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April 27, 2006

Vol 4 • No 15

Following up from yesterday

Regarding yesterday's final two blog items: 1.) Fox News anchor Tony Snow was indeed named White House press secretary this morning.

Who pays the estate tax anyway?

A new report shows that 18 families, including the Waltons, are financing the campaign to repeal the estate tax.

Who pays the estate tax anyway?

A new report shows that 18 families, including the Waltons, are financing the campaign to repeal the estate tax.

Lagrone blames Daniels for failed machines

Per our blog report yesterday on anticipated problems with electronic voting machines in Pulaski County and other counties throughout the state, Republican secretary of state candidate Jim Lagrone says in a press release that the blame rests with the current secretary of state, Charlie Daniels.

Peace now

Cindy Sheehan will bring her protest against the war in Iraq to Arkansas in May. She'll speak at 7 p.m.

Dillard's race-based pricing

Court TV has details on Dillard's response to a federal lawsuit complaining about higher prices charged black customers in the department store chain's hair salon in Montgomery, Ala.

State tax sale voided

The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed Arkansas courts and held that the state hadn't done enough to notify a property owner before selling his Little Rock house for nonpayment of -property taxes.

The day in campaigns

Besides what we already have highlighted today, other campaign developments include: * Democratic attorney general candidate Dustin McDaniel unveiled a three-point plan to combat rising gas prices that consists of investigating oil companies that raise prices more than two times in one day, investing in bio-fuel development (specifically requiring the use of two percent bio-diesel in every gallon of diesel) and strict enforcement of the state’s price gouging laws.

Football at Alltel

The Arkansas Twisters, off to a 3-1 start, are finally home again after two weeks on the road, playing host to Tennessee Valley from Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday at Alltel Arena.

Literary highlights

Our third author session of the day, and our third standing-room-only crowd. It was late afternoon on Saturday, the second day of the third annual Arkansas Literary Festival, and the Darragh Center at the Main Library was beyond full ...

Guys just wanna have fun!

“Am I gay? Darlin’, I’m 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and am a 23-year law enforcement veteran!” But on special occasions, Officer Sam Smith adores putting on party dresses, high heels, makeup, a shiny wig, and being called “Rebecca.”

The Duggar plan

Stephens Media covers an appearance by Senate candidates Jim Bob Duggar and Bill Pritchard. Lordy.

Silence of the senators

Sens. Pryor and Lincoln tell Stephens Media that they won't be getting involved in any call for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation.

The governor's office goes silent

It's official. Gov. Mike Huckabee is refusing to provide routine media services to the Arkansas Times.

The governor's office goes silent

It's official. Gov. Mike Huckabee is refusing to provide routine media services to the Arkansas Times.

Air America arrives in Arkansas

Air America radio will begin broadcasting in Central Arkansas on Monday with appearances by former president Bill Clinton and retired general Wesley Clark.

To do Thursday: Cajun bash, Russian dance

As they say a little south of us, "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!" Our friends at CARTI are having their second annual good times benefit bash on the Arkansas River, the Ragin' Cajun Bash from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the River Market Pavilions.

And you think LR is dangerous?

We're not sure this is the best way to respond to a sudden upsurge in LR's homicide rate, but this just in from the LR Police Department:

Asa floats a school agenda

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson delivered a "school reform" plan today. Not much new.

National eyes on Huck's action against us

The most-read blog on the Internet, Daily Kos, focuses on Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to cut the Arkansas Times off its press release list:

National eyes on Huck's action against us

The most-read blog on the Internet, Daily Kos, focuses on Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to cut the Arkansas Times off its press release list:

Hathorn v. Halter

Mike Hathorn, one of four Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, has followed through as promised and filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against opponent Bill Halter (not coincidentally the best-funded candidate in the race and not coincidentally making strong inroads in polling on account of his heavy TV buys.)

Ronnie Brewer's announcement at 5 p.m. on KARK

The smart money says the younger Brewer, current star of the basketball Hogs, will announce that he's entering the NBA Draft but not retaining an agent, leaving room for him to withdraw before draft day this summer if he doesn't like the expected position.

Roger Waters is heading out, but no Arkansas date

Perhaps that's not a surprise. The former Pink Floyd ringleader -- or "creative genius" as his website describes it -- has a short tour schedule, as it shows here.

AmyB's Gettin' Out: Thursday

And you're not gettin' out unless you're gettin' out where AmyB's gettin' out: Major label rapper Slim Thug is at Bada Bing bar tonight.

Brewer opts for pros

The sports talkers and bloggers, like Jim Harris, had this one right. Razorback basketballer Ronnie Brewer will enter the NBA draft.

Brewer opts for pros

The sports talkers and bloggers, like Jim Harris, had this one right. Razorback basketballer Ronnie Brewer will enter the NBA draft.

Country designs

Brad Paisley, who has been lauded as traditional country music’s newest ambassador, has proven to have a diverse creative style to his music. And he keeps racking up hits. Sara Evans, the pretty girl of country, has a voice to match.

Green jerseys and red herrings

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine which is more remarkable: that Arkansas fans work themselves into a frenzy debating a spring scrimmage, or that the majority of the media rush to defend every Houston Nutt decision quicker than Old Yeller did for Trav

TV highlights April 27

AMERICAN INVENTOR 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 ABC (Comcast Ch. 8, Broadcast Ch. 7) TEXAS RANCH HOUSE 7 p.m. Monday, May 1 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JOSE ANTONIO NAVARRO 9 p.m. Monday, May 1 AETN (Comcas

Treasurer responds

Matthew Jones’ letter April 13 about my office is distorted and untrue.

Thrills on ‘Silent Hill’

The abandoned-building/ghost-town story has managed to build up its own small genre within the larger realm of the schlock horror film. The latest in this sub-genre is the new based-on-a-video-game flick “Silent Hill.”

Early desperation

I wouldn’t have started thinking about how bad things are for Asa Hutchinson if the state Republican Party hadn’t called my attention to it.

Looking for differences

I wrote last week that attorney general is the best platform from which to launch future races for governor. So it’s no surprise that an opening in that seat has drawn a dynamic field. But I’m having a hard time discerning bright-line differences and gett

Hooters is wise about its ways

We had assumed that Hooters was all about the cheesecake, but the menu is more extensive than standard bar fare, with plenty of fish and fowl entrees and 10 sandwich offerings.

River Market Hilton

Sources tell the Insider that McKibbon Hotel Management and Moses Tucker Real Estate will build a Hilton Garden Inn at 4th and Commerce Streets in Little Rock’s River Market district, behind the Tuf-Nut apartment building.

The Week That Was April 19-24

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR ... OLD SOLDIERS FADING AWAY. Maj. Gen. Don C. Morrow, 63, announced his retirement as Arkansas’s adjutant general. Gov. Mike Huckabee said he’d announce Morrow’s successor within a month.

Words April 27

“In October 1943, while the prime minister was parlaying with Roosevelt, a discreet bidding war on his behalf secured the film rights to Marlborough for 50,000 pounds, with 30,000 pounds banked immediately, and he was paid another whacking sum for English

Only the music’s smokin’

Here’s some big news: The Afterthought will reopen Friday as the city’s first smoke-free bar, in advance of Arkansas’s new smoking ban.

Welcome the farmers

So, you say, you can’t distinguish between cucumbers and zucchini, and you wouldn’t know a head of baby bok choy if it bit you on the elbow, and therefore you have no use for the Farmer’s Market.

Pretty fabric at Rep

“Intimate Apparel,” a play by Lynn Nottage, is a story based on the lives of working-class New Yorkers in 1905.

Snyder’s way

Spooked into near-hysteria by “drug warriors,” Congress enacted a law six years ago denying federal aid for college to anyone with a drug conviction on his or her record, even if the person meets all the other requirements for assistance, including a resp

Overkill on Death Row

There is a worthy argument emerging that says we should endeavor to treat Death Row inmates like dogs, which is to say as humanely, at least when we end their lives.

Iran and the polls

To reverse the title of a popular bad book of the ’80s, the bad news in politics is that the good news is bad.

The Observer April 27

Naked mole rat — it’s what’s for supper!

Arkansas ranks high in penalizing drug-offender students

Arkansas ranks eighth among the states in the percentage of college applicants who are denied federal financial aid because they’ve been convicted of drug offenses. Congressman Vic Snyder, a Democrat, is a co-sponsor of legislation to end the aid penalty.

Smart talk April 27

It hasn’t gotten much attention in Central Arkansas, because first-year enrollment is open only to kids from Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties, but a deluxe summer camp is opening this summer on the shores of Beaver Lake, thanks to a multi-

Power of the lavender purse

Fiddlers, funnel cakes and fudge attract millions of tourists to the Ozark Mountains village of Eureka Springs every year. And now thousands of gay men, lesbians, transgender people and bisexuals congregate in Eureka for quarterly gay festivals.

What's cooking-capsule review

What’s cooking: The River Market Cooking Club Capsule review: Taco Bueno

Amazing voices

We were generally thrilled, overjoyed, relieved (take your pick) to see the huge turnout for Celtic Woman last week at Robinson Center.

Torture tour

So far as is known, the Bro.-Gov.’s prison expertise consists of his vast sympathy in expediting the quick release of the Natural State’s worst murderers and rapists and drunk drivers. Nonetheless the Bro.-Gov. and a gubernatorial passel — Republicans, yo

Waiting for Argenta Drug

Last June about100 people stood in the hot sun in downtown North Little Rock outside of the tacky old Argenta Drug Co. building at 324 Main St. that was to be bought by the city so it would be turned into a modern building and attract more businesses comi

Paradise, not parking

With apologies to Joni Mitchell, don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? Now with Iriana’s out of the way, they can pave that little-less-than-paradise of the old Trailways building and put in a parking lot for the C

His petulancy

Here's Stephens Media's coverage of the governor's decision to strip the Arkansas Times of press privileges routinely extended to other news outlets.

His petulancy

Here's Stephens Media's coverage of the governor's decision to strip the Arkansas Times of press privileges routinely extended to other news outlets.

Bar owners fight back

The Northwest Arkansas Times chronicles a lawsuit filed by four Fayetteville bar operators over the city's smoking ordinance.

Politics of gas prices

The LA Times mentions Arkansas in an editorial about politicians rushing to capitalize on the gas price issue:

Tonight on AETN

"Unconventional Wisdom," the once-a-month show I co-host with Arkansas News Bureau columnist David Sanders, airs tonight on AETN at 6:30 p.m. and will repeat Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Tonight on AETN

"Unconventional Wisdom," the once-a-month show I co-host with Arkansas News Bureau columnist David Sanders, airs tonight on AETN at 6:30 p.m. and will repeat Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

BREAKING: Hostage situation at courthouse

We have received word that a life-sentenced prisoner is holding a deputy sheriff at knifepoint in the prisoner area at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock.

To do Friday: Paisley and Evans, an airborne organist, controversial film

Country crooner Brad Paisley appears with pretty girl/pretty voice Sara Evans "Fly" and newcomer Eric Church tonight at Alltel Arena.

Crooner Buble lined up for Alltel Arena July 12

Michael Buble, whose taken that Sinatra torch that Harry Connick Jr. occasionally carries when he's not acting or leading his band, will bring his smooth voice to Alltel Arena on Wednesday, July 12.

'Da Vinci Code' ticket sales get boost from Vatican

According to this Reuters story, the Vatican today has stepped up its efforts to keep people from going to see "The Da Vinci Code," which opens May 15 and stars Tom Hanks.

A new scandal

Think Progress rounds up reporting that a prostitution scandal involving as many as six members of Congress may be about to break.

Hurry January

A kind word for Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor. We asked his press spokesman, David Kinkade, if a Governor Hutchinson would send news releases and notices of news conferences to the Arkansas Times.

Hurry January

A kind word for Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor. We asked his press spokesman, David Kinkade, if a Governor Hutchinson would send news releases and notices of news conferences to the Arkansas Times.

Ugandan war protest tomorrow

Tomorrow night, Northwest Arkansas will be among over 130 sites in the nation where citizens will participate in the "Global Night Commute" to call for an end to the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda.

Huckabee goes on Comedy Central

We're no longer receiving Gov. Mike Huckabee's public schedule, but the website for The Colbert Report says Huckabee will be a guest on that Comedy Central satirical political talk show.

AmyB's Gettin' Out: Thank Huck it's Friday

AmyB's really bringing it today with the club scene to-do list. And, if you find yourself even slightly offended by some of the crass band names of today, just move along (though things are more tame than they were Wednesday): With the burgeoning Argenta District comes a few new little places to check out …Cornerstone Deli, Reno’s and the Argenta Coffee House at 304 Main St., where Tim Anthony and guests appear tonight.

On the radio

KUAR this afternoon has items on a new Ethics Commission investigation of a complaint against Mike Beebe; an Arkansan's take on the movie "United 93"; and a report on Arkansas's first mumps case.

Dope head

If you're not on CNN breaking news, you should be. Today's schadenfreude: Dope fiend Rush Limbaugh plea bargains a drug charge.

Dope head

If you're not on CNN breaking news, you should be. Today's schadenfreude: Dope fiend Rush Limbaugh plea bargains a drug charge.

Weekend retreat

Joe Mosby of Stephens Media takes the press tour of the new $32 million lodge (and cabins, such as the one shown here) that opens Monday at Mount Magazine State Park.

The last refuge

The Bushies have found a hot button to push to shore up their sagging fortunes -- the Spanish version of the National Anthem.

Another success story

Schools are closed. Public workers aren't being paid.

At Alltel

We didn't catch the Brad Paisley/Sara Evans show at Alltel last night, but our photographer Brian Chilson did.

More from deer camp

A few days back, we reprinted a piece that had appeared on the Buzzflash blog.

Open line

We meant to offer an opening for comment last night. Here you go.

Open line

We meant to offer an opening for comment last night. Here you go.

Government by fiat

The Jonesboro Sun article on the collapse of a John Q. Hammons hotel deal there makes clear that you either do things the way he says or you don't get the deal.

Bush's brain

Murray Waas of National Journal has more reporting that suggests Karl Rove is in greater jeopardy from the Fitzgerald grand jury.

Sports Column: J.R. and Henry translate Houston Nutt

J.R. and Henry: Nutt says it best when he says nothing at all Do you remember country singer Keith Whitley’s hit song “When You Say Nothing At All?” Maybe you've heard Alison Krauss' cover of it, or heard it on "Notting Hill."

Sports Column: J.R. and Henry translate Houston Nutt

J.R. and Henry: Nutt says it best when he says nothing at all Do you remember country singer Keith Whitley’s hit song “When You Say Nothing At All?” Maybe you've heard Alison Krauss' cover of it, or heard it on "Notting Hill."

AmyB's Gettin' Out: Saturday night

Hope you didn't wash await, or start to melt, after that monsoon today. Here's Amy Brawner with what to do tonight, after the jump:

More national attention

An offshoot of the Columbia Journalism Review takes note of Gov. Huckabee's decision to cut the Arkansas Times off from press services.

More national attention

An offshoot of the Columbia Journalism Review takes note of Gov. Huckabee's decision to cut the Arkansas Times off from press services.

Gas prices

NY Times Sunday article looks at impact of $3 gas on average folks to whom a tank of gas is a big part of their weekly expenditures.

A teacher speaks

The Saturday Democrat-Gazette reported on a Little Rock School Board work session where board members made it clear that changes, perhaps seismic ones, were coming in its relationship with the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association.

Who needs science

From the LA Times, on the Food and Drug Administration and the Bush administration, this stunning sentence:

Rogers is right

It's only fair to say Rogers Mayor Steve Womack, stymied in a plan to expropriate school taxes for city infrastructure work, is now heading the right way.

Fayetteville growth: How high?

The NW D-G website offers more reporting on the pressure to build high-rise buildings in downtown Fayetteville and opposition to same.

The Colbert Report

We just watched a CSPAN tape of Stephen Colbert's appearance before the White House correspondents dinner.

Three years ago tomorrow

Frank Rich is back in the NY Times, thank goodness, though available only to subscribers.

Boondogs brought us there; the Afterthought opens grandly

I checked out the Boondogs last night for the day two of the Afterthought's grand opening with a companion who was new to their music.

The cigarette money

Stephens Media reports that tobacco settlement money is declining (fewer people are smoking) and this could endanger programs supported by the money.

Even with 8 percent tuition increases ...

The Morning News reports: University of Arkansas faculty members receive some of the lowest pay in the Southeastern Conference.Paying its faculty at a rate ninth out of the 11 public universities in its athletic conference hinders Arkansas’ ability to recruit and retain the best faculty and also leads to low morale, university and faculty leaders said.The university also gives smaller paychecks than most of the universities in neighboring states, according to an annual survey by the American Association of University Professors.

Voters: not so dumb

NY Times: The Senate Republican plan to mail $100 checks to voters to ease the burden of high gasoline prices is eliciting more scorn than gratitude from the very people it was intended to help.

Top high schools: Ark. has 2 in top 100

Newsweek magazine has again published a list of the top 1,000 public high schools in America, based on a formula in which the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams taken by all students at a school in 2005 was divided by the number if the graduating class.

Top high schools: Ark. has 2 in top 100

Newsweek magazine has again published a list of the top 1,000 public high schools in America, based on a formula in which the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams taken by all students at a school in 2005 was divided by the number if the graduating class.

Laws? I don't need no stinkin' laws

From the Boston Globe: WASHINGTON -- President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Arkansas native author on morning TV Tuesday

We've gotten word that E. Lynn Harris, the Little Rock native who has been a series of best-selling romance novels geared toward African-Americans, will appear on "CBS This Morning" tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:40 a.m.

The Huckster and us

U.S. News drops in an item about The Huckster's exclusion of the Arkansas Times from the office media e-mail list.

The Huckster and us

U.S. News drops in an item about The Huckster's exclusion of the Arkansas Times from the office media e-mail list.

Rod Bryan update

A spokesman for independent gubernatorial candidate Rod Bryan says he will turn in about 12,000 signatures in support of his candidacy -- about 2,000 more than needed to qualify -- at the Capitol this afternoon.

Calling DBI

Time: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday Place: St. Boniface School, Fort Smith Event: Laura Bush participates in a Medicare drug "sign-up event."

Calling DBI

Time: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday Place: St. Boniface School, Fort Smith Event: Laura Bush participates in a Medicare drug "sign-up event."

Slow movie box office weekend

The top five movies in the national were: 1) RV ($16.4 million); 2) United 93 ($11.61 million); 3) Stick It ($11.26 million); 4) Silent Hill ($9.3 million) and 5) Scary Movie 4 ($7.8 million).

Jimmie Johnson wins Talladega

In case you're depending on Arkansas Times of all people for your NASCAR news. Here's the race report from Fox.

Heckuva crowd

Our photog Brian Chilson captured this slice of the big crowd heading down Capitol Avenue toward the Capitol for today's immigration demonstration.

Big Apple visitor

Hillary Rodham Clinton, re-election in progress and all, will visit Arkansas this summer. She'll be in Rogers July 15 to speak to the Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women.

Jazzfest reunites New Orleans

This past weekend was the first weekend of Jazzfest in New Orleans, and it featured Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock and Elvis Costello.

First lady in town

The first lady of Mexico, Marta de Fox, was in Little Rock today for an appearance at the Clinton School.

Telephone TV

An interested party sends us a note on Maumelle City Council on an AT&T proposal to install internet protocal TV there as an alternative to cable.

Brummett's back

John Brummett is back after a splendid vacation in Tuscany. He catches up with comments on Ronnie Brewer, the huffy Huckster, the tiresome race for lieutenant governor and even a kind word for Asa Hutchinson.

A list Arkansas won't be on

And, dare we guess, a list Asa Hutchinson wouldn't chide Mike Beebe for failing to join.

The immigrants' day

The Morning News talks to several in the crowd of 5,000 or so that turned out to rally for immigration reform in Springdale.

How low can he go

A friend passes along the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, which has Bush with his lowest numbers ever, 34 percent approval.

Daly's new book: Probably not news to longtime fans

John Daly's new book reveals that the golfer may have lost between $50 million and $60 million gambling over a 12-year period, just another sordid tale in an amazing and often disappointing sports life shows up in bad headlines as much as good ones.

Death at the zoo

The Little Rock Zoo reports that Pooh, the 35-year-old sun bear, was "euthanized" Friday. The bear (the one depicted is from the Minneapolis Zoo) was the oldest living sun bear in captivity, maybe the oldest ever in captivity for a species that generally lives to be about 25.

No, they're not necessarily illegal immigrants

USA Today notes that many alien workers enter the country legally, though they attain illegal status when working papers expire.

Charlie meets the press -- UPDATED TWICE

With ominous signs building about implementation of a huge contract to improve voting machinery in Arkansas, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has called in the press this afternoon to talk about the situation.  He'll have the private contractor on hand to take questions, too.

Oaklawn's a winner --- UPDATE

Oaklawn Park is the winner in the lawsuit challenging the election procedures that implemented a new state law allowing an expansion of machine gambling at the track in Hot Springs and the dog track in West Memphis.

We're (still) in the money

The state money report is out today. Year to date gross state revenues: $4.2 billion.

Black Keys have new EP out

The Black Keys, who we've been lucky to see at Juanita's, are releasing an EP today, covering the great bluesman Junior Kimbtough, according to Billboard.

DeLay targets PSC -- UPDATE

It's a time-honored tradition for candidates for attorney general to go after utility ratemaking issues and so Gunner DeLay is following many before him in issuing a call today for Public Service Commission reform.

DeLay targets PSC -- UPDATE

It's a time-honored tradition for candidates for attorney general to go after utility ratemaking issues and so Gunner DeLay is following many before him in issuing a call today for Public Service Commission reform.

Are you ready to carpool?

Some local folks have set up a website www.littlerockcarpools.com to put carpoolers together, report on current gas prices, etc. Just passing this info along.

Beebe gives a hoot; we must pollute

 Now Attorney General Mike Beebe is seeking to intervene in an Oklahoma court to disrupt Oklahoma's legal efforts to clamp down on Arkansas poultry industry pollution of Oklahoma waterways.

The war against Wal-Mart

Atlantic Monthly (the click-through just gives you a chance to subscribe to the magazine to read the whole article, unfortunately) has an interestng article on Andrew Stern, the union leader who's used his big Service Employees International Union to bedevil Wal-Mart.

The war against Wal-Mart

Atlantic Monthly (the click-through just gives you a chance to subscribe to the magazine to read the whole article, unfortunately) has an interestng article on Andrew Stern, the union leader who's used his big Service Employees International Union to bedevil Wal-Mart.

No more Big Downtown Thursdays

River Market officials have decided to do away with Big Downtown Thursdays, which were held for the past several years on Thursdays in May and in September.

Fair and balanced -- that's us

The Huckster has unloaded his response to criticism from a certain liberal-leaning, free-distribution newspaper of his decision to blackball the Arkansas Times among all Arkansas media requesting routine services from his publicly financed office.

Fair and balanced -- that's us

The Huckster has unloaded his response to criticism from a certain liberal-leaning, free-distribution newspaper of his decision to blackball the Arkansas Times among all Arkansas media requesting routine services from his publicly financed office.

Arkansans on TV (cable, that is)

David Koon, our media guy, hollers from across the room to remind everybody that two of our state politicians, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gen. Wesley Clark,  have prominent spots on cable TV networks this week.

The day the music died

Jim Harris' Little Rocking blog reports on the demise of Big Downtown Thursdays. Mission accomplished, says the city.

Kids now get in free to ArchAngels games

We applaud the move, announced today, that children 12 and under will be admitted free (with a paying adult) to the rest of the Arkansas ArchAngels professional basketball games this season.

AmyB's Gettin' Out: Tuesday

 It's been so busy around the office today, I forgot why I'm here. Oh yeah, there are a few things going in in the clubs tonight, so get out and have a time of it: The biggest show for live music tonight is undoubtedly the Arizona Desert pop guys of the Format.

Huckabee: 'Not presidential' & 'Wanker'

The New Republic's blog says Gov. Mike Huckabee's action against us -- and the defensive rant he posted today on his government website -- is "not exactly presidential."

Huckabee: 'Not presidential' & 'Wanker'

The New Republic's blog says Gov. Mike Huckabee's action against us -- and the defensive rant he posted today on his government website -- is "not exactly presidential."

Open line -- UPDATED WITH COLBERT REPORT

We need one tonight. Comments here about The Huckster on Colbert Report (and anything else.)

Boomer Sooner

The attorney general of Oklahoma, Drew Edmondson, took a few pokes at Attorney General Mike Beebe for carrying the poultry industry's briefs in a lawsuit over poultry industry pollution of the Illinois River.

Capping Fayetteville growth

The Fayetteville Council last night capped downtown building height at six stories in a commercial zoning that primarily applies to Dickson Street.

Take your seats

Airbus, the plane manufacturer, is circulating a correction to all, including us, who linked to a New York Times story about the plane company's research of using standing room to pack more people onto already painfully overcrowded airplanes.

The Democrat-Gazette's take

If you don't subscribe, here's the Democrat-Gazette editorial today on the governor's decision to remove us from the e-mail list by which media are notified of gubernatorial news conferences.

Al Franken in LR

No, we're not referring to "Air America," which has just begun broadcasting on 1380AM in Little Rock, though that timing is good.

Sports Column: On Ronnie Brewer

Arkansas looks to replace Brewer after jump to NBA Last Friday, Arkansas junior guard Ronnie Brewer announced that he was leaving school early and making himself available for the NBA Draft in June.

Free outdoor movie tonight

The Movies in the Park series continues tonight with a free screening of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Wonkette weighs in

The D.C.-based political blog Wonkette today highlights the fight Gov. Mike Huckabee picked with the Arkansas Times:

Slater to own share in baseball Nationals

Arkansas native and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is among the investors who will own a share of the Washington (D.C.) Nationals major league baseball club, according to the Washington Post.

Bonnie Raitt-Keb Mo to Little Rock?

That's what Pollstar says: Bonnie and Keb Mo at Robinson Center Music Center on Oct. 23.

AmyB's Gettin' Out: Hump Day, with Staind

AmyB's report, and you can either spend some bucks on the Staind show, or hit some of the clubs: Of course, there’s the Staind and Three Days Grace show tonight at the Clear Channel Metroplex at 7:30 p.m.

The money rolls in

As we predicted earlier in the week, the state Finance and Administration Department has revised its revenue forecast because income continues to outstrip earlier forecasts.

Hip-hopper Juvenile appearing her Saturday

I'll be darned if I can find it listed on Juvenile's website, or on Pollstar, and I can't say that the Clear Channel folks in town seem to know much about it either, but apparently New Orleans hip-hop star Juvenile is coming to the Metroplex along with UTP for a show on Saturday night.

Interview: With P.O.D.'s Jason Truby

Jason Truby, the Little Rock native and guitarist for rock/rap power group P.O.D., visited with Wally Waller earlier this week about P.O.D.'s upcoming show May 7 at the Clear Channel Metroplex.

Interview: Three Days Grace's Adam Gotnier

I'd pay the $36 a ticket just to hear "(I Hate) Everything About You" by Three Days Grace at tonight's concert with headliner Staind at the Metroplex, starting at 7:30 p.m.

It's Huckabee Day at Wonkette

Two additonal new posts on Wonkette. The first one:
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