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July 19, 2007

Vol 5 • No 27

Huckabee cleared

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he can find then-Gov. Mike Huckabee broke no laws in destroying computer hard drives before he left office.

When a filibuster isn't a filibuster -- UPDATE

When Republicans do it. Tell me again about the liberal media.

Deadly robbery

LRPD says Ghazi Hammad, 38, was killed and his wife, Khadijah Awwad, 27, was wounded killed in an attempted robbery Tuesday night of a Sardis Road grocery.

West Memphis Three news

I forgot to plug Mara Leveritt's story in this issue of the Times. New evidence in the West Memphis Three murder case.

AQ is A-OK

Northwest Arkansas institution gets fried chicken right.

What's cooking, July 19

Conway restaurant may market Little Rock.

Huck's bucks

I have some sympathy for Mike Huckabee. Money isn’t the only way to compare presidential candidacies.

Writing the president

Sometimes it takes a young person to speak truth to power. Such was the case June 25, when 50 members of the 141-member class of 2007 Presidential Scholars delivered a hand-written note decrying America’s treatment of terrorism suspects to President Georg

Mike Poe gets new gig at Revolution

Pizza D'Action bartender Mike Poe has been hired on at Revolution, while Tre' Day gears up for fundraiser and Lucero prepares for a family picnic over Labor Day weekend.

GRIM Muzik mixtape, Widespread Panic concert

GRIM Muzik's new mixtape gets spun while some light gets shed on Widespread Panic's rainy day concert.

Editorial cartoon

New evidence in West Memphis murders

Reviving an investigation that ended 14 years ago, West Memphis police recently questioned the mother and stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of three 8-year-old boys murdered in 1993. Three teenagers were convicted of the killings.

Orval

Local acts Stacy Mackey, Runaway Planet play this week

Ted Ludwig Trio plays a Thursday night jazz gig at the Afterthought while the Travs begin an 11-day homestand; Friday night the B.E.A.T tour hits the Village, and on Saturday night stop by White Water Tavern for an acoustic set with Seth Baldy and Jonatha

Better than the book

The latest Harry Potter movie, much like the ones before it, proves tighter than the book on which it's based.

Small step

After Little Rock traded in mayor-council government for city-manager government in the ‘50s, Little Rock residents snickered at North Little Rock’s backwardness. Snickered even louder than usual, that is.

Watch the salt

Thumbs up for your alerting readers in your recent edition to the health risks of trans-fats. Thumbs down for the reverse as far as the risk of too much salt in the diet.

D(igital)-Day for broadcast

And a cartoon rapper critiques urban culture.

Hateful speech

In the second week of February, Cassandra and Edward Terry, an African-American couple, moved with their two children to the Country Club of Arkansas neighborhood in Maumelle. Cassandra, a mental health care professional, and Edward, a member of the A

G-force, Rumble at the River this week

A round up of the best bets this week includes: Beatles' cover band 1964...A Tribute, a tennis match between Sampras and McEnroe and an intimate show with the Boondogs for the AETN's "front row" series.

The week that was July 11-17

It was a good week for … SPINNING. Though he’s raised less money than all but one of the still-active Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee insisted he had “momentum.”

'Sicko' is boffo

A century has passed since the literary screeds of Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair moved government to protect consumers and workers from unfettered capitalism, and 45 years since Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” almost directly gave us th

Give a hoot

An e-mail from Fort Smith implores me to write about the issue by which Hooters, the restaurant showcasing youthful female anatomy, is coming to that famously conservative, family-values town.

Words

Just what is a frog-march?

Smart Talk

This week: Football coach pay and a hurried correction of a legislative mistake.

Huck's bucks

I have some sympathy for Mike Huckabee. Money isn’t the only way to compare presidential candidacies.

To-Do List podcast: Beatles fakers, Rocky Horror, g-force and more

Download here.Subscribe here.THURSDAY 7/19‘1964…THE TRIBUTE’8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$31.Look out, nostalgia fiends.

The bipartisan senator

More praise for Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker from Brummett. Yeah, he called off dogs on at least one powerful Democrat.

The perils of Republicans

The Republican presidential field shifts (link fixed) as no candidate can establish a clear lead.

The perils of Republicans

The Republican presidential field shifts (link fixed) as no candidate can establish a clear lead.

And let's hear from GOP candidates on this

President Bush will veto a bipartisan plan to expand health insurance for children.

History channel

Today's that meeting Education Director Ken James has scheduled with Tom Dillard of UA and others over historians' complaint that the new guidelines for teaching Arkansas history in public schools will diminsh the subject.

Worst. Presidency. Ever.

Think Progress assembles a mind-boggling list of the way the Bush administration has politicized government.

UALR beautification

Good news from UALR this morning. Thanks to private money, the university is undertaking a project to restore Coleman Creek where it crosses Asher Avenue to its natural state.

Oh, Oprah...

From Yahoo! Entertainment news, worthless drivel about Oprah and the death of her two year-old golden retriever, based on a story about the same in O Magazine.

What in the hell?

Note this entry was typed a few months ago, this recall is not recent and was for over heating not China Lead Paint stuff, anyway, I forgot to publish it, but here it is now...

Quick Fixes

With such busy lives, we always seem to be looking for meals that can be prepared quickly.

A dog's life

Being dog lovers at the Arkansas Blog, we're happy to pass along a new amenity for pooches.

A dog's life

Being dog lovers at the Arkansas Blog, we're happy to pass along a new amenity for pooches.

Death penalty

An activist group in Washington County visits with the local prosecuting attorney to attempt to persuade him not to seek the death penalty.

Kool-Aid pickles and okra

You want Kool-Aid pickles? John Edge writes about them in Salon, as well as eating with the KKK and okra.

The Mike and Lu show

UCA prez Lu Hardin made nice over Mike Huckabee in a conference call with reporters today.

The Griffen squabble

More today in the battle between the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission and Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen, whose speeches and writing on war and compassion and racism deeply offended James Badami, the former commission director who put the persecution of Griffen in motion.

BREAKING: Not guilty

A jury in Ozark has acquitted Kevin Jones of murder in the slaying of  his girlfriend Nona Dirksmeyer, 19, in Russellville.

Random thought

A second thought on UCA President Lu Hardin meeting the press today to tout Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy.

Random thought

A second thought on UCA President Lu Hardin meeting the press today to tout Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy.

This week's Gene Lyons

A reader calls to my attention that Gene Lyons' weekly column was missing from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week.

This week's Gene Lyons

A reader calls to my attention that Gene Lyons' weekly column was missing from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week.

That history meeting

David Pryor definitely added some heft to the case. Though, so far, Ed.

Ladies’ Night

Female MCs get their turn in the limelight.

Huckabee the uniter

Quoting from Stephens coverage of Lu Hardin's campaign appearance for Mike Huckabee and his praise of him as a uniter in work with the legislature:

The gender gap

Hillary Clinton -- and all Democratic candidates -- enjoy an edge among women, NY Times poll shows. Clinton's numbers apparently show some softeness among older women.

King George

Separation of powers? Federal statutues?

Blog watch

The new Arkansas TV blog -- Floaty Does TV News -- is off to a good and snarky start.

Information management

Funny item on a Tampa Tribune blog about an inadvertent release by the Florida governor's office:

The FOI takes a blow

The Arkansas Supreme Court, split 4-3, today dealt a body blow to the state Freedom of Information Act.

Da mayor

An update on the campaign to increase mayoral powers through a ballot initiative that will be before Little Rock voters at a special election Aug. 14.

Da mayor

An update on the campaign to increase mayoral powers through a ballot initiative that will be before Little Rock voters at a special election Aug. 14.

Hillary shows cleavage

  And though it was just a hint on C-SPAN, the Washington Post has it covered from every possible angle, except upskirt, and highlights the story on the front of its feature section.

Beebe appoints

Gov. Mike Beebe's appointments today included a couple of replacements on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

IT IS TIME!

It's here, it's finally here, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, tonight at midnight....it's here, the end is nigh...HARRY 3:16......

Young Republican Chickenhawks

Go to this site. Click on the video.

Griffen seeks justice

Not finding much respect for the U.S. Constitution at the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen has turned to the federal court.

Another homicide

Add another homicide to LR's total. Bleeding from a head wound, Everett Williams, 27, of Biscoe was found by an ATM machine at the Metropolitan bank branch in the 5600 block of South University about 3 a.m.

Another homicide

Add another homicide to LR's total. Bleeding from a head wound, Everett Williams, 27, of Biscoe was found by an ATM machine at the Metropolitan bank branch in the 5600 block of South University about 3 a.m.

Wanna Salsa?

Lets talk Salsa.  My favorite is at Taqueria Karina on 65th.  Hot, spicy, and never the same twice, I just love the stuff.  It's too spicy for the wife, so she usually orders some cheese dip or guacamole (both delish).  Another place that we've discovered that has great free chips and salsa is Mariscos de Sinaloa on Baseline Road, near Geyer Springs.  You get both a spicy green jalepeno salsa and a milder red salsa (pictured above).  Although I suspect that the heat changes daily as it does at Taqueria Karina.  Both are fresh and zesty.  The food here ain't too shabby either, but thats for another post. 

Wanna Salsa?

Lets talk Salsa.  My favorite is at Taqueria Karina on 65th.  Hot, spicy, and never the same twice, I just love the stuff.  It's too spicy for the wife, so she usually orders some cheese dip or guacamole (both delish).  Another place that we've discovered that has great free chips and salsa is Mariscos de Sinaloa on Baseline Road, near Geyer Springs.  You get both a spicy green jalepeno salsa and a milder red salsa (pictured above).  Although I suspect that the heat changes daily as it does at Taqueria Karina.  Both are fresh and zesty.  The food here ain't too shabby either, but thats for another post. 

The city manager is safe

Re the election on mayoral powers and some citizen comments at a public hearing last night that the change could somehow jeopardize the popular city manager Bruce Moore (which I don't credit by the way): This statement was issued Friday: Statement from Little City Directors Kumpuris, Hurst, Keck, Cazort, Fortson, Wright and Mayor Stodola

Why not?

An open line.

Why not?

An open line.

Arkansas Flickr Friday

This Week's Theme:  Those great old barns that criss-cross our state...the ones that are being maintained, the ones that are losing the battle, and the ones that are being reclaimed by Nature.  These structures seem to fascinate photographers, and we have no shortage of such images from photographers in our fair state.  Oh, and rest assured that this is one of the only times that a "Flickr Friday" will contain so many of my own photos--I just happen to have a soft place in my heart for these dilapidated old barns.  Please click on each individual photo for more information."Leaning Barn" by ninjapoodles

A rave from Cabot

Belinda, over at our community blog Ninja Poodles Local, is over the moon about the Daily Grind, a new place in Cabot.

Just what the world needs ...

Amen to John Brummett, who writes that, in so many words, that a new lobbying association for colleges and its new lobbyist, the previously unemployed legislator Tim Wooldridge, are just about as useful as teats on a boar Razorback.

Bonefish Grill

The Bonefish Grill, a chain seafood restaurant, has opened in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center and we tried it last night.

Blade slinging

Roby Brock's Talk Business notes that it looks like nearby Texas is primed to be a big market for the windmill blade plant coming to Little Rock.

Personal business

I still beg to differ -- despite legal opinions to the contrary in the newspaper today -- with the notion that Friday's Supreme Court decision in the Quillin e-mail case isn't a blow to the Freedom of Information Act.

Personal business

I still beg to differ -- despite legal opinions to the contrary in the newspaper today -- with the notion that Friday's Supreme Court decision in the Quillin e-mail case isn't a blow to the Freedom of Information Act.

Free speech for judges

This is not a directly analagous case. But check this 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the censure of a judge in Texas.

Saturday slacking

Y'all take over.

Is Huck ready in Iowa?

Aaron Sadler of Stephens Media gets different points of view. And speaking of Huckabee, John Brummett today reviews the great hard-drive smashup of the final days of his governorship.

Crime and football

The New York Times today features a Texarkana, Texas rape case. The suspect is now a star football player at Oklahoma State, linebacker Chris Collins.

None of the above

Rep. Steve Harrelson blogs about a piece of Massachusetts legislation providing a "none of the above" option in elections.

Sunday night

Call it an open line. We just had "taco truck" dinner.

Sunday night

Call it an open line. We just had "taco truck" dinner.

Executions in Arkansas -- UPDATE

A lawsuit is in the mail for filing in the federal court in Pine Bluff to make the Arkansas Correction Department open the execution process from beginning to end.

Guess the Taco Truck

Hint #1- Thats a Chicken Burrito for $4.50, and it's HUGE and delicious.  It has lettuce, tomatoes, rice, beans, chicken, and sauce all rolled up in a flour tortilla.  It comes with a verde sauce on the side.

Guess the Taco Truck

Hint #1- Thats a Chicken Burrito for $4.50, and it's HUGE and delicious.  It has lettuce, tomatoes, rice, beans, chicken, and sauce all rolled up in a flour tortilla.  It comes with a verde sauce on the side.

Prosecute Vitter

How is that David Vitter gets a free pass to go back to work and the woman who supplied him sexual services faces criminal charges:?

Off to Philly

The American Legislative Exchange Council meets this week in Philadelphia. It's a conservative answer to non-partisan legislative research and education organizations.

Full and fair investigation

The Evening Times of West Memphis has a story today following Mara Leveritt's report on DNA evidence in the West Memphis Three murder case.

Takin' over radio

Test

Bush's surge

He's surging to a new low approval rating -- 25 percent.

Why wait for approval?

Though the state Public Service Commission is stilll considering a permit request for a new SWEPCO coal-burning power plant in Southwest Arkansas, it would appear from ongoing work that the company thinks approval is just a formality.

Just say no to abstinence-only sex ed

I missed this yesterday. Anothe reason to remember the Clinton years fondly.

Just say no to abstinence-only sex ed

I missed this yesterday. Anothe reason to remember the Clinton years fondly.

Huckabee money watch

Mike Huckabee's Hope for America PAC, which he set up to do a little presidential-water testing and then found that it couldn't be used for that purpose, has about $118,000 sitting in the bank according to a report filed a few days ago. He can use it to support other political candidates, but so far has resisted the temptation.

Pathetic bunch of pygmies

That's the assessment of the Republican presidential field by that giant statesman, Newt Gingrich.

Why did Tim Wooldridge get a $150,000 job?

This remains the political puzzler of the moment: Why a thrashed candidate for a lowly state office who had, at best, a so-so rep as a state legislator, emerges as the richly paid chief of a new lobbying organization for most state universities.

School scuffle

There are legal filings galore in advance of Friday's hearing before Judge Tim Fox on the illegal exaction complaint leveled over the contract buyout of LR School Superintendent Roy Brooks.

School scuffle

There are legal filings galore in advance of Friday's hearing before Judge Tim Fox on the illegal exaction complaint leveled over the contract buyout of LR School Superintendent Roy Brooks.

You're invited

Well, maybe you weren't. But there's a fund-raiser at Cotham's in the City Thursday ($100 minimum requested) for the campaign to strengthen the LR mayor's powers.

James Lee Witt under the microscope -- UPDATE

NBC reports today results of eight months of looking into the billings by Arkansas native and former FEMA chief James Lee Witt's consulting firm for handling Hurricane Katrina work in Louisiana.

Need A Cool, Fun, Delicious Diversion?

Intended at first for kids out of school for summer, but you could probably divert anyone with this.  Bella and I tried our hands at homemade ice cream this evening.  We made vanilla-Heath "blizzards," and they were great.  Best part?  Took 5 minutes, start to finish.  More details are over here, but the basics are just milk, vanilla, and sugar in a zip bag, shaken for a few minutes (4, for us) inside a larger bag containing ice and rock salt.  Try it!  If nothing else, it will distract you from HARRY POTTER for five minutes.  Sheesh.

Michael Moore on Huckabee

Here's a transcript of Michael Moore on "Hardball." Scroll down for his comments on Mike Huckabee's attack on the filmmaker.

Arkansas history -- UPDATE

John Brummett recites many of the sorts of things Arkansas students should learn about Arkansas history.

The YouTube debate

Anybody watch? Here's a transcript.

The Blogosphere: Belly dancing in Levy

The Levy Project continues to set the gold standard for coverage of the North Little Rock Council.

Alltel deal progress

Talk Business reports on Alltel proxy leading toward stockholders meeting on proposed buyout. News: settlement of shareholder suits challenging the deal.

Funny business -- UPDATE II

Amid persistent rumors that a state audit is nearing completion of Judge Willard Proctor's curious Cycle Breakers probation program, comes this  resolution for Quorum Court consideration, written by Proctor and sponsored by JP Mary Louise Williams.

Funny business -- UPDATE II

Amid persistent rumors that a state audit is nearing completion of Judge Willard Proctor's curious Cycle Breakers probation program, comes this  resolution for Quorum Court consideration, written by Proctor and sponsored by JP Mary Louise Williams.

How hot is it?

Two degrees hotter than average in Little Rock and Fort Smith in 2006, says the Sierra Club and U.S. PIRG, drawing on a national report available here.

How hot is it?

Two degrees hotter than average in Little Rock and Fort Smith in 2006, says the Sierra Club and U.S. PIRG, drawing on a national report available here.

Then and now

June 27, 2006 Governor Huckabee, who is continuing his economic mission to Asia, has met with Sanyo executives in Osaka, Japan.

Impeach Gonzales

And don't forget the president, Cheney.

Everything new is old

Juanita Broaddrick is involved in the Democratic presidential campaign. No, of course not for Sen. Clinton.

Intra-county rivalry

Noticed the advertising by the Pulaski County Special School District lately? Times intern Maggie Searcy has a report:

Intra-county rivalry

Noticed the advertising by the Pulaski County Special School District lately? Times intern Maggie Searcy has a report:

Late afternoon time-killers

Excuses, excuses: Meetings and deadlines have held us back for a minute here at Rock Candy, but we're ready to hop back on the grind.First off, four ways to waste away your last little bit of work.1.

I think I'm with them

Poll says most Americans would like a single national presidential primary day. Southerners, particularly, think Iowa and New Hampshire have too much influence.

Come back, Beavis and Butthead

  Damn. And I thought Rockst*r's video had it all.

Loretta Lynn to Robinson

The coal miner's daughter comes to Robinson on Saturday, November 24. Tickets go on sale in September.

Berry good news

Arkansas gets good attention in today's New York Times' dining section. The University of Arkansas's development of sweeter strains of blackberries has spurred more planting and year-round availability of this prime cobbler ingredient.

ACLU suit filed -- UPDATE

The ACLU lawsuit to open all the steps of an Arkansas execution has now been filed.

Hip-hopping at Philander

Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Philander Smith College's vigorous president, had a group in for lunch today to review progress since he came to town almost three years ago.

Boondoggery

Tonight, in Conway at AETN headquarters on Donaghey, the Boondogs will tape an episode of "Front Row."

Contemptible

Of course Bush aides -- not to mention Al "The Torturer" -- should be held in contempt of Congress.

Campaign swing

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will bring her presidential campaign to Arkansas Aug. 20 with a round of appearances public and private in Fayetteville and Little Rock.

Kanye, 607 and Fiona

Who knew another rapper beyond 607 loves Fiona Apple? Everybody's favorite globe-trotting MC has long called Apple his favorite musician; in fact, she's been atop his friend list on myspace for damn near ever.

Huckabee's congressional leader

Is Rep. Don Young of Alaska, builder of the bridge to nowhwere and apparently under criminal investigation.

Anticipating Jim Henson

The New York Times has a piece today about a big donation of Jim Henson puppets to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

No parking in NLR

I had the same thought earlier, but the hustling Matilda in NLR got there firstest with the mostest.
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