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April 28, 2005

Vol 3 • No 15

The gold rules

It has been interesting to watch the black-and-white crowd — the vast Religious Right — find shades of gray (if they see anything at all) when its heroes stray.

The Insider April 28

Democratic names we’ve heard to succeed term-limited Rep. Sam Ledbetter in his Hillcrest-centered district include Jordan Johnson, the assistant director of public policy at the public relations firm CJRW. Johnson, 28, is Skip Rutherford’s assistant and s

TV highlights this week

NATURE: MONSTERS OF THE FOREST 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) While we mostly have no problem with creepy crawlies, worms, no-see-ums and all the other things that are going to take over the world after George W. ac

LIkeable George

George McGovern was in Arkansas last week, and at 82, he seems to be the same likeable, kind and liberal American that he has always been.

Corky's redux

Why mess with a good thing? The owners of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ haven’t; instead they copied their highly successful Little Rock model when they put in a second Corky’s in the area, opening it two week ago on McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock.

‘Choo Choo Ch’Boogie’

Brinkley-born R&B pioneer Louis Jordan’s sales — and influence — loom large. And 1946 was a very good year for Jordan, who saw some of his biggest songs — “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens,” “Jack, You’re Dead” — cut. And Jorda

The Observer April 28

The Observer and clan were invited to Passover dinner with friends Saturday night. Passover celebrates the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt into freedom, and the venerable Haggadah we used at the Passover dinner included in its section of songs “God Ble

Letters April 28

In your April 21 issue, your description of Act 1176 of the 2005 legislative session, sponsored by Sen. Tim Wooldridge and myself, was inaccurate and misleading.

Something old, something floral, something blue

Esther Forte, 36, talked to a reporter on the phone from Malvern, where, after only four years’ experience painting, one of her works was on exhibit in a juried show at Malvern National Bank. Her florals in tempera on paper are cheerful, her brushstrokes

Have some Sugar

Sugar and the Raw, one of the best original party bands in the region, unveils its debut CD “Translucent” in a show at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Friday, April 29.

The week that was April 20-26

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … SEN. MARK PRYOR. He objected to religious conservatives (of which he is one, theologically) who say a person’s faith can be measured by his or her position on George W. Bush’s judicial nominees. (

‘Brothels’ an ode to hope

Though most of us tend to think of evil as the dark flashes of disaster that seem to be visited on us from time to time, true evil is often much more subtle than a terrorist strapping on a bomb or a high schooler pulling out a gun. Behind those symptoms u

The judicial crusade

If he had been blessed with prophecy, Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher of Christianity, would have recognized Bill Frist, Tom DeLay and their acolytes when he said that men never do evil so cheerfully as when they do it in the name of religion.

Courting a solution

These are tough times for the courts. Many conservatives are frustrated with the judiciary, because sometimes it actually rules against them. Of course, it was the Terri Schiavo case that set off the latest round of judge-bashing, even though th

More picks April 29-May 4

Looking for a bargain? You'll find it at the Junior League of Little Rock's Bargain Barn, being held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds' Dodge Hall of Industry on Saturday, April 30, from 7 a.m. to noon.

All I can stands

I don’t want to overdo it, but once or twice each spring, I deign to allow y’all horticulturally challenged types access, by way of a terse but vigorous little Q&A, to the vast ol’ moi stores of gardening expertise.

Words April 28

Good hangtime: Headline on a story about a basketball player who might or might not remain with the team: “Sullivan’s standing up in air, coach says.”

Orval April 28

Riverfest’s value can’t be oversold

As a writer at the Arkansas Times and before that at the Arkansas Gazette, Kelley Bass was perhaps the biggest backer of local music. In those days as a writer and now in the corporate world, he’s admittedly been among the bigger cheerleaders for Riverfes

Smart Talk April 28

We think we’ve seen some changes in Arkansas tourism advertising of late, with spots asserting that there are things to DO in Arkansas — shop, eat, hear music, etc. This would be in contrast with the historic preference of gorgeous Buffalo River and lake

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Chameleon Grill, Chili's, Living Room, Cajun's Wharf, Time Out Cafe. Capsule review: Whole Hog Cafe.

Ivory-billed woodpecker lives

The ivory-billed woodpecker, long feared extinct, still lives. And it's in wetlands in the Cache River basin of Arkansas. A videotape by a UALR faculty member confirms the discovery.

Making history in Rome

It was called the day “the little rock voted against the big rock.” On July 18, 1870, Bishop Edward Fitzgerald of Little Rock cast one of only two votes in Rome against the proposed doctrine of papal infallibility.

Editorial cartoon April 28

Blanche, Mark stay put with Democrats

When it came to changing Social Security and confirming conservative judges, the White House thought it might pick up a couple of moderate and timid Senate Democrats from a certain Southern state that went for George W. Bush by nine points.

LR gets 'Dirty'

You might not believe it, but this fall, in the Year of our Lord 2005, the Arkansas Times will embark on its 31st year of continuous publication. We on the staff have long-since traded in our malt liquor for merlot and our smokes (of all sorts) for t

Editorials April 28

Sen. Mark Pryor, himself an evangelical Christian, has rebutted those members of the Religious Right who talk Christian theology but live partisan ideology. Their message is that all those who don’t share their conservative political viewpoints — support

The Baghdad blogger

Some bloggers operate in their underwear from air-conditioned home offices, protected even from outraged phone calls by their Internet pseudonyms.

Rock tour takes LR shot

Submersed, who released “Hollow” off its debut record “In Due Time,” joins Wind-up Records labelmate Alter Bridge (the remnants of Creed without Scott Stapp combined with former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy) and Future Leaders of the World on the

Spreading the weird

Anna Musun-Miller is a 17-year-old graduate of Central High School, now in her freshman year at Vanderbilt. She has been blogging on LiveJournal since 2003, partly to keep friends posted about “the craziness going on” in her life.

'Friend me'

It took less than 550 years for the once erudite world of publishing to move from Gutenberg’s Bible to blogs. In Arkansas, publishing zipped in less than 200 years from the hand press that produced the first Arkansas Gazette to the computer in a Hillcrest

Get into the Toad Suck Daze

Everyone, not just frogs, will be jumping for Conway’s Toad Suck Daze, now in its 24th year and scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1, in downtown Conway.

A poor report card for UA teacher program

It seems like one of those things you’d almost take for granted — that the state’s flagship public university wouldn’t have any problems maintaining its accreditation. But the University of Arkansas’s teacher education program is in just such straits,