A statewide guide.
Vol 38 • No 13
There is no official "state pie," but one unique pie that came up again and again in our travels might deserve the distinction: the Possum Pie, an all-encompassing name for a variety of pie that includes a vanilla, sour cream or cream cheese filling that obscures another filling such as cherries, peaches, apples or chocolate.
My FOI request this morning dislodged the agreement by which the city of Little Rock permitted an Army Special Operations aviation group to perform a training exercise over downtown Little Rock Friday night that alarmed many residents in the Governor's Mansion and other neighborhood.
This week's Times cover story details 100 of the state's best pies. Want to argue about it?
For every complex human problem, H. L. Mencken said, there is always one easy answer that is neat, plausible and wrong.
"Is Crystal Bridges Museum just going to cater to the tastes of Ms. Walton and the good Christian Republicans of Northwest Arkansas and exhibit only safe and supposedly spiritually uplifting work?"
Stop fretting over the hypothetical, and savor the actual. There is no sense taxing the neurons over what might occur if Arkansas beats top-ranked LSU on Friday afternoon.
It was a good week for covert military operations, the Arkansas Razorbacks and dreaming of social justice at UALR. It was a bad week for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Arkansans occupying and Mary Ann Gunn.
It's been a good 15 years since The Observer indulged in The Sticky Icky, Mary Jane, pot, or whatever it is the kids are calling it these days.
Plus, The Young Maths, Arkansas vs. LSU, Mulehead and Eric Sommer
Plus, Gary Escoe, Weakness for Blondes, The Schwag and more
"Walking Dead" marathon,"A Very GaGa Christmas" and "Edward Scissorhands"
Living on a gravel road in a rural Arkansas county with more cows than people, I have much to be thankful for on my favorite American holiday.
For good, cheap grub.
Rather eat out than cook up a storm during the holidays? There are a number of places in Central Arkansas that will oblige you.
Plus, details on the young Arkansas actor cast in Nichols' latest.
Animated movie takes on climate change.
For Smoke Up Johnny and beyond.
Downtown residents were roused from sleep -- and not a few were made anxious -- by the persistent roar of helicopters from about 11 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
A woman identified as a native of Mountain Home has become an icon of the Occupy movement thanks to a dramatic photo and video of her getting a full face of pepper spray in an Occupy Portland demonstration Nov. 17.
Back in July, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel stirred up some publicity by spending $6,000 to make a movie to play at a State Police luncheon.
Even to places that don't want it.
A partial summary of revenues and expenditures from the five public Division 1 universities in Arkansas. Data on athletic expenditures is reported annually by the state Department of Higher Education.
A task force of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce pitched a proposal last week to repeal a 1957 Little Rock City Board resolution that cheered Gov. Orval Faubus for fighting to preserve segregation at Central High School.
Rick Perry may be unable to recite his own platform, but evidently he's clever enough to infiltrate an Occupy Little Rock encampment, which means he's more dangerous than we thought.
SOPA is likely to stifle Web innovation in the name of fighting internet piracy.
Too late for me last night, I received some promised comments from several who participated in the Pulaski County Planning Board's meeting on proposed land use rules for the Lake Maumelle watershed.
The Pulaski County Quorum Court last night adopted what the Democrat-Gazette termed "one-time cost of living increases" up to 5 percent for county employees.
No point in telling people the best way to handle the Westboro "Baptist Church" protesters from Topeka is to ignore them.
The high school of one of the alleged rape victims of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been praised for reporting concerns about him to authorities.
Here's some Thanksgiving-worthy news: The Texas Supreme Court has suspended the Aransas County family court judge, Willliam Adams, made infamous on YouTube for whipping the daylights out of his daughter with a belt and adding a profane tirade for good measure.
I don't have Gene Lyons' column on the web yet this week, but it follows on the jump.
Keith Hall, attorney for Chris Erwin, the man beaten repeatedly in the face by a Little Rock cop working security at Ferneau's recently, went to Circuit Court Tuesday to get personnel records of Lt. David Hudson.
The State Police says a Newark man was wounded by gunfire from State Police and Independence County deputies after pointing a rifle at them at the end of a chase that began when he allegedly rammed a State Police car.
There IS good news about cops. Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings says Officers Scott Dettmer and Robert Bell and Sgt. Michael Miller joined the Fire Department in rescuing Antione Perkins from a fire Monday at 1606 Commerce Street.
Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan offered the Arkansas Times an op-ed today and I'm moving it right onto the web.
Lexington Porter plays Porter's Jazz Cafe Wednesday night.
The Young Maths play Revolution Wednesday night.
The Arkansas Queen hosts a Thanksgiving dinner cruise.
To date, the editorial page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has been pretty warm to Mitt Romney.
Kris Allen will be among the judges of the Alchemy Songwriting Competition.
I'm thankful for Pat Robertson. What would we do without the wacky televangelist?
It's Thanksgiving eve. Got anything to say, here's your chance.
I was talking to a friend earlier in the week who loves art — but can't quite get with the program on contemporary craft.
Fine story in the New York Times today about the Butterball plant in Ozark, which, with another plant in the state, produces about a third of the zillion turkeys to be eaten in the U.S. this week.
The Oxford American is out with another of its Southword productions in conjunctions with NPR — film, words and radio reporting.
I got a note overnight from a Hot Springs woman who's followed closely the raid on what authorities called a puppy mill in Garland County.
Mayor Mark Stodola takes question about his proposal to the board of Pulaski Tech to move its booming culinary school from the Southwest Little Rock campus to a new building on Main Street.
The Razorbacks take on LSU Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Mulehead plays Stickyz Friday night with Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth.
Frown Pow'r plays Maxine's Friday night with Bloodless Cooties and Ezra Lbs.
The Schwag pays tribute to The Dead at Stickyz Saturday night.
Take this as an open line. I've got some things to cook, places to go and food to eat the rest of the day.
Care for some reading? Try Orville Schell's piece in The Atlantic on Walmart in China, both grappling with issues of environmental stewardship.
Prof in the New York Times suggests you should forget the theory that Black Friday is the day for the best shopping deals.
Even if you have to get it to go, you need to try the peanut butter-y-est pie on the list of the Best Pies in Arkansas... found at this Mabelvale barbecue joint.
Eric Sommer plays Midtown Saturday night.
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit play Revolution Saturday night.
Charity Vance plays at The Promenade at Chenal Saturday.
Here it is.
Anybody watch the NBA? Looks like they'll play this season after all.
The sentiment in the headline went out on a Kansas high school student's Twitter account.
By its front-page coverage, the New York Times suggests Texas Gov. Rick Perry remains in the hunt for the Republican presidential nonmination, though his polling his dropped down to Huntsman level.
Food for thought in the New York Times, an article saying that the real estate bubble spurred suburban growth and its crash means that same vitality will never return to ring cities.
Turkey sandwiches anyone? Other thoughts?
OK, it's old news, but for two days running now the Democrat-Gazette has given only passing attention to Bobby Petrino's finger-pointing, epithet-mouthing unhappiness when LSU's Les Miles ran up the score on the Hogs in Baton Rouge.
John Lyon of Stephens Media compares county-by-county sales of lottery tickets with county-by-county scholarship recipients and comes up with an interesting anomaly.
William Kristof in the New York Times makes the case that Barack Obama isn't as bad as all that.
The New York Times offers the Occupy movement another reason for anger at the increasing concentration of wealth and disparity of income in the U.S. It's a lengthy examination of how billionaire Ronald Lauder avoids paying income taxes.
Paul Krugman offers two modest proposals on taming the budget with some strategic tax increases: * An increased bite on the super wealthy, a range he defines as making more than $2 million a year.
I wrote a column last week about the feel-good Chamber of Commerce-backed idea to repeal a 1957 pro-segregation resolution of the Little Rock city board.
Sad news — the surprise coming retirement of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Smart, funny, uncowed by bigots and other blusterers.
Roby Brock's Talk Business has a good report on Republican Rep. Davy Carter's plan, as chair of the House Revenue and Tax Committee, to hold hearings next year on income tax reform in Arkansas.
Social media and e-mails are buzzing with an effort to build a protest of a North Little City Council ordinance to be considered tonight that would allow shooting Canada geese in Burns Park, where their excrement has become a nuisance on the golf course and soccer fields.
The Arkansas-based garden and home guru has a cookbook that sorts simple recipes by season. Check out the recipe for his Buttermilk Pecan Pie.
Emma Sullivan, the Kansas high school student who made a disparaging remark about Gov. Sam Brownback, is not backing down.
Judge Wendell Griffen today ordered the Little Rock police department to turn over "use of force" documents concerning Lt. David Hudson.
Somewhere, Jon Stewart is rubbing his hands together. Atlanta TV station today airing interview with a woman who's said she's had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain.
The line is open. Finishing up: * SOLAR POWER: An array of public officials cut a ribbon today on new solar panels at the L'Oreal cosmetics plant in North Little Rock that are said to be able to provide 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricty per year.
What can you get for the cook in your family this Christmas? Cookbooks, of course! Some Arkansas cookbooks you'll want to check out.
Encouraging news on equality under the law on account of sexual orientation. * MARINES: Marine Gen. James Amos, who spoke against open service of homosexuals in the military, now says the transition has been a non-event.
It's doomed to be forgotten or ignored, but thanks to Ernie Dumas for reminding us that Newt Gingrich — like Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, the Heritage Foundation, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and most other leading Republicans — was FOR health care mandates before he was AGAINST them.
The menu created by Ciao Baci's new executive chef, Yolanda Diaz, reads like a travel diary from her time living and working in France and the surrounding countries.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall.
Breakfast at Anne’s is about the best way I can imagine starting out a road trip heading southeast. The Pine Bluff diner offers big filling meals cheap.
We got a call that an Occupy Little Rock follower had handcuffed himself to a Capitol steps handrail and gotten rid of the key.
It remains to be seen if this is an important strategic alignment or a sign that other political heavyweights aren't expected to enter the Democratic primary race for 1st District Congress to face incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Crawford.
Take a culinary trip from coast to coast with Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are, one of this year's holiday cookbook recommendations.
Music legend Al Bell returns to the airwaves with "Al Bell Presents American Soul Music."
They're still relevant, I'd argue, if Ohio Gov. John Kasich's unhappiness is a measure. “I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio,” Kasich said Monday at a college in Columbus.
As you may know, the Arkansas Ethics Commission is weighing my complaint that the backers of the Little Rock sales tax campaign did not comply with campaign disclsoure law in reporting of campaign expenditures.
"Take Shelter," starring Michael Shannon, was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.
Why does this seem to happen so often? Two good, somewhat similar bands play different venues on the same night, and concertgoers are forced to make tough choices.
I got a brief telephone report from Pulaski Tech trustee Mary Jane Rebick on a board meeting today to discuss a proposal from Little Rock officials that the two-year college build its new culinary and hotel management school on a vacant lot at Sixth and Main rather than, as planned, on property at the south campus on Interstate 30.
The line is open. Final notes: * FAREWELL TO DICK HARDIE: Richard B. Hardie, the retired pastor of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church, died today and I owe him a mention.