Promenade on over to the shopping center, explore big boxes, meditate, enjoy arts in the wild woods, drive around looking at the really big houses.
Vol 38 • No 18
Wander among plants; wander among fresh food; eat lunch by the fire; bang on Wednesday; veer over to Vesta's, etc; tour Two Rivers Park.
When I first moved to the Quapaw Quarter in 1997, the question asked by friends and acquaintances was "Is it safe down there?"
Say "Central" and most people familiar with Little Rock will reflexively add "High" to it. The school is the city's most famous icon. Today, the neighborhood surrounding Central High is seeking to vie for its share of attention — and with some success.
Nosh on a bagel at Morningside, get a peek at America's automotive ast, grab lunch at Kierre's and get your cornbread tossed.
I live in Midtown, also known as the Hall High neighborhood, where proximity is everything. I enjoy boasting that I can get anywhere I need to be in 15 minutes or less.
Even though three members of the seven-person editorial staff of the Arkansas Times, including me, reside in the Capitol View/Stifft Station neighborhood, initially there was talk of unceremoniously lumping the neighborhood in with Hillcrest. People do that all the time, in my experience, and I don't like it one bit.
I live in a two-story brick house on Ridgeway Street that my neighbors would surely like to see spiffed up, but Ridgeway is in Hillcrest, and because Hillcrest attracts an eclectic, tolerant type of person, the neighbors have never complained. At least not directly to me.
Looking at where we live every day and noticing fundamental change is a little like looking into the mirror every morning. It looks the same as yesterday, but over the last two decades, it's become a different face and a different city.
Living in the core of downtown Little Rock is the ultimate reverse commute.
Have a burger and a shake at Frostop; walk, skate, roll, tumble, sled or otherwise descend Snake Hill; enjoy the adult beverage of your choice on the patio of U.S. Pizza; pick up the latest issue of Detective Comics at Collector's Edition; grab a wiener and a sundae at Scoop Dog; take a breather on a bench by Lake No. 1 on a sunny fall day, and take a stroll along Skyline Drive.
Get around to it at Stanley Hardware, take a hike at Emerald Park, get your carnivore on at Hogg's, try some barbecue at the Dixie Pig and have a brew at My Friend's Place.
From rock to jazz and everything in between.
At the risk of sounding like some nostalgic curmudgeon, the Heights that I grew up in during the '70s and '80s is a far cry from the Heights of today.
Northwest of downtown and adjacent to the Arkansas River lies Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood, an area that has been an important part of my life and my family's history.
Soak up the arts, catch a film/play/concert at the Argenta Community Theater, walk/ride to fun things, go for a pub crawl and eat.
When my husband and I first moved to Little Rock, we knew little about the area and had no preconceived notions about the metro's various neighborhoods. We came here with an open mind, eager to explore our new home, excited to see where our tastes would lead us.
I wake up early on this crisp, chilly autumn Sunday morning, my head still aching from the one-too-many beers I drank last night around that bonfire at my trailer park on Stanton Road, where a bunch of my neighbors and I talked shop, exchanged anecdotes, told dirty jokes and belly-laughed copiously way into the wee hours of the morning.
In the last two decades, there's been an undercurrent of tension that hums along the western expanse of the Cantrell Road/state Highway 10 area from Interstate 430 to Chenal Parkway.
At 7:20 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, cars crawled along Maumelle Boulevard.
Old houses with tons of character. Local shops with locally produced goods. Neighborhood bars and restaurants run by your neighbors. Dedicated trails for biking and walking.
Any description of North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood will eventually, inevitably, include a comparison to Hillcrest, its better-known cousin south of the river.
I've spent most of my adult life as a vagabond of sorts, living in such diverse areas as New York and Paragould, Ark., and everywhere in between. I recently settled into a two bedroom, two-bath apartment on McCain Boulevard in Lakewood, and I'd be hard-pressed to name a more ideal location in terms of convenience in Central Arkansas.
Seen from the interstate, on the way from somewhere to somewhere, Levy looks picturesque, even pretty, nestled in the bowl of a valley west of North Little Rock's Park Hill, a patchwork of rooftops sticking up above the trees.
Services for the abused, neglected, addicted, homeless, disabled, hungry and others needing assistance.
All that's fit to print in Pulaski County.
For Central Arkansas
Cross the river, hit the Heifer Village, play in Peabody Park, get a little art, watch the ducks and drink, eat and be merry.
See fine art, go to the theater, shop for 'military supplies,' eat well, hear the music of youth and have a whiskey.
Sit amongst sculpture in the Bernice Garden, eat local, dream about the OA and shop greenly.
Learn about Little Rock's history at the Central High School Visitor's Center, tour the dead at Mount Holly Cemetery, buy some eggs at Dunbar Garden, get some boudin at K Hall, shop for fine art and books and take a walk through Centennial Park.
Play in Rocket Park, shop and eat.
Nearly 15 years after what we know today as the River Market district was born, it's still a neighborhood without a clear identity.
Have a PBR at White Water Tavern, eat a dozen on the half shell at Oyster Bar, embrace the funk at Pizza D, catch a game at Lamar Porter Field and tour the State Capitol.
Go to Allsopp Park; go to Knoop Park, experience shopping the way it was before the birth of the big box; dine along Kavanaugh; dive into pool; clean 'em, board 'em, fix 'em; visit a playground for all.
Walk the Arkansas River Trail, ride the Big Dam Bridge, cross Jimerson Creek, take fido to Paws Park, tee it up at Rebsamen Golf Course, eat and drink.
I checked in with Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings on developments in the fatal shooting of a Dallas man outside the Discovery nightclub in Riverdale in the early morning hours Christmas Eve.
Music, theater and more.
All you need to know.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro does some good, some bad.
Plus the 31st anniversary of Nightflying at Stickyz, the Ugly Sweater Party at Revolution, Cool Shoes at Downtown, Dash Rip Rock at Stickyz, WWE Smackdown at Verizon, Hosty Duo at Stickyz and ZoZo at Revolution
Pulaski County's public libraries — including the Central Arkansas Library System and the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock — are more than just reading rooms, offering e-books, music downloads, art galleries, computer access, special features for teen-agers and coffee shops.
I was just finishing up my New Year's resolutions for 2012, and my thought was to keep them to myself this time, so as to avoid the usual hoorawing from y'all, starting in early February, for my inconstancy of purpose.
It turns out that there is a limit to the oldest cynical political strategy — saying one thing, doing the opposite and then claiming credit for both. The holiday cave-in by House Republicans demonstrates it.
The Arkansas Razorbacks' uniquely miserable bowl history — 12 wins in 38 games — is perfectly encapsulated by a 3-7-1 showing in the Cotton Bowl.
Big box and department stores abound (Arkansas is, after all, the home to flagship retailers Walmart and Dillard's), but independent and specialty shops also thrive.
We're all trying to live greener and smarter these days, and for many urban dwellers, taking public transportation is part of that. While the River Rail streetcar may not be all that practical for long-distance commuters, it is a whole lot of fun, and the Central Arkansas Transit Authority has bus options to get you all the way from Roland out west to the airport in the east if you're willing to make a few transfers. Here's the low-down on getting around town.
As we close out the books on 2011, we decided to take a look back at the traffic on our website to get a tally of the most-read stories of the year. All but three of the stories below appeared online only.
A list of addresses for tennis courts, swimming pools and more.
Rep. Ron Paul has no chance whatsoever of securing the Republican nomination, nor of being elected president under any imaginable circumstances. Ain't gonna happen. Even Newt Gingrich has basically said he'd vote for President Obama over Paul.
And class war is total. Our Arkansas congressmen's colleague, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, has announced that Michelle Obama's butt is too big.
A comprehensive list of the federal, state and local officials elected by Central Arkansans.
Numbers aren't just for baseball scores, tallying up your purchases at the mall, and dreading or looking forward to on your birthday (depending on your age). Here we present a look at the numbers behind the people who live in Pulaski County. All statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey.
The column by Gene Lyons "Global Warming Is Real" ranks right in there with Saudi Arabia claiming that if women are allowed to drive there will be no more virgins.
One of the saddest things in the world is that every bit of love you get from a pet is tempered with the knowledge that it's all going to come to an end sooner rather than later. With cats and dogs, you get 10 good years at best, and that's if they don't run out into the street and get creamed by a passing car.
Four children take a tumble Friday at the River Market on Ice rink in the River Market Pavilion.
Courts state, county, municipal.
If you tend to see the world divided between the 1 and 99 percenters, the real estate market in Pulaski County will back you up.
Plus Mayday by Midnight and more.
Also a good week for the spirit of giving and the Arkansas Lottery. It was a bad week for escaping on a technicality and goose hunters.
It's hard for us, as it would be for any well-intentioned person, but some commendation is due the three Republican congressmen from Arkansas.
The numbers for when it all goes wrong.
The often-beleaguered Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, which has run into money troubles in recent years, has quietly installed a new executive director in recent months.
Info on water, electricity, gas, sewer and garbage and recycling utilities.
Latest 'Mission: Impossible' succeeds by playing up the camp.
Many of Arkansas's best public and private schools are located in Pulaski County, as the accomplishments of its students show.
The Observer owns a bicycle now for the first time in 20 years or more, the first one since the mountain bikes of our troubled youth. We've been riding The Going Nowhere bike at the gym since August, and have been making noises about our desire for a Going Somewhere bike for months now.
Surfing the airwaves in Central Arkansas.
Pulaski County has two Level I trauma centers: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital. Baptist Health and St. Vincent Infirmary are Level II trauma centers. There are also two veterans' hospitals: John L. McClellan Memorial in Little Rock and Towbin Health Care Center in North Little Rock. Baptist Health North Little Rock is a Level III trauma center and St. Vincent North is a Level IV trauma center.
All you need to know about flying out of LIT.
From the Arkansas Arts Center to the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, lots to see in Central Arkansas.
Pardon me if I fail to join the crowd handicapping next week's Iowa GOP caucuses like race track touts peddling betting tips on the Kentucky Derby.
NMWA show at Butler Center Galleries.
Trista Harris, Jay Ruud and more.
Get your dose of culcha in the dozens of galleries in Central Arkansas.
It's that time of year again, when we adorn ourselves in our most festive, shimmering finery and our most humorously oversized glitter-encrusted novelty glasses and top hats.
College plans to train film crew members.
I exchanged several notes with Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola last week about his disappointment over Pulaski Tech's rejection of a proposal to move its culinary school downtown.
Rick Perry's evolution on abortion tells you something about the voter segment represented by the Iowa Republican caucus participant.
I can't decide if this is one of those New York Times invented trend stories or the real thing.
A few thoughts on an alternative way to bring culinary tourists to downtown Little Rock.
The Little Rock Housing Authority — the somewhat self-governing city agency that provides government subsidized housing in the city — has a new name and a marketing agency.
A Little Rock police officer, working private security at Park Plaza mall, shot and gravely wounded one person and slightly wounded another in the mall parking deck yesterday. Many questions remain about the circumstances of the shooting.
The University of Arkansas released most of its 2012 Razorback football schedule today. The Hogs are still looking for a non-conference opponent for Sept. 22.
It had tipped its hand decisively earlier with a stay of the order, but the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals finished the job today of undoing Judge Brian Miller's unexpected and preemptory order ending state desegregation funding to the Little Rock School District.
Interesting that an investment company owned by Little Rock financier Warren Stephens has purchased 16 newspapers from the New York Times to add to a newspaper Halifax Media already owned in Daytona Beach, Fla. Industry press says the prices — $143 million and change for more than 400,000 in daily circulation — represents a dramatic reduction in the value the newspapers once held.
Things slow where you are? Deadly dull around downtown.
Robert Reich, a Clinton administration cabinet member, claims no inside information but predicts the 2012 Democratic ticket will be Obama-Hillary Clinton, with Vice President Joe Biden heading to the secretary of state slot.
Interesting item on Channel 4 last night. More details needed, but it reports that the Sherwood City Council had passed a resolution expressing disappointment in Mayor Virginia Hillman for misleading them on a report they'd commissioned about imposing a development impact fee to generate money for parks.
Channel 4 reports that Little Rock police found the getaway car — a PT cruiser — believed used by men who fatally shot Richard Ratley of Dallas outside the Discovery nightclub in Riverdale early Christmas Eve.
After I talked with Sgt. Cassandra Davis yesterday, the Little Rock police apparently filed charges against Joseph Williams, the driver of a car seriously wounded Tuesday by police officer Chris Johannes' gunshot in the Park Plaza parking deck.
The Old Fashioned Cheeseburger is a classic, served up with potato chips or for a little more some great fries.
Noticed this Twitter today on NWAONLINE, the feed for the Northwest version of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette controlled regional newspaper combine.
I've confirmed that a pedestrian was hit by a car yesterday afternoon at an old problem intersection — Sixth and Broadway.
Michelle Bachman gets worked up about the AR-15, concealed carry, the size of her magazine, etc.
Though the application for a conditional use permit is still in the mill, I noticed last night that work is underway on the ground floor of the Wallace Building at 109 Main Street on what appears to be a new bar.
The night line is open. Close-outs: * MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: Tour guide throws message in a bottle off a cruise ship.
Another reminder in the New York Times today of why income tax rates hold little meaning since so many loopholes reduce the effect of high marginal rates.
Occupy Little Rock sends word of an Occupy Arkansas convention in Little Rock this weekend.
40/29 reports that somebody drove a dump truck through a gate at the Fort Smith Regional Airport last night.
Sorry I didn't take a screen shot. I was alerted last night to a post on the Little Rock School District Twitter account that suggested a Bible reading for the day — from Revelation, maybe?
I've said before that I grew up in the Southwest Louisiana oil patch in a refinery town.
The Little Rock police say Greg Smith, 25, of 4315 Pinecone Drive, was fatally wounded by several gunshots on a parking lot at 5201 Geyer Springs Road shortly after midnight this morning.
Some legal normalcy is returning to the Pulaski County school desegregation case. First, it was the 8th Circuit's decision to nullify Judge Brian Miller's out-of-the-blue order ending state desegregation aid to the three Pulaski County school districts.
The best barbecue places serve up pie. And many of the best places for barbecue around here serve up sweet potato pie.
40/29 reports that surveillance video led to the arrest of two 13-year-olds in that elementary school press box fire in Rogers.
Republicans and Democrats alike expect another Mitt Romney chameleon performance when and if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.
I received a followup from the Little Rock Police Department yesterday on the work history of Officer Chris Johannes, who shot the driver of a car in the Park Plaza parking deck earlier this week when Johannes felt the car was backing up toward him in a threatening manner.
If not for crime news, there'd be no news at all. Police say that sometime between 10 p.m. last night and 7 a.m. this morning, some stole 20 feet of heavy-duty copper wire that powered the ice skating rink under the River Market Pavilion 1.
We wrote earlier about the Greene County Tech elementary counselor in Paragould who put up a Nativity scene display in her classroom despite counsel against it from the school district lawyer, Donn Mixon of Jonesboro, and the administration.
An Arkansas-born Texan writes about the museum.
While we're on the subject (I know, you're saying I'm ALWAYS on this subject), here's what the pool is looking like at Crystal Bridges.
The Little Rock police today gave me their investigative file on the October wreck involving now-retired Assistant Police Chief Carlos Corbin.
A traffic fatality, arrests of two serial robbers and other police news dominate the day.
Heartening news from Montana. The state Supreme Court there has upheld the state law that bans direct corporate spending in state and local elections.
A change of pace on a so-far quiet holiday weekend. Roger Armbrust, a former Arkansas Democrat reporter now retired back in Little Rock after a career in New York, contributes columns to Yahoo and today's is a feel-good story about Arkansans, particularly the Little Rock couple Beckham and Karla Allen.
Thanks to Stephens Media for noting Governing magazine's inclusion of state Rep. Darrin Williams of Little Rock on its list of a dozen state legislators nationwide to watch in 2012.
A New York Times article focuses on a New York city problem that I suspect is replicated many other places.
It's open for the last night of 2011. A note: * F*** IOWA: The Iowa caucus madness continues.
I have no data to back this up, but I believe the most popular New Year's resolution is to lose weight.
It remains to be seen if the death toll approaches last year's blackbird apocalypse, but reports are emerging of another dead blackbird fall on New Year's Eve.
Just in time for New Year's resolutions comes a New York Times magazine cover story on the increasing evidence that, once fat, a body is likely to stay fat.
Few people have eaten more burgers at more Arkansas restaurants this year than Kat Robinson. Check out her choices for the 50 best she found in 2011.
Sorry. I've been out.
I still don't see how anybody can claim a victory with, maybe, 25 percent of the vote from 125,000 or so people inb an extremely narrow demographic segment in a whitebread state that generally fails to pick the ultimate Republican nominee.
Paul Krugman should make teabaggers' heads explode today — and by 'baggers I mean Arkanas's Republican delegation in Congress.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sara Wire (pay wall) wrote further this morning about Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown's idea to create some sort of apparatus to avoid "toxic" judicial elections — that is, elections taken over by excessive corporate contributions, dishonest advertising and the like.
Should a restaurant "cleanse" its Facebook page of negative remarks?
I can already hear the groans from the foodist elite amongst our readership. There’s a line that certain folks have forged here between the folks who know food and the sheep… and that line is Red Lobster.
State Rep. Kathy Webb's newsletter for constitutents runs down some of the new laws that take effect in 2012, including the increase in the sales tax exemption on used cars from $2,500 to $4,000.
The book banners never sleep. I've received a note that the Valley View School Board in Jonesboro will meet at 5:30 p.m. today while others watch football games to consider two complaints from school board residents about the teaching of "The Kite Runner" to honors English classes.
Anybody there? You are on.
The Republican-controlled Indiana legislature is pushing for speedy adoption of a right to work law there and apparently taking steps to limit free speech expressions of disagreement within the Capitol when it happens.
Here's a longer report from Blue Arkansas on the outpouring of support last night for continued teaching of "The Kite Runner" in the Valley View School District in Jonesboro.
A new year has begun and still the state Human Services Department dithers on the disclosure that taxpayer-financed pre-schools operated — for either profit or family pay — by state Rep. Justin Harris and state Sen. Johnny Key have included religious instruction subsidized by public money in the Growing God's Kingdom and Noah's Ark pre-schools.
In some places, a Jim Bob Duggar endorsement might not be a plus (except insofar as the number of the rest of the clan of voting age.)
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette devoted a significant amount of real estate in the Sunday newspaper to some number crunching by the Walton-financed school reformers up at the University of Arkansas.
Channel 4 reports a hostage has been released from a house surrounded by SWAT officers on Izard Street, but the hostage-taker hasn't surrendered as yet.
I guess you have to credit Rick Santorum for fully exhibiting an agenda sometimes cloaked strictly in anti-abortion clothing.
With Republicans spoiling to lay a mismanagement charge on the Beebe administration, the Beebe administration rolled out its own background today in advance of continuing legislative hearings tomorrow on the shortfall in Forestry Commission money that recently required layoffs of 36 workers.
The late Jennings Osborne's collection of vintage autos and other vehicles has been sold to a local dealer.
The headlines that say Mitt Romney "won" the Iowa caucus by 8 votes are not politically accurate.
Kathy Wells of the Downtown Neighborhood Association has confirmed a rumor I reported last week.
I wrote yesterday about what I thought was inordinate attention given by both the University of Arkansas school reformers and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to a statewide ranking of every school in Arkansas according to its composite score on the Iowa Test, a national standardized test.
A routine traffic stop in McAlmont by a Pulaski deputy yields suspects in thefts of, among others, dozens of candy bars and some jeans (loose fit, naturally).
Grace Askew plays Stickyz Thursday night.
December tax receipts were up sharply — 9.5 percent increase in gross revenues over the same month last year and 8.1 percent above forecast.
Two people were killed and two wounded in three separate shooting incidents in Little Rock Tuesday night.
Riverfest announced two of its headlining acts for 2012.
40/29 has film of a Fort Smith man dutifully searching for his missing wife — the wife he was later charged with killing.
The Saline County prosecutor's office has announced the conviction of Genieve Mitchell, wife of Alexander Mayor Paul Mitchell, of charges related to methamphetamine possession.
North Little Rock's William F. Laman Library announced today that frequent Arkansas Times contributor Mara Leveritt is the recipient of the 2012 Laman Library Writers Fellowship.
New work by Dolores Justus, Steve Griffith, Jennifer Libby Fay and more.
Arkansas legislators, particularly Republicans, are on board with the fatcat-underwritten American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobby masquerading as an educational organization that churns out cookie cutter legislation for introduction by compliant state legislators.
Some legislators were cool Wednesday to a proposal to add $2.7 million to the state Forestry Commission from the state surplus to fix a money problem.
Bryant is buzzing about City Hall shakeups by Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs. President Obama is getting tough with recess appointments.
Gallery showcases sculpture.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has written in Ethics Daily about the new law providing for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are terrorism suspects.
Popping off on Internet chat boards can get you in trouble. Particularly if you're an unpopular newspaper writer in a small town and your unfriendly comments are directed at a member of the city council.
The New York Times chooses postoffices in small Arkansas communities to highlight the fight over the Postal Service's move to cut costs by reducing local service.
Corporate results come and go, but I thought the report from Dillard's this morning on December sales was of a piece with state tax reporting yesterday that, stripped of estimated income tax payments, showed modest gains, but not stunning jumps, in such areas as taxes on retail sales.
North Little Rock will be cheeseburger paradise March 1 when Jimmy Buffett and band bring his Welcome to Fin Land tour to Verizon Arena.
Smoke is great for ribs and brisket and chicken — but how about a burger?
Sychosys plays Downtown Music Hall Friday night.
A resistant clerk got punched in the face but may have reduced a robber's take in a robbery this morning at the Shell Super Stop at 4100 W. Markham (across the street from Park Plaza).
Members of the committee that will oversee the expenditure of Little Rock's new penny sales tax haven't been named (though I've got a question in to City Manager Bruce Moore about the nominees) but the committee does have its own logo and name: CENT, Citizen Evaluation of New Tax.
Pulaski County Assessor Janet Ward is pleased as punch with a tech development of her office.
The Forest Service and Game and Fish Commission have a proposal pending to expand the habitat for elk in Pope, Newton and Searcy counties.
Big Orange offers the widest variety of veggie burgers in town.
Kelli Marks got her start baking in the cake section of Barnes and Noble, where she read up on how to make her first creation: A four-tier buttercream cake from scratch for her grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack is a former National Guard colonel and he apparently acted like a rank-pulling jerk at a rare town hall meeting Wednesday night, according to this report from Blue Arkansas.
Works no larger than 24-by-24 inches by 39 artists.
Gallery open late First Thursday festivities in Hillcrest.
Mistakes Clyfford Still's painting "1957-J no.2" for "john," rubs derriere on painting.
Blue Cross workers face job loss. Work has begun on a new Walmart in Riverdale. The Coon Supper Lives. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets more bad publicity. Tim Griffin is demagoguing. Tomato packers get justice. Geese get gone.
A court order of protection couldn't save Cassie Cotta's life.
You heard it here first. Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican Dabbs tonight appointed State Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb as interim city attorney.
Want a good solid bite for lunch? You can get it at Dan’s I-30 Diner in Benton, along with whatever pie the staff decides to make up each day.
It wasn't such a bad thing that Rick Santorum was soundly defeated in a re-election bid in Pennsylvania for U.S. Senate.
A couple of headlines of note on education in the NY Times this morning: * VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: The on-line school racket — devised by the likes of William "Slot Machine" Bennett to pour dollars into the pockets of private businessmen through per-pupil tax support equivalent to that given students in real schools with labs, gyms, bands, rich curriculum and all — gets another poor review.
A major Dutch pension firm with $120 million invested in Walmart has announced it has blacklisted the Arkansas-based retailer over its labor policies and anti-union stance.
Is this No. 3 of the year already? Police report John Edward Williams Jr., 33, was killed about 12:20 a.m. this morning at 7500 S. University, the address of the Heritage House Inn.
Rep. Jane English of North Little Rock, a Republican who's seeking a state Senate seat next year, has issued a heart-warming campaign news release.
Little Rock artist Matt Owen got some big props from director Jason Reitman.
The Baytown Disco is set for release some time this year.
Vore's latest album is "Gravehammer."
Wakarusa unveiled the first set of lineup announcements yesterday.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack got some deserved unflattering attention this week for lecturing a hard-working college student for criticizing his priorities in supporting tax breaks for the rich, corporate subsidies and the rest while cutting college aid for struggling students.
This is the best thing I've seen all day, the trailer for the coming ESPN documentary "40 Minutes of Hell," on Nolan Richardson's running Razorbacks.
Grace Askew offered a mixed bag at Stickyz.
A friend noticed this pop-up brag on the Urban Outfitters website and did a double-take.
See them starting Jan. 27 at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued an official opinion today saying no state law change is necessary to correct a voting precinct discrepancy discovered after the legislature approved new congressional districts.
Hot Springs Gallery Walk tonight.
Here's the video for the latest single from Rockstar Jones — formerly of Little Rock, now living in L.A. He released "Bombs" back in April, but the video, which came out a few weeks back, looks good, with plenty of perfectly washed-out shots of sunny southern California.
The Pulaski prosecutor's office has closed its investigation of the death of Dexter Williams, a 24-year-old Mountain Pine man found dead in September in the hot tub of a Maumelle home.
A state legislator willing to fix an ethics law loophole, craziness in Bryant, Steve Womack’s bad day, new developments in the deseg case, the Park Plaza shooting and more are covered in this week's rapid fire edition.
“Small Works on Paper" a venue for upcoming and established artists alike.
The estate of Vickie Freemyer, the Blytheville teacher killed when her car was struck by a speeding State Police cruiser driven by former Trooper Andrew Rhew, has filed an $8 million claim in the death with the state Claims Commission.
WPS. Otherwise, final words: * 4TH DISTRICT GOP DEBATE SET: Tune up your computers so you'll be ready Monday night for a live-streamed debate among Republican candidates for the open 4th District congressional seat — Tom Cotton, Beth Anne Rankin Marcus Richmond.
One to watch: The Pennsylvania town where regulators are considering again the use of trucked water because of concerns of water pollution of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Col. Steve Womack, who blustered at critical constituents at a Fayetteville Town Hall last week, is putting himself before the public again next week.
Race-baiting in the Republican presidential campaign has drawn increasing attention in recent days thanks to some comments from Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ("food stamp president").
We love our football don't we? In the afterglow of the Cotton Bowl, here's a recommendation — Ben McGrath in the New Yorker on a private high school in New Jersey that may be the best high school football team in the country.
The Democrat-Gazette carried an interesting article (pay wall) today about the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to locate a service center for vets at 10th and Main in the old Cook Jeep building.Mayor Mark Stodola is fit to be tied.
Over to you.
The New York Times takes another run today at examining the handouts state give to lure manufacturers.
That's trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with P, which stands for .... * PETITIONS: I've confirmed with a circulator that a petition to recall Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs is underway.
It's over. Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.
The line is open. Recommended: Michael Kinsley's review of Thomas Frank's new book in NY Times.
Occupy Little Rock has sent out more information about its state convention Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13-15 in Little Rock.
If Congress' failure to act before the end of 2011 had produced a tax increase on millionaires, the howls would have been heard round the world.
"Land of Opportunity." As Arkansans know too well of our historic motto, that was a euphemism for impossibly unequal circumstances and terrible deprivation.
He starts with scant name recognition, but a self-description as a "lifelong, true-blue Democrat" is a good start there's for Gary Lataninch, an ecomomics professor at Arkansas State University, about his Democratic candidacy for 1st District congress, a seat now held by Republican Rick Caldwell.
Advocate.com has come up with a ranking of the nation's gayest cities (focusing on cities beyond the obvious like New York and San Francisco) and Little Rock clocks in at No. 11.
The state Board of Education this morning has approved two applications for charter schools by school districts — a conversion charter for an elementary school in Cross County that will provide "projects-based" learning aimed at rural students and a conversion charter for a STEM school in the Lincoln District.
The braaaaaaains behind the Little Rock Horror Picture Show — the gore and spooks spin-off of the Little Rock Film Festival that's scheduled for Feb. 17-19 at Market Street Cinema — announced their next film today, and it looks to be a winner if you're a George A. Romero fan.
Today marks the beginning of downtown North Little Rock's twice-annual week of dining deals. Except this go-round, it's not a week; it's two weeks.
The Polyphonic Spree and Delta Spirit are scheduled to play shows at Revolution soon.
The Joint, a new coffeehouse, comedy and music venue, will open in North Little Rock in April.
A new Argenta coffeehouse-cum-comedy club plans to open in April.
The Coalition to Save the Geese of Burns Park has split the sheets with the city of North Little Rock over Mayor Pat Hays' proposed ordinance to give the mayor power to allow hunting of nuisance animals on three days' notice, without City Council review.
Faulkner County authorities tell the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway that Janice Robbins, 63, fatally stabbed her 8-year-old granddaughter Abby and killed herself.
Tennessee AG may appeal latest ruling.
News roundup: State travel to bowl games; recording criminal interrogations; bomb scare in Fayetteville.
Here are the 20 semifinalists for the 2012 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
Odds and ends around Arkansas this morning: * THE BRYANT FOLLIES: Bryant Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs called in TV stations — not all print media that I can tell — and held forth for about an hour Monday about how she's a victim of obstructionist council members.
Word was circulating last night that North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays had made his decision not to seek re-election this year after almost 24 years in office.
Last time I checked, KATV General Manager Mark Rose, though confirming that Channel 7 was giving some thought to a move from its long-time location at Fourth and Main, said no specific plans had been nailed down.
Mitt Romney was for a woman's right to choose abortion before he was against it.
Little Rock police say a robber with a large butcher knife demanded money at the Exxon at 7600 Cantrell Road about 9:50 p.m.
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, a political science professor at Tulane and frequent commentator on MSNBC, will speak in the Bless the Mic lecture series at 7 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to close 16 USDA and Farm Service agencies in Arkansas.
Employees of the regional New York Times newspapers sold recently to Halifax Media, a company controlled by Warren Stephens the Little Rock financier, are not happy about a non-compete agreement they are being asked to sign by today.
When Mayor Mark Stodola's last-minute objection to a long planned relocation of a day center for veterans surfaced, U.S Rep. Tim Griffin joined the fray.
News roundup: 4th District Republican debate; domestic violence death; casino gambling in Arkansas.
In case you're not used to checking it already, the Times' events calendar includes news about art shows and events all over Arkansas.
Here's an open line for anyone wanting to fill us in on new places, old places or just to blow off steam.