Cuban band's best tune might be their shared story of familial love.
Music IssueNovember 14, 2013
Vol 40 • No 11
Stax legend will take new talent there, the future.
[embed-1] If Extremist Republican Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is going to be Obamascare all the time, Pryor's can be expected to be a healthy dose of Mediscare, plus the threat Cotton poses to Social Security benefits and retirement before decreptitu8de.
Little Rock police today used a K-9 dog to make an arrest of a robbery suspect in a daycare center on West Tenth Street near Arkansas Children's Hospital.
The Little Rock police said Michael Davidson, 44, was charged with carrying a weapon after a TSA officer found a weapon inside his carry-on bag
Benefit opens the annual "100 for under $100 Art Show."
Look up the next time you walk into the rotunda of the Capitol and you'll see what Brian Chilson did today, the spruced-up interior.
Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington and one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement of the 1950's and '60's — largely whitewashed from history because he was openly gay — will be celebrated at a free event on Friday evening at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, "Champions of Justice: Celebrating the Life and Times of Bayard Rustin."
The North Little Rock School District today testified against an application for an open enrollment charter school in North Little Rock.
The Wednesday night line is open. Final notes:
Some late-night socializing in the state Capitol has created a controversy in at least one race on the election ballot next year.
Obamacare in Arkansas: "private option" going swimmingly, rest of Health Insurance Marketplace hasn't gotten going
For the first time, the Obama administration released numbers today on enrollment in plans on the new marketplaces created by the healthcare law.
It was also a good week for a tax request the state can't afford and Tommy Moll. It was a bad week for Exxon and the Northwoods subdivision.
We've reached that dreaded stage of the college football season where Arkansas fans can actually, officially and conclusively write off postseason aspirations with 120 minutes of tangible game action left to play. And thanks to another defeat where just enough glimmers of hope were evident to engender frustration when the team faltered, Arkansas now stands right on the brink of its first-ever winless SEC campaign.
The Observer strolled down to the River Market the other day with the Cuban band CruzWay, a great bunch of folks who — under the guidance of their pater familias, Dr. Anibal Cruz II — made a daring, musical, slow-motion evacuation from that Communist island nation, staying over in Mexico for a few years before winding up shipwrecked here in Arkansas with the rest of us yokels.
There was a very public scene in the Bible where Christ is asked to approve the stoning of an adulteress. He averts the punishment by saying, "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone." In a similar position, Msgr. Francis Malone was presented Tippi McCullough, who offended the scribes and priests by getting married to a partner of 14 years.
It's a rare Arkansas legislature that can't be lured into a new tax giveaway in the name of job creation.
The emerging story line of the 2014 Arkansas elections is a high-minded debate over whether government, even effective government, is a good thing.
For this week's music issue, we surveyed candidates and presumptive candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Arkansas governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on a few basic music-related questions.
Two young boys play in the street in front of the home at 44 N. Starlite in Mayflower. An ExxonMobil spokesman said oil remained beneath the home's foundation after a March 29 pipeline rupture. The house was demolished Tuesday.
Speakeasy-style eatery trucks in tasty hot dogs from New York.
The comic figure of the braggart soldier first appears in Plautus's play "Miles Gloriosus" in roughly 200 BC, although the Roman dramatist acknowledged a now-lost Greek model. So it's surprising that somebody who's spent as much time in war zones as "60 Minutes' " Lara Logan failed to recognize the type: a swaggering, self-anointed hero describing military feats nobody witnessed but him.
Also, Bryant Huddleston at Philander Smith, The Hot Sardines at Wildwood, Peter Case at White Water Tavern, Pink, Steve Vai, B.B. King and Built to Spill.
Also, events celebrating the life of Bayard Rustin.
The old Arkansas Gazette observed a distinction between lawyer and attorney, and if you worked there, you were expected to remember it. I did and still do, but I think that it's largely ignored in general usage today.
Answering a casting call for 'Mud' was a lark for Briggsville teen, but now he sees a career.
San Damiano offers an alternative for those troubled by Rome's inflexibility on social issues.
A University of Arkansas employee put it simply: "Why can't they tell the truth?"
Republican gubernaborial candidate is giving away a Palmetto PA-15
E-mails between Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contract columnist Mike Masterson and University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart reveal mutual admiration but also a bit of insight on Arkansas media and public relations.
Though it’s still a relative newcomer to Argenta, Mugs Café fits this part of town like a glove. Get up to Mugs for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner (they close at 6 pm). Service is warm and you’ll be eager to return after just one visit.
State Rep. Duncan Baird, a Republican candidate for state treasurer, has responded fully and forcefully to comments made yesterday by opponent Dennis Milligan concerning a late-night visit by Baird and several other Republican representatives to the Capitol during the Oct. 17-19
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who follows the federal judiciary, sends word that the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Circuit Judge Jay Moody to a seat on the federal bench in Little Rock.
I was too busy with other matters to watch, but the Walton-financed lobbyist working to build a white flight middle school in western Little Rock reports that the state charter advisory panel approved the application for the Quest Middle School (which has plans for a high school expansion) by a unanimous vote.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion today, requested by Rep. David Branscum, that trhe director of Arkansas law, may the director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) impose a moratorium or suspension of the processing of a permit for a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)?
The Hot Sardines play at Wildwood Park Friday.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts "Champions of Justice — Celebrating the Life and Work of Bayard Rustin" Friday.
President Barack Obama announced today that the administration is extending "grandfather" status for one year to any health insurance plans sold to customers through October of 2013.
In Lafayette Square lobby.
Insurance commissioner: Arkansas will not use new "grandfather" rules to allow plans to continue past 2014
As we explained, President Barack Obama this morning announced that the administration would extend "grandfather" status to existing insurance plans, potentially allowing them to continue for existing customers until October 2015 even if they were not compliant with the new health care law.
The Duncan Baird-Dennis Milligan saga continues: Milligan doubles down, Baird produces recordings of conversations
Rep. Duncan Baird has provided recordings of conversations between Baird and Dennis Milligan, his opponent in the race for treasurer, which call into question Milligan's contention that he never pressured Baird to get out of the race over a video of (non-scandalous) late-night shenanigans at the Capitol.
Federal Judge Bill Wilson today denied an injunction for Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker, a Hope phyisician targeted by a new state law prohibiting participation in the Medicaid program by anyone who's been convicted of a child sex crime.
Whew. Day is about done.
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights play at Revolution Friday.
[embed-1] Just in case anyone can't get enough of the Dennis Milligan train wreck, his appearance on the Paul Harrell radio show today is almost indescribably bizarre.
And let’s not forget about Food Feedback Friday! Go.
The Little Rock police issued the following account of the fatal shooting of man with a rifle in a home.
The U.S. attorney's office announced this morning the indictment of Alberto Solaroli, 59, of Jacksonville, Fla., LITTLE ROCK, AR – Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation Nashville Field Office; Howard S. Marshall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for TARP (SIGTARP) announced that an Indictment charging Alberto Solaroli, age 59, of Jacksonville, Florida, with one count of bank fraud was unsealed November 14, 2013.
Since I've received multiple copies, there seems to be popular demand to post Rep. Nate Bell of Menua posing with his kill this week on a bear hunt.
Ce Ce Peniston performs at Discovery Saturday night.
I wish more people could have heard TV producer Bryant Huddleston's speech at Philander Smith College last night.
The Arkansas legislature today is considering a settlement of the Pulaski County desegregation lawsuit. It appears that the black families represented by state Rep. John Walker may be willing to go along.
[embed-1] From a soaring-oratory standpoint, it just doesn't get much better than The Gettysburg Address, the 269-word masterpiece delivered on Nov. 19, 1863, in which President Abraham Lincoln showed that blowhard who talked at your high school graduation how it's done.
Pink performs at Verizon Arena Sunday night.
Steve Vai performs Sunday night at Juanita's.
Mandy Carter and Ernest Green will speak; Sabrina Zarco will exhibit her "Social Justice" series.
Things got interesting in Legislative Council this morning when state Rep. John Walker, who's a council member, asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel if he had told legislators what the black families he represents in the desegregation case wanted to settle the issue.
Some odds and ends that floated in while I spent the morning with the Legislative Council:
Civil War theme for families.
First in Thea's The Art Department series.
Curator uncovers painting on the back of work in the Stieglitz Collection.
The police issued an updated release today on the shooting of a man in his Mabelvale home who didn't put down a rifle when officers entered to attempt to check a report that a man had attempted suicide by
Wood carver, sculptor are UALR visiting artists.
And more to see up and down Argenta's Main Street tonight.
Live, it's the Friday night open line. I'll be packing for a trip.
Lindsey's out so I filled in again this week. Max and I spend way too long cackling over the Dennis Milligan Blunder Dome Scandal, then move on to more serious topics:
Peter Case plays at White Water Tavern Saturday.
A law professor writes in an op-ed in the New York Times today about a potentially stronger approach to challenge the proliferation of laws being passed by Republican legislatures to suppress Democratic-leaning voters.
B.B. King plays at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs Monday night.
I leave today for an extended trip. I won't be on the ground for news including potential momentous developments in the Pulaski County desegregation case.
It's the boat drinks open line. I'm at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and if all goes well I'll begin a winding journey that winds up someplace where it's warm.
Top of the morning. ASA'S VOODOO: At a speech at the Jonesboro Political Animals meeting last Friday, according to the Jonesboro Sun's report (paywall), Mike Ross "scoffed at [Asa Hutchinson's tax plan] saying the state's current budget surplus of almost $300 million might not exist in 2015 when Hutchinson said he'll enact the cut."
UCA hosts "The Addams Family Musical" Monday.
Will third parties have an impact on the 2014 elections in Arkansas? Well, probably not.
Over to you...
The graph above comes from a Brookings Institue paper on healthcare spending and one of the paper's authors, Harvard economist Amitabh Chandra, notes that it might suggest that "fiscal conservatives should be very careful before trashing Medicaid."
Talk about the end of an era. Bob Robbins, the perennially-behatted morning DJ who has ruled the Arkansas radio ratings from atop his throne at KSSN 96 since joining the station in 1979, will be moving to a morning show on Clear Channel sister station KMJX 105.1 The Wolf, Clear Channel Little Rock announced today.
Steve Barnes is surely the most familiar face in Arkansas political news. He's been on television in Arkansas since 1968, with stints at KTHV, KATV, KARK and, currently, AETN. He gamely answered the summons of the second edition of the Inquizator.
Benton police are looking for a man who went into the Walmart store there just after 5 a.m. this morning, brandished a pickaxe and then smashed jewelry cases before making off with an unspecified amount of loot.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/11/5th_louisiana_riser_mcallister.html While some thought the all-Republican runoff would be marked by each candidate running to the far right of every issue, McAllister took leave of the usual party line during a debate last week by coming out in support of optional Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Tasty South Louisiana brewery makes its Natural State debut.
Brian Chilson used a circa 1960s Crown Graphic camera to take our latest cover shot. Check the process.
Joel Gordon to head The Launch Pad.
The Little Rock Police Department just released the incident reports on two armed robberies that happened yesterday, one at the Heights Starbucks at 5719 Kavanaugh, and another at the Mablevale Applebee's restaurant at 6 Mablevale Plaza Ln.
Sheriff Holladay: PuCo Jail in overcrowding 'crisis,' may soon have to turn away all but most violent
Pulaski County Doc Holladay said today that the overcrowding situation at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center is at a "crisis" level, with the spiraling population — spurred on by changes in the parole system — spreading employees too thin, blowing budgets and putting his officers in danger.
Main Street, from 7th to Roosevelt, should be repaved and re-striped to include bike lanes and a center turning lane by the end of the week.
Pink performed at Verizon Arena Sunday night.
All parties to the 32-year Pulaski County desegregation case have tentatively agreed to a settlement.
I signed on a balky Internet from a ship off the Spanish coast this morning to — hope against hope — my rare optimism had been warranted and that the Pulaski desegregation case had been settled.
Built to Spill plays at Revolution Wednesday.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, declaring today a "great day for Arkansas," announced formally that all parties to the Pulaski County school desegregation case had signed on to the terms of a settlement agreement.
Following a tip, we contacted House Speaker Davy Carter about certain aspects of the Dennis Milligan scandal (see here, here, here, and here for the goofy saga).
Poll taken in November finds four out of five passengers satisfied.
Remember when Rep. Tom Cotton ludicrously said that President Barack Obama was "court packing" by fulfilling his constitutional obligation to nominate judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench, in this case the three vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit?
Exhibition of work by 14 artists, including Samella Lewis, Lawrence Finney, Paul Goodnight and others.
A 1935 watercolor, donated to the Arts Center by Hope Aldrich.
Pretty much. According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s Danny Straessle, that entire stretch of interstate is due for rehabilitation or replacement in projects scheduled to run through 2027.
At his Nightwriter blog, Arkansas Legislative Digest's Benji Hardy reports on today's joint Judiciary committee meeting at the Capitol:
Over to you.
"Smokey and the Bandit" screens at Argenta Community Theater Thursday night.
Ha Ha Tonka plays at Stickyz Thursday night.
Steve Howell performs at The Afterthought Friday.