A survey of the southwest Little Rock delicacy.
Vol 36 • No 45
I love my job as photographer for the Arkansas Times, particularly when I get a dream assignment like shooting and eating at 13 taco trucks.
A guide for negotiating the world of taco trucks.
News release this morning from Sen. Lincoln's office on jump. She says it's time to protect farmers.
AFSCME wants note for the record that the Little Rock employees it represents, notably including sanitation workers, have agreed to give up a 3 percent pay raise this year and take 40 hours of additional time off instead.
Police release picture of suspect in arson at Phil Delta Gamma fraternity house.
The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees today hired William Funk and Associates of Dallas to conduct the search for a new president of the University of Arkansas.
Readers, start your writing engines. (PS — I'm still in New York, but checking in as I'm able.
This week's A&E section marks the debut of a bi-weekly column by local screenwriter/man of wide knowledge Graham Gordy.
Benson's Grill in Fort Smith is one of those places that you go to for the experience. Being open 24 hours a day doesn't hurt.
Led Zeppelin vocalist performs at Robinson on Thursday.
Won't apologize for giving Creator his due.
Police stepping it up, but say crime is down.
'Go Hawaiian,' 'Fish,' 'Bad Girl' in watercolor show at ASI.
This week, I found myself removed from the daily news business and reading stories from afar, wishing I could pursue some more answers to questions raised by some of the big news stories of the day.
'Gilligan' themed bar is sturdy.
Dustin McDaniel seems to believe that the attorney general is supposed to blunder around talking nonsense. He's misguided. The state's top lawyer should be a level-headed sort.
Nietzsche said, "Nostalgia is the blank check issued to a weak mind," and if he were alive, based solely on that quotation, I think he would be really pissed that Hollywood remade "The A-Team" as a film this summer.
"A fiscal Frankenstein"; so said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) about the health care bill passed by the Congress. Soulmate Republicans echoed his warning, predicting budgetary doom.
Corey Smith, Brian Frazier, Benjamin Del Shreve and more.
Secure Arkansas's poor arithmetic apparently will not be penalized.
Another q-and-a with the moonbat guru Assmunch.
Please explain exactly how an industry that would clear the woods of southern Arkansas by the square mile (cover story July 1) and dump the product in a blender could be considered "green."
'Predators' reinvigorates the franchise.
It's a good thing this column is written anonymously, because what The Observer has to say is going to make some people real mad.
AOL caught up last week with Jessie Lunderby, the 21-year-old Washington County jailer suspended from her Fayetteville job because she posed nude on Playboy.com in June. She told AOL she'd take off all over again. "My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner."
A survey of the southwest Little Rock delicacy.
HSDFI Summer Film Series, 'Voices at the River II,' 'Hair,' Little Rock Fashion Week, Jeff Dunham, WWE Smackdown, James McMurtry and Malcolm Holcombe.
Good week: Pulaski County Teachers, Arkansas students, Arkansas motorists, compromise. Bad week: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, the unemployed, the anti-alien movement, Helena-West Helena city government.
If you have a lot of disposable income and appreciate a good heirloom tomato, it doesn't get much better than this: At his Garden Home Retreat outside of Little Rock, P. Allen Smith hosts the second annual Tale of Two Farms Heirloom Tomato Festival on Saturday, July 24.
How much off the Chairman Mao shirts?
Documents released from Senate committee talks on Vietnam in 1964. Sen. J. William Fulbright's words are just as pertinent today.
Rave is hosting a free screening of the new Jay Roach comedy starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement and Zach Galifianakis on July 27.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln
HSDFI SUMMER FILM SERIES6 p.m., Malco Theater. Donations.
Jessie Lunderby, the 21-year-old Washington County jailer who was suspended from her job after she posed nude on Playboy.com, has been fired.
That's Hailey Steinfeld as Mattie Ross with the braids. The Coens' "True Grit" is out Christmas Day.
Self-made country-flecked pop phenom Corey Smith plays Riverfest Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., $15-$25. The poppy country and western of the Aaron Owens Band heads to Electric Cowboy, 10 p.m., $5.
The legendary Led Zeppelin vocalist comes to town with a reconstituted Band of Joy on Thursday.
Tonight, the ACAC presents "Six Threads: A Fashion Exhibition," featuring the work of Kali Empl, Lilia Fernandez, Jennifer Perren, Rachel Tanner, Trisha Timmerman and Kalari Turner.
Why no posts here. We are having technical difficulties.
But the oil from the BP well in the Gulf is not! Video on CNN.
Fatal shooting this afternoon in the Conway Police Department parking lot. Log Cabin Democrat details here.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln had a right to crow, and did, after the Senate passed the Wall Street reform bill she helped write, on a party-line vote of 60 to 39:"Today, American families and small businesses are still managing the consequences of the reckless behavior that occurred on Wall Street and nearly led to our economic collapse.
For several days, I'd been finding an improperly recorded message on my answering machine at home.
I haven't seen the Arkansas papers, so I don't know what attention this story has received in the land of Secure Arkansas just yet.
A Van Buren High chemistry teacher has been arrested for having sex with a male student.
Gov. Mike Beebe's monthly campaign report remains strong: The Mike Beebe for Governor campaign will file its monthly financial report with the Secretary of State’s Office today for the month of June.
Quarterly reports today fom candidates for 2nd District Congress — Democrat Joyce Elliott and Republican Tim Griffin.
Take it away. Sorry for the technical difficulties today.
Today, the City of Little and Keep Little Rock Beautiful unveiled new trash containers designed to hold cigarette butts.
Sisters Gourmet Bistro in Van Buren has quite possibly the best grilled cheese sandwich I have ever eaten.
Robert Plant is 61. He's been singing and touring around internationally—and, presumably, enjoying the life style that comes with that—for more than 40 years.
Between his solid opening round and the loud pants, Arkansas golfer John Daly drew a lot of notice at the British Open yesterday.
Good column by Paul Krugman this morning. It's about the blatant hypocrisy and dishonesty in Republicans' talk about deficit.
Good editorial in Ozarks Unbound on the firing of the Washington County jail deputy who posed nude for Playboy. Compare with other disciplinary actions in the sheriff's ranks.
Local TV is all over a chase on I-30 eastbound that ended with the crash of what some are describing as a suspected stolen vehicle in southwest Little Rock, west of the I-430 interchange.
If you've ever complained about the lack of contemporary drama at The Rep, this is your ticket.
Taking "Hair" for granted as a simple, cheesy holdover from the '60s might be a mistake.
ast year, we wrote critically about the inaugural Little Rock Fashion Week. Organizer/founder Brandon Campbell seemed to be practicing the inverse of the Mike Beebe doctrine: He over-promised (celebrities, crowds, atmosphere) and under-delivered (on all those counts). But, to his credit, he's back for year two with a full slate of events.
June was a record month for suicides among active duty, Guard and Reserve troops.
Local musician Eric Morris' new tattoo made it on Ugliest Tattoos, a website that's a fantastic way to pass the time on a slow Friday.
Christopher Spencer of Ozarks Unbound has a story on Matt Miller, new gallery owner in Fayetteville.
Filed so far at the Pulaski County Clerk's Office: Danny Gililland for re-election to Position 5 on the Pulaski County School Board (one of board members that a petition drive seeks to unseat), and Dorothy Williams, for re-election to Zone 1 on the North Little Rock School Board.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln pounced on her Republican opponent Rep. John Boozman's demand for more stimulus money for water projects in a presentation he gave yesterday (see jump).
FRIDAY 7/16 Local melodic songwriter Brian Frazier takes an outing to Sticky Fingerz, backed by Action Figures and supported by the California pop of Young the Giant and moody bedroom rockers This Holy House, 9 p.m., $6.
If you signed up for AT&T's cable platform, UVerse, without realizing that AMC, increasingly one of the finest cable channels, isn't available on the platform in Arkansas and have been cursing UVerse ever since, well, continue your cursing until further notice.
Prosecutors have released tapes of the 911 calls made the day West Memphis police officers Bill Evans and Brandon Paudert were killed on a freeway exit by anti-government activists Jerry and Joe Kane.
Pat Lycnh posts a video clip of Dick "Toesucker" Morris during a teabagger rally at a Little Rock pizza joint yesterday.
Last year, Forbes listed ventriloquist Jeff Dunham as the third highest-earning comedian in the U.S., behind Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.
We're trying to get more details, but a lawsuit was filed today in Pulaski Circuit Court challenging apparently any personal use of state-provided vehicles.
I'm bowing out today with this photography by Brian Chilson of Gov. Beebe at this afternoon's ceremony to rename the state Democratic Headquarters for director Bill Gwatney, who was fatally shot there nearly two years ago.
If you're feeling aimless this weekend, there's always the Immersed in Ink fest going on at the Statehouse Convention Center.
The line is open. My plan is head to airport for a plane back home to LR about 5:30 a.m.
John Brummett this morning takes Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet to task for Keet's charge that Gov. Beebe is a profligate spender who has wasted a $930 million state surplus.
Washington Post columnist skewers the latest Tea Party-Palin-wingnut meme: That the Obama administration is the second coming of the Third Reich Hah.
Remember Harry Ray Coleman? He's a Tennessee investor who's active in farm dealings in Arkansas who dropped out a fund-raiser for congressional candidate Chad Causey after we reported his appearance on the police blotter in the Memphis newspaper.
Nicky Bacon, the Arkansas native who received the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam and later served as head of the state veterans affairs agency, died today.
I finally made it home. All's well that ends well.
Not even Bill O'Reilly defends the brutish Mel Gibson nowadays. But Frank Rich usefully takes us back a few years when Gibson's anti-semitic "The Passion of the Christ" was riding high and the "war on Christianity" was a popular Fox theme of the day.
Cleaning up missed mail from my week in New York, I came across this photo from John Robinson of the National Weather Service.
Alyse Eady of Fort Smith was crowned Miss Arkansas 2010 last night in Hot Springs.
When she's right, she's right. That would be Maureen Dowd, writing forcefully, directly and without a drop of her customary cutesiness, about the Catholic Church's wholly unacceptable response to the priest abuse crisis.
Mighty Martha Shoffner, the state treasurer, alone among incumbents escaped a challenger at the close of party filing for office this year. Might she have an opponent after all?
Here's a place for them. Good string list night on puddling moments.
Roby Brock's Talk Business releases poll data in which John Boozman maintains a wide lead over Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
John Brummett writes that Sharron Angle, the Republican challenger to Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, honestly reveals mainstream Republican thought.
Ignore the pundits, Paul Krugman writes. Election success depends on how voters feel about the economy.
Read this. It's about the removal of an extraordinary Vermont school principal, her job traded for federal dollars.
The Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas expects to enroll almost 21,000 students this fall, including a record number of freshmen.
This investigative report by the Washington Post's Dana Priest should be the talker for many days to come.
Add Audubon Arkansas and the Sierra Club to those seeking a federal court order to halt construction of the American Electric Power coal-burning plant in Hempstead County.
This weekend, enjoy a celebration of Arkansas heirloom tomatoes, California wines and the talents of the chef from America's first farm-to-table at the Tale of Two Farms Heirloom Tomato Festival.
Dawn Jackson, the Pulaski School District blogger who's a font of information about the Pulaski School Board's ongoing dispute with the teachers union and reports now and then on questionable acts by certain School Board members, reports that there will be a contest for the District 4 seat on the board, held by anti-union board member Charlie Wood.
I'll try to remember to add a link later when the report is posted, but word comes of a news conference today on risks of water shortages in 14 states, including Arkansas.
News today of an acquisition in the ad world: Stone Ward has acquired The Allison Agency of Little Rock.
The local mobile food cart business goes beyond taco trucks, of course. For going on two months now, photographer Michael Juiliano has been serving up all-beef hot dogs all over town from his mobile stand.
Tony Dow, aka Wally Cleaver, is showing his bronzes through Stephano's Fine Art.
The Benton Courier notes that almost a half-million dollars was spent in primary races for the state Senate seat being vacated by term-limited Shane Broadway.
It's not rare for an episodic hour-long drama that's built up a lot mythology to take on six story lines in one epsido, but because 'True Blood' veers so often from slapstick to drama to horror to soap-opera-style romance, the tonal shifts often feel really, really jarring.
With a vote tomorrow, President Obama is highlighting the Republican Party's opposition to extension of unemployment benefits.Locally, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is highlighting Rep. John Boozman's vote against helping the long-term unemployed.
I mentioned Sunday that former legislator Bobby Tullis of Mineral Springs was exploring a race for state treasurer against currently unopposed incumbent Martha Shoffner, as a Green Party candidate.
A Little Rock law firm has announced a proposed $562,000 settlement of a lawsuit by the estate of Bobby Joe Rylee, who died of injuries in an arrest by Russellville police in 2006.
For today's consideration: * The video above shows how supporters of a Palin-backed candidate for U.S. Senate in Alaska come equipped for a political parade.
Clarence Harold Smith, a former Newton County judge, pleaded guilty in federal court in Harrison today to a charge of mail fraud.
The Justice Department has announced that five people have received prison sentences in western Arkansas and forfeited some $1.8 million in cash and property for employing undocumented immigrants as poultry industry labor.
Your turn. This is late, but it's never too late to issue a reminder about the danger of using a cell phone while driving.
Remember Sally Kern, the Arkansas native and Oklahoma legislator who's made headlines for some fairly outlandish comment on homosexuality and other social issues, has an election opponent this year.
The Senate, with Democrats again able to muster 60 votes, will pass an extension of unemployment benefits today.
Interesting to read that former Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee, conservative, tight-fisted Republican, has asked the Quorum Court to pay his attorney Asa Hutchinson — another putative tight-fisted conservative Republican — a whopping $73,000 for defending Bisbee against misdemeanor charges for serial unethical behavior as county judge.
'WWE Smackdown!' comes to Verizon Arena.
JAMES McMURTRY9 p.m., Juanita's. $13.
Freedom of assembly and worship? Nice ideas in our Contitution.
The unemployment rate in Arkansas dropped from 7.5 to 7.3 percent in June.
The right-wing echo chamber has been beating the drums for a couple of days now about a supposedly racist (black) USDA worker, promptly sacked by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the strength of Fox reporting of her supposedly offensive remarks.
Talking Points Memo roughs up Sen. Blanche Lincoln for responding to a poll showing her down by 25 to John Boozman by releasing an internal poll that shows her ONLY down by nine.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today endorsed Elena Kagan's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. She got one Republican vote, Lindsey Graham's.
The Arkansas Arts Center has informed the Little Rock Police Department that an audit it performed indicated that Rocky Nickles, fired in February from his job as deputy director of operations, used the Arts Center's credit card for personal expenses.
News as it happens from KATV's Angela Rachels on Twitter: US Bank Robbery. Man jumps in AR River.
El Paso teenybop grrrl-rockers Atomic Pink take their shred-heavy trio sound to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $4.
The U.S. Senate passed the extension of unemployment benefits today with the bare 60 votes required.
The state Insurance Department announced today that Arkansans can begin applying Aug. 1 for the new pre-existing condition insurance plan required by new federal health legislation.
Any Republican would be better than whore-hopping Sen. David Vitter right? Particularly if he's a former justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, right?
This breaking news headline just out on Log Cabin Democrat in Conway: Football Coach Clint Conque admits to 'inappropriate relationship,' will remain as UCA coach
Sorry folks. More Internet connectivity problems at the Times today.
Little Rock City Director Michael Keck distributed a statement today that he read at the City Board meeting.
It's not smart to draw conclusions from newspaper coverage of criminal trials. You just don't see everything a jury sees or hear every bit of evidence.
Starlite Diner to return; Igibon still open; Taj Mahal on the way; Russellville has a new Italian place and Fort Smith sees the return of a local joint.
Little Rock will extend the summer swimming season at city pools.
The city of Clarksville, unable so far to run an adult book and movie store out of town by zoning artifice, has sicced the cops on the X-Mart Adult Supercenter.
There will be a charge to see "The Art Show," and Michelle Renee explains why.
When Malcolm Holcombe gets in his mesmerizing, stomping groove, a cavalcade of idiosyncrasies blasts out of him in full effect.
President Obama today signed financial reform legislation, another biggie to add to health reform. I don't see her in the NY Times photo, but it was reported elsewhere that the president gave a shout-out to Sen. Blanche Lincoln for her role in the legislation.
John Corbett, star of "Northern Exposure" and "Sex and the City," is slated to act as next year's celebrity grand marshal for Hot Springs' annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Movies in the Park returns with one of the funniest movies of the last few years, "Wedding Crashers."