For the first time in 53 years, it's football season at Hendrix College.
Vol 40 • No 5
A surprising spot that boasts some of the best smoked meats in Central Arkansas.
Colored discs, a laser chandelier at UCA and Simon Park are part of ArtsFest.
Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The new pay-and-display machines to purchase tickets for parking in the River Market neighborhood are in place, but new signs are not in place and that has prompted the city to put off writing tickets with fines for overtime parking until Oct. 14.
Get a load of this article from Think Progress: It reports on Butch Matthews, 61, described as a small businessman and Republican from Little Rock.
We're heading up Nov. 16 to see the works in Crystal Bridges' shared collection with Fisk University.
Cafe 5501 is a more affordable and often more familiar menu compared to RJ Tao. Truthfully though, aside from the new sign on the door, you won’t see too many signs of change within. I stopped in recently for lunch to get a feel for the menu changes and to see if there had been some significant improvements.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at Stickyz Thursday.
The 2013 Festival of Wines is Thursday at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Festival returns to Main Street.
As we write, the budget mess in Washington has shut down or curtailed many important programs and agencies, but be assured it's all hands on deck at the Arkansas Times.
Melody Garrett of Parkview High School takes part in the 18th annual "Tales of the Crypt" on Tuesday at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. She is portraying Anne Warren.
"Mary Torious — businessman and widow of N.O. Torious Trucking Line's founder — moved 38 spots higher on the list released Monday."
Something has to be done to plug the immediate $58 million hole in funding for teacher health insurance and a long-term solution has to be found. But right now, there is no consensus on what to do. Some solutions have been proposed, one of which involves taking money from school poverty funding, more commonly known as "NSLA funding."
In late afternoon, looking over the pasture from my mother's hillside grave, our farm may be the most beautiful place on earth.
Also, the DennyWest Music Festival at Wildwood.
ASO moves opening to April.
I participated in a University of Arkansas Law School panel last week reflecting on Cooper v. Aaron, the important U.S. Supreme Court decision that said a state official (Orval Faubus) couldn't impose his state's wishes against a federal court decision (school desegregation).
I'm Lonnie Joseph Parker, a physician who spent more than four years in federal prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography under conditions which the average citizen would not believe could possibly happen.
It was also a good week for Josh Hastings, smart kids in Arkansas and Mike Ross. It was a bad week for spreading the word about Obamacare and the country.
Also, Kylesa at Downtown Music, 'Nora' at the Weekend Theater, Arkansas Festival Ballet, Hot Water Hills Festival in Hot Springs, Magic Mouth at White Water Tavern, 'Tales of the Crypt' at Mount Holly Cemetery, Billy Joe Shaver at White Water Tavern and Shooter Jennings at Revolution.
An interim committee of the Arkansas legislature will study the subject of school vouchers before the next regular legislative session convenes in January 2015. We recommend the lawmakers take a look at Georgia, among others.
Obamacare is here. Enrollment in the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace began Oct. 1, with coverage set to start in January. But with the law gearing up, many still have questions about what the new coverage options mean for them. And we have answers!
'm aware that the common American finds it laughable when lowly scribes like myself try to make overblown connections between things like, say, philosophy and sport. So, in an effort to keep things on the level, permit me to cite no less of a thinker than Dalton from "Road House" as a sort of rudimentary polestar for the state of the 2013 Razorbacks as we move toward midseason.
'Don Jon' delves into porn addiction.
I was 11 years old, and watching on the TV in our house on Cleveland Street, in Little Rock, when James Street achieved immortality. It was Dec. 6, 1969, and Arkansans of a certain age, like me, still feel the pain of the dagger that Street, the elusive Texas quarterback, shoved in our guts that day.
Chances are that when the GOP inevitably capitulates, the vote to end the government shutdown will be surprisingly one-sided.
When a green awning advertising "Mike's Vietnamese" went up outside a long-vacant restaurant on Asher Avenue last winter, we could barely contain our excitement.
This Huffington Post article is getting heavy traffic for the money quote from one of the Republican hostage takers.
A Jewish blogger has set off national attention to the absence of Jewish-related items in Hobby Lobby, the craft chain owned by an ardent Christian who's sued to avoid providing contraceptive coverage under his company health insurance plan.
[embed-1] Americans United for Change, a progressive advocacy group, distributed the video of people who signed up for health insurance coverage Oct. 1 at the Clinton School. Tom Cotton and Tim Griffin are leading the Republican hostage crisis to take it away from them.
I didn't read carefully enough this morning when passing along a link included in a reader's note related to an investigation in Cabot involving the mayor, his former campaign manager and others.
The University of Arkansas and the state Education Department have won a $32 million federal grant to develop a way to improve education and independent living ability of low-income teens with disabilities.
ZZ Top performs at Arkansas Music Pavilion Friday.
No amount of correction will stop Rep. Tom Cotton (Club for Growth, Washington, D.C.) from lying about a special benefit to congressional staff under Obamacare.
For "Dreams and Disasters" exhibition.
A Forbes columnist, Rick Ungar, analyzes the announcement this week by Walmart that it would be moving 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status.
Republicans keep looking for a message that will resonate and drive down the national numbers that solidly blame them for the government shutdown.
Expect a massive turnout Oct. 12 for a "pep rally" at the state Capitol over the skyrocketing health premiums that public school employees are facing at the end of the year.
Many reports but mostly confusion so far on gunshots fired near the U.S. Capitol today.
You might have noticed I'm not a huge fan of Tiny Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove-trained political hatchet man who now represents the 2nd District in Congress (if by represent you mean cater to the extremist fringe voter, to the exclusion of majority wishes of the district's largest county).
County Judge Buddy Villines and cohorts in Saline and Garland counties and mayors between Hot Springs and Little Rock want to get rolling on Southwest Trail.
Shane Broadway will continue to lead the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. But he'll be able to do so in the future without "interim" in front of his title.
It's First Thursday Shop 'n' Sip tonight in the Hillcrest neighborhood.
Details are sketchy, but count on a messy afternoon commute. The Interstate 30 bridge has been closed by the Coast Guard after it was struck by a river vessel.
You're on. Has Tim Griffin blamed the I-30 bridge closure on Obama yet?
The latest in our video series collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films is an interview with Bill Carter, the Rector native who's semi-famous for being witness to a hell of a lot of history. Carter talks about his involvement in organizing John F. Kennedy's visit to Heber Springs 50 years ago today.
10th Annual Festival of Wines at Dickey-Stephens serves up the vino with style.
Kylesa plays at Downtown Music Hall Friday.
Chris Elsworth and Rachel Bland star in The Weekend Theater's production of "Nora."
The Memphis Dawls play at the Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival Friday night.
Cue the soundtrack to Man of La Mancha. Or make it Woman of La Mancha.
Another police shooting this one from Paragould. KAIT reports an investigation of the fatal shooting by Paragould police of a man armed with a knife.
Ezra Klein calls this the scariest paragraph he's read. If you have a scarier one about the consequences of failing to lift the debt ceiling let me know.
Here's something worth doing tomorrow. 25 organizations, including churches and businesses, have signed up to participate in the Little Rock Pride Parade.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, to use his own phrase, unleashed hell on himself yesterday by intemperately Tweeting a suggestion that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi were somehow to blame for a shooting incident unfolding outside the Capitol while Griffin sheltered in the House cloakroom.
Magic Mouth performs at White Water Tavern Saturday.
It’s that time of year where, once again, we begin to see the flavors of fall infiltrating Little Rock restaurants’ menus, spicing up cakes and pies, and warming hearts like almost nothing else can.
The Mulligan Brothers perform at Wildwood Park Saturday.
Legislative committees have produced possible options to address a huge rate increase otherwise coming next year for participants in the public school employees health insurance plan.
This isn't a professional diagnosis by any stretch, but I can't help but note the concidence.
Call out the Republican congressional shock troops. Another worthy citizen has been denied admission to a national park attraction closed because of the GOP budget hijacking.
While we're generally very Arkancentric here on the Arkansas Times blogs, this story was just too disturbing not to share.
UCA figures way around sold-out appearance.
The news today is that House Democrats think they may have found a procedural maneuver that could force an up or down vote in the House on a temporary spending bill from the Senate.
Despite an outpouring of interest and questions as many of the key components of Obamacare launched this week, federal grant money to continue an outreach campaign in Arkansas remains in limbo.
The line is open. * THOUGHT ABOUT THIS CASE TODAY: Mistakes happen.
The latest on the shutdown, the rollout of Obamacare at home and around the country, the Arkansas Legislative Council's vote against advertising healthcare expansion and a new Freedom of Information web page from the Little Rock School District that has little to do with open data.
And yes, it’s Food Feedback Friday. You know the drill. Let us know what you are eating and what you think about it.
A news release just arrived from the John Burkhalter campaign. He's the North Litttle Rock businessman seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, so far without announced opposition.
Did U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton solicit campaign support Monday night from inside the Capitol, which ethical rules don't allow?
Little Rock McClellan lost a 31-6 high school football game in Jacksonville Friday night. That's not all Liions lost
Your serious reading assignment for the day comes from the quarterly Dissent, "Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy>"
Republican extremists who have shut down government to attempt to nullify the Affordable Care Act have done proponents of the law a favor.
The first Little Rock Pride march starts at 2 p.m. today at 600 East Capitol and winds through the River Market neighborhood to the Clinton Presidential Park.
Over to you. I am watching a heckuva football game at UCA.
Why not a scrap of positive news amid the gloomy political stuff? Retired Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown will be honored with an honorary doctor of civil laws degree Oct. 11 at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of the South (Sewanee).
Hundreds turned out Saturday despite threatening weather for Little Rock's first Pride Parade, an emblem and encouragement to greater acceptance of equality for LGBT people.
Law officers killed a Garland County man who reportedly pointed a gun at them during a disturbance late Saturday night in Garland County.
Be sure to read the New York Times backgrounder on how a consortium of conservative groups — Kochs, Club for Growth and more — have been conspiring and spending huge sums to lead us to the use of a government shutdown to kill the federal health care law.
Valerie June performs at Juanita's Monday.
Had been missing in Big Bend National Park.
It's a beautiful day. Beyond that, I leave it to you. UPDATE: Fox 16 reports two dead and a suspect in custody in Saline County, near Chicot and Hogue Roads.
Fox 16 identifies the two victims of a double shooting Sunday afternoon near Sardis as Donald Williams, 49, and his brother Michael Wiliams, 46.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee continues to blast the strategy of Republicans who forced the government shutdown as a last-ditch effort to scuttle the federal Affordable Care Act.
Ari Berman, writing in The Nation, has a good summary of the racial divide that accompanies the solidification of the Republican Party as the party of Southern massive resistance.
The FBI has announced a $25,000 reward leading to arrests in what it calls three attacks on the power grid in Lonoke County.
Silversun Pickups perform Tuesday at Juanita's.
"Tales of the Crypt" is Tuesday afternoon at Mount Holly Cemetery.
Arkansas Democrats are going to own Obamacare one way or another. And Republicans are doing their best to hang it on them.
Chef Travis McConnell of Butcher and Public talks with us about what "nose to tail" cooking is all about and shares a recipe indicative of his style.
The Arkansas Republican Party has clearly gone all in with wackjob control of the national party, which should make the Republican architects of the Arkansas Obamacare Private Option Medicaid expansion feel a little unloved.
The Laman Library fellowship grants $10,000 each year to an Arkansas writer.
Matt Campbell of the Blue Hog Report continues to wrangle with the secretary of state's office over office records, including pertaining to its use of outside legal counsel without attorney general approvall (a practice Campbell successfully stopped).
Arkansas Business reports an improvement of business for LM Wind Power will mean an expansion of its Little Rock workforce to about 400, recovering most of jobs lost in a slowdown
Courtney Spradlin of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway has posted on Twitter this photo of a house coming down in the Mayflower subdivision fouled by the burst ExxonMobil pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands.
[embed-1] Little Rock radiologist and former Jeopardy!
County Judge Buddy Villines is sending out the word that he won't seek re-election next year, leaving office after 24 years as Pulaski County's chief administrative officer.
Todd Herman reports to the board.
I've just written a column for this week's
Another week, another open line. Finishing up:
Conway lawyer Tom Mickel sends a copy of another lawsuit against ExxonMobil over the pipeline break that spewed Canadian tar sands in a Mayflower subdivision and leaked into wetlands and a cove of Lake Maumelle.
Courtesy of the Washington Post, here's an important bit of scholarly research on a half-century worth of evidence of the benefits of sound family planning.
From the Arkansas Democratic Party: On Tuesday, October 8th at 2:00p.m.
Shooter Jennings performs at Revolution Wednesday.
Billy Joe Shaver performs at White Water Tavern Wednesday.
From CNN: There appears to be enough votes in the House to approve legislation to reopen the federal government, according to a CNN survey of House members, but this doesn't mean a vote will happen soon, because Republicans have not indicated a willingness to try to force Speaker John Boehner to bring a continuing resolution to the floor for a vote.
[embed-1]CBS Morning News today features the story of the Arkansans lost for days in the rugged wilderness of Big Bend Ranch State Park in west Texas.
Photograph of the Jungle Hutt, 1976, on display in atrium.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has written U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin to urge him to get the government reopened.
To join the Arts on Tour roster.
Wondering whether Walton whisked up.
The nightly line is open. Finishing up:
I'll try to stick around for election results, but feel free to post what you know if I don't.On the agenda:
I've reported previously on interest from both Republican and Democratic legislators in strengthening public ethics laws, perhaps even in a special session on teachers insurance or the fiscal session if a consensus could be reached.
Little Rock police say an officer called to 15th and Harrison just before 9:30 p.m. last night because of multiple gunshots found the body of a black man inside a vehicle at that location.
As the late Home Fresh Burgers closed its door to the public in recent months, we’ve already seen the space re-open with the establishment of a casual, take-out-only burrito joint, Luna Maya Burritos.
Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Report, has asked Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley whether he intends to enforce a state statute that Secretary of State Mark Martin violated when he hired outside legal counsel to represent the office without first seeking clearance from the attorney general's office.
A report here from Stephens Media on plans by the Regal Cinema McCain Mall Stadium 12 to appeal the state Alcoholic Beverage Control director's denial of an alcohol sales
Electric Six plays at Stickyz Wednesday.
Bronze will honor Gen. William O. Darby.
Exhibits USA show will feature ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art and sculpture.
Photographs in "Metamorphosis."
The campaign to re-elect Mark Pryor to U.S. Senate is touting a new website creation — www.recklesstomcotton.com
There are two big reasons that Republican lawmakers would want to pick a fight over a $4.5 million federal grant to do outreach to educate the public on new insurance options under the federal health care law.