If you want better streets, you have to vote for a research park.
Vol 38 • No 2
Polling commissioned by the Arkansas Times last week showed support for the proposed city sales tax hike across the city, with 62 percent indicating they'd vote for the 5/8ths cent operational tax and 55.75 percent favoring the 3/8ths cent capital tax.
I mentioned earlier that an independent internal audit unit at UCA was likely to be put in charge of putting together the facts and timeline on the $700,000 Aramark "gift" for UCA president house renovation as part of a deal for a contract extension.
Let me at 'em at Big Orange.
Now that they're in, they want to make it harder for you to vote them out. So they're proposing all kinds of obstacles and restrictions. If you're a college student, an old-timer, a person of the minority persuasion, they want to make voting such a hassle for you that you'll leave it with them.
Leisure can be a pleasure, but the words are not exactly the same.
It was a good week for: the prospects of the Little Rock sales tax proposals, Arkansas football, escaping jail and weather. It was a bad week for: The University of Central Arkansas and state revenue.
Justin Torres' debut novel is a must-read.
A gang of parochial-school promoters hit town last month, soliciting public money to advance their private religious views.
Could a write-in candidate win?
A multiple-choice quiz on the fiscal records of recent U.S. presidents.
Ousted president Allen Meadors may be a victim.
Plus, Porter's Jazz Cafe finally opens.
Plus, "Memphis Heat," Wine & Food Festival, Handmade Puppet Dreams and more.
Rohwer artists' work on display at ASI.
Everything else the same.
Labor Day weekend turned out to be the best weekend - bar none - of the year so far for your old pal.
Highest GPA, but not valedictorian. Was it racial?
And a new teen section for the Main Library.
Hopeful notes following the opener against Missouri State.
Plus, Amy McBryde, Tuxedo Flamethrower, Ryan Couron, The Salty Dogs and more.
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel has released an analysis of state inspection records of natural gas drilling and production sites compiled by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality showing frequent violations of state environmental regulations, that companies operating in the Fayetteville Shale are not following their own best management practices and that ADEQ is doing little to make sure corrective actions are taken by the violators.
Little Rock businessman and state Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter seems to have a knack for hangups with regulatory agencies.
Plus, Your Mama's Good Food moving to West Second Street.
Rift reported in House Republican ranks: Members from storm-ravaged states don't like Eric Cantor's idea to tying disaster aid payments to offsetting budget cuts elsewhere.
States are resolving financial problems by cuts in spending on the poor. It will not improve their lot, needless to say.
I wrote last week about ongoing negotiations by Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter to win Corps of Engineers approval of a 400-plus boat marina on the Arkansas River downstream from the Clinton Library.
The D-G's Gavin Lesnick reports on a speech by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in which he said partisan bickering in Washington is unacceptable at a time of great economic problems.
Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Brown has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2012, two years before his current term ends.
Democrat Chad Causey, who was defeated by Republican Rick Crawford in the 2010 race for 1st District Congress, has put aside thoughts of trying again in 2012.
Cedell Davis plays White Water Tavern Thursday night, with Old Warhorse.
Hugh McDonald, Entergy Arkansas boss and boss of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and French Hill, boss of Fifty for the Future, give on the jump the corporate bosses' pitch for a $38 million corporate welfare slush fund in the pending proposal to raise the Little Rock sales tax by 200 percent so city government can increase operating spending by 26 percent a year.
Wisconsin Republicans have passed a voter ID law to suppress voting by poor and minorities who tend to vote Democratic.
"Memphis Heat" opens at Market Street Cinema Friday.
A couple of Republican state legislators complain that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is overdue in delivering an opinion on whether Shane Broadway is qualified by statute to hold the office of director of the Higher Education Department.
Elizabeth Reha and Terry Moore star in The Weekend Theater's production of "The Guys."
G-Eazy plays Stickyz Thursday night.
Big doings on the fourth-season premiere of FX's biker juggernaut "Sons of Anarchy," last night, including the release of almost a dozen members of the Sons of Anarchy after 14 months in prison and the debut of a key character played by some-time Little Rock resident Ray McKinnon.
Sierra Club organizers and other environmental groups staged a protest today at the Pulaski County Courthouse Rose Garden.
Time's tickin' for those of you considering hopping on the Arkansas Times Blues Bus to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena.
Stephens Media, the company owned by the Little Rock-based Stephens financial empire and whose properties include several Arkansas newspapers, is looking like a loser in its venture to make money off suing people for infringement of newspaper copyrights.
Nice coincidence. I just noticed U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin was honored recently as congressman of the week on the Jordan Sekulow Show.
The line is open. You got anything.
I'm not surprised the backers of the Little Rock 200 percent sales tax increase are feeling cocky.
Urggggggh. Cheers for mass executions.
The New York Times this morning releases a compilation of audio tapes from planes, flight controllers and others — with accompanying transcripts — of the disaster than unfolded Sept. 11, 2001.
The New York Times rounds up a few of the whoppers told by Republican presidential candidates last night as they tore down the Democratic administration.
The Wall Street Journal brings news of a new video game — Tea Party Zombies Must Die!
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor has announced he's won Senate committee approval of his measure to waive repayment of disaster assistance paid in error by FEMA.
The 14th annual Wine & Food Festival is at Wildwood Park for the Arts Friday night.
Most folks don’t think of Stoby’s as a burger joint. It’s best known for a big sandwich called The Stoby that consists of three different types of meat, two cheeses and whatever else you want to throw down on there, on whatever bun you like. But the burgers are pretty notable.
The Little Regional Chamber of Commerce is pounding all social media outlets with endorsements of the half-billion-dollar city sales tax increase.
The Fray is one of several acts playing Fort Smith's Festival on the Border.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed Virginia's challenge of the health care reform legislation.
The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees will meet by telephone Friday morning to consider Interim President Tom Courtway's proposal to turn over investigation of the Aramark "gift"/presidential mansion renovation controversy to the internal audit office, which will report to the Board's audit committee.
Arkansas takes on New Mexico at War Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Looks like we'll have a contested primary for the state Senate seat currently held by term-limited Mary Anne Salmon of North Little Rock.
The Salty Dogs play White Water Tavern Friday night.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today accepted the voluntary surrender of the law license of Kevin Lewis, the attorney who has pleaded guilty to swindling banks out of $47 million in a scheme built on bogus bond issues.
Walton Arts, which purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville in February, announced today a major overhaul of the venue, which will see it move from in the middle of a parking lot to a grassy space.
On Friday at 5 p.m., Verizon is releasing new tickets for the sure-to-sell-out Taylor Swift concert scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4.
They just keep showing their (dirty) hands. Told you yesterday about a story in which Wisconsin officials are trying to keep secret as much as possible the availability of free voter ID cards for people trying to jump through hoops Wisconsin Republicans have thrown up to suppress vote by older and minority voters.
Republican Sen. Bruce "Fireball" Holland of Greenwood had his day in court in Perry County today on charges he'd tried to evade Sheriff's Deputy Ray Byrd in a 20-mile chase at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
* EX-PROSECUTOR CITED IN AUDIT: A tipster calls attention to a legislative audit released today for 2010 activities of then-Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden of Conway. UAMS employees not happy with Chancellor Dan Rahn's advocacy of Little Rock tax increase.
News from Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.
Another CBMAA painting revealed, via Facebook.
Free fun at the Arts Center.
The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity has many pet projects, one of which being to mischaracterize very modest land use rules for the Lake Maumelle watershed as an assault on property rights.
As noted by readers earlier, even Paul Krugman was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of President Obama's jobs speech last night, even as he noted the painful bottom line: Of course, it isn’t likely to become law, thanks to G.O.P. opposition.
A sausage on every plate. That should be the motto at Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ in Fort Smith. Except the pies, of course.
Belatedly, here are statements issued yesterday afternoon by the family of Dexter Williams, whose body was found in a whirlpool tub in Maumelle on Labor Day.
Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley of Little Rock, whose office covers Perry County, says his office will insist on a jury trial if Sen. Bruce "Fireball" Holland follows through with his vow to appeal convictions Thursday in Perry District Court for fleeing a deputy who was chasing him for speeding.
To that headline, I'm tempted to add — duh! State auditors today said most Arkansas colleges raised student costs over the last five years by amounts in excess of the 11.6 percent inflation rate from 2005 to 2010.
Shane Broadway, the former senator who was Gov. Mike Beebe's choice to be permanent director of the state Higher Education Department, won't seek the job.
Arkansas Highway Police say they discovered more than $1 million worth of heroin and methamphetamine during a safety inspection Thursday at Alma of a truck carrying auto parts from California to Georgia.
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who Pollstar named the top-grossing comedian in 2009, is bringing a new show called "Controlled Chaos" to Verizon Arena next year.
2nd Friday Art night is upon us, and Concordia Hall in the Arkansas Studies Institute will be a super stop.
Mother Jones, in extensive reporting on major fund-raising for conservative political campaigns by the Koch brothers, has compiled an insiders list of the wealthy who have added millions to the Koch bankroll to tear down government regulation and taxes on the wealthy.
I keep hearing there's no chance North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays will run for 2nd District Congress next year against the radical Tea Party Republican, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who succeeded Vic Snyder.
Short and sweet. There was no discussion and no dissent when the UCA Board of Trustees met today to turn an investigation of the Aramarak proposal to finance renovation of the president's house over to the school's internal audit office.
Artist Darrel DeMoss won first in figurative and best overall in the Arkansas League of Artists' second annual juried exhibition, which opens today at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell.
From the Stephens Media Arkansas News Bureau: Bobby Petrino and wife Becky announced a $250,000 donation to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Friday and the Arkansas football coach said he will lend his name to a golf tournament to benefit the hospital.
Much as I like the photo of Sen. Bruce "Fireball" Holland in his cowboy hat, I thought a more appropriate shot would be a Perry County jail mugshot taken yesterday following his conviction in Perry District Court of fleeing a deputy, speeding and improper passing in a high-speed cannonball run across two counties in his Nissan 350Z.
Photorealist shows charcoals and spray paint on vinyl.
The owners of the Flying Fish seafood restaurant are "working feverishly" to open in Bentonville in time for the Nov. 11 opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, its publicist says.
I'm hoping for a detailed report from Fox 16 on the legislative audit discussion today about the unauthorized practice in the Highway and Transportation Department's legal division of giving employees regular time off for personal time whether they'd earned the time or not.
Rabbi Eugene Levy of Temple B’nai Israel in Little Rock sends along an editorial with a worthy message: As we consider the anniversary of Sept. 11, we should urge the government to end torture.
The American Jobs Act, the Little Rock sales tax election, Sen. Bruce “Fireball” Holland and the chaos at UCA are covered on this week's podcast.
The Atlanta artist will be at tonight's reception and give a talk Saturday morning on his work.
HAM and Christ Church are part of tonight's art troll, aka 2nd Friday Art Night.
"The Art of Living," the promising exhibit of art made by Japanese craftspeople interned at the Rohwer near McGehee during World War II that Leslie Newell Peacock writes about in this week's A&E Feature (and on her Eye Candy art blog), opens at 5 p.m. today at the Arkansas Studies Institute's Concordia Hall.
Talk Business has a scoop on news that Georgia-Pacific will indefinitely suspend operations of a sawmill and plywood plant in Crossett in November, a move that could mean layoffs of 700.
Or not. But the line is open.
The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, the Walton-financed effort to advance the family's education views, has scheduled a program Thursday on a favorite cause — charter schools.
Speaking of events this coming week: The Human Rights Campaign's On the Road to Equality bus tour has scheduled a number of stops in Arkansas next week.
Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs and Bryant City Clerk Heather "Republican" Kizer have been rapped by the state Ethics Commission for improper campaign finance reporting.
I have to snort every time I hear U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin say that government regulation is getting in the way of the economy.
The Road to Equality starts at Boswell-Mourot.
Made it to three galleries last night, two on the 2nd Friday Art Night art troll (by trolley) — Arkansas Studies Institute and Hearne Fine Art — and another reception in the Heights, at Boswell-Mourot.
It's tailgate time, isn't it? Noted: * HUCKABEE DEFENDS ISLAM: Mike Huckabee seems here to stand up for the inclusion of Muslim clerics in 9/11 events.
Everywhere I turn this morning, alarms that the Republicans may be poised to nominate Texas Gov. Rick Perry as their presidential nominee.
Matt Turner, anchor at KNWA, posted this photo last night on Twitter. It shows the success of the Razorback's football game patriotic observance.
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will be marked in Little Rock with a 2 p.m. observance at the Capitol and an ecumenical (including those without religious beliefs) observance at the Clinton Presidential Center at 2:30 p.m.
Heather Henson screens Handmade Puppet Dreams at UCA.
I'll leave the line open with one of Brian Chilson's photos of emergency responders who paraded down Capitol Avenue today to begin the 9/11 observance at the state Capitol.
I received an e-mail Sunday evening from a UAMS spokesman regarding Maria Haley, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, who was admitted to the hospital Friday after falling ill at work.
The group opposing the Little Rock $500 million sales tax increase gathered a small crowd yesterday to hear Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen outline reasons to oppose the tax, particularly the portion that wraps some police and fire expenditures around a $38 million economic development slush fund.
Fox 16 has some video of victims of the Sunday School robbery yesterday of the Third Missionary Baptist Church on W. 17th Street.
You know who that headline is talking about, don't you? John Brummett's assessment.
The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, which has enrolled more than 23,000 students this fall, has begun talking about a 25,000-student enrollment cap so that the campus can catch up with recent jumps in enrollment.
Good reporting on the European junket enjoyed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, another self-proclaimed fiscal conservative.
Dionne Warwick plays at UCA Tuesday night.
A reader points out some racially charged wording on the Arkansas Heart Gallery website, where the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services houses info about adoption.
The huge Bank of America job cut was announced today, a reduction that will take place over several years and partially be accomplished by attrition.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge has announced that Kimberly O'Dell, 50, a Fayetteville CPA, has pleaded guilty to swindling clients — including the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and developer Thomas Terminella — of more than $1.5 million.
I don't think any commentary is necessary. Just a quote from Sunday's Hot Springs Sentinel-Record, quoting Mayor Ruth Carney: “ If my sons had been on those two planes there would not have been 9/11.”
The Committee for Little Rock's Future, which is pushing the half-billion-dollar Little Rock sales tax increase, amended its campaign finance filing Friday in response to my complaints that it was woefully, maybe illegally, inadequate.
The weekend roundup of criminal incidents in Little Rock is quite a read. It doesn't include anything about a War Memorial tailgate party brawl mentioned on The Buzz this morning that reportedly required constabulary intervention.
The Body and Braveyoung play Downtown Music Hall Tuesday night.
Since Shane Broadway removed himself from consideration last week as a candidate for permanent director of the state Higher Education Department, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel had an easy opening to finally issue his official opinion on whether Broadway could be appointed to the job.
How sweet it must be for Mike Huckabee. He can say something sane and agreeable to any portion of the reality-world political spectrum and still get some sweet payback against Rick Perry, who shunned the Huckster in the 2008 presidential race.
The national organization that accredits zoos has tabled reaccreditation of the Little Rock Zoo because of continuing questions about zoo finances.
New Millennium Baptist Church in Little Rock will screen the film "Gospel Without Borders" Tuesday night.
Arkansas Republicans scored a political victory today. A victory's a victory, even if the issue hadn't stirred up much popular alarum.
Little Rock police announced today that they'd arrested three suspects — two of them juveniles — in the robberies of 18 people during Sunday school yesterday at the Third Missionary Baptist Church on W. 17th Street.
Artists' answers coming Friday.
Photographs from South America, Alaska, Chicago, Arkansas ...
The line is open. Closing out: * LOTTERY: Gov. Mike Beebe reappointed Dr. George Hammons of Warren to the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
It's election day in Little Rock. On the ballot: increasing the current half-cent city sales tax by 200 percent, to 1.5 cents on the dollar.
The law is the law and it demanded that the "perfectly suitable" Shane Broadway be denied the permanent job as director of Higher Education, John Brummett writes.
I watched some of the state Board of Education meeting yesterday and was struck by information reported here on the continuing increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses in Arkansas and the more encouraging fact that growth in the percentage of students scoring passing grades is exceeding the growth in participation.
Amazon has struck a deal not to push for a referendum on California's law to collect sales tax on Internet transactions in return for a delay in enforcement.
New Census data shows more people in poverty, declining median income and a rise in number, though not percentage, of people without health insurance.
I'll be on the lookout for coverage today of a legislative committee's discussion of proposals to provide for better state oversight of the safety of gas exploration in Arkansas.
Parkhurst paired with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet.
It's all about the opposition. That old cliche is inevitably recalled in this national polling on presidential politics — President Obama leads all Republicans, with Mitt Romney the closest contender.
Wanna compete? Sign up with the Arkansas Rice Depot in the Delete Hunger food bloggers drive.
I had no idea that it was so easy to get a list of people who participated in early voting.
With smoking banned on all state college property in Arkansas, University of Arkansas smokers apparently are crossing the street to off-campus smoke holes — like the Leverett Elementary School.
Circuit Judge Philip Whiteaker of Cabot has announced he'll run for the Court of Appeals seat currently held by Judge Raymond Abramson.
Joe Johnson has a 500-square-foot closet for his shoes.
MaryClare Macarons, created in Hot Springs, are featured over on Serious Eats: Sweets.
Fort Smith native Brad Neely, who we called "the funniest man on web TV" in a 2007 profile, is headed to regular TV.
Variety, as usual, is one of the first with a review of "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," the latest documentary on the West Memphis Three from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. It's a glowing review, though as it notes, the film that debuted at Toronto isn't the finished project. That'll come Oct. 10 in New York.