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July 14, 2005

Vol 3 • No 26

Calling Kenneth Starr

President Bush and Karl Rove can thank their lucky stars that the independent counsel law expired and that Kenneth Starr is not on their case. Bush would be in the impeachment dock and Rove almost certainly headed out of government if not to prison.

Editorial cartoon July 14

Orval July 14

Letters July 14

Re Mara Leveritt’s article on the shopping center proposed for Dark Hollow in North Little Rock: When I worked for Metroplan, I wrote a part of the 208 water quality plan for Pulaski and Saline counties in the ’70s. One thing I learned is that wetlands of

The WAI-ve of the future

We’re about to embark on a new method of Arkansas Times entertainment news delivery. Beginning Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m., WAI ( will premiere a show with yours truly as host. Much was still being worked out as I was writing

Rocking the blues

Frank “Son” Seals was born Aug. 14, 1942, in a house behind a long-running Osceola juke joint called the Dipsy-Doodle. It was owned by his father, Jim Seals, who was known around Mississippi County as “Son.” Frank, the youngest of 13 children, was called

This Modern World July 14

Controversial crew

Before there were the modern crunk music artists like David Banner and Lil’ Jon, 2 Live Crew was causing controversy regarding censorship of “explicit lyrics” in the late ’80s and ’90s. Most of us can remember, fondly or otherwise, such 2 Live Crew hits a

TV highlights

NOVA: MARS, DEAD OR ALIVE? 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) What with Steven Spielberg resurrecting the monstrous mechanized minions of Mars for his summer blockbuster “War of the Worlds,” it might be a good time to loo

More picks July 14-20

The Arkansas Times Movies in the Park returns Wednesday, July 20, at Riverfest Amphitheatre with the 1985 Michael J. Fox hit “Back to the Future.” Gates open at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Coolers, picnics, chairs, blankets, Frisbees, footballs and the

Smart Talk July 14

Pulaski County banks do a poor job of providing home loans to minority neighborhoods and low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods, according to a study by Pulaski County ACORN based on data obtained under the 2003 federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

The week that was July 6-12

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … CLEAN AIR. A petition drive to force a vote on Pine Bluff’s new smoking ban failed.

Words July 14

Once we civilized ‘em with a Krag. Now we euphemize ‘em with a Glock: “He said in the report that he pepper-sprayed the dog but ‘before I made it to the door I was met again by the dog, who was running towards me and had full intentions of attac

Pretty is as pretty does

We shouldn’t think small when it comes to urban planning. Look around your neighborhood and consider what you would like to see there — and what you would like not to see anymore. Along those lines, I put together a short list of fantasies about downto

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: J's Place. Capsule review: Sonic.

Drink up, eat well in Conway

CONWAY -- Maybe our priorities are out of order, but if we lived in a dry county, we’d accept mediocre food at a restaurant if we got to order a glass of wine to go with it.

The Observer July 14

The Observer was driving along Cantrell Road on a Saturday morning when we saw a group of young, attractive and not over-dressed young ladies, evidently from a local high school, waving signs and yelling at us. Well, not only at The Observer, to be truthf

The Insider July 14

Little Rock officials seem resigned to the fact that North Little Rock voters will approve a sales tax Aug. 9 to build a new home there for the Arkansas Travelers, leaving Little Rock to decide what to do with a vacant Ray Winder Field.

Hurl this

Q. Baseball really sucks this year. Thank the Lord it’s only two months till football. I think this might finally be the Razorbacks’ year. What do you think? A. I think you obviously sent this question to the wrong columnist. The sports editor of t

Cut-rate bridal gowns

Now that June and its attendant bumper crop of brides are through, it’s time for the next round of blushing fiancées to step to the forefront. Proposals Bridal Boutique is laying out the welcome mat in a serious way this Friday and Saturday, July 15-16.

Watch the borders

Do you remember that President Bush said that we had to invade Iraq before Saddam started attacking us and other democratic nations with his super powerful bombs? Well, we did it, but we didn’t find any of the bombs, and, in fact, the British told us r

Cries in the night

Somebody needs to take away David Broder’s computer or Eversharp or whatever implement he commits punditry with before he blathers again, as in a recent column suggesting that Asa Hutchinson would be a nice mainstream nominee for the United States Sup

Not so ‘Fantastic’

When they make a movie out of the “Fantastic Four,” the comic-book-turned-into-a movie genre has finally hit rock bottom. Let’s face it: “Fantastic Four” might be the corniest comic book series going, and it doesn’t make a much better movie.

Dumb and dumber

“Dumb and Dumber” is a movie rated PG-13 for its off-color humor. It may be shown at Arkansas Governor’s School. But these mostly 17-year-olds may not be assigned “Angels in America,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tony Kushner. It’s a two-part

Chief concern

While the chief of the Little Rock Fire Department said the department’s investigation is not looking to “fix blame” in the deaths of two women during a May 5 blaze at Cumberland Towers, she said fire officials are moving to try and make sure it doesn’t h

Souls sold in whole or in part

For the moment, Arkansas politics remains decided by the state’s static white rural culture.

Jazzing it up

Steve Davison, himself one of Arkansas’s best musicians, calls Claudia Burson “a state treasure.” For many in Central Arkansas, she may be an undiscovered one, as the Fayetteville jazz pianist and instructor only rarely gets to these parts, usually playin

Wild about Harry Potter

Bookstores throughout Arkansas will be getting into the Harry Potter spirit with the release of the newest J.K. Rowling-penned novel, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” this weekend. Potter parties will begin on Friday, July 15, at most stores, and

Taylor goes for the title

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas to see Arkansan Jermain Taylor fight Bernard Hopkins for the world middleweight boxing championship on Saturday, July 16, there are some local alternatives where you can join in with other fans.

Devils with the details

CORRECTION APPENDED: Real change comes from the ground up, by folks willing to take on the city, the county and the state when business threatens to trample their interests. These are people who make the rounds of commission meetings every month, keep

Rockefeller out of governor's race

Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller announced Tuesday afternoon, July 19, that he’s dropping out of the governor’s race because he needs a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood cancer that often leads to leukemia.

The Insider July 21

The Democrat-Gazette carried a long article Tuesday about some of the many people, including members of the Little Rock City Board, interested in a race for mayor -- particularly if Jim Dailey decides not to run for another term.