Readers have spoken in our annual Best of Arkansas poll.
Vol 37 • No 48
From tats to tunes, the Times staff picks its bests.
The best, according to Arkansas Times' readers.
When the voice of God prank called Texas.
In the nearly 40 years the Times has been in print, we've changed formats and frequency, used at least five different logos, run through a gang of editors and kicked a habit of using women with come-hither looks to illustrate all of our cover stories. Since we launched in 1974, nearly every thing about the publication has changed. One of the few exceptions? This year's winner for Best Lingerie.
The Big Dam Bridge.
Let Boris tell you about it.
That's what you get when Best Of winners Ed and Ned and Barry come together.
Our readers' favorite people.
The 16-year Best Of queso breakdown.
Also, interesting alternatives to "clockwise."
With the last shuttle mission in the books, NASA has a little time on its hands to think about its history. On the agenda right now is a project to register all surviving "moon trees" in the United States, two of which are here in Arkansas.
Kris Engskov, Beryville native and former aide to Bill Clinton, has been named head of UK and Ireland operations for Starbucks.
The opening of the Two Rivers Bridge over the Little Maumelle River, linking the River Trail to bike/hike trails in Two Rivers Park, is marred by a property dispute.
The Downtown Little Rock Partnership is looking for participants in its Main Street Food Truck Festival coming Oct. 1.
Same ol' grub in a shiny new space.
Plus, the pros and cons of the Observer's charming Capitol View bungalow and bafflement over Apple store hysteria.
January, with its long nights and punishing northwest winds, is a bad month indeed, but obese people, which, let's face it, most of us are now, suffer more in July.
The aggressive advertising of Academic Partnerships, a private firm that contracts with Arkansas State University to provide on-line education, has made Academic Partnerships "ASU's face, ASU's identity and ASU's brand," according to the president of the ASU Faculty Senate.
It was a good week for Swepco, Artee Williams and Abdulhakim Muhammad. It was a bad week for Fourth District Democrats, Rep. Nate Bell and the unemployed of Arkansas.
Plus, Sway's first anniversary, "Same Time, Next Year," Tyrannosaurus Chicken, The Black and White Years and Honky.
The world (or manhood itself) has changed a lot since the pre-manscaping days of yore.
Take refuge in the AC with one of our editors' recent faves.
U.S. Rep. Mike Ross held a press conference Monday morning to announce that he would not seek re-election to his Fourth District congressional seat in 2012. In typical Ross fashion, he pleased no one.
If you don't believe it, talk to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, with whom Ross likely will tangle in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Former city hall administrator and permanent civic gadfly Jim Lynch thinks the city is exaggerating its financial condition in hopes of winning a sales tax election vote in September.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel showed commendable restraint in suggesting that state Rep. Jon Hubbard is "angry" and "misguided." Hubbard's all of that, and so much more.
An astute reader notices a flub in the Times editorial from July 20.
In the midst of a nationwide heat wave, temperatures have held steady in the triple digits here in Central Arkansas, and folks have been flocking to pools, ponds and parks for a bit of aquatic relief.
"If Republicans think for one second that those receiving Social Security and Medicare are sucking at the public trough, someone needs to educate them to the fact that money was taken from our paychecks every two weeks or monthly for those programs."
Plus, Lord T & Eloise, Mike Shipp, The See, Stoney LaRue and more.
It's Captain America — in 3D!
Fourth District Rep. Mike Ross told reporters Monday morning that he would not seek re-election for Congress in 2012. When asked who might succeed Ross, he said he knew of 10 or 12 likely candidates although he refused to name names. In that candidate vacuum, others stepped in to put forward their best guesses.
Two natural gas drilling waste injection wells in Faulkner County will be shut down permanently. The wells are currently inactive due to an Arkansas Oil and Gas commission moratorium.
Looking to make you first visit to a taco truck? Don't be intimidated when you step up to the window. Start with a couple of tacos. Two tacos make a good snack, three a light meal.
The the top 11 places we think help define Little Rock and our surrounds.
Anti-abortion groups in Arkansas held a closed strategy session in Little Rock yesterday to plan continued fights against abortion in Arkansas, including the possibility Planned Parenthood might expand abortion services, now only done by pill for women in the first eight weeks of pregnancy.
Is there a better voice for moderation, compromise and legislative solutions that Gov. Mike Beebe.
I note another article this morning about Little Rock City Hall hand-wringing over income arriving at levels less than forecast and the need for budget cuts.
Acxiom, the Little Rock-based data management company, has a new CEO, Scott Howe, a former Microsoft advertising group VP.
Jessica Lea Mayfield plays Juanita's tonight.
Sway celebrates its first anniversary tonight.
David Boling, the former chief of staff under U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder who ran unsuccessfully for Snyder's vacant 2nd District seat in the Democratic primary last year, has been hired as deputy executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes U.S.-Asian relations.
Politico notes that Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's budget plan cuts spending more than Republican John Boehner's plan.
Once again, the readers of the Arkansas Times have determined their favorites — on everything from politicians to water parks. And once again, Sonic garnered the most votes for best onion rings, much to the chagrin of many local diners.
Young jeweler Lauren Embree of Fayetteville, whose work is getting national and international attention and has appeared in Martha Stewart magazine, will have a trunk show tonight at M2 Gallery from 4-8 p.m.
I'm about to head to Little Rock National Airport for a plane to Chicago and then London, where I'll go to Dover for a ship that's going to cruise the coast of France, from Normandy to the Basque region of Spain.
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission voted today to shut down an injection well near Greenbrier and impose a moratorium on all new injection wells in the area.
Chris Thomason will not run in the 4th District race in 2012.
A Tea Party group is turning on Rep. John Boehner.
Gov. Beebe released an updated version of the House redistricting map today.
Citing low demand for major appliances, Whirlpool in Ft. Smith announced today that they'll be laying off or offering early retirement to 20 to 25 salaried workers there by the end of the year.
Little Rock businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne has died following a long illness.
Marcus Devine, former head of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, has signed a consent administrative order with the agency after inspections revealed that his company, Poseidon Energy, was guilty of numerous pollution violations.
Today, the Arkansas Supreme Court said that drug court proceedings cannot be broadcast on TV.
Beebe on Osborne: "With the passing of Jennings Osborne, Arkansas has lost one of our highest-profile philanthropists.
The perfect classic drive-in burger, complete with order-at-the-window experience and a bevy of soft serve ice cream desserts, all on the north side of Benton.
Deeper cuts expected at Whirlpool
In today's column, John Brummett eviscerates Rep. Nate Bell, the Mena state legislator who recently compared state Democrats to "Nazis."
Polling shows Americans support full marriage rights for same sex couples.
Conway Community Arts Association presents "Same Time, Next Year," opening Friday at The Lantern Theatre.
Sen. John McCain criticizes some Republican members of Congress for being unfair to the American people.
The big donation that Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced earlier this week turns out to be $20 million from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
"Blues, Moods and Attitudes" at Boswell-Mourot
A hefty donation from Walmart will pay admission costs for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Tyrannosaurus Chicken plays at Dickey-Stephens after the Travelers game Saturday night.
Slate has a running update of debt ceiling talks.
Two celebrations of discounted food, Savor the City in Little Rock and Argenta Restaurant Week in downtown North Little Rock, kick off on Monday.
Loretta Hendrix, 62, a member of the Little Rock Historic District Commission and an "education strategist" with a background in curriculum development has filed as a write-in candidate for Position 1 on the Little Rock School Board.
"In Search of Norman Rockwell's America," which pairs Norman Rockwell paintings, prints and lithographs with work by photojournalist Kevin Rivoli, opens Friday at the Arts Center.
The River City Comic & Card Expo kicks off Saturday morning in Sherwood.
Rush Harding will teach at UCA starting in the fall
The ACLU has sent a letter to the Gould City Council urging repeal of three controversial ordinances passed on July 13.
The Saturday Chef Series up on Petit Jean Mountain at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute is a must-do for culinary addicts and fanatical foodies. See what goes into one particular class on gluten-free cooking with Chef Robert Hall.
Saline County Republicans are calling for "support" at tonight's Bryant city council meeting.
A new restaurant called Redbones Downtown hopes to open next week in the River Market in the space that previously housed Flying Burrito and, briefly, Harry and Jorges.
Have at it.
The mayor of Gould, Earnest Nash, was assaulted tonight by someone that he says was in support of city council members who passed an ordinance he opposed.
Most great Arkansas pies can be found at mom-and-pop restaurants, diners and the various hole-in-the-wall around the state. But the state's finest restaurant has a pretty darn good pie, too.
It's time once again for the Altus Grape Festival. Yes, I'm trekking that way today.
On Twitter, Stephens Media's John Lyons reports that the Board of Apportionment has voted, 2-1, to adopt Gov. Beebe's House and Senate redistricting proposals.
The Black and White Years plays Stickyz Sunday night.
The Weekend Theatre, "My Fair Lady"
Green Jelly plays Juanitas Sunday night.
House Speaker John Boehner plans to go forward with his plan and hold a vote sometime this afternoon.
A little mid-day levity: A reader pointed us to the item above on the Arkansas state surplus web auction.
Gov. Mike Beebe named Steve Cook, of Malvern, to serve as a commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, in his position as pastor of New Millennium Church, has sent a letter to church members encouraging their attendance at a rally tomorrow by the $500 Million Tax — Too Much!
Little Rock Police officers arrested Darius Manning, 19, yesterday in connection with a July 23 shooting that left a nine-year-old boy in critical condition.
We've passed a milestone in postsecondary education in Arkansas! Now, more than 50% of public high school seniors attend some sort of higher education institute, according to a state Department of Higher Education report.
I'd like to direct your attention to the calendar section of the home page, where you can click on the art tab and find out exactly what's happening where.
Mark Martin sent out political tweets while on state time.
Tim Griffin's credit card bills, grandma on the precipice in Sharp County
Brummett is dismayed by political antics and weirdness — both in the debt crisis and in Gould — and concludes in his column that: Allow me to take both a side and a stand: Democracy works only when executed by sane and civilized people who permit open debate without head-pummeling.
Though they aren't, it sure seems like homicides are a daily event here in Central Arkansas.
Under a blistering sun, a half-dozen poster-waving members of the $500 Million Tax — To Much!
That's what I've done after a long hot dog walk. What goes with wine?
I'm opening up the line this morning so you all can fuss with each other while I mow the grass.
According to Ed Garner's Facebook page, he is running for Senate in 2012.
How about that? Consider this the Sunday open line.
Mitt Romney remains silent on the debt crisis debate.
Physicist speculates on how crop circle artists work.
Alcohol abuse in the nation's capital is higher than anywhere else in the country.
Browning's Mexican Grill, the Heights institution that's been closed for almost exactly a year and under renovation since last October, says on its Facebook page that it will open to the public today at 4 p.m. and operate with a limited menu and under limited hours for its first week in business.
Nashville Pussy plays Juanita's Tuesday night.
Jennings Osborne's funeral will be held today.
Local telecom and broadband provider Windstream said today that it will expand its presence from 29 to 46 states by acquiring New York company Paetec Holding Corp. in a transaction valued at near $2.3 billion, Arkansas Business reports.
Honky plays White Water Tavern Tuesday night.
The Democratic Party of Arkansas says some Republicans tried to cover up the fact that a fundraiser broke federal election laws.
As a lot of you have heard by now, The Arkansas Times is running several buses to the first annual Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro on Thursday.
Belatedly. Have at it.
I interrupt my vacation to bring you this news from a check of e-mail: Former Times associate editor Warwick Sabin, now publisher of the Oxford American, tells me he'll be running for state House in 2012, the District 33 seat now held by term-limited Rep. Kathy Webb.
Jon Stewart recaps the debt ceiling debate
Mayor Mark Stodola, Police Chief Stuart Thomas, Fire Chief Greg Summers, Annie Abrams, Dexter Doyne, Jim Metzger and Yana-Janelle Scott are lined up to talk up the 1 percent city sales tax increase tomorrow at noon at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 W. 12th St. The Committee for Little Rock's Future is hosting the event, and calls attention, in a news release, to the diversity of the group.
Stromboli's handles a great lunch special with a thin-crust pizza and a salad with a dressing that'll knock your socks off.
but not for good, thank goodness. Instead, the chef will be serving up amazing Southern-inspired food at the James Beard House in New York City for a special event, "Southern meets Oregon Wines."
Busy week for the LRPD. Just in over the wires: two more convenience store stickups (one at the EZ Mart on Mara Lynn Road, and another at the Shell Store on S. University), and a shooting in which the victim was later arrested for drugs and weapons possession.
Arkansas was awarded a $1million grant to improve college graduation rates.
A debt deal was reached in the senate.
The Republican Party of Arkansas takes another shot at Jeff Woodmansee and offers no proof to back up their assertions.
Farris Hensley and other members of the Little Rock Police Pension Board will submit their own proposal for a city sales tax tonight at the City Board meeting.
In a few weeks (we're crossing our fingers) those great juicy gut-bombs will be served up again from a shop at 7th and Ringo — right next to the new dry cleaners that totally threw me off the scent.
How 'bout an open line?