The Argenta Foodie Fest is a great chance to sample great foods made with Arkansas grown products by some of our best restaurants, to hear good music and chill out with friends, and another excuse to visit the Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market. Mark your calendar for July 2nd.
I jump to no conclusions here, but I was reminded again today how much is yet to play out on the decision to move to more community solutions for non-violent offenders rather than expensive prison time.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today granted a stay of federal Judge Brian Miller's ruling summarily halting most state desegregation financing for the three public school districts in Pulaski County.
Cody Gertz of Quincy, Ill., left, and Kevin Durant Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., compete during last year's American Taekwondo Association World Championships in Little Rock. The 2011 World Championships begin tomorrow at the Statehouse Convention Center.
It was a good week for Bryan Abernathy. It was a bad week for Pulaski County Special School District, Helena-West Helena School District, Aggrieved Walmart workers, Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball, Arkansas State Hospital, Marion Berry, Secretary of State Mark Martin
New polling from the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics at the University of Arkansas and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute sampled opinion from 3,400 people to get inside the minds of members of the Tea Party movement.
With the beginning of the summer vacation season comes the perennial question of what to do with your pets. There are many options available, but first you have to decide whether to go the boarding route or hire a sitter.
In a breathtaking example of good timing, 20 Republican Arkansas lawmakers sent a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week urging the handsome farmer with the big cufflinks and high collars to run for president.
All this time we wondered what a Ryan Reynolds was for and it turns out he's perfectly serviceable as a cocky man-child who goes from flying jets to becoming an intergalactic super hero with the power to shape reality into a Tex Avery cartoon.
Wasn't it calming to hear from Bobby Lester in the Democrat-Gazette this morning? The former superintendent named to temporarily lead the state's trusteeship of the Pulaski County School District said getting principals named and teachers prepped for new curriculum were more important than a huge building plan the district might not be able to afford at the moment.
An op-ed in the New York Times, considering the end of the class action sex discrimination lawsuit against Walmart, says the complaint was symptomatic of a historically patriarchal, authoritarian and evangelical Protestant leadership that creates harsh pressures for all employees, but particularly low-wage employees who happen to be predominantly female.
KUAR's Kelly MacNeil reports that Gov. Mike Beebe makes it clear he'll seek repeal of a sales tax exemption on truck and trailer sales without an increase in the diesel tax to repair the freeways the trucking industry destroys.
Mississippi County Prosecutor Scott Ellington has issued a report concluding that an FBI agent was justified in fatally shooting Brandon Fountain, 26, during a planned search of Fountain's Osceola home in the course of a child pornography investigation.
NBA star Joe Johnson, who still calls Little Rock home, is inviting the press in Saturday for the "launch" of the Joe Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at helping low-income kids and their families.
As part of its inaugural Summit for Ambitious Writers, the fine folks over at the Oxford American have included some events for those of us not attending the five-day, intensive writing workshop happening right now up on Petit Jean Mountain.
The line is open. Closing notes:
* OBIT POLICIES: An Arkansas gay rights group has stirred up quite a bit of national attention to the policy of the Batesville Guard to list only immediate family in free obituaries, not including unmarried domestic partners.
Stonewall Democrats have a response to Republican Rep. Donna Hutchinson, who went off on a weird tangent yesterday in criticizing cuts in reimbursements to therapeutic foster parents by suggesting somehow (non-existent) programs for gays and lesbians could be cut instead.
Another Tea Partyer with an angle — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson who conveniently got $10 million in deferred compensation from his private corporate business after he'd supposedly spent $9 million "self-financing" his race for Senate.
The Republican push to put ever higher ID hurdles in the way of people voting — particularly people from population segments not friendly to Republican candidates — is built on the fiction of a need to combat voter fraud.
The National Park Service has approved a $250,000 grant to continue the "Life Interrupted," the project to preserve the cemetery of the Rohwer Relocation Camp in South Arkansas where Americas of Japanese descent where interned during World WAR II.
And the line is open. Final notes:
* THE OBSERVER ON FACEBOOK: The Arkansas Times Facebook page has a new regular feature — daily musings by The Observer, expanding from his weekly roost in our print edition.
Federal District Judge Brian Miller, who made the unexpected and since stayed ruling to halt state desegregation payments to Pulaski County school districts, has disqualified himself from hearing the case.
Multiple Twitter feeds are saying the New York Senate WILL vote tonight on a same-sex marriage, indicating an agreement has been reached on religious protection language sufficient to bring over enough Republicans for adoption.
The state Ethics Commission issued the only opinion it could possibly have issued yesterday — that public agencies cannot give gifts to public officials, such as the $500 Spirit of St. Louis radios the Little Rock National Airport bought for soon-to-be-outgoing airport commissioners.
And you're live. Please note:
* ON WISCONSIN: The conservative justice barely re-elected in Wisconsin and an import cog in the right-wing junta apparently tried to throttle a female member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
In case you missed the reprint in the Democrat-Gazette, the New York Times today has an important story about internal documents raising questions about the value of shale gas exploration, including in Arkansas.
John Lyon of Stephens Media highlights a critical bit of fallout from the apparent implosion of the idea to increase the tax on diesel to pay for repairs to the bridge freeway routes that truckers regularly destroy.
The latest New Yorker has the best article I've read yet on billionaire Alice Walton's evolution as, first, a collector of fine art and then mother of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
Amusing. A Gannett newspaper editor in Florida — with blood on his hands from the layoff of 14 employees — tries to justify taking $105,000 in taxpayer-financed corporate welfare for startup of some new digital media jobs in his building?
The Walton money, through the ideological arm it founded at the University of Arkansas and the lobby group it fiannces in Little Rock, pretty well sets the tone for most discussion of "education reform" in Arkansas.
Another 5-4 conservative bloc ruling favoring the wealthy and corporate interests in campaign financing. The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down an Arizona law that gave supplemental money to publicly funded candidates.
In another First Amendment case today, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2, with Scalia writing for the majority, to uphold a lower court decision that states couldn't ban sale or rental of violent video games to minors.
A convenience store at 1901 Wright Ave — closed by court order as a nuisance property on June 22, less than a week after a murder in the parking lot there — now features protest signs and graffiti apparently placed there by the owner.
"True Blood" is pretty much indefensible, my buddy argued last night. Bad or at best campy acting. Bad, exposition-laden dialogue. Dumb plot turns. Scattershot character development. Yet, it's still so goddamn addictive.
A chlorine leak at the Tyson Foods plant in Springdale (Stephens Media) has sent 164 to area hospitals with breathing difficulties headaches and other symptoms of exposure, with at least a few admitted for treatment.
John Walker, attorney for black children in the Pulaski school desegregation case, has written a letter asking the state to rescind its takeover last week of the Pulaski County Special School District.
That was quick. Former superintendent Bobby Lester's interim leadership of the Pulaski County School District, now under state control, didn't last long. Jerry Guess of Camden-Fairview has been named to take charge.
Gov. Mike Beebe has sent out an e-mail call (through the state Democratic Party) for support for Democratic nominee Hudson Hallum in the special election July 12 for House District 54 from Crittenden County.
Welcome to the Twilight Zone of Arkansas environmental regulation. The Department of Environmental Quality held a hearing last night for a wastewater discharge permit for a coal-fired power plant, SWEPCO's Turk Plant, that's probably at the billion-dollar-construction mark already.
The Southern Baptist Convention apparently was the target of an elaborate hoax — complete with phony news releases, a fake website and phones answered by impostors — to make it appear that the denomination had reversed itself and supported gay rights.
Former Democrat-Gazette columnist Kyle Brazzel, who wrote a preview and a review of "Billy Blythe" for the Times in recent weeks, has a great Talk of the Town piece in this week's New Yorker on the opera and its creator, Bonnie Montgomery.