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June 1, 2011

Vol 37 • No 40

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Is there a faster-growing film festival in the country than the Little Rock Film Festival?

Ten to watch

Our must-see picks from this year's festival.

The natural slate

The LRFF's Arkansas-related offerings.

Five more with promise

The world's most interesting man

Hal Needham, in town for the LR Film Festival, has spent his life getting punched out, burned, blown up, run over and pushed off buildings. In between, he directed one of the most beloved movies of all time.

Little Rock Film Festival schedule

Man on Fire

A Q&A with writer/director/stuntman Hal Needham

A guide to the 2011 Little Rock Film Fest

With picks, a complete schedule, an interview with pioneering stuntman and director Hal Needham and more.

Judge invalidates permit for Capitol-area building

Judge James Moody today invalidated a permit granted by the Capitol Zoning District for a five-story office building at Sixth and Woodlane Streets across the street from the Capitol.

The line is open UPDATES

Tuesday thoughts? Fire away.

Down South

'Slow Southern Steel' taps into underground metal at the LRFF.

Tracking state cell phones

Do California-style cuts really save money?

That's all right!

You won't walk alone when Elvis exhibits open at the Clinton Center.

William B. Downs discusses Arkansas in the Great Depression

Among other visiting authors in the month of June.

The Pulaski school caper

More on the Keystone Kops-styled bumbling of Pulaski County School Board member Tim Clark and district principal Michael Nellums of Mills High.

While we were sleeping ...

A few observations last week's annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs.

Classic pub grub

Burgers, atmosphere make The Ohio Club a Hot Springs destination.

Little Rock Government Payroll: Overview

See an overview of the maximum and median salaries and wages and number of employees in all of Little Rock government.

Santo Coyote

Two years after opening in North Little Rock's Lakewood area, the restaurant is still offering plenty of fresh Mexican-influenced favorites.

Medicare's appeal

That Medicare will decide many Americans' votes seems to have come as a shock to Republican lawmakers, although many owe their offices to that fact.

The decks run red

Have pirates seized control of the state's flagship university?

Shut up, PETA

"How dare you assume to know how we took care of our elephant?"


One of Ed Jakubowski's Disc Dogs performs for a crowd at this year's Riverfest in Little Rock. The three-day festival set an attendance record of more than 260,000.

Let's recap

Around 13.7 billion years ago there was a bang. And what am I doing? Sitting at a computer. Eating a cheese sandwich.

Unconventional Sports Guide

A look at some of Little Rock's more left-field sports offerings.

Christian metal superstars Skillet play Magic Springs

Also, the RiverTop Party returns with live music from The Venus Mission.

Money troubles

Jason Meier, one of the developers of the proposed Sterling Center downtown, the focus of an article in last week's Arkansas Times, was charged in March with forgery in the second degree and felony theft of property.

Running out the clock

An attorney for the Hempstead County Hunting Club says SWEPCO is trying to complete construction on the plant before the matter is settled before the state Public Service Commission or the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Roman a clef?

Is it merely coincidental that some see similarities between characters in a new novel and some people they know in Little Rock?


I'm sorry, everybody, I can't do the column this week. I'm just too bummed. All the available topics are too depressing.

A headache

The same formula doesn't work in 'The Hangover Part II.'

The Reporter flees Riverfest

When we returned on Monday, we heard all kinds of reports on the music festival from our friends who braved the crowds to attend. Some were good. Others weren't that great. But one story we heard topped them all.

Orval, June 1, 2011

New meters to run on sun

Light compacting

The city has decided that the five solar-powered compacting trash receptacles you may have seen around were not worth their $4,000 price tag.

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb apparently ain't illegal yet, but the prosecuting attorney's file that backs up Jegley's report reads like a James Bond parody.

This Modern World, June 1, 2011

Wakarusa returns to Mulberry Mountain

Also, Big K.R.I.T. plays Cornerstone.

On "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding"

And this week's Netflix pick: Ken Burns' documentary series "The War."

Good week: Riverfest

The annual festival enjoyed three days of sunshine, a rarity in its recent history. Some 260,000 people attended, which broke the previous record by 10,000.

Harry and Jorge's opens

The new sit-down Mexican restaurant in the former home of Flying Burrito makes its debut.

"30 killed as Syrian forces reportedly fire on crowds."

And how many were killed if the forces didn't fire?

Walton money louder than air boats

Reporting in Texas says Walmart heiress Alice Walton is a force behind legislation awaiting the governor's signature to ban noisy airboats on scenic stretches of the Brazos River.

From whom all blessings flow

We've written before about Rep. Justin Harris, the government-cutting Republican from West Fork who took offense when a public records request revealed the extent of state support for his "faith-based" daycare center and the possibility that this basher of illegal immmigrants might be receiving public money for caring for same.

Obama restores justice in Justice Department

This shouldn't be remarkable, but, because of the Bush years, it is. The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has resumed hiring lawyers with civil rights experience for its civil rights division, rather than conservative ideologues with political agendas.

New recycling contract: Questions

Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District has approved a new 10-year waste recycling contract with Waste Management.

Atheists sue over refusal of bus ad

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency were sued today in federal court for refusing more than $5,000 in bus advertising aimed at atheists and agnostics.

What's right about Minnesota?

Polling in Minnesota inevitably raises the question of whether the results represent trending national sentiment, or just a highly local phenomenom.

2012 Small Works on Paper

The "Small Works on Paper" exhibit will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2012. Where has the time gone?

OA launch party at Greg Thompson's

Greg Thompson's Fine Art celebrates tonight the launch of the new Oxford American magazine issue that features a Gary Bolding painting, "Double Self Portrait," on its cover.

Dreamland Drive-In's outdoor movie series back in the 'Saddles'

Taborian Hall turns into a drive-in movie theater throughout the month of June.

To-Do: Eureka Springs Blues Weekend

The annual multi-day music festival hosts Elvin Bishop, Coco Montoya, Tinsley Ellis and dozens of others.

To-Do: Wakarusa 2011

My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Umphrey's McGee and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings highlight the camping and music fest.

LRFF To-See: 'The Last Ride'

The Hank Williams biopic is, without a doubt, the most anticipated movie of the festival.

Now-Again's new True Soul compilation shipping early?

The Little Rock-centric anthology from Stones Throw is, reportedly, shipping earlier to Arkansas.

Huckabee on GOP primary, being VP

Former governor and Fox television show host Mike Huckabee spoke at the Clinton Presidential Center this afternoon to promote his book, "A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need From Washington (and a Trillion We Don’t!)."

Vote to save the Cash house!

The boyhood home of Johnny Cash in Dyess is in sorry shape, but you can help win $25,000 to save it, and all it takes is a few minutes and an online vote!

Scott Bennett to succeed Flowers as Highway director

The Arkansas Highway Commission today selected Scott Bennett, the Highway and Transportation Department's assistant chief engineer, to succeed retiring director Dan Flowers.Flowers, who had to retire before his 65th birthday in December, will make his retirement official Sept. 21, though he'll quit working a month earlier and take accumulated leave time.

A home for LGBT homeless

A local non-profit is currently raising money with a goal of building a shelter for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Wednesday night line

Readers take over. Final thoughts: * BOYS STATE: I'm off to my annual debate with delegates to Boys State, where my liberal viewpoints general inspire a warm (as in heated) response.

LRSD schools Dustin McDaniel

I'm not going to belabor this. Minds are made up.

Bus company baloney

Sorry, but this needs repeating: The publicly funded Central Arkansas Transit Authority sent out one of its attorneys yesterday to peddle utter nonsense about the lawsuit by atheists over CATA's connivance with its advertising agency to avoid running atheists' bus advertising.

Lottery commissioners plan visit

Arkansas Lottery Commission spokeswoman Julie Baldridge sent notice to press last night that two members of the commission — Steve Faris and Bruce Engstrom — would be at commission offices around the same time today and, in an abundance of caution about the FOI, she wanted the press to know.

Bring back the Blue Hog Report

John Brummett skewers the Republican Party today for its supposed fiscal interest in going after Matt Campbell, creator of the Blue Hog Report, for the so far unsupported belief that he might have posted some blog items during state time as an employee of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Burger joint of the week: The Dairyette in Mt. Ida

You know a place is going to be good when you pull up and there’s a line out the door.

In the mail: Solutions

The office mail provides suggested solutions to a couple of vexing problems — one in Arkansas; the other national in scope.

Court affirms Vance conviction in Anne Pressly slaying

The Arkansas Supreme Court today affirmed the conviction of Curtis Lavell Vance in the Oct. 20, 2008 slaying of KATV anchor Anne Pressly.

Friday To-Do: 'Shoog Radio Lives!'

The local radio show (and a crew of LR bands) takes to Hot Springs for a KABF fundraiser.

Friday Must-Do: Big K.R.I.T.

One of our very favorite rappers comes to Cornerstone during what very well may be the height of his buzz.

The West Memphis Three and the media

Come see a panel discussion on the media and the WM3 with documentarian Joe Berlinger, Mara Leveritt, Capi Peck and Lorri Davis.

State income up in May

The state's report on tax revenue in May, the 11th month of the budget year, shows an increase over the same month last year and gross revenues in excess of the forecast.

LRFF To-See: 'Marathon Boy'

With a plot like something from Dickens, this documentary is an early favorite to win an Academy Award.

LRFF To-See: 'Hell and Back Again'

The winner of Sundance's World Cinema Jury Documentary Prize and World Cinema Documentary Cinematography Award screens.

Billy Bob Thornton's daughter convicted

Arkansas-born actor Billy Bob Thornton's estranged daughter was convicted on Friday in Florida on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Calling the attorney general

I mentioned earlier today some activities that Arkansas attorney generals once pursued that don't seem to draw the same vigor from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel as beating up on Pulaski County public school children, defending white flight charter schools and setting up sexy new "cybercrime" divisions.

LRFF To-See: 'Dog Sweat'

Hossein Keshavarz's film, made clandestinely in Tehran, comes to this year's festival.

State bars probation officers on TV drug court

Tuesday, I revealed documents I’d received from a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Community Corrections about a deal in which state probation offices planned to work in off-hours on the reality TV “drug court” planned by Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn, soon to leave the bench.

LRFF To-See: 'Dragonslayer'

Pool skater Josh 'Skreech' Patterson is profiled in this award-winning doc.

LRFF To-See: 'Natural Selection'

First-time director Robbie Pickering is finding acclaim for this off-kilter road-trip comedy.

"Garden as Muse" closing reception

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is throwing a farewell party for its exhibit, "Garden as Muse," at 5 p.m. tonight.

Police investigate three robberies UPDATE

A spate of robbery reports from the Little Rock police last night. * A gunman robbed two barbers and two customers of their wallets in a robbery about 7:15 p.m.

Commissioners halt decision on lottery data

The lottery held the meeting to request that DIS turn over historical data on retailer contracts to be housed on the lottery’s own system, run by Intralot, the Greece-based company that holds the lottery’s online gaming contact. Engstrom and Faris raised concerns that removing that data from a state-run system would result in a lack of accountability and ultimately stopped the lottery from moving forward.

'Sovereign citizen' opens fire over crawfish

You remember that "sovereign citizens" — who recognize no form of government — were responsible for the deaths of two West Memphis police officers in a traffic stop before they themselves died in a police shootout.

EarFear drops 'Art Class'

The prolific Tillman Bros. release their latest on Bandcamp.

Berry time

Nao Ueda's preservation techniques are just one of the many things you can find on her blog. Right now, she's covering blueberries and blackberries.

Fired director rehired at Mosaic Templars museum

Offhand, I can't recall anything quite like this. Maybe you can.

Mosaic Templars director rehired

Lobbying of Beebe puts McGill back at Mosaic Templars.

PTC students shine in competition

Just catching up on all the email and such that came in while I was in Chicago, and found this great bit of information about the big American Culinary Foundation-sanction competition at this year's Ben E. Keith big food show.

ArtHouse TONIGHT in Hillcrest

A house at 517 Beechwood (for sale, by the way) will be the setting for a First Thursday show.

Play ball! The line is open.

The Thursday night line is now open. That picture? It's UCA's new multi-colored football field.

Former LR employee sentenced on child porn

A former Little Rock city employee who work in information technology for the Little Rock Police Department was sentenced in federal court today to 48 months in prison and 10 years of supervised probation for possession of child pornography.U.S. attorney's office release here.

Little Rock Airport: More spending of your dollars

So, I got a tip that the Little Rock National Airport is seeking to hire someone in the communications/information realm.

LRFF Day 1: "The Last Ride" review

If you're a part of the Arkansas film community, you'll probably want to see "The Last Ride."

Spending cuts are not the answer

Paul Krugman writes, again, that jobs, not deficts, are the problem and that big cuts in government spending will only make the economy worse.

The waning political influence of rural areas

The New York Times focuses on Nebraska as emblematic of a national shift of state legislative power from rural to urban areas in redistricting to account for urban population growth.

Pieday: Key Lime at Ciao's

We've talked before about Ciao's Italian Restaurant... such a great spot for a romantic dinner or a tasty (and reasonably priced) lunch.

Saturday To-Do: 'Time For Tenderness'

White Water Tavern hosts a fundraiser for the college scholarship established in memory of Luke Hunsicker.

Saturday To-Do: Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown

A Willie-helmed day of country music comes to North Little Rock.

ArtHouse: Brittany Jane Boyd

Eyes opened to Benton artist's work.

LRFF Day 2: "Marathon Boy" reviewed

The provocative documentary is worth the hype.

That new job at Little Rock National UPDATE

I ranted a bit last night about my inability to get any answers relative to a tip I'd received that the Little Rock National Airport was in the market for a new communications job.

John Edwards indicted for mistress money

Former Sen. John Edwards has been indicted, as expected, on charges that support money he funneled to his mistress should have been reported as campaign contributions during his presidential bid.

2012 Hat Fest for Hot Springs

The "Hats in Hot Springs" festival is coming, June 1-2, 2012.

About that state 'subsidy' to Little Rock schools

I had one of those middle-of-the-night revelations last night relative to demagoguery by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and others about how the state of Arkansas is spending more on schools in Little Rock than elsewhere.

UCA finances improving

The University of Central Arkansas says a credit rating service has improved its assessment of UCA, a sign of continuing improvement in once-dire financial circumstances.

Win tickets to an advance screening of 'Super 8'

The screening is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Rave.

School Board member seeks $5 million damages

Pulaski County School Board member Gwen Williams has filed the lawsuit her attorney had threatened over the finding by a sheriff's investigation that fellow School Board member Tim Clark and Mills High Principal Michael Nellums had worked together on a plot to make a video in which Williams appeared to take a bribe.

Mosaic Templars: Update

One argument for firing H.L. McGill as the director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center was that he missed a Chamber of Commerce meeting that he was supposed to attend.

The Republican plan to end Medicare

The Ryan budget plan — endorsed repeatedly be every Republican in Congress from Arkansas — would end Medicare.

Mayor says tax election Sept. 13

KUAR's Kelly MacNeil quotes Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola as saying the city sales tax election likely will be Sept. 13.

LRFF: 'Natural Selection' is probably going to win some prizes

"Natural Selection" plays like a drunk live action version of "Looney Tunes."

LRFF To-See: "Damn!"

The rent is too damn high! Jimmy McMillan is the other eccentric gubernatorial hopeful to get the doc treatment this weekend.

LRFF To-See: "The Interrupters"

The latest offering from "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James focuses on crime interventions in inter-city Chicago.

LRFF To-See: "Jess + Moss"

A semi-experimental film on atmospherics and youth screens.

LRFF To-See: "Kati With an I"

The anticipated verite documentary screens.

LRFF: "Fleurs du Mal" reviewed

Right now, we're leaning towards "terrific."

LRFF: Media and the West Memphis Three

Following the LRFF showing of "Voices for Justice," a short film by Mike Poe that premiered at the West Memphis Three benefit last August, our own Lindsey Millar hosted a panel discussion on "The Media and the West Memphis Three" at the Argenta Community Theater yesterday afternoon. The discussion featured Joe Berlinger (director of the "Paradise Lost" films), Mara Leveritt (author of the book "Devil's Knot"), Capi Peck (founding member of the WM3 advocacy group, Arkansas Take Action) and Lorri Davis (wife of Damien Echols).

Podcast: The Rapid Fire Edition

The Week in Review podcast.

"Disfarmer": Great movie

I can hardly do it justice in this short review.

Appeals court denies emergency stay on school ruling

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a one-sentence order denying an emergency stay of federal District Judge Brian Miller's order ending state desegregation aid to the three Pulaski County public school districts.

Friday night is light

But the line is open. Close-out: * TAX CHEAT: The Justice Department announced today that Dr. Todd Richard Simpson, 46, of Fayetteville had been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $800,000 for three years of tax evasion.

Dr. No: Drill, baby, drill

KAIT in Jonesboro gave Dr. No Boozman a 2.5-minute free editorial slot this week so he could promote more domestic oil drilling, particularly in Alaska.

Beebe's bid for the history books

John Brummett sees in Gov. Mike Beebe's developing plan to reshape Medicaid — to save it, the governor says — might be the transformative stroke that lifts his tenure from the merely careful and competent to something extraordinary.

Take a bike to work

Wait, let's find another word for "take." Article in NY Times today talks about New York's plan to start a bike-share program.

Heartless Republican. But I repeat myself

Republican Rep. Eric Cantor really is serious about holding Joplin disaster aid hostage to budget cutting imperatives.

Bryant abuzz with gun rumors

Twitter apparently set off hysteria at Bryant High School Friday about rumors of guns at school.

How LR does business: Secretly

Civic bulldog Kathy Wells has sent a lengthy memo to members of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods decrying the secretive way City Director Dean Kumpuris engineered a deal with his old family friends in the Granite Mountain quarry business to annex more of the neighborhood for more mining.

Mosaic Templars: Correction

Erma Glasco Davis, the chair of the Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, writes to say that no one with the friends met with the governor.

Live, it's Saturday night

Take it away.

The fourth branch of government

This thought occurred to me last week and I'm glad John Brummett followed it up: It's about how Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is set up as something like an independent branch of government, annexing money won in consumer lawsuits and self-designating its use.

Your daily scare — dwindling food supplies

Huge story in the New York Times today about one of those apocalyptic subjects that I wish I could put out of my mind: The rapid growth in farm output that defined the late 20th century has slowed to the point that it is failing to keep up with the demand for food, driven by population increases and rising affluence in once-poor countries.

Mark Martin's demerits grow

Blogger-in-self-imposed-exile Jason Tolbert may not be blogging currently, but he still writes a column for Stephens Media.

Sunday line

Anybody home? Here's a fresh slate.

'The Last Mountain,' 'Marathon Boy,' 'Natural Selection' take top prizes at 2011 Little Rock Film Fest

"The Last Mountain," a film about mountain-top removal for coal mining, won the $10,000 OA Southern Film prize at the LRFF tonight.

Troubles for state lottery vendor

Coincidence: Gerard Matthews Friday reported on lottery commissioners' concerns about a private meeting set to discuss transferring Arkansas Lottery data from a state computer system to a system run by Intralot, the Greek company that runs on-line gambling for the lottery.

A legend in his own mind

Speaking of the Arkansas Lottery: A friend driving back from South Carolina reports a double-take at crossing a bridge leaving Charleston and seeing it named the Ernie Passailaigue Connector Bridge.

Paul Ryan's fine whine

John Brummett gives Republican Rep. Paul Ryan what-for for calling down President Obama for correctly depicting Ryan's Republican-endorsed plan to end Medicare as a plan to dismantle Medicare.

Caring for the developmentally disabled

The unpleasant read of the day: An investigative report by the New York Times on sthe New York state institutions for the developmentally disabled.

See a slideshow of pics from the Little Rock Film Fest Gala

The Times Brian Chilson was on the scene last night at the Little Rock Film Festival Gala at the Clinton Center, snapping pictures of the Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" and just about all the attendees.

Bipartisan backing for Larry Teague

Every member of the state Senate signed on as a host/hostess for a fund-raiser for Sen. Larry Teague — Democrat AND Republican?

Granite Mountain support for quarry expansion

An item here over the weekend referenced civic activist Kathy Well's criticism of a deal to allow Granite Mountain Quarries to expand its mining operation nearer the Granite Mountain community, long unhappy about the blasting.

Trooper fired over fatal crash

State Trooper Andrew Rhew has been fired — a second time — as a result of the fatal crash in which his patrol car collided in Manila with a car driven by Vickie Freemyer, a Blytheville teacher, will he was rushing to a call in Osceola.

Hayes Carll scores cameos from Carville, Matalin in new video

Hendrix alum Hayes Carll's new music video for "Another Like You" from his album "KMAG YOYO" debuted this morning.

Judicial race in the making

Little Rock lawyer Patti James announced today that she'd run next year for election to the juvenile division circuit judge seat left vacant by the recent death of Melinda Gilbert.

NLR Board ruffled by stay motion in deseg case UPDATE

North Little Rock School Superintendent Ken Kirspel confirms to me that school board members were surprised not to be notified in advance that the district's attorney had supported the Little Rock School District motion for a stay of Judge Brian Miller's order to immediately end most state desegregation financial aid.

Hot Dog Mike's dogs on 'Today' show tomorrow

The "man who can" with the popular Little Rock food cart goes national in a big way.

Weiner admits sending photos to women

Rep. Anthony Weiner admits sending sexy photos and messages to women on Facebook and Twitter. He says he won't resign.

Last chance: Portraits in eight media

Tuesday is the last day to see the portrait exhibit at Hearne Fine Art.

The Monday line

The line is open. Close-outs:

Weinergate reconsidered

With a little time for consideration, I think it's pretty clear: * Anthony Weiner should resign.

Closings and changes

Hunan, Forbidden City & Green Grass Rock & Roll Grocery close their doors — but a new Asian restaurant will open in Hunan's location.

Cookbook maven shares tastes, signs books at Eggshell Kitchen Co.

Martha Hall Foose, the popular cookbook author and 2009 recipient of the James Beard Award for American Cooking, will present a tasting event and book signing at Eggshell Kitchen Co. Tuesday night.

Three dogs down: How I discovered Chicago in Southwest Little Rock

I have a new addiction. I am in love with Chicago-style hot dogs.

Union Pacific No. 844 steams into Bald Knob

Photographer Brian Chilson was on hand in Bald Knob last night when Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive pulled in.

Turkish charter operators under scrutiny

New York Times reports extensively this morning about the establishment of dozens of charter schools nationwide by a close-knit group of Turkish business people and educators.

Huckabee's wiggle

Why would Mike Huckabee leave wiggle room about a presidential run in a speech in Little Rock last week?

The big showdown

Tonight: Diamond Chef at the Statehouse Convention Center, where Chef Cindy Malik-East will vy off against Chef Dan Capello for the title.

Robberies: Damn Yankee and Spiderman

The LRPD reports a couple of robberies last night — of the Domino's Pizza at 17200 Chenal Parkway (gunman with "heavy Northern accent") and of three employees of a Wendy's restaurant at 10924 Col. Glenn (robber wore a Spiderman mask and carried a gun that might have been an Airsoft pistol police found in trying to trail him.)

Walker Foundation gives $2 million to Children's

The Willard and Pat Walker Foundation of Fayetteville has given $2 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital for construction of a new wing.

Board of Apportionment hearing tonight

The staff of the Board of Apportionment will hold another hearing on legislative redistricting from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Governor fills four judgeships

Gov. Mike Beebe today announced appointments to one vacant and three soon-to-be vacant circuit judgeships.

Former KARK reporter gets web redemption

Former KARK reporter Isiah Carey, of YouTube fame, will be featured on tonight's episode of Tosh.0.

There the Republicans go again

Not content to dismantle single-payer Medicare — the popular, efficient and universal health care plan for the elderly — leading Republicans are trying again to privatize Social Security.

Drink smarter (and cheaper)

Cocktail Compass helps you drink on the cheap.

'True Grit' is out on DVD-Blu-Ray today

One for the collection.

Joe Johnson talks Hogs, acting and Super Truck

Joe Johnson discusses the possibility of a lockout, what Mike Anderson’s return means for the Hogs and his future acting plans.

Hendrix ready to play some football

Hendrix College is readying to play football in the fall of 2012. Football had been in the works for some time.

MOCA: Hava Gurevich

If Hava Gurevich's name is familiar to you, it's probably because you are familiar with "Disfarmer," the film reviewed here last week and released in 2010.

The Tuesday night line

Your comments welcome. Close-outs: * NEWSPAPER LOBBYING: The Arkansas Press Association is rallying the troops against legislation to be considered at an interim committee meeting June 15-16 that would allow governments to post public notices on-line rather than in newspapers.