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May 12, 2005

Vol 3 • No 17

His moment arrives

After years of expectation, Mike Beebe prepares for the (only) fight of his life

The Insider May 12

The legislature approved a controversial bill (now Act 907) to allow the Arkansas State Police to enforce federal immigration laws, but don’t expect to see the troopers engaged in such enforcement anytime soon

Doing the limbo while Rome burns

“Imagine cool breezes, sandy beaches, lush foliage and all things tropical, as we gather to enjoy a ‘Luau,’ Arkansas style. Shake out your hula skirt and get ready to ‘limbo down’ to beautiful Winrock Farms on Petit Jean Mountain.” So begins the in

Letters May 12

I read some of your paper a couple of years ago and you were so far left it was kind of funny. Saw one this morning at the car wash and thought I would see if you had calmed down some in the last year or so. Man alive, with Brantley, McCord, Dumas and

TV highlights

FRIDAY THE 13th MARATHON 6 p.m. Friday, May 13 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) Here’s a tip: If you’re a buxom young lassie who happens to become stranded with your boyfriend at an abandoned summer camp, don’t take it as an opportunity to play

He lights our fire

Jose Feliciano twinkles with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Blood Brothers bring punk angst to Vino's.

Brady’s Restaurant 1620 a family affair

We remember Restaurant 1620 as the hot spot in the late 1980s, when it was first opened by a group that spun off from Jacques and Suzanne, which then sold it in the mid-1990s to chef Evette Brady. Now long established under Brady’s ownership in West Littl

Editorial cartoon May 12

Spring fever

Maybe it’s the season. Or maybe it’s just that a mind is a terrible thing to lose. Whatever, deadline day finds me even more incoherent than usual. Some thoughts, good and bad, plucked from the spring air, in no particular order:

Will Chesney’s bride make the show?

I can almost hear the whispers now: “Hey, that woman over there on the stage looks a lot like Joey Lauren Adams.” That’s a twist on what I’ve heard a few times lately around town, when folks have said, “That woman over there looks a lot like Renee Ze

Simply Smashing

He’s experienced the breaks, hard knocks and tragedies that often come with the hard rock star lifestyle, but unlike many of his cohorts, Jimmy Chamberlin has survived with his reputation still intact.

Dawn patrol

Though all the efforts put forth by the local stations between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. seem to follow the same mold with a ripple here and there, KATV, Channel 7’s morning show “Daybreak” has been generating lots of buzz (pro and con) in the past month over its

The week that was May 11-17

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS STUDENTS. Not for nothing does UCA continue to boom. It’s holding its tuition increase next year to 3.8 percent, against increases of up to 6 percent among major s

The Observer May 12

Mel White, a Little Rock man who makes a living writing about birds and nature and such, got in touch with the Times after the big news about the ivory-billed woodpecker finding came out.

Orval May 12

Humor and soul in ‘Dear Frankie’

Everyone has heard tales of the things parents will do to protect their children from harm: run into burning buildings, fight off wild animals, lift overturned cars with only adrenaline and love. But what if the thing you had to do to protect your child w

The Delta arrives

The Arkansas Arts Center’s venerable competitive show, the Delta Exhibition, opens the 48th show on Friday, May 13, featuring the work of 45 artists from artists in Arkansas and its six border states.

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Lilly's Dim Sum; Bordinos; Nu Cuisine; Firehouse Subs. Capsule reviews: Buffalo Grill; Johnny Carino's.

More picks May 6-12

Comedian Dave Attell, the host of the Comedy Central TV show “Insomniac,” will appear for one night only at the Loony Bin Comedy Club on Monday, May 16. His shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.

Wasting time in Congress

This week the Democrats in Congress will try to do every thing they can to keep Congress from voting for people President Bush wants to appoint as judges for U.S. Courts of Appeal in several states.

This Modern World May 12

State promotes new creationism museum

Readers of many Arkansas newspapers, including the Arkansas Times, recently found in their papers a special advertising supplement from the state Department of Parks and Tourism. In words and pictures, the supplement promoted a number of Arkansas tourist

Smart Talk May 12

Feelings at UALR were bruised when a memo from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville found its way to Little Rock recently. The memo, by Vice Chancellor Richard Hudson, one of Fayetteville’s chief lobbyists, assessed the outcome of the legislative se

Oh, behave

Balky microphones and an overall weak sound system aside, the Rep’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” is a rousing production with good to terrific performances by the five-person cast and some lively, and occasionally suggestive, songs. The Rep made a good call earli


As God tossed Adam and the erstwhile rib for conduct unbecoming, First Tarheel Baptist last week commenced banishment proceedings against members who have voted Democratic or spoken less than reverentially of the deified W. Those nominated for exile

Editorial May 12

Fund-raising letters are sometimes annoying and nearly always predictable. Seldom do they make for lively reading, but Patrick Pearce, membership manager of the AETN Foundation, has produced such a one.

One of the last great ones

Some of us called him “the grim man,” but only behind his back. William T. Shelton, the late and lamented Arkansas Gazette’s legendary city editor, was a powerfully impenetrable force in the newsroom.

Children left behind

Schools are supposed to be making dramatic progress toward having all their children — that’s 100 percent of them — performing proficiently in reading and mathematics by the year 2014. States from Michigan to Texas and from coast to coast have been manipu

Jones’ ‘Arkansas Waltz’

You might not know the name, but Cletus “Slim” Jones has a connection with Arkansas history that only he can claim — that of singing and co-writing the Official Arkansas Waltz, as unanimously decreed March 10, 1971, by the Arkansas Senate.

Words May 12

“Gut-busting” seems to be the adjective of choice these days for movie comedies, or alleged comedies.

Get out of that car

The Sonic fast-food restaurant scheduled to open May 12 on Cantrell Road in Little Rock is the first of its kind in Arkansas — and only the third of its kind in the nation — to forego the franchise’s signature drive-in feature and invite diners to eat ins

Alltel regulars return

A year at Alltel Arena doesn’t go by without a visit from popular country crooner Kenny Chesney and the Grammy and Dove award-winning gospel stylings of Bill Gaither and the Gaither Family. This year, they’ll almost be bumping into each other coming and g

Getting the grease?

Luke Skrable, the Southwest Little Rock code enforcement gadfly whose crusade to clean up his neighborhood was featured in the March 17 issue of the Arkansas Times, claims that he is living proof that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Or, in Skrable’

Big gain for LRAFB

The Pentagon recommended closure of some 33 major military installations Friday and Arkansas not only avoided big losses, Little Rock Air Force Base is one of the big winners.

The Insider May 19

As if being in jail wasn’t bad enough, inmates in several Arkansas prisons have had to deal with an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant staph infection. Dinah Tyler of the Department of Correction says methicillin-resistant staphylococcus areus (MRSA) is a s

What's cooking-Capsule reviews May 18

What's cooking: Rocky's Pub, The Imagine Capsule reviews: Gusano's Pizzeria, Super Taquiera