UA prof calls for resistance to liberal domination on campus.
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"Publish or perish" is the cry in higher education today. For professors in Arkansas in the late 1950s, it was "Sign or perish." Even David Horowitz might have been shocked.
Robert Maranto acknowledges that one reason universities hire more liberal professors than conservative professors is because there are more liberals to hire from.
Hibernia, a new Irish restaurant and pub owned by two guys named Gerry with Irish pub experience in New York, opened last night at 9700 North Rodney Parham, the former location of Legends and scores of other restaurants and bars.
The feds have released a group of broadband development grants, including news leaked yesterday that UAMS would be receiving $102 million.
I've had my negative opinions about Ted Olson, the conservative attorney. But, wow.
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has sent out a letter addressed "Dear Editor" (presumably to appear in Friday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) to be signed by local chambers in the Fayetteville Shale region that criticizes the documentary Gasland and does some cheerleading for the natural gas industry.
Jason Mraz visits Harding College this
Video about Chakaia Booker, the New York sculptor who has a piece in Philander's library.
Retired members of the Public Employees Retirement System now have to leave office longer before they may return to work and claim both a retirement and pay check.
The Band covers "Atlantic City."
Happy Hour in the Heights tomorrow night at Stephano's.
We have news in this week's Insider of the sale of the old downtown YMCA building at Sixth and Broadway.
Jason Tolbert has a scoop of interest to legislative junkies. The essential Bill Stovall, former House speaker and master of legislative detail, is slated to be House chief of staff.
The slate is clean.
Filmmaker brings movie back to Arkansas.
A reader asks the origin of not all its cracked up to be, meaning "It's disappointing, it doesn't live up to its reputation," as in "Reality is not all it's cracked up to be."
Boulevard Bread is moving its baked and catering productions to a new location on South Main Street.
Good week: Politicking, sweltering, City Director Michael Keck. Bad week: Debating, lottery scholarships, LRHA.
On "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town," "The Great Food Truck Race" and "The Universe: Time Travel."
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Gridiron: A View From the Bar," Deftones, Brooks & Dunn, Secondhand Serenade, Gordon Lightfoot, The Body
Over the next three weeks, A Boy Named Sooie will commemorate the return of his weekly column (and exorcise his needling doubts about the upcoming season) by playing a little devil's advocate.
Philander Smith College got a big boost last week. The Kresge Foundation awarded it a $1.2 million grant to establish a center for social justice. Now it must raise $300,000 as part of a challenge grant for the program.
The Observer's younger brother (we just mistyped "bother," but to paraphrase and vastly condense Freud, there are no typos) is an IT guy. He genuinely enjoys his job, but occasionally, it makes him slap his forehead so hard that he nearly blacks out.
Aug. 12, Sticky Fingerz
A good concept gets undone by an unlikable protagonist.
Julia Roberts globe hops in 'Eat Pray Love.'
Little Rock's most prolific singer/songwriter celebrates her new CD release at Town Pump.
"Voices for Justice," Arkansas Times Blues Bus, Eric Overmyer and more
Did you hear about the Los Angeles Times? And did you hear about the teachers' union?
Press 1 provides cozy atmosphere, great pizza.
Judging from the rather light crowds the couple of times we were there, the lunch buffet at Cafe 201 isn't getting as much attention as it deserves.
Here we are in the second battle of the health insurance war, where the enemies of reform reignite fears that the new federal law will close hospitals and small businesses, drive doctors from practice, ratchet up everyone's insurance premiums and generally reduce the country to ruin.
A news release arrived this week headlined "Lincoln, Pryor, Snyder Announce $2.2M for Arkansas's National Cemeteries."
Lost in the daily reports on the use of state vehicles by elected officials and employees in the early days of August was some good news about Arkansas's long-plagued juvenile justice system.
Hotel California, Michael Burks, Cody Belew and more.
The historic YMCA building at 6th and Broadway in Little Rock, purchased in 2005 by California-based real estate developer Tower Investments, has been sold to a yet-to-be-disclosed buyer.
Ah, man, I'm feeling gloomy this week. I don't know what it is. Maybe the heat. Maybe suffering by people I care about that I can't do anything to help.
After reading "In the crosshairs" from the Aug. 5 edition I found myself at a loss.
An advertising philosophy so meaningless it's brilliant?
Stephens Media article this morning indicates the panel studying new money for highway construction may be leaning toward a temporary half-cent sales tax increase to pay for a bond issue.
Here's a funny/scary/intriguing note from the Gannett Blog run by former Arkansas Gazette editor Jim Hopkins.
You need to eat your vegetables. Which is just another reason why you need to have breakfast at the Mud Street Cafe in Eureka Springs. Better than a V8.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln announces money for a new I-40 interchange in Conway. Citizens of Conway rise up and show your displeasure by voting for the candidate who opposes wasteful federal spending.
A new Talk Business Quarterly poll gives Republican Tim Griffin a 17-point lead (52-35) over Democrat Joyce Elliott in the race for 2nd District Congress to succeed Rep. Vic Snyder.
The Hillcrest Pug Strangler (sketched above); pagan rock formations in Allsopp Park; a group of beautiful women in a secret society led, possibly, by a spectral bearded wizard-looking dude; a vigilante band of 11 to 12 year-old boys (the Hillcrest Youth, natch)—strange things are happening in the heart of Little Rock.
... Degrees of Density: Selections from the Flatfiles of the Kentler International Drawing Space."
Big names headed to the Ozark Folk Center's annual tribute to Granpa Jones, Sept. 3-4.
One man was fatally wounded and two more men are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds to the head in a shooting reported about 11:30 p.m. last night outside a motel off Geyer Srpings Road at 6100 Mitchell Drive.
Mexican independence, wrought with a nod to graffiti.
The Weekend Theater debuts "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
Goings on about town for Thursday, August 19.
Join the Arts Center tonight at members' preview and get a discount.
The Arkansas Bar Association's biannual comedy revue returns to the Rep.
Check this out. One in four of all Americans and one in three conservative Republicans think our Christian president is a Muslim.
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Melissa Moody, who's been Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's chief of staff, is leaving the office to start a consulting place.
Gerard Matthews is covering the public hearing and Lottery Commission meeting today on adding vending machine to sales options for lottery tickets.
Vino's celebrates its 20th anniversary in September with a concert featuring Gino Delray, The Baileys, Big Boss Line, The Boondogs, Living Sacrifice, Ho-Hum and Ashtray Babyhead
Somebody didn't get the memo that's been going around about how Little Rock is a shining star in the country's economic doldrums.
That's Happy Hour in the Heights at Stephano's.
Put 'em here.
Ho-Hum - "Ordinary People" (live at Vino's)
Two articles in the morning Democrat-Gazette are related, it seems to me. * On page one is elaboration on the old news that the Little Rock police headquarters is unsafe because of a persistently leaky roof.
Politico rounds up the Republican edge in money this election cycle, particularly among so-called independent spenders.
It's Rasmussen, which leans heavily Republican, but still.... Boozman 65 Lincoln 27.
Goings on this weekend, August 20-21, in and around Little Rock.
Deftones, the Radiohead of nu-metal, and Baroness, the celebrated metal young guns, come to Robinson Center Music Hall.
Little Rock's most prolific singer/songwriter celebrates her new CD release at Town Pump.
Tattooed, acoustic feelie, Secondhand Serenade comes to Juanita's.
BROOKS & DUNN7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena.
The rate in Arkansas in July dropped a tenth of a point, to 7.4 percent.
Another impressive line-up for El Dorado Musicfest, scheduled for October 1 and 2. Marty Stuart, Pat Green, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Uncle Kracker, Aranda and more.
You betcha. Fear of the brown hordes is a winner this election year.
Another offshoot of the onging Autogate saga on official use and misuse of taxpayer-purchased automobiles: KAIT in Jonesboro reports on the DWI arrest of the mayor of Harrisburg, Buzzy Faulkner.
Sen. Al Franken is going to be in Little Rock Sunday morning for a fund-raising brunch at the Edgehill Road home of Chip and Cindy Murphy.
It's Third Friday Artnight tonight from 5-8 p.m. along Main Street in North Little Rock.
High art at Fayetteville Underground.
Dawn Jackson, a blogger who's following the ongoing division, union fight, corruption and general chaos in the Pulaski County School District, says rumors are circulating of yet another "emergency" school board meeting tonight (not announced yet, if so) to discuss the new bell schedule.
Since several people asked: The governor's office, relying on the Higher Education Department, said notices are supposed to go out tonight to the additional 1,400 "non-traditional" students who are to receive lottery scholarship money after the discovery of an additional $5.9 million in money for the program.
Tennessee judge says Fisk can't sell share of collection to Crystal Bridges.
Leslie Peacock's Eye Candy blog has a report on a Tennessee judge's ruling against billionaire Alice Walton in the effort to work out a deal to get access to Fisk University's collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings for the Crystal Bridges Museum under construction in Bentonville.
The state announced $9 million in school improvement grants today, including three in the Little Rock School District badly in need Cloverdale Middle School and Hall and J.A. Fair High Schools.
Dr. Robert Tomlinson, a Fayetteville and Rogers orthopedic surgeon, received a 10-month sentence today for health care fraud.
As a Little Rock School District resident, I can only say, "Thank God for the Pulaski County School District's Gang of Four."
Kathy Wells, secretary of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, sent a note to members last night that indicates police may have cracked the case of the Parris Towers pellet gun sniper who's been using the Little Rock Housing Authority high-rise at 18th and Broadway to target a neighbor, his car and dog with persistent gunfire.
NY Times columnist Charles Blow writes about a growing movement of Jewish voters toward the Republican Party, encouraged by President Obama's hard line toward Israel and outreach to Muslim.
A union correspondent writes this morning to say the Arkansas State AFL-CIO decided today not to make an endorsement in the race for U. S. Senate.
"North Little Rock Finds Its Cool" That's the headline on a New York Times slideshow that accompanies a travel section feature on the Argenta Arts District, with specific mentions of Galaxy furniture, Greg Thompson's art gallery, the Starving Artist restaurant and Crush Wine Bar.No one knows for sure whether the name Dogtown, for the area of North Little Rock, Ark., now known as the Argenta Arts District, originally came from the abandoned animals that once roamed its streets.
Josh Fox brought his documentary Gasland to Little Rock last night with a screening at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Some recent polling on both sides of the political fence turned up some slightly scary numbers for Gov. Mike Beebe — a lead over Jim Keet but a number for Beebe under 50 percent.
Spin some gold.
Some Arkansas legislators, having heard the howls of unhappy parents, are set on tinkering with new Arkansas lottery scholarship rules, particularly to make more "non-traditional" students eligible.
The Log Cabin Democrat has a story up on Circuit Judge Mike Maggio's display of some sort of badge when stopped for speeding by an Arkansas state trooper earlier this summer.
Sorry. I took off early today for Stuttgart and just got back.
Delayed reactions to the Hope Watermelon Festival.
Talk Business poll shows Republican Ron Crawford up 16 points over Democrat Chad Causey for 1st District Congress.
Paul Krugman happens this morning to confront head-on the comfort-the-rich policy espoused in a D-G interview this morning by 2nd District Republican candidate Tim Griffin: We need to pinch pennies these days.
Many moments too late comes this economic analysis: Housing will eventually recover from its great swoon.
Tea Party. Americans for Prosperity.
Just because lottery sales in Arkansas seem to correlate to education levels — counties with low education levels have high lottery sales — doesn't mean the uneducated are more likely to be lottery players.
In the realm of folk music, few tracks are larger than the ones left by Gordon Lightfoot and his 12-string guitar.
Shock rock king Alice Cooper and metal movie maker Rob Zombie for the "Monster Ball," October 21 at Verizon.
The Moving Front will release its second recorded album, "Everyday Dissonance," at the Whitewater Tavern on September 25th.
Verizon is out, AT&T is in as sponsor of RazorRock.
Thirty years and a true Southern style pit adds up to extraordinarily good barbecue in Eureka Springs. The cheeseburger is also a thing of beauty.
House Speaker Robbie Wills will join 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Joyce Elliott at a Conway news conference tomorrow.
You have to give Republicans credit. When you think they couldn't possibly top themselves with dishonest sleaze, they invent another talking point that many voters will undoubtedly swallow whole.
Johnny Cash was a notorious coffee-hound. Legend has it that the great one carried around a Ziploc bag of Sanka that he's spoon into the coffee he ordered at restaurants.
Shock of shocks, the "True Blood" scribes did not, as I predicted last time, stretch the Sookie reveal over three episodes. Nope, they spit it out immediately, starting with Sookie's reaction, which came in that charming manner that she and almost no one else usually greets ridiculous supernatural revelations
The world now knows that Tiger Wood's divorce became final today. Surprise.
The retail alcoholic beverage sales industry in Little Rock is hopping made about a draft city ordinance going around that would 1) prohibit sale of individual bottles of beer, wine and spirits smaller than certain sizes and 2) dramatically cut back on the legal hours for alcohol sales in Little Rock.
SAGA to honor printmaker Evan Lindquist.
The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today filed a proposed settlement of the society's lawsuit over the state's initial refusal to allow it to erect a winter solstice display along with the Christmas decorations at the Capitol.
Pharaoh Sanders - "Thembi" (live on "Night Moves")
Take it away. In answer to questions from several reads: Though I'll believe just about anything about The Huckster and money, this thing just sounded dubious to me.
The Crawford County sheriff's office has apologized to the mother ordered out of a Crawford County courtroom by a bailiff because she was breast feeding.
I was kind of hoping there was something more interesting at the root of this Little Rock police report on the theft of several dozen Arkansas Democrat-Gazette boxes.
Gordon Lightfoot still has work to do, and it seems that he lives to keep working. For him, singing is his work, and he takes it seriously. He proved that Monday night at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center, before a decent crowd with more energy than one might have expected on a hot August night.
Saddest local news story of the day yesterday came from KTHV. It reported on the arrest of a Little Rock man in Greenbrier Friday after he reportedly threw his boxer dog from his car on a busy stretch of highway.
Housing sales plummeted in July to the lowest level in 15 years, another indicator that the country is far from turn-around.
From a source close to the "Voices for Justice," the rumors are true: Johnny Depp and punk icon Patti Smith will join Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines Saturday at Robinson.
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Every news release Republican congressional candidate Tim Griffin distributes mentions his reserve military service. He's run TV ads about his reverence for military service. But his record includes disservice to troops.
Filing for Little Rock city offices ended today. Mayor Mark Stodola ended up with an opponent of a sort, occasional candidate and gadfly Glen Schwarz, probably best known for his long work reform marijuana laws.
Another round of special federal grants for education were announced today and Arkansas again wasn't among the recipients.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has thrown in with some colleagues around the country into trying to pressure Craigslist to drop its adult services section.
The Arkansas AFL-CIO has announced endorsements made at its convention Saturday in Hot Springs. As I wrote earlier, the group gave no recommendation in the U.S. Senate.
Monumental ceramics by the California artist liven up the Arts Center.
Watch a parody of "True Blood" that encapsulates the show in 60 seconds.
Can the state afford a 2.5 percent increase in school spending next year and 2.9 percent the year after that, or more than 5 percent over two years?
Maybe the community can liven things up.
Republicans are going bonkers. They're trying to portray as a flipflop Sen. Blanche Lincoln's remarks today that while she leans toward extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, that she thinks the super wealthy can pay more.
An entry for the late-night reading pleasure of education wonks and, particularly, wonks of the debate over charter schools.
I've written before about Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet's Florida roots. He spent the better part of the last decade in the restaurant business in Florida and voted there.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's efforts to increase farm subsidies for "wealthy farmers in Arkansas" gets ripped in a Washington Post blog posting today.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan will speak at 6 p.m. tonight at the Statehouse Convention Center as part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture series.
THE BODY9 p.m., Juanita's. $5.
The buyers of the old YMCA building downtown have stepped forward. Shellie Barnett, president of Jonesboro-based Deseo, LLC, said the company plans to restore the building and turn it into office space, including an insurance agency and a financial planning office on the first floor.
Can Alice Walton still buy the Stieglitz collection?