lt's curtains for the Arkansas AD.
Long goneNovember 23, 2017
Vol 44 • No 12
While we’re on the subject, has everybody already forgotten about “Jackie” of Rolling Stone and University of Virginia fame? Or Crystal Mangum, who falsely accused several Duke lacrosse players of rape (supported by a large contingent of the faculty) and who was subsequently convicted of stabbing her boyfriend to death?
Sad story from Mitch McCoy at KARK/Fox 16. Elke Thomas, who authorities believe was slain by her husband Sunday, had sought a court protection order last month, but it was denied for the insufficiency of her petition.
Sen. Tom Cotton has insisted the Senate tax bill produces a tax cut for all Americans. An analysis by the Tax Policy Center says otherwise, particularly when fully implemented with restoration of temporary cuts in 2027. This analysis joins others in finding the benefits go disproportionately to the wealthy.
The Fayetteville City Council decided last night to fill a council vacancy by appointment rather than special election and chose Kyle Smith, president of For Fayetteville,, to fill the seat.
The state highway department's heavy-handed tactics to speed its plan to widen the city-splitting concrete Interstate 30 gulch through the heart of Little Rock is drawing some attention from the Little Rock City Board.
Mara Leveritt tells me she's been told by people working on the case that the state Parole Board voted yesterday to parole Tim Howard, who's been imprisoned since 1997, some of that time on Death Row, for the slayings of a Little River County couple
Joseph Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has issued a statement emphasizing the "devasting" effect of pending Senate tax legislation on graduate students.
Lindsey Millar and I will record the Arkansas Times' weekly podcast this afternoon and post it shortly after it's done. This week, we're soliciting questions from readers/listeners.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump's press secretary, is getting tabbed a hectoring bully (just like her boss) after her Thanksgiving week shtick. In a performance often dripping with disdain, she demanded that reporters give thanks for something before being allowed to ask her a question.
KARK/Fox 16 reports that Dr. Jose Turcios, a Little Rock dentist acquitted of a charge that he'd molested a teen patient, has sued police officers who participated in his investigation and arrest.
City Manager Bruce Moore has chosen Delphone Hubbard, a 22-year veteran of the Memphis Fire Department, to be Little Rock fire chief, succeeding Gregory Summers, who retired in August.
UPDATE: UA names search committee for new athletic director; also sets game in LR with Ole Miss next year
University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz is expected to announce today the members of a committee that will help in the search for a new athletic director.. Also in Hog news: They'll play Ole Miss in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Oct. 13, 2018.
Here's an open line. And a batch of headlines for the day before Thanksgiving.
The legacy of Bill and Hillary Clinton and answers to readers' questions on politics, ancient canoes and more — on this week's podcast.
Making tax law is always pretty simple, despite the arcane references to S corporations, pass-throughs, carried-interest deductions and the like, which define the ways that lots of rich people get their income.
Also, the Ted Ludwig Trio plays South on Main.
Play while basking in the afterglow of hot limo sex!
And much more.
Also, Hillary on Trump, tax progress and more.
Get out your shopping list.
At the Clinton Center.
The Observer is a bit late with this, but we felt we needed to say something about passing a year in Trump's America.
Last week, loyalists of former U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder celebrated a belated 70th birthday and fundraised to aid UA Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture's work to process his congressional papers from seven terms in Congress.
If Bret Bielema is going to prep a video reel of the best moments he's had during a five-year run as Arkansas's latest polarizing head football coach, he's ostensibly going to use something like the first quarter against Mississippi State.
In DYS director, some see a potential force for long-sought change. Part 1 of 2.
Arkansas's history of lynchings in the rearview mirror, barely.
I wasn't particularly excited about the 25th anniversary celebration of Bill Clinton's election. Life goes on.
Also, a majority of Republicans now support legalizing marijuana.
Reason is among the latest to offer critical commentary of a proposal from University of Arkansas System lawyers to change the tenure policy so that a lack of collegiality could be used as a justification for firing a tenured professor.
The New Orleans Tribune has a devastating piece of editorial commentary, based on local reporting and test scores, that lays bare the depiction of the charterization of New Orleans public schools 12 years ago as a miracle of the "reform" movement.
Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
The Thanksgiving open line.
CNN reports that a federal judge in Texas has stopped enforcement of a state law aimed at outlawing the most common second-term abortion procedure. A federal judge had earlier enjoined an Arkansas version of the law.
Mike Huckabee, who needs no introduction, went on Facebook this week to solicit money for a movie being made by his son, John Mark Huckabee, about the brief drama that marked his transition to the governor's office in 1996.
The hits just keep on coming against the Senate tax bill that Tom Cotton says will rain prosperity on us like a mighty trickle
The LRPD has acknowledged a complaint by the Black Little Rock Police Officers Association about a racially ringed Facebook post by a man believed to be a member of the police recruit class.
Here's the Saturday night open line. And, to no one's surprise, Bret Bielema was fired minutes after the Hogs' season-ending loss to Missouri as the head football coach.
Here's Bret Bielema's firing letter. Many details remain unclear.
Two guards have been taken hostage at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit of the state Correction Department. Details are sketchy.
Kristi Goss, 44, a former administrative assistant to the Garland County judge, pleaded guilty in circuit court in Hot Springs last week to using a county credit card for more than $366,000 worth of personal charges including, famously, a tuxedo for her dog. She got no jail time, but 20 years of probation.
The Little Rock City Board meeting Tuesday to set the agenda for the regular meeting the following week includes consideration of a draft resolution objecting to the state Department of Transportation blockage of Central Arkansas highway projects in a dispute related to the controversial 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 through the heart of the city.
U.S. taxes are too high and make us uncompetitive with other countries, or so say backers of Republican tax cut plans. Facts tell a different story.
An open line, plus news of the death veteran public servant John Lewellen.
Doug Thompson of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has written a lengthy examination of the unusual fact that a great deal of prosecution evidence in the kickback case against former Sen. Jon Woods remains under seal. It raises, but doesn't answer, a central question: Are more indictments coming?
A woman in charge of hiring a football coach at the University of Arkansas? The menfolk ain't going to stand for it.
Another open line marked by news of the passing of a public figure. Retired federal District Judge G. Thomas Eisele has died at 94. He served on the federal bench in Little Rock for 41 years.
Local headlines: A Monday morning homicide follows a record-breaking Friday for gun sales.
Another nonpartisan report says the Senate Republican tax bill is a gift to the rich and will increase the deficit.
WREG of Memphis reports that Jessie Misskelley, one of the West Memphis Three defendants, has been jailed in Crittenden County on auto-related charges.
Music show economics spelled the end to Riverfest after this year's edition, but Springfest, a family event earlier in the spring that channeled the early days of Riverfest, will continue.
The U.S. Supreme Court today passed up a chance to hear a challenge to a Florida state law banning open carry of guns in public.
Free meals are on tap for the legislative task force looking for ways to cut taxes. Corporate lobbyists plan to provide dinner and lunch.
So Donald Trump honored Navajo code talkers at the White House today. He used the occasion to make a "Pocahontas" quip about Sen. Elizabeth Warren and posed for a photo in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson who signed the Indian Removal Act.
Another Monday. Another open line. Another roundup of news and comment.
"Meth Storm," a new documentary by the Renaud brothers, debuts on HBO tonight and it won't paint a pretty picture of Arkansas.
The Associated Press notes that Arkansas moved Monday as soon as a court decision was final to again follow Gov. Asa Hutchinson's orders to stop providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
The chance of a federal judicial nominee being a white male has increased dramatically under Donald Trump.
The state Parole Board last week approved immediate parole eligibility for two more of the people serving life without parole sentences for murders convicted when they were younger than 18. The reviews arise from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said life without parole sentences for people that young were unconstitutional.
John Lynch of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today on a decision Monday by Circuit Judge Tim Fox that threatens to shut down the state's birth certificate system Jan. 5 unless the state and plaintiffs in a lawsuit work out an agreement to accommodate same-sex parents.
Little Rock police have identified Stefany Teague, 23, and Christian Ramos, 27, as the victims in what's being called a murder-suicide about 3 a.m. Monday at a mobile home park at 12109 Stagecoach Road.
Equal Justice Under Law, a civil rights organization, announced today a final settlement of its lawsuit against the city of McCrory over an ordinance that attempted to banish from the city trailers worth less than $7,500.
Today's open line and the daily news roundup.
Federal Judge James Moody has dismissed a lawsuit by The Justice Network, a for-profit Memphis outfit that lost a long-running and lucrative probation services arrangement in Craighead County after the election of new judges.
The recent filing of a batch of sealed indictments in Arkansas federal courts has the political world buzzing. What's it mean? For now, who knows.
It's Giving Tuesday, a day to think about worthy causes amid holiday excess. One suggestion is to help journalism by supporting the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network.
The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, announced today that it had hired two firms to assist in the hunt for a new athletic director and Razorback football coach to succeed Jeff Long and Bret Bielema.
Matt Lauer booted by NBC.
A law firm has mapped every pothole in the city of Little Rock. There are a bunch of them.
40/29 reports that prosecutors in Bentonville have dropped prosecution of a murder that received national attention for efforts to use information from an Amazon Echo as evidence.
Garrison Keillor has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.
Denise Firmin Garner of Fayetteville has announced candidacy as a Democrat for House District 84, making two progressive women willing to challenge the gun-loving Republican incumbent, Rep. Charlie Collins.
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel has issued a call for supporters of clean energy be heard at the state Public Service Commission tomorrow as it considers a request from electric utilities to reduce benefits for people who use solar power.
Here's an open line. Also the daily roundup of news and comment.
Your favorite wines have arrived at your neighborhood grocer! Grab dinner and drinks this week at Edwards Food Giant.
Metroplan met today and learned of changes in the highway department's planning for widening Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock.
The Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation announced yesterday that they are committing $3 million each — a total of $6 million — to a new program, the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, to increase minority numbers in curatorial and administrative museum staff.