Well, they still don't have the Razorbacks.
Vol 37 • No 41
The northwest corner of Arkansas was still quiet and roomy 30 years ago. A retiree come back to the region would find much has changed.
See pics from this weekend's Wakarusa Festival of performances by My Morning Jacket and more.
Mayor Mark Stodola is to unveil his sales tax proposal tonight. I have a conflict.
The votes have been tabulated, the results consumed and the crowd dispersed after this year’s Diamond Chef competition at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Search by employee name or department for pay information, hire date, gender and more for all Pulaski County government workers.
Find the annual base salaries of more than 1,100 Pulaski County government employees and the hourly wages of over 100 more.
The Rep debuts '39 Steps.'
See an overview of the maximum and median salaries and wages and number of employees for Pulaski County government.
The former Razorback and perennial NBA All-Star sat down with the Times to talk about the possibility of a lockout, what Mike Anderson's return means for the Hogs and his future acting plans.
For years, the Little Rock Police Department has been charging the public $10 each for burglary reports, incident reports and other printed materials, in what might be a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act — or at least a case of governmental fleecing.
Accountability at risk, new commissioners say.
Governor intervened in museum firing.
Are you good with the Central Arkansas Transit Authority? I'm not.
At some point if the nation is to solve its problems, one of the political parties is going to have to forgo getting revenge for the preceding rhetorical dishonesty of the other.
See an overview of the maximum and median salaries and wages and number of employees for each department in Pulaski County government.
Fleming Stockton talks about his early days of veganism (!), flipping burgers, serving political celebrities during the Clinton campaign days and much more.
Tokyo House delivers a delicious Japanese buffet.
They've got seafood, they've got sandwiches, they've got sauerbraten. We'll be back.
You have to credit Mike Huckabee with one endearing quality that sets him apart from his Republican brethren: He is capable of occasional honesty about the burning issues of the day.
That pundits should designate Sen. John Boozman to succeed Jack Kevorkian as "Dr. Death" seems, in a way, inevitable.
"High Noon" would not be so uplifting a movie if Gary Cooper had decided to back down from the bad guys because people told him there'd be trouble if he didn't.
Katie Jones, 4, plugs her ears as Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive stops in Bald Knob on Monday.
Allstar Weekend and Kicking Daisies bring sugar-high pop-punk to the park this Saturday.
The Arkansas Arts Center will offer new director Todd Herman a base salary of $160,000 a year
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette classified section included a request for applications to serve as special counsel for the Little Rock Housing Authority, to handle an alleged claim of employment discrimination.
Here are some all-new tips for coping with a summer that's already a son-of-a-bitch.
"There were several glaring misrepresentations and falsehoods stated in the editorial regarding the selection of a new University of Arkansas President."
Arkansas Business published a story last week extolling its masterful use of the social networking service Twitter in a journalistic "nanny nanny boo boo" of sorts.
Another great festival.
The Confederate capital, now a state park, is the closest thing to Williamsburg that you'll find in Arkansas.
A local non-profit is currently raising money to build a shelter for one of Arkansas's most vulnerable groups: homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
One of the directors behind the "Paradise Lost" films reveals how the filmmakers were finally able to win the court's approval to record the trial of Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin.
Only five state Medicaid programs spend less per patient than Arkansas's, according to a consumer activist group.
I read the other day that the word "clockwise" is vanishing from the language because younger people don't know what it means.
After opening just before Memorial Day in the former home of Flying Burrito, the new Mexican restaurant was closed early this week with paper over its windows.
Now it's time for city leaders to give the festival a permanent theater home, where it can show films year-round.
Also, The Black Angels bring Texas psychedelia to Stickyz.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today reviews policies among state officeholders on employees' use of social media during the day to make political comments.
Remember the item about a historic preservationist's opposition to the University of Arkansas's plans to cut a temporary road through the lawn in front of historic Old Main to facilitate several building projects?
ICYMI in this week's Times: David Koon turns up a most interesting fact about Little Rock city government.
Two retired circus elephants have arrived at the Little Rock Zoo to keep Ellen company.
The freakshow dedicated to its genuine "genetic human anomalies" brings the Lobster Girl, Peg-O the Leg-O and more to Juanita's.
Stickyz hosts the return of the Velvet Underground-lovin' Texas psychedelia outfit.
I wish the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record wasn't behind a pay wall because the ongoing coverage of the religion-flavored fight for control of Hot Springs government plays out almost daily in its pages.
Federal Judge Leon Holmes has dismissed the Justice Department's lawsuit against the Conway Human Development Center over conditions at the residential center for developmentally disabled.
In an interview with reporters today, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said it would be a "good thing" if Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned.
The Fayetteville City Council voted 5-3 to amend city ordinance to also ban smoking in bars, along with other public places.
What is it about local government and free speech? First the bus company nixed an ad from atheists.
The ACAC brings an underground singer/songwriter that's managed to shock us with his songwriting swag.
Big shakeups abound in the Little Rock Film Festival offices, just days after the close of the festival's fifth year.
Only two days left. The evening line is open.
The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock has announced the indictment of former One Bank senior vice president and loan officer Kelly Harbert, 45, on 17 counts of bank fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of identity theft.
Our FOI requests finally dislodged the secret Secretary of State Mark Martin and Co. didn't want you to know.
Fox 16 reports that Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive will depart North Little Rock at 8 a.m. today rather than Friday to avoid potential flooding problems on its return trip.
Susan Hickey of El Dorado got some questions about her experience but generally gentle handling in an appearance yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will eventually vote on her nomination by the president as a federal district judge.
John Brummett reviews Hendrix College president Tim Cloyd's case for adding non-scholarship football as an enrollment builder.
I've reported here about opposition to a University of Arkansas plan to temporarily cut a road across the lawn of Old Main, the historic center of the UA campus, for access to a variety of construction projects.
Bald Knob is a familiar crossroads to anyone who takes to exploring northeast Arkansas. The Bulldog Restaurant's the local hotspot for travelers and locals alike, serving burger and barbecue and such. There's almost always a line.
I hope you've been following news of rampant fraud in the effort by Republicans to recall Democrats from the Wisconsin legislature.
Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus will bring their new "Zing, Zang, Zoom" show to Verizon arena Aug. 4 -7.
The venerated local record store is resurrected (in part) for one day only, selling gig posters from both Little Rock and beyond.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller news release: Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that 41 Senate Democrats stand united against any efforts to slash Medicaid.
Talking Points Memo declares the top 16 sex scandals of the decade in a slide show that provides a quick, useful look at home some previous indiscretions have played out.
Eureka Springs explodes in an extravaganza celebrating French cuisine, culture and life this July.
Eddie Vedder's new solo album includes a song written from the perspective of Lorri Davis, wife of Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three.
Former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry is scheduled to have brain surgery Tuesday, June 14, at UAMS for a tumor, as yet not diagnosed.
The new group will focus on sharing information about food in Arkansas, learning more about Arkansas food operations, and finding ways to help others through food. Of course, a good time is expected to be had.
New York Post reporter grabs video of Anthony Weiner on the street today. He's going to work, not resigning.
Two new exhibits in the Butler Center Galleries.
Posters from the halcyon Haight-Ashbury days, opening today.
The Times gets down with the weekly party, launching our Cocktail Compass app and showcasing three of our favorite local acts
Federal Judge Brian Miller today denied multiple requests for a stay of his surprise ruling calling for an immediate end to state desegregation aid to school districts in Pulaski County.
The crowned kings of jam debuted a cover of "Rhymes."
This time, at Cantrell Gallery.
The city of Little Rock has announced a series of hearings to discuss a sales tax proposal for a special election in September — a permanent increase of the existing half-cent tax by 150 percent, to 1.25 cents on the dollar, for operations, and an eight-year half-cent tax for capital projects.
The line is open. In closing: * CHECKBOOK JOURNALISM: Did you know the Texas woman whose Facebook exchanges with Anthony Weiner gave ABC a lead over competition in the scandal reporting was paid a "licensing fee" for her story?
Fox 16's David Goins reports polling is underway by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on voter feelings about a temporary sales tax to raise $70 million to lure the Arkansas State Fair to move its grounds from Little Rock to a spot in or near North Little Rock.
Little Rock Zoo officials and supporters met tonight to hear the product of a consultant's work on a strategic plan for the facilty.
Neil Sealy with Arkansas Community Organizations sent the photo along with a note about a group a dozen Arkansans who drove to Bryant to greet U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin at a campaign fund-raiser at Luigi's.
Good story in this week's Arkansas Leader. It's about a visit to Lonoke by U.S. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman, the Republican scourge of earmarks and government spending, particularly on poor people.
I haven't found a link myself, but Jason Tolbert Twitters this morning that Amazon has announced that it will end its "associates" program in Arkansas because of the new state law that will impose the Arkansas sales tax on sales made through Arkansas associates.
The Little Rock Police Department reports a USA Drug robbery last night, perhaps by the same man suspected in a recent Wendy's robbery and perhaps others, though he cross-dressed for this one rather than using a Spiderman mask.
A defender of Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin objected the other day to the use of the word "lie" relative to one of the series of misleading, bumfuzzling, inept acts by Martin.
Harmony Health Clinic in Little Rock is the subject of a photographic documentary on exhibit at Christ Church, 509 Scott St.
Photographs of places with a past, at HAM.
Fox 16 reports that the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, after another morning wrestling with the multiple financial problems found in audits of the Pulaski County School District, has recommended abolishing the Pulaski County School Board.
New sculpture in the Vogel-Schwartz sculpture garden, in Riverfront Park behind the Peabody Hotel, was celebrated yesterday afternoon with ice cold water and wine.
Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens goes on the Wall Street Journal's opinion video to talk about the state of the economy ("sluggish") and his ideas to improve things.
Gov. Mike Beebe's weekly radio address states the obvious: Some will like and some won't like the results of legislative redistricting.
The line is open. Maybe if you wander out to this parking lot in the 11600 block of Pleasant Ridge Road tonight you'll encounter this critter spotted last night near a dumpster.
This week on the podcast, Max and I talk about the Little Rock sales tax proposal, North Little Rock's interest in the state fair, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee's recommendation to abolish the Pulaski County School District and Hendrix College's football plans.
Hurray for Thea, and dreams come true.
The Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton gave the UCA treatment today to Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker's appearance in advertising for Jamileh Kamran clothing, a matter we discussed briefly with the judge back in April.
John Brummett tries to have a rational conversation with Republican Rep. Justin Harris and learns it's just about impossible.
I'm glad to read news of some Republican candidates, notably Mitt Romney, decided to give the Iowa caucuses a pass.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel have called on Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.
And I got nobody but those of you on the open line.
For the record: I agree with three Republicans — Rep. Jane English, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and former legislator Dan Greenberg.
Photographs of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have been posted on her Facebook page, the first close looks at the congressman since she was seriously wounded by a gunman in a meeting with constituents in Arizona.
Good fortune took me on a dinner roadtrip last night, to Murry's Restaurant on Highway 70 near Hazen.
The Sunday night line is open. I think we're still early for the sweetest spot of the summer produce season.
John Brummett endeavors to explain how Sarah Palin didn't know what she was talking about when it came to Paul Revere and that her true believers won't accept the truth about her if hit over the head with a redcoat's musket.
Debate is underway about a Little Rock sales tax proposal to raise a half-billion-dollars over eight years for operating and capital needs.
A new study is out on the educational level of state legislators nationwide. We're No. 1!
Little Rock Fire Chief Gregory Summers, in a memo to City Manager Bruce Moore, has outlined what he believes will be better procedures, including door-to-door checks, to check homes for injured following major storms.
The Little Rock police say Edward Harris, 24, was fatally shot about 11:50 p.m. Sunday on the parking lot of the Asbury Park Apartments at 8500 Keller Drive, south of Kanis Road near John Barrow Road.
Feltner Brothers in Fayetteville are putting out a Chicago dog worthy of the name. Their burgers, on the other hand, are straight out of a previous era. I swear, it's Bob Feltner's original Whatta-Burger, revisited.
Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin has promised to get government off your back, to cut costs, to fight taxes and fees, etc. So, wouldn't you know it? He's increased the rent on a parking lot he oversees by 38 percent.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, another Republican committed to lean government and killing universal Medicare and other wasteful stuff, gets an unwanted hat tip today in a report on how some members of Congress have continued to engage in high-dollar travel despite a push to cut back on junketing expenses.
The state Board of Education today the Arkansas Virtual Academy's request to grow from 500 to 1,500 students.
Has there ever really been any doubt that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Aug. 6 rally is anything but a Christian revival and an effort to bludgeon other governors into joining a chorus of "Just as I Am" or suffer political consequences for not doing so?
The Rep’s production, directed by Bob Hupp, delivers the silliness with expert flair and even generates an emotional connection.
Now I see why Alice Stewart hasn't returned my call about Secretary of State Mark Martin's huge parking fee increase. She's left the secretary of state's office.
Mark Krause, originally charged in a case alleging his involvement with placement of a soda can bomb at a rural Arkansas polling place, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000 for possession of an unregistered weapon.
It's open. Final shots: * Jon Hubbard has written a "book." Walnut Ridge couple won $500,000 in lottery. Former Little Rock Director Larry Lichty questions tax plan.
Alice Stewart, until this morning press aide for Mark Martin, has broken on the national scene already as spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who officially announced her presidential candidacy tonight to steal headlnes from the New Hampshire Republican debate.
The Pulaski County School Board has a special emergency meeting at 5 p.m. for an executive session to discuss personnel.
Can Celebrity Attractions and Broadway in Little Rock at large continue its successes of the past year? If there's a show that'll keep up the trend, it'll be "Chicago," a tried-and-true classic if there is one.
News article noted in Baxter Bulletin: A charitable VIP dinner is slated July 19 featuring former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee.
In reviewing the wide disagreement with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's practice of deciding who will benefit from lawsuits he wins in the state's name, John Brummett takes the argument for legislative control of such money further — to all "cash" funds generated by state agencies.But then I also argue that the same goes for all these regulatory agencies that collect their own cash, from licensing and so forth, generating what gets known either as “cash funds” or “special revenue.” Typically, these regulatory agencies get the Legislature to approve their budgets with authority for them to spend their own cash funds or dedicated revenues.
The Democrat-Gazette today provided defense for the Arkansas legislature today by reporting that some baseline information (Project Vote Smart) used in the study on educational attainment of state legislators wasn't always an accurate description of a legislator's college-going record.
Timely commentary from Ernest Dumas for this week's Times on last night's Republican debate. It's about how the Republicans, who all want to wreck Medicare and Medicaid, danced around the Mitt Romney elephant in the room.
UALR announced today the leader of its new Institute on Race and Ethnicity, a product of Chancellor Joel Anderson's long focus on race relations.
I've written before about Teresa Oelke, a Kochite who's on their dole to run down government and taxes on rich people under the name of the Arkansas affiliate of Americans for [billionaires'] Prosperity.
Win a free ham and bacon sampler from Petit Jean Meats by telling 'em what sort of Petit Jean Meats product your dad likes.
Rather than get a bag of meatballs from a food supplier, OW Pizza makes their own... unique balls of meaty joy, great with garlic bread.
Come Thursday night, you can utilize your smart phone to get great drink deals at parties all over the city.
Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings sends summaries of two nearly simultaneous nearby robberies last night.
News that only a Republican (an unfeeling one at that) could cheer (from Talking Points Memo): CBO director Doug Elmendorf offered reporters a sneak preview of his agency's forthcoming economic forecast Tuesday, at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
Four artists whose work was shown in the UALR exhibition "El Grito (The Cry for Independence)" are the subject of the latest "Inside Art" feature with Brad Cushman.
The U.S. attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies participated in a news conference this afternoon about an 18-count indictment naming 20 people in a methamphetamine distribution ring.
Michael Nellums, principal of Mills University Studies High School, has resigned in advance of release of an investigation of his involvement in a plot to make School Board member Gwen Williams look bad.
Marion Berry's family reports on their CaringBridge webpage that the former congressman has come out of surgery at UAMS for a brain tumor.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has dismissed a taxpayers lawsuit over state officials' use of state cars for personal purposes.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe and Secretary of State Mark Martin, the other members of the state Board of Apportionment, proposing a timetable to air final maps for proposed legislative redistricting and to provide a 10-day window for the public to see and comment on the maps before the final vote.
Have at it. Some close-outs: * GAY MARRIAGE RULING STANDS: It was a slimy tactic and a federal judge has rejected it — the effort by opponents of gay marriage to overturn a landmark ruling striking down California's anti-marriage law because the judge who made the decision was gay.
This is just for journalism junkies. But the Stephens Media-backed effort to sue the bejeesus out of little non-commercial blogs that repeated items from their newspapers — an effort that Walter Hussman's media empire (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is the biggest member) signed onto — has lost a major ruling in Nevada.