Will tough-on-crime conservatives truly embrace reform?
No end in sightJuly 23, 2015
Vol 41 • No 46
But governor says he'll turn to faith-based groups to address other deficiencies found in DCFS study.
It was The Observer's birthday and anniversary over the weekend. Why Spouse and her man decided to get hitched in the sweaty season of mid-July, we'll never be able to fathom. That's a decision 23-year-old Us made, so Old Us has to live with it.
Most of us know by now. SCOTUS has struck again. This time the Supremes are letting gay folks get married in every state. Of course, religious folks in Arkansas are upset, but why get so bent out of shape when we can take comfort in the perspective of Jesus of Nazareth?
Kingsdown comes to Stickyz.
Sometimes direct quotes and a bit of context are all that's necessary for commentary on news events. See what I mean.
In Marvel's 'Ant Man.'
It's time for us to stand up and reject our current status as an incubator for domestic terrorism. Those of us in Little Rock, Fayetteville and other urban areas are called to support the efforts of rural white communities in our state who are standing up to the hate groups that have nestled into their towns.
It's still good.
Right now, it's beginning to look as if President Obama will end up deserving the Nobel Peace Prize he was so prematurely awarded in 2009.
So we begin another furious debate over war and peace in the Middle East, this time over the nuclear nonproliferation agreement with Iran, and it is foreordained to look and sound just like the last big one, in 2002, when we went to war with Iraq and, before that, in 2001, with Afghanistan.
A reststop on Interstate 55 in Arkansas.
Current design is no good, say petitioners
Also, Wesley Clark calls for internment camps, Shawn Womack says he lacks experience, Hillary looks forward, The Donald says dumb things and more.
Also, 'Mrs. Miniver' at Argenta Community Theater, Pinkish Black at Vino's, 'Jamie Wyeth' at Crystal Bridges, The Eagles at Verizon Arena and Midwest Caravan at White Water Tavern.
On women in rock, the recent accusations of sexual assault by her former Runaways bandmate Jackie Fuchs and more.
John Rogers, whose photo archiving business is now mired in a slew of legal actions, was arrested in North Little Rock last night for contempt of court in one of the civil actions in Pulaski Circuit Cpurt. He was picked up at a North Little Rock bar and jailed.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist was granted an interview with Associate Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood, who's spinning her role in ongoing internal divisions on the court about administrative and other matters.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning on a continuing pitch by a developer to get the piece of city land in front of the Doubletree Hotel that's now occupied by a fountain and open bricked plaza to develop a chain restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. What do you think?
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton flunks a couple of fact checks — on his opposition to filling vacant judgeships and a statement about President Obama's aims in negotiations with Iran.
The Human Rights Campaign reports on the announcement that Apple, Dow Chemical and Levi Strauss support a federal law guaranteeing non-discrimination in employment for LGBT Americans. So what do you think they make of a state like Arkansas that endorses discrimination against gay people? A good place to locate?
The Walton Family Foundation announced in a news release today that it would "support" with an undisclosed amount of money establishment of an "independent school" in Bentonville.
Conway police said today that a 14-year-old grandson is a suspect in the slayings Wednesday of Robert and Patricia Cogdell, both 66. He is being held in jail pending the filing of capital murder charges.
Tireless advocate for arts in education Paul Leopoulous announced yesterday that the Thea Foundation has raised $2 million over the past two years to endow its scholarships for high school seniors, money that will allow Thea to focus its fund-raising efforts on its other educational programs.
The open line, video roundup and a bad day for Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson; presidential fund-raising; motorcycle officer in hit and run wreck.
New polling shows that the racial divide in the U.S. has worsened since Barack Obama became president. Correlation is not causation, though the Arkansas experience might suggest otherwise.
Another mass shooting, another white male pulling the trigger. That much is fact. But here's a bit of analysis on the motivating factor that might prompt some disagreement: It's about white male privilege.
Says here that Arkansas has the lowest ratio of lawyers of any U.S. state — 20.1 per 10,000 people.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to propose a capital gains tax increase today, likely to focus on short-term capital gains on investments.
News surfaces on Twitter that Paul Greenberg is stepping down as editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after 23 years.
Another New York Times bombshell on the Clintons (remember the impenetrable nothing-ball of a foundation expose?) has fallen apart hours after release.
Recommended: A report by KUAR's Jacob Kauffman on monuments to the Confederacy in Arkansas, particularly at the state Capitol, and how they're viewed by defenders and critics.
The attorney general has approved the form of a proposed initiated act that would require reporting of contributions to independent political ads.
If I am completely honest with myself, the reasons I listen to rock music are Alicia Silverstone's bellybutton and the Ugly Kid Joe album cover inside the Pizza Hut jukebox. I only know how to write basically one type of song, and the songs on this playlist were either crucial in that development, or they have recently inspired me to keep writing. I listen to an unhealthy amount of black metal these days, but I figured no one would want to hear that garbage (hit me up if you want that mix!).
A Friday afternoon open line and the daily video news roundup.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission has rebuffed an effort by the University of Arkansas to get legal clearance for putting premium Razorback tickets in the hands of legislators without the required extra contributions required of other fans.
We've been reading a kergillion books lately at our house. Scrambling to make it to 1,000 books before kindergarten. Don't tell them I said this, but I did the math and I don't think we'll make it. Regardless, we've read some wonderful books, but one that has moved me the most in the last few weeks is "Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes." It is amazing at putting the little things into the context of enormous planet earth. It is beautifully illustrated and handily written.
Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood’s press tour, legislative ethics, prison growth and talk of reform and the retirement of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Paul Greenberg — all covered on this week's podcast.
The Times Record reports that about 100 people turned out for Fort Smith lawyer Joey McCutcheon's rally to save the Rebel mascot and the "Dixie" fight song along with other trappings of the Confederacy at Fort Smith Southside High School.
The New York Times profile of the Lafayette, La., mass shooter, John R. Houser, describes a disturbed man. Angry at liberals and women and an admirer of Hitler and Timothy McVeigh, he reportedly linked the problems he saw in the U.S. to a lack of prayer in public schools.
The ACLU of Arkansas, which participated in the successful challenge of Sen. Jason Rapert's bill to ban most abortions at 12 weeks, posted on tis Facebook page a picture of the payment of attorney fees by the state medical board and vowed to use it for future lawsuits.
Mike Huckabee, languishing at the rear of the crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination, has decided if he can't beat Donald Trump in the polls, he'll join him.
The Saturday open line. Also: tonight is a Klan rally in Monticello. It's prompted a small counter-demonstration.
I stopped by the Antiques Roadshow at the Statehouse Convention Center for a couple of hours today to see what gems people had hauled in from their attics and garages and mantelpieces, and right off the bat I learned about the pot shown above from tribal arts appraiser Linda Dyer. Dyer said she believed it was made Hopi potter Nampeyo
Leslie Peacock has reported extensively on our Rock Candy blog about the Little Rock visit of PBS' popular "Antiques Roadshow" for future broadcasts.
All Little Rock TV stations reported Saturday night, quoting unnamed sources, that the two-year-old boy found dead in a car in Hot Springs Friday afternoon was the son of Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, who handles juvenile cases.
Mike Huckabee has compared President Obama's agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons with the Holocaust. Really.
Doug Thompson writes for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about a talk by Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren, unhappy about intraparty criticism from a group that has made support of the private option version of expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare a chief rallying point for primary opposition to other Republicans.
An open line and a reminder of some information I dug up on how the Arkansas Supreme Court paid for its fat pay raises for certain favored employees.
A gay rights activist has bought a web domain using the name of Gov. Asa Hutchinson and sending people who hit the link to an LGBT chatroom. It's a statement against the governor's anti-gay policies.
An 11-year-old girl was struck by a bullet while riding with her vacationing family Saturday evening on Interstate 55, two miles north of the Arkansas She was treated at a Blytheville hospital for a gunshot wound in the neck and transferred to Memphis for surgery, KAIT reported.
At a news conference in Africa, President Obama responded to some of the more outrageous recent remarks of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, the latter of whom pumped attention to his flagging campaign by likening the Iranian nuclear deal with the Holocaust. DONT MISS THE UPDATES. Huck once advocated negotiating with Iran.
The Pulaski County sheriff reports that a man's body was found Sunday morning by a man mowing on Peters Road near Cabot in northern Pulaski County.
The Pulaski sheriff's office has charged a Dixon Road couple with child endangerment after finding their 1- and 3-year-old children wandering in the road.
The Little Rock Zoo announces the birth of a chimpanzee July 18 and a poll to name the new arrival.
Mary and Ross Whipple of Arkadelphia have given $1.5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital to endow a chair devoted to pediatric research. The gift will be matched by the hospital's research institute.
A Pulaski County prosecutor today asked that five counts pending against Andre Demetrius Smalley be dropped, including three counts involving the aggravated robbery of Little Rock musician Terry Charles "TC" Edwards. Smalley plead guilty today to a single count of battery, a class B felony, in the shooting of a Little Rock man last April. Smalley's sentencing on that count has been set for September.
KFSM reports that a Confederate flag rally resulted in injuries to participants riding in the bed of a flag-bedecked pickup.
Monticello Live rounded up what news there was to report from an uneventful Ku Klux Klan rally held near Monticello Saturday night, including the ritual cross burning.
A special prosecutor, Scott Ellington of Jonesboro, was appointed today to investigate the death last week of the child of Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, who handles juvenile cases in Garland County.
Here's the Monday open line, daily video and the monthly report on Obamacare for Arkansas.
AIA Arkansas is holding its first online People's Choice competition among designs by Arkansas architects. The buildings featured include museums, churches, homes, schools and businesses.
The Eagles played Verizon Arena last night and Brian Chilson was on hand with his camera.
Fort Smith ends Civil War symbolism at Southside High School; a petition drive to change the name of Confederate Boulevard in Little Rock advances. May we be nearing an end of the Civil War?
Take a look at a slick video highlighting the good intentions of the operators of a factory hog farming operation in the Buffalo River watershed.
Jon Stewart is left speechless by Mike Huckabee's latest rhetorical excess — comparing the Iranian nuclear agreement to the Holocaust.
KARK's Drew Petrimoulx reports that Kareame Cotton has been sentenced in Pulaski Circuit Court to 20 years in prison (parole eligible after five years) for the 2013 crash that killed a Baptist pastor and his granddaughter on Interstate 30 near Scott Hamilton.
KTHV reports that Latosha Lewis, 25, was found fatally shot on the grounds of the Shorter Gardens Apartments in North Little Rock early today and that Shaquanna Staten, 27, of North Little Rock, was arrested later in the death.
TV 40/29 reports that the Arkansas Democratic Party is considering following other state Democratic Party organizations and finding a new name for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fund-raising dinner at which Hillary Clinton recently spoke.
Here's the new episode of Gerard Matthews' web series "My Favorite Guitar," starring BJ Barham of American Aquarium and filmed at White Water. Also check out the previous clip, which starred John Willis.
Current food obsessions include prosciutto, snack mix, coffee and spicy dumplings.
Today's open line includes criticism from Judge Wendell Griffen of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call for still more money to open still more prison beds.
Do more guns in public places make everyone safer. An experiment putting armed people in police simulators to gauge their reaction isn't encouraging.
The Arkansas Highway Department says it has cleared the first study phase of a project to widen Interstate 30 in downtown Little Rock and replace the Arkansas River bridge.
Zillow reports a price reduction on Mike Huckabee's North Little Rock house, on the market for a couple of years.
KAIT in Jonesboro reports the shooting death in Manila last night of what's described as an "officer involved" shooting.
Mike Huckabee loves Holocaust analogies and, no, the Iranian crack wasn't the first for which he's been criticized. It's all about the imagined war to oppress good heartland Christians like the Huckster and his people.
UA poet Davis McComb lands "Dumpster Honey" poem in the New Yorker.
The Hot Springs police, under fire for not yet having taken action in the death of a judge's child last week, issued a statement last night defending how it has proceeded.
Here's a competing video to answer a pro-hog-farm video produced to sway opinion in the debate over a factory hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed.
The New York Times examines in detail how the Republican Party has moved to destroy the Voting Rights Act to suppress votes of people more likely to vote Democratic.
Sen. Tom Cotton's bichon frise, Cowboy, has made a listing of the cutest dogs on Capitol Hill.
This report will go straight to the trash should any of the ruling Republicans see it, but for the record from the Brookings Institute — state income tax cuts are of little value in spurring economic growth. Where they've been tried and failed, the unavoidable need to raise revenue has produced — not a return to a progressive income tax — but regressive taxes that hit poor people hardest.
Eureka Springs residents are hearing that a segment filmed in that city for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is scheduled to air tonight, barring anything in the news that might bump the segment from the show.
The open line and daily news summary. Also: New jobs in Marmaduke and an update on Dexter Suggs, the former Little Rock school superintendent.
Skinny J's restaurant at 214 Main St. in North Little Rock, in the spot where the Cornerstone Pub used to be, is having its grand-opening ribbon-cutting at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday) with the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.