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July 13, 2006

Vol 4 • No 26

Novak: Rove told me

In his syndicated column today, journalist Robert Novak says he told prosecutors that Karl Rove was among the sources who revealed the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer.

AA baseball one step closer to Springdale

Springdale voters yesterday narrowly passed a sales-tax extension to build a $50 million minor league baseball stadium, with 2,410 in favor and 2,393 opposed.

Stodola enters mayoral race

Mark Stodola is officially joining the race for Little Rock mayor. He will make his announcment tomorrow morning at the Neighborhood Resource Center on East 12th St. The field is now expanded to five, with Stodola, Barbara Graves, Jesse Mason, Drew Pritt and Bill Walker indicating their intentions to run for the seat.

Woods releases LBJ bio

University of Arkansas history professor Randall Woods has published a new biography of Lyndon Johnson, "LBJ: Architect of American Ambition," and it will be the first to utilize Johnson's recently released White House recordings.

The citizens (reporting) brigade

Two Arkansas blog readers report some gubernatorial campaign action. First, an anonymous contributor files these observations from a Mike Beebe campaign fundraiser last night:

Steve Clark emerges in Miami

The new edition of the Miami New Times has a profile of former Arkansas attorney general Steve Clark, who recently joined the faculty at the St. Thomas University School of Law.

Did Halter help Beebe?

Today's column by Louis Jacobson in the Washington, D.C. newspaper Roll Call features Hendrix politics professor Jay Barth crediting Bill Halter's short-lived gubernatorial campaign for kicking Mike Beebe into gear.

Rocky Mountain high

Max here in beautiful Durango, Colo., just catching up on news from home. I swore this was going to be a few real days off.

Disability declared

AP reported today what we neglected to mention earlier this week. The governor and Senate president pro tem Jim Argue both were notified after Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller's return to Arkansas that Rockefeller currently was unable to perform the duties of office Arkansas law doesn't require such notification in the case of the lieutenant governor, but the message was sent as a courtesy to the other officers, both of whom have been out of state this week.

Waiting for death

To the governor of Arkansas, my brother in Christ: I was startled by the hateful comments you and your staff made about a condemned man who was not asking you for clemency.

Getting nasty

Superintendent Roy Brooks of the Little Rock School District has ill-concealed contempt for the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association. As a result, many teachers took it as an intentional slap when the district’s summer newsletter contained an articl

Comfortable war

America fights the “war on terrorism” with an all-volunteer army composed of the offspring of the working class, so that the rest of us are well-insulated from the shock of sons and brothers dying in combat (especially since the news media, seeking favor

The week that was July 5-11

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The 39TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. A volunteer group from the brigade mustered to do border patrol duty under the president’s immigration initiative. The brigade already has been deployed in Iraq and on hurricane relief the last five

Words

A reader noticed an advertisement in the classifieds section of the daily paper: “HILLCREST RESTAURANT/Tapas Bar is hiring Sioux chef and pastry chef. For appointment call Chef *** ”

A second home in Ozarks for UAMS

If all goes as planned, in the next four years, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will reach an enrollment of 700 — 100 more than it has today — and 60 of its students will be located at a new satellite of the College of Medicine in Northwes

Huckabee, Tea Leoni, etc.

This week: We take a stab at calculating The Huckster's retirement; suggest a Sheridan field trip to Tea Leoni, and suggest some limits on teen drivers.

Reality bites

On June 20, Mike Beebe went to an off-the-record meeting with the Stonewall Democrats to explain why his gubernatorial campaign refused their financial contribution.

Rumor control

We get tips. For example, a recent caller said: The weekend of July 1-2, one of some 13,000 teens in town for a regional soccer tournament was raped at her Little Rock motel. As the caller told it, the city went into damage control. It provided plane ti

A pity

The parson spoke today of pity, and urged us to shower it upon the unfortunate with crosses to bear heavier than our own. In my personal reckoning that would momentarily include homos hankering to wed, Mexicans with suspect paper, and some urchins just up

Orval July 13

Remembering Rollie

It was a great thing to know Rollie Remmel. I first met him in the wooden train depot used by the Scott & Bearskin Lake Railroad in Scott when I was 12 years old. The first phrase I heard him utter was “This is GREAT!!” Any doubt I had about understandi

Editorial cartoon

The Observer

A friend of The Observer’s who is a member of WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) spent her Fourth of July on the deck of the USS Razorback at a fund-raiser for the Beacon of Peace and Hope to be placed near the sub on the North Little Rock shore. Sh

This Modern World July 13

Dinner with the GOP

For 30 years Mike Beebe has been elected either a state senator or an attorney general without a single opponent. But this time, in his effort to become the governor of Arkansas, he will have to work very, very hard to get elected. He not only has a well-

Imagine being an Iraqi

Back on the evening of March 7, 2003, when President Bush announced the imminent invasion of Iraq, he directed part of his remarks to the Iraqi citizenry. Americans are more likely to remember the words meant for them, that the power and ambitions of Iraq

The right words

District Judge Vic Fleming of Little Rock has a small part, former President Bill Clinton has a big part, and lots of other famous faces appear in “Wordplay,” the documentary dedicated to crossword puzzle lovers, which opens Friday at Market Street Cinema

Education

The candidates for governor spoke yesterday on education -- Beebe to the AEA and A$a to a rural school group.

Columnist report

Brummett has a doozy today. A$a wants to talk about mainstream values while enjoying the campaign lift of a pro-abortion, pro-gay Yankee name of Giuliani.

Wal-Mart eases up on shoplifters

NY Times reports today that Wal-Mart is easing its no-tolerance policy on shoplifting. It's inefficient -- too big a burden on the stores and local cops -- to arrest every candy bar thief.

Review: Michael Buble

Mark Hooper, a Little Rock music buff and sometimes writer, caught last night's Michael Buble show at Alltel Arena, and files this report:

The Mind of Matt: 'Pirates,' hard rock

Our new blogger, Movie Man (aka Matt Smith, who runs Market Street Cinema) checks in with his look at the movie scene, as well as the hard rock scene -- it seems Matt loves his rock as much as his movies, which is a lot.

The Mind of Matt: 'Pirates,' hard rock

Our new blogger, Movie Man (aka Matt Smith, who runs Market Street Cinema) checks in with his look at the movie scene, as well as the hard rock scene -- it seems Matt loves his rock as much as his movies, which is a lot.

More golf coming at Eagle Hill?

The developers of Eagle Hill Apartments and Golf Club are looking to add a nine-hole course and more apartments on 40 acres across Col. Miller Road from the existing complex.

Plame sues Cheney, Rove

Via Reuters: Former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband sued Vice President Dick Cheney, top White House aide Karl Rove and others on Thursday for their role in the disclosure of her classified CIA status.

Evening open line; LR mayor, maybe?

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Evening open line; LR mayor, maybe?

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To do Thursday: Tiffany

One-time teen sensation Tiffany is back on the road performing, and will appear at Juanita's tonight at 9 p.m.

'Athletics over academics at any cost," Part 100

The New York Times has a great story

TV highlights, July 13-19

ELIZABETH TAYLOR MARATHON 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) NATURE: KILLERS IN EDEN 7 p.m. Sunday, July 16 AETN (Comcast Ch. 2, Broadcast Ch. 3) NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 TNT (

Crosswords get their day

Wordplay” has humor, interesting characters, drama that builds, and a lot to offer in information about crossword puzzles, particularly the New York Times version, that you didn’t know.

Bush-bashing Ministry visits Metroplex

Industrial metal band Ministry has never pulled punches, and takes on the Bush administration hard and heavy in its newest album, “Rio Grande Blood,” which includes the Grammy-nominated song “The Great Satan.”

Trail of Tears, in clay

A clay animation film about the Trail of Tears using the Cherokee language is being made in Little Rock this summer by a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

What's cooking/Capsule review July 13

Kan-Pai opens on McCain; Market Cafe going strong.

The sting of shame

Why has recent media coverage — some in the Dem-Gaz, but most notably a KTHV two-part “Special Report” — on the Faulkner County sheriff’s undercover arrests of gay men in Cadron Settlement Park turned my stomach so? Why was it so heartbreaking?

Rocky’s is a knockout

It often pays not to judge a place by its name, as evidenced by the new Rocky’s Pub in Sherwood. While its handle and decor are all working-class Joe, everything on the menu is carefully and artfully prepared.

‘Reep Show’ at the Arts Center

Little Rock conceptual artist Robert Reep is giving a talk at the Arkansas Arts Center, Fayetteville ceramic artist Beverly Norton Walker is giving a demonstration at the Cox Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum is opening a new exhibit, River Market Arts

Atta’ girl

Garrison Starr, a singer-songwriter armed with just her passionate pipes and guitar, appears at Juanita’s on Wednesday, July 19.

‘Pirates’ round 2: good show

While not quite up to snuff with the original, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” is a rollicking good time on the high seas, full of adventure, thrills and more of Johnny Depp’s virtuoso performance as Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Eureka summer camp — opera-style

When you think of opera, you probably don’t also think of summer camp, but the two seem to go together at Opera in the Ozarks.

Review: Another view of Michael Buble

Stewart Deere, who we sent to cover the Michael Buble show July 12 at Alltel Arena for and whose review will run in next week's edition, files this report on the show last night.

Hot Springs club changes hands

Jay and Mary Schapiro tell us that as of yesterday, they no longer own Schapiro's on Central in Hot Springs, the restaurant and bar that features good blues music on weekends.

Liberal northeasterners?

In this op-ed in today's New York Times, Arkansas comes off looking more progressive than New York on the subject of gay parenting:

State ed. dept. appeals Paron decision

The state education department yesterday filed an appeal of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody's temporary restraining order preventing the closure of Paron High School until opponents of the closure can make their case for keeping it open.

Live, on the air ...

Right now, radio host Pat Lynch is interviewing Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh, the Republican who is challenging U.S. Rep. Marion Berry in the 1st congressional district.

If you're reading this, you're too close

In its current cover story, "The political power of blogs," the Independent News in Pensacola, Fla. includes the Arkansas Times blog among examples of notable blogs around the nation.

Scoring diplomas

A long article in today's New York Times about the academic progress of student athletes focuses on Auburn, because the NCAA has cited the university for "seven major infractions, the most of any university in the SEC and among the most in the nation."

Bill's excellent African adventure

The Clinton Foundation today announced a new flash multimedia website for Bill Clinton's current trip to Africa.

Bill's excellent African adventure

The Clinton Foundation today announced a new flash multimedia website for Bill Clinton's current trip to Africa.

Hillary's Arkansas schedule

Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate office just released the public schedule for her weekend trip to Arkansas.

LR Condo developers sue city

Arkansas Business this afternoon broke the news that the developers of Residences at Building 5, a condominium project at the old Arkansas Bar Association building in downtown Little Rock, are suing the city for revoking their building permit.

LR Condo developers sue city

Arkansas Business this afternoon broke the news that the developers of Residences at Building 5, a condominium project at the old Arkansas Bar Association building in downtown Little Rock, are suing the city for revoking their building permit.

Another open line

It's Friday night. Tensions are high in the Middle East and South Asia and oil approached $80 a barrel today.

Your morning fix

Yes, as some commenters noted in last night's open thread, I stay up later and wake up later than Max.

Arkansas 'enlightenment'

Remember our blog item from yesterday about Arkansas appearing more progressive than New York on the subject of gay parenting?

Huck appeals to keep letter secret

Gov. Mike Huckabee is going to appeal Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's order to release the resignation letter of former Parole Board member Larry Zeno.

Former congressman arrested

Former U.S. Rep. Tommy Robinson was booked yesterday on charges of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct for attacking one of his creditors earlier this week.

Report: Public schools outperform private ones

Check this out: The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools.

Report: Public schools outperform private ones

Check this out: The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools.

Greens nominate Lendall for governor

The Green Party of Arkansas at its convention today nominated Jim Lendall as its candidate for governor.

Saturday twilight zone

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Hillary touts the 'Billgrimage'

At a Little Rock fundraiser for her U.S. Senate re-election campaign, Hillary Clinton last night talked about visiting the home in Fayetteville where she and Bill Clinton were married.

Ten years later

Veteran Arkansas news reporter James Jefferson, now with the Arkansas News Bureau, takes us back to ten years ago yesterday, when Mike Huckabee became governor amid some chaos surrounding Jim Guy Tucker's resignation.

Hillary in Arkansas

Here is the New York Times reporting on Hillary Clinton's Arkansas visit. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, returning to her red-state ties, chastised Democrats Saturday for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects.

Conservative filmmaking born in ... Fayetteville?

The NYTimes today reports on the emergence of conservative documentary filmmakers. Apparently the movement was partly conceived in Fayetteville.

Life in the Third

In  quick stab at cleaning out e-mail during a brief stop in Santa Fe, I find a debate challenge from Third District candidate Woody Anderson, the Democrat opposing Republican Rep. John Boozman.

Rockefeller dies "peacefully"

Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller's office announced his death this morning at UAMS. The news release:

Open line

With Warwick heading into vacation and me about to board a plane, I hope, there's nothing to it tonight but to leave this open line for the evening.

The Mind of Matt: Movies and Metal

Matt Smith, local movie theater entrepreneur (Market Street Cinema, the region's only true art house) and rock music lover, blogs this column periodically on Little Rocking.

The Huckabee decade

I'm back home and trying to get adjusted to the central time zone. First, some catchup.

And also looking back

Brummett Sunday did a worthwhile look at how Speaker Bill Stovall's budget savvy contributed to the state's surplus today.

Calling political animals

The Political Animals Club will hear the candidates for attorney general -- Republican Gunner DeLay and Democrat Dustin McDaniel -- at 7 a.m.

Rockefeller arrangements

The chairs of the state Republican (Gil Baker) and Democratic (Jason Willett) parties issued this joint statement today:

The Mind of Matt: Local hits on the big screen

Matt Smith, metal and movie lover: reports in Monday: On MOVIES : "WORDPLAY" has been a hit!

Pryor and Bush

Nice timing. A story in today's D-G talks about how often Sen. Mark Pryor votes with President Bush.

Competition for Comcast -- UPDATE

It doesn't surprise me  that AT&T has a poll showing virtually everyone in Little Rock would like to see competition for Comcast.

Retirement at Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Sybil Hampton announced her retirement today as president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the charity established by the former governor.

Rockefeller duty

Winthrop Rockefeller’s death in 1973 at the age of 60 was especially poignant because the cancer that caused it seemed to have been brought on by a peculiar sort of intractable grief, his inability to reconcile his sacrifices for people with their utt

Buble bubbles over

The spirit of the Rat Pack lived on last week as Michael Buble took the stage at Alltel Arena.

Money matters

Beebe continues to lead the money race. Cumulative gubernatorial fund-raising has topped $6 million and seems headed to $8 to $10 million.

A WR tribute

Brummett today offers a warm reminsicence of a regular guy, Win Rockefeller.

Wal-Mart targets teens

The Morning News reports that Wal-Mart has created a website aimed at youth with music, video, personal webpages, etc., among the goods.

Affirmative action: failure for GOP

The NY Times assesses the Republican Party's effort to attract black voters and finds it generally a failure, though most credit party chair Ken Mehlman with a sincere effort.

The condo controversy

The city of Little Rock Tuesday reissued a permit to Arkansas Riverview Development to continue work on its mixed use commercial/condo on Markham Street east of the Doubletree Hotel.

The Mind of Matt: Movies and Metal (in Wisconsin)

MOVIES & METAL -- by Matt Smith MOVIES: Monday night in Little Rock we had the Usual Suspects out for a FREE screening at the Market Street Cinema.

Speaking of condos

We hear from Moses Tucker this morning that they'll be topping out their 18-story 300 Third condo project Thursday morning.

By popular demand

Readers demand a link to the German coverage of frat boy Bush giving Angela Merkle an unprovoked back massage at the G-8.

By popular demand

Readers demand a link to the German coverage of frat boy Bush giving Angela Merkle an unprovoked back massage at the G-8.

The new dean

Smoke signals wafting over UAMS indicate that Dr. Debra Fiser, chairman of dept. of pediatrics at UAMS, will be the new dean of the College of Medicine.

Airport parking change

Don't know about you, but having just been through the airport shuffle, this release from LR National Airport is good news to us:

The day's horrors

Doctor, two nurses arrested for killing patients trapped by Katrina in New Orleans hospital. 6,000 Iraqis killed in last two months, UN reports.

Rockefeller arrangements

From Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church: The memorial service for Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn in the Hillcrest area of Little Rock, at 1 p.m.

Marriage vote

  Another day, another bogus “values” vote by the Republican-led House of Representatives while thousands are slaughtered in Iraq.

Ready for a tax election? UPDATE

County Judge Buddy Villines has called a special meeting of the Quorum Court at 7 p.m.

Ready for a tax election? UPDATE

County Judge Buddy Villines has called a special meeting of the Quorum Court at 7 p.m.

Renaud brothers film earns Emmy nod

Craig and Brent Renaud, the documentary makers from Little Rock, have earned a nomination today in the 27th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for their HBO film "Dope Sick Love."

Emmy nominees

  Brent and Craig Renaud, the Little Rock documentary filmmakers, have been nominated for a 2006 Emmy for "Dope Sick Love," a gripping movie shot that portrays the ruinous impact of drugs on a pair of New York couples.

AT&T wins

Damn. We've been having trouble on the Internet all day.

Memorial service

Legislative news release: The Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas Senate will meet in joint session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in the House chamber for a memorial service honoring the late Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller.

The Observer

A Deputy Observer — a rabid fan of the blues — sends this dispatch from north Mississippi, where she recently traveled for a music festival. While there, she visited the grave of the late bluesman Junior Kimbrough:

Smart Talk

This week: Fixing a legal screwup and looking at football coach pay.

Smart Talk

This week: Fixing a legal screwup and looking at football coach pay.

The Lord's work

Ted Suhl, the politically powerful operator of the Lord's Ranch treatment facility in northern Arkansas, got a grilling before a legislative committee yesterday.

Harvesting votes

The gubernatorial candidates spoke to farmers yesterday. You have to look hard in this Stephens account to find differences between the two, other than abortion.

Harvesting votes

The gubernatorial candidates spoke to farmers yesterday. You have to look hard in this Stephens account to find differences between the two, other than abortion.

Correcting the record

Thanks to DBI for the tip that the NY Times finally has corrected its reporting of a Hillary Clinton speech in Rogers.

Measuring the candidates

Gallup has been polling on the "acceptability" of potential Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. The key findings -- remember the emphasis was on acceptability not preference -- is that Democratic voters found Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Al Gore about equally acceptable.

Measuring the candidates

Gallup has been polling on the "acceptability" of potential Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. The key findings -- remember the emphasis was on acceptability not preference -- is that Democratic voters found Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Al Gore about equally acceptable.

Who needs 'Rocketboom' when you've got Maria and the '9'?

This new 3-minute Yahoo entertainment news video blog deal is pretty cool, and Maria Sansone has all the pizzazz of Amanda Congdon, the ousted hostess with the mostest of the comedy web videoblog "Rocketboom."

To do Wednesday: Ministry, movie

Ministry, the industrial hard rock band, performs tonight at the Clear Channel Metroplex starting at 8 p.m.

Or maybe, you can't beat the heat

A transformer failed at Entergy's Mabelvale substation. That, combined with scorching temps, has prompted the electric utility to urge people in the LR area to cut back on electricity usage today.

And speaking of hot

The hijinks have begun in the sheriff's race. Republican candidate Dewayne Graham has notified everyone from local press to an Arizona sheriff that he didn't like the way outgoing Sheriff Randy Johnson spoke to him last week at a meeting of a group studying the jail problem.

Local boy makes good

Just noticed an article in today's NY Times about George L. Jones, the new head of Borders Group, one of the nation's largest book retailers.

Wal-Mart law overturned

If you check our webpage for Fox 16 headlines (and of course you should) you'll have noticed the item about a federal judge in Maryland overturning the law requiring large employers (Wal-Mart was targeted) to spend more on health care.

Air Huck

We turn your attention to the Insider column in this week's Times, now on the web.

Special election tax vote

The Pulaski County Quorum Court voted 10-5 Tuesday to put a quarter-cent sales tax for the county jail before voters at a special election Sept. 12.
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