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September 6, 2007

Vol 5 • No 34

The reporter’s disclosure

On FOIs and family connections.

Orders in the court

Money orders, that is. A judge’s ties to a corporation raise questions about judicial ethics.

Special handling

With Alabama looming, Hog football coach Houston Nutt has ended suspension of defensive end Marcus Harrison, who was arrested before the cream puff opener on drug charges.

Love story

Al Gore didn't lie about his connection to "Love Story," or the Internet, or Love Canal, etc. But you wouldn't have known it from reading the mainstream press in 2000.

Adoption initiative turned back

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has turned back a proposed initiated act aimed at preventing adoption or foster parenting by unmarried couples.

College enrollment counts

UALR's 11th day enrollment is in -- 12,177, highest since 1993 and a healthy jump of 7.8 percent in entering freshmen.

Repub watch

Fred Thompson is in, hoping to obscure the Republican debate tonight. I"m going to try to watch, looking for another episode in Huck's One-liner-to-the-presidency Tour.

Stieglitz to Crystal Bridges?

Don’t know, but Bert and Ernie a sure thing at the Arts Center.

Editorial

The bird is still the word

Arkansas biologist’s sighting flies in face of nay-sayers.

Inequality under arms

Leona Helmsley was famous for saying “Only little people pay taxes,” and though in her later, post-prison, years she denied having said it, nobody believed the denial. The sentiment sounded too much like her mean, tax-evading, grossly wealthy self. Even i

Words

Enroll us in the remedial course: The caption on a photograph in the Arkansas Times’ higher-education issue Aug. 23 read “Sociology professor says the persuit of tenure and motherhood are a bad match.”

Labor Day message

This Labor Day, it only took a quick look around to see that our economy isn’t working as it should.

What’s Happening in September

A round up of local book signings and readings.

Now what?

The change of seasons tempts me to prophesy, and I was just mulling what changes will have occurred by this time next year.

Fayetteville Arts Festival starts Thursday

The Fayetteville Arts Festival kicks off on Thursday night at George’s Majestic Lounge with performances by Charliehorse and Benjamin del Shreve, 6 p.m., $25. On Friday, Cruisin' on the Rock takes place in the River Market while Hot Rod Van, a self-descri

A rear view look at 2006 SEC season

During the 2006 college football season, Clay Travis, popular column writer of “Clay Nation” for CBS SportsLine, traveled more than 8,000 miles to attend a home game at every SEC school. The resulting book, “Dixieland Delight: A football season on the roa

What's cooking, Sept. 6

After a fire destroyed the original Gadwall’s Grill in Sherwood last week, owners say it’s too early to tell if or when they’ll rebuild.

The week that was, Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007

It was a good week for...sleuthing. The Associated Press discovered that somebody using a state computer had been editing Wikipedia entries on Mike Huckabee to remove embarrassing references (Wayne Dumond, state airplane use).

Inequality under arms

Leona Helmsley was famous for saying “Only little people pay taxes,” and though in her later, post-prison, years she denied having said it, nobody believed the denial. The sentiment sounded too much like her mean, tax-evading, grossly wealthy self. Even i

Unique ‘Notion’

These days, rock singers tend to fit into only one of a handful of molds: emo whiners, punk screamers, hard rock posers and nu-metal howlers. Striking the balance is Notion’s Shaun Hartman, who possesses one of the most powerful, chill-inducing voices thi

A fresh assessment on the Southern Manifesto

British historian’s “New Deal/New South” examines Southern politics.

History repeats

n the museum for the 1957 Central High desegregation crisis was in the planning stages, some white Central students of that era lobbied vigorously — and ultimately successfully — for a museum display that emphasizes that most Central students were not tro

This Modern World

Princes put out new album

The American Princes fourth record is in the can. Tentatively titled “Other People,” the new album is set for a February release on Yep Roc Records.

Read this in 50 years

Maybe I should take extra pains with this column, since it’s intended not only for readers today, but for those a half-century from now.

Jody Evans takes the Windsong stage

Through the promises and pitfalls of music, Jody Evans is sure to mix his rockabilly rave-ups with Buddy Holly classics for the home-state crowd at an 8:30 p.m. show on Thursday at the Windsong Performing Arts Center.

Hunting, fishing wane

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Monday carried an AP report about a new Fish and Wildlife Service survey that showed a decline in fishing and hunting nationwide. The article included a comment that Arkansas hunters and fishermen were “bucking the national t

Orval

The Observer

There are hotbeds of harmony in downtown Little Rock, The Observer is able to report.

Bishop Allen album falls flat

With consistently flat vocals, faux British accents and twee lyrics. the latest Bishop Allen album "The Broken String" disappoints.

'Nashville Star' to Windsong

Jody Evans, the "Nashville Star" finalist and Arkadelphia police officer, brings his pompadour and good-time rockabilly to town. See the To

Beebe Schools do tel-com deal

An old investment could reap $9 million.

Smart talk

We reported recently on continuing efforts by Little Rock National Airport, the new Mexican consulate in Little Rock and others to establish scheduled air service between Little Rock and Mexico City. We picked up one more piece of information on internati

‘Death Sentence’ is DOA

Directed by James Wan, who also helmed gore-fest hits “Saw” and “Saw II,” “Death Sentence” finds a lot of its inspiration in the “Death Wish” movies of the 1970s.

What we’re reading, Sept. 6

A round-up of the top 10 bestsellers from three local bookstores.

The Quarterly Report: Three slept-on local albums

A short rundown of releases that don't seem to have much buzz around them, local albums that somehow flew under the radar, but that strongly deserve attention.

4X4 Crew holds it down

4X4 Crew's latest project is “Radio Ain’t Ready, Volume 2,” a sweeping collection of local rap that, as the title suggests, is mostly being ignored by the radio.

A little Restaurant 101 is in order

With a little learning, Cafe 201 could become a dining destination.

The morning after

Republican debate rehash: David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register, an important pundit because of Iowa's primary influence, thought Mike Huckabee helped himself by appearing "presidential" in his squabble with Ron Paul.

Once more with feeling

Brummett gives Death Star Bob Johnson credit for one thing: When the rising Senate leader is wrong he's proud to stay loudly and consistently wrong.

Once more with feeling

Brummett gives Death Star Bob Johnson credit for one thing: When the rising Senate leader is wrong he's proud to stay loudly and consistently wrong.

Deal 'em

A Memphis-based outfit that promotes poker leagues crafted to avoid anti-gambling laws says it will come to Little Rock -- beginning Saturday in a room on Rodney Parham -- despite the fervently held opinion of the city attorney and prosecuting attorney that no form of poker competition is legal here.

Wiki watch

We've written before about the Wiki scanner, an ingenious invention that allows you to track changes made in Wikipedia entries and which computers, by Internet address, made the changes.

Stinking up Justice

Asa! doesn't appear on what Roll Call thinks is the short list for attorney general to succeed the Gonzo Torturer.

Thursday To-Do: Denny, Goines and Beeping Slag

CHRISTOPHER DENNY/ GOINES9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.Localistmagazine.com has long been fond of putting wildly different acts on the bills for its promo concerts.

Thursday To-Do: Blue Mountain

BLUE MOUNTAIN9 p.m., Revolution Room. $10.After a six year break, the seminal roots rockers Blue Mountain have made nice and are playing shows again.

Golden oldie from the Huckabee archives

Heavy hangs the head that wears the rising-star crown. The national press has been calling us today, now that former Gov. Mike Huckabee is getting serious attention in the race for president.

Thursday To-Do: Jody Evans

JODY EVANS8:30 p.m., Windsong Performing Arts Center. $35Some enterprising sort ought to option Jody Evans’ life story.

A little nuance on Huckabee

Joe Klein (I know) writing on Time blog, assesses the Republican candidates on Iraq. For once, an analyst who thinks candidates should be striving for more than soundbites and one-liners on enormous policy questions.

Trailer gazing: "Randy and the Mob"

  "Randy and the Mob," the new movie from Ray McKinnon, the Little Rock-based Academy Award winning director of "The Accountant," is premiering in Little Rock on October 2 at Breckenridge.

Open line

Sorry. This is one of those days when work continued to interfere with blogging.

Let 'Em Play

A couple of weeks ago, this blog applauded outgoing Athletic Director Frank Broyles for his belief that the LSU game should be played in Little Rock (we hear that this meant a lot to him).

Huckabee at OBU

A Ouachita Baptist University news release provides the first linkage of former Gov. Mike Huckabee to his alma mater since leaving office.

Funk and 'bones

New Orleans' Bonerama, a trombone anchored funk-rock outfit, plays Sticky Fingerz. ALSO: Jonathan Wilkins and Mammoth Orange are at White Water. See the

The farmer's friend

The Oklahoma attorney general yesterday blasted legislation being carried by Sen. Blanche Lincoln to save the poultry industry from complying with anti-pollution laws on chicken waste and thus stymie efforts by Oklahoma to clean up their waters of Arkansas chicken waste.

Green wave

A touch of ironic timing. The same day we discuss Northwest Arkansas' contribution to the pollution of drinking water resources comes a Washington Post story on how that part of the world, Fayetteville particularly, could become the Silicon Valley of sustainability.

Gimme, gimme

A blog reader from Lower Arkansas notes an article in the Benton County Daily Record that illustrates how NW Ark. Republicans want to take care of their needs -- highways in this case, but the strategy applies across the board.

Gimme, gimme

A blog reader from Lower Arkansas notes an article in the Benton County Daily Record that illustrates how NW Ark. Republicans want to take care of their needs -- highways in this case, but the strategy applies across the board.

Happy in the Rock

Houston Nutt, with Arkansas Baptist College President Fitz Hill, was on hand for ABC's roll-out last night of its junior college football program.

50th notes

The schedule will be packed for the next few weeks with events timed, or thematically matched, to the 50th anniversary of the school crisis.

Candidate selector

Readers have been talking about this on the threads. So I plugged my preferences into this candidate evaluator.

Surrogate speakers

The Arkansas Republican calendar notes that Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, will be speaking in Russellville Sept. 18 for a Pope County Republican Women's fund-raiser.

Friday To-Do: Bonerama

BONERAMA9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.Formed by long-time members of Harry Connick’s band, Bonerama takes pieces of the funk, jazz and brass traditions in New Orleans and points them toward rock ’n’ roll.

Jukebox help

A selfish post: I've got an old jukebox that I desperately want to see restored.

Help

With Belly Boy out of town and my own attention diverted, we've been a little slow on Eat Arkansas.

Help

With Belly Boy out of town and my own attention diverted, we've been a little slow on Eat Arkansas.

Scott McGehee has a lot on his plate

There’s a lot happening in the ever-expanding Scott McGehee dining empire. John Beachboard, a longtime McGehee compatriot is taking over as chef de cuisine at Bill Valentine’s Ballpark Restaurant, where McGehee serves, nominally he says, as executive chef.

Scott McGehee has a lot on his plate

There’s a lot happening in the ever-expanding Scott McGehee dining empire. John Beachboard, a longtime McGehee compatriot is taking over as chef de cuisine at Bill Valentine’s Ballpark Restaurant, where McGehee serves, nominally he says, as executive chef.

Lincoln-Douglas

Mike Huckabee doesn't intend to get bumped into the shadows by Fred Thompson's entry as the conservatives' presumed darling.

College counts

UCA reports its enrollment numbers today, 12,500, the second-largest in the state. Release on jump.

Friday To-Do: Jonathan Wilkins and Mammoth Orange

JONATHAN WILKINS9 p.m., White Water. $5.Call it research.

They're everywhere

Video cameras, I mean. Here's a link to video of the LR bank robber who didn't notice the cop sitting behind him when he tried to knock over a bank branch.

Go, Gorillas

Got an Arkansas State press release today on mascot activities. The committee to choose a replacement for Indians has been expanded, appointments have been made to come up with a dignified retirement ceremony, etc. I was interested to find out that ASU has a website where new mascot names have been flowing in.

Post no bills

But comments welcome

Sniffing on the jock trail

KHBS/KHOG spots Pitt's athletic director on a visit to Arkansas. He's apparently one of three finalists to succeed Frank of the Ozarks.

It's a Bye Week, But We're Getting Riled Up Anyway

Every week during the football season we'll be posting five reasons to hate the upcoming opponent to help you get fired up (as if that were really necessary).

Zoo music

Two of Arkansas' best, the Good Fear and the Easys, headline Rock 'n' Roar, the first in a planned series of concerts at the zoo. ALSO: The Hot Springs Jazzfest is all day. See the

With friends like these

Peggy Noonan and Rush Limbaugh heart Mike Huckabee. And this is interesting: only two candidates from either party spoke to the AARP -- Hillary and Huck.

Make them pay

Good column by Doug Thompson of Stephens Media. He criticizes a proposal to provide a financial bailout to Benton County libraries.

Make them clean up after themselves

More chicken s*** from Northwest Arkanas -- literally. It's covered in another good column from Stephens Media, this one by John Brummett on Sen. Blanche Lincoln's bill to prevent environmental laws from unduly limiting the flow of chicken waste into rivers that provide drinking water.

Mighty white of him

Rogers Mayor Steve Womack managed to break away from the ladies golf tournament yesterday to meet in private with his police chief and the Mexican consul.

Orval sez ...

Let's have an open line.

The great GOP hope?

Fred Thompson doesn't much sound like it here, though his refusal to tear into red meat opportunities is kind of refreshing.

Trout Fishing in America

Folk-rock favorites Trout Fishing in America help the Museum of Discovery celebrate its 80th anniversary. Check the To-Do List for more info.

The camel's nose

Stephens Media today has a story about experience of the West Memphis dog track with new video poker, blackjack and other gambling options (so-called "electronic games of skill.") Southland claims results are not as good as hoped.

Mike Huckabee, debater

John Brummett seems less enamored than the national press with former Gov. Mike Huckabee's debate performance.

LR school board

Less than 10 days remain before a Little Rock School Board election -- Micheal Daugherty's Zone 2 seat -- that will determine the outcome of issues for the next year, a continuing routine 4-3 split or something more unpredictable.

LR school board

Less than 10 days remain before a Little Rock School Board election -- Micheal Daugherty's Zone 2 seat -- that will determine the outcome of issues for the next year, a continuing routine 4-3 split or something more unpredictable.

A River Market tale

Maybe the city really is is getting tough on crime in the River Market neighborhood after the the highly publicized recent car jackings.

The Qullin effect

Has the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruination of the Freedom of Information Act in the case of former county comptroller Ron Quillin's e-mails already had an effect?

The surge is working?

Not according to this giant neighborhood-by-neighborhood assessment by the NY Times.

Weekend Hodge Podges

A collection of Saturday and Sunday links is up at www.razorbackexpats.com.

Who do you trust?

Not the president, when it comes to the war, new poll underscores. Thus, the Bush administration is going to use a general to spin its line tomorrow, because the public still trusts the military.

Something's cooking

Boulevard Bread's Scott McGehee has more restaurant projects cooking -- including a Napoli-style pizza and salad cafe in Pleasant Ridge and, next year, a European-style cafe in Stifft Station. Read all about it on the

Fred Thompson: Has-been

Brummett makes the case -- strongly -- that Fred Thompson was more powerful as an idea than as a candidate.

Adoption law opposition

Opposition is forming to the Family Council's lastest wedge issue -- to make it hard for unmarried people to foster parent or adopt.

Truth squadding

McClatchy continues to provide it. Save this article for the Petraeus spin later today.

Zoo news

Nobody will be exclaiming about how cute they are, but the Little Rock Zoo announces the birth of three vampire bats.

Monday To-Do: Martini Monday at the Peabody

Tonight, the Peabody kicks off its regular Martini Monday party, from 4-8 p.m. Aside from the inherent appeal of drinking martinis and eating off a free appetizer bar, here's another incentive: You can come harass me. I'm an unlikely celebrity taste-tester (along with Justin Acri, Pat Bradley, Heather Brown, Michele Towne, Beth Hunt, Jason Harper and Heather Allmendinger), which means that I'll be sampling 25 martinis and picking my favorite, which from then on, will become the "Lindsey Millar," a martini hundreds will order and wonder, "Who's she?"ALSO: DJ Ugly Ed will be playing martini-suitable jams and you can register to win a prize package that includes a limo, dinner for two at Capriccio and a one night stay at a fancy suite in the Peabody.

The Belly Has Landed.......

Or "The Belly Boy just got back from Vacation to the West Coast of British Columbia".  Nah, the title above is shorter.

The Belly Has Landed.......

Or "The Belly Boy just got back from Vacation to the West Coast of British Columbia".  Nah, the title above is shorter.

Monday To-Do: Jason Boland and Shannon Wurst

JASON BOLAND / SHANNON WURST9 p.m. Sticky Fingerz, $10 adv./$12 d.os.

The housing bust

Now that owners of McMansions are going upside down, Newsweek is really worried about the downturn in the housing market.

Hot diggity dog

David Simmons (AKA hubcapburger) answers the call with a fine chili dog from The Hop on Cantrell.

Hot diggity dog

David Simmons (AKA hubcapburger) answers the call with a fine chili dog from The Hop on Cantrell.

The war on fat: stalemate

You could report that the figures on the Body Mass Index assessments of Arkansas schoolchildren for the 2006-07 school year show that kids aren’t putting on weight, that the state has put a halt to an upward trend toward obesity in its kids K-12.

Rainy days and Mondays

Who says there's nothing to do on Monday? Lindsey Millar, the voice of Rock Candy and the Times' arts and entertainment section, will be among the celebrity taste-testers when the Peabody Hotel begins its Martini Monday series this evening  at 4 p.m. in the lobby bar.

Rainy days and Mondays

Who says there's nothing to do on Monday? Lindsey Millar, the voice of Rock Candy and the Times' arts and entertainment section, will be among the celebrity taste-testers when the Peabody Hotel begins its Martini Monday series this evening  at 4 p.m. in the lobby bar.

The special states

Do you really think voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are more politically sophisticated than voters elsewhere and thus deserving of their priority spot in the nominating process?

Q&A: Gene Lyons, part 1

In our introductory posting, we stated that we wanted to follow the Hogs “in a spirit of good humor, balance and perspective.” Few people do that better than Gene Lyons.

Swimming pools; movie stars

Mike Huckabee is having his Beverly Hills fund-raiser Wednesday at the home of real estate developer Fred Wehba, his campaign has announced.

The new A.D.

KHOG/KHBS says Jeff Long, the man from Pitt, will be the next UA athletic director.

Huckabee toes the party line

The surge is working. Stay the course.

Huckabee toes the party line

The surge is working. Stay the course.

Drink up

The permit remains subject to a legal challenge, but the new Sam's Club in Fayetteville has opened its liquor store, the first in Arkansas connected to a related chain store.

The perils of politics

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) will refund $850,000 raised by Norman Hsu. Larry Flynt will hold a news conference tomorrow to introduce the media to a prostitute who supposedly has passed a lie detector test about her four-month relationship with U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R.-La.)

Love Lulav-style

Speed-dating at Lulav is among the entertainment on the Tuesday night schedule. Read on for more.

Hillary-Huck: More alike than different

How easy is it to program the national media. Let Mike Huckabee say he's the best candidate to oppose Hillary Clinton and George Stephanopoulos immediately parrots it.

NLR: More neighborly?

Argenta News welcomes yet another neighborhood blog to the scene, this one from Scenic Hill.

Politics in justice

Is it a crime for a governor to appoint a major campaign contributor to a state board?

A victory for Crystal Bridges

A judge in Nashville yesterday rejected a deal that would have put a Georgia O'Keeffe painting now owned by Fisk University in a Santa Fe museum.

Fire bug

An overnight e-mail says another vacant Hillcrest house was targeted yesterday morning by an arsonist, though the fire was extinguished in time to save the structure.

The girls of the SEC

University of Arkansas co-eds who took part in the Playboy pictorial on the girls of the SEC will be signing magazines in Fayetteville today.

War trend lines

It doesn't matter how you slice it, the trend is clear -- a steadily declining number of Americans think Bush has handled the war well; think going to war was the right thing to do, and think the war was worth it.

The new Boss Hog -- UPDATE

The announcement that Jeff Long, now at Pitt, will be the new athletic director at UAF was at 2 p.m. today.

A Few Questions for Kathy Webb, State Representative, District 37

A few questions for Kathy Webb, State Representative, District 37   HL: Why did you decide to run for the General Assembly?

Tiding You Over Until Later...

Read noted oddsmaker Danny Sheridan's thoughts on Alabama, the SEC and Houston Nutt at www.razorbackexpats.com.

Did Petraeus betray us?

National Republicans, the state Republican Party and, of course, quiptacular Mike Huckabee couldn't wait to issue press releases demanding apologies from every Democrat down to dogcatcher for MoveOn.org ads in advance of the Petraeus testimony.

A Few Questions For Pat O'Brien: Pulaski County Circuit Clerk

    A few questions for Pat O'Brien, Pulaski County Circuit Clerk. HL: Why did you want to be elected Pulaski County Clerk?

Ixnay on the debate

Fred Thompson declines The Huckster challenge. Maybe a one-on-one Lincoln-Douglas style would be right in the general election, but not now, he says.

Execution stayed

Federal Judge Leon Holmes today stayed the Sept. 18 execution of Terrick Nooner, sentenced to die for the 1993 slaying of a student at a Little Rock washateria.

I own Pat Bradley in limbo

Last night, at the Peabody, I beat the reigning SEC record holder in career three-pointers (made and attempted) in a limbo contest for naming rights to one of the few man-tinis in the bunch, "the Dirty Duck,"which, if it's not, should be the bar's flagship martini.

Oklahoma is OK

Oklahoma, despite it's troglodytic congressional delegation, still manages to lead the way on some environmental issues.

Hillary, yes-Huckabee, no

A new LA Times poll holds good news for Hillary Clinton -- leads in the critical early states -- Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Ark. Travelers ride again

Sheila Bronfman tells me that work is underway to organize another Arkansas Travelers team to campaign in New Hampshire this winter for their favorite Clinton -- this time Hillary.

Race in the classroom

Unflinchingly, UALR has focused its continuing survey of racial attitudes on itself. Students' attitudes about their education are generally positive, but a sizable number (25 percent) felt they had been treated unfairly.

Q&A: Gene Lyons, part 2

Welcome to the second installment of our three-part Q&A with Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons (here's part 1): Are the majority of fans "with Houston Nutt or against him?"

Saturday doings

Bela Fleck, perhaps the world's greatest banjo player comes to town, plus Vino's celebrates its 17th anniversary and there's a Hoodtech party at Downtown Music.

Thursday doings

Pearlene, an fiery blues-rock band from Ohio, comes to Sticky Fingerz, while White Water has an experimental bill with West Coast indie acts Shinobu and I Sing the Body Electric. See Rock Candy for more info.

Hump night plans?

A news retrospective on the school crisis -- including a chance to see a new book from AP on covering the news -- leads the agenda, but there's plenty of less serious stuff to do. Read on.

Crime fighting -- UPDATE

Haven't seen the paper yet, so this may have come up at City Hall yesterday, but I was forwarded a message from City Director Stacy Hurst that says Little Rock will follow North Little Rock's example and lease some space from Faulkner County to jail people turned away from the Pulaski County lockup.

The wheels of justice

The metaphorical wheels aren't turning at all, much less slowly, in filling the U.S. attorney's slot in Little Rock.

Rumor du jour

He's been right before, so I'll mention a whisper from a NWA reader who says an underage girl is expected to seek a marriage license in Benton County to set up a test case of whether the Arkansas Code Revision Commission had the power to clarify age-of-consent legislation to make it perfectly clear that the legislature did NOT intend for children to marry.

The axe at Acxiom

And a cheery good morning to you, too: Acxiom Corporation today announced a workforce reduction that will better align expenses with recent revenue performance and position the company to achieve stronger future financial performance.

Bring back the Razorback

Name: RazorbackAlter-ego: Buford Hollis, a 6' 8," 410 lbs. trucker from Texarkana, Ark.Powers: Considerable strength and endurance; excellent at hand-to-hand combat; wears electrified boar cowl; has mutant powers that enable him to drive or pilot any means of transportation intuitively.Friends: Spiderman, She-Hulk and a lot of people you've never heard of.Enemies: Man Beast, Xemnu the Titan and the Human Torch.More background info after the jump.Props to Girl Lindsey for the find.

Nude girls, clothed

At Hastings in Fayetteville, the UA co-eds featured in the new "Girls of the SEC" issue of Playboy, via our correspondent/photographer Bo Counts: Wearing the black tank top is Bentonville native, Stephanie Schaffer (pseudonym), a communication major with three semesters left until graduation.

It's Official: Long to Replace Frank of the Ozarks

Read our quick thoughts on the Hogs' new AD at www.razorbackexpats.com.

The TIF vampire lives

The Arkansas Supreme Court made it clear that the 25 mills in state-mandated base school property tax support can't be captured for Tax Increment Finance (corporate welfare) districts.

Haunting words

Two of the seven soldiers who signed the Aug. 19 New York Times op-ed questioning U.S. progress in Iraq were killed Monday.

No more Mr. Nice Guy

The AP's Ron Fournier, who spent some time in Arkansas, says there's another side to Mike Huckabee, in addition to the nice guy depicted in the national media.

No more Mr. Nice Guy

The AP's Ron Fournier, who spent some time in Arkansas, says there's another side to Mike Huckabee, in addition to the nice guy depicted in the national media.

Dancing with what brung 'em

Wal-Mart rolled out a new slogan today -- "Save Money. Live Better."

Wednesday To-Do: Cloud Cult

  CLOUD CULT8:30 p.m., Revolution.

The fer

As evidenced by the imminent flood of fluff pieces in every local media outlet, today was the annual press conference announcing what's coming at this year's Arkansas State Fair.

At the end of the line

If you scroll on down the blog, you'll see I had a chat today with Mayor Mark Stodola on the various ways the city is responding to concerns about crime.

The Belly has Landed Part Deux

I've been away for a bit, so please give me a bit of latitude with a few more pics about my recent vacation to the pacific coast of Canada.

Q&A: Gene Lyons, part 3

And now, the final installment of our three-part Q&A with Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons (here's part 1 and part 2): Three questions: Were you ready to see Stan Heath leave?

Free Larry Craig ( from the Senate)

Free Larry Craig   Poor Senator Craig. Because of what he describes as his "wide stance" in an airport bathroom he is arbitrarily arrested for disorderly conduct – according to his version.
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