With pro touch to holiday repasts.
Bake a pieNovember 27, 2014
Vol 41 • No 12
Also, Punksgiving at Pizza D, North Mississippi Allstars at Revolution, Sebastian Bach at Juanita's, CALS crafting workshop in the Arcade Building and 'Chained for Life' at Vino's.
Here in the United States of America, we're not supposed to have political show trials. People should be put at risk of felony conviction only if evidence clearly supports a criminal indictment — not to solve political problems, provide weeks of suspenseful cable TV news programming, or to pacify mobs.
LRPD Chief Buckner issues new policies regarding interactions with transgender citizens.
Fast, cheap, good.
I'd like to respond to the recent review your writers completed of my restaurant ("The good, the bad, the rubbery," Nov. 20). Fantastic China has a long, successful history (nearly 20 years) in The Heights area, and we have always been dedicated to providing the best quality food to the residents of Central Arkansas.
A Christmas catalogue for the discerning (or desperate) Arkansan.
Surely you've read the recent articles about research that indicates conservatives are, on average, more fearful than liberals.
Also, Obama and "a better future," Beebe and drug pardons, the University of Arkansas (Texas) and Walmart's high rank on equality index.
One more fear-mongering diversion sidetracked, but how many more to go?
The Observer has had some far-flung deputies from time to time, but rarely have they been flung as far as our friend who shipped out in late summer to teach kids in the wild, western deserts of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Amy's just that kind of person, the adventurous sort.
Also, "The Toughest Job: William Winter's Mississippi" at Ron Robinson.
The Bielema Bandwagon pit crew has done some hellacious work getting the wheels road-worthy again. Now it may take the installation of a governor under the hood to keep everyone rational after two historic, emotionally gratifying games have pushed expectations toward the stratosphere for the rest of the season and years beyond.
Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' is no screed.
The first same-sex couple to be married in Arkansas are featured in a Glamour magazine article about "phenomenal women who are making a difference."
The all-day open line for news and views on a crisp Arkansas Thanksgiving.
None dare call it lobbying, but the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has a new taxpayer-subsidized nonprofit headed by a former Republican mouthpiece with the aim of making it harder to file damage lawsuits or win big verdicts in them.
It's belated but important to note a letter signed by 18 Arkansas legislators objecting to University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart's call for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to
The windows in the historic Women's City Club building, now home to the Junior League of Little Rock, remain a bone of contention for the Little Rock City Board. A showdown is set Tuesday.
The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed complaints with the IRS and the Federal Election Commission about Mike Huckabee's use of a nonprofit front group to lay groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign.
Memorial service for Doug Smith, 74, retired associate editor of the Arkansas Times, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ruebel Funeral Home. It will be led by Marie Mainard O'Connell. Memorials: Central Arkansas Library Foundation or the ACLU of Arkansas.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola today distributed a copy of a letter he'd sent to Jarred McCauley, president of the Little Rock Fraternal Order of the Police, defending the city's decision to switch employee insurance coverage to the Arkansas Municipal League's self-insurance program from Qual Choice.
The Friday open line includes news of protests at U.S. Walmarts by a group seeking higher pay and more hours for the retail chain's workers.
A Huffington Post columnist finds a Mike Huckabee angle in the controversy in Ferguson, Mo. It's not flattering to the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
The Little Rock City Board will consider a proposal Tuesday for a grant of almost $100,000 to help restore the historic William E. Woodruff house on East Eighth Street, a project of the Quapaw Quarter Association.
Re the Arkansas-Missouri football game. Battle Line Rivalry? What battle line? We propose the Bootheel Trophy.
Today's open line.
The issue in Fayetteville Dec. 9 — to preserve legal discrimination against gay people or not. Starkville, Miss., adopted the very ordinance now up for debate in Fayetteville and the result, based on a New York Times article Saturday, has been good for the city.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton makes it to Meet the Press and draws a headline for emphasizing the need for more Mexican border security. The fact is, security is strong and illegal immigration is declining. He did not discuss mass deportation.
The Sunday open line includes news that the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers is erecting a winter solstice display on the Capitol grounds for the sixth year.
The Innocence Project continues to press for clemency for Belynda Goff of Green Forest, convicted of killing her husband 20 years ago in a case with a notable lack of evidence of her guilt.
Black Friday weekend was something of a bust for retailers, but opinions are mixed about what that means. Recession over or not? Are shoppers time-shifting?
A militant group last night took responsibility for the August death in Egypt of Bill Henderson, a long-time oil worker for the Apache Corp. He'd lived in recent years in Fayetteville.
The Family Research Council, the Southern Poverty Law Center-labeled hate group led by Tony Perkins, is sponsoring a gathering of preachers Tuesday in Fayetteville (local cheerleader Jerry Cox is sending out the call) that seems likely to be intended to organize opposition to the Dec. 9 vote on repeal of Fayetteville's civil rights ordinance.
It's safe to assume that most people (all people) are, to some extent, preoccupied with being cool. I can say that, without a doubt, it is much harder to ignore the impulse to attain "cool" after people have told you that they think that you are cool.
A Missouri TV station reports on progress by Charles Pelsor to restore the former Dogpatch USA theme park at Marble Falls in the Arkansas Ozarks. The property will be open for people to take a look around this weekend.
Paul Rudnick in The New Yorker writes about a Duggar family sex manual.
Michael Armstrong, 30, was stabbed twice in the back and robbed of his Windstar van after stopping at Zimmerman's Exxon at 5223 S. University about 1 a.m. Sunday morning. A 17-year-old suspect was arrested driving the van and charged in the crime.
Forbes magazine interviews the Walmart heiress who's pressing the family's charter school agenda. It makes the usual assumption about charter schools, without objective evidence.
Channels 4/16 report that the Searcy police are suspending the search for two-year-old Malik Drummond, reportedly last seen at his home more than a week ago. The police also say they are now treating the case as a criminal investigation, but further details are not available.
December starts slowly. Perhaps you can fire it up on our open line.
Musicians, the search is on for the 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, to be held at Stickyz throughout January and February. Performers of all genres will compete for an array of prizes (including money!) and any acts with at least four songs of original material are encouraged to enter. The finals will be held at the Rev Room in March.
Tom Cotton and other Republican congressmen who've harshly criticized President Obama for his order to delay deportation of unauthorized immigrants have taken action themselves to protect immigrants in the U.S. without authorization.
The sheriff's office is looking for a man shown in a security camera photo following a homicide Monday night in North Little Rock.
The Arkansas Lottery still hasn't concluded a deal with Intralot, the Greek vendor that has been paid about $11 million a year to provide on-line lottery ticket sales.
Parole and programs to reduce recidivism are on the agenda as legislative committees meet this morning on prison issues.
Wallet Hub issues a report that finds Arkansas is the 7th least charitable state.
The Arkansas economy is gaining strength modestly according to the latest state revenue report.
Bentonville artist Louis Watts will hold a closing reception for his exhibition "Work: Deconstruction, Reconstruction, Communication and Labor" on Saturday, Dec. 6, in his unique venue across from 21c. All works are for sale by bid.
Arkansas politicians love the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry heavy crude across the Great Plains. But what about heavy crude crossing the Arkansas Ozarks from the same Oklahoma terminal to which the Keystone will be linked? Property owners aren't happy. But what about Tom Cotton? And Tim Griffin? And French Hill?
Somebody defaced a sign opposing repeal of Fayetteville's civil rights ordinance with a spray painted pejorative term for a gay man. A group supporting the ordinance says it still believes Fayetteville is a fair city and that this will be an isolated incident. Churches are leading the campaign to repeal the ordinance, which provides civil rights protection to gay people
Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure has appointed North Little Rock lawyer Jack Pruniski as a hearing officer to hear two cases growing out of controversial dealings between former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner and an Arkansas securities firm.
Acting on a tip, dive teams and cadaver dogs have been dispatched in White County to the Little Red River as part of the search for Malik Drummond, the Searcy two-year-old missing for more than a week.
A trailer loaded with $60,000 worth of musical instruments belonging to the Little Rock Wind Symphony was stolen from the parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church early Monday morning.
A few extra notes on the report from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction (ACC), which Max mentioned earlier this morning
Here's the open line and video Arkansas news report.
A Regions branch bank proposal, which requires rezoning of residential lots to commercial use, has neighbors in the Heights upset and it promises a vigorous Board debate tonight.
Federal Judge Price Marshall ruled today in Little Rock that two federal agencies hadn't done an adequate environmental assessment before guaranteeing loans for a major hog feeding operation in Newton County near a tributary to the Buffalo National River.
Col. Stan Witt, director of the Arkansas State Police, will be among the state agency heads changing under the administration of Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.
The Little Rock City Board is wrangling tonight over historic preservation and Chenal Valley development.
The Jonesboro City Council wants no part of money from a charitable group supported by Michael Bloomberg, no matter how much good it does across the country. There's a taint in liberal money unacceptable to 10 Council members.
Mercy for Animals has scheduled a Little Rock news conference today to publicize undercover footage that allegedly illustrates abuse of animals at a food processor that supplies Walmart with pork.
Little Rock police report that a 14-year-old female was found with a gunshot wound to her abdomen about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the entrance to Wakefield Elementary School at 75 Westminister Drive in Southwest Little Rock.
The sheriff's office has arrested Ashley Williams, 17, and Stacey Jones, 20, both of Little Rock, and charged them with capital murder in the shooting death Monday evening of Karel Perez.
The Junior League of Little Rock isn't quite through with City Hall business yet. Some parking lot plans remain on the Board of Adjustment calendar.
Interesting analysis from the Fiscal Times that says the Keystone XL pipeline is "almost certainly dead."
Appointees have been announced to a commission that will take over the job of setting pay for state elected officials.
Former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Bill Bryant will be director of the Arkansas State Police in the administration of Asa Hutchinson.
Federal Judge Leon Holmes has set aside a jury's conviction of John Stacks, a water bottler, for making false statements to get federal disaster loans.
Comfortable Brother's Bob Gaiser also makes music as Bob for Apples, including this new self-titled record for Fayetteville's Let's Talk Figures. Here's a video for "Pineapple City," a great and aimless downer-rock anthem that sounds kind of like a Silver Jews song.
Mike Huckabee says Michael Brown wouldn't have been killed if he'd "behaved like something other than a thug."
The New York Times reports that there will be no charges against a white officer who put a chokehold on an unarmed black man he was arresting for selling loose cigarettes outside a ferry terminal.
The open line and Today in Arkansas video.
A provocateur insists that I mention that Razorback coach Bret Bielema's name has emerged as being a target of the search for a new coach at Nebraska.
That bomb you heard going off around noon at the Lafayette Building at Louisiana and Sixth Street was dropped by the Little Rock Downtown Partnership, in the form of a proposed design overlay district for Main Street and its neighbors.
This month, we’ll be screening David Lynch’s powerful and deranged 1986 classic “Blue Velvet” as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times has called it “the most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life” and the New York Times deemed it “an instant cult classic … one of a kind.”
Bill Walker won't be retained as director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education under Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
The University of Arkansas Athletic Department responds to questions about Bret Bielema and talk of contract changes for football coaches. If contract changes are in the works, the department isn't ready to say so.