Readers have spoken in our annual Best of Arkansas contest.
Vol 36 • No 47
Sissy's can sell you one.
ZaZa is the new salad champ.
Some bests of our own choosing, from flan to funeral homes.
At least in the locavore world, the idea that vendors in the Little Rock Farmer's Market — this year's readers' choice for the best place to find fresh vegetables — sell produce that's not grown in Arkansas makes folks fighting mad.
Fox and Hound is a winner for pool.
And head to The Pit Stop.
If so, our readers say it's Bill Vickery.
But keeping up with the times.
Pistols give Galusha shot at top.
An expansion's in the offing for triple winner.
Marcus Pinkney, former owner of The Factory and pharmaceutical rep by day, is returning to familiar real estate.
Hope you savored that last Saltillo Plate, Brownings fanatics. Because last night the Heights Tex-Mex standby shut its doors, possibly for good.
Playtime approaches: "Toys Designed by Artists."
... for contributions. In news today, Dr. Trent Pierce, the West Memphis bombing victim, took the stand today as a witness against the accused bombing mastermind, Dr. Randeep Mann.
Justin Bieber, Curren$y, Pronoia, Sweet Eagle, The See, Wicked Good, Dax Riggs, Randy Travis, Chuck Ragan
While AMC used to be known mostly for dusting off movies that anyone under 70 years old hadn't seen in decades, the network's created quite a name for itself in recent years with groundbreaking, wholly unique original dramas.
Good week: careful spending, vehicle inspection, the Green Party, Little Rock School Board, Little National Airport, prayer. Bad week: comfort, North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hayes.
Taj Mahal Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine plans to open on Aug. 10 or soon thereafter at 1520 Market Street in Little Rock.
Brain food, wimwams and more.
'Amelie' director returns with charming 'Micmacs.'
Eric Church bucks Music City's current trends.
Is Arkansas drying up?
Coming up: "The Art Show."
A Little Rock School Board election this September again could figure in the fate of the school superintendent.
I keep hearing folks calling for immigration reform. What I don't get is why those folks are not calling for strong enforcement of existing laws on that issue.
Not to make a habit of it, but let's do one of those columns responding to critics.
Alley Oops does casual food right.
Republican candidate last week dodged deserved damage.
Was Jack the Ripper a Republican? Some historians say "no," pointing out that Jack's crimes — all those we know of — were committed in London, suggesting that the perpetrator was an Englishman, and unlikely to be affiliated with an American political party.
There's a part of every great film and television show that is wish fulfillment for the viewer. We love mob movies and shows because the wish-fulfillment is instant justice.
Willie Stradlin, Cool Shoes, a Jerry Garcia birthday bash and more.
The trash cans are full to brimming and the bird droppings carpet the Junction Bridge in places, but you've got to climb five sets of stairs to see the sad state of affairs, because the south side elevator is broken.
You Betcha says what the country needs is more refutiating, and I think she might be right.
If you haven't seen the video that got four folks fired at KARK awhile back, you should look it up online and watch it. In the video — apparently a fictionalized version of the life of an Arkansas TV reporter — one of that channel's now-former on-air folks cusses, talks ill of his co-workers, and gushes about how much he loathes the subjects of his interviews.
The Arkansas Arts Center filed a report with Little Rock police last week accompanied by an audit of a former employee's credit card charges that suggested the card had been used improperly for personal expenses.
I'm as starry-eyed as the next person. I sometimes think an SEC championship is within reach. In my weaker moments, I start imagining that the Hogs might even put together a run at the national title.
The Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that deficit hawk Rick Crawford, the Republican candidate for 1st District Congress, declared personal bankruptcy in 1997 to dodge credit card and medical debts.
The Democrat-Gazette today quotes Gov. Mike Beebe as saying he doesn't see broad abuses in the number of free cars provided to state employees or the extent to which they are used for personal purposes, particularly commuting.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he doesn't support a change in Senate filibuster rules. He'd preserve the 60-vote requirement for getting anything done.
The push is on in Congress to legalize and tax Internet gambling. Budget deficits will help drive the debate.
A reader forwarded to us a letter circulated by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce seeking interest on the part of private businesses in a new State Fair location near the Pulask-Lonoke county line.
Sway, Marcus Pinkney's new dance club at 412 Louisiana, opens tonight at 8 p.m. That address is the former home of The Factory, which Pinkney owned, and, more recently, SpeakEasy.
Hendrix alum, former Little Rocker and frequent performer at White Water Dana Falconberry has a new live session up on Daytrotter.
Sympathetic though I am to Shirley Sherrod and her mistreatment by conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart, I'd be interested to read more about the legal cause of action.
A New York radio station is reporting that former Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel has cut a deal to avoid a public trial on ethics charges.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
What's going on around Little Rock on Thursday, July 29.
New one from our culture columnist, Graham Gordy, who's thinking hard about "Mad Men"
Had to happen. Insuring the uninsured.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today expanded the free speech rights of judicial candidates in a 2-1 decision.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has directed $660,000 in federal stimulus money to Ducks Unlimited to improve habitat for waterfowl at the Wapanocca Wildlife Refuge.
Another "emergency" meeting tonight of the Pulaski County School Board. The ruling quartet is desperate to move the union out of the workplace picture.
We checked yesterday on early interest in filing for seats on the Little Rock City Board and the mayor's election, also on the ballot this year.
U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln today cheered Senate committee approval of Polk County Sheriff Mike Oglesby of Mena as U.S. marshal for the western district of Arkansas.
On Monday, Paul McCartney played a concert in Nashville, where he told the crowd that the Central High crisis inspired him to write "Blackbird."
Blue Hog Report provides some background on a contributor to 1st District Republican congressional candidate Rick Crawford.
Farewell to Thursday.
So many places to have good pie in our state... you might think discovering the next great pie shop would be impossible. But great pie has been discovered near Fort Smith.
You have to wonder if this report on the wind turbine industry has implications for Arkansas's young industry.
Paul Krugman speaks for many, I'd guess, in writing of disappointment among progressives about President Obama.
The story is behind a registration wall, but the West Memphis newspaper yesterday began what apparently will be continuing articles about Fred Smith, Democratic nominee for state representative.
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee continues to use Medicare's 45th anniversary to highlight Republican control could mean to the popular program.
FRIDAY 7/30 July's installment of Cool Shoes brings DJs Shawn Lee, Risky Biz and Deeter to Downtown Music Hall, 10 p.m., $5 regular, $8 under 21.
The second annual installment of 'Pronoia,' a weekend camping and music festival returns to Ozark, AR, this weekend.
Sweet Eagle, The See and The Wicked Good round out a local rockin' triple bill at Sticky Fingerz.
Gridlock in D.C. Republicans are filibustering a tax-cut bill meant to spur job creation. They want to pile on some non-germane hot button stuff.
Curren$y, underground rapper extraordinaire, visits The Village tonight.
Rising country star Eric Church hits the Rivermarket Amphitheatre tonight.
Roby Brock's Talk Business offers a profile on David Whitaker, the Democratic challenger for Congress in the Third District, Republican since the dawn of time.
Dax Riggs to Juanita's this Saturday.
Country superstar Randy Travis visits Timberwood Amphitheater this Saturday.
Justin Bieber's management didn't have any review tickets for us for last night's concert. But they did have room for our photographer, Brian Chilson.
Yes, there's an Arkansas angle in the SEC civil complaint alleging securities fraud against Texas billionaires Samuel and Charles Wyly. Stockbroker Louis Schaufele III, also named, is a Little Rock native.
Andy Griffith has filmed a commercial for Medicare touting the benefits of new health legislation.
I'd forgotten this. An all-campus ban on smoking on all state university campuses takes effect Sunday.
First things first. Wildlife Officer Michael Neal is a hero. But should he be used as a draw for political fund-raising so soon after the West Memphis cop killings?
Associate Justice Donald Corbin, 72, has been released from the hospital after emergency bypass surgery, the state Supreme Court.
Some think Sen. Blanche Lincoln can't win re-election period. She certainly can't win without a strong black vote.
It has been a long week. Light up the open line.
Kat Robinson experiences hot haze, cold iced tea and the art of grape stomping at Altus Grape Festival.
John Brummett is right, of course. Gov. Mike Beebe can't explain away the question of state vehicle oversupply — if there is one — by saying the bulk of the cars are in constitutionally independent agencies — highways, Game and Fish and colleges.
The National Scout Jamboree provides an occasion for the New York Times to review the Boy Scouts, whose numbers have declined sharply.
Does Kat Robinson ever stop traveling? I don't think so.
Interesting. Nothing, after a number of catty runup articles, in the New York Times today on Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Mezvinsky this evening at an estate within commuting distance from New York City.
The line is open. I'll have to count on crowd sourcing for wedding reports, troll watch and related duites.
That re-creation of a medieval castle under construction in the Ozarks as a tourist attraction is the subject of a feature in today's New York Times travel section.
As readers noted last night, the Clinton family released five photos and a statement following Chelsea Clinton's marriage to Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y., Saturday evening.
Talking Points Memo covered a Tea Party rally yesterday in Philadelphia, an event advertised as a demonstration of the diversity in the ranks of the movement.
William Gale of the Brookings Institution writes in the Washington Post today about five "myths" related to the Bush tax cuts, their extension now at the center of congressional debate.
Too hot to move here. Record heat in progress this summer in Little Rock, worse than 1980.
The Hillcrest Residents Association joins a growing list of local neighborhood groups with a website to roundup neighborhood events, interests and concerns.
Doesn't sound from this account that the increased gas severance tax is getting the job done on repairs to roads damaged by drilling equipment.
Last week, Comic Book Resources offered a dispatch from Top Shelf's Comic-Con 2011 preview panel.
John Bridges' photo won the top award at the South Arkansas Arts Center.
The Republican Party has been moving aggressively to co-opt and incorporate the Tea Party movement.
Audubon Arkansas and the Sierra Club will be in court Wednesday morning before federal Judge Bill Wilson seeking a temporary restraining order to stop construction of American Electric Power's coal-fired Tuirk generating station in Hempstead County.
The haters will love this column by a Sports Illustrated writer on "dirty" coach Houston Nutt.
From Talking Points Memo:At least one member of GOP leadership in Washington is willing to admit that extending the Bush tax cuts will increase deficits.
The Poughkeepsie Journal scored a copy of the wedding program for Saturday's marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.
Or something like that. Right?
Keith Sweat, Next, Montell Jordan
New polling shows improved numbers for Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in eight states. No, Arkansas wasn't among those tested.
As expected, Rep. Maxine Waters has officially joined Rep. Charles Rangel as a target of the House Ethics Committee.
UCA officials may seek an exemption from the brand-new smoking ban on all Arkansas public college property for the UCA president's residence.
Georgia lottery ticket sales are stagnating. You know what that means.
Mad dogs and Arkies. Fox 16 says it hit a record 106 today.
My overnight mail indicates there was a small electrical fire at Meadowcliff Elementary yesterday afternoon.
Where does Fred Smith, the former Harlem Globetrotter, really live? The question has been the subject of a series of articles in the West Memphis Evening Times because Smith, listing a Crawfordsville address, won the Democratic nomination for state House.
The NY Times writes that coming ethics trials of Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel are signs of a heightened sensitivity to ethical issues in Congress.
Yes, I think it would be a fine idea for candidates for Congress this year — and current members, such as Rep. John Boozman, the wannabe Senator — to declare where they stand on the budget "Roadmap" prepared by Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House budget committee.
Talking Points Memo calls attention to a blog put-on that, if I know my unreconstructed Southerners and other angry old white men, could go terribly awry.
Former Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan plays Sticky Fingerz tonight.
The Inferno Burger at Lewis' Family Restaurant is so intensely, painfully hot - it has its own survivors club. Don't worry, you can always ask for a glass of milk.
Sen. Bernie Sanders makes the case for a reasonable estate tax. Part of his pitch: The United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country.
An apparent burglary of the Clinton Museum Store on Clinton Avenue was reported to LRPD early this morning.
Blue America, a liberal political group is raising money for ads opposing particularly terrible Republican candidates by asking contributors which they'd like to see their money used against.
UA Athletic Director Jeff Long is going to give a state of the athletic department talk this afternoon, sources say.
Was that a sight of relief I heard from Gov. Mike Beebe's office? It would be understandable.
We checked in again today with the Little Rock city clerk on who's been picking up petitions to file for City Board or mayor.
News release arrives from Sen. Blanche Lincoln. It notes that her opponent.
You've read my carping about the slow pace of judicial and U.S. attorney appointments by the Obama administration. Now Michael Barnes has withdrawn from consideration for a U.S. attorney slot.
This news release just in from BP: HOUSTON - Based on the results of the injectivity test, BP started pumping drilling mud today at 21:00 (UK) and 15:00 (CDT) as part of the static kill operations.
The Point 94.1 FM-sponsored Heart concert, scheduled for August 21 at the Riverfest Amphitheater, has been canceled.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln face Rep. John Boozman Aug. 13 in an appearance before the Association of Arkansas Counties.
Gov. Mike Beebe is attempting to put the kibosh on proposals to increase fees at state parks.
The defense rested today in the trial of Dr. Randeep Mann, accused of orchestrating the bombing of state Medical Board Chairman Trent Pierce of West Memphis.
Art under $1,000 in Memphis.
KABF, the rough-cut public radio station founded by ACORN, is in financial difficulty and has an emergency board meeting tonight about its future.
And you have the floor.
After a week of testing Mike Huckabee's new syndicated TV show, his ratings numbers remain soft in the text markets.
What a shock. Putative Democrat Tim Wooldridge's campaign advisers have gone to work for Rick "Bankrupt Deficit Hawk" Crawford, the Republican candidate for 1st District Congress against Democrat Chad Causey.
Deja 1957 vu all over again. The Arkansas establishment, in the person of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, has organized to beat up on the Little Rock School District.
Here's another case where you have to wonder why Sen. Blanche Lincoln dithered — well after sufficient Republican support was on the record — to say she'd support the Supreme Court nomination of the presiident from a party of which she is a nominal member.
The summer's "Movies in the Park" series wraps up with the "people's choice" winner, "Twilight."
I went to a couple of Little Rock School Board members today for reactions to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce assasult — on behalf of the Billionaire Boysl Club — on the Little Rock School District.
Judging by last night's emergency board meeting, KABF has a long way to go before the public radio station can dig its way out of financial dire straits.
Some 40 billionaires, led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have pledged to give at least half their fortunes to charity.No Arkies on the list so far.
U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has landed almost $1 milllion in federal dough to improve the roadway of a commercial strip along I-30 in his hometown of Prescott.
We live in paradise, those of us lucky enough to call Little Rock home. Don't believe it?
Is that all?