The job market for lawyers is tight. Some say it'll get worse.
Vol 37 • No 11
That could change.
What is the job market like for graduates of Arkansas law schools? "Tough," says Susan Schell, director of career services at the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville.
Some shuffling's taking place over on Rahling Road, where Gaucho's, Jerry B's and Arthur's Prime Steakhouse are now sharing space.
New restaurants opening in Conway, closings in Russellville, new chains in Fort Smith and Little Rock and whither The Box? A restaurant news roundup.
The change from small plates to Nuevo Latino is sudden, but it just might work.
A new journal will explore Arkansas foodways, traditions and even table manners.
A new coffee and gelatto bar comes to West Little Rock; Gelattes promises coffee from locally roasted beans and fresh made gelatto daily.
Where did chocolate gravy come from? Who eats it? Why? These questions come to mind while consuming the Ozark-based creation at Jasper's Ozark Cafe.
A quick bite of breakfast can be found done well at D's Family Restaurant. Skipping the seasoned fried potatoes would be a mistake.
Now, we as Americans are getting known for our propensity to batter and deep fry everything — I see evidence of this all summer long at fairs and festivals. But fried corn-on-the-cob?
The new PattiCakes Bakery in Conway has a few things you'll want to take home with you — those doughnuts, some scones, and fudge too.
Kathy Wellls provides a detailed report on last night's presentation of the proposed 2011 Little Rock budget ($139 million) by City Manager Bruce Moore.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette kindly mentioned this morning that the Arkansas Times broke the story about Little Rock National Airport misspending.
Two separate reports today of unexplained gunfire. * Police are investigating shots fired into offices at the Metropolitan Bank tower at Capitol and Broadway, time unknown.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion today that the law is conflicted on how to proceed to fill the House District 24 seat in Hot Springs, where Republican Keith Crass was elected following his sudden death.
So how much money did health insurance companies pump into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to beat back health reform or anyone who supported it.
An eclectic little country restaurant in the middle of nowhere offers up a no-nonsense, filling (and warm) breakfast on chilly autumn weekends.
No, a Marx brothers reference suggests the comedy is too sophisticated. Three Stooges seem more apt.
Stephen Cephalo and Amanda Linn are two of zillions of artists whose works you can see at the gallery's holiday show.
The line is open. Final items: * U.S. attorney reports a conviction in the case of the ob/gyn who provided patients with IUDs not made in the U.S. * A man convicted of killing his wife has escaped from the Van Buren County jail.
Head over to Heights Gallery.
Looking for the perfect bird to grace your holiday table but don't want the mess of cooking it? Here's where to start.
You think somebody using a state pickup to commute to work is a scandal? You think the Game and Fish commissioners have been arrogant and insensitive to how high-handed they appear? Get a load of the Little Rock National Airport.
In the 1940s, Abraham Maslow posited a theory known as the "Four Stages of Competence." It describes the process by which we learn. Sound like a load of crap? Yeah, it did to me too.
Reckless Kelly at Revolution, Elise Davis and Adam Faucett at White Water Tavern, Cool Shoes at Downtown Music Hall, HumanBeast at ACAC.
A source says he's been interviewed by FBI agents doing background checks on former state Rep. Chris Thyer of Jonesboro for possible nomination to be U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
I have been concerned by our new senator-elect, John Boozman, and his apparent confusion about the pronunciation of his name. I know of no word in the English language containing two contiguous letters O which are pronounced as if there was only one such O.
Tony Scott and Denzel Washington reunite in 'Unstoppable.'
The Observer's old friend, birding partner, radio reporter and freelance writer Nancy King died recently, and one of the remembrances of her that came to light was the article she wrote for the Quapaw Quarter Chronicle in 1993 about the faux Socks.
I don't know that I've ever seen 'bites' referred to as 'cuts.' 'Cut' as a verb means "to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object." As a noun, 'cut' is "the result of cutting, as an incision, wound, passage, or channel."
As much as Hog fans like to complain about being overlooked by the national media, I'd wager the Auburn Tigers would love to send a share of that attention west. In a year when the SEC's marquee programs have struggled, Auburn's been the bright shining hope. But their bulb is flickering.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Brad Paisley, Cody Belew, "River Market on Ice," "Beethoven and Blue Jeans," Reverend Horton Heat, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Ken Stringfellow.
Robert Moore, the speaker-designate of the state House of Representatives, got quoted as telling a reporter last week that he was concerned about substantive issues instead of ethics reform. He instantly took it back when I got him on the phone.
On "My Big Friggin' Wedding," "NOVA: The Search for Solomon's Mines" and "Carrie."
Good week: Mike Huckabee, the Little Rock police, Dr. Charles Welch, state employees. Bad week: Arkansas, Little Rock National Airport, Rep. John Burris, Arkansas Lottery Commission.
Green Cuisine, the mobile food trailer we told you about back in August, is now open. Lori Moore is serving lunch Monday through Friday in a vacant lot on Sixth and Chester, adjacent to the lot that serves Vino's.
Republican Tim Griffin's 58-38 victory in the 2nd District Congressional race wasn't a surprise, given advance polling. But the margin of victory for a far-right Republican was somewhat surprising given the district's representation for 14 years by U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, a liberal Democrat.
The Food Truck does mobile dining right.
We've eaten pizza for breakfast many times; but we'd never been to a pizza brunch until a recent visit to the U.S. Pizza outlet in Hillcrest.
How hard would it be to get the budget in balance? Not as hard as you imagine, given a small quotient of political courage, and not nearly as hard as the president's deficit-reduction commission makes it out to be.
Commission: 'Error in judgment,' but no punishment.
Bonnie Montgomery and Britt Barber's nationally anticipated folk opera "Billy Blythe" debuts scenes on Friday.
If Ron Mathieu wanted to give $40,000 to a private Christian school his son attends, he should have taken it from his own pocket. They'll be safer in the long run if they dump Mathieu now.
Two months after new ownership took control of Juanita's, the restaurant/venue's talent booker is taking an "indefinite absence." What does this mean for the future of live music at the venue?
The blog that stirred the broth in the recent hot races for Pulaski County School Board is back at it.
Sen. Mark Pryor, through a spokesman, made himself clear yesterday. It is no time to raise taxes for anyone.
The Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, an organization that aims to "enhance knowledge about Jewish culture and raise awareness of Jewish life" at Hendrix, went a long way towards furthering its mission by bringing Jonathan Safran Foer to campus.
Fresh from having Bruce Springsteen sit in for its sound check in New Jersey, Texas-based Americana outfit Reckless Kelly return to Revolution with tour mates The Happen-Ins, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.
So a Guantanamo detainee has been convicted of a conspiracy count by a U.S. jury in a trial without terror incidents on U.S. soil and he seems likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Soon-to-be Rep. Tracy Steele has announced he'll lead the 15-member Legislative Black Caucus in the coming session.
Crystal Bridges, the Walton-financed museum of American art under construction in Bentonville now has an opening date — Nov. 11, 2011.
Director Don Bacigalupi makes the announcement.
Les Wyatt, former president of Arkansas State University and more recently a professor of art and higher education, has asked for and received an unpaid leave of absence from the university.
Details from the news release:
The Stephens Media backed effort to gin a handsome profit by suing bloggers who reprint portions of news articles in Stephens-owned and other newspapers (including Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman's properties) will be narrowing its field of targets as a result of unfavorable court rulings.
A few more thoughts on the House District 24 vacancy created by the untimely death of election winner Keith Crass of Hot Springs, a Republican.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today appointed a committee today to review its rule on broadcasting court proceedings because of recent controversy over Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn's broadcast of drug court in Washington County.
There's a filmsplosion in Arkansas. Cameras and other equipment are relatively cheap and everyone's got a story to tell. This one, set in Central Arkansas and featuring a lot of White Countians (woot, woot!), seems to be about teen angst and mystery. Possibly of the supernatural variety?
Corporate Arkansas, through its lobbyists at the chambers of commerce, just can't stop grabbing at tax dollars (even as they preach at the rest of us about the beauties of the free market).
M2 Gallery opens the show tonight.
Mark Darr has named 10 — count 'em, 10 — people to his "transition team."
Harmonic convergence. Incoming U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin sent a brief news release today announcing that he'd proudly voted along with every other House Republican to ban earmarks in the 112th Congress.
The line is drawn. Here's a weird oen, though: * Fayetteville physician arrested for threatening a woman to silence her about alleged sexual advances.
It's a goodbye to a franchise, but the closing will clear the way for the opening of a new River Market Mexican restaurant next spring.
Pho Thanh My to bring Vietnamese Noodle Soup to Shackleford Road.
In a year in which he drenched himself in shame, U.S. Rep. Marion Berry added a crowning touch — he joined the minority that defeated extension of unemployment benefits.
Bridgette Frazier, a former staff attorney for the Arkansas Lottery Commission, sued the Commission, director Ernie Passailaigue and deputy director Ernestine Middleton in federal court today over her forced resignation Nov. 19, 2009.
'Billy Blythe,' the nationally anticipated American folk opera from Bonnie Montgomery and Britt Barber debuts this Friday night.
This weekend brings another edition of Cool Shoes dance party to Downtown Music, Benjamin del Shreve to Sticky Fingerz, the ex-Soophie Nuns in HumanBeast to ACAC and more.
One of the biggest tours in country music rolls through town this Friday with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Poyen native Justin Moore taking to Verizon Arena for their H2O Tour.
Cody Belew, the blue-eyed soul shouter, headlines a Friday night concert at Wildwood Park for the Arts, benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.
The River Market Pavilions turn into a winter wonderland for the next few weeks when the downtown center turns into an outdoor skating rink.
Following the dress-down trend in the symphonic music world, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra trades in black ties for t-shirts with "Beethoven and Blue Jeans," offering up pieces by Beethoven, Manuel Ponce and Stravinsky.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has taken a look at the high-flying planes of the Southeastern Conference.
No one's done more to carry the psychobilly flag than Reverend Horton Heat, the long-lived gonzo Dallas trio; they return to punk up Little Rock this Saturday for a gig at Juanita's.
The uproar about more invasive security checks at airports doesn't seem to be going away.
Indie-rock golden boy Kurt Vile comes to town for a hotly-anticipated show at White Water Tavern.
I note that Adam Richman, star of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food will speak at the Clinton School at 6 p.m.
Third Friday Artwalking tonight.
Michael Tilley, the former dead-tree journalist who bosses The City Wire news website in Fort Smith, announces here a new partnership to share resources with KUAF, the public radio station in Fayetteville.
Oprah Winfrey closed out her season today with her "Favorite Things" show in which audience members are showered with lavish gifts. In the crowd: Little Rock rights activist Randi Romo.
In a letter to Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner, Democrats are asking Republicans to refuse the federal health care benefits offered to congressmen based on their strong opposition to "government-run healthcare" voiced during the campaign and the battle over health care reform. What will the Arkansas delegation do?
To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't care much for the first few movies in the "Harry Potter" series.
This summer I’ve been lamenting one thing strongly — the lack of 24 hour non-chain diners in Central Arkansas. But not now.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has again found Judge L.T. Simes of Helena-West Helena ran afoul of the ethics code by ruling in a case in which he was personally embroiled.
Former Governor Mike Huckabee says the executive and legislative branches of government can supersede the courts when they do not agree with their rulings.
Somebody asked where Arkansas's senators stood now that Sen. Harry Reid has announced his intentions to seek a vote after Thanksgiving on the ban on gay military service.
A new wrinkle in former Game and Fish Comissioner Sheffield Nelson's legal battle against the Commission's governance and his criticism of recent efforts to limit information the agency releases under the Freedom of Information Act.
... farewelll gentlemen. But before I sign off: * To dream or not to dream: A bill is in the works, a Dream Act, to emulate other states and allow college help, such as in-state tuition, to graduates of Arkansas high schools and long Arkansas residency who arrived in the country as children of illegal aliens.
Little Rock National Airport announced this afternoon that it had cancelled its controvdersial advertising contract with Little Rock Christian Academy and gotten its $40,000 back.
A reader last night inquired on the whereabouts of our constantly updating feed of Arkansas news headlines.
... if it had been House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escorted around an airport security feel-up station?
New York Times columnist Charles Blow writes on the mind-boggling development of the belief among conservative whites that they are the victims.
The editorialist in the Arkansas Leader predicts Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (if he's still around) will be front and center for dedications of the rebuilt Little Rock National Airport and the improved Interstate 430-630 interchange when dedication ceremonies are hold.
Recommended reading: Matt Labash in the Weekly Standard on Sarah Palin's reality TV show.
The 17 Pulaski County circuit judges have ordered Circuit Clerk Pat O'Brien not to shred existing paper legal filings. He wants to go paperless. The judge say the system isn't perfected. Though he has only weeks left in Arkansas, O'Brien says he'll appeal to the state Supreme Court.
The line is open. Brian Chilson's photo is from the River Market ice skating rink, which opened today.
Sen. David Johnson, co-chair of the lottery oversight committee, tells Stephens Media that closer scrutiny is in store for the haphazard operation oversee by some overpaid Gamecocks who should be presented with tickets home sooner rather than later.
John Brummett columnizes on former colleague David Sanders' silly and trivial maiden legislation to change the nickname of Arkansas from the Natural State back to Land of Opportunity.
Funny. I went to a football watching party yesterday and had a long political chat with a thoughtful ideological opposite.
A construction setback means no Browning's until January, or later.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated today that she plans no future runs for elective office.
Anything to say for yourself? I note: * Mike Huckabee was speaking to religious conservatives in Iowa today.
Monday night is huge when Ken Stringfellow, the college rock god whose long musical career has seen him as part of The Posies, Black Flag, R.E.M. and Memphis greats Big Star, uses a vacation day to play a rare solo engagement at White Water Tavern.
An extensive obituary in the New York Tiimes this morning on Norris Church Mailer, the Arkansas native and writer who published this year "A Ticket to the Circus," a memoir about her life with Norman Mailer.
Not going to happen. Article in New York Times explains.
The Tea Party and at least two Republican candidates raised sand last year when the Pulaski Quorum Court voted itself a 4 percent pay raise on top of an earlier 4 percent one-time bonus.
Interesting item on a movie critic banned temporarily from screenings of Paramount pictures. Coincidentally, the banning came after she wrote critically of "Waiting for Superman," the one-sided documentary on the glories of charter schools, dramatized by several children hoping to win lottery draws to attend some highly touted charter schools.
A little after 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night in North Little Rock, big fish are looking enormous on the huge video screens in Verizon Arena and country music's brand-new Entertainer of the Year is rocking "I'm Gonna Miss Her"; while a crowd of 9,688 sings along.
I'm blessed to be on the mailing list of Debbie Pelley, a dedicated and energetic wingnut whose writings over the years have spanned everything from the evils of certain types of teaching methods to the glories of Jim Holt.
Opensecrets.org takes a look at the financial muscle behind the new leaders — such as Heath Shuler and Mike Ross — of the depleted Blue Dog contingent in the U.S. House.
Sheffield Nelson, the former gas executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate, wrote an op-ed for the Democrat-Gazette over the weekend and has been quoted about the state's need to revisit the gas severance tax, increased at Nelson's instigation in 2008.
In Bentonville this weekend the Arkansas Anime Festival was held at the sold out Clarion Hotel and Convention Center.
New Jersey has passed anti-bullying legislation. The idea, said a sponsor, is to make it clear it is not "optional" to respond to harassment of students.
Wonder where you can go to have Thanksgiving dinner served up for you? A list of restaurants open on Turkey day.
Like to join the former president for dinner at Cafe 42. It'll cost a minimum of $25,000, but he hopes to auction the opportunity for more.
Line is open. Closing tidibit: * Jason Tolbert has done some digging into the amount of money ad/PR man Craig Douglass has made working for the commission studying ways to raise highway money and doing communications work for the House of Representatives.
When you're paying your top two officials nearly $600,000 a year and they still can't get the simplest sorts of financial procedures done properly and when periodic reviews are required (somewhat akin to the supervision given a parolee), you have to ask lottery commissioners: What exactly would be a firing offense?
Organizing is underway for a liberal media effort to counteract the money conservative groups poured into the mid-term elections.
A commenter last night claims a Tea Party protest is planned at tonight's Pulaski County Quorum Court meeting over planned county pay raises and a bike trail expenditure.
I shoulda known. Nate Silver notes rapidly rising unhappiness on more intrusive body searches at airports (not for all, remember, though that distinction is becoming irrelevant along with overlooked.)
A new study finds what many have long suspected but the data has not generally supported — polls based only on landline surveys are biased toward Republican candidates by a significant margin.
The Arkansas unemployment rate in October edged up to 7.8 percent from 7.7 the previous month.
Time's tickin', y'all. We're looking for local acts to enter our annual battle of the bands to be held beginning January 27 of next year at Sticky Fingerz and concluding on March 4 at Revolution. As usual, the contest is open to any act (solo or group) in Arkansas who specializes in original material.
Kristen and Cliff Lee (he's the major league pitcher who lives in Little Rock) have given $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital to endow a chair in pediatric hematology/oncology.
West Little Rock turns out in droves for a little Vietnamese noodle soup at the opening of Pho Thanh My.
The Game and Fish Commission — lawyered up and PR-agencied up — has distributed a news release on its court pleading saying Sheffield Nelson's lawsuit against the Commission should be dismissed for failing to state a cause of action.
Fox 16's David Goins reports that state Rep. Rick Saunders of Hot Springs, a Demiocrat, will complete his current term and then leave office at the first of the year.
Tons of free and "pay what you can" shows in town tonight with locals Whale Fire at Sticky Fingerz, David's Pegasus at White Water Tavern and Joe Firstman at Juanita's.
Asking Alice to pick up a few things at auction next week.
Survey says people think congressmen who ran against health care reform should not take government health insurance.
Now's you chance. Odds and ends: * Fellow named Robert Dean, acting as own attorney, sued in federal court in Little Rock today claiming new TSA screenings and searches are unconstitutional.
U.S. Rep.-elect Steve Womack's son entered a plea bargain yesterday to a charge arising from methamphetamine dealing, KFSM reports.
Rogers voters gave a decisive win yesterday in a mayoral runoffman to Council member Greg Hines, who defeated Kurt Maddox.
Interesting story in Democrat-Gazette today. Andy Davis writes about a state parole worker unhappy that a state Parole Board member, Jimmy Wallace of England, got little more than a tsk-tsk and some counseling on sexual harassment for asking to see a tattoo on her breast, talking about sexual matters with female employees and remarking on the "eye candy" in the office.
Roby Brock has a good roundup of Gov. Mike Beebe's remarks on a Q&A on AETN last night.
Aw, gee, you almost feel sorry for him. Except that House Speaker Robbie Wills' apparent decision to blanket all 2010 political candidates with form letters — congratulations to winners, attaboys to losers — was so shallow it was doomed to the embarrassment it has now reaped Of course Wills sent a syrupy letter of condolence to everyone, no matter how insane or evil, including Billy Roper, the neo-Nazi who was a write-in for governor.
A morning in the life of a woman searching out the best breakfast in Arkansas... and the four breakfasts consumed that day.
A look at blog commenters' picks for CBMAA, and a note on Sotheby's.
For Carver kids, art and science helps their world take wing.
... maybe a Republican legislator with a curious tale of a search for a woman he couldn't name might not turn up with a holstered sidearm on an abortion clinic parking lot in Minnesota.