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October 8, 2009

Vol 7 • No 39

It’s how you play the game

The Arkansas Activities Association doesn’t designate a specific margin of victory as being “unsportsmanlike,” but it has rules for just about everything else.

The road to Shiloh

One can’t quite call it The Game of the Century -- though one is tempted -- nor claim that The Whole World Was Watching.

Snyder on health, war

Another of our roving correspondents, Paul Barton in Washington, reports on a conversation with U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder on the shape Snyder thinks health legislation will take (no public option, still, which doesn't bother Snyder) and Afghanistan.

About those e-mail addresses, Nimrod

You really need to be careful whose name you plug into e-mail address lines. A tale from the U.S. Senate campaign trail in Roll Call's Heard on the Hill column: (Short take: A radio newsman at ASU called Conrad Reynolds, a Republican candidate for Senate a "nimrod" and sent the note to the nimrod's campaign, rather than to a press aide for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, as he'd intended.)

Arkansas flat tax

There's a long, hard road from floating an idea for a constitutional amendment to getting it on the ballot.

Over the hump

And the line is open. NEWS UPDATE: The Mills High teacher charged with having sex with a student?

Gene Lyons on sex scandals

John Edwards. John Ensign.

Texting madness

The government shouldn’t have to tell people not to drive while texting, any more than it should have to tell them not to drive while blindfolded, or steering with their feet.

This Modern World, Oct. 8

There goes the neighborhood

On the surface, the dispute over a rooftop bar in Hillcrest is about noise. It’s about parking issues. It’s about the future use of the building itself.

To-Do List, Oct. 8

The Second City, 'Mamma Mia!', Arkansas State Fair, Robin Williams, 'Falsettos', Maxwell, A Celebration of the Arts, David Sedaris and Shinedown are this week's top picks.

The Beach Boys

You’ve never seen such unabashed joy on the faces of so many boomers. They sang. They danced. They got hit in the head with beach balls.

Above the law, Part II

Every now and then, the phonies in power tip their hand.

Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … The ARKANSAS LOTTERY. Early sales estimates seemed to hold steady at more than $1 million per day.

Lincoln’s base

I am very disappointed that Sen. Blanche Lincoln voted against the public option for health care (against all Americans!) and sided with the Republicans again.

Clinton as press critic

Historian Taylor Branch’s new book, “The Clinton Tapes,” is a fascinating account of private conversations President Bill Clinton had with Branch during his presidency.

A game of benches

If the late Yankee sStadium was the cathedral of baseball, Jerry Jones’ new $1.3 billion yard must be the suburban megachurch of football, a temple of excess for that most Protestant of pastimes.

Blues power

The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival kicks off today. The festival is charging for the first time ever, but who cares?

Orval, Oct. 8

Not enough czars

There’s been lots of whining from the usual suspects that the president is appointing too many czars.

You Twit!

I know, I know. We’re all tired of hearing about Twitter.

Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 8

In Brief, Oct. 8

Searcy native Sean Williams fronts the Nobility, one of Nashville’s finest pop acts.

Liar’s joker

As high-concept comedies go, “The Invention of Lying” is pretty far out there: a bleak dystopia masquerading as romantic comedy.

What's Cooking, Oct. 8

Panera Bread is expanding its Central Arkansas holdings.

Dave Matthews Band

The ticket stub read, “Jam Presents: Dave Matthews Band with Gregg Allman.”

Painting news

Two paintings in the top-secret collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art were revealed last week prior to their public exhibition at museums in New York and Connecticut.

The Observer, Oct. 8

The new lottery is slowing down The Observer.

Ali Baba vs. Albasha

Until recently, few restaurants in Central Arkansas offered Mediterranean cuisine.

Blues power

The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival kicks off today. The festival is charging for the first time ever, but who cares?

Words, Oct. 8

One-man gang:

Smart Talk, Oct. 8

Former President Bill Clinton will do Hot Springs and environs Oct 17.

Mr. October

Welcome to only the best month in Arkansas, better, even, than April or May. October’s mild days of subtle sunlight lure you to the winding inclines of the Big Dam Bridge for heart-pumping exercise.

LR schools needing improvement

The state will release today Friday the statewide school improvement list -- where students are not making sufficient progress as measured by test scores.

Murder hearing Day 3

David Koon will be back in Circuit Court today for the third day of the unusually lengthy hearing on defense efforts to suppress statements Curtis Vance gave police after his arrest in the slaying of KATV anchor Anne Pressly.

College-level accounting at UCA

Now that creative writing is no longer an element of University of Central Arkansas bookkeeping procedures, UCA drops to fourth in Arkansas college enrollment after, in order, UA, UALR and ASU.

Hitting at the belt

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, in a tough re-election battle, has found a fat target. Corzine is not so subtly using the excess weight of his Republican opponent Christopher Christie (pictured) against Christie.

Delays at the LR Airport

Here's a link to that full Brookings report on on-time performance at the nation's airports.

Reynolds gift for Children's

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given $1.4 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital in support of the neonatal intensive care unit.

Weekend To-Do: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival

Hubert Sumlin. ARKANSAS BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL12 p.m., Downtown Helena-West Helena.

Anticipation Building.

One more day.  Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to enjoy all the delights the Arkansas State Fair has to offer... including, of course, all manners of Fair fare.  A photo essay from last year's State Fair, along with shots of food (lots of food) at Tie Dye Travels. 

Unions push for public option UPDATE

Will a little eyewitness testimony about the goodness of insurance companies sway U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln on her resistance to public health insurance?

About those lottery players ...

-- Doug McDowall photo A reader snapped this shot in North Little Rock.

About those lottery players ...

-- Doug McDowall photo A reader snapped this shot in North Little Rock.

Thursday: Sean Williams and Isaac Alexander, Free Micah, Thurman and Nesbitt

So good. THURSDAY 10/8Searcy native Sean Williams fronts the Nobility, one of Nashville's finest pop acts.

Snyder imperiled

National Republican propaganda operations are pushing a line about U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's vulnerability. Today, they have some material to send around  in a National Journal article listing the 2nd District as among the 20 most in danger of switching parties in 2010.

More Thursday: Those Darlins - The Grates,

Those Darlins. Need an antidote for the great preponderance of dude-fronted music that filters through Little Rock?

The big idea

This is a second call for reader participation in a project for a coming issue of the Arkansas Times.

Stimulus money buys chopper

The state has announced $9.6 million in federal stimulus money will go to state and local law enforcement needs, including $3.5 million for a new State Police helicopter with a hoist to use in rescue efforts in remote areas.

Stimulus money buys chopper

The state has announced $9.6 million in federal stimulus money will go to state and local law enforcement needs, including $3.5 million for a new State Police helicopter with a hoist to use in rescue efforts in remote areas.

Gearhart whitewashes UA athletic depart.

I just had my attention called to an article by Nate Allen in today's Northwest Arkansas Times (not behind the subscription wall at the moment) on the University of Arkansas athletic department's failed effort to get a kickback from those signed up to provide medical services to Razorback sports teams.

Vance evidence cleared UPDATE II

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza this afternoon cleared the use of DNA and confessions obtained by Little Rock police in the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance, facing a capital murder charge in the beating death of KATV anchor Anne Pressly.

Indictment over IUD misuse

Ah. Now a raid we reported earlier becomes clear.

New Lucero album; free show in Memphis tonight

I know hardcore Lucero fans were all over this, but it slipped my mind: The band's major label debut, "1372 Overton Park" came out on Tuesday.

Indictment in Chenal fire

Aaron Jones, the lawyer and hotshot developer who claims he was tied up by unknown intruders in his Chenal Circle mansion in May 2008 and then the house was set fire, has been indicted on fraud and arson charges.

Open line

Enough! UPDATE: This is old hat now and I'm likely going to pass on these in the future in the wait for bigger prizes, but some more $25,000 lotto winners announced today -- Steven Blake of Wynne who bought a $2 Jumbo Bucks ticket at the Kwik Stop 19 in Wynne and Eddie Luckett of Marianna, who purchased his $2 Jumbo Bucks winning ticket at EZ Mart 434 in Fayetteville.

Don't cry for Judge Buddy UPDATE

Cities on both sides of the river are scrapping projects, leaving vital jobs unfilled and planning layoffs.

Farewell, Ira

Ira Hocut, our good friend, and the longtime production manager for the Arkansas Times, died early Monday morning from heart failure. He was 54.

Fair play

This year there's taco-stuffed baked potatoes, a white Bengal tiger show, lumberjacks throwing axes and carving trees with chainsaws and new, excitingly named rides like Windsurfer and Crazy Chopper.

Fair play

This year there's taco-stuffed baked potatoes, a white Bengal tiger show, lumberjacks throwing axes and carving trees with chainsaws and new, excitingly named rides like Windsurfer and Crazy Chopper.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

It's not the Chicago Olympics, but .... The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples."

She's the tops

More campaign finance analysis from Paul Barton in Washington shows U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is No. 1 among all members of Congress in contributions from a variety of important lobby interests.

Weekend To-Do: 'Falsettos'

‘FALSETTOS'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.After taking on Thornton Wilder to open its season, the Weekend Theater returns to more familiar territory with “Falsettos.” The theater describes the musical as “a nonstop songfest with a message of tolerance.” Delivering the message are a bisexual Jew who leaves his wife and young son for another man, a shrink with whom the wife takes up and the lesbian couple who live next door.

Weekend To-Do: The Fer

Julianne Hough plays Sunday. ARKANSAS STATE FAIR11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

A tale of two candidates

The derision for Nobel winner Obama is piling deep on the right (and not a few lefties are allowing that it might be a little early for the honor).

Friday To-Do: Robin Williams

ROBIN WILLIAMS8 p.m., Verizon Arena. $46.75-$86.75.Just six months after open-heart surgery, Robin Williams is back on the grind, making up dates he was forced to postpone in spring.

The Weekend: Velvet Kente, Venus Mission, Arkansas Chamber Singers, Corey Smith and more

Birthday boy joshua. FRIDAY 10/9Reigning Musicians Showcase winner Velvet Kente's concert at White Water doubles as a birthday party for front man joshua; Minneapolis' Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps open with chirpy indie-pop, 10 p.m., $6.

School improvement list

The state Education Department today released the annual list of schools falling short in various areas in showing sufficient progress of students as measured by test results.

Corporate welfare lament

Worth a thread of its own, I think, is the sad state of North Carolina.

Tim Russert fans alert

You don't want to read this.

Easing the county jail crunch

A newsletter of interest arrived today from state Rep. Allen Kerr on his legislative efforts to make the state pay more when it crams county jails with state prisoners.

Obama's Nobel cash to charity

President Obama's spokesman has announced he will give the Nobel Peace Prize cash award, about $1.4 million, to charity, probably more than one.

Plug: 'Main Street in Black in White'

Elephants on parade in downtown Texarkana. A self-interested endorsement: My wife curated an exhibit that opens tonight at Second Friday Art Night at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Saturday To-Do: Maxwell

MAXWELL7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $21.75-$59.50.Sometime after 2001, the year Maxwell's third album entered the charts at number one (it later became his third straight platinum album), the neo-soul leader took a novel path.

Sunday To-Do: A Celebration of the Arts

A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS3 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. Free.Robinson Center turns 70 this week, and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau is throwing a party.

Sunday To-Do: David Sedaris

DAVID SEDARIS7 p.m., Connor Performing Arts Center. $40-$50.Half a hundred to watch someone read?

Long defends UA doc deal

The controversy over a new provider of medical care for University of Arkansas athletes simmers on.

We get lottery letters

From the e-mail bag, concerning the state lottery: I pulled into the gas station this morning on the way to work, and as I was pumping my gas, a van that had, to say the least, seen better days (two windows missing) pulled up at the adjacent pump.

Where the blue dogs roam

The map comes from a study of health care provided by the states. Bottom line: The darker the shade of blue, the worse the health care provided by the state.

Business deal turns very sour

Arkansas Business reports that Lewis May, president of Little Rock's May Construction, was arrested on a warrant issued in Virginia over what appears to be a dispute related to payment of subcontractors on construction of a Lowe's store.

Open line

Friday follies here.

BLANCHE, MARK, VIC, MIKE . . . ?

Maybe I was going too fast at night, or all deers look alike.Wait a minute.

Give Up the Ghost

In early ’07, when I frequented bars more regularly, I found myself finishing a beer alone as my friend had to leave hurriedly and unexpectedly.

Speaking of the FOI

Speaking of UA and its historic and, I should say, unapologetic aversion to openness, particularly in matters athletic: I just got a note from UCA's new spokesman on an FOI matter.

Farewell, Ira

Ira Hocut, our good friend, and the longtime production manager for the Arkansas Times, died early Monday morning from heart failure. He was 54.

Today's good read

The NY Times offers a feature on a young man who entered a fraudulent bid for an oil-and-gas lease on federal lands to prevent exploration on the land.

Arkansas's second city

Short version of John Brummett: Fort Smith doesn't count for much at the state legislature because it elects wackjobs.

Pulaski County bonuses

I ranted Thursday about the Pulaski County government plan -- a seeming done deal -- to grant yet another bonus this year for a total of 12 percent in pay increases in 2008-09 with plans for another pay raise of up to 5 percent in January, for a potential total of  17 percent in less than 2 years.

Pulaski County bonuses

I ranted Thursday about the Pulaski County government plan -- a seeming done deal -- to grant yet another bonus this year for a total of 12 percent in pay increases in 2008-09 with plans for another pay raise of up to 5 percent in January, for a potential total of  17 percent in less than 2 years.

Saturday open line

Oh, happy day. Hogs win.

Obama gay policy: Don't ask when

President Obama told a gay civil rights group tonight that he still intends to end the don't-ask-don't-tell policy for gays serving in the military.

David Sedaris reads

Half a hundred to watch someone read? Calm down, cheapskates. It's a benefit, for a cause literate folks the statewide should embrace — the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Vets for clean air

Does it seem to you that there's been a noticeable rise in grassroots activism from all points on the political compass?

Negotiating your health

Brummett writes that Sen. Harry Reid is at the controls of what emerges from the Senate on health legislation.

More troops in Afghanistan?

Not so fast, Frank Rich writes. Let’s be clear: Those who demanded that America divert its troops and treasure from Afghanistan to Iraq in 2002 and 2003 — when there was no Qaeda presence in Iraq — bear responsibility for the chaos in Afghanistan that ensued.

Not-so-silent Sunday

Sunday is often a slow day entertainment-wise. Not today.

ALL ALONE? . . .

  Here’s Nobel Prize Winning President Barack Obama (offspring of an interracial marriage that was illegal, for “traditional” “religious” bigotry, in mostly southern states when he was born), addressing the Human Rights Campaign yesterday in 2009, on minority (LGBT) equality in America.

Science v. wackjobs

Re swine flu shots: Who you gonna believe? Beck?

Best television show ever?

Brummett says "Mad Men," with influential protagonist Don Draper, might qualify as best ever. He concedes it's hard to rule out Andy Griffith.

It's open

Sunday line here.

The road to Shiloh

There's tension throughout the state between public and private high schools in football and other areas.

WM3 UPDATE

The New York Times checks in on the West Memphis Three case today. It detects a tide beginning to turn in defendants' favor.

Marching for equal rights

The teabaggers should be happy. A well-attended gay rights march in Washington yesterday got a a few lines of type in the Democrat-Gazette this morning, no photo.

Doing the Duggar math

I can't help myself. A note that the first Duggar grandchild makes her debut on TV Tuesday night got me to thinking: If all 19 Duggar kids (presuming they stop there) have 19 kids, the Duggars will be have 361 grandchildren.

Clinton tapes: A coverup?

Now comes a writer on the Daily Beast who wonders whether the tapes Bill Clinton made of his private conversations with historian Taylor Branch should have been turned over to any of the many subpoenas issued during investigations of the president.

Newspaper war stories

Care to relive the late Little Rock Newspaper War? I've just been sent a link for a blog, said to be written by a former Arkansas Gazette ad man, on the war from his vantage point.

Monday: 'The Laramie Project,' Dill Pickers and dollar day at the fair

Tonight, Hendrix's Cabe Theatre is one of more than 100 venues throughout the world that hosts a reading of "The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later," an epilogue that looks at the long-term effects of the town where Matthew Shepherd was murdered, 7 p.m., free.Members of the Damn Bullets play as the Dill Pickers at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5.AND: It's dollar admission day at the fair.ALSO: Mandy McBryde and Seth Baldy are at Union, 9:30 p.m.

Mmmm... Pumpkin.

Today's National Pumpkin Pie Day... but if you're looking for something beyond the traditional pie, check out Christie's post over at Fancy Pants Foodie... and a great recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Muffins.  Oh, yeah.

Foodie Fest Time Again.

Who wants to wait for a yearly festival?  Not Argenta.  On the heels of the 1st Argenta Foodie Festival July 4th comes the 2nd Argenta Foodie Festival, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main between 6th and 7th Streets.   Argenta Market, Starving Artist Café, Ashley’s Restaurant, Simply the Best Catering, Cheers in the Heights, Lilly’s DimSum Then Some, Best Impressions and The House are among the many local restaurants that will be sharing great bites in the autumn cool.  Make it a full day by picking up your fruits, veggies and cheese on the next block at the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market.  Much fun to be had.  More info at the Argenta News website.

Here comes the insurance industry

Two words: Greedy b******* White House fighting insurance lobby propaganda. Blue America also offers an antidote.

$100K lottery winner

Not you. Somewhere in Northwest Arkansas, lottery spokesman says.

Mike Huckabee: More guff on Nobel

Some media truncated Mike Huckabee's original quote about the Barack Obama Nobel, including the part about right-wing whining, but not the part making it clear he was whining, too.

Justice for some in West Fork, not all

Have you heard the story about the 10-year-old fifth grader in West Fork sent to the principal's office for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Sly Stone to Hot Springs ... maybe

You'll know him by his belt. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off on Friday, has confirmed its first blockbuster guest, though you'll be forgiven if you're a bit skeptical.

Obama and Fox at war

The Obama White House has decided to treat Fox News like a political enemy. “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” said Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, in a telephone interview on Sunday.

The Weekend: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival

Valerie June of "Five Dollar Cover" fame. All photos by Brian Chilson.

Gov. Beebe's European tour

A summary of Gov. Mike Beebe's European trade trip is on the jump. Nothing about what I wanted to know -- hotel, restaurant and intercity travel particulars.

Sen. Lincoln's millions

I overlooked this e-mail this morning -- Sen. Blanche Lincoln's third-quarter campaign finance summary. She has $4.1 million in the bank.

Review: Robin Williams

Robin WilliamsVerizon Arena, Oct. 10He sweated a lot, but so would you if you chattered deliriously for more than 90 minutes in front of nearly 4,000.

Monday, Monday

The line is open.

BLANCHING WITH THE STARS? . . .

  We get it, Blinc, my darling. And no doubt Doctor (Dinc, to intimates on the circuit) loves the new you.

There goes the neighborhood

On the surface, the dispute over a rooftop bar in Hillcrest is about noise. It's about parking issues. It's about the future use of the building itself. Beneath that, though, the locals are debating something much larger: the future of their neighborhood.

Happy in Helena

John Brummett visits Helena and hears joyful noises -- blues and good news about education.

Taxing by light bill

I see Conway is looking at utility rate increases to make up for tax shortfalls.

About 'clean coal'

From the New York Times today: Even as a growing number of coal-burning power plants around the nation have moved to reduce their air emissions, many of them are creating another problem: water pollution.

Not a fit night for spirits

The rain has forced postponement of Parkview Magnet High's popular "Tales of the Crypt," in which actors portray lives of Arkansans buried at historic Mount Holly Cemetery.

The Verdict.

You know you've all been waiting to hear... well, here you go.  The Elvis Sandwich at the Arkansas State Fair.  Yes, I sacrificed any hope of meeting and underexceeding the day's recommended caloric intake by consuming said sandwich (shown above) in the interest of research.  First off, let me say this -- maybe it would have been a better idea to call it the Elvis Sandwich on the sign, rather than this: 

Fake deli robbery

Police report: Employee of McAlister's deli off Highway 10 faked a robbery and carjacking. Gets nabbed with pals.

Let's eat -- and vote

A couple of notes on the always-important food front: 1) You've perhaps noticed that ads are circulating for our annual readers vote on the Best Restaurants in Arkansas.

Stepfather responds in WM3 case

Terry Hobbs, stepfather of one of the children killed in the West Memphis Three murder case, has responded through an attorney to a defense team release yesterday that raised questions about his earlier statements in the case.

Lincoln watch UPDATE

Talking Points Memo is among those live-blogging the Senate Finance Committee deliberations on health legislation.

NLR arrest in Texas child rape

A 40-year-old North Little Rock man, Dennis Earl Bradford (shown at left in booking photo), was arrested near his Indian Hills home today as a suspect in a 1990 child abudction and rape near Galveston, Texas.

Give them the money

Members of the Pulaski County Quorum Court's Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously today to give themselves -- and all other county employees -- a 4 percent pay bonus.

Give them the money

Members of the Pulaski County Quorum Court's Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously today to give themselves -- and all other county employees -- a 4 percent pay bonus.

Tuesday: The Hobo Nephews, the Nightmare River Band, and more

The Hobo Nephews, of Holyoke, Minnesota, who you can see above, share a bill at White Water with New York's Nightmare River Band play punked-up folk, 10 p.m., donations.

Let's guess the mystery guests slated to perform at Verizon Arena's 10th anniversary

Clearly, this is the right answer. Next Monday, Verizon Arena is hosting a special press conference to announce the mystery guests who'll help the arena celebrate 10 years in operation.Everyone at Verizon is being tight-lipped.

Who'll check the fact-checkers?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c CNN Leaves It There

Mega-mega-bucks

Could the two big multistate lotteries join forces to create a national lottery? Might that then produce a Walton-sized jackpot someday?

Dumb crook story

Pat Lynch, who among many other activities is a dedicated police scanner listener, provided the following anecdote today:

Forlorn fair

Thanks to Kat Robinson for the picture of today's deserted State Fair midway. She reported that vendors were permitted to close this morning on account of wretched conditions and many did.

Arkansas on the tube

African Watsui Steer Lurch. Almost forgot to mention: Footage from a documentary by Little Rock-based production company Category One airs tonight on the Animal Planet.

Tuesday topics

Put them here.

Alibaba vs. Albasha

A lot right about two new Mediterranean restaurants.

Attn: Pulaski Quorum Court

NY Times today: In recent decades, layoffs were the standard procedure for shrinking labor costs.

Attn: Pulaski Quorum Court

NY Times today: In recent decades, layoffs were the standard procedure for shrinking labor costs.

Local rail union bribery angle

A top railroad union official, Edward W. Rodzwicz, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, faces a federal bribery charge in Missouri for soliciting a payment from a lawyer to remain eligible to handle claims for injured rail workers.

When I win Powerball ....

I'm going to tell them I don't want my name in the paper. Consider the convenience store clerk who bought a $100,000 winner Sunday at his store in Van Buren.

McCain aide eases up on Palin

John McCain's 2008 election strategist Steve Schmidt spoke at the Clinton School this morning. He said recently that Sarah Palin would be a disaster as a Republican candidate in 2012.

Wednesday: Shinedown

SHINEDOWN7:45 p.m., Metroplex Events Center NOW AT THE VILLAGE. $29.50.With more than 6 million album sales to their credit, Florida's post-grunge rockers Shinedown have made quite a name for themselves since they got together in 2001.

Going to Texas

Dennis Bradford, the North Little Rock ex-con accused in a 1990 Texas child rape case, waived extradition in district court this morning.

Wake me when it's over

I'm in receipt of multiple breaking news bulletins on the Dow reaching 10,000 for the first time in a year.

Wake me when it's over

I'm in receipt of multiple breaking news bulletins on the Dow reaching 10,000 for the first time in a year.

Scott Cook and Julian Lennon make music together

Photo by Brian Chilson. Scott Cook, lead singer of Kyoto Boom and guitarist in the Moving Front, has recorded a duet with Julian Lennon.

Who loves the lottery?

Click this link for a spreadsheet on county-by-county sales of lottery tickets for the first two weeks of sales, Sept. 28-Oct. 11 Pulaski, the state's biggest county, led by far, with $4.4 million, followed by Jefferson County with $1 million, then Faulkner, Saline, White, Lonoke, Pope, Garland, Washington and Sebastian.

Isn't That Rice?

It is!  That's Karen Kirkpatrick's Pina Colada Pie, the overall winner in the Arkansas Farm Bureau Rice Cookoff out at the Arkansas State Fair.  Dozens competed yesterday to see who could come up with the best main dish, salad, and dessert.  Read more about it at Tie Dye Travels.

Saline verdict against waste hauler

The McMath law firm has sent out a news release announcing a $1.4 million Saline County jury verdict for its clients over a 2007 explosion at a hazardous waste facility at the Fairplay community operated by an Oklahoma trucking company.

Abortion bans don't stop abortion

This is old news, but each time new research points it out, it's worth repeating:

Still after the immigrants

Secure Arkansas, which failed to get an anti-immigrant measure on the ballot in 2008, has said all along that it would try again in 2010.

Over the hump

The rest is up to you.
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