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Batesville woman 103

posted: 05/18/2008 4:57 p.m.

The first automobile Pearl Bounds ever saw like to have scared her to death.

Police identify man who drowned near Van Buren

posted: 05/18/2008 4:55 p.m.

Police have identified the man who drowned after his boat crashed into a piling for an Interstate 40 bridge.

Lumber company donates 2,900 acre forest near Camden

posted: 05/18/2008 4:54 p.m.

A lumber company has donated a 2,900-acre conservation easement near Camden to The Nature Conservancy.

Federal government examines Farmington district

posted: 05/18/2008 4:44 p.m.

Federal education officials are investigating a complaint by a former teacher at Farmington School District over its English as a second language course.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES UCA to get fill of Motown, acrobats, Latin beats

posted: 05/18/2008 5:55 a.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats of China will open the University of Central Arkansas' 2008-09 Public Appearances season with three performances Sept. 19-20 in Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

Country music or Housewives?

posted: 05/18/2008 5:55 a.m.

It's a big night for country music fans, but first let's cover this week's comings and goings on the program schedule.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Push for details a deal-breaker

posted: 05/18/2008 5:55 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend wanted to have the Numbers Conversation. I already know what you think about this generally. I was perfectly comfortable trading our numbers, but he has pushed the issue further, wanting to know more about the specific circumstances of each person on the list.

Antics of Indiana Jones are not actual archaeology

posted: 05/18/2008 5:54 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - Indiana Jones managed to retrieve the trinket he was after in the opening moments of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He pretty much wrecked everything else in the ancient South American temple where the little gold idol had rested for millennia.

Winnie the Pooh show set at arena

posted: 05/18/2008 5:54 a.m.

Tickets are on sale for Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh, which will visit Alltel Arena for one performance at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:54 a.m.

What is it about watercolorists that make them stick together? Perhaps it's the painstaking nature of their craft, having to turn balky, watery paint into an evocative image.

Hot Tubs shocker at Juanita's!

posted: 05/18/2008 5:54 a.m.

A band with the musical clout on the order of Green Day could, at the very least, make a serious run at selling out Alltel Arena. Green Day has won Grammys and sold many, many millions of copies of its albums Dookie and American Idiot, to name just two.

SPIN CYCLE: They had me hooked at 'sequins'

posted: 05/18/2008 5:53 a.m.

The day I got the call, it was snowing and May 19 - also known as tomorrow - sounded really far away.

LIVE MUSIC Texas singers at the Shack

posted: 05/18/2008 5:52 a.m.

Thick Syrup Records will host its weekly music showcase Monday night with Homer Hiccolm & the Rockettops from Abilene, Texas, at Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, 107 Commerce St., Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK PRESERVATION AWARDS: Neighbors and volunteers with historic vision praised

posted: 05/18/2008 5:52 a.m.

Contributors to historic preservation in Little Rock were honored for the second year at Curran Hall on May 10.

MALE CALL: Brass buttons on blazer conjure up Mr. Howell

posted: 05/18/2008 5:52 a.m.

Q. I have a double-breasted blue blazer that is exceptional. However, I have never liked brass or other metal buttons. How much difference in dressiness does having dark buttons make? I prefer a conservative look and brass buttons make me feel like Thurston Howell III. Is there any reason not to replace the buttons ?


posted: 05/18/2008 5:51 a.m.

Tiffany McFadden and Carl Kidd Jr. were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in St. Mark Baptist Church, with Bishop Steven Arnold officiating.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:51 a.m.

Nuptial vows were exchanged by Jacquelyn Marie Mendelsohn and Ryan Edwin Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Pulaski Heights Baptist Church. The Revs.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:51 a.m.

Happy birthday. It's a year of outstanding accomplishment.What you've had your mind's eye set on comes to you in the next 10 weeks. Loved ones contribute to your fun in June, and someone may even spring for your travel expenses. In September, you're picking up a new skill, which requires discipline. There's a windfall in December. Leo and Cancer delight you.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:51 a.m.

Eleanor Elizabeth Loveless became the bride of John Van Tilbury at 5:30 p.m.

THE BOTTLE TREE: Time let out of the bottle as history comes to life

posted: 05/18/2008 5:50 a.m.

Arkansas history, as told by actresses portraying wives of Arkansas governors during the state's first 100 years, became an interesting and entertaining narrative May 10 at Wildwood Park for the Arts.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:50 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Randa Diane Skarda and Andrew Robert Wilkins at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at First United Methodist Church in Springdale. The Rev. Britt Skarda of First United Methodist Church, Springdale, cousin of the bride, and the Rev. Glen Harris of First United Methodist Church in Hazen officiated.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:50 a.m.

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church was the setting at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, for the marriage of Mary Angela Duran and Lill Cornett Lewis. The Rev. Shari Coote of Pulaski Heights Christian Church and the Rev. Jason Ferguson of Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff officiated.

FARAWAY TASTES: Taste of Mediterranean nets $200,000 from auctions, golf

posted: 05/18/2008 5:49 a.m.

More than 500 people gathered May 9 to celebrate the eighth year of "Taste of the Mediterranean" at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Slowing economy paints art market in more somber hues

posted: 05/18/2008 5:49 a.m.

NEW YORK - It took only about 120 seconds last week for a Monet to exchange hands for a small fortune.

A MATTER OF DEGREES: Family gets down to business of partying after son graduates

posted: 05/18/2008 5:49 a.m.

Getting an advanced degree, an Executive Master of Business Administration, was the reason for Lois and Marlin Black to entertain in honor of their son, Tony Black, at a reception May 8 in the Grand Hall at the Governor's Mansion.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:48 a.m.

Nina Brooke Beard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Beard of Jacksonville, and Nathanael Anderson McGee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan McGee of Beebe; June 21.

Rauschenberg aspired to art that had 'nothing to do with "Art'"

posted: 05/18/2008 5:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Robert Rauschenberg, the 82-year-old American master who died Monday, made some of the most influential art of the past 50 years. But not all of his influence comes from the objects that he is best know for.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:48 a.m.

CONWAY - Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Nichols will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 7-9 p.m. Saturday with a dinner cruise for family on the Arkansas Queen.

Bridal policy

posted: 05/18/2008 5:47 a.m.

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

Listen Up Gemini: We have liftoff

posted: 05/18/2008 5:47 a.m.

Big Gemini History in the Making (Big Gun/Upstairs Records) Hip-hop AWhat a magnificent breeze of moving, affective material. Dallas' own Big Gemini has created an album filled with exactly what hip-hop used to be and should be again - raw, precise lyrics married to excellent, fitting tracks that elicit genuine reactions from the listeners.

DEAR ABBY: If heart surgery didn't deter smoker, make funeral plans

posted: 05/18/2008 5:47 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: Last year, my husband, "Steve," was scheduled for bypass surgery. He told everyone - all our friends and relatives - that he planned to stop smoking afterward. It has now been nine months, and as recently as last week Steve and I were discussing his amazing willpower with friends.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:47 a.m.

Odom-Ross Nuptial vows were exchanged by Jennifer Lee Ross and Daniel David Odom on Saturday at Almost Heaven Resort in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Judge Gordon McCain officiated.

Social calendar

posted: 05/18/2008 5:46 a.m.

May 19 Dancing with the YStars, 7-9 p.m., Arkansas Governor's Mansion, a benefi t for the YMCA. More information is available at (501) 758-3170.

Bluegrass group to wield antiques

posted: 05/18/2008 5:46 a.m.

The Old School Bluegrass Band will bring out antique instruments for a special show from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Church, 12900 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

Fundraiser is all carat, no stick

posted: 05/18/2008 5:46 a.m.

Club Red was host to a big-city fashion show May 8 at its third annual Five Carat Ball. The event at the Statehouse Convention Center was a fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas. The chapter depends on the money to respond to disasters and provide health and safety services like lifesaving skills, as well as support to families of servicemen and social services.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Healthy blood pressure critical regardless of age

posted: 05/18/2008 5:46 a.m.

In the last year, there has been a great array of information regarding blood pressure and disease prevention. While everyone agrees that managing high blood pressure and lifelong health go hand in hand, there is some debate on exactly what range is ideal. This is especially true with advancing age.

To teach a child

posted: 05/18/2008 5:45 a.m.

Junior Achievement of Arkansas honored two of its early board members at a business luncheon Monday at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Juggling stage,TV and film keeps work fresh for actor Whitford

posted: 05/18/2008 5:45 a.m.

NEW YORK - It's midmorning on a sunny spring day, and Bradley Whitford arrives a little late for an interview looking downright exhausted.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Giggling nursing student was very good medicine

posted: 05/18/2008 5:45 a.m.

Verle Methvin expected her relationship with Bill LaFarra would be fleeting, lasting only the brief time she rode next to him in the back seat of his best friend's car on the way back to her dormitory in 1945.

GARDEN COUNCIL: 'Thank yous' blossom forth for those who shared flowers

posted: 05/18/2008 5:45 a.m.

Jeanne Spencer, general chairman of the eighth annual tour of private gardens hosted by the Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs, welcomed participating homeowners and committee members to an afternoon tea and champagne toast May 9 at her Sherwood Road home as a "Thank you" for their participation.

Judge and jury on a modern classic Sprinting for greener pastures

posted: 05/18/2008 5:44 a.m.

Legendary film critic Pauline Kael once described the actor who, one night last week, christened the second installment of the Little Rock Film Festival, thusly: "Judge Reinhold, the young man with the old man's name, is a cross between Jimmy Stewart and Donald Duck."

Golf event chairmen hope for hole in one

posted: 05/18/2008 5:44 a.m.

Connie and Ed Bennett of Maumelle had never shared a leadership role until the Make-AWish Foundation's Mid-South Chapter recruited them to serve as co-chairmen of its fourth annual Celebrity Golf Classic.

GM aims to gain mileage with ads on fuel efficiency

posted: 05/18/2008 5:44 a.m.

After months of holding out hope that U.S. truck sales would rebound, General Motors Corp. is accepting that the market shift toward more fuel-friendly vehicles isn't likely to end.

The buzz

posted: 05/18/2008 5:44 a.m.

GLEN'S BACK Arkansas native Glen Campbell has finished work on a new album produced by Julian Raymond, known for his work with Rosanne Cash and the Wallflowers.

James Edward McClelland Jr.

posted: 05/18/2008 5:43 a.m.

This is the story of how an Arkansan and his engineering firm helped bring two cities together. On Saturday, the former Union Pacific Railroad bridge spanning the Arkansas River was reopened, providing a pedestrian link between Little Rock's River Market District and North Little Rock's Riverfront Park.

Gay-marriage foes to answer California with ballot try

posted: 05/18/2008 5:43 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO - Just hours after the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that samesex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Mathew Staver was already raising money to overturn the decision.

Major parties hope to get voters in gear

posted: 05/18/2008 5:42 a.m.

Voter turnout in Tuesday's party primaries and nonpartisan judicial election is expected to be light, so candidates say they're working hard to make sure their supporters don't forget to go to the polls.

Magellan likely aided by El Nino, scientists say

posted: 05/18/2008 5:42 a.m.

WASHINGTON - The El Nino phenomenon that has puzzled climate scientists in recent decades quite likely assisted the first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago, researchers believe.


posted: 05/18/2008 5:42 a.m.

NOTES: It is an odd fact, but Neil Diamond's new CD is the first of his entire career to hold the top spot on the album chart.

More Saudi oil not a solution, Bush cautions

posted: 05/18/2008 5:41 a.m.

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - President Bush said Saudi Arabia's small increase in oil production will not solve soaring U.S. fuel prices, but he defended the kingdom Saturday against American lawmakers "screaming the loudest" for Riyadh to open its spigots.

POP NOTES Arkansas bands fishing for fans beyond the state

posted: 05/18/2008 5:41 a.m.

Lovers of original music by Arkansas acts have a lot to look forward to this summer. The Good Fear will release its new album on Little Rock's Max Recordings while Kingsdown and Damn Bullets will be touring. These three bands built a devoted fan base over the last few years and are looking to expand it beyond Arkansas in the coming months.

Money grows on land, not on trees

posted: 05/18/2008 5:40 a.m.

Skyrocketing timberland prices have some people scratching their heads and mentioning the "bubble" word.

Inflation data hard to crack

posted: 05/18/2008 5:39 a.m.

WASHINGTON - If only beleaguered motorists and shoppers could make their gasoline pains and food sticker shock go away with the ease that the government can.

Container shortage tripping up exporters

posted: 05/18/2008 5:38 a.m.

At the time when the struggling U.S. economy needs the biggest boost it can get from booming exports, companies and agricultural producers with American goods bound for overseas can't find enough empty cargo containers and have to wait weeks to get space on ships headed to Asia.

Boeing, Airbus production snags delay deliveries of jets

posted: 05/18/2008 5:30 a.m.

SEATTLE - Thirteen years ago, The Boeing Co. delivered the first 777 to United Airlines - on schedule to the very day it had been promised years earlier.

Recession? Not so fast, say some economists

posted: 05/18/2008 5:30 a.m.

A funny thing happened to the economy on its way to recession : It's taken a detour.

Industry had say in animal-farming study, panel says

posted: 05/18/2008 5:29 a.m.

A recent report on the dangers of concentrating animals on farms got plenty of input from the meat industry, which has criticized the study, according to members of the Washington-based commission that prepared the document.

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS NLR seeing more development north of Sylvan Hills

posted: 05/18/2008 5:28 a.m.

There's an area of North Little Rock that is seeing quite a bit of development these days.

Sub tours offer closer look at seas' wonders

posted: 05/18/2008 5:27 a.m.

Imagine you are diving beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea. A school of horse-eyed jacks suddenly changes direction, flashing what appears to be a silvery sheet. A shipwreck emerges in the deep blue distance. You head in that direction, cruising alongside a picturesque coral reef.

Some wine grape growers turning to dry farming

posted: 05/18/2008 5:26 a.m.

KENWOOD, Calif. - Vineyard manager Steve Thomas grasps the trunk of a zinfandel vine, a redwood of the vineyard, gnarled with age and planted in the days when irrigation meant a barrel of water on a horse-drawn cart.

Brazil ties up 80% of deep-sea oil rigs

posted: 05/18/2008 5:26 a.m.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-controlled oil company, has leased about 80 percent of the world's deepest-drilling offshore rigs to explore prospects including the Western Hemisphere's largest discovery in decades.

A few microbrewers say cans do as well as bottles, thank you

posted: 05/18/2008 5:25 a.m.

Can New Belgium? Yes, it can. Can, that is.

Road read

posted: 05/18/2008 5:24 a.m.

Southern focus Hot off the press, Fodor's In Focus: Savannah & Charleston is a compact guide to two of the South's most charming cities.

Travel Q&A

posted: 05/18/2008 5:23 a.m.

Vietnam visa Q. Do I need a visa for a threeweek visit to Ho Chi Minh City? What about vaccinations? - J.E., San Jose A. You'll need a visa and vaccinations.

Bon voyage

posted: 05/18/2008 5:22 a.m.

New D.C. tour A new Civil War tour of Washington includes a visit to the newly restored Lincoln Cottage, Abe Lincoln's summer retreat on the campus of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Obama gears for general election

posted: 05/18/2008 5:22 a.m.

Barack Obama will mark this week's round of primary voting with a rally in Iowa, where victory in January propelled him to his status as the front-runner.

Quake-hit Chinese flee as rivers back up

posted: 05/18/2008 5:20 a.m.

DONGHEKOU, China - Two rivers blocked by landslides threatened to flood towns shattered by China's massive earthquake, sending thousands of survivors fleeing Saturday.

Royal treats

posted: 05/18/2008 5:20 a.m.

HOYLAKE, England - An October drizzle began after lunch, mixing with the winds off the Irish Sea to provide a cold, wet afternoon game at the famed Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Derailed train car leaks acid

posted: 05/18/2008 5:19 a.m.

LAFAYETTE, La. - Six cars of a freight train derailed Saturday, including one that began leaking hydrochloric acid, causing thousands of people to evacuate homes, businesses and a nursing home within one mile of the wreck.

Immense cruise ship plans tree-lined park

posted: 05/18/2008 5:19 a.m.

Talk about huge! Royal Caribbean's latest incarnation, a Goliath of a vessel dubbed the Genesis Project, will weigh in at 220,000 tons and nab the title of the largest cruise ship ever built when it debuts in November 2009.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Mostar's rebuilt bridge, lively streets, battling skyline

posted: 05/18/2008 5:19 a.m.

MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina - The city of Mostar lies at a crossroads of cultures: just inland from the Adriatic coast, in the southern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Destin offers the kids more than sand, surf

posted: 05/18/2008 5:18 a.m.

DESTIN, Fla. - Three days into the vacation, and the kids are bored with the all-day beach routine. Or are those just my kids?

CONSUMER TRAVEL Cities often offer transit deals for elderly

posted: 05/18/2008 5:17 a.m.

If you're planning to visit a big city this summer, check for special fares for older travelers using urban transit and suburban rail systems. A few cities let these travelers ride free and many offer discounts of 50 percent or more, but a few make it difficult for nonresidents to exploit discounts.

TV news shows

posted: 05/18/2008 5:15 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows

UAW deal struck to end auto-parts supplier strike

posted: 05/18/2008 5:15 a.m.

DETROIT - The auto industry's longest strike in more than 40 years, a walkout at a parts supplier that disrupted production at 32 General Motors plants, will end within days if the picketing workers ratify a tentative agreement reached late Friday with their employer, American Axle and Manufacturing.

In the news

posted: 05/18/2008 5:15 a.m.

Peter Phillips, 30, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II who is 11th in line to the throne but does not have any official royal duties, married his Canadian fiancee, Autumn Kelly, also 30, in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Names and faces

posted: 05/18/2008 5:15 a.m.

Though Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are keeping a tight lid on their nuptials, aerial photos posted Friday at several celebrity Web sites, credited to the Insight News & Features paparazzi photo agency, purport to show the Simpson family home near Los Angeles dotted with large white party tents.

Year of travel, interning can help sort out priorities

posted: 05/18/2008 5:15 a.m.

Jenny and Aaron Solomon were on the American path to success. He was a lawyer in his third year at a prestigious Chicago firm. She was a recent graduate from a top business school looking at a pile of job offers. Both were poised for the fast track.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/18/2008 5:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Going into this, everybody knew it was going to be ugly." Adrian King, president of United Automobile Workers Local 235 in Detroit, on the end of the union's 81-day strike against American Axle and Manufacturing Article, this page

Costly airport-to-city trip in Europe can confound

posted: 05/18/2008 5:14 a.m.

It's hard to travel to Europe these days without worrying about something. Will my luggage arrive with me? Will I have enough money, given the weak dollar and soaring euro and pound? And, oh, yes, what's the best way to get from the airport to the city center or my hotel?

Kennedy shows recovery signs after suffering seizure at home

posted: 05/18/2008 5:14 a.m.

BOSTON - Sen. Edward Kennedy suffered a seizure at his Cape Cod home Saturday morning but was recovering well enough by afternoon to watch a Red Sox game from his hospital room.

Need for cash swells ranks of Crime Stoppers tipsters

posted: 05/18/2008 5:13 a.m.

Across the country, the number of tips to the police from people hoping to collect reward money has risen.

Inquiry begins after carnival ride collapses

posted: 05/18/2008 5:13 a.m.

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. - State investigators were trying to determine what caused a spinning carnival ride at a county fair to collapse and injure all 23 people aboard.

Wanted: New shepherds

posted: 05/18/2008 5:13 a.m.

Children everywhere love prizes and fuzzy animals, right? The North Dakota shepherding industry is counting on it.

Gator prowls waters of Texas sinkhole

posted: 05/18/2008 5:12 a.m.

DAISETTA, Texas - The giant Texas sinkhole that formed this month is now a lake big enough to become the home of an alligator.

Military cracking down on scrap-metal scavengers

posted: 05/18/2008 5:12 a.m.

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Hundreds of Marines were conducting a combat training mission in the Mojave Desert when an air patrol spotted something kicking up dust: a civilian pickup speeding across the barren landscape.

Spousal age gap runs wide

posted: 05/18/2008 5:12 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - From politicians like Dennis Kucinich and John McCain to businessmen like Larry Ellison and Donald Trump to entertainers like Woody Allen and Larry King, there's no shortage of rich, successful men marrying much younger women.

Don't like America today? Blame Nixon

posted: 05/18/2008 5:12 a.m.

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, by Rick Perlstein, Scribner, illustrated, 881 pages, $37.50 Rick Perlstein's sprawling, rollicking book, arrives hard on the heels of a contest of empathy-exhibitionism in which the two Democratic presidential candidates competed to see who could more ardently adore churchgoing, gunowning, not-at-all-bitter working-class Pennsylvanians.

U.S. offer of food pleases N. Korea

posted: 05/18/2008 5:11 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea welcomed Saturday a U.S. offer of food aid, saying the assistance would help alleviate shortages and improve relations between the two countries.

The world in brief

posted: 05/18/2008 5:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Oh God! I have lost everything." Wen Xiaoying, 32, upon returning to her village of Donghekou, China, which was destroyed by Monday's earthquake. Article, 1A

Burma bars French aid as refugees wait

posted: 05/18/2008 5:11 a.m.

RANGOON, Burma - Burma's junta kept a French navy ship laden with aid waiting outside its maritime border Saturday and showed off neatly laid-out state relief camps to diplomats.


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Fiction 1. SUNDAY AT TIFFANY'S, James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. A woman finds an unexpected love. 2. THE WHOLE TRUTH, David Baldacci. An intelligence agent and a journalist team up against a warmongering defense contractor.

Pakistani lawyers ready to take to streets again

posted: 05/18/2008 5:10 a.m.

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani lawyers vowed Saturday to stage massive street protests next month unless the new government meets its pledge to reinstate judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf.

Ex-newsman Roger Mudd slings with the best

posted: 05/18/2008 5:10 a.m.

The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, by Roger Mudd, PublicAffairs, 413 pages, $27.95 "Half the trick," Bobby Kennedy confided to Roger Mudd during a campaign stop in Eureka, Calif., in the spring of 1968, "is to look like you're having fun."

Kidnapped Pakistani envoy freed

posted: 05/18/2008 5:10 a.m.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan returned home Saturday, three months after he was kidnapped on the main highway through Pakistan's wild border region.

Female fans feeling loss as Clinton hopes fade

posted: 05/18/2008 5:09 a.m.

Philipina Heintzman, 81, drove 80 miles across the South Dakota prairie to experience history in the making: a woman running for president, something she never dreamed as a child that she would live to see.

Democrat-Gazette wins APME sweepstakes award

posted: 05/18/2008 5:08 a.m.

HEBER SPRINGS - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was the sweepstakes winner in its division and earned 15 first-place nods in the 2007 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors awards presented Saturday in Heber Springs.

Displaced Kenyan farmers return with army escort

posted: 05/18/2008 5:08 a.m.

NEAR CHERANGANY, Kenya - In the fertile Rift Valley region earlier this month, convoys of army trucks began returning thousands of farmers to their fields.

Talks on Lebanon hit a snag over Hezbollah weapons issue

posted: 05/18/2008 5:07 a.m.

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's ruling coalition demanded Saturday that talks to end the country's 18-month-old political crisis tackle the issue of Hezbollah's weapons, a demand the militant group rejected.

Israeli, Egyptian leaders work for Gaza cease-fire

posted: 05/18/2008 5:07 a.m.

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to discuss efforts to work out a cease-fire between the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip and Israel, officials said.

Crackdown on al-Qaida nets 1,000

posted: 05/18/2008 5:06 a.m.

BAGHDAD - Nearly 1,000 people have been detained in a sweep to break al-Qaida-in-Iraq's sway in Iraq's third-largest city, Mosul, but many of the fighters have fled to nearby areas, where troops are hunting for them, Iraqi officials said Saturday.

Sri Lanka military says 16 rebels killed

posted: 05/18/2008 5:06 a.m.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan air force jets bombed an airstrip used by Tamil Tiger rebels, and 16 insurgents were killed in ground clashes in the north, the military said Saturday.

The Thing About Life a sensitive salute to a dad

posted: 05/18/2008 5:05 a.m.

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, by David Shields, Knopf, 256 pages, $23.95 Some books make readers glad they aren't the ones who have to decide where to shelve a book in the bookstore. So it is with David Shields' The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead.

Work plan in Iraq seen as win-win situation

posted: 05/18/2008 5:04 a.m.

CAMP ADDER, Iraq - The men climbed over the sides of the cargo truck, some straightened their matching blue coveralls while others wrapped red and white scarves around their heads to block the dusty morning sunshine.

REMEMBERING ARKANSAS Giants, giant killers dominated postwar state politics

posted: 05/18/2008 5:02 a.m.

Today we continue to look at great political confrontations in Arkansas history. May is Arkansas Heritage Month, and the theme this year is our political heritage. I think most knowledgeable people would agree that Arkansas has an interesting, if not wholly admirable, political heritage.

that's life High school graduation dilemmas

posted: 05/18/2008 5:01 a.m.

I'm stressed out about my son's high school graduation.

Director recalls shooting film in Calico Rock

posted: 05/18/2008 5:01 a.m.

As soon as he saw it, he knew he'd struck gold.

Rail crossings continue to prove deadly in state

posted: 05/18/2008 5 a.m.

JONESBORO - Duane Harvey has owned a business across the street from a rail crossing on U.S. 49 north of Jonesboro for 37 years.

Schools' funds flush, but what's cash for?

posted: 05/18/2008 5 a.m.

Pulaski County schools have nearly $2 million in special funds sitting in their checking accounts and only three weeks of school left in which to spend it.

Horse therapy benefits autistic kids

posted: 05/18/2008 4:59 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS - Horse therapy for disabled children has been around for years, but a program in Benton County is trying a new slant to help children with autism learn social skills.

Bridge's uniting of cities honored

posted: 05/18/2008 4:59 a.m.

After sitting idle since 1985, the Junction Bridge was opened Saturday as Pulaski County's second pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River.

Committed to the cure

posted: 05/18/2008 4:59 a.m.

SEARCY - Each year White County hosts one of the largest American Cancer Society Relay for Life events in the state, but American Cancer Society representative Miranda Reynolds of Searcy said the relay's committee is more proud of the 350 cancer survivors registered in the county database.

front&center George Biggs

posted: 05/18/2008 4:58 a.m.

The eight years George Biggs spent as a teacher and coach guide the way he approaches his position as director of the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department.


posted: 05/18/2008 4:57 a.m.

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

SWEET TEA: 10 years do little to ease mom's grief

posted: 05/18/2008 4:57 a.m.

She looks even tinier there, kneeling in the grass next to the gravestone, peering into the mailbox, pressed by a decade of grief.

Harding art students travel to Chicago

posted: 05/18/2008 4:57 a.m.

SEARCY - Harding University student Joseph Gilbert of Searcy participated in an educational tour of several art and design museums, showrooms and firms in Chicago April 17-20.

Aliens just the beginning, woman fears

posted: 05/18/2008 4:56 a.m.

JONESBORO - Jeannie Burlsworth worries about a lot of things.

Lyon College graduates 98

posted: 05/18/2008 4:56 a.m.

BATESVILLE - Lyon College graduated 98 students at its 136th commencement May 10. The college conferred 53 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 45 Bachelor of Science degrees.

Air Force Thunderbird pilots demonstrate their craft

posted: 05/18/2008 4:55 a.m.

FORT SMITH - Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pennington, a crew member of the Air Force Thunderbirds, never expected to see an Arkansas Razorback etched inside a panel in the cockpit of Thunderbird No. 5.

Thirty-three graduate from county leadership class

posted: 05/18/2008 4:55 a.m.

CABOT - Lonoke County Leadership Training recently held graduation services for its 2008 class at Lonoke Primary school.

Arts Council to offer oil-painting workshop

posted: 05/18/2008 4:55 a.m.

BATESVILLE - The Batesville Area Arts Council will provide an oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

Police beat

posted: 05/18/2008 4:54 a.m.

A Little Rock woman questioned by police Friday afternoon said she had a BB gun in her purse, and when officers checked, they found five counterfeit $20 bills inside, police said.

Pet of the week

posted: 05/18/2008 4:54 a.m.

Co-co is our pet of the week. She is a 6-month-old, 15-pound, tri-colored beagle. Co-co is very loving and loves to play or be in your lap snoozing. This little girl is crate-trained, doggie-door trained and doing well on housebreaking. She has quite the personality and would be a wonderful pet for just about any family. Co-co has had all her shots and is ready for her forever home.

Drilling firm gets OK to take water from river

posted: 05/18/2008 4:54 a.m.

Chesapeake Energy Inc. has obtained approval to remove water from the Little Red River in support of its natural gas drilling operations in White County.

College announces formation of ensemble

posted: 05/18/2008 4:54 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE - Williams Baptist College has announced the formation of an instrumental ensemble for the upcoming fall semester, and Walnut Ridge native Craig Wadley will lead the group.

Chung urges graduates to pursue a job they love

posted: 05/18/2008 4:53 a.m.

Confident body language, a sense of humor in stressful situations and a willingness to work hard are among the traits of successful people, three-time Emmy Award-winner Connie Chung said Saturday at Episcopal Collegiate School.

Dumas man, 22, dies in traffic crash

posted: 05/18/2008 4:53 a.m.

Arthur Boothe Jr., 22, of Dumas was killed in a car crash on Arkansas 54 in Lincoln County on Friday morning.

Chinese quake damages Heifer International projects

posted: 05/18/2008 4:53 a.m.

Heifer International said Friday that its project sites in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Chonging sustained damage in Monday's earthquake.

Harding students win at state level, to compete nationally

posted: 05/18/2008 4:53 a.m.

SEARCY - Members of Harding University's Phi Alpha Omega chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a national intercollegiate business organization, won awards in their respective events at the Arkansas Phi Beta Lambda competition in Hot Springs April 21-22.

Moving pictures

posted: 05/18/2008 4:53 a.m.

Are we having a laugh? We will be if summer movies have anything to say about it.

UALR teacher gets journalism award

posted: 05/18/2008 4:52 a.m.

Bruce Plopper has received the 2008 Journalism Educator of the Year award, the Arkansas Press Association announced.

Act creates tension within state GOP

posted: 05/18/2008 4:52 a.m.

Chris Stewart, the general counsel for the state Republican Party, is working as the lawyer for the Secure Arkansas committee.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 05/18/2008 4:52 a.m.

River Market hall to open on Sundays The River Market's Ottenheimer Hall will be open Sundays starting May 25, the last day of Riverfest Music & Arts Festival, through the end of July.

ASU-Searcy to conduct gas-drilling safety class

posted: 05/18/2008 4:52 a.m.

SEARCY - Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, will conduct an Energy Training Council (ETC) safety training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, for people interested in working for the gas-drilling industry.

Williams Baptist College to go online this month

posted: 05/18/2008 4:52 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE - Williams Baptist College plans to offer online classes starting Tuesday, May 27.

Ira Quinton Norwood Sr.: Veteran, ex-pilot, a bit of a daredevil

posted: 05/18/2008 4:51 a.m.

Ira Quinton Norwood Sr., a former pistol and rifle instructor and a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, died Thursday of complications from multiple strokes at his home in Beebe.

Other days

posted: 05/18/2008 4:51 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO May 18, 1908 Unexpected developments and rumors regarding the extra session controversy made it practically impossible at an early hour this morning for even the men who are in close touch with the situation to make a conservative prediction as to whether the majority of the members of the state Legislature will convene in extra session at noon today.

planting time Columbine hybrids offer variety of options

posted: 05/18/2008 4:51 a.m.

Columbines are one of the joys of the springtime woodland garden. The 100 or so species of columbines are native to North America, Europe and Asia. They belong to the buttercup family. Because they have been part of gardens for hundreds of years, they have been hybridized to achieve many garden types.

Governor presents Work-Life award

posted: 05/18/2008 4:50 a.m.

WHITE COUNTY - Gov. Mike Beebe recently presented White County Medical Center with a 2008 Governor's Work-Life Balance award at a ceremony at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Lady Pioneers take 5A track championship

posted: 05/18/2008 4:49 a.m.

Schools from throughout the Three Rivers area competed for the chance to call themselves state champions during the state track meet this week.

Local students spending summer as senator's interns

posted: 05/18/2008 4:48 a.m.

For two college-aged Arkansans, this summer break is going to mean a whole lot more than just swimming and watching TV: Andrea Kesterson, 21, of Hot Springs and Bryan Griffith, 21, of Bryant will both serve as interns in U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's Washington office this summer.

that's life High school graduation dilemmas

posted: 05/18/2008 4:47 a.m.

I'm stressed out about my son's high school graduation.


posted: 05/18/2008 4:46 a.m.

Jessica Allbritton has been writing questions on slips of paper and pinning them to a tree in her backyard. Every day when she gets home from school, Jessica checks the tree for tangible evidence that her questions have been answered.

Arkansas Senior Olympic Games dates announced

posted: 05/18/2008 4:45 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The Arkansas Senior Olympic Games will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 21 in Hot Springs National Park.

Novelist to hold discussion and book signing Wednesday

posted: 05/18/2008 4:45 a.m.

BENTON - North Little Rock resident and author Breanna Cone will dicsuss and sign copies of her latest novel, Murder at the Oasis, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library and at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bryant Library.

Artist displays work in Hot Springs

posted: 05/18/2008 4:44 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS - The art of Gary Simmons is featured for the month of May in the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs.

front&center Martha Dixon

posted: 05/18/2008 4:43 a.m.

Sitting in a crowded Arkadelphia restaurant during a busy weekday lunch, hardly five minutes of an hour goes by without Martha Dixon casting a smile and a wave toward someone she knows, or at least someone who knows her.

SPORTS State track championships

posted: 05/18/2008 4:39 a.m.

Schools from throughout the Tri-Lakes area competed for the chance to call themselves state champions during the state track meet this week.

Paddle Bassin'

posted: 05/18/2008 4:38 a.m.

I remember well my first taste of "paddle bassing." A friend, Dr. Jim Davis of Black Springs, invited me on a fourmile float down the Ouachita River, a beautiful smallmouth bass stream coursing through west Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains. On our first morning out, he paddled his canoe through the labyrinth of boulders and rocky ledges that characterize the upper Ouachita. It was ideal smallmouth habitat, and Jim proved it.

Dillard's CEO lists plans to improve

posted: 05/18/2008 4:37 a.m.

Dillard's Inc. on Saturday outlined steps to bolster performance, including closing stores, to cope with the difficult economic environment it faces.

that's life High school graduation dilemmas

posted: 05/18/2008 4:36 a.m.

I'm stressed out about my son's high school graduation.

The Knuckleballer

posted: 05/18/2008 4:35 a.m.

Conway City Attorney Mike Murphy wasn't much of a baseball fan when he got intrigued by the true story that became his screenplay - and a movie if it hits a home run with an agent.

Soldier bears given to children

posted: 05/18/2008 4:34 a.m.

Teddy bears, dressed in desert camouflage, wearing black berets, tiny combat boots and dog tags, will be helping 418 children cope with the deployment of their mother or father, thanks in part to donations from residents and the Pope County Salute to Freedom Committee.

Annie to be shown at Sunset Cinema

posted: 05/18/2008 4:34 a.m.

LAKE DARDANELLE STATE PARK - Annie will be shown at sunset Thursday, June 5, at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Admission is $1 per adult and children under 12 are free. For more information about Sunset Cinema call the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce at (479) 968-2530.

5 crowd top, led by Texan

posted: 05/18/2008 4:33 a.m.

ROGERS - Five anglers, led by Mike Hawkes of Sabinal, Texas, are in a logjam at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the FLW Wal-Mart Open at Beaver Lake.

133RD PREAKNESS STAKES: Next stop, New York

posted: 05/18/2008 4:32 a.m.

BALTIMORE - Not once but twice, jockey Kent Desormeaux sneaked a peek to see if anyone was gaining on Big Brown.

Spaces available at farmers market

posted: 05/18/2008 4:32 a.m.

MORRILTON - For farmers and gardeners who experience agricultural abundance, space is available at the Conway County Farmers' Market for fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, as well as a few spots for arts and crafts.

High school dropout refuses to give up dream

posted: 05/18/2008 4:32 a.m.

(Editor's Note: This is the third of a fourpart series on nontraditional students in the River Valley and Ozark area.) Janice Freeman Glasspoole, 52, of Gum Log has never let go of her dream of becoming a registered nurse.

Students get books

posted: 05/18/2008 4:31 a.m.

QUITMAN - Quitman Elementary's fourth-graders participated in the third annual Read To Succeed program.

Off the wire

posted: 05/18/2008 4:30 a.m.

TENNIS Federer, Nadal in Hamburg final Rafael Nadal won a three-set struggle with Novak Djokovic to protect his No. 2 ranking Saturday and advance to the Hamburg (Germany) Masters final against the world's top-ranked player.

SEC BASEBALL: Hogs get victory, denied SEC bid

updated: 05/19/2008 4:53 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State Coach Ron Polk wasn't the only one who had a farewell party Saturday.

front&center Paul Northcut

posted: 05/18/2008 4:30 a.m.

A conference speaker spoke the words, but the Rev. Paul Northcut said he believes the message came from God.

Second thoughts

posted: 05/18/2008 4:29 a.m.

One of Oakland Raiders running backs coach Tom Rathman's jobs is making sure rookie running back Darren McFadden of Arkansas doesn't fumble.

Students win Skills USA honors

posted: 05/18/2008 4:29 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE - Several Area Career and Technical Center students in Russellville placed at the Skills USA state competition in Hot Springs.

UCA faculty to perform in China

posted: 05/18/2008 4:28 a.m.

CONWAY - The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music is in the midst of the largest exchange in its relationship with East China Normal University and the Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra.

COMMENTARY: NBA coaches know their time is limited

posted: 05/18/2008 4:27 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Stan Van Gundy is going to get shoved out the door by the Magic.

NCAA SOFTBALL: UA women fall, season ends

posted: 05/18/2008 4:27 a.m.

NORMAN, Okla. - Arkansas' offense never got untracked Saturday night as the Oregon defeated the Lady Razorbacks 3-0 to advance to today's championship game at the NCAA regional tournament at the OU Softball Complex.

GOLF: Howell gets 54-hole lead, looks to end second string

posted: 05/18/2008 4:27 a.m.

DULUTH, Ga. - Charles Howell III shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round of the AT&T Classic.

Mailbox improvement topic of May 19-23

posted: 05/18/2008 4:27 a.m.

CONWAY - U. S. Postal Service designates the third week in May to be Mailbox Improvement Week. This week is designed to encourage postal customers on city motorized or rural routes to improve the appearance of their mailboxes, as well as fix any issues that will bring their boxes up to official standards.

Advisory board to announce plans for Jewish Cultural Center

posted: 05/18/2008 4:26 a.m.

CONWAY - Hendrix College's inaugural meeting of the advisory board for the Jewish Cultural Center will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the school's Wellness and Athletics Center.

NCAA TENNIS: Arkansas' run ends in quarters

posted: 05/18/2008 4:25 a.m.

TULSA - Arkansas' postseason run came to an end Saturday as No. 7 UCLA defeated the No. 17 Lady Razorbacks 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

INTERLEAGUE: Ludwick delivers in 10th to boost Cardinals over Rays

posted: 05/18/2008 4:25 a.m.

ST. LOUIS - A blustery day at Busch Stadium made the ballpark seem a whole lot smaller. In the end, the wind was blowing the St. Louis Cardinals' way.

UACCM searches for the 'write' stuff

posted: 05/18/2008 4:25 a.m.

MORRILTON - The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is sponsoring The Write Stuff writing competition and offering prizes including a three-hour tuition credit to UACCM for the best poems, essays and short stories submitted by students.

Texas League report

posted: 05/18/2008 4:24 a.m.

Coach has a passion for racing It was a good thing for Arkansas Travelers pitching coach Ken Patterson the team was playing a night game Saturday.

Around the minors

posted: 05/18/2008 4:24 a.m.

Earlier this month, the Lake Elsinore Storm was forced to cancel a "Dr. Seuss Night" promotion thanks to a cease-and-desist order from Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

4-H foundation awards scholarships

posted: 05/18/2008 4:24 a.m.

CONWAY - The Faulkner County 4-H Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four Faulkner County students. The recipients were chosen for their strong leadership skills and participation in various community service activities, and each plan to further his education at an institution of higher learning.

Canoe Waters for Arkansas Bass

posted: 05/18/2008 4:24 a.m.

The Natural State encompasses many scenic rivers and lakes where a canoe is the ideal craft for bass fishing, including these first-rate waters: Upper Ouachita River. Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent in the Ouachita River above Lake Ouachita. Several good floats are available, one of the best being the 10-mile stretch from Oden to Rocky Shoals Campground. The put-in point is the Highway 379 bridge just south of Oden.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers pitch shutout

posted: 05/18/2008 4:23 a.m.

It has been a grind for the Arkansas Travelers lately. But that's a good thing.

CLASS 5A: Goblins thwart comebacks, claim 5A title

posted: 05/18/2008 4:23 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Harrison killed several rallies and the ghosts of postseasons past.

Paddle Bassin'

posted: 05/18/2008 4:23 a.m.

I remember well my first taste of "paddle bassing." A friend, Dr. Jim Davis of Black Springs, invited me on a four-mile float down the Ouachita River, a beautiful smallmouth bass stream coursing through west Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains.

CLASS 4A: Valley View rallies, lets defense do rest

posted: 05/18/2008 4:22 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Valley View could hardly have chosen a more exciting way of winning its first state championship.

CLASS 3A: 5-year plan works for Wildcats

posted: 05/18/2008 4:22 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Five years of baseball, one state title.

State track championships yield team, individual winners

posted: 05/18/2008 4:22 a.m.

Many schools from the River Valley and Ozark area participated in the state track and field championships last week, but few had as much success as Guy-Perkins High School.

Dance lessons begin June 5 at City Event Center

posted: 05/18/2008 4:21 a.m.

GREENBRIER - The City Event Center will be offering foxtrot and jive dance classes from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 5 through Aug. 7.

State championship report

posted: 05/18/2008 4:21 a.m.

Son adds to legacy of Bocks For 30 seconds, he couldn't speak.

CLASS 6A: Baxendale delivers big hit

posted: 05/18/2008 4:21 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - D.J. Baxendale had a year to think about what went wrong.

CLASS 2A: Foreman shows who's boss with 3rd consecutive crown

posted: 05/18/2008 4:20 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Foreman is starting to get the hang of this state championship routine.

CLASS 4A: Ashdown makes its chances count

posted: 05/18/2008 4:20 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Highland's woeful defense got Ashdown started Saturday, and Jamie Fleming did the rest.

Snapshots Bob Courtway students learn history

posted: 05/18/2008 4:20 a.m.

Snapshots Bob Courtway students learn history

CLASS 7A: NLR pitcher covers all her bases

posted: 05/18/2008 4:19 a.m. Video |

FAYETTEVILLE - Jessica Sheldon's one-hitter in last year's Class 7A state championship game wasn't good enough to beat Fayetteville.

CLASS 3A: Lady Elks maintain their cool

posted: 05/18/2008 4:19 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - There was no dogpile or similar state championship-style celebration.

Potluck, singing planned Friday

posted: 05/18/2008 4:19 a.m.

HIGDEN - Fairfield Bay Sugar Loaf Church, 556 Arkansas 337, will have a gospel singing followed by a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. Friday.

COMMENTARY: Big Brown has plenty to prove

posted: 05/18/2008 4:18 a.m.

BALTIMORE - Thoroughbred racing always is hungry for a new hero. And the sport particularly is desperate for a hero after the death of the filly Eight Belles tarnished the Kentucky Derby and produced a torrent of bad publicity. So it was understandable that Big Brown's victory in the Preakness would be greeted with elation and lavish superlatives.

Rialto Players continue saga of Futrelles in coming play, Southern Hospitality

posted: 05/18/2008 4:18 a.m.

The Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn - return to the stage in the Rialto Players coming production of Southern Hospitality by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

MOTOR SPORTS: Fan favorite wins with gamble

posted: 05/18/2008 4:17 a.m.

CONCORD, N.C. - Kasey Kahne technically wasn't eligible to run the All-Star race. He didn't let that stop him from stealing the $1 million prize.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Being back in Boston bodes well for home team

posted: 05/18/2008 4:17 a.m.

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Boston Celtics can drive by the statue of Red Auerbach on their way to work today, pick up some lunch at Faneuil Hall and then warm up under the 16 NBA championship banners their predecessors helped hang from the rafters.

Tech graduate never missed class from elementary through college

posted: 05/18/2008 4:17 a.m.

When Arkansas Tech held its graduation ceremonies on May 10, there wasn't any doubt Carrie Harris Phillips, 23, would be present to accept her Master of Arts degree in multi-media journalism. During her 18 years of schooling, Phillips never missed a day of school.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Turco breaks through as Stars tighten series

posted: 05/18/2008 4:16 a.m.

DETROIT - Marty Turco picked the perfect time for his first NHL victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Big Bass Classic winner named

posted: 05/18/2008 4:13 a.m.

The winner of the 2008 Rush Sporting Goods Lake Dardanelle Big Bass Classic was Alvin Williams of Hartman.

Son of former champ makes Indy 500 field

posted: 05/18/2008 4:06 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS - For Graham Rahal, driving in the Indianapolis 500 has been an almost lifelong ambition.

ARENA FOOTBALL: 2 Renegades score late to spoil record night

posted: 05/18/2008 4:06 a.m.

LUBBOCK, Texas - A record-setting performance wasn't enough.

SEC OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Passing plan works to perfection for Hogs' Bailey

updated: 05/19/2008 4:53 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. - Arkansas sophomore Alain Bailey used a strong passing strategy to win the long jump Saturday at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Stripling doubles up on titles

posted: 05/18/2008 4:03 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. - Sophomore Katie Stripling accomplished what no other Arkansas pole vaulter has done.

High school track and field report

posted: 05/18/2008 4:03 a.m.

The different feel of Wednesday's Meet of Champs will be more than Lake Hamilton High School's new Mondo surface.

Wal-Mart report

posted: 05/18/2008 4:02 a.m.

Competing in the co-angler division of the Wal-Mart Open marked the first shot at bigtime bass fishing for Danny Faught and Jared Taliaferro of Rogers, who both qualified for the Saturday final and claimed the biggest prizes of their fishing careers.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Collegiate bass fishing might be the best project yet

posted: 05/18/2008 4:02 a.m.

Every year, FLW Outdoors unrolls some grand new program, but this year's revelation might be the biggest yet.

RECRUITING: Walk-on running backs believe they can help Hogs

updated: 05/19/2008 4:54 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas lost three running backs off last season's team to the NFL, and now Bobby Petrino is trying to restock that position.

Co-angler cleans up in muddy water

posted: 05/18/2008 4:01 a.m.

ROGERS - Stetson Blaylock drew all the right cards this week at the FLW Wal-Mart Open. He played them right, too, and landed his first co-angler title on the FLW Tour.

BOWLING: Manila bowler rings up first 800 series in Jonesboro

posted: 05/18/2008 3:57 a.m.

Terry Ivy, 53, of Manila, rattled the pins for his first 800 series in the doubles event of the Arkansas State Men's USBC tournament at the Jonesboro Bowling Center.

COLUMN ONE: Unbelievable

posted: 05/18/2008 3:56 a.m.

The day's news continues to deliver a bountiful crop of theories, explanations, analyses, opinions and observations that I don't for a minute believe. Here's the latest crop: Raising the tax on capital gains is going to produce more capital. But when you tax something, aren't you bound to make it less, not more, plentiful.

Dinner at Six

posted: 05/18/2008 3:55 a.m.

A.J. Liebling wrote it, of course: "The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite. Without this, it is impossible to accumulate, within the allotted span, enough experience of eating to have anything worth setting down.

Through the falling darkness, we can signal

posted: 05/18/2008 3:55 a.m.

Life is petty accumulation and grave loss; a scurry to collect things-houses, cars, Blackberrys, Learjets, the approbation of the masses-tempered in moments by the understanding that you and everyone you ever cared about will die. In time, all worlds ash over and freeze, or blow apart in fire.

The week in review

posted: 05/18/2008 3:54 a.m.

Around the world Rescuers flood hit area The Chinese government accelerated its rescue-and-recovery operation Wednesday, dispatching hundreds of busloads of civilian rescue teams, paramilitary police and youthful volunteers toward earthquake-ravaged regions.

Agribusiness wins in the new farm bill

posted: 05/18/2008 3:54 a.m.

With food prices soaring, it takes some gall to force Americans to pay billions of dollars to millionaire agribusinesses. Yet that's what the latest farm bill would do.

Peace process declarations, reality don't match up

posted: 05/18/2008 3:54 a.m.

This is one of those times of maximum mismatch between the optimistic rhetoric of peace process declarations and expectations and the gloomy reality of daily experience and prospects on the ground.

Independents split on Obama support

posted: 05/18/2008 3:53 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Polls indicate Barack Obama has a good chance to become the next president, but an evening with a group of independent voters suggests he has a considerable ways to go.

Candidates have problems with pastors

posted: 05/18/2008 3:53 a.m.

This eventful 2008 contest for the White House is constantly rewriting the campaign rule books, and by now there must be a chapter on associations with firebrand pastors whose preachings can't survive national scrutiny.

A miraculous story

posted: 05/18/2008 3:53 a.m.

Before sending Lewis and Clark west, Thomas Jefferson dispatched Meriwether Lewis to Philadelphia to see Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Please,'go outside and play'

posted: 05/18/2008 3:52 a.m.

In March, Lenore Skenazy, a New York City mother, gave her 9-year-old son, Izzy, a MetroCard, a subway map, a $20 bill and some quarters for pay phones. Then she let him make his own way home from Bloomingdale's department store-by subway and bus.

Sandy Keith

posted: 05/18/2008 3:52 a.m.

EVERYBODY in Little Rock knew A.M. (Sandy) Keith. Oh, you may not have shaken his hand or set eyes on him. But you knew him.

We suggest . . .

posted: 05/18/2008 3:52 a.m.

NOW, DON'T forget, Informed Voter, that Tuesday is the primary.


posted: 05/18/2008 3:51 a.m.

Surplus built at cost of security Some say that the Clinton administration ended with a surplus squandered by the Bush administration. But to achieve that surplus, Bill Clinton cut the Defense Department through the fiscal 1998 budget. It then went up but not enough to overcome the cuts. He also cut intelligencehow much is hard to tell due to secrecy.

Obama can 'go to China'

posted: 05/18/2008 3:49 a.m.

If Barack Obama wins the presidency, it will be because white Americans who seek redemption for their country's dismal racial history find it in his candidacy.

Is LR School Board wise?

posted: 05/18/2008 3:49 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board is flirting with trouble. I mention this lest other school boards do the same. A word to the wise et cetera. Recently, state Sen.

The trap is sprung

posted: 05/18/2008 3:48 a.m.

Can you hear the terrible sounds of the center separating? Can you see that we are giving our earnings to those who are using them to destroy us? Can't you see the cage encircling us?

Just name the Idol, already!

posted: 05/18/2008 3:44 a.m.

Where's Sanjaya when we need him? American Idol wraps things up over two nights this week - 7 p.m. Tuesday when the fi nal two battle it out, and the same time Wednesday when the next idol is crowned.

CHS baccalaureate scheduled today

posted: 05/18/2008 3:43 a.m.

CONWAY - A baccalaureate for Conway High School seniors will be held at 2 p.m. today at the James H. Clark Auditorium at Conway High School-West. The service is sponsored by parents and is student-led. It is open to students' families and the public.

Mount Vernon-Enola High School

posted: 05/18/2008 3:43 a.m.

Ashley Hawkins, valedictorian; Brittney Jacobs, salutatorian, and Antoinette Woodall.

LIKE IT IS: Rucker puts his early life lessons to good use

posted: 05/18/2008 3:35 a.m.

For some, living in a van with mom and four siblings, moving from town to town in southern Arkansas, any place mom could find work, could have left a deep life bruise.






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