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May 11, 2006

Vol 4 • No 17

More on tax rebates

Here's Stephens Media's report on the governor's comment floating a tax rebate. We're still of a mind that calling the legislature into special session to authorize one-time payments of $50 to $200 or so amounts, in the end, to a strictly political move.

How low can he go?

More woeful numbers for Bush in the latest NY Times/CBS poll.

Walking the walk

The Morning News interviews James Johnston, the father-in-law of the man killed in a road rage episode in NW Ark. This is the case in which men with Hispanic surnames have been arrested.

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?

Searcy plant closure

As part of a nationwide reorganization and because of its acquisition of Maytag, Whirlpool is closing its dryer plant in Searcy at the end of 2006, which will put some 625 people out of work, the Searcy Chamber of Commerce said.

Hispanic birth rate jumps in Arkansas

Arkansas is among the four states with the fastest growing Hispanic population from 2000-03, according to report released this week by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

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.

Halter stays on -- TWO UPDATES

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

Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed

KUAR reports on a UA study that says exploration of the Fayetteville shale natural gas reserves in Arkansas could produce 10,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact by 2008.

The Observer

The Observer has heard the story of Quatie Ross, the Cherokee woman who died at Little Rock as she traveled the Trail of Tears, many times. The late history-loving Peg Smith, who did so much to preserve early Little Rock’s stories and structures, loved th

Editorial cartoon May 11

Words

How long before one is spinach?

Arkansas on-line

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture showed up on the Internet last week, and the people who took a look must have been pleased.

Old-time lynching

When Judge Wendell Griffen of the state Court of Appeals dared to run to be the first black justice of the Supreme Court, he should have guessed that a good old-fashioned lynching was in store.

In Deep Bizarro

Hey, Assmunch, how about another status report on the 21st century so far? OK, here goes. • We’re Joe Btfsplk and our little black cloud is named Iraq and it gets a little blacker with each passing day.

Golden golfers

Tiger Woods’ benefit appearance in late May at the Alotian Club, Warren Stephens’ ultra-private facility overlooking Lake Maumelle, will be the first of a five-year run of big-name pro golfers who will grace the club and help raise money for several chari

This week: A guest writer

Max Brantley takes the week off for Betsey Wright to write about the death penalty.

Orval May 11

This Modern World May 11

The week that was May 3-9

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … DIRTY LAUNDRY. The Democrat-Gazette, through strategic FOI requests, unearthed e-mail illustrating how the Huckabee administration pushed through anti-smoking legislation. Mean and disingenuous is what they are. Surprise.

Lost lamb

A Republican friend called the other day to commiserate over the Arkansas Times’ shabby treatment by Gov. Mike Huckabee, and to assure us that it will not be rewarded by those whose presidential nomination the governor now seeks. “The party of Dick Cheney

Will see 'United 93'

In his column last week Bob McCord suggests I wrote (in my column of April 28) that I would probably never see Paul Greengrass’ film “United 93.” That’s not the case. In fact, I wrote that I felt “a certain professional responsibility to see it” because c

Nuclear attack

Asa Hutchinson recently made two reasonable suggestions that seemed fairly uncontroversial. But both times, Democratic leaders responded with attacks.

A fight lost by mere picking

Gov. Mike Huckabee’s name was deep mud last week — deservedly, of course — in a small but active and potentially influential universe.

Smart Talk

This week: The new lodge on Mount Magazine; the killing fields of Mempis and Little Rock; some book titles for the left.

The rebate idea

Some pros, some cons in Huckabee's idea to rebate a few dollars of the state surplus, Brummett writes.

Arkansas treehouse

Ezra Idlet, the taller half of Trout Fishing in America, is featured in the home and garden section of today's New York Times for the treehouse home he's building in the Boston Mountains. Off the grid, the house is powered when needed by propane and there's a composting toilet.

Corruption: growth industry

NY Times: WASHINGTON, May 10 — A post-9/11 effort by the F.B.I. to concentrate on public corruption now includes more than 2,000 investigations under way, highlighted by the Jack Abramoff lobbying inquiry, the racketeering and fraud conviction of former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois, and the multipronged corruption probes after the guilty plea by Randy Cunningham, a former Republican House member from San Diego, bureau officials said.

How low can he go?

Lower still, the Washington Post suggests, because the conservative base is abandoning him. (This, for a variety of reasons, isn't necessarily good news for those on the other side.

Cheaper alcohol

Wall Street Journal reports today on a little-noticed Washington court ruling that could spell the end to the three-tier alcohol sales system used in many states, including Arkanas.

Dude, who stole our country? -- UPDATE

A blockbuster in USA Today: The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

More booze news

Developer Bruce Burrow is chafing at the state law that requires signatures from 38 percent of a voting jurisdiction's voters to get a wet-dry proposition on the ballot.

Be still my heart

A press release rolled in from Asa Hutchinson about "excessive bussing" and we thought, at last, a sexy topic.

Road rage

Arraignment today in the road rage killing in NW Ark. finally provides some details on how the shooting unfolded, reported here by KHBS/KHOG.

Gettin' Out: Thursday

AmyB has a smile on her face, because it's sunny and NOT raining. But soon, it will be dark, when Amy really smiles and GETS OUT.

Just for fun, check this site

This web site of street art was passed along to me, and it's fascinating enough to share with you.

Diners give new Iriana's a strong kickoff

All but two tables were taken when we finally made it to lunch (four of us) downstairs, one floor below us, at the new Iriana's.

Cultivating abstraction

Painter Beverly McLarty is on a new path, and it was quite a gap she bridged to get there.

TV highlights May 11

TEENS BEHIND THE WHEEL 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) DEADLIEST CATCH 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 The Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53) CAN YOU AFFORD TO RETIRE? 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Br

What's cooking-Capsule reviews May 11

What's cooking: Walker’s Bar-B-Que Company, Mimi’s Cafe Capsule reviews: EJ's Eats and Drinks, Vieux Carre

Hall: Marked for improvement

It came up in conversation with a new acquaintance a couple of weeks ago that I was a graduate of Hall High School. “And you can spell?” he asked. He was joking, but in the same way the Northeastern kids at the out-of-state college I went to joked

Territorial restoration

Today’s Arkansans can experience how yesterday’s Arkansans lived when the Historic Arkansas Museum holds its 33rd annual Territorial Fair on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free.

Kisses all around

To paraphrase its guest artist and director, the Arkansas Festival Ballet hopes to mimic the prince and give the “kiss of life” to the 6-year-old company with its ambitious project “Snow White,” to be performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre this weeke

Cruise, ‘M:I-3’ not a pretty sight

When it comes to film, the third time is rarely the charm. As has been proven time and again, movie franchises tend to age more like buttermilk than wine, and by the time you get to a third installment of anything, the results are rarely pretty. The lates

‘West Wing’ calls it a day

If only the U.S.A. could be governed as greatly as the fictional one has been by Jed Bartlet for the past eight years on the “The West Wing.” If only we had the kind of hope offered by the fictional president-elect Matthew Santos and his Republican Secret

Voting machines get touchy

Amid the recent failure to install electronic touch-screen voting machines statewide in time for the early primary voting that began May 8, little attention has been paid to the problems and confusion those machines potentially will produce.

EJ’s Eats: What a capital idea!

EJ’s Eats, once in a small, dark storefront in Hillcrest, has found its real home: a large, bright corner space at Center and Sixth streets.

She carried you for nine months

Two things I got from my mother: I’m always late, and I’m efficient under pressure — because, well, I’m always late. So just under the wire, I’ve gathered up a nice and varied list of Mother’s Day gift possibilities, arranged in such a way as to minimize

All lovey dovey

Love has kept Christine Albert and Chris Gage together for 10 years and five albums. They’ll be headlining at Acoustic Sounds Cafe on Friday, May 12.

Territorial restoration

Today’s Arkansans can experience how yesterday’s Arkansans lived when the Historic Arkansas Museum holds its 33rd annual Territorial Fair on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free.

Local med student elected to Medical Society Board

Christian Hester of Little Rock has been appointed as the Arkansas Medical Society Student Trustee.

Local physicians elected to state and national offices

The Arkansas Medical Society adjourned its 130 th Annual Session, Friday, May 5, 2006, with the election of state officers by the House of Delegates.

A liver let him live

Greg Gilliland, 57, of Hot Springs is a muscular and imposing 6 feet 4 inches, his healthy skin a perfect complement to sky blue eyes. Sixteen months ago, he was on his hands and knees on the floor of the men’s room at the Garland County DHHS office, we

Bedside manor ? the hospitalist’s bailiwickn holdingsicesk villeds banquetrt diseaseaborative

What if you, during a stay in the hospital, knew that your internist was never further than five minutes away? That you would know the results of blood work and X-rays quickly, and that your family would too, without having to make a 5 a.m. trip to the ho

Hospital shopping

According to a New York Times study of data on more than 3,000 hospitals assessed by the Hospital Quality Alliance and published last August, if you were shopping in Arkansas in 2004 for cardiac care, you were looking at the lowest performing hospitals in

U-pick-em

The Republican candidates for lt. gov. had a joint appearance yesterday. The Stephens Media account produces little by way of impressive differences.

A working man's lot

You think the workers' comp system isn't skewed against the worker? Here's a case where an employee of a rehabilitation business was at work, during working hours and on the business premises when a client attacked him and injured him.

Organic Rice Krispies?

Organic Kraft macaroni and cheese? These and more wonders are coming because the growing popularity of organic food and, more particularly, Wal-Mart's push of producers to put more organic products on its shelves.

It's tough all over

The country isn't ready for the touch-screen voting machines mandated by federal law, it becomes more evident.

It's tough all over

The country isn't ready for the touch-screen voting machines mandated by federal law, it becomes more evident.

The tax cut

Belatedly, a kind word for Sen. Blanche Lincoln -- but not for Mark Pryor. She voted against (he for) yesterday's extension of the Bush tax cuts, which overwhelmingly favor the wealthiest taxpayers and do next-to-nothing for wage slaves.

The tax cut

Belatedly, a kind word for Sen. Blanche Lincoln -- but not for Mark Pryor. She voted against (he for) yesterday's extension of the Bush tax cuts, which overwhelmingly favor the wealthiest taxpayers and do next-to-nothing for wage slaves.

Early morning media criticism

The cock has not yet crowed, but our Hempwallace bureau has already reviewed the morning D-G and offered a quick media commentary on its handling of yesterday's Bush outrage of the day.

How low can he go?

Bush's approval drops into the 20s according to a Harris poll taken BEFORE the revelation of illegal snooping into the telephone records of millions of American citizens.

Protecting Lake Maumelle

Just in is a report from Central Arkansas Water's outside consultants, Tetra Tech, for management of development in the Lake Maumelle watershed.

The telephone scandal

Death By Inches, the prolific Ark. Blog reader, let us down on coverage of Laura Bush's recent visit to Fort Smith, but he makes up for it today by this post on the Bush administration snooping into the telephone records:

The hunter gets captured

By popular demand, a link to NY Times on the arrest of Robert Ray, the final Whitewater special persecutor, himself arrested for stalking a former girlfriend.

Beebe by 11

Rasmussen has released its latest tracking poll in the race for governor. Mike Beebe is still up by 11 -- 49 to 38 -- over Asa Hutchinson.

Morrilton rest stop murder

Charge filed in the infamous 2000 case, Fox 16 and KTHV report.

"Poseidon": Will it float?

"Poseidon," the remake of the 1972 all-star-cast disaster flick "The Poseidon Adventure," opens nationally today.

You do know the ice show's canceled, right?

Michael Marion at Alltel Arena sends word that, despite news reports here and in the statewide daily and elsewhere a few weeks ago that the John Hancock Champions on Ice show for June had been canceled, a lot of tickets are apparently out there that have not been returned for refunds.

To do weekend: "Snow White"

Our lead-page feature story in the Times' Arts and Entertainment section focuses on the Arkansas Festival Ballet's ambition production of "Snow White," danced to the music of Edvard Grieg and directed by AFB's guest artist in residence, Mark Bush.

Guitarist Chris Henry lands Monday spot on 'GMA'

That's the local "GMA," as in "Good Morning Arkansas" at 9 a.m. on KATV. But if you have a chance at a TV set between 9-10 a.m., catch Chris Henry, a young guitar phenom from Little Rock who shocked and awed the crowds at the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase earlier this year.

Name that bridge

If it's good enough for the Huckabees, why not everyone else? If you don't already know -- and judging by our e-mail, lots of people do -- there's an on-line petition drive underway to name the pedestrian/bike bridge being built over Murray Lock and Dam for County Judge Buddy Villines, who pushed for the project.

Amyb's Gettin' Out: Friday

Here's Amy Brawner's full rundown of the club and music happenings tonight. Certainly out of this list there is something  you'll like:

Food fest

Other cities have annual food festivals (Chicago's comes to mind) and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce announces today, in partnership with the Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus law firm, a mini-version, the Taste of the Rock.

Food fest

Other cities have annual food festivals (Chicago's comes to mind) and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce announces today, in partnership with the Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus law firm, a mini-version, the Taste of the Rock.

Everybody misses Bill

Well, maybe not everybody. But thanks to Roland for this link to a CNN poll that shows a solid majority think Bill Clinton did better than George Bush on most issues.

Crowded at the top

There are 273 physicians on the Arkansas Times’ 2006 list of Best Doctors. Our annual publication, now in its 12th year, makes use this year of a list compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a national organization that surveys doctors around the country. Best Doc

New liver, new life

By the age of 13, Youmin Wu was living on his own, in Nanjing, in China’s Jiangsu Province. It was 1968, the Cultural Revolution had begun, and his father (a former general in the People’s Liberation Army) and his mother had been sent to work on a farm. H

Bush's snooping

The law allows the Bush administration to snoop through average citizens' phone records? Nope, it doesn't, a number of lawyers say.

Arkie angle

Today's there's-an-Arkie-everywhere story: A Lebanese playwright making a stir by producing "The Vagina Monologues" in Beirut earned her master's in directing in Arkansas, the Washington Post says in a feature on Lina Khoury.

Open up the phones

It's slow. Let's talk.

Open up the phones

It's slow. Let's talk.

Gettin' Out Saturday: the Early Edition!

Yeah, I know most of you guys that read this blog are still in la-la land, after staying up all night checking out the 30-something activities going on...good for you.

Hold the phone

Stephens Media columnists are all over Telephonegate. Brummett, as usual, gets to the commonsense part.

Sure, the people get it

You knew the early flash polls on the telephone snooping wouldn't hold up as people learn more about how the Bush administration has -- again -- abused the law and the people.

Breakout: A.G.

A reader had a good idea: some separate threads on political races. Let's make this one the race for attorney general.

Breakout: Legislature

What about legislative race news here. We live in House District 37, where Sam Ledbetter is term-limited.

Breakout: Legislature

What about legislative race news here. We live in House District 37, where Sam Ledbetter is term-limited.

Frog march time

Says here that Karl Rove has been indicted. No mainstream media confirmation, but the blogs are chattering about the report by Jason Leopold, a former Dow Jones reporter, for Truthout.

It's hard out there for a pimp

McCain visits Falwell U. to kiss the preacher's ring and defend the war in Iraq.

Tis the season

Stephens Media's Capitol website is up and running early this Sunday and crammed with election advances.

Endorsement time

Pritchard over Duggar, and other Morning News legislative endorsements.

Acxiom proxy fright

A battle for Acxiom board seats led by an unhappy investor grop headed by Jeffrey Ubben is the subject of a front-of-the-biz section column in NY Times today, but it is available to subscribers only.

Travel plans

Summer is almost upon us. And one way to hold down the pain of gas prices is to travel closer to home.

How dumb can she be?

Laura Bush doesn't believe her husband's low poll numbers. "I don't really believe those polls.

Breakout: Louie, louie

OK, duck and cover. Here's your lt. gov. thread.

Breakout: Louie, louie

OK, duck and cover. Here's your lt. gov. thread.

Anybody have Laura Bush's e-mail?

If so, send her the latest USA Today/Gallup: WASHINGTON — The majority of Americans disapprove of a massive Pentagon database containing the records of billions of phone calls made by ordinary citizens, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Frogmarch update

Truthout's man stands by his Rove report and some explanation about timing.

New hospice unit at St. Joseph's

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning (May 2) to introduce the community to its new Inpatient Hospice Service in cooperation with Arkansas Hospice, Inc.

St. Joseph's wins awards

The fourth annual Governor’s Family Friendly Employer Awards luncheon was held at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock on April 10 and St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center came away a big winner.

What's the Democrats' story?

Democrats can't win on Bush disasters alone, Brummett writes. But what does the party run ON as opposed to AGAINST?

The Southwest Air story

Good read in NY Times today on the 17 original employees of Southwest Airlines -- millionaires all -- still working for the hustling low-cost carrier, which came to dominate LR boardings as it does other cities it serves.

Guarding the border

Yes, National Guard troops from everywhere, including Arkansas, will be called to patrol the Mexican border under the plan Bush will announce today.

Starving the beast

Jonathan Chait in LA Times writes about a study getting growing attention: It demonstrates that tax cuts historically have led to increased government spending (see the Bush Administration) and tax increases have led to reductions in government outlays (see the Clinton years).

Starving the beast

Jonathan Chait in LA Times writes about a study getting growing attention: It demonstrates that tax cuts historically have led to increased government spending (see the Bush Administration) and tax increases have led to reductions in government outlays (see the Clinton years).

Buckle up

USA Today reports that rural young men who drive pickups are the most likely not to wear seatbealts.

Rove report denied

New York Sun, quoting a Karl Rove aide, says the Truthout report on a Rove indictment is a "complete fabrication."

Feed the base

A mention of Karl Rove is a good time to mention the NY Times story this morning about how conservatives think Bush should bring the fervor of the Republican base back to the mid-term election.

Ark. sportsmen polled on global warming

Survey results released today by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation show that a majority of Arkansas sportsmen believe that global warming is a reality that demands counter-measures.

Sierra Club endorses Herzfeld for a.g.

Speaking of the environment, the Arkansas Sierra Club today endorsed Robert Herzfeld in the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Gettin' Out: Monday fun

Amy Brawner says that if you think Little Rock rolls the sidewalksup at 6 on Monday, you're wrong.

Signing day

For the second year, the Little Rock Public Education Foundation today threw a "signing day" celebration for more than five dozen Little Rock School District kids who've won big academic scholarships.

How low can he go?

This time we're not talking about polls. We're talking about still more un-American, corrupt practices by an administration that makes Warren Harding deserving of sainthood.

Poll: Halter leads in Dem. lt. gov. primary

With one week to go before the May 23 primary, KTHV today will release the results of a Survey USA poll on all of the contested races.

Poll: Halter leads in Dem. lt. gov. primary

With one week to go before the May 23 primary, KTHV today will release the results of a Survey USA poll on all of the contested races.

Corporate welfare survives

The U.S. Supreme Court today gave a victory to corporate welfare proponents by saying taxpayers didn't have standing to sue over tax breaks extended by Ohio to land an auto plant.

Corporate welfare survives

The U.S. Supreme Court today gave a victory to corporate welfare proponents by saying taxpayers didn't have standing to sue over tax breaks extended by Ohio to land an auto plant.

And you thought Catholics were uptight about 'The Da Vinci Code'?

I was visiting relatives near Sulphur Springs, Texas, over the weekend, and Sunday morning meant going to the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, where the preacher made his sermon all about what's wrong with "The Da Vinci Code."

And you thought Catholics were uptight about 'The Da Vinci Code'?

I was visiting relatives near Sulphur Springs, Texas, over the weekend, and Sunday morning meant going to the First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, where the preacher made his sermon all about what's wrong with "The Da Vinci Code."

Poll: Holt in a 'landslide'

We sure do love our leakers. Here are the results of KTHV's Survey USA poll on the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, which show Jim Holt with a commanding lead over his rivals:

Korean gate to welcome visitors to LR

The Little Rock Bureau of Convention and Visitors announces that work has begun on a $1 million (yes $1 million) garden on the east side of the Statehouse Convention Center, a memorial to H.U. Lee, the Korean taekwondo master who located in Little Rock and brings thousands and thousands of taekwondo practitioners to LR for a convention each year.

So, whadya think?

Of the president.

Surgical Clinic offers laser scanning

The Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas, located at the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, has opened the “ContourMed Clinic” within its medical offices. This is the first physician group in the US to offer ContourMe

No pity for Paron

Brummett nails the defenders of pitiful Paron. The inconvenience of long bus rides -- or a long drive to Wal-Mart -- is one of the tradeoffs of rural living.

Teacher pay moves up

Morning News reports that Rogers teachers will get a $4,000 pay bump next year and current teachers will get a one-time $2,000 bonus if they finish the year.

Judicial endorsements

Even though we engage in the practice, we think newspaper endorsements have limited impact on elections.

The cost of growth

Sewer and water impact fees seem likely to rise in Fayetteville and surrounding cities, NWA Times reports. (This is a hint to LR, facing giant sewer rate increases to build a plant sufficient to serve as-yet-undeveloped areas.)

'Poseidon' swamped at the box office

Sorry. In between still mulling the religious prattle thrown at us Sunday about "The Da Vinci Code," and really not caring about last weekend's movie releases or the second week of Tom Cruise's "M:I-3," we failed to notice the weekend box office totals, which basically weren't good at all for anyone: Cruise seems to have turned off a large segment of moviegoers, apparently, even as "M:I-3" plods toward box-car millions, but the surprises were that "Poseidon" did a meager $22 mil or so, and Lindsay Lohan's "Just My Luck" was ****-out of it, with $5.5 million.

Web sextra

I didn't post this earlier, because I thought it would surely be in the LR edition of the D-G.

Another prep phenom is headed to the housgow

No, it's not really entertaining at all, but it's probably fodder for a made-for-TV movie.

Korean gateway

An item last night about a decorative Korean gate and garden at the Statehouse Convention Center in honor of local taekwondo master H.U. Lee drew quite a few comments, including some questions about the precise location.

Arkansas is in step

Survey USA puts Bush approval rating at 32 percent in Arkansas. He's only in the plus column in Utah (51) and Wyoming (50).

Quote of the day

Morning News reports on the public intoxication arrest of an LSU runner, Drew Haro, who apparently had a few too many following the SEC meet in Fayetteville.

Bishop departs

KATV: Bishop Peter Sartain of the Little Rock Catholic Diocese is heading to Joliet, Ill., to replace a bishop resigning on account of age.

Huckette

Wonkette really has a thing for our governor. He's cracked the hot gossip column again, albeit with note of his unpleasant attitude toward certain members of the working press.

Huckette

Wonkette really has a thing for our governor. He's cracked the hot gossip column again, albeit with note of his unpleasant attitude toward certain members of the working press.

'The West Wing' finale errorfest

The Washington Post's Reliable Source takes apart Sunday's "West Wing" finale. As readers of my column know, I've sorta traveled with the two-term Jed Bartlet these seven years of the Aaron Sorkin-created series, and it was like a good friend was moving away Sunday night.

Nickelback and a good support line coming Aug. 31

Nickelback headlines an Aug. 31 show at Alltel Arena, it was announced late yesterday, and some good opening acts are on the bill: Hoobastank and Chevelle, along with Hinder.

Sure, why not?

The Arkansas Democratic Party uses the president's hell-on-the-border message to remind Arkansas voters that the Republican gubernatorial candidate used to be in charge of that security detail.

Gettin' Out: Tuesday

AmyB says there are a few thingalings to check out Tuesday: I guess they didn’t get pooped from their set at the Honky show last night: Josh the Devil and the Sinners will be at White Water tonight, along with 3 Tigers and Jury on Tuesday.

National buzz for 'Buddy's bridge'

The new June edition of Bicycling magazine opens with a note from editor Stephen Madden about his recent trip to Little Rock to see the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River that's about to open at Murray Lock and Dam.

Summit set on influenza pandemic

The current status of Arkansas’ pandemic influenza planning will be discussed at the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health (DOH), Regional Pandemic Influenza Summit on May 19 at the U of A Monticello Gibson University Center

Another man from Hope

You heard it first from an Arkansas Blog reader that Gov. Huckabee was recasting his presidential exploration PAC from the Healthy America to Hope for America PAC, part of an effort to retool himself as more than a single-issue candidate.

Another man from Hope

You heard it first from an Arkansas Blog reader that Gov. Huckabee was recasting his presidential exploration PAC from the Healthy America to Hope for America PAC, part of an effort to retool himself as more than a single-issue candidate.

Parole board secrecy

About the mysterious stories, another today in D-G, about the resignation of a gubernatorial appointee to the Parole Board, Larry Zeno.

Parole board secrecy

About the mysterious stories, another today in D-G, about the resignation of a gubernatorial appointee to the Parole Board, Larry Zeno.

More on Huck's DC confab

In our previous item this morning about Gov. Mike Huckabee's roundtable with national reporters yesterday in Washington, D.C., we rounded up some highs and lows from standard news reports (including an allusion to armed robbery that was a typically lame attempt at humor).

Vandals strike Runaway Planet

Word is circulating around the local music biz that the bluegrass band Runaway Planet had its gear stolen Saturday night.

Together at last: Barney Frank and Fred Phelps

This is a few days late, but worthy of note since Arkansas got on this train early.

Together at last: Barney Frank and Fred Phelps

This is a few days late, but worthy of note since Arkansas got on this train early.

And the winners are

Dadgummit. We missed the annual Quiz Bowl championships on AETN.

Sports Column: J.R. and Henry on UA's sports relevance

J.R. and Henry: Irrelevant, anyone?   In the coaching profession, there is something to be said for leading a team with low expectations.

Kids get ready for Tiger's appearance

Harry King of Stephens Media writes about the First Tee kids in Fort Smith who might get to ask questions of Tiger Woods when he appears May 30 at the Alotian Club in Little Rock for an 7:30 a.m. exhibition before he plays in the Jack Stephens Charitable Golf Tournament.

Gettin' Out: Hump day with Phantazmelodia

AmyB slips in, on her way to her blues show on 88.3 (she's on til 5), saying "Here’s a couple of things that you just gotta see.

Telephone calls

Too late to check further, but we've gotten a number of complaints about automated telephone calls today SEEMINGLY in support of Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin.
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