From cardiologists to nephrologists, the best of the best docs in Arkansas.
Vol 37 • No 8
Winners, town and gown, in 2010 Best Doctors survey.
Pay, hassles have doctors turning away older patients.
Everyone's favorite neurologist.
No quarter in war with tobacco
Refining his specialty at UAMS.
Building the department at UAMS.
A surgeon who says surgery should be 'last resort.'
Arkansas Arts Center's board of directors aim to raise $1 million more than last year.
Did you know that jack-o-lanterns in general and the Great Pumpkin in particular are favorite Muslim terrorist symbols?
Neighborhood's growth began with a streetcar line
From art to fashion to design, the area offers it all
From culinary to down—home delights
The Neighborhood Is a Food Lover's Paradise
Owner sweet on second career
Three generations of floral expertise
Highly desired areas steeped in history
New kid on the block serving up delicious parfaits
Artfully prepared entrees are just the beginning
The little jewel box in the Heights
Three generations of fine jewelry
Community involvement important to neighborhood banks
War Memorial Stadium gets a makeover
A Neighborhood Guide
Growing needs prompt expansion
Neighborhood pets in good hands
An oasis for all things bright and beautiful
New cancer institute better for patients, researchers
Ethnic fare adds diversity to neighborhood offerings
Shoes, clothing and advice to get you moving
Midtown revival is underway
Neighborhood restaurant where everybody knows your name
Penguin proves to be popular star
Organization moves group forward
An investment in tradition
Area loaded with bright green spaces
Midland School Board member Clint McCance, whose Facebook page said he wanted to see gays dead, has declined comment on the remarks and the controversy that has arisen. He says he's meeting with a lawyer.
Sheffield Nelson will announce this afternoon further legal action against the Game and Fish Commission today related to the Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.
Keith Crass, a Hot Springs accountant and Republican candidate for state representative District 24, died today of a heart attack, a campaign spokesman has announced.
Judge William R. Wilson today issued a preliminary injunction on construction work at SWEPCO's coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County that is related to its Corps of Engineers-issued water permit.
"American Idol" Kris Allen returns to his alma mater for a concert to benefit the Blackbird Academy of the Arts.
Little Rock native and Upright Citizen's Brigade co-founder Matt Besserhas a new TV show, but you'll have to stay up to the wee hours to catch it.
Details were revealed today for an ambitious expansion of University of Arkansas athletic facilities including a Razorback stadium expansion and new football operations center.
Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore ruled today that Republican Tommy Fite, a candidate for House District 83 covering parts of Crawford and Franklin counties, is not eligible to run for the office because of a federal misdemeanor conviction involving misuse of public money.
Lisa Blount, the Oscar-winning actress and wife of Ray McKinnon, was found dead this afternoon in her Little Rock home.
Scandal of the year. Chad Causey, who has the highest rating possible from the gun-totin' NRA, used the NRA's logo without permission in some campaign stuff and Republican opponent Rick Crawford is crying like a colicky baby.
Big art news: A $60,000 sculpture by Denver artist to go in Riverfront Park.
Dr. Tom Kimbrell, the state Education Department director, has significantly stiffened the state response to the hostile comments about gay people made by Midland School Board memberr Clint McCance on his Facebook page.I strongly condemn the statements that appeared on Mr. Clint McCance’s Facebook page.
An open line. Had a pretty big hump to cross today.
Shakespeare's crown jewel opens at The Rep.
Actress dishes on Sammi, Snooki and life after 'Jersey Shore.'
Should Internet fees be allowed?
Parks non-profit website drops language.
$60,000 piece going in sculpture garden.
Tim Griffin got some help from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in the closing hours of campaign 2010. The state's largest newspaper declined an ad from the campaign of Democrat Joyce Elliott.
Amid the decline of news media seriousness, NPR has provided a haven for extended, substantive and properly modulated reporting. But it's true what you've heard: NPR is for liberals.
Chef Nick Castleberry pops up at White Water Tavern.
We know we're lowbrow, but this our favorite place for lunch in the whole, wide world is the little restaurant inside La Regional, a Latino-owned grocery store down on Baseline Road in Southwest Little Rock.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2, and early voting is already under way. Here are our recommendations.
The excitement and hope of the 2008 election have been replaced by worry and disappointment. This year it's all noise, attacks, and accusations. Little actual policy makes it through.
Al Green performs at a $250 a plate fundraiser at the Statehouse Convention Center, The Libras celebrate 'Goose' Garrison's birthday at White Water Tavern, J. Roddy Walstona and the Business hit Town Pump.
Michael Nellums defeated long-term incumbent Micheal Daugherty in a September race for Little Rock School Board, thus ousting a candidate the downtown business community had worked mightily to defeat three years ago.
Arkansas Women's Action for New Directions has received much attention on the heels of Tim Griffin's description of WAND as "radical" and anti-military. We would like to invite Mr. Griffin and his wife to one of our regular meetings, and/or our monthly pot-lucks to hear about our mission and to discuss our respective views.
New documentary just can't keep up with the book.
One of Team Observer's Halloween rituals of recent years has been to make a run out to Schaefers and Collins' pumpkin patch in Mayflower. It is the most perfect place in the world for this time of year.
Florida will have to do the honors of putting Mike Huckabee over the top at the nominating convention, but the former Arkansas resident is apparently planning another run for president in 2012. His travel is a clue.
Our stars don't seem so much aligned as all crossed up. The loss of Mallett, Adams and Childs would have crippled most teams. Luckily, depth is something Bobby Petrino can control. It's even the least of our worries.
Ra Ra Riot, "The Great Halloween Cover-Up" shows, Boo Bash, "Seven Deadly Sins," "Titan," "Wicked"
on "IRT: Deadliest Roads" and "Sister Wives"
Good week: athletic spending, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bad week: U.S. Forest Service, Game and Fish Commission, Mike Huckabee, Rick Crawford
After sitting empty for years, The Starlite Diner at 250 E. Military Drive in North Little Rock reopened last week.
A writer in The American Prospect discusses the word "faggot," and why it's offensive to gay men.
The Arkansas Community Organization, a successor to ACORN locally, has endorsed three incumbents — Ken Richardson, Doris Wright and B.J. Wyrick — for Little Rock Board of Directors, plus Kevin Dedner who's challenging incumbent Director Erma Hendrix.
Did I hear that the expensive new football "operations center" planned at the University of Arkansas will include some space for athletes to do school work, receive tutoring and such?
Protests at the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains are on for today, with organizers saying they plan to keep returning to the school for further protests until controversial board member Clint McCance resigns.
John Brummett writes that Blanche Lincoln's blaming Bill Halter for her low state in the polls finally pushed him to vote for the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, John Gray.
Good news. Molly Carpenter of the Arkansas State University Herald is on the increasingly smelly state of affairs at ASU where interim Chancellor Dan Howard and former ASU President Les Wyatt have been revealed to have connections to an on-line college course provider that does business with ASU.
Some 35 demonstrators were at Midland High School this morning for a protest of Midland School Board member Clint McCance's comments about gay people on a Facebook page. He's still refusing to talk about the incident. The superintendent thinks his resignation would be the "easiest" out.
A busy, big and diverse night around Central Arkansas with Al Green at a high dollar fundraiser, celebrated Proust and Flaubert translator Lydia Davis at Hendrix and The Libras at White Water to celebrate long-time Tavern owner "Goose" Garrison's birthday.
The Arkansas Realtors Association reports that housing sales in Arkansas were more than 20 percent lower than sales in September a year ago, but the report notes that sales a year ago were influenced by a federal tax credit due to expire in November.
Pierre Ferrari, a Congo native with a 40-year career in business and social agency work, is the new chief executive officer of Heifer International, the international relief organization based in Little Rock.
I'd somehow missed it, but the dining hall fire at Lyon College was a big deal.
Special for Luke Gordy, Jim Walton, Walton U. school reformers, Walter Hussman and other members of the Billionaire Boys Club, all busily flogging "Waiting for Superman," the emotional but factually undersupplied documentary on the effort of kids to get into some highly touted charter schools.
Last night's Kris Allen concert at UCA raised $100,000 for the Conway-based Blackbird Academy of Arts.
A fellow interested in good government sent me this statute: Subject: Violation of Arkansas State Statue 14047-13714-47-137.Prohibited actions by officers or employees.
Brothers Grimm the inspiration for etchings.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission met this morning and discussed a packed agenda including a financial report from director Ernie Passailaigue, a report from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education on the demographic breakdown of scholarship recipients and how to address the still-lingering issue of how to deal with exempt employees who took compensatory time misguidedly offered by lottery officials.
Our round-up of this weekend includes J. Roddy Walston and the Business at Town Pump, Stoney LaRue at Revolution and DJ Rob-O's 16the Annual "Halloween Hoody Hoo" at Pizza D'Action.
Watch a trailer of The Rep's new production of 'Hamlet.'
Short of a speaker blowing or a freak violin accident, chamber pop six-piece Ra Ra Riot looks like a safe bet to put on a strong live show. Polite and sunshine-y, the prog poppers have enjoyed a rapid ascent in the indie ranks that now brings them to Little Rock for a much-anticipated show. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15.
Bands dress up, too, y'know? This year's annual Halloween tradition has locals moonlighting as Loretta Lynn, Portishead, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Jam and more.
"Boo Bash" returns downtown for another year with a costume contest that offers a grand to the night's best dressed as well as music from CRISIS and Tragikly White. The Peabody, 8 p.m., $10.
The notorious Halloween party is back with a $1,000 prize to the best costume and a whole slew of DJs churning out the beats all over the club. Discovery, 10 p.m., $20.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's second installment of their Masterworks series offers Mozart's overture to "The Magic Flute," Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 and Mahler's infamous "Titan." Robinson Center Music Hall, 8 p.m., $14-$48.
Mike Huckabee apologizes to Karl Roves. Democrats win Arkansas student mock elections. Judicial Watch sues Bill Clinton.
The menu at Cafe Bossa Nova may look a little foreign, but it's refreshing and it's just the thing for a good, comforting lunch.
How low does the Koch-billions-founded Americans for Prosperity go in fighting the election of candidates who might not readily agree with the air-fouling agendas of their energy companies?
Clint McCance announced his resignation from the Midland School Board last night in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Bill Clinton tried unsuccessfully to get Democrat Kendrick Meek to quit the race for U.S. Senate in Florida to give a boost to Charlie Crist's independent candidacy.
Word is leaking out that the Pentago survey of U.S. troops show most don't object to serving with openly gay men and women.
Laywer/legislative candidate John Walker has filed a Freedom of Information Act request aiming to learn all the city-related business done by every member of a Little Rock board or commission.
The Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, a group of local religious leaders, spoke this morning on the steps of Christ Episcopal Church downtown in support for bullied gay and lesbian teens in the wake of the resignation of Midland School Board member Clint McCance.
The final desperate hours are upon us. The robocalling has begun.
Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of Henderston State University, is the 20th person to apply to be president of Arkansas State University.
Independent expenditure committees have filed a few reports recently on their campaign activities. These are groups that spend money attacking candidates but, by avoiding so-called "express advocacy," or urging a yes or no vote, are able to dodge around rules that apply to PACs and candidate committees.
It's been a while since I've put one of these up. Guess away, candy fans.
Ben Nichols goes back to college, Mary Steenburgen goes back to the future and Jane Seymour goes to crazytown
Ben Nichols returns to Hendrix, Mary Steenburgen speculates on the life her "Back to the Future" character would be enjoying today and Jane Seymour talks about Johnny Cash's angel — living inside of her son.
A Times reader sends along an interesting visualization of the addresses contained in the "caging" file that was attached to a 2004 email sent from Republican second congressional district candidate Tim Griffin, then national research director and deputy communications chief for the G.O.P., to a campaign chairman and other party officials.
This film by David Soll follows the production of Dan Hurlin's 2009 theater production of "Disfarmer," a puppet play about the Heber Springs photographer. It debuts at Doc NYC next weekend.
Activities for kids, event with George Rodrigue to benefit arts organization.
The story about explosives found in cargo flights to the U.S. has broadened to include a fighter escort for a flight from Yemen to New York.
Midland School District Superintendent Dean Stanley said that he hasn't heard from (apparently former) school board member Clint McCance today, and neither had school board president Bryson Wood when Stanley last spoke to him this morning.
Open line. Early voting. Voter intimidation. Game and Fish Commission. Teabaggers.
The possibility that Bill Clinton might have given some encouragement to Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Florida Senate race (both say it didn't happen, but ...)
Washington Post blogger sounds a little skeptical about the Razorback band's plan to lead all of Razorback Stadium fans in a Michael Jackson-style "Thriller" dance at halftime of today's homecoming football game with Vanderbilt.
Dana Milbank scores again with me today in a column lamenting Republican talking points: 1) their highest priority is making President Obama a one-termer and 2) no compromise, on anything.
Bobby Tullis, the former legislator from Mineral Springs who's the Green Party candidate for treasurer, pledged today if he was elected not to accept political contributions from bankers.
A little bear tells it like it is.
Reader reports major fire at the On the Border restaurant on Chenal Parkway. Channel4 is reporting fire began about 4 a.m. and damage is at least $500,000.
New Rasmussen poll gives. Mike Beebe a 60-36 lead over Jim Keet.
Play ball or whatever.
I feel this morning a little like we used to feel in South Louisiana tracking the hurricane eye coordinates across the Gulf of Mexico as they bore down on the coastal marshes. It looks like a Cat 5 Republican weather disaster.
John Brummett this morning apologizes to the world for Clint McCance, the Midland School Board member who's anti-gay rant on Facebook became an international news story.
So says the latest Rasmussen poll. 52 percent those poll thinks Boozman's views are mainstream.
Over-indulgence in state-provided cars isn't the only excess in the state Department of Community Correction according to some extensive correspondence I received recently.
Randi Romo, who organized a demonstration last week at the Midland School District over anti-gay Facebook remarks made by School Board member Clint McCance, says she's been notified by Superintendent Dean Stanley that the district has now received McCance's letter of resignation and he'll be officially removed from the School Board today.
Did you watch it? Thoughts?
David Koon recommends this message for Democrats. Too late, of course.
The secretary of state's office says that, through 4 p.m. Saturday, about 255,000 people had voted early or by absentee ballot.
Chef Sam Choy to perform a live demonstration Tuesday at the Arkansas Culinary School at Pulaski Technical College. It's free to the public.
Kimberly-Clark has announced a $65 million expansion, which will mean 100 jobs, at its Conway facility.
The state Education Department says 41 percent of the state's public schools are achieving adequate yearly progress as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Memorial services for actress Lisa Blount, who was found dead last Wednesday in her Hillcrest home, will be held today at noon at the Quapaw United Methodist Church.
The news coming out of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of “Hamlet” is that Avery Clark, the native Arkansan who plays the tormented Danish prince, is up to the task and then some.
After appearing in October 2009 to benefit the Arkansas Literary Festival, David Sedaris is coming back to Little Rock.
Six of the state's more notorious chefs will be showing off the recipes that won AY Magazine's 2010 Reader Recipe Contest this year Thursday night.
City Director Joan Adcock, who's managed to stir up a fine mess over the city's sloppy adherence to conflict of interest rules governing city appointees' city work, has another idea.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today rejected Tommy Fite's appeal of Judge Collins Kilgore's ruling that Fite wasn't eligible to run for state representative District 83 in Franklin and Crawford counties because of a 1984 federal misdemeanor conviction.
Politico has floated an anonymously sourced story that Repubs — once over the hangover from their election day triumph — will set about making sure Sarah Palin isn't nominated for president in 2012.
Perhaps I missed this elsewhere previously, but thanks to Paul Barton to a link of a study on big independent campaign spenders.
To a new generation of commenters. Items: * Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is going to be on a conference call tonight rallying phone banks trying to turn out voters for Jack Conway in Kentucky.
Arkansas food bloggers tackle everything from events to restaurants to making your own pesto
I'm past denial and anger and trying to segue into acceptance. What will be and all.
John Brummett makes the grand gesture, an 11th hour case, persuasive but probably futile, for the election of Democrat Joyce Elliott over Republican Tim Griffin for 2nd District Congress.This would be Elliott’s race if it were based on merit, credentials, accomplishment and commitment.
Somebody asked who's paying for the campaign to increase interest limits, make it easier to sell bonds and make it easier to pass out taxpayer subsidies to private business?
The Democrats, cruising to a big defeat, cut taxes, reduced deficits and expanded health care coverage.
The state's report on October tax intake shows the amount raised was well above the same month last year for the sixth consecutive month and also above forecast.
Find out where to vote in Arkansas.
It's been on newsstands for a while, but best I can tell, it's only recently available online: This month's Garden & Gun has a big feature on Little Rock. The slant? Little Rock is cool again.
Next year, Walton Arts is bringing Martin Short to Fayetteville on Feb. 15 to do a variety show that features characters from "Primetime Glick," "Saturday Night Live," "The Father of the Bride" and more.
There's a hot wet-dry election on the ballot today in Boone County. Wets are outspending the drys about 2-1, roughly $80,000 to $40,000.
Judge Mary McGowan has denied a request for an injunction to block voting on Issue 2, the legislatively referred constitutional amendment that would raise the consumer interest ceiling, change the interest limit on government bonds and allow government financing of energy efficiency projects with savings on the projects.
Mexican architect to speak tonight on his "working method."
Watch George Takei, AKA "Mr. Sulu" from the original "Star Trek," call Clint McCance a douchebag.
Paramount moves up the "True Grit" release date three days to December 22.
I'll be back tonight watching the expected horror show. Meanwhile, the evening liars-and-bullies report: * A Republican in North Carolina lies and cheats with a Morgan Freeman impersonator.
An opinion from the attorney general today reveals that the state Game and Fish Commission needs every bit of the lawsuit that Sheffield Nelson has filed against them.
The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock has announced the indictment of three men for burning a cross on the lawn of a black resident of Salado (Independence County) in August.
The national results have begun. No surprises just yet.
Arkansas polls are closed, though some people in line are still waiting to cast ballots at scattered locations.
The Pulaski County Election Commission has posted early voting returns in the state's largest county.
It would appear that Clark County voters have approved the sale of alcohol in the home county of Ouachita Baptist University 59-41 with 95 percent of the vote counted, according to Fox 16.
Too early to call it a generic Republican victory in Arkansas just yet. Mike Beebe got far more votes than John Boozman.
Here's some film of John Boozman's victory statement from Gerard Matthews. I'd like to hang on for the bitter end, but I think I'll catch up in the morning.
Beginning Wednesday night, you've got more than a dozen opportunities to see the biggest national production to come to Little Rock in recent memory in the Tony Award-winning "Wicked." Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m.,
Bobby Tullis, who lost a Green Party race for state treausrer, tells me he led the ticket for mayor of Mineral Springs, but will be in a runoff because he got 46 percent of the vote.
Maybe Shane Broadway or Pat O'Brien or even L.J. Bryant should have run for 2nd District Congress (Bryant would have had to change residence).
President Bill Clinton tells a Pittsburgh morning radio show he's excited for Lil Wayne's upcoming release from Rikers Prison.
In what's surly only the tip of the iceberg of ridiculousness found in his forthcoming memoir "Decision Points," President Bush says his "all-time low" during his eight years in office as when Kanye West nervously hijacked a Hurricane Katrina telethon to tell the world "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
Little Rock financier Warren Stephens' newspaper in Las Vegas did all it could to beat Sen. Harry Reid, but Sherm Frederick, who heads the Stephens newspaper company, still has plenty crow about today.
FLASH: President Obama says Americans are deeply discouraged by the pace of the economic recovery.