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June 1, 2006

Vol 4 • No 20

The 'it' factor

Is there any wonder why the LA Times chose a photo of a certain former Arkansas governor to illustrate a story about  researchers trying to pin down what constitutes charisma -- why some have it and some don't.

Whose marriage is it anyway?

The weird NY Times story on the number of nights Bill and Hillary Clinton spend together continues to draw some flak, though not nearly as much as it deserves, says Chuck Todd of National Journal.

Sympathy for Nolan

Alan Grant writing for the ESPN website, writes sympathetically about former Hog coach Nolan Richardson after the appeals court rejected his lawsuit over his firing.

The debate debate (UPDATE)

Paul Suskie continues to act like he's not the front-runner by pushing a debate challenge of Dustin McDaniel.

The mighty Huck

The most read liberal blogger, Daily Kos (full text follows, but there's lots of reader comment at the link) has this to say about the next man from Hope (key word "scary"):

Oklahoma wins round in pollution case

U.S. Magistrate Sam Joyner today rejected motions filed by Arkansas poultry companies that would have prevented Oklahoma from taking soil and water samples from chicken farms as part of its pollution lawsuit against the companies.

Molasses riff

This is the slowest time I can remember, and I’ve lived through some slow ones. I lived through Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter, and Carter was the slowest till now, my memories of that era centering on his mother, his brother, and his daughter, none of t

The week that was May 24-30

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … RIVERFEST. No rain and huge crowds made the Memorial Day weekend event on the Arkansas River a big success.

Words

A reference in the Arkansas Times to a place being so small “there wasn’t room to swing a cat” has prompted a question about the origin of the old phrase.

Orval June 1

This Modern World June 1

The Observer

The Observer went back to the hometown on Memorial Day to put some flowers on some graves, as we do every year. It’s little enough in the way of remembrance. No relatives of the deceased still live in the town. The Observer’s annual flowers are the only o

HBP

As the longtime publisher of Arkansas’s largest and best newspaper, Hugh B. Patterson loomed large in momentous events, the best remembered being the Little Rock school integration crisis of 1957 and, some 30 years later, the sale of the family-owned, muc

Bible humor

I enjoyed Doug Smith’s article on humor in the Bible. One quite funny item particularly comes to mind — perhaps the original really lame excuse: Exodus 32:22-25.

Mercy Health receives grant for Hispanic Outreach

The Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation recently awarded the Mercy Health Foundation a $7,500 grant for the Mercy Hispanic Outreach Program at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center.

The end of idealism

The story of Lance Cpl. Ryan Briones of Hanford, Calif., recounted Monday in the Los Angeles Times, explains better than anything how the country has reached the moment of truth in Iraq, when a soldier’s and a nation’s worst fear is finally borne home.

Holiday ups and downs

Here they are, the arrows of summer’s unofficial arrival, offered annually at this juncture for a couple of reasons. One is the demand for an extra advance column because of the long holiday weekend. But it so happens that the pending matter of runoffs in

Smart Talk

This week: Mara Leveritt's movie; authors E. Lynn Harris and Joel Osteen in Arkansas;

Painted into a corner

Remember when the Republican Party was totally marginalized in Arkansas, mainly because it was dominated by a small cadre of true believers in the Northwest corner of the state? If not, don’t worry. All of us will probably get reacquainted with that d

Clubbing

The city of Little Rock is gearing up to fight a private club alcohol permit for a nightclub proposed for the former Osco store space in the decrepit University Mall.

Can we get along?

The Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association has remained a constant through decades of revolving-door superintendents and School Board members. As a result, it has accrued significant clout, maybe even too much.

Editorial cartoon June 1

Why the low vote?

Well, election day was Tuesday last week in Arkansas. Thirty-two percent of all the people who are eligible went to the ballot boxes to decide whether deer could come to town so that any hunter could try to shoot them. It passed, 915 to 626. This happened

In hot pursuit

Pablo Picasso’s groundbreaking work in Cubism and his late-in-life experimentation in ceramics and painting on cardboard will be the focus of three shows opening Friday, June 2, at the Arkansas Arts Center under the title “Pursuing Picasso.”

Lyrics to "Grillz"

Music from Nelly to decorate your teeth by.

McDougall chosen for Hall of Fame Award

Poet Jo McDougall will receive the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame Award for 2006 during the Arkansas Writers Conference on Friday, June 2, at the Holiday Inn Select.

Overcoming the election absurdity

Because of election problems in the first-primary elections Tuesday, May 23, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he’ll hire a consultant to study the state’s $15 million contract with the company that supplied most of the state’s new election systems

Ave Hogs

Comedian and Hogs disciple Matt Besser will preach the gospel Thursday, June 1, at Vino's.

What are you reading, Molly Giles?

Molly Giles is the author of a novel, “Iron Shoes,” and two collections of short stories, “Rough Translations” and “Creek Walk.” She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Melissa King, who also writes and lives in Fayette

Some books of note

Col. Crockett traveled far and often and he is shadowed here by a North Carolina outdoorsman who assesses the impact that the King of the Wild Frontier had at all his waystops. One of those sojourns was at Little Rock in 1835, on his way to the Alamo, and

What we’re reading

Current top 10 bestsellers from WordsWorth Books, That Bookstore in Blytheville and That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place.

Halter exit

Candidate Bill Halter leaves the board of an unprofitable biotech company, Stephens Media reports. Bad timing, at a minimum.

Hit parade

The Dixie Chicks' new album, "Taking the Long Way," rolls out at No. 1 on the pop AND country charts, despite resistance at country stations.

Hit parade

The Dixie Chicks' new album, "Taking the Long Way," rolls out at No. 1 on the pop AND country charts, despite resistance at country stations.

Straddling

Brummett writes of straddles in the runoff for attorney general, specifically on abortion, before concluding it shouldn't be an issue.

Straddling

Brummett writes of straddles in the runoff for attorney general, specifically on abortion, before concluding it shouldn't be an issue.

What’s Happening in June

Readings, book signings and other events.

More corn in the tank

Wall Street Journal reports today that Wal-Mart is considering adding ethanol fuel to its almost 400 company-owned gas stations.

Delayed diplomas

Fresno newspaper reports on diplomas being awarded this year to Japanese-Americans who missed their high school graduations more than 60 years ago because they had been forced into internment camps.

JR and Henry: Did Nolan Deserve Better?

In light of yesterday's ESPN's column by Alan Grant titled "Nolan Deserved Better," J.R. and Henry, our blogging sports columnists here at Little Rocking ask a pertinent question:

Those who don't know history, etc.

The Little Rock School District has received a grant of almost $1 million, one of 124 awarded nationwide, to improve the teaching of American history.

Gettin' Out: A diametric Thursday

AmyB's Thursday report: There’s a couple of things choice live acts to check out tonight, though diametrically opposed, musically speaking.

So, Will Smith made it to town?

So, was that the "Fresh Prince" himself was at Juanita's Wednesday night taking in his wife's show, Wicked Wisdom, that rocked the the house?

Will Smith does Juanita's -- or did he?

Little Rocking blog has the proof. UPDATE: On closer inspection, maybe they got punked.

The OBU seat

The governor announced today that he'll replace Jeanna Westmoreland on the state Board of Education with Dr. Tim Knight, a biology professor (not education as we wrote incorrectly originally) at Ouachita Baptist.

The OBU seat

The governor announced today that he'll replace Jeanna Westmoreland on the state Board of Education with Dr. Tim Knight, a biology professor (not education as we wrote incorrectly originally) at Ouachita Baptist.

Trying harder (UPDATE)

Bill Halter has announced a Teamsters endorsement and has another presser this PM. Meanwhile, an unconfirmed report to us says that the Doe's backroom fund-raiser held by a poultry lobbyist today was to benefit Halter's Democratic opponent for lt. gov., Tim Wooldridge.

Big money

The Federal Election Commission has decided not to issue more rules to govern activities of so-called 527 groups.

How stupid is the Bush administration?

It is a bottomless pit, but this report from ABC about the Homeland Security Department takes the cake.

Clinton audio

The full details of the new Clinton audio tour of his library were announced today.

Hammerin' Hank

Talk about history repeating itself. Remember Henry Williams, whose contract was bought out as LR school superintendent in 1995 after a stormy couple of years?

Alltel's big March

March money figures are all calculated, and North Little Rock's Alltel Arena's big month was a windfall for county and city taxes.

Possible LR nicknames narrowed to six

Little Rock just announced six finalists in its search for the perfect city nickname: America’s GemThe RockRiver CityRock TownSouthern ComfortRock City

Company town

Wal-Mart Watch, which does what its name implies, finds it's hard to rent a billboard in Bentonville during Wal-Mart's stockholders meeting that suggests the company could do some improving.

Hottest hubby?

He's an Arkie. Sweetest move: "One day I came home from work and Ray had his massage table set up with tons of candles lit and soft music playing," says Cynthia.

Get in ‘Line’

If “A Chorus Line” follows in the line of Cliff Fannin Baker’s recent directorial efforts at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Rep fans are in for a real treat.

Rosemond takes a whuppin’

If you skipped the DoG's Family section published May 24, you missed a gem: a mea culpa by holier-than-thou, “whup ’em first and ask questions later” parenting columnist John Rosemond.

TV highlights, June 1-6

TASTY TRAVELS WITH RACHAEL RAY: LITTLE ROCK 8 p.m. Friday, June 2 The Food Network (Comcast Ch. 72) NATURE: HORSES 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) FRONTLINE: THE LAST ABORTION CLINIC 8

Pimp my smile

I’ve never been one for what the hip kids call “body modification.” I don’t even like to get my hair cut. Tattooing is out, because — even aside from what it must feel like to have a needle stab you thousands of times in the same place — I’ve never had an

Vino’s marks 13th anniversary of WM3

“West Memphis Three Worldwide Awareness” day events at Vino’s Brewpub will include screenings of “Paradise Lost I and II,” the “Write to Freedom” letter drive, a book signing by “Devil’s Knot” author Mara Leveritt and concerts by Ashes of Augustine and Ap

Hold the phone company’s bill

Not since Nora Harris has the Pulaski County collector had reason to hold on to a protested tax payment. Nearly a decade after the litigious anti-tax advocate from Little Rock paid her roughly $800 property tax bill under protest, another Arkansas tax

Dumb summertime thrills

While many of the current comic-book-to-film blockbusters have the bad habit of taking themselves a bit too seriously, a refreshingly light exception to this has been the “X-Men” movie franchise.

Tiger’s presence fit for a king

We would say this was like awaiting royalty, but we’re not sure Prince Charles would command such an audience at 7:30 a.m. in the woods of western Pulaski County on a cloudy Tuesday morning. Maybe Princess Di, if she came back from the beyond, might be as

The Daly news

John Daly notes this, in case you haven’t: He no longer leads the PGA tour in driving distance – there are other maulers who send the golf ball flying even farther than the fellow from Dardanelle – yet, the crowds still follow Daly en masse, not those oth

What's cooking/Capsule reviews

What's cooking: Evette Brady to give cooking demonstration. Updates: Super Taqueria, Great Wall Buffet.

Dino Dash, Zoo schmooze

The seventh annual Dino Dash and Discovery Fest is Saturday, June 3, outside the Museum of Discovery in the River Market District. That night: Havana Nights, a Zoo fund-raiser, at the home of Beth and Mike Coulson.

Nu stays new

Nothing is ever mundane with Nu Cuisine Lounge. From the experimenting by the barkeep while you’re sitting at the dark cozy blue-tinged bar waiting for dinner, to the novel selections offered on an ever-changing menu, it’s interesting and it’s fun.

A heated weekend, with not a drop of rain

Riverfest went off with out any major glitches and without any rain, even sprinkles, for the first time in most festival goers’ memories. On the other hand, it may have been as hot as any Riverfest in memory, with temperatures in the low 90s at sundown, a

Big brother

Where will it end? The Justice Department is asking Internet companies to keep records on the Web-surfing activities of their customers to aid law enforcement, and may propose legislation to force them to do so.

War record

NY Times analysis says it's better to be a governor than a senator with a voting record in support of the war going into the 2008 race for president.

Rachael Ray does LR

We'd forgotten ourselves until a reader mentioned it, so we thought we'd remind you that Rachael Ray's Food Channel episode on LR restaurants airs tonight at 8 p.m.

The senator's mailbag

A reader shares correspondence with Sen. Blanche Lincoln. His point: If she thought Bill Clinton should have been censured by a vote of Congress for a sexual indiscretion, why won't she support Russ Feingold's motion to censure the current president for spying on the American people?

Former state Dem. chairs endorse Halter

Four former chairs of the Arkansas Democratic Party -- Herby Branscum, Vaughn McQuary, Ron Oliver and Betsey Wright -- today endorsed Bill Halter in his race against Tim Wooldridge for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Huckabee on GOP short list for president

Chris Cillizza, in his Washington Post politics blog "The Fix," ranks Gov. Mike Huckabee among the top five contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

LR mayor Dailey won't seek re-election

Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey today announced that he will not run for re-election this year.

LR mayor Dailey won't seek re-election

Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey today announced that he will not run for re-election this year.

Gettin' Out: Friday

AmyB suggests that even if you're going to the Rep's opening of "A Chorus Line" tonight, you'll have plenty of time left over for most of these shows (and, if you're skipping the Rep, hit some of these shows early):

AmyB has blues for Eureka

A few of you faithful may not know how much Amy B loves the blues. Then you should check out her show every Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. on KABF,  88.3, and you'd know.

Folk Club brings in Boulder Acoustic Society

This news made it too late for our regular edition, but the Little Rock Folk Club has a show tonight featuring the Boulder Acoustic Society, a four-piece band that the club says has a "new take" on American roots music.

To do: Rep's 'A Chorus Line' opens tonight

Everything's in place for what promises to be a big month at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, beginning tonight.

Film fans: More Movies in the Park

The Movies in the Park outdoor film series has proved popular enough that the River Market and the organizers have extended its regular season 10 more weeks, through Aug. 16.

The lava lamp fatwa

Yesterday we told you about the Department of Homeland Security's decision to cut funding to New York because, according to their formulation, the city has no "landmarks or icons."

Court rules against Huckabee secrecy

Max Brantley calls from the field to report that Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza just ruled in favor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in its petition to force Gov. Mike Huckabee to release an investigative report about alleged professional misconduct by former state parole board member Larry Zeno, who recently resigned.

Thanks, taxpayers

Your generous Tax Increment Finance subsidies not only provide a way for school taxpayers statewide to subsidize real estate developers like Bruce Burrow in some of the state's most prosperous cities, you also help put competing retaiilers out of business.

Thanks, taxpayers

Your generous Tax Increment Finance subsidies not only provide a way for school taxpayers statewide to subsidize real estate developers like Bruce Burrow in some of the state's most prosperous cities, you also help put competing retaiilers out of business.

Give me a 'W' etc.

CNN says promises of more fashionable duds, more organic products, a greener truck fleet and the usual cheering were among the highlights of today's Wal-Mart stockholder meeting.

In the money

State revenue report for May indicates no economic slowdown. Net revenue was $15.1 million, or 5.6 percent, higher than a forecast that was adjusted upward at the first of the month.

Ready for the new James Bond?

Before you write off Daniel Craig as not worthy of carrying on the Bond legacy started by Sean Connery, check out the new trailer for "Casino Royale," which is due out in November.

Worse and worser

New survey says: Bush is worst president since 1945. And a Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. suggests Bush got there by stealing Ohio.

Worse and worser

New survey says: Bush is worst president since 1945. And a Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. suggests Bush got there by stealing Ohio.

Wooldridge returns endorsement fire

Tim Wooldridge this afternoon announced that former Clinton administration officials James Lee Witt and Hershel Gober endorsed him in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Wooldridge returns endorsement fire

Tim Wooldridge this afternoon announced that former Clinton administration officials James Lee Witt and Hershel Gober endorsed him in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Friday night fights

It's up to you. But I just want to mention one thing. We've been sitting around with our visiting techno-genius (our 21-year-old-son) and programming ring tones on a family cell phone.

Friday night fights

It's up to you. But I just want to mention one thing. We've been sitting around with our visiting techno-genius (our 21-year-old-son) and programming ring tones on a family cell phone.

Catching up on LR and the lt. gov.

This has been a busy day, so I'll just mention two things I wanted to develop more.

Catching up on LR and the lt. gov.

This has been a busy day, so I'll just mention two things I wanted to develop more.

Regarding Asa and Beebe

It came to pass that I was asked what I thought about the governor's race, specifically whether I agreed that if the Mike Beebe-Asa Hutchinson battle were put on the ballot today, Beebe would take it by four to six percentage points.

Wal-Mart in review

Meaty coverage of the Wal-Mart stockholders meeting in the Morning News.

Haditha

Were the killings in Haditha symbolic of U.S. troops' view of the worth of lives of Iraqis?

Here we go

With all else in shambles, will it work one more time? Can George Bush mine a vein of homophobia deep enough to turn his political trainwreck around?

The power of the Internet

Most interesting thing we've read today is this feature in the NY Times: SHANGHAI, June 2 — It began with an impassioned, 5,000-word letter on one of the country's most popular Internet bulletin boards from a husband denouncing a college student he suspected of having an affair with his wife.

School consolidation

Somebody clip and mail this editorial in the Leader to the Asa! legions shocked that impoverished predominantly minority school districts have been most affected by overdue consolidation.

Review: Rep's "A Chorus Line"

"A Chorus Liine," which ruled Broadway for 15 yearrs, marks its 30th year on the stage in concert with the our own Arkansas Repertory Theatre's 30th anniversary.

It's Beebe's to lose

John Brummett today recounts a meal with Republican Chair Gil Baker and UCA president Lu Hardin.

Saturday Gettin' Out: WM3 Observance, and more

I’m recovering from attending the opening night of “A Chorus Line” at the Rep…a review will be printed in this week’s issue by Joy Ritchey.

The Bentonville of Utah

The NY Times visits Provo, Utah, a rare place where Bush still enjoys a majority favorability rating (if barely).

Border security

You've perhaps heard about Canadian arrests of terrorists with tons of explosives. Credit Daily Kos for this observation: How many times was Canada mentioned during the "border security" debate?

You have the floor

Saturday night open line.

Asa, Jim -- delicate dance

Surely the most delicate dance of the general election campaign will be Asa Hutchinson's with Jim Holt.

Baseball fan's special

Pine Bluff High's Torii Hunter, the great center fielder for the Minnesota Twins, is featured in an article in today's NY Times' figuring out how he's so good at shagging fly balls.

Remembering Jim Brandon

The former LR ad and PR man and Arkansas legislator is remembered in an obit today (a couple of weeks after his death) in the Washington Post for his neighborhood activism in Washington.

Why we not have?

Missing from LR edition of the D-G are a number of Northwest Arkansas stories from sister newspapers.

A modest proposal

For 33 years now, I"ve been picking up a Little Rock newspaper with headlines about a backlog at the state Crime Lab.

Subsidizing retailers

The Jonesboro Sun editorial page today has a good review of a study out of UALR last week on retail sales in Arkansas.

Subsidizing retailers

The Jonesboro Sun editorial page today has a good review of a study out of UALR last week on retail sales in Arkansas.

Fighting the federal marriage amendment

Today the GLBT community is celebrating Little Rock Pride at Allsop Park with a full day of activities.

The Holt-Hutchinson ticket

Goor or bad for Asa! to have Jim Holt as a running mate?

The Holt-Hutchinson ticket

Goor or bad for Asa! to have Jim Holt as a running mate?

Open line -- and a question -- UPDATE

It's Sunday, be civil, won't you? Meanwhile, I'm hoping our erudite readership can answer a question I couldn't solve with Google.

Open line -- and a question -- UPDATE

It's Sunday, be civil, won't you? Meanwhile, I'm hoping our erudite readership can answer a question I couldn't solve with Google.

Give the Gift of Health for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a good time for men to think about their health and consider how important maintaining their health is to their families. On Monday June 12, the Pulaski County Central Health Unit, Pine and Cedar Exit I-630, will be providing visitors wit

Company town II

Here's the followup on the billboard company still bowing and scraping and apologizing and saying it was duped because it put up an ad for Wal-Mart Watch during Wal-Mart's annual meeting in Fayetteville.

Abortion: it's back

Thanks to the ban in South Dakota (not to mention an approaching anti-Roe majority on the Supreme Court), abortion is back as an issue in state political races across the country.

Also back: the estate tax

Since one Arkansas senator, Blanche Lincoln, likely will be at the forefront of the fight to give more tax breaks to billionaires, it's worth mentioning that Paul Krugman (subscription only), is sounding the alarm on a coming vote on the estate tax.

Also back: the estate tax

Since one Arkansas senator, Blanche Lincoln, likely will be at the forefront of the fight to give more tax breaks to billionaires, it's worth mentioning that Paul Krugman (subscription only), is sounding the alarm on a coming vote on the estate tax.

This I believe

Michael Mullane, a Navy aviator in Vietnam and director of the University of Arkansas Law School Legal Clinic, is the featured essayist today in NPR's "This I Believe" series.

Ark. Tax Revenue: 48th

Tax burden has been an ongoing debate in the race for governor. Here's one new ranking, per capita state and local tax  burden, based on 2004 Census data.

Doing the Hucklebuck

The Huckster was in North Carolina campaigning for himself over the weekend and did a Q&A with the News and Observer in Raleigh. ("His small plane" apparently lost use of an engine en route and that forced a stop in Chattanooga.

Doing the Hucklebuck

The Huckster was in North Carolina campaigning for himself over the weekend and did a Q&A with the News and Observer in Raleigh. ("His small plane" apparently lost use of an engine en route and that forced a stop in Chattanooga.

J.R. and Henry on Maxine

Our sports columnists venture out of the realm for a look at a Fayettevile icon.

Asa! on the elderly

He's for them (us). You can read the day's news release on the jump.

Give us your huddled masses ...

... and we'll fleece them. Chicago Tribune (reg.

Law professor dies

Robert R. Wright, Donaghey Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UALR, died Sunday night. Outspoken and brilliant, he was a long-time faculty member at UALR and an expert in land use law.

Wasting no time

Now that Jim Dailey is out of the race for mayor, it begins. City Director Barbara Graves has scheduled an announcement at 11 a.m.

Harmonic convergence

A couple of related news releases rolled in: 1) The Family Council will have a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday to show the petitions they've gathered urging Arkansas senators to vote for the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and also barring any equal treatment of same-sex couples.

Harmonic convergence

A couple of related news releases rolled in: 1) The Family Council will have a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday to show the petitions they've gathered urging Arkansas senators to vote for the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and also barring any equal treatment of same-sex couples.

Curran Hall news

Curran Hall, the historic home renovated for use as a visitor center for Little Rock, may still be leased to the Clinton School of Public Service, but it will retain a visitor center function.

The end of affirmative action?

NY Times tomorrow appears to be leading with the U.S. Supreme Court decsion to take cases that could limit the extent to which race may be used to determine public school assignments.

Child Advocacy Center benefits from Crossgate event

Each school year, every Crossgate Christian Academy (CCA) class participates in a “care and share” event where they go out into the community to serve mankind in some capacity.

Berry looks high, low for Halter

I asked Marion Berry, the culturally conservative and economically populist Democratic congressman from eastern Arkansas, if I’d heard correctly. Had he indeed been going around his 1st Congressional District pleading with constituents not to nominate B

The Democratic tug of war

Brummett looks at Marion Berry's advocacy of Tim Wooldridge's candidacy in the context of the conservative and liberal wings of the state Democratic Party.

The Democratic tug of war

Brummett looks at Marion Berry's advocacy of Tim Wooldridge's candidacy in the context of the conservative and liberal wings of the state Democratic Party.

Wanna bet on this casino amendment?

A Texas promoter claims he's making good progress on gathering petitiions for a constitutional amendment that would make him monopoly owner of a chain of casinos in Arkansas, plus start a state lottery.

The tavern beat

Roger's Rec on Dickson Street changes hands.

The battle for Congress

Latest roundup on House races from NY Times.

It's official

We got a statement late last night from City Director Michael Keck, who announced, as expected, that he'd seek re-election this year rather than run for mayor.

For what ails you: a dose of Ivins

Molly's got it , as usual. The Republicans are worried about the flag, gay marriage and the terrible burden of the estate tax on the rich.

Today's goobernatorial release

Beebe sees Asa's largely empty proposal yesterday to help seniors and raises him with his own bucket of froth.

In defense of marriage

Thanks to several readers: One of the liberal blogs is having some sport with Bible quotes and the divorce record of a number of  "family value" Republicans.

RIP Billy Preston

The wires are reporting the death of keyboard great Billy Preston, who was 59. He had been in a coma since November.

Huckabee: I never said what I said

According to today's edition of National Journal's Hotline newsletter, this is what Gov. Mike Huckabee said about immigration on national television last night:

Huckabee: I never said what I said

According to today's edition of National Journal's Hotline newsletter, this is what Gov. Mike Huckabee said about immigration on national television last night:

Gunner fires

Gunner DeLay, the Republican candidate for attorney general, makes hay of the squabbling between the Democratic runoff candidates over a debate.

Flying first-class

The Center for Public Integrity has been busily combing public data to compile abusers of fancy travel provided members of Congress by special interest groups.

Flying first-class

The Center for Public Integrity has been busily combing public data to compile abusers of fancy travel provided members of Congress by special interest groups.

Maynard G. Krebs Memorial

Only an aging few will understand the headline. But suffice it to say that the boss LOVES demolition photos.

Wooldridge opens fire -- UPDATE

Is Tim Wooldridge behind? Our guess would be yes. He's gone nuclear on opponent Bill Halter's business record.

Wooldridge opens fire -- UPDATE

Is Tim Wooldridge behind? Our guess would be yes. He's gone nuclear on opponent Bill Halter's business record.

You mess in our backyard ...

Most interesting news from Stephens Media, if you're into the newspaper business. CABOT - Stephens Media Group today announced the purchase of five Central Arkansas newspapers from Magie Enterprises Inc., a family-owned publishing company that has been operating for over 50 years.

You mess in our backyard ...

Most interesting news from Stephens Media, if you're into the newspaper business. CABOT - Stephens Media Group today announced the purchase of five Central Arkansas newspapers from Magie Enterprises Inc., a family-owned publishing company that has been operating for over 50 years.

The recount

The Pulaski County Election Commission has completed its recount of voting in the Republican primary race (no Democrats ran) for the House District 41 seat covering Maumelle.

The recount

The Pulaski County Election Commission has completed its recount of voting in the Republican primary race (no Democrats ran) for the House District 41 seat covering Maumelle.

Official secrets

Add the state Game and Fish Commission to those public agencies that  like to do business in private.

Official secrets

Add the state Game and Fish Commission to those public agencies that  like to do business in private.

$1 million gift to UAMS honors banker

A year of sipping Event becomes the toast of Hillcrest A year of sipping

The Arkansas Times-sponsored Shop ’n’ Sip in Hillcrest (also known as First Thursday) celebrated its first year anniversary in September. In that year, the event, held on the first Thursday of every month, has grown from late hours at a few Hillcre

TV by phone

Interesting story from Stephens Media today. A small Yell County phone company is going to beat the big guys with providing TV by phone line, a move AT&T is positioning itself to take in bigger Arkansas markets.

Campaign money

Stephens rounds up the raising and spending figures for runoff candidates.

Pressure builds on the estate tax -- UPDATE

NY Times indicates Sen. Bill Frist is going for broke on total repeal of the estate tax, which is a good thing because that idea doesn't seem likely to pass.

How to steal elections?

Simple. You make it hard for your opponents to vote.

Reece leaving UAMS

The deal we wrote about earlier is done. Dr. Albert Reece, dean of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, will be leaving UAMS to head the med school at the University of Maryland.

Reece leaving UAMS

The deal we wrote about earlier is done. Dr. Albert Reece, dean of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, will be leaving UAMS to head the med school at the University of Maryland.

Movies in the Park tonight: "Shrek"

Bring the kids, bring a blanket or the chairs, bring your beverages of choice, bring a picnic basket if you want, but mainly make sure and  bring yourselves to the "Movies in the Park" showing of the terrific animated film "Shrek" at Riverfest Amphitheatre.

A new home for Joe Quinn

The governor's office announced today that The Huckster's policy adviser, former TV news announcer Joe Quinn, will be  leaving state government for a job as state health care policy director for Wal-Mart.

The Carnahan case -- UPDATE

We're still awaiting documents from the state Game and Fish Commission on a wildlife officer's unpleasant encounter with former Federal Marshal Ray Carnahan.

Gettin' Out: Wednesday

AmyB zips in on her way to her blues radio show on KABZ today (3-5 p.m.):

Military funeral protest in Beebe

As expected, members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. showed up in Beebe today to protest at the funeral of Army Spc.

UAMS College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece Recruited to University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., announced today the resignation of E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., effective Sept. 1 as vice chancellor and dean of the UAMS College of Medicine.

UAMS Dean to take job in Maryland

LITTLE ROCK – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., announced today the resignation of E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., effective Sept. 1 as vice chancellor and dean of the UAMS College of Medicine.

Nursing of the Year Awards go to five St. Joseph’s co-workers

In celebration of National Nurses Week every May, St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center presents Nursing of the Year Awards to five deserving recipients.

When a win isn't a win

Says here, in NY Times, that the puny Repub win in Duke Cunningham's seat in red San Diegoland means problems for GOP in the fall.
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