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August 24, 2006

Vol 4 • No 32

Today's polling

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

Politics in AIDS funding

Washington Post questions Hillary Clinton's motives: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up renewal of the primary federal law that battles HIV/AIDS, the 1990 Ryan White Act, causing a rift among activists on the subject and threatening approval of the legislation this year.

Speaking of presidential candidates

Hillary didn't do so well in a Zogby research effort -- released to U.S. News -- which asked people, based on nameless capsule biographies, which potential presidential candidates seemed best qualified to be president.

Tit for tat

Jim Lagrone, Republican candidate for secretary of state, takes exception to a quote attributed to Democratic Secretary of State Charlie Daniels.

Lendall makes ballot

U.S. District Court Judge George Howard today ruled that Green Party gubernatorial nominee Jim Lendall, and other party candidates, must be given a spot on the November general election ballot.

Lendall makes ballot

U.S. District Court Judge George Howard today ruled that Green Party gubernatorial nominee Jim Lendall, and other party candidates, must be given a spot on the November general election ballot.

Terror in the sky

A flight from Amsterdam to India was turned around and passengers arrested, this news story says.

Downsizing Rudy

NY Daily News columnist offers info that The Huckster might want to share with friends in Iowa:

Comments

I think I owe readers a report on the change to registration for commenters. Yes, it has been even more cumbersome for many than I had hoped.

Did Gannett buy The Times?

The New York Times has hired a guy to be its "perfume critic," according to this report on Yahoo News.There was a guy named Walker Lundy who wanted the late Arkansas Gazette to report on vital news events such as how to teach your cat to poop in the commode.Is he now working for The Times?

Goal scored

As seen in the new documentary “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos,” the fact that American kids even know what a soccer ball is these days can pretty much be traced back to one event: the founding of the New York Cosmos so

Smart Talk

This week: Another Huckabee shrine; good numbers for a movie about letters; race and punishment in the Pulaski County Special School District.

Who's parsing now?

An audience-attuned glibness is but one of their shared characteristics, along with a Hope birthplace, Baptist upbringings, big appetites now curbed and at least one obvious moral blind spot. (In The Huckster’s case it’s a love of money, perks and power t

Holt’s burden

The question in the lieutenant governor’s race is whether Jim Holt can successfully dissociate himself from his party’s gubernatorial candidate. He’s trying, but will the voters buy it?

Words

Do they conga in Congo?

The Observer

The Observer is just back from a dream trip — a Baltic cruise in the midst of a typically searing Arkansas August.

Persons of age

W.J. Clinton is apprehensive about turning 60, and he should be apprehensive about it. It’s not all over at 60 but the worthwhile part is.

The final days

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins of Little Rock says he’ll likely be leaving his job in the next few “weeks or months,” but almost certainly by the end of the year. He’d earlier told us he didn’t intend to serve out the entirety of the Bush administration’s

Too late -- the idiot question

Can a man who has read “The Stranger” by Albert Camus be an idiot? The White House would have you think not.

Empty stands

I’ve spent a lot of lonely fourth quarters in Razorback Stadium, many times on cold, wet November afternoons. The Hogs could be down by several touchdowns, with no hope of winning the game. Still, I always stay to the bitter end. To leave early would b

Arkansas's engine

I meant to offer my thanks to Max Brantley much sooner for his column regarding Jeff Collins’ statements about Central Arkansas. I read the coverage of Collins’ remarks by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was more than a little offended (not surprised un

Orval Aug. 24

Editorial cartoon

A compact history of women

Our bags are a big deal to us. We don’t care that men can get away with money clips. We’ve got to have our stuff. Which is why, partly, Anita Davis of Little Rock decided to create, from her collection of more than 2,000 purses, "The Purse and the Per

The week that was Aug. 16-22

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … DEBT. Despite a huge state surplus, college leaders and politicians prefer to borrow the money for $150 million in college construction needs, meaning the work will cost two or three times the cash price. There will be a vote

McCord takes the week off

Robert McCord is taking the week off. In his place, a bonus column by John Brummett of the Stephens Media Group.

Empty house, full court

Renaissance Homes Inc. finished construction on a 5,424-square-foot home in The Ranch subdivision in January 2005. But no one has ever lived there. Instead of moving vans, litigation ensued.

Texas storytelling legends in town

Ray Wylie Hubbard at Juanita’s Thursday; Robert Earl Keen at the Rev Room Friday.

Today's poll -- a.g.

The Opinion Research poll for Stephens Media has Dustin McDaniel up 33 over Gunner DeLay in the race for attorney general.

The coordinated campaign -- UPDATE

The headline is a subtle joke. The stealth group that has so far spent $100,000 on TV commercials to attack Mike Beebe's record  may not under the law be coordinated in any way with the Republican Party, the A$a campaign, etc. See, this little so-called 527 group is just providing information, not campaigning against Beebe. The  group chief's former Republican job, the Republican leanings of its supporters  and the solely anti-Democratic tenor of their ads? These things are purely coincidental and unconnected to the A$a! campaign.

The judge comes to his senses

Brummett commentary today on Judge Jay Moody's reversal -- and ultimate correct final decision -- in the infamous Paron case.

Idiotic -- and evil

There is no bottom to the treachery of the Bush Administration. Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.

Wal-Mart goes Communist

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Politicking

News releases to note: Independent Rod Bryan holds a news conference today at 3 p.m. to complain about his exclusion from gubernatorial debates.

Politicking

News releases to note: Independent Rod Bryan holds a news conference today at 3 p.m. to complain about his exclusion from gubernatorial debates.

Morning after pill

The FDA is going ahead with a "compromise" on over-the-counter sale of the morning-after birth control pill to women 18 and over.

Election travails

In Indiana, Election Systems and Software, which screwed up elections there as it did in Arkansas and elsewhere, is forking over $245,000 in compensation as well as providing extra help for fall.  Where's our cash, Charlie?

He said, she said

Forbes this week published an interesting point-counterpoint about the benefits and liabilities of a two-career marriage.

Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Dem Franchize Boys and more coming to Alltel

  Alltel Arena released details about a coming concert Sept. 25 featuring R&B and hip-hop sensation Chris Brown and Ne-Yo, along with a support lineup that includes the popular Dem Franchize Boys.

Dick Cheney, however, is not invited

Dustin McDaniel news release: State Representative and candidate for attorney general Dustin McDaniel today sent an invitation to his opponent Gunner DeLay to join him on his annual Opening Day Dove Hunt next weekend.  Dustin has spent almost every opening day of dove season in the same field near Bono since he was 16 years old.

Raid at the club

Immigration and Customs officers swept down on the Country Club of Little Rock yesterday, a source tells us, and arrested 14 to15 workers for lack of proper papers.

Raid at the club

Immigration and Customs officers swept down on the Country Club of Little Rock yesterday, a source tells us, and arrested 14 to15 workers for lack of proper papers.

Filmmaker hit by pitch

Melanie Masino, the documentary filmmaker and former director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute who we featured last week in the White River Living cover story, went up against a feisty chimp showing off his pitching skills Wednesday at the Little Rock Zoo.

Getting out Thursday: Ray Wylie Hubbard

This week's issue has a feature on Texas "outlaw" country music icon Ray Wylie Hubbard, who is appearing at Juanita's Cantina Ballroom.

To do Thursday: Circus is in town, grab the kids and go

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's 135th Greatest Show on Earth has arrived at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, and the first show is at 7 p.m. tonight.

PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST ELDERLY

Faith in Action, a service of Washington Regional that provides assistance to the homebound elderly in Washington and Benton Counties, is offering an Orientation and Training session for those interested in volunteering.

Teachers take an interest

The Little Rock School Board and administrators and the Classroom Teachers Association may have reached a temporary truce with the contract they agreed to a few weeks ago, but the rift between the two sides continues to dominate discussions about the dist

What's cooking/Capsule review

What's cooking: Joe Jackson's Fish and Wings and Things. Capsule review: Chili's Grill and Bar.

Living the circus life

When Karin Houcke was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer was obvious. And though she dabbled as a hair dresser in her Swiss high school’s job training class, and even worked a year in a salon, the circus was always her main attractio

UAMS to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screening Sept. 22

The Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22.

Beyond the norm

This weekend is going to be interesting, with some entertainment that goes beyond the norm and some perfect choices for all you freaks, geeks and lovers of quirky live acts. There’s also some good rock ’n’ roll and mellow listener-oriented acoustic guitar

Rescue Me from this cave!

Over the past few seasons, one of the consistently fine television shows — an island in a seemingly endless sea of swill — has been FX Network’s “Rescue Me.” Now Little Rock telecom giant Alltel has caved to the demands the Parents Television Council and

Hispanics head for higher ed

Gema Vargas, 20, will be a senior at UALR in the 2006-07 school year. She came to this country as a child. Her father, who had fled a war in Nicaragua, got a job in Arkansas, then brought his family up. Because they were considered war refugees, the Varga

Funk show was ‘Ffun’

Unrelenting heat, a very late start, the announcement of Kurtis Blow’s no-show, and the involuntarily shortened performance of Con Funk Shun did not stop the funky grooves of the Aug. 19 Pioneers of Funk concert.

Bass fishing stars hit the Arkansas River

The biggest names in bass fishing will take to the Arkansas River from the North Little Rock side Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 24-27, when the inaugural Bassmasters Legends is held here.

A sportsman’s good idea

Before Rex Nelson opined about politics for the statewide daily, wrote about business, opined about politics some more and then spent a few years in the governor’s office trying to explain what Mike Huckabee was trying to say, he was a sports guy. Still

The party’s at Prego

Cafe Prego in the Heights practices the axiom that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We hadn’t been back here in quite a while, but it was just as we remembered it: great, both in food and atmosphere, plus nice wine at fair prices.

TV highlights Aug. 24-30

JOHN WAYNE MARATHON All day Sunday, Aug. 27 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 29) WIDE ANGLE: RANSOM CITY 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) P.O.V.: WAGING A LIVING 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 AETN (Comcast CH.

And today's polls say

1) Bush has low approval rating in Arkansas -- 36 approval rating (like everywhere else but Utah).

The high cost of baseball

Morning News on negotiations with a minor league baseball team to occupy Springdale's coming $50 million stadium.

Religion and politics

NY Times: A new poll shows that fewer Americans view the Republican Party as “friendly to religion” than a year ago, with the decline particularly steep among Catholics and white evangelical Protestants — constituencies at the core of the Republicans’ conservative Christian voting bloc.

A$a!

News conference this morning: This week, Paron High School, a performing and financially-sound school in rural Saline County, was closed down because of rigid and inflexible bureaucratic standards.

Money talks

Surprise. The Little Rock School District voted yesterday to expand its merit pay experiments.

Wes Clark's campaign

Margaret Carlson writes this week about Democratic war vets taking on Republican chickenhawks in congressional races, with support from another vet from around here, Wesley Clark.

Like father

Here's a surprise: Blake Rutherford, son of Skip, who needs little introduction, is moving from his job as a Wright firm lawyer to the world of public relations, as public affairs director for Stone Ward.

The rich get richer

But you probably knew that. And full report is here.

They love Huck

The Huckster's unofficial blog posts a transcript -- with highlights and further explanations here and there -- of a warm and lengthy review of the presidential candidate by the National Journal.

On Music: Off the Beaten Path

Mark Hooper, a local music aficianado, scans myspace and other websites regularly and finds some bands you might not have heard of, and that you need to hear of.

Gettin' out Friday: Robert Earl Keen and Reckless Kelly

There are a ton of good shows out there in the Central Arkansas clubs for any and all likes, but the biggest show by far will be the Reckless Kelly/Robert Earl Keen double bill at the Revolution Room, starting at 9 p.m.

The Mind of Matt: Friday movies and metal

Matt Smith on the movies and where to find some good metal tonight: MOVIES New this week at Market Street Cinema is "Once In A Life Time."

Flexible standards

A$a says he'd try to breathe life into his nephew's rural school protection act if he's elected governor.

Election Stupidity and Snafus

Republican Jim Lagrone, candidate for secretary of state, says problems continue with the state's major election machinery contractor despite Secretary of State Charlie Daniels' assurances that things are improving.

Charter schools

We mentioned this study early this morning, but forgot to include a link. Studies such as these don't get much attention in a state in the thrall of Walton- and Hussman-induced charter school mania.

Daniels abides by ruling

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels today announced that he will not appeal this week's U.S. District Court ruling that ordered him to give third-party candidates the same ballot access as independents.

Dawn patrol

Mark Raines, news director of KTHV called today to let us know about a press conference at the station at 10 a.m.

Odd couple

You still have time to set the VCR to catch AETN's "Unconventional Wisdom" at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Technical problems

Yes, the blog was out of commission for a time during the last hour. It made posting impossible.

Open line

Let's try one.

Just between Jim Holt and me

Jim Holt always returns my calls. We always have a spirited conversation. We always seem to amuse each other. We always bog down in the reality that only one of us has any sense.

A conversation with Jim Holt

Brummett has one. No evidence of Holt's fitness to serve emerges.

A$a: stuck

Doug Thompson analyzes the Stephens Media Poll that the Repubs are trashing, looks at others, gives A$a every benefit of the doubt and concludes he's in trouble any way you slice it.

Escorted to jail

Fayetteville cops have busted some "escort services." Would you believe it.

Advantage Beebe

The Washington Post's political blog periodically reviews the races for governor and ranks them in order of which are most likely to switch parties.

Church-state pioneer

The NY Times has a long obit today on Vashti McCollum, who filed a 1948 suit in Illinois that led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting religious instruction in public schools.

Church-state pioneer

The NY Times has a long obit today on Vashti McCollum, who filed a 1948 suit in Illinois that led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting religious instruction in public schools.

Winds of change?

A veteran blog reader,  fearful of leaving any telltale fingerprints on a blog post, sends along this tidbit to share relative to how the winds are blowing in the race for governor:

Praise for George Howard

Editor Garrick Feldman calls attention to Ernie Dumas' latest editorial in The Leader, praising federal Judge George Howard's blow for Democracy in giving the Green Party a place on the election ballot.

The Mind of Matt: Partying in Hot Springs

DATELINE HOT SPRINGS, Friday, Aug. 26 -- We enjoyed a really good late night dinner at The Back Porch.

Strange bedfellows

We meant to mention this morning, after reading that Randy Minton and others in the super-conservative Republican Assembly had suggested that it might be a better idea to use the state's surplus for some $250 million in college building projects than to borrow the money, thus increasing the cost several fold, counting interesting, and extending taxpayer obligations by a couple of decades.

Strange bedfellows

We meant to mention this morning, after reading that Randy Minton and others in the super-conservative Republican Assembly had suggested that it might be a better idea to use the state's surplus for some $250 million in college building projects than to borrow the money, thus increasing the cost several fold, counting interesting, and extending taxpayer obligations by a couple of decades.

What's on your mind?

It's Saturday night. Shrimp creole is on the stove here and every magazine I'm plowing through today has a devastating tale about still-devastated New Orleans and the failure at nearly every level -- most importantly at the federal level -- to do what's necessary to assure the survival of New Orleans as a singular American city.

What's on your mind?

It's Saturday night. Shrimp creole is on the stove here and every magazine I'm plowing through today has a devastating tale about still-devastated New Orleans and the failure at nearly every level -- most importantly at the federal level -- to do what's necessary to assure the survival of New Orleans as a singular American city.

After the storm

The Katrina anniversary is page one news everywhere today. This Morning News sidebar about black people who resettled in Siloam Springs (it hasn't been easy) caught our attention.

Banco Wal-Mart

You remember when Wal-Mart said its controversial proposal to set up a so-called industrial bank in the U.S. was not aimed at entering the banking market, but merely a tool to process check and credit transactions.

Banco Wal-Mart

You remember when Wal-Mart said its controversial proposal to set up a so-called industrial bank in the U.S. was not aimed at entering the banking market, but merely a tool to process check and credit transactions.

To do Sunday: Poison at the Amphitheatre

Except for a few years in the 1990s, when Bret Michaels and C.C. Deville feuded, Poison has managed to keep it together for two decades.

The failed presidency

Great Frank Rich column today, available outside the NY Times subscription wall here.

The gubernatorial poll

Having cooked lunch, read the NYT and been to a movie ("Little Miss Sunshine," see it), I see Arkansas News is now updated for Sunday, where Brummett offers a few kind words for pollsters Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf  and where a news article explores the vagaries of polling.

The gubernatorial poll

Having cooked lunch, read the NYT and been to a movie ("Little Miss Sunshine," see it), I see Arkansas News is now updated for Sunday, where Brummett offers a few kind words for pollsters Ernie and Zoe Oakleaf  and where a news article explores the vagaries of polling.

Slacking

But if anybody's up Sunday night, here's your chance.

Slacking

But if anybody's up Sunday night, here's your chance.

Slight of the day

NY Times review of a new cable cartoon series includes this line: Widget is big and pink and rabbitlike, with whiskers where one might expect eyebrows, a penchant for invention and an accent that is pure Arkansas.

Slight of the day

NY Times review of a new cable cartoon series includes this line: Widget is big and pink and rabbitlike, with whiskers where one might expect eyebrows, a penchant for invention and an accent that is pure Arkansas.

Rich get richer, Part II

NY Times: With the economy beginning to slow, the current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II that fails to offer a prolonged increase in real wages for most workers....

Good neighbor

Arkansas's contribution to pollution in Oklahoma gets feature attention today in Wash. Post. as part of a story about lawsuits filed over pollution arising outside the jurisdiction where it occurs.

The Latino paradox

You've heard of the French paradox -- red wine and goose liver are good for you.

Broken promises

Krugman: Last September President Bush stood in New Orleans, where the lights had just come on for the first time since Katrina struck, and promised “one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen.” Then he left, and the lights went out again.What happened next was a replay of what happened after Mr. Bush asked Congress to allocate $18 billion for Iraqi reconstruction.

KATV promotes Sullivan, will open Fayetteville bureau

In a move that surprises no one, KATV announced this morning that Steve Sullivan would be the station's new sport director.

At higher elevations

Taller people not only make more money, they're smarter. Or so this study indicates.

Dawn's back (UPDATE)

Dawn Scott is indeed coming back to Channel 11 (as we told you Friday), and she won't be coming alone.

Sullivan named KATV sports director

In other TV news, KATV today announced that Steve Sullivan will step into the role of sports director in the wake of Paul Eells' recent death.

New wrinkle

Stubby Stumbaugh, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 1st District, apparently thinks he can make some hay by attacking U.S. Rep. Marion Berry for saying means things about A$a. Pardon us while we scratch our noggin.

Surprise: Republicans are gay-bashing

We predicted months ago that the Republican fall campaign, inevitably, would devolve into immigrant and gay bashing, with little leverage available on meaningful issues. And when news came last week that the Democratic Party planned to remove references to marriage from the party platform -- after all, same-sex marriage is now officially illegal and unconstitutional in Arkansas and thus a dead issue -- you knew Republicans would leap to make something of it.

Surprise: Republicans are gay-bashing

We predicted months ago that the Republican fall campaign, inevitably, would devolve into immigrant and gay bashing, with little leverage available on meaningful issues. And when news came last week that the Democratic Party planned to remove references to marriage from the party platform -- after all, same-sex marriage is now officially illegal and unconstitutional in Arkansas and thus a dead issue -- you knew Republicans would leap to make something of it.

Gunner, heal thyself

Score a point for the McDaniel campaign. News release on the jump.

Beebe leads -- again

We mentioned yesterday a Stephens Media reference to the latest Zogby polling for the Wall  Street Journal, which reportedly had Beebe up 8 in the race for governor over A$a. Actually, it's almost 9. Beebe 49.8 to A$a's 41.

For the jail tax

The LR Regional Chamber of Commerce is sending around word about this new website backing the sales tax for the county jail.

Surprise: Creep isn't charged

No DNA match and no charges on that goofus they dragged in from Thailand in the JonBenet Ramsey case.

Surprise: Creep isn't charged

No DNA match and no charges on that goofus they dragged in from Thailand in the JonBenet Ramsey case.

Back in business

We drove on most of it last week and meant to mention that SWLR's long nightmare was apparently about to be over.

The Mind of Matt: A review of Poison and Cinderella

Here's Matt Smith (he's the guy on the right who looks more like a rock star than Poison's Bobby Dall) now fully awake after last night's shindig at the Riverfest Amphitheatre with Poison and Cinderella, plus the fairly tame after-party: The CINDERELLA /POISON show was ROCKING Sunday night down at the river.

Reforming in secret

We don't agree with Debbie Pelley on much. But the religious conservative/small school champion from Northeast Arkansas circulates a memo today that raises some interesting questions.

Rice isn't so nice

Word from the Arkansas rice belt is that a major lawsuit is to be filed tomorrow over banned strains of genetically engineered rice that turned up in Arkansas crops.

Bag man

You probably remember that the failed president will be in town for a couple of hours Wednesday to be a bag man for A$a at a private fund-raiser at Joe Kleine's house (we heard David Bazzel say Jennings Osborne was in on the affair, too.)

Bag man

You probably remember that the failed president will be in town for a couple of hours Wednesday to be a bag man for A$a at a private fund-raiser at Joe Kleine's house (we heard David Bazzel say Jennings Osborne was in on the affair, too.)

UAMS Tests Internet Against Traditional Obesity Programs

A five-year study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will determine how a weight loss program delivered via the Internet stacks up against the most effective in-person programs delivered in group settings, such as Weight Watchers.

The courthouse crowd

68 of 75 sheriffs have endorsed Mike Beebe. That's a big deal, Brummett reports.

Bootlegger's boy

Harry King's account of Barry Switzer's talk before yesterday's standing-room crowd at the LR Touchdown Club is entertaining.

AIDS fight: Better late than never

The NY Times gives a long look today at Bill Clinton's emergence, through his foundation and personal magnetism, as a leader of the global battle against AIDS.

Missing New Orleans

Words to accompany George Bush's self-congratulatory, rear-covering trip around Katrina land from Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post:

The Zell Miller mystery -- UPDATE II

The state Democratic Party's coordinated campaign, Victory 2006, launched its new website yesterday. In one section, it points out that former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller never showed up in Arkansas last week for his scheduled appearance with Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.

Moe Ron

It takes a REAL goober to make G. Bush look good. But this lunkhead who's running Iran manages to do it.

Fishing for info in Memphis

Roby Brock's Talk Business calls attention to coverage in The Commercial Appeal in Memphis about the slow pace of negotiation with Bass Pro Shops over a long-discussed redevelopment of The Pyramid by the sporting goods retailer.

Abortion politics

The anti-abortion lobby endorsed Asa Hutchinson today. Not exactly a surprise.

Abortion politics

The anti-abortion lobby endorsed Asa Hutchinson today. Not exactly a surprise.

Good school news

The state Education Department has some good news today. Its news release leads with still-higher scores by Arkansas students on the SAT college entrance test.

Poison-ous?

Though everything apparently went smoothly at Sunday night's concert featuring '80s hair band Poison at Little Rock's Riverfest Ampitheatre, things were not all hugs and kisses two nights before.

City sewers OK

UALR released its report today on sewage handling in the LR area. It found no compelling reason to merge the LR and NLR wastewater utilities.

Bad timing for the jail campaign -- UPDATE

With law enforcement types beating the drum – deservedly – for a county sales tax to reopen beds at the Pulaski County Jail so that a large variety of criminals don’t have to be turned away regularly, the timing is awful on this.

Bad timing for the jail campaign -- UPDATE

With law enforcement types beating the drum – deservedly – for a county sales tax to reopen beds at the Pulaski County Jail so that a large variety of criminals don’t have to be turned away regularly, the timing is awful on this.

"When the Levees Broke" and Katrina one year later: A retrospective by Renarda Williams

"When the Levee Broke" shows neglect of poor and black people Spike Lee's HBO documentary "When the Levee Broke," which ran in two parts early last week and in its entirety on Friday, reminded me of how felt watching the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on CNN.

Bush watch

Is A$a planning to meet the president at the airport tomorrow? It's not evident on the official White House press notice.

Bush watch

Is A$a planning to meet the president at the airport tomorrow? It's not evident on the official White House press notice.

Oaklawn fesses up

They'll be playing video poker there, too. (And probably that three-wheel game that Southland claims is somehow a game of "skill.".)

UAMS sponsors essay contest

Arkansans of all ages are invited to share the core beliefs that guide their daily lives as part of an essay project co-sponsored by the ReCenter program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The Bush visit

Stephens Media: Well, sure it will raise some money.

The Bush visit

Stephens Media: Well, sure it will raise some money.

Dale Bumpers on politics

David Sanders asks Dale Bumpers to explain why Arkansas has resisted Republicanization. (We'd volunteer that politicians like Dale Bumpers are part of the answer.)

Women in court

Nearly half of law school graduates are women, but the corps of U.S. Supreme Court clerks (a prestigious and sometimes influential job) is down to 7 women of 37.

Sleazebag of the day

Kenneth Tomlinson, the Rove pal and Bush hack who tried to wreck the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and who remains in charge of government broadcasting abroad, is even more corrupt than previously thought.

Chicken waste

Morning News covers an Oklahoma meeting over methods to deal with the Arkansas chicken waste that is polluting the Illinois River.

Sleazebag of the day, Part II

Whitewater students will remember David Bossie, the conservative hit man who served up Republican oppo research to willing media stooges, particularly at ABC.

Muckraking

The Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith is getting some national coverage for reporting on Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's bill to open up government spending practices -- the out-of-control practice of  "earmarking" is the target.

The second coming

Repubs will have a successful fund-raiser today thanks to a presidential visit, even if he's being kept largely out of public view.

Talk sports at lunch downtown

Bruce James, the former University of Arkansas football all-American and  one of the commentators on KATV's "SportsWeek," will join Arkansas Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine and local sports fan Rex Nelson for a discussion on Arkansas sports today at the Main Library's Darragh Center, starting at noon.

Link demanded

A reader insists. And we want to keep our readers happy.

Final Movies in the Park: "Grease" is the word

The last Movies of the Park of the summer season at Riverfest Amphitheatre is tonight with "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Bush's brain

The presence of Karl Rove in town today reminds us of something we meant to mention earlier.

Bush's brain

The presence of Karl Rove in town today reminds us of something we meant to mention earlier.

Don't worry, W was thinking about Camus at the time

Here's a laugh to brighten the day of those stopped in traffic on I-630 and I-430 at the noon-hour while W was rushed to a gated neighborhood in WLR for a plate of bad Memphis barbecue.

Don't worry, W was thinking about Camus at the time

Here's a laugh to brighten the day of those stopped in traffic on I-630 and I-430 at the noon-hour while W was rushed to a gated neighborhood in WLR for a plate of bad Memphis barbecue.

The pool report

Because it gives you a feel for Bush political strategy in coming days, we pass along the first pool report on his visit to LR, now concluded.

Party pic

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson with President George W. Bush today in front of Cotham's in the City restaurant in downtown Little Rock.

There are none so brilliant ...

... as those who quote us. Such as The Leader, Garrick Feldman's spunky paper up in North Pulaski, where editorials by our friend Ernest Dumas this week include: The similarities between Mike Huckabee and Mike Beebe, despite Huckabee's obligatory support of the champion of watering down Huckabee's school standards, Asa Hutchinson.
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