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Stories for October 2007

Wednesday, October 31

Murderer granted stay for November execution

posted: 10/31/2007 2:23 p.m.

A federal judge has granted convicted killer Don William Davis' request to halt his scheduled Nov. 8 execution in light of higher court decisions related to a lawsuit that challenges lethal injection as cruel and unusual punishment.

Toys 'R' Us recalls lead-contaminated military toys

updated: 10/31/2007 2:22 p.m.

Toys "R" Us recalled about 16,000 Chinese-made Elite Operations toys because of lead contamination, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday.

Supreme Court review of lethal injection halts executions; none carried out in October

posted: 10/31/2007 2:17 p.m.

For the first time in nearly three years, a month passed with no executions in the United States. No death sentences were carried out in October, as judges and elected officials effectively halted executions following the Supreme Court's decision to rule on lethal injection procedures in a case from Kentucky.

Feds cut key interest rate by a quarter-point to guard against recession threats

posted: 10/31/2007 1:33 p.m.

The Federal Reserve, confronted with surging oil prices and a slumping housing market, on Wednesday cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point, the second rate reduction this year.

Bush to sign 7-year extenstion of moratorium on Net access taxes

posted: 10/31/2007 1:16 p.m.

A moratorium on Internet access taxes got a last-minute extension Wednesday, one day before it would have expired.

Hostage ordeal over as police take man into custody

updated: 10/31/2007 11:34 p.m.

A knife-wielding man who police said was holding his ex-wife and child hostage in his truck surrendered Wednesday night, ending the nearly 17-hour ordeal, according to reports.

New jobs expected for Pocahontas in form of medical products company

posted: 10/31/2007 12:50 p.m.

A new $1.5 million distribution center for a medical products company will be setting up in northeast Arkansas, adding 40 new jobs to the region, state officials announced Tuesday.

Senate committee OKs beefing up consumer safety agency

posted: 10/31/2007 12:03 p.m.

A Senate committee unanimously adopted sweeping legislation that would extend the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and sharply increase its budget and staff.

NASA scrubs spacewalk to allow more time to handle ripped solar wing

posted: 10/31/2007 11:40 a.m.

NASA canceled a spacewalk Wednesday as it scrambled to deal with two power problems at the international space station.

Tropical Storm Noel curving toward Bahamas

posted: 10/31/2007 11:35 a.m.

Floodwaters and mudslides spawned by Tropical Storm Noel killed at least 48 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, officials said Wednesday, raising the death toll as the storm regained force over water and curved toward the Bahamas and Florida.

Economy grows at brisk 3.9 percent pace in summer

posted: 10/31/2007 11:14 a.m.

The economy picked up speed in the summer, growing at a brisk 3.9 percent pace, the fastest in 1 1/2 years and an impressive performance even as a credit crunch plunged the housing market deeper into turmoil.

'Stargate' is back for fifth season

posted: 10/31/2007 11:10 a.m.

That robust cheer is coming from the loud and noble geek section of the peanut gallery, reports Michael Storey in Thursday's Style section.

Man dead after officers fire at suspects in car theft

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

Little Rock police have identified the officers involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting death of a man they say tried to hit them with a car.

Madison County woman accused of trying to hire hit man

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

Police arrested a Madison County woman for reportedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her daughter-in-law.

NLR Prime Quality feed mill closing

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

The Prime Quality Feeds mill, a North Little Rock landmark since the 1920s, will cease operations at the end of the week, introducing the possibility of more downtown redevelopment.

Donations sought for jail-roof repairs

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

The Pulaski County sheriff and treasurer stood under the rotting roof of the old jail Tuesday with outstretched hands asking the public not for treats, but for $131,928 in donations to repair the roof - a first step toward reopening the building.

Iraqis move to end immunity given security firms by U.S.

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

The Iraqi government approved a draft law Tuesday to lift immunity for foreign security companies including Blackwater USA in a bid to overturn a decree imposed more than three years ago by the U.S. official who ran the country after the invasion.

Report: Arkansas manufacturing sector loses nearly 7,000 jobs in year

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

The number Arkansas manufacturing jobs fell 2.8 percent since last August, according to the Arkansas Manufacturers Register, an industrial guide published annually.

Plywood mill's layoffs idling 300 in Crossett

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

For the second time in less than a year, Georgia-Pacific Corp. has laid off 300 workers after suspending operations at one of its two plywood mills in Crossett.

List culled to three for higher education post

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

The state Higher Education Department says it has narrowed to three the field of candidates for the director's job.

Suspect killed, 2nd injured in LR police car-theft sting

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

Two Little Rock Police officers are on administrative leave with pay following a Tuesday morning shooting that left one man dead, one injured and one in jail.

NBA: Spurs' festive day ends with victory

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO - If only this one night, exacting San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich would give his players a break.

Huckabee path gets thornier

posted: 10/31/2007 6 a.m.

For two months, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rode his second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll to a wave of positive reviews. For the most part, newspapers and broadcasters treated him gently, dwelling on his famous weight loss, the role of faith in his politics and his quip for every occasion.

7A STATE TOURNAMENT: Bentonville better of teams in black

posted: 10/31/2007 3:14 a.m.

Bentonville and Little Rock Central had the same school colors and mascot, but the resemblance ended there in Tuesday's first-round Class 7A state volleyball tournament match.

6A STATE TOURNAMENT: Extra match is all right with Jonesboro

posted: 10/31/2007 3:13 a.m.

A late-season forfeit kept Jonesboro from earning a first-round bye in the Class 6A state volleyball tournament, but Lady Hurricane Coach Jennifer Shipman found a few positives in having to play an extra match.

5A STATE TOURNAMENT: Keelin jump-starts Morrilton in victory over Wynne

posted: 10/31/2007 3:13 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS - It took a while, but once she got going, Candace Keelin left Wynne reeling.

3A STATE TOURNAMENT: Disparity in height lifts Shiloh Christian

posted: 10/31/2007 3:13 a.m.

HARRISON - The Shiloh Christian Lady Saints used their huge height advantage to hit 40 kills Tuesday in a 25-13, 25-13, 25-14 victory over Conway St. Joseph in the first round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/31/2007 3:12 a.m.

Want to win an Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl ring? Here's your chance.

COMMENTARY: For postseason baseball, the test is time

posted: 10/31/2007 3:12 a.m.

As the Boston Red Sox celebrated on the Colorado Rockies' infield Sunday night, thousands of Boston fans, far from home, filled the lower stands of Coors Field, chanting in unison.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/31/2007 3:12 a.m.

Arkansas starting quarterback Casey Dick has reasons to remember South Carolina.

Off the wire

posted: 10/31/2007 3:11 a.m.

Joe Girardi, 43, was hired as New York Yankees manager, agreeing to a three-year contract to replace Joe Torre.

FLORIDA SEC PREVIEW: Draft departures hurting Donovan

posted: 10/31/2007 3:10 a.m.

Billy Donovan's back was a big deal at SEC basketball media days.

Romo awarded $67.5 million deal

posted: 10/31/2007 3:09 a.m.

Wearing jeans and an untucked Dallas Cowboys golf shirt, Tony Romo treated Tuesday as if it was any other day of work.

Return to 'roots' for Duke

posted: 10/31/2007 3:09 a.m.

It was only appropriate that Maumelle Country Club was chosen as the site of the inaugural Ken Duke Charity Pro-Am benefiting Arkansas Children's Hospital.

NBA Spurs' festive day ends with victory

posted: 10/31/2007 3:09 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO - If only this one night, exacting San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich would give his players a break.

Winless FIU making future plans

posted: 10/31/2007 3:09 a.m.

Florida International University has looked more like the Florida International house of pancakes for most of this season.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Fort Smith Northside's Kursh makes commitment to UALR

posted: 10/31/2007 3:08 a.m.

UALR women's Coach Joe Foley received an oral commitment from the highest-regarded recruit in program history Tuesday when Fort Smith Northside power forward Marian Kursh gave her pledge to the Trojans.

Teams do job setting up showdown

posted: 10/31/2007 3:07 a.m.

Bearden and Junction City deserve a lot of credit.

ARKANSAS VS. SOUTH CAROLINA: Any given Saturday

posted: 10/31/2007 3:07 a.m.

The SEC is devouring itself. Check out the results.

LPGA opts to make return trip to Rogers

posted: 10/31/2007 3:06 a.m.

The LPGA Tour will return to Northwest Arkansas in 2008 for its second attempt at a first event.

Atkins can't afford another letdown

posted: 10/31/2007 3:05 a.m.

Atkins must quickly regroup after losing its shot at the 4-3 A Conference championship last week with a 35-0 loss at Charleston.

LIKE IT IS: McFadden needs a November to remember

posted: 10/31/2007 3:05 a.m.

When Johnny Majors was the head coach at Tennessee, he always tried to have his weakest opponents scheduled for November.

Former UA athlete loses lawsuit against ex-officer over car search

posted: 10/31/2007 3:05 a.m.

A federal jury found in favor of a former Fayetteville police officer Tuesday in a lawsuit over his use of a drugsniffing police dog during a 2003 traffic stop.

Tobacco smuggler smoked out again

posted: 10/31/2007 3:04 a.m.

An inmate involved in a 2006 contraband scandal was nabbed again last week in a new attempt to smuggle tobacco into the Tucker Unit in Jefferson County, officials said Tuesday.

Undefeated Beavers are used to winning

posted: 10/31/2007 3:03 a.m.

Junior high success doesn't guarantee the same thing in high school football.

Founder of Rep named to assume Wildwood's helm

posted: 10/31/2007 3:03 a.m.

Cliff Fannin Baker will take over Jan. 1 as artistic director and chief executive officer of the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts.

UA attorneys tell court man's appeal 'frivolous'

posted: 10/31/2007 3:02 a.m.

Attorneys for the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville told the state Supreme Court that an appeal filed in a case stemming from an e-mail sent to former University of Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain is "frivolous, vexatious and meritless."

Police beat

posted: 10/31/2007 3:01 a.m.

Burglars ransack animal shelter Burglars tore through the Humane Society of Pulaski County building before dawn Tuesday, breaking a security camera, ripping off the door and taking $500 in cash from a vending machine, cracking a safe, and making off with $800 in medications and a 1998 Dodge Caravan, the sheriff's office and shelter employees reported.

Jury still undecided on killer's sentence

posted: 10/31/2007 3 a.m.

A second day of deliberations in the sentencing of convicted murderer Vertis Clay of North Little Rock did not produce a decision on Tuesday.

Greyhounds know 'Rabbits in chase

posted: 10/31/2007 2:59 a.m.

Newport Coach Greg Brannon would seem to have some reasons to be positively giddy about the prospect of facing Lonoke for a 2-4 A title.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/31/2007 2:58 a.m.

Bill Davis Trucking Inc. said in a release Tuesday that its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing was "necessitated by an injury accident and ensuing lawsuit against the company."

NLR Prime Quality feed mill closing

posted: 10/31/2007 2:57 a.m.

The Prime Quality Feeds mill, a North Little Rock landmark since the 1920s, will cease operations at the end of the week, introducing the possibility of more downtown redevelopment.

UAMS' new power plant to save $3.5 million a year

posted: 10/31/2007 2:56 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Tuesday touted the energy-saving features of a new $32.3 million power plant on the campus.

Lonoke man held in child-porn case

posted: 10/31/2007 2:56 a.m.

A Lonoke man has been arrested on suspicion of viewing child pornography on a computer at the library and failing to comply with sex offender registration.

Is it a cigar or a ghost? Team hunts specter at museum

posted: 10/31/2007 2:55 a.m.

GASSVILLE - Local lore says a cigar-smoking spirit haunts the Baxter County Heritage Museum in an 84-year-old building that once housed the county's first hospital.

Taiwan envoy talks on China

posted: 10/31/2007 2:55 a.m.

Despite a growing economy and more than 10 years of democracy in Taiwan, Joseph Wu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representation Office in Washington, D.C., says that China continues to inhibit Taiwan's international participation.

Inmate must give up inheritance

posted: 10/31/2007 2:54 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Money inherited by a woman convicted of killing five family members 30 years ago must pay her room and board in prison, a judge decided Friday.

Killer of husband appeals sentencing

posted: 10/31/2007 2:54 a.m.

Anne Throneberry, convicted in the 2004 kidnapping and grisly killing of her husband at their remote Alread home, on Tuesday appealed a judge's decision to give her a longer prison sentence than a jury recommended.

Experts predict rate cut by Fed

posted: 10/31/2007 2:52 a.m.

The Federal Reserve is expected by analysts to cut an important interest rate today, a move designed to help the economy get through the stresses of a painful housing slump and credit crunch.

City Year executive is Clinton School speaker

posted: 10/31/2007 2:51 a.m.

Michael Brown, chief executive officer and co-founder of City Year, a program for 17- to 24-year-olds to give 10 months of full-time community service to their community and country, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.

Child-sex case sends church exec to prison

posted: 10/31/2007 2:51 a.m.

A former North Little Rock church administrator accepted a 10-year prison sentence for child molestation Monday rather than face a jury.

Spirit of U.S. shoppers droops to two-year low

posted: 10/31/2007 2:50 a.m.

A key barometer of consumer sentiment dropped to its lowest level in two years, igniting concern that the upcoming Christmas shopping season will be lukewarm.

FILINGS: Daily Record

posted: 10/31/2007 2:50 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

China short on diesel; drivers see rationing

posted: 10/31/2007 2:49 a.m.

Frustrated truck drivers lined up to buy as little as a quarter of a tank of diesel fuel Tuesday because of shortages.

Obituaries

posted: 10/31/2007 2:48 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/31/2007 2:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "A lot of feed companies have shut their businesses in major metro areas down for obvious reasons." Dee Ann Landreth, president of Mountaire Corp. Article, 1D

Other days

posted: 10/31/2007 2:47 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1907 Representative citizens of Arkansas appeared before Captain George M. Hoffman, United States Engineers' Corps, in advocacy of the government proceeding at once with the work of revetting the river bank in front of the Grand Lake levee in Chicot County.

Mad-cow worry prompts suit about Canadian cattle

posted: 10/31/2007 2:47 a.m.

A group of cattle ranchers and consumer activists is trying to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture from allowing older Canadian cattle into the country.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 10/31/2007 2:46 a.m.

Friedman Paul Erhardt, a German-born cook known as "Chef Tell" who was one of America's pioneering television chefs, has died. He was 63.

Bank files foreclosure on Michigan investors

posted: 10/31/2007 2:46 a.m.

Two Michigan investors are defendants in six foreclosure suits filed recently by Regions Bank seeking almost $14 million in unpaid mortgage balances on seven Benton County properties.

Hospitalized, man charged in child death

posted: 10/31/2007 2:45 a.m.

Since a Jacksonville murder suspect who jumped off a bridge was too badly injured to come to court Tuesday, a Pulaski County Circuit judge tried to take the court to him.

Sobbing teen gets 20 years for her role in car salesman's murder

posted: 10/31/2007 2:44 a.m.

A woman who pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to the murder of Tommy Ables, a Texarkana car salesman, sobbed as she read a prepared statement to members of the deceased man's family shortly before being sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Shocking

posted: 10/31/2007 2:43 a.m.

I almost spilled my coffee. I just stood there, dumbstruck right in my own the kitchen. Flipping through the Wall Street Journal the other morning while waiting for the oatmeal to cool, my eye was caught by an article I had to read all the way through-then and there. It was the text of an interview with the latest Nobel Prize laureate. No, not the one named Al Gore.

MARKET REPORT: Dow slips in run-up to Fed decision

posted: 10/31/2007 2:43 a.m.

Wall Street pulled back Tuesday as investors uneasy after a drop in consumer confidence traded cautiously ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate decision.

Awful Alfred's Big BOO! -st

posted: 10/31/2007 2:42 a.m.

Editor's note: Today's feature is a read-out-loud Halloween story for kids and other bumps in the night.

Over-reaction time!

posted: 10/31/2007 2:41 a.m.

IT'S THE best, or rather worst, of 21st Century gotcha! journalism. The template was set years ago: (1)The actor/singer/politician/celebrity goes to golf club/night club/historical monument.

Weather, relationships changing retail market

posted: 10/31/2007 2:40 a.m.

Retailers and their suppliers are dealing with a number of changing trends, including a growing number of single women - predicted to be more than half of all women next year, company representatives were told at a seminar Tuesday.

Simply speaking

posted: 10/31/2007 2:40 a.m.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bruce Braley, a congressman from up in Iowa. The honorable is sponsoring legislation to make government documents more readable. It's about time.

Reward good teaching

posted: 10/31/2007 2:40 a.m.

The United States has a long and dishonorable history of assigning the least effective, least qualified teachers to schools that serve the neediest children.

LETTERS

posted: 10/31/2007 2:39 a.m.

Base judgment on the good people do I'm sure you've heard. J.K. Rowling stated that the greatest wizard of all was, in fact, gay. Every morning news show had a segment about it. Hundreds of fan sites and chat rooms buzzed with the news. Christian conservatives used it to prove that the Harry Potter series really was from the Devil.

Internet tax moratorium bill passes House, goes to Bush

posted: 10/31/2007 2:39 a.m.

A bill to extend a moratorium on Internet access taxes for seven years was approved 402-0 by the House on Tuesday, less than two days before it was set to expire.

Right vs. Left

posted: 10/31/2007 2:37 a.m.

For the longest time, resident scholars on the sprawling rural campus of Unsolicited Opinions.org, the one-man, five-dog think tank where this column originates, couldn't imagine Rudy Giuliani as the Republican presidential nominee.

Memories of Halloweens past resurface

posted: 10/31/2007 2:37 a.m.

We called him Old Mr. Crabapple because he didn't look at all like the kind of elderly gentleman a child would want to befriend.

Earnings report

posted: 10/31/2007 2:36 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a profit of $668 million, or $2.75 a share, compared with a loss of $48 million, or 27 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose to $5.06 billion. Shares rose $2.05 to close at $29.16.

HEART & SOUL: Storm fades, doesn't kill autumn beauty

posted: 10/31/2007 2:35 a.m.

A recent Sunday was a clear, lovely, unusually warm autumn day. The colors of the season were present, but full brilliance was about two weeks away.

Study: Web's role in lives of kids still vexes parents

posted: 10/31/2007 2:35 a.m.

As children spend more time online, doing everything from chatting with friends to researching homework, parents are struggling with how big a role the Internet should play in their children's lives, a study released Oct. 24 shows.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/31/2007 2:34 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year will be outstanding in your memory because there are lots of "firsts" that happen. Make your list now - things to do and places to see - so that you are consciously taking charge of these "firsts."

THE DAD ZONE: Of memories, e-mail and tree-shaded streets

posted: 10/31/2007 2:33 a.m.

A trip down Memory Lane took me back to Mulberry Street. But the journey was shaped in the here-and-now during a brisk predawn walk with our dog.

Lifelong teacher's book takes 'subs' to top of class

posted: 10/31/2007 2:32 a.m.

When we think of substitute teachers, images of harrowed adults being pelted by spitballs and wearing kick-me signs come to mind.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/31/2007 2:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I feel devastated because out of the blue, my wife told me last month that she didn't love me any more and she was leaving. When I try to call her, she just hangs up, and now she's filed for divorce.

PARENTING: Parents complicate answers to kid's simple question

posted: 10/31/2007 2:25 a.m.

DEAR MR. ROSEMOND: After watching movies about war and children's movies in which villains die, my 5-year-old has started asking questions about killing and death.

Creature feature

posted: 10/31/2007 2:22 a.m.

I have a cat and a dog. I've never had both at one time and now I see they sure are different. I taught my dog to sit and I tried to teach the cat. She was having none of that. Does that mean she's not as smart?

Donations sought for jail-roof repairs

posted: 10/31/2007 2:21 a.m.

The Pulaski County sheriff and treasurer stood under the rotting roof of the old jail Tuesday with outstretched hands asking the public not for treats, but for $131,928 in donations to repair the roof - a first step toward reopening the building.

Argenta case documents ruled public for most part

posted: 10/31/2007 2:21 a.m.

The public is entitled to see the records that led to the firing of the Argenta Community Development Corp. executive director but not to know the name of his accuser, an Argenta employee, a Pulaski County Circuit judge ruled Tuesday.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/31/2007 2:21 a.m.

1. The word "none" is a noun and a pronoun as well as an adverb and an adjective. True or false? 2. How was Pompeii destroyed ?

Family shopper

posted: 10/31/2007 2:19 a.m.

LIGHT AFFECTION NIGHT LIGHT What it is: A personalized, carved night light Say what?: A night light created from a personal photo.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/31/2007 2:19 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Here are some delicious ideas for leftover vegetables: Think of them as the original precooked convenience food, and by adding some freshly browned onions or garlic, you'll have a new dish your family will love.

ART SMART: Wool sweater plus hot water creates felt for crafts

posted: 10/31/2007 2:18 a.m.

Who hasn't accidentally put a woolen sweater through the washer and dryer only to be horrified at the result - a miniature version of its former self? For this project, however, we intentionally shrunk - or felted - a sweater.

Pickup driver pleads guilty in deaths

posted: 10/31/2007 2:18 a.m.

A Newport man whose pickup plowed hard into a Hardee's restaurant in 2006 and killed two former Newport school employees pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter Tuesday and was sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Children clean room for house fairy visits

posted: 10/31/2007 2:17 a.m.

Who among us mere mortals could invite someone into our home, have them open every cabinet and drawer and not find clutter ?

Barbie faces battle with Hannah, Troy for Christmas cash

posted: 10/31/2007 2:17 a.m.

A fight is brewing in the doll aisle.

Suspect killed, 2nd injured in LR police car-theft sting

posted: 10/31/2007 2:16 a.m.

Two Little Rock Police officers are on administrative leave with pay following a Tuesday morning shooting that left one man dead, one injured and one in jail.

TIDBITS

posted: 10/31/2007 2:15 a.m.

CARVE NOT Pumpkins are one of the few truly seasonal foods left in the U.S., and now's the time for them. When you're buying them (to eat, not to carve), look for cooking pumpkin such as small sugar, New England or northern pie varieties.

Low graduate count lands 6 schools on list

posted: 10/31/2007 2:15 a.m.

Six Arkansas schools, including three in Little Rock, are among 1,700 campuses nationally in which 60 percent or fewer of the students who started at a school as freshmen went on to graduate from the same school, according to an analysis by Johns Hopkins University.

PAPER TRAILS: Ballplayer's letters bat thousands

posted: 10/31/2007 2:14 a.m.

Remember that Boise, Idaho-based researcher who ran a recent classified ad in this paper seeking several bundles of letters written between 1890 and 1910? The letters, sold Oct. 4 at a Little Rock estate sale, were to Robert Gilman Allen, an early professional baseball player.

In the news

posted: 10/31/2007 2:13 a.m.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, 75, D-Mass., who had been resting at the family's Hyannis Port, Mass., compound since his Oct. 12 surgery in Boston to clear a partly blocked artery in his neck, was back at work in the Senate and said he's feeling fine and "I think it's just about getting the energy level back.... The strength has been coming back daily."

Prime pumpkin breads

posted: 10/31/2007 2:13 a.m.

Pumpkin quick breads are of two general types: one distinctly sweet and moist, rich and cakelike; the other mildly sweet and less moist, with a breadlike texture. Either type can be delicious, and the two share a number of ingredients: flour, oil or butter, sweetener, spices, baking powder and pumpkin puree.

Child-porn case in high court

posted: 10/31/2007 2:12 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court explored Tuesday whether it could limit the reach of a child pornography law so that it would not apply to legitimate creative expression, vivid adolescent imaginations or innocent e-mails with provocative headings.

U.S. intelligence cost $43.5 billion in 2007

posted: 10/31/2007 2:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government spent $43.5 billion on intelligence in 2007, according to the first official disclosure under a new law implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission.

Singer, Camelot star Goulet dies at age 73

posted: 10/31/2007 2:11 a.m.

Robert Goulet, who marshaled his dark good looks and thundering baritone to play Lancelot in the original Camelot in 1960, then went on to a wide-ranging career as a singer and actor, winning a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 73.

DINNER BELL: (Slightly) burned Kettle Corn no cure for insomnia

posted: 10/31/2007 2:11 a.m.

This Dinner Bell column was published Oct. 15, 1997.

Names and faces

posted: 10/31/2007 2:10 a.m.

Dolly Parton said she feels like a part of her died along with her old duet partner, Porter Wagoner. But she said she was grateful that she was able to spend a few final hours with the man who launched her career, before he succumbed to cancer Sunday.

6 charity workers face Chad kidnap charges

posted: 10/31/2007 2:09 a.m.

N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad charged six French citizens with kidnapping after they tried to fly out 103 African children from the remote border region with Sudan, bandaging them up to look injured and claiming they were Darfur orphans in need of rescue.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 10/31/2007 2:09 a.m.

Brownie Edge Pan by Baker's Edge features dividers that create crunchy edges and soft centers for every brownie or bar cookie.

Kucinich questions Bush's mental state

posted: 10/31/2007 2:08 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich questioned President Bush's mental health in light of comments he made about a nuclear Iran precipitating World War III.

7day menu planner

posted: 10/31/2007 2:07 a.m.

SUNDAY FAMILY: Make it easy today with baked ham at the center of the plate. Accompany the family favorite with a delicious dish, Green Beans and Potatoes With Rosemary and Lemon Zest (see recipe).

Here's the schedule for Huckabee on TV

posted: 10/31/2007 2:05 a.m.

Here is presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's television schedule today and Thursday (all times are CDT): TODAY 6:40 a.m. Fox Business Channel with Alexis Glick 4 p.m. Fox News' Your World with Neal Cavuto 6:30 p.m. Fox Business Channel's America's Nightly Scorecard, with David Asman 7 p.m.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/31/2007 2:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I would leave office sooner than participate in a violation of law." Attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee's 10 Democrats Article, this page

Panel votes for consumer-agency makeover

posted: 10/31/2007 2:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON - A Senate panel voted Tuesday to overhaul and boost funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and House Democrats called for the agency's head to resign.

Bush nominates retired general to lead VA

posted: 10/31/2007 2:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday nominated retired Army Lt. Gen. James Peake to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs.

UNCORKED: Grape gives Spain's white wines cachet

posted: 10/31/2007 2:04 a.m.

If you think of Spanish wines as only big, heavy, full-bodied reds, ready your palate for a new wave of fresh, white offerings.

Palestinian: Set timetable or no talks

posted: 10/31/2007 2:03 a.m.

RAMALLAH, West Bank - The chief Palestinian peace negotiator raised the stakes Tuesday for a U.S.-sponsored peace conference, saying there will be no talks with Israel unless it agrees to set a deadline for establishing a Palestinian state.

Mukasey unsure on waterboarding

posted: 10/31/2007 2:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey said Tuesday that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques "seem over the line or, on a personal basis, repugnant to me" and promised to review the legality of all such techniques if confirmed.

IDEA ALLEY: Coconut-butter crust elevates banana dish

posted: 10/31/2007 2:03 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

North Korea to get oil, other aid in nuke deal

posted: 10/31/2007 2:02 a.m.

PANMUNJOM, Korea - North Korea agreed Tuesday to accept half the economic aid it has been promised for disabling its nuclear reactor in energy-related equipment and other materials, a South Korean official said.

Piney rosemary, minty thyme bring out flavors in desserts

posted: 10/31/2007 2:01 a.m.

One: Who knew rosemary and thyme were so distinctly fantastic for baking? And two: Who knew rosemary and thyme were so easily interchangeable in all those cookies, crisps, cobblers, even flan?

Druse villagers clash with police in Israel

posted: 10/31/2007 2:01 a.m.

JERUSALEM - A normally quiet Galilee village turned into a battleground at dawn Tuesday as police officers clashed with rioters from the Druse community, police officials and community leaders said.

The world in brief

posted: 10/31/2007 2:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The Israeli prime minister has stated that he will not accept a timetable, and we say we will not accept negotiations without a timetable." Ahmed Qureia, the chief Palestinian peace negotiator, demanding a deadline for establishing a Palestinian state Article, 5A

Make bird fly off plate with a pinch of saffron

posted: 10/31/2007 2 a.m.

Sure, a boneless, skinless chicken breast is an economical and lean protein source. But it can also be boring!

U.S. helps crew defeat pirates off Somali coast

posted: 10/31/2007 2 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya - A U.S. Navy destroyer helped sailors who retook control of their vessel Tuesday in a deadly battle with pirates after the North Korean-flagged ship was hijacked in the piracy-plagued waters off Somalia, the American military said.

Suicide bomber kills 7 in Pakistan

posted: 10/31/2007 2 a.m.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A bomber killed seven other people when he blew himself up about a quarter-mile from President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's office Tuesday.

Noel douses Cuba; toll in region hits 22

posted: 10/31/2007 2 a.m.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Tropical Storm Noel delivered heavy rain to the western Caribbean on Tuesday as it pushed through Cuba and edged closer to Florida. Floods and mudslides across the region have killed at least 22 people.

Cutlets let cook get to the table quickly

posted: 10/31/2007 1:59 a.m.

A three-part meal - meat, grain and vegetable - comes together in a snap. The lime juice lends an interesting but not overpowering tang to the thin pan sauce. Add variety if you like by substituting one of the packaged couscous mixes that includes red pepper, roasted garlic or other flavorful ingredients.

Indonesia upholds death in drug cases

posted: 10/31/2007 1:59 a.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Constitutional Court of Indonesia upheld the death penalty for serious drug offenses Tuesday, dimming hopes of a reprieve for three Australians facing execution for trying to smuggle heroin off the resort island of Bali.

Poll gauges attitudes of Arkansans

posted: 10/31/2007 1:58 a.m.

Supporters of a proposed initiated act to ban unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents were encouraged Tuesday by results of the Arkansas Poll.

Democratic rivals tear into Clinton in debate

posted: 10/31/2007 1:57 a.m.

Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards sharply challenged Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's candor, consistency and judgment Tuesday in a televised debate that unfolded two months before the first presidential primary votes.

Voting-rights chief says remarks hurt

posted: 10/31/2007 1:57 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The chief of the U.S. Justice Department's voting rights section apologized to lawmakers for saying that laws requiring voters to show identification affect elderly whites more than blacks because members of minority groups "die first."

Folks will crumble for peanut butter cup treats

posted: 10/31/2007 1:55 a.m.

Do you like peanut butter cups? These unusual cookies, from Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans, incorporate the popular candy in their dough. The cookies have an unusual, crumbly texture.

Fiercer attacks against rebels in the cards, Turk leader says

posted: 10/31/2007 1:55 a.m.

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister said Tuesday that increased military action against separatist Kurdish rebels was "unavoidable" and pressed the United States for a crackdown on guerrilla bases in northern Iraq.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: 'Lively' cheese, pre-sliced pizza, carbonated yogurt hit shelves

posted: 10/31/2007 1:53 a.m.

Kraft recently introduced its new LiveActive line, which contains additional fiber or live cultures. The products include: Cottage Cheese from Breakstone's and Knudsen available plain or mixed with pineapple or berries. They're sold in fourpacks of 4-ounce cups that retail for about $3.

Criticized DNA researcher retires from lab

posted: 10/31/2007 1:52 a.m.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was widely criticized for recent comments suggesting that black people are less intelligent than whites, retired last week from his post at a prestigious research institution.

Grandmothers set table for cook's expertise

posted: 10/31/2007 1:52 a.m.

Long before there was a Food Network, Christa Roy was taping her own cooking segments with the help of her two younger sisters, who served as culinary assistants.

AG says looking at DNA evidence in Echols case to take some time, possibly even years

posted: 10/31/2007 1:52 a.m.

The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that a review of new DNA tests and other evidence in the case of one of the teens convicted in the 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis will take some time.

Solar panel on orbiting station rips

posted: 10/31/2007 1:51 a.m.

A giant solar wing ripped as it was being unfurled by astronauts aboard the international space station Tuesday, creating another problem for NASA at the orbiting outpost.

State poll on '08 field gives Clinton 35%, Huckabee 8%

posted: 10/31/2007 1:49 a.m.

A poll released Tuesday shows that U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton enjoys the strongest support among Arkansans of any of the presidential candidates, dwarfing even a native son vying for the Republican nomination.

Huckabee path gets thornier

posted: 10/31/2007 1:48 a.m.

For two months, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rode his second-place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll to a wave of positive reviews. For the most part, newspapers and broadcasters treated him gently, dwelling on his famous weight loss, the role of faith in his politics and his quip for every occasion.

Iraqis move to end immunity given security firms by U.S.

posted: 10/31/2007 1:46 a.m.

The Iraqi government approved a draft law Tuesday to lift immunity for foreign security companies including Blackwater USA in a bid to overturn a decree imposed more than three years ago by the U.S. official who ran the country after the invasion.

Plywood mill's layoffs idling 300 in Crossett

posted: 10/31/2007 1:46 a.m.

For the second time in less than a year, Georgia-Pacific Corp. has laid off 300 workers after suspending operations at one of its two plywood mills in Crossett.

Slim pickings

posted: 10/31/2007 1:38 a.m.

Usually we reserve this space for reviews of new light foods. But this week, we're going retro with two old-school frozen foods we haven't eaten since the 1980s. If we had realized how fast, easy and not-that-fattening they are, we wouldn't have waited so long.

Tuesday, October 30

Man accused of trying to set couple on fire

posted: 10/30/2007 9:37 p.m.

A man accused of breaking into the home of a Trumann couple, pouring gasoline on them and trying to light them on fire has been arrested.

Judge opens hearing in slaying of motorist

posted: 10/30/2007 9:33 p.m.

A judge has ruled that he won't close a hearing in a road rage murder case in Benton County.

Elvis reclaims top spot on Forbes' list of top-earning dead celebrities

posted: 10/30/2007 9:31 p.m.

Elvis Presley is still the King.

Beebe says investigation into teen's 1989 death should be open, resolved

posted: 10/30/2007 9:27 p.m.

The investigation into the 1989 death of teenage girl who reportedly fell from a 9-inch-high porch should be made open and resolved to comfort her family, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

Trial set in triple slaying case

posted: 10/30/2007 9:24 p.m.

A trial date has been set for Gordon Gwathney, who is accused of killing his mother-in-law and his wife's grandparents in Lee County.

Baritone Goulet dies at 73

posted: 10/30/2007 9 p.m.

Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73.

Police shoot man while serving warrant

posted: 10/30/2007 7:48 p.m.

A police SWAT team in northwest Arkansas shot a man while serving a search warrant near the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

Man gets 40 years in fatal Hardee's crash

posted: 10/30/2007 3:31 p.m.

A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to using drugs and driving his pickup into a Hardee's restaurant in Newport, killing two diners and injuring five other people.

A woman on the go

posted: 10/30/2007 2:34 p.m.

Layered and casual works for a day of travel or shopping

Dispelling the myths

posted: 10/30/2007 2:20 p.m.

Downtown Little Rock is still trying to live down it's dangerous reputation.

No letdown

posted: 10/30/2007 2:19 p.m.

Shea's Line of Scrimmage column for October 31st

Hard road ahead

posted: 10/30/2007 2:17 p.m.

Brandon's Line of Scrimmage column for October 31st

Digital frame of mind

posted: 10/30/2007 2:16 p.m.

As the cost drops, more making the switch to high-tech picture displays.

Smart rock

posted: 10/30/2007 2:15 p.m.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists deliver tuneful, alternative punk

Committed to success

posted: 10/30/2007 2:12 p.m.

Many contributing to the revitalization of the metro area's downtowns

Ups and downs of downtown

posted: 10/30/2007 2:08 p.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock on a solid upswing for the past 10 years.

Getting to know you

posted: 10/30/2007 2:07 p.m.

Tours offer glimpse of downtown living.

Torturous flashbacks

posted: 10/30/2007 2:06 p.m.

If you've seen Saw I-III, you've seen this.

A little too traditional

posted: 10/30/2007 2:05 p.m.

Barefoot in the Park struggles to appeal to the younger set.

Eat up

posted: 10/30/2007 2:03 p.m.

Downtown Little Rock offers several plate lunch options.

No direction home

posted: 10/30/2007 2:02 p.m.

The Fiery Furnaces newest lacks structure, discipline

Hip and affordable

posted: 10/30/2007 2:01 p.m.

You don't have to be rolling in dough to live downtown.

In the center of it all

posted: 10/30/2007 1:59 p.m.

From condos to old houses with character, many choosing to live downtown.

Downtown turnaround

posted: 10/30/2007 1:57 p.m.

Conway's center undergoes a resurrection.

Wading through the Rapture

posted: 10/30/2007 1:56 p.m.

BioShock lets XBox 360 show off its strengths in an underwater world.

Fall motion picture guide

posted: 10/30/2007 1:55 p.m.

A guide to movies, films before the end of the year.

Humane society broken into; animals OK but rattled

updated: 10/30/2007 3:52 p.m.

Vandals broke into the Pulaski County Humane Society early Tuesday, ransacking the facility and making off with money, veterinary medicine and a van, according to employees.

U.S. monthly death toll on track to being lowest in nearly 2 years

posted: 10/30/2007 11:14 a.m.

The monthly toll of U.S. servicemen who have died in Iraq is on track to being the lowest in nearly two years, but the military cautioned it's too early to declare a long-term trend.

Consumer confidence falls in October to lowest level in 2 years

posted: 10/30/2007 11:12 a.m.

A key barometer of consumer sentiment dropped to its lowest level in two years, igniting concern that the coming Christmas shopping season would be lukewarm.

Awful Alfred's big BOOst!

posted: 10/30/2007 11:11 a.m.

All the other kids sang about Halloween, as Ron Wolfe tells the story in Wednesday's Family section. But Awful Alfred only pretended. "Mumble, mumph," he faked the words. He had an awful secret.

Quick, the pumpkin bread

posted: 10/30/2007 11:10 a.m.

Pumpkin quick breads are of two general types: one distinctly sweet and moist, rich and cakelike; the other mildly sweet and less moist, with a breadlike texture. Either type can be delicious, as reported in Wednesday's Food section, and the two share a number of ingredients: flour, oil or butter, sweetener, spices, baking powder and pumpkin puree.

Helena mayor ays city will meet state request for records

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

The mayor of Helena-West Helena says an apparent misunderstanding has led to delays in meeting the request of state auditors to turn over certain financial records.

Lawyer: New evidence in Echols' case

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

New forensic evidence shows that three West Memphis boys murdered in 1993 were mutilated by wildlife after their deaths - not by a knife during ritualistic occult killings, according to federal court documents filed Monday by attorneys representing one of the men convicted in the slayings.

County district joins NLR, files for unitary status

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Acting on the encouragement of state lawmakers, the Pulaski County Special School District on Monday asked a federal judge to declare the 17,400-student district unitary, or desegregated, and release it from further court supervision of its desegregation efforts.

Biking bomber targets recruits, kills 29 in Iraq

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

A suicide bomber rode his bicycle into a crowd of police recruits in Baqouba on Monday, killing at least 29 people in a province that has become a battleground among U.S. forces, al-Qaida militants and Shiite radicals.

Bill Davis Trucking files Chapter 11

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Bill Davis Trucking Inc. of Batesville has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Bill Davis, company president, is widely known as owner of a NASCAR team.

State offers weatherizing help to poor

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Weatherization saved Fern January's life. About two weeks after Arkansas' Weatherization Assistance Program was introduced to her mobile home, a newly installed alarm went off on April 7.

Egyptians announce nuke plant ambitions

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Egypt's president announced plans Monday to build several nuclear power plants, the latest in a string of such ambitious proposals from moderate Arab countries.

Look on the Web can pinpoint sex offenders in LR

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Little Rock city and police officials unveiled a localized sex-offender search on the city's Web site Monday just in time to help parents make sure their children remain safe on Halloween.

ASU is no longer 'abusive'

posted: 10/30/2007 6 a.m.

Arkansas State never considered itself hostile and abusive, but now it's official. The program is off the list.

ARKANSAS VS. SOUTH CAROLINA: Hogs to see more of Mitchell

posted: 10/30/2007 3:02 a.m.

Arkansas might face a whole game of Blake Mitchell this time around.

A man with PLUCK

posted: 10/30/2007 2:39 a.m.

Michael Carenbauer makes changing guitar strings look as effortless as changing shoestrings is for the rest of us. Carenbauer, director of guitar studies and professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is lauded for his versatility - he is talented at playing jazz and classical guitar. His repertoire is a blend of technology and nylon tradition.

'66 Caddy hearse 'Old Blue' racks up mileage in October

posted: 10/30/2007 2:38 a.m.

For most Arkansas celebrities and public figures, the personal appearances that define the job are a year-long stream of grin-and-wave obligations.

WHAT'S IN A DAME: It's not laziness, it's germ warfare!

posted: 10/30/2007 2:38 a.m.

Germs. Germs. Germs. We can't get away from them in the news these days, with reports of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) outbreaks in schools across the country.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/30/2007 2:37 a.m.

Happy birthday. With so many options, your main challenge is to focus. When you do, you're unstoppable. You work easily in new situations in November - instant rapport translates into popularity through the end of the year. You'll make an important sale in December. In June, you find love where you weren't finding it before. Aries and Leo adore you.

THE TV COLUMN: Masterful writing, killer acting make Dexter powerful

posted: 10/30/2007 2:36 a.m.

If you praise it too highly, Dexter is one of those series that'll get you finger-wagging email based solely on the series synopsis.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Does Jekyll want Hyde's girl?

posted: 10/30/2007 2:36 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My first real time in love with a woman, and I fatally sabotaged the relationship just as it was getting serious. I was a complete &!%# @*?$ to her and got what I deserved.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/30/2007 2:35 a.m.

1. What is the closest country to the island of Grenada? 2. Is it true or false that both male and female reindeer have branching antlers?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/30/2007 2:35 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our children are looking forward to being in the Christmas play coming up at our church, but my husband doesn't want anything to do with church and he's made it clear he doesn't intend to go. How can I explain this to them? - Mrs. R.McD.

State offers weatherizing help to poor

posted: 10/30/2007 2:34 a.m.

Weatherization saved Fern January's life. About two weeks after Arkansas' Weatherization Assistance Program was introduced to her mobile home, a newly installed alarm went off on April 7.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/30/2007 2:34 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: With the increase in airline screening for overweight bags at check-in, here are two simple hints that can save you time and embarrassment: First, have the clerk weigh your heaviest bag.

Bill Davis Trucking files Chapter 11

posted: 10/30/2007 2:33 a.m.

Bill Davis Trucking Inc. of Batesville has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Bill Davis, company president, is widely known as owner of a NASCAR team.

Wal-Mart gives $2 million to hospital's paperless push

posted: 10/30/2007 2:33 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - A $2 million Wal-Mart Foundation gift will further an effort by Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville to become the first health-care provider in the region to have paperless patient records.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/30/2007 2:32 a.m.

Deltic Timber Corp. on Monday reported third-quarter earnings of $245,000, or 2 cents a share, down 96 percent from $6.4 million, or 51 cents a share, during the corresponding quarter last year.

County reveals growth strategy

posted: 10/30/2007 2:32 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - Clark County unveiled on Monday a 10-year strategic plan to promote growth and economic development in the area.

Oil nearing $94 a barrel amid Mexico shutdown

posted: 10/30/2007 2:31 a.m.

NEW YORK - Oil futures surged to a new record near $94 Monday, propelled by the weak dollar and news that Mexico's state oil company had suspended a fifth of its oil production because of storms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rice-seed test rules extended for 2008

posted: 10/30/2007 2:31 a.m.

The State Plant Board voted unanimously Monday to extend for a second year the requirement that all rice seed planted in Arkansas be tested for traces of genetically engineered varieties.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/30/2007 2:30 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I heard a woman's voice saying,'Warning, warning, carbon monoxide.'" Fern January, of Sheridan Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Stocks rise despite record oil prices

posted: 10/30/2007 2:30 a.m.

NEW YORK - Wall Street advanced Monday as investors undeterred by record oil prices speculated that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates Wednesday to energize the slow economy and lure more buyers into the troubled credit markets.

Audit stalls Office Depot quarterly report

posted: 10/30/2007 2:29 a.m.

MIAMI - Office Depot Inc. on Monday delayed its third-quarter earnings report because of its audit committee's independent review of vendor program funds, a development that one analyst said raised questions about the nation's second-largest office-supplies retailer's financial statements.

Earnings report

posted: 10/30/2007 2:29 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Monday included: Humana Inc., the health insurer, reported a profit of $302.4 million, or $1.78 a share, up from $159.2 million, or 95 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 12 percent to $6.32 billion. Shares fell $1.81 to close at $73.75.

Prius, Toyota's surprise hit, sets stage for future models

posted: 10/30/2007 2:29 a.m.

TOYOTA, Japan - Since he was a teenager, Takeshi Uchiyamada's dream was to make a car. But as he entered his 50s as a Toyota engineer, he had all but given up hope he would ever head a project to develop a model.

LIKE IT IS: Mix-up stings Cleveland, but he's still a Hog

posted: 10/30/2007 2:22 a.m.

Houston Nutt knew nothing about it. On Sunday, he called to apologize.

Boston's about-face 100 years in making

posted: 10/30/2007 2:19 a.m.

Ancient history tells us the Boston Red Sox were baseball's dominant team of the early 20th century. Are they about to pull the same stunt in the 21st?

Off the wire

posted: 10/30/2007 2:19 a.m.

Auburn forward Josh Dollard will not play this season for medical reasons and will take a redshirt year, and forward Quan Prowell will be suspended for at least six games for violating team rules, Coach Jeff Lebo said Monday.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/30/2007 2:18 a.m.

The New York Giants-Miami Dolphins game Sunday went off without too many problems, but it was played in London and it tends to rain a lot in the fall in England.

LSU SEC PREVIEW: Beefed-up Mitchell brings beefed-up game for LSU

posted: 10/30/2007 2:18 a.m.

Tasmin Mitchell has started all 68 games of his LSU career, averaging 34 minutes a game.

October woes result in Indians' fall

posted: 10/30/2007 2:17 a.m.

The misses of October were deadly.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks shooting to add Clarke

posted: 10/30/2007 2:16 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey and his staff have made Claremore (Okla.) Verdigris combo guard Rotnei Clarke one of their top recruiting priorities for the 2008 class.

NFL Favre quickly ends overtime with TD

posted: 10/30/2007 2:15 a.m.

DENVER - It was another signature moment in a career that is full of them.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/30/2007 2:15 a.m.

Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden knows his Heisman Trophy chances will boil down to how he plays in the next month.

Inmate beating case got no inquiry, lawyer says

posted: 10/30/2007 2:11 a.m.

A lawyer representing Miller County said Monday that officials never investigated allegations that two jailers beat an inmate so badly last year that he had to be hospitalized at least five times before he eventually died two weeks ago.

Lost records put town's funds at risk

posted: 10/30/2007 2:10 a.m.

Helena-West Helena will start losing half of its state funds unless city officials provide records requested by the state Division of Legislative Audit within the next few months, the co-chairmen of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee warn.

Fundraising goal climbing to $100 million at Hendrix

posted: 10/30/2007 2:10 a.m.

After nearly reaching its fundraising goals, Hendrix College is increasing its capital campaign from $70 million to $100 million to fund the construction of a one-of-a-kind Student Life and Technology Center.

Police charge suspect in death of Memphis man near LR bar

posted: 10/30/2007 2:09 a.m.

Little Rock Police have made an arrest in the shooting death Sunday of a Memphis man outside a Little Rock bar.

Beebe: State schools should copy private

posted: 10/30/2007 2:09 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - Arkansas' private colleges and universities must lead the way for state institutions as they work to increase student graduation rates, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

Jury deliberates: Death or life term

posted: 10/30/2007 2:09 a.m.

The question of whether Vertis Clay of North Little Rock should die or spend the rest of his life in prison was handed over Monday to a federal jury.

Cancer diagnosed in UA System chief

posted: 10/30/2007 2:08 a.m.

B. Alan Sugg, president of the University of Arkansas System, has been diagnosed with malignant cancer in his prostate and will undergo surgery to remove his prostate.

Inquiry into death of man found in creek continues

posted: 10/30/2007 2:08 a.m.

A McAlmont man found dead at a Sherwood residence last week had gunshot wounds in his right arm and abdomen, but a Sherwood Police investigation will have to help determine how Bryant Cross died, Pulaski County Coroner Mark Malcolm said.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/30/2007 2:07 a.m.

One of the items offered at a meteorite auction Sunday in New York City was recovered by nomads in the Sahara Desert near the Algeria-Morocco border. An article in Monday's edition misstated the location.

Car race kills driver, sends five to hospital, LR police say

posted: 10/30/2007 2:07 a.m.

A two-vehicle accident Sunday evening that left a Little Rock man dead and a woman and four children injured was the result of racing, according to Little Rock police.

Obituaries

posted: 10/30/2007 2:06 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 10/30/2007 2:04 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 30, 1907 Col. D.W. Moore of Van Buren has, without doubt, the oldest copy of the Arkansas Gazette in that portion of the state, if not the oldest to be found outside of the files kept in the Gazette office, it bearing the date of August 5, 1823.

Ethics panel hits Sherwood alderman with $250 fine, two letters of caution

posted: 10/30/2007 2:02 a.m.

A Sherwood alderman was fined $250 and issued two public letters of caution by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for failing to file a statement of financial interest in 2006 as well as failing to include all the necessary information in a 2004 filing.

The destroyer?

posted: 10/30/2007 2:02 a.m.

DON'T GO noising this about, Gentle Reader, but did you know that Mike Huckabee-your former governor-is running for president? Or vice president.

Fearing fear itself

posted: 10/30/2007 2:01 a.m.

In America's darkest hour, Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged the nation not to succumb to "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror." But that was then.

Past into future

posted: 10/30/2007 2:01 a.m.

I sat in on a couple of sessions of a genealogy workshop in Fayetteville earlier in the month. The workshop was put on by folks from the special collections department at the University of Arkansas Libraries.

LETTERS

posted: 10/30/2007 2 a.m.

As I was reading about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to kick the Blackwater security forces out of Iraq, I was surprised to discover that we have not one, but two armies there: the American troops (169,000) and the private contractors (180,000), both of whom are, of course, paid for by the United States taxpayers.

Color coded

posted: 10/30/2007 2 a.m.

It was a relief to be in an Arkansas town where the dominant theme/color/ obsession isn't Razorback Red. In Nashville, Ark., (pop. 4,878) the color is Scrapper Orange. As in the Nashville High Scrappers. The team colors are orange and black, mostly orange.

Dads and their belts

posted: 10/30/2007 1:58 a.m.

My late grandfather often used his leather belt on my father's rear end. And Dad never shied away from liberally applying discipline to my posterior or those of my younger sister and brother.

Daily record

posted: 10/30/2007 1:57 a.m.

Marriage Licenses, Divorces

Corps plans winter closings of Lake Ouachita campsites

posted: 10/30/2007 1:57 a.m.

Dozens of campsites at Lake Ouachita and two other lakes managed by the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be closed this winter.

SWEET TEA: Life on the cutting edge of nowhere

posted: 10/30/2007 1:55 a.m.

A generation late, and a high-tech dollar short.

In the news

posted: 10/30/2007 1:54 a.m.

Genarlow Wilson, 21, released from a Georgia prison after being sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for having consensual oral sex with another teenager when he was 17, told NBC's Today show that he now wants to pursue a college degree in either sociology or business, adding: "I definitely got into this situation a boy and I'm coming out a man. It's definitely taught me valuable life lessons."

Names and faces

posted: 10/30/2007 1:53 a.m.

Donovan, famous for '60s pop hits such as "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "Mellow Yellow," has announced plans to open the Invincible Donovan University, where students will adhere to the principles of transcendental meditation.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/30/2007 1:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't think they want to meet with us. I think that's the point.They haven't taken us up on the offer." White House spokesman Dana Perino, when asked if President Bush's negotiators on the State Children's Health Insurance Program planned to meet with Democrats Article, this page

High court to review Exxon Valdez case

posted: 10/30/2007 1:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages to victims of the huge Exxon Valdez oil spill that fouled more than 1,200 miles of Alaskan coastline in 1989.

Shuttle adds a day to check station gears

posted: 10/30/2007 1:51 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA asked its orbiting astronauts Monday to take a closer look at the gears that control the international space station's solar wings to try to find out what's grinding inside and causing steel chips to clog the system.

Huckabee tied at 2nd in latest poll in Iowa

posted: 10/30/2007 1:51 a.m.

Mitt Romney is still far ahead of the other Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, but Mike Huckabee is locked in a three-way tie for second place, according to a University of Iowa poll released Monday.

The world in brief

posted: 10/30/2007 1:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "For those states who want to pursue peaceful nuclear energy ... that's not a problem for us. Those are countries that we can work with." State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, who said the U.S. would not object to Egypt's plan to build nuclear power plants as long as it adhered to a treaty and international guidelines Article, 1A

Israeli premier says he has prostate cancer

posted: 10/30/2007 1:47 a.m.

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israelis on Monday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but said the disease was not lifethreatening and will not disrupt his work as the country's leader.

Truce lets Pakistanis flee violence-plagued valley

posted: 10/30/2007 1:47 a.m.

SWAT, Pakistan - Hundreds of civilians used a cease-fire Monday between government forces and militant supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric to flee a scenic valley where violence has killed more than 100 people.

Dominican Republic says 20 dead in tropical storm

posted: 10/30/2007 1:47 a.m.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Tropical Storm Noel lashed the Dominican Republic with heavy rains on Monday, causing flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left another 20 missing, officials said.

Italian resort abandons region

posted: 10/30/2007 1:46 a.m.

ROME - The village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, home to one of the world's most famous ski resorts, voted Monday to break away from Italy's Veneto region and join a region where German and a local dialect predominate.

Suspicion in N.C. fire fatal to 7 turns to house's deck

posted: 10/30/2007 1:46 a.m.

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. - For the group of college buddies spending a late-season weekend at a friend's beach house, the deck overlooking a canal was the center of their good times.

4-game sweep another World Series yawner

posted: 10/30/2007 1:45 a.m.

Three World Series sweeps in the past four years, with a five-game bore mixed in.

Defense presents new evidence in West Memphis 3 case

posted: 10/30/2007 1:44 a.m.

Lawyers for a death-row inmate found guilty of killing three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas in 1993 filed a motion in federal court to overturn his conviction based on new evidence, including DNA test results that found no genetic material on the victims' bodies from his client or two others convicted with him.

ASU is no longer 'abusive'

posted: 10/30/2007 1:43 a.m.

Arkansas State never considered itself hostile and abusive, but now it's official.

LR Parkview guard reopens recruiting

posted: 10/30/2007 1:42 a.m.

Trey Finn has decided to look elsewhere.

I-69 paving way for a 'fresh start' in state's southeast, PB mayor says

posted: 10/30/2007 1:41 a.m.

Arresting the decline of the city and the rest of southeast Arkansas will take more than building Interstate 69, but its construction represents a "fresh start" for the area, Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. said Monday.

Lawyer: New evidence in Echols' case

posted: 10/30/2007 1:40 a.m.

New forensic evidence shows that three West Memphis boys murdered in 1993 were mutilated by wildlife after their deaths - not by a knife during ritualistic occult killings, according to federal court documents filed Monday by attorneys representing one of the men convicted in the slayings.

Cabot suspends school bus driver charged with DWI

posted: 10/30/2007 1:39 a.m.

Deciding to drink before picking up students at a Central High School debate and forensics tournament was the Cabot School District bus driver's first mistake.

Health plan sees some agreement

posted: 10/30/2007 1:38 a.m.

President Bush and other critics of a $35 billion spending increase for children's health insurance say they'll support expanding coverage to families of four making as much as $62,000 a year, but they want to limit states' ability to go beyond that level.

Turkish forces attack Kurd rebels near Iraq border

posted: 10/30/2007 1:37 a.m.

Turkish attack helicopters fired rockets at Kurdish rebel positions in mountains near the Iraq border Monday in one of several clashes between government forces and the guerrillas as Turkey celebrated its 84th anniversary as a republic.

Saudi: Britain failed to act upon warning

posted: 10/30/2007 1:36 a.m.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia accused Britain on Monday of failing to act on information the Saudis provided that might have averted London's deadly July 7, 2005, suicide bombings.

Look on the Web can pinpoint sex offenders in LR

posted: 10/30/2007 1:35 a.m.

Little Rock city and police officials unveiled a localized sex-offender search on the city's Web site Monday just in time to help parents make sure their children remain safe on Halloween.

Group forms to fight immigrant-law push

posted: 10/30/2007 1:34 a.m.

Executives of some of Arkansas' largest corporations joined with church representatives Monday to announce the formation of an organization to lobby against "punitive" state and local laws they say target immigrants regardless of legal status.

Egyptians announce nuke plant ambitions

posted: 10/30/2007 1:33 a.m.

Egypt's president announced plans Monday to build several nuclear power plants, the latest in a string of such ambitious proposals from moderate Arab countries.

Biking bomber targets recruits, kills 29 in Iraq

posted: 10/30/2007 1:32 a.m.

A suicide bomber rode his bicycle into a crowd of police recruits in Baqouba on Monday, killing at least 29 people in a province that has become a battleground among U.S. forces, al-Qaida militants and Shiite radicals.

County district joins NLR, files for unitary status

posted: 10/30/2007 1:31 a.m.

Acting on the encouragement of state lawmakers, the Pulaski County Special School District on Monday asked a federal judge to declare the 17,400-student district unitary, or desegregated, and release it from further court supervision of its desegregation efforts.

NBC exec says Leno still exiting in 2009, with O'Brien taking over Tonight Show duties

posted: 10/30/2007 1:14 a.m.

If "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is having second thoughts about surrendering his job as planned, NBC doesn't share them - at least not publicly.

Beebe hails plan for revitalizing Clark County as model for state

posted: 10/30/2007 1:10 a.m.

A plan to revitalize Clark County written by 500 residents of the southwestern Arkansas county over the past year and a half was hailed Monday by Gov. Mike Beebe as a model for community development statewide.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: ASU, UCA, UAM

posted: 10/30/2007 1:08 a.m.

Arkansas State's Corey Leonard is a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback.

Businesses, churches team up to oppose immigration measures

posted: 10/30/2007 12:53 a.m.

Three of Arkansas' largest business interests joined with church leaders and activists Monday in a lobbying effort aimed at stopping any state or local legislation targeting illegal immigration.

Missouri governor's immigration crackdown stokes anxiety

posted: 10/30/2007 12:37 a.m.

Gov. Matt Blunt's crackdown on illegal immigration has not uncovered any major instances of contractors employing illegal immigrants. But it has created anxiety among business owners who worry that Hispanic employees might be targeted by law enforcement.

Sugg to undergo operation for prostate cancer

posted: 10/30/2007 12:29 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg has been diagnosed with a malignancy in his prostate and is to have surgery to have the gland removed.

Monday, October 29

Hogwired.com Players of the Week Selected

updated: 10/30/2007 3:15 p.m.

Nathan Emert, Rashaad Johnson and Alex Tejada have been recognized as the Hogwired.com players of the week for their respective performances Saturday in Arkansas' 58-10 win over Florida International.

France's president abruptly ends 'stupid' interview on '60 Minutes' over questions about wife

posted: 10/29/2007 12:38 p.m.

France's president abruptly ended a "60 Minutes" interview aimed at introducing him to U.S. audiences, dubbing it "stupid" and a "big mistake" and refusing to answer questions about his wife.

Man accused of pulling gun takes plea deal in O.J Simpson case

posted: 10/29/2007 12:01 p.m.

A man accused of pulling a gun as O.J. Simpson and others confronted two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room told a judge Monday that he'll accept a plea deal and testify against Simpson and two other men.

Washington Regional gets $2 million from Wal-Mart for electronic medical record system

posted: 10/29/2007 11:31 a.m.

Washington Regional Medical Center received a $2 million contribution from the Wal-Mart Foundation on Monday to support the hospital's new electronic medical records system.

Israeli leader Olmert says he has prostate cancer

posted: 10/29/2007 11:25 a.m.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Monday that he has prostate cancer and would soon have surgery, but said the disease is not life-threatening and he would continue to perform his duties.

Tropical Storm Noel brings heavy rains to Haiti

posted: 10/29/2007 11:24 a.m.

Tropical Storm Noel lashed Haiti with heavy rains early Monday as it moved across the impoverished Caribbean nation, generating fears of flash flooding.

A professor with pluck

posted: 10/29/2007 11:22 a.m.

Michael Carenbauer makes changing guitar strings look as effortless as changing shoestrings is for the rest of us.

Clinton, Giuliani top picks in AP poll for scariest Halloween costumes

posted: 10/29/2007 8:07 a.m.

Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in a poll. This time, she was top choice when people were asked which major 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume.

Astronauts continue high-stakes construction as NASA analyzes space station problem

posted: 10/29/2007 7:59 a.m.

Astronauts plowed ahead Monday with the mammoth job of moving a 17½-ton solar array truss on the international space station, a task made even more crucial following the discovery of contamination in an important part of the orbiting lab's power system.

Israeli leader Olmert says he has prostate cancer, will have surgery to battle disease

posted: 10/29/2007 7:50 a.m.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Monday that he has prostate cancer but that the disease is not life threatening and he will continue to perform his duties.

UA Golf Faces Tough Field at Bridgestone Collegiate

updated: 10/29/2007 6:22 a.m.

The Arkansas men's golf team will tee off at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship Monday in Greensboro, N.C. The Razorbacks will be one of 10 team ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Top 50 competing at the event. This will be Arkansas' final event on the fall schedule.

Doubles Team Falls in Central Region Final

updated: 10/29/2007 6:19 a.m.

In the doubles final of the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships, Colin Mascall and Blake Strode lost to Federico Chavaria and Andrei Daescu of Oklahoma, 8-6. The Razorback duo was the top seeded team, but fell just short of getting the tournament win.

Police chief defends woman's release

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

By all accounts, DeKeesha McPhearson was prepared to go to jail when she walked in to the main offices of the Little Rock Police Department one evening late last month.

Duped in cough-syrup drug fad, doctor says

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

Dr. James Miller said he had never heard of the street drug concoction "purple drank" or "sizzurp" until a state investigator showed up asking why he was prescribing so much of its key ingredients.

Robot-vehicle race ragtag no more

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - When the Pentagon's research arm first called for innovators to design and race a self-driving car to make warfare safer, a ragtag bunch of garage tinkerers, computer geeks and even highschool students answered.

Israelis limit fuel to Gaza

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

Israel began cutting vital fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following through on a promise to step up pressure on the territory's Hamas rulers after months of Palestinian rocket attacks.

WORLD SERIES: Waiting period waived

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

There's a new monster in baseball, and this one's in Boston, too.

Air Force sees way out of stalled deal: Sell housing project

posted: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

As the financial foundation crumbles beneath the company contracted to renovate and rebuild Little Rock Air Force Base housing, Air Force officials are shopping for a new contractor with a plan to reduce by up to half the number of homes on the base.

Gunmen grab anti-al-Qaida sheiks in Iraq

updated: 10/29/2007 6 a.m.

Gunmen in Baghdad snatched 10 Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks from their cars Sunday as they were heading home to Diyala province after talks with the government on fighting al-Qaida, and at least one was later found shot to death.

THIS WEEK

posted: 10/29/2007 4:02 a.m.

Monday Arkansas Bicycle Club rides 22 miles on River Trail, 5:30 p.m., meet below the Interstate 30 Bridge near Arkansas Boathouse Club, North Little Rock. www.arkansasbicycleclub.org.

No snow, no problem

posted: 10/29/2007 4:02 a.m.

Snows eventually melt, but not necessarily the friendships first formed by ski buffs.

On your marks, get set ... Nova: Marathon Challenge

posted: 10/29/2007 4:02 a.m.

My knees hurt just watching. You'll feel their pain, too, when Nova takes 13 running neophytes and whips them into shape for the 2007 Boston Marathon.

Happy trails

posted: 10/29/2007 4:01 a.m.

CLARK TRAIL, LAKE WILSON, FAYETTEVILLE Location: Begin in south Fayetteville at the intersection of East 15th Street (Arkansas 16) and Morningside Drive, which is also known as Arkansas 156 and City Lake Road.

Life lines

posted: 10/29/2007 4 a.m.

Goshen Gallop The Goshen Gallop 5K has switched seasons to avoid the spring crush of church activities. The Goshen United Methodist Church fundraiser will be 9 a.m. Saturday on a partially shady country blacktop road in Goshen.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/29/2007 4 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year, you expect yourself to be brilliant, and, coincidentally, so does everyone else. And it's do-able for you. At work, all eyes are on you through the end of the year. In January, the past tugs at your conscience and the future seduces you.

MASTER CLASS: Cardio workout starts with a kick

posted: 10/29/2007 3:59 a.m.

Walking, jogging and running are among the most popular forms of physical activity across all populations in all parts of the world. From New York to New Delhi, these basic forms of human movement provide hearthealthy exercise for those with or without means.

Recovery plan vital for post-race aches

posted: 10/29/2007 3:58 a.m.

The day after my first marathon 17 years ago, I went running. My quadriceps were so sore that I had to walk backward down my apartment stairs to get outside, but I hardly cared; I was young, euphoric and hooked.

New workouts

posted: 10/29/2007 3:57 a.m.

10 Minute Solution: Slim & Sculpt Pilates, Starz/Anchor Bay, 50 minutes, DVD, $16.98. Available at Amazon.com, cduniverse. com and other retailers.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/29/2007 3:56 a.m.

1. The first broadcasting station in the United States was in Pittsburgh, Pa. Its call letters? 2. What is "morning sickness" in pregnant women?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/29/2007 3:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I read a statement recently by a famous scientist who said he was glad he grew up in a family without any religion, because religion just gets in the way of being a true scientist. I'm in college and want to do medical research someday, but this worries me.

ON TV CONTEST: Which new show should be saved from ax?

posted: 10/29/2007 3:55 a.m.

Do you love the new fall TV season? Have some of the new series already taken slots on your "must-see" list?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/29/2007 3:55 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Awhile back, as my teenage son was cooking, a pan of grease on the stove caught on fire. He ran to get me, and I told both children to get out of the house.

Restless reader

posted: 10/29/2007 3:54 a.m.

Men's Health Power Training

TECH SPOTLIGHT: By turning language lessons on their ear, Rosetta Stone's software makes learning easy

posted: 10/29/2007 3:53 a.m.

"Buon giorno!" I've been brushing up on "mio Italiano," which until recently consisted of what I learned from watching The Godfather.

Robot-vehicle race ragtag no more

posted: 10/29/2007 3:53 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - When the Pentagon's research arm first called for innovators to design and race a self-driving car to make warfare safer, a ragtag bunch of garage tinkerers, computer geeks and even highschool students answered.

Hollywood security not enough to foil movie bootleggers

posted: 10/29/2007 3:52 a.m.

A new high-profile movie bootlegging case involving the coming Oscar hopeful American Gangster shows that Hollywood's supposedly reinforced preventive measures on piracy aren't as reliable as the industry thought.

Hewlett-Packard puts its money on software

posted: 10/29/2007 3:51 a.m.

Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd, who revived the company by outselling Dell Inc. in personal computers, is close to a payoff in a more lucrative product: software.

Web sites frustrated by counts of visitors

posted: 10/29/2007 3:51 a.m.

How many people visited Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month? Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000? Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million?

ON COMPUTERS: Program lets you make movies with digital camera

posted: 10/29/2007 3:50 a.m.

Claymation Studio is a $40 program that lets you link shots taken with any digital camera into an animated video. The results are surprising.

Technology news in brief

posted: 10/29/2007 3:49 a.m.

Samsung Electronics Co. said last week that it has developed a more advanced flash memory chip that will allow increased data storage in digital products such as music players.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 10/29/2007 3:48 a.m.

BANKRUPTCY WATCH

Spammers using MP3 files to slip past sophisticated filters

posted: 10/29/2007 3:46 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Spam is now being served in audio form. The latest in unwanted electronic communication is an MP3 file that began landing in inboxes around the world in mid-October. It features a spooky, synthesized Darth-Vader-sounding female voice touting the stock of Exit Only Inc., traded on the lower-standard Pink Sheets.

Cisco to pay $330 million for high-tech firm Navini

posted: 10/29/2007 3:45 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Cisco Systems Inc. is snapping up privately held Navini Networks Inc. for $330 million, extending the networking equipment maker's acquisition streak and providing the latest validation for the new wireless network technology called WiMax.

COMMENTARY: Curlin puts end to Horse of Year race

posted: 10/29/2007 3:44 a.m.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Curlin easily dismissed his toughest rivals in the Breeders' Cup Classic, beating Street Sense, Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron to virtually crown himself Horse of the Year.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/29/2007 3:44 a.m.

Here's a new twist on the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

Off the wire

posted: 10/29/2007 3:44 a.m.

The matchup of world champions came down to who made fewer mistakes.

Monday morning QB

posted: 10/29/2007 3:43 a.m.

There was a light but persistent drizzle, long lines at the subway station and football shirts on the backs of thousands of fans.

Pats stay on astounding run

posted: 10/29/2007 3:42 a.m.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots rolled up their highest point total in 28 years. Tom Brady threw his career-high 30th touchdown pass.

BROWNS 27, RAMS 20: Browns hang on, keep Rams winless

posted: 10/29/2007 3:42 a.m.

ST. LOUIS - The Cleveland Browns won for the first time on the road. The St. Louis Rams still haven't won at all.

McNabb is feeling like his old self

posted: 10/29/2007 3:41 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS - Donovan McNabb strolled around the Philadelphia locker room with a thin white sleeve on his right leg.

Packers at Broncos

posted: 10/29/2007 3:41 a.m.

7:30 p.m. Central, ESPN LINE - Broncos by 3 LAST MEETING Packers won 31-3 on Dec. 28, 2003, at Green Bay. LAST WEEK Green Bay had bye, beat Washington 17-14 in Week 6.

Razorbacks rewind

posted: 10/29/2007 3:40 a.m.

Statistics continue to show that Arkansas' Felix Jones is one of the most productive running backs in the nation.

Banged-up Gators struggle against rival Georgia

posted: 10/29/2007 3:39 a.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Quarterback Tim Tebow's sore shoulder was a big problem for the Florida Gators against Georgia. The young, injury-riddled defense was even more of a concern.

AUBURN SEC PREVIEW: Lebo builds team that can stop him

posted: 10/29/2007 3:38 a.m.

Auburn senior guard Frank Tolbert can remember what practices were like three years ago.

College football report

posted: 10/29/2007 3:37 a.m.

SMU Coach Phil Bennett was fired Sunday, a day after the Mustangs lost 29-23 at Tulsa and were eliminated from bowl contention.

Central Arkansas offense finds ' rhythm'

posted: 10/29/2007 3:37 a.m.

CONWAY - The high-flying scoring act is back at Estes Stadium.

GOLF Eagle on 18th hole wins it for Pettersen

posted: 10/29/2007 3:36 a.m.

PATTAYA, Thailand - Suzann Pettersen needed all of her sevenstroke lead - and then some - in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

AUTO RACING: Meyers slips past Stewart for title

posted: 10/29/2007 3:35 a.m.

All Jason Meyers wanted was a shot to win. In the end, he took full advantage of his opportunity.

Rodriguez walks away from deal

posted: 10/29/2007 3:20 a.m.

DENVER - Alex Rodriguez opted out of his $252 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees on Sunday in what appears to be the end of his career with New York.

NEXTEL CUP: Johnson closes gap in Chase to 9 points

posted: 10/29/2007 3:17 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are quickly turning the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship into their own private duel.

NFL: NFL's new mates watch ugly game

posted: 10/29/2007 3:16 a.m.

WEMBLEY, England - They mucked their way through a steady rain.

Nutt: Hogs' QB OK for practice

posted: 10/29/2007 3:15 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick should be fine to practice this week in preparation for South Carolina.

Arizona State puts itself in contention

posted: 10/29/2007 3:15 a.m.

While Boston College gained some cushion on third-place LSU in the Bowl Championship Series standings and Ohio State held firm to first place, Arizona State moved into position to make a big stretch run.

WORLD SERIES: Waiting period waived

posted: 10/29/2007 3:13 a.m.

There's a new monster in baseball, and this one's in Boston, too.

Church feeds one crowd so another can eat, too

posted: 10/29/2007 3:13 a.m.

Thousands will grab a plate to feast on some of the 3,500 pounds of freshly-fried catfish and chicken on hand Friday night, all in the name of a tiny ministry in North Little Rock's inner city.

Hot Springs to see 2-lake drawdown

posted: 10/29/2007 3:12 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The first phase of what will be an unusual multistage drawdown of lakes Hamilton and Catherine will begin soon.

Benton County health plan wins acclaim

posted: 10/29/2007 3:11 a.m.

BENTONVILLE - A health insurance plan implemented last year for Benton County employees is receiving attention beyond Northwest Arkansas.

Six charged in Waldo after dogfight stopped

posted: 10/29/2007 3:11 a.m.

Six Waldo residents, including a nephew of the town's police chief, face charges after police broke up a bloody dogfight in a field behind a house.

Governor's appointments

posted: 10/29/2007 3:11 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has made these appointments, his office said this week: Darwin Hendrix, Antoine, to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission for a term expiring Aug. 1, 2011, replacing Bootsie Ackerman.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 10/29/2007 3:10 a.m.

John Pauly, Ph.D., and Arthur Haut, M.D., both of Little Rock, were recently named to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine Hall of Fame. The late John Doherty, M.D., of Newport, also was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Court gives green light to ex-landowner's effort to retain mineral rights

posted: 10/29/2007 3:09 a.m.

A lawsuit over who owns the rights to explore and produce minerals on thousands of acres purchased by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission can proceed, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.

New Eagle Scouts

posted: 10/29/2007 3:09 a.m.

Charles Bourland, 17, is the son of Paul and Regina Bourland of Little Rock. He is a member of Troop 99 in Little Rock at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Bourland achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the encouragement of his parents, scout leaders and friends.

Woman dies when car hits 18-wheeler

posted: 10/29/2007 3:08 a.m.

A 31-year-old Louisiana woman died early Sunday after her car swerved across the center line and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer in Sevier County.

Obituaries

posted: 10/29/2007 3:07 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 10/29/2007 3:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 29, 1907 PINE BLUFF - Mrs. Mary Quackenboss, the New York woman lawyer who created a sensation at Jackson, Miss., recently when she asked for a warrant against O.B. Crittenden, a wealthy planter at Lake Village, on a charge of peonage, recently spent several weeks in Pine Bluff, being a guest at the Hotel Jefferson.

Burglaries

posted: 10/29/2007 3:05 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place.

A novel concept

posted: 10/29/2007 3:04 a.m.

WHAT IS this strange new idea that Mike Beebe has had the temerity to introduce into the always delicate matter of just who should be admitted into this state's medical school?

UA students win scholarships

posted: 10/29/2007 3:04 a.m.

Sixteen students attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been awarded scholarships by the Sigma Chi House Corporation Scholarship Committee for the 2007-08 school year.

Outing a fictional character

posted: 10/29/2007 3:03 a.m.

There is something inherently odd about considering the sex lives of fictional characters in children's books.

Four and a half candidates

posted: 10/29/2007 3:03 a.m.

Major grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field. So many candidates, so many flaws. Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate. Mitt Romney, flip-flopper. John McCain, Mr. Amnesty. Fred Thompson, lazy boy. Where is the paragon? Where is Ronald Reagan?

Wild for wetlands

posted: 10/29/2007 3:02 a.m.

ONCE UPON a time, in a land far away, when the Clinton Library was still under construction and the River Market still a growing experiment, we got a tour of the library-excuse us, park-under construction.

LETTERS

posted: 10/29/2007 3:01 a.m.

Gene Lyons' "Right-wing media machine coming off tracks," reinforces how seemingly impossible it is for those pundits who represent a leftist viewpoint to take issue with conservatives without engaging in personal invective.

Hogcraft as soulcraft

posted: 10/29/2007 3 a.m.

When UCA head coach Clint Conque suggested out loud, in front of God and everybody, that Arkansas' four Division I universities should compete on a regularly scheduled basis, nobody at the Little Rock Touchdown Club fainted dead away.

Guest writer: Dangerous toys

posted: 10/29/2007 2:59 a.m.

As the holiday season approaches, many children begin carefully writing their Christmas list with the hope that Christmas morning will bear their request.

Plaintiffs seek class-action status in Union Pacific settlement suit

posted: 10/29/2007 2:58 a.m.

LEWISVILLE - Union Pacific representatives pressured individuals with injury or wrongful death claims into accepting quick settlements at amounts far lower than they might have received with an attorney on their side, according to a lawsuit filed in early 2005.

'Sexiest meteorite' lands buyer, but Arkansan's find still unsold

posted: 10/29/2007 2:56 a.m.

"The sexiest meteorite on earth" found a six-figure suitor, but the giant space rock that Arkansas meteorite hunter Steve Arnold put up for auction Sunday flamed out early.

Officials take aim at prison backlog

posted: 10/29/2007 2:56 a.m.

Expanding the intake process for new prisoners in Pine Bluff is one of the ways that corrections officials are seeking to lower the growing backlog of state inmates in county jails across the state.

Pulaski County courthouse offices get reorganized

posted: 10/29/2007 2:55 a.m.

Pulaski County courthousegoers can expect a new experience today after clerks worked through the weekend reorganizing key offices inside the 120-year-old edifice.

Police chief defends woman's release

posted: 10/29/2007 2:54 a.m.

By all accounts, DeKeesha McPhearson was prepared to go to jail when she walked in to the main offices of the Little Rock Police Department one evening late last month.

PAPER TRAILS: Living the suite life in Little Rock

posted: 10/29/2007 2:53 a.m.

Chere and A. J. Payne aren't rock stars, they just live like them.

In the news

posted: 10/29/2007 2:41 a.m.

Charley Wilson, a spokesman for American Airlines, credited the crew of an Orlando-to-Dallas-Fort Worth flight for subduing a woman who tried to open an emergency door over one of the wings, diverting the plane to Houston, adding, "There was no issue with safety whatsoever."

Country superstar Wagoner dies at 80

posted: 10/29/2007 2:41 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, died Sunday. He was 80.

Names and faces

posted: 10/29/2007 2:41 a.m.

He's played everything from a Wall Street vulture to the president, but these days Michael Douglas is focusing on his favorite role - father and husband. "I've learned to kick back and be a family man," he says.

U.S. anti-Iran rhetoric risking 'disaster,' U.N. watchdog says

posted: 10/29/2007 2:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Sunday he had no evidence Iran was working actively to build nuclear weapons and expressed concern that escalating rhetoric from the U.S. could bring disaster.

Fire razes N.C. house, kills 7 students, hurts 6

posted: 10/29/2007 2:40 a.m.

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. - An intense fire ravaged a beach house packed with more than a dozen college students early Sunday, killing seven and leaving little left of the structure but its charred frame and the stilts on which it stood.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/29/2007 2:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "It's terrible to see somebody's children come out of that house this way." Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., resident Bob Alexander, on seeing bodies removed from a house destroyed in a fire that killed seven college students Article, this page

Hundreds flee fires along Hawaii coast

posted: 10/29/2007 2:39 a.m.

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Brush fires that appeared to be the work of arsonists burned out of control Sunday along the coast of Hawaii's largest island, sending hundreds of people fleeing inland, officials said.

The world in brief

posted: 10/29/2007 2:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "This is a serious warning to the people of the Gaza Strip.Their lives are now in danger." Ahmed Ali, deputy director of Gaza Strip's Petroleum Authority, on Israel's announcement of cutting fuel shipments to Gaza.

Argentine first lady claims win at the polls

posted: 10/29/2007 2:37 a.m.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - First lady Cristina Fernandez claimed victory in Argentina's presidential election Sunday, with early results and exit polls suggesting she had avoided a runoff and become the first woman elected to the post.

Darfur peace talks hit wall with rebel leaders' absence

posted: 10/29/2007 2:37 a.m.

SIRTE, Libya - Crippled by the absence of Darfur rebel leaders, U.N.-brokered peace talks ground to a halt Sunday, with officials saying there could be no key steps until the fighters decided how to negotiate with the Sudanese government.

Paper reports plot to blackmail royal

posted: 10/29/2007 2:36 a.m.

LONDON - A newspaper reported that police have arrested two men over an attempt to blackmail a member of the British royal family with a purported sex tape.

U.S. intensifies fight in Taliban stronghold

posted: 10/29/2007 2:36 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Days after Taliban fighters overran Musa Qala, a U.S. commander pledged that Western troops would take it back. Nine months later, the town is still Taliban territory, a symbol of the West's struggles to control the poppygrowing south.

California crews focus on 7 untamed blazes

posted: 10/29/2007 2:35 a.m.

Crews worked to contain the wildfires that still burned in Southern California on Sunday as warmer, drier air replaced the moist weather that had earlier allowed firefighters to make strong gains.

498 martyrs of Spanish Civil War beatified

posted: 10/29/2007 2:34 a.m.

The Vatican staged its largest mass beatification ceremony ever Sunday, putting 498 victims of religious persecution before and during Spain's civil war on the path to possible sainthood.

Israelis limit fuel to Gaza

posted: 10/29/2007 2:32 a.m.

Israel began cutting vital fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following through on a promise to step up pressure on the territory's Hamas rulers after months of Palestinian rocket attacks.

Democrats outstrip GOP in health-care donations

posted: 10/29/2007 2:31 a.m.

Democratic candidates for president are outpacing Republicans in donations from the health-care industry in a reversal from past election cycles, even as the leading Democrats in the field offer proposals that have caused deep anxiety in some of its sectors.

Duped in cough-syrup drug fad, doctor says

posted: 10/29/2007 2:30 a.m.

Dr. James Miller said he had never heard of the street drug concoction "purple drank" or "sizzurp" until a state investigator showed up asking why he was prescribing so much of its key ingredients.

Air Force sees way out of stalled deal: Sell housing project

posted: 10/29/2007 2:29 a.m.

As the financial foundation crumbles beneath the company contracted to renovate and rebuild Little Rock Air Force Base housing, Air Force officials are shopping for a new contractor with a plan to reduce by up to half the number of homes on the base.

Gunmen grab anti-al-Qaida sheiks in Iraq

posted: 10/29/2007 2:28 a.m.

Gunmen in Baghdad snatched 10 Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks from their cars Sunday as they were heading home to Diyala province after talks with the government on fighting al-Qaida, and at least one was later found shot to death.

Spacewalkers find problem

posted: 10/29/2007 2:20 a.m.

Spacewalking astronauts doing construction work outside the international space station Sunday made a disturbing discovery: what appear to be metal shavings inside a joint that is needed to turn a set of solar power panels.

Sunday, October 28

Tropical Storm Noel soaks Caribbean

posted: 10/28/2007 4:45 p.m.

Tropical Storm Noel formed over the Caribbean Sunday and forecasters warned the slow-moving system could send flash floods gushing down stripped hills in Haiti before it heads on to Cuba.

Blaze destroys Bentonville hotel under construction

posted: 10/28/2007 4:41 p.m.

Fire consumed a hotel under construction in Bentonville, leaving behind only charred stairs and an elevator shaft.

Georgia anti-drought festival draws few visitors, even less rain

posted: 10/28/2007 4:39 p.m.

It was billed as a rain festival to fight Georgia's drought, and even included a rain dance, but turnout was slim and precipitation was even scarcer than people.

Beach-house fire leaves 7 dead

posted: 10/28/2007 4:33 p.m.

Fire ravaged a beach house occupied by more than a dozen college students early Sunday, killing seven and sending several more to a hospital.

'The Opening'

posted: 10/28/2007 8:11 a.m.

Anyone traveling along Hogan Lane in Conway during the last several month is sure to have noticed construction at Fellowship Bible Church.

Razorbacks Advance at ITA Central Region

updated: 10/29/2007 7:51 a.m.

Two Arkansas doubles teams occupy half of the final four spots in the doubles competition at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The top-seeded team of Colin Mascall and Blake Strode and the duo of Dmitry Lebedev and Chris Nott advanced to the semifinal round after two wins Friday. Strode is also still alive in singles play and has reached the quarterfinals.

Ozarka president selected for Higher Learning Commission

posted: 10/28/2007 6:02 a.m.

Ozarka College President Dusty R. Johnston has been selected by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to the peer review corps.

DEAD SERIOUS WORK

posted: 10/28/2007 6:01 a.m.

If there's something strange, in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call?

Jackson County providing free flu shots

posted: 10/28/2007 6:01 a.m.

Jackson County Seasonal flu season is near, and it's also time to get your flu shot.

Clements earns certification

posted: 10/28/2007 6:01 a.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Karyn Clements, RT, a mammographer at Stone County Medical Center, has recently been certified in mammography by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, ARRT.

Jacksonville to host basketball jamboree

posted: 10/28/2007 6:01 a.m.

Jacksonville High School will host a basketball jamboree beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

All quiet on the Halloween front

posted: 10/28/2007 6:01 a.m.

Pranks are as much as a Halloween tradition as the jack-o' -lantern or trickor-treating.

Arkansas guardsman learns new ways without left leg, arm

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

Spc. Marco Robledo, waking up in a bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center a month after a roadside bomb blew him out of his gun turret in Iraq, became aware of a man sitting beside him.

Razorbacks roll to easy victory over Sun Belt foe

updated: 10/29/2007 4:05 a.m.

That angst over the possibility that Arkansas could lose focus for its final nonconference game against winless Florida International? Forget about it.

Iraq balks at police training for Sunnis

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

HABBANIYAH, Iraq - The U.S. military's push to organize Sunni Arabs into local neighborhood watch groups has been one of the United States' most important initiatives in Iraq - so much so that President Bush flew to Anbar province in September to highlight growing alliances with Sunni tribal leaders.

WORLD SERIES: Red Sox one away from title

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

Mile high or sea level, nothing is stopping the Boston Red Sox. Even when the Rockies rallied late, their chance to get back into the World Series vanished into Coors Field's thin air.

Clinton statue to be larger than life

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

Hillary Clinton isn't the only one who thinks Bill Clinton has a "bigger-than-life" presence. So does Conway artist Finton Shaw: He's creating a 91â2 to 10-foot sculpture of the former president.

Coal-generated power plants boom in China

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

BOXING, China - By next autumn, a muddy construction site in a rural part of eastern China will give way to a small power plant that burns cornstalks and cotton stalks to generate electricity for nearby villages and steam for a neighboring industrial complex.

Airlines in black, but fliers see red

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

The troubled airline industry has reason to crack a little smile, but travelers aren't happy.

Overcast skies aid firefighters

posted: 10/28/2007 6 a.m.

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. - Firefighters battled stubborn wildfires across Southern California on Saturday, but cloudy skies scattering occasional raindrops brought a welcome improvement in conditions.

Mercy Diabetes & Wound Center to host diabetes, wound health fair

posted: 10/28/2007 5:59 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The Mercy Diabetes & Wound Center will host a diabetes and wound health fair from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Mercy-McAuley Rooms of St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center.

Size leads Lady Pirates in 2007

posted: 10/28/2007 5:59 a.m.

Last season head coach Irvin Fairfield led the Concord Lady Pirates to a 25-9 record, but he graduated four starters.

that's life: Earning extra points

posted: 10/28/2007 5:59 a.m.

I was up to my eyeballs in work at the newspaper in Little Rock at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when my older son called me.

SPOTLIGHT ON OLGA SWATY

posted: 10/28/2007 5:59 a.m.

Olga Swaty's head is barely visible in a sea of fine fabric bolts.

Benton to turn into Spook City Tuesday

posted: 10/28/2007 5:58 a.m.

BENTON - Downtown Benton will be the site of a Halloween event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Bearkatz hope to bounce back from tumultuous year

posted: 10/28/2007 5:58 a.m.

Key for this year's Melbourne Bearkatz boys team will be how quickly they can mature.

GOING FOR THE BLUE

posted: 10/28/2007 5:58 a.m.

Residents of the Tri-Lakes area competed in various contests at the recent Arkansas State Fair. Many took the fair's theme - More Fun for Everyone - to heart and came away as winners.

Winter drawdown set for 2 Hot Springs lakes

posted: 10/28/2007 5:57 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The annual winter drawdown of Lakes Hamilton and Catherine will begin Saturday.

Gardening workshop to be held

posted: 10/28/2007 5:57 a.m.

MALVERN - The Hot Spring County office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor two fall gardening workshops Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Guys and Dolls comes to Hot Springs Village

posted: 10/28/2007 5:57 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - The Hot Springs Village Players' production of Guys and Dolls will run Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Woodlands Theater.

Experience drives Lady Bearkatz

posted: 10/28/2007 5:56 a.m.

The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz team of this year will look incredibly similar to last year's team, with four returning starters that led the team to a 21-10 record.

BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

posted: 10/28/2007 5:56 a.m.

TRIGGER GAP - Beautiful as the fall colors were along the winding, sun-splashed roads of the Ozarks on Saturday morning, none could beat those framed by the shining, winding routes of area streams.

OUTSTANDING ATHLETE TRANSFER MAKES IMPRESSION AT ROSE BUD

posted: 10/28/2007 5:55 a.m.

As Hurricane Katrina was ravaging the southern parts of Louisiana, Rose Bud senior Matt Merritt was adjusting to life in his new home.

Bright and beautiful

posted: 10/28/2007 5:54 a.m.

Beautiful as the fall colors were along the winding, sun-splashed roads of the Ozarks on Saturday morning, none could beat those framed by the shining, winding routes of area streams.

DETERMINED

posted: 10/28/2007 5:53 a.m.

October is in full swing, basketball season is right around the corner, and the Lady Panthers are down the street scrimmaging against the junior high boys team. One significant player is missing from practice today. Mattison Chilton, the 6-0 junior forward, has the day off, sort of.

Businesses to celebrate Battle of the Ravine

posted: 10/28/2007 5:52 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - The annual Battle of the Ravine between the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers and the Henderson State University Reddies will be held Thursday on the campus of Henderson State University.

Residents win awards at state fair

posted: 10/28/2007 5:52 a.m.

Residents of the Three Rivers area competed in various contests at the recent Arkansas State Fair. Many took the fair's theme - More Fun for Everyone - to heart and came away as winners.

that's life: Earning extra points

posted: 10/28/2007 5:52 a.m.

I was up to my eyeballs in work at the newspaper in Little Rock at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when my older son called me.

Halloween around the world

posted: 10/28/2007 5:51 a.m.

Halloween is one of those things that's as American as baseball and apple pie.

AARP to host driver-safety course Friday

posted: 10/28/2007 5:51 a.m.

Prime Times of the White County Medical Center will sponsor an AARP Driver-Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Hubach Center.

Hendrix College fields first varsity lacrosse team in Arkansas

posted: 10/28/2007 5:51 a.m.

Lacrosse was invented by Native Americans during the 15th century, and six centuries later, it has found its way onto an Arkansas collegiate campus as a sanctioned sport.

The Legend of 'Dog Boy'

posted: 10/28/2007 5:51 a.m.

Some people who live in Cleburne County believe ghosts, including a WWI soldier and a family, haunt a Victorian-era home in downtown Quitman.

Bluegrass show set Saturday in Damascus

posted: 10/28/2007 5:50 a.m.

DAMASCUS - Doric Masonic Lodge No. 471 will host a bluegrass show beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Parade theme has been chosen

posted: 10/28/2007 5:50 a.m.

Time is running out for those who wish to be a participant in Jacksonville's 50th Annual Christmas Parade to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The spirit of UCA Stories swirl of Wingo Hall hauntings

posted: 10/28/2007 5:50 a.m.

When Halloween rolls around each year, rumors of haunted happenings at Wingo Hall at the University of Central Arkansas swirl like fallen leaves. Jimmy Bryant, director of UCA archives, said Wingo Hall was hurriedly built by the Public Works Administration during the Great Depression. Construction began May

GED testing to be offered in Newport

posted: 10/28/2007 5:49 a.m.

The Adult Education Department at Arkansas State University-Newport is offering the GED test on the following dates: Nov. 5, 6, and 8 at 5 p.m.

Fire department to host chicken supper

posted: 10/28/2007 5:49 a.m.

DAMASCUS - The Gravesville Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual chicken supper from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

It's easy being green

posted: 10/28/2007 5:48 a.m.

About 60 people who gathered Saturday at Simon Intermediate School in Conway laid out action plans for the region to become more livable by using environmentally friendly approaches.

Arkansas Hospice to hold classes in Russellville

posted: 10/28/2007 5:47 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - Arkansas Hospice has scheduled certification classes for all new volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 8, at the organization's Russellville office, 2405 East Parkway, Suite 3.

Bright and beautiful

posted: 10/28/2007 5:47 a.m.

TRIGGER GAP - Beautiful as the fall colors were along the winding, sun-splashed roads of the Ozarks on Saturday morning, none could beat those framed by the shining, winding routes of area streams.

Body, mind and spirit

posted: 10/28/2007 5:47 a.m.

Charlotte Davis wants everyone to know about First Place programs for women that include nutrition study as part of Bible classes. She directs the First Place program at Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy.

Dover to host hunter's breakfast

posted: 10/28/2007 5:47 a.m.

DOVER - A hunter's breakfast will be held from 3-6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the fellowship hall at Dover United Methodist Church.

Harding's annual musical flies into town

posted: 10/28/2007 5:46 a.m.

Harding University presents a magical musical, The Wizard of Oz, Friday and Saturday as the highlight of Homecoming weekend. Tickets are now on sale for the nostalgic adventure down the yellowbrick road.

Veterans parade to be held Nov. 11

posted: 10/28/2007 5:46 a.m.

PLUMERVILLE - The Plumerville Veterans Committee will hold a parade at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, for all of the veterans of Conway County. A celebration will follow at the Plumerville City Park.

Annual poker tournament Friday

posted: 10/28/2007 5:46 a.m.

CONWAY -Tickets are on sale for the third annual Make A Child Smile Poker Tournament, set for 6:30 p.m., Friday at the Conway Knights of Columbus Hall, 615 E. Sixth St.

Book club to meet Nov. 8 at library

posted: 10/28/2007 5:46 a.m.

CONWAY - The Faulkner County Library Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St.

Jovial leader

posted: 10/28/2007 5:45 a.m.

Regardless of their record, it is hard for any member of the Clinton Yellowjackets football team to stay down when Rusty Flickinger is around.

White County critters sold at fair

posted: 10/28/2007 5:45 a.m.

The 2007 White County Fair Junior Market Animal Show and Sale was a great success this year. There were 75 White County youth with 124 market animals at this year's show. Those 75 youth showed a market steer, hog, lamb or goat.

GHOST STORIES FROM WHITE COUNTY Into the woods

posted: 10/28/2007 5:44 a.m.

Is there anything scarier than the woods at night? Leaves rustle, branches crack and birds flutter unnervingly overhead. It is easy to become lost, confused and irrational as darkness descends. In the days before highways and automobiles, White Countians often found themselves enclosed in the woods as they

that's life Earning extra points

posted: 10/28/2007 5:43 a.m.

I was up to my eyeballs in work at the newspaper in Little Rock at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when my older son called me.

THE LEGEND OF 'DOG BOY'

posted: 10/28/2007 5:43 a.m.

Some people who live in Cleburne County believe ghosts, including a WWI soldier and a family, haunt a Victorian-era home in downtown Quitman.

Poetry night at the Conway County Library

posted: 10/28/2007 5:42 a.m.

MORRILTON - The Poetry Society, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Conway County Library in Morrilton, 101 W. Church St.

Flag retirement ceremony set

posted: 10/28/2007 5:42 a.m.

DARDANELLE - Boy Scout Troop 221 of Dardanelle, the Yell County Wildlife Federation, and the Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting an American flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at Veterans Memorial Park in Dardanelle.

THE TV COLUMN: Shows treat with great pumpkin, trick with hauntings

posted: 10/28/2007 5:36 a.m.

Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, TV has to cram all its Halloween-theme programs into a narrow window of opportunity.

Faulkner center gets papers from UA on his journeys

posted: 10/28/2007 5:35 a.m.

The Center for Faulkner Studies has added hundreds of pages of government documents to its collection on the Nobel Prize-winning author.

LETS TALK: Sometimes the real challenge begins after the race is over

posted: 10/28/2007 5:31 a.m.

Today Jennifer, my fellow Sunday Style columnist, discusses the issue of falling down. I'm here to discuss the issue of getting up.

Automakers design small cars, hope there's room for profit

posted: 10/28/2007 5:30 a.m.

At a topsecret session on car designs at a Nissan Motor Co. technical center, chief product strategist Carlos Tavares recited the company's ambitious new mission: to sell an expensive-looking small car for the price of nofrills models - and somehow make a profit on it.

More firms find low-cost labor closer to home

posted: 10/28/2007 5:28 a.m.

Gary Richardson left this boomtowngone-bust in 1996 for a computer job in Dallas, the big city 60 miles north.

Download diary

posted: 10/28/2007 5:26 a.m.

What is it: A primer on Neil Young complete with a number of free mp3s and videos.

The Buzz

posted: 10/28/2007 5:24 a.m.

MOULD'S ROCKIN' DISTRICT Bob Mould, the songwriter and vocalist of Husker Du and Sugar, is ready to rock again. Mould, who decided in the late '90s to focus on electronic styles such as those on his 2002 album Modulate, eased his way back into rock with 2005's solo album, Body of Song.

Pop Notes Working in obscurity, tapping out 7-word reviews

posted: 10/28/2007 5:23 a.m.

New records wash in like the tide and so we take out our proverbial teaspoon to deal with the flood. Yes, our bailing implement of choice is the patent-pending 7 Word Record Review.

CHARTS

posted: 10/28/2007 5:22 a.m.

NOTES: In a ho-hum week we turn our attention to Colbie Calliat, who has a single and album in the Top 10. Calliat is the daughter of Ken Calliat, one of the producers of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

ListenUp Krauss, Plant yoking inspired

posted: 10/28/2007 5:21 a.m.

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss Raising Sand (Rounder) Rock AUnlikely pairings don't get much more unlikely than this one. Bluegrass sweetheart Alison Krauss singing with Led Zeppelin singer/shouter Robert Plant, aided and abetted by producer T Bone Burnett?

Area bars plan shows for folks too big for trick-or-treat

posted: 10/28/2007 5:20 a.m.

For children, the chief Halloween-night medical scare is tooth decay, from all the sugar. For adults, it's cholesterol jolts and sodium intake, from all the ham.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Navy Band's jazz group on deck in Searcy, Hot Springs

posted: 10/28/2007 5:19 a.m.

The Commodores, the U.S. Navy Band's jazz ensemble, will give two Arkansas concerts this week: 8 p.m. Wednesday in Administration Auditorium, Harding University, Searcy. The Daily Citizen of Searcy is co-sponsoring the concert. Admission is by free ticket; call (501) 279-4343.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/28/2007 5:18 a.m.

Happy birthday. You're wildly productive. Next month, information is known, resources are made available and brain synapses fire at top speed. A fabulous business move is featured in January. You're genuinely inclined to put people before financial gain, and this is how you wind up making the most money. Pisces and Taurus adore you.

Solo Sounds of tobyMac to resound in Arkansas

posted: 10/28/2007 5:17 a.m.

tobyMac has created some Portable Sounds and he's bringing them to a central Arkansas church that's becoming a new concert venue.

Warm-puppy happiness elusive for Peanuts creator

posted: 10/28/2007 5:16 a.m.

Auggh! A top-rate public television biography of Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz might sound like fun. But there's no sadder hour-and-a-half on television than American Masters' look at "Good Ol' Charles Schulz" at 8 p.m. Monday on AETN.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Is praise a reason to be wary?

posted: 10/28/2007 5:15 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: How should one interpret repeated effusive praise and appreciation? I love compliments as much as the next person, but my new guy is so effusive, I'm wary. I don't doubt his sincerity, but I do wonder about him. I just smile and say thank you or that I had a great time as well.

LIVE MUSIC: The Meat Puppets back from the dead

posted: 10/28/2007 5:15 a.m.

The Meat Puppets, reunited after a dozen years, will headline a show Thursday night at Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, 107 Commerce St., Little Rock.

DVD SEEN: Third season of Medium on sale

posted: 10/28/2007 5:14 a.m.

When Medium debuted in 2005, skeptical viewers wondered how long NBC could sustain a show that centered on a psychic mom/ wife/crimesolver.

Seinfeld floats like a butterfly ...

posted: 10/28/2007 5:13 a.m.

Since the swan song of Seinfeld, the NBC sitcom, its eponymous star has been bombarded with proposals for acting projects - film and television roles in which his character's name would not be Jerry, his costume would not consist of bluejeans, sneakers and a dangling shirttail and his shtick would not be observational comedy about manners and other minutiae.

Director's hearing loss is theater's gain

posted: 10/28/2007 5:11 a.m.

The assumption is easy to make. Since Nicole Capri, director of education at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, is called upon to direct large-cast musicals filled with eager young actors, one would assume that her hearing is fine.

Coal-generated power plants boom in China

posted: 10/28/2007 5:10 a.m.

BOXING, China - By next autumn, a muddy construction site in a rural part of eastern China will give way to a small power plant that burns cornstalks and cotton stalks to generate electricity for nearby villages and steam for a neighboring industrial complex.

Baby boomers buying up properties in Caribbean

posted: 10/28/2007 5:09 a.m.

CABARETE, Dominican Republic - Fifteen years ago this beachfront village was a bohemian paradise where windsurfers and backpackers could buy a week of sun and sand for what they might pay per day at pricier Caribbean resorts.

Russian attacks on foreigners grow with influx

posted: 10/28/2007 5:09 a.m.

Slapping a coat of paint on the pedestal of a bust of Vladimir Lenin in a provincial Russian town may not be much of a job, says a man whose first name is Kuram. It beats making the equivalent of $16 a month back home in Uzbekistan, he adds.

SPIN CYCLE: Swoons send stars' face time to moon

posted: 10/28/2007 5:09 a.m.

There's a new hot thing for celebrities to do.

Reaper: Devil makes him do it

posted: 10/28/2007 5:08 a.m.

Speak of the devil. No matter how the subject matter is treated, TV shows where Satan is one of the main characters are going to upset some viewers.

Chile has so much money it doesn't know what to do

posted: 10/28/2007 5:08 a.m.

SANTIAGO, Chile - Michelle Bachelet has a problem other presidents would love: what to do with billions of dollars overflowing the government's coffers.

6 decrees of inspiration

posted: 10/28/2007 5:08 a.m.

Who better to begin a conversation about the flash point of creative inspiration than an artist named Epiphany?

OPUS BALL PATRONS PARTY Tuning up for orchestra ball

posted: 10/28/2007 5:07 a.m.

It was the party before the party. Around 100 patrons of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's annual Opus Ball fundraiser gathered Oct. 18 for one last intimate affair before the ball itself.

Four NW cities see robust hotel growth

posted: 10/28/2007 5:07 a.m.

Benton and Washington counties have added nearly 900 hotel rooms since Jan. 1, including a large block when the 114-room Courtyard by Marriott opened Oct. 15 at 600 E. Van Ashe Drive in Fayetteville.

A DAY FOR WRITERS: Fundraiser for Dairy Hollow shows guests the write stuff

posted: 10/28/2007 5:07 a.m.

On a beautiful fall day, the Maumelle home of Susan Martin was the setting Oct. 19 for a fundraiser for the Dairy Hollow Writers Colony at Eureka Springs.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Casino construction schedule still on track

posted: 10/28/2007 5:06 a.m.

Structural steel began arriving on the construction site of Downstream Casino Resort at the Three-States Corner southwest of Joplin on Oct. 8.

AMELIA ALISON HALL ROBERT GARRETT LEWIS

posted: 10/28/2007 5:06 a.m.

Amelia Alison Hall became the bride of Robert Garrett Lewis at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Fellowship Bible Church. The father of the bridegroom officiated.

NEW BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Artistic Tile, Marble & Granite

posted: 10/28/2007 5:06 a.m.

SPRINGDALE - When the smooth slabs of marble are unloaded, it's still fun for Becky Arterberry, 56, three months after buying Artistic Tile, Marble & Granite.

ASHLEY ANN EOFF BRENT CONLEE HODGES

posted: 10/28/2007 5:05 a.m.

Ashley Ann Eoff and Brent Conlee Hodges were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, on a private beach at Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort. The Rev.

WHITNEY TUCKER HAMILTON BRADLEY FOWLKES DONNELLY

posted: 10/28/2007 5:04 a.m.

The ballroom at the Country Club of Little Rock was the setting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, for the marriage of Whitney Tucker Hamilton and Bradley Fowlkes Donnelly. Mayor Mark Stodola officiated.

WEDDINGS KATHRYN KIRWAN FRANKE KEVIN DREW KITCHENS

posted: 10/28/2007 5:03 a.m.

Kathryn Kirwan Franke became the bride of Kevin Drew Kitchens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in St. James United Methodist Church. The Rev. Fred Haustein officiated.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Vigilant hygiene thwarts drug-resistant staph bug

posted: 10/28/2007 5:02 a.m.

In the last few weeks, every news station around the country has been reporting on the "superbug" MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).

Changing the rules

posted: 10/28/2007 5:02 a.m.

When Joel and Amy Jones noticed work starting on a subdivision on the eastern edge of Cave Springs last year, they knew they could have first choice of the lots if they got in on the development early.

Company sells absent workers fake excuses

posted: 10/28/2007 5:01 a.m.

THACKERVILLE, Okla. - Feel like playing hooky but nervous about getting caught? The Excused Absence Network has got your back.

Hometown store unveils Walton statue

posted: 10/28/2007 5:01 a.m.

KINGFISHER, Okla. - Veteran employees of the Kingfisher Wal-Mart helped unveil a statue of company founder Sam Walton on Wednesday during a grand opening of a new Supercenter in the city where Walton was born.

MALE CALL: Creativity, flexible attire ideal for wear

posted: 10/28/2007 5:01 a.m.

Q. Like most guys, I am not fond of costume parties. My girlfriend and I are invited to a Halloween party; she is looking forward to it. I'm afraid that not wearing a costume would be more conspicuous than wearing one.

Social calendar

posted: 10/28/2007 5 a.m.

October 30 Autumn Runway Luncheon/Fashion Show, hosted by the auxiliary of the Salvation Army, 11:30 a.m., Embassy Suites, tickets are $35. Tickets can be ordered by calling Ann McCollum at (501) 758-2434.

Engagements

posted: 10/28/2007 4:59 a.m.

Katti Diane Bowen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bowen of Bonham, Texas, and James Raymond Holcomb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Holcomb of Mayflower; Dec. 29.

I-540 site in Bentonville abuzz with construction

posted: 10/28/2007 4:58 a.m.

BENTONVILLE - Quite a bit of dirt and heavy machinery are moving around near the southeast corner of Interstate 540 and Southeast 14th Street, which stands to become a substantial commercial hub for Bentonville.

Anniversaries

posted: 10/28/2007 4:58 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Bolding of Little Rock celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary Monday at their home. The couple were married Oct. 22, 1938. Mrs. Bolding, the former Vida Page, is retired from Dillard's Department Store. Bolding is retired from Meyer's Bakery.

U.S. officials complain China not cooperating to stop piracy

posted: 10/28/2007 4:57 a.m.

BEIJING - China has slowed cooperation with the United States on fighting product piracy since Washington complained to the World Trade Organization about the problem earlier this year, American officials said last week.

EU unveils plan to lure skilled labor

posted: 10/28/2007 4:57 a.m.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Help Wanted: Nurses, doctors, engineers. Must be willing to live in Paris, Rome, Frankfurt or Prague.

Czechs' beloved state brewer checking out privatization option

posted: 10/28/2007 4:56 a.m.

CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic - The Czech government has kicked off a privatization process that could lead to the sale of one of the state's most prized possessions: Budejovicky Budvar NP, a beloved brewery considered as much a national treasure as the premium lager it insists is the world's original Budweiser.

Vacationers on a budget will find Berlin pleasing

posted: 10/28/2007 4:55 a.m.

BERLIN - Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit once famously described his eternally broke city as "poor, but sexy." A new crop of sleek budget hotels are betting that economy-minded tourists and business travelers like it that way.

Weddings

posted: 10/28/2007 4:55 a.m.

Peach-Murdaugh Wedding vows were exchanged by Taryn Elizabeth Murdaugh and Michael Joseph Peach on Saturday in the Abbe House, Heber Springs. Billy Howard officiated.

AWARD WINNING EVENING: Volunteers, others honored as Watershed marks 29 years

posted: 10/28/2007 4:54 a.m.

Watershed, named the "world's first social hospital" by its founder, the Rev. Hezekiah Stewart, celebrated its 29th anniversary at a banquet Oct. 20 at the Doubletree Hotel.

Road read

posted: 10/28/2007 4:53 a.m.

Traveling with a sick child Heading down the highway with your brood for a vacation and, from the back seat, your 4-year-old complains that her ear really hurts. Lots of us have been there.

HISTORY REPEATS: The past returns for military museum exhibit

posted: 10/28/2007 4:53 a.m.

Special guests at an Oct. 18 reception opening a new exhibit, "The Forgotten War - Arkansas and the Korean Conflict," at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History were a surprise.

Haunted big house

posted: 10/28/2007 4:53 a.m.

MANSFIELD, Ohio - A misty, full moon glowers over the stone turrets, a skirl of chain saws and screams on the frosted air. A perfect night for fright.

Travel note

posted: 10/28/2007 4:52 a.m.

Calling all hostellers If you're one of the millions of Americans who stayed in inexpensive youth hostel accommodations while traveling in North America or abroad, the USA branch of Hostelling International is asking for your help.

Q&A

posted: 10/28/2007 4:52 a.m.

Motion Sickness Q: I've heard there's an ear patch you can use as an alternative to Dramamine. Does it work for motion sickness?

A PRIZED EVENING Poet inspired by Delta roots, novelist Brockmeier honored

posted: 10/28/2007 4:52 a.m.

Writing is not one of those careers that people pursue because of the money, said Bob Razer, chairman of the Booker Worthen Literary Prize selection committee, as he introduced Little Rock author Kevin Brockmeier.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Lisbon's fado singers mourn price of living off the sea

posted: 10/28/2007 4:52 a.m.

LISBON, Portugal - It's after dark in Lisbon's ramshackle Alfama neighborhood. Old-timers gather in restaurants, which serve little more than grilled sardines, to hear and sing Portugal's mournful fado - the lament of fishermen's widows.

''Y'

posted: 10/28/2007 4:51 a.m.

The reds, the browns and the sparkles, all clothes from Dillard's, showed up on the runway Oct. 16 for the 20th annual fashion show and luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel to benefit the Bess Chisum Stephens YWCA.

DEAR ABBY: Housewife finds angel at yard sale

posted: 10/28/2007 4:51 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have enjoyed reading the occasional letters people write you about the acts of kindness they have experienced. I would like to share one that happened to me.

Green graces burgs of Tampa-St. Pete

posted: 10/28/2007 4:51 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In Florida's most crowded county, not far from a greyhound track and a busy thoroughfare, kayakers paddle through a labyrinth of trails that wind for miles under the dense canopy of a stunning mangrove forest.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: One wrong made a right when they met at dance

posted: 10/28/2007 4:50 a.m.

For Genyth Wells and Ed Kubitz, a forbidden time in a forbidden place turned out to be the right time and the right place.

Land of Peter Rabbit remains just as sweet

posted: 10/28/2007 4:50 a.m.

EAST SANDWICH, Mass. - The spirit of Peter Rabbit resides at a Cape Cod cottage filled with enchanting aromas of fresh jams and jellies cooking in the same old-fashioned kitchen that children's book author Thornton W. Burgess enjoyed as a young man.

Baby-gear rental companies ease strain of traveling by air

posted: 10/28/2007 4:50 a.m.

NEW YORK - It's the dilemma every traveling parent faces: What gear must you schlep on the plane and what can you live without?

ARKANSAS TRAVELER: Images, echoes of Civil War preserved at Prairie Grove

posted: 10/28/2007 4:49 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE - Twenty men, women and children huddled together in a cellar, while outside, guns and cannons fired around them and the rolling fields had turned muddy with blood.

The apex of altruism

posted: 10/28/2007 4:49 a.m.

A reception Oct. 21 in the Garden Room at the Clinton Presidential Center on the first evening of the Slate 60 Conference on Innovative Philanthropy gathered together several of the stars of the event.

Back to reality with Marty McFly Norris chucks one Huckabee's way

posted: 10/28/2007 4:49 a.m.

As a rhetorical framing device, elephant on the dais, umbrella, what have you, Bill Clinton is impossible to dismiss.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Ingenuity and flexibility will land those holiday trips

posted: 10/28/2007 4:49 a.m.

If you haven't already made your arrangements for this year's Christmas season travel, you probably already know that finding good deals - or even deals of any kind - will be tough.

Al-Qaida roots begin with mosque siege

posted: 10/28/2007 4:48 a.m.

The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al-Qaida, by Yaroslav Trofimov, Doubleday, 301 pages, $26.

Chairman sprucing up Holiday House

posted: 10/28/2007 4:48 a.m.

"Trash and toilets." That was the Junior League of Little Rock's nickname for Tisha Gribble's first job on the Holiday House logistics committee.

Studio system of old dissected, analyzed in The Star Machine

posted: 10/28/2007 4:47 a.m.

The Star Machine, by Jeanine Basinger, Knopf, 588 pages, $35 Movie stars under Hollywood's studio system were product, Jeanine Basinger says in The Star Machine.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 10/28/2007 4:47 a.m.

Fiction 1. WORLD WITHOUT END, Ken Follett. Love and intrigue in Kingsbridge, the medieval English cathedral town at the center of Follett's Pillars of the Earth. 2. PLAYING FOR PIZZA, John Grisham. An American third-string quarterback joins the Italian National Football League's Parma Panthers.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 10/28/2007 4:46 a.m.

Pioneer in genetic engineering PALO ALTO, Calif. - Dr. Arthur Kornberg, whose test-tube synthesis of DNA earned him the Nobel Prize in 1959, has died. He was 89.

Harry Charles Erwin III

posted: 10/28/2007 4:46 a.m.

Chuck Erwin gives new meaning to the term "musical numbers." Erwin is one of the area's premier certified public accountants. His company, with 23 employees, has headquarters in west Little Rock and a list of very prominent clients.

Inside the minds of anchormen in a changing sea

posted: 10/28/2007 4:46 a.m.

Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War, by Howard Kurtz, Free Press, 464 pages, $26 Howard Kurtz, I am now certain, has a secret. Either he no longer sleeps, or he has found a way to expand the 24-hour day. How else can one explain his exceptional output?

REMEMBERING ARKANSAS: State owes a lot to George Izard's stabilizing hand

posted: 10/28/2007 4:46 a.m.

Oct. 21 was, by gubernatorial proclamation "Gov. George Izard Day." Izard, who was Arkansas' second territorial governor, worked hard to bring order and development to frontier Arkansas. Though he ultimately failed, Izard was a stabilizing force in a tiny western jurisdiction known as Arkansas where the politicians were known for killing each other in duels.

Other days

posted: 10/28/2007 4:45 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 28, 1907 The revenue laws of Arkansas are as good as could be framed, in the opinion of State Auditor Avery E. Moore.

Last Great Fight author says Tyson vs. Douglas was a swan song

posted: 10/28/2007 4:45 a.m.

The Last Great Fight - The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever, by Joe Layden, St. Martin's, 320 pages, $24.95

Joe McQuany Recovered alcoholic founded LR center

posted: 10/28/2007 4:44 a.m.

When Joe McQuany decided that he was going to get sober in 1962, he went to the "The Nut House," as he called it - more commonly known as the Arkansas State Hospital.

Biking through the City of Light is easy with Velib

posted: 10/28/2007 4:44 a.m.

PARIS - I pedaled past Notre Dame Cathedral, shifted to third gear and cruised down scenic Quai Voltaire, which runs along the left bank of the Seine.

Father Fitz

posted: 10/28/2007 4:43 a.m.

On the morning that San Jose State University played Boise State in what should have been a forgettable football game, Fitz Hill arrived on campus in the pre-dawn darkness. Hill was the head coach of the San Jose Spartans, listed in that day's paper as 33-point underdogs.

COLUMN ONE: Free spirit

posted: 10/28/2007 4:27 a.m.

The picture in the New York Times showed an 88-year-old woman sitting on her door stoop in London holding armfuls of bouquets and surrounded by other floral tributes.

Obituaries

posted: 10/28/2007 4:27 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

The week in review

posted: 10/28/2007 4:26 a.m.

Around the world Turks, Kurds talk A delegation of senior Iraqi officials held high-level talks with the Turkish government in Ankara Friday to try to avert an incursion by Turkey's military into northern Iraq to fight Kurdish separatist rebels.

He may lag in fundraising, but people like him

posted: 10/28/2007 4:26 a.m.

Longtime Bush adviser Dan Bartlett, candidly assessing the Republican field, calls Mike Huckabee the "best candidate" but questions whether Americans would elect another president from Hope, Ark., especially one named "Huckabee."

Technology now has the power to liberate us

posted: 10/28/2007 4:25 a.m.

Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It's a settling of grievances between the present and the past. The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to violence.

A writer on language and how to conceal it

posted: 10/28/2007 4:25 a.m.

On Oct. 18, the novelist Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Moments after the announcement, the literary world embarked on a time-honored post-Nobel tradition: assessingand sometimes sniffing at-the work of the prizewinner.

Sore winner

posted: 10/28/2007 4:24 a.m.

THE HON. Wendell Griffen just won't accept Yes for an answer.

Look who's calling

posted: 10/28/2007 4:23 a.m.

The other day, apropos of nothing particularly significant in this never-ending presidential campaign, I was contacted by editors at two national publications. They wanted to know more about one Michael Dale Huckabee.

Lawyer's hat in ring for 5th District judge

posted: 10/28/2007 4:23 a.m.

Clarksville attorney Bill Pearson has announced that he will run for circuit judge in the state's 5th Judicial District.

Officers say 2 Garland County women's slayings linked

posted: 10/28/2007 4:22 a.m.

Investigators think the killings of two women in Garland County months apart may be related, and police have cautioned residents against accepting rides from strangers.

The fitness phone could kill

posted: 10/28/2007 4:22 a.m.

I must admit that I had misgivings about Japan's new "samurai" diet. I feared that if I did not lose weight at a sufficiently brisk pace, a fierce robed warrior would appear and chop off my head.

Police beat

posted: 10/28/2007 4:21 a.m.

2 men shot in chest; police investigating Two men were shot Saturday evening a block east of Centennial Park, Little Rock police said.

Thousands visit Arkansas for Pea Ridge re-enactment

posted: 10/28/2007 4:20 a.m.

Hundreds of men in blue or gray wool uniforms acted the part of Civil War soldiers as they marched onto the lush green pasture and gunsmoke filled the air.

Meeting aims to aid drug-affected kids

posted: 10/28/2007 4:19 a.m.

The Arkansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is sponsoring its first conference Monday and Tuesday at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in North Little Rock.

Park it here

posted: 10/28/2007 4:19 a.m.

All the Bigs in the capital city pondering what to do with War Memorial Park should take a road trip to Nashville, Ark. That city may have the neatest, greenest, bestest city park in the whole state. It's called. . . City Park.

4 die in highway accidents in state

posted: 10/28/2007 4:18 a.m.

Four people were killed on Arkansas highways in separate collisions Friday and Saturday, Arkansas State Police said.

Pet of the week

posted: 10/28/2007 4:18 a.m.

Nelson is our pet of the week. He is a 9-month-old terrier mix who weighs 20 pounds. He enjoys soft, squeaky toys and playing in the yard. Nelson likes other dogs and has plenty of energy. He has been crate trained.

50 stage anti-war protest at intersection

posted: 10/28/2007 4:17 a.m.

Casually-clad protesters held "Honk for Peace" and "Impeach Bush" posters and flashed peace signs as honking drivers passed through a busy Little Rock intersection Saturday.

LR Nine, others inducted into state's Hall of Fame

posted: 10/28/2007 4:17 a.m.

Though their beginnings were humble, each of the 2007 inductees to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame left an impressive mark.

Plans for mental facility unnerve Bono neighbors

posted: 10/28/2007 4:16 a.m.

It once housed the Bono Church of Christ, but soon the brick building at the corner of Church Street and Arkansas 226 will be home to about 30 mentally troubled children - a situation upsetting to neighbors.

Clinton statue to be larger than life

posted: 10/28/2007 4:15 a.m.

Hillary Clinton isn't the only one who thinks Bill Clinton has a "bigger-than-life " presence. So does Conway artist Finton Shaw: He's creating 1 a 9 /2 to 10-foot sculpture of the former president.

Analysis: State lags in checks of illegals

posted: 10/28/2007 4:13 a.m.

Police in Arkansas haven't been tracking the immigration status of suspected criminals as much as police in neighboring states do.

1950s congressional aide speaks on integration crisis

posted: 10/28/2007 4:12 a.m.

Warren I. Cikins took his 50-year-old poll tax receipt to the Arkansas State Capitol on Saturday to illustrate the moderate side of Arkansas during the integration crisis.

LETTERS

posted: 10/28/2007 4:10 a.m.

In his Perspective commentary, Tom Strickland disputes any negative environmental impact as a result of drilling for gas in Arkansas' Fayetteville shale formation.

Interpreters becoming key for child-welfare agency

posted: 10/28/2007 4:10 a.m.

As the trial of the man accused of raping and killing a 10-year-old Springdale girl approaches, the state's child-welfare agency is operating under a new interpreter policy prompted by the girl's death.

SWEET TEA: Daughter still awaits mom's hug

posted: 10/28/2007 4:10 a.m.

Janet Owens-Heath turned 46 on Aug. 15.

Dark of Georgia night draws avid stargazers

posted: 10/28/2007 4:09 a.m.

The most important rule at this remote vacation spot is simple: no white light.

Hip hop football

posted: 10/28/2007 4:08 a.m.

Histories of the civil rights movement appropriately focus upon such important events as Harry Truman's integration of the armed forces, the Montgomery bus boycott and Brown vs. Board of Education.

'Perhaps' haunts Wards

posted: 10/28/2007 4:07 a.m.

Ron and Mona Ward of Marshall and their attorney Jerry Sallings still wonder who posted the possible lead on the Justice for Janie Web site on the night of Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004.

Huckabee rocks out in campaign concert

posted: 10/28/2007 4:07 a.m.

Center stage at the renowned Surf Ballroom, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee gave the bass guitar all he had: "Born to be Wild" followed by "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." Tweens, meanwhile, snapped cell-phone pictures of the 52-year-old candidate and occasional rocker.

Domestic abuse can be fatal

posted: 10/28/2007 4:06 a.m.

I leave the niceties to sociologists. When someone shoots, strangles or beats the crap out of a purported loved one, I don't see it as domestic violence. In my mind, it goes way beyond that.

Study finds many primates endangered

posted: 10/28/2007 4:06 a.m.

Poaching and deforestation in the tropics are imperiling dozens of humans' primate relatives, with nearly a third of the 394 known species of apes, monkeys, lemurs and other groups listed as threatened with extinction in a new report from the World Conservation Union.

Off the wire

posted: 10/28/2007 4:05 a.m.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was taken from the ice on a stretcher Saturday against Philadelphia after losing consciousness when he was hammered into the boards face-first by defenseman Randy Jones, the third violent play this season involving a Flyers player.

U.S.-led forces say 80 Taliban killed

posted: 10/28/2007 4:05 a.m.

U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 80 Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the latest in a series of increasingly bloody engagements in the region, officials said.

Fighting grows heavy in Somalia, killing 7; at least 35 wounded

posted: 10/28/2007 4:04 a.m.

Insurgents and governmentallied forces battled with machine guns, mortars and rocketpropelled grenades Saturday in the heaviest fighting to hit Somalia's capital in months, leaving at least seven people dead and dozens of others wounded, witnesses and health officials said.

NFL plays catch-up in international game

posted: 10/28/2007 4:04 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA - Outside, police officers holding machine guns stood watch. Inside, the stadium was jumping. More than 100,000 fans, most of whom spoke not a sentence of English nor understood the game of football, packed Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/28/2007 4:04 a.m.

Pau Gasol wants to repair his image with Memphis Grizzlies fans.

Broken leg leads to euthanization

posted: 10/28/2007 4:03 a.m.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - George Washington broke down in the stretch of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, injuring his right front leg and causing the European star to be euthanized.

Class of 12 chosen for hall induction

posted: 10/28/2007 4:03 a.m.

Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter, Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville, former NBA forward Michael Cage and Oaklawn Park owner and President Charles Cella will be among 12 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February.

The world in brief

posted: 10/28/2007 4:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The Americans would never give him a fair trial. Spain would." Manuel Tuero, a Spanish lawyer who represents the wife of Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, a "ghost prisoner" who vanished in the CIA prison network. - Article, 1A

Lessons heat church-state spat in Spain

posted: 10/28/2007 4:03 a.m.

The course introduced in Spanish schoolrooms this fall seemed innocuous enough: civic lessons on the meaning of the constitution and the rights that every citizen of Spain can expect.

Series victory first for Reutimann, 37

posted: 10/28/2007 4:02 a.m.

MEMPHIS - David Reutimann avoided trouble to win the caution-filled Sam's Town 250 Busch Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Johnson finally feeling at ease

posted: 10/28/2007 4:02 a.m.

HAMPTON, Ga. - A year ago, the pressure was almost unbearable for Jimmie Johnson as he prepared for the fall race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Caucus should counter influence from anti-hunters

posted: 10/28/2007 4:01 a.m.

Last week's news conference by the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus at the state Capitol was interesting, but I wondered what prompted it.

Bagging big bears

posted: 10/28/2007 4:01 a.m.

Black bears have an insatiable sweet tooth, and Daniel Davis of Sherwood used that weakness to kill a massive one near Marshall.

Spanish crew set to fly kids to Europe detained in Chad

posted: 10/28/2007 4:01 a.m.

Seven crew members of a plane contracted to fly more than 100 children out of Chad were detained, authorities said Saturday, and Chad's president promised punishment for anyone involved in a plan to spirit the children to Europe.

Razorbacks ready from the get-go this time

posted: 10/28/2007 4 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks learned their lesson. They weren't going to get Chattanooga-ed again.

Bhutto leaves Karachi, visits ancestral home

posted: 10/28/2007 4 a.m.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto went to her ancestral village Saturday amid tight security and sprinkled flower petals on her father's tomb on her first trip to provincial Pakistan since the bloody assassination attempt against her nine days ago.

Sudan government pledges cease-fire; rebels remain quiet

posted: 10/28/2007 3:59 a.m.

Sudan's government committed to a ceasefire in Darfur at the start of peace talks Saturday, but mediators and journalists outnumbered the few rebels who did not boycott the U.N.-sponsored negotiations, reducing hopes for an end to the fighting.

Inside the matchups

posted: 10/28/2007 3:59 a.m.

QUARTERBACKS Casey Dick was 4 for 6 for 36 yards before leaving with a concussion, and backup Nathan Emert was more than adequate in relief.

Monk makes happy return

posted: 10/28/2007 3:59 a.m.

Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee's face cracked into an ear-to-ear grin.

Security of Karbala to transfer to Iraqis

posted: 10/28/2007 3:57 a.m.

U.S. forces will turn over security to Iraqi authorities in the southern Shiite province of Karbala on Monday, the American commander for the area said, despite fighting between rival militia factions that has killed dozens.

WWII nuclear reactor's future:Tourist attraction?

posted: 10/28/2007 3:57 a.m.

Stuck in time and place, B Reactor at the Hanford nuclear reservation is a monument of world history few get to tour.

Rice looking to past for help with talks

posted: 10/28/2007 3:56 a.m.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is looking to the past for lessons on how to make next month's Mideast peace conference a success.

Democrats plan 4-day workweek for 2008

posted: 10/28/2007 3:55 a.m.

Shortly after winning a majority last year, Democrats declared that they would put Congress back to work, promising an "end to the two-day workweek."

Astronauts explore space-station addition

posted: 10/28/2007 3:54 a.m.

Astronauts swung open the door to their new space station addition Saturday and floated into the spacious and sparkling white room, formally christening it Harmony.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/28/2007 3:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "If you're going to live in paradise, you're going to have to deal." Randall Holloman, a bar and restaurant owner in Southern California, on the wildfires.

Rove, ex-senator debate democracy

posted: 10/28/2007 3:52 a.m.

Karl Rove and Max Cleland found themselves in a rare moment of agreement Friday - that America should take democracy to the world.

Army tosses out convictions of black soldiers in 1944 death

posted: 10/28/2007 3:51 a.m.

Black soldiers court-martialed 63 years ago in the rioting death of an Italian prisoner of war at Fort Lawton were unfairly denied access to their attorneys and investigative records and should have their convictions overturned, the U.S. Army said Friday.

Homeland Security, N.Y. make driver's license deal

posted: 10/28/2007 3:51 a.m.

The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver's licenses for U.S. citizens that will also allow illegal aliens to get a version.

Many Democrats skip Florida rally

posted: 10/28/2007 3:50 a.m.

Nearly 3,000 Democrats arrived Saturday and rallied around their top politicians and party leaders, but the biggest impression was made by who wasn't there: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and other presidential candidates.

Chrysler workers OK 4-year contract; Ford talks next

posted: 10/28/2007 3:49 a.m.

Members of the United Auto Workers union narrowly approved a four-year contract with Chrysler, the union said Saturday, clearing the way for talks to move forward at Ford Motor Co.

Dad works on book for son killed in Iraq

posted: 10/28/2007 3:48 a.m.

Darrell Griffin Sr. has gotten down to work on his final collaboration with his son and namesake.

TV news shows

posted: 10/28/2007 3:47 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows

Names and faces

posted: 10/28/2007 3:46 a.m.

The congregation of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., is being asked to send letters of love and support to troubled pop star Britney Spears, described by the pastor as having made "devastating life choices."

Row, row, row your 600-pound pumpkin?

posted: 10/28/2007 3:46 a.m.

Leo Swinimer carefully climbed into his boat and dipped his paddle into the pond on a recent Saturday afternoon. The craft rocked back and veered to one side. Keeping the 600-pound pumpkin on course was going to be a trick.

Spritzes of rain aid firefighters

posted: 10/28/2007 3:44 a.m.

Firefighters battled stubborn wildfires across Southern California on Saturday, but scattered showers brought a welcome improvement in conditions.

WAR WOUNDS: Arkansas guardsman learns new ways without left leg, arm

posted: 10/28/2007 3:41 a.m.

Spc. Marco Robledo, waking up in a bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center a month after a roadside bomb blew him out of his gun turret in Iraq, became aware of a man sitting beside him.

CIA officials tightlipped on whereabouts of 'ghost prisoners'

posted: 10/28/2007 3:40 a.m.

On Sept. 6, 2006, President Bush announced that the CIA's overseas secret prisons had been temporarily emptied and 14 al-Qaida leaders taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Iraq balks at police training for Sunnis

posted: 10/28/2007 3:36 a.m.

The U.S. military's push to organize Sunni Arabs into local neighborhood watch groups has been one of the United States' most important initiatives in Iraq - so much so that President Bush flew to Anbar province in September to highlight growing alliances with Sunni tribal leaders.

In the news

posted: 10/28/2007 3:35 a.m.

Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, criticized congressional Republicans for not supporting legislation to expand a children's healthcare program, saying in his party's weekly radio address, "The Republican leaders have made their choice.

Airlines in black, but fliers see red

posted: 10/28/2007 3:33 a.m.

The troubled airline industry has reason to crack a little smile, but travelers aren't happy.

Instant replay

posted: 10/28/2007 2:54 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Nathan Emert got his first significant playing time in two years in the Razorbacks' 58-10 victory against Florida International on Saturday.

Razorbacks defense wins with 7, 11

posted: 10/28/2007 2:53 a.m.

Arkansas has forced more turnovers after eight games this season than the Razorbacks finished with in 14 games in 2006.

QB has UA 'going bonkers for a minute'

posted: 10/28/2007 2:53 a.m.

No one expected the leading rusher in Arkansas' 58-10 victory against Florida International to be a quarterback.

CONFERENCE USA: Little Rock's Clay catches winning pass with 0:43 left

posted: 10/28/2007 2:52 a.m.

TULSA - Charles Clay, a freshman from Little Rock Central, caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Paul Smith with 43 seconds left to lift Tulsa past SMU 29-23 on Saturday afternoon.

Bulldogs bite sloppy Wildcats

posted: 10/28/2007 2:51 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two weeks after playing giant killer, BCS No. 14 Kentucky and its high-powered offense took a giant tumble.

Georgia in dancing mood before, after upset victory

posted: 10/28/2007 2:51 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Knowshon Moreno leapt into the end zone and was quickly surrounded by all his Georgia teammates - yes, all of them.

Auburn withstands Ole Miss' late charge

posted: 10/28/2007 2:50 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. - Brandon Cox threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Rod Smith in the final minutes and Brad Lester rushed for a career-high 96 yards, helping BCS No. 22 Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) hold on for a victory over Mississippi and avoid another down-to-the-wire finish.

Lincoln's 2 field goals give Vols leg up

posted: 10/28/2007 2:49 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - All those complaining about Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer will have to quiet down for a while. The Volunteers are in position to play for a conference title again.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: Central Arkansas does it again in 4th quarter

posted: 10/28/2007 2:49 a.m.

CONWAY - There has to be an easier way than this.

Golden Lions lose 6th in a row as offense struggles against Tigers

posted: 10/28/2007 2:48 a.m.

JACKSON, Miss. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff turned in another solid defensive performance, but it wasn't enough to overcome its season-long problems on the offensive side.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE: Tech rally falls short by 3 yards

posted: 10/28/2007 2:48 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - One of the chain crew members predicted "whoever has the ball last is going to win this one." His prediction missed by 3 yards.

Reddies follow simple strategy

posted: 10/28/2007 2:47 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - Harding Coach Ronnie Huckeba had lots of nice things to say about Henderson State's coaching strategy Saturday.

PACIFIC-10: Trojans toppled after late interception

posted: 10/28/2007 2:47 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon defensive back Matthew Harper could sense it. Southern California was trailing by touchdown and on the march in the final moments.

BIG EAST: UConn surprises South Florida

posted: 10/28/2007 2:46 a.m.

STORRS, Conn. - Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 189 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset No. 10 South Florida 22-15 Saturday, the Huskies' first victory over a ranked opponent.

BIG 12: Longhorns run over Huskers

posted: 10/28/2007 2:46 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas - Jamaal Charles ran for a career-high 290 yards, including 216 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and carried Texas to a 28-25 victory over Nebraska on Saturday, sending the Cornhuskers to their fourth consecutive loss.

BIG 10: Freshman caps Iowa comeback

posted: 10/28/2007 2:45 a.m.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Thirdstring running back Jevon Pugh scored on a 1-yard run in double overtime, helping Iowa to a 34-27 victory against Michigan State on Saturday.

Buckeyes pass test, stop Nittany Lions

posted: 10/28/2007 2:45 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Maybe now No. 1 Ohio State will get the respect it's looking for. Todd Boeckman threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Wells ran for 133 yards, leading the Buckeyes to another easy victory, 37-17 over No. 25 Penn State on Saturday night.

Jayhawks' 8-0 start is best in 98 years

posted: 10/28/2007 2:44 a.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Chalk up another victory for Kansas, and this one was big. Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909 with a 19-11 victory over Texas A&M.

RECRUITING: Razorbacks have shot at Coffeyville standout

posted: 10/28/2007 2:44 a.m.

Among the recruits in attendance at Arkansas' Red-White game Friday night was Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College small forward Daniel Payne.

CROSS COUNTRY: Hogs make it 24 wins in a row

posted: 10/28/2007 2:43 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - At least Arkansas Coach John McDonnell's week ended on a nice note.

UALR men claim Sun Belt crown

posted: 10/28/2007 2:42 a.m.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - UALR pulled an upset on Saturday to win the Sun Belt Conference men's Cross Country Championship.

BOWLING: Two 300 games for sporting goods store employee

posted: 10/28/2007 2:40 a.m.

Little Rock's Antoine Jones knocked out two 300 games at Millennium Bowl to bring his 300 game total to five. The first came in the A-1 Kool League and the second in the Mixed Foursome.

U.S. gymnast has perfect time, right down to her shin injury

posted: 10/28/2007 2:40 a.m.

Shawn Johnson has done everything right this year. She even got hurt at the perfect time.

BREEDERS' CUP: Curlin emerges in mud

posted: 10/28/2007 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas Derby winner Curlin has now beaten the Kentucky Derby winner twice, the leading older horse twice and avenged his most recent defeat.

SUN BELT: Trojans finally get past Indians

posted: 10/28/2007 2:38 a.m.

Troy brought its band and called the tune Saturday night.

WORLD SERIES: Red Sox one away from title

posted: 10/28/2007 2:37 a.m.

Mile high or sea level, nothing is stopping the Boston Red Sox. Even when the Rockies rallied late, their chance to get back into the World Series vanished into Coors Field's thin air.

ARKANSAS 58, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 10: Mission accomplished

posted: 10/28/2007 2:37 a.m.

That angst over the possibility that Arkansas could lose focus for its final nonconference game against winless Florida International?

LIKE IT IS: Saturday in Fayetteville perfect time for a nap

posted: 10/28/2007 2:36 a.m.

No jokes. Don't want to hear that Mike Slive is the first SEC commissioner in history to have a team win the Sun Belt.

Arkansas sports hall of fame to induct 12

posted: 10/28/2007 1:52 a.m.

The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members in February, including pro baseball and football players, college athletes and horse owners.

Saturday, October 27

Arkansas Derby winner Curlin takes Classic

posted: 10/27/2007 5:11 p.m.

Curlin put the finishing touches on a championship season with a stirring stretch run and splashed his way to victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Arkansas defeats Florida International in 58-10 drubbing

posted: 10/27/2007 4:15 p.m.

Darren McFadden scored four touchdowns Saturday as Arkansas glided past Florida International for a 58-10 homecoming victory in Fayetteville.

Museum site's flaws delay opening till '10

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

The opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been delayed until sometime in 2010 because of problems encountered during foundation work, project officials said Friday.

Nutt works to sell Hogs on building momentum

updated: 10/27/2007 6:07 a.m.

Here is what Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt doesn't want his players to fixate on: Florida International's 19-game losing streak is tops in the nation - by six games.

Water utility, developer set for legal fight

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

The tangle between Central Arkansas Water and a developer who wants to build near its main water source plunged deeper Friday when the two sides became courtroom opponents.

Anxieties ebb, but some fires still aggressive

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

Wildfires were a growing threat in California's Orange and San Bernardino counties Friday, even as there were increasing signs of a return to life as normal in hard-hit San Diego, where Qualcomm Stadium was no longer housing fire refugees.

Malvern plant set to close, lay off 250

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

About 250 workers will lose their jobs by the time the Precision Industries die-casting plant in Malvern closes permanently in mid- to late December.

Turk says incursion waits for premier's D.C. visit

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

Turkey's leadership will hold off on ordering an offensive against Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq until the prime minister visits Washington early next month, the military chief said Friday.

Pelphrey joins team on court

updated: 10/27/2007 6:06 a.m.

Arkansas senior forward Charles Thomas noticed something odd about Coach John Pelphrey's ankles before Friday's Red-White intrasquad game.

Oil settles at $91.86 a barrel

posted: 10/27/2007 6 a.m.

Crude futures rose to record levels on Friday, supported by worries over political tensions in the Middle East, where the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran and Turkish troops remained massed at the Iraq border to counter Kurdish rebels.

In the news

posted: 10/27/2007 5:49 a.m.

Vice President Dick Cheney told CNBC's Kudlow & Company that he and Illinois' Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic presidential candidate, haven't discussed reports that they share distant relatives, saying: "Cousin Barack? No, we haven't - haven't had the opportunity to talk about it."

Names and faces

posted: 10/27/2007 5:49 a.m.

A picture taken by American photographer Nan Goldin and owned by Elton John isn't an indecent image, British prosecutors said Friday.

Study: Hispanics often keep ties to home

posted: 10/27/2007 5:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The majority of Hispanic immigrants maintain ties to their native countries by sending money, calling or traveling to their homelands, but most see their future in the United States despite these long-distance links, a new study has found.

Professor: TV story irked Edwards camp

posted: 10/27/2007 5:48 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. - A University of North Carolina professor said Friday that John Edwards' campaign demanded that he pull a student reporter's television story that focused on the upscale location of the campaign's headquarters.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/27/2007 5:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "They want the issue.They don't want a solution." White House press secretary Dana Perino, referring to House Democrats and their approach on a children's health bill Article, 3A

New space station room attached

posted: 10/27/2007 5:47 a.m.

HOUSTON - Astronauts added the newest room to the international space station Friday morning. Working outside the station and within it, the astronauts moved the Harmony module, which will serve as a connection point for two new laboratories for the station, to a temporary location on the side of the station.

Wright-designed fountain finally gushes 70 years later

posted: 10/27/2007 5:46 a.m.

LAKELAND, Fla. - The giant water fountain Frank Lloyd Wright designed here is no longer the unworkable dud it was for decades.

Mukasey says wiretapping terrorists is allowed

posted: 10/27/2007 5:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON - President Bush's choice for attorney general told senators Friday that the Constitution does not prevent the president from wiretapping suspected terrorists without a court order.

Intelligence chief puts lid on release of analysts' reports

posted: 10/27/2007 5:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON - National Intelligence Director Mike Mc-Connell has reversed the recent practice of declassifying and releasing summaries of national intelligence estimates, a top intelligence official said Friday.

FEMA sorry for phony briefing

posted: 10/27/2007 5:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's No. 2 official apologized Friday for leading a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions.

Bush voices concern over Congo fighting

posted: 10/27/2007 5:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed concern Friday about renewed fighting in Congo, where the government has struggled with little success to establish authority over lawless eastern regions of the African nation.

U.S. missile defense plan echoes '62 crisis, Putin says

posted: 10/27/2007 5:44 a.m.

MAFRA, Portugal - President Vladimir Putin on Friday evoked one of the most dangerous confrontations of the Cold War to highlight Russian opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe, comparing it with the Cuban missile crisis of 45 years ago.

Chile court drops Pinochet charges

posted: 10/27/2007 5:44 a.m.

SANTIAGO, Chile - A Chilean appeals court Friday dropped corruption charges against former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet's widow and four of his children, who had been accused of embezzling state money in multimillion-dollar overseas bank accounts.

The world in brief

posted: 10/27/2007 5:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "For us the situation is technologically very similar." Russian President Vladimir Putin, comparing the U.S. proposal to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis Article, 6A

Pakistani forces raid stronghold of radical cleric

posted: 10/27/2007 5:43 a.m.

SWAT, Pakistan - Islamic militants reportedly captured and beheaded three militiamen and a police officer Friday while government troops and helicopter gunships attacked the nearby stronghold of a radical cleric in northwestern Pakistan.

Power cuts won't cause crisis in Gaza, Israeli leader assures

posted: 10/27/2007 5:42 a.m.

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised the Palestinian president Friday that Israel would not cause a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip despite his government's intention to cut power to the territory in hopes of curbing rocket attacks.

California neighbors meet different fates during fire

posted: 10/27/2007 5:41 a.m.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - The howling Santa Ana winds may have saved Roger Bielasz's life even as they threatened to end it.

Japanese court keeps nuclear plant open

posted: 10/27/2007 5:41 a.m.

TOKYO - A court Friday refused to suspend the operations of a nuclear power plant, ruling against a group of citizens who said the facility would pose a danger if a major earthquake strikes, officials said.

Leaders assure Iranians U.S. won't attack in standoff

posted: 10/27/2007 5:40 a.m.

Iran's leadership claims it is safe from U.S. military action in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, saying Washington knows an attack would find no world support and send oil prices skyrocketing.

Japan to take prints, pictures of visitors

posted: 10/27/2007 5:39 a.m.

TOKYO - Japan hopes to thwart potential terrorists from entering the country by fingerprinting and photographing all foreigners aged 16 or over on entry starting next month, an official said Friday.

Junta frees 50 detained, Burma says

posted: 10/27/2007 5:39 a.m.

RANGOON, Burma - The military government released 50 members of Burma's pro-democracy party on the same day it met with their leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a response to international pressure over the crushing of peaceful demonstrations, a party spokesman said Friday.

U.S. ordering diplomats to Iraq

posted: 10/27/2007 5:38 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The State Department will order as many as 50 U.S. diplomats to take posts in Iraq next year because of expected shortfalls in filling openings there, the first such large-scale forced assignment since the Vietnam War.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Bottom line: Use caution near school

posted: 10/27/2007 5:37 a.m.

An e-mail has poured in from a reader who wonders about those signs which read: "School zone. 25 miles per hour when children are present." Specifically, she is concerned about such a sign in a 55 mph zone on Arkansas 157 in White County.

Army reviews Iraq contracts for fraud

posted: 10/27/2007 5:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON - A team of specially trained investigators will hunker down in an Army office north of Detroit on Monday to begin poring over hundreds of Iraq war contracts in search for rigged awards.

Repentant killer draws 30-year sentence

posted: 10/27/2007 5:36 a.m.

A killer cited his conscience, apologizing to his victim and his family after pleading guilty to first-degree murder on Friday and accepting a 30-year prison sentence. His admission could lead to a murder charge against at least one other man, prosecutors said.

Jury hears witnesses tell killer's good side

posted: 10/27/2007 5:34 a.m.

As they moved closer to deliberating on whether Vertis Clay deserves the death penalty or life behind bars for the savage killing of a Pine Bluff man, jurors on Friday heard more testimony about his "other side."

Mining on Crooked Creek stays barred

posted: 10/27/2007 5:33 a.m.

In-stream mining operations along portions of Crooked Creek will remain off limits after the state's Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday upheld a decision to suspend two permits held by a Mountain Home gravel miner.

Higher Education selects 4 finalists for director's spot

posted: 10/27/2007 5:33 a.m.

Four finalists, all with extensive administrative experience in higher education, were selected Friday to interview for the job of director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

ACLU to appeal school dress-code ruling

posted: 10/27/2007 5:32 a.m.

PINE BLUFF - The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas on Friday filed notice that it would appeal a federal judge's finding that the Watson Chapel School District's student apparel policy is constitutional.

Advocates seek autism funding

posted: 10/27/2007 5:32 a.m.

Advocates for fighting autism met Friday in hopes of crafting a plan to win state funding in 2009 to help toddlers diagnosed with the condition.

LR police investigate 2nd fast-food robbery in 2 days

posted: 10/27/2007 5:31 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating the robbery of a second fast-food restaurant in two days.

Job to shut I-40 lane near Clarksville

posted: 10/27/2007 5:31 a.m.

CLARKSVILLE - Crews making improvements on Interstate 40 near Clarksville will require a lane closure next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Religion: NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 10/27/2007 5:30 a.m.

Illinois public school students are required to observe a moment of silence at the beginning of every school day under a new law.

Shop's niche is crafting clerical vestments

posted: 10/27/2007 5:30 a.m.

ROGERS - Tucked inside the Favorite Tuxedos and Alterations shop in downtown Rogers, customers will find a sewing operation that caters to a higher calling.

Spirit raising

posted: 10/27/2007 5:29 a.m.

Ghosts and goblins, superheroes and probably more than a few Hannah Montanas will be on the prowl for candy Wednesday night. And churches throughout the state are opening their doors to welcome the costumed tots, 'tweens and teens in a variety of ways.

Calendar

posted: 10/27/2007 5:28 a.m.

MUSIC, ART AND ENTERTAINMENT The youths at Greater Second Baptist Church will sponsor a Fall Gospel Celebration and Dinner featuring Bishop Kenneth Robinson and Chosen at 6 p.m. today at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway.

Communities of Faith

posted: 10/27/2007 5:28 a.m.

The Arkansas Tech University Chamber Chorale will give a free concert at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

Autumn, Halloween festivals

posted: 10/27/2007 5:27 a.m.

Fall festivals and Halloween carnivals include: Christian Assembly of God, 10601 Arkansas 107, Sherwood, will have a Community Harvest Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. today. Miss Arkansas Katie Bailey will be among the participants.

Obituaries

posted: 10/27/2007 5:26 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Lorene L. Casey: She kept an eye on details, others

posted: 10/27/2007 5:25 a.m.

Lorene L. Casey was a stubborn perfectionist who always seemed to find someone to take care of, said her sister, Mary Lewis Ridgway.

Other days

posted: 10/27/2007 5:24 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 27, 1907 HOT SPRINGS - Sheriff R.L. Williams, whose election was secured through fraud, was again indicted today by a Garland County Grand Jury for malfeasance in office.

NLR to buy club's parking

posted: 10/27/2007 5:23 a.m.

A downtown nightclub manager reached an agreement Friday with North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays for the city to buy a portion of the club's parking for public use.

Daily record

posted: 10/27/2007 5:22 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

2 teens arrested in shop robbery

posted: 10/27/2007 5:22 a.m.

Two Jacksonville teenagers were arrested Thursday after they beat up the owner of a pawn shop with an electric guitar, fracturing the man's skull, Jacksonville police said.

THEATER REVIEW: Oh so 1963, Barefoot remains lovable, witty

posted: 10/27/2007 5:20 a.m.

The role of Corie in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, onstage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, is described as a free spirit. But what kind of free spirit wears her auburn hair in headbands and tight chignons, splays on the sofa giggling at the thought of her mother loosening her car coat long enough for a date, and then blanches when it actually happens?

Police beat

posted: 10/27/2007 5:20 a.m.

First Larry Crawford tried to hide booze in his pants so he could steal it, Little Rock police said.

Fugitive task force makes first arrests

posted: 10/27/2007 5:19 a.m.

The newly formed Eastern Arkansas Fugitive Task Force made its first arrests Friday morning when officers apprehended two men wanted on drug and firearms charges.

This is the Values party?

posted: 10/27/2007 5:19 a.m.

In retrospect, it was probably not the best way to reassure the faithful. When James Dobson, child psychologist turned political kingmaker, rose to speak at the Values Voter Summit dinner, he first complained about media reports that the religious right was dead.

If you can make it there . . . .

posted: 10/27/2007 5:18 a.m.

NEVER GONNA happen. Why, the very idea. Can't fathom it. Dogs would start living with cats. Gene Lyons and Bradley Gitz would start complimenting each other's ideological wardrobe. Locusts! Chaos!

Primary roulette

posted: 10/27/2007 5:17 a.m.

Unless you're a hard-core political junkie, you probably don't know who Bill Gardner is or that, right now, he has more to say about who will be the next president of the United States than anyone else in America.

A matter of interpretation

posted: 10/27/2007 5:17 a.m.

AS THIS state attracts more and more folks for whom English is a second language, the need for interpreters in the courts is going up. As in, really, really up. Would you believe just short of 400 percent in three years?

Haint it spooky?

posted: 10/27/2007 5:17 a.m.

Some time after the Tylenol Scare that kept all the kiddies home one Halloween, the holiday went from near-death to a command performance for the yard-art and house-lights set.

LETTERS

posted: 10/27/2007 5:16 a.m.

Car dealers should collect tax Folks, we got trouble right here in River City, and that starts with T and that rhymes with P and that stands for paper license plates.

Voter I.D. in America

posted: 10/27/2007 5:14 a.m.

Every American who wants to vote should have no problem with producing a driver's license or other photo identification to prove that he is who he says he is.

Panel to be advocate for Hispanic students

posted: 10/27/2007 5:14 a.m.

The League of United Latin American Citizens-Arkansas has formed a committee on education.

Subplots abound in pivotal Classic

posted: 10/27/2007 5:13 a.m.

The battle for Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male appears so close that the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic could be more like a race within a race.

Off the wire

posted: 10/27/2007 5:13 a.m.

Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of effort in a loss at the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open.

COMMENTARY: It's time to size up World Series cities

posted: 10/27/2007 5:11 a.m.

Trying to compare Boston and Denver is much like trying to choose between a Renoir and a Matisse.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/27/2007 5:11 a.m.

Ernie Banks has a recurring dream, and he just can't shake it.

Indians' plans begin with Banks

posted: 10/27/2007 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Dickey Nutt hasn't locked in his starting five, but there is no mystery who one of them will be.

TENNESSEE SEC PREVIEW: Pearl downplays Vols' status as favorites in SEC East

posted: 10/27/2007 5:10 a.m.

Like most coaches, Tennessee's Bruce Pearl is happy to play the "no respect" card if he thinks it will help his team.

UA-S. Carolina start pushed back for TV

posted: 10/27/2007 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas' game against South Carolina on Nov. 3 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium has been moved to 7 p.m. Central so it can be nationally televised by ESPN or ESPN2, the SEC announced Friday.

Not much cheer at Cocktail Party for Bulldogs lately

posted: 10/27/2007 5:08 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quarterback Tim Tebow grew up in Jacksonville and went to the Florida-Georgia game just about every year. Although he knows plenty about the storied rivalry, his memories are pretty much one-sided - much like the series has become.

Conque's alma mater comes calling

posted: 10/27/2007 5:07 a.m.

CONWAY - Homecoming takes on a whole new meaning tonight at Estes Stadium.

North Dakota gets time in settlement

posted: 10/27/2007 5:06 a.m.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota officials have three years to persuade Sioux tribes to support the Fighting Sioux nickname, under a settlement approved Friday that the president of United Tribes Technical College says shows contempt.

Opposing coach remains leery of Lions

posted: 10/27/2007 5:06 a.m.

It's almost become a prerequisite for a coach to fawn over the coming opponent, no matter how poor the opposing team's record might be.

Bad breaks adding up for Muleriders

posted: 10/27/2007 4:42 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - Arkansas Tech Coach Steve Mullins apologized for the cliche, but could not think of an alternative to "snakebit" when he described Southern Arkansas' luck this season.

Driver's injuries subdue victory

posted: 10/27/2007 4:42 a.m.

Tulsa's Shane Stewart led all 25 laps to win Thursday night's preliminary feature and secure a spot in tonight's 20th annual O'Reilly Short Track Nationals at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway.

Stewart still holding out hope for a third Cup title

posted: 10/27/2007 4:41 a.m.

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart isn't ready to start thinking about 2008 just yet.

Time to rethink leads to conversion, Har-Ber victory

posted: 10/27/2007 4:41 a.m.

SPRINGDALE - Springdale Har-Ber went with Coach Chris Wood's instincts, and it paid off.

Central rallies from 20 down

posted: 10/27/2007 4:40 a.m.

Little Rock Central's not yet a shoo-in for the playoffs, but this victory will likely be the most memorable of the season.

Conway comeback hopes done after goal-line stand

posted: 10/27/2007 4:39 a.m.

CONWAY - Russellville dominated the first half, and its defensive line came up big in the third quarter to seal a 28-6 victory over Conway at John McConnell Stadium.

Fort Smith Northside slips past Springdale

posted: 10/27/2007 4:39 a.m.

FORT SMITH - Springdale's game with Fort Smith Northside came down to one play, and most everyone knew where the ball was going Friday night.

Zebras stop 2-point try, win

posted: 10/27/2007 4:38 a.m.

CABOT - Pine Bluff stopped a two-point run attempt in the final 40 seconds to secure a 27-25 victory against Cabot in a 7A-Central game Friday night at Panther Stadium.

Wolves stop Razorbacks

posted: 10/27/2007 4:37 a.m.

PEARCY - Senior Jordan Gay kicked three field goals as No. 3 Lake Hamilton ended top-ranked Texarkana's 18-game unbeaten streak with a 23-14 victory in a 6A-South showdown before an overflow crowd Friday night at Wolf Stadium.

NLR defense too tough for top-ranked Bryant

posted: 10/27/2007 4:37 a.m.

The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats used a tenacious defense to take down the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bryant Hornets 21-0 during senior night at Charging Wildcats Stadium in North Little Rock.

On-field pep talk gets West Memphis going

posted: 10/27/2007 4:36 a.m.

WEST MEMPHIS - West Memphis clinched at least a tie for the 6A-East Conference championship with a 36-8 victory over Jacksonville.

Panthers pounded at home

posted: 10/27/2007 4:36 a.m.

BENTON - Coming into Friday night's game, Benton still had a slim shot at making the Class 6A playoffs, but El Dorado dashed those hopes, beating the Panthers 34-6 at C.W. Lewis Stadium "We didn't play with the intensity level that we needed," Benton Coach Marc Jones said.

Sylvan Hills continues rolling in conference

posted: 10/27/2007 4:35 a.m.

SEARCY - The Sylvan Hills Bears scored 23 consecutive points in the first half and cruised to their fifth consecutive 6A-East Conference victory Friday, defeating the Searcy Lions 30-3 at Lion Stadium.

'Jackets make better use of scoring half than Falcons

posted: 10/27/2007 4:34 a.m.

The first half belonged to North Pulaski. The second to Wynne.

Bruins jump on Comets quickly

posted: 10/27/2007 4:34 a.m.

Pulaski Academy scored 13 points before the Mills offense ever set foot on Rector Field Friday en route to a 53-30 5A-Southeast victory.

LR Christian rips Greenwood

posted: 10/27/2007 4:33 a.m.

Little Rock Christian scored 30 points in the third quarter to propel the Warriors to a 44-7 victory over Greenwood and their first 5A-West Conference championship before an overflowing crowd Friday night at Warrior Field.

Trojans set up showdown for first

posted: 10/27/2007 4:22 a.m.

Three Hot Springs backs combined for 297 rushing yards as the Trojans defeated Little Rock Fair 33-12 on Friday night.

Senators clinch postseason bid

posted: 10/27/2007 4:21 a.m.

Zack DeYmaz threw two touchdown passes and the Pulaski Robinson defense posted its second shutout in three weeks in leading the Senators to a 13-0 victory over White Hall in a 5ASoutheast game at Charlie George Stadium.

Panthers put load on Mann

posted: 10/27/2007 4:21 a.m.

MORRILTON - Senior running back Ethan Mann rushed 38 times for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Greenbrier Panthers to a 23-20 victory over Morrilton at Devil Dog Stadium on Friday night.

Chickasaws clinch No. 1 seed with easy victory over Rams

posted: 10/27/2007 4:20 a.m.

PARAGOULD - The Blytheville Chickasaws clinched the top seed in the playoffs from the 5A-East with a 41-8 victory over the Paragould Rams on Friday night.

Fountain Lake punches playoff ticket

posted: 10/27/2007 4:19 a.m.

FOUNTAIN LAKE - On senior night at Beckham Memorial Field, Fountain Lake secured a playoff spot with a 33-14 victory over Pulaski Oak Grove.

Lonoke sophomore steps in

posted: 10/27/2007 4:18 a.m.

The last time Lonoke won an outright conference championship, Jacob Taylor was in grade school.

Newport gets tough in 2nd half

posted: 10/27/2007 4:18 a.m.

HEBER SPRINGS - Newport rallied from a halftime deficit with two third-quarter touchdowns to down Heber Springs 22-8 Friday at Panther Stadium. Newport improved to 9-0 and clinched at least a share of the 2-4 A title.

CAC clinches No. 1 seed

posted: 10/27/2007 4:17 a.m.

Central Arkansas Christian clinched a share of the 7-4 A title and a No. 1 playoff seed with a 31-12 victory over De Queen on Friday night on Mustang Mountain.

Junction City gets all the big plays

posted: 10/27/2007 4:16 a.m.

JUNCTION CITY Sophomore Alan Turner scored both he carried the ball, finishing 42 yards and 2 touchdowns as Junction City defeated Hampton 55-6.

Glen Rose warms up for big game

posted: 10/27/2007 4:16 a.m.

GLEN ROSE - Glen Rose avoided the trap Friday, rolling to a 35-6 victory over Little Rock Episcopal at Glen Rose Beaver Stadium.

England headed to playoffs

posted: 10/27/2007 4:15 a.m.

Three players scored for England (4-5, 3-3 8-3 A) to lift the Lions to a 21-6 victory against Smackover (2-7, 1-5 ).

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/27/2007 4:14 a.m.

Alltel Corp. said Friday that its $26.3 billion acquisition by two private equity firms has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

Rain turns Day 1 into muddy mess

posted: 10/27/2007 4:14 a.m.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Doug O'Neill led a wild winner's celebration after Maryfield splashed to victory Friday on the first day of the Breeders' Cup, where upsets ruled and a trainer on the verge of suspension was in the spotlight.

Termite control waivers to change

posted: 10/27/2007 4:13 a.m.

A State Plant Board committee decided Friday that that changes are needed in a structural termite control form.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/27/2007 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "As far as the industrial era, it's our opinion that here in Hot Spring County, we need to realize that it's over." Steve Northcutt, Malvern Mayor Article, 1A

A silver lining to fires? Loans likely to be paid

posted: 10/27/2007 4:11 a.m.

Mortgage bond investors can see the bright side of the fires that destroyed about 1,800 houses in California this week: Insurance will probably cover loans that might have gone into default.

China's growth straining neighbors

posted: 10/27/2007 4:11 a.m.

The United States isn't the only country watching jobs and manufacturing migrate to China. Increasingly, so are China's closest neighbors.

Delayed Mac update now on store shelves

posted: 10/27/2007 4:10 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc.'s delayed update to the Mac OS X operating system is hitting store shelves as consumers are increasingly snapping up Macintosh computers to complement their iPods and iPhones.

It's Prefabulous

posted: 10/27/2007 4:10 a.m.

Once upon a time, "prefabricated housing" meant the mail-order kits Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold between 1908 and 1940. Within a few weeks after sending in an order, a new homeowner would receive some 30,000 house parts shipped in two railroad boxcars. All the buyer had to do was haul the pieces to his lot, then put them together.

Tools & toys

posted: 10/27/2007 4:09 a.m.

STORViNO What's to love: Affordable modular wine storage.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/27/2007 4:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. Shout it from the rooftops: "This is my year!"Take on more than you think you can handle through the next seven weeks because you're stronger than you know. Adventure in the new year has to do with creating a whole new you. Travel brings a moneymaking opportunity. You share a tight bond with Sagittarius and Aries.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks rise, propelled by Microsoft

posted: 10/27/2007 4:09 a.m.

NEW YORK - Wall Street closed an erratic week with strong gains Friday as earnings from Microsoft Corp. and an optimistic outlook from Countrywide Financial Corp. outweighed investor concerns about the economy.

Personal space

posted: 10/27/2007 4:08 a.m.

Cindy Conger

In the garden

posted: 10/27/2007 4:07 a.m.

Q. I have plum and peach trees, mayhaw bushes and a curly willow in my backyard. I would like to put bark mulch around them to discourage grass in order to make it easier to mow. What kind of bark would be best to use that would not be harmful to any of the plants?

Ask the expert

posted: 10/27/2007 4:06 a.m.

What makes one set of pliers different from another? Most consumers don't realize that there are many types of pliers for just as many uses, some of which are highly specialized.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/27/2007 4:05 a.m.

1. What is the title of Edgar Allan Poe's poem which begins "Helen, thy beauty is to me... "? 2.What does the word "fribble" mean?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/27/2007 4:05 a.m.

DEAR READERS: We thought we would share some favorite hints we have received through the years. Give them a read and let me know what you think!

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/27/2007 4:04 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't doubt that my sister-in-law is a Christian but her faith mainly consists of following a lot of rules. She's constantly worrying that she'll displease God by doing something she shouldn't do. We don't think God wants us to feel like this, but are we wrong? - G.K.

CLICK & CLACK'S CARTALK

posted: 10/27/2007 4:03 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I often want to know in what direction I'm driving (plus I like gadgets). So I'll buy these stick-on-thedash compasses. They seem OK when outside the vehicle, but when mounted inside and in use, they give directions at times that I know are false. Do cars have a magnetic field of their own that interferes with the readings?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Halloween costumes for pets an egregious breach of contract

posted: 10/27/2007 4:02 a.m.

Dear Otus, We've been reading your weekly column for more than 20 years and highly value your opinion and we're waiting for your advice before we proceed.

Keep it clean

posted: 10/27/2007 4:02 a.m.

Frisper Freshkeeper System

DEFINITIONS

posted: 10/27/2007 4:01 a.m.

In Prefabulous ($25, Taunton Press), Sheri Koones describes six types of prefabrication systems in addition to structural insulated panels (SIPs): modular, panelized, log, timber frame, concrete and steel. She also points out that many prefab houses are hybrids, using two or more types.

New England is fertile land for super-duper pumpkins

posted: 10/27/2007 4 a.m.

The record for the world's largest pumpkin was about 460 pounds until 1981, when Howard Dill, a grower in Nova Scotia, Canada came up with one that was close to 500 pounds.

Automakers expected to report weak sales for October

posted: 10/27/2007 3:52 a.m.

Auto analysts forecast another slow month for the industry in October, with Ford Motor Co. falling hardest as it cuts sales to rental-car fleets.

Arkansas Best's tonnage, profit fall

posted: 10/27/2007 3:51 a.m.

Arkansas Best Corp. on Friday blamed lower tonnage levels and costs associated with its next-day, second-day services for hampering third-quarter profits.

Countrywide reports quarterly loss

posted: 10/27/2007 3:50 a.m.

Countrywide Financial Corp. lost $1.2 billion in the third quarter, but its shares soared Friday after the nation's largest mortgage lender said it expects to be profitable this quarter and next year.

Red Sox hit road with 2-game lead

posted: 10/27/2007 3:49 a.m.

Manny Ramirez, in a blue sweat shirt and white do-rag, was laughing and giving teammates a thumbs-up. David Ortiz stood at first base in gray sweats, a red bandanna around his head, the sun glistening off an earring on his left lobe.

UA coach expecting close race

posted: 10/27/2007 3:47 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John McDonnell said it with a straight face.

'Don't look at the record'

posted: 10/27/2007 3:44 a.m.

Here is what Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt doesn't want his players to fixate on: Florida International's 19-game losing streak is tops in the nation - by six games.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pelphrey joins UA on court

posted: 10/27/2007 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas senior forward Charles Thomas noticed something odd about Coach John Pelphrey's ankles before Friday's Red-White intrasquad game.

Carousel of quarterbacks

posted: 10/27/2007 3:41 a.m.

Another week, another quality quarterback to bedevil Arkansas State.

State tightens rules for parole violators

posted: 10/27/2007 3:39 a.m.

Chronic parole breakers now have only three chances to pick a 60-day stretch at the state's violator center over prison before that decision is made for them by the state.

Cities consider River Rail extension to airport

posted: 10/27/2007 3:38 a.m.

A River Rail extension to Little Rock's airport is moving forward as local governments look for a consultant to map out a route and determine a cost for branching out from downtown.

Beebe: Won't hire staff for D.C. office

posted: 10/27/2007 3:38 a.m.

For now, Gov. Mike Beebe doesn't plan to hire any employees for the state's 4-year-old office in Washington.

Water utility, developer set for legal fight

posted: 10/27/2007 3:37 a.m.

The tangle between Central Arkansas Water and a developer who wants to build near its main water source plunged deeper Friday when the two sides became courtroom opponents.

House Democrats to confer with GOP on health bill

posted: 10/27/2007 3:36 a.m.

Having failed to add a single Republican vote in their latest bid for a veto-proof margin on a children's health bill, House Democrats are trying a new tack: talking directly with the lawmakers whose support they need.

Ballerina asks artists to reject ban on Cuba

posted: 10/27/2007 3:35 a.m.

The head of the Cuban national ballet implored American artists, writers and intellectuals to denounce Washington's 45-year-old embargo against the communist-run island, saying Friday that cultural exchanges between both countries should not be considered crimes.

Georgia high court frees man in teen sex case

posted: 10/27/2007 3:34 a.m.

The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a 21-year-old man who was serving an 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a time when he was two years older.

Charity's scheme to fly children from Darfur illegal, French say

posted: 10/27/2007 3:32 a.m.

The warning was dire: "The children will be dead in a few months," the French charity said of orphans in Darfur. It asked people to help by paying thousands of dollars to fly them out of the region's turmoil.

Turk says incursion waits for premier's D.C. visit

posted: 10/27/2007 3:31 a.m.

Turkey's leadership will hold off on ordering an offensive against Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq until the prime minister visits Washington early next month, the military chief said Friday.

Museum site's flaws delay opening till '10

posted: 10/27/2007 3:30 a.m.

The opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been delayed until sometime in 2010 because of problems encountered during foundation work, project officials said Friday.

Malvern plant set to close, lay off 250

posted: 10/27/2007 3:28 a.m.

About 250 workers will lose their jobs by the time the Precision Industries die-casting plant in Malvern closes permanently in mid- to late December.

Oil settles at $91.86 a barrel

posted: 10/27/2007 3:27 a.m.

Crude futures rose to record levels on Friday, supported by worries over political tensions in the Middle East, where the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran and Turkish troops remained massed at the Iraq border to counter Kurdish rebels.

Anxieties ebb, but some fires still aggressive

posted: 10/27/2007 3:25 a.m.

Wildfires were a growing threat in California's Orange and San Bernardino counties Friday, even as there were increasing signs of a return to life as normal in hard-hit San Diego, where Qualcomm Stadium was no longer housing fire refugees.

Friday, October 26

Six arrested in dog-fighting bust

posted: 10/26/2007 6:10 p.m.

Waldo police arrested six people after receiving a call about suspected dog fighting.

Pollution panel says no to in-stream mining in Crooked Creek

posted: 10/26/2007 6:06 p.m.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday upheld the state's decision to suspend two permits for in-stream mining on Crooked Creek.

Ex-nursing home employee arrested on arson charges

posted: 10/26/2007 6:03 p.m.

Arkadelphia police have arrested a former nursing home employee who is accused of setting a fire in a laundry room and for calling 911 with threats of hurting nursing home residents.

High court to take up public-records question

posted: 10/26/2007 5:42 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court is to decide whether a professional group can sue a private company for information on a state building contract.

FCC gives OK for Alltel buyout by private-equity firm

updated: 10/26/2007 5:44 p.m.

U.S. regulators approved Alltel Corp.'s $24.7 billion buyout by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and private-equity firm TPG Inc.

Man sentenced as a teen to 10 years in sex case is freed

posted: 10/26/2007 5:28 p.m.

A young man sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with another teenager was freed Friday by Georgia's highest court, which ruled that his sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Stunts in latest Saw installment a tad overkill

posted: 10/26/2007 4:28 p.m.

He has but one facial expression - iguana. And there is just one note in his voice - obscene phone caller before the age of caller ID. But they've served Tobin Bell well through the lucrative clockwork-killing machine known as the Saw franchise.

Police see possible link in slayings of 2 women in Garland County

posted: 10/26/2007 3:57 p.m.

Investigators think the killings of two women in Garland County months apart may be related, as police cautioned residents against hitchhiking or accepting rides from strangers.

Crystal Bridges' opening pushed back to 2010

posted: 10/26/2007 2:01 p.m.

Trouble with bedrock and excavation will move the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art from 2009 to sometime in 2010, the museum director said Friday during a visit to the construction site.

Precision Industries in Malvern to close; 250 layoffs expected

posted: 10/26/2007 11:24 a.m.

A plant that makes aluminum die castings will close by the end of the year, putting 250 employees out of work, the company announced.

Fire evacuees leave stadium, head home to survey damage

posted: 10/26/2007 11:22 a.m.

The football stadium where thousands of displaced residents sought refuge from wildfires is closing as an evacuation center.

Oil futures breaches $92, falls back

posted: 10/26/2007 11:21 a.m.

Crude futures rose today - but retreated from an earlier all-time high above $92 - as investors sold to lock in profits from the latest multi-day record-setting rally.

Boy accused of school plot admits illegally stockpiling guns

posted: 10/26/2007 10:48 a.m.

A 14-year-old boy accused of plotting a Columbine-style attack on a suburban Philadelphia high school admitted in court Friday that he illegally stockpiled weapons.

Prefabricated houses gain new stature

posted: 10/26/2007 10:40 a.m.

Once upon a time, "prefabricated housing" meant the mail-order kits Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold between 1908 and 1940, writes Marcia Schnedler in Saturday's HomeStyle section. Within a few weeks after sending in an order, a new home-owner would receive some 30,000 house parts shipped in two railroad boxcars. All the buyer had to do was haul the pieces to his lot, then put them together.

Astronauts begin spacewalk to install international space station's new live-in module

posted: 10/26/2007 6:35 a.m.

Two spacewalking astronauts floated out of a hatch on the international space station on Friday to help install a new live-in compartment on the orbiting lab.

BP agrees to pay $373 million for U.S. violations

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

Global energy giant BP PLC agreed Thursday to pay $373 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it overcharged U.S. propane consumers by millions of dollars and ignored environmental warnings that resulted in an Alaska oil spill and a deadly explosion in Texas.

In new A380, luxury takes to the air

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

ON BOARD FLIGHT SQ380 - The world's largest jetliner made aviation history Thursday, completing its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455 passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.

UA MEN'S ATHLETICS ON PROBATION: Banner days curtailed

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

Two Arkansas national championships were wiped off the books by the NCAA Infractions Committee on Thursday.

Justices hear UA dorm records case

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court justices expressed some skepticism Thursday that a group of building contractors could sue a private company to gain access to records related to the construction of a $35 million University of Arkansas dormitory.

Boston pitchers take turn

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

First a blowout, then a nail-biter. October ace Curt Schilling and Boston's stingy bullpen figured out another way to stop Colorado.

U.S. slaps economic sanctions on Iranians

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

The United States announced new penalties on the Iranian military and state-owned banking systems Thursday, raising pressure on the world financial system to cut ties with a regime that the West accuses of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb.

Teams pursue fires' origins as Bush visits

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

President Bush toured Southern California on Thursday as investigators got down to the work of determining how one sunny fall day last weekend exploded into blazes now in their fifth day.

2 found on raft at sea indicted in 4 slayings

posted: 10/26/2007 5 a.m.

An Arkansas man who claimed Cuban pirates hijacked and killed the crew of a boat he chartered last month was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping in Miami federal court Thursday.

ON FILM: Can you relate? Movies that make the connection

posted: 10/26/2007 4:47 a.m.

There's a necessary fiction we maintain here: that each story, article or column - outside the occasional series of news stories - is a self-contained entity, and that the reader need not have any prior knowledge of any other story, article or column that has been published in the newspaper.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 10/26/2007 4:46 a.m.

American Gangster, R A driver for a New York gangster in the late 1960s slowly gains control of Harlem's drug business.

REVIEW: The Darjeeling Limited

posted: 10/26/2007 4:46 a.m.

Wes Anderson's movies are hothouse flowers, delicate but vivid blooming, fragrant but short-lived. I remember loving Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and even The Royal Tenenbaums, but I don't think I could write plot synopses for any of them without cheating.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/26/2007 4:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. With determination and intelligence, you knock down the barriers that stood between you and love, financial mastery and a genuine contribution to your fellow humankind. Next month, you welcome relationships that are unlike any you've known before.You share a bond with Virgo and Sagittarius.

Film clips

posted: 10/26/2007 4:44 a.m.

At area theaters

Home movies

posted: 10/26/2007 4:43 a.m.

Recent DVD releases

Box office

posted: 10/26/2007 4:42 a.m.

The vampires displayed box-office bite, but overall it was another anemic weekend for Hollywood despite several new releases.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/26/2007 4:41 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My husband and I are mainly confined to our home because of age, and the only preaching we hear is on radio or TV. Are we wrong not to make the effort to keep going to our church? We miss it very much, but the last time we went I fell, and I just don't handle crowds very well now. - Mrs. F.R.

Screen gems

posted: 10/26/2007 4:41 a.m.

Full Moon Horror Convention and Film Festival will be held today through Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock and Market Street Cinema, 1521 Merrill Drive.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/26/2007 4:40 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Did you know that dryer lint is a leading cause of home fires?

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/26/2007 4:40 a.m.

1. In Greek mythology, the Hesperides nymphs were daughters of whom? 2. Erich Weiss was an escape specialist. He performed under what other name?

Uncomfortable, truthful comedy marries Real Life's director, star

posted: 10/26/2007 4:39 a.m.

Steve Carell and Peter Hedges have at least one thing in common.

'Heavy Mental' act to perform

posted: 10/26/2007 4:38 a.m.

No, there's no "Lee" in his middle name.

MUSIC SCENE: Punk rock, blues jams, Halloween frights abound

posted: 10/26/2007 4:38 a.m.

Central Arkansas punk rock group Smoke Up Johnny will host a CD release party tonight at the White Water Tavern, West Seventh and Thayer streets in Little Rock.

CALENDAR

posted: 10/26/2007 4:37 a.m.

Art & Exhibits CENTRAL ARKANSAS AEROSPACE EDUCATION CENTER 3301 E. Roosevelt Road. Oasis in Space program. Hours: 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Doodlebops at Alltel today

posted: 10/26/2007 4:35 a.m.

Deedee, Rooney and Moe Doodlebop can't quite rival the popularity of Hannah Montana, but the trio of Kool-Aid-colored, alien-looking rock musicians has a daily show on the Playhouse Disney channel and a sizable following among the pre-school set.

Cats to dance back to state

posted: 10/26/2007 4:34 a.m.

Cats, a frequently touring Broadway musical, will make its way back to central Arkansas for three performances in two days in November at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock.

IN BRIEF

posted: 10/26/2007 4:32 a.m.

Philip Scriven, organist and director of music at Lichfield Cathedral in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., Little Rock.

RESTAURANTS: Capeo a splendid splurge in Argenta

posted: 10/26/2007 4:32 a.m.

Ristorante Capeo was Argenta when Argenta wasn't cool.

Barefoot actors take Arkansas stage

posted: 10/26/2007 4:31 a.m.

Even famed playwright Neil Simon had to start somewhere. Having all those hit comedies, that is, and while Barefoot in the Park was his third play, it was his first hit, some 43 years ago.

Transitions

posted: 10/26/2007 4:30 a.m.

The new Little Rock Cracker Barrel opened as scheduled Monday in the new Shackleford Crossing shopping center, 2618 S.

OFF THE COUCH: 5Ks entice racers to get dirty, raise money

posted: 10/26/2007 4:30 a.m.

If you like 5Ks, this weekend is filthy with them. You can run around raising money for animals, keeping kids off drugs, touring the old college campus, meeting an Olympian, getting high on Hot Springs.... The calendar at www.arkan sasrunner.com lists a dozen 3.

10 THINGS TO DO

posted: 10/26/2007 4:29 a.m.

1. Steer. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are taking over the River Market for Sonic's Big Cruisefest.

RAVE OF THE WEEK

posted: 10/26/2007 4:26 a.m.

Oldies shows on the FM radio band are ordinarily nothing special.

Not quite Real Life

posted: 10/26/2007 4:24 a.m.

Dan in Real Life is a romantic comedy like one of Woody Allen's lesser tries, a pleasant enough little fling, better than most, mildly disappointing. Steve Carell is the nebbish, and Juliette Binoche ably subs for Diane Keaton as the poor guy's soul mate.

Bank to cut wholesale mortgages, 700 jobs

posted: 10/26/2007 4:22 a.m.

In addition to scaling back its investment banking operations, Bank of America Corp. is exiting the wholesale mortgage business and eliminating about 700 jobs, bank officials said Thursday.

China economy slows a bit; growth at 11.5%

posted: 10/26/2007 4:22 a.m.

China's fastgrowing economy slowed slightly in the third quarter in a sign that tightening measures were taking effect, the government said Thursday, and economists said the peak of the latest boom may have passed.

In new A380, luxury takes to the air

posted: 10/26/2007 4:21 a.m.

ON BOARD FLIGHT SQ380 - The world's largest jetliner made aviation history Thursday, completing its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455 passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.

Add-on for bill rankles packers

posted: 10/26/2007 4:21 a.m.

Senate members added language to the farm bill this week that restricts how long beef packers such as Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc. can own and manage cattle before slaughter.

New-home sales rise 4.8% in September

posted: 10/26/2007 4:20 a.m.

Sales of new homes posted an unexpected gain in September, although the improvement came after sales had fallen to the slowest pace in more than a decade.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/26/2007 4:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission approved a settlement with CenterPoint Energy on Thursday that will increase the utility's base rate about 4.6 percent over the next three years.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/26/2007 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I think this is all about a group of people who actually just want to punish packers." Jay Truitt, vice president for government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Association Article, 1D

Earnings report

posted: 10/26/2007 4:18 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker, said third-quarter net income decreased to $403 million, or 42 cents a share, from $512 million, or 53 cents, a year earlier. Sales gained 10 percent to $13.6 billion. Shares declined 32 cents to $43.66.

MARKET REPORT Dow slightly lower on erratic day

posted: 10/26/2007 4:18 a.m.

NEW YORK - Wall Street closed slightly lower in erratic trading Thursday as investors uneasy about the credit markets and record-high oil prices took little solace from reports on new-home sales and durable goods orders.

Off the wire

posted: 10/26/2007 4:17 a.m.

Michigan State starting linebacker SirDarean Adams, starting cornerback T.J. Williams and reserve Jeremy Ware have been charged with unarmed robbery in a grocery store parking lot outside a nearby party April 21.

COMMENTARY: Gambling is scary word for college coaches

posted: 10/26/2007 4:15 a.m.

Texas football Coach Mack Brown so fears the evils of gambling, he pleads with his players to keep Longhorns injuries secret - even from mom and dad.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/26/2007 4:14 a.m.

Top-ranked Ohio State is prepared for another White Out at Penn State on Saturday night.

UA's Beverley, Ervin out for scrimmage

posted: 10/26/2007 4:14 a.m.

Guards Patrick Beverley and Gary Ervin will not participate tonight in Arkansas' Red-White game at Walton Arena.

6A-South race down to 1 game

posted: 10/26/2007 4:13 a.m.

The 6A-South title will be decided tonight when Texarkana travels to Lake Hamilton.

Lady Indians have high hopes

posted: 10/26/2007 4:13 a.m.

The rain grounded Arkansas State Coach Brian Boyer on Thursday.

Conway star makes nickname appropriate

posted: 10/26/2007 4:12 a.m.

Conway's offense is not an illusion. It's actually Magic.

6 A-SOUTH: Matthon's two TDs give Warriors edge

posted: 10/26/2007 4:10 a.m.

Not even a position switch and an extra man on the field could stop Larry Matthon on Thursday night.

TOP 25: Ryan's TD pass caps Boston College rally

posted: 10/26/2007 4:10 a.m.

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Put that comeback at the top of Matt Ryan's Heisman resume.

GULF SOUTH: Boll Weevils prosper on 4th down

posted: 10/26/2007 4:09 a.m.

LIVINGSTON, Ala. - Fourth down was a good down for Arkansas-Monticello.

FCS report

posted: 10/26/2007 4:08 a.m.

Central Arkansas is looking for an opponent again.

Colorado hoping for home cure

posted: 10/26/2007 4:08 a.m.

BOSTON - Maybe going home will help the Colorado Rockies. At this rate, it can't hurt.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/26/2007 4:07 a.m.

Every Arkansas football assistant coach except for two received an employment extension of at least two years in early 2007, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has learned.

'Touchdown Machine' reactivated

posted: 10/26/2007 4:06 a.m.

PINE BLUFF - Arkansas-Pine Bluff sophomore tailback Mickey Dean could have wound up as one of those players with plenty of talent who never lived up to his potential after an injury.

Lesson learned, Hopson thriving

posted: 10/26/2007 4:04 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - Nothing has stopped Willie Hopson this season.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Youngblood says UA right for him

posted: 10/26/2007 4:03 a.m.

The future of Arkansas' quarterback position appeared to be settled with early oral commitments from Jim Youngblood and Kale Pick.

Miss Macy Sue ready for million-dollar race

posted: 10/26/2007 4:01 a.m.

The $50,000 Carousel Stakes on March 31 at Oaklawn Park produced a starter for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, just not the one most expected.

PA freshman rolls to girls title

posted: 10/26/2007 4 a.m.

Kaitlin Ray did not win every set of the 2007 high school girls overall tennis tournament by the score of 6-0, but the 14-year-old freshman from Pulaski Academy clearly dominated the event.

Indoors OK with Walters

posted: 10/26/2007 4 a.m.

Thursday's cool, damp weather forced the high school overall tennis tournament to be played on the indoors courts at the Burns Park Tennis Center, which was perfectly fine with Valley View senior Matt Walters.

Messages not flying with Hogs

posted: 10/26/2007 3:58 a.m.

Airplane banners with anti-Houston Nutt messages that have been flown over the past two Arkansas home games are wearing thin with the Razorbacks.

Boston pitchers take turn

posted: 10/26/2007 3:57 a.m.

First a blowout, then a nail-biter. October ace Curt Schilling and Boston's stingy bullpen figured out another way to stop Colorado.

UA MEN'S ATHLETICS ON PROBATION: Banner days curtailed

posted: 10/26/2007 3:56 a.m.

Two Arkansas national championships were wiped off the books by the NCAA Infractions Committee on Thursday.

LIKE IT IS: Lebo has Auburn moving in the right direction

posted: 10/26/2007 3:55 a.m.

Jeff Lebo laughed at the question.

PAPER TRAILS: Letters sold at LR sale worth $$$$

posted: 10/26/2007 3:54 a.m.

TRASH TO TREASURE: If you're the guy (white male in his mid-20s) who paid $50 for a box of old letters from a Little Rock estate sale Thursday, Oct. 4, there are dollar signs in your future.

Panel encourages student activism

posted: 10/26/2007 3:52 a.m.

CONWAY - International travel, grass-roots political activism and old-fashioned paying attention are keys to motivating college students to engage in democracy, panelists said in a national get-out-the-vote campaign kickoff at the University of Central Arkansas on Thursday.

Tape reveals worker role in robbery, LR police say

posted: 10/26/2007 3:52 a.m.

A Quiznos Sub employee accused of orchestrating a robbery of the sandwich shop Tuesday night overlooked one thing, police say: The outlet in west Little Rock is monitored by surveillance video.

Former prosecutor gets 8 years in car crash fatal to 2

posted: 10/26/2007 3:51 a.m.

PERRYVILLE - A former prosecutor who killed an elderly couple in a car crash was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after a Perry County jury convicted him of two counts of manslaughter.

Kin, friends, jailers praise killer

posted: 10/26/2007 3:51 a.m.

A North Little Rock man portrayed over the past three weeks as a coldblooded killer was warmly described Thursday as his mother's "lump of sugar."

Beebe fields questions on illegal immigration

posted: 10/26/2007 3:50 a.m.

CONWAY - Gov. Mike Beebe says the Hispanic community has a "disconnect" when it comes to the subject of illegal immigration.

No quorum, no decision on site of homeless center

posted: 10/26/2007 3:50 a.m.

A regional commission set to recommend a location Thursday for a central Arkansas homeless center couldn't make a decision because too few members attended its meeting.

LR schools, PTA set selection fair

posted: 10/26/2007 3:50 a.m.

The Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Council of PTA will hold a joint middle schoolhigh school fair 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at McClellan High School, 9417 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock.

Change of venue lets Trojans fans mingle, stay warm

posted: 10/26/2007 3:50 a.m.

The annual Meet The Trojans Night ended up going off without a hitch, at least after a hitch forced the UALR Tip-In Club to abandon Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock for the warmth of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

LR man admits killing girlfriend

posted: 10/26/2007 3:49 a.m.

In exchange for a 30-year prison sentence, a 24-year-old Little Rock man admitted Thursday that he accidentally killed his girlfriend while playing with a pistol.

Daily record

posted: 10/26/2007 3:45 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

Sex-assault conviction is reversed

posted: 10/26/2007 3:43 a.m.

The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday, in a 5-4 decision, reversed the conviction of a man found guilty of sexual assault in Pulaski County Circuit Court, ruling that the judge erred when he denied the defendant a continuance because of a witness's unavailability.

Low-speed chase leads to arrest

posted: 10/26/2007 3:43 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - A driver led Hot Springs police on a slow pursuit through several city streets before finally being apprehended Wednesday afternoon.

Police beat

posted: 10/26/2007 3:42 a.m.

Two Little Rock residents told police they were robbed in separate incidents Wednesday outside Park Plaza at Markham Street and University Avenue.

THEATER REVIEW: Dead live onstage bit of a hoot

posted: 10/26/2007 3:42 a.m.

Tempted to visit a haunted house but turned off by all the walking? Instead you could see the Arkansas Arts Center's stage version of Night of the Living Dead. Zombies advance; you sit.

Unpaid taxes leave county scrambling

posted: 10/26/2007 3:41 a.m.

Pulaski County is working to collect the last bit of property taxes that have gone unpaid this year.

Admitted murderer plans rulings appeal

posted: 10/26/2007 3:41 a.m.

PARIS, Maine - An admitted murderer plans to appeal pretrial rulings that preceded his decision to plead guilty to killing four people, including an Arkansas man, in western Maine.

Autopsy indicates smoke killed woman found in burned home

posted: 10/26/2007 3:40 a.m.

PIGGOTT - A woman found dead in her burned home in Piggott died as a result of the fire and was not murdered, authorities said Thursday.

Library reopening: Nov. 12, maybe

posted: 10/26/2007 3:40 a.m.

The reopening of the Sue Cowan Williams Library branch is tentatively set for Nov. 12, library system staff said Thursday.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 10/26/2007 3:39 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions on Thursday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here.

Obituaries

posted: 10/26/2007 3:38 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 10/26/2007 3:36 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 26, 1907 JONESBORO - W.H. York, visiting friends in Craighead County, was in Jonesboro and by chance met J.M.C. Rogers of that city, whom he had not seen since May 21, 1861, the day on which Mr. Rogers started to the Civil War. The place where Jonesboro is situated was then known as Willeytown.

Fighting words

posted: 10/26/2007 3:35 a.m.

The attempt by conservative author David Horowitz and his allies to launch Islamofascism Awareness Week on American campuses has been met with a variety of responses.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 10/26/2007 3:35 a.m.

Eve Curie Labouisse, a journalist who wrote a best-selling biography of her mother, the Nobel Prizewinning scientist Marie Curie, has died. She was 102.

The mystery of the appendix

posted: 10/26/2007 3:34 a.m.

Leonardo da Vinci's connections to the Guild of St. Luke the Painter allowed him to conduct autopsies on more than 30 cadavers between 1489 and 1513. He had a fascination with extracting parts of the body to draw them, often working by candlelight in a church.

One crazy idea

posted: 10/26/2007 3:34 a.m.

MIKE HUCKABEE'S candidacy for president is looking better every day. He's got some good ideas and maybe a bad one or two, but enough sparkle, humor, humanity and sheer showmanship to make most of the other candidates look robotic as they plod through their Talking Points.

Gentleman and farmer

posted: 10/26/2007 3:33 a.m.

IT'S NOT clear just where the line is drawn between planter and farmer in these latitudes, or just when one description went out of fashion and the other came in.

LETTERS

posted: 10/26/2007 3:33 a.m.

I am so glad to learn that I had at least an indirect role in winning World War II, since, according to a letter in Voices, it was the civilian war workers who won the war.

Is Ron Paul the real deal?

posted: 10/26/2007 3:32 a.m.

It's long been contended that none of the brilliant statesmen who crafted our founding documents could be elected to high public office today because they wouldn't pass muster with any of the special-interest groups or, more particularly, the media those groups influence.

Quotas limit quality

posted: 10/26/2007 3:31 a.m.

Recent news stories have reminded me yet again what a provincial people we Arkansans are, sometimes to our own detriment.

Police arrest husband in woman's shooting

posted: 10/26/2007 3:26 a.m.

A Drew County man who police say has a history of domestic violence was charged with attempted capital murder Thursday after he reportedly shot his wife Monday evening at his home 10 miles north of Monticello.

School Board OKs raises for administrators, staff

posted: 10/26/2007 3:25 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board on Thursday unanimously approved 2 percent raises for district administrators and for employees who are support staff and do not hold teacher licenses.

In the news

posted: 10/26/2007 3:24 a.m.

Laura Bush, 60, visited about 700 servicemen at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, telling them that the American people stand by them in the Iraq war and the security situation in Iraq was improving because of their efforts, adding, "No matter what you might read in the newspapers, people do appreciate the gift of freedom."

Coroner: Hanging led to inmate death

posted: 10/26/2007 3:24 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - A Pope County jail inmate arrested on charges of public intoxication and other misdemeanor offenses probably suffocated after hanging himself by tying his shirt to a cell door, the county coroner said Wednesday.

Names and faces

posted: 10/26/2007 3:23 a.m.

Queen Latifah said the definition of beauty is changing. "Beauty is not just a white girl. It's so many different flavors and shades," the 37-year-old rapper-actress told People magazine in its latest issue.

Senators offered eavesdrop papers

posted: 10/26/2007 3:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The White House sought to speed progress on legislation to legalize President Bush's surveillance program Thursday by allowing the Senate Judiciary Committee to view classified documents its members have demanded.

Officer's command of nuke sub pulled

posted: 10/26/2007 3:22 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - The commanding officer of the nuclear powered submarine USS Hampton was relieved of his duty Thursday because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the Navy said.

Greece to replant Olympia's forests

posted: 10/26/2007 3:21 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece - Greek authorities will launch an effort next month to replant the blackened wasteland left behind by the summer's deadly wildfires around the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/26/2007 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "It's a sad situation out there in Southern California." President Bush, before leaving for California to examine wildfire destruction Article, 1A

Party needs to shift war-funding strategy, Berry says

posted: 10/26/2007 3:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Democratic majorities in Congress and the administration have repeatedly clashed over tying troop withdrawal language to the bills that pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This time around, things are quieter.

Pills killed officer, not dust, doctor says

posted: 10/26/2007 3:19 a.m.

NEW YORK - The city's medical examiner concluded that the misuse of pills, not the dust of ground zero, caused the lung disease that killed a man who became a nationally known example of post-Sept. 11 illness, the examiner's spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The world in brief

posted: 10/26/2007 3:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The failure to meet commitments puts the Afghan mission - and with it, the credibility of NATO - at real risk." Defense Secretary Robert Gates, addressing a conference in Europe Article, this page

Democrat rolls out $1 trillion tax plan

posted: 10/26/2007 3:19 a.m.

WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat outlined a $1 trillion plan Thursday to eliminate the alternative minimum tax and ease the tax burdens of most people by asking the rich and some companies to pay more.

Allies' will to win Afghan war questioned

posted: 10/26/2007 3:18 a.m.

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday questioned the commitment of some NATO allies to winning in Afghanistan, saying the outcome is at "real risk" because some European nations are unwilling to provide enough troops and resources to the mission.

Burmese official meets with pro-democracy leader

posted: 10/26/2007 3:17 a.m.

BANGKOK, Thailand - The long-detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with a government official in Burma on Thursday in the first tangible sign that the generals were responding to outside pressure after crushing a popular uprising last month.

President of Philippines pardons predecessor Estrada, draws flak

posted: 10/26/2007 3:17 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines has pardoned former President Joseph Estrada, who was convicted last month of corruption charges, her spokesman said Thursday.

Turkey says U.S. pressure won't keep it out of Iraq

posted: 10/26/2007 3:16 a.m.

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey warned Thursday that U.S. objections will not stop its troops from crossing into Iraq to pursue Kurdish separatists, while a steady stream of U.S.-made Turkish fighter jets roared across the skies along the border.

At U.S. peace conference, expect no final deal, Israel's Olmert says

posted: 10/26/2007 3:15 a.m.

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday that a forthcoming Mideast peace conference would not result in a final deal with the Palestinians and may not take place at all.

Syrians raze building called Israelis' target

posted: 10/26/2007 3:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Syria has cleared away all traces of a large building that experts say was bombed by Israeli jets last month because it was suspected of housing a partially finished nuclear reactor, according to a new satellite image that shows only freshly groomed dirt at the site.

Targeting military truck, bomber kills 20 in unruly Pakistan region

posted: 10/26/2007 3:14 a.m.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide car bomber struck a military truck in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people two days after troops were sent to the lawless region to quell pro-Taliban militants.

School bus flips; 18 sent to hospital in Virginia

posted: 10/26/2007 3:14 a.m.

WARRENTON, Va. - A school bus ran off a rain-slick highway and overturned Thursday, sending 18 students and the driver to the hospital with mostly minor injuries, state police said.

Edwards raps rivals for hard line on Iran

posted: 10/26/2007 3:13 a.m.

CORNING, Iowa - Presidential contender John Edwards criticized Democratic and Republican rivals alike Thursday for threats and a vote against Iran, accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of helping a GOP march to war.

Democrats in Iowa also go for Jan. 3

posted: 10/26/2007 3:13 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Democratic Party officials are poised to settle on Jan. 3 for their presidential caucuses, the same day Republicans vote, a party official said Thursday.

Suspect arrested in theft attempt

posted: 10/26/2007 3:09 a.m.

Sherwood police have arrested a man in connection with an attempted theft at a home on Arkansas 107 where a body was found Tuesday.

County's treasurer to pay for upgrades

posted: 10/26/2007 3:09 a.m.

After previously rejecting a plea for $90,000 extra for technology upgrades for the county's information systems, Pulaski County budget officials Thursday approved a plan allowing the county treasurer's office to pick up the tab.

Justices hear UA dorm records case

posted: 10/26/2007 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court justices expressed some skepticism Thursday that a group of building contractors could sue a private company to gain access to records related to the construction of a $35 million University of Arkansas dormitory.

Teaching program to get tryout in LR

posted: 10/26/2007 3:07 a.m.

Teachers and instructional coaches in at least five Little Rock School District schools will begin training next week in TargetTeach, a system developed by an Arizona company to improve student achievement by aligning a district's curriculum, instruction and student tests to state academic standards.

House passes revised children's health bill

posted: 10/26/2007 3:04 a.m.

The House approved a new version of legislation to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Thursday, but the vote failed to get any more Republicans to override another promised veto from President Bush.

A first: Women commanders meet in space

posted: 10/26/2007 3:03 a.m.

Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery and the international space station joined forces Thursday, linking their ships and kicking off the biggest construction job ever attempted by a single team in orbit.

Judge ends teen's bond in slaying

posted: 10/26/2007 3:02 a.m.

A store surveillance video showing a wounded southwest Little Rock grocer fighting with two teenage assailants before he was fatally shot eight times in the back moved a circuit judge to cancel the $500,000 bond of one of the suspects Thursday.

2 found on raft at sea indicted in 4 slayings

posted: 10/26/2007 3:01 a.m.

An Arkansas man who claimed Cuban pirates hijacked and killed the crew of a boat he chartered last month was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping in Miami federal court Thursday.

Teams pursue fires' origins as Bush visits

posted: 10/26/2007 2:59 a.m.

President Bush toured Southern California on Thursday as investigators got down to the work of determining how one sunny fall day last weekend exploded into blazes now in their fifth day.

U.S. slaps economic sanctions on Iranians

posted: 10/26/2007 2:59 a.m.

The United States announced new penalties on the Iranian military and state-owned banking systems Thursday, raising pressure on the world financial system to cut ties with a regime that the West accuses of bankrolling terrorism and seeking a nuclear bomb.

BP agrees to pay $373 million for U.S. violations

posted: 10/26/2007 2:57 a.m.

Global energy giant BP PLC agreed Thursday to pay $373 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it overcharged U.S. propane consumers by millions of dollars and ignored environmental warnings that resulted in an Alaska oil spill and a deadly explosion in Texas.

Thursday, October 25

Court says suit over mineral rights can move forward

posted: 10/25/2007 10:08 p.m.

A lawsuit over who owns the rights to explore and produce minerals on thousands of acres purchased by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission can proceed, the state's highest court ruled Thursday.

Southeastern drought fight sharpens with Georgia planning reservoirs

posted: 10/25/2007 10:03 p.m.

With an epic drought gripping the region, Georgia lawmakers announced plans Thursday for a network of state reservoirs, while the governors of Alabama and Florida warned that Georgia's consumption threatens their downstream states.

Iowa conservatives giving Huckabee another look

posted: 10/25/2007 9:45 p.m.

Mike Huckabee, who strums a bass guitar and cracks jokes at campaign stops, is quietly establishing himself with Iowa voters as a serious candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

2 plead innocent in missing boaters case

posted: 10/25/2007 9:21 p.m.

Two men accused of killing four people aboard a fishing charter boat pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new grand jury indictment charging them with four counts apiece of murder and kidnapping - one count for each victim.

Evidence to be allowed in murder case

posted: 10/25/2007 7:09 p.m.

A judge in Fort Smith has turned away an attempt to suppress evidence and statements in a capital murder case in which a man is accused of killing his girlfriend and her two young children.

Malvern plant to close; 250 layoffs expected

posted: 10/25/2007 7:05 p.m.

A plant that makes aluminum die castings will close by the end of the year, putting 250 employees out of work, the company announced.

Baby seats recalled after reports of 3 skull fractures, children falling from seats

posted: 10/25/2007 6:56 p.m.

Bumbo International of South Africa recalled about 1 million "Baby Sitter" seats after 28 reports of babies falling out of the seats, including three skull fractures, a government safety group announced Thursday.

Stoerner to have driving restricted for 4 months

posted: 10/25/2007 5:14 p.m.

Former Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner will have his driving privileges restricted for four months in an agreement related to a drunken-driving charge. His attorney says he still plans to plead not guilty to the underlying charge.

UA track program must give up 2 outdoor titles, NCAA panel says

updated: 10/26/2007 5:56 a.m.

Arkansas will appeal the NCAA's decision to vacate the two Outdoor Track and Field Championships the Razorbacks won with former sprinter Tyson Gay.

Beverley Named to Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 Watch List

updated: 10/26/2007 1:33 p.m.

Arkansas sophomore guard Patrick Beverley is one of 50 players across the country named to the pre-season John R. Wooden Award watch list.

Spears avoids hit-and-run trial by paying for fender-bender; still faces one charge

posted: 10/25/2007 1:29 p.m.

Britney Spears avoided a criminal hit-and-run trial by paying for damages in a fender-bender but still faces a charge of driving without a license, a court commissioner ruled Thursday.

Sherwood police make arrest in burglary case

posted: 10/25/2007 11:31 a.m.

Sherwood police have arrested a North Little Rock teen for an attempted theft earlier this week that may have resulted in the death of McAlmont man.

New-home sales spike unexpectedly in September

posted: 10/25/2007 11:29 a.m.

Sales of new homes posted an unexpected gain in September although the improvement came after sales had fallen to the slowest pace in more than a decade.

New movie is not quite 'Real Life'

posted: 10/25/2007 11:27 a.m.

"Dan in Real Life," which opens Friday, is a romantic comedy like one of Woody Allen's lesser movies. It's a pleasant enough little fling, better than most, mildly disappointing, writes reviewer Ron Wolfe in Friday's MovieStyle section. Steve Carell is the nebbish, and Juliette Binoche ably subs for Diane Keaton as the poor guy's soul mate.

The Rep goes 'Barefoot in the Park'

posted: 10/25/2007 11:24 a.m.

Even famed playwright Neil Simon had to start somewhere. Having all those hit comedies, that is, and while "Barefoot in the Park" was his third play, it was his first hit, some 43 years ago.

Discovery docks with international space station, construction

posted: 10/25/2007 9:01 a.m.

Space shuttle Discovery docked with the international space station on Thursday, and its crew prepared to embark on the most challenging construction work ever attempted in a single mission.

Administration targets Iranian defense ministry, Quds force

posted: 10/25/2007 8:53 a.m.

The Bush administration announced sweeping new sanctions against Iran Thursday - the harshest since the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979 - charging anew that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles and is engaging in a nuclear build up.

Lighter winds, aerial assault give Calif. firefighters hope that worst blazes may be over

posted: 10/25/2007 8:48 a.m.

Flames drew perilously close toward thousands of homes in Southern California's firestorm Thursday, despite a break in the harsh winds and a massive aerial assault that raised evacuees' hopes of going home for good.

Worst over for retailer, exec says

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. likely hit bottom in the company's second quarter that ended Aug. 31 as it struggled to revive sales in existing stores, H. Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday.

Turkey attacks Kurds from air

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Turkish warplanes joined Sikorsky and Cobra military helicopters in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday in attacks on the broad mountainous passes that Kurdish separatist rebels use to travel from hide-outs in northern Iraq into Turkey, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Adoption-ban plan adds kids' 'best interests'

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

In revamping a proposed ban on unmarried couples adopting or becoming foster parents, supporters have gone back to declaring in writing that it's in the best interest of adopted and foster children not to live with "cohabiting" people.

Beebe: Go for quality not quotas at UAMS

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Wanting to guard against the chance of bad doctors operating on Arkansans, Gov. Mike Beebe suggested possibly allowing the state's medical school to waive geographical quotas when judging applicants.

Acxiom's profits fall by half

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Acxiom Corp.'s financial performance for the quarter ending Sept. 30 reflected the turmoil of a doomed attempt to be sold, the company said Wednesday.

Text of the revised initiated act to bar unmarried couples from becoming foster parents

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

An Act Providing That An Individual Who Is Cohabiting Outside Of A Valid Marriage May Not Adopt Or Be A Foster Parent Of A Child Less Than Eighteen Years Old

Fire crews take the offensive

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

An easing of the winds fueling Southern California's wildfires finally gave firefighters a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in only one confirmed death from the flames.

Buck wild: $1 craze goes beyond dollar stores

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Once upon a time, there was a chain of stores called Everything's a Dollar, where everything was a dollar, except for the things that were two for a dollar, or three for a dollar.

WORLD SERIES GAME 1: Sox do all the rocking

posted: 10/25/2007 6 a.m.

Josh Beckett, Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox were revved up and ready. Not so the Colorado Rockies, who showed up in Beantown looking rusty not rested.

Lonoke QB out for the year

posted: 10/25/2007 3:56 a.m.

Lonoke quarterback Rollins Elam suffered a season-ending injury Friday during the Jackrabbits' 35-0 victory over Marianna.

Bruins QB rolls to 7 touchdowns

posted: 10/25/2007 3:54 a.m.

Pulaski Academy junior quarterback Spencer Keith is the state's leading passer this fall.

Swindell slows down, still racing

posted: 10/25/2007 3:53 a.m.

The landscape of sprint car racing has changed considerably since Jeff Swindell walked away from the sport nearly 10 years ago.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Season ends with old doe in freezer

posted: 10/25/2007 3:52 a.m.

Despite a bad start, I closed the 2007 muzzleloader deer season with success.

Warriors take shot at Bulldogs

posted: 10/25/2007 3:52 a.m.

Games of this magnitude haven't been as frequent for Little Rock Christian as they have for its opponent this week.

Fishing this week

posted: 10/25/2007 3:51 a.m.

HOT SPOTS: 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK) Bass fishing has been good on spinnerbaits, jigs and shad-colored crankbaits. Fishing is best in the backwater areas. 2. LAKE COLUMBIA Bream fishing is good on crickets, and crappie fishing is good on jigs. Bass are biting well on watermelon worms.

Game 2 features experience vs. exuberance

posted: 10/25/2007 3:51 a.m.

BOSTON - Curt Schilling brings a wealth of postseason experience into Game 2 of the World Series tonight.

Class 5A/4A report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:51 a.m.

Steven Janski said it was "the wildest game I've been involved with." With a basketball-like score of Heber Springs 76, Southside Batesville 48, it's hard to argue that point.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/25/2007 3:50 a.m.

Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr was among the hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate from their homes in or near San Diego because of advancing wildfires.

Off the wire

posted: 10/25/2007 3:50 a.m.

Seimone Augustus scored 19 points to lead the U.S. women's select team past CSKA Moscow 81-72 Wednesday and into the semifinals at the FIBA World League tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

COMMENTARY: Daly's season not worth talking about

posted: 10/25/2007 3:50 a.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The biggest draw in the PGA Tour's inaugural Ginn sur Mer Classic had little to say after Wednesday's pro-am.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:50 a.m.

Arkansas senior fullback Peyton Hillis is expecting some big plays against Florida International this Saturday.

Virginia Tech's 'Beamerball' emphasizes scoring on turnovers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:49 a.m.

The ball is snapped, thrown and intercepted. Then the Virginia Tech defense goes on the offensive.

ARKANSAS VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Herring cites improvement, not numbers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:49 a.m.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring related last week an analogy about the Razorbacks being on the precipice of a mountain. Herring suggested the team's performance against Ole Miss would determine whether the Razorbacks fell off the edge or walked down the mountain.

Sun Belt report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:49 a.m.

This is what it's become for North Texas and its moribund defense: Even the best outing of the season surrenders 45 points.

Turner's game turns with altered attitude

posted: 10/25/2007 3:48 a.m.

Jason Turner is positively on a roll.

SEC report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:47 a.m.

If 13 1/2-point favorite Vanderbilt, fresh off a 17-6 victory at then-No. 6 South Carolina, can dispose of visiting Miami of Ohio on Saturday, the Commodores (4-3 ) will need one victory in their final four games to become bowl-eligible.

BREEDERS CUP: Pletcher has strength and numbers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:46 a.m.

Todd Pletcher is back at the Breeders' Cup in a big way again, and this time he's hoping for better results than last year.

Mustain asks UA for detail

posted: 10/25/2007 3:45 a.m.

A lawyer representing former Razorbacks quarterback Mitch Mustain is requesting information surrounding the University of Arkansas' investigation of an e-mail sent to Mustain while he was a student at Arkansas.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/25/2007 3:45 a.m.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has agreed to partner with two Arkansas organizations to promote savings accounts for low-income individuals.

Pelphrey meets, greets

posted: 10/25/2007 3:44 a.m.

When John Pelphrey was a senior forward at Kentucky for the 1991-1992 season, he represented the Wildcats at SEC Basketball Media Days.

Worst over for retailer, exec says

posted: 10/25/2007 3:44 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. likely hit bottom in the company's second quarter that ended Aug. 31 as it struggled to revive sales in existing stores, H. Lee Scott, president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday.

UALR report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:43 a.m.

Increased competition has made for better practices, according to UALR Coach Steve Shields.

Lady Razorbacks counting on production from Ervin

posted: 10/25/2007 3:43 a.m.

Lauren Ervin made her mark in the SEC last season. Now she's being marked.

WORLD SERIES GAME 1: Sox do all the rocking

posted: 10/25/2007 3:43 a.m.

Josh Beckett, Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox were revved up and ready. Not so the Colorado Rockies, who showed up in Beantown looking rusty not rested.

LIKE IT IS: Blue-clad UA coach makes sharp appearance

posted: 10/25/2007 3:42 a.m.

To his left, being interviewed by six people, was Billy Donovan, the two-time defending national champion coach at Florida.

Better medical records system urged

posted: 10/25/2007 3:41 a.m.

Doctors and hospitals need better access to patients' medical histories, and health care insurers and consumers need more information about who is providing good medical care, Arkansas' top Medicaid official said Wednesday.

SWEET TEA: 'Yankee' musings struck fire

posted: 10/25/2007 3:40 a.m.

Consider this talk radio for readers.

Work legal, former head of Conway schools says

posted: 10/25/2007 3:39 a.m.

CONWAY - The former superintendent of Conway Public Schools is volunteering as assistant executive director of an educators' association rather than requesting a salary there so he can receive the full $164,000 under his resignation agreement with the financially struggling school district.

Acxiom's profits fall by half

posted: 10/25/2007 3:39 a.m.

Acxiom Corp.'s financial performance for the quarter ending Sept. 30 reflected the turmoil of a doomed attempt to be sold, the company said Wednesday.

Fire leads to alert at nuclear plant

posted: 10/25/2007 3:38 a.m.

A small electrical fire at Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville prompted an alert late Tuesday, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy Arkansas Inc., which owns the plant.

Preacher gets 50 months for cheating NLR church

posted: 10/25/2007 3:38 a.m.

A former North Little Rock pastor's history of defrauding his flocks in Arkansas and elsewhere caught up with him Wednesday when U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele sentenced him to 50 months in federal prison.

Restored carousel delights first riders

posted: 10/25/2007 3:38 a.m.

A wide grin creased 63-year-old Bobbie Busbea's face as she clambered down from the newly reopened Over the Jumps carousel Wednesday night.

Daily record

posted: 10/25/2007 3:37 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

Murphy reports earnings fall 11%

posted: 10/25/2007 3:37 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. reported an 11 percent fall in third-quarter earnings Wednesday, citing lower profitability in refining operations because of the high cost of oil.

Existing homes selling poorly

posted: 10/25/2007 3:35 a.m.

Sales of existing homes plunged in September by the most in at least eight years while median home prices dropped by the largest amount in nearly a year, reflecting deepening problems in the troubled housing market.

UCA hosting political panel

posted: 10/25/2007 3:35 a.m.

CONWAY - The University of Central Arkansas campus will be the host site today for the first panel discussion organized by a national group that wants college students to participate in the 2008 presidential election and help rally candidates around issues such as extreme poverty and global disease.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/25/2007 3:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "This incident this week is not something we would have wanted, but every time things don't go as they're supposed to we learn lessons and we improve as a result of it." Phil Fisher, plant spokesman for Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Arkansas Nuclear One Article, 1D

Hot Springs pair resigns from Police Department

posted: 10/25/2007 3:35 a.m.

Two Hot Springs police officers have resigned in connection with an undisclosed occurrence that reportedly happened shortly after a high-speed pursuit ended in Garland County on Sept. 26.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/25/2007 3:34 a.m.

Nancy Greer-Williams, a candidate for the position of director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, is working toward a master of public health degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A story in Sunday's editions incorrectly said she held the degree. She also holds a doctoral degree from Western Michigan University.

NLR School Board elects new officers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:34 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board has elected new officers.

Change child-support, official says

posted: 10/25/2007 3:33 a.m.

Arkansas could do better at child-support enforcement if the Legislature passed a law requiring the state's enforcement office to monitor early compliance with all new child-support court orders, the office's administrator told lawmakers Wednesday.

Tokyo car show aims to dazzle

posted: 10/25/2007 3:33 a.m.

With sales at home skidding, Japan's automakers have turned to the odd, the sleek and the fuel-efficient to help accelerate buyer interest.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 10/25/2007 3:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday.

Workers win religion suit against AT&T

posted: 10/25/2007 3:32 a.m.

AT&T Inc. must pay $756,000 to two Jonesboro men after denying them a day off to attend a Jehovah's Witness meeting, a federal court jury decided.

Appeals-court judge sets Clinton-school talk

posted: 10/25/2007 3:32 a.m.

Brett M. Kavanaugh, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will speak today at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks rebound on rate-cut hopes

posted: 10/25/2007 3:31 a.m.

Wall Street recovered from steep losses Wednesday amid hopes for an imminent interest rate cut, but stocks still closed down in response to Merrill Lynch & Co.'s credit-related losses and a sharp drop in existing-home sales.

LR schools seeking volunteer readers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:31 a.m.

The Volunteers in Public Schools program in the Little Rock School District is seeking volunteers to read in elementary school classrooms on Nov. 13.

Police beat

posted: 10/25/2007 3:31 a.m.

Sherwood police charged a man Wednesday with possession of a firearm on school property and discharge of a weapon within city limits after, officers said, he accidentally shot himself while waiting to pick up his child from school.

Obituaries

posted: 10/25/2007 3:30 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Earnings report

posted: 10/25/2007 3:30 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil company, said third-quarter net income fell to $3.67 billion, or $2.23 per share, from $3.88 billion, or $2.31 per share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue fell to $46.1 billion from $48.1 billion. Shares dropped $1.57 to $81.65.

Jack H.Wilson Worked 42 years at LR water utility

posted: 10/25/2007 3:29 a.m.

When Jack H. Wilson retired in 1983, the Little Rock Board of Directors urged city residents to honor him with a toast - a drink of Little Rock water.

Buck wild

posted: 10/25/2007 3:29 a.m.

Once upon a time, there was a chain of stores called Everything's a Dollar, where everything was a dollar, except for the things that were two for a dollar, or three for a dollar.

Other days

posted: 10/25/2007 3:28 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 25, 1907 STUTTGART - F.M. Snook discovered a great prize while examining the inside of a violin he bought secondhand several years ago. The violin bears the stamp: "Joseph Guarnerius, Fecit, Cremonae, Anno 1757."

REISSUES: Sounds of War pleasing, surprising

posted: 10/25/2007 3:28 a.m.

Filmmaker Ken Burns has created another enjoyable excursion into American music with the pieces he chose for The War.

Are record labels spinning down?

posted: 10/25/2007 3:28 a.m.

Prince freed himself from record labels years ago. Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have followed. Madonna has kissed her big-name record company goodbye.

The GOP's dream candidate

posted: 10/25/2007 3:25 a.m.

The most interesting thing to come out of the umpteenth Republican debate Sunday is confirmation that the GOP is dying to run against Hillary Clinton.

Good luck with that

posted: 10/25/2007 3:25 a.m.

IN 1991, another Southern state held an election for governor. All seemed to be going the way of the usual Southern gubernatorial election: babies were kissed, catfish was served, and money changed hands-sometimes even legally.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/25/2007 3:24 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: When Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, did he go joyfully, or did he go reluctantly? I've always wondered about this. - L.McK.

Prestige versus education

posted: 10/25/2007 3:24 a.m.

High school seniors who want to go to a selective college in the fall of 2008 should already be making arrangements to take the tests they will need before they apply ahead of the deadlines for such schools, which are usually in January or February.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/25/2007 3:24 a.m.

Happy birthday. Work brings enormous benefits to your life through the next 10 weeks - so much more important than merely money. Friends help your business, and your business helps your friends. Finances continue to look up if you follow your plan carefully. Romantic sparks fl y in March. You share a special connection with Capricorn and Pisces.

Fahr ants

posted: 10/25/2007 3:23 a.m.

Oh, come on. Nobody 'round here calls 'em fire ants. They're called fahr ants in Arkansawyerese. We were at a deer camp only a few days ago when a friend of ours-a hound dog named Dukeperched himself on a picnic table.

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/25/2007 3:23 a.m.

1. How are baseball batting averages computed ? 2. What building is depicted on the reverse side of the $50 bill?

LETTERS

posted: 10/25/2007 3:22 a.m.

Emphasize quality over color Letter writer Anika Whitfield wants unity and a stop to the name-calling. OK, how about the "Group of Four" ? If the use of the word "gang" offends her, there are other options, such as group. However, unity, as she suggests, is not going to be accomplished with the current majority in power.

Recommended eating

posted: 10/25/2007 3:22 a.m.

You have to be on the lookout for Earl's Grill near the intersection of state Highways 371 and 29 in Blevins, Ark. It's across the street from the Bank of Blevins and right next to the Red-E-Mart, if that helps.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/25/2007 3:22 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I love your column and have a hint that might be helpful to folks. Since the advent of toothbrushes with extra-large handles, I have started using small pots (with the hole in the bottom) meant for plants.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Should sneak's bluff be called?

posted: 10/25/2007 3:21 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend of three months snooped into my e-mail while left alone in my place. She is upset about e-mails I sent long before I met her, which admittedly were a bit tawdry. I think I am in love with her, so do not necessarily want to end it.

THE TV COLUMN: NBC premieres final season of ubiquitous Scrubs

posted: 10/25/2007 3:21 a.m.

Is it just me, or does it seem as if Scrubs has been on the air since the last century?

Batesville restaurant takes advantage of location

posted: 10/25/2007 3:20 a.m.

One of the most striking features of Batesville is the White River that runs through the town.

Decline of commerce marked end of Augusta's glory days

posted: 10/25/2007 3:20 a.m.

The first thing you notice when you go down to the White River in Augusta are the buildings that sit on stilts.

A splash of history

posted: 10/25/2007 3:20 a.m.

The White River streams through the history of Arkansas and the Three Rivers area, whispering its stories of the past as it winds its way down through Izard, Independence, Jackson and Woodruff counties.

The Huck and Ron show

posted: 10/25/2007 3:19 a.m.

Regardless of what you might think of former Gov. Mike Huckabee or the fact that he has a rather unpresidential last name, you've got to admit he's making a favorable impression in the nationally televised debates.

Boating a popular choice on the White River

posted: 10/25/2007 3:19 a.m.

The White River is really two rivers.

Convict pleads innocent to charge

posted: 10/25/2007 3:19 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - A man convicted as a teenager in the 1998 schoolyard shooting near Jonesboro pleaded innocent Wednesday to a federal gun charge that stems from a New Year's Day traffic stop in Fayetteville.

Rollin' on the river

posted: 10/25/2007 3:18 a.m.

Steamboats didn't just ply the mighty Mississippi River. They also navigated the clear waters of the White River.

White River area in pictures SAVE THE WHITE RIVER

posted: 10/25/2007 3:18 a.m.

Out on the boat, floating down the White River, it is pretty easy to take Charlie Eldridge's side.

NORTHWEST TERRITORY:U.S. survey details economic heft of outdoorsmen

posted: 10/25/2007 3:18 a.m.

The contribution of fishing and hunting to the economy of our state and to conservation efforts is revealed in the results of a five-year survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

White River played crucial role in Jacksonport history

posted: 10/25/2007 3:17 a.m.

While Newport's history is more interwoven with the railroad line, it is Jacksonport, now just a speck of a town, that has a rich history with the White River.

At season's end

posted: 10/25/2007 3:16 a.m.

"A Day at the Farm" is planned from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Historic Downtown Farmers' Market in the Transportation Plaza at Orange Street.

Calico Rock considered an outdoorsman's wonderland

posted: 10/25/2007 3:16 a.m.

At its northernmost point in the Three Rivers area, the White River flows through Calico Rock.

BRYANT: Growing pains

posted: 10/25/2007 3:16 a.m.

It has been just over a month since voters in Bryant defeated a proposal that would have raised property taxes by 6.2 mills to fund building improvements and additions in the burgeoning district.

Donations needed for project

posted: 10/25/2007 3:15 a.m.

Malvern residents are asked to participate in Operation Christmas Child by filling an empty shoebox with gifts for needy children throughout the world.

MALVERN: Governor's task force to meet with plant workers

posted: 10/25/2007 3:15 a.m.

Employees of Prescision Industries continue to go to work, but not for much longer.

GARDEN GOURMET

posted: 10/25/2007 3:14 a.m.

I can't think of any kitchen activity more autumnal than sitting around on a damp Sunday afternoon cutting up apples and letting the pieces fall directly into an eagerly awaiting baking pan. Apple peel is everywhere, including in your hair, on your cat and perhaps sticking to your 7-year-old's arms, and the room smells like an orchard.

Couple offer empowering alternative in Malvern

posted: 10/25/2007 3:14 a.m.

When Larry and Cordelia Banks saw some things going on with the youth in their community that they didn't like, they chose to do something about it.

NPCC to present interactive seminar on Afghanistan

posted: 10/25/2007 3:14 a.m.

Afghan-American Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York and co-author of The Other Side of the Sky, will present a 60-minute interactive seminar entitled Afghanistan after the Taliban at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the National Park Community College Auditorium.

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN: Fall air brings aroma of pumpkins in the kitchen

posted: 10/25/2007 3:13 a.m.

When you walk through a farmers market or a supermarket produce section at this time of year, one sight more than any other tells you instantly that we're in autumn: the piles of golden-orange pumpkins of every size, along with ivory white pumpkins and a kaleidoscope of other hard-shelled winter squashes of all shapes and colors.

Gilmore receives ACHE Regent's Award

posted: 10/25/2007 3:13 a.m.

Phillip Gilmore, president and chief executive officer of Hot Spring County Medical Center recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award.

Saline County coat drive to be held Monday

posted: 10/25/2007 3:12 a.m.

The third annual Saline County Coat Closet will take its final collection on Monday at the Gene Moss Building in Tyndall Park. Distribution is scheduled for Tuesday in the same building for those needing to receive coats.

Battle of unbeatens

posted: 10/25/2007 3:12 a.m.

The Razorbacks' main weapon on offense is senior Dennis Johnson. Johnson has shredded opposing defenses all year, and he has the 6A classification yardage record with 4,300 yards in his career.

NPCC accepting applications for spring term

posted: 10/25/2007 3:11 a.m.

National Park Community College is accepting applications for its health information technology (HIT) associate's degree program for the Spring 2008 term.

Wellness event set for Wednesday

posted: 10/25/2007 3:10 a.m.

The second Walk on the Wild Side, a wellness walking event, will be held between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hot Springs Creek Greenway between Belding and Hollywood avenues and adjacent to Hollywood Park.

In the news

posted: 10/25/2007 3:10 a.m.

Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who disappeared in Karachi, Pakistan, while researching a story on Islamic militancy, has withdrawn a lawsuit, filed in New York, seeking damages against al-Qaida, a dozen reputed terrorists and Pakistan's largest bank.

Henderson State to host Halloween celebration

posted: 10/25/2007 3:10 a.m.

Henderson State University's Garrison Center will be the site of the university's annual Henderson Halloween celebration on Wednesday. Numerous campus groups and organizations will be scattered throughout the center handing out a variety of candy.

Silent auction to benefit women's ministry

posted: 10/25/2007 3:09 a.m.

The 16th annual Potter's Clay Ministry Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction will be on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Arlington Conference Center.

3 nations try to sway Burmese junta

posted: 10/25/2007 3:09 a.m.

HARBIN, China - China and Russia urged Burma's military rulers to talk with the country's opposition but said Wednesday that they opposed any U.N. sanctions against the junta.

Benton to host Spook City

posted: 10/25/2007 3:09 a.m.

A community Halloween event will be held in downtown Benton from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. There will be live entertainment, amusement rides, games and refreshments.

Australian miners get out; no injuries

posted: 10/25/2007 3:08 a.m.

CANBERRA, Australia - Fifty-four miners who spent nearly eight hours trapped underground by a fire in an Australian gold mine Wednesday were rescued, the mining company said.

Names and faces

posted: 10/25/2007 3:08 a.m.

The Dave Matthews Band will play for Army football next month - at two free shows at West Point, N.Y.

Bunko fundraiser

posted: 10/25/2007 3:08 a.m.

There will be a Bunko Bash fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m., Friday at Sardis United Methodist Church family life center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Sardis Child Development Center.

Halloween at Mills Park

posted: 10/25/2007 3:08 a.m.

The third annual Monster Madness family Halloween celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Mills Park in Bryant. Tickets are $3. For more information or tickets, call (501) 847-4702.

2-state solution in peril, Rice says

posted: 10/25/2007 3:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a "two-state solution" in the Middle East is in jeopardy and described a narrow window of opportunity to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace.

Fish fry

posted: 10/25/2007 3:07 a.m.

The Congo Masonic Lodge will host its last fish fry of season from 3-7 p.m. Friday at 2900 Steel Bridge Road.

Scary films to be screened at library

posted: 10/25/2007 3:07 a.m.

No Halloween season would be complete without scary movies, and the Garland County Library will screen two in the coming week.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/25/2007 3:07 a.m.

If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

RUSSELLVILLE: Local superintendents participate in academy at Arkansas Tech

posted: 10/25/2007 3:06 a.m.

Local superintendents are heading back to school at Arkansas Tech University's Arkansas Center for Executive Leadership Superintendent Academy, which holds monthly meetings to provide educational leaders with new views on old problems.

DARDANELLE: Women's shelter to open in Yell County

posted: 10/25/2007 3:06 a.m.

It all started with an innocent conversation between three friends as they dined in elegance to celebrate New Year's Eve. All was right with the world, but the conversation turned to a serious matter. The women rattled off statistics recently released by the FBI, and the countdown begins: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and, somewhere in America, another woman is beaten before the stroke of midnight.

A Red Ribbon alternative for Halloween

posted: 10/25/2007 3:05 a.m.

The color red is typically not associated with Halloween, but that is not the case in Sheridan, thanks in part to the Grant County Youth Board.

Christmas on the Square set for Dec. 1

posted: 10/25/2007 3:04 a.m.

The 18th annual Christmas on the Square will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Sheridan.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/25/2007 3:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There are probably easier foreign-policy tasks to take on than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, dismissing suggestions that a forthcoming peace conference was a political ploy by the Bush administration Article, this page

All things Halloween

posted: 10/25/2007 3:04 a.m.

From hayrides to haunted houses, there are lots of activities planned in the River Valley area this month.

Senate denies DREAM Act for illegals' kids

posted: 10/25/2007 3:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Legislation to give some children of illegal aliens a path toward legality failed a crucial Senate vote Wednesday, probably dooming any chance of major changes to the immigration system this year.

Baum Gallery to feature works of Edie Tsong

posted: 10/25/2007 3:03 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas's Baum Gallery of Fine Art will feature Edie Tsong: An Installation, Tuesday, Nov. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 29.

Shuttle wings checked; nothing alarming so far

posted: 10/25/2007 3:03 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery's astronauts used lasers and digital cameras Wednesday to examine the shuttle's wings for any signs of launch damage as they gained on the international space station with each circling of the Earth.

CONWAY: CASPR investigates The Pink House

posted: 10/25/2007 3:02 a.m.

The color pink may evoke images of favorite flowers or the tinges of sunrise, but the Durham House in Conway - now known as The Pink House because of its exterior shade - also stirs up creepier connections for those who have experienced ghostly phenomena there.

Panel advises flu mist for kids as young as 2

posted: 10/25/2007 3:02 a.m.

ATLANTA - Children as young as 2 can be given a nasal spray flu vaccine, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday.

House hits voting milestone of 1,000

posted: 10/25/2007 3:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The House reached a landmark Wednesday with the holding of a record 1,000th vote of the year.

Wescon VFD schedules public meeting tonight

posted: 10/25/2007 3:01 a.m.

The Wescon Volunteer Fire Department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. today at Wescon Fire Station, 4750 Prince St., to discuss closing the fire department. For more information, call James Garnett, fire chief, at (501) 327-9056.

Electricity latest weapon in Gaza

posted: 10/25/2007 3:01 a.m.

JERUSALEM - Israel unveiled a new tactic Wednesday aimed at deterring Palestinians from firing rockets out of the Gaza Strip - it will cut off Gaza's electricity bit by bit as a pressure tactic every time rockets hit Israeli territory.

Shaolin Warriors to perform at UCA on Tuesday

posted: 10/25/2007 3:01 a.m.

The Shaolin Warriors will return to the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas for one performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday as part of the UCA Public Appearances 2007-2008 Season.

Do Afghan front-line duty, NATO members hear

posted: 10/25/2007 3 a.m.

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - The Dutch defense minister opened two days of NATO talks Wednesday with a pointed call for other European countries to shoulder their fair share of the fight in Afghanistan against the Taliban.

The world in brief

posted: 10/25/2007 3 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There is no such thing as a free ride to peace and security." Dutch Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop, calling on other European countries to shoulder more of the fight in Afghanistan Article, this page

Israeli court denies rabbis final say on banning 7th-year farm produce

posted: 10/25/2007 2:59 a.m.

JERUSALEM - The Israeli Supreme Court stepped into a religious dispute Wednesday, ordering the Chief Rabbinate not to allow local rabbis to decide for themselves whether to authorize produce from Jewish land to be sold during the current special sabbatical year.

State Department security chief quits

posted: 10/25/2007 2:59 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The State Department's security chief resigned Wednesday after a scathing review of security in Iraq that criticized the supervision of private contractors there and recommended changes in the way diplomats are protected.

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN: Pumpkin Time

posted: 10/25/2007 2:59 a.m.

When you walk through a farmers market or a supermarket produce section at this time of year, one sight more than any other tells you instantly that we're in autumn: the piles of golden-orange pumpkins of every size, along with a kaleidoscope of other hard-shelled winter squashes of all shapes and colors.

House OKs allotting of self-rule in Hawaii

posted: 10/25/2007 2:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Native Hawaiians would regain some of the self-governance powers lost when the islands' queen was overthrown more than a century ago, under a measure approved by the House on Wednesday.

Chief prober quits Bhutto-blast case

posted: 10/25/2007 2:58 a.m.

KARACHI, Pakistan - The detective leading Pakistan's inquiry into the suicide bomb attack on Benazir Bhutto withdrew from the case Wednesday after the former prime minister accused him of involvement in the abuse of her husband in 1999, a senior official said.

All that glitters

posted: 10/25/2007 2:58 a.m.

The handmade cedar bead table at PJ's House of Beads in Greenbrier glitters like an opened treasure chest. The treasure is the one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry customers can make to wear or give as gifts.

Man guilty in PB drug killing

posted: 10/25/2007 2:57 a.m.

As a crowd gradually filed into the fourth-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson Jr. on Wednesday afternoon and the wind tugged at darkening clouds outside, Sheree Roberts tried to shrug off the mounting tension.

Greenbrier Westside students learn about climate

posted: 10/25/2007 2:57 a.m.

Fourth-grade students at Greenbrier Westside Elementary have been studying hurricanes and tornadoes during science lab.

Judge declares Griffen lawsuit moot, tosses it

posted: 10/25/2007 2:56 a.m.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday in which Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen challenged the rules about what a judge can say in public, finding that Griffen lost his standing to sue when the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission dropped its charges against him.

Homeowner worries shots were fatal

posted: 10/25/2007 2:56 a.m.

Sherwood resident Larry Staley fears he may have shot a would-be burglar Tuesday morning, but he holds tightly to the hope that the man died when he slipped and fell into Gap Creek.

NYC makes 2nd try for calorie postings

posted: 10/25/2007 2:54 a.m.

Burger joints beware: New York's calorie crusaders are at it again.

GARDEN GOURMET: An October Favorite

posted: 10/25/2007 2:54 a.m.

I can't think of any kitchen activity more autumnal than sitting around on a damp Sunday afternoon cutting up apples and letting the pieces fall directly into an eagerly awaiting baking pan. Apple peel is everywhere, including in your hair, on your cat and perhaps sticking to your 7-year-old's arms, and the room smells like an orchard.

Kids as young as 2 giving to hopefuls

posted: 10/25/2007 2:53 a.m.

Elrick Williams' niece Carlyn likely is one of the youngest contributors to this year's presidential campaign. The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Fire crews take the offensive

posted: 10/25/2007 2:53 a.m.

An easing of the winds fueling Southern California's wildfires finally gave firefighters a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in only one confirmed death from the flames.

UCA to host launch of voting campaign

posted: 10/25/2007 2:52 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas will host the first "ONE Student/ONE Vote" event to discuss ways to power the 2008 election and rally presidential candidates around issues such as extreme poverty and global disease.

Education committee presents program to students

posted: 10/25/2007 2:51 a.m.

The Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce's education committee presented the Arkansas Scholars program to more than 370 Russellville Junior High School students.

TRAGEDY COMPOUNDED: Family's sorrows draw sympathy from thousands

posted: 10/25/2007 2:51 a.m.

Interwoven tragedies suffered by a war-injured Arkansas soldier and his wife have prompted thousands of sympathizers - many of them mothers and soldiers - to reach out after the couple lost two children in a freak highway accident.

Rotary Chili Supper tickets available

posted: 10/25/2007 2:51 a.m.

Tickets are available for Conway Morning Rotary Club's annual Chili Supper to be held from 57 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Single Parents Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children (12 and under) and may be purchased from any Conway Morning Rotary member.

Battle of unbeatens

posted: 10/25/2007 2:50 a.m.

When the Atkins Red Devils (8-0, 5-0 ) travel to Alumni Field to face the fourth-ranked Charleston Tigers (8-0, 5-0 ) the 4-3 A Conference title will be on the line.

Turkey attacks Kurds from air

posted: 10/25/2007 2:50 a.m.

Turkish warplanes joined Sikorsky and Cobra military helicopters in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday in attacks on the broad mountainous passes that Kurdish separatist rebels use to travel from hide-outs in northern Iraq into Turkey, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Adoption-ban plan adds kids' 'best interests'

posted: 10/25/2007 2:49 a.m.

In revamping a proposed ban on unmarried couples adopting or becoming foster parents, supporters have gone back to declaring in writing that it's in the best interest of adopted and foster children not to live with "cohabiting" people.

Beebe: Go for quality not quotas at UAMS

posted: 10/25/2007 2:48 a.m.

Wanting to guard against the chance of bad doctors operating on Arkansans, Gov. Mike Beebe suggested possibly allowing the state's medical school to waive geographical quotas when judging applicants.

High school notebook

posted: 10/25/2007 2:47 a.m.

(Editor's Note: Mary Deloney, a senior at Conway High School-West, will be writing a weekly education column.

Wednesday, October 24

Lawyer seeks details into UA investigation of Mustain e-mail

posted: 10/24/2007 9:46 p.m.

A lawyer representing former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain submitted a Freedom of Information request on Wednesday to the University of Arkansas seeking information surrounding the university's investigation of an e-mail sent to Mustain while he was a student at Arkansas.

U.S. to punish Iran's military

posted: 10/24/2007 9:31 p.m.

The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran on Thursday, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force for supporting terrorism, according to senior administration officials.

Federal judge dismisses Griffen lawsuit

posted: 10/24/2007 9:22 p.m.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Arkansas Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen that challenges the state judicial disciplinary panel's rules.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Scores from October 20-23

posted: 10/24/2007 8:36 p.m.

The results from high school basketball games played this week.

Jury convicts NLR man of murder

posted: 10/24/2007 8:16 p.m.

A North Little Rock man faces life in prison or the death penalty after a federal jury Wednesday found him guilty of murdering a Pine Bluff man.

House votes to extend self-governance powers to Native Hawaiians

posted: 10/24/2007 8:15 p.m.

Native Hawaiians should regain some of the self-governance powers lost when the islands' queen was overthrown more than a century ago, the House decided Wednesday.

Trial over O'Keefee works to take place in 2008

posted: 10/24/2007 5:46 p.m.

A trial to determine whether Fisk University can sell a stake in an art collection donated by artist Georgia O'Keeffe won't begin until February despite the school's precarious financial situation, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Scott says retailer focused on fixing U.S. stores, growing abroad

posted: 10/24/2007 5:43 p.m.

Chief Executive Lee Scott told investors Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is focused on improving flagging sales at its existing U.S. stores, even as it cuts plans for new store openings in an increasingly saturated market.

Woman found dead in Piggott house fire

posted: 10/24/2007 3:01 p.m.

Authorities in Piggott say they are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found after a fire.

Court upholds man's conviction in death during deer-meat altercation

posted: 10/24/2007 2:49 p.m.

The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man who threw a concrete block during an altercation that included the victim using a package of frozen deer meat as a shield.

Commission says no radiation threat in fire at Nuclear One

posted: 10/24/2007 2:46 p.m.

No radiation was released when a small electrical fire broke out in a breaker panel at Arkansas Nuclear One and the plant's two reactors in Russellville continued to operate, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy Corp.

Arkansas Travelers hit the campaign trail again, but this time for new Clinton

posted: 10/24/2007 1:25 p.m.

It's presidential campaign season and the Arkansas Travelers hit the road again to tell American voters outside the state the Clinton story.

Jonesboro school shooter back in court on weapons charge

updated: 10/24/2007 2:53 p.m.

A man who took part in a schoolyard ambush as a teen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new weapons charge.

Sales of existing homes fall by largest amount on record in September

posted: 10/24/2007 11:36 a.m.

Sales of existing homes plunged in September as turmoil in mortgage markets added more problems to a housing industry in its worst slump in 16 years.

Turkish warplanes, helicopters reportedly attack rebel positions along border with Iraq

posted: 10/24/2007 11:34 a.m.

Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships reportedly attacked positions of Kurdish rebels just inside Turkey along the border with Iraq on Wednesday.

Supporters of ban on adoptions by unmarried couples submit changed measure

posted: 10/24/2007 11:32 a.m.

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would exclude unwedded couples from adoptions or foster care submitted a revised version Wednesday that would declare married couples the best guardians for Arkansas children.

Buck wild

posted: 10/24/2007 11:19 a.m.

Once upon a time, there was a chain of stores called Everything's a Dollar, where everything was a dollar, except for the things that were two for a dollar, or three for a dollar.

Rice calls Iran a major obstacle to U.S. vision in the Middle East

posted: 10/24/2007 9:36 a.m.

Iran is a major obstacle to the U.S. vision of a Middle East in which nations will "trade more, invest more, talk more and work more constructively to solve problems," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says.

Sales of existing homes fall by largest amount on record in September

posted: 10/24/2007 9:32 a.m.

Sales of existing homes plunged by a record amount in September as turmoil in mortgage markets added more problems to a housing industry in its worst slump in 16 years.

Extension service warns producers about 'hay rustler'

posted: 10/24/2007 9 a.m.

Hay rustlers are putting a cyber spin on a scheme to bilk a few bales out of Arkansas producers, according to Dr. Tom Troxel, professor and associate head of the Animal Science Department of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Turkey's military shells Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq

posted: 10/24/2007 7:43 a.m.

Turkish troops have shelled suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq, a government official said Wednesday, as military and civilian leaders gathered to discuss the scope and duration of a cross-border incursion.

Wal-Mart slowing spread of stores in U.S.

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will scale back its U.S. growth plans by 2010 to about half the new retail space it added in its fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, the company said Tuesday.

Homeowner fires shots; body found

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

It wasn't the first time the family at 10701 Arkansas 107 in Sherwood heard people outside who they believed were trying to steal off-road vehicles from their shed, nor was it the first time they fired a gun to scare off the would-be thieves.

Suit alleges bias in how LR board is elected

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

Four black residents and one Hispanic resident of Little Rock are challenging the city's method of selecting city directors, saying the current system favors white voters and dilutes the voting strength of members of minority groups.

Museum to honor farming school

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

Floyd Brown first visited the small Monroe County farming town of Fargo in 1915. Three years later, with $2.85 in his pocket, the 27-year-old graduate of Alabama's famed Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute returned and persuaded community members to help him establish a private, nondenominational high school for rural blacks.

Flames devour 1,800 houses

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

High temperatures and fierce winds returned to Southern California on Tuesday, complicating efforts to control wildfires that have forced more than 500,000 people to flee.

ARKANSAS VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Rejuvenated run game

updated: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

Arkansas didn't use any tricks or tirades to get its running game back in gear against Ole Miss last week.

Shuttle Discovery blasts into orbit

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven thundered into orbit Tuesday, setting off on the most challenging space station construction mission yet that will pave the way for the arrival of two science labs in a few months.

Taylor punches ticket for rematch

posted: 10/24/2007 6 a.m.

The rematch is on, and this time it's all about revenge.

One & only?

posted: 10/24/2007 3:30 a.m.

Who doesn't long for someone to hold Who knows how to love you without being told Somebody tell me why I'm on my own If there's a soulmate for everyone.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/24/2007 3:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. You look for and find the angle that only a winner would see.Your sunny state of mind helps you optimize your experiences. Big money springs from an opportunity to use your unique talent in November.

THE DAD ZONE: Podge's hodgepodge of current ponderings

posted: 10/24/2007 3:26 a.m.

As The Dad Zone's World Turns : Did you catch that story in the newspaper a couple of weekends ago?

Creature feature

posted: 10/24/2007 3:24 a.m.

Do you have a question about pets? We'll get you an answer from an authority. Send your question to Rhonda Owen, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or e-mail rowen@arkansasonline.com

HEART & SOUL: Forgiving self means healing, not forgetting

posted: 10/24/2007 3:22 a.m.

Forgiving others is a formidable task, but forgiving ourselves could be even more challenging. Often our harshest critic is the one in the mirror.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/24/2007 3:18 a.m.

DEAR READERS: I'll bet on your pantry shelf right now there are cans of food that have been sitting there for quite a while, but how do you know if you've kept them a little too long?

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/24/2007 3:09 a.m.

1. Is it true or false that the occipital nerves originate from the heels of the feet? 2.What is the name for the young of swans?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/24/2007 3:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: From time to time, our preacher tells us we ought to be on guard against the devil, and I'm sure he's right.

Book shelf

posted: 10/24/2007 3:05 a.m.

Check out these great new books with Halloween themes: Little Spider (Chronicle Books, $6.95; ages infant-2 ) With Little Spider, babies get a chunky board book and a finger puppet, which is firmly attached to the book and pokes through die-cut holes in the pages.

'Grazing' gets blame for toddlers' cavities

posted: 10/24/2007 3:02 a.m.

At 4 years old, Kylie Metcalf needed a dentist big time.

PARENTING: Clinging after big move calls for measured response

posted: 10/24/2007 3:01 a.m.

DEAR MR. ROSEMOND: Our family just moved to a new city and my 2 1/2-year-old son won't do anything during the day but follow me around.

Unions a menace, business leader says

posted: 10/24/2007 3 a.m.

Unions are a fraction of what they were 60 years ago, but Tom Donohue, chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sees them as a threat to the economy.

Museum to honor farming school

posted: 10/24/2007 2:59 a.m.

FARGO - Floyd Brown first visited the small Monroe County farming town of Fargo in 1915.

EU court overturns 'VW law'; Porsche free to try takeover

posted: 10/24/2007 2:59 a.m.

Sports car maker Porsche has an open road to make another bid for Volkswagen after the Europenion's highest court Tuesday struck down the nearly 50-year-old "VW law" enacted to protect Europe's largest automaker from a hostile takeover.

Family shopper

posted: 10/24/2007 2:58 a.m.

CAT WIG What it is: A wig for your cat. What it's for: To dress up Fluffy for Halloween or any other holiday or event that gives a pet owner an opportunity to make a cat look like Pippi Longstocking or Rebecca of Cattybrook Farm.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/24/2007 2:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Government workers and their unions have every reason to want bigger and bigger government.And we know that the bigger the government gets, the more difficult it gets to be competitive." Tom Donohue, chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Article, 1D

2 airlines' profits beat 3rd-quarter forecasts

posted: 10/24/2007 2:58 a.m.

Packed planes brought in better-than-expected profit for two airlines Tuesday, as both UAL Corp. and JetBlue Airways Corp. surprised Wall Street with improved third-quarter earnings.

Earnings report

posted: 10/24/2007 2:57 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: BP PLC, Europe's second-biggest oil company, reported net income slid 29 percent to $4.41 billion, or 23 cents a share, from $6.23 billion, or 31 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 2.7 percent to $72.6 billion. BP shares rose 1.2 percent to $12.54 on the London Stock Exchange.

MARKET REPORT: Strong earnings pep up Wall Street

posted: 10/24/2007 2:57 a.m.

NEW YORK - Wall Street ended an erratic session with a big advance Tuesday as investors uneasy about the economy gained reassurance from solid earnings from blue-chip names including Apple Inc. and American Express Co. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 100 points.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/24/2007 2:56 a.m.

St. Vincent Health System Foundation said Tuesday that it has received a $1 million gift that was used to buy the da Vinci Surgical System at the St. Vincent Urology Center of Excellence at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center.

Soul-mate seekers on celluloid

posted: 10/24/2007 2:55 a.m.

Searching for a soul mate is a common theme in movies, with most having a plot line that goes something like this: Find soul mate/lose soul mate/after long search reunite with soul mate. There are variations.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/24/2007 2:55 a.m.

It didn't take Heather Pate long to figure out why her beloved Auburn football team had begun losing. It was the pink toothbrush.

Off the wire

posted: 10/24/2007 2:55 a.m.

Alabama is investigating the distribution of textbooks to athletes on scholarship in all sports after five football players were suspended for violating rules covering free books for course work.

Class 3A/2A report

posted: 10/24/2007 2:54 a.m.

Daniel Robinson's kicking efforts last week might have been the high school equivalent of what Tennessee Titans place-kicker Rob Bironas accomplished Sunday.

Accepting compliment: Say thanks, shut up

posted: 10/24/2007 2:54 a.m.

It's something of a lost art: giving a compliment and receiving one, graciously. Often, the giver may seem insincere or generic, while the recipient fumbles or mumbles a response or, worst of all, rejects the compliment outright.

COMMENTARY: Great time to be sports fan in Beantown

posted: 10/24/2007 2:54 a.m.

With a snap of the finger and the blink of an eye, Boston has become the epicenter of the national sports landscape.

EX-ETIQUETTE: Stepchild's counselor unlikely to share confidences

posted: 10/24/2007 2:53 a.m.

Q: My bonus daughter is troubled and I'd like her to get counseling, but I've learned that a counselor isn't bound to tell the parents what was discussed. How, then, can parents help their child?

SEC Notes: Georgia in title hunt after wild weekend

posted: 10/24/2007 2:53 a.m.

ATHENS, Ga. - A couple of weeks ago, after a dismal loss at Tennessee, Georgia put a moratorium on any title talk.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/24/2007 2:52 a.m.

Don't look now, but the same Arkansas pass defense that was beaten deep against Alabama and Kentucky ranks No. 2 in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

Troy trying not to get tripped up by Arkansas State

posted: 10/24/2007 2:52 a.m.

Arkansas State more than likely has been relegated to playing spoiler in the Sun Belt Conference race.

Sun Belt report

posted: 10/24/2007 2:51 a.m.

Arkansan Jimmy Dykes, who was chosen as the guest speaker for Sun Belt Conference media days just after the decision was made to move the postseason tournament to Hot Springs in 2009, talked of the virtues of the Spa City on Tuesday.

Lady Razorbacks gain pledge

posted: 10/24/2007 2:50 a.m.

California forward Jamesha Townsend said she'll play basketball for Arkansas, becoming the Lady Razorbacks' fourth oral commitment for the 2008 class.

Lenders pressed to offer a hand

posted: 10/24/2007 2:49 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, said Tuesday it will begin calling borrowers to offer refinancing or modifications on $16 billion in loans with interest rates set to adjust by the end of 2008.

Sun Belt homing in on RPI

posted: 10/24/2007 2:48 a.m.

The Sun Belt Conference had two missions over the summer: fix the conference tournament and the men's basketball Rating Percentage Index.

Hogs are top pick in West

posted: 10/24/2007 2:48 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey doesn't have to worry about establishing high expectations in his first season.

Taylor punches ticket for rematch

posted: 10/24/2007 2:47 a.m.

The rematch is on, and this time it's all about revenge.

WORLD SERIES: Rockies, Red Sox: Series of contrast

posted: 10/24/2007 2:46 a.m.

Jeff Francis looked at Fenway Park and sounded like the wide-eyed World Series rookie he is.

ARKANSAS VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Rejuvenated run game

posted: 10/24/2007 2:45 a.m.

Arkansas didn't use any tricks or tirades to get its running game back in gear against Ole Miss last week.

7 day menu planner

posted: 10/24/2007 2:44 a.m.

SUNDAY FAMILY Tickle the family taste buds with your roast beef. Serve your masterpiece with goat cheese mashed potatoes.

LIKE IT IS: Hansbrough makes Tar Heels team to beat

posted: 10/24/2007 2:44 a.m.

With Fort Lauderdale Middle School coming in this weekend to get a big check and SEC basketball media days starting today, this seems like a good time to give one opinion on the top 25 before basketball season begins.

CATA onboard with rise in trolley fare, rental cost

posted: 10/24/2007 2:43 a.m.

Renting a River Rail streetcar for a wedding, a birthday party or a private tour will cost $175 per hour under a new policy approved Tuesday along with a fare increase by the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's Board of Directors.

Accused PB woman: Couldn't fight urges

posted: 10/24/2007 2:43 a.m.

A Pine Bluff woman accused of embezzling more than $20,000 from Special Olympics Arkansas claims she used some of the money to buy more than 100 cooking pots as part of an uncontrollable compulsion to spend money, according to a psychological report presented Tuesday to a Pulaski County Circuit judge.

Group redrafting adoption, foster parents referendum

posted: 10/24/2007 2:42 a.m.

The Family Council is rewriting its proposed initiated act to ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children even though the attorney general already certified the measure for the ballot. The Little Rock organization will submit a new version for state certification today.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 10/24/2007 2:41 a.m.

This collapsible funnel measures 4 1 /2 inches in diameter and easily "collapses" to fit in a drawer for storage or to hang from a peg or hook. The pivoting spout can also be used as a handle. Heat-resistant up to 250 degrees and dishwasher safe. Available in red and white or white.

TIDBITS

posted: 10/24/2007 2:41 a.m.

PINK MEAT Due to the natural nitrate content of certain ingredients often used in meatloaf, such as onions, celery and bell peppers, meatloaf can remain pink in the center even though the beef is cooked through.

Keyes calls 'liberal' misused

posted: 10/24/2007 2:41 a.m.

Higher education is not biased toward liberalism because academia has abandoned the true meaning of the word "liberal," according to Alan Keyes, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president and an assistant secretary of state under former President Reagan.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 10/24/2007 2:40 a.m.

North Little Rock City Council's next meeting will be Nov. 8 to allow members to attend a conference in New Orleans and to have further information on a proposed change in employees' health insurance.

DINNER BELL: Gauntlet is thrown: Caramel's better than chocolate

posted: 10/24/2007 2:40 a.m.

This Dinner Bell column was published Oct. 5, 1994.

Fisk, Crystal Bridges art deal likely to take months

posted: 10/24/2007 2:40 a.m.

A decision on a proposed $30 million art agreement between Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art won't come before January or early February, an attorney representing the university said Tuesday.

Judge to monitor Sandpiper

posted: 10/24/2007 2:39 a.m.

The city of Little Rock and the owner of The Sandpiper Club, where a Jacksonville man was killed last month, agreed Tuesday to a settlement that will put the late-night club under a circuit judge's supervision for four months.

Parents to appeal lawsuit's dismissal

posted: 10/24/2007 2:38 a.m.

An attorney representing a former state senator and current state agency director who sought to have his daughter placed on the Little Rock Central High School cheerleading squad has filed a "notice of appeal" with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis.

2 held in killing of Florida crew are denied bail

posted: 10/24/2007 2:38 a.m.

MIAMI - Two men, including a fugitive from Arkansas, charged with killing four crew members on a fishing boat they chartered were ordered held without bail Tuesday, despite defense attorneys' insistence that no evidence linked their clients to the crime.

MEATLOAF like mom's

posted: 10/24/2007 2:38 a.m.

Chances are even if you turned up your nose at meatloaf as a child, at some point in adulthood you find yourself craving mom's meatloaf.

Deal, guilty plea in 2 killings earn lesser sentence

posted: 10/24/2007 2:38 a.m.

A week before his 25th birthday, a Little Rock man accused of helping kill two cousins avoided a possible life sentence by agreeing to testify against his co-defendants in their capitalmurder trials.

THEATER REVIEW: Tribute to Cash walks the right line

posted: 10/24/2007 2:37 a.m.

Chances are, there'll not anytime soon be another voice like that of the late Johnny Cash, perhaps the greatest Arkansas country singer to have ever come along.

Daily record

posted: 10/24/2007 2:36 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

Wrecks leave 3 Arkansans dead, Missouri man injured

posted: 10/24/2007 2:35 a.m.

Three Arkansans were killed and a Missouri man was injured in highway accidents on Sunday and Tuesday, Arkansas State Police report.

Beebe to address hunger forum

posted: 10/24/2007 2:35 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe plans to deliver the keynote address at the Arkansas Hunger Conference this week at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Jurors undecided, told to return today

posted: 10/24/2007 2:34 a.m.

Jurors deciding the fate of Vertis Clay of North Little Rock, who is on trial on a charge of murder and faces a potential death sentence, went home Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

Adviser to Truman to speak at UALR

posted: 10/24/2007 2:34 a.m.

Ken Heckler, a former congressman and adviser to President Harry Truman, will talk about his political career at 6 p.m. today at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Donaghey Student Center Room D.Admission is free, and the public can attend.

Board looks at dressing up trolley barn

posted: 10/24/2007 2:33 a.m.

In an attempt to satisfy critics by better blending a River Rail trolley barn addition with North Little Rock's historic downtown, Central Arkansas Transit Authority's board is considering a greener, street-friendly design.

Three bean soup, jicama salad are good, easy pair

posted: 10/24/2007 2:33 a.m.

Thick, hearty soup and a salad make a great autumn dinner. I used to love to come home from school to a kitchen filled with the smell of a large pot of soup that had been simmering for hours.

MUSIC REVIEW: Chamber concert well 'Season-ed'

posted: 10/24/2007 2:33 a.m.

With a chilly drizzle outside the Clinton Presidential Center on Tuesday night, Little Rock hovered somewhere between fall and winter.

Warned agency's license renewed

posted: 10/24/2007 2:32 a.m.

A state board renewed the license of an adoption agency Tuesday that it reprimanded last month for forging a letter on Department of Human Services letterhead.

Police beat

posted: 10/24/2007 2:32 a.m.

A man waiting to pick up his child from a Sherwood elementary school Tuesday accidentally shot himself in the hand and leg while unloading a gun, police said.

Mount St. Mary's principal resigns

posted: 10/24/2007 2:31 a.m.

Sister Claudia Ward, the principal of Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, announced her resignation Monday.

Obituaries

posted: 10/24/2007 2:30 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 10/24/2007 2:29 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 24, 1907 Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks passed through Little Rock last night en route to St. Louis.

The shield flaw

posted: 10/24/2007 2:29 a.m.

THEIR HEARTS are in the right place, God love 'em. They're really not trying to mess things up-even if that's what they're about to do. We in the press are almost obliged to feel grateful to these lawmakers who are out to protect us.

Shoptalk

posted: 10/24/2007 2:28 a.m.

Dear Fellow Editorialist, It was wholly a pleasure to get the word from you that the New York Times is now offering videos under the title, "Sightlines, an Op-Ed Series." That's good news, since the pictures have to be an improvement over the prose in the Times' editorials.

Flubbing farm subsidy reform

posted: 10/24/2007 2:23 a.m.

These are good times for American farmers. Net farm income in 2007 will be more than $87 billion, a record according to the Agriculture Department's latest projections. And in 2006, the average farm household already earned $80,000, about 20 percent more than the average non-farm family.

LETTERS

posted: 10/24/2007 2:23 a.m.

Politics impeding sound energy policy Once again it looks like politics is standing in the way of creating an energy policy that makes sense for families and small businesses. Democrats, bent on ramming their tax-and-spend policies through Congress, have adopted closed-door negotiations in hopes of bypassing formal bipartisan conference committees.

Right-wing media machine coming off tracks

posted: 10/24/2007 2:21 a.m.

With the 2008 presidential election a year away, Republicans are running on empty. Polls show President Bush sinking to historic lows. Fewer than one-quarter of Americans (25 percent in a recent survey) approve of his performance. Most wouldn't mind if Bush would simply go away, provided he'd take that snarling misanthrope Dick Cheney with him.

Perchance to dream

posted: 10/24/2007 2:17 a.m.

There's a crocodile sniffing at my feet. I'm shinnying along a tether or a bar of some kind above what a moment ago was suburban ground and now there's a crocodile sniffing at my feet.

PAPER TRAILS: LR teen thinking of others first

posted: 10/24/2007 2:04 a.m.

GIRL ON A MISSION: Amanda Winters of Little Rock is only 15, but the Parkview High sophomore is already doing her part to try to help others less fortunate than herself.

Tax confusion costly, lawmakers find

posted: 10/24/2007 2:03 a.m.

Lack of coordination among county officials, some of whom don't even have e-mail, is causing problems as the state tries to determine the amount of property tax collected for schools.

Cooking notes

posted: 10/24/2007 2:01 a.m.

Patrice and Karen Gros of Eureka Springs will host a cooking demonstration, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in their home.

13 acres to become wetlands park

posted: 10/24/2007 2:01 a.m.

Former President Clinton on Tuesday helped detail plans for a Little Rock wetlands park near his library complex, an addition he described as an environmental and educational treasure.

12 seek status as charter schools

posted: 10/24/2007 2 a.m.

A record 12 applications to establish independently run charter schools - six of them in Pulaski County - will be reviewed early next month by the Arkansas Board of Education.

Slim pickings

posted: 10/24/2007 2 a.m.

We found that some of our favorite finds have been rolling out new flavors.

In the news

posted: 10/24/2007 1:59 a.m.

Chuck Norris, the martial-arts star and evangelical Christian, has endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president, saying in a column published by the conservative Web site WorldNet-Daily that Huckabee "has lived a life of integrity, commitment, truthfulness and respect."

Pulaski County OKs bonus for 1,200

posted: 10/24/2007 1:59 a.m.

Nearly 1,200 Pulaski County employees and elected officials will receive a one-time 3 percent "bonus" - the first cost-of-living increase they have received since 2005 - sometime in November.

NEWS IN BRIEF: Names and faces

posted: 10/24/2007 1:58 a.m.

Rock musicians Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash are putting a new millennium twist on their 1970s anti-nuclear message, urging Congress not to approve federal loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants.

700 protest verdict in boot-camp death

posted: 10/24/2007 1:57 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - About 700 protesters marched to the federal courthouse Tuesday to voice their anger at the handling of a black teenager's death at a boot camp.

Shuttle Discovery blasts into orbit

posted: 10/24/2007 1:56 a.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven thundered into orbit Tuesday, setting off on the most challenging space station construction mission yet that will pave the way for the arrival of two science labs in a few months.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/24/2007 1:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We got lucky today." Mike Leinbach, launch director for space shuttle Discovery, on its successful on-time takeoff. Article, this page

Israeli prosecutor drops 2 real-estate cases against Olmert

posted: 10/24/2007 1:55 a.m.

JERUSALEM - The Israeli state prosecutor on Tuesday decided not to open a criminal investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on suspicion he accepted bribes in two real estate deals.

Malaysian recalls plunge from space

posted: 10/24/2007 1:55 a.m.

STAR CITY, Russia - Malaysia's first space traveler said Tuesday that his return from orbit "felt like an elephant pressing on my chest" but he and his two Russian crewmates did not black out or panic during a steeperthan-usual descent caused by a technical glitch.

U.S. offers to delay activating Europe missile defense system

posted: 10/24/2007 1:54 a.m.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Bush administration has told Moscow it would consider delaying activation of a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe until it has "definitive proof" that Iran poses a missile threat, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Despite a new death threat, Bhutto to start campaigning

posted: 10/24/2007 1:53 a.m.

KARACHI, Pakistan - Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Tuesday that she had received a new death threat but will start campaigning in Pakistani cities in the next couple days, avoiding mass rallies.

Mobile breakfast handy in quesadilla

posted: 10/24/2007 1:52 a.m.

Hungry for a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast?

The world in brief

posted: 10/24/2007 1:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We cannot wait forever." Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, warning of action against Kurd guerrilla bases in northern Iraq Article, 1A

EU negotiator: Iran talks positive

posted: 10/24/2007 1:49 a.m.

ROME - The European Union's foreign policy chief described his meeting with the new Iranian negotiator on Tehran's nuclear program as "constructive" Tuesday and said more talks were planned for the end of November.

Senate OKs domestic spending bill

posted: 10/24/2007 1:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to spend billions more on education, health care and jobs programs than President Bush said he will accept, setting up a budget fight with the administration.

IDEA ALLEY: Fish chowder travels from New England

posted: 10/24/2007 1:47 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Democrats standing firm on kids' health plan

posted: 10/24/2007 1:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON - House Democrats plan to approve a bill very similar to their vetoed expansion of a children's healthcare program, even as the Bush administration offered new concessions Tuesday.

Regulators: JFK plan would cut delays 63%

posted: 10/24/2007 1:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Flight cuts at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport would reduce by 63 percent the delays that keep passengers stuck in planes on runways for longer than an hour, aviation regulators said Tuesday.

Rice rules give U.S. more sway in Iraq over security firms

posted: 10/24/2007 1:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Private security contractors will continue to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq but will operate under closer supervision by U.S. Embassy officials and with clearer accountability for their actions, according to new rules approved Tuesday by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

6 drunk elephants electrocuted in India

posted: 10/24/2007 1:44 a.m.

Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday.

Nuts, spices combine to create burger feast

posted: 10/24/2007 1:43 a.m.

Perhaps not for the burger purist, these are fine examples of what a little sweetness and crunch can do for ground beef.

Drenching downpours abate in waterlogged New Orleans

posted: 10/24/2007 1:43 a.m.

The rain that flooded New Orleans' streets eased dramatically Tuesday, a day after high water disrupted businesses, closed schools and swamped areas still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Berry offers bill to let Medicare negotiate drug prices

posted: 10/24/2007 1:42 a.m.

Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas has introduced legislation that would allow the federal government to negotiate prescription-drug purchases under Medicare, the health-care insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Marshmallow treats shaped to enchant Halloween crowd

posted: 10/24/2007 1:41 a.m.

Halloween is a week away, and the folks at Just Born have some yummy candies for your trick-or-treating or fall carnival needs.

Clinton strikes fundraising lode in Chinatown

posted: 10/24/2007 1:39 a.m.

Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at a dimly lighted apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door.

Turks warn: Quell rebels or we will

posted: 10/24/2007 1:38 a.m.

Turkey delivered a tough message to Iraq and Western allies Tuesday: A cross-border attack on Kurd guerrilla bases will happen unless the U.S.-backed government in the Iraqi north cracks down soon.

Test Tube Shooters make scary toast to Halloween

posted: 10/24/2007 1:37 a.m.

The creep factor may be the most important characteristic to consider when planning a menu for a Halloween get-together, but for us the taste factor is pretty important too.

Homeowner fires shots; body found

posted: 10/24/2007 1:36 a.m.

It wasn't the first time the family at 10701 Arkansas 107 in Sherwood heard people outside who they believed were trying to steal off-road vehicles from their shed, nor was it the first time they fired a gun to scare off the would-be thieves.

Baking at home better than buying wee snacks

posted: 10/24/2007 1:35 a.m.

It's raining 100-calorie snack packs.

Flames devour 1,800 houses

posted: 10/24/2007 1:35 a.m.

High temperatures and fierce winds returned to Southern California on Tuesday, complicating efforts to control wildfires that have forced more than 500,000 people to flee.

Wal-Mart slowing spread of stores in U.S.

posted: 10/24/2007 1:34 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will scale back its U.S. growth plans by 2010 to about half the new retail space it added in its fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, the company said Tuesday.

New taste for pork: Secret's in the salsa

posted: 10/24/2007 1:33 a.m.

Add a touch of color and flavor to your dinner with salsa made with juicy, ripe plums. They're in season through the end of this month and give an intriguing sweet and tart taste that is a perfect topping for this 15-minute roast pork dinner.

UNCORKED: Finding gems among German Rieslings

posted: 10/24/2007 1:31 a.m.

I believe there are two reasons behind the exceptional wines of Germany - skill and passion. Many may disagree because they have not tasted a perfect expression of Germany's Riesling grape.

Suit alleges bias in how LR board is elected

posted: 10/24/2007 1:30 a.m.

Four black residents and one Hispanic resident of Little Rock are challenging the city's method of selecting city directors, saying the current system favors white voters and dilutes the voting strength of members of minority groups.

Tuesday, October 23

2 ordered held without bail in death of boat's crew

posted: 10/23/2007 5:19 p.m.

Two men charged with killing four crew members on a fishing boat they chartered were ordered to remain held without bail Tuesday, despite defense attorneys' insistence that no evidence linked their clients to the crime.

7 PB Arsenal workers suffer suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

posted: 10/23/2007 5:15 p.m.

Seven workers at the Pine Bluff Arsenal were hospitalized Monday after suffering what officials suspect was carbon monoxide poisoning.

Airlines may see fines for chroncially delayed flights

posted: 10/23/2007 5:13 p.m.

Airlines that operate chronically delayed flights could face stiff fines in the coming weeks as the government concludes a six-month investigation into potentially deceptive business practices.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Johnson rushes for 270 yards to lead Texarkana

posted: 10/23/2007 5:11 p.m.

The state's top-ranked team might have the state's best player.

Man finds 3.9-carat diamond at park

posted: 10/23/2007 5:09 p.m.

A Wisconsin man digging at an Arkansas diamond park with his fiancee Tuesday found a 3.92-carat white stone, but the rock will go into his collection because his betrothed already has a ring and a setting.

Judge agrees to hear Crystal Bridges museum offer for O'Keeffe collection

posted: 10/23/2007 4:44 p.m.

A judge has agreed to consider Fisk University's proposal to sell a stake in a 101-piece collection donated by Georgia O'Keeffe, despite objections from the museum that represents the late artist's estate.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCA coach would like Arkansas D-I schools to play one another

posted: 10/23/2007 3:16 p.m.

Central Arkansas coach Clint Conque wants to find out how his Bears match up with the state's other Division I football teams. Central Arkansas vs. Arkansas? Conque sounds up for it.

Man accused of making threat against Bush gets trial delayed

posted: 10/23/2007 3:09 p.m.

A man charged in Fort Smith with threatening President Bush has been granted a trial delay after he filed papers saying he wants to use an insanity defense.

Police investigate slaying outside apartment complex

posted: 10/23/2007 3:03 p.m.

Police in Conway are investigating the slaying of a man outside an apartment complex on busy Donaghey Avenue.

A floundering frenzy

posted: 10/23/2007 1:55 p.m.

Vampire flick has lots of bite, little bark.

Service with at least a greeting

posted: 10/23/2007 1:54 p.m.

It Matters to me

Laid-back and layered

posted: 10/23/2007 1:52 p.m.

This motorcycle shopper keeps it comfortable for a day on the town.

Down on the farm

posted: 10/23/2007 1:50 p.m.

For most of the year, farmer's life consumed by pumpkins.

Mistress of the night

posted: 10/23/2007 1:49 p.m.

Hostess gives Conway a weekly dose of horror with Night Frights

Thank goodness for Mississippi

posted: 10/23/2007 1:46 p.m.

Brandon's Line of Scrimmage column for October 24th

Over in a flash

posted: 10/23/2007 1:45 p.m.

Shea's Line of Scrimmage column for October 24th

A hunt for hauntings

posted: 10/23/2007 1:41 p.m.

Ghost of a chance for supernatural sightings at a house in Lamar.

Forbidden felines

posted: 10/23/2007 1:39 p.m.

Local animal shelters reluctant to adopt black cats around Halloween

Access on demand

posted: 10/23/2007 1:37 p.m.

Downtown blanketed with free Internet access on both sides of the river.

Not passing through again

posted: 10/23/2007 1:36 p.m.

Mark Lanegan, Soulsavers offer gospel for the unsaved.

Treats and tracts

posted: 10/23/2007 1:34 p.m.

Alternate ways people celebrate Halloween

Going Barefoot at The Rep

posted: 10/23/2007 1:32 p.m.

Neil Simon comedy still relevant despite age.

Bright & restive

posted: 10/23/2007 1:31 p.m.

Benjamin Del Shreve turns his attention to alternative rock.

Get your scare on!

posted: 10/23/2007 1:29 p.m.

Local haunted houses are more than cheap thrills.

No rolling

posted: 10/23/2007 1:25 p.m.

Uprighting a capsized kayak takes practice, patience.

California wildfires force more residents to flee

posted: 10/23/2007 11:36 a.m.

Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Tuesday, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000.

Shuttle blasts off on space station construction mission

posted: 10/23/2007 11:35 a.m.

Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven rocketed into orbit Tuesday in pursuit of the international space station, where a construction job awaits them.

Meatloaf like Mom's

posted: 10/23/2007 11:34 a.m.

Chances are even if you turned up your nose at meatloaf as a child, at some point in adulthood you find yourself craving mom's meatloaf. Whether it's the hearty combination of ingredients - beef, oats (or bread crumbs or crackers), eggs and tomatoes - that gives meatloaf its appeal, or a nostalgia for "sit-down family dinners," meatloaf will always have a place on the American dinner table.

One & only?

posted: 10/23/2007 11:33 a.m.

We've heard a lot recently about the "law of attraction," the notion that our thoughts determine our destinies - that if we think good thoughts, good things will happen to us.

Former president honors late Bill Clark with Wetlands Project

posted: 10/23/2007 10:17 a.m.

Surrounded by family and friends of the late civic leader William E. "Bill" Clark, President Bill Clinton and Little Rock City Director Dean Kumpuris today unveiled the plans for the thirteen (13) acre William E. Clark Presidential Park Wetlands Project, which will be a lasting memorial to the Little Rock businessman, philanthropist, and outdoorsman who died earlier this year.

Destruction from California wildfires may worsen; at least 300,000 have been forced to flee

posted: 10/23/2007 10:01 a.m.

Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Tuesday, bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000.

Turks sending more soldiers to Iraqi border

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles streamed toward the Iraqi border with heavy artillery and ammunition Monday after Kurdish guerrillas killed a dozen soldiers and claimed to have captured eight in an intensifying crisis threatening to spill into Iraq.

THE TV COLUMN: Specter of writers' strike is a terrifying prospect

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

I've gotten a couple of e-mails from readers who wanted to know more about a possible TV writers' strike.

250,000 flee fires in California

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

More than a quarter-million people fled their homes Monday as wildfires continued to rage across Southern California, burning scores of buildings, clogging highways and sending smoke and ash over a wide area.

Former president: Philanthropy key to changing world

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

Former President Clinton urged a gathering of America's biggest philanthropists Monday to view economic, environmental and social challenges facing the world as an opportunity to make a difference.

Batesville plant to close; 300 out jobs

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

More than 300 workers will lose their jobs before Christmas when the GDX Automotive facility in Batesville closes its doors.

Red Sox relax after comeback

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

Fenway Park was quiet, the Red Sox clubhouse was dry and Jonathan Papelbon was done with his Irish step dance.

Wal-Mart makes bid for its Japan affiliate

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offered Monday to buy all outstanding shares of its Seiyu Ltd. subsidiary in Japan at a cost of about $875 million despite expectations that the Seiyu retail chain will lose money for the sixth year in a row.

Sun Belt warms up, sets on Hot Springs

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

The 2009 Sun Belt Conference Tournament already has its first upset winner, Hot Springs.

2 teachers in state win $25,000 Milken award

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

Standing at the far end of the full gymnasium with fellow faculty members at Bob Courtway Middle School in Conway, eighth-grade English teacher Corey Oliver had no inkling that he was about to be named a recipient of a nationally prestigious award for excellence in teaching.

In Reaper, Wise sinks his teeth into devilish role once again

posted: 10/23/2007 6 a.m.

It's not unusual for an actor discussing a role to slip into the first person, caught for a moment in the very illusion he hopes to perpetuate.

Turks sending more soldiers to Iraqi border

posted: 10/23/2007 3:57 a.m.

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles streamed toward the Iraqi border with heavy artillery and ammunition Monday after Kurdish guerrillas killed a dozen soldiers and claimed to have captured eight in an intensifying crisis threatening to spill into Iraq.

Batesville plant to close; 300 out jobs

posted: 10/23/2007 3:56 a.m.

More than 300 workers will lose their jobs before Christmas when the GDX Automotive facility in Batesville closes its doors.

Wal-Mart makes bid for its Japan affiliate

posted: 10/23/2007 3:55 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offered Monday to buy all outstanding shares of its Seiyu Ltd. subsidiary in Japan at a cost of about $875 million despite expectations that the Seiyu retail chain will lose money for the sixth year in a row.

250,000 flee fires in California

posted: 10/23/2007 3:54 a.m.

More than a quarter-million people fled their homes Monday as wildfires continued to rage across Southern California, burning scores of buildings, clogging highways and sending smoke and ash over a wide area.

Fallen Navy SEAL awarded honor medal

posted: 10/23/2007 3:52 a.m.

President Bush publicly honored a fallen Navy SEAL Monday by presenting his parents with the Medal of Honor, also privately honoring their sacrifice by wearing a dog tag they'd given him moments before.

Bush adds $46 billion to wars' price tag

posted: 10/23/2007 3:48 a.m.

President Bush asked Congress for $46 billion more to bankroll wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said he wants the money approved by Christmas.

GOP leaders: Penalize states nominating early

posted: 10/23/2007 3:46 a.m.

Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests earlier, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/23/2007 3:45 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Names and faces

posted: 10/23/2007 3:44 a.m.

David Copperfield has canceled forthcoming shows in Southeast Asia after an FBI search of his Las Vegas warehouse and a casino theater where he regularly performs.

Phone execs give more to immunity supporter

posted: 10/23/2007 3:44 a.m.

Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping.

Pilot survey results remain NASA secret

posted: 10/23/2007 3:43 a.m.

An unprecedented national survey of pilots by the U.S. government has found that safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than previously recognized. But the government has declined to release the results.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/23/2007 3:42 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "A lot of people are going to lose their homes today." Lisa Blake, San Diego fire captain, on the department's lack of resources to battle California's spreading wildfires Article, 1A

Submariners punished after inquiry

posted: 10/23/2007 3:42 a.m.

Sailors on the submarine USS Hampton failed to do daily safety checks on the ship's nuclear reactor for a month and falsified records to cover up the omission, a Navy investigation shows.

Scouts use sticks, shirts to carry hiker

posted: 10/23/2007 3:41 a.m.

A Boy Scout troop came to the rescue of a hiker who had fallen and hit her head on the Appalachian Trail, building a stretcher from scratch and carrying her three miles to help.

Mistrial declared for most in Muslim charity trial

posted: 10/23/2007 3:40 a.m.

The biggest terror-financing trial since Sept. 11, 2001, ended in confusion Monday, with no one convicted and many acquittals thrown out after three jurors took the rare step of disputing the verdict.

The world in brief

posted: 10/23/2007 3:39 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Our preference is diplomacy, but the military option is no doubt a method in the struggle against terrorism." Ali Babacan, Turkey's foreign minister, on the use of troops to confront Kurdish guerrillas along the Iraq border Article, 1A

Shoe factory blaze kills 37 in China

posted: 10/23/2007 3:31 a.m.

A fire at an unlicensed shoe factory killed 37 people and injured more than a dozen, Chinese authorities said Monday in one of the deadliest industrial accidents this year in a country plagued with dangerous workplaces.

U.S. auditor: No way to trace $1.2 billion

posted: 10/23/2007 3:30 a.m.

The State Department managed a $1.2 billion contract for Iraqi police training in such a way that it can't tell what it got for the money spent, a new report says.

Chertoff waives laws to build border fence

posted: 10/23/2007 3:29 a.m.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday invoked his power to bypass certain laws to restart construction of a fence on the Arizona-Mexico border.

SWEET TEA: Some jokes really Yank folks' chains

posted: 10/23/2007 3:27 a.m.

I meant it as a joke, an attempt to lighten the tone of an e-mail exchange.

Bush offers $1.4 billion in aid to fight drug flow

posted: 10/23/2007 3:26 a.m.

The White House announced Monday a $1.4 billion military and security package to assist Mexico and several Central American countries in their fight against drug-trafficking groups threatening the region's democracies.

Olmert to seek parliament's OK for a Palestinian pact

posted: 10/23/2007 3:26 a.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has pledged to seek parliamentary approval for any significant agreement with the Palestinians, including the joint declaration of principles he is trying to reach ahead of a U.S.-sponsored Mideast conference later this year, according to a letter released Monday.

Missile defense still tough sell in Europe

posted: 10/23/2007 3:26 a.m.

The Bush administration continues to face resistance as it aims to strike deals by the end of the year to establish missile defense bases in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Pakistan politicians spar over blast

posted: 10/23/2007 3:25 a.m.

Bitter words were exchanged Monday between Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan's miltary-led government, straining their emerging alliance, as politicians debated whether to restrict campaign rallies after the bombing that shattered Bhutto's homecoming.

2 teachers in state win $25,000 Milken award

posted: 10/23/2007 3:24 a.m.

Standing at the far end of the full gymnasium with fellow faculty members at Bob Courtway Middle School in Conway, eighth-grade English teacher Corey Oliver had no inkling that he was about to be named a recipient of a nationally prestigious award for excellence in teaching.

Former president: Philanthropy key to changing world

posted: 10/23/2007 3:22 a.m.

Former President Clinton urged a gathering of America's biggest philanthropists Monday to view economic, environmental and social challenges facing the world as an opportunity to make a difference.

Man, 39, enters no-contest plea in wife's death

posted: 10/23/2007 3:21 a.m.

A man charged with gunning down his estranged wife just moments after she obtained a court order of protection pleaded no contest Monday to capital murder.

NLR makes move for parking spaces

posted: 10/23/2007 3:20 a.m.

North Little Rock aldermen voted Monday night to condemn parking spaces in a downtown alley that belong to the Checkmate Club, but still agreed to consider an offer to buy the property and avoid a court appearance.

River Rail expecting higher fees

posted: 10/23/2007 3:20 a.m.

A ticket to ride the River Rail streetcars will double in cost from 50 cents to $1 in March to bring fares more in line with other cities if CATA's board of directors agrees with the change.

LR carousel starts 2nd go-round

posted: 10/23/2007 3:19 a.m.

The famed Over the Jumps carousel, which delighted children at Little Rock's War Memorial Midway from 1942 to 1991, twirled for the first time in its restored condition at its new home at the Little Rock Zoo on Monday night.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/23/2007 3:18 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Teacher faces trial in sex assault case

posted: 10/23/2007 3:17 a.m.

A former Vilonia High School teacher waived a scheduled court appearance Monday, resulting in an innocent plea to a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Zone 2 vote totals certified by county

posted: 10/23/2007 3:17 a.m.

The Pulaski County Election Commission on Monday closed out the 2007 school election season by certifying the outcome of the Oct. 9 run-off election between Mike Daugherty, who won re-election to the Little Rock School District's Zone 2 seat, and his challenger, Anna Swaim.

2 law students in UA system earn award

posted: 10/23/2007 3:16 a.m.

Law school students Ashley Peoples and Jason Boyeskie have been awarded the 2007-2008 Mitchell Williams Scholarship.

Arkansas helps Utah light up its Capitol

posted: 10/23/2007 3:15 a.m.

On a day when a newly refurbished chandelier was being raised in the rotunda of the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City, the Utah Capitol architect and a state historic preservation officer were in Little Rock on Monday to thank Secretary of State Charlie Daniels for Arkansas' contribution to the event.

Sewer work to close Cantrell Road lanes

posted: 10/23/2007 3:06 a.m.

Part of Cantrell Road will be closed Wednesday to allow Little Rock Wastewater crews to repair a sewer line.

Man murdered to protect trafficking ring, jury told

posted: 10/23/2007 3:06 a.m.

Even if Vertis Clay didn't ride the entire route of the "conspiracy train" that took Mexican marijuana into Pine Bluff, he became part of the crew by jumping on and committing murder to try to keep it on track.

PB arsenal sends 7 to hospital

posted: 10/23/2007 3:05 a.m.

Seven Pine Bluff Arsenal employees were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for observation Monday afternoon after they experienced symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide exposure, arsenal officials said.

UAM holds contest to find centennial slogan

posted: 10/23/2007 3:05 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2009, is seeking ideas and suggestions for a centennial slogan.

Conway man shot dead; no suspects

posted: 10/23/2007 3:04 a.m.

Police said Monday they have no suspects in the shooting death of a Conway hair stylist.

Suspect in rape lands in court, months late

posted: 10/23/2007 3:02 a.m.

A Miller County judge on Monday told a Fouke man that he "didn't fool anyone for a minute" when he reportedly tried to fake his death to avoid facing trial on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Daily record

posted: 10/23/2007 3:01 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces.

Ex-fire chief faces sex-assault charges

posted: 10/23/2007 3:01 a.m.

Prosecutors have filed sexual assault charges against the former Monticello fire chief, claiming he made sexual advances toward three teenage women earlier this year.

From the back of the pack

posted: 10/23/2007 2:57 a.m.

The first thing you notice about Mike Huckabee is that he has a Mayberry name and a Jim Nabors face. But it's quickly clear that Huckabee is as good a campaigner as anybody running for president this year.

The burden of history

posted: 10/23/2007 2:53 a.m.

Rick Parker and I are sitting across from each other at one of the fast food joints near the office. He's the furniture and art restorer from Gentry. He's also an amateur historian who's spent much of his life learning about the fascinating history of this particular part of the country-Benton County, to over-simplify.

Other days

posted: 10/23/2007 2:53 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 23, 1907 Few, if any towns as small as Bentonville are able to boast of a station of the United States Weather Bureau. The expressed object of the station is to protect the fruit interests of northwest Arkansas.

Obituaries

posted: 10/23/2007 2:50 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Deja vu all over again

posted: 10/23/2007 2:49 a.m.

The news that Hillary Clinton has resurrected the Arkansas Travelers-those Arkansans who sang the praises of Bill will now sing the praises of Hillary-brings to mind the movie Groundhog Day.

Here comes the judge

posted: 10/23/2007 2:47 a.m.

YOU'VE HAD it happen. You meet somebody for the first time, and he makes such a strong impression in such a short time that you're left thinking: That guy is going places. Better remember his name.

Misery in the skies

posted: 10/23/2007 2:44 a.m.

WE CONFESS to some fond memories of airline travel. We can remember when the seats offered lots of leg room, the aisles were wide, and stewardesses provided complimentary beverages. If the flight was long enough, they'd even serve a meal that, honest, wasn't half bad.

Quarry worker struck by train, injured; boss begins inquiry

posted: 10/23/2007 2:41 a.m.

A quarry worker was seriously injured Monday afternoon after he was struck by a train that carries materials from the site, the Pulaski County sheriff's office said.

Campaign in full swing

posted: 10/23/2007 2:39 a.m.

The campaign that uses U.S. public education to assume authority over parents in social and religious matters is in full swing from one coast to the other.

LETTERS

posted: 10/23/2007 2:36 a.m.

It is appalling to read the letters to Voices from those who whine, wail and bemoan the fact that the president vetoed the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill. He and those who agree with him are called names of all kinds for not doing it for the children.

Hogs' opponent young, winless

posted: 10/23/2007 2:35 a.m.

Impatience is not discouraged at Florida International.

Sun Belt warms up, sets on Hot Springs

posted: 10/23/2007 2:34 a.m.

The 2009 Sun Belt Conference Tournament already has its first upset winner, Hot Springs.

LIKE IT IS: Make room for Cella in sports hall of fame

posted: 10/23/2007 2:33 a.m.

Charles Cella belongs.

Nutt's status causes Pick to pick again

posted: 10/23/2007 2:32 a.m.

Because he's not sure Houston Nutt will be coach at Arkansas next year, quarterback Kale Pick has reneged on his oral commitment to the Razorbacks and switched his pledge to Kansas.

Conque: D-I teams in state should play

posted: 10/23/2007 2:30 a.m.

Central Arkansas Coach Clint Conque has never been afraid to speak his mind, and on Monday, his mind was on playing the Arkansas Razorbacks, Arkansas State Indians and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.

Red Sox relax after comeback

posted: 10/23/2007 2:29 a.m.

Fenway Park was quiet, the Red Sox clubhouse was dry and Jonathan Papelbon was done with his Irish step dance.

Torre earns kudos for longevity in Bronx

posted: 10/23/2007 2:28 a.m.

Before Joe Torre's time with the New York Yankees certified him as a future Hall of Fame manager, he'd been fired by the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/23/2007 2:27 a.m.

By the time the Colorado Rockies play in their first World Series game Wednesday, the team will have been off for nine consecutive days. Eric Pfahler, a columnist for Scripps Treasure Coast (Fla.) Newspapers, says the layoff will probably do the Rockies more harm than good.

Off the wire

posted: 10/23/2007 2:26 a.m.

Three former Coastal Carolina football players kicked off the team a week ago after they were arrested on drugs and weapons charges face new charges for first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

Razorbacks report

posted: 10/23/2007 2:25 a.m.

Arkansas junior tailback Felix Jones has been fast since the moment he stepped on campus two years ago, but Razorbacks Coach Houston Nutt said he's even faster now.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Ford exec drives recruiting rage

posted: 10/23/2007 2:22 a.m.

Have you ever wondered who started the college football/basketball recruiting information craze?

Sun Belt media days report

posted: 10/23/2007 2:21 a.m.

The UALR women accomplished a first Monday by being selected first in the Sun Belt Conference preseason coaches poll.

ASU has gift for toppling Troy

posted: 10/23/2007 2:21 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts had to answer questions last week about the Indians' mystifying struggles against fellow Sun Belt Conference member Middle Tennessee, which improved to 8-1 against Arkansas State with Saturday's 24-7 victory in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 10/23/2007 2:20 a.m.

Houston-based Arkanova Development LLC is drilling an 8,000-foot test well in Phillips County to determine if there's natural gas and oil in the area.

PSC gets final input on coal-fired plant

posted: 10/23/2007 2:19 a.m.

The Public Service Commission focused on potential cost overruns and environmental issues Monday during closing arguments in hearings on Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s request to build a $1.4 billion coalfired power plant in Hempstead County.

NFL Jaguars no match for perfect Colts

posted: 10/23/2007 2:16 a.m.

The defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts dominated every aspect of Monday night's showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning 29-7 and once again taking charge in the AFC South.

Two drug makers report strong sales; results differ

posted: 10/23/2007 2:15 a.m.

Pharmaceutical companies Schering-Plough Corp. and Merck & Co. posted strong sales Monday from their joint venture on cholesterol drugs, but otherwise their third-quarter earnings reports - and investor reaction - were strikingly different.

NFL Notes

posted: 10/23/2007 2:15 a.m.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday. Marshall was pulled over in downtown Denver shortly after 2 a.m., police Lt. Ron Saunier said. His arrest came hours after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 in Denver.

Chrysler, UAW deal faces local union tests

posted: 10/23/2007 2:14 a.m.

Chrysler LLC's contract with the United Auto Workers, gaining worker support, will be tested at the company's biggest manufacturing centers in the next two days.

Microsoft dropping key fights with EU

posted: 10/23/2007 2:13 a.m.

Microsoft Corp. dropped a nearly decade-long legal battle with European regulators Monday, agreeing to key parts of an antitrust ruling that has already led to hundreds of millions in fines.

State's sweet-potato crop 'yam good'

posted: 10/23/2007 2:12 a.m.

The new sweet-potato storage and distribution facility here will soon be identified with a sign for "Arkansas Delta Yams," manager Cindy Neal said. Although sweet potatoes and yams are two unrelated plants, many U.S. sweet potatoes are marketed as "yams." "Our motto will be 'Yam Good Potatoes,'" Neal said.

Emerging market sales send GM past Toyota

posted: 10/23/2007 2:11 a.m.

General Motors Corp. outsold Toyota Motor Corp. in the first nine months of the year in the battle to extend its 76-year reign as the world's largest carmaker.

Dollar regains value against euro, yen

posted: 10/23/2007 2:11 a.m.

The dollar recouped most of its losses Monday after falling to a new all-time low against the euro and a six-week low against the yen. The Canadian dollar gave up almost 2 percent of its value after hitting Friday's 33-year high.

Earnings report

posted: 10/23/2007 2:10 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Monday included: Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Huggies diapers and Scott towels, reported thirdquarter net income increased 24 percent to $453.1 million, or $1.04 a share. Sales advanced 9.7 percent to $4.62 billion. Shares rose $3.05, or 4.5 percent, to close at $70.19.

MARKET REPORT: Tech stocks push market higher

posted: 10/23/2007 2:09 a.m.

Wall Street finished a back-and-forth session higher Monday as investors overcame some of their nervousness about the credit markets and uneven earnings and found solace in the technology sector.

Business news in brief

posted: 10/23/2007 2:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Our motto will be 'Yam Good Potatoes.'" Cindy Neal, manager of the new sweet-potato storage and distribution facility at Poplar Grove. Article, 1D

Apple profits up 67 percent, beating Wall Street forecast

posted: 10/23/2007 2:08 a.m.

Apple Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter profits jumped 67 percent and easily beat Wall Street expectations, capping a record-setting year that saw unprecedented momentum in its Mac business, ceaseless consumer interest in its iPod players and a successful introduction of its newest endeavor, the iPhone.

In Reaper, Wise sinks his teeth into devilish role once again

posted: 10/23/2007 2:08 a.m.

It's not unusual for an actor discussing a role to slip into the first person, caught for a moment in the very illusion he hopes to perpetuate.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/23/2007 2:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your creativity helps you solve problems, change your life and attract just the people to help you on your way.

THE TV COLUMN: Specter of writers' strike is a terrifying prospect

posted: 10/23/2007 2:06 a.m.

I've gotten a couple of e-mails from readers who wanted to know more about a possible TV writers' strike.

Guitarist Eric Clapton hits new licks as autobiographer

posted: 10/23/2007 2:05 a.m.

Clapton is Good.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 10/23/2007 2:04 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Recently, there has been a great increase in the volume of mail receipts for stamps for children. One of the donors enclosed a copy of the Heloise column where you mentioned Stamps for Children. We thank you for your wonderful support of our work!

Check your knowledge

posted: 10/23/2007 2:03 a.m.

1. The maiden name of which U.S. president's wife was Thelma Catherine Patricia Ryan? 2. What is the popular name for the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City?

Bluesman, 94, to attend film

posted: 10/23/2007 2:02 a.m.

Pinetop Perkins, a 94-year-old bluesman, will be saluted twice on Wednesday in Hot Springs.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 10/23/2007 2:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know I ought to read the Bible, but I'm dyslexic and have always had a great struggle reading, and I'll never be able to tackle it.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Gossipy mom needs audience

posted: 10/23/2007 2:01 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: We are parents of high school kids who go to a small private school in a close-knit community. We all have "good" kids, although most have tested the limits with alcohol and marijuana use, throwing parties without parents, going to university frat parties, etc. Some kids always get away with this and others get caught, either by the school, police or parents.

WHAT'S IN A DAME: All in a day's weather: How to dress yourself for fickle fall

posted: 10/23/2007 2 a.m.

A few years ago, we compiled a list of tips for these broiling nippy-humid-rainy-windy autumn days: "Dame's Guide to Dressing Yourself for Arkansas' Fickle Fall." The advice included stuff like No. 3: "Step outside and observe the morning conditions. Is it cool? Is it cloudy? Is it sunny? Is it sticky? Is it showering? Whatever it is, ignore it. It's not going to be that way for long and by noon it will surely be the opposite of whatever is going on now."

Plucking right actor for a role from talent pool is ticklish job

posted: 10/23/2007 2 a.m.

Think of Hugh Laurie in his role as Dr. House. Or William Petersen as Gil Grissom. Or America Ferrera as Ugly Betty.

Monday, October 22

GDX automotive parts plant in Batesville to close, television station reports

posted: 10/22/2007 3:10 p.m.

A plant in Batesville that makes automotive parts and employs hundreds will close its doors, according to an online report by KTHV television news.

Luigs Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

updated: 10/23/2007 1:43 p.m.

Junior Jonathan Luigs has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance Saturday in the Razorbacks' 44-8 win over Ole Miss.

Judge declares mistrial for most defendants in Muslim charity trial

posted: 10/22/2007 12:35 p.m.

A judge declared a mistrial Monday for most former leaders of a Muslim charity accused of funding terrorism, after chaos broke out in the court when three jurors disputed the verdict that had been announced.

South California fires displace more than 250,000

updated: 10/22/2007 1:52 p.m.

Wildfires fanned by fierce desert winds consumed huge swaths of bone-dry Southern California on Monday, burning buildings and forcing evacuations from Malibu to San Diego, including a jail, a hospital and nursing homes.

Source: La Russa to stay with Cardinals

posted: 10/22/2007 12:15 p.m.

Tony La Russa will return for his 13th season with the St. Louis Cardinals, a team official told The Associated Press on Monday.

Bush to ask for $46 billion more for Iraq, Afghanistan wars

posted: 10/22/2007 12:12 p.m.

President Bush will ask Congress for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs, The Associated Press has learned.

Review: Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

posted: 10/22/2007 noon

You have to admire the chutzpah it takes to swan-dive into the tween-teenage market dominated by the behemoths Disney and

Review: The Comebacks

posted: 10/22/2007 11:58 a.m.

Here's what really kills you about The Comebacks. There isn't a fatter, riper target for parody than the inspirational sports movie genre. From its mid-1970s-to-late-1980s heyday when Rocky and Chariots of Fire won Best Picture Oscars, uplifting jock melodramas have been just asking to get head-slapped and smash-mouthed.

Wal-Mart seeks to purchase remaining part of Japanese unit

posted: 10/22/2007 11:29 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it wants to buy the 49.1 percent of shares in its Japanese subsidiary, Seiyu, that the giant retailer does not already own.

GOP leaders recommend that five states lose half their convention delegates

posted: 10/22/2007 11:25 a.m.

Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests to earlier dates, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates.

Turkish troops head toward Iraq after deadly ambush by Kurdish rebels

posted: 10/22/2007 11:24 a.m.

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles loaded with soldiers and heavy weapons rumbled toward the Iraq border on Monday after an ambush by guerrilla Kurds that left eight soldiers missing and killed 12.

Faces of the Fair

posted: 10/22/2007 11:21 a.m.

The Arkansas State Fair is loaded with memorable experiences involving food, rides, exhibits, animals and more.

Hogwired.com Players of the Week Selected

updated: 10/23/2007 1:43 p.m.

Casey Dick, Marcus Harrison and Wendel Davis have been named the Hogwired.com players of the week for their performances Saturday in the Razorbacks' 44-8 victory over Ole Miss.

City closing part of Cantrell Wednesday for sewer main repair

posted: 10/22/2007 11:09 a.m.

Little Rock Wastewater will be repairing a sewer main under a portion of Cantrell Road on Wednesday, October 24. This will necessitate closure of two lanes during the repair.

Stocks extend Friday drop as credit, profit worries escalate; earnings fail to lift the market

posted: 10/22/2007 10:39 a.m.

Wall Street dropped in volatile trading Monday as investors pulled away from stocks amid worries about the credit and housing markets and disappointing corporate earnings.

Turkish troops head toward Iraq after public outcry about 12 killed soldiers Sunday

posted: 10/22/2007 10:02 a.m.

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles loaded with soldiers and heavy weapons rumbled toward the Iraq border on Monday after an ambush by rebel Kurds that left eight soldiers missing and killed 12. Turkey's foreign minister said his country will pursue diplomacy before it sends troops across the rugged frontier.

Trailing along

posted: 10/22/2007 6 a.m.

The long job of building the Buffalo River Hiking Trail continues, most recently to extend the popular path by about 26 miles from U.S. 65 near Tyler Bend to Arkansas 14 at Dillard's Ferry.

NLR turns to new law to spruce up property

posted: 10/22/2007 6 a.m.

Armed with a new state law, North Little Rock city attorneys are using fresh tools to rid a downtown neighborhood of a vacant, run-down house that they say has violated city codes for years.

Kurd ambush kills 12 soldiers in Turk convoy

posted: 10/22/2007 6 a.m.

Kurdish rebels ambushed a Turkish military convoy on Sunday less than three miles from the Iraqi border, killing 12 soldiers in the face of growing threats by Turkey to cross the rugged frontier and root out the guerrillas.

Economy of motion adds speed, but how?

posted: 10/22/2007 6 a.m.

In her prime, Joan Benoit Samuelson, one of the best female distance runners, should have been faster than Alberto Salazar, one of the best male distance runners.