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Vol 40 • No 14
At the crossroads in Hogville.
Todd Mills, who launched a Facebook group that resulted in an iconic fast food product has passed away at 41.
We're inching towards the final days of collecting Big Ideas for Arkansas for our the next edition of the annual issue.
Whatever it takes to get some—snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoes—try this hot chocolate. Your holiday season will be infinitely brighter because of it.
White Glove Test plays at White Water Tavern Thursday.
Several upcoming weekend events have been canceled or postponed because of the possibility of inclement weather this weekend.
Wednesday, after Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign put out a campaign ad featuring Pryor holding a Bible and talking about it his faith, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out the sort of email response that's typically ignored by everyone but party loyalists. But this one made such a reach that Tom Cotton's camp was forced to rebuke it.
For-profit corporations are trying to take religious liberty away from individual Americans. And if that's not scary enough, they've got a chance to do it, too.
The Observer, as you may have gleaned from this column, is fascinated with memory: what we remember, what we forget and why.
Thanks for the outstanding coverage of the continuing fiasco at the University of Arkansas with Chancellor David Gearhart and his personal PR minion Mike Masterson.
Fast-casual chain impresses.
Republicans and other enemies of President Obama have a real chance this month to achieve their dream of sabotaging the president's legacy and do good for the nation at the same time, but it is not by denying health insurance to as many Americans as they can or by encouraging as many people as they can not to buy it.
Know where this slice of life in Arkansas is? Send along the answer to Times photographer Brian Chilson.
For all the regional tensions in American politics, have you ever stopped to think what a boring country this would be without the South? Also without black people, of course, which may be another way of saying the same thing. Would there be any music at all?
Straight from the heartland.
Play at home.
It's the the first pre-Broadway musical to star a live dog in a leading role.
Also, Living Sacrifice at Downtown Music, 'Scrooge! The Musical' at the Weekend Theater, Holiday Hangout at White Water Tavern, Jimmy Buffett at Verizon Arena, Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade and 'Belew Christmas' at Wildwood.
Also, Arkansas Choral Society presents a performance of Handel's "Messiah."
But testing shows cove needs more cleanup.
Researchers point to ecological concerns for Lake Conway's Dawson Cove in wake of Mayflower oil spill
Log Cabin Democrat funds independent testing.
For years, there's been a debate over whether the University of Arkansas should drop intercollegiate football. The events of last weekend prove that the time has come.
It's clear that football — at all levels, but particularly at the major college level —is nearing a breaking point as a sport. It is a test not unlike that which it faced just over a century ago but, this time, it's unclear that the sport can emerge from the crisis.
Not much in the way of language error gets by the Arkansas Times' managing editor, Leslie Peacock. I've had personal experience with this. Leslie advises me there's a television series on AETN about a character named Doc Martin, "who is phobic about blood."
It was also a good week for The Little Rock hotel boom. It was a bad week Arkansas Razorbacks, War Memorial Stadium and 'The Mike Huckabee Radio Show.'
Nearly 30 of the nation's largest corporations, many of which have close ties to the Republican Party, have incorporated the expectation that they will be forced to pay a tax on the carbon pollution as a means of controlling climate change
Talk sleet and snow.
The Arkansas Activities Association issued a release yesterday can Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Re: High School Football Games Winter Warning Halts All Football Play Because of a winter storm warning that was issued on Wednesday for Thursday and into Friday for most counties in northwest and north central Arkansas, the Arkansas Activities Association has postponed all scheduled games for December 6th and 7th, which will extend the 2013 football season one week.
Slim Chickens announced on their Facebook page today that the newest link in their chicken chain is now open at 301 N. Shackleford Rd., near I-430.
"Girls" star Adam Driver, who got roles in all sorts of compelling-looking, upcoming films, joined the cast of Nichols’ next film, The Wrap reports. “Midnight Special” is billed as a sci-fi story about a father and son who go on the run after the father learns that his son has special powers.
The Tennessee edition of the Oxford American magazine’s annual Southern Music issue and CD combo is out on newsstands now, and it’s full of music from and writing about Arkansans.
The Center of Artistic Revolution, a center that helps LGBT folks all over the state in various ways, will be hosting their 4th annual "Big Gay Variety Show" on Saturday, Dec. 14
UALR just announced that night classes tonight and classes during the day tomorrow are cancelled due to the impending weather threat.
Gallery 26 is still planning to be open tonight for First Thursday, and has a modest proposal in case of bad weather.
Three real estate companies seek to work with Little Rock Technology Park Authority on site selection downtown.
Detectives with the Little Rock Police Department have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of the U.S. Bank Branch at 6000 W. Markham that occurred on Nov. 26.
KNWA in Fayetteville reports that a child taken from an apartment this morning by a man described as "rambling incoherently" has been recovered and is home safe.
Arkansas Times photog Brian Chilson forwards this cell phone photo of the bread aisle at his local Kroger store.
The former South African president, who spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner, has died.
Rescheduled for next week.
Arkansas lawmakers hear about states rights, environmental deregulation, not expanding Medicaid at ALEC conference
As winter weather starts to grind all productivity to a halt in Arkansas, a handful of state legislators are staying busy. They're rubbing elbows with the likes of Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz and attending workshops with titles like "Expandng Medicaid: Compassionate or Corrosive?" and "The Solution: A Convention Of States To Restrain the Power, Scope, and Jurisdiction of The Federal Government."
Hot Springs Gallery Walk postponed due to weather.
Don't plan on enjoying the Museum of Discovery's new exhibit on robotics, “Robots and Us,” tomorrow: The museum has announced it will be closed because of the weather.
Cancellations for tonight, tomorrow.
Texas Hippie Coalition plays at Revolution Friday.
Living Sacrifice plays at Downtown Music Hall Friday.
The Weekend Theater's production of "Scrooge! The Musical" opens Friday.
It's time for the Holiday Hang Out at White Water Tavern.
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band return to Verizon Arena Saturday night.
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will perform at Stickyz Friday night.
So what’s on your mind. Let us hear it.
Little Rock late-night club owners, working with the Arkansas Licensed Beverage Association, have launched an effort to dissuade the Little Rock Board of Directors from passing an ordinance to require Little Rock clubs to close at 2 a.m. rather than 5 a.m. as their state private club alcohol permit currently allows.
Even worse than Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke reporting the death of Nelson Mandela as the subject of a new film with "awards buzz," former senator Rick Santorum yesterday linked Mandela with Republicans' fight against Obamacare on Fox News.
You may be iced in at home, but the criminals are still hard at work.
KNWA reports that a man in Dover is dead after an ice-weighted tree limb collapsed and crushed his camper.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office today released the attached wanted poster for William W. Chamlee, of Old Tom Box Road in Jackson
Fayetteville is socked in.
The Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery is a great place for drinkers and non-drinkers alike to enjoy the best that the Spa City has to offer.
Harpeth Rising performs at the Unitarian Universalist Church Friday, Dec. 13.
I got a quick look at e-mail in port on Roatan, Honduras. Schools and government closed back home in Little Rock.
I've dug this tune for a long time now, but I just recently stumbled across this gem — a Vegas rendition of "Arkansas Coal" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood.
Blue Hog Report rounds up several items of continuing interest in author Matt Campbell's careful examination of the public record of Arkansas Republicans.
Did Alice Walton pay a record price for "Saying Grace"?
There are no doubt many disappointed Parrotheads across the state tonight. But Jimmy Buffett wants you all to know that he and the band really regret having to cancel tonight's concert.
The Washington Post reports on the huge difference in cost between two nearly identical drugs and why doctors prescribe the expensive one.
Mark Pryor's bible-thumping campaign ad and controversy that a Republican flak's What should have been a back-and-forth about the proper place of religious testimonials in the electoral process was instead, astonishingly, a contretemps over whether Pryor had flip-flopped on Scripture as a legislative how-to manual.
Ammori remembers that Cotton was a fan of Plato, loved the novels of Jane Austen and the movie Titanic, and hated American Beauty, the 1999 Oscar winner that portrayed the dark underbelly of American suburbia.
A state police chase o An individual believed to be wanted in connection with an Alabama homicide investigation died this afternoon (Sunday, December 8, 2013) of what is preliminarily believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
I'm nearing home on my long journey (near Cozumel at the moment), but thought I'd check in.
Tommy Hodges, the developer of Otter Creek, earned deserved High Profile treatment in Sunday's Democrat-Gazette for his decades-long pursuit of retail development there.
The River Valley Leader reports that a transformer fire outside Unit 2 of Arkansas Nuclear One power plant in Russellville has been contained and Unit 2 has been shut down.
State Police issued a statement today releasing the name of an Alabama man who they say killed himself yesterday on I-40 near Ozark after being pulled over by an Arkansas State Trooper.
Former Bro. Gov. Mike Huckabee returns to Little Rock on Friday to serve as the keynote speaker at an extremist evangelical conference at the Statehouse Convention Center. Pastors from Iowa and South Carolina plan to meet with Huckabee to talk about him running for president in 2016
A Little Rock School District bus hit a patch of ice and slid off the road this morning
Congress being Congress I wouldn't hold my breath, but the Washington Post reports that Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Paul Ryan are close on a possible budget deal to fund the government past Jan. 15.
Take this with a heaping of salt, but Politico reports on a poll from conservative group Citizens United Political Victory Fund showing Rep. Tom Cotton up 48 percent to 41 percent in his challenge to incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor.
Sanitary Sewer Commission meeting in executive session after provision of trailer to employee is disclosed.
"An Abstraction of Toys"
“Highlighting Hillcrest: History, Architecture and a Sense of Community,” with Rachel Silva, Tommy Jameson and James McKenzie, 6 p.m.
Local artisans display their crafts at South on Main — and the bar is open.
I spent Thursday through Monday morning on a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico with a group of good friends, stopping for a day in Cozumel (if I had known Max was coming that way I would have planted an Arkansas Times catfish flag on the beach for him).
Wants Chief Thomas to look into allegations of vandalism and criminal activity that went unreported.
Live at Laman is back with a performance from John Two-Hawks, Laman Library, 7 p.m.
Malcolm Holcombe performs at White Water Tavern Thursday.
Swearin' plays at The Cavern in Russellville Thursday.
Red Octopus Theater's "Pagans on Bobsleds XXII: Nice and Naughty" opens Thursday at The Public Theater.
Cool Shoes' last Downtown Music Hall show is Friday.
Alvin Youngblood Hart plays at White Water Tavern Friday.
Good Time Ramblers play at Stickyz Saturday.
Kacey Musgraves plays at Juanita's Saturday night.
Kingsdown's Toys for Tots Christmas Party is Saturday at Revolution.
Downtown Music Hall's final show will be Saturday.
The Frontier Circus moseys on into White Water Tavern Tuesday.