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May 4, 2006

Vol 4 • No 16

How to protect water

A so-called property rights activist made a talk up in NW Ark. yesterday about the evils of state efforts to protect sensitive waterways.

Soda pop: a strategic retreat -- UPDATE

Washington Post has the scoop on an announcement coming today in the person of a couple of men from Hope -- Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee -- that the soft drink industry will announce that it will pull "high-calorie" soft drinks from schools and otherwise voluntarily limit sales of certain types and size of drinks in schools.

Mexico: High on drugs

From the LA Times, a big story: MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign a bill that would legalize the use of nearly every drug and narcotic sold by the same Mexican cartels he's vowed to fight during his five years in office, a spokesman said Tuesday.The list of illegal drugs approved for personal consumption by Mexico's Congress last week is enough to make one dizzy — or worse.Cocaine.

Draining Dark Hollow

The Arkansas Nature Alliance will be in federal court this morning to argue against Corps of Engineers' approval of a shopping center development (Bass Pro, etc.) in North Little Rock's Dark Hollow.

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.

Where fiction becomes truth

You perhaps remember the famous cover story in The Onion, the satirical newspaper, at the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001?

Gossip mongering

It's back to Wonkette, with more Mike Huckabee commentary today. This is pretty interesting stuff, though thoroughly unsubstantiated.

Gossip mongering

It's back to Wonkette, with more Mike Huckabee commentary today. This is pretty interesting stuff, though thoroughly unsubstantiated.

Moussaoui gets life

CNN reports.

The gambling fight

The Family Council reiterates that it will fight expanded machine gambling at Oaklawn and Southland racetracks to the Supreme Court.

The gambling fight

The Family Council reiterates that it will fight expanded machine gambling at Oaklawn and Southland racetracks to the Supreme Court.

It's Huckabee Day at Wonkette

Two additonal new posts on Wonkette. The first one:

Orval May 4

Go see 'United 93'

I anxiously went to see “United 93” when the movie came to theaters in Little Rock last week. It’s the story about a commercial airplane loaded with passengers that was hijacked by four young Muslims who crashed the plane. I think it’s a great movie, one

Smart Talk

This week's topics: The West Memphis Three; dictionaries for needy kids; daycare returns to a Berryville church.

The illegitimate press

The Arkansas Times last week became a news story, which I belatedly report in our print edition. Gov. Mike Huckabee decided recently to end routine media services to the Arkansas Times.

Triptych

Evolution, crime and the Huckster are on Lancaster's mind this week.

The Observer

In our misspent youth, The Observer had an unnatural fear of the Truant Officer. Thanks mostly to our mother — who, anytime we wanted to skip the schoolhouse, would intone: “The Truant Officer will be out looking for you” — he was second in our minds only

Endorsements

The primary elections will be held May 23 and early voting begins Monday, May 8. As usual, the Arkansas Times has recommendations.

Meanwhile, back in Arkansas

By way of easing back into the swing, here are observations on some of what appears to have happened at home while I was draining Italy’s Tuscany region of its Chianti supply:

This Modern World May 4

Enemy of the state

Gov. Mike Huckabee’s office confirmed last week that it removed Arkansas Times reporters from a media e-mail list to which it sends news releases, press conference notifications and other information. He argues that we do not have a right to the servi

Losing Fayetteville

Many thanks to Doug Smith for getting the word out about what’s happening to Fayetteville. Anyone with fond memories of seeing Old Main as you approach the town and the U of A needs to come back soon before you have to drive to campus, park (HA!), walk

The Week That Was April 26-May 2

It was a good week for … TAKING TO THE STREETS. Thousands of new Americans marched in Little Rock and Springdale, among others, to demonstrate the importance of immigrants in daily life.

Luck be a lady

The governor and Mrs. Huckabee were treated last week to an advance stay at Mount Magazine State Park’s new digs, which opened to the public Monday.

Editorial cartoon May 4

Blanche and the flag

Congressional elections are drawing near so Republicans will hold another vote in the Senate next month on an amendment to the Constitution that could make it a criminal act to desecrate the flag. Since 1990, Republicans have believed that the election-ye

The portable Arkansas

The new Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture went online this week, at www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net.

Thirst no more

What’s summer without a cold drink? Some favorites of the Times.

Shot of Bourbon

Claude Bourbon, French fingerstyle guitarist/singer who now makes his home in Portsmouth, England, brings his Leo Kottke-like style to the Little Rock Folk Club’s show at Thomson Hall in the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, May 6.

Ole! Cool off with gazpacho

A hole is to dig. A garden is to grow tomatoes and watermelon. A summer is to eat cold gazpacho. Gazpacho is to make use of the tomatoes and watermelons.

New works from Arkansas writers

Mysteries from Harris and Hess and more.

Advice from a pro gardener

Two questions nag at the Arkansas gardener in summer. Make that three — the first one being “Am I crazy to try to grow flowers in this heat?”

What we're reading May 4

Here are the top 10 bestsellers from three local bookstores. Data is most recent available.

Last at-bat for Ray Winder Field

When 4,029 baseball fans gathered Easter Sunday at Ray Winder Field, the scene was no different than countless other days at the ballpark. The pace of the game was slow and lazy, there were the same old contests between innings, and the crowd got more voc

What's happening in May

Calendar of readings, book signings and other bookstore events.

The search for water slides

A trip to the waterslide when I was a kid was always about the pursuit of a single goal: To hit a curve with enough momentum to fly up and out and onto the grass.

Let the race begin

Brummett forecasts a doubleheader this weekend in the race for governor -- dual appearances by the Democratic and Republican candidates before a newspaper convention and the Arkansas Medical Society.

The greatest hits of summer

Here's a calendar of some of the biggest entertainment events of the coming summer months.

The top waterfalls

Arkansas has no famous waterfalls — no Niagara, no Victoria — but it does have waterfalls, and any waterfall is better than no waterfall, is the way we look at it. A waterfall has the capacity to excite and soothe at the same time. Not many things do.

The soft drink rules

The NY Times offers thorough coverage of the voluntary agreement from soft drink makers to limit drinks in schools.

Impact fees

Morning News:  Bentonville (and you know the political landscape there) is pondering new impact fees to cope with the crunch of infrastructure needs required by new development.

Asa's record

In case you don't read the Democrat-Gazette: A link to their story on a new book laying some specific criticism on Asa Hutchinson for failure to act sufficiently on shortcomings in Homeland Security.

Stand up and holler

The head of a Virginia cheerleading club, is charged with molesting three of his charges. Our angle is that he once was a coach in Arkansas.

Stand up and holler

The head of a Virginia cheerleading club, is charged with molesting three of his charges. Our angle is that he once was a coach in Arkansas.

Heating up

We hear the inevitable pressure points are becoming more evident as the city plans for the 50th anniversary of the Central High crisis in 2007. At a planning meeting yesterday, we hear differences were expressed over a suggestion by Sen. Tracy Steele, director of the state M.L. King Commission, for an event on the program "for the African-American community."

Heating up

We hear the inevitable pressure points are becoming more evident as the city plans for the 50th anniversary of the Central High crisis in 2007. At a planning meeting yesterday, we hear differences were expressed over a suggestion by Sen. Tracy Steele, director of the state M.L. King Commission, for an event on the program "for the African-American community."

Gov. Huckabee, tear down that ban

The Association of Alternative Newspapers, a trade group for 124 papers, including the Arkansas Times, with circulation of more than 7 million, has entered the discussion of Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to stop notifying the Arkansas Times of press conferences and to end other services routinely provided other Arkansas newspapers.

Gov. Huckabee, tear down that ban

The Association of Alternative Newspapers, a trade group for 124 papers, including the Arkansas Times, with circulation of more than 7 million, has entered the discussion of Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to stop notifying the Arkansas Times of press conferences and to end other services routinely provided other Arkansas newspapers.

Geez, more "Star Wars"

USA Today reports this morning that, even though George Lucas released the "definitive" director's version "Star Wars Trilogy" to DVD last year, the fans clamoring for the original releases being brought to DVD will now be satiated.

Your trivial history lesson of the day: "Pomp and Circumstance."

Oh, that march we hear at almost every high school commencement. "Pomp and Circumstance."

Gettin' Out: Thursday means SCOTS, Mathus and 4-Square

AmyB asks, "What to do, what to do?????" Answer: Lots!, after the jump ...

'Bad boy list'

KUAR reports that it has not been receiving press releases and notices of press conferences from the governor's office.

'Bad boy list'

KUAR reports that it has not been receiving press releases and notices of press conferences from the governor's office.

"Mission Impossible III" opens at 10 tonight

Rave Colonel Glenn 18 has moved  the starting time of "Mission Impossible III," starring Tom Cruise, starting tonight at 10 p.m., rather than the midnight opening that was originally planned.

The teachers respond

The Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association has issued a statement responding to the drubbing they got from the School Board and the superintendent in a Democrat-Gazette report on a recent board work session.

A victory for secrecy

Several readers want us to link to the Ark. Supreme Court decision today that said a man who successfully sued the Fort Smith board for holding a series of secret meetings to work on a real estate deal violated the Freedom of Information Act.

Springdale gets a ballpark

A Blog reader reports that pollsters are in the field on financing a minor league ballpark in Springdale.

Sonny grows up

We’ve watched Sonny Williams mature over the past seven years, from trying to find its feet as a prime steakhouse in the River Market district to today offering a high-quality dining experience one would expect in the biggest cities.

To the mountain top

Mount Magazine’s main attractions — before State Parks’ opening Monday of the new $33 million lodge there — were its height (2,753 feet, Arkansas’s highest elevation), hang-gliding, rock climbing, hiking and, in the past decade, a butterfly festival celeb

It’s time for ‘United 93’

One of the most surreal aspects of 9/11 and the days afterward was the sheer number of people who said, “It’s like something you’d see in a movie.” Only in the mind of a Hollywood hack, the unspoken coda to that line went, could a plot like that succeed:

Expressionists

The fourth annual EXPRESSIONS Art Show and Sale of work by members of Birch Tree Communities is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 (tonight, if you’re reading this paper on its publication date), at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Time well spent

The crowd last Friday night at Alltel Arena’s Brad Paisley and Sara Evans concert ranged from the teeny-bopping city kids who came to hear the CMT hits to those who probably piled up in the truck and rolled down from the hills to hear some real guitar pic

Viva to the Max

One of the bigger events going on this weekend is the Max Recordings anniversary celebration Friday, May 5, at Sticky Fingerz.

Talent at Toad Suck

A couple of hot young stars in country music and a couple of classic rock acts will headline Toad Suck Daze in downtown Conway this weekend.

What's cooking May 4

What's cooking: Pre-Rivefest opening for Flying Burrito and Rumba Revolution.

Quapaw Tour returns

The Quapaw Quarter Association’s Spring Tour of Historic Homes and Gardens is back after a year’s hiatus. This year, the tour, dubbed “First Families, First Neighborhoods,” will spotlight the Governor’s Mansion Historic District.

Liquid assets

We take the plunge into summer with articles on cold drinks, waterfalls, float trips, swimwear, drinkable edibles and more liquid stuff.

Simple changes

I know you’re thinking: What the world needs now is another self-help book, right? That’s the thought I had, too.

Giving due credit

A few years back I ripped into the local fast-food service sector in this space, finding that customer service at these places was at an all-time low in Central Arkansas. Today, I can tell you that folks like Bobby Watson are not going to let service

Know when to withhold ’em

The issue of what to withhold from stories about violent crime — victims’ names, the names of witnesses, and the like — has flustered newspaper editors since Pulitzer was a pup.

TV highlights May 4

NATURE: CRIME SCENE CREATURES 7 p.m. Sunday, May 7 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: ANNIE OAKLEY 8 p.m. Monday, May 8 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) BIRD FLU IN AMERICA 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 ABC (

Tree huggers

On the NW D-G's website, a report on an ordinance in the works in Fayetteville to make it harder to cut down trees:

Why 'stay the course'

Most e-mailed article on LA Times site is an op-ed by a retired general who writes that it is time to withdraw from Iraq -- NOW.

How low can he go?

Lower still says AP-Ipsos.

How low can he go?

Lower still says AP-Ipsos.

UAMS grapevine

The medical community buzz is that a decision is near on whether UAMS Med School Dean Albert Reece will be heading to  a deanship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a possibility we reported earlier.

Doling out the money

An anonymous correspondent files this report on Thursday's meeting of the council that distributes money raised for state cultural and heritage projects by the real estate transfer tax.

To do Friday: Toad Suck Daze, Max Records party

I gotta be in two places as once Friday night (actually, I've had the feeling all day).

Porter Goss is out at CIA

This could get delicious. Though the first report doesn't mention all the blog talk about Goss' links to poker and prostitute parties at the Watergate apartments in which Duke Cunningham and other Republican congressmen may have participated.

Wal-Mart hates America

Or maybe you should just say they like their imports from China more. Here's Rep. Jerry Nadler writing for Talking Points Memo about how Wal-Mart oppositition killed his bill to require scanning of all containers shipped to the U.S. from overseas for radiological weapons.

Ask me about my governor

Subject: The Huckster (We judge from his comments on KUAR yesterday that this nickname irks him; we deploy it when he's on the "bad boy list".

Not drunk -- high

Rep. Patrick Kennedy to check into drug rehab.

A.G. -- the name game

16 former presidents of the Arkansas Bar Association have signed a letter endorsing Dustin McDaniel for attorney general:  Wayne Boyce, Bob Cearley, Murray Claycomb, Thomas Daily, Jack Deacon, Ron Harrison, Dick Hatfield, Bucky Jones, Bob Jones III, Jack McNulty, H.T. Moore, Charles Roscopf, Don Schnipper, Dennis Shackleford, J.L. Shaver, and John Stroud. 

A.G. -- the name game

16 former presidents of the Arkansas Bar Association have signed a letter endorsing Dustin McDaniel for attorney general:  Wayne Boyce, Bob Cearley, Murray Claycomb, Thomas Daily, Jack Deacon, Ron Harrison, Dick Hatfield, Bucky Jones, Bob Jones III, Jack McNulty, H.T. Moore, Charles Roscopf, Don Schnipper, Dennis Shackleford, J.L. Shaver, and John Stroud. 

Hendrix to move some dirt

Hendrix College Trustees today approved the beginning of a 100-acre residential and commercial development across the street from the campus, to be known as The Village at Hendrix.

Hendrix to move some dirt

Hendrix College Trustees today approved the beginning of a 100-acre residential and commercial development across the street from the campus, to be known as The Village at Hendrix.

SCOTS rocked Juanita's

The Southern Culture on the Skids show last night at Juanita’s was all we expected: They wear the thorny Trashabilly crown, and with honor.

Halter residency challenged -- UPDATED TWICE

A lawsuit was filed today to force Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Bill Halter off the ballot.

Gettin' out: Cinco de Mayo, ya'll

AmyB steps in with her Gettin' Out report for Friday's club and music scene: Even if you’re All-American: Viva El Cinco de Mayo, ya'll.

The Jason Truby interview

There's been a lot of water under the blog bridge since midweek, but if you want to read Wally Waller's interview with P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby from Little Rock, here's a quick link to get you there: Click here.

Great places

LR City Hall sent out a news release crowing about Little Rock's finishing 22nd on a Forbes magazine list of the 200 best metro areas for business and careers.

Children's Hospital featured on 'Today' show

The main story at the webpage for NBC's Today show is about a 5-year-old Chinese orphan who underwent surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital for a rare nose defect.

Words

“Long asked Saxon if he shot by accident, the grand jury report shows. Saxon said he shot purposefully, a statement he reiterated in interviews with prosecutors and police investigators.” I think the police officer actually said, or intended to say,

Sports Column: JR and Henry on horses and Travs

On Horses, Baseball, and How The Travelers Can Get Better   Saturday marks another running of the Kentucky Derby. As we write this column, one of us is excited and the other one is not. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the Kentucky Derby. We recognize that it’s the oldest horse race in the world and that it gives women a reason to wear hats and everyone a reason to drink mint juleps. While the aficionados of Oaklawn no doubt will have made their way to the track for some tasty simulcasting, we’ll go on record as saying, who cares?    This isn’t an assault on horse racing. We love Oaklawn and the quality of racing it brings to the Spa City. But that said, horse racing has become something that captures our attention from the time Houston Nutt’s football Razorbacks finish a dismal season to the time opening day of Major League Baseball arrives.

Huckabee's press ban

Hey, we're as tired of this as many of you are. It would be easier for the governor and us if he'd simply restore routine press privileges he once granted the Arkansas Times.

Boys night out

Wall Street Journal has more details of the ongoing criminal investigation of a top Porter Goss aide for improperly steering business to a buddy.

Cashing in

Asa Hutchinson did a masterful job in his financial reporting yesterday. By seeming to reveal more than required about a couple of speaking fees and a little gift, he adroitly managed to divert attention from the real meat of the report.

Cashing in

Asa Hutchinson did a masterful job in his financial reporting yesterday. By seeming to reveal more than required about a couple of speaking fees and a little gift, he adroitly managed to divert attention from the real meat of the report.

Labor pains

A reader calls for discussion on today's Democrat-Gazette editorial (not linkable; it's not posted on NW D-G site today) urging an end to recognition of the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association as bargaining agent for district teachers.

Labor pains

A reader calls for discussion on today's Democrat-Gazette editorial (not linkable; it's not posted on NW D-G site today) urging an end to recognition of the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association as bargaining agent for district teachers.

Far above the White River waters

Students at Lyon College created a spoof website to mark their graduation this year, including a list of good things about Batesville.

Oh, the sun shines bright on ...

...Barbaro  winner of this year's Kentucky Derby. The winner went off 5-1 at Churchill Downs.

Gettin' Out Saturday..Hurry!

Ooohhh it's a little late in the day, so I'll make this quick.... For rock: Smoke Up Johnny with the Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band.

Toad races

Thanks to Blog journalist of the day Gary Higgins for a.g. candidates Paul Suskie and Gunner DeLay with racing toads at Toadsuck Daze in Conway.

Open line Saturday

It's open. And, again, please, no, not that!

Open line Saturday

It's open. And, again, please, no, not that!

The race for attorney general

Lightning-round questions give a measure of the Democratic candidates.

One to watch

Details are sketchy in today's Morning News, but it would appear that road rage led to the shooting of a man up in Lowell yesterday.

That bird again

The ivory-billed woodpecker again fascinates a writer for the New York Times, this time Jack Hitt in a lengthy piece in the magazine section that recounts, in part, how he believes he saw the bird once thought extinct.

Word of the day: hubris

The Washington Post offers words that would be encouraging if we didn't remember the exit polls in 2004:

The problem is Bill

Daily Kos, the blogger known in real life as Markos Moulitsas,  in an op-ed for the Washington Post, says Hillary Clinton spells trouble for the Democratic Party. Why? Because the likely presidential nominee represents the failed political strategy of her husband.

The problem is Bill

Daily Kos, the blogger known in real life as Markos Moulitsas,  in an op-ed for the Washington Post, says Hillary Clinton spells trouble for the Democratic Party. Why? Because the likely presidential nominee represents the failed political strategy of her husband.

Sex is not for fun

A Harvard researcher says it would appear the "virginity pledges" favored by the abstinence-only crowd don't work so hot.

Put on a happy face

A good read in LA Times today on a trademark fight between a Frenchman and Wal-Mart over the familiar Mr. Smiley.

The candidates square off

Sorry, but neither the D-G, nor Morning News nor Stephens Media has anything to link yet on the joint appearance of the gubernatorial candidates yesterday before a press group.

The missing link

A word of explanation for very careful readers and those with RSS feeds who might have noticed a post that came and went a little while ago.

The missing link

A word of explanation for very careful readers and those with RSS feeds who might have noticed a post that came and went a little while ago.

A peek behind the curtains

A tip of the hat to today's Democrat-Gazette article by Seth Blomeley about e-mails he rounded up under the FOI that illustrated the governor's  successful political strategy to pass new anti-smoking legislation.

A peek behind the curtains

A tip of the hat to today's Democrat-Gazette article by Seth Blomeley about e-mails he rounded up under the FOI that illustrated the governor's  successful political strategy to pass new anti-smoking legislation.

Brummett on the race for a.g.

We finally got John Brummett up on our site. It's his take on the Democratic primary race for attorney general.

Gone fishin'

Come to think of it, what else could he have possibly said? U.S. President George W. Bush told a German newspaper his best moment in more than five years in office was catching a big perch in his own lake.

Gone fishin'

Come to think of it, what else could he have possibly said? U.S. President George W. Bush told a German newspaper his best moment in more than five years in office was catching a big perch in his own lake.

The Colbert report

We're with Brummett. Stephens Colbert scored in his routine before the White House correspondents' dinner last weekend.

This year's election

The LA Times explains today why it's risky to be overly optimistic about Democratic chances in congressional races this year.

Spinners at work

Rich stuff from Al Kamen in the Washington Post: Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration "talking points" -- saying things such as "President Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq" -- in every speech they give for the department.

No judicial endorsements

The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has declined to say that a federal court ruling has altered the state ethical rule that says judges may not publicly endorse or oppose candidates for political office.

Paron High closed

The state Board of Education decided today to close Paron High School. It's now part of the Bryant School District and Bryant officials said insufficient money, tiny classes and teachers doubling up in subjects all argued for closing the high school and shifting the students to Bryant High. Opponents of the closure said it would create burdensome bus rides.

Paron High closed

The state Board of Education decided today to close Paron High School. It's now part of the Bryant School District and Bryant officials said insufficient money, tiny classes and teachers doubling up in subjects all argued for closing the high school and shifting the students to Bryant High. Opponents of the closure said it would create burdensome bus rides.

Lethal injection challenge

Arkansas has joined states where condemned prisoners are challenging lethal injection as unconstitutionally cruel punishment. Terrick Nooner, sentenced to die for a 1993 murder in Pulaski County,  filed a challenge to the procedure last week in federal court in Pine Bluff.

Get involved

The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County will be interviewing candidates for office in the county beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Charter school's last chance

Maumelle's embattled Academics Plus charter school will voluntarily call it quits if it can't line up 286 students for the 2005-06 school year by July 1, Dean Elliott, chair of the school's board of directors, told the state board of education this afternoon.

Charter school's last chance

Maumelle's embattled Academics Plus charter school will voluntarily call it quits if it can't line up 286 students for the 2005-06 school year by July 1, Dean Elliott, chair of the school's board of directors, told the state board of education this afternoon.

Can't we get along?

Thanks  to the conservative Club for Growth, we are once again informed of critical words about the Republican governor.

The Derby revisited, via TV

That was an interesting trio that NBC caught in the stands: Smokey Robinson, Billy Gibbons  and Ludacris.

The Derby revisited, via TV

That was an interesting trio that NBC caught in the stands: Smokey Robinson, Billy Gibbons  and Ludacris.

Halter hearing tomorrow

The hearing for John Mark Clement's suit challenging Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Bill Halter's residency is set for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

U.S. marshal is out

Ray Carnahan is out as U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas, but that’s only the beginning of what sounds like a juicy story.

Huck continues prez push

Republican state chairs retreated to the exclusive Broadmoor resort in Colorado over the weekend. Amid some pessimistic briefings (for them) about how this year's elections will likely turn out for the GOP, apparently Arkansas Republicans took the opportunity to promote Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential prospects, according to National Journal's Hotine blog.

Huck continues prez push

Republican state chairs retreated to the exclusive Broadmoor resort in Colorado over the weekend. Amid some pessimistic briefings (for them) about how this year's elections will likely turn out for the GOP, apparently Arkansas Republicans took the opportunity to promote Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential prospects, according to National Journal's Hotine blog.

Faith and Tim confirmed by Alltel for July 28

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, back on the road together after six years, will perform live in the round at Alltel Arena on July 28, the arena announced today.

Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo coming Oct. 3

Bonnie Raitt's promotion folks have officially released her schedule, and she and Keb Mo will be appearing at Robinson Center Music Hall on Oct. 3.

Bug Pat Lynch for a change ...

... oh, ye wild and crazy lt. gov. guys. Bill Halter will be on with Lynch at 10 a.m.

Friendly fire

Others in the media have joined our protest of Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to stop notifying the Arkansas Times of news conferences and other news because he doesn't like what we write.

Friendly fire

Others in the media have joined our protest of Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to stop notifying the Arkansas Times of news conferences and other news because he doesn't like what we write.

Moving on up -- UPDATE

The website of First Baptist Church of Springdale announces that pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated in June for presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Governor's race: round one

Brummett, who was there, trots out the boxing metaphors for the joint appearance Saturday of Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson.

Governor's race: round one

Brummett, who was there, trots out the boxing metaphors for the joint appearance Saturday of Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson.

Road rage

The subject of the Morning News' lead feature today is road rage, following an apparent incident that left a man dead in Lowell.

Are you listening LR?

The Morning News with a report on Bentonville city impact fees: Bentonville's impact fees stirred plenty of public comment the first time around.

A fourth way? Or more hubris?

From the NY Times: WASHINGTON, May 8 — With Democrats increasingly optimistic about this year's midterm elections and the landscape for 2008, intellectuals in the center and on the left are debating how to sharpen the party's identity and present a clear alternative to the conservatism that has dominated political thought for a generation.

School success

The Washington Post today writes about the steady upward trend of Boston schools, despite the usual urban demographic challenges, under the leadership of a former Clinton administration official.

Calling Prince Albert -- UPDATE

Seymour Butts writes from Hempwallace with a report in the Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs. (It's behind the Hussman subscriber wall so we can't link, but here's enough to give you the idea):

Banks goes negative

Republicans are buzzing about a new round of attack ads Chuck Banks has launched on Jim Holt in the race for lt. gov. If we can ever find a link to the sound file, we'll post it.

Banks goes negative

Republicans are buzzing about a new round of attack ads Chuck Banks has launched on Jim Holt in the race for lt. gov. If we can ever find a link to the sound file, we'll post it.

Halter decision tomorrow -- TWO UPDATES

Judge Mary McGowan took testimony this morning on a challenge to Bill Halter's candidacy for lieutenant governor.

Spending the surplus

This morning on KARN, the governor didn't get around to his vendetta against the Arkansas Times.

Spending the surplus

This morning on KARN, the governor didn't get around to his vendetta against the Arkansas Times.

Culture of corruption

It's been clear for some time that you don't do business with the Bush administration unless you pay da man, money and lip service.

USC's Pete Carroll in town

No, he wasn't meeting with Little Rock bigwigs about taking over the Razorback head coaching job after cryin' Houston Nutt is finally shown the door.

New Iriana's looks great

Still no pizza being served at the new location, which is one floor directly under where I'm typing this.

Gettin' Out: Tuesday

Well, of course AmyB's gettin' out tonight. There is a night tonight, right?

Drain Dark Hollow

We just walked in to Channel 7's report that federal Judge George Howard had ruled against an environmental group's lawsuit calling for a full environmental impact study before North Little Rock drains the Dark Hollow wetland to build a Bass Pro Shops shopping center.

West Memphis Three heading to big screen

We hear big movie news from our colleague Mara Leveritt. This is From Sunday Variety.

Most endangered

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Alliance issued its annual list of most endangered historic sites, places that are in danger of survival.

Fighting fat

NY Times editorial writer Eleanor Randolph has written a lengthy op-ed (subscribers only), proposing 10 things to do about the "Big Fat American Kid Crisis."

Executive pay

Have some time on your hands? Check out the NY Times major report on executive pay -- with looks at rising personal use of corporate jets, the stock option scam and graphic comparisons of how company performance relates to CEO pay.

First things first -- UPDATE

Ah, those were the days. Katrina had hit.

First things first -- UPDATE

Ah, those were the days. Katrina had hit.

Huckansas -- UPDATE

There's the Mike and Janet Huckabee Lake in Hope. His-n-her nature centers.

Huckansas -- UPDATE

There's the Mike and Janet Huckabee Lake in Hope. His-n-her nature centers.

It's gotta be the plane

One lingering unanswered question about Gov. Mike Huckabee's decision to stop sending general press information to the Arkansas Times is: Why now?

Sports Column: J.R. and Henry on baseball

J.R. and Henry: Baseball on the tube, and the mighty Pujols There’s something about watching a baseball game on a still summer evening that takes you immediately back in time.

The Episcopal Brief

The Episcopal Collegiate School 2006 graduating class of 49 surely will have one of the most famous high school commencement speakers in Arkansas when they gather on the school lawn May 20.

Game and Fish secrets

The penchant for secrecy is spreading. The state Game and Fish Commission has denied our FOI request for its documents on the altercation between former U.S. Marshal Ray Carnahan and a wildlife officer.

On Books: Kaavya and the concept of book packaging

Here's a nice piece of writing on the situation involving young writer and Harvard student, Kaavya Viswanathan, accused of plagiarizing significant portions of another author's work in her best-selling "Opal" novel, and linking it to the corporation ruination today of the author's voice through the concept of book packaging.

Halter stays on -- TWO UPDATES

A Pulaski circuit judge has ruled Bill Halter is qualified to run for lieutenant governor.

Gettin' out: A wet Hump Day

An anxious AmyB is ready for the raindrops to stop and to get out partying with the rest of you, but first she has her radio show, as she notes at the end of this Gettin' Out report:

Great White's manager gets four years

All the national news outlets are reporting that  Daniel Biechele, the 29-year-old former  manager of rock band Great White, will spend four years in prison for the out-of-control pyrotechnics that caused a nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.
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