Trade secrets from a Hooter's waitress. What it's like to spend your life doing needle drugs. How a skin care specialist thinks about aging, and why a sound engineer spends so much time playing on his phone in the recording studio. The Arkansas Times asked people, what's your job (or the thing that keeps you from having a job) really like? Here are their answers.
LR Confidential 2013July 4, 2013
Vol 39 • No 44
I got a peek at Esse, Anita Davis' purse museum at 1510 S. Main St., and fell in love.
Ground will be broken today on improvements to the west amphitheater in Riverfront Park, a small seating area directly north across LaHarpe Boulevard from the back of the Old State House.
The Tuesday line is open. Final words: * BOOZE AND THE SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF: I spoke today with Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane about Saline Sheriff Bruce Pennington's statementthat he had not been arrested for public intoxication Saturday night at Denton's Trot Line, but public consumption.
A lawsuit was filed today in Pulaski Circuit Court by 10 couples that challenges Arkansas's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
John Pagan's choice for the atrium exhibit celebrating the modern Arts Center's 50th anniversary.
These burgers might not surprise anyone—odds are, you've at least heard of them and probably dreamed of wrapping your lips around them. But nonetheless, it's important that we, once and for all, boldly declare the 3 best burgers in town.
Their outfits took them 95 hours and 20 rolls to construct.
The Arkansas Project, a conservative group, was able to talk to some of the players in the taxpayer-financed July 4 Saline County fireworks show "sponsored," as a flyer prepared by the Saline County Republican Committee shows, by the Saline GOP, state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and the Saline County Tea Party.
Inside Climate News has new reporting today on potential health risks from exposure to chemicals put into the environment in oil spills such as the Canadian tar sands that exploded from the burst ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower.
Arkansas Learns, an advocacy group for education "reform" that is financially supported by the Walton Family Foundation, tweeted last night that Diane Zook had been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the state Board of Education.
Andy Davis did a good job in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning explaining the relatively small practical effects in Arkansas of the Obama administration's surprise one-year delay of new employer rules on health insurance coverage.
A parade, living history, crafts and a reading of the Declaration of Independence from 2-4 p.m.
A reader reports water service interruption in the Prospect Terrace neighborhood. Central Arkansas Water provides details: There was a spontaneous break on a eight inch cast iron water main.
Rockport police have fatally shot a suspected robber at a Walmart parking lot near Malvern.
Kevin Zaffaroni is the University of Arkansas for Medical Science's representative.
Stone’s Throw Brewing, the microbrewery gearing up to open at 402 E. Ninth St. that we told you about back in April, expects to receive its beer permit today, co-owner Ian Beard said. The end of July is the current target for opening the brewery and taproom, which will have a bar and tables and chairs that’ll accommodate about 25.
"Pops on the River" takes place Thursday starting at noon at Riverfront Park.
The Historic Arkansas Museum's Frontier Fourth of July is Thursday afternoon.
I'd said earlier that the Obama administration to delay the employer reporting requirement of the Affordable Care Act had limited meaning in Arkansas, but likely powerful meaning politically as Republicans rush to hyperbolize it.
Yonder Mountain Harvest Fest 2013: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Les Claypool, Justin Townes Earle, Railroad Earth and more
The Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines at this year's Harvest Music Festival.
Jeremy Hutchinson’s latest ethical lapse, a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage, a delay in a crucial part of Obamacare, the state’s budget surplus, the retirement of the head of the Community Corrections Department and a new judicial political action committee — all covered on this early edition of the podcast.
It's done. The new children's branch of the Central Arkansas Library System will be named in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, tireless worker in the cause of children and former first lady of the United States, at 1:30 p.m.
Tasty events coming up at White Water Tavern, Little Rock Urban Farming's G Street Farm and The Ridge at Chenal.
Channel 4 reports that City Manager Bruce Moore has demanded security measures at the Forest Place apartments on North University after at least the eighth fire at the big complext in recent months.
The 4th of July open line begins. Closing out: * ROAR LYON ROAR: Lyon College is, my correspondent says, the 45th Arkansas college to decline the opportunity to allow staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus.
In the new "Lone Ranger" movie, according to New York magazine's David Edelstein.
It was inevitable. But AP is reporting that it's official: The federal Interior Department has rescinded the designation of the White River watershed as a "blueway," part of a voluntary federal conservation program.
Also, Pops on the River at Riverfront Park, Minsk at Downtown Music, Lynyrd Skynyrd in Magic Springs, La Luz at White Water Tavern and Chad Griffin at the Clinton School for Public Service.
The National Blueway designation for the White River would bring the state resources for conservation efforts that would give landowners, hunting and fishing enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors a cleaner and more beautiful place to enjoy.
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The Arkansas Republican Party, in its first year as the majority party in the Arkansas legislature, now has its eyes on the judicial branch.
Melissa McCarthy steals the show in buddy comedy 'The Heat.'
So fears have come to pass. After the Citizens United court comes the anti-equality court, rejection of DOMA not withstanding. Married partners of every stripe still may have hurdle after hurdle to voting thrown up in their faces.
Also, The OD Upscale at Revolution.
Know where this slice of life in Arkansas is?
In my experience, whenever criminal cases turn into symbolic melodramas, reason goes out the door. Almost needless to say, I'm referring to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder trial currently dominating cable TV news channels.
Although they are guaranteed in the Constitution, actually granting basic liberties to broad swaths of people, whom we may call the socially unappreciated, has been a long and tortuous process.
Jody Hardin brings the idea to board hoping to rescue orphanage property.
The singer/songerwriter celebrates EP release on Saturday. By Robert Bell
Chain's specialty pizzas explain success.
Won't fight the current to stop White River designation.
Max Brantley gives his space today to an Arkansas Blog contributor who uses the pen name Mrs. Sistertoldja. She's a Little Rock woman who was married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal
"It can be nerve-racking at times, thinking in your head 'I've got to perform at my highest level, this is my one chance.' "...
"It can be nerve-racking at times, thinking in your head 'I've got to perform at my highest level, this is my one chance.' "...
It was also a good week for W.P. Sooie, a move towards equality and a merger. It was a bad week for Maynard Mayor Gary Hart and residents of Forest Place Apartments.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today followed (but didn't credit) the Arkansas Blog disclosure that $5,000 in state General Improvement Fund money would pay for a July 4 fireworks show tonight at the Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton.
Rex Nelson asks that I plug the coming Political Animals Club meeting at the Governor's Mansion at noon Wednesday, July 17.
News on another troubled Little Rock apartment complex, in addition to Forest Place, where the city has moved to guard against future fires.
Reporting in Massachusetts on the cycling accident in Arkansas in which seven riders were injured, one criticallly, when a driver ran into the back of a group riding cross country.
Take a detour through De Vall's next time you're on the road—it should be an Arkansan rite of passage. Check out Ms. Lena's Fried Pies for one of the most blissful sweets in the state.
Minsk performs at Downtown Music Hall Friday.
Big Piph performs at The OD Upscale Friday at Revolution
I'm not saying I'm done. But I'm not saying I'm not.
On Friday, July 5: Stephano's II (at B.A. Framer, 1813 N. Grant St.) will host Cuban group CruzWay starting at 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks over but still plenty to see in Hot Springs galleries.
Hillcrest Artisan Meats destroys the competition in La Quercia Ham contest.
Update from David Goins of Fox 16 on the accident in which a car plowed into a pack of cross-country bicyclists near McCrory this week: McCRORY, AR - Arkansas State Police confirm one of the seven cyclists injured in an accident Tuesday in Woodruff County has died.
A random observation: A Little Rock doctor stopped me on my morning walk yesterday to say that a worthy newspaper project would be unnecessary medical procedures.
Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at Magic Springs Saturday.
Streetlight Manifesto performs at Revolution Saturday.
8ball & MJG perform at Discovery Nightclub Saturday.
A day late, but still timeless is the ad that ran in several national newspapers yesterday courtesy of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
I've mentioned before that Arkansas native Chad Griffin, head of the Human Rights Campaign, the country's leading gay rights organization, will speak at the Clinton school at noon Monday.
Sen. Michael Lamoureux, president pro tem of the Senate, Tweets tgat he'll replace Steve Faris on the Arkansas Lottery Commission with Julie Baldridge.
This Fox 16 article interested me, if for no other reason, because it illustrated how thoroughly Conway has been dampened by "private club" alcohol permits.
You know what to do. Leave us your testimony of the best food you've eaten this week.
City Attorney Tom Carpenter continues to answer questions from the city board related to the proposal to raise Mayor Mark Stodola's $160,000 annual pay by 12 percent so it'll match the pay given City Manager Bruce Moore.
Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski sheriff's office reports: Calls from the afternoon on July 3rd through 0700 this morning (July 5th): Fireworks calls — 49Grass Fires — 30Fire/Residential structures — 3Fire/Other structures — 1 I asked if the fires were all related to fireworks or coincidental.
I bought a quart of Arkansas blackberries at the Hillcrest Farmers Market last Saturday. Maybe the sweetest blackberries ever.
La Luz plays at White Water Tavern Sunday night.
Looked kind of quiet downtown today. Public offices were open, but a lot of people used some time to extend the weekend.
Lots more to be known in the days aheads, but here's the news release from Metropolitan National Bank on the purchase of the Little Rock institution, which has been struggling to regain its footing in recent years.
For the slow weekend, an opinion piece by David Stewart on the recent news that Arkansas Republicans, as revealed at a recent state GOP committee meeting, intend to establish a political action committee to support the right sorts of judicial candidates.
I have to agree with one of the victims of this crime: It sounds like a movie plot.
When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts sanctimoniously and dishonestly assured the country that the bad old days were behind us.
I passed along last night the news release on the sale of Metropolitan National Bank to a Texas private equity fund for $16 million and a promise of recapitalization.
That new Republican broom turns up to be just another version of the corrupt cronyism broom that the Republicans used to say was the sole province of the Democratic Party.
Chad Griffin speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service Monday.
I'm busy cooking, so i'll close out early with an open line. Photo, according to the message, was taken by a passenger who was on the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crash-landed at the San Francisco International Airport.
A mass group home for pregnant teens? Never made much sense in this day and time.
Homemade ice cream makes this Hot Springs restaurant a delicious oasis in the Arkansas summer.
To quote the immortal — and perhaps apocryphal — Arkansas Gazette sportswriter sent to New Orleans for a non-Ark., Sugar Bowl.
We reported recently on the submission of a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal Amendment 83, which denies marriage equality in Arkansas by preventing people of the same sex from marrying or enjoying any of the similar legal benefits through alternative means, such as a civil union.
Jeff Woodmansee, a faculty member at the UALR Bowen School of Law and an ardent politico with a blog, the Woodmansee Project, rounds up some election scuttlebutt on the Democratic side of the ledger today, chiefly this: He says that Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville is expected to announce his Democratic bid for attorney general this week, most likely Wednesday.
Three months after the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline break that gushed Canadian tar sands on a Mayflower subdivision, an executive of the pipeline operator, Karen Tyrone, has given an extensive interview to a reporter for the local newspaper, Courtney Spradlin of The Log Cabin Democrat.
The New York Times reports on a million-dollar ad campaign by the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity to continue to sow doubts, confusion and resistance against implementation of Obamacare.
The New York Times has a story today with a decided Arkansas angle, though the state isn't specifically mentioned.
The Little Rock City Board will eventually vote, maybe this week, on City Director Brad Cazort's proposal to increase Mayor Mark Stodola's $160,000 pay by $18,000 so it will be "comparable" (equal) to that paid City Manager Bruce Moore.Reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today by Claudia Lauer notes that Stodola already makes more (sometimes significantly more) than mayors in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Austin, Baton Rouge, Richmond, Jackson, Boise, Providence, Tallahassee and Des Moines.
Justin Moore performs at Juanita's Monday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an interesting editorial page commentary on a school choice experiment in St. Louis.
I'll update a 10 a.m. news conference on what's described as a bipartisan poll of Arkansas attitudes on equality for gay people in the aftermath of the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage.
All you would-be Fellinis, Kubricks and Spielbergs got your ears on? Time is drawing nigh for the Little Rock leg of the 48 Hour Film Project, the contest in which local teams conceive, write, shoot and edit a short film in just 48 hours.
Matt Campbell, who's sued Secretary of State Mark Martin for failure to fully comply with the Freedom of Information Act in supplying information about outside lawyers' work for the office, says Martin's office has hired the Quattlebaum law firm to defend him in the suit.
House Speaker Davy Carter has named his three representatives on the state Health Insurance Marketplace Board, which will oversee implementation of a key part of the Obamacare medical coverage expansion in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Republican Party brought out the heavy artillery — if U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford counts — to trumpet a party jumper in Craighead County.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was front and center to read a children's book when the new children's branch of the Central Arkansas Library System was dedicated in her honor today.
Coincidentally, I have received word today of two promised court actions related to alleged police abuse.
The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway is reporting that Hewlett-Packard will lay off 500 people at its Conway call center.
Human Rights Campaign director Chad Griffin followed up a press conference at the Capitol with a Q and A session with former state Rep. Kathy Webb at the Clinton School of Public Service on the importance of passing marriage equality laws in every state.
Where'd the day go? The line is open.
The gun zealots will be disappointed. And one of them will now have to force an arrest to test a now-disputed theory in court.
Judicial elections are more than 10 months away. The filing period doesn't begin until March.
It was a remarkable day in Arkansas yesterday for equality. Grant Tennille, the director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, called for an end to Arkansas law that discriminates against gay people.
Color Club plays at White Water Tavern Wednesday.
Beats running for governor. Centennial Bank news release about House Speaker Davy Carter: Centennial Bank, wholly-owned subsidiary of Home BancShares, Inc.
Interested in the thoughts of Warren Stephens, the Little Rock investments tycoon? Roby Brock has an extensive interview in his latest edition of Talk Business Arkansas.
Sen. Bryan King unleashes a screed through the taxpayer-supported Senate information office calling for a special seassion to repeal the Obamacare expansioni approved by 75 percent of the legislature, including more than half of his Republican colleagues.
Paul Barton with the Gannett Washington Bureau reports that U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor ranks No. 3 so far this year in campaign contributions from lobbyists, with more than $85,000.
The ACLU of Arkansas filed suit in federal court today on behalf of a mother and son from Dover who say they were brutalized by police officers while out walking their dog in Sept. 2011.
This is nifty. It's an interactive map provided by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman that allows you to look at every congressional district in the country, with the photo above showing results for the 2nd District of Arkansas, represented by Tiny Tim Griffin of Mayflower, the oil and coal companies' defender.
For the legal/financial gnomes: The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court ruling that a national banking association (J.P. Morgan Chase) not registered to do business in Arkansas may still use non-judicial foreclosure procedures in Arkansas.
The line is open. Famous last words:
Count me surprised that it took the Arkansas Republican Party more than 30 hours to officially demagogue remarks in support of marriage equality and employment non-discrimination by Grant Tennille, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Dear Leslie, I am pleased to announce the upcoming community-engaging art show, to be staged at the Oxford American Annex from August 1-10: Six artists (two British artists and four American) present pieces that address the theme, 'Crossing Borders'.
One need look no further than our magnificent farmer’s markets to experience just how fruitful the Arkansas food scene has become. Fresh ideas and exciting new flavors are making weekly appearances at these venues. One of Little Rock’s latest arrivals is the husband and wife team behind Geek Eats.
The Little Rock City Board discussion of a pay raise for Mayor Mark Stodola devolved last night into a tangential debate on the cumbersome current form of city government.