Suggestions on how to make the state a better place to live
Vol 40 • No 16
On the "Face to Face" exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center.
At the River Valley Arts Center.
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of "Because of Winn Dixie" continues this week.
Our annual year-end roundup.
Just back from a long vacation, I don't feel my usual dislocation. Internet connections were sketchy, but I read the Arkansas Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and stayed up with e-mail.
The 6.1 percent turnout for the $73.5 million bond issue to renovate Robinson Center resulted in 5,183 votes supporting the project. In effect, each vote for the project supported the issuance of over $14,000 in bonds.
It was also a good week for a bipartisan budget deal and Mark Martin. It was a bad week for Mark Darr and Arkansas State football.
The world, through the magic of television, saw the bizarre incident at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela: A supposed interpreter for the deaf stood next to President Obama and other world leaders as each delivered a eulogy.
The Bentonville Tigers celebrate their 39-28 victory over the Cabot Panthers in the Arkansas Class 7A high school championship football game last Friday at War Memorial Stadium.
It's missing magic.
Also, the 103.7 Buzz Christmas Celebrity Karaoke, AETN's Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Holiday Fantasy at Robinson Center Music Hall, Zodiac with DJ Rap at Verizon, Smoke Up Johnny and The Canehill Engagement at White Water Tavern and the 33rd Nightflying Anniversary Party at Stickyz.
And helping stretch young minds.
All of this year's answers.
Everyone but Mike Huckabee seems to have forgotten that he finished second in the 2008 Republican presidential sweepstakes, ahead of Mitt Romney, and most people, notably excepting Huckabee himself, are now writing him off as an anachronism.
It's at least anecdotal evidence that Arkansas basketball is on a meaningful upswing, in this columnist's opinion, that a 29-point demolition of a MEAC school is your low point to date.
Somewhere in the midst of an avalanche of sickening revelations about child sex abuse by Catholic clergy it occurred to me that if the Vatican sought an appropriate penance for its sins, it would go mute on issues of sexual morality for about 100 years.
"A 26-year-old North Little Rock man who told police he abandoned a woman 'butterball naked' outside an empty house after breaking a promise to pay her for sex was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by a jury that convicted him of kidnapping."
White Water hosts Collin vs. Adam.
A final entry from the Icepocalypse Diary 2013, delivered late by a Deputy Observer and thus after our press time last week.
Until it becomes socially acceptable to eat actual cake for breakfast, we’ll just have to settle for pancakes instead. Here are our favorites.
Evidence has long been overwhelming that Chancellor David Gearhart and the University of Arkansas propaganda apparatus have been, at least, disingenuous in response to the financial disaster in the Advancement Division and fired spokesman John Diamond's assertion that Chancellor David Gearhart was resista
For the initiated, the headline mimics a Twitter "hashtag" by which the pound sign is used to mark recurring themes for ready reference for Twitter followers interested in specific subjects.
Raydar & Shaolin perform Friday at Revolution.
The interview by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has set off a tempest. His homophobic remarks — comparing being gay with bestiality — got him suspended by A&E. But let's bend way over backward and give his perverse religious views some reason for
I'd mentioned some weeks ago that the name of Colette Honorable, chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, had been floated as a potential appointee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
An Eat Arkansas writer's pastry expertise is put to the test.
Terry Mohajir, the athletic director at Arkansas State, has announced via Twitter and Facebook that Blake Anderson is the new football coach at ASU.
There are now 17 states and the District of Columbia with marriage equality. The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstiutional under the state's constitutional equal protection provision to deny marriage licenses to people of the same sex.
Stuart Rothenberg poses the question above in an article for Roll Call. Can Democrats stop their Southern bleeding here?
The University of Arkansas has named Laura Jacobs as its new associate vice chancellor of university relations.
I'm out early for a family commitment. Remember that they'll turn on the River Lights tonight, an Entergy-government project to festoon downtown bridges with LED lighting, and former President Clinton will be on hand.
In our annual A-Z roundup of Arkansas-related pop culture news from the year, I made an error in the item about Ashlie Atkinson and the status of the Fox show "Us and Them," in which she stars.
Collin vs. Adam performs at White Water Tavern Friday.
Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit challenging Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage, but won't enjoin ban
At this moment, the order above filed today by Pulaski Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is all I know about action in the lawsuit filed by many same-sex couples seeking to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Eric Sommer plays at Midtown Saturday.
U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer's officer has announced that a Little Rock pimp got a 15-year sentence in what it has described as the first sex trafficking case in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
It's a tale perfectly timed for Christmas, when people rouse themselves to drop a few alms in a Salvation Army bucket and warm themselves in the glow of the charitable impulse for 12 months until another bell rings for help for the year-round forgotten.
The Democrat-Gazette's Gavin Lesnick reports this morning the arrest of a Searcy woman after a car choose in the shooting death of her mother after she finished work early this morning at a Big Lots store in Searcy.
Trey Hawkins Band plays at Revolution Friday.
The University of Arkansas is conflating two separate criminal issues in Gearhartgate. Plus, a PR strategy for the UA. As if.
No change in the unemployment rate in Arkansas between October and November. It's still at 7.5 percent, though the national rate dropped from 7.3 to 7 percent.
Here's another one I probably should pass. But ....
Martha Southerland donates an early work by her Carnegie Institute classmate.
You remember, don't you, the clandestine meeting at a Little Rock Krispy Kreme when one Republican candidate seemed to have tried to muscle another Republican candidate out of the state treasurer's race over video of a late-night visit to the state Capitol?
No, the headline doesn't relate to local events. It is only similar to the story about the forced resignation of Mount St. Mary Academy English teacher Tippi McCullough after she married Barbara Mariani.
I wrote this morning about evidence in Fayetteville Prosecutor D
A walk through his collection of artists' self-portraits at the Arkansas Arts Center.
At the end of the school semester Friday, Mount St. Mary Academy lost another teacher as an outgrowth of the forced resignation of English teacher Tippi McCullough after she married her long-time same sex partner, Barbara Mariani.
It's the Friday before Christmas and that generally signals and near-instant decline in news, sometimes until after Jan. 1.
We’ve been fortunate to sample many delightful dishes this year, and we’ve choked down our share of less than stellar meals as well. But there are always those dishes that stand out in our minds, the food that lingers around in those pleasure centers of the brain, the flavors that we just can’t seem to stop thinking about. And so, here we present our 5 Best Bites of 2013.
Smoke Up Johnny plays at White Water Tavern Saturday.
Mark Darr and hypocrisy of Arkansas Republicans, the latest on the University of Arkansas scandal, new polling on races for Senate and governor, "Duck Dynasty" and another teacher departing Mount St. Mary's because of the school's policies and culture — all covered this week.
Your turn. Feedback.
Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who follows the federal courts, sends word that Republican obstructionism has blocked a group of non-controversial federal judge nominees, including two from Arkansas.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning reported on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's unhappy conversation with a legislative auditor over the findings that he'd abused his office expense account by charging for personal travel, not allowed by the Arkansas Constitution.
Norma Bates directs my attention to Salon and a fine article on income inequality. More specifically, it focuses on how income inequality disproportionately afflicts Southern states.
A friend reports that Lawrence Malley has resigned as director of the University of Arkansas Press.
Stickyz hosts the Nightflying 33rd Anniversary Party Monday night.
The hits keep coming on Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, this time from New York Times columnist Charles Blow, a black man who grew up about 50 miles from Robertson's northern Louisiana home.
I wrote earlier about Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's petulant whining to state auditors after they finally caught him bilking taxpayers by expense claims to which he was not entitled.
I'm whistling "Louisiana 1927" as I take a break from ark building to throw open an evening line.
The New York Times' Jonathan Martin writes at length for the big Sunday paper about the amount of time Bill Clinton is spending in Arkansas and the attention he's giving to helping old political friends like Mike Ross, the Democratic candidate for governor, and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
Fox News invited Fox talker Mike Huckabee on TV Sunday and he gave them a headline: His chances of running again for president in 2016 are up to 50-50.
Jeff Woodmansee's blog reports at length today on Matt Campbell's latest work. The Blue Hog Report author is representing the man charged with painting over a racially charged billboard in Harrison, Ark, infamous as a former "sundown town,"
It is, by my synchronicity with the great sideral movements by which time is generally accorded, now acceptable to acknowledge the advent of Christmas.
As expected, the week starts slowly and likely will get slower. Some items of interest to me:
Tony Tiger, as unlikely a name that is, is a member of the Sac and Fox tribe
Verico Ingram, 26, of 7515 Geyer Springs Road, OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A SHOTS FIRED CALL IN THE AREA OF 15TH AND ABIGAIL.
This just in from Little Rock police: Officers worked a double-fatality accident at Chenal and Chenal Club.
Blue Hog Report, whose earned the right, provides some commentary on expense- and campaign-account cheat Lt. Gov. Mark Darr.
Governing magazine has included Sen. Jonathan Dismang on its list of 12 state legislators to watch in 2014.
Airport time. So I'm closing out.
The Christmas Eve morning report: Chocolate and heart-warming photos are among items under the blog tree
I expect light duty on the blog
A special offer from the Arts Center.
The shopping is winding down, except perhaps at grocery stores, where throngs are doing last-minute feast preparations.
What can I say? I still hear the bells and love the imagery of Polar Express.
When your dog is 13 and your children are 28 and 33, early rising on Christmas is a thing of the past.
Gene Lyons: Maybe Duck Dynasty crew should seek out Bill Russell for comment on the happy, singing black folk of Louisiana
Now that I’ve actually seen a few episodes, “Duck Dynasty” is relatively harmless entertainment. Whatever “reality-TV” means, it’s definitely not that.
Walmart gets busted here for essentially bribing employees to make contributions to the company's PAC, by matching their contributions 2-for-1 for favorite charities of the employees.
Amy Chozick, a reporter who covers the Clinton beat for the New York Times, was in Little Rock recently working up a magazine article on Hillary Clinton and her potential presidential candidacy.
Over to you.
Deader than a doornail around here this morning, except for continuing cleanup. This caught my attention in the New York Times:
Sorry to all for lack of activity. The Arkansas Times is closed this week.