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June 18, 2009

Vol 7 • No 23

Time Equals Money

It’s long been an axiom of congressional politics that the longer a member remains on Capitol Hill — and the more he or she interacts with lobbyists and special interests — the more significant the fund-raising advantage the incumbent will have over potential challengers.

From Congress to Costco

A video camera captures one side of a conversation between Sen. Blanche Lincoln, incumbent Democrat from Arkansas, and one of her [then] 10-year-old twin boys as she drives along a freeway wearing a cell phone headset.

Obama responds on gay issues

I've enjoyed blogging because of instant publication. Sometimes events move too fast for a daily newspaper, never mind a weekly one.

Sen. Ensign's sanctified marriage

Oh, yeah, you know bloggers are rushing to dig up Sen. John Ensign's words to cram down the mouth of the latest family values hypocrite caught with his pants down.

Lottery: An economic stimulus?

Don't count on it, based on this assessment by Roby Brock in Talk Business. Dr. Tom Garrett, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, is skeptical that the impact will be noticeable.

Open line

It's yours. But I probably should mention two people -- a woman and a child -- were found shot to death at a home on Wild Mountain in Sherwood.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

The star of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s “Macbeth” is the production itself.

That lottery salary? Hold your fire

Paying $324,000 to a guy from South Carolina to start up and run our lottery is not something I’m eager to take the lead in defending.

What's cooking, June 18

While Jody Hardin pushes towards a late July or early Augusta opening date for his local and organic foods-focused Argenta Market, he’s working to establish a Farm-to-Chef Network to open dialogue between local farmers and local chefs.

To-do list, June 19

Marcy Playground, Sky High, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom, Levon Helm, 'Voltaic', River City Tanlines and Pop the Top Fest are a few entertainment options this week.

MGMT

The technical term for the ticketing process at the Village last Tuesday night is, alas, unsuitable for print, as it consists of the word “cluster” and a four-word epithet. A bad one.

Tax cuts no cure

George W. Bush did not bankrupt the country in vain.

UALR pares back

For 17 years, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s urban design program has worked with the Downtown Partnership and government entities at all levels to provide “vision plans.”

Words, June 18

Better him than Pooch Punter: “Kicker Hy Snapp, 5-9, 170, of Cedar Hill, Texas, has been offered by Arkansas.” To whom was he offered, one might ask. The football gods? Ole Miss? Grabba Thi sorority?

New guys

It will be awhile before we can remember that Ernie Passailaigue is the director of the new state lottery and Allen Meadors is the new president of the University of Central Arkansas, and not the other way around.

Come on, Kris

Kris Allen may be the newest American Idol, but he clearly isn’t God’s gift to music, or to Arkansas.

Bonnaroo

Two pieces of graffiti vied for the title of best at Bonnaroo, the massive music festival that last week warped 75,000 or so of the most supple minds within a day’s drive of central Tennessee.

Orval, June 18

This modern world, June 18

June 10-16, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … DR. ALLEN C. MEADORS. The University of Central Arkansas alumnus, currently leader of a University of North Carolina branch campus, was picked by the UCA Board of Trustees to be the school’s next president.

Editorial cartoon, June 18

The televisionist, June 18

Watching the evolution of Bill Murray in recent years has been a real treat.

Smart talk, June 18

Fayetteville native Jason Moore, whose first big hit on Broadway came in directing “Avenue Q” and who later directed “Shrek: The Musical,” is moving to the big screen.

Safety denied

When the city of Little Rock announced last week that it would install video cameras in the River Market as an anti-crime measure, we wondered if it couldn’t install at least one as a pro-life measure — that is, to detect and bring to justice the hordes of red-light runners and illegal turners at the infamous intersection of Markham, Cumberland, La Harpe and Clinton.

80% my friend

A few weeks ago, I was visiting my parents who live just outside of Mount Ida, a small rural town in western Arkansas that I sometimes use as a microcosm of Arkansas’s rural conservatism.

Hollywood, Ark.

A Little Rock woman is proving that you’re never too far away to make things happen in Hollywood.

The observer, June 18

The Observer was panhandled at a gas station downtown.

In brief, June 18

As it does once a month now, Little Rock’s finest jazz act, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, offers two gigs, at the Capital Bar, 5 p.m., free, and at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

Will Oldham’s beard was trimmer, more mustache-heavy last week than in year’s past, but similarly obscuring.

Training day

As a reviewer, going to the movies is always an adventure for me that’s above and beyond what’s going on onscreen.

Reality bites

I supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

Brought to life

Thanks to the medium of video, the Ben Whitehouse and Jun Kaneko exhibits at the Arkansas Arts Center require more than just a casual drop-in.

Ding on bloat

OK, I Give Up writes: “You used the word ‘pussel-gutted’ in last week’s column? I consulted every reference I have, and struck out. Can you enlighten us on its meaning and derivation?”

Real good pie

Like the chili dog, the grilled cheese sandwich, and beer, the humble pizza is a deceptively simple food.

More beer for Fayetteville

Clearly, the ABC has decided that the days of protecting Fayetteville liquor stores is over.

Internet freedom

I'm sure savvy blog readers are way ahead of me on this. But Nick Kristof's column today fascinated me. It's about software developed to allow undetectable Internet communication -- Twitter has been a notable outlet -- in oppressive regimes such as China and Iran.

Now Obama's governing

President Obama's cool and careful calculation on complex issues is one of his strengths. Also an occasional political liability.

Sex and the Baptists

Thanks to blogger Jason Tolbert for attention to what he calls the weirdest story ever from Baptist Press.

Wheeling and dealing at LR Port UPDATE

SLACK: LR Port's slackwater harbor. A reader, Downtowner, last night posted a comment on the open line about the collapse of a promised new industry at the Little Rock Port and taxpayers' friendly subsidy to the Indian pipemaking company that left us high and dry.

Wheeling and dealing at LR Port UPDATE

SLACK: LR Port's slackwater harbor. A reader, Downtowner, last night posted a comment on the open line about the collapse of a promised new industry at the Little Rock Port and taxpayers' friendly subsidy to the Indian pipemaking company that left us high and dry.

Gas-fired commentary

Why does NLR Mayor Pat Hays keep pushing for more expensive natural gas-fueled buses over cheaper diesel, particularly given the mixed reviews on the alternative vehicle.?Scott Miller at Argenta News has his suspicions and criticism of those involved.

Ben Moody's got a new Amy Lee

And it's a name familiar to "American Idol" fans. On Monday, Moody, along with former Evanescence mates Rocky Gray and John Lecompt and new guy Marty O’Brian, will formerly announce the formation of Fallen, a band named for Evanescence's 2003 album that'll feature, on lead vocals, Carly Smithson, the "American Idol" season seven alum who looks and sounds an awful lot like Amy Lee.Moody told the LA Times he discovered Smithson when a friend pressured him to watch a video of her doing Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" from the "Idols Live" tour.As to how the band will differ from Evanescence, Moody said the Fallen has "more intensity behind it.

Senator Al Franken

It's in. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in upholding that Minnesota election results that gave Democrat Al Franken a narrow win over then-Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Thursday: Ted Ludwig, singles auction, Ace Spade and more

Ludwig. As it does once a month now, Little Rock's finest jazz act, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, offers two gigs, at the Capital Bar, 5 p.m., free, and at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.

Dead pilot flying

A Continental Airlines pilot apparently died in flight between Belgium and Newark. Two first officers are handling the plane and finishing the flight to Newark.

Thursday's Happenings

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court An Arkansas Congressman at a Saskatoon Conference:  Robbie Wills is headed to Canada for an Energy Council conference.  Just don't come back all Canadian, okay?  Read Wills' blog for more.

Proctor loses criminal cases in court plan

Pulaski's circuit judges met today (14 of the 17 were on hand) to approve a case assignment plan for 2010, as required by Supreme Court rules.

Proctor loses criminal cases in court plan

Pulaski's circuit judges met today (14 of the 17 were on hand) to approve a case assignment plan for 2010, as required by Supreme Court rules.

What no one's told you about "Tommy"

Ciara on 'SNL.' The promo pictures for "Tommy" are nice, but had the Rep released photos of Christina Sajous, who plays the Gypsy/Acid Queen role that Tina Turner made famous in the film adaptation, in full costume, folks would be lining up around the block.

Brothers in arms

In light of my recent post about all the gun nut legislation winning favor in Tennessee, this is significant.

Student-teacher sex nets jail time

The Bentonville teacher who had sex with a male student the day he turned 18 has received five years' supervised state probation and 120 days in the county jail.

LR schools UPDATE

I told you last night that the Little Rock School Board is demonstrating consensus dissatisfaction with elements of the work of Superintendent Linda Watson.

Cop guilty in DWI

A spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that Little Rock police detective Russell Littleton was found guilty today in Bryant District Court on DWI, refusal to take a Breathalyzer and speeding counts.

Murder-suicide ruled in Sherwood

The coroner has said a Sherwood woman killed her daughter yesterday and then shot herself.

Open line

Your turn.

ONE SMALL STEP FOR SAME-SEX EQUALITY . . . ONE GIANT LEAP FOR DISCO . . .

  Thanks to my many GLBT fans and GLBT supporters for alerting me to President Obama’s desperate damage-control effort from this week’s DOJ statement on same-sex marriage (lumped with incest and pedophilia as “traditionally unacceptable” marriages) and the demeaning PR stunt granting “some” equal rights to federal workers’ same-sex partners.

The morning Huck

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Mike Huckabee Exclusive Interview Pt.

Thoughtful Choice.

It’s inevitable… if you get a reputation to be “into” food, you’re going to get recommendations.  And one of the big recommendations I get anytime I mention that I’m going to be downtown is “you gotta go get lunch at EJ’s.” Not that I’m a stranger to the sandwich-soup-salad shop in the old Lions Club building.  Not at all.  Friends have taken me many times, and I try to drop by when I have business in the Metropolitan Tower building.  Problem has been that I tend to leave the camera packed away.

The ayatollah has spoken

Shut up, he says. TEHRAN — In his first public response to days of protests, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sternly warned opponents Friday to stay off the streets and denied opposition claims that last week’s disputed election was rigged, praising the ballot as an “epic moment that became a historic moment.”

Minnesota Senate watch

This website had the political blogosphere buzzing with a report that the Minnesota Supreme Court decision in the Franken-Coleman case would be released yesterday.

Change v. more of the same

Will the liars and the buzzword artists ("rationing," "socialism" etc.) win again? While the health care debate rages, just keep remembering, as this article notes: EVERY advanced country has universal health care at a much lower cost than the U.S. spends for worse outcomes, with millions uninsured.

Change v. more of the same

Will the liars and the buzzword artists ("rationing," "socialism" etc.) win again? While the health care debate rages, just keep remembering, as this article notes: EVERY advanced country has universal health care at a much lower cost than the U.S. spends for worse outcomes, with millions uninsured.

Policeman killed in traffic stop

Fox 16 says a Plumerville police officer has died after being shot following a traffic stop this morning.

Friday To-Do: Marcy Playground

MARCY PLAYGROUND10 p.m., Juanita's, $15 adv., $17 d.o.s.Named for the formative grade school location in lead singer John Wozniak's Minneapolis childhood, the alt/post-grunge trio Marcy Playground is perhaps best known for its 1997 hit, “Sex and Candy.” Wozniak's first effort, “Zog BogBean — From the Marcy Playground,” was self-produced in 1990 and  recorded in his bedroom studio with help from then-girlfriend Sherry Fraser, after whom a future song was named.

Friday To-Do: Sky High

SKY HIGH9 p.m., Peabody. $5.

Q&A: Al Roker

In advance of a Little Rock stop next Thursday on his "Lend a Hand Today" charity tour, where he'll broadcast from a surprise "small" Little Rock charity throughout the "Today Show" broadcast, America's favorite weatherman talked to me, over the phone, about his infamous Speidi interview, man candy, Katie Couric and more.

Jobless rate rises

Arkansas's unemployment rate rose a half-point in May, to 7 percent.

Sotomayor supporter

Hmmm. This might be cause for reconsideration.

Rock Candy on Facebook

At the urging of young and wise Rock Candy contributor Stacey Bowers, we've got a Rock Candy page, where we'll, I don't know, join the kids in debates about "Gossiping Girls" and "90103" and stuff.

Cheating on teacher test

Interesting story in Jonesboro Sun. Four people were busted for attempting to take teacher lcensure tests, administered at Ark. State, using fake IDs.

Three killed in moped crash

Little Rock police have identified the three 16-year-olds killed when the moped they were riding  reportedly ran a stop sign at 22d and Commerce Thursday night and hit a pickup.

The Weekend: Foam party, Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, Electric Mudd, Little Rock Pride Picnic and more

Fomenting. FRIDAY 6/19Texas singer/songwriters Adam Carroll and Owen Temple return to White Water Tavern, hopefully to sing songs from their recent tribute album to Gary Floater, a made-up Nashville “great” who represents the cliche and jingoism long celebrated in Music City; it's sharp, funny stuff, 9 p.m., $5.

Eureka hotelier killed

Arkansas Business reports that Marty Roenigk, co-owner of the Crescent and Basin Park hotels in Eureka Springs, has been killed in an Iowa car wreck.

Op-Ed: On Juneteenth and Liberation

Slaves in Galveston, TX celebrated on June 19, 1865 under the assumption that the Emancipation Proclamation freed them.

Cranking up the state lottery

Capsearch is Twittering today's state lottery commission meeting. Ernie P. says he hopes lottery sales will begin Oct. 29, and so-called "online" games by Dec. 14.

Saturday To-Do: Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Rodney Block. JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM11 a.m., Ninth and Broadway to Ninth and State.

Saturday To-Do: Pop the Top Fest

School Boy Humor. POP THE TOP FEST5 p.m., Vino's.

Saturday To-Do: 'Voltaic'

Swan dress! ‘VOLTAIC'8 p.m., Malco Theater, Hot Springs.

Meet the UCA president

Gerard Matthews is in Conway for the introduction of UCA's new president, Dr. Allen Meadors.

Saturday To-Do: River City Tanlines

RIVER CITY TANLINES10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.The best part of Craig Brewer's Memphis music series on MTV — other than hearing Ben Nichols say the words “Muck Sticky” — was the River City Tanlines fiery performance of “I'm Your Negative” amidst a roller derby brawl.

Saturday To-Do: Levon Helm

LEVON HELM6:30 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. $125.Levon.

Spread 'em

The latest Playboy has a big spread, "The Manly Art of Grilling," about the venerable McClard's Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs.

Now you don't need to swipe show posters from the White Water bathroom

Local gig poster go-to Paul Dellostritto just launched a web shop, where he's selling just about every poster he's ever done.

Let's call it a week

The line is open.

Bill Clinton: Jazz man

Brummett happened to catch Bill Clinton being interviewed by Elvis Costello. It prompted a riff on Clinton, both musically and politically as a jazz man; on the state's musical heritage (Levon Helm is in town tonight), and a bit of Father's Day weekend reminiscence of his own father's musical bent.

The Republican field

Gail Collins of the New York Times makes fun of the large and not-so-impressive crop of apparent Republican presidential candidates.

Blanche: The 'blue' candidate

Digby is among the many web commentators teeing off on U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's apparent decision last week to choose insurance companies over consumers in the shaping of health care legislation.

Missing New Orleans

New Orleans. No city in America rings such an emotional chord.

Missing New Orleans

New Orleans. No city in America rings such an emotional chord.

3 held in police slaying

Channel 4 is reporting a third person is in custody in the slaying yesterday of a Plumerville police officer during a traffic stop.

Peach Shortage.

To say that there were no peaches at the 67th Annual Johnson County Peach Festival would be a fallacy.  There were enough for a cobbler, a jelly, and for a couple dozen kids to go after a peach eating championship.

Man shot by prison guard

More info needed here: A man was fatally shot when he ran from a contraband checkpoint at an Arkansas prison.

Night watch

The line is open. The news of the moment continues to be boiling unrest in Iran, with stronger words today from President Obama on harsh treatment of those protesting.

Beer prices going up

I know the wholesalers say some beer prices will go down. But I also know nothing good ever came of the state of Arkansas getting involved in regulating the price of a commodity, as is about to happen with beer.

Lottery pay: for the defense

Brummett further defends the $324,000 pay of the state's new lottery director, the high-paying staff he wants to bring in from South Carolina, etc. Wait for results, he says.

People want govt. health insurance

Poll shows overwhelming popular support for government health care plan along the lines of Medicare for people under 65.

NLR cop chopper crashes

North Little Rock, having no other frivolities on which to spend money, wants to be the first city in U.S. permitted to devote a four-man police crew to operating a remote-controlled surveillance helicopter over the city (and, who knows, perhaps territory where the commodore's critics lurk?)

Your thoughts?

Mine are heat-addled.

Roadblocks to health care

I think I know who Paul Krugman is talking about. The real risk is that health care reform will be undermined by “centrist” Democratic senators who either prevent the passage of a bill or insist on watering down key elements of reform.

Tehran (Conway County)

More votes were counted than the number of people registered to vote. (Last time this happened in Arkansas I think it actually was in Benton County.)

The charter school push

The Obama administration backs charter schools. But its education secretary will tell charter school officials today that poor ones give the movement a black eye.

The charter school push

The Obama administration backs charter schools. But its education secretary will tell charter school officials today that poor ones give the movement a black eye.

Going to China?

You mght look into trip insurance, or something. CNN notes quarantines of travelers with swine flu symptoms.

Get Yer Butt Out.

Morrilton's annual laud to all things porcine begins Friday at the 21st Annual Great Arkansas Pig Out.  Good chance to have a swine time and enjoy the National Hog Calling Contest, the Piggy Dash Family Fun Run, and all the free Petit Jean Hot Dogs you can eat.  And plenty of pork butts will likely be sacrificed for your entertainment and enjoyment in the culinary sense.  Check out more info on the event's website. 

LR school accountability

I wrote last week that the Little Rock School District shouldn't be viewed in simple black and white terms, as many prefer.

LR school accountability

I wrote last week that the Little Rock School District shouldn't be viewed in simple black and white terms, as many prefer.

Monday News

Green Jobs?: Nah, we'll take the coal, please - despite all the evidence showing it's a bad idea.  A Center for American Progress report shows that Arkansas "could see a net increase of about $1.3 billion in investment revenue and 18,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments annually across the country.

Life after print

Going by this chart I saw on Newsosaur, some people are already living the daily paper-free existence:

Pigs on the loose

Todays THV Traffic in the vicinity of I-40 and I-430 is still gummed up today because of an overturned truck that carried a load of pigs.

Meeting the Man of My Dreams...

Last Wednesday, my buddy Jeff hooked me up with tickets to see “The Who’s Tommy” at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Saturday: River City Tanlines

River City Tanlines. Photo by Stacey Bowers.

Saturday: Levon

Levon HelmWildwood Park for the Performing Arts, June 22When Levon Helm, the favorite son of Turkey Scratch, Ark., and the drummer for the Band, rolled into Wildwood Park on Saturday, the question wasn’t who would want to see him (everyone of a certain age in this state) it was, just who in Arkansas ponies up $125 and $200 for tickets to a show?

Good luck with that

I'm sympathetic, but .... Jonesboro Sun has a story today about a woman who said she and several co-workers were innocent victims of a mass firing at a convenience store after somebody was discovered stealing.

Where's Mark Sanford?

The curious case of the disappearing governor of South Carolina. (Maybe he's over here in Arkansas interviewing for a lottery job.)

Monday line

It's open. Slow day, seems like.

Clear sailing

So much for special privileges at the Little Rock National Airport. Effective at 9 p.m. tonight, Clear, the VIP paid special privileges security clearance line went out of business, apparently because the company is going under.

Let's play Powerball

Looks like Ernie P. is getting us lined up to play Powerball. Unclear if our participation in the multistate game with its huge (and astronomically long-shot) payofs can begin with the state lottery drawings, now projected to start in December.

Something's rotten in the prisons

Two killers walk out the prison gate in guard uniforms at shift change and aren't missed for hours.

Picture swapping

Alice Walton finds a painting for her museum in her own backyard.

Health care reform: DOA?

Brummett says it looks like 1993 all over again when the Clinton health care plan went down in flames.

Our transparent lottery UPDATE

The Democrat-Gazette continues to provide useful new texture to our understanding of the state lottery, along with more reason to scoff at the memory of legislators proclaiming the transparency and purity of the endeavor.

Our transparent lottery UPDATE

The Democrat-Gazette continues to provide useful new texture to our understanding of the state lottery, along with more reason to scoff at the memory of legislators proclaiming the transparency and purity of the endeavor.

A cloud over South Arkansas

You think coal is "clean"? Try lignite.

Tuesday News Round-up

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Today's media criticism UPDATE

The Tuesday Democrat-Gazette is always one of the smaller editions of the week and I know reporters are frustrated that it can't always contain their work.

Today's media criticism UPDATE

The Tuesday Democrat-Gazette is always one of the smaller editions of the week and I know reporters are frustrated that it can't always contain their work.

Speaking of keno

Another thought on keno, which will be offered in parlors all over Arkansas before long if legislators like Speaker Robbie Wills have their way.

East Meets Arkansas.

Asian food.  It's not just Chinese egg rolls or Japanese sushi.  It's the peanuty goodness of Pad Thai, the spicy tang of Indian Chicken Vindaloo, the comfort of Vietnamese Bun Cha.  Many of these delicacies aren't available commercially around here, so any time I can get a chance to enjoy them I rush at it.

The governor that didn't bark

Mark Sanford has been found. Reputedly hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Presidential candidate?

The Televisionist: 'NYC Prep'

NYC PREP9 p.m., BravoTo be honest with you, while watching the online preview for the new Bravo reality show “NYC Prep” — which follows the lives of a group of well-to-do teen-agers in New York City — I couldn't tell if what I was feeling was revulsion or envy.

OB-GYN fraud?

Here's a story, which, for now, raises more questions than answers. The U.S. attorney's office announced today that it had searched Dr. Kelly Shrum's office in Pine Bluff, the Arkansas Center for Women, and found a version of the  intrauterine device, Mirena, that has not been approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA.

Special delivery for Sen. Lincoln

Add a Fed Ex driver from Searcy to the list of Republicans who say they'll oppose U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.

Where Sami Always Knows Your Name.

Mention Indian food in Arkansas, and chances are the name “Sami Lal” will come up.

Obama meets the press

President Obama took the podium today for remarks and press questions. He's "appalled and outraged" at the crackdown on Iranian protestors.

Beebe wants (no) prison probe

Gov. Mike Beebe today said -- in an interview -- that he wants a full investigation of recent revelations about multiple failures in state prison practices, including the near-death of an inmate.

Q&A: Brandon Campbell, founder of Little Rock Fashion Week

I was skeptical before I interviewed Little Rock Fashion Week founder and organizer Brandon Campbell.

Mitch Mustain: academic issues

LA Times reports: Eligibility questions raised about one-time Arkansas quarterbackin' phenom Mitch Mustain. He's third on the Trojan depth chart as a fourth-year junior.

Download "Music for Men"

For pay. It's officially on sale today.

Another perspective in Iran

The guys in power in Iran may indeed be the bad guys -- there's ample evidence.

Senate race shaping up

Here's former state Rep. Lenville Evans' announcement that he'll seek term-limited Sen. Bobby Glover's seat in 2010.  Evans is a Democrat.

Halter on keno

We asked Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, the Father of the Arkansas Lottery, for a comment on the simmering debate about whether keno parlors and other exotic forms of gambling will pop up around Arkansas under the aegis of the new Arkansas lottery.

Former Times editor dies at 78

Bill Terry, 78, one of the founders of the Arkansas Times and its editor for many years, died today in St. Louis of complications from cancer.

Berryville mayor heading to jail

Ginger Shiras of the Harrison Daily Times reports that Tim McKinney, the mayor of Berryville, will spend 39 days in the county jail on a previous suspended sentence from an earlier DWI/marijuana infraction.

Goodnight, guv, wherever you are

Here's the open line, as good a place as any to offer the latest on the wandering governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford.

Huck re Senate

Jason Tolbert is reporting on The Huckster's recent comments on the coming Republican nomination race for U.S. Senate.

Go green

Here's the announcement I mentioned yesterday about the Pew Charitable Trusts study of the growing economic impact of jobs devoted to clean energy.

Jerry Cox was right

The Family Council boss is heard from on the expansive gambling plans of the new lottery director.

LR's Top 12 UPDATE

Little Rock Mayor Stodola and the mayor's tourism commission will roll out some brochures and maps today guiding visitors to the city's 12 must-see attractions.

Wednesday: 'Shrek the Third,' Men of Playgirl, Paul Morphis and more

Ugh. At Revolution tonight, the Men of Playgirl oil up and crotch thrust for the ladies.

'Surveillance' cameras miss crime

Scott Miller at Argenta News illustrates a shortcoming of the growing popularity of surveillance cameras.

The trailer for "The Beatles: Rock Band" is probably better than the game.

Damn! This is the best animation I've seen in a while.

Speaker Wills: Call the governor

House Speaker Robbie Wills has been raking me over the coals for saying nobody knew anything about keno parlors being legalized as part of the Arkansas lottery.

A plan for LR schools

I've posted my column this week. It elaborates on a recent topic here -- a growing belief among Little Rock School Board members and others that Superintendent Linda Watson has not yet demonstrated that she's moving the district in the right direction.

Ben Nichols is at WWT tonight

Ben Nichols, back in Little Rock on a break from riding his motorcycle in the dusk, is playing a last minute solo show tonight at White Water Tavern with Red Collar a rock band from Durham that had such a fine time at the tavern last night it's decided to stick around another night, 9:30 p.m., $6.ALSO: Raleigh's American Aquarium, who've recently put out an album on LR's Last Chance Records, is on the bill.

HUGE News

Sorry I haven't got this up sooner, but all of my reporting has shown up on the Arkansas Blog today.  The Arkansas Court of Appeals today overturned Public Service Commission approval of a construction permit for SWEPCO's proposed power plant in southwest Arkansas.
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