz?

From NY Times: Gov. Jon S. Corzine apologized to New Jersey residents Monday as he left the hospital 18 days after a devastating car crash in which he was not wearing a seat belt and was riding in a car traveling at more than 91 miles an hour on the Garden State Parkway.

The Estate Sale of the Century

Just returned from what I heard at least a dozen people describe as the estate sale to end all estate sales in Arkansas.

Capitol shell game

The faux legislative session is making the expected quick work of meeting to put a sheen of legality on some pork projects that were too obviously unconstitutional the first go-round.

Press-politician relationships

John Brummett joins those who think the White House press dinner compromises the press (the NY Times has decided to no longer participate) and brings the point home with a local example.

Today's school headline

Silly me. I thought it was safe to stop checking the computer about 8 p.m.

Unhappy anniversary

A report in the NY Times on a rise in terrorist attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan seems a fitting way to mark the fourth anniversary of Bush's carrier strut.

School update -- UPDATE IIII

The Little Rock School Board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Of course Board members Mitchell and Daugherty should have school district-paid lawyers to represent them over actions they took as board members.

School update -- UPDATE IIII

The Little Rock School Board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Of course Board members Mitchell and Daugherty should have school district-paid lawyers to represent them over actions they took as board members.

Saving the Music

A reason to holler: One of the best non-profits around just made a big contribution to music education in Little Rock.

On a lighter note

Blog news. Little Rocking, our entertainment/culture blog portal, is being rebranded under the new leadership of Lindsey Millar, as Rock Candy.

On a lighter note

Blog news. Little Rocking, our entertainment/culture blog portal, is being rebranded under the new leadership of Lindsey Millar, as Rock Candy.

Sine die -- CORRECTION

The legislature went home, having polished up the last few bits of pork for more constitutional digestion.

Mixtape Meltdown

Four months after the RIAA decided to take a break from prosecuting college kids to criminalize mixtapes, it looks like, at least on a national level, there seems to be a movement away from $5-a-pop physical tapes (which confusingly have been CDs for years) to online-only free mixtapes available on rappers' myspace pages or on sites like mixtapetorrent.com.

Miss Justice

In last week's Media column, Arkansas Times reporter David Koon weighed  in on the thorny issue of whether members of the news media should  participate in online predator stings set up by the police.

Miss Justice

In last week's Media column, Arkansas Times reporter David Koon weighed  in on the thorny issue of whether members of the news media should  participate in online predator stings set up by the police.

Tonight's School Board meeting

The Little Rock School Board met and finished in less than an hour, despite multi-pronged threats from Superintendent Roy Brooks' attorney to discourage the meeting.

Tonight's School Board meeting

The Little Rock School Board met and finished in less than an hour, despite multi-pronged threats from Superintendent Roy Brooks' attorney to discourage the meeting.

Short and tense

That's about all there is to say about the Little Rock School Board's emergency meeting, which was held in spite of objections by Superintendent Roy Brooks' attorneys.The meeting lasted 40 minutes; board members first argued about whether the meeting was legal and permissible under board policy (yes on the legal question, according to the district's attorneys).Then came a discussion of whether to hire a separate attorney to represent the board in the suspension and termination proceedings against Brooks.

Short and tense

That's about all there is to say about the Little Rock School Board's emergency meeting, which was held in spite of objections by Superintendent Roy Brooks' attorneys.The meeting lasted 40 minutes; board members first argued about whether the meeting was legal and permissible under board policy (yes on the legal question, according to the district's attorneys).Then came a discussion of whether to hire a separate attorney to represent the board in the suspension and termination proceedings against Brooks.

The Complete Freedom of Information Act

Just for the sake of being thorough -- here is the entire Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.    >> Chapter 19.

Overlooked

I know better. I know more people are interested in the Lonoke cop, sex and drugs case than Roy Brooks' future.

Overlooked

I know better. I know more people are interested in the Lonoke cop, sex and drugs case than Roy Brooks' future.

Reporters, politicians, aging wine

The mainstream media, losing ground daily to the Internet’s hyperactive blogosphere, where anything goes, are having an especially bad time lately. It’s pretty much deserved. Bill Moyers, who has become Michael Moore in a suit, unveiled another of hi

Annals of hackery

When a Republican is in a position to put a former Huckabee aide moved aside by Gov. Mike Beebe in a featherbed Senate job meant to enable dubious pork spending (and when an honest Republican is the main roadblock), you can conclude that party labels are essentially meaningless in Arkansas.

Inside the Beltway

Gov. Mike Beebe says he wants to have an Arkansas office in Washington, but much smaller than the operations Mike Huckabee had there.

Welch on the job -- UPDATE

North Little Rock lawyer Chip Welch, hired last night by the Little Rock School Board as its representative in proceedings on the suspension and firing of Superintendent Roy Brooks, is already hard at work.

The money rolls in

The April state tax report indicates the good times are still rolling. These figures, of course, don't reflect recent legislative tax cuts.

Huckabee's debate prep

Mike Huckabee says he's prepping for the MSNBC Republican debate tomorrow and also mentions that he's plunked down $25,000 to be on the ballot in South Carolina.

Son Volt at the Rev Room

Laconic alt-country hero Jay Farrar brings his band Son Volt to the Rev Room tonight for its just about annual appearance in town.

Back to attorneygate -- UPDATE II

Thanks to Rosso for lifting me from the school district muck and pointing me to another Talking Points Memo dispatch on documents in the great U.S. attorney purge.

HOW TO (NOT) TO FIRE YOUR SUPERINTENDENT 101:

HOW TO (NOT) To FIRE YOUR SUPERINTENDENT 101:Today's lesson is how to (not) to fire your school superintendent.

Brooks charges-response

LR School Superintendent Roy Brooks has released the letter from the School Board citing reasons in support of the 4-3 vote to fire him.

Yesterday's News: Release Day Round-Up

In stores today yesterday:Ne-Yo, the Camden-born R&B crooner (who moved to Vegas when he was a little kid) released "Because of You," his sophomore album.

BREAKING: RimRockers are headed out

Central Arkansas's NBA Development League basketball team, the Arkansas RimRockers, appear headed to LaCrosse, Wis. A story today in the LaCrosse Tribune said that RimRockers owner Larry Crain, the Searcy car mogul, was venturing to the Wisconsin city this week to negotiate a sale of the club, which plays its home games at North Little Rock's Alltel Arena.

Cheesehead alert

Jim Harris, heading off to a new journalism venture at Arkansas Business, was good until the last drop.

Don Tyson has surgery

Thanks to Roby Brock for a tip on Morning News story about Don Tyson undergoing surgery for removal of a tumor on his liver.
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