Buddhists fit easily into a traditional Ozark lifestyle.
Vol 37 • No 36
UAF helps preserve a threatened culture.
A Springdale school millage passed tonight, over Tea Party opposition, by a bare 44 votes.
'Marilyn' launches the inaugural season at Arkansas TheatreWorks.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is "the project of the decade," David Houston, the museum's director of curatorial and one of many imports who've left major museums to come to the wilds of Arkansas, told a reporter at last week's press tour of the grounds and buildings in Bentonville.
New venues swell 2nd Friday.
Former U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder has no hard feelings about being bypassed for the presidency of the University of Arknasas system, but criticism for the process.
He faces the prospect of maybe having to run again for president in order to re-up his brand for continued media/show biz viability.
See an overview of the maximum and median salaries and wages and number of employees for all 18 City of Little Rock departments.
It's been two years since M2 Gallery brought the artwork of Tim West to the public, and now they're bringing it back in a big way with "Westland: The Life and Art of Tim West," which features artwork by Tim West and photography by Diana Michelle Hausam.
Some are self-described "hat people," while others think they can't pull off the look. But here's a newsflash: With all the styles available now, anyone can (and should) wear hats!
They're back in the Rock.
If you're a fan of homestyle chow and happen to be in Maumelle, you could do a heck of a lot worse than Kierre's.
The on-line political journal The Onion exposes the weakness of mitt Romney.
Recent storms have kept waterfalls across Arkansas flowing, like Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton.
With the exception of 2006, every governor's race in Arkansas since 1978 has included a sitting governor. We should be looking at 18 months of nonstop political action
Also, Stickyz serves up NOLA brass funk from the Soul Rebels Brass Band this Saturday.
With ever-increasing frequency, Arkansas eateries are making well-executed, delicious, meat-free dishes.
The Little Rock National Airport, rolling in dough from parking lot, retail and airline fees, awarded 139 employees raises ranging from 1 to 5 percent.
Packet House, the historic vacant home on Carpetbagger Hill on Cantrell Road, may finally have a buyer.
The debate at the House of Dominoes the other day was over who should get the credit.
"I am writing to let you know how disgusted I am about the cover of your May 4 issue. Are you trying to turn into a sleazy men's magazine?"
'Something Borrowed' strikes a dull chord.
New sister site to cover crime.
We've thought about this business a lot this semester, which is why we found it so odd to walk into a classroom the day after Bin Laden was killed.
Low interest federal loans for those with damaged homes or property in the 13 Arkansas counties declared federal disaster areas and all adjacent counties.
Our annual readers' choice poll for the Best of Arkansas in dozens of categories from retail to restaurants is live!
According to analysis by Sperling's Best Places published recently in the New York Times, it's the second most likely metro area in the United States to experience a natural disaster.
We've written several times about the missing of, as in "Lend me a couple dollars."
Also, The Underground (formerly Underground Pub) is closing.
Arkansas Racing Commission granted the Southland racino in West Memphis "emergency status" to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
And, on Netflix, "Marwencol."
Also, the Jewish Food Festival returns to the River Market Pavilions.
Why not? Why should major oil companies awash in profits not give up their tax breaks?
You can't get fresher than catching what you consume. DeVito's Restaurant in Harrison gives you the chance to hook your dinner.
Couldn't get a ticket to the Dalai Lama's appearances at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville today?
Ruth Carney, the preacher's wife elected mayor in Hot Springs, gets ripped in her hometown newspaper today for an example of her ill-considered humor that we mentioned yesterday.
The highway department said flood water receded sufficiently to reopen the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between Hazen and Brinkley this morning.
Nate Silver has produced the be-all, end-all summary of polling and futures trading to date on the Republican presidential nominee for 2012.
After beating the living crap out of Democrats in 2010 on the spurious charge that they wanted to wreck Medicare (by curbing some of the abuses of private insurance companies in the alternative Medicare program), now House freshman Republicans are pleading for the Democrats to stop criticizing their plan to privatize Medicare (which will ultimately kill it) at the same time they are pushing for tax breaks for millionaires.
The Arkansas affiliate of the ACLU, as part of a national project, has written letters demanding that the Little Rock School District and the eStem Public Charter Schools stop blocking access on their computer systems to websites with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender content.
KUAR celebrates Arkansas Heritage Month with this year's installment of the music, comedy and storytelling revue.
MALCOLM HOLCOMBE10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $7 "He's the best singer/songwriter I ever threw out of my studio."
The celebrated Texan rocker returns to Juanita's. We're pumped.
Roby Brock's did a live Internet-streamed interview today with Gov. Mike Beebe, the first in a planned series of Q&As with politicians, and it sounds like the governor got quite a few questions about environmental protection in Fayetteville shale exploration.
[slideshow-1]I've finally posted photographs from my tour of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and I draw your attention to this week's print edition article about the museum.
A new local food blog offers simple, tasty vegan recipes.
City Manager Bruce Moore has responded to an animal rights group's call for the city of Little Rock to send its surviving elephant, Ellen, to an elephant sanctuary now that her long-time companion Mary has died.
The Clinton Presidential Center and Arkansas Baptist College backing a weekend-long basketball tournament.
19 performances are in line for UCA's successful cultural event series, once again bringing music, authors, theater and lecturers to the Reynolds Performance Hall.
The food truck explosion continues. Last Friday, Chan Pethaperumal and Poorni Muthaian opened Banana Leaf, a mobile kitchen that serves Indian food.
For the sucker born every minute, Mike Huckabee has a get-rich scheme a minute. Thanks to a tipster for news of a new Huckabee enterprise.
Judy Henderson's ceramic vase, "Happy Hour," seems an appropriate sign off as we look forward to Friday and tomorrow night's 2nd Friday Art Night.
The Arkansas Lottery Commisson met today. New commissioners Bruce Engstrom and Steve Faris showed they were ready to get to work.
The Wednesday night line is open.
Our annual readers' choice poll for the Best of Arkansas in dozens of categories from retail to restaurants is live now.
News from the University of Arkansas includes a report on a study by an economics researcher at the UA on prostitution.Contrary to assumptions that women enter the prostitution market only because they are desperate — that they need money to pay bills or buy drugs — the study indicates that many women, especially educated, affluent women, are making a rational decision to enter certain segments of the prostitution market.
Yes, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is on the House Armed Services Committee and yes he joined the Republican majority that voted to delay implementation of legal service of gay people in the military.
John Brummett today is entirely too calm and rational in trying to explain the role of government.
I haven't seen signs of this in Arkansas yet, but it's worth thinking about. The New York Times reports on efforts of cash-strapped cities to extract payments in lieu of taxes from exempt non-profits.
Blog reader JRB points me to an interesting New York magazine article about the notion that college is a waste of time and money.
It’s changed hands, it’s battled with whether or not it’ll be 24 hours… but one thing’s for sure: its burgers typify the American Classic style.
607 and Bobby are working on a new Ear Fear album.
The Arkansas R&B pioneer gets the remix treatment from DJ Premier.
After a year of absence, Ms. Lena's famed fried pies will soon be available once more.
A mock website pokes fun at a Missouri-based coal company, plus an update on the John W. Turk power plant in Hempstead County.
Blue Hog Report does some digging and finds that no records are being kept on state-owned vehicles in the Secretary of State office's fleet.
Arkansas farmers have been hit hard by rain so far this year. One farmer tells his story on NPR's Here and Now.
I'm back. A good funeral, almost 94 years well-remembered plus a rare gathering of extended family.
All Aboard Restaurant and Grill, which might win our lifetime achievement award for Most Ambitious/Weirdest/Most Unnecessarily-Complicated Restaurant Concept Ever, is now open at 6813 Cantrell Road next to Stein Mart.
The esteemed newgrass outfit comes to Searcy this September.
Thirteen artists present acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, ceramics and jewelry tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road.
I've continued to exchange notes with John Bacon, who heads the eStem Public Charter School, over the ACLU complaint that eStem and the Little Rock School District had placed filters on school computer networks that blocked access to legitimate, educational websites about homosexuality — support groups for gay kids, for example.
"Mid-Southern Watercolorists' Annual Exhibition" and live music at the museum.
The Thursday night line is open. Meanwhile:
More than 90 teams will grill off and compete on the Arkansas River North shore at the North Little Rock RV Park for cash, prizes and fun Saturday.
Stickyz hosts the pop-punk godfathers who mixed rock and '50s crooning to huge success in the '90s.
The Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs hosts two days of shop talk, Bloody Marys and giggin'.
The one-man jam-band returns to Revolution with his wild bag full of tricks. And loop pedals.
Tulsa's left-field jazz sextet returns to The Afterthought to bend a few brains.
We reported here last week that Arkansas Times senior editor Mara Leveritt had filed a professional conduct complaint against Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for refusing to be moved by evidence of juror misconduct in the West Memphis Threee case and continuing to fight to kill a defendant unjustly convicted.
Thanks to several night owls for adding to the open line last night the Little Rock School Board's selection of Morris Holmes, currently interim superintendent, to lead the district through the 2012-13 school year.
Hope you noticed Lindsey Millar's news report last night on a new round of financial problems for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute.
Paul Krugman today pokes the House Republicans, including Rep. Tim Griffin, who are crying crocodile tears about being called out for their proposal to kill Medicare and cut taxes on the rich.
Anyone would be hard pressed to determine the best pie offered at the popular Alma pie stop. But this pie's better than the strawberry, German chocolate or anything else we've tried (yet).
The reporting in the Democrat-Gazette yesterday and today on Lottery Commission Chairman Dianne Lamberth instilled little confidence in lottery operations.
OK, I'm parceling out the 2nd Friday Night venues, because there's so much going on it seems unfair to lump it.
Lots of art in the Lafayette lobby from 5-8 p.m.
A reclusive artist, a photographer, a film.
Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn of Fayetteville, who’s made headlines because of some controversy over televising her drug court, submitted her resignation today to Gov. Mike Beebe.
Mike Huckabee is promising a major announcement Saturday. Another Alaskan cruise?
We've reported his candidacy previously, but Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Abramson of Holly Grove will formally announce his candidacy for an open state Supreme Court seat Monday at news conferences at Clarendon and Little Rock.
This weekend offers tons of barbecue, psychedelta, pop-folk and more.
In Defense of Animals, an animals right group, has responded to City Manager Bruce Moore's defense of the Little Rock Zoo's decision to keep its one elephant, Ellen, and continue to try to find a companion for her, rather than shipping the aging animal to a sanctuary.
Figures are expected today on income and payouts of Social Security. You might find the media backgrounder on the numbers interesting, when the spinning begins.
Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn has not returned my call. But questions only grow about where she'll get the "cast" for her reality TV show when she leaves the bench June 11 to begin producing a drug court show.
Virmarie DePoyster has decided to leave her landscapes at the Guachoya Art Museum.
Quapaw Quarter United Methodist is another special 2nd Friday Art Night venue: Check out work by Sharla Chalfant, Charles Henry James, Lisa Claas-James, Hamid Ebrahimifar, David Warren, Kathy Nugent, Dominique Simmons, Tim Ellison and Lyuba Bogan between 5 and 8 p.m. tonight.
Malcolm Holcombe rocked the White Water Tavern last night.
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is in debt.
Lucero frontman Ben Nichols was featured on Here and Now today.
What does "Blank" mean? Find out tonight at the Cox Creative Center, where UALR printmaking students have hung a show of their interpretation of the term.
It's open for you. Closing items: * BONKERS IN BRYANT: The Saline County Republicans have slated one of the biggest wackjobs in Congress, Louie Gohmert of Texas, to be their Lincoln Day speaker May 21 at Bryant.
This week: Mike Huckabee's "big decision," Circuit Judge Mary Gunn's burgeoning reality TV career, ethical lapses at the lottery commission and the Little Rock School Board's selection of Morris Holmes to lead the district through the 2012-2013 school year.
Find the annual base salaries of more than 700 Little Rock government employees and the hourly wages of nearly 2,000 more.
A railroad themed restaurant sounds interesting and refreshing. I just wish the food was as interesting.
Overheard at the Afterthought: Norma Bates has been engaged for a makeover of Janet Huckabee.
The trend of commentary on Mike Huckabee's publicity stunt today is still that he'll say on his Fox News show tonight that he's NOT running for president.
The National Food Blogger Bake Sale event in Argenta raises $843 for the charity.
John Brummett talks today with Bill Lewellen, a lawyer and former state senator, about a question David Koon explored for us at some length after a Marianna jury ignored bullet-proof DNA evidence and refused to convict Anne Pressly's killer, Curtis Vance, of raping a white Marianna school teacher.
I'm going to indulge a personal interest here. I love New Orleans.
Thanks to Diogenes for a 7 a.m. shot of the crowd assembled outside Ray Winder Field this morning for the giveaway of stadium seats at the former ball park.
The great Ray Winder Field seat grab drew a massive crowd this morning, stretching from the gate of the ball park, looping around by the freeway, and up the shoulder of Monroe Street.
The line is open. The readers take over.
Good timing, with our recent posting of the first comprehensive listing of pay for city of Little Rock workers.
Correspondents keep urging me to dig further into exactly what Circuit Judge Mary Gunn is planning after she leaves the bench next month with intentions to work more drug courts.
I'm heading out of town for a few days, so posting today is certain to be light.
Your Sunday thoughts are welcome here. Sounds quiet in Arkansas, from all I can tell from a quick look around.
ADEQ will hold a public hearing on a proposed coal ash landfill at the site of the Turk power plant in Hempstead County
LRPD says it's seeking a man who robbed four businesses within about an hour Saturday: Kitchen Express 4600 Asher at 2:25 p.m.; Family Dollar 1100 E Roosevelt at 2:54 p.m.; KFC 500 W Roosevelt at 3:09 p.m., and Church’s Chicken, 1401 MLK, at 3:26 p.m.
The New Republic looks at the GOP field without Mike Huckabee
He's gone, but not forgotten. I thought Ross Douthat, the New York Times' Republican-friendly columnist, was worth a read on the Mike Huckabee decision to end a 2012 candidacy.
CNN anchor Don Lemon reveals he is gay. Does it matter?
Pro Publica and Studio 20 at New York University created a video to explain hydraulic fracturing.
Meth isn't only a dangerous to those who use it, it's also more than a little hazardous to the health of those who make the stuff, as seen in this morning's report from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office of an apparent meth lab explosion at 4424 Lena Lane near Jacksonville last night around 6:30 p.m.
Fayetteville's Jason Moore got tossed aside on "Book of Mormon," is helming Maupin adaptation in San Francisco.
Jeff Nichols next movie is called "Mud" and set on the Mississippi River.
The National Food Blogger Bake Sale for Share Our Strength went well.
Tokyo House opens today; David's Burgers now hiring.
University of Arkansas System institutions will present budget proposals to the board of trustees on Friday. Those proposals will include tuition in creases.
Donald Trump will not run for president.
Buildings collapse in Morrilton
HBO releases photos from the upcoming adaptation of Game Change
The State Board of Education is meeting today to determine whether three school districts - the North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District, and Earle School District - should remain classified as "in fiscal distress."
Sheffield Nelson filed an amended motion for summary judgement in his suit against the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Movies in the Park announced the 2011 lineup for their very popular — and free!
An Arkansas man pleaded guilty to committing, and conspiring to commit, a federal hate crime. Sean Popejoy, 19, from Green Forest, was the first conviction for a violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was enacted in October 2009
So I'm in San Francisco. On an elevator, alone, riding down to the lobby of the St. Francis Hotel.
From the Northwest, wood sculpture.
Can't top Max's post on Kenneth Starr. But I can give you an open line.
For those who missed it and/or refuse to cloud your thought patterns with Fox News, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" was on Bill O'Reilly last night to debate the faux-controversy over the rapper Common visiting the White House.
Walmart quarterly results showed increasing earnings, but the profits driven by international sales, up more than 11 percent.
I don't think there's direct applicability to Arkansas, except spiritually, but the Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a state law there that allows the state to approve charter schools when local school districts object.
Oh, why not. The LA Times breaks the cable story of the day, the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child by a member of his household staff more than 10 years ago.
An advocacy group seeking to overturn the convictions of the West Memphis Three says the attorney general's office has said it won't fight introduction of evidence about juror misconduct in one of the trials, though it is not agreeing that this is ground for a new trial.
June 9 will be the last day of class for PCSSD students.
Newt Gingrich might not be conservative enough, say some conservatives.
Ever wonder where you might find those unique finishing touches for dinner, like specialty olive oil, finishing salts and the like? You can find them at The Savory Pantry.
A pair of armed robberies last night in the Reservoir Road area: two Latino men robbed by assailants who forced their way into the mens' apartment at the notoriously dicey Barrington Hills complex on Reservoir Road, and a robbery by a masked man armed with a handgun just before 2 a.m. at the Burger King at 11410 N. Rodney Parham.
Special for Times readers only: Today, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. or until supplies last, get $10 off the top priced tickets or the lowest priced ticket for $10 flat for the Foo Fighters with special guests Motorhead and Biffy Clyro Wednesday at Verizon Arena.
Little Rock Police arrested a former North Little Rock resident yesterday on a charge of capital murder that goes back to 2004.
Sam Baggett has been sentenced to 23 months in prison.
A shooting in Fayetteville was captured by a neighbor's cell phone.
What are you up to? Consider this an open line.
I am a life-long hat wearer—in babyhood I donned a puffy bonnet worthy of the Victorians; in adolescence I experimented (unsuccessfully) with a beret worn at a jaunty angle.