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October 15, 2009

Vol 7 • No 40

Paula Anderson: Pulmonologist

If Paula Anderson had more time and energy to devote to something other than practicing medicine, she’d work to get insurance coverage for a particular group of her patients: adults with cystic fibrosis.

Joe Elser: Pediatrician

When a baby holds its head in its hands and cries until it falls asleep and then wakes up happy again, its mother may know right away what’s happening.

Brian Hardin: Adolescent medicine

The Adolescent Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital doesn’t have the little chairs and magnetic sandboxes and toys that the pediatric clinic across the way has.

Kris Shewmake: Plastic Surgeon

Kris Shewmake was named the best plastic surgeon in Arkansas by his colleagues in 1999.

For the young and old

We’ve done it again. Since 1995, the Arkansas Times has published a yearly list of what we call the Best Doctors in Arkansas.

Saving money

An article in this morning's paper interested me because I once took a look at the idea of paying for energy-saving improvements for a commercial building that were said to pay for themselves.

Times to UCA prez: Sez who?

The Echo at UCA followed up an item we published a while back about how Allen Meadors, the college's new president, and another campus official had put thier names on a memo about swine flu that adopted almost word for word another university's memo.

Cop tases brother

When Vilonia cop Jeremy Smith got unruly at a Conway private club, Conway cops were called.

Over the hump

The rest is up to you.

Step up, Little Rock

Do you watch Keith Olbermann? If you do, you know he and others have targeted New Orleans and Little Rock as the next sites of the successful mass free medical clinics that have been staged by an organization that specializes in them.

Spew

It’s said that you can’t pluck a flower without troubling a star.

Words, Oct. 15

“ASU Worker Rips Hopeful in E-mail … JONESBORO — The news director of an Arkansas State University-owned radio station referred to one of Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s opponents as a ‘nimrod’ in a note sent from his state e-mail account.

'Falsettos’

A small cast does not equal low energy in the Weekend Theater’s latest production “Falsettos.”

Belly up

Just for the sake of full disclosure, we will go ahead and tell you that if our waistline and blood pressure would allow it, we would eat only pub grub and drink only beer.

Sweet, hopeful sounds in the Delta

HELENA — First and always, it’s the music.

The Observer, Oct. 15

The Observer was in awe Sunday night at just how many people turned out to hear a guy read.

What's Cooking, Oct. 15

The Argenta Foodie Festival, which debuted in downtown North Little Rock on the Fourth of July, returns for a fall edition on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Oct. 7-13, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … WILL PHILLIPS. The West Fork fifth grader declined to say the Pledge of Allegiance because he said he didn’t believe the U.S. provided justice for all, particularly gay people.

Hogs muster elusive complete game

Make no mistake: We thumped the unbeaten Auburn Tigers, turning Tommy Tuberville’s now-infamous prediction on its head with a three-touchdown margin of victory.

Guitar gods

Think of it as “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for fans of rock and blues guitar.

Orval, Oct. 15

Taylor Branch

When Taylor Branch’s new book, “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President,” was released, it set off an instant firestorm of beltway conversations and ruminations about the same old stuff — the affair with Monica, his relationship with Al Gore, the Whitewater investigations.

Good judging

Judge Chris Piazza has it right: If jurors can’t be trusted to do what jurors are supposed to do, there’s little point in having a jury.

Smart Talk, Oct. 15

A Brookings Institute study released last week placed the Little Rock National Airport 18th worst in the country for on-time performance of its commercial air carriers.

To-Do List, Oct. 15

Borgore, the Blakes, Arkansas State Fair, 'Twelfth Night,' Majesty of Beethoven, Bob Schneider, Arts in Concert, Reggae on the River, James Leary and Kate Voegele are this week's top picks.

‘Mamma Mia!’

It’s best not to think too hard or too long about “Mamma Mia!,” which played to a nearly packed house at Robinson Center Music Hall last Tuesday night.

Q&A with Taylor Branch

In advance of his appearance at the Clinton School tonight, "Clinton Tapes" author Taylor Branch talked to Gerard Matthews about his relationship with Clinton, Clinton's relationship with the South and the antipathy the former president inspires.

In Brief, Oct. 15

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch comes to what’s bound to be a packed Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School to discuss his new book, “The Clinton Tapes,” 6 p.m., free (make reservations via 683-5239, and see Gerard Matthews’ interview with the author on page 35).

Sculpture shoot-out

On the north side of President Clinton Avenue this weekend is the third annual “Sculpture at the River Market” show, featuring work by artists of the National Sculptors Guild.

County gold rush

The Pulaski County Quorum Court is weighing up to 9 percent in pay increases for themselves and the other 1,200 or so county employees.

A letter to the president

Dear President Obama, I’m an Israeli peace activist and I really need your help.

Fall and taxes

With the arrival of fall, recent history suggests there are always at least three certainties that accompany this time of year: shorter days, cooler temperatures and Little Rock City Hall digging for dollars.

Fayetteville doc outspoken reformer

About 60 percent of Dr. Hershey Garner’s patients are on Medicare, and they’re the ones who are happiest with their health care, he says.

Rebranding UCA

Recognize the phrase “Center of Learning”? It’s the catchphrase for the University of Central Arkansas that was part of former President Lu Hardin’s university marketing.

Eye On Arkansas, Oct. 15

This Modern World, Oct. 15

KISS-off

The Times is giving away two pairs of tickets to see Kiss play Verizon Arena on Thursday, October 29.

Documentary film schedule

FRIDAY, OCT. 16: 6 p.m. Opening reception. Malco lobby. 7 p.m. “Coming Back for More” (64 min.) — The search for the reclusive musician Sly Stone. Theater 2.

A free clinic in LR

I received several pieces of interesting and encouraging mail overnight in response to my call for Little Rock to enthusiastically enlist in the campaign to hold a mass free medical clinic in the city, as a national organization hopes to do.

Lottery winner denied freebie

The hits keep coming for Joe Pierce, the convenience store clerk who bought a $100,000 lottery ticket.

Justice for Will Phillips

John Brummett joins those defending young Will Phillips, the thoughtful West Fork fifth-grader who decided his conscience wouldn't allow him to mindlessly recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class each morning.

Doggone Good.

There are a lot of food vendors at the Arkansas State Fair, but there's one you probably need to try -- not just because the food's good but because there's an undeniable history.

Fixing Cloverdale

The Little Rock School District's Cloverdale middle school is in the seventh year of failing to make adequate progress under No Child Left Behind standards.

Tasered Vilonia cop update

He's been fired.

Lord, how the money rolls in

There'll be a lot written today about campaign finances since today is a quarterly deadline for financial reports.

Sympathy for Mike Ross

Politico laments poor ol' U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, pounded from left and right. I'd be more sympathetic if he didn't whine about "fairness," a concept rarely reflected in his voting record.

More support for free clinics

Heather Hahn, an editor for the United Methodist Church in Arkansas, has written to add to earlier information about the existence of free medical clinics in Arkansas.

Get divorced lately?

The Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project has released a new analysis of state-level data from the 2008 American Community Survey.

Suffer the animals

Memphis TV station reports on Humane Society video of conditions in the Forrest City animal shelter.

Blog Action Day: Climate Change

In the spirit of Blog Action Day, I'm joining with thousands of other bloggers to raise awareness about climate change.  If you're looking for a Little Rock angle here, mark your calendars for October 24, the International Day of Climate Action.  Audubon Arkansas, together with the Sierra Club, 1 Sky and Village Commons, will host the Little Rock 350 Climate Action Rally and Concert, featuring local musicians and speakers.  Rep. Kathy Webb will be the keynote speaker.  Want to know what else you can do?  Nao, over at GreenAR by the Day, has more info, including a list of 5 easy things you can do to support the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act introduced by Sens. Boxer and Kerry.  Lincoln and Pryor are, as you might imagine, on the fence.  Groups from Arkansas are lobbying on behalf of the legislation, including Arkansas Business Leaders for a Cleaner Energy Economy.  Visit their website here.  

Rev up the Beck-o-phone

Republicans are already braying, blogging, Tweeting and re-Tweeting the House vote to allow transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. for trial.

Mike Ross: Go figure

MAD ABOUT MIKE: Resemblance is striking, don't you think? Best I can tell, this article in The Hill is not a hoax:

Boy, 6, floats off in balloon UPDATE

That was the report of what happened in Colorado. It sounded terrible.

Wrestling history

When Taylor Branch's new book, “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President,” was released, it set off an instant firestorm of beltway conversations and ruminations about the same old stuff — the affair with Monica, his relationship with Al Gore, the Whitewater investigations.

Thursday To-Do: Borgore

BORGORE8 p.m., Revolution. $5-$10.It's appropriate that the group putting on this show calls itself “The School of Dub.” Because there's nothing more spectral than electronic music.

Thursday To-Do: The Blakes

THE BLAKES9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.Any band on a label named after a Shel Silverstein book (“Light in the Attic”) should spark interest, and this Seattle trio has done so since day one.

Thursday: Taylor Branch, Gloriae Dei Cantores, 'Second City' and more

Gloriae Dei Cantores. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch comes to what's bound to be a packed Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School to discuss his new book, “The Clinton Tapes,” 6 p.m., free (make reservations via 683-5239, and see Gerard Matthews' interview with the author here).

BREAKING: Free clinic coming to LR

LINING UIP: Houston Chronicle blog photo shows people lining up for free clinic in Houston in September.

Baker bucks

Here's a copy of Sen. Gilbert Baker's opening ($510,000) campaign finance report for U.S. Senate. Lots of Conway money, familiar Republican names and a bunch of doctors.

Oh, yeah

Forgot to leave a clean slate. PS -- Keith Olbermann announced the free Little Rock medical clinic Nov. 21 on his show tonight.

A Democratic filibuster

Progressive bloggers are fearful that Democrats might filibuster a Democratic health care bill. Firedoglake catches Sen. Mark Pryor saying he wouldn't join a Republican filibuster, except against something "really objectionable."

‘Slavery’ author at LifeQuest

The former Arkansan and author of the Pulitzer Prize winner “Slavery by Another Name” will give a talk in what the LifeQuest organization of retirees hopes will be the first of a series designed to attract a more diverse audience to its programs.

Documentary daze

Everything’s bigger at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival this year.

Robin Williams

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

Sly in Spa City?

Kicking off the Hot Springs Documentary Festival Tonight: "Coming Back for More," a portrait of the mercurial and massively talented Sly Stone. Even though he's been mostly reclusive for the last 20 years, Stone has told organizers he plans to attend the opening.

Huckster owes Chuck Norris

Mike Huckabee owes chopsocky Chuck more than thanks for his campaign work for The Huckster's 2008 presidential bid.

Hear them roar

Is the battle of the sexes over? Are women and men on equal footing in society now?

Anne Frank's tree grows in LR

The Arkansas Times reported recently that a Little Rock Central High student had come up with the idea to bid for the campus as a site to plant a sprig from the chestnut tree that Anne Frank observed daily from her Amsterdam hiding place during World War II.

Toast of the town

The Arkansas Times has some double-barreled balloting underway. First, is our annual reader voting on the Best Restaurants in Arkansas, with winners to roll out in January.

LRSD enrollment

Here are the "official" enrollment numbers for the Little Rock School District for this year.

LRSD enrollment

Here are the "official" enrollment numbers for the Little Rock School District for this year.

Bacon Delight.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you… battered deep fried bacon. This logical procession from deep-fried-anything at the Fair and the ever popular Pig Licker (chocolate covered bacon) has lead to its ultimate conclusion.

Weekend To-Do: The Fair

Photo by Brian Chilson. ARKANSAS STATE FAIR11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

Weekend To-Do: 'Twelfth Night'

‘TWELFTH NIGHT'8 p.m., UALR University Theatre. $5-$7.Arkansas' only professional Shakespeare company, the Conway-based Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, comes to Little Rock on Thursday for a short run of one of the Bard's funniest and most accessible plays, “Twelfth Night.” The company presents the comedy of mistaken identity, about a woman — a separated twin — masquerading as a man, with help from local professionals and student workers.

Better poll numbers for Lincoln

It didn't do to have an independent (but Democratic leaning) polling firm come out with a robopoll showing U.S. Blanche Lincoln trailing any of the assortment of unknown Republicans who've stepped up to oppose her next year.

The Weekend: Magic Hassle, Shannon Boshears, 'Falsettos,' dogs in the pool, more

This could be your dog on Saturday. FRIDAY 10/16Blistering local rockers Magic Hassle share a bill at White Water with American Gods, 10 p.m., $5.

Halter announces free clinic details

We brought you this news yesterday, but Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has issued a news release today with more details on the Nov. 21 free medical clinic to be held at Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center.

Boozman's boodle

U.S. Rep. John Boozman rounded up the usual suspects in his latest fund-raising haul. The Fayettevillage Voice names names.

Joe Wilson hits paydirt

Soon, every Republican will be shouting at the president from seats in Congress. My erstwhile frat brother, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, raised $1 MILLION more than his Democratic opponent last quarter.

Hussman : 'Brave Thinker'

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman has made the list of Atlantic's 27 "brave thinkers." The magazine article (which included the illustration shown here) explains:

Fort Smith to get wind turbine jobs

Mitsubishi has announced a wind turbine plant in Fort Smith that could employ up to 400.

Tim Griffin: Oppo man

Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove acolyte and Bush administration political hit man, is running for 2nd District Congress in Arkansas.

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: 'The Majesty of Beethoven'

Andrew von Oeyen. 'MAJESTY OF BEETHOVEN'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.

Gag reflex ready?

Americans for Prosperity is bringing its road show to Arkansas Oct. 29. Republican hatchet men are the paid facilitators of this outfit, a creation of the wealth of the right-wing Koch family, which makes jillions from oil and chemicals.

Saturday To-Do: Bob Schneider

BOB SCHNEIDER9 p.m., Revolution. $15.After a series of ups and downs, including being dropped by two labels, Bob Schneider has emerged an independent entity, releasing five albums and juggling three bands at the same time, the Scabs, Texas Bluegrass Massacre and Lonelyland, whose self-titled CD, remains the top seller at Austin's famous indie music store, Waterloo Records, at 25,000 units and counting.

Saturday and Sunday To-Do: Arts in Concert

ARTS IN CONCERT6 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. $15-$25.As arts organizations the country wide shed staff, Ballet Arkansas took a dramatically different tack.

Sunday To-Do: Reggae on the River

Tawanna Campbell. REGGAE ON THE RIVER8 p.m., Ernie Biggs.

Halter beats ethics rap

No foul, says Ethics Commission, on lt. gov.'s newsletter. The vote was 4-1 to dismiss the complaint filed by a Maumelle man, with Catherine Johnson of Little Rock voting no.

Harding changes mind on lottery UPDATE

From a student newspaper article to a Tweet to a blog item here to the world via news service ran the story about Harding University's decision to allow students to purchase lottery tickets, despite a student handbook rule against gambling on or off campus.

Harding changes mind on lottery UPDATE

From a student newspaper article to a Tweet to a blog item here to the world via news service ran the story about Harding University's decision to allow students to purchase lottery tickets, despite a student handbook rule against gambling on or off campus.

LR Zoo rhino dies at 42

Obit from Susan Altrui at the Little Rock Zoo: Dudley, a 42-year-old white rhino, passed away at the Little Rock Zoo this morning in the quiet and comfort of his barn.   Dudley lived at the Zoo since 1995 when he was acquired from the Fort Worth Zoo.  Rhinos in captivity typically live into their mid-30’s so when Dudley was acquired at age 28 he was expected to only live a few more years. Much to the delight of Zoo staff, Dudley thrived while living at the Zoo and far surpassed his life expectancy.

Friday farewell

It's over to you. The line is open.

Battling

Decorated Little Rock filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud, return to the Hot Springs Documentary Festival today with “Warrior Champions," which tracks severely wounded American war vets as they train to participate in the Beijing Paralympic Games.

FEEL THE LOVE . . .

  I not only can’t stop the music, I can’t swallow this homoerotic Republican two-step.

Uncertain times

How can the state not revise its revenue estimates with double-digit monthly shortfalls in tax revenue?

Too many colleges?

A Fort Smith representative asked the question at the Capitol this week. John Brummett says no.

The Huckster: Ready for prime time?

Mike Huckabee, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 according to most polls, is really getting out on the ragged edge.

Racing for the cure

I don't have the number, but as Brian Chilson's photos show, the usual enormous crowd turned out for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's big event in Little Rock today.

If you read one story today ...

... read the New York Times' about health care in Hawaii, which has required employers since 1974 to provide good health care benefits for any employee who works 20 hours a week.

The early line

This may be your open line if I can't return. But let me just say what a nice day it is. Crisp and sunny.

Arts in Concert

Ballet Arkansas inaugurates its new professional dance company today at Wildwood.

Medicare for all

Yes, that's the ticket. Take U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' suggestion and run with it.

Talk to Sen. Lincoln

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is having an on-line discussion this afternoon from 5 to 6 p.m.

LR Leisure Center burns down

The city of Little Rock's adult leisure center on West Twelfth Street (near the YMCA) burned to the ground early this morning.

No joke -- open line

The Sunday line is open. PS for an otherwise slow news day: if you had any doubt, the balloon boy episode is now being declared a hoax and publicity stunt.

Candid camera

Crowd sourcing requested: Anybody happen to attend U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' fund-raiser in Hot Springs Saturday night?

For the young and old

We've done it again. Since 1995, the Arkansas Times has published a yearly list of what we call the Best Doctors in Arkansas. This year, the 15th time around, our survey has produced the most wide-ranging list ever, from family practice docs to brain surgeons.

The clean air fight

A few Republicans indicate by their campaign strategies that they think "cap and trade" legislation is a hot button issue equivalent to an amendment to ban flag burning.

Vote: Best Restaurants Arkansas

On-line balloting is underway for our annual readers' contest to name the Best Restaurants in Arkansas.

A tale of NWA woe

Excellent story in Arkansas Business by Mark Friedman about Jeff Collins, an economist and former head of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and his $10 million bankruptcy.

Gambling numbers mixed at tracks

Here's the state Racing Commission report on September wagering on electronic games at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Park in West Memphis.

Why we not have?

An iconoclastic sort writes this morning. He asks why Arkansas doesn't offer -- as the state of New York does -- a searchable database on state pension payments to school teachers.

Piano men help celebrate Verizon's 10th anniversary

Never underestimate Rock Candy's power of prognostication. As we predicted last week, Elton John and Billy Joel are Verizon bound.

Piano men to play Verizon

Elton John and Billy Joel will play Verizon Arena Nov. 28  for the arena's 10th anniversary.

Chicken, Not Just Fried.

I made my way to Dardanelle this weekend for the 61st Annual Mount Nebo Chicken Fry.  I was surprised that the chicken in question wasn't all fried, as it was years ago when I last attended the pretty little community event atop Mount Nebo... but the marinated goodness of the proffered chicken leg with my $5 meal was enough to make me stop craving breaded and deep fried goodness.  In the land of Tyson, chicken comes in many shapes and forms.  More on my soujourn to Sandlizard Town at Tie Dye Travels. 

Repubs like Mike

Poll has Mike Huckabee leading among five potential Republican candidates in 2012. Huckabee, 29; Romney, 24; Palin, 18.

School promotes evangelism event

A parent in North Little Rock has registered a complaint about the North Little Rock High East Campus' advertising for City Fest this weekend, a program built around a visit from Luis Palau, an evangelist. The fest is described on the jump, including Palau's record in converting people to Christ.

School promotes evangelism event

A parent in North Little Rock has registered a complaint about the North Little Rock High East Campus' advertising for City Fest this weekend, a program built around a visit from Luis Palau, an evangelist. The fest is described on the jump, including Palau's record in converting people to Christ.

Pine Bluff in bottom 10

Report puts Pine Bluff on the list of the country's 10 most impoverished cities.

LR covered on fire damage

City Manager Bruce Moore says the city is fully insured -- $2.8 million in coverage -- for fire damage Sunday to the Adult Leisure Center on 12th Street.

Officially speaking

The official looking imprint at right appears on both an envelope and enclosed letter from Gilbert Baker seeking contributions to his U.S. Senate campaign.

Monday To-Do: James Leary

JAMES LEARY8 p.m., Afterthought. $12.One the most accomplished jazz players to ever come out of Arkansas — and surely the most acclaimed bassist — returns home for a series of gigs that begin at the Afterthought.

Thinking big in NLR

Argenta News reports on a draft of a master plan for a new downtown North Little Rock.

Cuts hit drunk driving fight

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been hit by hard times like everyone else. It is cutting paid staff positions nationwide, according to a release from Teresa Belew, MADD's long-time executive director in Arkansas.

Big bass shop gets away

It's hard to say if this has direct implications for North Little Rock, where legal challenges have tied up Mayor Pat Hays' dream of a Bass Pro Shops in Dark Hollow, but it can't help.

Hogs screwed by ref

It's (semi) official. A couple of straighter kicks or sharper passes would have made it moot, of course.

Lottery report

The Arkansas Lottery reports: Three-week sales hit $29 million, with $18.6 million paid out in winnings.

Huckabee backs Limbaugh

Mike Huckabee thinks Rush Limbaugh ought to sue someone over his failure to buy part of an NFL franchise.

Over to you

The line is open. Noted as I depart: * The feds' announcement that they won't prosecute marijuana users or dispensers acting under state laws.

'There's no cure for stupid'

Quote of the day from Ernie Passailaigue, state lottery director. He was commenting to KATV after the arrest of a 56-year-old woman who'd driven up from South Arkansas to the lottery office to attempt to claim $3,000 with a bogus winner she'd cobbled together with pieces cut and pasted from various tickets.

Bring on the death panels

Can I declare now and count on blog readers to help (my family will already be informed) not to give me aggressive treatment for physical ills or a colonoscopy when I have end-stage dementia.

Grim newspaper reaper nears in NWA

A correspondent says the interview and reapplication process has begun to determine who'll still be employed after the combination of Hussman and Stephens newspapers in Northwest Arkansas, likely around Nov. 1.

Ross defends insurance companies

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross spoke to his keepers at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

Polling the U.S. Senate race

Brummett devotes a column to polling that he finds mostly irrelevant and of scant meaning in U.S. Senate race.

Health care: The great awakening

Somebody stick this in a Pony Express pouch and start galloping to Prescott (U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' thinking indicates he's not quite yet in the Internet age.)

Seafood, Sublime.

There are many Central Arkansas folks who swear by Red Lobster.  Over the years I've attributed that to good advertising, habit, even the presence of cheddar biscuits.  But what I think it comes down to is that the menu is accessible and people know what they'll get... seafood (or some resemblance of it) in a combination that's comfortable to them.

Age and race divides on same sex marriage

Polling in Maine on a referendum to overturn the state's same-sex marriage law turns up demographic divides that have been evident elsewhere.

State cuts budget $100 million

As expected, Gov. Mike Beebe has announced that he'll cut the state budget for the balance of this fiscal year -- it runs through June 30 -- by $100 million because of a continuing decline in state tax revenue.

State cuts budget $100 million

As expected, Gov. Mike Beebe has announced that he'll cut the state budget for the balance of this fiscal year -- it runs through June 30 -- by $100 million because of a continuing decline in state tax revenue.

Tuesday TV

Tonight's episode of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" will feature Dr. Stan Trauth, a professor of zoology at Arkansas State University.  Judging from the short preview above we can't tell what's quite so dirty about it, but it does involve measuring snapping turtles.  If you're near campus, a watch party is scheduled in the Labratory Sciences building, East Wing, room 219 at 8 p.m.  Click here for more info.  Another ASU prof, Dr. Tanja McKay, will be featured on the show airing Nov. 10. 

Bill would penalize anti-gay states

I'm guessing the chance of U.S. Rep. Pete Stark passing his proposed legislation is small, but it's still interesting.

Kiss-Off still on

Where's this guy? Because I haven't plugged it lately, I'll keep the KISS ticket give-away contest open until midnight tonight.

Sentence in Chenal DWI

Benjamin Swindoll, 19, received a 10-year sentence today in a fatal DWI case on Chenal Parkway. The case, in which a passenger in his car died, had drawn wide attention because of the defendant's brushes with the law before and after the accident.

Booze quiz

I was out of town late last week and didn't get to join Max in plugging the kick-off of our first ever booze and bars readers poll, Taste of the Town.

Tuesday: 'The Century of Masterpieces,' Matt Anders, Peter Carey, Interstate Buffalo and more

Matt Anders. Decorated pianist Andrew von Oeyen sticks around to perform "The Century of Masterpieces" with the Quapaw and Sturgis Quartets as part of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's River Rhapsodies series at the Clinton Center.

Effigy gone from Halloween show

Many will remember a lively discussion here about an effigy (pictured) hanging from a tree alongside Interstate 30 in Bryant.

How wet is it in Ark.?

Wet enough that Gov. Mike Beebe has declared 20 counties disaster areas on account of heavy rain and flooding.

Tuesday talk

Let 'er rip.

LR Board squabbles over garden

I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess. I watch the Little Rock City Board from time to time on TV.

Orval

Bearing the market

Why does it cost $1.3 million to run the River Market?

Budget cuts at eStem charter

The Democrat-Gazette, prompted by a school board meeting on the subject, got deeply today into something we'd touched on in our paper previously -- the expensive management superstructure of the eStem charter school.

Career criminal gets 90 years in Benton

This should reduce the Saline County crime rate -- a burglary conviction and 90-year sentence for a Benton man caught with his son on convenience store break-in.

Guess This Eatery.

Quiche. Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Guess This Eatery.

Quiche. Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Ark. employment 'stable'

State numbers for September show the unemployment rate in Arkansas remained the same, at 7.1 percent, with new hires exceeding the number losing jobs for the first time since February.

Wednesday To-Do: Kate Voegele

KATE VOEGELE9 p.m., Juanita's. $15.Kate Voegele might be the future of the pop star personified.

Woman to lead Arkansas Best

Arkansas Business reports that Judy McReynolds is to become CEO of Arkansas Best Corp., based in Fort Smith, at the first of the year.

Huckabee aide joins Baker

Alice Stewart, former press aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee, has joined Gilbert Baker's Republican campaign for U.S. Senate as deputy campaign manager and communications director.

Lincoln backs radio station owners

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln has issued a news release about her opposition to legislation that would end the practice of letting radio stations play music without compensation to the musicians.

Entegra Says We Can Do Better

Entegra Power Group, which owns and operates a natural gas fired power plant in El Dorado, told the Arkansas Public Service Commission they could produce more power - cleaner, and for less money - than the existing White Bluff coal-fired power plant near Redfield, Ark.  The White Bluff plant is owned by Entergy Arkansas, Inc.  Entergy filed a petition with the PSC in March, seeking a declaratory order finding that new environmental controls were in the public interest and necessary for the plant to meet state regulations.  These required improvements would cost, according to Entergy's estimate, $1.04 billion, which would come from rate-payers here in Arkansas.  Entegra filed a petition to intervene in the proceedings yesterday, saying the natural gas plant near Magnolia "is an existing reasonable capacity energy resource located within the state of Arkansas that... provides Entergy with a cleaner, lower cost alternative to White Bluff and the proposed environmental controls project."

Teacher in sex case denied parole help

The Parole Board showed no mercy to the Greenwood teacher convicted in 2006 of having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Teacher in sex case denied parole help

The Parole Board showed no mercy to the Greenwood teacher convicted in 2006 of having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Justice Dept. responds to Ross complaint

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the watchdog group that raised questions about aspects of U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' sale of the family's drug store, has received a response from the Justice Department.

Move Halloween for Hog game?

Silly season in Fayetteville. Some folks are lobbying the mayor there to "move" Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31), because it's the same night as a Razorback game.

LR gets advice on deseg settlement

The Little Rock School Board is nearing a decision on responding to state efforts to reach an agreement on conclusion of the Pulaski desegregation case.

Hogs screwed, contd.

We wuz robbed. (Any football fan, meaning any good and true Arkie, will know what I'm talking about.) Even the SEC couldn't ignore the stink.
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