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‘Somebody is out here doing something’: Portraits of protest in Arkansas

Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.
illustration of chemistry lab

'Breaking Bad' at Henderson State

In November 2019, two chemistry professors at Henderson State University were arrested for allegedly producing methamphetamine on campus. Documents suggest the trouble may have started much earlier.

Refugees from an Ozarks cult detail abuse

They escaped from the Nahziryah Monastic Community in Marion County.
Illustration of the Hernando De Soto Bridge, I-40 to Memphis

One cracked bridge. One person fired. A troubling rush to judgment raises major questions about bridge inspections.

An investigation into what happened after the crack in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River was discovered revealed a troubling rush to judgment, evidence the crack has existed for at least seven years and major questions about the procedures and thoroughness of the current bridge inspection
chuck campbell with his mountain bike

Big Ideas for Arkansas 2019

Suggestions from thinking people on how to improve life in Arkansas.
Gov. Orval Faubus greets a voter in Clinton in 1962.

A forgotten candidate and the 1962 Arkansas governor’s race

Dave Cox's forgotten campaign and the 1962 election for Arkansas governor. An exclusive excerpt of Ernie Dumas' political memoir.

From Willisville to Washington: Sen. Joyce Elliott is ready to school Congress

Sen. Joyce Elliott was the second Black graduate of her newly integrated high school. If elected, she’ll be the first Black lawmaker Arkansas sends to Congress. 

The Best and Worst of Arkansas 2020

It was the year of spinnin' and grinnin'.

Outlaw nation: Professional bull riding's new rockstar is from Hamburg, Arkansas

When Chase Outlaw (that’s really his name) goes into the bucking chute now, the announcers broadcast the story of his infamous comeback across the arena, and an X-ray of his mutilated face flashes on every screen, projecting an image of his eye socket looking like a chewed up piece of tobacco.

Incarcerated, infected and ignored: inside the Cummins prison outbreak

Inmates at Arkansas’s Cummins Unit say guards treated them like “lepers” as COVID-19 tore through the penitentiary.

Flash Point: Race, fire, police and Little Rock's new mayor

Can the city's first elected black mayor heal the racial divisions that have long plagued the city's fire and police departments?

How politics and religion handicapped Hot Springs in the race to become America’s chief gambling resort

The boom that got away.

Little Rock's massive effort to feed kids amid the pandemic

Thanks to World Central Kitchen, the Clinton Foundation, the Little Rock School District and a broad coalition of local players, all Little Rock kids have access to free food on a daily basis.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shifts to digital delivery

Publisher Walter Hussman tries to save the news by stopping the presses.
Army bringing farmers to town

To Those Known and Unknown: The Elaine Massacre Memorial

September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days.

The discipline gap

Research shows Arkansas schools punish African-American students more frequently and more harshly than their white peers.

COVID and the classroom: Arkansas faces a school year like no other

Thousands of students and educators prepare to return to the classroom as the debate over health and safety continues.

The past and future of Hall High School

Once a school of choice, now in the crosshairs of the State Board of Education, Little Rock Hall prepares to hit the reset button.

Diary of a DJ: How Craig O'Neill went from being Little Rock's class clown to its Mister Rogers

Craig O'Neill's 50-year career in broadcasting is no joke.

45 years of the Arkansas Times

High school alums celebrate their 45th class anniversaries with reunions, why not us? We’re celebrating our sapphire year by looking outward, rather than inward, with stories that reflect the times. Here’s the way we were (the most popular song of 1974, by the way), the way we went and the way we are now, year by year.

Pandemic puts live music venues on the riverfront in choppy economic waters

While barbershops and churches and gyms and restaurants across the country are easing their doors open incrementally, theaters, nightclubs and performing arts centers remain mostly dark. Worse, many of them have been deprioritized or left out altogether when it comes to monetary relief packages.
Several thousand LRSD supporters gathered at Central High School on Oct. 9 to protest the state’s treatment of the school district.

The second Little Rock crisis

The city braces for a teachers strike and indefinite state control of the school district.
Picture of Doe's Eat Place in Little Rock

Hot tamales and Clinton mania: an oral history of Little Rock's Doe's Eat Place

This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.

Black Boys at the Barre

By connecting classical dance to a broader history of black movement, C. Michael Tidwell influenced generations of teenagers.
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