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November 19, 2009

Vol 7 • No 45

Mediation: It’s not just for pre-trial

Most laymen think of mediation as a process that’s done before trial, with the hope of avoiding trial. And so it is, but there’s also a lesser-known mediation after trial, with the idea of avoiding a costly appeal.

Not your father’s kind of justice

The right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers is still widely regarded as a great virtue of the American Way of Life.

Help for Snyder, Berry

Americans United for Change is pushing back at the onslaught of advertising slamming U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder with a $75,000 ad buy in support of his and Rep. Marion Berry's vote on the health care bill.

Clinton's Bridge: 2010

Former President Bill Clinton promised renovation of the former Rock Island railroad bridge by his library would begin in 2010.

Halter hits national TV

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is scheduled for an appearance tonight on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.

Over the hump

You take it from here. Social notes: CNN's John King is at Doe's.

Halter v. Lincoln

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter talked on MSNBC tonight about Saturday's free medical clinic in Little Rock and the shame that a country of America's wealth leaves a half-million or more Arkansans without health coverage.

The best around?

Sometimes a hamburger is more than bun and beef. At Five Guys Burgers and Fries, it’s much more.

‘Very solemnly, with a little bit of malice’

That 10-year-lad in West Fork, Will Phillips, has become something of a hero.

Life and death

Two jurors in the Anne Pressly murder case discuss the verdict and the sentence.

The Observer, Nov. 19

The Observer has discovered the Cloak of Invisibility.

Meet me at Disco

Norman Jones has owned the nightclub Discovery since 1979. So far, the venue has weathered six presidential administrations, four recessions, several remodelings and countless trends in dance music.

Dane Cook

If you didn’t know that the core of Dane Cook fans reside within the teen-age and college student sectors, 4,014 of made their presence felt last Friday, by arriving well past the designated start time, constipating the beer lines and talking louder and faster than all three of the evening’s performers combined.

Hogs out for revenge

CORRECTION: Now, Ryan Mallett has set every single-season passing record on the books.

To-Do List, Nov. 19

Holiday Celebration On Ice, Zac Brown Band, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Arkansas Vs. Mississippi State, Pat Green, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Insane Clown Posse and Chris Denny and the Natives are this week's top picks.

Nov. 11-17, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … A LONG-AWAITED VERDICT. A jury took little time to decide Curtis Lavelle Vance was guilty of capital murder in the rape and beating death of KATV’s Anne Pressly.

This Modern World, Nov. 19

The hatred of health care

If you have spent an hour in front of a television the last month you know how encompassing and ruthless the health-care reform debate has become.

deadmau5

It’s not often that Little Rock has a chance to showcase its rave kids, an underground cult of disaffected vampires who congregate among the living at Discovery or the occasional midweek DJ set before slinking back to their glowstick-lit coffin chambers.

Xmas access nixed

Two weeks ago we reported on the efforts of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers to put up a winter solstice display on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Smart Talk, Nov. 19

An article in the recent issue of Arkansas Catholic indicates that Catholic schools have been hit even harder than other private schools by the recession.

Disastrous

I’d hang a spoiler alert right here if this movie were at all capable of being spoiled. Really.

Words, Nov. 19

“The judge reminded jurors of their oath not to discuss the case, suggesting they focus more on the prospects of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks over the weekend. ‘We’ve all been through the ringer,’ he said. ‘You’ve had a long week.’ ”

The only game in town

For Hog fans, the local news, including print and broadcast media, is literally a feast of information and analysis on the latest Razorback performance, be it a glorious triumph or an embarrassing defeat.

Orval, Nov. 19

In Brief, Nov. 19

Austin’s Mickey and the Motorcars play a rocked-up brand of country at Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m. Little Rock’s finest jazz trio, the Ted Ludwig Trio, starts at its regular gig at the Capital Bar, 5 p.m., free, before playing the Afterthought’s regular jazz night, 8:30 p.m., $5.

Charter school wisdom

The state Board of Education last week demonstrated a more searching approach to charter school applications than it has sometimes shown.

Kris Allen

It’s hard to imagine this panning out any other way. Think about it; this time last year, Kris Allen was a Conway kid with a glimmer of hope at getting more than a few seconds of airtime on “American Idol.”

Life and death

Two jurors in the Anne Pressly murder case discuss the verdict and the sentence.

End of the road

One of you readers sent in a question that’s beyond my ken, so I passed it along to the sage Assmunch, who’s always game for queries, however difficult, unless it’s a put-up job by one of these tea-bagger phonys.

A West Fork boy and the pledge

Somewhere Thomas Jefferson smiles ... and me.

The Televisionist, Nov. 19

For whatever reason, paranormal-themed reality shows have been popping up on cable like crabgrass recently, with results ranging from the interesting to the unintentionally hilarious.

What's Cookin', Nov. 19

Masala Grill + Teahouse opened earlier this week at 9108 N. Rodney Parham Road.

Billy Joe Shaver

In his latest, most ubiquitous publicity photo, Billy Joe Shaver gazes knowingly into the horizon.

Editorial cartoon, Nov. 19

The health care tab

One month ago, my father died. Unexpectedly, he had to have open heart surgery and died just a few days later.

Words, Nov. 26

“BENTON — The former Shannon Hills police chief who has been fighting a sexual-assault conviction for five years has admitted to molesting a girl in exchange for a shorter prison sentence.”

Profiles in courage

It has come to this. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor forthrightly says he'll vote for a routine procedural motion to allow debate on health care legislation.

For which he stands

More kind words from John Brummett for Will Phillips of West Fork, an international symbol for his decision not to participate in Pledge of Allegiance exercises as a demonstration of support for those denied liberty and justice in these United States.

Springdale: Kid friendly

Business Week says Springdale is again this year the best city in Arkansas for raising kids.

Cafe La Pace Closed?

That's what Argenta News says this morning.  I'm hoping it's just a rumor; the cute little eatery's been offering some great and reasonably priced lunches, including gyros and pita pizzas.   

Verizon layoffs in LR

Roby Brock's Talk Business is reporting a round of layoffs at Verizon Wireless' big Little Rock operation, the former Alltel workforce.

Thursday To-Do: Holiday Celebration on Ice

Brian Boitano. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE7 p.m., Verizon Arena.

Lining up for health care UPDATE

Through Wednesday afternoon, more than 900 people had signed up for appointments for free medical checks at the mass free clinic to be held from noon to 7 p.m.

Access denied

From this week's Insider: Two weeks ago we reported on the efforts of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers to put up a winter solstice display on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Thursday: Mickey and the Motorcars, Ted Ludwig Trio, Travis Linville, Willie Heath Neal and more

Mickey and the Motorcars. Austin's Mickey and the Motorcars play a rocked-up brand of country at Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m.

For once, not FERCed

Looks like Entergy Arkansas is going to be able to get out of its system agreement with Entergy operating companies in other states.

Blanche drops a hint

Might this statement mean Sen. Lincoln might actually allow debate on a health care bill?

Sleazemobile arrives

The Billionaire Koch Family's snake oil show, Toe-sucking Bro. Dick Morris lead pitchman, apparently has arrived in town to peddle its anti-healthcare sermon.

Thursday To-Do: Steve Kimock Crazy Engine

STEVE KIMOCK CRAZY ENGINE9 p.m., Revolution. $15.*All right, folks.

Huckabee defends Obama

Huffington Post takes note of a lightly covered speech by Mike Huckabee in which he termed "deplorable" and "shameful" the actions by Republicans who criticize every act by President Obama.

Blue Cross: Mammogram coverage continues

Despite a change in federal recommendations, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its related Health Advantage will continue to cover mammograms for women 40 and over who have "wellness" coverage.

St. Vincent adds neurosurgeons

St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center is opening a neuroscience institute with a team of three neurosurgeons, including two big name doctors who recently departed UAMS -- Dr. Ali Krisht and Dr. Osama Al Mefty.

The line is open

I'm moving to the Hillcrest bureau.

Brown's in town

This one should draw a festive crowd, given the Zac Brown Band's widespread popularity and songs that feel considerably more natural and genuine than the standard Nashville factory product.

Attn. West Fork

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Gaywatch - Peter Vadala & William Phillips

The lying liars

There are many lies from which to choose. Joan Walsh points out one Republican lie about "breast panels."

Oh, deer

From KARK Facebook page: A 68-year-old woman was accidentally shot in the thigh by her husband while hunting in Grant County.

Up or down on health care

Copy to Sen. Lincoln: Survey says an overwhelming majority of Arkansas voters -- regardless of feelings on the legislation itself -- want debate in the Senate on the health reform bill.

UPDATE: Hot Springs shootout

Law enforcement sources say two suspects are in custody following the shootout Thursday night that left a Garland County sheriff's officer wounded and a suspect dead in a raid aimed at suspects in five slayings in Garland County Nov. 12.

Friday To-Do: Zac Brown Band

ZAC BROWN BAND7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $30.25.This one should draw a festive crowd, given Brown's widespread popularity and songs that feel considerably more natural and genuine than the standard Nashville factory product.

Unemployment rising

The unemployment rate in Arkansas rose from 7.1 percent in September to 7.6 percent in October.

Billy Joel, too sick to play Verizon anniversary party, too busy to make it up

Now just imagine that's another finger Billy Joel's holding up. First, Elton John got sick and forced a string of cancellations, now Billy Joel's suffering from some unknown ailment that's led to another spate of skipped dates.

Big guns leveled at Pryor, Lincoln

Surprise. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce does not want debate to open on health care legislation in the Senate.

Government health care

Not all doctors are on the Republican bandwagon. One writes to me:

Supreme Court watch

State Supreme Court Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber has announced her retirement, creating a position for Gov. Mike Beebe to fill by appointment for a year until an election in 2010.

Midday headlines

Rock Candy, our entertainment blog, has details on cancellation of Billy Joel/Elton John concert at Verizon Arena.

The Weekend: Steve Azar, Star and Micey, Boom Kinetic, Unknown Hinson, Cory Branan, joshua...

Unknown Hinson. FRIDAY 11/20Steve Azar of Greenville, Miss., plays blues-influenced country at Juanita's, with the Trey Hawkins Band, 10 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Memphis folk-pop trio Star and Micey return to town for a free show in North Little Rock at Reno's, 8 p.m., free.

Saturday To-Do: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $15.The Crescent City is known for harvesting its own flavor of swamp-boogie funk, voodoo blues and traditional Dixieland jazz roots.

Saturday To-Do: Discovery 30th Anniversary

DISCO TURNS 309 p.m., Discovery. $10.G-force is in the lobby.

Saturday To-Do: Pat Green

PAT GREEN9 p.m., Revolution. $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.Texan Pat Green spent the late ‘90s touring relentlessly and self-releasing albums, building up a strong regional fan base and selling more than 200,000 albums without major-label support.

Saturday To-Do: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State

ARKANSAS VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE11:21 a.m., War Memorial Stadium. $45.Things are looking up in Hogland.

Sunday To-Do: Insane Clown Posse

INSANE CLOWN POSSE7 p.m., The Village. $22.Reason number 376 that the apocalypse is drawing nigh: Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit rap duo famous for painting their faces like evil clowns, carrying the torch for horrorcore (dark, largely horrifying subject matter) and spraying Faygo soda on its fans at concerts, pulls in up to $10 million annually.

Which voice will Lincoln hear?

Columnist Joe Conason, in Little Rock this week to follow Bill Clinton for a coming book, dipped into senatorial politics and found an incumbent U.S. Senator, Blanche Lincoln, looking weak rather than thoughtful.

Alderman Gaines resigns

North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines, who represents Ward 3, has resigned from the City Council.

Enter the 2010 Musicians Showcase online

It's that time again. We've finalized the schedule of the annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.

Stream-download: Love Ghost

He's angling to be the most prolific man in Little Rock music. Jason Weinheimer's just unveiled Love Ghost, his new solo project.

Oops. Sorry.

I forgot to open the line. I went to a party for former Bill Clinton staffers tonight.

Feet can't fail you now

If you want three decades of culture, history and badass Big Easy sounds rolled up and twisted tight, make plans to see the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Sticky Fingerz.

Health care today UPDATE

Some 1,500 uninsured people are expected to seek medical attention at a free mass clinic at the Statehouse Convention center from noon to 7 p.m. today.

Tracking swine flu

Has it peaked? Maybe.

Free clinic: From the floor

Lobby of Convention Center. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Blanche votes 'aye'

As predicted Sen. Blanche Lincoln won't kill health reform legislation yet. She'll vote to open debate on legislation.

At the free clinic

ABOVE: Cancer patient with an abscessed tooth and no health insurance. MORE FROM CLINIC: The Times' Leslie Newell Peacock captured this video.

Here's an open line

Have at it. Celebrate a Hog win with visions of even better in 2010.

Juggalos coming

Reason number 376 that the apocalypse is drawing nigh: Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit rap duo famous for painting their faces like evil clowns, carrying the torch for horrorcore (dark, largely horrifying subject matter) and spraying Faygo soda on its fans at concerts, pulls in up to $10 million annually.

The Palin effect

Both Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich have it right. Sneer and dismiss Sarah Palin -- and/or the sentiment she taps -- at your political peril.

Pray for those who hate the president

The so-called "religious" right is praying for an end to Barack Obama's time in office -- one way or another.

Sen. Lincoln above the fold

Sen. Blanche Lincoln's decisive vote on opening the health legislation debate lands her photo and an article about her vote at the top of the New York Times' website this morning.

Speak softly, Sen. Lincoln

Nate Silver offers some statistical evidence to back up my thinking that Sen. Blanche Lincoln didn't help herself by ultimately positioning herself as THE decisive vote on health and the focus of national reporting and interest groups.

The line is open

Over to you. Sunday news of note: * Pulaski jail inmate steals van during transfer and escapes, shucks van and jail clothes a short while later.

Time To Talk Turkey (and sides).

The annual celebration of gluttony comes this Thursday, as Americans make the trek to ancestral homes to gather and consume mass quantities of fowl flesh and pork parts and their accompanying edibles.

Not your father’s kind of justice

The right to a trial by a jury of one's peers is still widely regarded as a great virtue of the American Way of Life. But statistics show that fewer Americans are exercising that right, at least in regard to civil lawsuits. We seem to have lost faith in our peers.

Huck chooses celebrity

Conservative NY Times columnist Ross Douthat writes that both Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin chose celebrity over proving serious political intentions after rising to prominence in campaign 2008.

More stimulus needed?

The Obama administration once had it right. Now it's listening to Wall Street.

Chairman Lincoln in town

Here's the schedule for a field hearing at 1 p.m. today at the Clinton Library by the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Hon.

Lincoln website: Oops

Sen. Blanche Lincoln was for a public option health plan before she was so ringingly against it in her speech Saturday.

The Arkie blogosphere

It's vibrant in NW Ark. * A new Rogers, Ark. blog is up and running.

Mickie's Bluefish Goes Under.

Another good restaurant is closing its doors today.  Mickie's Bluefish Grill in Conway announced early this morning on Twitter that today will be its last day of business.  They're going to be open through late tonight before closing down.

Fast times in Pulaski County

I'm reminded that the Pulaski County Quorum Court will vote tomorrow night on the 2010 budget.

Cops and robbers

A weekend roundup of crimes from the LRPD's Terry Hastings: 1) a man armed with a dumbbell failed in an attempted Sonic robbery Sunday morning.

Ho, ho, ho

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has proudly unveiled webpages devoted solely to Christmas observances at the Capitol -- tree trimming, choirs singing, holiday ornaments, even a map with an individual photo of each county Christmas tree ornament that will be hung on the state Christmas tree.

More flu shots coming

The state announced today that it hoped to have another round of mass swine flu vaccination clinics Dec. 7.

Big Piph wants 'Respect'

Long overdue. It's the return of Conduit head dude in charge Epiphany.

Mark Sanford in hot water

By golly, say what you will about South Carolina. They apparently have an ethics law and commission with some teeth.

Gene Cauley gets 7 years

Arkansas Business reports that former Little Rock securities law shotshot/entrepreneur Gene Cauley got an 86-month federal prison sentence in New York today for wire fraud.

Republican Party discipline

The Republican National Committee apparently may be on the verge of instituting a 10-point test of adherence to GOP principles.

The Shining

No, wait. Make that "The Rising," a series on the Washington Post's political blog about rising politicians that most don't know but should.

Last Night: Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown PosseNov. 22, the VillageFor the uninitiated, the Insane Clown Posse is a contemporary, impossibly dumbed-down rap version of Alice Cooper.

Full moon politics

I take a half-hour off to pick up my daughter at the airport and I return to a mailbox full of zaniness.

Strange bedfellows

James Carville and Mary Matalin are the next speakers in the Kumpuris Lecture Series. Dec. 7 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

You're on

I'm off.

Let's Hear It For Sprouts!

Ah, Brussels sprouts... this often ill-judged vegetable gets no love from many.  Whether from children forced to consume the green globes or their parents who recall having the same fate thrust upon them in their earlier years - sprouts have all but disappeared from the table.

The best around?

Sometimes a hamburger is more than bun and beef. At Five Guys Burgers and Fries, it's much more.

The politics of flu shots

North Little Rock firemen once received free flu shots courtesy of the city. Not this year.

Drugmaker verdicts roll in

The massive class action litigation against Pfizer and Wyeth over hormone replacement therapy produced two more jury verdicts worth $100 million in Philadelphia this week.

Health care Darwinism

Is it really as simple as David Brooks puts it today? That Congress faces a choice of universal health care (and, I'd add, saving millions of lives) or dynamic U.S. growth?

GW Bush as a reference

Is a Bush administration resume a good thing for a political candidate? The Washington Independent discusses, beginning with cagemaster Tim Griffin.

Angry old coots: More to come

Those angry old men who've been pounding U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder for endorsing health reform legislation are coming back in a $2 million ad campaign from the 60 Plus Association against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and other senators who deigned to allow debate on health legislation.

Hey, Pumpkin.

The call for Thanksgiving recipes has netted a couple of fantastic ideas for pumpkin.  You do know they're not just for carving and bowling, right?  Don't worry, we're not just talking pumkin spice lattes here.  On the jump, Larry Williams' Pumpkin Soup and Norma Bates' Sauteed Sugar Pumpkin.

607 and Bobby are making movies

I smell a trend! A day after Epiphany previewed his new mixtape with a teaser video, 607 and Bobby come with their own preview of "Album of the Year," which marks the debut of their new duo, Ear Fear.

Jim Holt to run again? UPDATE

FAMILY VALUES: a 2004 campaign photo for Jim Holt, who may run against Blanche Lincoln again.

Mayor Stodola's budget

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola has distributed his budget recommendations for next year. It's all pain, no gain, when you have to trim more than $6 million from current year spending.

Lottery staffer departs UPDATE

We got a tip yesterday that Bridgette Frazier had left her job as legal counsel for the Arkansas lottery.

Tuesday: Tigercity, Whale Fire, the See, Bluesboy Jag and more

From Brooklyn, Tigercity plays Hall & Oates-influenced disco-pop at Sticky Fingerz. Hipsters will dance.

Fact-checking Lincoln

Another columnist, Joe Conason, finds some misinformation issuing forth from U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln on health legislation.

Download: 'Respect' part one

As promised.Download the mix here.

Health insurance insider

Wendell Potter, a former CIGNA insurance executive who's traveling the country to talk about what's wrong with the health insurance system, visited Little Rock Monday.

Judicial substitution

Every vote counts. Gov. Mike Beebe appointed a special justice to the Supreme Court today to help decide the huge case in which the Hempstead Hunting Club is challenging the Public Service Commission's approval of a permit for a coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County.

Do-gooders done wrong

Hard to believe. Somebody hacked the Arkansas Rice Depot website and did all kinds of mischief.

Billy Bob a box-office bust

The Hot Springs native is third on Forbes annual Most Overpaid Stars list, behind only Will Ferrell and Ewan McGregor.

Dressing For Dinner.

Rising to the call, dottholiday submits a couple of fantastic cornbread-related recipes to add to the Thanksgiving melee...

AETN goes live with 3 Penny, Ted Ludwig Trio

3 Penny Acre. "Front Row" returns to AETN 6:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Pushing against health reform

Brummett blogs about calls Arkansans got last night from live callers describing the awfulness of the Harry Reid-Nancy Pelosi health legislation and then asking the call recipients if they opposed it or not.

Open line

Over to you. FIRE AFTERMATH: Fox 16 photo of Papa and Flo.

Pledge the flag, Jerry

OK. Latest flag controversy. Rose City's favorite son, Jerry Jones, doesn't have a U.S. flag on permanent display INSIDE his stadium-to-end-all-stadiums -- Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.

Denny and Natives wigout

After an appearance at CMJ in New York earned them nice plugs from Paste magazine and elsewhere and a last minute gig at Midtown last weekend, Chris Denny and the Natives make their first big local club appearance.

Down by health

NY Times examines the plight of working people bankrupted by medical bills. One story:

Another angle on abortion

An academic reviews health legislation and restrictions on abortion coverage. He thinks the impact even of the Stupak amendment, though real, would be relatively small in reducing coverage for abortion among women with private insurance who now are covered.

Save Room for Squash.

Paul Ward contributes another slightly non-traditional side for our Thanksgiving feast, something I can really get behind -- butternut squash.  He writes:

Parsing Mike Huckabee

Behold the strategically deployed adverb in Mike Huckabee's soundbite on Sarah Palin: “I think that she’s not anywhere near the person that sometimes she’s been portrayed to be –- as completely lacking of any intellectual capacity.”

Something to be thankful for

The weekly tally of new jobless benefit claims was at its lowest level in more than a year.

Christian values

Blog reader "Couldn't be Better" says he believes this poll result indicates that people who self-identify as Christian on polls (typically majorities in most U.S. polling) do so  to say what is expected, rather than as an indicator of beliefs:

Obama mocks U.S. tradition

Trust me, the White House spoof video about the annual presidential turkey pardon will not be received with a chuckle from the haters.

Wednesday To-Do: Chris Denny and the Natives

CHRIS DENNY AND THE NATIVES9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.It's the 10th edition of Sticky Fingerz' Wild Turkey Wigout, an annual pre-Thanksgiving get-down, where the club gives away some turkeys and everyone gets cozy with family and friends in town for the holiday.

Jim Holt raising money

Turns out I missed a callback yesterday from Jason Shepherd, who was executive campaign manager for Republican Jim Holt's Senate bid in 2004.

'What's the matter with Arkansas?'

That's the headline on a Newsweek report that attempts to explain why Sen. Blanche Lincoln is such a reluctant vote on health care legislation while representing a state with such enormous needs and, polls show, an electorate favorably disposed toward government intervention depending on how you frame the question.

Wednesday: Jonathan Wilkins, Epiphany, Grand Buffet and more

Grand Buffet. At White Water, Jonathan Wilkins and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, both backed by full bands, share a bill, 10 p.m., $5.The O.D. is a jam-packed local hip-hop showcase at Cornerstone that features just about everyone: Epiphany, 4X4 Crew, DK & Soulja T, Kwestion, Da Saw Squad and more, 8 p.m., $10.More white rappers making jokes: The long running duo Grand Buffet returns to town to play a bill with local noise act Ginsu Wives and the Super Smashed Brothers.

15-year-old beat-boxer, lots of other people beat Kris Allen at the charts

Not a great start for Kris Allen's burgeoning career as a pop star. His debut sold 80,000 copies in its first week, the lowest first-week number ever by an "American Idol" winner.

With Relish.

Still time to contribute your Thanksgiving recipes... and even post-Thanksgiving suggestions (I've already received a few).  On the jump, Kay Brockwell's recipe for Cranberry Salad. 

Judge Simes suspended

The Arkansas Supreme Court docket shows that Circuit Judge L.T. Simes' request for a rehearing of the order suspending him from the bench was denied Tuesday and the mandate was sent to the clerk.

SWEPCO rates going up

The PSC today annnounced its approval of a settlement of a SWEPCO rate increase case, with new rates effective today.

Last night: Tigercity

Tigercity, somewhere else. TigercityNov., 24, Sticky FingerzA friend once assured me that hipsterdom was moving past its characteristic ironic appreciation of the banal, plastic and wearily commercial.

The faces of hate

The pharmacy lobby ads that have overrun the airways hating on Rep. Vic Snyder and Sen. Blanche Lincoln have, I admit, made me consider buying a can of whupass to spray on the grating whine of those cranky old coots saying they won't forget our congresspeople's votes for better health care for our fellow Americans. A Blog reader of long association offers the following telling commentary on the 60 Plus (pill pusher lobby) ads:

The faces of hate

The pharmacy lobby ads that have overrun the airways hating on Rep. Vic Snyder and Sen. Blanche Lincoln have, I admit, made me consider buying a can of whupass to spray on the grating whine of those cranky old coots saying they won't forget our congresspeople's votes for better health care for our fellow Americans. A Blog reader of long association offers the following telling commentary on the 60 Plus (pill pusher lobby) ads:
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