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Closing the GapJuly 6, 2017
Vol 43 • No 44
Twenty-eight were injured in the mass shooting; none killed.
I first thought the Sunday morning video clip of President Trump wrestling was something from one of the many parody accounts on Twitter.
Power Ultra shooting, Asa on the Senate health plan, Rapert on the media and more.
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Blood splatter could be seen in a parking lot across from Power Ultra Lounge at 220 W. Sixth St. after a Saturday morning's shooting.
Correne Spero heads up a summer songwriting camp for girls.
About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Power Ultra Lounge downtown jammed for a rap show by Finese2Tymes (Ricky Hampton of Memphis), gunfire broke out. Before it was over, 25 people had been wounded by gunfire and three others injured in the rush for safety.
Did Kim Walker-Smith, when recording "Throne Room" for her new record "On My Side," truly understand the power of her music? Does she now know that her song was the one that played on the radio as Michael Reed thumped into the Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds and brought it on down?
It's no retread.
This letter is in response to your decision to join Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine other state legal officials in calling for President Trump to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
It's a hit parade at the Terrace Mediterranean Kitchen.
While it is a little difficult to prognosticate on anything pertaining to college basketball anymore, short of the blue bloods getting bluer every recruiting season, what has happened to Arkansas since it finished off an accomplished 2016-17 campaign is probably as subtly bewildering as any offseason machinations you'll see.
It is a Fourth of July ritual to appraise where we are in meeting the Declaration of Independence's promise to institute a government that would, unlike King George, secure human rights equally for everyone who sets foot on American soil.
Also, Outlaw Music Festival, Little Tybee, Terminal Nation, Liz Brasher, Architecture and Design Network Talk from Jeff Shannon, Good Foot and more
Mayor Mark Stodola tells me in an e-mail that an announcement today from Gov. Asa Hutchinson on law enforcement in Central Arkansas will be "more [about] investigative and multi-agency sharing of information.'
While Police Chief Kenton Buckner heard many encouraging words Wednesday night from the Little Rock City Board (none offered what could be called direct criticism), there's a decidedly different tone among black police officers.
The Trump administration is preparing to roll back an Obama administration rule that cut off Medicaid payments to nursing homes (Medicaid is the primary supplier of money to nursing homes in Arkansas) that force residents to sign arbitration agreements. This means they can't sue if disputes over care arise.
Paul Caldwell's highly saturated color photographs go on exhibit today at Cantrell Gallery in the show "Chasing the Light, From Arkansas to California." You can meet the Little Rock nature photographer at tonight's reception, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A crowd supporting the continuation of the Affordable Care Act against Republican onslaughts descended on Little Rock offices of U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman today.
Sen. Jason Rapert preened today with a blown-up replica for a check for $25,000 toward a news Ten Commandments monument courtesy of makers of the "God's Not Dead" film series, a third installment of which will be shot in Arkansas next year. A second episode was shot in Arkansas.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a joint effort to fight an increase in violent crime in Little Rock.
Today's open line and a news roundup heavy on crime.
Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin. Will Russia win 2017 like it won 2016?
The New York Times' Upshot reports here on a trend long evident in Arkansas — the penchant of conservatively governed states to take away powers from cities that might be inclined to adopt more liberal policies within their boundaries.
A fan of Midtown Billiards, the Main Street dive bar closed by a fire last September? Its grand reopening is tonight but Brian Chilson has posted a gallery of photos of the new joint from a soft opening last night.
State Rep. Warwick Sabin is "exploring" a race for Little Rock mayor in 2018 against incumbent Mayor Mark Stodola.
The voter files Mark Martin turned over to a Trump election integrity commission is a gold mine of personal information. See for yourself. It only costs $2.50.
Cindy Burton of North Little Rock was a $1 million winner in the Arkansas Lottery's Play It Again Second-Chance Drawing. This is a drawing of losing instant lottery tickets submitted by players.
A federal judge in St. Louis has ruled that robocalls using Mike Huckabee were meant to promote a movie, not a political survey, and thus violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The line is open. We finish the news roundups for the week with politics from Russia to City Hall.
Unlike giant hotels, the Hilton Garden Inn is small enough to offer every guest personal attention and customized service.
Federal Judge Price Marshall today refused the state's effort to dismiss the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the state's operation of the Little Rock School District.
The Power Ultra Lounge shooting and related political fallout, Secretary of State Mark Martin and Trump’s election integrity commission and former circuit judge Mike Maggio — all covered on this week's podcast.
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has named special counsel to handle complaints against Circut Judge Wendell Griffen and the Arkansas Supreme Court related to handling of a case involving drugs used in Arkansas executions.
Surprise: An ad hoc committee stacked with downtown business interests thinks those who want to provide meals for the homeless should do so at a tent outside the city's day homeless shelter more than six miles away, out near Granite Mountain on what used to be known as Confederate Boulevard.
Systematic vote purging. Arkansas alone has provided voter info so far in controversial data mining effort. And, since he's assured is it's non-controversial, here's Secretary of State Mark Martin's own voter data.
The open line includes a report of a Little Rock homicide.
The Washington Post reports on the federal lawsuit aimed at preventing collection of state voter data being sought by a commission appointed by Donald Trump. The article notes Arkansas alone has provided any of the data requested.
The New York Times, in reporting on eroding Republican support in the Senate for a bill rewriting the Affordable Care Act, indicates U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas is among apparent obstacles to passage.
Michael Reed, charged with destroying the Ten Commandments monument on the Arkansas Captiol grounds, says God told him to run down the monument with his car.
Got anything to share? An open line includes early start on 2018 mayoral campaign.
The name of a Little Rock state senator has popped up in discussions about the potential of tiny Turrell in East Arkansas being the location of one of five cultivation centers allowed under the new state medical marijuana law.
State Rep. Warwick Sabin's announcement that he's planning a race for Little Rock mayor in 2018 has now drawn two Democratic candidates to succeed him in the district, which stretches from downtown to Reservoir Road through HIllcrest.
Politico reports that Sinclair Broadcasting is tripling the exposure given to former Trump White House official Boris Epshteyn on its growing network of stations, which include KATV in Little Rock.
The county governing body will consider Tuesday a resolution urging cities to impose a six-month moratorium on concerts featuring performers who encourage violence. It's a response to the mass shooting at a recent rap show at a downtown club.
.Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola decided today to expand on a brief remark he made Friday after Warwick Sabin announced he was likely to run for mayor in 2018 against the three-term incumbent.
The Arkansas Education Department said today that Arkansas students had made "significant" improvements on the ACT Aspire tests that measure students in grades 3-10 in reading, math, science and writing skills.
A delay in federal student aid prompted a delay in this month's payroll for somewhere near 200 employees of Arkansas Baptist College.
The open line. Plus the video news roundup, from school tests to rap concerts and a knocked-over Ten Commandments in between.
Facebook video from Be the Change Alliance Ar, which has been organizing campaigns to persuade Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman against their party's Obamacare repeal legislation, shows several arrests of people from Arkansas as a result of Washington protests today.
A news release distributed to the Hot Springs Sentinel Record says Hot Springs' historic Arlington Hotel has been sold to the Sky Capital Group LP, an investment group whose properties include the Four Points Sheraton at University Avenue and I-630.
University of Arkansas architecture professor Jeff Shannon, who has edited a collection of essays by colleagues, clients and friends of famed Fayetteville architect Fay Jones, will give a talk about the book Tuesday, July 11, at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The Arkansas Lottery, thanks in part to a good June, finished the state fiscal year that ended June 30 well ahead of budget projections.
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank roughs up Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her unhelpful work.
This New York Times map showing where impact would be felt most from Senate Republican legislation to reduce Medicaid spending puts Arkansas at the bloodiest end of the spectrum. Thus possible resistance from Sen. John Boozman. Sen. Tom Cotton's silence is another matter.
The Donald Trump-appointed commission that's trying to assemble a massive trove of voter information has decided to hold off on asking states for the material while a lawsuit challenging the effort is underway. Too late for Arkansas, though the state learned today it might get a reprieve through deletion of the data.
Here's a good examination of a new anti-abortion law in Arkansas, already under challenge in federal court, that puts new cruelty on women who want to have an abortion.
Ernest Dumas explains how easy it would be to fix Obamacare. But .....
A North Little Rock spokesman says a proposed rezoning for a convenience store/gas station at Waterside and North Hills has been delayed for Planning Commission consideration until at least Aug. 8.
So now emerges primary evidence of election skulduggery between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russians to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign. The big question: Do Trump supporters care?
The Trump Administration has more than one effort underway to make it harder for people to vote.
An Arkansas group working to preserve benefits of the Affordable Care Act say they finally got a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Washington. He listened to their concerns.
Gov. Asa Hutchinsontoday named Stan Jones of Walnut Ridge, a farmer, sports apparel merchant and hunting lodge operator, to the state Game and Fish Commission.
The open line. Plus the daily news roundup, from Russians to a Game and Fish Commission with a tax-avoiding judge, health care and voter purges in between.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced today that formal disciplinary charges had been filed against Saline Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister over information that emerged during his divorce proceeding that he'd failed to file federal and state income tax returns a number of years.
The Little Rock City Board is set to discuss this afternoon an ad hoc commission's recommendation to establish a place for evening meals for the homeless beneath a tent on grounds of the city homeless day center on Springer Boulevard. Opinions are divided.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports robust debate before the Pulaski County Quorum Court, the county governing body, approved last night a neutered resolution by JP Judy Green that had originally urged cities to impose a 180-day moratorium on entertainment that encourages violence.
Bad as it is that the presidency is held by an ally of Russia, a bigger immediate concern to millions of Americans is whether Republicans in the Senate can succeed in passing a bill to wreck health insurance expansion provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a news release yesterday complaining about government regulation and pitched it as consumer protection. Not exactly.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane as Arkansas Drug Director. He succeeds Denny Altes, the former state representative who resigned without explanation in May.
UA-Little Rock is considering starting a football team.
The Arkansas Children's Research Institute has received an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the Center for Translational Pediatric Research to devise new treatment and therapy for children.
Democrats captured two Republican state legislative seats in Oklahoma yesterday. Oklahoma is suddenly a little bit OK.
Houston Nutt, the former football coach at University of Arkansas and Ole Miss, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation alleging it broke its severance agreement with him by making defamatory remarks about him.
Vegan pop-up draws strong crowd.
Here's the open line. And the daily news roundup.
Memphis duo 8Ball & MJG are headlining U.N.I.T.Y. (United Neighbors in Touch with Youth), a concert set for Friday, July 14, at the Revolution Music Room organized in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Power Ultra Lounge earlier this month.
Padma Viswanathan is the recipient of the 2017 Porter Fund Literary Prize.
Nexus Coffee and Creative, 301B President Clinton Ave., will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 15, becoming the third new downtown coffee house to open in as many months this year.
Armistead Maupin, the author of the “Tales of the City” series and “Babycakes” and subject of the film “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” will appear at this summer’s Kaleidoscope Film Festival, the Film Society of Little Rock’s LGBT-focused film event to take place Aug. 11-19 at Argenta Community Theater, South on Main and Flyway Brewing.
The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today the arrest of William Thomas Murry, 60, former owner of the Kawasaki Sports Center on University, on charges of the possession and receipt of child pornography.
A mostly positive experience.