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September 13, 2007

Vol 5 • No 35

Where in the world is geography?

Not in one place anymore, teachers gripe.

The farce continues

If George Bush really does nominate David Hale's lawyer to head the Justice Department, there is no justice.

The race to the bottom UPDATE

Nobody is breaking out and front-runner Rudy Giuliani's support is waning in the latest Washington Post polling on Republican presidential candidates.

The so-called liberal media

Want to bet whether conservative or liberal columnists get more exposure in daily newspapers? Better read this first.

Death in the news family

Melvin Schexnayder, who with his wife Charlotte, the former state representative, owned and operated the Dumas Clarion for 50 years, died Wednesday morning.

Sweet things

On the chance some Arkansas Blog readers don't regularly check Rock Candy, Lindsey Millar's house blog on arts, entertainment and matters of cultural interest, be advised that he has a report and several photos by Bo Counts, in addition to this one, of the college students who held a magazine signing event in Fayetteville yesterday.

Marriage update

A lawsuit will be filed tomorrow in Benton County over the state's new marriage statute, edited by the state Code Revision Commission to make it clear that it prevents marriage by those younger than 18, except in cases of pregnancy when parents consent.

Beat goes on despite downpour

Despite rain, Rock ’n’ Roar went off without a hitch at the Little Rock Zoo on Sept. 8.

‘11th Hour’ is a wake-up call

DiCaprio picks up where Gore left off.

Smart talk

Sound the fanfare: 20 trumpeter swans, a species once native to Arkansas but hunted to a fare-thee-well, are headed to Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge in January thanks to the efforts of the state Game and Fish Commission.

Pianist Dichter kicks off ASO season

Acclaimed pianist Misha Dicter kicks off the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s season at 8 p.m. on Saturday while Vino’s celebrates its 17th year with a concert featuring local legend King Don, Browningham, Mat Mahar and others. Also on Saturday night, Hoodte

The Observer

With the beginning of the NFL season come many things — new beer advertising, increased beer consumption, hemorrhoids — but perhaps none is so eagerly anticipated as the return of fantasy football.

Our gal and guy at AARP

AARP, the group formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, held a convention last week in Boston. All the candidates for president got invited to speak, but only the Arkansas-related ones, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, accepted.

Catch a ‘Buzz’

New morning show promises a more youthful angle.

For the few – much

Actually, none of President Bush’s speechwriters has got around yet to penning the inverse of the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt line from his second inaugural address. Maybe for the future Bush memorial on the Tidal Basin.

This Modern World

The week that was, Sept. 5-11

It was a good week for rain. After weeks of drought, the heavens opened. A pro golf tournament and the Arkansas State University football game were among the washouts.

Coal plants

Nobody is against electricity. The problem is the pollution caused by burning coal to produce electricity in a power plant that is designed with yesterday’s technology. The burning of coal can harm people, wildlife, the environment and affect the global c

Momentous events

The Sept. 18 Little Rock school election, falling on the 50th anniversary of the Central High desegregation crisis, enfolds a modern racial drama in the Zone 2 School Board race.

It’s Happening in Little Rock

Rajendra Maharaj brings a Central High-based play to the Rep.

Bad influence

We’ve said before and we’ll say again (editorialists don’t fear repetition) that Mike Huckabee is not such a bad fellow until he gets around a bunch of Republicans. Then he commences showing out, hoping to prove that he belongs in the wrong crowd too.

Orval

Surgery

This is Surge Week, and suspecting that you just can’t get enough of the expert commentary, I’ve rounded up a few surge quotations that you might have missed.

Pottery to puppets

Studio tours, new exhibits, and Art Night touch on all media.

Lustrous companions

From the “Sex and the Ummah” column, April 2004.

Words

Some words have two meanings that contradict each other. Cleave is one of them. It can mean “to separate,” and what it produces in that case is cleavage. It can also mean “to cling to.”

The suburban dive bar

Markham Street Grill offers booze, burgers and bad carpet.

McKinnon's new film to premiere in Little Rock

“Randy and the Mob,” the new movie from Ray McKinnon, the Little Rock-based Academy Award-winning director of “The Accountant,” will premiere in Little Rock on Oct. 2 at Breckenridge Village 12.

Editorial

What's cooking, Sept. 13

There’s a lot happening in the ever-expanding Scott McGehee dining empire.

Thursday doings

Pearlene, a 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.

Bald Knob pride

Aug. 22, the state Board of Education took over the Bald Knob School District, dismissing the superintendent and school board and telling administrators that if they couldn’t find a way to retire a substantial portion of the district’s $2 million debt in

JWhite is going places

JWhite’s debut CD “Melodies for My Heart,” released at a Sept. 8 party featuring 220 Live and Tawanna Campbell at the Legions Club in Little Rock, showcases his up-tempo, smooth jazz and R&B sound.

Wilco returns

While their last album failed to impress, you can be sure Wilco will dip fairly deep into its back catalogue to albums with a little punch when they play a sure-to-be-packed Robinson Center Music Hall on Tuesday night.

Teaching, but not by the book

New standards leave teachers in the lurch.

It's about sex

Make no mistake: the Family Council's drive for adoption legislation is about punishing gay people.

It's about sex

Make no mistake: the Family Council's drive for adoption legislation is about punishing gay people.

Thursday To-Do: Pearlene

PEARLENE9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.That deep-rooted provincialism that runs through the South probably isn’t doing us much good, but when it comes to blues and barbecue, we’re right not to look yonder.

Hog A.D. details

Here's a copy of UAF Chancellor John White's letter offering the job of athletic director to Jeff Long.

Contributions welcome

Things are likely to lie fallow for a while. A root canal is in the offing.

Beth Ditto, now more famous than Wilbur Mills

Gradually eclipsing Wilbur Mills as the most famous person ever from Kensett, Beth Ditto continues to make mildly controversial statements, which are quickly scooped up by bloggers anxious to reuse her nude NME cover shot.

Five Reasons to Hate Alabama

In case you need any extra help getting fired up, we'll be providing a handy pre-game cheat sheet detailing why you should hate each one of the Razorbacks' opponents this fall.

Summer jam

There's only a couple of weeks "officially" left in summer, though, of course, we all know we'll be wearing shorts until Thanksgiving.

Going to the chapel

For the record, here's the lawsuit by a 17-year-old Benton County woman seeking a marriage license denied by the county clerk.

Been awfully quiet lately

Not to worry. There's plenty cooking at the Little Rock School District, which has a special school board meeting this evening.

Been awfully quiet lately

Not to worry. There's plenty cooking at the Little Rock School District, which has a special school board meeting this evening.

Thursday To-Do: Shinobu and I Sing the Body Electric

SHINOBU & I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. $3.Shinobu come from San Jose and play smart, often frantic indie rock that's reminiscent of a lot of the best indie bands from the 90s—Pixies, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. Video and mp3 here.I Sing the Body Electric, also from San Jose, is a one-man band, does a more subdued singer/songwriter thing, but with lots of distortion effects and loops to muddy things up.

Plug It Happen Here

Keeping the coal fires burning

It's too long for me to upload, but I've received a Texas Public Utility Commission filing in which a staff economist says that state shouldn't issue a certificate of need for the 600-megawatt coal-fired generating plant SWEPCO wants to build hard by a pristine wilderness area in Southwest Arkansas.

Keeping the coal fires burning

It's too long for me to upload, but I've received a Texas Public Utility Commission filing in which a staff economist says that state shouldn't issue a certificate of need for the 600-megawatt coal-fired generating plant SWEPCO wants to build hard by a pristine wilderness area in Southwest Arkansas.

Linkage

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No pushover at Planning

Little Rock residents often complain that city planners aren't tough enough on developers. But maybe they don't want them this tough.  Jim Narey, director of planning and zoning for the city of Maumelle, was arrested this morning on a charge of terroristic threatening.

Where in the world is geography?

Not in one place anymore, teachers gripe.

‘Neither rebel nor victim’

Fayetteville’s Mohja Kahf has a thing or three to say about women in Islam.

Too much to do

There's a ridiculous amount happening tonight: The Salty Dogs at Juanita's, a Conduit Chill at the Village, David Bazan at Sticky Fingerz, Young Buck in PB and a CD release party for the Reds at Vino's. More in the

The new Korea

I thought this was the lead over largely meaningless troop reductions. Mr. Bush called for an “enduring relationship” with Iraq that would keep American forces there “beyond my presidency,” arguing that a free and friendly Iraq was essential to the security of the region and the United States.

Pro-lifer for Rudy

Here's an interesting op-ed in the New York Times by an anti-abortion Catholic theological student who thinks Rudy Giuliani, though personally pro-choice, is a better choice for pro-lifers than declared abortion opponents such as Mike Huckabee.

She don't need no stinkin' law

Most interesting passage in Laura Kellam's story in today's Democrat-Gazette about the confusion over the marriage age law.

She don't need no stinkin' law

Most interesting passage in Laura Kellam's story in today's Democrat-Gazette about the confusion over the marriage age law.

Fayetteville deadbeat watch

The Iconoclast reports on the penalty payments that corporate welfare recipient developers were supposed to begin paying Sept. 1 for failing to complete their Fayetteville hotel project.

Friday To-Do: David Bazan

DAVID BAZAN 9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8 adv./$10 d.o.s.Davad Bazan tours hard.

Jerry Springer sings

"Jerry Springer: The Opera" is finally going to get a New York showing, at Carnegie Hall.

Friday To-Do: Young Buck

YOUNG BUCK 7 p.m., HPER Center, Pine Bluff. $20.A couple of years ago at a rap awards show, someone masquerading as a fan punched Dr. Dre in the face.

Letter to the editor

The NY Times has run its first video "letter to the editor." It's a filmmaker's work, a fascinating 10-minute takedown of Paul Bremer's blame-shifting op-ed on the catastrophic decision to disband the Iraqi army.

Friday To-Do: Reds CD release party

THE REDS8:30 p.m., Vino’s. $5.Three or four years ago, no one performed more often than Johnny Mac.

Friday To-Do: Salty Dogs

THE SALTY DOGS 9:30 p.m., Juanita’s. $6.

Friday To-Do: Conduit Chill

CONDUIT CHILL9 p.m., the Village. $10.

Combing the contributions

A followup to yesterday's exciting thread on contributions to candidates in the Zone 2 LR School Board race.

Combing the contributions

A followup to yesterday's exciting thread on contributions to candidates in the Zone 2 LR School Board race.

Let the Good Vibes Roll

We're trying to harness the power of positive thinking here...visit www.razorbackexpats.com for a look back at a couple of our favorite wins against Alabama.

Wally Watch: September 13, 2007

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. Sept. 13, 2007: UA can expect some changes under new AD Primary Theme: The daring assertion that, under new AD Jeff Long, "it is more than likely there will be some changes or very strong tweaking" to the athletic department.

Rock and roll

The Little Rock National Airport announces new nonstop service by Continental Airlines to Cleveland, which has a Continental hub to U.S. and overseas cities.

Open line

It/s Friday, thank goodness.

Open line

It/s Friday, thank goodness.

Saturday doings

Bela Fleck, perhaps the best banjo player in the world, plays Revolution. Plus, Vino's celebrates its 17th anniversary and Hoodtech hosts a show at Downtown Music.

Pre-Game Hodge Podge

A round-up of some of the more interesting Arkansas-Alabama links is up over at www.razorbackexpats.com.

Rethinking child brides

Maybe, Brummett thinks, there is sufficient confusion after all to get a clear resolution of the age-to-marry law, at least at the Supreme Court.

Easy come, easy go

Thanks to Chris for a news story from Monticello.The city got nearly $500,000 in federal grant money to build a water tank and water lines to serve a new sawmill.

Not-so-easy go

Wall Street Journal reports today that the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock has decided reluctantly to return $75,000 in contributions from Norman Hsu, the controversial Democratic fund-raiser.

I'm afraid I know the answer

Can anybody but a crackpot Republican be elected to legislative seats in Fortress Northwest Arkanas? The question arises at what appears to be a strong candidacy by County Judge Jerry Hunton's son, Earl, a Prairie Grove farmer, against Rep. Mark Martin, arguably the dimmest bulb in an extremist lot of GOP reps from NWA.

Those were the days my friend

Retired Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has little good to say about Bush/Republican fiscal policy in a new memoir.

Children left behind

Interesting story in the NW edition of the D-G: Seventeen out of 22 Springdale schools failed in the spring to meet federal testing standards on state Benchmark or End-of-Course exams, district documents show.

Uh huh

From a Democrat-Gazette editorial repeating the endorsement of Anna Swaim for Zone 2 on the LR School Board:

Uh huh

From a Democrat-Gazette editorial repeating the endorsement of Anna Swaim for Zone 2 on the LR School Board:

Saturday church page

A Maumelle reader provides today's lesson by photograph, plus an Old Testament reading: "The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered."

Who else?

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, news reports say.

Crazy for the the Calzones

Here's Vino's Veggie Calzone- Onion, Green Pepper, Mushroom, Tomato, Black Olives, and a truckload of cheese.  Served hot, flaky, and full of greasy goodness.  Goes great with a pint of Vino's finest brew.   I love this calzone.  Where do you go to get a calzone?  What ingredients?

Crazy for the the Calzones

Here's Vino's Veggie Calzone- Onion, Green Pepper, Mushroom, Tomato, Black Olives, and a truckload of cheese.  Served hot, flaky, and full of greasy goodness.  Goes great with a pint of Vino's finest brew.   I love this calzone.  Where do you go to get a calzone?  What ingredients?

Copy to: Arkansas legislature

President Bush yesterday signed new ethics and lobbying legislation that the Arkansas legislature would do well to simply adopt in virtually every instance.

Saturday night

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Saturday night

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Here's What I Hate About Sports

It might take a quarter, it might take a game, it might take the whole season, but at some point you almost always get your heart broken.

Green politics

Mike Huckabee's recent professions of being an environmentalist ring a little hollow among those who remember his denunciation of tree-huggers before cheering Farm Bureau audiences.

The next war

In today's Washington Post, an op-ed by Little Rock's Wesley Clark wargames the next war, most likely Iran.

I found another child-bride for Tim Hutchinson to represent

Why are some Northwest Arkansas Republicans so in favor of child-brides?    Former legislator Tim Hutchinson is representing a child in her quest to get married prior to her 18th birthday.  Of course, now the government will have to litigate and the issue might not even be settled before she turns 18.  I found him a similar case.  In this CNN report - they found a 7 year old bride ( in Afghanistan)    Maybe he could contribute to that cause as well.    Since Hutchinson is in the business of helping child-brides get married -- maybe he could lend a hand in Fundamentalist Mormon Warren Jeff's rape trial as well.

The Morning After

Well ... that sucked. Although the circumstances were very different, I felt every bit as deflated after last night's game as I did after this one.

O.J. busted

On that happy note -- which should have him staying in Las Vegas a while -- a Sunday open line.

A 'contrary' book on Central crisis

In her book, “Turn Away Thy Son,” Elizabeth Jacoway has written a curious, contrarian history of the Little Rock Central integration crisis that is, at times, downright contrary. Jacoway has put a massive amount of research into this book, and her work

Let's eat!

Calzones, a Canadian food odyssey and a lively and wide-ranging discussion of Little Rock's best chili dogs are among the tasty topics on our Eat Arkansas blog. Check it out.

 

 

What to do about Iraq?

Gen. Petraeus offered little last week. But maybe Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel and Richard Lugar did.

Revisionist history -- UPDATE

A new book that would have you believe Harry Ashmore was the villain of 1957 and Orval Faubus, if not quite heroic, a vastly misunderstood and sympathetic character, just won't wash, Brummett writes today. I second.

Revisionist history -- UPDATE

A new book that would have you believe Harry Ashmore was the villain of 1957 and Orval Faubus, if not quite heroic, a vastly misunderstood and sympathetic character, just won't wash, Brummett writes today. I second.

Lecture tonight

Seems like somebody speaks just about every night at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Civil disobedience

A group that has continued to protest Hot Springs' manhandling of skateboarders announces a "symbolic skateboard" ride at 5 p.m.

Civil disobedience

A group that has continued to protest Hot Springs' manhandling of skateboarders announces a "symbolic skateboard" ride at 5 p.m.

The Weekend: Pnuma Trio

As Pnuma Trio cranked on a wholly satisfying set at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, I wondered whether the crowd would have been larger had a) Béla Fleck not been playing a block away, at the Rev Room; and 2) Arkansas not just lost a redickerous football game at Alabama a half-hour earlier, leaving potential ass-shakers to polish off the party Bacardi in their darkened living rooms.

Central High: a positive

The desegregation of Central High School is generally viewed as having a continuing positive impact by a majority of people in Pulaski County.

School buzz

There's a lot of buzz about the Little Rock School Board race tomorrow, particularly concerning absentee vote efforts.

And speaking of schools

Another example of fhe old verity -- when they say it isn't about race, it's about race: The majority white Tuscaloosa School Board redraws school zones.

And now for the Fayetteville news

They may have a newspaper war going in NW Ark., with the acres of newsprint devoted to local happenings that come along with it, but I don't see how you can be fully informed without reading the amazing Iconoclast blog.

Rice is nice

Little Rock lands another plant for the port industrial park -- a plant that will employ 60 to 100 to prepared pre-cooked rice dishes for restaurants.

Ballot blues

County Clerk Pat O'Brien has sent a statement on the  absentee voting we alluded to earlier.

About those test scores

Here's just one little example of why some are resistant to the dogma that standardized test scores are virtually infallible measures of education -- students, teachers, schools and whole school districts.

Selling your kidney on the black market for Hannah Montana tickets

Well, not quite, but if the secondary ticket market here is anything like Florida's, you might have to forfeit a year of Lil' Suzie's college tuition for a ticket to the sold-out Alltel show on Dec. 1.

The Weekend: David Bazan

Call me close-minded, but I've never been able to listen to David Bazan's records under the name Pedro the Lion.

Values voters

Donald Wildmon's American Family Association is streaming a presidential debate on "values" issues right now.

A Little Family Fun

For years, I've watched people on TV and in the movies going bowling, and thinking not only that it looked like fun, but that it looked like something I might be able to DO.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to test my theory with the grand opening of Allfam Bowling and Family Entertainment Center in Cabot (2350 Lakewood Dr., 501-941-3225).  The Verdict:  It is kinda fun, but it is not something I can do.  I'll keep trying, though.The new place is nice--bright and clean, staffed with fresh-faced, clean-cut teenagers who are very helpful, polite and respectful.  After hearing stories about the behavior of  a relative's high school students, I was encouraged to see that Arkansas' youth is not a lost cause.  The atmosphere is festive (as is the carpet), and indeed very family-friendly.  It's not so crowded that other people's children are in your face, though.

Wilco to Robinson

Despite wide stylistic shifts over the years and a propensity for experimentation, Wilco continues to grow its fanbase by leaps and bounds. Tonight, they play to what's sure to be a full house at Robinson. See more at

Comfort food

Ninja Poodles whipped up a batch of that supreme Southern comfort -- chicken and dumplings.

The theme

Education Week reports on controversy in the Little Rock School District in the context of the 50th anniversary observance of the desegregation of Central High.

Hillary and the general

Brummett explains the varied reasons why Wesley Clark would endorse Hillary Clinton and why it's consequential.

Juvenile reform

Youth advocates announced today a report on the need for juvenile system reform in Arkansas -- particularly an end to the over-reliance on locking up minor and non-violent offenders in the harmful and expensive environment of the Youth Services Center at Alexander.

The lottery is back -- UPDATE

Talk Business reveals that Bill Halter (lt. gov., remember?) is still alive.

The lottery is back -- UPDATE

Talk Business reveals that Bill Halter (lt. gov., remember?) is still alive.

Former a.g. named in rape complaint

This story is stirring a lot of comment in western Arkansas, but little in Little Rock media, for some reason.

Pants on fire

Mike Huckabee lie? We report what the Club for Growth says.

Pants on fire

Mike Huckabee lie? We report what the Club for Growth says.

Election day -- UPDATE

School elections today. We'll be following things tonight as usual.

Lecture choices -- UPDATE

A couple of big-name speakers in town tonight. John Yoo, the conservative law professor who gave Bush the tools he needed to torture people, not to mention the Patriot Act and multiple other executive branch excesses, speaks at the Clinton School at 6 p.m. tonight.

Health care coverage

It is not altogether a bad thing for a company to be under intense scrutiny for how it treats workers.

At your service

A reader asks: Did the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publish this year's National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists? (We reported in last week's paper on the Arkansas high schools, led by Central, that produced the most semi-finalists.)

LR gets the boot

Proud Little Rock officials today showed off to the press the boot that will be clamped on cars that officers discover have amassed $250 or more in parking tickets.

LR gets the boot

Proud Little Rock officials today showed off to the press the boot that will be clamped on cars that officers discover have amassed $250 or more in parking tickets.

Gen. Betrayus

Kos has an excellent analysis of the impact of the Moveon.org ad that the Republicans seized in desperation to cover their failed war policy.

50 years after -- politics

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is going to line up an array of Democratic officials by the statues of the Little Rock Nine at the Capitol at noon tomorrow for a presentation to the co-chairs of the Little Rock observance of the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School.

The immigration mailbag

Funny I should mention the Republican Party in the same breath with racial-political considerations. No sooner had I hit my mailbox than up popped an e-mail from a Republican sharing some e-mail flying around Republican circles on account of activities of Karen Ray, executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas.

The immigration mailbag

Funny I should mention the Republican Party in the same breath with racial-political considerations. No sooner had I hit my mailbox than up popped an e-mail from a Republican sharing some e-mail flying around Republican circles on account of activities of Karen Ray, executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Give us your tired, your poor ... UPDATE

... and we'll kick their butts back to Mexico. The immigration hearing before a legislative committee today was long and multi-faceted.

Give us your tired, your poor ... UPDATE

... and we'll kick their butts back to Mexico. The immigration hearing before a legislative committee today was long and multi-faceted.

Temporary reprieve

Terrick Nooner won't be killed by the state of Arkansas tonight. The governor granted a temporary reprieve for the convicted murderer because of federal court stays of the execution.

Bitchfest

Inspired by the pass interference call late in the game on Saturday, we're starting a discussion about other infamous calls that have gone against the Hogs.

Let the Healing Begin

Like a lot of you, we just haven't been feeling like ourselves since The Game That Shall Not Be Mentioned on Saturday night.

Another day, another sleazebag

Now it's a State Department inspector general accused of covering up foul deeds by the Bush administration.

Boot-ee call UPDATE

Matilda helpfully posts the list of parking scofflaws in Little Rock. Go to the blog to search the list for your favorite name.

IT'S OFFICIAL: Runoff in LR school race

Anna Swaim (pictured) will be in a runoff with incumbent Micheal Daugherty Oct. 9 for the Zone 2 School Board seat.

IT'S OFFICIAL: Runoff in LR school race

Anna Swaim (pictured) will be in a runoff with incumbent Micheal Daugherty Oct. 9 for the Zone 2 School Board seat.

Ying Yang Twins at the Village

The ribald Atlanta duo brings its ass-obsessed, bass-heavy Southern rap to the Village. See the To-Do List and

Righteous cause

True to Philander Smith College President Walter Kimbrough's promise to inspire social activism on campus, the school will have a candlelight vigil tonight for the Jena 6, the black Louisiana high school students who haven't gotten nearly enough attention for their heavy-handed prosecution arising from a racial dispute.

Racial politics, again

I got another mailer from the Arkansas Democratic Party announcing the program today at which the party will give $25,000 to the Little Rock school anniversary observance and restating the party's commitment to equality and better racial relationships.

Don't cry for Argenta

Argenta News reports on plans for another development on NLR's Main Street, this one a mixed-use project between Sixth and Seventh anchored by a new Twin City Bank building.

Wednesday To-Do: Ying Yang Twins

YING YANG TWINS9 p.m., the Village. $15 adv./$17 d.o.s. The Ying Yang Twins were initially going to call their last album “2 Live Crew,” as an ode to the controversial '80s bootie rappers.

At the movies

Readers who enter through our home page have already seen the item, but I wanted to mention that David Koon oversaw a video production with our 50th anniversary school coverage, now on the web.

Radio Free Web

Rosso reminds me that the subscription wall has come tumbling down at the NY Times.

Immigration: wedge issue for GOP UPDATE

We shared yesterday an e-mail from Arkansas Republican Party director Karen Ray in which she said she'd likely be working with the Farm Bureau on immigration measures and in which she lectured an unnamed Republican lawmaker about the dangers of having the party look too hateful on racial issues.

Immigration: wedge issue for GOP UPDATE

We shared yesterday an e-mail from Arkansas Republican Party director Karen Ray in which she said she'd likely be working with the Farm Bureau on immigration measures and in which she lectured an unnamed Republican lawmaker about the dangers of having the party look too hateful on racial issues.

Father speaks in rape case

The father of a mentally challenged girl who has told Fort Smith police she was sexually assaulted by former prosecutor and Arkansas Attorney General Ron Fields is now speaking to KHBS/KHOG about the case.

Chuck wagon days

ESPN.com just put up a nice article on the National Championship Chuck Wagon races in Clinton by Sam Eifling, a regular contributor to our A&E section.

Something's in the air

The Little Rock Airport Commission has scheduled an executive session at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Das Boot

 UPDATE: Still booted in 100 block of Main St.   The city reports first-day progress on the boot front.

Q&A: Chatting with a Kentucky Fan

When it comes to football, Kentucky has always been a slightly mysterious entity to us.
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