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Mattes of life and death

Mattes of life and death

November 5, 2015

Vol 42 • No 9

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In matters of life and death

Defense attorneys Teri Chambers, Katherine Streett and Jeff Rosenzweig have long stood with clients accused of horrible crimes, many of them facing the death penalty. Their thoughts, in their own words, on why Arkansas should get out of the business of killing.

2015 Arkansas Times Whole Hog Roast preview

Bring your appetite to Argenta on Nov. 14.

Sushi spot's second act

A revamped Wasabi stands out.

Arkansas's red tide will continue

Filing for political office just got underway as we went to press this week, but it's not too early to say that come next November, Republicans will remain solidly in control of Arkansas government.

A Q&A with Mark Spitzer

Here be monsters.

New app, upcoming event seek to expand Arkansas's civil rights past beyond the Little Rock Nine

It's history at your fingertips.

Deficits don't matter to Republicans

In seven hours of Republican presidential debates, one moment, one anguished remark, stood out for its clarity and unmistakable logic. That it came from a candidate with no chance of winning illustrates better than anything else the party's predicament.

FOCAL basement books sale this weekend

Also, Mini Maker Faires at Barnes and Noble in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Republican 'reality'

The current Republican presidential race is less a political contest than a "reality TV" series: a stage-managed melodrama with a cast of characters selected to titillate and provoke. By that standard, last week's CNBC debate succeeded far beyond expectations — all but guaranteeing a larger audience for the next exciting installment.

When the bomb comes

Tom Hanks stars in 'Bridge of Spies.'

The switch

The Observer got out recently to talk to a few folks who have worked against the death penalty in Arkansas for years, the results of which you can read in this issue. Our own feelings on the idea of society putting people to death as punishment has always been mixed, and are mixed still, though clearer than they have been in the past.

Inconsequential News Quiz: Post-Halloween Sugar Crash Edition

Play at home!

Stevie Wonder comes to Verizon

Also, Fireroom 3 at Vino's, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival at South Main, Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years at Ron Robinson, Self-Published Author and Book Fair at the Darragh Center of the Main Library and Windhand at White Water Tavern.

Ban the box in Little Rock

In the latest evidence of the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in shaping the American policy agenda, this past week has become "ban the box" week.

Farewell to the first black Razorback

Also, what we should think about when we think about big highway projects, LRSD suit dismissed, nation's report card (sort of) and hold that pipeline.

Highway project concerns

Recently, I attended public meeting No. 5 at the Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene for the proposed 30 Crossing Project. From what I learned from the information provided and what I heard from questions to the representatives, I believe the presented design changes will wipe out over 20 years of progress from the city of Little Rock, concerned area citizens, the Downtown Partnership and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

'Our America': hot colors, hot show

At the Arkansas Arts Center.

Last shot for the Hogs

The slow climb back to squaring up the Arkansas Razorbacks' season record began, in earnest, way back on Sept. 26, as the last Brandon Allen overtime pass against Texas A&M went helplessly awry.

Is Texas the model for Gov. Hutchinson on highways?

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's idea to build highways without raising new money is the new law in Texas. They'll worry later about the loss of money to other programs.

Tour Little Rock's civil rights landmarks

This week's Times includes a report by Benji Hardy on a new project of the UALR Institute for Race and Ethnicity and the city of Little Rock: a mobile app that takes you on a guided tour of 35 civil rights sites in Little Rock.

The rest of the story on Teach for America; like most, it isn't perfect

The Walton Family Foundation is pouring more money into Teach for America. What you won't see in most of the press coverage is some of the informed criticism of the organization's methods. We have some.

UPDATE: Another insurance bruise for Hutchinson administration

An aide to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who works on insurance matter has been reprimanded for activities as an agent before he joined the governor's office. It's the third piece of unpleasant insurance news for the governor since he took office in January.

GOP to Boozman: Better step it up for challenger

CNN's Manu Raju reports that Republican leaders have some concern about Sen. John Boozman, facing a re-election challenge from political newcomer Conner Eldridge, a Democrat.

The Whole Hog Roast is nigh

Announcing the current lineup of teams for the Arkansas Times Whole Hog Roast. Tickets are on sale now!

Hot Springs 911 call tapes should be released, judge says

Matt Campbell, the Blue Hog Report blogger who's sued for tapes of 911 calls in the death of the son of a Hot Springs circuit judge, just posted on his Facebook page that Judge Sam Bird had ruled in his favor.

Mayor Stodola demands new staff positions at City Hall

Mayor Mark Stodola has been advertising for two new staff positions — a chief of staff who'd be paid $60,000 to $90,000 and an assistant to the mayor. The move reflected some City Hall tensions over authority.

New music from The Uh Huhs, John Willis, JONA$, Cellophane Garden and more

Kind of like the Buddy Holly song, but more ambivalent and tense and anyway louder. “Holly looked for space in the noise,” Greil Marcus wrote of Holly once. “He built his music around silences, pauses, a catch in the throat, a wink.” Little Rock's The Uh Huhs are up to something similar — space in the noise, a wink. You can find this song on their debut 7", which will presumably be available soon (will updated when I know).

Former NLR coach Brad Bolding loses court appeal of firing

Circuit Judge Tim Fox today ruled against Brad Bolding, who argued that his firing in April as football coach at North Little Rock High violated the teacher fair dismissal act.

'Mike Huckabee — you a creep' Seth Myers on the Houston civil rights vote

Seth Myers rips Houston voters, Mike Huckabee and anybody else duped by the bathroom ploy to defeat civil rights ordinances that protect gay and transgender people.

The open line. Plus, Dennis Milligan watch and a pause to refresh at Clinton Library

The open line, today's video and the ongoing saga of where Treasurer Dennis Milligan parks his truck.

Ethics Commission moving ahead with complaint against Milligan aide

The Ethics Commission has sent a letter to Susan Over of White Hall saying that it will investigate her complaint that Jason Brady, now deputy chief of staff to Treasurer Dennis Milligan, had violated ethical rules in his campaign work for Milligan in 2014.

Huckabee, Christie cut from main debate stage

Fox Business (Fox!), which will hold the next Republican presidential debate, has cut Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie from the main debate stage on account of low poll numbers. They'll be at, as some have called it, the "kiddie table" warmup.

Multiple fatalities reported in chartered bus crash on Interstate 40

The State Police reports as many as six people are dead and others injured in a charter bus crash about 1 a.m. today on Interstate 40 at the North Hills Boulevard in North Little Rock.

Walton estate maneuver reshapes the world's richest list

Bloomberg News went to court in Wyoming to see details of the estate of the late John Walton, one of Sam Walton's sons, who died 10 years ago in a plane crash. It learned that estate planning strategies used by the Walton family to reduce taxes will alter the lists compiled regularly of the world's richest people.

Judge Dan Kemp to challenge Courtney Goodson for chief justice

As hinted previously, Circuit Judge Dan Kemp of Mountain View will challenge Justice Courtney Goodson for the open position of chief justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

From Dallas, creative thinking about the Interstate 30 project

An urban planner in Dallas says freeways are not always the answer. Incorporating some creativity already being used in Dallas and looking at the Interstate 30 project from a broader perspective, here are ideas that Arkansas highway planners have not considered. But should.

Keystone XL Pipeline rejected

CNN reports that Secretary of State John Kerry has recommended that the United States reject the Keystone XL pipeline, concluding it is not in the country's national security interest.

Judge rejects effort to stop Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

The anti-gay group that fought Fayetteville's adoption of a city civil rights ordinance that protected, among others, people of different sexual orientation, has lost its bid to get a circuit judge to block implementation of the ordinance.

John Brown U.'s toilet paper tradition

Who knew? John Brown University students celebrate the first basket of the basketball season by unleashing a torrent of toilet paper on the court. It takes several minutes to clean up. The visiting team gets a couple of technical foul shots.

Gov. Hutchinson plans Asian business recruiting trip

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today a trip to China and Japan to drum up business for Arkansas.

It's Friday and the line is open

Here's your week-ending open line and today's video news and comment.

Staff Picks: Star Wars, Jimmy Buffett, podcasts, local coffee and more

I recommend stopping by and grabbing a cup of coffee from the combination Spokes bikeshop/Orbea Headquarters/coffee shop location on Main Street. It is certainly the best coffee you'll find in the River Market area and easily beats out whatever funk your office is calling coffee. No food to speak of but let's be fair, it's a bike shop. Lay off. Plus, it took no time at all for barista Cynthia to learn my usual drink order as well as the pronunciation of my abnormal name, Cyclesome Drinkabunch.

Trailer for "God's Not Dead 2" is out, makes Baby Jesus cry.

The trailer for "God's Not Dead 2," the Little Rock-filmed sequel to "God's Not Dead" (and inevitable prequel to "No, Seriously: God's Very Much Alive and Well, I Assure You") is out now on Youtube. The film is sure to make a gazillion dollars from the righteous looking to feed their martyr fantasies, and features plentiful Arkansas-related background stuff to make you go "Hey, it's that place!" and a church bus full of B-listers to make you go "Hey, it's that guy!"

The Political Climate Is As Bad As We Thought Edition

The depressing results of this year’s Arkansas Poll, election filings, the latest on the highway department’s 30 Crossing plan, more ethical questions for the Hutchinson administration and Rep. Mary Bentley threatening Game and Fish funding after her husband was ticketed — all covered on this week's podcast.

Downtown property sale: MacArthur Commons for $10.5 million

Moses Tucker Real Estate announced late this afternoon that the new MacArthur Commons apartment complex at 414 E. Capitol , developed by Jimmy and Jaimie Moses of Moses Tucker, had been sold tor $10.5 million to MacArthur Commons LLC, led by David R. Thompson.

Little Rock officer cleared in pursuit that resulted in death

The Little Rock police yesterday released patrol car video of Officer Zach Hardman's chase of a stolen vehicle that struck two pedestrians, killing one and said the officer had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the event.

Polling reported in Democratic Senate primary; includes Bill Halter

A friend reports an interesting automated poll Thursday night, relating to one announced and perhaps another potential Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Little Rock Chamber backs 10-lane freeway plan

Rising public opposition to the massive concrete project planned for the Interstate 30 corridor has prompted the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce to attempt to stifle the debate by throwing in with its major supporters in favor of more and bigger freeways, no matter what they do to the heart of town.

Jon Woods will not seek re-election to state Senate

Woods gives no reason for his decision, other than to say that "after serving ten years in the state legislature, I have decided that I am satisfied with my accomplishments and that it is time to start a new chapter in my life."

Feverish? It's Saturday night

The Saturday open line.

Trump bombs on Saturday Night Live

Correct me if you think otherwise, but commentary across the web seems unanimous that Donald Trump's turn on "Saturday Night Live" wasn't funny.

50 rounds of ammunition found at Little Rock airport security. Who? It's confidential.

Traveler found with 50 rounds of ammo at Little Rock airport security checkpoint. No charges filed. Who? That's not a public record.

Hillary gets asked about charter schools

Somebody finally asked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about charter schools and, as Diane Ravitch supports, she didn't provide the mindless cheerleading you typically find on the Waltonized side of the political ledger.

Sunday's open line: Plus: St. Louis wants to tear down freeways, too

Here's the Sunday open line: Plus, more forward freeway thinking in cities that are not Little Rock. Still more places are talking about tearing up freeways to accentuate local landmarks, not making them bigger and worse.

Different ways to do freeways

Other cities are moving to tear down freeways that divide and produce blight in central cities. Why not Little Rock?

A push begins for automatic voter registration

Former Democratic presidential aides say they are prepared to spend $10 million to push for automatic voter registration whenever someone gets a driver's license. There is, however, one obstacle to greater voter participation.

Scenes from South Main's Cornbread Festival

The sun was a no-show, but everybody else came to the Arkansas Cornbread Festival in SoMa.

Study rips states on public ethics. Arkansas scores D-

A nationwide study of public ethics and government accountability turns up no state with better than a C grade. Arkansas scored a D- overall.

Curtis Coleman indicates he'll take on incumbent Sen. John Boozman

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman filed for re-election today and it looks like he may have opposition in the primary from Curtis Coleman of Little Rock.

Tim Wolfe, University of Missouri system president, resigns in racial controversy

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has resigned after mounting criticism of his handling of racial complaints. The controversy heated up over the weekend with a threatened boycott by football players.

'Homosexualist' takeover of Arkansas education? So says Alabama official

Betty Peters, a member of the Alabama Board of Education, has made headlines in her state for a blast of the Common Core curriculum that included a claim that it would allow "homosexualists" to influence school children. To prove her point, she cited Arkansas.

U.S. Rep. French Hill gets a primary opponent

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock drew a Republican primary opponent today, Brock Olree of Searcy

Filing closes for primary

Political filing for nonpartisan judicial races and the party primaries March 1 with little by way of big last-minute surprises.

Complaint filed over judge's Facebook page photo

An anonymous complaint has been made to the state judicial discipline agency over the photo above that appears on chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson's Facebook page. Minor stuff, but Goodson's Facebook record is nonetheless interesting for political reasons.

Rock Region Metro seeks quarter-cent sales tax

The board of Rock Region Metro, formerly the Central Arkansas Transit System, voted today to ask the Pulaski County Quorum Court to call a referendum on a quarter-cent sales tax that would provide dedicated funding to the public transportation agency. The tax would be voted on March 1, 2016. at the same time as the primary elections.

Arkansas travelers in New Hampshire for Hillary

A group of Arkansas travelers are on hand in New Hampshire today as HIllary Clinton files for the presidential primary ballot. It's a replay of the Arkansas volunteers who worked the state for Bill Clinton in 1992.

Tom Cotton suggests link between Social Security benefits and drug addiction

Tom Cotton today suggested Social Security disability benefits could be the cause of economic decline and drug addiction. Really.

Last-minute race develops for Supreme Court

Clark Mason filed at the last minute today to oppose Shawn Womack in the race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Another week, another open line

Here's the open line and today's news and comment by video.

The Low End, Multiple Worlds Theory

This week Brasher and Rowe examine the infinite possibilities of many worlds. Brasher brings the oral tradition of armchair science, while Rowe takes a look at how people create narratives to give our singular reality a multiverse feel.

Cabot man in Jacksonville police shootout gets 15-year federal sentence

Mark Lyle Dodson of Cabot got a 15-year federal sentence today for shooting law officers serving a search warrant for drugs at his home.

Pulaski County filings short on election contests

Only three Pulaski County government elections produced partisan contests when filing concluded yesterday.

Republicans really like Ben Carson

New Washington Post/ABC polling shows Republican voters like Ben Carson more than other top candidates, though Donald Trump retains a high favorability rating, too. They apparently didn't bother to poll bottom tier candidates, such as a certain former governor from Arkansas.

Yes, let's boycott Starbucks

Because the War on Christmas means a latte.

The Mississippi Miracle

Even some lukewarm football fans of my acquaintance want to know what all the fuss is about relative to the improbable play that kept the Razorbacks alive for an overtime upset win over Ole Miss last Saturday.

Guest Mix: Amy Garland Angel

Amy Garland Angel is a songwriter, social worker, mom, wife, community radio d.j. and avid list maker. She started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of nine. As a young girl, she was a regular on Hayride stages and as a teenager, she made her rounds in the Hwy 80 honky tonks of Louisiana with a fake I.D. Garland Angel moved to Arkansas in 1995. During her years in the Natural State, she has become a fixture in the Little Rock music scene and began hosting the weekly Americana-flavored "Backroads" radio show on Little Rock's KABF FM 88.3.

Retired Justice Donald Corbin confirms account of Supreme Court vote on same-sex marriage case

A new oral history interview with Justice Donald Corbin confirms our reporting that the state Supreme Court had voted to override same-sex marriage bans by a solid majority, but didn't issue the opinion before Corbin left the court, try though he did to hurry it. Eventually, it issued a non-decision in the case, bowing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

47 more named on state and federal charges in Delta drug probe

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer has scheduled a news conference at 1 p.m. today in Helena-West Helena to announce further arrests in the ongoing Operation Delta Blues, which has targeted drug dealing and official corruption in East Arkansas

Pulaski County jail moves to improve ob-gyn care for inmates

The Marshall Project reports on the addition of virtual ob-gyn services at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility to reduce the rate of miscarriages by inmates.

Onyx Coffee is 2016 Good Food Award finalist

Northwest Arkansas coffee roaster looks to make it two wins in a row at the Good Food Awards in California.

Give it up for Dallas

Dallas gives Little Rock ideas about how to become a huge and growing metropolis — higher pay, less discrimination and fewer freeways. But what do they know?

Mexican food returning to Village Shopping Center

Conway-based Playa Azul coming to South University.

UA chancellor chimes in on Missouri's racial upheaval

Dan Ferritor, interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, distributed a statement around campus today inspired by the upheaval at the University of Missouri, where the system president and Columbia chancellor have announced resignations following protests over official response to racial events.

The open line. Plus: Rutledge happy immigrant help blocked

The open line and daily video. Plus, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is happy at news that a court will allow immediate deportation of millions of immigrants.

More opposition to Interstate 30 plan

Threeneighborhood groups — in Hillcrest, Capitol Veiw/Stifft Station and the Heights — — have adopted resolutions opposing plans so far to widen Interstate 30 to 10 lanes and devise a new funnel for traffic from I-30 to Highway 10 (the first plan closes the current passage through the La Harpe/Cumberland intersection with Clinton Avenue.

DHS restarts Medicaid eligibility re-determination with more efficient and fair system

The Department of Human Services has restarted the eligibility verification and renewal process for Medicaid, only this time with more reasonable policy adjustments that should have been in place last summer.

Centene reimburses Medicaid program $6.7 million, lowering 2014 private option costs

The Medicaid program is getting a $6.7 million rebate, good news for the private option.

Fantasy football is gambling? Who knew?

The attorney general of New York has ordered a halt to betting by New York residents with fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, because the games are illegal gambling under state law. Say. Aren't there some legal activities underway in Arkansas that seem a lot like gambling?

Transit company hits a Quorum Court speed bump

The Quorum Court agreed last night to vote in two weeks on whether to put a quarter-cent sales tax for Rock Region Metro on the March 1 election ballot. The outlook isn't promising.

Lake Village Council votes to rename Confederate Street for black war veteran

The Lake Village City Council has voted to approve a petition changing the name of Confederate Street to Sgt. Thomas Armour Jr. Street, after a local Vietnam veteran.

Lots of interest in Arkansas Supreme Court challenge of Shawn Womack

It turns out four trial lawyers were prepared to file for Arkansas Supreme Court if it turned out Shawn Womack was heading to the filing deadline with no opponent for an open seat.

The latest Republican showdown: Rubio's rise

Marco Rubio continued to rise in Tuesday's Republican debate, marked by discussions of substance if not always fact. The undercard debate featured more Mike Huckabee bad moments.

Moving traffic, big-city style. Chicago, for example.

More ideas for different ways to look at moving traffic through cities. Chicago shows how to move traffic downtown without freeways, a UALR faculty member writes.

Apple Blossom Brewing Company announces new taproom

Popular Fayetteville brewery announces plans to open in south Fayetteville.

Bailey Foundation gives $2 million to UALR

The Bailey Foundation has given $2 million to UALR for student scholarships.

Root Cafe previews new dinner menu at pop-up event

See what The Root has in store for dinner this Friday.

Psychologists urge ABC to correct bogus depiction of RAD in '20/20' coverage of Justin Harris

A letter bearing the names of 19 professors of psychology and social work from around the country has been sent to ABC to protest the television network's flawed depiction of reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, a part of "20/20's" coverage of the Rep. Justin Harris adoption story that the news magazine aired last month.

Veterans Day open line

Here's today's open line and video news roundup.

The new Texas approach to road planning: include urban design

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett was not available for an interview this week. (Funny, he was available for Max. Maybe it's because Max has a deeper voice.) So what I did not get to ask him was what he thought of the Texas Department of Transportation's CityMAP project "to develop a set of transportation, urban design, and potential economic development scenarios at locations along the major urban interstate corridors."

City Hall leadership lacking on Interstate 30 plan

When Little Rock city leaders such as Lance Hines and Mayor Mark Stodola are leading the fight against city-damaging freeway plans, there's not much hope that the city will achieve a better outcome from a Highway Department uninterested in forms of transportation other than freeways to the suburbs.

Bingo! New lottery consultants, not yet on the job, are already making money

Improving Arkansas lottery revenues seem to spell a windfall profit for a lottery consultant that hasn't even gone to work for the state yet.

Quapaw Quarter Association joins concerns about I-30 project

The venerable Quapaw Quarter Association — which worked to preserve historic neighborhoods downtown against at times enormous odds — has joined the chorus urging smarter thinking about the project to alter Interstate 30 through downtown.

Mid-America Museum's "Taste of the Holidays" is a local food extravaganza

There's more than just science coming to Mid-America.

Race matters on college campuses; UA students to gather today

A report on Vox says the racial turmoil at the University of Missouri was forseeable and perhaps inevitable. The deeper message is that the ingredients in Missouri are present across higher education in the United States. See the University of Arkansas.

New gallery in the creative corridor: McLeod Fine Art

Artist Matt McLeod, the creator of the huge koi mural covering the side of a building at Sixth and Main, art that emphasizes Main Street's Creative Corridor identity, will celebrate the opening of his new gallery, Matt McLeod Fine Art, at 108 W. Sixth St., tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery faces the mural, so this stretch of Sixth has become McLeod Street.

In Fort Smith: Portraits by Avery, Steichen, Rockwell, Close, Cezanne

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum hosts a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 12) for the opening of "The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits." The show, from Syracuse University, features portraits of and by an amazing lineup of heavy-hitting American artists: Berenice Abbot, Ansel Adams, Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, Winslow Homer, Alex Katz, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell and Chuck Close, and artists of legendary fame Paul Cezanne, Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot and Anders Zorn.

Federal judge rules against Baxter County on Nativity scene lawsuit

The Baxter Bulletin reports that federal Judge Timothy Brooks has ruled in favor of plaintiffs in lawsuit challenging Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass' decision to allow only a Christian Nativity scene to be displayed during the holiday on the Baxter County Courthouse lawn.

Huckabee claims ignorance on host who's espoused death to homosexuals

Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal spoke at a religion-themed forum in Iowa over the weekend organized by a man who has espoused death  for homosexuals. He didn't seem sorry about it.

State releases performance test scores; minority in grades 3-8 meeting expectations

The state Education Department today released 2014-15 scores by students in grades 3-8 on the PARCC test in math and reading. Not so hot.

Tonight at Drawl: Norwood Creech

Drawl, the newish gallery opened by artist Guy Bell, is hosting an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. tonight for the opening of "The Flatlander: Depictions of the Delta," work by Lepanto artist Norwood Creech. Bell describes Creech as an "agricultural artist" for her wide horizon paintings and drawings of Delta farmland.

Clinton Foundation to move museum store, raise admission fee at library

The Clinton Foundation announced today that it would be closing the museum store that currently operates at 610 Clinton Avenue in the river market district and moving sales to the library itself. The lobby will be renovated to include a kiosk to sell goods sold in the shop.

More charges in multi-million-dollar kids' feeding program fraud

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer has announced a new indictment in the investigation of fraud in the state operation of federally financed feeding programs for children.

Death reported in I-40 crash during chase

The State Police is investigating a death on Interstate 40 near Widener in a crash that occurred during a deputy's chase of a fleeing motorist.

The happy holiday open line

An open line and today's video roundup of news and comment.

Got your hunting license? Voters are in season.

Associate Justice Courtney Goodson goes hunting in a new Facebook photo.

New music from bLAck pARty, The Body, Love Ghost, The Wandering Lake and more

Fayetteville's The Wandering Lake — the recording project of Brian Kupillas — released a new set of songs on Bandcamp this week and they are predictably great. The EP, "From James' Garden" comes after, Kupillas says, "what felt like a long drought of spirit." Find him on Tumblr, where he posts new music plus photos of elephants and body-builders.

DePoyster at Argenta: Revelation from Rome

The exhibition "Revelation," 18 pastel and mixed media works by Virmarie DePoyster previously exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, opens Friday, Dec. 3, at Argenta Gallery in North Little Rock.

Holder, Luckett, Rutter, Wilkinson: Women to Watch

Singular interpretations of nature is the theme for the "2016 Women to Watch" exhibition of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The statewide tour of the show, featuring work by Dawn Holder, Sandra Luckett, Katherine Rutter and Melissa Wilkinson, has opened at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.