Satchmo's reaction to the iconic photo of Elizabeth Eckford may have changed the course of the Central High Crisis.
Vol 38 • No 5
Vanity Fair contributing editor David Margolick offers a comprehensive study of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery, the two women in Will Counts' iconic photo of the Central High Crisis.
David Margolick's reporting on the famous Will Counts photo went much farther than the drama at Central High School and the homes of the key actors.
Lu Hardin can't have a gun anymore — if he ever did.
The diehard my-pigs-can-crap-in-my-stream-that-feeds-your-water-supply crowd — pumped by the Koch front group Americans for Prosperity — turned out in good number for the hearing tonight at Winfield United Methoidst Church on the Deltic-watered-down land use rules the county is proposing for the Lake Maumelle watershed.
Terrible news with the imminent closing of Fordyce mainstay Klappenbach Bakery. According to Rex Nelson on his Southern Fried Blog, Norman and Lee Klappenbach (at ages 80 and 77, respectively) are tired.
Can't wait for the state fair? Head to Fort Smith's Kay Rogers Park for a dose of fun and some fried fair foods at the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair, running through Saturday.
See the city of Little Rock's proposal for new city ward boundaries based on the 2010 Census.
The span will close the loop of the 14-mile River Trail.
Scars linger from "Witch Hunt" era.
On Monday, production began on "MUD," Little Rock director Jeff Nichols' third film.
Update on the extended process to find a replacement for federal District Judge James Moody, who took senior status, a form of retirement, several years ago: Multiple sources report that background checks have begun on Kris Baker, a partner in the Quattlebaum law firm in Little rock.
A lawsuit was filed Monday by the Arkansas Public Law Center, with civic activist Kathy Wells of Little Rock as plaintiff, challenging the general Arkansas legislative practice of submitting undocumented requests for monthly expense reimbursements.
After Oct. 1, White County Medical Center in Searcy will no longer hire new employees who smoke, becoming one of the first hospitals in Arkansas to adopt such a policy.
An Aaron Sorkin-penned script and a Brad Pitt-led cast could spell Best Pic nominee.
While there's much concern about bullying these days, few people other than Sen. Mark Pryor see a need to protect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers from being picked on.
It may be legal for the White County Medical Center in Searcy to refuse to hire anyone who smokes, but it is not right.
Lu Hardin was cut a huge break Monday by federal Judge Jim Moody. He gave Hardin probation for the fraudulent scheme by which he got University of Central Arkansas trustees to hurry up a $300,000 bonus so he could pay gambling debts at Tunica.
BIG DAM DEAL: More than 2,000 cyclists rolled out Saturday for the sixth annual Big Dam Bridge 100, the largest bike tour in Arkansas.
Plus, CALS and Laman add Kindle, John Oates heads to Fayetteville and the Arkansas State Fair announces its musical acts.
"It has been a long time coming, but Red State Arkansans finally got what they wanted."
Plus, Grand Serenade's record release show, The Lemonheads, Toby Keith and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Plus, "101 Years of Broadway," Nick Charles, Tyrannosaurus Chicken and more.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," always suffered from lies, distortions and simple ignorance, and the Republican presidential debates continue the tradition.
There is no crime in being overly and transparently solicitous for the purposes of aggrandizement and personal political advancement. That's simply acute neediness, a common and benign human frailty.
Porter's Jazz Cafe off to a good start.
Plus, winners of World Cheese Dip Championship.
It was a good week for: Lu Hardin, a moon discovery and transparent pay in the legislature. It was a bad week for: The Arkansas Razorbacks, Arkansas trial courts and Andrew Rhew.
Instead of pads and cleats, the Observer's son has taken up an instrument: the tuba.
Unless we can summon a victory against A&M
And a plot you will not be able to follow.
Local journalists move to PR, naturally.
Our state's contribution to the culinary world is diversely represented in Greater Little Rock. Here are some of our favorite cheese dips, presented in alphabetical order and according to type: white, yellow, or non-traditional.
Report in New York Times on state spending in New York to create jobs. They're spending big — $400 million.
Democrats apparently have decided to make something of the ugly tone that appears to be a standard part of Republican debates.
Why won't Mayor Mark Stodola and members of the City Board simply tell the truth?
"Fall has arrived in Vilonia," says the note with a snapshot from an Arkansas Blog reader.
Just in case you don't click the teasers on the page, I want to tout some items in this week's Arkansas Times.
Banana Leaf is one of the vendors that will be at the Main Street Food Truck Festival this Saturday.
Airport Commissioner Tom Schueck got a rough ride this morning at the commission’s personnel committee meeting, unable to persuade fellow commissioners that commissioners should have a say in whoever is hired as the spokesman for Little Rock National Airport.
The Koch operation seems to be a key factor in an appearance in Little Rock today by James O'Keefe, the right-wing filmmaker who's produced misleading videos about ACORN and a black public employee and who got arrested for an attempted sting of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Grand Serenade plays a release show at White Water Tavern Thursday night.
The Meat Puppets play Stickyz Thursday night.
Tough guy Rick Perry folded to the Tea Party base of the Republican Party. He's apologized to those he said didn't have a heart if they opposed in-state college tuition for children who arrived in the country with undocumented parents.
Federal Judge Jimm Hendren, sitting in Harrison, today sentenced Frankie Maybee and Sean Popejoy to years in prison for their conviction of federal hate crime.
The Movement plays Revolution Thursday night.
Mayor Mark Stodola objected strenuously today to my suggestion that he's not interested in transparency.
Artist V.L. Cox and a volunteer crew are still looking for help at the North Little Rock seawall.
Metroplan talks about a Broadway bridge traffic circle; Deltic is revealed (surprise!) as driving force behind more intensive development in Lake Maumelle watershed; dentist arrested in Polk County for kidnapping.
A life-sized sculpture of William "Bill" Clark with his duck dog is being installed in the Bill Clark Wetlands at the Clinton Presidential Park tomorrow.
Auction of artist-rehabbed furniture to benefit Habitat for Humanity is tomorrow night.
Mayor Mark Stodola's "transparent" city government remains opaque. Two days after an FOI for accumulated city data on ward redistricting, none has been provided.
I wrote on last night's open line about how I dragged out of the county planning director the admission of the obvious — an 11th hour change in a proposed Lake Maumelle watershed land use plan to dramatically increase potential residential housing in the watershed was inserted at the instigation of Deltic Timber, the dominant landowner in the area.
Really. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin did lament gridlock in Washington in an interview wiith Stephens Media.
The Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton provided a little more insight this morning into past Grand Jury investigations into the University of Central Arkansas during the era of President Lu Hardin.
The Lemonheads play Revolution Friday night.
Chicago, the hugely popular FM baby boomer staple, will play a short set during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gov. Bill Clinton's announcement to run for president at the Old State House on Saturday, according to our sources.
I'm not saying you should rush home and program your Tivo, but note that Mike Huckabee has scheduled an interview with Mitt Romney on his Fox talk show this weekend.
I have to say, I am a sucker for a well cooked burger. I don’t mean to well done… I mean, when you order a burger and you get it exactly the doneness you want. That's one thing this Springdale restaurant does well.
The deed was done Monday on Walmart Realty taking over the lease and mortgage to the former Harvest Foods store in the Razorback Square shopping center at Cantrell and Riverdale.
City Manager Bruce Moore called this morning to say he would release the proposed new ward boundary map this morning in response to three days of complaints by me that the city was violating the FOI in withholding the information.
"Postcards of Harlem" available at the Museum of the City of New York.
"Midnight Garden" is a "beautiful but sterile Eden."
Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue made his final appearance before the Arkansas Lottery Legislative Oversight Committee this morning. The lottery's internal auditor, Michael Hyde, hinted at more legislative audit troubles ahead.
Dan Hampton, the former Razorback and Chicago Bear star, has declined an invitation from President Obama to a White House reception for the 1985 Super Bowl champions.
Guitarist Nick Charles plays in Hot Springs and Little Rock this weekend.
The Little Rock police report that a carjacking unfolded shortly before midnight last night on Lamar Street, on the north side of the Mills Freeway near UAMS.
A review of Richard Buckner's show last night at Stickyz in Little Rock.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak in Little Rock Friday as part of the Kumpuris lecture series, but the event is by invitation only.
At the Bill Clark Wetlands, at the Clinton Presidential Park.
A key figure in the ownership of the building, Little Rock lawyer Richard Mays, happens to be an old political ally of the state agency occupying the building, the Career Services Department, headed by former Sen. Bill Walker.
Another educator realizes charter schools are a failure. Justice Stephens predicts court will uphold health care reform.
Little Rock businessman John Burkhalter, a Beebe appointee to the state Hiighway Commission, arrived at the Capitol Zoning District Commission meeting this evening with a compromise for the office building he wants to build at Sixth and Woodlane across from the Capitol.
Another day, another report on failing charter schools, these in St. Louis. But wait.
And if he is, what was the question? Anyway, the latest reporting detects presidential movement by the obnoxious New Jersey governor.
Strange story from Baxter County. Perv computer hacker got into a Mountain Home teen's Facebook page and posted photoshopped pix of her face atop nude bodies.
I'd like to see a count of the number of times trucks have failed to pass under this railroad bridge on Broadway in North Little Rock.
I think I have found the best egg custard pie that exists. Well, maybe that's asking a lot... but the egg custard pie served up at Dew-Baby's in Stuttgart is the finest example I have ever encountered.
The Main Street Food Truck Festival is Saturday.
Can't link it because it's behind a pay wall, but the Hot Spring Sentinel Record carried an interesting report today on remarks by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
A tough column this week by Steve Barnes on the case of Andrew Rhew, the trooper who resigned after a DWI in Missouri last weekend.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season Saturday night, led by Conductor Philip Mann.
The North Little Rock School District has issued a statement to reassure everyone following the reported rape of a female student by a male West Campus high school student this week while they were alone in an office.
I wrote yesterday about a new state lease agreement by which a division of the Career Education Department, headed by Bill Walker, will occupy an expanded building at 525 W. Capitol Avenue owned by an LLC headed by his friend, political ally and fellow Beebe supporter, Richard Mays.
Robert Birdsong, 68, of Little Rock was fatally injured shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday when his motorycycle slid into a turning car in the 2100 block of North University Avenue.
Dr. Kelly Dean Shrum, who once practiced in Pine Bluff ob/gyn, has received a probationary sentence for providing women with a birth control device not approved for sale in the U.S. by the FDA but making claims for payment for the similar Mirena brand IUD.
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.
Undoubtedly encouraged by my remarks that he towers over the current field (of midgets), Mike Huckabee is reportedly telling unnamed confidantes that he might get in the presidential race after all.
Toby Keith headlines ZooJam Sunday night.
Finding Fiction and Brass Bed played at Vino's Thursday night.
After languishing on campus for several years, two sculptures are restored by Norton Arts.
Arkansas judges are meeting this afternoon to discuss a money shortage in the fund that pays their administrative assistants, the people who manage dockets, handle phones and do other duties.
I can't remember the last time the entire Clinton family — the former president, the secretary of state and their daughter Chelsea — were together in Little Rock.
Lu Hardin’s light sentence, some juicy politics in commissions you don’t you usually here from, the new lawsuit aimed at the Arkansas legislative reimbursement scheme and more are up for discussion this week.
Is Chris Christie too fat to be elected president.
From the Washington Post.
Once in a while Republicans are so blindingly honest about their beliefs, that you almost want to thank them, as chilling as those beliefs might be.
Brummett asseses Gov. Mike Beebe's modest effort to nudge the state legislature toward implementing locally controlled health care exchanges and the Republican Party's all-in bet that obstruction of universal health care is the winning hand.
What a fine fall day. Don't forget the Food Truck Festival on Main Street, beginning at 11 a.m.
SPEAKING OF BILL CLINTON: His daughter Chelsea has written an article for the Daily Beast (she's on the board of the corporation that is a co-owner the publication) about her father's decision to run.
Here's an open line for you. Some odds and ends: * STATE POLICE COMMISSIONER HAS SAY: We linked earlier a tough column by Steve Barnes on the State Police Commission's decision to overrule two different agency directors and reinstate Andrew Rhew, despite violating rules on siren and light use during a high-speed patrol run that ended in a fatal crash with another driver.
Little Rock got a taste of the days when the budget was balanced, the debt was being paid down and the U.S. was widely admired around the world.
A friend sent a link to Politico coverage of a panel discussion and unscripted remarks by Bill Clinton Friday that were part of three days of events marking the 20th anniversary of his announcement of a run for the White House.
John Brummett asks this morning if the legislative expense reimbursement scheme is a scam? I'm confident to answer that question in the affirmative and predict success for the illegal exaction lawsuit filed by the Arkansas Public Law Center, a nonprofit group of which I'm a board member.
It's simple Tea Party Republican dogma that no candidate can get away with supporting in-state college tuition rates for "illegal aliens" — meaning state high school graduates who generally came to the country as children with parents who are working, paying taxes and contributing to a state's economy.
I was told this afternoon of the death of George Bentley, who retired more than 20 years ago as the county courthouse reporter for the Arkansas Gazette.
The New York Times takes a look at the Republican push to depress voter turnout.
If reader TeaParty2012 wrote an education reform blog, I think it would read something like LastStand4Children.
Interesting convergence of articles this morning. * RACIAL EPITHET: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on the defensive again — and the offense is led by a black Republican presidential candidate — over his Texas hunting camp, long known as "Niggerhead."
Taylor Swift plays Verizon Arena Tuesday night.
An Arkansas man whose son has been missing from a Utah military base since May is unhappy with response by his congressmen, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, to requests for help.
I was urged to send a reporter to the lottery personnel committee this morning. David Koon is there and will be back with a report.
I sent e-mails this morning to the 20 Arkansas Republican legislators who wrote the letter that encouraged Rick Perry to run for the White House.
Another case arises in which a judge voting to overturn a huge plaintiffs' verdict is accused of being improperly influenced by significant financial help from the party favored by his vote.
There may be others to come on the Democratic side, but a solid challenger has announced in Jonesboro to oppose Tea Party Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard, one of the most extreme members of a generally extremist GOP delegation, for re-election next year.
Legislative monthly expense reimbursements are processed the first business day of the month, which was today.
The sheriff's office says Robert Cauley, 38, of Alexander, who was stabbed at the Rock City Lounge at 8115 Arch Street Pike early Sunday, Sept. 25, has died.
Police say they arrested three males, two of them juveniles, after an attempted robbery on the parking lot of the Whole Foods at 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road about 9:15 this morning.
Use our new map app to see the new proposed Little Rock Wards.
The week has begun. Slowly.
By Philip Kennicott of the Wash Post.
Short of money, hope and sound ideas, Michele Bachmann's campaign staff is seeing a departure of key aides, in some cases back to the taxpayers' payroll.
I continue to receive concerned letters from friends of the Arkansas Tech University theater program about the future of the program.
I said a few days ago that this deal smelled cooked. It was.
The Zoo Jam Sunday at War Memorial Golf Course, with headliner Toby Keith, to raise money for the Little Rock Zoo was an apparent flop.
The NY Times columnist has been calmly explaining the Solyndra failure while Republicans try to whip it into the scam of the century.
Is the Occupy Wall Street movement the leading edge of a Liberal Fall, the beginning of a moment when progressives coalesced into a Tea Party-style movement?
Photographer Grav Weldon shares giant vegetation from the Alaska State Fair.
If you can't believe National Review, who can you believe? That leaves Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, I figure.
The September state revenue report, even adjusted for results from the August sales tax holiday on school items, is encouraging.
Small business owner Mark Robertson announced today as a Democrat for the House seat held by term-limited Rep. Kathy Webb.
House Republicans are tightwads when it comes to health care, Social Security, foreign aid, disaster aid, you name it.
Mark Wilcken's film on Arkansas's post-war architecture will be shown tonight.
18 Central Arkansas Transit buses are now carrying the disputed ads bearing the legend: "Are You Good Without God?
Politico reports here that a group of celebrities, including former Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee, shouted a four-letter obscenity for cameras in a promotion to speak up against famine.
Don't eat at Green Cuisine because it's meat-free. Eat at Green Cuisine because it'll make your taste buds happy.
It's here. I think I'll catch David Margolick this evening at the Clinton School.