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May 25, 2006

Vol 4 • No 19

The morning after

We awake to find, with some relief, a political world not much different from where we left it before we called it quits last night.

Searching congressional offices

Even Republicans in Congress think the Bush administration has gone too far on executive powers now.

Let the fireworks renew

Might as well have a separate thread on the Dem. lt. gov. runoff, just for the zanies.

Looking ahead

The untold story this morning is the subtext of Jim Holt's smashing victory in the Republican primary for lt. gov. Asa!-Holt is not exactly a dream Republican ticket (though Asa-Banks would have been).

Singleton, Snyder name son

Rev. Betsy Singleton and U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder have decided on a name for their son, who was born yesterday: Charles Pennington "Penn" Snyder.

ACLU unsure about the 'CL' part

can't ... think.       irony alarm bells ... ringing too loud.      must turn them off .....

The time has come

Brian Chilson caught this photo for us of some $50,000 worth of working clocks being installed by the landlords of the Train Station.

Hathorn, Herzfeld concede

Mike Hathorn is conceding the second-place finish to Tim Wooldridge in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Con game

The super-rich are surreptitiously pulling a super con job on the rest of America, using their vast inherited wealth to promote permanent repeal of the estate tax, so that the fortunate few will pay less to support the nation in which they have flourished

Words

In an introduction to “Classic Crimes: A Selection from the Works of William Roughead,” Julian Symons says that Roughead’s “fanciful and elaborate” writing style seems “a true reflection of his twinkling, self-mockingly pedantic personality.” Symons conti

This Modern World May 25

Horn aplenty

Ennui had me in its clutches last week so I rang up several of the communications giants and asked them to send over some telephone records that I could amuse myself with. They asked which ones and I told them it didn’t matter, just anything to pass tim

Editorial cartoon May 25

Orval May 25

Sock it away

Sometimes being wrong is better than being right. Take the state budget, for example. It turns out that actual state revenue will exceed the original forecast, leaving a surplus of about $332 million when the fiscal year ends on June 30.

Tax cuts for the rich

Hendrik Hertzberg, the editor of the New Yorker, made the trenchant observation a few weeks ago that what the Bush administration had set out to do, though maybe witlessly, was to turn the United States into a facsimile of the traditional South American o

Equal opportunity heckler

Is Ernie Dumas being deliberately dishonest, or does he just not know what he’s talking about? In his column in the May 11 issue of the Times (“Old-time lynching”) he accuses us at the Democrat-Gazette of unfairly singling out His Honor Wendell Griffe

The Observer

The Observer had occasion to muse over the weekend about Walks of Shame. The freshman year Saturday-morning trek back from frat house to dorm. Post-college, skulking through the bar district in the middle of the a.m. to retrieve the car you abandoned the

Smart Talk

This week: UAMS nixes the smiley faces; race and "American Idol"; more lawyers in the legislature;

Washington Regional fund-raiser

Washington Regional Foundation presented a check in the amount of $105,000 today to the emergency department at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Funny business

The governor's secretiveness about the resignatioin of a parole board member might have something to do with a previous investigation uncovered by the Times.

The week that was May 17-23

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE. It sued Gov. Huckabee to make public the investigation of a Parole Board member, Larry Zeno, who later resigned.

Official secrets

There’s been a positive development since last I wrote about Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision to stop publicly financed press services to the Arkansas Times.

Finley Vinson's legacy

Finley Vinson, who died at the age of 92 last week, was one of those businessmen every town needs to have if it is going to improve. I knew him well, and those of us who have lived around here for 50 years or so ought to be grateful for him.

Riverfest headliners

Look this list over and make some choices, because unless you manage to get a golf cart past the gate it will be hard to travel from one end of Riverfest to the other to catch contemporaneous acts.

Creature feature

The I.Q. Zoo and a big gator are among the attractions in the new on-line Arkansas encyclopedia.

Dobro dynamo returns to Mountain View

Jerry Douglas, one busy dobro player as a solo act, session man and member of Union Station, the band that accompanies bluegrass star Alison Krauss, will return to the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View on Saturday, May 27.

Getting Dumpstaphunky: Ivan Neville gets around

Ivan Neville was home again, enjoying much of what New Orleans has always offered. He’d been busy playing gigs every night leading up to the final weekend of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. When reached on his cell, he was pulling out of a Magazine Street

Music schedule

Here's the Riverfest performance schedule, by venue.

Showcase bands

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase favorites will be among the acts at Riverfest.

Arts and crafts attractions

There's more than music to entertain you at Riverfest.

Science scholars

Arkansas shows little progress, and some slippage, in scores on national science tests, it was announced yesterday.

Democratic strategy

Brummett reviews the runoff (I think I've fixed an earlier bad link) and finds a few kinks in the Democratic Party's plan to retake the governor's office with a "center right rural strategy."

Democratic strategy

Brummett reviews the runoff (I think I've fixed an earlier bad link) and finds a few kinks in the Democratic Party's plan to retake the governor's office with a "center right rural strategy."

The year in hate -- UPDATE

The Southern Poverty Law Center does important work in keeping up with extremist groups of various stripes around the country, as here in its annual report, The Year in Hate.

Thou shalt not blog

NY Times offers some advice to summer interns: don't blog about your employer. (Employers: you might think about some guidelines on personal websites, if you haven't already.)

Property rights

Candidates backed by a property rights group -- translation: they don't want limits on development in the Beaver Lake watershed, even if dense development increases runoff and further fouls the lake -- won five primary races for seats on the Benton County Quorum Court.

Could a Clinton carry Arkansas

We finally got around to breezing through the transcript of Gov. Huckabee's interview with a Washington Post blogger and Post political writer Dan Balz.

Riverfest facts: Admission, etc.

Here are the basics on attending Riverfest.

Food facts

Here's the skinny on how to get fat at Riverfest. And where.

Pulaski recount -- UPDATE

We haven't talked to anyone about it, but we note that the Pulaski County Election Commission did another vote tally last night and it now shows Doug Ladner with a narrow lead over Ed Garner, 626 to 618, in the Republican primary that will decide who represents Maumelle in the state House of Representatives.

Pulaski recount -- UPDATE

We haven't talked to anyone about it, but we note that the Pulaski County Election Commission did another vote tally last night and it now shows Doug Ladner with a narrow lead over Ed Garner, 626 to 618, in the Republican primary that will decide who represents Maumelle in the state House of Representatives.

Swallowed up

Wall Street Journal: Regions Financial Corp. last night struck a $10 billion deal to combine with its hometown rival AmSouth Bancorp, as the two Birmingham, Ala., banks gird for competition with national giants that are themselves growing larger.

It's always about Clinton

Hempwallce media critic Seymour Butts files this morning: The "mainstream" media's often-exposed bias toward Bill Clinton was center stage again Wednesday night on the CBS Evening News.

Desperately hating Hillary

Here's interesting media criticism from the Columbia Journalism Review's daily website on a piece of current group think -- the national press herd's effort to find an "un-Hillary" for the 2008 presidential race.

Who's an extremist?

Stephens Media quotes wacky Jim Holt as saying HE'S mainstream. The votes in the Republican primary prove it, he contends.

Who's an extremist?

Stephens Media quotes wacky Jim Holt as saying HE'S mainstream. The votes in the Republican primary prove it, he contends.

Gettin' Out: Thursday, Riverfest eve

MeeYow and YeeHaw: Hello, Kittie: the all- girl metal band is tonight at Vino’s, along with The Agony Scene, Calico System, and The Autumn Offering.

Judge concedes

Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen has conceded his race for Supreme Court against Paul Danielson.

GUILTY!

Lay and Skilling.

Rachael Ray's LR visit airs June 2

Using our fearless investigative reporting skills, we have discovered that the Little Rock episode of Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels will debut next Friday, June 2, on the Food Network.

Herzfeld to endorse Suskie? Duh.

Robert Herzfeld will join Paul Suskie for a press conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Herzfeld to endorse Suskie? Duh.

Robert Herzfeld will join Paul Suskie for a press conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Reverse eminent domain

Here's a switch: A California government condemning Wal-Mart property so that it CAN'T build there.

County election update - UPDATE

The Pulaski County Election Commission has finally finished counting Tuesday's votes. Main news: Ed Garner apparently has eked out a victory over Doug Ladner in the Republican primary for House District 41, 664 to 655.

To Do: Kenny Rogers in Hot Springs

If you're a season-pass holder to Magic Springs, or you want to be,  you can check out country/pop icon Kenny Rogers at the theme park's Timberwood Amphitheater tonight starting about 8 p.m.

River Market district will be partying too

There will be plenty to do directly outside the perimeter of Riverfest on Friday and Saturday nights.

Independent review

At first blush, we'd have to say this sounds like a good idea. Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he's asked for independent review of election problems.

Night line

Hit it with your best shot. By the way: Anybody attend/watch LR School Board?

Night line

Hit it with your best shot. By the way: Anybody attend/watch LR School Board?

Riverfest gets funky

Riverfest officials didn’t intentionally set out to honor New Orleans and its music scene, which have suffered greatly since Hurricane Katrina hit there nine months ago. But when the festival booked the Neville Brothers, Riverfest executive director DeAnn

Outside the gates

African-American artists are dominating what’s going on May 25-31 outside Riverfest’s borders, with appearances by neosoul singer Twinspirit, rap duo 8-Ball and MJD, and Blackalicious.

‘The Gambler’ has tonight

Season-pass holders to the Magic Springs and Crystal Falls theme park in Hot Springs will be treated tonight (Thursday, May 25) to country music superstar Kenny Rogers at the park’s Timberwood Amphitheater.

What’s cooking-Capsule reviews

What's cooking: Rumba. Capsule reviews: Alley Oops, Graffiti's.

Million dollar makeover

By this time in 2007, plantsman P. Allen Smith hopes, the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion grounds will be a showcase—in its infancy—of heritage roses, native trees and parterres enclosed by living walls of green, punctuated by fountains and other graceful arc

Singing with spirit

The spirits of two late, great jazz legends were clearly present at the Robinson Center Music Hall during Friday’s performance by trumpeter Bryon Stripling and singer Patti Austin.

Forgot the boss’ birthday?

Metro packs so much into such a tiny space you’ll wonder why Target and Wal-Mart insist on being so damn big.

Memorable moments

An observance wreath on Monday for Memorial Day, time with the Travs, 'Passion' at Weekend Theater and more.

Get in early at Mimi’s Cafe

We hate the hours-long wait for a table that new restaurants in West Little Rock usually require. We managed to avoid one, though, by eating dinner at the new Mimi’s Cafe on Chenal Parkway at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night and sitting at the bar for Sunday b

‘Code’ looks better than it reads

Despite the conventional wisdom about the book always being better than the movie, sometimes a really bad book can make for a really good movie. “The Color Purple” comes to mind, as does “Forrest Gump.” “The Da Vinci Code” doesn’t rise to the quality of e

Way too much to see and do

Decision-making causes varying degrees of anxiety in everyone. Some folks, of course, are making far more important decisions daily than which music act they ought to see at Riverfest, but I still see the symptoms of Riverfest-itis every year: Great acts

Restating the obvious

Poor, black districts in the Delta have been disproportionately represented in school closures since Arkansas toughened its school standards, an advocacy group for preserving tiny schools reports. Our response?

Schooling in Seattle

The NY Times features a school in Seattle for children and family of patients at a renowned cancer treatment center there.

Could somebody please ... UPDATE

... put a sock in Democratic Party chief Jason Willett? If you're going to call a candidate extreme, it helps to list some reasons.

Could somebody please ... UPDATE

... put a sock in Democratic Party chief Jason Willett? If you're going to call a candidate extreme, it helps to list some reasons.

LRSD: Fiasco in the making

The Classroom Teachers Association turned out in big numbers at last night's school board meeting.

U.S. Capitol in lockdown

The information is preliminary and sketchy, but the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. has been locked down after reports of gunfire in the basement garage of the Rayburn House Office Building.

U.S. Capitol in lockdown

The information is preliminary and sketchy, but the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. has been locked down after reports of gunfire in the basement garage of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Halter gets labor endorsement

Alan Hughes, the president of the Arkansas AFL-CIO, this morning announced his organization's endorsement of Bill Halter in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Richardson's appeal denied

A federal appeals court today rejected Nolan Richardson's appeal of an earlier district court ruling that dismissed his claim that racial and speech discrimination factored in the decision by University of Arkansas officials to fire him as head basketball coach in 2002.

Baker, Willett debate on TV

State Republican Party chairman Gilbert Baker and state Democratic Party chairman Jason Willett participate in a spirited roundtable discussion on "Unconventional Wisdom" tonight at 6:30 p.m. on AETN.

Gettin' Out: A Fearless Friday

Truth be told, it's ridiculously busy around here. It always is when a holiday is approaching, as the week is shorter than normal, but the paper and the words that are going in it are the same size.

Houston Nutt's approval rating resembles the president's

The Razorback fan website Hogville.net recently conducted a poll of its membership on Houston Nutt's approval rating.

Hillary stops thinking about tomorrow

Why is U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton suddenly engaging in generational warfare? Is she trying to appeal to conservatives by sounding like a frustrated geezer?

Hillary stops thinking about tomorrow

Why is U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton suddenly engaging in generational warfare? Is she trying to appeal to conservatives by sounding like a frustrated geezer?

How about some pre-Riverfest shaved ice?

Our neighbors in the Heritage West bulding, Pokey D's, have a cool way to beat the heat beginning today, so it will be a good stopping place if you're outside the Riverfest gates: Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

Wanna buy a nightclub?

Remember the old Checkmate Club (or, as it was affectionately known back in the go-go 80s as the "Select-a-Mate Club")?

Hathorn likely endorsing Wooldridge

We just received a curious press release from the campaign office of Tim Wooldridge, who is running against Bill Halter in the Democratic primary runoff election for lieutenant governor.

Hypocrites R Us

One of the blogs set up to front anonymously for Asa! amuses us enough to mention here again.

Hypocrites R Us

One of the blogs set up to front anonymously for Asa! amuses us enough to mention here again.

Is George W. getting any?

How's that for a headline? It comes to mind as Richard Reeves knocks one down the middle on the stupid NY Times analysis of the Clinton marriage.

Loose ends

Doug Ladner asked today for a recount of the vote in the Republican primary contest for House from Maumelle, apparently won by Ed Garner by nine votes, with a few overseas ballots that still could be counted through Friday.

St. Joseph’s recognizes National Cancer Survivors Day with Celebration of Life

In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 4, St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is sponsoring the 12th annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life.

UAMS, ACHRI Researcher Affirms Fetal Pain Findings

Available scientific evidence on brain development demonstrates that fetuses feel pain as early as the second trimester, says a leading expert in pain research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Children’s Hospita

St. Joseph’s Selph wins cardiac award

Phyllis Selph, RN, a St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center co-worker for the past 21 years, recently won the 2006 Outstanding Cardiac Rehab Team Member award at the Arkansas Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation State Convention.

St. Joseph’s announces scholarship recipients

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center recently announced its 2006 list of 32 college scholarship winners, with seven going to co-workers and the other 25 to dependants of co-workers.

St. Joseph’s Selph wins Team Member award

Phyllis Selph, RN, a St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center co-worker for the past 21 years, recently won the 2006 Outstanding Cardiac Rehab Team Member award at the Arkansas Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation State Convention.

DOH Mumps Update

The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health (DOH), is confirming seven (7) cases of mumps: two cases in White County and one case each in Little River, Clark, Pulaski, Drew and Lonoke Counties.

Wrapup: Friday night at Riverfest

It's almost 1:30 a.m., and I'm just in from spending the past couple of hours at Nu Cuisine Lounge, where guitar whiz Chris Henry entertained on the patio, which was packed with young lovelies and plenty of others.

The cigarette boat summer

Wall Street Journal features (sorry, we thought we'd been supplied a free link to this article, but it's not working.

Riverfest: Opening night

It was a long week and we weren't in the partying mood. We escaped downtown just as traffic was building for the opening night of Riverfest.

'Legitimate' news organizations

You can understand why this passage jumped out in a New York Times story that says a federal court has extended protection of the First Amendment to Internet journalists -- the same right enjoyed by people whose words are printed on paper (unless they live in Huckansas).

'Legitimate' news organizations

You can understand why this passage jumped out in a New York Times story that says a federal court has extended protection of the First Amendment to Internet journalists -- the same right enjoyed by people whose words are printed on paper (unless they live in Huckansas).

Profile in courage

Your Memorial Day Weekend reading assignment: An op-ed by Alberto Mora, the retired Navy general counsel, in the Washington Post.

Profile in courage

Your Memorial Day Weekend reading assignment: An op-ed by Alberto Mora, the retired Navy general counsel, in the Washington Post.

Anchorman's nightmare

Craig Cannon, at KHOG/KHBS in Fort Smith /Fayetteville, found a bridge too far during a broadcast last weekend.

Friday Night Riverfest....Late Edition

Here’s my Friday night wrap-up, done Saturday afternoon. Now, my excuse for not getting this out early (back me up) was the fact that I’ve been in the throes of ecstasy from last night’s shows, namely, Hannah Blaylock and Eden’s Edge, Del McCoury and the last part of Kool and the Gang.

Tis the season ...

... to char pig and beef flesh. The NY Times has a holiday weekend special on super grills, big outdoor cookers that cost $10,000 and up.

The line is open

Riverfest? Politics?

The line is open

Riverfest? Politics?

Gettin' Out...Riverfest Saturday...hurry!

It’s Saturday Afternoon, I’m in the office when I want to be outside enjoying the music and atmosphere.

Citizen Huck

The governor has a shot at national politics, Brummett concludes, and  he lists several solid reasons -- communications skills, some progressive policies, religion. Another thing working in his favor is that national reporters won't be around him long enough to see some of his  demerits.

The revolving door

Another look at a former administration official trading on his old government connections to strike it rich.

Tell it like it was

A rainless Riverfest has meant big crowds, as this Brian Chilson photo Saturday night attests.

Covering Saturday at Riverfest

Stewart Deere was on the scene for us Saturday at Riverfest: Saturday night brought out folks of all sorts.

Happy holidays

A message from Betsey Wright; the former political adviser who now devotes much of her time to work against the death penalty:

LRSD: Round II

Because our archive link is currently non-functional, a reader asks that we start a new string on the item about labor strife in the Little Rock School District.

Sunday in the park

We confess. Brian Chilson's candid camera would have caught US at the Riverfest beer tent.

Riverfest finale

  A smash Riverfest concluded with the usual fireworks after a huge crowd turned out for the Doobie Brothers.

Riverfest finale

  A smash Riverfest concluded with the usual fireworks after a huge crowd turned out for the Doobie Brothers.

Memorial Day

The morning e-mail says that Biography Arkansas, the series on KUAR, will feature Arkansas military heroes on Memorial Day.

In memoriam

Over at Daily Kos this Memorial Day there's a recapitulation of the service records of the chicken hawks in the Bush administration and their accomplices in the media, ever eager to send troops into harm's way.

Hugh Patterson, dead at 91 -- UPDATE

Hugh B. Patterson Jr., the former publisher of the Arkansas Gazette and former chairman of the Arkansas Gazette Co., died early today at 91.

The week ahead

We're informed that the Democrat-Gazette lawsuit over Gov. Mike Huckabee's refusal to release the file on an investigation of former parole board member Larry Zeno will be at 9 a.m.

Wheeeeeeeeeee

What is this? It's the X-Coaster at Magic Springs, called the "world's tallest inversion ride."

Wheeeeeeeeeee

What is this? It's the X-Coaster at Magic Springs, called the "world's tallest inversion ride."

Riverfest, Sunday wrapup

Stewart Deere reports from Sunday's final day of Riverfest: For one moment it seemed as if Morris Day might have been the baaaaaaadest man on the planet.

Bad day

Riots in Afghanistan. Death and destruction in Iraq.

Bad day

Riots in Afghanistan. Death and destruction in Iraq.

Open line

Maybe y'all have something good to report.

Open line

Maybe y'all have something good to report.

In memory of Maxine

We heard through the grapevine that Maxine Miller of Maxine's Tap Room in Fayetteville passed away on Friday.

Food police

An essayist in the New York Times takes aim at government efforts to alter children's eating habits with rules on what and how much food may be sold and served in schools.

He fires an arrow

Brummett did the up-and-down routine to plug the Memorial Day weekend gap. It's a political edition and the positive indicators go to Beebe, Wooldridge, Suskie, Holt, Lagrone.

Freebie watch

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, took some free prize fight tickets in Vegas. He shouldn't have.

Defining Hillary

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton is a politician not easily defined. (Maybe what they really mean is that she's a politician not easy to fit into a one-size-fits narrative.

Defining Hillary

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton is a politician not easily defined. (Maybe what they really mean is that she's a politician not easy to fit into a one-size-fits narrative.

Wal-Mart gets green

The Benton County Daily Record recites a list of the ways in which Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott says the company is fighting environmental loss.

UALR: cutting edge

UALR today touts its recruiting success. No, we're not talking about the signing of a point guard or a soccer goalie.

Tiger in town

First Tee kids got front row seats Monday when Tiger Woods put on a demonstration at Alotian Club as part of a charitable golf event to raise $1 million for five charities that were favorites of the late Jackson T. Stephens -- First Tee, UALR, UAMS, the Arkansas Arts Center and Episcopal Collegiate School.

How firm a foundation

Asa Hutchinson's idea for the day is to form a statewide private foundation to support education.

Murderers' row

Free speech? Not so fast, if government wants to punish a whistleblower. So says the "strict constructionist posse" of Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Alito and Roberts. Despite their professed adoration for the original text of the Constitution, they've found a way in which government may limit free speech without consequence.

Gettin' Out: Tuesday (yes, Tuesday)

Certainly you're over your Riverfest hangover by now, right? And you're ready to get out again, right?

Early voting begins ... late

Early voting for the June 13 primary runoff elections is supposed to begin today, but many counties are not ready to start.

Suskie challenges McDaniel to debate (UPDATE)

Democratic attorney general candidate Paul Suskie today challenged his opponent Dustin McDaniel to a debate in advance of the June 13 primary runoff election.

Riverfest record

Riverfest officials are putting attendance at 242,000, a record. Revenue should be up, too.

Post of the day -- HBP

Because our archives are cranky and because some of you don't go back that far, we elevate a comment from Roy Reed of Hogeye, reporter and UA journalism prof: on the death of Hugh B. Patterson Jr., former Arkansas Gazette publisher: He wrote the NY Times obituary, which appeared Wednesday.

Holiday killings

You read here earlier about Betsey Wright complaining about scheduling of executions around holidays. Her complaint gets some mileage today in AP coverage.

It's Tuesday night

And you're on ....

Blues Traveler coming to LR

The owners of Sticky Fingerz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack, Chris King and Suzon Awbrey, are opening Rumba-Revolution in the big space that used to be Club Coconuts on the corner of Cumberland St. and Pres.

St. Bernard's surgeon receives appointment

A.H. (Buck) Rusher, Jonesboro surgeon, has received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for the cancer program at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Critical mass

Time magazine reported it first in January, but the Marine killings of Iraqi in Haditha seem  finally to have achieved the prominence the episode deserves, with lead position in today's NY Times on details of how the investigation evolved.

Local tastes

Foodies will want to check the NY Times for an interview with Jane and Michael Stern, authors of a series of books and articles on the glories of American eating.

Local politics

Little Rock isn't the only place where the citizens grumble about their local government. The Morning News offers a couple of pieces on the move to use a sales tax to borrow money to build a baseball stadium in Springdale.

Moving on up

The Note, ABC's tip sheet, media gossip and inside baseball newsletter, breaks news today that Ron Fournier, AP's top political writer, is departing the wire service for an as-yet unidentified new Internet operation in which he apparently will have a piece of the action.

Adjutant general named

Ronald Chastain is the new adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard.

To do: Movies in the Park

If the rain can hold off, we'll all be watching "Men In Black" tonight at the Riverfest Amphitheatre as part of the free Movies in the Park series.

ESPN column: Nolan deserved better

Alan Grant, a free-lance sports columnist for ESPN and a former NFL defensive back, offers this contrarian opinion on Nolan Richardson after the appeals court denied Richardson in his suit against the UA last week.

Get your coins ready

The state Racing Commission has announced a public hearing at 11 a.m. June 29 at 1515 W. 7th on proposed rules to govern the, heh heh, "games of skill" soon to be rolled out at Oaklawn and Southland.

Get your coins ready

The state Racing Commission has announced a public hearing at 11 a.m. June 29 at 1515 W. 7th on proposed rules to govern the, heh heh, "games of skill" soon to be rolled out at Oaklawn and Southland.

Gettin' Out: Wednesday (It's Blackalicious time)

AmyB has been waiting for this Blackalicious show at Cornerstone Pub in North Little Rock since it was first announced.

The master's voice

A press roll-out is scheduled tomorrow and then public availability Saturday for an audio guided tour of the Clinton Library narrated by the former president himself.

Unimpressed

Republican Jim Lagrone is unimpressed by Secretary of State Charlie Daniels' review of performance by the company providing Arkansas millions in voting machinery and software.

Why we like Barney Frank

This is a few days old, but worth repeating, a statement by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank on the FBI search of Congressman William Jefferson's office.

The tease

We get news releases. And, after 33 years, something tells this is more news release hype than "reality."

Hillary!

She announces her re-election campaign for U.S. Senate, but the 2008 overtones are evident. This should be good for, what, a dozen or so posts from the pathological Dr. Strangelove?
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