Brett Overman has a knack for turning bad luck into folding cash. A story of determination, success and the power of golf.
Vol 38 • No 16
I have been highly sympathetic to the group working for tough land use rules in the Lake Maumelle watershed and share their belief that the proposed ordinance before the Quorum Court next week was written too permissively to benefit major landowner Deltic Timber.
My Blue Mountain, Fla., beach bureau provides another photo of Mike Huckabee's new beachfront home near Destin.
Actually, it's already begun. House Republicans passsed their version of an extension of payroll tax reductions, an extortionate piece of legislation that illustrates their utter disdain for the environment.
At the expense of being tedious, from a climatological perspective, 2011 was a real killer — both figuratively and literally.
A Q&A with the Little Rock director.
It's the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.
Seventeen words from my congressman, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock, sent me into orbit last week.
The NLR Indian restaurant is authentic and friendly.
In the catalog of imagined horrors inflicted upon the nation by a merciless government, none is more enduring, at least in the minds of big business and the Republican right, than regulation.
It was the one percent against the 99 percent when the legislature took up "tort reform" in 2003, and the one percent prevailed easily. Since then, the Arkansas Supreme Court has been knocking holes in this unjust and unwise statute. We see again that the separation of powers is a wonderful thing.
The North Little Rock city council and mayor Pat Hays agreed to postpone a controlled goose hunt in Burns Park that was scheduled for next week. The mayor is seeking alternatives to thin the amount of geese causing issues at the park.
It was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas when, on a crisp crystalline night, I went to the Rep and was completely charmed into the season by its fresh and moving "A Christmas Carol, The Musical."
Plus Hurt, Chris Milam and more.
The Arkansas Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the 106 lucky people who won the lottery to be allowed to kill two geese in Burns Park Dec. 20-22 as part of a sanctioned hunt to reduce the population of Canada geese in the park.
Santa Claus has turned Republican, I understand, and plans to make some big changes in the Christmas ritual.
Jonah Hill salvages it.
One of the markers of a football program's relative progress is that the concept of "season" will naturally expand.
When you entered office at the Capitol, you immediately changed the news channel on the public television in the Capitol Rotunda to Fox News.
"Where did the expression 'going south' come from? There's a big debate here."
And Lombardi closes.
Driving in to the office one day last week, we heard a report on NPR about beekeepers, those hearty souls who ride herd over the bugs that make the honey.
Also Hamboy Jukes Band at Stickyz, the Victorian Christmas Magic Lantern Show at the Old State House, Whale Fire and Phantom Limb at White Water, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 'Happy Holidays' at Robinson, a huge-ass local show at White Water, Trampled By Turtles at Juanita's and The See at White Water.
Opponents to a land use plan for the Lake Maumelle watershed, scheduled for a Pulaski Quorum Court vote last week have grown frantic in opposition. The latest development is a "compromise" plan with some controls, but far less than the ordinance would provide.
t was the Duchess of Windsor who said "You can never be too rich or too thin." Was it Jennings Osborne who said "You can never have too many Christmas lights"? Whoever, the thought is surely appropriate in Arkansas today. Sixty-six communities are adazzle in this year's version of what the state Parks and Tourism Department calls the Trail of Holiday Lights.
It's known that the lawyers got $185 million in legal fees. It's not known how much money their clients got. The lawyers won't say, and a Texarkana circuit judge turned down a request from an opposing attorney that he require disclosure of the amount.
Also for hypocrisy and payoffs. It was a bad week for equality, the business lobby and Kevin Lewis.
The Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that there were no objections to the tax-swollen Little Rock budget.
Let's give a big Red Wolf welcome to Gus Malzahn — and his lovely wife Kristi — who are heading to Jonesboro as the new head coach of Arkansas State University, continuing a tradition of highly religious head coaches.
This is thoroughly unsubstantiated. But ......
Big news on the land use plans for the Lake Maumelle watershed. The two ordinances were considered by separate Pulaski Quorum Court committees last night.
Required reading for the Arkansas Board of Education, Arkansas legislators and anyone interested in "school reform": It's a major investigation by the New York Times into on-line schools, "virtual charter schools" or however you want to style them.
Hamboy Jukes Band plays a benefit for the Amboy Community Food Pantry Wednesday at Stickyz.
The Old State House Museum will present a magic lantern Christmas show Wednesday.
Basketball great and Arkansas native Scottie Pippen is suing all sorts of on-line publications for falsely intimating that he had filed for bankruptcy.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will play Verizon Arena April 21.
I'll try not to hold this against Rep. Clark Hall: U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott will host a conference call with reporters on today’s announcement by the Blue Dog Coalition to endorse Clark Hall for Congress in Arkansas’s First Congressional District.
Metroplan today announced that Bob Dahms and Randy Murphy had tied in the design competition for a replacement for the Broadway Bridge.
“Dralion’s” most cohesive quality is that of absurdity on display, set against eastern percussions, operatic soundscapes and new age melodies. Wobbly dragon-lion fusion creatures traverse lengthy seesaws, rolling giant balls underfoot. An acrobat unfurls from the sky in a breathless free fall of red ribbon and spin, and later, the stage becomes a glowing magical lantern of fragile, fantastic silhouettes.
UALR craftsmen's auction and sale.
Brave Combo plays Stickyz Thursday night.
Whale Fire plays with Phantom Limb at White Water Tavern Thursday.
The Arkansas Highway Commission voted 5-0 today to renege on its promise to withdraw the highway districts each commissioner represents to equalize population.
The Wednesday night line is open. Closing out: * EASTER SEALS AND THE BLIND SCHOOL: The Board for the Arkansas Schools for the Blind and Deaf met last night and heard further from Doug Martin on his proposal to buy Blind School land at the east end of Lee Avenue for a single-family residence.
City Director Ken Richardson, who represents Ward 2, where the Little Rock Technology Park could be built, told the park Authority this afternoon that unless it acts swiftly to identify where it will build "misery merchants" will prey on unsuspecting residents to get them to sell their homes.
White Wives plays Downtown Music Hall Thursday.
Is the state of Arkansas ever going to do anything about Bible instruction in state-funded preschools operated by two Republican legislators — Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork and Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home?
So how was it for you?
Linda Greenhouse writes here to lament the defeat of yet another supremely quailfied — and non-ideological — appointee to a federal appeals court.
Heard about a recent controversy in Iowa? A long-time journalism professor there wrote a long piece about Iowa that listed quite a few unflattering stereotypes.
ASO's 'Happy Holidays' kicks off Friday.
A sushi place that does burgers? Really?
Brother Andy is but one of a cot-dang boatload of performers playing White Water Friday.
Sixteen Democratic governors, not including Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, have written congressional leaders urging the full renewal of extended unemployment benefits Jan. 1, along with payroll tax cuts.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today overturned the death sentence of Frank Williams in Lafayette County and ordered a new sentencing.
Trampled by Turtles plays Juanita's Friday night.
The Nashville Scene reports that "West of Memphis," the new documentary feature about the West Memphis Three case, will play at Nashville's Belcourt Theater on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
Here's a bit of Christmas fun from a few years back featuring Arkansas actress Ashlie Atkinson (lip-syncing over vocals by Meredith DiMenna) as New Jersey hip-hop diva "Chunky Pam."
Since Arkansas State University has hired a former Razorback assistant, Gus Malzahn, as new head football coach, it appears they're going to adopt Hog-style press tactics.
Jon Stewart, typically, did the best job yet on the Religious Right wacko who mounted a campaign against the TV show about American Muslims because it presented them (accurately) as normal people, as opposed to terrorists.
The best of the best, plus a book release.
Just when you're thinking how reasonable Mike Huckabee is capable of being, the other, darker Huck emerges and you remember all the reasons that his presidential candidacy, on balance, would be a very bad thing.
The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today affirmed federal Judge Jim Moody's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the consolidation of the Weiner School District with the Harrisburg School District because Weiner's enrollment fell below the state minimum.
Your comments welcome. Final notes: * WRONGWAY ESCAPE: Channel 4 reports the arrest of a Department of Community Corrections inmate sneaking back INTO a North Little Rock work detail.
After days of lobbying by the Little Rock business establishment and an impassioned pitch by Mayor Mark Stodola, the Pulaski Tech Board of Trustees delayed a decision this afternoon on whether to build a new facility for its growing culinary and hospitality school on the grounds of its Southwest Little Rock campus on Interstate 30 near the Saline County line.
A late line-up shift at White Water brings super-cover band The Libras to White Water Tavern on Saturday.
Mara Leveritt sends news. Variety reports that Reese Witherspoon will star in the film version of Leveritt's book "Devil's Knot" about the West Memphis Three case.
A remarkable tribute to the late Christopher Hitchens from his friend Christopher Buckley at the New Yorker website.
Special thanks to Pizza D'Action's Josh Doering for the following photographs of destruction wrought at the Stifft Station watering hole and restaurant by a hit-and-run driver early yesterday morning.
Twenty new works by the whimsical painter.
There are two ways to make a buttermilk pie — make it fluffy or make it creamy. O'Henry's is the fluffiest I've found at any Arkansas restaurant.
President Bill Clinton will be in town Monday for a book-signing.
The state Ethics Commission today dismissed Times editor Max Brantley's complaint that the Little rock sales tax committee hadn't adequately disclosed spending on its campaign.
Kathy Wells of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods reports on a new development in the campaign to beat a land use ordinance to protect the Lake Maumelle watershed.
Thanks to Alabama press, we have some comments from Arkansas State University's new head football coach, Gus Malzahn, about his wife's Internet-viral video appearance and how it might have figured into his decision to leave a $1.3 million SEC assistant's job for much lower pay at a much smaller school.
Woodcuts by California artist.
The State Hospital, perpetually running afoul of care and safety rules
Dreamfast plays Juanita's Saturday night.
Dallas DJ Jeremy Word returns to Discovery Saturday night.
Fox 16's David Goins reports that Tom Courtway has been named president of the University of Central Arkansas.
But I'm not so young. I leave you with a suggestion.
Development in the Lake Maumelle watershed protection debate: Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed, a voluntary group of environmentally conscious and dedicated citizens, has said it supports a land use plan heading to a vote at the Quorum Court Tuesday night.
Facts don't lie. The middle class is shrinking.
Today's we-are-doomed story in the New York Times is about the melting permafrost in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and the methane gas created by decaying organic matter below.
Missed this yesterday. It's an official attorney general's opinion, in response to a question posed by Little Rock Officer Joshua Hastings, about a decision by the department to open investigative files that led to Hastings' suspension.
A new wrinkle in the effort by the Walton billionaires to take over public education.
It looked kind of crazy out there today, the last major shopping Saturday before Christmas, so after a brief venture out, I retreated.
The departure of troops from Iraq is all over the news and commentary this morning.
The Senate deal on the payroll tax cut — a two-month punt — appears in trouble with House Republicans.
Still trying to figure out what to get for that special someone? How about an Arkansas food gift?
Slacking here. You?
Reuters rounds up network reaction to the death of Kim Jong-Il, the North Korean dictator.
Kathy Wells, president of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods, responds to a story in the Democrat-Gazette over the weekend quoting Pulaski County Attorney Karla Burnett raising questions about amendments added to pending land use proposals for the Lake Maumelle watershed.
It seems pretty simple. The Tea Party is running the U.S. House.
So I read in the Democrat-Gazette today that gun-happy state Rep. Randy Stewart of Kirby wants to institutionalize taxpayer subsidies to process wild game to give to the hungry.
The Newt bubble seems already to be deflating. NOW will the media cover Ron Paul?
The See plays White Water Tavern Tuesday night.
A feature on the Arkansas native and creator of "Seek."
The Little Rock police have identified three suspects in a string of robberies of businesses and people during the last month.
Is there a shallower, more opportunisitic, more demagoguic public official in Arkansas than U.S. Rep. Mike Ross?
Jason Tolbert reports on an effort by Tea Partyer Curtis Coleman, failed past Senate candidate and potential failed future gubernatorial candidate, to shake down some Arkansas legislators to direct state taxpayer money from General Iimprovement Funds to his so-called Institute on Constitutional Policy.
And He suggests that Tim Tebow take it down a notch before He heads off to decide a beauty pageant.
Thanks to a reader for a clip from The Courier in Russellville for a worthy nominee for Worst Person in the World.
Fox 16's Hubert Tate posts a Twitterpic of the line forming outside Barnes and Noble for the autograph session with former President Bill Clinton.
You're on. I'm off.
As you might have guessed, most Central Arkansas restaurants are going to be closed on Christmas Day.
I was indeed surprised to see that Arkansas has an entry in USA Today's list of the top 10 places to find Buffalo wings.
The Benton City Council passed a 5 percent tax on alcohol sales (meaning "private club" sales) last night.
Driven by the Tea Party contingent, the Republican-controlled House today will vote down a bipartisan Senate extension of the payroll tax cut.
New York Times, in Georgia, reports on the rise in pecan thefts. Yes, pecan thefts.
There's always a crowd at Stroud's Diner. Want to know why? Start with big portions and go on from there.
OK, it wasn't particularly hard. But credit Mike Huckabee nonetheless for moderate remarks on Newt Gingrich's idea that Congress should arrest judges who deliver decisions it doesn't like.
The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 8.0 in November, down from 8.2 percent the month before and the total workforce increased by 6,700 jobs.
Republicans are making much of the fact that Politifact is calling "the lie of the year" ads by Democrats that said Republicans had voted to end Medicare.
Robert Araiza, the fiscal officer who said he repeatedly was ignored when he tried to tell his superior of declining money at the Arkansas Forestry Commissionm is telling a panel of legislators today that he was told to shut up about it until after the 2010 elections, on orders he traced to Gov. Mike Beebe.
The Little Rock National Airport opened its expanded security checkpoint today, a $1.7 million, 3,000-square-foot addition that includes more room for waiting lines, an added ticket checkpoint and an added screening lane, plus a couple of those advanced imaging machines.
I told you yesterday about Paul Northcut, an alleged minister who sits on the Russellville City Council, and his crusade against a gay nightclub and a Hispanic nightclub in the city.
The Pulaski Tech Board of Trustees decided today they couldn't make the numbers work to locate a new facility for its growing culinary and hotel management curriculum downtown, rather than on its South campus as planned.
Mandy McBryde plays at Maxine's tonight.
As the Dec. 31 deadline approaches, your trusty Times staff will continue to beat the old showcase drum.
The line is open. Final words: * IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE EDITION: The market soared today, with the Dow up more than 300 on positive housing news.