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September 17, 2009

Vol 7 • No 36

Then and now

On the night of Feb. 9, 1960, Carlotta Walls’ family home was bombed, a crime for which her own father was a suspect and for which her friend, Herbert Mont, was jailed.

Krystal clear

Though he’d been to the Krystal hamburger restaurant on a number of occasions, Roberts, without thinking, sat down one day to wait for his order. He soon realized his mistake — that he was sitting in the white section.

Signings and a symposium

The Butler Center hosts a book discussion and signing with Little Rock Nine member Dr. Terrence Roberts for his upcoming memoir, “Lessons from Little Rock.”

Learned lessons, traveled far

It is said that history is written by the victors. That may be true, but it is also written by those who bear witness.

Race? What race?

Jimmy Carter spoke plain truth recently, saying there's an undeniable racial element in some of the criticism of President Obama.

The silence of the Ross UPDATE

Lefty blogger tries to get comments from U.S. Rep. Mike Ross on health legislation. Stonewalled.

Is that the whistle?

Maybe not. But it's quitting time anyway.

Racism? What's new?

Gene Lyons has a fresh take in Salon on attacks on President Obama. What's new?

Rag and bone music

The Gourds don’t fit neatly into any categories of style.

Orval, Sept. 17

This Modern World, Sept.17

Back to low-tech

A number of records were set at the Arkansas high school swimming championships in February.

Boing Boing: The Movie

I might as well admit up front that I consider steampunk an utterly vacuous subcultural trend.

What's Cooking, Sept. 17

The Central Arkansas Library System has opened Bookends Cafe on the first floor of the Cox Creative Center at 120 Commerce, the curving historic building across the parking lot from the Main Library.

‘Always … Patsy Cline’

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 50 years since country singer Patsy Cline died at the age of 30 in a plane crash in a Tennessee forest.

No now; no forever.

I once knew U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of Columbia, S.C.

The Televisionist, Sept. 17

If you’re a fan of science fiction TV, the last couple of years have really been a sort of golden age.

Words, Sept. 17

“Tourists move their jet skies out of a marina Monday in Cabo San Lucas as Hurricane Jimena heads toward Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.” The plural of ski is skis.

Union elevates sub shop

We’d figure most members of the see-and-be-seen set who saunter into Union Restaurant for a meal of tasty tapas or a late-night cocktail probably didn’t make many trips to Lenny’s, the sub shop that preceded Union in its smallish Riverdale strip-center home.

Dombek drops in

Argenta’s Third Friday Night Art Walk has some celebrity power this week, thanks to Greg Thompson Fine Art’s exhibit of George Dombek watercolors.

Indelicacy + nonsense = health care debate

Mike Huckabee wrote on his political action committee’s blog on Monday that journalism is dead.

Smart Talk, Sept. 17

Nobody covers liberal assessments of the Arkansas congressional delegation more fully than the Arkansas Times, and here’s another report.

Somebody v. nobody

The ill wind that carried away Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was the warm breeze that transported Sen. Blanche Lincoln into the Garden of Eden.

Brain waves

More news on the neurosurgery front at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Dr. Ali Krisht, vice chairman of the neurosurgery department, will resign Oct. 1.

Bye-week bullet points

Turns out that Razorback athletics managed an eventful week despite the bye.

In Brief, Sept. 17

A little while back, Texas singer/songwriters Adam Carroll and Owen Temple put out a tribute to Gary Floater, a made-up country icon whose songs epitomized everything that’s wrong with Nashville.

To-Do List, Sept. 17

Hot Springs Jazzfest, Motown Gold, The Chill: Boss Edition, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' Kevin Eubanks, Gregg Ginn's JamBang, WWE Monday Night Raw and Richard Buckner are this week's top picks.

Feeling flu-like?

Yes, the so-called swine flu is out there and highly contagious. Yes, it can be deadly to certain people.

Justice denied

I am writing to you in regard to Mara Leveritt’s article Sept. 3.

Sept. 9-15, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … ARKANSAS. A poll showed that a majority of Arkansans are smarter than the people they send to Congress.

The Observer, Sept. 17

The Observer was alarmed at first to see construction crews removing the roof of the brick building next to the Woodruff House on the grounds of the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Nearly historic

If an incumbent must have opponents, she’d want the kind that Blanche Lincoln has.

Editorial cartoon, Sept. 17

Newspaper war

Argenta News publisher Scott Miller may buy his "ink" by the kilowatt, not the barrel.

'Latino Waffle House'

News from Stephens Media on a new alcohol permit in NWA: An all-night Springdale restaurant described as a “Waffle House for the Latino community” received approval today from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve beer, though customers will not be able to order beer all night.

Weekend To-Do: Hot Springs Jazz Fest

DeShannon Higa. HOT SPRINGS JAZZFEST7 p.m., Oaklawn Race and Gaming Theater.

The two faces of John Boozman

So glad to see The Iconoclast is again calling down the evil-doers in NWA. Here, The Iconcoclast notes (and provides the Photoshop) that Rep. John Boozman, who refused to vote for a resolution disapproving of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's nasty outburst in the House, pressed a Republican resolution to censure another House member, Charles Rangel, for using House stationery to encourage contributions to a college in his district.

Bus riders need not apply

Thanks to railhead Pat Lynch for a discussion of recent Dallas reporting on Arlington, Texas.

Play Blanche Lincoln trivia UPDATE

I'd say the U.S. Senate campaign is in full swing if the duck hunting pix are flying.

Review: Suga City's 'Leaks of Controversy'

For the last several years, Suga City's fluctuated near the top of my Arkansas rap power list.

Attn. Civil War buffs

The exhibit, "Lee and Grant," is coming Nov. 13-Jan. 9 to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, courtesy of Warren and Harriet Stephens, Stephens Inc. and Entergy.

Praise the Lord and pass the baby

A new study finds a correlation between a state's conservative "religiousness" and its teen birth rate.

McDaniel does D.C.

Attorney Gen. Dustin McDaniel was among 11 attorney generals who met with Obama cabinet members today on mortgage lending practices and other banking issues.

Tommy Robinson still TR

The former sheriff and congressman was feuding again with a bankruptcy judge today. No jail this time, however.

Thursday: 'Always ... Patsy Cline,' Adam Carroll and Owen Temple, Ryan Couron, Gringo Star, more

The popular jukebox musical “Always … Patsy Cline” continues at the Rep through the weekend, 8 p.m., $20-$35.A little while back, Texas singer/songwriters Adam Carroll and Owen Temple put out a tribute to Gary Floater, a made-up country icon whose songs epitomized everything that's wrong with Nashville.

Theater round-up

*The jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet" is heading to Broadway next spring. Currently playing at the Apollo Theater in Chicago, it centers on the 1956 recording session that brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at Sun Records in 1956.

Justice for Damien Echols

Legal groups today filed their arguments with the Arkansas Supreme Court for a new trial for Damien Echols, sentenced to death in the West Memphis Three case.

Death sentence overturned

A federal judge has overturned a death sentence in Dallas County because the man convicted is mentally retarded.

Time for Hogs v. Red Wolves

Point of personal privilege on a well-worn topic: If mighty LSU can drop down in class to play the in-state McNeese State Cowboys, then surely to goodness it's time for the University of Arkansas to schedule Arkansas State.

On the horizon for Nate Powell

The Eisner winner is teaming with authors Mark Long and Jim Demonakos on "The Silence of Our Friends," a coming-of-age story set in 1967 in Houston "against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement."


Stoby's own blend: A Conway favorite Be sure to check out our video player for a short documentary by Little Rock lawyer/filmmaker Nick Rogers on the Arkansas origins of cheese dip.  Is it, as Max says, the "national food of Arkansas?"    

Lincoln on Baucus bill

U.S. Sen. Sen. Blanche Lincoln talked with Arkansas reporters today about health legislation, specifically the Max Baucus proposal.


Stoby's own blend: A Conway favorite Be sure to check out our video player for a short documentary by Little Rock lawyer/filmmaker Nick Rogers on the Arkansas origins of cheese dip.  Is it, as Max says, the "national food of Arkansas?"    

Idolatry grows church membership in Conway

At New Life. The Conway church where Kris Allen served on the worship team before winning "American Idol" is the fastest growing church in the country, according to a survey just released by Outreach magazine and LifeWay Research.

UA response on rape allegation

The University of Arkansas responded on two fronts today to the recent allegation by an 18-year-old freshman that she was sexually assaulted by basketball players while partying at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity house on campus in late August.

Bishop Allen coming back to LR

"Dimmer" The twee-est indie pop band in all of Brooklyn is coming back to Little Rock.

'Not the justice the victim seeks' UPDATE

John Bass of Springdale, the lawyer representing the freshman woman who's alleged she was assaulted by UA basketball players, issued the folllowing statement after the university releases today:

Over to you

The line is open.

Weekend To-Do: 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

‘MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS'7 p.m., Children's Theatre, Arkansas Arts Center. $11-$14.The Children's Theatre opens its season with an adaptation of a beloved children's story.

Stimulus boosts Rock Island Bridge

Walkers, bikers and tourism advocates were excited to learn recently that the office of Gov. Mike Beebe will commit $2.5 million in federal stimulus dollars to the renovation of the Rock Island Bridge.

Rag and bone music

The Gourds return to play Juanita's tonight. They play Little Rock often, but this could be their last show here for awhile.

In review: Cowboys Stadium

Not many football stadiums qualify for reviews in the New York Times. But there aren't many stadiums like Jerry Jones' new home for the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

Tax soft drinks; fight fat

Doug Smith wrote an article for us several weeks ago about an idea for a national tax on soft drinks similar to the one adopted in Arkansas in 1992.

Act Blue (as if)

Firedog Lake is raising money through Act Blue  to try to get a message to the chief Arkansas  obstacles to meaningful heath coverage for all Americans.

Strike up the band

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee has landed a gig as spokesman for a nonprofit foundation set up by the lobby of music instrument makers to support music education and provide instruments in schools that need them.

One dip or two?

From today's Hot Springs Sentinel Record: Three elected officials under investigation by the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System continued to sign official forms during a 90-day period in which they removed themselves from the county payroll, reportedly to file for retirement benefits.

Friday To-Do: Motown Gold

Denise Pelley. MOTOWN GOLD8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.

Bright Little Bistro.

Another restaurant attempting to do the best it can with local and organic foods... Eureka Springs' Garden Bistro.  This little cottage on North Main Street has no standard menu.  The menu is written on the wall every day... and it's usually pretty extensive.  Chef Lana Campbell surfs local farmers markets and is also working on building a network of farmers to glean the ingredients for each day.  There are some non-local offerings, such as fresh seafood flown in from the Gulf.  It's all fresh, though.  I rather enjoyed the Squash Relleno -- the peppery stuffed and deep fried item you see above.  They also do something realy cute -- serving up hot bread baked in flowerpots to the table.  Cheesy goodness.  You can read more about it at ">Tie Dye Travels. 

Friday To-Do: The Chill: Boss Edition

THE CHILL: BOSS EDITION9 p.m., Revolution. $10.The Chill, Conduit Entertainment's regular concert series, returns with something to celebrate.

Download: Smoke Up Johnny 'The End'

Probably Little Rock's greatest ever bar band, Smoke Up Johnny, called it quits back in July, but promised to temper the blow by letting loose demoes from its much-anticipated sophomore album.

No answers in LR woman's death

The toxicology report has been completed in the death of Lucie Hamilton, the Little Rock woman who died in June during a Vodou ritual in New Jersey.

Hopeful economic indicator

The size of the Arkansas workforce increased in August and the unemployment rate declined from 7.4 to 7.1 percent.

Street of broken dreams

Rusty Matchett, a property owner in the River Market neighborhood, confirms a tip I'd received that opposition was continuing to the effort to rename Third Street east of Main to River Market Avenue.

Huckstering with Dobson UPDATE

Mike Huckabee came zinger-ready (shovel-ready would be apt for those in the audience) to the "values voters" summit in Washington staged by James Dobson's Family Research Council to whip Republican politicians into line on the anti-choice, anti-gay, pro evangelical Christian agenda.

LR School District watch

Little Rock School Board members frequently share their internal e-mails with me and it often makes for interesting reading, particularly if you follow the fate of the state's largest district.

Friday To-Do: Gourds

THE GOURDS10 p.m., Juanita's. $12.The Gourds don't fit neatly into any categories of style.

This weekend in art

Lot's happening. Watercolors by George Dombeck at Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock as part of Third Friday Art Walk.

SL Jones reps on 'Underground Atlanta'

SL Jones is back. The Little Rock rapper turned Atlanta underground champ gets several good looks on Killer Mike's buzzy new "Underground Atlanta" comp that I told you about back in January (it got delayed a bit).

The Weekend: Amber Campisi, Itals, Ballet Magnificat and more

Amber Campisi. FRIDAY 9/18Star Bar becomes a "vintage Bunny Club" tonight in honor of Amber Campisi, a Playboy Playmate who shows up on all those Playboy reality shows from time to time.

Code violation

A report from Doug Smith on a governmental issue that has been mentioned by several blog readers: As of Friday, the electronic version of the Arkansas Code – that is, the laws of the state of Arkansas – was not accessible on the state web site.

Saturday To-Do: Kevin Eubanks

KEVIN EUBANKS7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $30-$35.He's back in the saddle again.


Stress on soldiers

The Arkansas National Guard is concerned that its members aren't getting all the assistance they need. It's reaching out for help after four reported suicides since January.

Mixed Tweets (messages)

An enterprising reporter noticed a little contradiction: A new Arkansas law will outlaw texting while driving Oct. 1.

Friday frolic

Let it commence. Open line.

Super-Gluing the Pieces.

I am super-gluing the pieces. Difficult but necessary.

Learned lessons, traveled far

The slim body of literature on the subject of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High just expanded, with books by those most directly affected by events: two of the Little Rock Nine.

'The Clinton Tapes'

Some interesting stuff here in a GQ interview with Taylor Branch, the historian, about his new book "The Clinton Tapes," a product of Branch's project to footnote the Clinton presidency.

Today's reading: On 'media'

Columbia Journalism Review takes a deep breath and then a dispassioned look at the undercover filming of ACORN offices that has set off a big political reaction.

Presidential goodies

I know. Most of you have football on your mind.

Huckabee tops straw men

James Dobson's annual convention of Religious Righters held its straw vote on 2012 presidential contenders today.

Lincoln gets specific

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and others have specific amendments for the Baucus health care bill.

Osborne pleased with verdict

I got a comment from Tre Kitchens, one of Jennings Osborne's attorneys in his lawsuit over the amount he'd received in payment for sale of his Arkansas Research Medical Testing Center, primarily to investors from members of Little Rock's wealthy Stephens family.

Turn your radio on

Or don't. But I'll be on Blake Rutherford's Sunday morning talk show on 103.7 The Buzz at 8 a.m.

In memoriam

Here's the day's open line. But first an exercise of blog privilege: I often wish the Times had an obituary section.

. . . MARCHING AS TO WAR . . .

A straw vote held Saturday at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington suggests former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a favorite among religious conservatives to be president in 2012.


  My god! WEEKS ago, when I first began sharing this drivel here for my dedicated Razorbabies, I thought, "This damsel’s diatribes of distress will be infrequent."

The future of newspapers

I'd say the future is pretty bleak in the 80 or so places served by Gannett daily newspapers, if the corporate memo you can read here gets translated down to the local level.

Speaker Wills for the (luxury) defense

House Speaker Robbie Wills mounts a vigorous defense of the zillion-dollar plan to create fancy new offices for legislators by moving legislative staff to fancy new offices in Big MAC in space created by moving several agencies out of Big MAC into a formerly derelict but soon-to-be fancily rebuilt office building on Capitol Avenue.

Take it away

Slow day here. For entertainment, Eureka Springer suggests a YouTube link celebrating the the U.S.A.'s exalted position in world health care -- No. 37.

Change slowed on rabies shots

Interesting. The Times some time ago chronicled efforts to remove Arkansas from the very short list -- along with only Alabama -- that still required annual rabies vaccinations.

The party of No

Brummett blogs here about the continuing efforts by Republicans to use undocumented aliens as a wedge to defeat health insurance reform.

Wine and Dine.

Beautiful food and wine are a real treat, especially when they've been thoughtfully put together to bring out the best in both.  Central Park Fusion in Hot Springs is hosting a food celebration tomorrow night -- a six course dinner with wine pairing.  Best part is, it's affordable as you need to make it.  For $25, your decadent meal will include paired house wines; for $50, you can sample and enjoy premium wines with your meal.  Pretty good deal.  More information at the Central Park Fusion website, including menu. 

Listen to Kris Allen's new single

It's called "Live Like We're Dying," and it's an almost note-for-note cover of a demo by rising Irish band the Script (they've opened for Paul McCartney several times).

Book beat: Clinton, Boris and Bush

More nuggets are being mined from new White House books: From Taylor Branch's book on his taped interviews with President Clinton (related by Talking Points Memo):

No love for the tunnel

Gov. Mike Beebe had his meeting this morning with House Speaker Robbie Wills, Building Authority Director Anne Laidlaw and others on some legislative leaders' desire to build a $2.8 million tunnel to connect the Capitol with the Big MAC building 100 feet away, where legislative staff soon are to be moved.

With Dems like Mike Ross...

... who needs the Repubs?  Rep. Mike Ross spoke to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce this morning.  He maintained his opposition to a public option even though polls show more people in his district favor it than oppose it.  He said he couldn't support a public plan because when he returned home for the August recess, his constituents made it clear they didn't want it.  I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease, huh?  PS FROM MAX: Be sure to read that link to the Daily Kos polling, which was specifrically of Ross' Congressional District.

What's wrong with Canada?

Not so much when it comes to health care, according to this account. Trying shouting some of this at a town hall meeting.

Big Hucking deal

Mike Huckabee got a big ride in some quarters for leading a weekend straw poll of Religious Righters on 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Tim tiptoes in

Tim Griffin Twitters that he's running for 2nd District Congress. For real.

Monday To-Do: Greg Ginn's Jambang

GREG GINN'S JAMBANG9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.Greg Ginn may be best known for leading the hardcore punk brigade Black Flag, which he founded and fronted from 1976 to 1986, but in no way whatsoever has he faded into obscurity.

Monday To-Do: Monday Night Raw

Cody Rhodes. WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW7:15 p.m., Verizon Arena, $15-$60.Without question, ours always has been a prime market for the pro wrestling scene.


Reminder: Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will speak in Philander Smith College's Bless the Mic lecture series at 7 p.m. tonight at the college auditorium.

Whine and dine

We've asked now and again for reader contributions to our Eat Arkansas blog on restaurant experiences.

Election date changed

Since both Republican and Democratic candidates are unopposed in the primary elections, Gov. Mike Beebe has moved up the date of the special election to fill Sen. Sharon Trusty's vacated seat from Jan. 12 to Dec. 8.

The business of Hog sports

University of Arkansas athletics was big business before Athletic Director Jeff Long came along, but he's introduced more wrinkles to marketing of the Hogs aimed at maximizing revenue.

Cuts in neurosurgery

UAMS neurosurgeon Ossama al-Mefty, who quit the chairmanship of his department at UAMS a couple of weeks ago ostensibly to spend more time writing, has quit UAMS altogether.

Cleaning up ATRS

Did the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System need new leadership when it changed directors late last year?


... a place to comment. I dropped by an event to honor Bob Hupp on 10 years at The Rep. Good ones, all agreed.

More casinos?

Here's one to watch -- the possibility that the Obama administration might allow Indian casinos far removed from their reservations.

Broadband in the boonies

A website that covers telephone issues talks with the head of Little Rock-based Windstream about the company's unhappiness with how federal stimulus money is being allocated to expand access to broadband.

River Market madness

River Market neighborhood business people, primarily from along Clinton Avenue, continue to gather supporters in their fight to stop the City Board from renaming East Third Street as River Market Avenue.

Politics makes bad law

John Brummett explains this morning how George Hopkins, director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, is struggling with past political interference -- in the form of contradictory laws -- in trying to sort out the great double-dip scandal.

Bless the (closed) mic

Historically black Philander Smith College had an episode Monday night of its Bless the Mic lecture series, in which President Walter Kimbrough brings in famous people to talk.

Getting on board

What does it take to get senators on board the health reform legislation? NY Times suggests perks for senator's home states don't hurt.

Where is Mike Ross?

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is careful where he's seen in public. He'll attend town halls packed with opponents of health care reform, some of them planted by the paid operatives stirring this issue in Arkansas and elsewhere.

Return of the Rising Buns.

Months after a damaging fire, Klappenbach Bakery in Fordyce reopens today. Everything you love is still available -- including that cheesy bread and divine lemon meringue pie... and sandwiches for lunch, too.

Pharmacy makes Mike Ross rich UPDATE

And this on U.S. Rep. Mike Ross deserves its own item: Ross whined yesterday that his health industrial complex funding has not included campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry (by which he apparently means drug makers, not drug sellers, as we shall see).

Tuesdays & Saturdays.

Fall may be just about here, but there's still life and time left in the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market.  I've been very pleased to see the little market that could growing strongly at 6th and Main in North Little Rock's Argenta District.  All that rain early on this summer pushed some crops back -- which means they're just now coming to market now.  Got some squash of several different sorts last visit.  More on CAFM and the upcoming Argenta Market at Tie Dye Travels. 

The magnficent seven

Buddy Rogers of Rogers joins the Republican race for U.S. Senate. AP says that makes seven on the GOP side.

Clinton: Gore in 'Neverland'

Still more coming from the Taylor Branch book on Bill Clinton, this excerpting from Mother Jones about the famous meeting between Clinton and Al Gore after Gore won the 2000 election but lost the presidency.

Whole Hog founder dies

Ron Blasingame, one of the founders of Little Rock's venerable Whole Hog Cafe, has died.

Happy days are here again

Number crunching at Metroplan indicates that construction activity is up in every category in Central Arkansas for the first six months of the year, compared with the second half of 2008.

A race in the Third?

Reading between the lines of The Iconoclast (dangerous business, I know), I read the linked item to indicate that David Whitaker, an Air Force veteran, Democrat and recently resigned assistant city attorney in Fayetteville, will soon announce a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. John Boozman.

Tuesday: Dead Meadow, the Blue Hit, Mat Mahar, more

Dead Meadow. How bout this, Little Rockers looking for something to do tonight?

All you need is a laugh track to turn 'True Blood' into a dopey sitcom

The cheeseball interactions between Terry and Arleen allow YouTube user Unclejubalon to turn Alan Ball's campy soap into a corny sitcom.

Daughtry coming in December

Fourth-place "American Idol" vet turned post-grunge hero Chris Daughtry brings his band Daughtry (a name that took some thinkin on) to Arkansas for two shows in December — Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro and  Friday, Dec. 18, at Verizon Arena.

Mad Men

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The line is open

Your comments here. We've requested the list of proposals for relocating the State Fair.


Just four months after Richard Buckner made his first-ever appearance in Little Rock, he's coming back. If I made strong pleas based solely on the strength of Buckner's deep catalog then, after seeing him live, I'm imploring now: Don't miss this show.

Sympathy for the Huckster

It isn't fun in the public eye, not when snarky bloggers are noting your weight gain and all.

ACORN may have friends

Funny story. The bill to strip ACORN of its fairly paltry federal funding?

Wednesday To-Do: Richard Buckner

RICHARD BUCKNER9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.How's this for an embarrassment of riches?

Street name change dead UPDATED

The people rule. A controversial proposal to rename East Third Street from Main Street to Heifer International River Market Avenue is apparently dead.

Whole Hog BBQ Founder Dies.

The man behind massive world class barbecue in Central Arkansas has died.  Arkansas Business reports Ron Blasingame died Monday night from massive organ failure.

The ACORN gambit

Two college professors evaluated media coverage of ACORN during the 2008 presidential campaign and came up with some pretty good stuff on this Republican/conservative campaign ploy and its poor reporting by the media.

Call to Action

Stepping up: Coal Power is Poison is stepping up their ad campaign against the controversial coal-fired power plant near Texarkana.  The group will start running the above advertisement in the Democrat-Gazette starting tomorrow morning.

Expert testimony

A Twitter today from a Northwest Arkansas Times business reporter says: NWA real estate expert Jeff Collins filed Ch.

In these Times

The new weekly Times is on the web. Leslie Peacock updates the state's move toward a trauma system.

Bedtime reading

News Hounds, the blog that says "We watch Fox so you don't have to," brings us an extensive look at people turning up as members of the Mike Huckabee political retinue.

House sticks its hand out

Is there really any doubt that the majority of the House of Representatives just doesn't give a damn how sleazy they look?

Pass-don't pass

Gov. Beebe says he won't play the lottery. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter says he will.