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July 26, 2007

Vol 5 • No 28

Shaming shoplifters

Business Week takes a look at efforts by Wal-Mart and other retailers to reduce "shrinkage," or losses to shoplifting and employee theft.

ACLU suit filed -- UPDATE

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

Show your contempt

I like this idea. A growing grassroots movement to demonstrate from noon to 1 p.m. every Sunday.

What's cooking, July 26

Barbecue rolls into the River Market.

The scoop: Arkansas beats Texas

This year marks Yarnell’s Ice Cream's 75th anniversary. Still located on the same patch of real estate in downtown Searcy, and with three generations of the namesake clan on staff, the company has weathered everything from incursions by out-of-state ice c

Big Business, Rockst*r and rock'n kickball carnival this week

On Thursday, Big Business rolls through town for a show at Juanitas. Rockst*r performs at Mediums on Friday night, and on Saturday check out the kid-friendly kickball carnival at Interstate Park.

Disappeared in America

Jim Mize is a songwriting genius who keeps a low profile.

David Gordon Green's new one

Little Rock native David Gordon Green’s highly anticipated big-budget foray will debut August 2008. In other news, rap duo Dre and Jontai are in the studio completing their debut album and the Counterlife throws a CD release party at Fayetteville's Boom B

Gypsy’s delights

Descendant of Alouette’s retains quality while offering a more casual atmosphere.

Helping homeless

The city of Little Rock in response to a petition signed by over 100 homeless for a meeting with the mayor and city manager recently scheduled and held a public forum.

David Gordon Green's new one

Little Rock native David Gordon Green’s highly anticipated big-budget foray will debut August 2008. In other news, rap duo Dre and Jontai are in the studio completing their debut album and the Counterlife throws a CD release party at Fayetteville's Boom B

Editorial

Smart talk

We continue to monitor the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s attempts to rewrite history on the Little Rock school crisis.

‘So, open the grave'

Mike Fletcher was a young investigator for the Arkansas State Police in 1976, when he was assigned to investigate the disappearance of Linda Edwards, a Garland County deputy sheriff. Toby Edwards, the deputy’s son, was just 6 the year wolf hunters found h

Disappeared in America

Jim Mize is a songwriting genius who keeps a low profile.

‘Chuck and Larry’ disappoints

But through the silliness, Sandler’s films tend to find a way to get across important messages.

The week that was, July 18-24

It was a good week for … A SPY IN THE SKY. The city of Lowell is installing a 24-hour surveillance camera atop a 200-foot cellular tower. City officials conceded the camera would likely catch residents in lawful, but potentially embarrassing actions

Arkansas history: Study and weep

State education officials have decided to incorporate Arkansas history teaching into general social studies in elementary grades.

The Observer, July 26

Seems the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is considering allowing a new way to catch catfish on the St. Francis and Black rivers: snagging.

Bang Bang Bang in Little Rock

Southern rockers Bang Bang Bang make the trek from Nashville to play Sticky Fingerz with Autovaughn on Thursday night; Mr. Meaner to play Revolution on Friday; and "Wizard of Oz" will be screened at the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Wednesday night.

1964 … The Tribute

The tribute band brought Beatlemania to Robinson Center Music Hall on Thursday night.

David’s Pegasus

Orval

Deal the cards

An Oaklawn Park visitor noticed a sign at the Hot Springs track seeking blackjack dealers.

Words

-Se vs. -ce spellings.

This Modern World

Greed trumps kids’ insurance

President Bush has demonstrated that he is not the compassionate conservative he claimed to be in 2000, but on the other hand you have to admit that he takes a back seat to no one in his admiration for private greed.

Sexy targets

So many provocations, so little space.

Escape from the brink

Hit the road

While away a Saturday afternoon in Keo.

Boastful Huck

Finding that a person’s actions don’t warrant criminal prosecution is not the same as finding that the person has performed a great public service, but Mike Huckabee doesn’t recognize such distinctions.

Eye in the sky

Brummett beholds news of Lowell, Ark.'s new city-operated surveillance camera and finds an officially sanctioned Peeping Tom.

Eye on the blogs

Floaty's Arkansas TV Blog reviews a bit of KATV breathlessness: Do two fatal shootings by teens -- one in Fort Smith and one in NLR -- constitute evidence of a surge in violent youth crime?

General Hogspittle

The Great Razorback Soap Opera was Topic A for national reporters covering the SEC football confab.

Hillary's visit

Brummett blogs some new details today on Hillary Clinton's visit to Fayetteville and Little Rock Aug. 20.

Riding chrome stallions up Gotham's skyscrapers

Local bedroom electro whiz Ettiem scored a high-profile (at least in web-geek noise and techno circles) shout-out earlier this week on the mp3 blog 20 Jazz Funk Greats, who had this to say about his cover of the Screamers' "Eva Braun": A.T.M. removes the layers of noise vomit covering the original & theorizes on the progression of its guitar riff following a streetgrind epic framework which comes across like A.R.E. Weapons if they decided to ride the walls of Gotham's skyscrapers on their chrome stallions instead of descending upon the sewers to hunt albino alligators with gurkha knives.

The gang that can't shoot straight -- UPDATE

There was a fine piece of reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today by Mark Minton.

The gang that can't shoot straight -- UPDATE

There was a fine piece of reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today by Mark Minton.

Video shoot today

Video shoot for Epiphany's "Can't Tell" at Revolution today at 3:30 p.m. Big Piph's asking anyone "grown and sexy" to come out and make an appearance.

Radio, Radio

Starting September 22, KABF will kick off a bi-monthly arts, music and film series. The film side of things will screen at Market Street and will include, at least in the beginning, films with some sort of radio theme.

Wide interests

Jim Lingle, the lawyer for the ACLU in the new suit over opening Arkansas executions, is a busy man. Here's an interesting class action suit he's filed, along with other lawyers, in Florida against Toyota for misrepresenting mileage claims for the hybrid Prius.

STFU

A belated STFU plaque to Gov. Mike Beebe, who's been reading too many of his press clippings, judging by quotes about his decision to do some fact-finding in the great history education squabble.

The doctor is in (cahoots)

Remember Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the Little Rock doc/newscaster who went on to become a network medical correspondent?

Matt White: White Water going nowhere but up

Two of the original partners in the young management team of White Water Tavern that took over for Larry "Goose" Garrison earlier this year have left the business, but Matt White, one of the remaining partners, assures me that he and Sean Hughes are as committed as ever and plan to take the bar to new heights.

Sell-out

In only 10 days, the city of Little Rock has received requests for all tickets available to the main event of the School Crisis commemoration on Sept. 25.

Sell-out

In only 10 days, the city of Little Rock has received requests for all tickets available to the main event of the School Crisis commemoration on Sept. 25.

Did ya leave room for dessert?

A few of my wife's favorites- Bread Pudding from the Faded Rose. Creme Brulee from Ciao downtown.

Tim Griffin: He's baaack

Truthout.org has received documents that shed more light on Republican efforts to suppress voter turnout in key states and precincts in 2004. One of the lead men in the operation: Karl Rove's boy Tim Griffin.

Open line

OK. It's clear that Alberto Gonzales should be impeached, if not indicted. But after that, it's up to you.

This just in ...

Curiouser and curiouser. Or maybe not.

Kickball Carnival

Few subcultures in Little Rock have thrived in the last several years like the kickball community. Last spring, 100 teams competed in three different leagues in the 3-year-old Little Rock Kickball Association. This weekend LRKA hosts a two-day kickball to

Lake Maumelle fight

An ad hoc group will file suit today to overturn Cenral Arkansas Water's settlement with developer Rick Ferguson that allows him to build a subdivision overlooking Lake Maumelle, the city's water supply, near the water intake.

Care for kids

I thought I posted the Beebe news release on this yesterday, but I guess I got discombobulated.

In Flight

Well, almost.  We're just about to board, and I am headed to Chicago for the 2007 BlogHer Conference.   Could not be more excited.Homeland Security threat level this morning?

Do or die

That's the situation for Mike Huckabee in the Iowa straw poll, writes his constant admirer at the Washington Post blog.

Legislative scorecard

Here's a great idea from Rep. Steve Harrelson's Under the Dome blog. He's doing a running tipsheet on legislative races in 2008.

Transplanter to Children's

Youmin Wu, who started UAMS' liver transplantation program, has been named director of pediatric transplantation at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Pat Tillman

Was he murdered? Did the Bush administration participate in a coverup?

Ditto

Kensett navitve Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip, continues to land on magazine covers.

Situation wanted

The attached resume came over our fax machine today. Alas, the Arkansas Times has no current openings -- certainly not for someone accustomed to making $100,000 and having the pull to get a similarly high-paying job for her hubby in the same organization.

Situation wanted

The attached resume came over our fax machine today. Alas, the Arkansas Times has no current openings -- certainly not for someone accustomed to making $100,000 and having the pull to get a similarly high-paying job for her hubby in the same organization.

Sports talk -- UPDATED

Wally Hall, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor, is taking his part-time radio gig from The Buzz to the Arkansas Radio Network (KARN), starting Monday.

Sports talk -- UPDATED

Wally Hall, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor, is taking his part-time radio gig from The Buzz to the Arkansas Radio Network (KARN), starting Monday.

Good looking --- CORRECTED

The Democrat-Gazette mentioned this morning that three of U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's staff -- Betsy Barrett, Katie Hargis and Phynaus Wilson -- had made the Hill magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.

Good looking --- CORRECTED

The Democrat-Gazette mentioned this morning that three of U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's staff -- Betsy Barrett, Katie Hargis and Phynaus Wilson -- had made the Hill magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.

WARNING: Service interruption

Early warning: About 5:30 tonight, the Arkansas Times website, including all blogs, will go off-line for a time as we change over to a new website design.

Under advisement

After hearing three hours of arguments and testimony, Circuit Judge Tim Fox has taken under advisement the taxpayer lawsuit challenging the contract buyout of Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks.

Open and hope for the best

I'm going to open up a line, with the understanding that it may be available for only a short time.

Open and hope for the best

I'm going to open up a line, with the understanding that it may be available for only a short time.

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Arkansas memories

Though Mike Huckabee may be struggling for top-tier status in the presidential race, Iowa Democrats are doing their part to give voters a reason to leave him in the lower echelon.

Lack of empathy

The needs of the Delta provide an occasion for John Brummett to lash George Bush and John Edwards for a failure to connect with poor people.

Add to your blogroll ...

The Clinton School's blog, mostly the work of Dean Skip Rutherford. It leads currently with a remembrance of the late banker, Jack Fleischauer.

Add to your blogroll ...

The Clinton School's blog, mostly the work of Dean Skip Rutherford. It leads currently with a remembrance of the late banker, Jack Fleischauer.

The great GOP hope

What is the deal with the Fred Thompson hysteria anyway? The Democrat-Gazette coverage of his appearance in Philadelphia yesterday indicates that he was outshone rhetorically by Mike Huckabee, which couldda shouldda been expected.

Debugging -- UPDATE

We're compiling a list of fixes on various things that have popped up with new website design.

Go, Swine

This may be old news to regular sports page readers, which I'm not, but a NY Times article says Little Rock is on the list for a new professional football league, the All American Football League, due to begin play in spring 2008.

Hillary's letters

A high school friend releases to the New York Times 30 letters written by Hillary Rodham in her college years, a time that saw her transformation from Young Republican Goldwater Girl to a supporter of Eugene McCarthy.

What the sign says

    Our first open line in the era of our new web page. Please, in addition to anything else you might have to say, add any comments, critiques, suggestions, problems that you're encountering on the blog and the web pages.

What the sign says

    Our first open line in the era of our new web page. Please, in addition to anything else you might have to say, add any comments, critiques, suggestions, problems that you're encountering on the blog and the web pages.

Check the Copper Grill

We had dinner tonight at the Copper Grill, Mary Beth Ringgold's sleek new restaurant in 300 West Third.

Let's eat!

There's a big city flavor to a couple of new additions to the Little Rock eating scene. The Copper Grill is a sleek restaurant in a new condo tower, not too trendy for fried mac-and-cheese balls. SWLR's new Super Mercado Fresco brings us grocery shopping

Quotable: On Huck, media

All the national press corps hasn't found our former governor charming. Charles Pierce, a Boston Globe writer and frequent Esquire contributor, has a story on John Edwards in the latest Esquire.

Presidential prognosticating

John Brummett dropped by the recent Clinton School appearance by political journalists John Harris and Mark Halperin.

The chamber eyes the School Board

In my e-mail overnight, this intriguing note from a well-placed source: The Little Rock business community, and most likely with the blessing of the Little Rock Public Education Foundation, believes it has found a school board candidate to run against Michael Daugherty (pictured).  I'm told she is African-American, the mother of two children who attend Rockefeller Elementary and she works for the State Forestry Department.

The chamber eyes the School Board

In my e-mail overnight, this intriguing note from a well-placed source: The Little Rock business community, and most likely with the blessing of the Little Rock Public Education Foundation, believes it has found a school board candidate to run against Michael Daugherty (pictured).  I'm told she is African-American, the mother of two children who attend Rockefeller Elementary and she works for the State Forestry Department.

Arriba! SWLR

We took a Sunday drive to Super Mercado Fresco, the made-over Affiliated Foods-related grocery at Geyer Springs and Baseline, which had a grand opening Saturday.

Election thieves

Many blog readers saw and commented on the PBS show NOW Friday night on Republican vote suppression activities. That's a timely hook back to this interview with British journalist Greg Palast, who says the Rove administration has operatives in place throughout the Justice Department to continue a systematic effort to depress minority voting by dubious vote fraud investigations.

Smokey and the Bandit

Steak Night at our homestead.  The "Smokey" came from the soaked mesquite chips on the charcoal.

Smokey and the Bandit

Steak Night at our homestead.  The "Smokey" came from the soaked mesquite chips on the charcoal.

Enough!

More than a gang of one turned up for this Sunday's Enough! rally at Markham and Cumberland -- a new and spreading national one-hour Sunday demonstration against the war and idiocy that currently characterizes our administration.

Sunday, Sunday

Your turn.

Clear winner: Hillary

So writes Brummett for his national audience of the YouTube debate, particularly her far better response to the question of diplomatic relations with some rogue dictators.

The new seg academies

Blog readers noted this Iconoclast post in overnight threads, but it's worth some attention. The phenomenon of which the Fayetteville blogger writes has happened with charter schools in Pulaski County and the plan is that still more are to come if the zillionaires have their way.

The choice of pro-lifers UPDATE

Mike Huckabee doesn't merit a mention in a NY Times article today about anti-abortion forces looking for a philosophically acceptable Republican candidate with the potential to win.

Did he or didn't he?

A diet news website (now there's a growth niche) posts an item speculating on whether Mike Huckabee had surgical assistance -- whether bypass surgery or a less invasive procedure such as lapband -- in his huge weight loss.

Execution secrecy

The New York Times's columnist Adam Liptak writes today (subscription required) of the sorry state response to growing evidence of botched administration of the supposedly humane lethal injections used for executions.

Free Movie

We're giving away free movie tickets to a special preview showing of "Arctic Tale," the latest documentary from the folks who brought you "March of the Penguins."

Here comes the injudicious judge

Blake Rutherford's blog reports that Republican Sen. Shawn Womack has firmed up plans to run for an open circuit judgeship.

Brooks suit fails

Circuit Judge Tim Fox has issued a summary judgment dismissing the taxpayers' suit seeking to declare the buyout of Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks' contract an illegal exaction.

'Idol' busted in NLR

BREAKING: The Times of North Little Rock is getting into the 24-hour news business, here with a report on the drug bust of former American Idol Corey Clark. A cross-country driving stop near Prothro Junction proved a bad idea, as cops checking out a suspicious vehicle found Clark was wanted on warrants from Arizona, along with some pot.

Lucinda Williams to Walton Arts

Lucinda Williams will play at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville on Thursday, September 20.

Daugherty's in

I was wrong yesterday when I said Michael Daugherty had not yet filed for re-election to his seat on the Little Rock Schol Board.

Daugherty's in

I was wrong yesterday when I said Michael Daugherty had not yet filed for re-election to his seat on the Little Rock Schol Board.

And if it's slow on the Hillary beat

The NY Times can always peer into the life of Chelsea Clinton. With video.

Death in the press family

Jane Graves, a founder and co-publisher of the Nashville Leader and a past president of the Arkansas Press Association, died this morning.

Fair and balanced Part II UPDATE

The Arkansas Blog noted July 17 that it seemed a bit excessive for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to make its top news story that day a motion to intervene in John Walker's appeal of the Little Rock desegregation lawsuit.

Name That Building, Media Geeks

More on my trip to Chicago for the BlogHer conference later (short version--it was fan-freaking-tastic).  For now...Can you name this facade?  It's been around a while.  Hint:  This entrance faces Michigan Avenue.

The Week That Was July 18-24

Private school welfare

The Pulaski County Public Facilities Board has become a friendly provider of low-cost, taxpayer-subsidized financing to private schools.

Tracking the pork

Brummett reviews earmarks -- spending items added in Congress, often secretively in the past. Arkansas House members don't seem too greedy by comparison.

Prayer or jail

A settlement is reached in a federal suit in Fayetteville filed by a woman who objected to having the choice of a jail sentence or a 12-step program with a religious foundation on a misdemeanor drug conviction.

Eureka braces for Wild Ones II

You know about the motorcycle rumble in Eureka Springs last weekend? Well, hold on to your chapeau.

Following the lawyers' money

Bloomberg, checking contributions by major law firms to presidential candidates, finds a touch of irony -- Members of Special Persecutor Kenneth Starr's law firm have given more to Hillary Clinton than to Republican candidates combined.

Following the lawyers' money

Bloomberg, checking contributions by major law firms to presidential candidates, finds a touch of irony -- Members of Special Persecutor Kenneth Starr's law firm have given more to Hillary Clinton than to Republican candidates combined.

Running up the bill

Funny thing. Those who decry lawyers and their fees and their deleterious impact on the Little Rock School District save most of their bile for John Walker, who hasn't been paid a dime by the district in years for desegegregation litigation.

Running up the bill

Funny thing. Those who decry lawyers and their fees and their deleterious impact on the Little Rock School District save most of their bile for John Walker, who hasn't been paid a dime by the district in years for desegegregation litigation.

In stores no more

Little Rock grocers are reporting that they're no longer receiving milk from Mountain Springs Creamery, the little dairy in Marshall that became a local hit for bringing back milk in glass bottles.

In stores no more

Little Rock grocers are reporting that they're no longer receiving milk from Mountain Springs Creamery, the little dairy in Marshall that became a local hit for bringing back milk in glass bottles.

Alice Walton ranks highish

From our art correspondent Leslie Peacock: ARTnews magazine has named Alice Walton one of the top 200 art collectors in the world.

Bond boondoggles

This particular cow has fled the barn and been roped, slaughtered and barbecued, but nonetheless it couldn't hurt for the Pulaski County Quorum Court to consider the boondoggle of a housing bond issue put out under the county's name by its laughingly named Public Facilities Board, not to mention bond issues for other dubious public purposes -- including building private schools and putting publicly subsidized cash in the hands of churches.

Road trip!

The Young Republicans of Arkansas apparently have stumbled across my name on YR membership rolls in Virginia in 1968.

Special occasions call for ...

A Special dining experience.  A good friend is leaving after two years in the natural state and we want her to remember Little Rock and Arkansas fondly.  So we took her out to dinner.  To the Brave New Restaurant.

!!! + The Field

Dance punk heroes !!! come to Revolution on October 3.

Because you DO care

"Trapped in the Closest" chapters 13-22 will run in their entirety on August 13 on IFC and come out on DVD on August 21.

Sherwood mayor

City Clerk Virginia Hillman thrashed Mayor Bill Harmon in the runoff for Sherwood mayor. Results here.

A slur by Huckabee supporter?

Surely not. Surely a good Christian wouldn't utter an anti-Catholic remark.

Bingo!

If anybody believes "charity" bingo is going to be run on the up-and-up you need only look around.

Clinton for vice president

Bill, that is. A California law prof explains.

Heckuva deal

I was somewhat surprised to see only a brief caption in the Democrat-Gazette this morning about the sale of the old Union National skyscraper downtown for $9.25 million.

So clean

Rock Candy homie Chach Bursey sends in this pic from a gas station in west Arkansas.

Judge Proctor gets blasted

Legislative Audit has released its review -- a scorching one -- of Pulaski Circuit Judge Willard Proctor's Cycle Breakers probation program.
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