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June 15, 2006

Vol 4 • No 22

Election problems

There were few in the runoff, Secretary of State Charlie Daniels said, with a notable exception being Saline, on which the a.g's race hangs.

The runoff is about to be over

10:20 AM UPDATE ON SALINE COUNTY VOTING: With just two precincts left to count, Saline County, the only county still out, is almost finished with vote tallies.

Asa! and Rudy!

National Journal's Hotline blog mentions in passing that former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani will visit Arkansas next month to stump for Asa Hutchinson's campaign for governor.

The end of public schools

The U.S. Education Department announced a $7.4 million three-year grant to Arkansas  to create more charter schools.

Bloggers wanted

  Again, we're calling all would-be bloggers. The Times now has a central blog page with easy links to our small, but soon-to-be-growing family of bloggers.

The compassionate conservative

At his press conference this morning, President Bush poked fun at a Los Angeles Times reporter who was wearing dark glasses:

Air Huckabee

You've read about the governor's recent scary experience with a lost engine on a private plane en route to  political appearances in North Carolina.

Charlie Daniels steps out

The secretary of state has a news conference tomorrow. He'll highlight improvements in election procedures in the runoff versus the first primary and, no doubt, pin blame for problems on the state's contractor.

More on Gloria Wilson

We promised you a link to ACORN founder Wade Rathke's full remembrance on the late Gloria Wilson, an early ACORN recruit who rose to the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Marriage and death

The fate of same-sex marriages is still in the hands of the states because the Senate tried and failed last week to create a new amendment to the Constitution that would prevent such marriages in the United States.

Smart Talk

Checking in with Joey Lauren Adams; Blanche Lincoln helps the Waltons; a federal marshal pulls rank -- and lives to regret it.

Leaving the door cracked

U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor this month voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making Arkansas the only Southern state besides Maryland to unanimously oppose the measure in the Senate.

Mountain of woes

When you see state park rangers busing tables and washing dishes at the fancy hotel you’re shelling out many dollars to stay in, you’ve got to wonder. Is the $33 million Lodge at Mount Magazine ready for prime time?

Main Street maneuvers

Did you know there’s a multimillion-dollar condo redevelopment deal in the works for the historic Donaghey Building at Seventh and Main?

Another view on 'grillz'

Philander Smith College President Walter Kimbrough’s guest column, “Show Me Your Grades,” is rife with the same stereotypes that the mainstream media perpetuate and helps to further the rift between perception and reality.

Orval June 15

Bush is no Truman

Addressing the graduating cadets at West Point the other day, President Bush made the most improbable comparison anyone could make of American presidents. He tethered himself to the memory of Harry S. Truman.

The week that was June 7-13

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … COMPROMISE. We can hope. The Little Rock School District and the Classroom Teachers Association this week began meeting with a federal mediator to attempt to reach a contract agreement for next year.

Playing abortion as winner-take-all

We see evidence of a concerted effort by Arkansas Republicans. It comes from their candidates and the party leadership and these new Internet blogs that do the GOP's faithful bidding. That concerted effort is to try to keep Democrats from making a cultura

Editorial cartoon June 15

Altar jitters

The president and other supporters of the amendment to ban gay marriage warned us again last week of the dire consequences if we allow people of the same sex to stand up before God and everybody and say vows.

Discrimination among staff of federal prison

A federal prison at Forrest City unlawfully discriminated against a black employee, an administrative judge for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled.

This Modern World June 6

The Observer

It was a pretty good cross-section of the population that came to the Capitol for a rally/press conference opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide. Young and old, male and female, black and white were there. The Observe

Words

Lavatory or sink: that is the question.

Pryor shines

Demagogues were rampant in the Senate last week, forcing votes on two inflammatory and meritless proposals. The yahoos were turned back both times, and Sen. Mark Pryor helped with the turning.

Where the county gets its money

When Pulaski County says the cities should pay more to operate the jail, it's true when the cities respond that they already are.

Hip-hop stars highlight Juneteeth show

Citadel Communications and KPIR, “Power 92,” are expecting more than 12,000 people to crowd into the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Friday, June 16, for the Juneteeth Celebration.

Been there, not always done that

Another sales tax vote looms as a solution for an inadequate jail. Voters haven't been receptive in recent years.

Who's in, who's out?

A look at the Pulaski County Jail population.

Jail timeline

The years roll by but one thing never seems to change much -- crowding at the County Jail.

The abortion card

Brummett is timely. He wonders whether abortion will be the defining issue in November that the Republican Party apparently believes it to be.  The Republican Party staked out its narrative  yesterday and you'll be hearing it through November.

Breadwinner

Sen. Hillary Clinton's financial report shows the family made more than $8 million last year, the bulk of it in speaking fees to the former president.

Cell phones at school

Since local bans on cell phones at school have caused some squawks periodically, we thought some might find interesting an effort in New York city to loosen the school phone ban there.

Good morning campers!

Some Beaver Lake neighbors aren't tickled with the Walton-financed summer camp, Camp War Eagle, just opened on Beaver Lake.

Downtown doings

A little self-promotion of the current issue of the Times: My column this week breaks a little news.

Downtown doings

A little self-promotion of the current issue of the Times: My column this week breaks a little news.

LR news headlines -- UPDATE

Laywers for the ACLU made their case this morning before the Arkansas Supreme Court that it should uphold a judge who said the state ban on gay foster parents was unconstitutional ....A deodorant manufacturer says Little Rock is the No. 21 "Sweatiest City in the U.S." ....

LR news headlines -- UPDATE

Laywers for the ACLU made their case this morning before the Arkansas Supreme Court that it should uphold a judge who said the state ban on gay foster parents was unconstitutional ....A deodorant manufacturer says Little Rock is the No. 21 "Sweatiest City in the U.S." ....

Bloody St. Francis

What would the political season be without some intrigue from the Delta?  It had been reported that Rep. Arnell Willis of West Helena had narrowly survived a runoff with Jack Crumbly, the Earle school superintendent, to win nomination to a state Senate seat by a 28-vote margin.

Bloody St. Francis

What would the political season be without some intrigue from the Delta?  It had been reported that Rep. Arnell Willis of West Helena had narrowly survived a runoff with Jack Crumbly, the Earle school superintendent, to win nomination to a state Senate seat by a 28-vote margin.

Hurricane victim

Here's some good police work. Arture Thompson of 7423 Marcia Lane was slain June 4.

J.R. and Henry's Sports Column: "JT' has work cut out for him

JR and Henry: JT has his work cut out for him   HBO recognized it very early. Jermain Taylor has Oscar De La Hoya potential.

J.R. and Henry's Sports Column: "JT' has work cut out for him

JR and Henry: JT has his work cut out for him   HBO recognized it very early. Jermain Taylor has Oscar De La Hoya potential.

OK, it could be worse

The Republican governor of Missouri had a blogger removed from a news conference by police, but let a cadre of lobbyists stay.

OK, it could be worse

The Republican governor of Missouri had a blogger removed from a news conference by police, but let a cadre of lobbyists stay.

Huckstering

AP catches up with The Huckster on our story about the jet ride he got from a fellow who gets millions in state business.

Huckstering

AP catches up with The Huckster on our story about the jet ride he got from a fellow who gets millions in state business.

The Lord's work

Rep. Buddy Blair of Fort Smith calls in a PS on the item about the Lord's Ranch, free charter jet provider to the governor's presidential campaign and recipient of $8.5 million annually in Medicaid money from Huckabee's DHS.

The Lord's work

Rep. Buddy Blair of Fort Smith calls in a PS on the item about the Lord's Ranch, free charter jet provider to the governor's presidential campaign and recipient of $8.5 million annually in Medicaid money from Huckabee's DHS.

The Lord's work

Rep. Buddy Blair of Fort Smith calls in a PS on the item about the Lord's Ranch, free charter jet provider to the governor's presidential campaign and recipient of $8.5 million annually in Medicaid money from Huckabee's DHS.

Death in the garage

Ch. 40/29 has details (video, etc.) of a terrible accident in Rogers.

Drug boss gets life

Derek "Doke" Allmon, 42, was sentenced to life in prison today, plus five more years for good measure, by federal Judge Bill Wilson.

Holt v. Halter

There'll almost certainly be TV debates for the Beebe-Hutchinson gubernatorial race. But does anybody care about the race for lieutenant governor?

To hell and back

Sometimes the artist is a comfortable, willing medium for his muse, sometimes not. Sometimes, the muse overpowers the man, sending the artist teetering on the invisible line separating genius and insanity. But does not discount the work he’ll produce alon

GOOOOOOOOOAL!

While there has been much grumbling among local Latinos and other sports fans on the Arkansas Times blog (www.arktimes.com) about the decision by KATV, Channel 7, to pre-empt ABC-provided coverage of the World Cup — the month-long international soccer tou

TV highlights June 15-22

NATURE: KATRINA’S ANIMAL RESCUE 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) FRONTLINE: THE DARK SIDE 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) RONIN (1998) 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18 American Mov

Furniture you can move

Easily disassembled furniture with a Bauhaus flair by John Bruhl is on exhibit in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Fine Arts Center.

Big finale for Spa Music Fest

The Hot Springs Music Festival winds down this weekend with concerts in the Spa City featuring its apprentice and mentor musicians.

Adriana Zabala is ‘Carmen’

Adriana Zabala performs the title role in “Carmen” for the first time this weekend at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, but if her resume is any indication, it probably won’t be the last.

Up in the air! It’s a taco!

When it comes to getting tacos and burritos on the go, we’ll take those authentic taquerias on wheels any day over the fast-food chains. But, since the last traveling taco stand to hang around our River Market district vanished with the untimely demise of

David Napier Joins Youth Home as COO

Youth Home, Inc recently announced the addition of David Napier as Chief Operating Officer.

Center stage and loving it

For a moment, I felt like I had journeyed back in time. Those are the exact words another fan of Cracker said to me in the middle of Monday night’s show at Juanita’s. For him, it was 1994 all over again, and he felt for a moment like he was back in colleg

What's cooking/Capsule reviews June 15

What's cooking: Hanaroo Sushi Bar, Mi Ranchito Capsule review: El Porton

County jail in crisis

“That’s my stuff!” 15-year-old Emmanuel Tanner hollered recently in the alley behind his North Little Rock house. A stranger was walking away with a familiar-looking backpack filled with Tanner’s DVD player, a jar of coins and other electronics. If th

The governor’s plane

The twin-engine jet that ferried Gov. Mike Huckabee, his wife, his daughter, a staff member and at least one security officer to the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh on June 2 was provided by the director of the Lord’s Ranch, a religi

Gruesome

Stephens Media account of legislative hearing over dueling ambulance services in NW Ark. They're fighting over dead bodies, a coroner says.

Bipartisan

Charlie Daniels names Republicans to the committee reviewing voting procedures and promises an early report.

The war in Iraq

Sorry for light posting today. We're trying to attend sessions at the Alternative Newsweeklies convention here.

The war in Iraq

Sorry for light posting today. We're trying to attend sessions at the Alternative Newsweeklies convention here.

The LR mayor's race

Because we're otherwise occupied and because readers demand it: An open thread on the race for LR mayor.

Turn the radio on

WAI Radio, currently available on the Internet, and some regular radio affiliates around the state, is about to be on-air station in the Little Rock area.

Prediction: Beebe win

Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza's Friday rundown of races for governor gives the nod to Beebe.

Prediction: Beebe win

Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza's Friday rundown of races for governor gives the nod to Beebe.

To do: "Carmen" at Wildwood

If you're just deciding now that you want to see the stunning Adriana Zabala (see our issue this week) star in "Carmen" at Wildwood, call the ticket office first.

Ethics clearance

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Beebe got a clean sweep today from the Ethics Commission on some picayune Republican harassment.

Ethics clearance

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Beebe got a clean sweep today from the Ethics Commission on some picayune Republican harassment.

Better to give AND receive -- UPDATE

Lord's Ranch is a residential school for troubled youths in Warm Springs. The website of a preacher who works there says church attendance and similar religious sessions are "encouraged."

Better to give AND receive -- UPDATE

Lord's Ranch is a residential school for troubled youths in Warm Springs. The website of a preacher who works there says church attendance and similar religious sessions are "encouraged."

Karl Rove, meet Cynthia McKinney

The volatile congresswoman (bad link fixed) joins Karl Rove among the unindicted.

Karl Rove, meet Cynthia McKinney

The volatile congresswoman (bad link fixed) joins Karl Rove among the unindicted.

Revisiting the Baptist Convention

Hotline has a pretty good analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention, where Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd took an unexpected pasting from Frank Page in the election for convention president.

Revisiting the Baptist Convention

Hotline has a pretty good analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention, where Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd took an unexpected pasting from Frank Page in the election for convention president.

Yes, these guys are good

With a few golfers still to finish in the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods is not expected to make the cut (the low 60 golfers and ties, or any golfer within 10 shots of the lead).

Downtown is going to be wild tonight

Last year's Juneteenth reportedly drew an overflow crowd into the River Market district, an estimated 15,000 or more at the amphitheater alone.

Channel 11 tops at 10 p.m. in key demo

KTHV, Channel 11, station manager Larry Audas released Neilsen's May advance ratings numbers today showing his station with a slight edge over rival KATV, Channel 7, in the 10 p.m. news slot among adults ages 25-54.

Paron lawsuit

There was a long hearing this afternoon in Pulaski Circuit Judge Jay Moody's court on the lawsuit to block closure of Paron High School.

Favored by Huckabee

The governor commuted a couple of drug sentences today.

American Princes, Tel Aviv and Chris Denny play Juanita’s

American Princes, the energetic, local-gone-national pop and rock group newly signed on Yep Roc Records (home of names like Tres Chicas, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers and Billy Bragg), will be playing at Juanita’s on Main Street on Saturday, June 17.

The deaths in Haditha

If you're following it, you'll want to look at the long NY Times report on the deaths in Haditha.

Will you still need me?

Paul McCartney turns 64 Sunday and NY Times joins in musing on the song he wrote about that eventuality when he was a teenager.

Bush's brain

The outing of a CIA agent  is OK by the Bush administration apparently. Since Bush's brain is not going to be indicted, Karl Rove apparently has full clearance to return to work on GOP political strategy for the fall.

Slow day

Let's open the line early.

The weaker sex?

Hah. Check this NYT op-ed on men's health issues.

Wildwood's "Carmen" was engaging

Amy Bowers, who has been regularly reviewing theatrical productions for us of late, checked out "Carmen" at Wildwood on Friday night.

Juneteenth

Anybody drop by the Juneteenth hip-hop show at Riverfest Amphitheatre last night? We didn't, but we hear the crowd was enormous.

Tales of Whitewater

Susan McDougal sure enough talked at the alternative newsweeklies convention this morning at the Peabody. It was filmed by C-SPAN for later showing and is worth a watch. She retold her Whitewater horror story as a prelude to comments about a coming  book.

Can you spell A-$-A? How about 'incestuous'?

The NY Times with some very Arkansas-relevant reporting: WASHINGTON, June 17 — Dozens of members of the Bush administration's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run.

Elvis wouldn't leave the building

Bill Clinton was scheduled for a 1 p.m. speech to the closing luncheon of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention in Little Rock today.

Elvis wouldn't leave the building

Bill Clinton was scheduled for a 1 p.m. speech to the closing luncheon of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention in Little Rock today.

Saturday night ...

  ... is all right for fighting.

Messenger reports

Stephens Media columnist David Sanders, a preacher's kid and Baptist deacon, attended the recent Southern Baptist Convention as a voting "messenger."

Who's a liberal?

Did Arkansas Democrats ratify a liberal ticket in last week's runoff? Republicans say so.

Baghdad unfiltered

Here's one of those "Smoking Gun"-style documents from the Washington Post -- a U.S. embassy cable on the worsening conditions for its employees in Baghdad.

Baghdad unfiltered

Here's one of those "Smoking Gun"-style documents from the Washington Post -- a U.S. embassy cable on the worsening conditions for its employees in Baghdad.

Blanche, the billionaires' pal

Jonathan Chait of the LA Times gives Sen. Blanche Lincoln what-for on her dogged determination to free billionaires from the estate tax.

What about the surplus?

Arkansas is not alone in having a growing surplus of tax revenue. The LA Times reviews how states nationwide are reacting to bulging treasuries and inserts this worthwhile caution:

What about the surplus?

Arkansas is not alone in having a growing surplus of tax revenue. The LA Times reviews how states nationwide are reacting to bulging treasuries and inserts this worthwhile caution:

A$A's money trail

Thanks to Death by Inches for caling our attention to additional details in the NY Times story today we blogged yesterday on how Bush administration exes -- notably our own Republican nominee, A$a Hutchinson, are rushing to lobby and peddle goods to their old employer, sometimes through shell startup companies that have nothing to sell but names like A$a. The article included a list of the 90 sellouts and the ways in which they've sought to cash in.

Father's day

Happy day for me. A long afternon nap. And a pile of gifts: A book on the diamond trade and Taylor Branch's final civil rights opus; Dixie Chicks and Springsteen's Pete Seeger CDs, and one of those hand-cranked radio/TV/cell phone charger gizmos for the next hurricane that hits LR.

Father's day

Happy day for me. A long afternon nap. And a pile of gifts: A book on the diamond trade and Taylor Branch's final civil rights opus; Dixie Chicks and Springsteen's Pete Seeger CDs, and one of those hand-cranked radio/TV/cell phone charger gizmos for the next hurricane that hits LR.

Blowback

It is one thing not to prosecute Karl Rove. It is one thing to let him get away with leaking info about CIA employees with impunity.

Anglican activities

First Episcopalians elected a gay bishop. This year, a woman to lead the denomination.

Security for sale

Here's today's NY Times installment of its look at the herd of former Bush administration homeland security officials who have turned those jobs into lucrative new careers pimping security companies hoping to do business with their former employer.

Security for sale

Here's today's NY Times installment of its look at the herd of former Bush administration homeland security officials who have turned those jobs into lucrative new careers pimping security companies hoping to do business with their former employer.

Play ball

NW Ark. Times reviews the plans for a minor league baseball park (publicly funded) in Springdale and a sports arena (privately funded) for Bentonville.

Play ball

NW Ark. Times reviews the plans for a minor league baseball park (publicly funded) in Springdale and a sports arena (privately funded) for Bentonville.

NBA's Johnson and Hawks to play an Alltel exhibition

Joe Johnson, the 6-8 point guard from Little Rock, and his NBA team, the Atlanta Hawks, will play an exhibition game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Oct. 13, at Alltel Arena, arena officials said this morning.

Howdy doody time (UPDATE: BERRY RESPONDS)

I wouldn't say I'm doing this on account of popular demand, but rather to clean up some threads of unrelated comments posted by a dogged handful of Republican partisans.

Supreme Court won't take cops' case

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to consider the case of two LR cops who had claimed they were damaged by the city's release of some personal information to an attorney for a criminal suspect.

The real "Jersey Boys" coming to UCA

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, whose music inspried the current Tony Award-winning broadway hit "Jersey Boys," will bring the original Four Seasons sound to the University of Central Arkansas during the 2006-2007 UCA Performances Schedule, school officials said today.

Video alert

Too late to watch live, we just ran across this item. It says Fortress America, the no-product company in which A$a! has traded his name and former Bush administration job for  a million-dollar stock stake, was going to be presented to investment managers today in New York. The item says there'll be an archived video of the event available for several days.

Video alert

Too late to watch live, we just ran across this item. It says Fortress America, the no-product company in which A$a! has traded his name and former Bush administration job for  a million-dollar stock stake, was going to be presented to investment managers today in New York. The item says there'll be an archived video of the event available for several days.

High flying

The governor's flight on a private jet provided by a recipient of $8.5 million in Medicaid money gets some attention here, a widely read political blog.

Speaking of videos

Trolling the Internet for presidential campaign news, I stumbled across the website of a "neo-Confederate."

Couldn't hurt

LR Mayor Jim Dailey has called for a city wide day of prayer Saturday or Sunday, depending on when services are held, as a response to a rise in violent crime.

Couldn't hurt

LR Mayor Jim Dailey has called for a city wide day of prayer Saturday or Sunday, depending on when services are held, as a response to a rise in violent crime.

Here's an "insider's" view on Mitch Mustain

Rick Schaeffer, the onetime Arkansas sports information director who now appears daily on KABZ, 103.7 The Buzz's "Drive Time Sports" with Randy Rainwater, wouldn't be surprised to see Mitch Mustain start for the Hogs on Sept. 2 against Southern Cal., or so he says in his column for ARSN.

Here's an "insider's" view on Mitch Mustain

Rick Schaeffer, the onetime Arkansas sports information director who now appears daily on KABZ, 103.7 The Buzz's "Drive Time Sports" with Randy Rainwater, wouldn't be surprised to see Mitch Mustain start for the Hogs on Sept. 2 against Southern Cal., or so he says in his column for ARSN.

Lake Maumelle

Is everyone thoroughly confused about the issue of development in the Lake Maumelle watershed? Despite recent thorough reporting in the D-G, some issues remain cloudy.

A late dose of Brummett

In the event you like to read Brummett -- and in the event you forget to check the Stephens Capitol Bureau website or if, like me, you do check but are often frustrated because it's not been posted -- I offer you a couple of catchup links.

A late dose of Brummett

In the event you like to read Brummett -- and in the event you forget to check the Stephens Capitol Bureau website or if, like me, you do check but are often frustrated because it's not been posted -- I offer you a couple of catchup links.

All Hyde and no Jekyll

When your state’s governor runs for president, even when it’s no big deal because it’s been done before, you are obliged to check him out from time to time.

Asa!

A commentary from a political candidate misrepresent the facts? Asa!, the values candidate himself, misrepresent what someone said?

Religious diversity in Bentonville

You know population in the Delta is falling and increasing in NWA. You've probably read that the population decline has meant such things in the Delta as the disappearance of Jewish synagogues, most recently in Helena.

Today's headline

At 5 p.m. today, the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission will offer one hour -- and one hour only -- to hear public comments from the very unhappy people who worked and raised money to turn Curran Hall, a historic downtown residence, into a visitors center for LR.

Breaking news

CNN says the bodies of the servicemen missing in Iraq have been found.

Creating reality

NY Times review of new book by Ron Suskind on Bush's war on terror (and the Constitution) says, not exactly surprisingly, that Bush and Co. believe that the war on terror give the president and vice president "vast, creative prerogatives": "to do what they want, when they want to, for whatever reason they decide" and to "create whatever reality was convenient."

Baptism by firetruck

We remain fascinated at the political dimensions of the surprise defeat of Ronnie Floyd's candidacy for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Film news

A little self-congratulation:. Last year in the 48 Hour Film Project moviemaking contest, the Arkansas Times' entry missed the deadline by minutes and was ruled ineligible.

Film news

A little self-congratulation:. Last year in the 48 Hour Film Project moviemaking contest, the Arkansas Times' entry missed the deadline by minutes and was ruled ineligible.

Echoes of The Sopranos

The Bada Bing, a nightclub on 145th Street out near Wrightsville that's hosted some big blues and hip-hop shows, was heavily damaged by fire last night.

Echoes of The Sopranos

The Bada Bing, a nightclub on 145th Street out near Wrightsville that's hosted some big blues and hip-hop shows, was heavily damaged by fire last night.

Lagrone does the ABC thing

Jim Lagrone did yet another campaign "launch" today, using the ABC theme we mentioned earlier.

School lunches: we pass

We're not so hot on teaching evolution, history and a few other things in Arkansas, but, by golly, our school cafeterias are getting up to speed.

School lunches: we pass

We're not so hot on teaching evolution, history and a few other things in Arkansas, but, by golly, our school cafeterias are getting up to speed.

The guv's excellent adventure

If you go in for this sort of thing, the governor has begun posting his Asian travelogue.

Better than a healthy lunch ...

... maybe, is this Education Week study that indicates Arkansas's high school graduate rate of 71 percent is ahead of the national average.

Better than a healthy lunch ...

... maybe, is this Education Week study that indicates Arkansas's high school graduate rate of 71 percent is ahead of the national average.

Why can't Mike Beebe ...

... be more like Bill Clinton? That's sort of A$a Hutchinson's message in a news release noting the one-year anniversary of Beebe's announcement for governor.

Why can't Mike Beebe ...

... be more like Bill Clinton? That's sort of A$a Hutchinson's message in a news release noting the one-year anniversary of Beebe's announcement for governor.

Friend indeed for PBS, NPR

Friends of public broadcasting are indeed in need of friends against incessant Republican attacks. We have one.

What a kick

The Times' Observer got there firstest as best we can recall -- on the subject of the fun and growing Little Rock kickball league -- but certainly not the mostest.

What a kick

The Times' Observer got there firstest as best we can recall -- on the subject of the fun and growing Little Rock kickball league -- but certainly not the mostest.

Reddy Kilowatt Hutchinson

Now that the PSC staff has recommended a 10 percent rate increase for Entergy (a decision that will be subject to PSC hearings) you can expect that the A$aphants will begin wailing about Mike Beebe's ties to Entergy.

Reddy Kilowatt Hutchinson

Now that the PSC staff has recommended a 10 percent rate increase for Entergy (a decision that will be subject to PSC hearings) you can expect that the A$aphants will begin wailing about Mike Beebe's ties to Entergy.

Wichita not ready to lose TL team to Springdale

Springdale will be holding a vote next month on extending a one-cent sales tax that would build a $33 million stadium, one that could serve as the new home for the Texas League's Wichita Wranglers.

J.R. and Henry fans: Here they are, opining on the World Cup

J.R. and Henry: Searching for more than a victory against Ghana.   We are now well into the third week of the World Cup.

AmyB's on her own, but we can party too

If you've been looking for Amy Brawner's "Gettin' Out" blogs about the club scene on Little Rocking and where she thinks you should go, you can find Amy on her own Times blog now.

The name game

The Little Rock City Board got into the naming business tonight, naming the War Memorial Fitness Center for Dalton James Dailey, otherwise known as outgoing Mayor Jim Dailey.

The name game

The Little Rock City Board got into the naming business tonight, naming the War Memorial Fitness Center for Dalton James Dailey, otherwise known as outgoing Mayor Jim Dailey.

Wanted: $10,000 reward

The Nature Conservancy and the state Game and Fish Commision upped the ante on the increasingly pessimistic search for an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas.

Wanted: $10,000 reward

The Nature Conservancy and the state Game and Fish Commision upped the ante on the increasingly pessimistic search for an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Big Woods of Arkansas.

Washington Regional receives award

Washington Regional Medical Center was recently honored for excellence in quality and performance improvement at the national 2006 Solucient Insight Conference held on May 10 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

St. Joseph's Cancer Survivors Day

Survivors and their family members turned out in large numbers for the June 4th Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life sponsored by St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Legislative influence peddling

The Times’ Jennifer Reed reported last week on the supplier of a private jet that took Gov. Mike Huckabee and entourage on a recent presidential exploratory journey that was interrupted by engine trouble and an emergency landing. Wait til you've found

Josh Lucas' next film role

Arkansas native Josh Lucas has signed on to star in "Smart," a biopic about eccentric GQ and Esquire founder  David Smart., Variety reports.

Better schools, more efficient

The consultants' draft report on improving Arkansas schools includes a number of words worth consideration (these particular following ones are not achievable if we insist that small-town basketball teams and teh shortest possible bus rides are more important than the quality of education):

Lord's Ranch at the legislature

The Lord's Ranch -- provider of jet service to the governor and an $8.5 million-a-year state Medicaid contractor of residential treatment for youth -- is up for questioning at a legislative hearing at 1 p.m. today.

The estate tax is back

We'd gotten a tip last night that House Republicans were now willing to settle for a huge reduction in the estate tax rather than outright repeal.

Armadillos in Blytheville?

Today is the first day of summer, and it's hot. It's been hot for a while, actually.

Feel Dallas' pain

This is an interesting video from the Dallas Morning News of fans at the Dallas West End watching the end of Game 6 last night between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat, as well as comments from Mavs supporters leaving American Airlines Center after the Heat's series clinching victory 95-92.

Whose side are you on?

The Reublican Senate today beat an increase in the minimum wage. Over in the House, Republicans are blocking renewal of the voting rights act.

Treating kids - UPDATE

Other commitments have kept us away from the Blog today. They also kept me away from all but a few minutes of the legislative hearing related to the Lord's Ranch and other residential treatment centers for kids with emotional problems.

Crime fighter

Gunner DeLay, the Republican candidate for attorney general, called today for using the state surplus to build more prison beds and thus relieve jail crowding in places like Little Rock.

Crime fighter

Gunner DeLay, the Republican candidate for attorney general, called today for using the state surplus to build more prison beds and thus relieve jail crowding in places like Little Rock.

Could be worse ..

... we think. A blog up in Kentucky, a harsh critic of a corrupt administration, has been blocked on state computers.

Taiwan blog

More from Gov. Huckabee.

Paron demagogue

The chief cheerleader for small town basketball, Paron defender Ron Crawford, is on Pat Lynch tomoro. At 10 a.m.

And Acxiom sez ..

Just now we finally checked e-mail on a busy day (thus the spate of thises and thats.)

Lake Maumelle doings

Deltic responds to Central Arkansas Water. The short of  i t-- the timber company won't sell, it wants condemnation to stop and it won't cooperate on any test of pollution management techniques unless those terms are met.

St. Joseph’s receives awards from ARORA

The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) of Little Rock recently gave out Awards of Appreciation to St. Joseph’s and two of its co-workers for their continued efforts and support on behalf of organ and tissue donation.
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