It's time again to meet our choices for Arkansas's top 20 high school seniors.
Vol 37 • No 34
From the Amazon to a pro football field sidelines, interesting lives.
Here are the students nominated to be Academic All-stars. They are listed by their hometowns.
These students are worthy of note for having made the finalist round of judging for the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.
It's the Arkansas Times 17th annual selection of Arkansas's top 20 high school seniors.
Complex Magazine ranks the ten best rap songs that sample Al Green
The waters continue to rise at War Eagle Mill, as the War Eagle River inundates the valley and possibly even the mill itself.
The self-proclaimed governor of the heart of Texas talks about writing, political correctness and Billy Bob Thornton in advance of his concert in Little Rock.
Group offers "biblical counsel" to politicos.
The celluloid South will meet the truth of life in antebellum Arkansas head-on this Sunday.
But elsewhere, outrage has been in short supply.
Here's a spin: More than twice as many Arkansans get their news from print as from the Internet. Take that.
The Bayou Meto community barbecue joint defies some of our long-held barbecue truths (barbetruths?).
Once known as a Germanic sort of place, Mason's has added an Italian flair.
Want to know the third biggest reason the national debt is mushrooming and scaring the daylights out of people?
Look no further than the week's bipartisan effort to undo a critical part of the health-insurance reform law.
No organization is more dedicated to keeping working people in their poorly paid place than the Chamber of Commerce.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Rep. Griffin were on hand to suck up to Wayne LaPierre during the NRA CEO's recent appearance.
St. Edward Catholic Church in Little Rock performed a re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion last Friday.
Here's a guide to some of the essential places to visit in the eclectic melting pot of ideas, arts, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Bobby Rush headlines a bill rounded out by Floyd Taylor, Sweet Angel, L.J. Echols, Ms. Jody, Gwen White and a "surprise guest."
We've confirmed a rumor that a prospective buyer is looking over the vacant landmark 1871 mansion that sits between the Dillard's headquarters building and the Dillard's data processing center on Cantrell Road.
Little Rock National Airport is declining to release pay and hire-date information on its employees, citing fears the information could be seen as a breach of security by the Department of Homeland Security.
A New York Times-CBS News poll last week found the American people gloomier and more pessimistic then we've been in a long time.
"The Arkansas Times has officially become an institution; the conscience of journalism in Arkansas, what the Gazette used to be."
Did Arkansas Cash for Gold hit advertising, well, gold?
There's just enough going on under the big top to make total loathing impossible.
Will the little guy ever win?
A recent Cornell University study found that the development of natural gas resources could actually have a bigger carbon footprint than the mining and combustion of coal
As eagle-eyed readers may've noted, this week we have a new slogan on our cover, "Arkansas's source for news, politics and entertainment." The change reflects the not-so-new reality of the Times.
Arkansas leads the country in the percentage of residents who've abandoned landline telephones to go strictly wireless.
Darnation is indeed a word conceived in a time when people were given to euphemism, substituting darn for damn and heck for hell.
The festival will feature local food trucks, music and kids' activities.
The party went on the attack against Republican votes to destroy Medicare and Medicaid while giving enormous tax breaks to the rich.
The website is streaming 138 original episodes of 'The Twilight Zone' and five Coen Brothers flicks.
Also, Toad Suck Daze returns to Conway for another weekend of live music, vendors and fried things.
The New York Times today rounded up some of the angry reaction Republican congressmen are getting to their vote to end Medicare while cutting taxes for the rich.
... you'll have to pry it from the cold, dead fingers of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Democrat-Gazette today reported that University of Arkansas trustees had romanced University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton for the job of president of the UA System and that former Board chair John Ed Anthony had met individually with board members on the presidential search during the UA's trip to the Sugar Bowl.
So here it is. The long form Obama birth certificate. You already know the rest of the story.
Howard Kurtz writes in the Daily Beast that even Fox News is getting uncomfortable being used by Mike Huckabee as a platform for national exposure for a run for president while being paid by Fox as a talk show host.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin apparently feels a little heat from his vote to end Medicare and cut millionaires' taxes.
On what's likely to be his farewell tour, Bob Seger pulled out all the stops at Verizon Arena.
A story in this morning's New York Times about a Texas college student whose deportation to Mexico has been put on hold by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as long as she stays in school and out of trouble reminded me to check on Jonathan Chavez.
On the 150th anniversary of the explosion of the Sultana, the steamboat that was carrying freed Union soldiers home on the Mississippi River (1,800 died), the Historic Arkansas Museum will screen a documentary about the making of "Gone With the Wind."
The legislature convened to do to promptly adjourn for good for the year. Nothing happened.
Good news today. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to take a look at our cover story this week, the 17th Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.
Sen. Harry Reid says he'll have the Senate vote on the House Republican approved budget plan to eventually end Medicare, slash Medicaid, slash all manner of vital federal servces and give rich people a huge tax cut.
The Jewish Food Festival is coming up May 15th at the River Market Pavilion. The free event celebrates the Jewish culinary tradition with kabobs, falafel, blintzes, latkes, kugels and more.
Our media column tends to get lost in the shuffle here on the website, so I thought I'd draw a little attention to this week's installment: the story behind those so-perfectly-terrible Arkansas Cash for Gold ads featuring the rubber chicken.
And the line is open after a quiet day around here. One final thought: * After the birth certificate release, the Obama people went on the offensive, seeking Donald Trump's tax returns.
The storms that smashed Mississippi and Alabama yesterday killed more than 170, CNN is now reporting.
Most states will raise taxes on businesses to replenish unemployment benefit trust funds, a new survey shows.
So writes Gene Lyons, his weekly column available free for your perusal on Salon. In addition to birther nonsense, Lyons ticks off other Republican mythology that goes undisturbed by facts.
The Smithsonian Institution is considering canceling an upcoming exhibit of “Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds” on ethical grounds.
Here's a new report worth reading: The House Republican plan to end Medicare — approved by Reps. Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — hides trillions in effective tax increases for the elderly to buy health insurance under the new privatized health plan.
The author/musician/humorist/social commenter/"Asshole from El Paso" returns to Little Rock.
Little Rock pops off tonight with country ladies at White Water, classic metal at Downtown Music Hall and more.
The Brinkley native and music industry mogul to be hooded by his alma mater, Philander Smith.
The little stopping off place along Highway 1 serves up not just great burgers but a mean plate lunch special.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today dismissed Thomas Fite's appeal of removal from the election ballot as a Republican candidate for state representative for Crawford and Franklin County on account of a criminal conviction involving misuse of public money.
I don't watch Sean Hannity on Fox, but one of the blog readers does. He sent a note this morning about the appearance there last night of "Republican strategist" Alice Stewart.
Due to another upcoming dose of nasty weather, Sunday's show has been moved.
We've written before about Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, a Jonesboro native, Baptist preacher's wife and Republican, who became infamous years ago for her homophobia.
The annual Conway festival returns with all the festival trappings you've come to expect. Also, Kris Allen.
The local veterans release their rockabilly/lounge-filled debut album at The Underground.
Sample over 140 beers at this year's brew-ha-ha. Diamond Bear set to raffle off a year of free beer.
Sweet Baby James is back for one of the most anticipated Verizon shows of the year.
News coming on the selection of a new director of the head of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas has filed additional complaints about operation of the State Hospital, specifically a unit that houses younger developmentally disabled males.
Chuck Close portraits paired with poems at the Arts Center.
A couple of levee breaches on the Black River near Pocahontas have forced closure of a stretch of U.S. 67 and caused widespread flooding.
Arkansas Arts Council honors Russellville potter.
I had a great afternoon with our Academic All-Star team. Something good is happening in Arkansas schools.
Well, well. Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford brought a claque to clap down tough questioners to a town hall meeting yesterday in Jonesboro, but the questioners got through and the Blue Arkansas blog was on hand with video to record a most uncomfortable session for Crawford.
Well, OK, a report filed yesterday on the Little Rock School District's spending of state desegregation settlement money doesn't come to a verbatim conclusion quite so vivid as my headline, but it's the functional equivalent.
I told you earlier this week that the Arkansas Farm Bureau had mounted a political lobbying campaign to install farm manager and Jim Lindsey tool Stanley Reed as president of the University of Arkansas System.
There is something about the flavor of black walnuts that reminds me of childhood and fall, picking up the big round clad capsules out of the yard and watching one of the adults carefully but adeptly smack them with a hammer to get to the meat inside.
Roby Brock and his partners have produced a report on the House policy on use of the trove of new video and audio recordings compiled under the House of Representatives laudable and wholly wonderful expansion of broadcast of committee and chamber proceedings.
The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas sends word of another adverse finding by federal regulators against this Arkansas State Hospital.
Kinky Friedman puts on a pretty damn good show. His appearance at Juanita's last night was like nothing I've seen before.
Two members of the legendary, First Amendment-testing perv-rappers open up "The F*** Shop" tonight at Revolution.
White Water Tavern welcomes back the 90-something year old bluesman
KOKY's annual blues festival returns, Discovery pits a long-esteemed local DJ against others in a death match and Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers team up with rappers for jazz/rap fusion.
A picture, well, just because it's great
The Times is taking a bus to the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro on Thursday, August 4. George Jones, Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Rodney Crowell are headlining.
This is another one of those articles of faith that no amount of factual refutation will dispel.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will sign a bill stripping federal money from Planned Parenthood in Indiana.
On the lack of outrage at the Republican's budget blueprint, the search for a UA system chief and more.
Arkansas state trooper Andrew Rhew has pleaded no contest to negligent homicide in the death of a motorist in Mississippi County.
The readers take over. Watching "Friday Night Lights?"
I think we got some reviews of James Taylor's appearance at Verizon on the open line last night.
Who does Mike Huckabee talk to? Newsmax, the house organ of the unhinged.
I suspect stories like this are far more widespread than we know, given that most Arkansas schools refuse to teach evolution and that some flavors of Christians believe it is their right to cram their religion down the throats of others.
John Brummett summarizes the search for a University of Arkansas System president as, essentially, much ado about a nothing job.
Tommy Tuberville is a birther. Group complains about oversue of paddle in Marshall schools. TV won't be allowed in West Memphis evidentiary hearing.
John Brummett takes on the federal budget debate, with the National Weather Service cut backed by Arkansas's three Republicans in Congress, as an illustration of competing interests in the budget discussion.
Slow morning. So here's the video of Seth Meyers last night at the White House correspondents dinner.
The River Market Pavilions host a day of live music, food and activities.
Some links that might be of interest: * WEATHER SERVICE: Arkansas Republicans haven't shut it yet.
Comments? Fire away.
One the premiere experimental/psych acts around comes to town with Sleepy Sun and Iron Tongue.
There should be a warning on a few places around these parts… something to the effect of “Road Hazard: Objects on menu may be less than they appear to be.”
Osama Bin Laden is reported dead.
I crashed early last night and so I got one of those rare headline shocks when I picked up the newspaper this morning — news of the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. strike in Pakistan.
Rob Moritz at Stephens Media rounds up the wealth of local tax increase proposals developing around the state as the state prepares for statewide ballot issues to raise the diesel tax and sales tax to pay for highway repair and construction.
Mike Huckabee has a knack for inserting himself in cultural issues. Such as taking on Superman for renouncing his U.S. citizenbship.
Books will be written, of course. But here's some good detail from National Journal on the unit that got the job done on bin Laden and how it did it.
Heavens, a pizza that rivals all contenders in the state of Arkansas has been found in Lavaca.
Mara Leveritt sends word that you might see an Arkansas name in news dispatches from Pakistan.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County sheriff's office in Mount Ida says eight people with a Louisiana Boy Scout group have been stranded by high water on the Eagle Loop trail near the Albert Pike camping area on the Little Missouri River.
Secretary of State Mark Martin has just lowered the cost of using his office. His deputy, Alice Stewart, says copy charges will henceforth by 11 cents a page, not the 25 cents a page charged previously.
Arkansas Citizens First Congress releases their annual report, ranking legislators on how they voted on key issues.
The Weekend Theater announced its 2011-2012 season today.
Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, says the state has received tentative approval from the federal Health and Human Services Department to implement restructuring of Medicaid.
Briefs have been filed as expected arguing that West Memphis Three defendants were denied fair trials because of misconduct by the jury foreman, particularly in bringing inadmissible evidence into the jury deliberations.
It's open. If wet.
“This is a really big room you have here,” James Taylor noted early in his April 29 concert at Verizon Arena. But then he proceeded to perform and relate to the crowd like he was in a tiny coffeehouse.
Come Friday night — the largest crawfish boil in the state of Arkansas, I kid you not.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is still trying to lay his vote to end Medicare off on Bill Clinton.
Secretary of State Mark Martin has been running a sloppy operation since taking office on the standard Republican plromise to run smarter, cheaper, more ethical government.
Read this in Times today. Our rates are higher than most countries, but consider them "sticker" rates.
The eight members of a Louisiana Boy Scout troop stranded by high water while hiking along a trail in the Little Missouri River watershed have been rescued.
The Republicans have no shame. That's always been clear.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette joined the cheers for the killing of Osama bin Laden this morning with a two-colum editorial headlined, "Got him!"
I’ve had a few people mention to me this truck selling gyros in the Toys-R-Us parking lot in Fort Smith.
Tanya Hollifield's show pays tribute to her mother and grandmother.
Recent rains cave in the roof.
This is the best state monthly revenue report I've seen in a while. The key monthly figure — for income tax and sales tax — are both up sharply against the same month last year.
The minutia of terrorist Osama bin Laden's life in hiding (in what amounted to Pakistani luxury in a village where Lonely Planet recommends eight hotels and six restaurants) is weirdly fascinating.
New polling shows a rising majority of Americans believe President Obama was born in the United States.
Doesn't U.S. Rep. Mike Ross dust off this news release every time gas prices shoot up — the one about drilling in Alaska and offshore?
The line is now open. Closing notes: * MEDIA MOVE: Kane Webb, who stepped down recently from heading the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's glossy monthly magazine Arkansas Life and moved into the slot Meredith Oakley had vacated overseeing the newspaper's Voices page, tells me he's resigned from the newspaper.