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August 6, 2009

Vol 7 • No 30

It's not child's play

Shortly after Gov. Mike Beebe took office in 2007, he vowed to change the way Arkansas provided mental health care to its children.

Mob rule

The Democratic Party strikes back at the organized efforts by Teabaggers and Co. to not merely protest administration acts but prevent speech by those who support the administration.

Imagine

Prepared statement from Laura Ling, one of two U.S. journalists released on Bill Clinton's mission to North Korea.

Teabaggers on parade

  SPEAKING UP: A critic of the administration's health care plan gets the mike. TAKING QUESTIONS: Reps. Snyder and Ross.

Take it away

The line is open.

Gallery Walk turns 20

Twenty years ago, Central Avenue in Hot Springs — south of Bathhouse Row at least — had its unsavory portions.

Out with the old

Some changes are being made at the home of new University of Central Arkansas president Allen Meadors.

In Brief, Aug. 6

At White Water, Little Rock honky-tonk heroes the Salty Dogs play music to two-step to, 9 p.m., $5.

Ugly in eye of beholder

“She’s [Nancy Pelosi] got to be the most distrusted politician in the country.”

Smart Talk, Aug. 6

Essence magazine interviewed Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the Arkansas physician who was President Bill Clinton’s surgeon general until controversial remarks about masturbation and other topics brought about her dismissal.

Disappointed

As a regular reader of the Arkansas Times, I am in agreement with your editorials perhaps nine out of ten times.

To-Do List, Aug. 6

Keith Urban, Skaggs and Drags, 'Slumberland', John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, the Lee Boys, Slobberbone, Zechs Marquise and Mulberry Mountain Music Festival make for a few entertainment options this week.

Editorial cartoon, Aug. 6

A deadly delay

The worst thing that Congressman Mike Ross did for health-care reform is not the modest alteration in the legislation that his Blue Dogs forced in the Energy and Commerce Committee last week but delaying consideration of the bill until the fall.

Endangered list

Better enjoy them now because these rascals won’t be around long (the ones that haven’t disappeared already).

War torn

I’d be willing to bet my house that you’ll see this one at the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

July 29-Aug. 4, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … RAIN. And more rain. Little Rock ended July with more than 11 inches of rain for the month, a record by bucketsful.

Orval, Aug. 6

Bubba in Paris

Cue the Edith Piaf, don a beret and get ready for an infusion of French spirit right here in La Petite Roche.

What's Cooking, Aug. 6

The owners of Willy D’s and Deep Lounge have connected a third space to their holdings.

Two words for Gilbert: So what?

Some of us covering Arkansas politics got an e-mail last week from state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway that amounted to his wholly unsolicited statement of concern about all this health care business.

The Observer, Aug. 6

August marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, an Aquarian Exposition, 3 days of Peace and Music. Woodstock was my home town but, regrettably, I didn't attend the festival at Max Yasgur's farm. At the time I was being entertained by the U.S. Army under house arrest in a WWI era barracks with a panoramic view of the pine barrens of New Jersey.

Urban at Verizon

Keith Urban's got a lot of things going for him. He's Australia's biggest musical export since, I don't know, INXS? The Wiggles? He's Nicole Kidman's main squeeze, and a proud parent, with her, of a 1-year-old. And earlier this year, for the first time in his career, one of his albums topped the Billboard 200.

Pour us another

Wine By the Glass is as straightforward and uncomplicated as its name.

This Modern World, Aug. 6

New on Rock Candy

Pocahontas native and Sun Records great Billy Lee Riley, who’d been battling cancer since May, died early Sunday, Aug. 2, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was 75.

Huckabucks

Bemoan the influence of money in politics, but accept it.

Words, Aug. 6

Put to or shut to:

What’s happening in August.

Unless indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing.

Next for the Buffalo

The Buffalo National River needs more horse trails and a second camping area for equestrians.

Cash for clunkers

Good column: Republicans are fighting Cash for Clunkers extensions because 1) the program works and 2) it benefits average people, not the investment bankers and rich special interests (oil and gas, agri., etc.) typically favored by expensive government giveaways.

What's in a name?

For a slow morning: A Smackover woman is trying to sell naming rights to her seventh child on e-Bay.

Thursday To-Do: Keith Urban

KEITH URBAN7:30 p.m.,Verizon Arena. $20-$76.75Keith Urban's got a lot of things going for him.

Thursday To-Do: Skaggs and Draggs

SKAGGS AND DRAGS8 p.m., UBU. $5.It's an appropriate fund-raiser for a neighborhood whose chosen acronym shares the name of a hallucinogenic drug in “Brave New World.” To raise money for its annual Mardi Gras parade, SoMa (that's Southside Main Street) has recruited a host of neighborhood celebrities to strut their stuff in drag.

Leaning right?

Talk Business releases poll numbers that indicate Arkansans are unhappy with Congress and leaning more toward Republican congressional candidates than Democratic candidates.

You don't know what you've got ....

.... until you lose it. Twitter is fighting a "denial of service" hacking attack and has been inaccessible most of the morning.

You don't know what you've got ....

.... until you lose it. Twitter is fighting a "denial of service" hacking attack and has been inaccessible most of the morning.

Blast doctor back

Dr. Trent Pierce, the West Memphis doctor seriously injured by an unsolved bombing at his home, attended his first Medical Board meeting since the blast today.

Beebe names King commissioners

Gov. Mike Beebe has named his five initial appointees to the restructured M.L. King Commission.

Thursday: Cheer Brigade, Salty Dogs, Jonathan Wilkins, more

Cheer Brigade. If you see a monkey walkin' down your street, don't walk on by: It's just Cheer Brigade, a 19-piece brass ensemble fond of monkey masks and from Providence, R.I., who'll assemble outside of the Station at 6 p.m. before parading throughout Hillcrest (maybe to the House), before heading to Capital View for a block party (I'm being purposefully vague.

Get your scoop ready UPDATE

News coming this afternoon on the issue of double-dipping elected county officials who staged faux retirements to qualify for both retirement checks and continued regular paychecks for the same job.

No DOG days in Austin

The Austin daily newspaper is no longer for sale. Offers weren't sufficient, the chain owner says.

Safe to say Charlaine Harris is the richest person in Magnolia

All nine of Magnolia author Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books (the inspiration for HBO's "True Blood") are on this week's New York Times bestseller list.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The vote was 68-31. All the Democrats, except absent Sen. Edward Kennedy, and nine Republicans voted for the first Latino justice.

Daily Digest: Jon Hamm talks (a lot), 'Julie & Julia' is just as half good as you expected and more

Only ten days until I'll be forced to hike down the block to watch the premiere of season three of "Mad Men" because UVerse doesn't yet have its shit together enough to offer AMC (AMC!).

Sure weird: Or is it Reno 911?

J. Pat Lynch has the jump on some wild and woolly allegations of sexual harassment in the Sherwood Police Department. The Stephens Media Group keeps content of its Sherwood newspaper, the Voice, off-line until a couple of days after publication so I can't link it yet.

Sausage bar

The owners of Willy D’s and Deep Lounge have connected a third space to their holdings.

Update: Bossa Nova

CAFÉ BOSSA NOVA Much cheaper and just about as authentic as a trip to Brazil is a visit to what has become an enduring and refreshing landmark seven years after its opening in Hillcrest.

Fish tale

Times contributor Sam Eifling, who's lately abandoned us to travel the globe, writes entertainingly today in Slate about his job until recently, what he calls "one of the more absurdist errands in sports journalism"— reporting on bass fishing tournaments.

Re Lou Holtz for Congress

Never mind.

Zii, still grinding

Zii's back! After several years hopping around the country, nearly, according to the rumor mill, landing on "I Love New York" and signing a major label deal, one of the strongest talents to emerge from the local hip-hop boom circa 2006 is back in Little Rock putting the finishing touches on a full-length slated for a fall release.

State rep. to city hall

State Rep. Lindsley Smith of Fayetteville has been hired by Mayor Lioneld Jordan to be the city's communications director, at $73,000 per year.

State rep. to city hall

State Rep. Lindsley Smith of Fayetteville has been hired by Mayor Lioneld Jordan to be the city's communications director, at $73,000 per year.

The great escape

State prison board heard all the little details today about how a couple of lifers figured out a prison escape in guard uniforms (no longer made at the prison).

What I meant to say was ....

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln has amended a statement she made in a conference call with reporters today.

Open mic

Speak up. UPDATES: 1) The Senate has voted to extend Cash for Clunkers.

Hungry Crowd.

The scene of the famed I-talian Spaghetti (and chicken) dinner at the Tontitown Grape Festival.  The wait at 4pm was about 10 minutes to get in; at 6pm it was closer to 15.  But worth it for homemade pasta, rich deep sauce, a hunk of fried yardbird, a green salad, and plenty of iced tea and such.  Even grapes.  On my way home now, but thought I'd share. 

Nate Powell, new poetry, Southern vampires and more.

Last month, North Little Rock native Nate Powell won an Eisner Award for New Graphic Album (translated, Best Graphic Novel of the year) for his book “Swallow Me Whole” (Top Shelf Productions, $19.95, hardcover). There’s no higher award in comics.

Doing the lottery’s work

As the Arkansas Lottery takes shape, a lot of details are still in the air, especially for retailers.

Orval, Aug. 7

Garage rock throwback

Memphis' John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives come to White Water Tavern tonight to celebrate the release of a limited edition 45 RPM record on local label Last Chance. Expect something akin to the Replacements covering the Crickets.

Two words for Gilbert: So what?

Some of us covering Arkansas politics got an e-mail last week from state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway that amounted to his wholly unsolicited statement of concern about all this health care business.

Editorial cartoon, Aug. 7

Urban sound at Verizon

Brian Chilson was there last night for Keith Urban.

The Southern strategy

Paul Krugman examines the anger of disruptive crowds that assemble to talk about health care.

Hopeful economic news

The U.S. unemployment rate in July dropped to 9.4 percent, from 9.5, the first drop in 15 months.

Last Night: Keith Urban

Photo by Brian Chilson. That the superstar on stage Thursday night at Verizon Arena is every bit as talented pounding out licks on a guitar as he is delivering great vocals of his chart-topping hits – many of which he writes – is no urban legend.But if he keeps putting on shows like this, Keith Urban, who paid tribute to the legendary Marty Robbins during a recent TV special, just may go down as one of country music’s most renowned entertainers himself.

Beebe on the phone

Gov. Mike Beebe took questions on radio this morning. One caller wanted the governor to stop  health care reform legislation in Washington.

Friday To-Do: John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives

JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE ONE FOUR FIVES10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.“The human heartbeat is not regular.

Daily Digest: RIP John Hughes, Jay-Z on Jay, 'Where the Wild Things' still awesome-looking and more

Several outlets for you to channel those pangs of grief-flecked nostalgia in the wake of auteur of adolescence John Hughes' death: Nice, concise retrospective in the New York Times.

The Weekend: Kevin Gordon, Big Boots, the Braxe, Eclipse and more

Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. FRIDAY 8/7Acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon returns for what's becoming just about a monthly gig at Satellite, 9 p.m., free.

Keep lobbying Cliff

I think I can simplify this attorney general's opinion to Republican Rep. Bryan King. Q: Is it legal for Highway Commissioner Cliff Hoofman to lobby voluntarily for Gov. Mike Beebe?

Saturday To-Do: Lee Boys

THE LEE BOYSPost-Travs game, Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10 park admission.The Travs saved the best for last in its Corona/Dos Equis Concert Series.

Mother arrested

Channel 4 reports that use of alcohol was a factor in the decision to file felony endangerment charges against the young mother whose three children (pictured) died after she drove her car accidentally into a lake in Conway County.

Grenade doc: More charges

David Goins of Fox 16 reports that federal authorities have filed additional charges against Dr. Randeep Mann, the Russellville-area physician indicted for possession of grenades and unregistered firearms.

Grenade doc: More charges

David Goins of Fox 16 reports that federal authorities have filed additional charges against Dr. Randeep Mann, the Russellville-area physician indicted for possession of grenades and unregistered firearms.

'We were a half a million strong'

-- Wikimedia Woodstock. It was 40 years ago next week.

Sen. Lincoln waters the lawn UPDATE

Sen. Blanche Lincoln will nourish political roots next week. She has a busy round of public appearances during the congressional recess.

The Daily Baz

"Jean-Claude Bazzel" This was inevitable. Arkansas's finally jumping in the single-topic Tumblr fray.

Sex and the Sherwood PD

That story I mentioned yesterday about sexual harassment allegations in the Sherwood Police Depatment (not to mention deer sex video), is now posted on-line.

Free Candy: Beth Ditto is down for whatever

Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto "Cruel Intentions"She's everywhere!

Do you do Tumblr?

Rock Candy has touched off a viral digital wave in LR's Twitterland with his post about a new single-topic Tumblr page devoted to the perennial handsomest man in Arkansas, David Bazzel.

New reporting on child abuse UPDATE

A new state law requires a bit more reporting by the Department of Human Services on child deaths in Arkansas.

Decadence on the Square.

Now this? This is what a roast beef sandwich should look like.

Mean Beans.

With the deepening of summer comes more bountiful harvest.  Nao over at GreenAR By The Day has a good piece up right now on how to preserve and freeze green beans.  Pick, grin and freeze to your heart's content and reap a bounty in our cooler months.

You're on

The line is open.

Dinner's Still On.

There's still time to head to Tontitown for the Grape Festival and one of those Italian Spaghetti Dinners.  I rather enjoyed my trip up there yesterday, and am glad I went on Thursday so you have time to go.  More on my soujourn, and on the book sale and carnival, at Tie Dye Travels. 

Music to move your feet to

Immediately following Saturday's Travs' game, all ticket holders will be treated to a concert by the Lee Boys, a group whose sacred steel rave-ups have made it a favorite in the jam band scene and beyond.

Mixed nuts

A little booing and heckling is -- if not conducive to useful debate -- well within the bounds of participation at forums on health insurance legislation.

Defining the South

Here's a good bit of political call/response. The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins took umbrage at Sen. George Voinovich's statement that the problem with the Republican Party is too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns.

Full moon in Alaska

Others have noted this, but there can't be sufficient attention to Sarah Palin's entry into the health debate, with some of the wackiest words yet.

'Fiscal conservative' Mike Ross UPDATE

Wall Street Journal map Get a new descriptive for the Blue Dogs, please. The reasons are ample.

GOP to double-dippers: Resign

The Republican Party makes hay of the reports that county elected officials have finagled retirement pay while still serving without actually terminating employment.

Saturday thoughts?

Open line.

Pour us another

At the Heights stylish new wine bar, By the Glass.

Tomatoes: Bad year all over

The Arkansas Times crew gathered at publisher Alan Leveritt's plantation near Otto last night to eat what could be salvaged from his normally world-class crop of organically grown heirloom tomatoes.

Where did the day go?

I can't claim that productive activities kept me away from the blog today. But I did watch some food porn -- the Julia Child movie.

Weekend of Food.

Eventful weekend.  Lots of stuff happened.  Checked out a couple of restaurants, which I'll be sharing with you later this week.  Also made the journey to Cave City for that fabulous free feast... which also turned out to be Hunter's first ever taste of watermelon. 

It's not child's play

Big money, religion, presidential politics, high-dollar lawyers. They’re all part of the ongoing and expensive story of mental health care for kids in Arkansas.

To compute or not to compute

Stephens Media looks in some depth at the question of whether to use the computer or bouncing balls to draw lottery numbers.

Thank goodness for Big Govt.

Krugman: Every action may not have been perfect, but government intervention seems to have staved off another Great Depression.

Priest removed in Fayetteville

A Fayetteville Catholic priest, Rev. Bradley Barber, has been removed from his pastoral role because of an adult man's allegation that Barber sexually assaulted him last week.

Wreck details released

Here's the full report on the fatal accident on Mississippi Sunday afternoon. Mauricio Flores-Bolls, the driver of a pickup, was identified as the person killed.

Late to the gold rush

Timing. It's important.

Lunchplate Land.

There’s something to be said about comfort food… something that draws in lines of folks that stretch around a packed restaurant before noon on a weekday.

WM3 hearing underway

Cecillea Pond-Mayo of Channel 4 is covering the West Memphis Three hearing by Twitter. So far: * Circuit Judge David Burnett has refused a defense request that he disqualify from hearing the post-conviction relief petitions in the 1993 case because he is a candidate for political office (state Senate).

WM3 hearing underway

Cecillea Pond-Mayo of Channel 4 is covering the West Memphis Three hearing by Twitter. So far: * Circuit Judge David Burnett has refused a defense request that he disqualify from hearing the post-conviction relief petitions in the 1993 case because he is a candidate for political office (state Senate).

Serving Up Specials.

As I mentioned earlier, River Cities Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday with the event at the River Market.

UALR prof to head Lion World Services

Larry Dickerson, a professor at UALR, will be the new CEO of Lion World Services for the Blind.

$42 million in stimulus UPDATE

Gov. Mike Beebe released today a list of about $42 million in federal stimulus money on higher education institutions and another $26 million for other educational needs.

Rep gets all atwitter

Single performance tickets to the Rep's 2009-2010 season are on-sale today. It kicks off on Sept. 11 with the musical "Always...Patsy Cline."

Sanford hypocrisy watch

Penny-pinching South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wasn't so tight when it came to spending taxpayer money on himself.

Dragnet LR

An afternoon report from the LRPD brings reports of three people shot in two separate incidents and -- good news -- arrest of a man suspected of home intrusion robberies.

'Death panel' architect

He's a pro-life Republican senator from Georgia. And good for him on this point, by the way.

Monday: 48-Hour Film screenings, Travs

Come Go With Us. From Mississippi, Come Go With Us does acoustic-heavy Southern rock at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5.The first batch of 48-Hour Film Project films screen at Riverdale, at 7 p.m. and then again at 8:45 p.m.

Bombing development

Some developments today in federal court, where a bond hearing was held for Sangeeta Mann, indicted last week along with her husband, Dr. Randeep Mann, who was already facing charges for possesing illegal grenades and firearms at his home near Russellville.

Daily Digest: Heath Ledger's last movie, John Hughes doc and the Clean

Here is the whacked-out trailer for the much-embattled and difficult to say "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Escape route

Legislators visited the Cummins Prison today and walked through the route that a pair of lifers used in a recent escape from the prison.

Fie on the government

Mike Huckabee explains why he hates the idea of "government-run" health care. When government does something, it doesn't worry about how much it will cost.

Fie on the government

Mike Huckabee explains why he hates the idea of "government-run" health care. When government does something, it doesn't worry about how much it will cost.

LR loses landfill suit

A circuit judge has ruled that Little Rock did not have the authority under state law to pass an ordinance in May preventing BFI Waste Management Systems from putting waste from gas drilling in its landfill on Mabelvale Pike.

Sen. Lincoln on health care

Jason Tolbert, the Bloggin' Republican, got an interview with Sen. Blanche Lincoln today and asked any and all questions potential opponents might like to put to her, seems like.

Over to you

Take the mic.

Over to you

Take the mic.

Don't Look, Ethel!

There's more fried food on the Eat Arkansas blog! I know there are some folks who read this blog who bemoan the seeming lack of local and organic foods featured here... on the other hand, there are some who believe Eat Arkansas should have an emphasis on real Arkansas foods.  Therefore, feast your eyes on something truly of an Arkansas basis -- the sampler plate from the AQ Chicken House in Springdale.  What you see there above is a feast laid out for a hearty eater:  one Original AQ Pan Fried Chicken leg, one Chicken Over The Coals breast, and one Sweet N’ Smokey BBQ Chicken wing, a side of sweet potato casserole and another side of Batter French Fries.  AQ Chicken House has been around since 1947, and its longevity has apparently not hurt its popularity or the quality of its products.  And considering the number of readers who have implored me to head my butt up Highway 71 to try the restaurant out... well, there you go.  More over at Tie Dye Travels, if you're interested.

Don't Look, Ethel!

There's more fried food on the Eat Arkansas blog! I know there are some folks who read this blog who bemoan the seeming lack of local and organic foods featured here... on the other hand, there are some who believe Eat Arkansas should have an emphasis on real Arkansas foods.  Therefore, feast your eyes on something truly of an Arkansas basis -- the sampler plate from the AQ Chicken House in Springdale.  What you see there above is a feast laid out for a hearty eater:  one Original AQ Pan Fried Chicken leg, one Chicken Over The Coals breast, and one Sweet N’ Smokey BBQ Chicken wing, a side of sweet potato casserole and another side of Batter French Fries.  AQ Chicken House has been around since 1947, and its longevity has apparently not hurt its popularity or the quality of its products.  And considering the number of readers who have implored me to head my butt up Highway 71 to try the restaurant out... well, there you go.  More over at Tie Dye Travels, if you're interested.

Slobberbone!

Tthe best terribly named band Texas ever birthed reunites tonight for a special show at White Water tonight. Look out for songs that trade in heartbreak, hangovers and stylistic variety.

Those 'death panels'?

They already exist. They are called private insurance companies.

Can't beat Ark.; but you can beat our kids

The New York Times notes a disquieting fact. In the minority of states that still allow physical pounding (AKA corporal punishment) of school children, disabled children get a disproportionate share of the paddling.

No charge in Fayetteville

The Morning News follows up on the married Catholic priest in Fayetteville removed from his pastorate because of sexual contact with an adult male.

The great football fight

The fight over allowing private schools that recruit athletes and provide scholarships to compete for state football championships is far from over.

Kissing babies, etc.

The things you have to do to run for political office. Thanks to Jason Tolbert for heads-up on this one.

Tuesday To-Do: Slobberbone

SLOBBERBONE9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $12.It's a rare treat for alt-country fans.

Tuesday To-Do: Zechs Marquise

ZECHS MARQUISE9 p.m., Vino's.It's safe to say that El Paso's reputation for birthing kickass, spazzed-out guitar and prog rock bands like, say, At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta, wouldn't exist if not for the Rodriguez-Lopez clan.

Police cutback

City budget cutting has hit a public service with which many are unfortunately familiar. The window at the Little Rock police headquarters where you pick up copies of accident reports will now be open only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DBTs at REV

Here's a bill that's going to make a lot of people happy:Drive-By Truckers with James McMurtryRevolutionSat., Oct. 24I'll get you ticket info when I've got it.

Dems fire back

Arkansas Repubs, with nothing to work with but fear, have been trying to erect a mountain from the molehill of carping about disruptive and poorly informed people who've turned out whenever a Democratic politician has tried to have a discussion about health care legislation.

Real estate: Could be worse

The monthly report on Arkansas housing sales shows them down statewide in June against the same month last year by 4.5 percent.

Payday lenders ousted

A coalition that has fought payday lenders announced today that the last payday lending operation in Arkansas had closed its door.

NLR stimulus money detailed

After three months of prodding, Argenta News has finally obtained the list North Little Rock has compiled for federal stimulus money.

Sweating Pulaski employees on theft

Channel 4 reports that polygraph testing of almost two dozen Pulaski County employees has begun in an effort to solve the theft of $15,000 left in a drawer in a county office.

A lotto grandstanding

The Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee delayed action on whether or not to favorably review the lottery commission's online gaming contract with Intralot.  The committee will take up the issue again at their meeting on Thursday.  Failure to favorably review the contract could put the projected Sept. 28 start date in jeopardy, although that was the main sticking point for most of the legislators on the committee.  Of course, just a short while ago, legislators were complaining that things weren't moving along quickly enough.  Lawmakers cited constituent concerns that the lottery is moving along too quickly, but today's meeting left the impression that committee members were being contrarian in order to get their names in the paper.    More details on the jump.

Snyder in public on health care

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder will talk about health legislation at noon Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Snyder in public on health care

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder will talk about health legislation at noon Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Daily Digest: Joel McHale is here to help you kill the last hours of the work day

The pilot of funniest-man-on-TV Joel McHale's new sitcom "Community" is streaming for free on Facebook more than a month before it debuts on NBC.This isn't nearly as funny as it should be, but it totally makes me want to pull out my collection and spend three hours staging a battle that never happens: Funny or Die has a new skit-song called "The Ballad of GI Joe" about the quiet time and hobbies of your favorite G.I. Joe characters.

The Justice Department purge

More evidence emerges of Karl Rove's hand in the firing of U.S. Attorney Iglesias in New Mexico.

New from the Princes

Everyone's favorite LR-based indie heroes the American Princes have posted two new songs on their website.

Looking for a GOP candidate

Who will run for governor as a Republican in 2010? Good question.

Open line

Speak now, etc.

ATF narrows focus on bombing

Fox 16 has an interesting followup on the ATF investigation of Dr. Randeep Mann in the bombing of Medical Board chairman Trent Pierce.

Mountain jam

The crowds shouldn't reach Wakarusa heights, but look for at least several thousand — certainly what the folks in Ozark would consider the hordes — to come streaming in from all across the region for the Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival, which kicks off today. Big names, including the Avett Brothers, headline.

The Observer, Aug. 13

The Observer crew gathered at the boss’ North Pulaski plantation near Otto over the weekend to eat what could be salvaged from his normally world-class crop of organically grown heirloom tomatoes.

Hot Springs recall

The citizens group that has been bulldogging Hot Springs city issues sent an e-mail last night claiming victory in its effort to recall Hot Springs City Director Carroll Weatherford.

Bush White House doublespeak

The New York Times notes contradictions in language spoken publicly by Karl Rove and that contained in recently released e-mails about his role in the ouster of U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins in Little Rock to create an opening for White House aide Tim Griffin.

Hubbub for Hanaroo.

Eat Arkansas reader Rummy sends in this report on Hanaroo, the little sushi place that could, downtown.

The race is on

Curtis Coleman has made it officially official that he's running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to oppose Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

The race is on

Curtis Coleman has made it officially official that he's running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to oppose Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Suckup watch UPDATED

I promised more from the document dump relating to the U.S. attorney purge. Talking Points Memo did my work for me on one e-mail I'd heard about last night relative to former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin of Little Rock:

We like Mike

Talk Business Quarterly poll numbers. Strong approval numbers for Gov. Mike Beebe, 78 percent.

Wednesday through the Weekend To-Do: Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival

The Avett Brothers. MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL3:30 p.m., Mulberry Mountain (outside of Ozark).

The Interview Project comes to Arkansas

Get yourself to David Lynch's Interview Project post-haste, film fans. Every day, since June, the site's posted a new short interview of different people encountered by Lynch's son Austin Lynch and collaborator Jason S. over the the course of a 20,000 mile, 70 day road trip that weaved throughout the U.S. It's a fairly banal concept on paper, but the filmmakers have an impressive ability to get people to open up to camera — about abuses suffered, missed opportunities, family, hope.

Keep 'em flying

Sens. Lincoln and Pryor and Gov. Beebe joined Dassault Falcon and Hawker Beechcraft officials at a media event this morning to praise the impact of general aviation-related jobs (10,000) in Arkansas.

Lottery pep talk

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, the Father of the Arkansas Lottery, is speaking to a meeting of the Lottery Commission this afternoon.

Wednesday: 48-Hour Film screenings, Red Octopus, LR Fashion Week begins

Red Octopus' "Summer Coven." Tonight, the last batch of 48-Hour Film Project films screen at Riverdale at 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

So long, Pard

Arkansas Business is reporting that Dale Nicholson will step down as general manager of KATV, Channel 7, in October, to be succeeded by Mark Rose.

Tracking double-dipping educators

George Hopkins, the former state senator who now is director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, is in the process of stirring up more than a spot of news.

Betsey Wright charged in prison case

Betsey Wright, chief of staff under Gov. Bill Clinton and a long-time familiar figure in state and national politics, has been charged with 51 felony counts of attempting to take contraband items into the Varner Unit of the prison system, which houses Death Row.

Taylor Swift headed to Verizon

On Saturday, Sept. 26. Kellie Pickler is opening.Tickets range from $21.75 to $51.25 and go on-sale next Friday at 10 a.m. via the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000 or on www.ticketmaster.com.According to the release, "The FEARLESS TOUR will feature an incredibly theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements designed by Taylor herself."Yeah, buddy.
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