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ASU scrubs program after grant not renewed

posted: 10/07/2007 7:41 p.m.

Arkansas State University has shut down a program to help students in minority groups excel academically and go on to graduate school.

Dozens sent to hospital during scorching Chicago marathon

posted: 10/07/2007 6:54 p.m.

In a race run in scorching heat that left one man dead, Kenya's Patrick Ivuti won the Chicago Marathon by a fraction of a second Sunday. More than 300 runners were taken to hospitals because of heat-related ailments.

Rampage kills 6 before police take down shooter

posted: 10/07/2007 6:37 p.m.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy went on a shooting rampage at a home early Sunday in northern Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring a seventh before authorities fatally shot him, officials said.

Point guard Fortson orally commits to UA

updated: 10/09/2007 7:21 a.m.

The University of Arkansas is getting a big boost in its recruiting class: Courtney Fortson a 5-11, 175, point guard from Patterson (N.C.) Patterson Prep, has orally committed to the University of Arkansas.

Letdown in Little Rock

updated: 10/09/2007 7:22 a.m. Video |

The final result ultimately was tolerable for Arkansas on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

ROCKET MEN

posted: 10/07/2007 6:18 a.m.

Today the land is covered with grass and mostly used as pasture by local farmers, but it wasn't that long ago when nuclear-tipped missiles dotted the landscape of central and north-central Arkansas.

MALE CALL: If it looks good on you, then it's (probably) stylish

posted: 10/07/2007 6:17 a.m.

Q. While I don't always admit it, I do look at my wife's magazines and at shows about Hollywood. All the celebrities (particularly men) wearing "fashion don'ts" - not just in entertainment specials showing faux pas or in magazines with black lines over their eyes, but at openings - make me wonder about whether they represent some new style.

Hot Springs hosts farm-day activities

posted: 10/07/2007 6:16 a.m.

Area families are invited to dress in overalls and bring the cameras, children and grandchildren to "A Day at the Farm," an oldfashioned harvest festival with entertaining and educational activities for all ages.

Annual Mutt Strut planned for Oct. 20

posted: 10/07/2007 6:15 a.m.

The third annual Mutt Strut and Fall Harvest Carnival will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, at Arc Isle on Lake Hamilton.

Police: Boy takes bus for a drive, leads officers on chase down highway

posted: 10/07/2007 6:15 a.m.

A 10-year-old boy took a school bus and led police on a chase along a rural highway, according to police.

Civitan Services hires AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

posted: 10/07/2007 6:12 a.m.

Brittney Carey of Benton has been selected by Civitan Services as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow for the next year, September 2007 to September 2008.

Benton to host Hunger Hike

posted: 10/07/2007 6:12 a.m.

The 22nd Annual Hunger Hike will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the First United Methodist Church Conway St. parking lot.

small lake, BIG POTENTIAL

posted: 10/07/2007 6:11 a.m.

The arrival of the autumnal equinox Sunday morning didn't feel like fall, but the scenic setting of Crystal Lake made up for it during an afternoon outing with the Tightlines Flyfishers. While the small lake's green waters didn't classify as crystalline, it emerged at first sight as a jewel nestled in classic Ozark terrain.

Who stole Christmas?

posted: 10/07/2007 6:10 a.m.

Christmas in Bryant may not be quite as jolly this year.

that's life Mail malaise

posted: 10/07/2007 6:10 a.m.

I've become postally challenged these days.

Music festival elects three new officers

posted: 10/07/2007 6:09 a.m.

The Hot Springs Music festival, at its recent meeting, elected three new officers for the 2007/2008 season and elected two new directors to its board.

Henderson State to host career fair Wednesday

posted: 10/07/2007 6:09 a.m.

Henderson State University will hold its annual career fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Garrison Center.

WAS PLACE call to HOME

posted: 10/07/2007 6:09 a.m.

Gathered friends, family and fellow participants cheered as a new queen, Virginia Baker, began her reign two weeks ago at a beauty pageant. Donning a perfectly made-up face and clad in a red and black dress she had made herself from curtains, the 69-year-old winner stepped out of the dim light to claim her tiara.

Sellars appointed to Ozarka Board of Trustees

posted: 10/07/2007 6:08 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe recently announced the appointment of Marty Sellars of Ash Flat to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees.

Home-buying class offered

posted: 10/07/2007 6:08 a.m.

The City of Jacksonville Community Development and Consumer Credit Counseling Service is sponsoring "The Nuts and Bolts of Home Buying," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the First Electric Cooperative, located at 1000 JP Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville.

Vendor demonstration to be held in Malvern

posted: 10/07/2007 6:07 a.m.

MALVERN - A hands-on demonstration for government vendors will be held from 3-4 p.m. Monday at the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center. The free demonstration will instruct vendors how to register with various federal, state and local agencies and download certification application documents. The session is held every other Monday at 127 W. Fifth St.

Benton to host preaching series

posted: 10/07/2007 6:07 a.m.

BENTON - Gayle Felton will be the preacher at the William Preaching Series held today through Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church.

Henderson hosts choral workshop

posted: 10/07/2007 6:07 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA - The music department at Henderson State University recently hosted an all-region audition preparation workshop for high school choral students.

Cabot Lions Club to host pancake breakfast

posted: 10/07/2007 6:07 a.m.

The Cabot Lions Club will again host its Annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. This traditional "fall" event, which is conducted on the morning of Cabotfest, will be held at the Cabot First Baptist Church at 204 North Third Street.

Diamante to host charity classic

posted: 10/07/2007 6:06 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Diamante Golf Club will host the ClubCorp Charity Classic Monday, Oct. 15.

Space available at Ozark Foothills Chili Cook-Off

posted: 10/07/2007 6:06 a.m.

The Ozark Foothills Chili Cook-Off at the Speedway RV Park in Desha on Saturday, Oct. 27, invites artists, craftspeople and other exhibitors to participate in the day-long community event.

Quiet voice, loud game

posted: 10/07/2007 6:06 a.m.

Fountain Lake senior Cody Brashears is the antithesis of the traditional varsity quarterback.

OUTSTANDING ATHLETE DESTINED TO BE A WILDCAT

posted: 10/07/2007 6:06 a.m.

Harding Academy senior Chase Ransom is constantly being pulled in two different directions.

Story hour at the library for preschoolers

posted: 10/07/2007 6:05 a.m.

Malvern-Hot Spring County Preschool Story Hour is provided during the regular school year for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Court Observance Week declared in Saline County

posted: 10/07/2007 6:05 a.m.

BENTON - Saline County Judge Lanny Fite recently signed a proclamation for the Saline County Legal Support Professionals to declare Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 19, as "Court Observance Week" in Saline County.

She ' LOVES cheerleading

posted: 10/07/2007 6:05 a.m.

She's blond, bouncy and has braces. She loves cheerleading, manicures, music and boys. Lindsey Cornwell of Petit Jean Mountain acts like a typical 16-year-old. But as much as she fits in as a member of the Morrilton High School Varsity Co-Ed Cheer Squad, there is a difference.

Conway League of Artists to meet Wednesday

posted: 10/07/2007 6:04 a.m.

CONWAY - The Conway League of Artists will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room of the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Prince St.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak at UCA

posted: 10/07/2007 6:04 a.m.

CONWAY - Michael Cunningham, who won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel, The Hours, will appear at the University of Central Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Pryor, Senate to investigate base housing

posted: 10/07/2007 6:04 a.m.

In a bipartisan move, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., has joined with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, RGa., to investigate the problems with housing construction at Little Rock Air Force Base and other military bases around the country.

NPCC holds student, faculty fall art show

posted: 10/07/2007 6:04 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The 2007 National Park Community College Student and Faculty Fall Art Show will be on display through Monday, Nov. 26, in the Fisher Building/Campus Center.

New Cross

posted: 10/07/2007 6:03 a.m.

The Rev. Harry Cross of Conway had to decide what he wanted to be more - a minister or a lawyer.

Looking for Employer of the Year

posted: 10/07/2007 6:03 a.m.

Business and Professional Women of Heber Springs are accepting nominations for its sixth annual "Employer of the Year" award. Please call chair Terry Castleberry at (501) 362-7544 for the nomination form.

that's life: Mail malaise

posted: 10/07/2007 6:03 a.m.

I've become postally challenged these days.

Russellville church welcomes new additions to ministerial staff

posted: 10/07/2007 6:03 a.m.

First United Methodist Church is unveiling major changes in Russellville with the consecration of its new sanctuary and additions to its ministerial staff as Senior Pastor Tom Frase and Youth Minister Rufus Elam enter the fold.

Harvest Festival scheduled by St. John's Catholic Church

posted: 10/07/2007 6:02 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - St. John's Catholic Church in Russellville will celebrate its Harvest Festival on Saturday.

DIGGING FOR HISTORY

posted: 10/07/2007 6:02 a.m.

Of the 18 Titan II missile silos in Arkansas, all were filled and covered as part of the arms talks between the United States and the former U.S.S.R.

Small lake, big potential

posted: 10/07/2007 6:02 a.m.

The arrival of the autumnal equinox Sunday morning didn't feel like fall, but the scenic setting of Crystal Lake made up for it during an afternoon outing with the Tightlines Flyfishers. While the small lake's green waters didn't classify as crystalline, it emerged at first sight as a jewel nestled in classic Ozark terrain.

Muralist to discuss Conway project

posted: 10/07/2007 6:02 a.m.

CONWAY - As part of his ongoing residency, public artist Morton Brown will present another illustrated lecture on the Conway Community Mural project on Tuesday.

Living history

posted: 10/07/2007 6:01 a.m.

Cadron Settlement came to life once again on Sept. 28 as students from Conway's Carl Stuart Middle School participated in their annual living history project at what is now Cadron Settlement Park on the banks of the Arkansas River west of Conway.

Cabotfest ready to roll

posted: 10/07/2007 6:01 a.m.

Cabotfest started as a way to bring the community back together.

GHOST STORIES FROM WHITE COUNTY 'Galloway Gertie'

posted: 10/07/2007 6:01 a.m.

named Gertrude was so enamored with Galloway that she wanted to stay there forever, and, as fate would have it, she might have gotten her wish.

High court case has corporate world on watch

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

Corporate America and investors like those financially harmed in the Enron Corp. collapse will be watching closely this week as the Supreme Court hears a lawsuit on whether third-party businesses that partner with troubled firms can be sued.

Zone 2 vote key to board balance

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

They live just three miles apart and have similar visions for the Little Rock School District, but for many in the city there is just one aspect that matters: He is black and she is white.

Blues gets spirits soaring at festival

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

A rowdy crowd congregated at the corner of Main and Elm streets Saturday afternoon, away from the main stages, to hear a deep-throated blues song.

Stanford shocks USC in Coliseum

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

In the year of the upset in college football, Stanford's stunner just might top them all.

Small farmers cultivating tourist trade

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

ST. FRANCIS - Ellen and Darrell Dalton started growing a few acres of pumpkins almost 20 years ago on their 120-acre farm near Piggott in the state's northeast corner.

Farmers, firms fretting suit over poultry litter

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

Clods of poultry litter, infused with the smell of ammonia and a tinge of rotten molasses, are piled 8 feet high in a rustic shed on Jerry Hunton's farm about seven miles south of Prairie Grove.

Sam's Club pulls beef patties after children become ill

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

Cargill Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 840,000 pounds of ground beef patties distributed at Sam's Club stores nationwide after four Minnesota children who ate the food developed E. coli illness, a Cargill official said Saturday.

Top Shiites put end to rivalry

posted: 10/07/2007 6 a.m.

Two of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders agreed Saturday to end a bitter rivalry in a bid to end months of armed clashes and assassinations in the oil-rich south that have threatened to spread into a wider conflict.

Community jazz concert first outreach for new church

posted: 10/07/2007 5:59 a.m.

CONWAY - Jazz music may not be the first thing one thinks of as church music, but the Rev. Tammy Garrison, pastor of Crosspoint United Methodist Church, thinks that's a good thing.

that's life Mail malaise

posted: 10/07/2007 5:59 a.m.

I've become postally challenged these days.

Small lake, big potential

posted: 10/07/2007 5:59 a.m.

DECATUR - The arrival of the autumnal equinox Sept. 23 morning didn't feel like fall, but the scenic setting of Crystal Lake made up for it during an afternoon outing with the Tightlines Flyfishers. While the small lake's green waters didn't classify as crystalline, it emerged at first sight as a jewel nestled in classic Ozark terrain.

Potter creates art for First UMC

posted: 10/07/2007 5:58 a.m.

Winston Taylor, who has taught and created pottery in the River Valley area for 17 years, used his talents to sculpt a gift for his church, Russellville First United Methodist Church.

Maumelle Senior Wellness Center plans Western Roundup on Friday

posted: 10/07/2007 5:58 a.m.

MAUMELLE - The Maumelle Senior Wellness Center will present a Western Roundup from 5- 9 p.m. Friday at the center, 550 Edgewood Drive, suite 400.

'A great running back'

posted: 10/07/2007 5:58 a.m.

If you can't be big, be fast.

POP NOTES: Joni Mitchell shines anew; Hancock's covers shimmer

posted: 10/07/2007 5:57 a.m.

On her new album Shine - which hit record stores, Best Buy and Starbucks outlets nationwide Tuesday via Hear Music, the ubiquitous caffeine peddler's in-house record label - Joni Mitchell offers an updated version of one of her best-known tunes, "Big Yellow Taxi."

THE TV COLUMN: Pine Bluff kid's show airs today

posted: 10/07/2007 5:56 a.m.

Networks pay publicists good money - well, fair money - to keep tabs on the nation's TV critics, become their very bestest of friends and perkily chat them up in hopes of getting a few kind words about their shows.

The buzz

posted: 10/07/2007 5:56 a.m.

RADIOHEAD'S IN RAINBOWS Radiohead has a new album, but fans can buy it only on the group's Web site, www.radiohead.com. In Rainbows, produced by Nigel Godrich, will be available as an MP3 download Wednesday. Price? Radiohead says name your price - just remember, it's in pounds and pence, so you could pay one penny (less than one U.S. cent) and get 10 new songs.

ListenUp: Vedder Wild-ly inspired

posted: 10/07/2007 5:56 a.m.

Eddie Vedder Into the Wild (Music music from the motion picture) (Monkey Wrench/J) Rock B+ The new film Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, is the adaptation of Jon Krakauer's nonfictional account of the life (and death) of Christopher McCandless, an adventurous and reckless young man who trekked across America and into the Alaskan wilderness.

CHARTS

posted: 10/07/2007 5:55 a.m.

NOTES: It's a no-brainer that Rascal Flatts, one of the most popular acts in the country in the last four or five years, would take the top spot in the albums chart. It's also probably a nobrainer that Britney Spears is in the top 10 of the singles chart, which proves the point that there's no such thing as bad press.

Oxford issue includes 26-song CD

posted: 10/07/2007 5:55 a.m.

Among magazine fans, one of the most eagerly awaited events each year is the arrival of the Oxford American Music Issue. The same might be said for music fans anticipating the annual issue and the CD compilation that comes with it.

LIVE MUSIC: Rose Hill, Little Brazil rolling in

posted: 10/07/2007 5:54 a.m.

Rose Hill Drive, a Colorado rock trio, returns to headline a club show this week, at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, 107 Commerce St., Little Rock.

60th Ozark fest lassos Riders

posted: 10/07/2007 5:54 a.m.

The annual Ozark Folk Festival, celebrating 60 years in Eureka Springs this week, will offer music and more from Wednesday through Saturday, with music that includes not just folk, but also western tunes and a show for children.

SPIN CYCLE Cavemen spurs Guys of Viagra

posted: 10/07/2007 5:54 a.m.

Dear ABC, OK, so I didn't actually see your new Cavemen sitcom.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 10/07/2007 5:53 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year you make lucky investments of your time and energy. The dividends are positively rich! Passions skyrocket this month. Wedding bells ring in December. Clarifying personal goals by January opens you up to an exciting job opportunity. Travel is to distant shores in March. A special love is a Cancer or Capricorn.

NEW GRIT

posted: 10/07/2007 5:53 a.m.

The occasion of a Charles Portis reissue - like the new Overlook Press printing of True Grit, with an afterword by Donna Tartt - is an opportunity, of course, to revisit the Arkansas author's droll prose and spend time once again in the company of the gimlet-eyed Mattie Ross.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Clock's ticking and beau's slow

posted: 10/07/2007 5:53 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a 35-year-old woman in a committed relationship of several years. My boyfriend, 38, is still "not ready" to get married, and I know the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.

Holy moly! 77 of 113 alumni attend 50th Mount St. Mary's, Catholic High reunion

posted: 10/07/2007 5:52 a.m.

Little Rock Central wasn't going to get all the hype.

THEATER: Lesser God cast wants to foster dialogue between deaf, hearing

posted: 10/07/2007 5:52 a.m.

In a play about a young deaf woman, you would expect a theater company to cast a young deaf woman. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre did just that, selecting Amelia Hensley to play Sarah in Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play, Children of a Lesser God.

KIMBERLY LAUREN KERN STEPHEN WILLIAM HAMBLIN

posted: 10/07/2007 5:52 a.m.

Kimberly Lauren Kern and Stephen William Hamblin were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Geyer Springs First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dave Hughey officiating.

DVDS SEEN: Kids' DVDs stir awe, less whining

posted: 10/07/2007 5:52 a.m.

There's little in the vast marketplace of DVDs for children that won't make parents cringe in some way.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Tenor, pianist to range wide in selections at scholarship benefit

posted: 10/07/2007 5:51 a.m.

Tenor George Dyer and pianist Stratsimir Pavlov will give a recital of operatic and zarazuela arias, art songs and show tunes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, Little Rock.

Album's honor-system release stirs pangs of conscience

posted: 10/07/2007 5:51 a.m.

NEW YORK - "How much are you going to pay?" For a week that has been the question on the lips - and at the fingertips - of Radiohead fans. After hours of blog and water cooler arguments, fans were finally able to name their price to preorder the band's new album, In Rainbows.

WEDDINGS KIRSTEN ANNE BALDWIN METZGER JUSTIN SCOTT STEINSCHRIBER

posted: 10/07/2007 5:51 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Kirsten Anne Baldwin Metzger and Justin Scott Steinschriber at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Terry House.

LETS TALK: All the pricey stuff I want for Christmas ... yeah, right

posted: 10/07/2007 5:50 a.m.

Somehow I got kicked off the mailing list for the famed Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, which explains why it has not been the subject of a Let's Talk column for the past couple of years.

Builders of plants to produce ethanol are stepping on brake

posted: 10/07/2007 5:50 a.m.

ST. LOUIS - Eager to build a plant that would turn corn into 108 million gallons of ethanol a year, Chet Perry got all of his ducks in a row.

SUZANNE MARIE ELSER JOHN WARD PENNINGTON

posted: 10/07/2007 5:50 a.m.

Suzanne Marie Elser became the bride of John Ward Pennington at noon Saturday, Sept. 29, in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church. Officiating was the Rev. William Elser of St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Bay, a distant cousin of the bride.

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: After 28 years, swan song playing for piano business

posted: 10/07/2007 5:49 a.m.

Some 30 years ago, Steve Witkowski, of an old North Little Rock Polish family, emerged from the droves of investment bankers that were swarming the mid-South to seek other ventures.

Like their wares, antique shops go out of style

posted: 10/07/2007 5:48 a.m.

Ask Marianne Kelly about the glory years in the antique business, and she'll tell about the day that Mary Travers of the legendary 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary came all the way to Mill Antiques in Stillwater, Minn., in search of a blue metal butter churn.

Fatal air crashes fall 65% in decade

posted: 10/07/2007 5:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON - After two crashes in 1996 that together killed 340 people, a White House commission told the airline industry and its regulators to reduce the domestic rate of fatal accidents 80 percent over 10 years. That clock ended Sept. 30.

Engagements

posted: 10/07/2007 5:47 a.m.

Meggan Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Beverly Burch Jackson of Hot Springs and Daniel Jackson of Jonesboro, and Nathan David Spicer, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Spicer of Scranton ; Nov. 17.

Anniversaries

posted: 10/07/2007 5:47 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack May of Little Rock celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary Saturday with a reception at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Crazy for castles

posted: 10/07/2007 5:46 a.m.

MUNICH, Germany - Winter was cold and dark in the Bavarian Alps during the mid-19th century. Still a few people who ventured outdoors at night would sometimes see a mysterious, bright glow gliding silently through the pines and firs.

Bridal policy

posted: 10/07/2007 5:46 a.m.

ENGAGEMENTS - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs.

DEAR ABBY Guilty dad needs to apologize for skipping ex-wife's funeral

posted: 10/07/2007 5:46 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have read your column for years but can't recall this topic ever being mentioned. I'm surprised, as it must occur frequently in today's society.

Lincoln's son found haven at idyllic Vermont home

posted: 10/07/2007 5:46 a.m.

MANCHESTER, Vt. - Just off the portico of Hildene, the grand home built for Robert Todd Lincoln and his family, is a small rectangular patch of lawn framed in brick. The tiny space represents the size of the log cabin where Lincoln's father was born in Kentucky, the beginning of the legendary rise of perhaps the country's best-loved president.

Fun just keeps rolling in at N.C. beach

posted: 10/07/2007 5:45 a.m.

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. - Free-spirited and familyfriendly, Carolina Beach is a relaxed place with a low vacation pulse.

Travel note

posted: 10/07/2007 5:44 a.m.

Privacy please Embassy Suites Hotels is inviting the public to make their own "Do Not Disturb" signs.

Weddings

posted: 10/07/2007 5:44 a.m.

Furr-Sharp Whitney Elizabeth Sharp and Shea Ryan Furr were united in marriage Saturday at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Brian Fox officiated.

Road read

posted: 10/07/2007 5:44 a.m.

Good grub in Paris Now available for the first time in English, Pudlo Paris 2007-2008, is the highly respected guide to Parisian restaurants, gourmet shops, cafes and bars. Organized by arrondissement, or municipal borough (there are 20 of them in Paris), the guide describes almost 1,000 restaurants, 300 bars, pubs, wine bars, tea salons and cafes, and almost 300 special gourmet shops.

Q&A

posted: 10/07/2007 5:43 a.m.

Q. Are there any countries where the dollar is doing well and travel is still a good value?

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Senior citizen deals nearly extinct

posted: 10/07/2007 5:43 a.m.

Airlines keep cutting back on their deals for senior citizens. I've been reporting on this trend for several years and I confirmed it again on two recent tests. These days, only a few elderly travelers will find that their status provides any air travel benefits - instead, they should use the same tools as travelers of any age to find their best deals.

A CHIC RECEPTION: Barbara Jean's fetes 35 years in business in grand fashion

posted: 10/07/2007 5:43 a.m.

Barbara Jean's, the upscale women's store, celebrated "35 years of chic," as the birthday cake proclaimed at a reception Sept. 26 at the store. Around the layers of the cake, decorated in black and white, were the labels of the store's brands.

Leaving the ship? Prepare to pay up

posted: 10/07/2007 5:42 a.m.

Italian cruise line Costa is making passengers an "offer they can't refuse" on its Arabian Peninsula voyages.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Even the flypaper sways to the music in Czech tavern

posted: 10/07/2007 5:42 a.m.

A strip of honey-colored flypaper spirals down from a thumbtack that anchors its now-empty canister. Speckled with lifeless flies, the canister swings each time the violin bow pokes it.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 10/07/2007 5:42 a.m.

Fiction 1. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED, James Patterson and Howard Roughan. An aspiring photographer working as a nanny and in love with the children's father has terrible visions. 2. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, Khaled Hosseini. A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war, from the author of The Kite Runner.

ITALIAN FLAVOR: Bakery's a little Italy for day

posted: 10/07/2007 5:32 a.m.

An Italian street festival Sept. 26 on the parking lot at Boulevard Bread Co. featured Boulevard's special Italian pizza and raised money for Accademia dell'Arte, a study-abroad program for the performing arts located in Arezzo, Italy.

Social calendar

posted: 10/07/2007 5:31 a.m.

October 7 Splatters Another Fine Mess, 6:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Country Club, silent auction, a benefi t for Centers for Youth and Families.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF ARKANSAS Author, Post columnist shares insights on dating

posted: 10/07/2007 5:30 a.m.

American society has devalued love, and that's why young women have ceased to seriously date in long-term relationships, argues Laura Sessions Stepp.

THE ARC ARKANSAS' DOVER AWARDS Arc Arkansas lauds lawyer, honors artists with awards

posted: 10/07/2007 5:30 a.m.

Tom Purvis gave Arc Arkansas supporters an example of why the organization presented him with a Dover Award this year. He helped open a Sept. 27 luncheon at the Governor's Mansion by singing a hymn for guests.

How we do things as important as what we do

posted: 10/07/2007 5:30 a.m.

The medium is, indeed, the message.

Space-age intrigue enlivens Red Moon

posted: 10/07/2007 5:29 a.m.

Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age, by Matthew Brzezinski, Times, 322 pages, $26.

Not your average Joes

posted: 10/07/2007 5:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Cancer Research Center celebrated all day Sept. 28. In the afternoon, when the symbolic shovel of dirt was overturned for the construction of a new tower, the center's name was changed to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in memory of the late lieutenant governor.

Publishers, writers try to come to terms with book reviewing

posted: 10/07/2007 5:28 a.m.

As we all know, there has been some sharp disagreement about the state of the old-fashioned book review: Depending on whom you talk to, it's either shaky, moribund, or in the advanced stages of rigor mortis.

Understand is tight bundle of foible-based fiction

posted: 10/07/2007 5:28 a.m.

Like You'd Understand, Anyway, by Jim Shepard, Knopf, 211 pages, $23.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Finagled UA football date got old pals on love track

posted: 10/07/2007 5:28 a.m.

David Henry doesn't remember meeting Gilda Gray. He doesn't really remember telling her he was going to marry her, either, but he's a man of his word, and he did just that 37 years ago.

Author distills 'Greek tragedy' of Weimar Republic

posted: 10/07/2007 5:27 a.m.

Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, by Eric D. Weitz, Princeton University Press, 425 pages, $29.95.

LIFELONG HEALTH: America's elderly merit quality in nursing homes

posted: 10/07/2007 5:27 a.m.

In the not-too-distant future, America will become grayer and grayer, the percentage of the population over the age of 85 will double, and the demand for nursing-home beds will increase. Even if we limit admittance to patients who are totally dependent, the nursing-home industry is primed for a major boom.

Topping off banner year

posted: 10/07/2007 5:27 a.m.

In 2006, Baldwin and Shell Construction Co. of Little Rock earned more than $121 million in revenue, higher than any previous year.

REMEMBERING ARKANSAS: State parks job was among high points for historian

posted: 10/07/2007 5:27 a.m.

Thirty years ago this month I took a job with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and I have been a keen fan of our state park system ever since. I was not hired under the best of circumstances, as I was recruited to rebut the charge that the department was insensitive to its historically significant properties.

'Kona Joe' is passionate about coffee

posted: 10/07/2007 5:26 a.m.

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii - Like a benign Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Joe Alban has a split personality.

The Tao of Bill, the cool of good On hyperbole and the perfect tan

posted: 10/07/2007 5:26 a.m.

Recently at a red-carpet event in New York, Entertainment Tonight pressed Bill Clinton for an answer to a burning question. At least, it burned the curiosity of ET producers: Was Brad Pitt, as rumored, being considered to play Clinton in a movie?

Kinard, Friends bring Carousel to finish line

posted: 10/07/2007 5:26 a.m.

"In my opinion, the restored carousel would be an important attraction for the City of Little Rock," wrote Richard Davies, executive director of the state Department of Parks and Tourism in a Dec. 10, 1991, letter to Friends of the Carousel Inc.

Journeys pay homage to past

posted: 10/07/2007 5:25 a.m.

No doubt, Bus 142 will see an increase in visitors this year. The rusty old International Harvester school bus had become an unlikely shrine even before Sean Penn brought Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild to movie screens.

Billy Charles Hardgrave

posted: 10/07/2007 5:25 a.m.

Bill Hardgrave considers himself "the accidental professor." The son of blue-collar parents from rural Johnson County, he was the first of five kids in his family to graduate from high school.

Yes, Amsterdam offers G-rated fun

posted: 10/07/2007 5:24 a.m.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - When considering Amsterdam, its famous red-light district and the coffee shops where cannabis is smoked, you may assume it's less than an ideal city to visit with young children. But you would be wrong.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 10/07/2007 5:23 a.m.

U.S. representative from Virginia RICHMOND, Va. - U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, a Republican who represented southeastern Virginia for seven years, died Saturday morning after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her office said.

Other days

posted: 10/07/2007 5:22 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 7, 1907 MOUNTAIN HOME - E.W. Mooney, sheriff of Baxter County, was accidentally shot and instantly killed today while on a train with a prisoner whom he was bringing to Mountain Home. Sheriff Mooney was seated next to the window and while looking out of the open window his pistol fell from his pocket, discharged and killed him.

Judy Lynn Havlik Gentle caregiver worked steadfastly

posted: 10/07/2007 5:21 a.m.

As a nursing home administrator, Judy Lynn Havlik was a "perfectionist" and a "workaholic," her friends and family said.

Small farmers cultivating tourist trade

posted: 10/07/2007 5:20 a.m.

ST. FRANCIS - Ellen and Darrell Dalton started growing a few acres of pumpkins almost 20 years ago on their 120-acre farm near Piggott in the state's northeast corner.

Obituaries

posted: 10/07/2007 5:20 a.m.

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

NPR correspondent to give series lecture

posted: 10/07/2007 5:19 a.m.

National Public Radio senior correspondent Juan Williams is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the Bless The Mic: A Hip-Hop President's Lecture Series at Philander Smith College.

Inmate who fled job nabbed, official says

posted: 10/07/2007 5:19 a.m.

A Mississippi County work-release inmate who stole a truck from his job and fled was captured Saturday night, a prison spokesman said.

Pet of the week

posted: 10/07/2007 5:18 a.m.

Hansel is our pet of the week. He is a handsome feline fellow with gray and white fur and amber eyes.

Farmers, firms fretting suit over poultry litter

posted: 10/07/2007 5:17 a.m.

Clods of poultry litter, infused with the smell of ammonia and a tinge of rotten molasses, are piled 8 feet high in a rustic shed on Jerry Hunton's farm about seven miles south of Prairie Grove.

Man faces charges after Net sex sting

posted: 10/07/2007 5:17 a.m.

Kevin Ashley, 28, of Little Rock was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in connection with an undercover sting operation in which a police officer pretended on computer to be a 14-year-old girl. The indictment alleges that from Feb. 8 through June 20, Ashley conversed with the "girl" by computer and tried to persuade her to have sex with him.

Arkansas Tech sets building dedication

posted: 10/07/2007 5:17 a.m.

Nutt Hall will be formally dedicated in honor of John W. Nutt and his wife, Joie, during ceremonies on the Arkansas Tech University campus at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

After truck, tot stolen, father facing charge

posted: 10/07/2007 5:15 a.m.

A father who left his 3-yearold son strapped in the truck while he went into a convenience store Saturday night was charged with endangering the child after a thief jumped into the idling vehicle and drove off, police said.

Charge upgraded in Searcy killing

posted: 10/07/2007 5:15 a.m.

Prosecutors have upgraded a charge to capital murder for a former New Orleans resident accused in a slaying in Searcy.

Springdale stadium progresses

posted: 10/07/2007 5:14 a.m.

An army of workers in hard hats poured concrete, sawed stone, laid brick and moved dirt Thursday at Arvest Ballpark.

Police beat

posted: 10/07/2007 5:13 a.m.

Flinging of chair led to knifing, police say A North Little Rock man was arrested Friday night after repeatedly stabbing a man who hit him with a plastic chair, police said.

Getting it straight

posted: 10/07/2007 5:13 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Police arrest man in choking death

posted: 10/07/2007 5:12 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating the city's 37th homicide this year after a man was choked to death Saturday.

Accidents kill two on state roadways

posted: 10/07/2007 5:11 a.m.

A Jacksonville man was killed Friday after a vehicle ran a stop sign in Lonoke County and hit his motorcycle, while an Arkansas woman was killed in a separate accident Saturday morning.

Police say stolen bus in chase had boy, 10, behind the wheel

posted: 10/07/2007 5:11 a.m.

A 10-year-old boy stole a Dumas School District bus Friday night and led police on a chase toward Pine Bluff, where he stopped the bus, Arkansas State Police said.

SAU to recognize 6 alumni at dinner

posted: 10/07/2007 5:10 a.m.

Six alumni of Southern Arkansas University will be recognized at the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Jody Evans headlining Cabotfest entertainment

posted: 10/07/2007 5:10 a.m.

Arkansas' Jody Evans is the headliner Saturday night at Cabotfest, that city's annual downtown festival.

Silent donor gives JBU $3.5 million

posted: 10/07/2007 5:09 a.m.

John Brown University in Siloam Springs will use a $3.5 million gift to complete an expansion of its North Hall dormitory, the university announced Saturday.

New crime-fighting quartet

posted: 10/07/2007 5:09 a.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Here's an original idea for a TV series. Let's have murders and get a hero to solve them.

A & B Reprographics to celebrate 30 years

posted: 10/07/2007 5:08 a.m.

BENTONVILLE - There is no magic formula for staying in business 30 years, Bill Augustine said. He started A & B Reprographics as simply as possible in 1977 in Bentonville. Each year he evaluated his goals for the company and adjusted.

Back from Iraq, fireman is recognized by his peers

posted: 10/07/2007 5:08 a.m.

Steve Beck, volunteer chief of the Brookland Fire Protection District, compares his firefighting career with serving in Iraq for the last 15 months as part of the Arkansas National Guard's 875th Engineer Battalion.

Sculptures on display at River Market

posted: 10/07/2007 5:07 a.m.

Fruit and vegetable buyers perusing downtown Little Rock's River Market pavilion on Saturday found wood, bronze and stone offerings in place of fresh produce.

Alfresco dining grows in state as restaurants add patios, seats

posted: 10/07/2007 5:07 a.m.

Whether it is a patio area tacked onto the side of the building for a smoking area or a clear spot along a sidewalk beckoning pedestrians to sit down and relax, outdoor seating has become an important part of many restaurants' business.

Litter & livelihoods

posted: 10/07/2007 5:07 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE - Infused with the smell of ammonia and a tinge of rotten molasses, these clods of poultry litter are peppered with yellow bits of rice hulls, mangled chicken feathers and dried granules of bird dung.

Arkansans at sea take care to distant shores

posted: 10/07/2007 5:06 a.m.

Lt. Col. Richard Tate's voice was distant and delayed as it bounced from a phone aboard the USNS Comfort off the shore of South America to a satellite and back down to a plain black phone in Little Rock, but his excitement came through loud and clear.

Bulgaria reverses, bans prostitution

posted: 10/07/2007 5:06 a.m.

The Bulgarian government, which had been planning to legalize prostitution, abruptly reversed itself Friday, part of a broad trend in Europe to impose bans as a way to combat sexual trafficking.

Group's objective: Ensure safer LR

posted: 10/07/2007 5:05 a.m.

In addition to sweeping the streets and cleaning up graffiti, Little Rock's Downtown Partnership could someday help rub out crime.

Beauty and blight

posted: 10/07/2007 5:04 a.m.

Actually, it was several questions in one e-mail about downtown Little Rock. He wanted to know about the latest shiny new penny of a condominium high-rise east of Cumberland Avenue and just south of the River Market, and who all was buying those condos and what effect it was having on the capital city's transforming inner core.

COLUMN ONE: Sentimental journey

posted: 10/07/2007 5:04 a.m.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The last time I'd toured the Truman Library here, as a young graduate student in history at the University of Missouri, the guide was the library's namesake.

Blues gets spirits soaring at festival

posted: 10/07/2007 5:04 a.m.

A rowdy crowd congregated at the corner of Main and Elm streets Saturday afternoon, away from the main stages, to hear a deep-throated blues song.

Woman charged in fiance's slaying

posted: 10/07/2007 5:03 a.m.

A woman, convinced that her fiance was cheating on her, stabbed him in the groin area early Saturday morning, severing a major artery and killing him after she caught him at another woman's house, neighbors who witnessed the ordeal said.

Gas drilling threatens our health and environment

posted: 10/07/2007 5:02 a.m.

Arkansans are just now beginning to realize that promises of wealth and prosperity from the production of natural gas come with an unspoken cost. The promise of wealth is worth nothing if the cost is one's health or environment.

The week in review

posted: 10/07/2007 5:02 a.m.

Military: Buildup worked The U.S. military on Monday in Baghdad said the September decrease in the number of American troops and Iraqi civilians killed in the war to levels not seen in more than a year was at least partly a result of new strategies and 30,000 additional U.S. forces deployed this year.

That portal to America was the brink of dreams

posted: 10/07/2007 5:01 a.m.

The ferry to Ellis Island is filled with foreigners. That is a thought that forms in my mind as we scup over the tea-colored harbor on a brilliant late September day. It is an assumption, perhaps not a fair one, for who can say who looks like an American?

SWEET TEA: First rule: You can't keep sign

posted: 10/07/2007 5:01 a.m.

I really, really wanted to keep that highway sign.

Embassy in Iraq late, over budget

posted: 10/07/2007 5 a.m.

The massive U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad is running up to $144 million over budget and will open months behind schedule because of poor planning, shoddy workmanship, internal disputes and last-minute changes sought by State Department officials, according to U.S. officials and a department document provided to Congress.

Money matters

posted: 10/07/2007 5 a.m.

It happened on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Just after the results of the Republican Party's presidential straw poll were announced, and Mike Huckabee had finished a surprising second to Mitt Romney, and the press had gone ga-ga over the former governor of Arkansas,

Concerns about guards in Iraq ignored, officials say

posted: 10/07/2007 5 a.m.

The State Department overlooked repeated warnings from U.S. diplomats in the field that private security guards were endangering Iraqi civilians and undermining U.S. efforts to win local support, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Syria seen biding time, forging ties to rebellious Iraqis

posted: 10/07/2007 4:59 a.m.

Syria is encouraging Sunni Arab insurgent groups and former Iraqi Baathists with ties to the leaders of Saddam Hussein's government to organize in Syria, diplomats and Syrian political analysts say.

Secret arrests

posted: 10/07/2007 4:59 a.m.

SOMEBODY'S got some 'splainin' to do. And we're waiting, not so patiently, for that explanation.

The games continue

posted: 10/07/2007 4:59 a.m.

YOU CAN tell Roy Brooks isn't superintendent of Little Rock's school district any more. It's not just that petty politics and extravagant spending have replaced his emphasis on making Little Rock's the best-performing urban school district in the country.

Well, he has the right idea

posted: 10/07/2007 4:58 a.m.

Maybe America just isn't ready for a president named "Newt." But by any name, we still need reform, and so there'll be a valuable place for Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who announced last week that he's not running for president next year, concentrating instead on his American Solutions program of education and activism.

Faith in court remains shaken

posted: 10/07/2007 4:58 a.m.

If the obstructionists on the Arkansas Supreme Court think they've redeemed themselves by Thursday's ruling in the Ron Quillin/Freedom of Information Act case, they've got another think coming.

Bikers honor fallen soldiers

posted: 10/07/2007 4:58 a.m.

Clad in black leather vests, jeans, boots and bandannas, the bikers stood at attention as pallbearers carried the casket of Army Staff Sgt. Sean P. Fisher inside St. Kieran Catholic Church.

LETTERS

posted: 10/07/2007 4:57 a.m.

It didn't surprise me that President Bush vetoed a bill that would help end the suffering of many American citizens. What surprised me was the excuse he used.

Typhoon cuts electricity for 400,000 in Taiwan

posted: 10/07/2007 4:56 a.m.

A typhoon lashed Taiwan with intense winds and rains Saturday, cutting power to thousands of homes and leaving at least two men missing in the capital.

Teah's memorial

posted: 10/07/2007 4:55 a.m.

Teah Flynn of Fayetteville may be only 10, but you'd never know that by the powerful DVD, "DUI and Me," that she helped create.

Rallies in Europe, Asia protest Burmese crackdown

posted: 10/07/2007 4:55 a.m.

Demonstrators in cities across Europe and Asia joined Saturday in protests against the military junta in Burma, where some activists held covert vigils for those killed and arrested in the crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrations.

Liberals face the world

posted: 10/07/2007 4:54 a.m.

One of the more amusing aspects of following world politics is watching how liberals react to threats. Instead of beginning with the obvious-that we will always have enemies to deal with, at least occasionally through the threat and actual use of military force-they tend to embrace a series of dubious assumptions designed to avoid such harsh realities.

U.N. envoy says Sudan on the edge

posted: 10/07/2007 4:54 a.m.

A U.S. envoy warned Saturday of the danger of Sudan falling back into civil war if it does not live up to a peace deal in the south. Many say the region must remain stable if the country hopes to resolve a separate conflict in western Darfur.

The world in brief

posted: 10/07/2007 4:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Democracy means majority, whether there is opposition or no opposition." Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, on his electoral victory that came with a near-total opposition boycott Article, 1A

5 die in Afghanistan blast aimed at American convoy

posted: 10/07/2007 4:49 a.m.

A suicide car bomber attacked an American military convoy on the road to Kabul's airport Saturday, killing a U.S. soldier and four Afghans, officials said.

Off the wire

posted: 10/07/2007 4:49 a.m.

Breakdowns - at least two of them fatal - marred a record slate of stakes races Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., in which four horses earned automatic spots in the Breeders' Cup.

COMMENTARY: Jones' manner masked dishonest intentions

posted: 10/07/2007 4:49 a.m.

FORT WORTH - Call me stupid. I fell for the smile.

Congolese women targeted for rape in war violence

posted: 10/07/2007 4:48 a.m.

Eastern Congo is going through another one of its convulsions of violence, and this time it seems that women are being systematically attacked on a scale never before seen in the country.

Second thoughts

posted: 10/07/2007 4:48 a.m.

Derek Fisher is back with the Los Angeles Lakers, but his role figures to be a bit different the second time around.

Colombian gays get health-plan rights

posted: 10/07/2007 4:47 a.m.

Gays in Colombia may add their partners to health insurance plans, the nation's highest court has ruled, building on an earlier decision granting inheritance rights to same-sex couples.

Bedouin violence in Sinai injures six

posted: 10/07/2007 4:47 a.m.

Egyptian police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse several thousand protesters who burned tires and blocked roads in anger over an attack by Bedouins in the Sinai peninsula, officials said.

Waltrip leads qualifying as Toyota takes top 3 spots

posted: 10/07/2007 4:47 a.m.

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Michael Waltrip led a charge of "go-or-gohome" entries to the top of the grid Saturday in qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Reigning champ first by .014 seconds

posted: 10/07/2007 4:47 a.m.

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Todd Bodine barely held off Rick Crawford and Johnny Benson in a three-wide finish Saturday in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Playoffs report

posted: 10/07/2007 4:46 a.m.

Add another heartfelt chapter to the Colorado Rockies' storybook season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Rockies' pitching turns lights out on Phillies

posted: 10/07/2007 4:46 a.m.

DENVER - The blackout at Coors Field was caused by a cranky computer. Blame the Philadelphia Phillies' power outage on rookie Ubaldo Jimenez and the Colorado bullpen.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Diamondbacks finish sweep of Cubs

posted: 10/07/2007 4:45 a.m.

CHICAGO - Short on stars but brimming with young talent, the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a sweet playoff sweep and celebrated like October regulars.

Aw, nuts! Food is scanty

posted: 10/07/2007 4:44 a.m.

Because of the late freeze last spring, there could be a shortage of food for wildlife this fall in the northern half of the state.

Medicare audits show problems with private plans

posted: 10/07/2007 4:43 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system's huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options, a review of federal audits has found.

Non-nuclear missile plan bites the dust

posted: 10/07/2007 4:42 a.m.

Congress has derailed a controversial Pentagon project that would arm some intercontinental ballistic missiles with conventional warheads to provide a non-nuclear option of striking targets thousands of miles away.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: 'Brazen' gator, nearly 13 feet long, meets his match

posted: 10/07/2007 4:42 a.m.

You know what they say about paybacks.

Roberts looks to avoid repeat of '06

posted: 10/07/2007 4:42 a.m.

TIMONIUM, Md. - Loren Roberts has been here before, leading the Senior Players Championship after 54 holes.

So-so homecoming for bruised McFadden

posted: 10/07/2007 4:41 a.m.

Forget the record. Arkansas needed Darren McFadden for the victory.

ARKANSAS OPEN: Faught back in form, one stroke off lead

posted: 10/07/2007 4:41 a.m.

The $5,000 first-place check certainly would come in handy, but learning how to win again is the ultimate goal for Jonesboro's David Faught.

Savannah battle monument: Remember the Haitians of 1779

posted: 10/07/2007 4:41 a.m.

Long before boat refugees began migrating to the United States in mass numbers, volunteer Haitian soldiers arrived to fight in one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

Instant Replay

posted: 10/07/2007 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt has long professed his love of taking his teams to Little Rock.

Lee: Hogs' offense wasn't ready to play

posted: 10/07/2007 4:40 a.m.

The key players in Arkansas' passing game were admittedly unimpressive in Saturday's 34-15 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Outmanned Mocs put up fight to end

posted: 10/07/2007 4:39 a.m.

Tennessee-Chattanooga's players had no doubt how Arkansas approached Saturday night's game.

Political appointees burrowing in

posted: 10/07/2007 4:39 a.m.

It is the season for that quadrennial Washington tradition known as "burrowing in." It happens in every administration. As the clock winds down on a presidential term, political appointees across the federal bureaucracy start to worry about finding a paying gig to replace the one whose end is near.

20 hurt in explosion at NYC apartments

posted: 10/07/2007 4:39 a.m.

An apparent gas leak caused a Manhattan apartment building to explode, injuring 20 people, four of them children who were critically burned, officials said.

Razorbacks defense comes out flat

posted: 10/07/2007 4:38 a.m.

Tuneup time is over for the Arkansas defense.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE: Indians toppled in league opener

posted: 10/07/2007 4:37 a.m.

MONROE, La. - It was truly a reversal of fortune.

Giuliani calls Clinton ambiguous on Iraq war, Iran

posted: 10/07/2007 4:37 a.m.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has not stated clear goals for dealing with the Iraq war and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: UCA wins again at Sam Houston

posted: 10/07/2007 4:36 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The University of Central Arkansas Bears have made two trips to Sam Houston State's Bowers Stadium in as many years and come away with victories both times.

TOP 25: Stanford shocks USC in Coliseum

posted: 10/07/2007 4:35 a.m.

In the year of the upset in college football, Stanford's stunner just might top them all.

4 Southern states frazzled by historic drought

posted: 10/07/2007 4:35 a.m.

From the shriveled cotton fields of northern Alabama to the browned lawns of suburban Atlanta, the Southeast is wilting under one of the most severe droughts in its history.

ARKANSAS 34, TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA 15: Letdown in Little Rock

posted: 10/07/2007 4:34 a.m.

Arkansas' first trip to Little Rock this season could have been a record-breaking homecoming for Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden and a quality tuneup for next week's SEC West showdown with Auburn.

The nation in brief

posted: 10/07/2007 4:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Every enrollee in a private Medicare plan is a potential source of substantial profits." David Lipschutz, a lawyer at the nonprofit California Health Advocates, on the use of predatory sales practices by private insurers Article, 11A

Can senator serve with illness?

posted: 10/07/2007 4:34 a.m.

The announcement by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., that he has a progressive brain disease and will not seek re-election has left unanswered questions about how the illness is affecting him and whether it could interfere with his plans to remain in the Senate until his term expires in January 2009.

Lottery payoffs fall short for expected school funding

posted: 10/07/2007 4:33 a.m.

Last year, North Carolina's governor, Mike Easley, finally delivered on his promise to start a lottery, making his state the most recent of the 42 states and the District of Columbia to cash in on legalized gambling.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs stay afloat as wave engulfs War Memorial

posted: 10/07/2007 4:33 a.m.

Late in the second quarter most of the 54,836 fans in War Memorial did the wave.

President hints at leeway on child health insurance

posted: 10/07/2007 4:32 a.m.

President Bush signaled a willingness Saturday to spend more than what he had recommended for a popular children's health program, but provided no specifics on how much higher he would go.

Second officer criticizes tribunals

posted: 10/07/2007 4:31 a.m.

A second Army officer who sat on the "enemy combatant" tribunals at Guantanamo has stepped forward to criticize the panels, saying in court papers released Friday the proceedings favored the government and commanders reversed some decisions.

RECRUITING: Twenty commitments not the end for Razorbacks

posted: 10/07/2007 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas has been stuck on 20 oral commitments for a while now, but that could be changing in the coming days or weeks.

Kurdish single moms risk death by family

posted: 10/07/2007 4:30 a.m.

She is 18, unmarried and eight months pregnant. She hates it when the baby shifts and kicks in her womb.

Interception returns tie NCAA record

posted: 10/07/2007 4:29 a.m.

THIBODAUX, La. - Kareem Moore and Ladarius Webb each returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half to tie an NCAA single-game record and lead Nicholls State to a 58-0 victory over Northwestern (La.) State on Saturday.

TV news shows

posted: 10/07/2007 4:29 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows

Resurgent Tigers continue to roll

posted: 10/07/2007 4:29 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers sported a reloaded backfield, a short-handed but disruptive defense and absolutely no hangover from last week's big win.

Miffed Volunteers take out frustration on Bulldogs

posted: 10/07/2007 4:28 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer doesn't like people picking on his team - on or off the field.

Names and faces

posted: 10/07/2007 4:28 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan has checked out of a drug and alcohol treatment program in Utah that she entered in August, according to People magazine.

Collegiate Booze News crosses line, some say

posted: 10/07/2007 4:27 a.m.

Ah, college life. All-night study sessions in the library. Professors challenging the conventional wisdom. Snowball battles on the quad.

LSU gambles, comes up a winner

posted: 10/07/2007 4:27 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gambling at every opportunity, LSU managed to hold on to its No. 1 ranking.

Ole Miss' defense pulls it together

posted: 10/07/2007 4:27 a.m.

OXFORD, Miss. - Questions about its struggling defense consumed Mississippi all week.

3 U.S. agencies huddling on alien worker barriers

posted: 10/07/2007 4:26 a.m.

With a nationwide farmworker shortage threatening to leave unharvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields, federal officials have begun quietly rewriting regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers legally can enter the country.

BIG TEN: Illini knock off another ranked foe

posted: 10/07/2007 4:26 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Last weekend's upset of a Top 25 team wasn't enough to get Illinois ranked. Maybe this one will be.

BIG 12: Young QB rouses Oklahoma

posted: 10/07/2007 4:25 a.m.

DALLAS - Since he's only 19 and was playing just his sixth college game, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford can be excused for thinking he can do things most quarterbacks wouldn't even try.

Pakistan awaits result of key vote

posted: 10/07/2007 4:25 a.m.

Gen. Pervez Musharraf won an overwheming majority in a presidential election boycotted by nearly the entire opposition Saturday, and attention shifted to Supreme Court deliberations on whether he can claim victory.

Top Shiites put end to rivalry

posted: 10/07/2007 4:24 a.m.

Two of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders agreed Saturday to end a bitter rivalry in a bid to end months of armed clashes and assassinations in the oil-rich south that have threatened to spread into a wider conflict.

ACC: Tar Heels beat Davis' old team

posted: 10/07/2007 4:24 a.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Butch Davis' latest reclamation project took a major step in the right direction.

Kansas takes over Manhattan

posted: 10/07/2007 4:24 a.m.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Todd Reesing threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead Kansas to a 30-24 victory Saturday over No. 24 Kansas State, a week after the Wildcats won at Texas.

High court case has corporate world on watch

posted: 10/07/2007 4:23 a.m.

Corporate America and investors like those financially harmed in the Enron Corp. collapse will be watching closely this week as the Supreme Court hears a lawsuit on whether third-party businesses that partner with troubled firms can be sued.

BOWLING: Little Rock's Harris rolls 300 despite pinched finger

posted: 10/07/2007 4:22 a.m.

Michael Harris, 54, of Little Rock, followed games of 168 and 185 with his first 300 game for a 653 series in the Big 10/Paul Miller League at Professor Bowl South.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE: Seven turnovers too many for 'Riders

posted: 10/07/2007 4:22 a.m.

MAGNOLIA - At some point, the Southern Arkansas Muleriders might see how close they came to knocking off No. 5 Valdosta State and consider it a moral victory.

In the news

posted: 10/07/2007 4:08 a.m.

O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, is getting back his fake Rolex watch, seized by attorneys for Goldman's father, Fred, as part of a wrongful-death judgment against Simpson, after the timepiece was determined to be a knockoff made in China.

Zone 2 vote key to board balance

posted: 10/07/2007 4:06 a.m.

They live just three miles apart and have similar visions for the Little Rock School District, but for many in the city there is just one aspect that matters: He is black and she is white.

planting time: Cassava grown by Mayans, still important tropical crop

posted: 10/07/2007 4:04 a.m.

Most of us have a vague recollection of food plants from other parts of the world, but we quickly run out of specifics when we go to discuss them.

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