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August 17, 2006

Vol 4 • No 31

Quote without comment

From the September issue of the Strange Planet feature in National Geographic Traveler magazine:" . . .

Pryor floats estate tax plan

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says he has a compromise proposal for estate tax reform. Earlier this month, the Senate defeated a bill that would have substantially cut the estate tax and increased the federal minimum wage.

Willett suggests Beebe 'gaffe'

Even Democratic Party chairman Jason Willett struggles to defend gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe's position on teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in the public schools.

Over there

As of 8:30 p.m. local time last night, the U.S. has been in Iraq longer than it was in World War II.

The obesity fight

Arkansas announces today that a focus on childhood obesity -- such as through body-mass measurement in the schools -- is having an impact.

Re: Sen. Lieberman (R-Ct.)

A blog reader files this report from NE Arkansas: I was at a "Brown Bag" Question and Answer lunch today with Sen. Pryor in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Desperately seeking retail

A report from Texas (which, like Arkansas, has politicians who believe you can build the economy by providing subsidies to sporting good stores) about the unmet promises of a Cabela's store.

Medical report sought

Word is circulating that Sen. Tracy Steele, director of the state Martin Luther King Commission, was being treated for a heart-related condition.

Hey, it's just your money

Travelerocity, the spicy local blog on Arkansas Travelers baseball, has some pithy words worth reading about the conduct of minor league baseball affairs in Springdale and North Little Rock. Both cities like public tax money, but both like to operate in secret. Up in Springdale, the chamber of commerce nabob who helped narrowly pass a tax to pay for a new ballyard up there, is meeting one-on-one with elected officials to avoid a Freedom of Information Act trigger that would allow the public to hear what's being discussed about the venue they're building.

Forbes ranks LR high on job list

Little Rock is among the top 25 U.S. cities to find a job, according to a list compiled by Forbes magazine.

The 'paradoxical Republican'

The Huckster apparently applied that label to himself in an interview with a New Hampshire reporter.

Smart talk

This week: Being in Arkansas means you can buy a special sex enhancer; the State Capitol dome gets a scrubdown.

Words

“The Sunday evening meetings always had some inspirational topic as a theme. Arguments were martialed by such groups as The Christian Board of Publication, the Epworth League or the Moody Bible Institute ? ‘the West Point of Christian Service.’ ”�out the

Worst on job growth

So the Policy Foundation, the little Republican-leaning think tank at Little Rock, did a study of the 11 Arkansas governors since World War II using the monthly federal employment statistics from January 1945 through last month. The worst governor? Mik

The river people

Two documentary filmmakers are trying to film the White River people before the culture has entirely vanished. Ken Mandel of Dallas and former Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute director Melanie Masino have been working for nearly three years intervie

Guess who’s shifting on Iraq?

Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you a couple of sets of fresh quotations from a politician. Your assignment is to guess the identity of the politician.

The great and the small team up

A tiny liberal Methodist church and huge, conservative Fellowship Bible are working together to bring free medical care to the working poor of the Oak Forest neighborhood.

University Mall replaced?

Little Rock City Director Stacy Hurst told the Arkansas Times that Simon Properties showed city officials preliminary sketches of three different scenarios for replacing University Mall in Midtown.

Failed ‘tort reform’

Three years after it was enacted, there is no evidence that the state “tort reform” law has lowered the cost of medical malpractice in-surance, the law’s supposed objective.

We are doing better

State Education Director Ken James writes in place of Max Brantley, who is on vacation.

The Observer

The Observer got our first look at the Statue of Liberation Through Christ last weekend, and found it unsettling.

The week that was Aug. 9-15

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … MARMADUKE. American Railcar Industries announced that it would build a new manufacturing plant in Marmaduke, creating 150 to 200 jobs.

Prempro trial here sparks interest across U.S.

Linda Reeves of Benton alleges that the hormone replacement therapy drug Prempro, made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, caused her breast cancer.

A talk with Jay Chesshir

For the first time in 21 years, the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce has a new president. He is Jay Chesshir, a former president of the Hot Springs chamber for 11 years.

Science is hard!

Both major-party candidates for governor would support allowing “intelligent design” to be taught alongside evolution theory in public schools.

Asa’s turn in the Times

The ways of politicians can be so complex and beyond most voters’ understanding. Take Asa! Hutchinson as an example.

Allman son

Devon Allman is the son of famed rocker and Allman Brothers founder Gregg Allman, but he says he didn’t have a relationship with his father until his late teens. “It’s weird how it worked out,” he said earlier this week, as his band, Honeytribe, prepared

Green’s concert moves to October

Al Green will perform in concert at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, but it will be Oct. 27 rather than this Saturday, as the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the River Market had planned.

Mike!

Beebe's tiresome rope-a-dope campaign is wearing thin on others. Brummett opens today with this stellar assessment of Mike!

The Wal-Mart campaign plank

The NY Times writes today about Democratic candidates' use of Wal-Mart as a whipping boy in political campaigns.

Known by your enemies

We're sure it is only coincidental that Quapaw United Methodist Church pastor Betsy Singleton is married to U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, who has a Republican opponent in November.

It ain't easy being ...

Oral arguments begin at 1:30 p.m. today in the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the state to allow Green Party candidates on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

What a kick

Now it's Newsweek with a report on the growing popularity of adult kickball leagues, with the lead on the game as played, with liberal margaritas, in Allsopp Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

Tracy Steele report

Cassandra Steele, wife of Sen. Tracy Steele, said this morning that her husband is doing well after treatment for a blocked artery and should be released from Baptist Health in North Little Rock on Friday.

Oh the O zone

It hasn't rained more than a dab since April. The grass, bushes and trees are crunchy.

Oh the O zone

It hasn't rained more than a dab since April. The grass, bushes and trees are crunchy.

Nursing homes: Best and worst

In a followup to an earlier blog item about the heavy spending and pervasive influence of the nursing home lobby at the Arkansas legislature, a correspondent reports:

Constitution? Bush don't need no stinkin' constitution

Warrantless eavesdropping? It's unconstitutional, a federal judge rules.

To do Thursday: Rum Party at Rumba!

You'd be a fool to pass up a free party co-sponsored by Arkansas Times and Wally Waller's outontherock.com, complete with booze.

DeLay: McDaniel supports gun safety locks (UPDATE)

Republican attorney general candidate Gunner DeLay says his Democratic opponent, Dustin McDaniel, thinks that gun manufacturers should be required to include child safety locks with their products.

Pulaski District progress report

The federal court's Office of Desegregation Monitoring has issued one of  its periodic reports on desegregation progress -- this one on the Pulaski County Special School District.

Bush taint

With President George W. Bush's latest approval rating in Arkansas at 35 percent (63 percent of Arkansans disapprove of his performance), how beneficial will his Aug. 30 visit be for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson?

Games of 'skill'

You knew that video poker and blackjack would be the primary games of choice when Southland and Oaklawn added "electronic games of skill" to their offerings this fall.

With friends like these

The blogosphere is buzzing about this column by Joe Scarborough, the right-wing Republican congressman turned TV cable host.

Catch Sean Rock on 'GMA' Friday

And that would be "Good Morning, Arkansas," which follows ABC's "Good Morning, America" on KATV, Channel 7, starting at 9 a.m.

But will Joe stick by you?

A Qunnipiac University poll released today shows independent Senate candidate Joe Lieberman far outpacing his rivals among Connecticut Republicans.

The Mind of Matt: Red Rocks

If I can't be at Red Rocks in Colorado (dammit), at least "The Mind of Matt" blogger Matt Smith is. Even if you have to see Journey, Red Rocks would be one place I'd want to see a concert.

The third party case

In case you wondered: The Green Party, courtesy of the ACLU, took its case to federal court today on the state's stupid and unconstitutional interpretation of ballot access, i.e., that you need more signatures to put a third party candidate on the ballot than an independent candidate.

Picks for Aug. 17-23

Bill Clinton turns 60 on Saturday, and while singer Al Green now will not be around to wish him a happy birthday, everyone in Cen-tral Arkansas can celebrate with the former president. The Clinton Presidential Center and Park will be the site of the celeb

Classic funk comes to the North Shore

If there is a positive about Saturday’s Al Green show at Riverfest Amphitheatre being postponed (see story on this page), it’s that now we don’t have clashing shows on opposite sides of the river that were certain to make some R&B lovers have to choose li

Releasing the Rock

Clarendon native Sean Rock is well known to local music followers who like his Americana folk and rock music — a style that sounds as if it was crafted from a fine sawdust of heartache, intuition and Southern romanticism. He has completed his first solo C

Gridiron goes for the jugular

I’ve seen four Gridiron performances, starting in 2000, and this year’s topped them all. The musical send-up of Arkansas and national politicians and personalities by the Pulaski County Bar Association was spot on in hammering Gov. Mike Huckabee, Vice Pre

Pleasant Ridge puzzle

According to statements from Belk, which recently bought the Parisian chain, Parisian stores will retain their name for a while, but all should be converted to Belks by fall 2007.

Reliving 9-11

Though the events of 9/11 are still pretty raw, a few daring filmmakers have started exploring that day, easily one of the most impor-tant in American history. And, love him or hate him, Oliver Stone is nothing if not daring. While Stone easily could ha

TV Highlights for Aug. 17-23

If the buzz over the new cheeseball action flick “Snakes on a Plane” is any judge, people are just as scared as ever of our cold-blooded cousins. And while humans might be all too willing to crush, smash, shoot, chop, burn and/or flatten the most cunning

What's Cookin' for Aug. 17

The Italian Couple will be opening in its new location, at 1900 W. Markham St., on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The book of Paul’s

Given our love for diners, it probably goes without saying that we’ve dined a time or three at Paul’s Restaurant in North Little Rock. Perched on Park Hill since the mastodons roamed free, Paul’s is under new ownership these days — a circumstance that dre

Rum running

The Lee Boys, a big hit at Riverfest in May with their high-energy gospel-influenced, pedal-steel jam rock, will be back to provide the music for the Rumba Rum Party at Rumba and Revolution on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Charley Pride To Headline ACRC Gala

Three-time Grammy award-winning country and gospel vocalist Charley Pride will perform at the Gala for Life, an annual event benefiting the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Good point

From Stephens Arkansas News Bureau: EUREKA SPRINGS - The State Parks Department cannot keep building promised new facilities while money intended for those projects goes to keep existing sites open, parks commissioners said Thursday.

Good read

NY Times checks in with former Hog great and current pro football broadcaster Pat Summerall on the occasion of his new autobiography.

Good riddance

From the NY Times: The civil rights leader Andrew Young, who was hired by Wal-Mart to improve its public image, resigned from that post last night after telling an African-American newspaper that Jewish, Arab and Korean shop owners had “ripped off” urban communities for years, “selling us stale bread, and bad meat and wilted vegetables.”

Good news

Washington Post: Married women with children, the "security moms" whose concerns about terrorism made them an essential part of Republican victories in 2002 and 2004, are taking flight from GOP politicians this year in ways that appear likely to provide a major boost for Democrats in the midterm elections, according to polls and interviews.

Good grief

Political blogger has The Huckster in his top five Republican presidential candidates and gaining ground on the others.

Good water -- not!

A correspondent contributes additional information on a policy advisory council meeting last night held to discuss watershed management plans for Lake Maumelle.

Candidate Walker

A reader calls for comments (with nothing but kindness in his/her heart, we're sure) on the D-G article today about Bill Walker's pique at getting moved aside from a temporary leadership position on the state Parole Board.

Ark. liberal arts colleges score in US News (UPDATE)

The 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" released today contains particularly good rankings for two Arkansas liberal arts colleges.

Asa! makes big media buy

Roby Brock reports on his Talk Business blog that Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson purchased "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in broadcast television time for campaign advertising that will begin no later than Oct. 16.

Kornheiser's getting a grilling

Did you catch Tony Kornheiser on the new ESPN Monday Night Football crew? From what I saw of the exhibition game on Monday between Minnesota and Oakland-- and I really only wanted to see how former Hog Tarvaris Jackson might look with the Vikings -- Kornheiser, host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" and a Washington Post sports columnist, was OK compared to former ABC Monday Night Football funny guys/commentators such as Dennis Miller. But overall, he got slammed by the TV critics, including a fair critique by fellow Washington Postie Paul Farhi.

Last night: Lee Boys and Rev. Peyton

The Lee Boys and Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band both deserved a lot bigger crowd than they drew at the Revolution Room.

Lake Maumelle update -- Deltic loses

Here's the news from Judge Mackie Pierce's court on a variety of motions in Central Arkansas Water's effort to condemn some 700 acres owned by Deltic Timber near the Lake Maumelle water intake.

Gubernatorial debates set (UPDATE)

The gubernatorial campaigns of Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson have agreed to a schedule of three debates in September and October.

The Paron case

Testimony continues in Pulaski Circuit Court today in a last-ditch stab by a handful of supporters to keep the Paron High School open.

One less candidate

City Director Stacy Hurst informs us that she's decided not to run for mayor. She'll seek re-election to her Ward Three seat.

One less candidate

City Director Stacy Hurst informs us that she's decided not to run for mayor. She'll seek re-election to her Ward Three seat.

Wal-Mart's governor

The Huckster has made it clear he won't join various politicians -- including his old running buddy Tom Vilsack of Iowa -- urging Wal-Mart in a national campaign to treat its employees well.

Wal-Mart's governor

The Huckster has made it clear he won't join various politicians -- including his old running buddy Tom Vilsack of Iowa -- urging Wal-Mart in a national campaign to treat its employees well.

The Mind of Matt: Winding down in Colorado after Def Leppard

Matt Smith has post-concert cooldown going on in Colorado. Here's today's report: After the throw down at the Def Leppard concert, we took it easy today.

Tickets are on sale for Celebrity Attractions' "The Rock and the Rabbi"

Celebrity Attractions will kick off its new season with "The Rock and the Rabbi," a Christian musical, opening Sept. 11 at Robinson Center Music Hall.

What now?

With no way Paron High School can be opened Monday, a Pulaski judge has ruled it can't be closed by the Bryant School District.

What now?

With no way Paron High School can be opened Monday, a Pulaski judge has ruled it can't be closed by the Bryant School District.

An intelligently designed answer

Mike Beebe has liberals mad at him for the way he answered that question from the Little Rock paper about “intelligent design,” which is a euphemism for a right-wing religious finesse to get church views on divine creation forced on the science teachers i

Big bang

A$a! angles for space in the Sunday newspaper with a "special" announcement at 1 p.m. today at Don's Weaponry.

Naderizing Beebe

Can Mike Beebe really afford to discount liberal voters by pandering to the extreme right with his positions on everything from gay foster parents to teaching religion in science classes?

Opinion: bad opinion

NY Times: Legal scholars -- even those who support the outcome -- are ripping the quality of the opinion by the judge who found the Bush warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional.

The perfect country song

No it's not just about momma, trucks, trains, drinking and cheating. It's also anti-war.

We are not alone

Washington Post: For first time since Sept. 11, 2001, the vast majority of states reported saving an average of 10 percent of their budgets, one of the highest percentages of unspent money in decades.

You'll need a nap

After reading this account by a writer who accompanied Bill Clinton to the World Cup and then on a tour around Africa to watch the AIDS-fighting activities of the Clinton Foundation.

A rave for UA prof

The liberal arts are out of fashion at the University of Arkanas-Walton Branch, but some notable professors still slog on, doing good work though it doesn't necessarily translate to jobs, charter schools or cheaper ways for Wal-Mart to control inventory.

Words of wisdom

We've been remiss of late in not guiding you to the supplemental dose of Ernie Dumas you can get by reading his twice-weekly editorials, generally on Arkansas topics, in the Leader, Garrick Feldman's newsy paper in North Pulaski County.

Electrical shock

Look out, North Little Rock, the worst apparently is yet to come.The Democrat-Gazette's front-page story on poor Prescott residents swallowing $600-a-month electricity bills as the result of their city's decision to stick with its city-owned power company bodes ill for NLR residents, whose city also owns and operates its electric company.Even though NLR powers-that-be have begun warning of gigantic bills looming for residents, it's probably safe to say nobody imagined it might turn out as badly as it has in Prescott.Excerpting from the Democrat-Gazette's piece: Several other city-run utilities throughout Arkansas, including the North Little Rock Electric Department, are experiencing “sticker stock” as longterm wholesale power contracts begin to expire, [Entergy spokesman Mike Mauldin] said. Next year, North Little Rock will see power costs jump from $37.95 per megawatt hour to an average of $79.77 per megawatt hour. Much of that increase is attributable to merchant power providers — in this case, Maryland-based Constellation Energy — relying on high-cost natural gas to produce electricity, he said.As a retail provider, Entergy can offer cheaper power because it relies on cheaper coal, nuclear and hydroelectric power along with its natural-gas plants.As long as natural-gas prices remain high, he said, so will much of the nation’s merchant-produced electricity. “City-run utilities need to understand that the wholesale market is never going to be the same as it once was,” Mauldin said.

Change is gonna come

First notice: We'll be going to a registration process for blog comments next week. It will be free.

Change is gonna come

First notice: We'll be going to a registration process for blog comments next week. It will be free.

Duck and cover

As expected, A$a! announced his endorsement by the National Rifle Association. News release on the jump.

A heartbeat away

It took some doing, but John Brummett got Gov. Huckabee to say he supports  Jim Holt for lieutenant governor.

Battling the bulge

The NY Times takes a look at the many ways underway -- and Arkansas is mentioned -- to encourage healthier eating and living by children to reduce the number of fat kids.

Prescription for arrest

Morning News reports: Benton County Coroner Kimberly Scott confiscated prescription medication from dead hospice patients for personal use, the Benton County prosecutor said Saturday.

More deserting rats

Conservative pundits are jumping off the sinking Bush ship, the Washington Post reports, in rounding up criticism of the administration from George Will to William F. Buckley to Quin Hillyer (former D-G editorial writer who's now executive editor of American Spectator) to Joe Scarborough, among others.

The Mind of Matt: In the Wild West

Golden, Colorado   We went to check out some sites in this little town outside of Denver.

The money trail

Roby Brock's Talk Business takes a look at the media buying of the (major) candidates for governor.

The impeachment manager

The D-G today reviewed A$a's legislative career and included glowing remarks about his high integrity as impeachment manager in the Clinton affair.

Fears in the skies

The prez keeps saying we're safer. So how come actions tell another story?

The politics of terror

Will Iraq trump terror in the mid-term elections? That's the question Brummett ponders today.  As it happens, Frank Rich of the NY Times had this to say yesterday about that:

Welfare reform

Ten years after the landmark welfare reform legislation was signed by President Clinton, there's no denying that the number of people on welfare has been dramatically reduced.

GOP has lost its way

So says Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Important stuff

From the LA Times: USC Coach Pete Carroll went to great lengths to simulate conditions the Trojans will face when they travel to Arkansas for their Sept. 2 opener.The night before Sunday's mock game at the Coliseum, the team stayed in an unfamiliar hotel.

Campaign watch

A contributor to the widely read liberal blog, Daily Kos, sees The Huckster as the Republicans' dark horse candidate in 2008.

Election issues

AARP says it will be hitting the road in Arkansas this election season, taking a message by van around the state on some issues important to its membership (and others.)  Key issues: 1) reform of long-term care; 2) protecting people who live in nursing homes; 3) (here's one for everybody) protecting consumers from the sharks known as payday lenders.

Slopping the hogs

Before I give you an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article, I should probably say 1) there were undoubtedly plenty of Arkansas legislators at the conference mentioned; 2) you can bet Arkansas lobbyists were on hand; 3) Arkansas is so far NOT among the 37 states considering ethics reform; 4) neither of the major candidates for governor favor lobby reform, the Republican having recently been a lobbyist and special interest bonanza beneficiary and the Democrat having long been the corporate lobby's best friend in the legislature, 5) and, yes, you can wine and dine Arkansas lawmakers in ways that the favors don't turn up on ethics reports and the swilling DOES influence  votes.

Slopping the hogs

Before I give you an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article, I should probably say 1) there were undoubtedly plenty of Arkansas legislators at the conference mentioned; 2) you can bet Arkansas lobbyists were on hand; 3) Arkansas is so far NOT among the 37 states considering ethics reform; 4) neither of the major candidates for governor favor lobby reform, the Republican having recently been a lobbyist and special interest bonanza beneficiary and the Democrat having long been the corporate lobby's best friend in the legislature, 5) and, yes, you can wine and dine Arkansas lawmakers in ways that the favors don't turn up on ethics reports and the swilling DOES influence  votes.

Arkansas: digital laggard

Courtesy of The Briefing Notebook, is this link to a ranking of the states on e-government.

UCA's boom

UCA says the growth spurt under President Lu Hardin continues. A news release says enrollment should top 12,000 this fall (compared with 8,500 when Hardin arrived four years ago) and 4,200 will be in campus housing, up more than 10 percent from last year.

Send in the demagogues -- UPDATE

Gunner DeLay says the Paron school case is not about adequate education, but an attack on the rural way of life.

Gubernatorial gap --- UPDATE

Rasmussen Reports puts the race for governor at 45 Mike!-41 A$a! Its commentary: In a political season filled with bad news from the GOP, our latest Arkansas poll shows a trend moving in the other direction.

On movies: Gore's flick still popular; 'Snakes' bombs

Apparently, my theory that snakes have scared so many people since childhood that it would not make for a blockbuster summer film proved accurate, as "Snakes on a Plane" did a paltry $13.9 million this weekend ($15.3 million if you include the Thursday night previews), according to Box Office Mojo.

Testing, testing

We have enabled the blog registration requirement on our Little Rocking blog, which gets somewhat less traffic, as a test of the software.

Testing, testing

We have enabled the blog registration requirement on our Little Rocking blog, which gets somewhat less traffic, as a test of the software.

The election machinery

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels declares completion of review of election procedures and pronounces himself happy with results.

The wrangling continues

The Paron school scrap wears on. The Bryant School District, as the D-G reported this morning, is refusing to admit students who had transferred to other districts after the Paron High School was ordered closed.

Terrific music video featuring Chris Henry

Click on this link here to see what I think it an outstanding work of video editing by my friend and fellow Arkansas Times employee Roland Gladden, not to mention the great musicianship of local acoustic rock guitarist Chris Henry.

Meanwhile, back at the jail

We understand District Judge Vic Fleming issued an order today appointing Chuck Banks as a special prosecutor to investigate whether Sheriff Randy Johnson should  be held in contempt for not making room in the County Jail for people Fleming had ordered jailed for repeat driving offenses.

Meanwhile, back at the jail

We understand District Judge Vic Fleming issued an order today appointing Chuck Banks as a special prosecutor to investigate whether Sheriff Randy Johnson should  be held in contempt for not making room in the County Jail for people Fleming had ordered jailed for repeat driving offenses.

Def Leppard, Journey coming to Alltel Arena Oct. 30

You might want to read up on Matt Smith's blog entries from Colorado, Red Rocks and the Def Leppard/Journey tour. Def Leppard (right, photographed by Matt at Red Rocks) and Journey coming to North Little Rock's on Monday, Oct. 30, according to Def Leppard's publicity arm.

Flip-flop

Jim Holt, patron saint to book burners and defenders of the rural way of life everywhere, has one little blot on his record, opponent Bill Halter's campaign points out.

Melting down

Those who missed Bush's meltdown on the question of the link between Saddam Hussein, Iraq and the WTC attack on September 11, 2001, can take a look for themselves at this link.In this incredible clip Bush backtracks and says nobody in his administration ever said there was such a link.What horse **** .

Beebe by 21?

Fox 16 has just released the gubernatorial horse race numbers from Stephens Media-sponsored polling.. Hold onto your hats and get your earplugs to dampen the shrieks shortly to be emanating from Republican offices: Little Rock's widely respected and reliable Opinion Research Associates (Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf) polled 500 Arkansans on the four potential candidates and got these numbers: Beebe 52 Hutchinson 31 Bryan 3 Lendall 2 Remainder undecided Beebe by 21?

Beebe by 21?

Fox 16 has just released the gubernatorial horse race numbers from Stephens Media-sponsored polling.. Hold onto your hats and get your earplugs to dampen the shrieks shortly to be emanating from Republican offices: Little Rock's widely respected and reliable Opinion Research Associates (Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf) polled 500 Arkansans on the four potential candidates and got these numbers: Beebe 52 Hutchinson 31 Bryan 3 Lendall 2 Remainder undecided Beebe by 21?

100-year-old gets knee replacement

A 100-year-old Denver woman was walking again the same day after total knee replacement surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) this week.

Beebe leads by -- say what?

I regret having to say that I’m simply not buying the finding of our own poll of the governor’s race. It has Mike Beebe ahead of Asa Hutchinson by, well, 21 points.

This Modern World Aug. 24

Nolan Richardson's latest moves covered in SI

Sports Illustrated college basketball columnist Seth Davis visits with former Arkansas basketball Nolan Richardson on the latest goings on with the coach, including his recent "interview" with UTEP about its basketball opening, and whether he'll ever coach again.

He of little faith

As mentioned earlier, John Brummett's column today is a skeptical take on his news organization's poll in the race for governor.

Clueless in D.C.

Speaking of swimming against the tide: Here's Stephens Media on Rep. John Boozman, who mindlessly echoes the mindless with his stay-the-course pap on Iraq, newly fortified by expert witness from a brief and highly secure foray into the Green Zone bunker in Baghdad.

Gay foster parents

Among other issues, the Stephens Media polling found a solid majority -- 62 percent -- oppose allowing gay people to be foster parents.

I did good

In a NY Times op-ed, Bill Clinton talks of his work on welfare reform, beginning when he was Arkansas governor.

Reality TV

Washington Post reviewer catches a new Oxygen reality show featuring Shannen Doherty, helping people dump unwanted mates.

The Mind of Matt: Time for a good video

Matt Smith of Market Street Cinema wraps up his Traveling Colorado tour and also says it's a good week to settle in with a video, if you're not going to catch any of the indies he's got showing at Market Street (and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND "Twelve and Holding" as well as "An Inconvenient Truth").

Our fighting women

Daily Kos posts this moving tribute to service women who've died in Iraq.

Flip-flopper and fibber

That's Bill Halter's assessment of Jim Holt on education. News release on the jump.

Eroding: neighborhood support -- UPDATE

McGeorge Construction Co. has gotten a reprieve to put erosion controls in at the Pleasant Ridge shopping center under construction on Highway 10 off Interstate 430, environmental compliance engineer Nathan Charles said today.

Another homicide

Little Rock recorded its 43rd homicide Tuesday with the shooting death of Phillip Williams, 44, whose body was found about 3 a.m. in the 700 block of West 31st, not far from his home on State Street.

A look at Spike Lee's Katrina documentary

Renarda Williams, one of our regular reviewers in the print edition, caught last night's first two hours of Spike Lee's "When the Levee Broke" A Requiem in Four Acts."

New at the zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has a new year-old giraffe on exhibit. Mesi joins Jigsaw, a five-year-old giraffe that was born at the zoo.

Play ball

Springdale has a deal worked out to put the Wichita baseball team in its coming new stadium.

Clubbing

Whatever else may or may not be happening at the blighted University Mall, a plan to put a late-night hiphop club there is not dead yet.

Review: A look at the Rev Room and the Lee Boys

Mark Hooper, a local music aficianado, took in the Lee Boys show last Thursday at the Revolution Room and files this report:

Judge reverses: Paron to close UPDATE

Jennifer Barnett Reed reports: Four days after issuing a temporary restraining order that kept tiny Paron High School open, Judge Jay Moody ruled today on the heart of Paron's complaint -- that the state Board of Education didn't give them due process under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

Judge reverses: Paron to close UPDATE

Jennifer Barnett Reed reports: Four days after issuing a temporary restraining order that kept tiny Paron High School open, Judge Jay Moody ruled today on the heart of Paron's complaint -- that the state Board of Education didn't give them due process under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

UAMS retreat for ovarian cancer survivors

Survivors of ovarian and other gynecological cancers will be celebrated Sept. 30 during a day-long retreat sponsored by the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Today's polling

Stephens Media poll says: Big lead for Halter in race for lt. gov. (52-27).

Wal-Mart seeks diversity

From today's Morning News: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is joining with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help advance diversity within the Bentonville-based retailer’s operations, the company confirmed Tuesday.Dee Breazeale, a Wal-Mart vice president, will serve on the chamber’s corporate advisory council, which works to educate corporate America on the benefits of workplace diversity.

The country begins to get it

NY Times: WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — Americans increasingly see the war in Iraq as distinct from the fight against terrorism, and nearly half believe President Bush has focused too much on Iraq to the exclusion of other threats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

And in Iowa

A Des Moines Register poll puts Rudy on top of potential Republican presidential candidates. Giuliani, who has visited Iowa once since 2004, supports abortion rights, while 70 percent of the poll's respondents identified themselves as "pro-life," a term associated with opposition to abortion rights, compared to 30 percent who called themselves "pro-choice," shorthand for supporting abortion rights.Roughly 29 percent of the 400 surveyed by the Davenport-based firm said they were undecided about whom they would support.Arizona Sen. John McCain was the choice of 17.3 percent.

Huckabee rocks

Hotline, the national political tipsheet, gives the popup video treatment to rockin' Mike Huckabee and band.

The Mind of Matt: Listen to the Buzz, win some movie tickets

Matt Smith, winding up his Colorado trip, talks about the Broncos and movies. Of course, hard rock is on Matt's mind, and he tells us to look for him at Poison this weekend.

Will the Travs ever win again?

Some teams mail in the season, and some just don't even bother even caring to do that.

Huck goes green

A mailing from the governor offers energy-saving tips to cope with the high price of gas.

There they go again

Noted in today's attorney general opinions: The a.g.'s office, responding to a query from Prosecutor Larry Jegley, says it would appear Arkansas Children's Hospital is subject to the Freedom of Information Act because it receives public money, but the office stopped short of saying flatly that any records there, particularly concerning the cardiovascular intensive care unit, should be open to inspection by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

There they go again

Noted in today's attorney general opinions: The a.g.'s office, responding to a query from Prosecutor Larry Jegley, says it would appear Arkansas Children's Hospital is subject to the Freedom of Information Act because it receives public money, but the office stopped short of saying flatly that any records there, particularly concerning the cardiovascular intensive care unit, should be open to inspection by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

UAMS to study genetics' influence on aging heart

A study by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Jeanne Wei, M.D. Ph.D., hopes to show that alterations in a single genetic factor may underlie the aging changes commonly observed in the heart.
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