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May 20, 2010

Vol 8 • No 19

A walk in the park

We asked some random people in Murray Park whether they used phones while driving and whether they’d heard about the state texting ban (most had).

Driven to distraction

Stand at any intersection in Little Rock and it won’t be long before a driver comes through, cell phone to ear.

Passing judgment

Judicial races were high on my list of interests Tuesday. * Courtney Henry, who smashed John Fogleman in a race for the state Supreme Court, is a force of political nature, moving to the top court after only a year on the intermediate appeals court and an earlier career as a judicial clerk.

Over and out

The usual post-election collapse has set in here. You take it.

Revolution, anyone?

I keep hearing “brilliant” commentators say “they” hate us because we are free or because we are a Christian nation, but I never hear one say we are hated because of our foreign policies, our illegal wars, our killing of innocents or our stubborn support of Zionists.

Words, May 20

So the original knucklehead is enjoying a revival of popularity for some reason. I find this notable because knucklehead was a favorite word of my mother, who was definitely not of the hip-hop generation.

What's Cookin', May 20

The sixth annual Taste of the Rock returns to the River Market Pavilions on Thursday, May 20, featuring nearly 40 food and drink vendors.

Disturbing trends

I have two larger observations about this year’s primary and judicial elections, neither positive:

Q&A: Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth

Illustration by John Tarpley. On the heels of the release of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth’s first album, the esoteric, hilarious, often filthy and always great “Mystic Indian Hitmakers,” it seemed time to get with the town’s best rock trio for a Times session.

This Modern World

The Week That Was, May 12-18

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …The ENVIRONMENT. The state Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that said SWEPCO hadn’t proved the need for a pollution-spewing coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County.

Credo

Here’s a short list of things you have to believe, or say that you do, if you hope to win public office here in dewy Dixie in the twilight of the Southern Strategy. No substitutes.

Exclusive courts

There’s much talk these days about diversity being desirable, but the testimony hasn’t been admitted in the Supreme Court chamber.

Longing for the British mess

What has rendered the United Kingdom troubled by a tenuous piecemeal government might be just what the doctor ordered for the United States.

Our judicial activists

Next they will be saying that Arkansas is a hotbed of judicial activists. Is that remarkable, or not?

UCA Probe

Two sources report this week that a federal probe continues of financial transactions during Lu Hardin’s tenure at the University of Central Arkansas.

Orval

Italian on the cheap

Pasta Jack’s is a nice addition to an already-diverse selection of choices in the River Market. Ristorante Capeo it ain’t, but for a quick Italian lunch, it’s a pretty good bet.

In Brief, May 20-22

Union hosts a slew of bands with big local names — Flash LaRue, Life Size Pizza and The See — along with two acts from Illinois: Midstates and the Choir of Ghosts and Panda Riot, 8 p.m., donations.

The Televisionist, May 20

There were times over the past six years when I wondered whether I’d made the right decision to abandon “Lost,” but the truth is obvious: They sold smoke all this time, dry-humped you for six years, then laughed all the way to the bank.

Zoo needs change of master plan

The Little Rock Zoo finds itself hemmed inside a shrinking city park, beset by rising operating costs and declining financial aid from Little Rock city government, and now challenged to comply with conflicting master plans.

'Sex ed' at Green Forest

With 14 students pregnant or mothers (one out of 20 in grades 6-12) and a fifth grader having had a pregnancy scare, the Green Forest School Boad has decided on some emergency intervention -- six days of sex education this year.

Halter's odd coalition

I think I wrote all around this yesterday, but John Brummett boils down nicely how Bill Halter forced Sen.Blanche Lincoln into a runoff and a fight that will leave either survivor damaged come fall -- liberal money and a conservative voter backlash (not to mention a strong black vote for Halter.)

Korea: The forgotten war

I'm happy to plug an event at the Darragh Center of the main branch of the Central Arkansas Library from 9-3 Saturday: "Arkansas in the Forgotten War: the Korean War Remembered."

$3 million gift to UAMS eye institute

Leland and Betty Tollett of Rogers (he's the former Tyson CEO) have pledged $3 million to UAMS' eye institute to establish a center for retinal and ophthalmic genetics disorders.

UA and core curriculum

A national group is continuing its campaign to persuade the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, which meets tomorrow, to resist a proposal from the Fayetteville campus to ease core curriculum, or general education requirements for the undergraduate college.

Wind energy powers 300 Osceola jobs

The state announced today a $10 million plant for Osceola that will employ about 300 initially at $18/hour to produce parts for wind turbines.

Thursday: Flash LaRue, Life Size Pizza, The See, Midstates, Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, more

Life Size Pizza. Union hosts a slew of bands with big local names — Flash LaRue, Life Size Pizza and The See — along with two acts from Illinois: Midstates and the Choir of Ghosts, an atmospheric power-pop group gaining a solid Little Rock following after a handful of recent shows, and Panda Riot, femme-led shoegazers, 8 p.m., donations.

The House changes its lunch menu

Change at The House is as inevitable as the changing of the seasons. We’ve seen many incarnations of the menu there, from burger bar to gastronomic American pub fare to something resembling collaborative menu fusion… so going the other day I was fully expecting to see yet another completely new menu.

The House changes its lunch menu

Change at The House is as inevitable as the changing of the seasons. We’ve seen many incarnations of the menu there, from burger bar to gastronomic American pub fare to something resembling collaborative menu fusion… so going the other day I was fully expecting to see yet another completely new menu.

Union: $1.4 million against Lincoln

AFSCME, the public employees union (it has members all over Arkansas) is going to pump $1.4 million into the runoff campaign to beat Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Gearhart: Won't be UA prez candidate

G. David Gearhart, chancellor of the University of Arkansas's Fayetteville campus, says he will not be a candidate for president of the university system.

2 police slain in W. Memphis UPDATE

West Memphis Police Officer Brandon Paudert, son of the city's police chief, was killed and another West Memphis officer, Bill Evans died later of wounds in a shootout on Interstate 40 in West Memphis during a traffic stop, the Commercial Appeal is reporting.

Glitches on Pulaski ballot

To adapt for some ballot discrepancies (remember how legislative candidate David Sanders was first given a ballot that didn't include his race), the reporting of Pulaski County Election Commission precinct results won't reflect actual votes at four individual precincts, though commission director Melinda Allen says all votes were counted.

An endorsement for Robbie Wills

John Adams, the assistant attorney general who finished fourth in the five-person field for the Democratic nomination for 2nd District Congress, tells me he'll be voting for Robbie Wills in the runoff.

Ballot problems for Bill Alexander

Remember Bill Alexander, the former congressman. He's lived and worked in the nation's capital for years.

Halter ad: It's about change

Good ad.

The Arts Center and Plummer

The Arkansas Arts Center has released its separation agreement with former director Nan Plummer, who resigned in April after debts from the current exhibit "World of the Pharaohs" reached $1.7 million, a sum loaned the Arts Center by the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation.

PSC objects to Entergy deal

Following objections from Hino Motors, the state Public Service Commission has reviewed an Entergy electric rate increase settlement proposed by the attorney generl and others and objected to several aspects, incluing a shift of $21 million in costs from industrial to residential customers.

DeLay endorses Bledsoe

Gunner DeLay, a close third in the race for the GOP nomination for 3rd District Congress, has announced his endorsement of second-place finisher Cecile Bledsoe.

The land of fruit and nuts

McClatchy Newspapers report that California corporate farmers have been pouring money into Sen. Blanche Lincoln's campaign.

The line is open

Your thoughts here.

Who's a sucker now?

The Beltway boys have been sneering all week at Sen. Blanche Lincoln's proposal to regulate derivative trading.

The Fallen rise again

We Are the Fallen ends its U.S. tour at Juanita’s this Tuesday. It’s a fitting homecoming from the three ex-Evanescence members who, years ago, found themselves embroiled in one of the messiest, most public band break-ups in years.

The To-Do List, May 21-25

Greek Food Fest, 'Lost Dogs,' 'Peter Pan: A Storybook Ballet,' Thick Syrup Birthday Show, The Most Serene Republic, National Sulac Day, Samantha Crain

ECO goes Big Picture

The newly renamed Earth Cause Organization (nee Ecological Conservation Organization) is already making its mark, fielding an election-season commercial on climate legislation.

Angkor man

Former Arkansas Times photographer John McDermott has spent 14 years photographing the ancient temples of Angkor, Cambodia, where he now lives. Now, the monumental photos — as large as 40 by 60 inches — are on exhibit at Boswell-Mourot Gallery,

Boys in the ‘Hood’

Going with the Origin Story idea that worked for “Batman Begins,” this retelling manages to dull-ify one of the least-dull stories in all of literature and legend, which is a tall order.

Editorial

Zoo needs change of master plan

Since 2001, the zoo has operated under a master plan prepared by a private consultant. But now the zoo’s plan has bumped up against a city government plan for development of War Memorial Park.

Greek grub

After a quarter century slinging baklava and gyros, the Greek Food Fest has it down to a science. Don't want to stand in line? Order online from home in advance. Don't want to leave the hermetically sealed, air-conditioned bliss of your car? Drive through and order from a limited menu.

Flat tax ploy rejected by Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court yesterday rejected a "friendly" legal motion to get pre-approval of a devastating proposal to replace all Arkanas taxes with a huge sales tax.

Going Greek

Little Rock's favorite ethnic food festival gets underway.  The 26th Annual Greek Food Festival is this weekend at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Napa Valley Road in West Little Rock.  Three days of dancing, shopping, and incredible food.  I noticed this year you can even order your drive-through window meal online -- but then you're missing out on all the fun.  Go check out the website for more information. 

Father-son dead in W. Memphis shootout

The Commercial Appeal is reporting that a man and his 16-year-old son are the suspects in the shootouts that left two West Memphis police officers dead and a sheriff and deputy wounded.

Lincoln-Halter on the air

The candidates were on NPR's Morning Edition this morning.

Weekend To-Do: Greek Food Fest

Photo by Kat Robinson. GREEK FOOD FEST11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Weekend: Damn Bullets, ImprovLittleRock, Bloodless Cooties

FRIDAY 5/21 White Water gets the newly retooled lineup of the ever-popular psych-folkabilly sounds of Damn Bullets (above), 9:30 p.m.

Mike Huckabee: drag queen? UPDATE

Photos anyone? This from a Las Vegas newspaper gossip column on doings in town:

Friday To-Do: 'Lost Dogs'

‘LOST DOGS' 7 p.m., Market Street Cinema. For those eager to jump into the Little Rock Film Fest, here's an early preview of what's likely an early favorite to win the Charles B. Pierce “Made in Arkansas” Award.

When flags are at half-staff

I know people are interested in this because of the inquiries we get when flags are lowered around the state.

Download: Goines' 'Lead By Example: Leaders Are Real People 2'

So I guess Goines wasn't content to sit on the sidelines, with Suga City on hiatus, while his duo mate Arkansas Bo lapped up the regional/national love.

The amazing Boozman

That headline's a little tongue-in-cheek. But the Republican-friendly Rasmussen polling shows he'd beat Lincoln 66-28 and Halter 60-33.

Employment stable in Arkansas

The unemployment rate held steady in Arkansas at 7.8 percent in April.

Drill, baby, drill

The implosion of Tea Party darling Rand Paul in Kentucky has been something to watch.

Drill, baby, drill

The implosion of Tea Party darling Rand Paul in Kentucky has been something to watch.

Lincoln sides with credit card companies

Bill Halter's campaign notes Blanche Lincoln's vote against legislation that would have let states impose lower limits on credit card interest.

Ark. primary vote 29 percent of registered

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels had predicted voter turnout as high as 35 percent of registered voters in the primary, but it fell well short of that, at 29 percent.

IDs reported in W. Memphis shootings

Various media are reporting that a 45-year-old Florida man, Jerry Kane, and his 16-year-old son, Joe, were killed by police at the end of a police search that began with the slaying of two police officers on I-40 in West Memphis.

Rick Crawford: On the waffle iron

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee welcomes new 1st District Republican nominee Rick Crawford with a nifty little gotcha.

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: 'Peter Pan: A Storybook Ballet'

‘PETER PAN: A STORYBOOK BALLET'2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. $15-$25.As fairy tales go, it's hard to think of one that lends itself to a ballet adaptation more than “Peter Pan.” You've got flying, fairies and all sorts of swordplay, all of which add enough of a veneer of action to pas de deux, pirouettes and all the other French terms for moves you've never heard of to keep the kids engaged.

Saturday: Thick Syrup Birthday Show

Smoke Up Johnny. THICK SYRUP BIRTHDAY SHOW9 p.m., White Water Tavern.

There Sen. Lincoln goes again

Sen. Blanche Lincoln called election night for positive campaigning in the runoff campaign. The Halter camp says she's already gone negative.

More Friday: Spradlin and Weinheimer are the Libras Duo

Greg Spradlin. So Jason Weinheimer and Greg Spradlin have revived Little Rock's greatest cover band as a duo, and starting tonight at Town Pump, they're going to be playing happy hour semi-regularly, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.Says Weinheimer, "The plan is to do it every couple weeks-, and have a specific theme each night.

Boling to endorse Elliott

A press conference has been scheduled later this afternoon at which David Boling, third-place finisher in the Democratic primary race for 2nd District Congress, will announce his endorsement of first-place finisher Rep. Joyce Elliott.

Rock doc shoots at White Water

Ratt playing at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore Is rock ’n’ roll dead? It’s a heretical notion that, nonetheless, seems to gain credence in certain circles every decade or so.

Saturday To-Do: Most Serene Republic

THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC 8:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8.The kids are still crazy about that Canadian sound, I hear.

Saturday To-Do: National Sulac Day

NATIONAL SULAC DAY 10 p.m., Town Pump. $3.

Ed who? endorses Wills

I guess this is a counter to Joyce Elliott's announcement that David Boling, U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's former chief of staff, had endorsed her candidacy for Congress after finishing behind her in the primary.

The World Cheese Dip Festival coming to Dickey-Stephens

It's a little ways off, but it's never too early to start fixating on making and consuming cheese dip.

Stodola's 'real leadership' on smoking

Mayor Mark Stodola thought he'd struck a blow with those hoping to see smoking stopped in the Little Rock Zoo by encouraging extension of a  no-smoking policy from other city parks to the zoo, which sits in a park.

Company's coming

So I'm heading out early to do some cooking. The line is open.

Help for the absentee voter

What if your planned trip to Europe and confines of current election law make it impossible to file an absentee ballot for the June 8 runoff?

Birthday blowout

“We're getting older ... but much louder.” That's Travis McElroy's motto heading into the fourth anniversary of his label, which he says has evolved into what he always wanted it to be: “indie rock, noise.” Friday, Brother Andy, Androids of Ex-Lovers and a reunited Smoke Up Johnny help him celebrate.

Scared drunk

Scared straight? Legislators heard yesterday that law violators ordered by judges to tour prisons sometimes turn up intoxicated.

Another hurdle for SWEPCO

The state Supreme Court's decision that SWEPCO hadn't proved the need for a new coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County has had a ripple effect.

Boss Hays' latest tax grab

North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter won't talk to me on account of my criticism of North Little Rock's abuse of tax increment financing law in pursuit of Mayor Pat Hays' dreams and schemes.

Boss Hays' latest tax grab

North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter won't talk to me on account of my criticism of North Little Rock's abuse of tax increment financing law in pursuit of Mayor Pat Hays' dreams and schemes.

3rd District Repubs spar

I know Barack Obama. Steve Womack is no Barack Obama.

Mike Huckabee is the key to great sex, says GQ

In the new sex-themed issue of GQ, there is an article that's sadly not available online called "Have You Used the Huckabee Technique?" by Bruno Maddox.

The line is open

Your turn.

Italian on the cheap

Pasta Jack's a solid lunch deal.

Courtney Henry for governor

John Brummett drops a mention of speculation that surfaced after Judge Courtney Henry's big win in a race for state Supreme Court.

The threat to police

The shootings of West Memphis law officers in a gun battle with an anti-government figure is much in the news in Sunday papers.

Sunday thread

Two thoughts: 1) It is terrible to have friends from out of town so close -- but still so far -- from tomato season.

Driven to distraction

Distractions cause wrecks. Cell phones distract drivers. So ...

Roots of West Memphis shootings

The New York Times has dug up further background on Jerry and Jospeh Kane, the father-son killed after a shootout that left two West Memphis police dead.

Racism? In the South?

New research at the University of Arkansas concludes: When University of Arkansas political scientists analyzed surveys conducted shortly before the 2008 election in two representative Southern states, they found that voting behavior was significantly influenced by “a deep, subtle and modern symbolic racism.” In a paper published in the June 2010 issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly, Pearl K. Ford, Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields examined the effect of the Obama candidacy on candidate support in Arkansas and Georgia.

GOP tears down Wooldridge

The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is busy barraging news outlets with attacks on front-runners for Democratic congressional nominations.

An oldie but a goodie.

Everyone has a soft spot for their favorite foods. When it comes to barbecue, I have a soft spot for Old Post BBQ in Russellville.

Watch the Riverfest fireworks on the Junction Bridge

You can get free tickets at Centennial Bank branches while quantities last. Families can get up to six tickets.

Dueling land commissioners

Monty Davenport is firing back at 23-year-old L.J. Bryant, his opponent in the Democratic primary runoff for the land commissioner nomination, for naivete about state spending and underestimating the cost of promised improvements in land office technology.

Suspect shot by NLR police UPDATE

Stephens Media reports a suspect fleeing police was shot and killed by North Little Rock police this morning near Pike View Elementary School.

Suspect shot by NLR police UPDATE

Stephens Media reports a suspect fleeing police was shot and killed by North Little Rock police this morning near Pike View Elementary School.

Two of three for Robbie Wills

Patrick Kennedy has joined John Adams in endorsing Robbie Wills for the 2nd Congressional District nomination on the Democratic side.

Two of three for Robbie Wills

Patrick Kennedy has joined John Adams in endorsing Robbie Wills for the 2nd Congressional District nomination on the Democratic side.

Leader out at Cranford Johnson MORE

Breaking news at CJRW (Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods), a giant figure in the state's ad and PR community since forever, a statement from the board's executive committee:

Leader out at Cranford Johnson MORE

Breaking news at CJRW (Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods), a giant figure in the state's ad and PR community since forever, a statement from the board's executive committee:

UA Board OKs $225,000 for Gearhart

A  significant item was overlooked in last week's coverage of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees meeting.

UA Board OKs $225,000 for Gearhart

A  significant item was overlooked in last week's coverage of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees meeting.

'Redemption' and the W. Memphis deaths

More here on the strange redemption theory believed by Jerry Kane, shot to death along with his son and two West Memphis police after a traffic stop on I-40 last week.

'Redemption' and the W. Memphis deaths

More here on the strange redemption theory believed by Jerry Kane, shot to death along with his son and two West Memphis police after a traffic stop on I-40 last week.

Cell phone bias in polling

Nate Silver expounds on a new study saying the growing number of cellphone-only adults (almost one in four) can introduce bias into political polls.

Monday: Brother Andy-Adam Faucett, Nigel Dupree Band, Monday Night Jam

Adam Faucett (above) and Brother Andy, two of the best young songsmiths Little Rock has to offer, play a last minute show at Union, 9:30 p.m., free.80s cockrock throwbacks Nigel DuPree Band take to Juanita's for a Monday night of headbanging, 9 p.m., $5.Afterthought invites locals to participate in their monthly Monday Jam Session, 8 p.m., $5, $1 for jammers.

McDaniel: Regrets PSC decision

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is standing by the negotiated settlement he reached on an Entergy rate increase.

'No knock' for Little Rock

Mayor Mark Stodola will announce tomorrow a plan to create a "no-knock" registry so people can discourage door-to-door salespeople from calling.

Mike Huckabee won't be president

... at least not unless he can turn Rush Limbaugh around, since he's the GOP fuhrer.

Mike Huckabee won't be president

... at least not unless he can turn Rush Limbaugh around, since he's the GOP fuhrer.

Monday, Monday

Throwing out a line here, bosses.

Trailer gazing: 'True Blood' season three

Now, with werewolf sex!The show returns June 13.

The Fallen rise again

We Are the Fallen ends its U.S. tour at Juanita's this Tuesday. For members Ben Moody, John LeCompt and Rocky Gray, it's a fitting homecoming that can easily be seen as a dramatic statement from the three ex-Evanescence members who, years ago, found themselves embroiled in one of the messiest, most public band break-ups in years.

Who's that knocking?

A North Little Rock reader, seconding a Little Rock proposal for a "No Knock" registry for door-to-door sales, sends a note (edited slightly) and photo above.

Judging grade inflation

Legislators yesterday heard a legislative analyst propose a different, less arbitrary standard for measuring whether Arkansas school districts are guilty of grade inflation.

Judging grade inflation

Legislators yesterday heard a legislative analyst propose a different, less arbitrary standard for measuring whether Arkansas school districts are guilty of grade inflation.

Busy runoff season

Here's a handy list of the unusually busy runoff election season -- one U.S. Senate, three congressional, two statewide offices and a number of state legislative races.

Deal on gays in the military

Reports are that the White House, Pentagon and legislative leaders have reached a deal on ending the "don't ask don't tell" policy on military service by gay people.

Spinning the 1st District

Chad Causey's campaign sends around a memo explaining why they think Causey, who finished second in the Democratic primary for 1st District Congress, can beat leader Tim Wooldridge in the June 8 runoff.

Spinning the 1st District

Chad Causey's campaign sends around a memo explaining why they think Causey, who finished second in the Democratic primary for 1st District Congress, can beat leader Tim Wooldridge in the June 8 runoff.

'The Fallen' rise again

We Are the Fallen (above) ends its U.S. tour at Juanita's this Tuesday. For members Ben Moody, John LeCompt and Rocky Gray, it's a fitting homecoming that can easily be seen as a dramatic statement from the three ex-Evanescence members who, years ago, found themselves embroiled in one of the messiest, most public band break-ups in years.

Tuesday To-Do: Samantha Crain

SAMANTHA CRAIN 9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. Donations.

So much for Jim Keet

Perhaps anxious to disabuse Yellow Dog Republicans of the notion that he's a Republican Democrats can like (I know, you'd think this would be an electoral plus, but not with the red-hot Repubs), Jim Keet has jumped into bed with the political fringe group Secure Arkansas.

So much for Jim Keet

Perhaps anxious to disabuse Yellow Dog Republicans of the notion that he's a Republican Democrats can like (I know, you'd think this would be an electoral plus, but not with the red-hot Repubs), Jim Keet has jumped into bed with the political fringe group Secure Arkansas.

Ouch

Courtesy of Daily Kos. And, below, an ad from one of the labor unions throwing everything it can at beating Lincoln.

Sex and the single blogger

South Carolina has all the fun. First there was Strom Thurmond.

Jamaica: not so lovely

CNN news alert: Assault on suspected drug lord's compound in Jamaica kills 27, wounds 31, police say.

Vote for the Messiah

I'd missed this 'bagger, who led the Republican primary for a congressional seat in North Carolina.

Vote for the Messiah

I'd missed this 'bagger, who led the Republican primary for a congressional seat in North Carolina.

Premature e-Jacksonation

Bud Jackson, who works for Bill Halter, just fired off an e-mail, already picked up elsewhere, that said his candidate had agreed to a TV debate with Sen. Blanche Lincoln next Thursday sponsored by Channel 4 and the Arkansas Times.

The Lincoln spin

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's keys to victory? Campaign manager Steve Patterson lays them out on the jump.

The Lincoln spin

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's keys to victory? Campaign manager Steve Patterson lays them out on the jump.

Taste of the Rock: Big Winners

Just got a message from the folks over at Capriccio's... the winner of the Best Taste Award over at the Little Rock Regional Chamber¹s annual Taste of the Rock, as voted by guests.   The votes were cast by the nearly 1000 guests who atteended last week's event.  More about the event, the award, and the other finishers in the competition on the jump.

Entergy case settled again

Parties in the Entergy rate case dickered further and reached another proposed settlement agreement submitted to the state Public Service Commission.

Over to you

The line is open. I  should add before closing what I know about where things stand on our effort with Channel 4 to arrange one more debate (they've had three) between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Over to you

The line is open. I  should add before closing what I know about where things stand on our effort with Channel 4 to arrange one more debate (they've had three) between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Zoo needs change of master plan

The Little Rock Zoo finds itself hemmed inside a shrinking city park, beset by rising operating costs and declining financial aid from Little Rock city government, and now challenged to comply with conflicting master plans.

More on bonus for UA's Gearhart

I see the Democrat-Gazette caught up this morning on news I reported Monday -- that the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees voted a $225,000 annual deferred compensation payment to UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart at its meeting last Friday.

Halter scores Lincoln on debate

I mentioned yesterday that it appeared unlikely the Arkansas Times-Channel 4 would be able to arrange a final debate between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter.

Republicans hold e-town hall

Funny column by Dana Milbank on the early results from a national Republican website seeking legislative ideas.

A broken justice system

It occurs to me that something is wrong with the justice system -- and nobody has done much about it -- when you get a news release that says (my emphasis):

Last Night: We Are the Fallen

Carly Smithson (looking A LOT like Amy Lee) and Ben Moody. Photo by Brian Chilson.Carly Smithson.

Enough for 1st Dist. win?

State Rep. David Cook and State Sen. Steve Bryles today announced their support for Chad Causey in the Democratic primary runoff for the 1st District Congress nomination.

Fierce battle for state office

Has there ever been such a pitched battle for land commissioner? Monty Davenport's campaign lobs another grenade at L.J. Bryant over his easy and expensive talk of upgrades to the state office that oversees sales of tax-delinquent lands.

Happy 70th, Levon

Marvell, Arkansas' favorite son, the Dirt Farmer himself, Levon Helm, takes a turn in to the big seven-oh today!Arkansas Times wishes him a great one with many more to come.Hop over the jump for some of our favorite videos of the quintessential drummer's drummer.

Huckabee nuptial news

Yes, in answer to a question,  I believe Sarah Huckabee (currently managing John Boozman's senatorial campaign) wed Bryan Sanders yesterday on St. John, Virgin Islands, as the plan we reported earlier called for.

Sen. Malone in crash

Sen. Percy Malone was hospitalized in Hot Springs with a broken leg after a three-car crash on rainy Interstate 30 yesterday afternoon, Channel 4 reports.

We'll miss Vic Snyder

There's a reminder just about every day of the loss facing the 2nd District when U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder moves on.

Wednesday: The Magpies, Indigo Girls, Kevin Kerby

Cleveland alt-country heroes and eternal Little Rock favorites, The Magpies (above),  come to White Water tonight.

Aerospace Library to close

Tomorrow is the last day for the Aerospace Library branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.

UA Foundation: No call for dollars yet

Spurred by a reader's question, I reached Little Rock laywer, Peter Kumpe, vice chairman of the Board of the University of Arkansas Foundation, about the recent decision of the UA Board of Trustees to give Fayetteville Chancellor David Gearhart a significant pay boost in the form of an annual $225,000 payment in deferred compensation until he retires from the post.

J.A. Fair to reopen Friday

Here's the brief report to the School Board from Little Rock School Superintendent Linda Watson on the situation at J.A. Fair High School, where part of the roof collapsed during a storm yesterday.

Lincoln: I'll debate, if .....

If you look back, I think you'll agree I more or less anticipated this response to Bill Halter's criticism of Sen. Blanche Lincoln for not jumping at the chance for another debate.

Clean slate UPDATES

The line is open. PS -- They dedicated the newly installed "little rock" in Riverfront Park today.

DADT Roll Call: Lincoln

I asked all of Arkansas's members of Congress about 10 a.m. this morning about the deal for congressional repeal of the don't-ask-don't-tell policy barring service in the military by acknowledged gays and lesbians.

Death of a BBQ man

Kat Robinson was going to slide out to Marvell soon for a remembrance of Wayne Shadden, the Marvell man who died last week.
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