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July 20, 2006

Vol 4 • No 27

Suffer the children

A chance airplane malfunction opens the door to the high-dollar world of children's mental health services, a public service influenced by large political contributions.

Sympathy for Richards

The talker of the day has to be Seth Blomeley's story in the Democrat-Gazette. It reveals that The Huckster has taken it upon himself to cook up a pardon for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards on his fabled reckless driving arrest in Fordyce in 1975.

Stonewalled

Warwick last week reported on Mike Beebe's repudiation of the Stonewall Democrats, not wishing to be associated with the gay rights group.

Hog Heaven

There's one national ranking in which Arkansas has few peers. That would be in the quality of athletic facilities at the flagship university.

Beat the heat

If you live in LR and don't want to fight the heat and parking to attend the legislative memorial service at the Capitol today for Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, be advised that Comcast will be carrying the service on Channel 18 starting at 5 p.m.

He did it

As promised, Bush vetoed legislation to expand federal stem cell research. Sens. Pryor and Lincoln had voted for the bill.

Tour de Rod

Rod Bryan, the independent candidate for governor, says he'll be issuing one-sheet summaries of policy initiatives weekly for the duration of the campaign.

Air Huck

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

Speaking of Huckstering

Readers file a couple of points on today's Huckstering: One cites Reuters coverage of the Keith Richards pardon and the guv's response to the question of whether anyone  objected to his action (other than a few of the gazillion other traffic violators whose own driving records for infractions equally small haven't received the guv's personal attention):

Speaking of Huckstering

Readers file a couple of points on today's Huckstering: One cites Reuters coverage of the Keith Richards pardon and the guv's response to the question of whether anyone  objected to his action (other than a few of the gazillion other traffic violators whose own driving records for infractions equally small haven't received the guv's personal attention):

Words

Bick Satterfield wonders why “e-mail” is treated differently than “mail.”

The Observer

When The Observer was 17 years old or so, she won a National Merit Scholarship funded by, as she remembers, the Rockefellers. She doesn’t know whether it was through the foundation (this was the early ’70s) or through some other extension of their philant

TV highlights, Dec. 21-31

BREAKING BONADUCE MARATHON, NOVA: UNDERWATER DREAM MACHINE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS MARATHON

Reward the good guys

In theory, the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion 30 years ago would not be an issue in an Arkansas governor’s race or attorney general’s race, since neither office has jurisdiction in the matter.

Orval

Born to run

Only 10 percent of voters in the May 23 Arkansas primary election were under 35 years old, according to a July 4 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis. That was down from 12 percent in 1998. Low voter participation among young people is nothing new, bu

The week that was July 12-18

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … C. C. and PATSY BAIRD. The Sharp County couple escaped federal prison on guilty pleas to charges stemming from their lucrative and long-running trade in dogs and cats for medical research. Many of the animals they sold were

Beware young drivers

Almost every day that you read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette or watch TV news, you learn that someone in the state has been killed in a car or a truck accident. From January 1 to July 12 this year, 360 persons have died in 320 car and truck crashes. The n

A word for Win Paul

A word kept coming back to me Sunday morning as I pondered Win Paul Rockefeller. Yet I hesitated to write it. I dared not appear critical even in any unintended way.

This Modern World

Keep it short

For the duration of summer, the Ask Assmunch feature of this column will consider only brief interrogatories. It’s just too hot to research the longer, complicated ones.

Editorial cartoon

Fearless forecast

Will Gov. Mike Huckabee call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, whose term has less than six months to run?

Region envy

On an airplane out of town last week, I was jolted from a fitful redeye slumber by a short article in the Democrat-Gazette business section. It recounted a talk in Rogers by Jeff Collins, director of the Sam M. Walton College of Business Center for Busine

Different take on Carmen

I did not agree with Amy Bowers’ assessment of “Carmen” at Wildwood. I’m no opera expert but I’ve seen a few and had really hoped for more at Wildwood.

Smoking ban has clubs on edge

The statewide smoking ban in public places, including nightclubs and restaurants that allow patrons under 21 years of age, goes into effect on Friday, July 21. It is a touchy subject with many of the bar managers and club owners in Central Arkansas, with

Art walk makes a splash

The River Market district at night is not just about eating, drinking, music and more drinking. One night a month it goes highbrow, when trolley-traveling art lovers go to the galleries on President Clinton Avenue, in the Historic Arkansas Museum and (out

Head game

Brummett meets with another Clinton author, John Gartner, who is working on a psychoanalytical book about Clinton and whether he's a "hypomanic."

No smoking

Marriott bans smoking in its hotels and says it will fine guests who smoke. In this, you can see why Arkansas's new anti-smoking law will generally succeed.

Ask the blogger

I'm joining Pat Lynch at wairadio.com this morning. You can also listen on KDXE, 1380 AM.

Desktop coverage

Just about everybody is broadcasting the memorial service today for Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller. Our content partner Fox 16 also will be streaming the service from their website. The link will be on the home page.

The Mind of Matt: They know how to rock in Wisconsin

Matt Smith checks in from the road in Wisconsin for his blog column on Movies and Metal.

Funny girl

More knee-slapping stuff from everyone's favorite harridan, Ann Coulter.

Rockefeller service

We welcome reports and comments here from all who watched remotely or attended the service today for Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller.

J.R. and Henry's Sports Column: New Busch Stadium

J.R. and Henry: Trip to new Busch Stadium an event The crack of the bat.

Smarmy critic angers a darn good director

Joel Siegel, whose weak movie critics are part of ABC's "Good Morning America," broke the cardinal rule of movie reviewing, in our book: Not only did he walk out of Kevin Smith's "Clerks II" barely halfway through it, he made a scene about it.

Here's some hot casting

Casting news out of Hollywood, via WENN: Scarlett Johansson has joined Natalie Portman and Eric Bana for "The Other Boleyn Girl":

Medeski (Scofield) Martin & Wood hit the Midwest

One of our favorite bands, Medeski Martin & Wood, added John Scofield to its improvisational lineup, and the new MSMW is coming as close as St. Louis and Lawrence, Kan., in a tour this fall.

Medeski (Scofield) Martin & Wood hit the Midwest

One of our favorite bands, Medeski Martin & Wood, added John Scofield to its improvisational lineup, and the new MSMW is coming as close as St. Louis and Lawrence, Kan., in a tour this fall.

Introducing 'Conversations': The film 'Down in the Valley'

We're starting a new Little Rocking blog feature we're calling "Conversations." It will be just that, conversations about movies, theater and TV with Times reviewers and other local "experts," such as Blake Rutherford, who is not only in a movie club with me but is the driving force behind Movies in the Park, and he also loves films, especially the ones that come to Market Street Cinema.

Quickie review: Ministry preaches to the masses

Charles Lyford  checks in with a synopsis on last night's Ministry show at the Metroplex; look for his full review in the Times next week:

Judge stops Grand Prairie project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been ordered to stop work on the $319 million Grand Prairie Irrigation project until it makes a more thorough study of its possible impact on the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Appeal in Paron case

The state Education Department has asked the state Supreme Court for an expedited appeal of a judge's order blocking closure of the Paron High School next school year.

Appeal in Paron case

The state Education Department has asked the state Supreme Court for an expedited appeal of a judge's order blocking closure of the Paron High School next school year.

Halter cleared

Bill Halter's campaign for lt. gov. announced that the state Ethics Commission had dismissed a slew of complaints over Halter's campaign finance reporting.

Huckabode deal closed

A Texarkana stockbroker and his pediatrician wife reportedly have bought Gov. Mike Huckabee's Lake Greeson home in Daisy for around $345,000.

Huckabode deal closed

A Texarkana stockbroker and his pediatrician wife reportedly have bought Gov. Mike Huckabee's Lake Greeson home in Daisy for around $345,000.

Take me to the river

Al Green, the Memphis R&B legend, has been landed for the Aug. 19 concert that will culminate the 10th anniversary celebration of the River Market entertainment district.

Election problems

Secretary of State Charlies Daniels' office reports on a meeting of the bipartisan group reviewing primary election problems.

Dark star in the Northwest

A blog reader mentioned this coming visit earlier, but if you have a yen to get arrested, you can head up to Springdale and try to walk outside the Holiday Inn Monday with a  "Defoliate the Bushes" sign.

Dark star in the Northwest

A blog reader mentioned this coming visit earlier, but if you have a yen to get arrested, you can head up to Springdale and try to walk outside the Holiday Inn Monday with a  "Defoliate the Bushes" sign.

New judge

Bobby Shepherd of El Dorado, a federal magistrate, breezed through on a voice vote today to confirmation as a new judge on the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jazz artist Lofton produces ‘Sensational’ work

While many other kids his age were homing in on the vocals of R&B, Anthony Lofton’s ears were tuned elsewhere.

Temptations, Ricky Smiley perform during big weekend

The Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s 74th Grand Conclave is expected to bring 10,000 visitors to Little Rock, and it’s also bringing several entertainment events to Robinson Center Music Hall this weekend that are open to the public.

‘Stranger’ is welcomed

“Stranger Than Fiction,” based on an idea that seems hokey on its face, turns out to be a lot more than a one-trick pony. It’s a film with a lot of heart, one that really delivers.

Build now, OK later

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, which is the least generous explanation one might reach to answer why, in recent months, two houses — one in Hillcrest, one in the Heights — got to the framing and completion stage with zoning violations

What's cooking/Capsule review July 20

What's cooking: The Chi family opens new Koto Bistro-Tappanyaki-Sushi on Chenal Parkway; Schapiro’s on Central in Hot Springs has changed hands; Chef Edward of Cafe 42 will be the featured chef for this month at the River Market Cooking Class program.

Activist Lee Hays wove musical fabric

Lee Hays was a singer and songwriter who gained fame in the Weavers, with that folk group being blacklisted in the 1950s and its music being branded as “un-American.”

Mi Ranchito gets Mex right

The question continues to be asked: Does Little Rock need another “authentic Mexican restaurant”? That answer is still uncertain, because they keep coming.

‘Clerks II’ checks out

Clerks II is a (filthy, disgusting) gem of a film.

Big-time blues

Blues Traveler, the rock band led by harmonica great John Popper, helps the new Revolution Room on President Clinton Avenue continue its big opening month with a much-anticipated show on Tuesday, July 25.

Bad news, good sale

I’ve written before about the sometimes vulturish aspects of shopping, and this week I’ve got a prime opportunity to return to the subject. After 35 years in business, the Design Center in the Heights is closing permanently Sept. 16.

‘Saigon’ starter

The Weekend Theater opens its 2006-07 season with the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon,” starting Friday and running for three consecutive weekends.

TV highlights July 20-26

MARILYN MONROE: STILL LIFE 11 p.m. Thursday, July 20 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) ALIENS (1986) 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22 American Movie Classics (Comcast Ch. 31) THE SINKING OF THE ANDREA DORIA 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 AETN

Lovedrug, Jucifer have shows to catch

Some great shows are on tap for club music during the next several days — Tuesday, July 25, is unusually hopping for a weekday, with Blues Traveler’s show at the Revolution Room the highlight.

Celtic group plays Sticky’s

While I’m writing this, the Irish four-piece Fuchsia Band is playing in my CD. It’s addictive stuff.

Smokeout

The state's workplace smoking ban (with certain exceptions) takes effect today. Will your life change for the better or worse?

Talking tall: TR to the pokey

The legend-in-his-own-mind former high sheriff of Pulaski County, Tommy Robinson, apparently thought he'd get a wrist slap with a nolo plea to ganging up on a creditor in a Brinkley restaurant.

For safer driving

Minnesota's experiment to cut down on tailgating on the highway: painting dots at intervals to show drivers safe distances between cars.

The lt. gov. vacancy

We've already speculated the lieutenant governor's office wouldn't be filled by special election on account of so little time remaining in the term, and other complications.

Hey, us too

Comcast formally notified the city of Little Rock today that it wants to renegotiate its cable TV franchise agreement, which runs through 2010.

Hey, us too

Comcast formally notified the city of Little Rock today that it wants to renegotiate its cable TV franchise agreement, which runs through 2010.

The Mind of Matt: Movies and Metal, still in Wisconsin

Matt Smith continues his sojourn to Wisconsin, where they're going wild at Rock Fest with some serious heavy metal: MOVIES  So, can't get enough info on film?

The immigration angle

Can Republican Stubby Stumbaugh get something going against Rep. Marion Berry in the First District on immigration?

To do Friday: Temptations revue, local plays

The local amateur theaters are opening up a couple of big musicals: The Weekend Theater at 7th and Chester has "Miss Saigon" for the next three weekends, and they also have new Friday and Saturday showtimes, going with 7:30 p.m. from here until who knows.

Snuff 'em out

Gov. Huckabee and a number of public health advocates gathered at the Dixie Cafe in Riverdale this afternoon to tout the state's new anti-smoking law.

Huckabee: 'No urgency' on election

At the anti-smoking news conference today, reporters asked Gov. Huckabee about plans, if any, for calling a special election to fill the vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office.

Huckabee: 'No urgency' on election

At the anti-smoking news conference today, reporters asked Gov. Huckabee about plans, if any, for calling a special election to fill the vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office.

Prying on the Prairie

The Grand Prairie irrigation boondoggle is finally getting some closer inspection from legislators. A citizen blogger files this report.

Report from the Third

Woody Anderson reports he has $200,000 in the bank. (He's running as a Democrat for Congress against Rep. John Boozman in the yellow-dog Republican Third.)

Once more into the abyss

Let's try again on an open line.

Beebe fails a finesse

Modern Republican cultural values tend to fall in line with the values of rural conservatives, who still decide Arkansas elections. But rural conservatives in Arkansas will still vote Democratic out of habit and from a personal connection. That’s true, th

Beebe's bobble

Brummett concludes Beebe blew it in dealing with a Democratic gay rights group.  You can't be seen as too liberal as a Democratic candidate (unless you're Vic Snyder, perhaps), but if you make liberals too mad, they might vote third-party and Naderize you.

Not such a beautiful morning

I see the blowing last night blew most of my gutter off. Anybody know somebody reliable to repair such a thing?

Attn. OBU alums

This article should be of at least general interest to OBUers (which means, oh, roughly half the members of the Huckabee administration).

Wal-Mart's push for diversity

I meant to post this yesterday. It's still worth a look.

Golden oldie

How nice that former Republican Congressman Tommy Robinson has agreed to serve a five-day jail sentence for assault -- when he feels up to it, of course.

Golden oldie

How nice that former Republican Congressman Tommy Robinson has agreed to serve a five-day jail sentence for assault -- when he feels up to it, of course.

Our heads hurt

Thanks to Chris for this link. LR-NLR ranks No. 3 in the country in ..... migraine headaches.

LR rape case

The Democrat-Gazette's Cindy Murphy did an extensive followup today on the city's response to a rape reported by a teen who was among 8,000 visitors to the city for a soccer tournament.

The Mind of Matt: Saturday in rocking Wisconsin

Matt Smith is enjoying Rock Fest in Wisconsin and checks in with his look on Movies and Metal: MOVIES Dave "Build The Wall" Elswick has  a FREE CLASSIC film next week.

No early primary for Ark.

Arkansas finished out of the running for an early presidential primary in 2008. Nevada's caucus and South Carolina's primary got moved up in the schedule.

Football rivalries

Harry King writes today about the possibility of UCA playing ASU in football, when UCA is firmly in NCAA Division I-AA. It would be a huge draw in LR.

Saturday night fever

The line is open. Work out.

Huckabee's loose lips

Brummett today is on the governor's repeat statements last week that he believed Win Rockefeller would have succeeded him as governor.

Getting tough on immigrants

Is no-excuses rousting of undocumented immigrants really that popular an idea? Not in Arkadelphia, it would appear.

Fort Smith news

A report from our Fort Smith blogging bureau says that U.S. Rep. John Boozman will snare a little election-year attention tomorrow with announcement of potential good news for the city: He will announce at UA-FS that the city is one of two finalists for the location of a U.S. Marshals Museum.

Inspiring

We note that the governor's schedule for the coming week includes attending the Fitness Inspiration of the Year awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Free speech ...

... except at funerals. The ACLU is backing a lawsuit in Missouri challenging the law (like Arkansas's and a national law) that limits protests outside funerals.

Free speech ...

... except at funerals. The ACLU is backing a lawsuit in Missouri challenging the law (like Arkansas's and a national law) that limits protests outside funerals.

"Wordplay" brings in the dough

We're told that "Wordplay," the documentary about crossword puzzle competition featuring Arkansas's Vic Fleming and Former President Bill Clinton, has moved up to No. 41 on the all-time revenue producing documentaries.

Sleepy Sunday

After Landis won the Tour de France and Tiger the British Open, it's been downhill.

Prescription politics

Dustin McDaniel, Dem. nominee for a.g., will play a little tomorrow.

Clown in the lab

A clownish turn at the G-8 meeting (fondling the German chancellor; open mike) was a poor runup to Bush's bad decision to veto the bill on stem cell research, despite a 63-vote majority in the Senate, Brummett writes.

Weight loss surgery

This topic has already received some Arkansas legislative attention: The high incidence of complications -- from vomiting and diarrhea to hernias and worse -- that follow weight-loss surgery.

Teachers' bad investment

The Arkanas Teacher Retirement System is lead plaintiff in a New York securities fraud lawsuit over a company that runs a for-profit college.

About that economy

We miss Bill. LA Times:

Clinton's mental state

We linked earlier to a Brummett column about a visit with John Gartner, a teacher at Johns Hopkins, who's working on a book about Bill Clinton with something of a psychoanalytical bent.

Arkansas angle

You perhaps saw coverage of a shootout during a party at fraternal hall over the weekend in Kansas City.

National spotlight

CBS News' "The Early Show," will broadcast from the River Market from 6 to 8 a.m.

Follow the bouncing ball

For the sports fans: The Boston Globe is in the midst of a major series on how the sneaker industry influences amateur basketball.

Biloxi's coliseum reopens to big show

Bruce James, the former Razorback football star, usually contributes to the Times with his football predictions about upcoming Hog games, but he gives us this music report from the opening this past Saturday of the Biloxi Gulf Coast Coliseum, which had been idle since Katrina hit late last August.

Beebe's got soul

Can you spell photo op? Mike Beebe invites the media to join him for lunch as he meets "supporters and community leaders" at the Kitchen Express on Asher Avenue.

Beebe's got soul

Can you spell photo op? Mike Beebe invites the media to join him for lunch as he meets "supporters and community leaders" at the Kitchen Express on Asher Avenue.

The Mind of Matt: More rock from Wisconsin

While mere mortal men would have long since dropped, Matt Smith is not even close to an overdose of rock yet in Wisconsin, and still finds time to let us know back here in Cooling Rock how things are going: MOVIES You must check this out: July 27, 28, 29.

Polling the governor's race -- UPDATE II

Some new polls are out. Zogby's battleground polling for the Wall Street Journal, conducted July 11-19, shows an uptiick for A$a, but Beebe still leads 48.1 to 44.1.

SOS

Same old stuff. Cheney in Arkansas.

Blues royalty loses another

Amy Brawner lets us know about a blues legend who has passed on, Jessie Mae Hemphill.

Hazardous to your health

FEMA's purchase of thousands of trailers wasn't a very god idea -- witness the thousands moldering at the Hope Airport.

Beebe by 10

Here's that Survey USA poll released tonight by KTHV: Beebe 48 A$a 38 So much for the Big Mo'.

Take this office, please

With all due respect to Win Rockefeller, I revive my contention that the legislature should refer to the voters a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of lieutenant governor.

Electioneering?

Jim Parsons (yes, hiim) files another ethics complaint and it looks like another loser -- that a voter booklet Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has put out since 2004 amounts to a campaign ad.

Unneeded: the lt. gov. office

Brummett figures it's time to do away with the office of lieutenant governor.

Arkansas enforcer

NY Times today reports on the federal Educationm Department's tougher stance on enforcing the No Chld Left Behind Law.

Unintended Consequences

As Arkansas enters the brave new world of restricted public smoking, it is enlightening to see what developed when a major institution in west-central Little Rock prohibited all smoking on its campus.The institution's motives were laudable, but one consequence was to prompt hundreds of its employees to leave the campus to smoke.

Unintended Consequences

As Arkansas enters the brave new world of restricted public smoking, it is enlightening to see what developed when a major institution in west-central Little Rock prohibited all smoking on its campus.The institution's motives were laudable, but one consequence was to prompt hundreds of its employees to leave the campus to smoke.

Comics controversy

It's not likely to prompt the over-the-top controversy of the cancellation of "Overboard," but the "Zits" comic in today's Democrat-Gazette depicted a character who said he is gay.

Hillcrest attack

Several readers were curious about the police item in the paper this morning about a man who attacked a couple having lunch yesterday at Leo's restaurant on Kavanaugh with a piece of rebar.

Hillcrest attack

Several readers were curious about the police item in the paper this morning about a man who attacked a couple having lunch yesterday at Leo's restaurant on Kavanaugh with a piece of rebar.

Horror story

What are friends for? Here to plug the work of other friends.

Tiiimmmberrr!

The city's decision to cut down trees on Capitol Avenue in front of the Bank of America building prompts a news release -- a pre-emptive strike on tree huggers.

Child welfare

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families issued a report today on the state child welfare system.

CEO to depart St. Vincent

Stephen L. Mansfield is resigning as president and CEO of the St. Vincent Health System, effective Oct. 15, to take a job as head of the Methodist Health System in Dallas.

The struggle continues

  Omega Psi Phi, the leading national fraternity for black men, continues its national convocation in Little Rock this week with sessions sure to provoke discussion.

Huckabee touts presidential run

Gov. Mike Huckabee continues his presidential campaigning out of state. According to this blog, he was in Dallas yesterday to promote his candidacy with the Dallas Morning News editorial board.

Huckabee touts presidential run

Gov. Mike Huckabee continues his presidential campaigning out of state. According to this blog, he was in Dallas yesterday to promote his candidacy with the Dallas Morning News editorial board.

Fire at Maxine's Tap Room

Maxine's Tap Room suffered "extensive damage" from a fire earlier this morning, according to Battalion Chief Terry Lawson of the Fayetteville Fire Department.

The Mind of Matt -- Movies ands Metal: On Motley Crue

Matt Smith checks in with some more rock news from his sojourn to Wisconsin: MOVIES You want to check out free movies for the kids? Movies like "Hoodwinked" (PG), "Doogal" (G), "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" (PG), "Ice Age II The Meltdown" (PG)…free on Monday and Tuesday at www.silverscreencabot.com  Free on Wednesday and Thursday at www.searcycinema.com.

Beebe on the 'ClarkCast'

Wesley Clark just sent an email to his political action committee supporters urging them to hear a conversation between Clark and Mike Beebe, the Democratic candidate for governor.

To do Tuesday: Blues Traveler

The first big 600-folk turnout for a show in a River Market district club will come tonight when Blues Traveler entertains at the Revolution Room.

Walker joins the race

Former Sen. Bill Walker makes it official today that he's running for Little Rock mayor.

Walker joins the race

Former Sen. Bill Walker makes it official today that he's running for Little Rock mayor.

Another football team in town

No it won't be UALR and it won't be Pulaski Tech. It'll be Arkansas Baptist, the old and long troubled historically black college now headed by the dynamic Fitz Hill, a former football coach himself.

The latest election vote

The Senate passed 65-34 a bill to make it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to defeat parentl notice abortion laws.

The latest election vote

The Senate passed 65-34 a bill to make it a crime to transport a minor across state lines to defeat parentl notice abortion laws.

St. Joseph’s opens outpatient imaging center

In servicing the first of what promises to be many patients at its new Mercy Outpatient Imaging Center this morning (Tuesday, July 25th), St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center reached another milestone.

Mansfield resigns at St. Vincent Health System

Stephen L. Mansfield, today, announced his resignation as president and CEO of St. Vincent Health System, effective October 15, 2006.

This Modern World

You know who you are

I remain an AOL member at home and this little article popped up on my homepage this morning.

Blues Brothers redux

Northwest Arkansas cops chased at high speeds for almost 24 miles -- but failed to catch -- a man driving a Geo.

Blues Brothers redux

Northwest Arkansas cops chased at high speeds for almost 24 miles -- but failed to catch -- a man driving a Geo.

The cost of growth

Bentonville city leaders -- unlike decades of civic ostriches in LR -- understand that growth, though welcome, costs money.

The worst of both worlds

The Democrat-Gazette threw in the towel this morning, returning the vapid "Overboard" strip to its comics lineup but retaining the violent and tasteless "Lio" also.To accomplish this, the editors tampered with one of the most sacred of cows, the Billy Graham column, which was moved to Page 3.

Fit to run

We mentioned earlier that Gov. Huckabee would be in Las Vegas today to receive an award for his fitness regimen.

Movies in the Park is TONIGHT!

We  hope you didn't see a Movies in the Park schedule that had the date wrong, and that you know they are EVERY WEDNESDAY night, and that you're planning to be at Riverfest Amphitheatre tonight to see "The Nutty Professor," starting at dusk.

Enlisting for health

Fitness is the theme of the day, I guess. On the jump you'll find another news release from a company hired thanks to Gov. Huckabee to provide nutrition and weight management advice to state and public school employees.

Acxiom: a good report

Acxiom, the LR data company under pressure from an outside investor with takeover on his mind, has been in the news by analysts awaiting first quarter earnings for the period ending June 30.

Rod: Week 2

Rod Bryan's second weekly policy intitiative is corporate sustainabiility. Highlights on the jump.

Horror picture show

With the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival only three months away, it is perhaps not the best time in the world for the outfit that runs it to lose its president and Board chairman.

Horror picture show

With the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival only three months away, it is perhaps not the best time in the world for the outfit that runs it to lose its president and Board chairman.

What a Revolution!

\ The Blues Traveler show Tuesday night at the "Rev Room," the new Revolution run by Chris King and Suzon Awbrey, was everything we expected and then some, and so was the "Rev Room."

What a Revolution!

\ The Blues Traveler show Tuesday night at the "Rev Room," the new Revolution run by Chris King and Suzon Awbrey, was everything we expected and then some, and so was the "Rev Room."

Conversations: The film 'Lady in the Water'

Blake Rutherford, the driving force behind the Movies in the Park series and man about town and movie theaters, and our movie critic David Koon discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan film "Lady in the Water," which is playing locally and which has nationally garnered mixed reviews: Blake: I saw it Sunday.

Upheaval within Documentary Film Institute

Brenda Hawkes, the president of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, which runs the Spa City's annual film festival in October, is out, and the Institute's board chairman, Bill Asti, has told the board he is quitting, we learned today.

Federal official to speak on pandemic planning

Admiral John O. Agwunobi, HHS Assistant Secretary of Health, will address the Arkansas State Board of Health concerning National Pandemic Influenza planning following his meeting with state public health officials on Arkansas' pandemic efforts.
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