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Monday, August 31

Ross: Health reform won't include gov't option

posted: 08/31/2009 4 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he believes some overhaul of the nation's health care system will be achieved this year, but doubts it will include a government-run option.

Soybean rust confirmed in 6 Arkansas counties

posted: 08/31/2009 3:14 p.m.

Soybean rust has been confirmed in six Arkansas counties, but the levels are low enough that farmers aren't being advised to apply fungicides to their fields.

Halter: Ark. may see inroads to China's consumers

updated: 08/31/2009 5:01 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter said Monday that he signed an agreement with one of China's most populous provinces that could help Arkansas sell products to a country expected to become the world's largest consumer market.

Train hits truck on Arkansas 365; none hurt

posted: 08/31/2009 2:51 p.m.

A train hit a Waste Management truck this afternoon on Arkansas 365 near MacArthur Drive, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

French trader to stand trial over SocGen losses

posted: 08/31/2009 2:39 p.m.

French judges on Monday ordered ex-Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel to stand trial next year over transactions that cost the bank billions of euros (dollars), in a case that drew attention to a culture of risk-taking blamed for feeding the financial crisis.

AR lawmaker pushes for releasing retirement info.

posted: 08/31/2009 2:38 p.m.

A state lawmaker asked the attorney general's office Monday whether the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System can release names of elected officials who collect retirement benefits while still serving as a government employee.

Man dies after ingesting strong pain drug

posted: 08/31/2009 2:37 p.m.

Little Rock police said Monday that one man died and another was hospitalized after they were found unconscious along a city street from an apparent overdose of a drug extracted from a prescription pain patch.

Former Miss California sues over firing

posted: 08/31/2009 2:35 p.m.

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean (pray-ZHAHN') has sued pageant officials for libel, slander and religious discrimination.

Category 4 hurricane threatens Mexico's Los Cabos

posted: 08/31/2009 11:21 a.m.

Emergency workers built shelters for thousands of endangered families as a strengthening Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Monday.

WTO OKs $295 million in Brazilian sanctions on U.S.

posted: 08/31/2009 11:15 a.m.

American goods will face around $295 million in annual sanctions as a result of the United States' failure to eliminate illegal subsidies to U.S. cotton growers, the World Trade Organization ruled Monday.

Libya says Lockerbie bomber in hospital

posted: 08/31/2009 10:38 a.m.

A Libyan official said the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has been hospitalized and television footage showed him breathing through an oxygen mask, signs his illness from cancer may be worsening shortly after his early prison release sparked international outrage.

2 US deaths raise toll in deadliest month to 47

posted: 08/31/2009 9:28 a.m.

Two bombings in Afghanistan's most violent region killed two U.S. service members Monday, the last day of the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces.

Car GPS helps catch fugitive in Van Buren

posted: 08/31/2009 9:14 a.m.

Van Buren police used a vehicle's anti-theft GPS system to do more than solve a property crime. They arrested a fugitive from Tennessee wanted for attempted murder.

LA-area blaze size doubles, threatens 12,000 homes

updated: 08/31/2009 11:19 a.m.

A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile-long swath of flames and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex.

Disney to buy comic book powerhouse Marvel for $4 billion

updated: 08/31/2009 11:08 a.m.

The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.

Vietnam grants amnesty to over 5,000 prisoners

posted: 08/31/2009 7 a.m.

Vietnam will release more than 5,000 prisoners as part of an annual prison amnesty, but not a Catholic priest whom U.S. senators have campaigned to have freed, an official said Monday.

6 nations to hold meeting on Iran in Germany

posted: 08/31/2009 6:59 a.m.

The German government says officials from six countries trying to address concerns about Iran's nuclear program will meet in Germany this week.

Sri Lankan journalist given 20 years in prison

posted: 08/31/2009 6:56 a.m.

A Sri Lankan reporter singled out by President Barack Obama as an example of persecuted journalists around the globe was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison on charges of violating the country's harsh anti-terror law.

Pakistan army kills 45 Taliban; border reopens

posted: 08/31/2009 6:46 a.m.

Pakistani soldiers killed at least 45 Taliban militants in scattered gunbattles across the northwestern Swat Valley after a suicide bombing on a police station killed 17 cadets, the army said Monday.

US general sends Afghan war review to Pentagon

posted: 08/31/2009 6:43 a.m.

NATO says the top commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan has finished his 60-day strategic review of the war and that it is now being sent up the chain of command to the Pentagon and NATO headquarters.

Indonesian police: Terrorist infiltrated airline

posted: 08/31/2009 6:42 a.m.

Indonesia's police chief says a suspected terrorist infiltrated the national airline in a plot to carry out an attack.

Merkel confident for Germany's Sept 27. election

posted: 08/31/2009 6:40 a.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes to form a new center-right government after the national German election on Sept. 27, despite losses for her conservatives in weekend state elections.

New helmet required in minors in 2010

posted: 08/31/2009 6:34 a.m.

Baseball's top prospects will have even more protection at the plate next season.

Alcohol tax boosts city coffers in Jonesboro

posted: 08/31/2009 6:31 a.m.

Booze is giving a boost to city coffers in Jonesboro.

Mined out? City considers limiting red dirt, rock quarry operations

posted: 08/31/2009 5:53 a.m.

The Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday will consider two ordinances to control activity from rock quarry and red dirt mining facilities within a mile of city limits.

Fayetteville producing top quality food-waste compost

posted: 08/31/2009 5:50 a.m.

Fayetteville's two-year-old pilot project to recycle food waste from Sam's Club is producing compost of even higher quality than compost from yard waste.

Elkins PD adding drug dog to force

posted: 08/31/2009 5:25 a.m.

Chief John Williams recently went before the City Council to request funds for a drug dog.

Arkansas' uninsured put big demand on dental aid

posted: 08/31/2009 2:48 a.m.

Charity dental clinics statewide see a high demand for dental services from uninsured Arkansas adults suffering from severe tooth decay or abscessed and broken teeth.

2 firemen die as thousands flee inferno

posted: 08/31/2009 2:48 a.m.

Two firefighters were killed Sunday when their vehicle rolled down a mountainside amid a wildfire that threatened 12,000 suburban homes.

Ruling party takes rare loss in Japan vote

posted: 08/31/2009 2:47 a.m.

Japan's opposition swept to a historic victory in elections Sunday, crushing the ruling conservative party that has run the country for most of the postwar era and assuming the daunting task of pulling the economy out of its worst slump since World War II.

Jacksonville officer battles ailment, city

posted: 08/31/2009 2:43 a.m.

Crouched behind a green Ford Explorer, gripping his tactical shotgun, Jacksonville police officer John Forte could only see the gunman's face when the muzzle of the man's semiautomatic rifle flashed and he fired another round at the officers surrounding his house.

Iran sets age limits on pilgrims to hajj

posted: 08/31/2009 2:13 a.m.

Iran will set age restrictions on its citizens seeking to join the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an effort to avert the spread of swine flu, the state-run Mehr news agency reported.

Fayetteville officers set for 12-hour shifts

posted: 08/31/2009 2:12 a.m.

Fayetteville police officers will feel the effects of the economy next week when those on patrol start working 12-hour shifts.

Former Israeli Premier Olmert indicted

posted: 08/31/2009 2:12 a.m.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Sunday in a corruption scandal that led to his resignation last year and set the stage for a rightward shift in Israeli politics.

Burmese rebels surrender to China

posted: 08/31/2009 2:11 a.m.

Hundreds of ethnic rebels have fled clashes in northeast Burma, surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes with Burmese government troops.

LR wards clamor for U.S. funds

posted: 08/31/2009 2:10 a.m.

Push mowing the grass at the Oak Forest Community Garden is the bane of Debbie Sue Dillard Preston's existence, so the garden director asked Little Rock for money for a new riding mower, a stipend for her and supplies to start a farmer's market in the low-income neighborhood near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The world in brief

posted: 08/31/2009 2:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "This is a bloodless revolution, the first transfer of power from one party to another in postwar Japan." Tomoaki Iwai, a political science professor in Tokyo, after the party that has led Japan for nearly all of the postwar era was swept out of power Article, 1A

WWII battleship Missouri set for repairs

posted: 08/31/2009 2:09 a.m.

The "Mighty Mo," the World War II battleship best known for hosting the formal surrender of Japan in 1945, is heading to the shipyard for repairs.

Kennedy's death leaves leader gap

posted: 08/31/2009 2:08 a.m.

Democratic lawmakers said Sunday that the best way for Congress to honor the late Sen. Edward Kennedy is to set aside the heated rhetoric of the health-care debate and pass a plan that cuts costs and extends coverage.

UAPB expects enrollment surge of up to 10%

posted: 08/31/2009 2:08 a.m.

Enrollment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is expected to jump as much as 10 percent this fall for the second straight year, an increase Chancellor Lawrence Davis Jr. says is a direct result of increased recruitment efforts.

Middle East beckons to Arkansan

posted: 08/31/2009 2:07 a.m.

In spring 2008, civil servant Erik Ryan returned to his trailer to find shrapnel from a recent rocket explosion had punctured three holes into his shower wall and turned a nearby sport utility vehicle into "Swiss cheese." Ryan, a Jacksonville native then on a six-week tour of duty, still decided to return to Baghdad for a year of service starting that August.

Jimena gains force, heads toward Mexico peninsula

posted: 08/31/2009 2:07 a.m.

Jimena developed into a dangerous Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday, threatening to hit the Baja California peninsula as a major hurricane in coming days.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/31/2009 2:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There is no other Democrat who could carry the base of the Democratic Party and get them to do what really has to be done in a compromise situation." Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, saying the absence of Sen. Edward Kennedy hurts the chances of Congress passing a health-care plan Article, this page

Disability claimed in appeal of DWI

posted: 08/31/2009 2:06 a.m.

How did a 52-year-old man with a 0.00 percent blood-alcohol level end up with a DWI conviction?

Al-Qaida claims bomb attack

posted: 08/31/2009 2:06 a.m.

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Sunday for a suicide attack that injured a Saudi prince and said the bomber - a wanted militant who had fled to Yemen - arrived on a royal jet after convincing the ruling family he wanted to surrender.

Names and faces

posted: 08/31/2009 2:06 a.m.

NBC's Today show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent : former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. A 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, Hager will contribute stories about once a month on issues such as education to television's top-rated morning news show, said Jim Bell, its executive producer.

Budget uncertainty stalls programs

posted: 08/31/2009 2:05 a.m.

A program that helps thousands of Connecticut welfare recipients find work has been in limbo for two months.

PAPER TRAILS: It's in the mail, really, for 55 years

posted: 08/31/2009 2:05 a.m.

Dr. Terry Yamauchi, who specializes in infectious diseases at Arkansas Children's Hospital, recently had quite a surprise awaiting him in his mailbox: correspondence for him from Action Comics.

Obituaries

posted: 08/31/2009 2:03 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 08/31/2009 2:03 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 31, 1909 A detailed crop report, which allows a decrease in the cotton crop in 49 out of 50 cotton-raising counties of the state, and a decrease in the corn crop in 54 counties, was issued yesterday by State Commissioner of Agriculture Guy B. Tucker. The report shows that the cotton crop in 14 counties will not amount to more than 50 percent of the crop of last year.

Police beat

posted: 08/31/2009 2:01 a.m.

Father left son, 5, in car, police say A man was arrested on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a minor after police said he left his 5-year-old son in the car while the man shopped at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in southwest Little Rock.

Getting it straight

posted: 08/31/2009 2 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate We correct all errors of fact.

Computer classes for elderly to begin

posted: 08/31/2009 2 a.m.

Computer classes for the elderly will be offered at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in September, beginning Tuesday.

Batesville, Benton join preservation program

posted: 08/31/2009 1:59 a.m.

Batesville and Benton have joined the Certified Local Government program, which recognizes local governments' efforts to protect a city's historic resources, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has announced.

Train strikes pickup in Ashdown, kills 2

posted: 08/31/2009 1:57 a.m.

Two men were killed Sunday when a train struck a pickup in Ashdown, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Volume, not warmness, affects water absorption

posted: 08/31/2009 1:52 a.m.

Does the temperature of drinking water affect how quickly your body can use it? Some say that lukewarm water is absorbed more quickly and that cold water helps burn calories. Is that true?

A late 'sorry' isn't good enough

posted: 08/31/2009 1:50 a.m.

Former Lieutenant Rusty Calley has finally spoken about the My Lai Massacre in terms of his remorse for the deaths of between 300 and 400 unarmed Vietnamese villagers who were slaughtered on one terrible day in March, 1968, 41 years ago, and his remorse for the ruined lives of American soldiers he and others ordered to do the killing.

At age 40, Internet less loosey-goosey

posted: 08/31/2009 1:50 a.m.

Goofy videos weren't on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet. Neither was social networking, for that matter, nor were most of the other easy-to-use applications that have drawn more than a billion people online.

Electric-car snag: Spot to plug in

posted: 08/31/2009 1:50 a.m.

In the 1985 movie Back to the Future, Christopher Lloyd has trouble fueling his DeLorean car after altering it to run on plutonium. Today, Tomoyasu Fujii has the same problem after converting his DeLorean to electric power.

Cap and tax

posted: 08/31/2009 1:50 a.m.

IN ORDER to make the Clinton Library by 8:30 in the morning. . . . It'll take 20 minutes to shower and shave. . . shove down breakfast, about 5 minutes. . . distance from door to door should be about. . . divide by three, carry the two. . . .

Claims of fraud double

posted: 08/31/2009 1:50 a.m.

Major fraud complaints in the Afghan presidential election surged Sunday to nearly 700, raising concern that the volume of cases that must be investigated will delay announcement of a winner and formation of a new government.

A dented promise

posted: 08/31/2009 1:49 a.m.

Back in April, the U.S. government snatched Raymond Azar out of Afghanistan.

Others say Iran's fist

posted: 08/31/2009 1:48 a.m.

Incredibly, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has nominated a suspected international terrorist to become the country's next defense minister. As a gesture of sheer contempt for what the world thinks of Iran and its government, this is hard to beat.

In the news

posted: 08/31/2009 1:47 a.m.

Camilla Meiby, spokesman for Ikea, the Swedish furniture chain, said the firm didn't expect such an Internet backlash after making its first typeface change in 50 years, switching from Futura to Verdana in its latest catalog, adding, "I think it's mainly experts who have expressed their views, people who are interested in fonts.

LETTERS

posted: 08/31/2009 1:46 a.m.

You can't have it both ways At 17, when I first took an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, I honestly didn't give it much thought. I wanted to be a good citizen, a good patriot. I was proud of my country. It was a no-brainer for me.

The death of politics

posted: 08/31/2009 1:45 a.m.

Now that Camelot is really, truly and officially kaput, we shall immediately cancel this year's jousting tournament and begin eating with utensils. The grog was great and maidens most fair, but the times are changing.

Cyber-crooks abroad prey on small firms

posted: 08/31/2009 1:45 a.m.

Organized cyber-gangs in eastern Europe are increasingly preying on small and midsize companies in the United States, setting off a multimillion-dollar online crime wave that has begun to worry the nation's largest financial institutions.

Razorbacks Football: Arkansas doing secondary shuffle

posted: 08/31/2009 1:45 a.m.

When Arkansas resumes football practice Tuesday, the secondary will be a focal point for the media.

Slocum's surprise ending

posted: 08/31/2009 1:44 a.m.

Heath Slocum might have been the one player no one expected to win The Barclays.

Season kicks off with five games

posted: 08/31/2009 1:43 a.m.

Are you ready for some football?

Motorola places hope in Android to revive cell phone business

posted: 08/31/2009 1:43 a.m.

Motorola Inc., whose phone business has lost more than $4 billion since 2007, is devoting most of its investment in smartphone software to Google Inc.'s Android, aiming for a larger share of the market for Websurfing devices.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Incase offers slew of sturdy phone, computer cases, complete with peace of mind

posted: 08/31/2009 1:42 a.m.

I am introduced to new companies and products all the time. Usually, it's just one product that pops up and piques my interest in a company I haven't dealt with before.

Technology news in brief

posted: 08/31/2009 1:39 a.m.

Microsoft adds apps to standard phones SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. is giving people with regular cell phones access to the same kinds of programs that smart phone owners have embraced.

ON COMPUTERS: Options abound for keeping data from old systems

posted: 08/31/2009 1:38 a.m.

Recently we wrote about how to reset the memory on inkjet cartridges so the printer's software would think they were still full. It's common to get "low ink" warning messages even though the cartridge is still close to half full. After all, they want you to go out and buy more ink.

Texas League: Battle with ace key for Travs

posted: 08/31/2009 1:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers successfully weathered the storm Sunday.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 08/31/2009 1:37 a.m.

ALEXANDER Christopher and Carolyn McCowen, P.O. Box 794, Aug. 24, Chapter 13. Roque Perez, 15702 Ashlee Drive, Aug. 20, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Candra Michelle Bunce, 1647 Welch St., Apt. "I" , Aug. 24, Chapter 13. ASH FLAT George Wayne and Christine Lucille Frye (dba Rainbow Flavored Snowballs), 27 Taylor Road, Aug. 20, Chapter 13.

Californians ready for feast

posted: 08/31/2009 1:36 a.m.

Andy Rios couldn't wait to get home to Southern California to have some french fries.

Lee tops Vinson by stroke

posted: 08/31/2009 1:35 a.m.

Par after par was good enough for Tumbling Shoals' Stan Lee.

No rest for the wicket

posted: 08/31/2009 1:35 a.m.

Outside of high school football and possibly central Arkansas' active kickball leagues, Arkansas doesn't enjoy a bounty of adrenalized athletic rivalries.

THIS WEEK

posted: 08/31/2009 1:34 a.m.

Monday Bella Vista Bike Club rides at 9 a.m. Call (479) 366-0063.

Outward Bound sets up shop for adventures in Arkansas

posted: 08/31/2009 1:33 a.m.

Outward Bound, a wilderness-adventure school famous for fearless faith in human nature, has pitched a tent in Arkansas.

Off the wire

posted: 08/31/2009 1:32 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Edwards wins Montreal Carl Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose on the final turn to win the crash-filled Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, which ended with the cars on rain tires for the second consecutive year.

Happy trails

posted: 08/31/2009 1:31 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK RIVER TRAIL WEST Location: The western segment of the River Trail begins at the southern ramp of the Big Dam Bridge on Rebsamen Park Road and extends just past the Interstate 430 bridge.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys' big TV shouldn't be a big deal

posted: 08/31/2009 1:30 a.m.

This just in: Contrary to published pregame fears, the humongous, $40 million, high-definition, U2-adaptable video board at Cowboys Stadium did not eat any vagabond footballs Saturday night.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/31/2009 1:30 a.m.

Happy birthday. You don't have to think long and hard about your direction in life. You know where you're going, and this year a detailed and formally written plan will help you get there. A new alliance in September is helpful all year. Invest in equipment or real estate in November. December brings a show of affection and respect. Libra and Capricorn people adore you.

Life lines

posted: 08/31/2009 1:29 a.m.

Alleycats The Conway EcoFest on Sept. 12 will include all manner of sustainability information booths and proffers of "greenification," and also unexpected and most likely very funny activities like an Alleycats scavenger bike race and a cardboard-car derby.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/31/2009 1:28 a.m.

Records not fast enough for sprinter Fresh from setting two world records at the World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt is ready to go faster.

Both bike and body need tuning for tour

posted: 08/31/2009 1:27 a.m.

Last year's Big Dam Bridge 100 proved that lots of people who enter a big bike tour don't look at their bicycles often enough to realize they're buckets of bolts about to collapse in a heap.

Rookie wins playoff to claim title

posted: 08/31/2009 1:27 a.m.

Long after she earned her first trophy on the LPGA Tour, shook hands with countless tournament organizers and fielded questions from the media, rookie M.J. Hur returned to the 18th green at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

High school golfer wins title, becomes youngest champion

posted: 08/31/2009 1:26 a.m.

The best amateur golfers in the U.S. keep getting younger and younger.

MASTER CLASS: Small adjustment, big exercise payoff

posted: 08/31/2009 1:26 a.m.

Attention to detail can transform an average exercise routine into a sweat-pouring, musclequivering challenge.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Renteria's slam lifts Giants; wild-card race even

posted: 08/31/2009 1:25 a.m.

Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants pulled even in the NL wildcard race with Colorado, beating the Rockies 9-5 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/31/2009 1:25 a.m.

1. What was found more than two miles deep in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, in 1985? 2. In what Eastern city was Mae West born? 3. How many K's precede the name "Katy" in the world War I era song's title? 4. What was the name of the character played by Brian Keith on the television show Family Affair? Why was he raising three children who were not actually his own?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/31/2009 1:25 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My family never had anything to do with religion, and they've always made fun of people who did. Well, recently I became a Christian, and now I'm the butt of their jokes. I feel so alone. I admit I don't like being an outcast from my own family. Have I done something wrong? - J.L.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Smith delivers for Naturals

posted: 08/31/2009 1:24 a.m.

August is almost over, and few Naturals are as happy to see it go as Corey Smith. Smith singled off Tulsa closer Andrew Johnston with one out in the 12th inning Sunday, scoring Jeff Bianchi and giving Northwest Arkansas a 2-1 victory in front of 5,344 fans at Arvest Ballpark.

ON TV CONTEST: Gene Simmons, say 'Hello' to June Cleaver

posted: 08/31/2009 1:24 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the team from CSI started investigating the serial-killer killing star of Dexter? Or what would happen if Earl, Randy and the My Name Is Earl crew wandered onto Wisteria Lane and into the lives of the desperate housewives?

State sports briefs

posted: 08/31/2009 1:24 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL UA's Anderson all-tournament Arkansas freshman middle blocker Amanda Anderson earned alltournament honors at the TCU Invitational this weekend in Fort Worth. Anderson hit a team-best.436 with 30 kills, averaged 2.73 kills per set and had a team-best 12 blocks as Arkansas went 1-2 for the tournament.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/31/2009 1:23 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a problem with my TV remotes and phones, which have gotten rather "grungy" lately with hand oil, etc. What is the best way to clean these items without getting moisture into them?

NFL notes

posted: 08/31/2009 1:23 a.m.

BENGALS Top pick Smith signs Offensive tackle Andre Smith signed a contract Sunday with the Cincinnati Bengals, ending an impasse that dragged on a month into the preseason.

Health authorities confirm Mom's advice:'Sit up straight'

posted: 08/31/2009 1:23 a.m.

So what is it now, you experts? We need to learn how to sit?

NFL EXIBITION: Cutler shines in return to Denver

posted: 08/31/2009 1:23 a.m.

Jay Cutler got the last laugh.

Exercises can slow decline of balance

posted: 08/31/2009 1:22 a.m.

Adults take balance for granted, right? You cross the office floor without stumbling, take out the trash and return unscathed, step in and out of the shower without incident.

Sunday, August 30

Documents in case of Jacksonville officer Forte

posted: 08/30/2009 10:30 p.m.

Documents in the case of Officer John Forte are as follows:

Police: 8th person dies in Ga. mobile home attack

posted: 08/30/2009 8:44 p.m.

Police say an eighth victim has died from the attacks at a Georgia mobile home.

2 Arkansans arrested in death of Oklahoman

posted: 08/30/2009 7:38 p.m.

The discovery of an Oklahoma man's body in the Monte Ne area has resulted in the arrests of two Arkansans, one of them charged with second-degree murder, Benton County authorities say.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Has Swine Flu, Presidency Says

posted: 08/30/2009 7:37 p.m.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has swine flu, according to a prepared statement issued today.

California beats Taiwan, takes Little League WS

posted: 08/30/2009 5 p.m.

California came up big late to win the Little League World Series.

California Firefighters Battle Growing Fire, High Temperatures

posted: 08/30/2009 1:29 p.m.

A fire burning in Los Angeles County grew more than six-fold overnight, threatening more than 10,000 homes and the Mount Wilson observatory as firefighters battle wind gusts and continued high temperatures, officials said.

Hatoyama not likely to change US-Japan alliance

posted: 08/30/2009 1 p.m.

As Japan's opposition leader, Yukio Hatoyama was a strong critic of what he called Tokyo's subservient position to Washington. But with his party now expected to take power, he is not likely to do anything to derail what has been Japan's most successful overseas alliance, analysts said.

Jimena strengthens to Category 4 storm in Pacific

posted: 08/30/2009 12:46 p.m.

Jimena developed into a dangerous Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday, threatening to hit the Baja California peninsula as a major hurricane in coming days.

IN THE SKIES OF AFGHANISTAN Help coming from above

posted: 08/30/2009 7:02 a.m.

The war in Afghanistan has raged over the past eight years, fought primarily by U.S. Special Forces and foreign allies as Iraq's violence held America's attention.

China, union keep eyes on U.S. tire ruling

posted: 08/30/2009 7 a.m.

Workers at the Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana used to be busy laborers with big paychecks. But these days the plant, where they used to mix rubber, mold treads and put together tires on a continual basis, sits idle at least two days a week.

Begins with p: Puzzle day tests word, number skills

posted: 08/30/2009 6:57 a.m.

Crossword enthusiasts and Sudoko puzzle-solvers put their skills to the test Saturday in the Third Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Blazes char 3 homes on a LR street

posted: 08/30/2009 6:56 a.m.

Investigators suspect conflict between neighbors sparked acts of arson, charring three houses on the same Little Rock block since Friday.

Freshmen not forced into duty this year

posted: 08/30/2009 6:22 a.m.

Sixteen true freshmen earned playing time for the Arkansas Razorbacks in Coach Bobby Petrino's first season, a total that tied for second-most in the nation.

SUPER SIX COUNTDOWN Saints set for title march again

posted: 08/30/2009 6:18 a.m.

Shiloh Christian is no stranger to the spotlight, but the beam could be blinding this fall.

MOVIE-ING INTO FALL

posted: 08/30/2009 6:09 a.m.

"Nobody knows anything," William Goldman once wrote of Hollywood - not because he thought the people who work there are stupid (few really are), but because the vicissitudes of public taste and the unintended consequences of hype are such that ain't a one of us can guess what's going to happen to a movie once it is released.

Ellen Faubus Kreth

posted: 08/30/2009 6:07 a.m.

In July 2001, Ellen Kreth was looking forward to summer recess from her job as a law clerk with the Arkansas Court of Appeals, imagining that she would spend long days at a swimming pool with her 3-year-old and 5-month-old daughters. Instead, her right breast began to swell and her life was changed forever.

High schools: BEST OF CLASS 7A

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Fayetteville's Brandon Allen, 6-3, 220 pounds, has all the physical and mental tools, and he's a coach's son to boot. He was the starter from Day 1 as a sophomore and threw for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns against top competition.

1-4A CONFERENCE: Healthy and head-strong

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Mitchell Roberts walked off the field after Shiloh Christian's first day of practice in pads this summer looking as healthy as he has in years.

BRYANT HORNETS: 'In the mix'

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

With a majority of their oense returning, the Bryant Hornets look to improve upon their 8-4 performance of a year ago. e Hornets advanced to the second round of the 7A playos, but despite having a record-setting performance from their running back, Bryant averaged just 21 points per game.

Best of Class 5A

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

BEST QUARTERBACK Tyler Shook Tyler Shook, 6-0, 175 pounds, won the job at Greenwood as a junior, started 10 games and helped the Bulldogs win the conference championship, passing for 2,865 yards and 33 touchdowns.

SHERIDAN YELLOWJACKETS: Moving forward

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Last season, despite a 3-8 record, the Sheridan Yellowjackets advanced to the 6A playoffs and suffered a one-point loss in the first round.

TRI-LAKES PRESEASON TEAM

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

OFFENSE QB - Benson Jordan, Lake Hamilton RB - Steven Kehner, Glen Rose RB - Chris Rycraw, Bryant WR

2009-2010 SEC bowl schedule

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

GAYLORD HOTELS MUSIC CITY

Cleanup man for Har-Ber

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

It seemed like everyone believed Houston Pruitt's future was in football.

4-4A CONFERENCE: In heaven with the Hillbillies

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

If you want to know how excited people around Ozark are about their new football coach, look no further than the women's football clinic Brooks Coatney held Aug. 8.

HOT SPRINGS TROJANS: 'Have to grow up quick'

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

The Hot Springs Trojans enter the 2009 season riding a five-game losing streak after winning four of their first five games last year.

Razorbacks FAQ

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Will the Razorbacks have to rally from 10 points down to beat a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA ) school again this year?

Fayetteville can't just give it away

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Quarterback Brandon Allen knows he has to be more careful when he drops back to pass.

ARKADELPHIA BADGERS: Looking up

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Billy Elmore's first season as head coach of the Arkadelphia Badgers was a far cry from his last season at Glen Rose.

7A-Central schedule

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

AUG. 24 Pine Bluff at Bryant

Rogers Heritage taking it one step at a time

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

A photo hanging on Perry Escalante's refrigerator is a constant reminder for where Rogers Heritage's football program started and how much it's grown.

Morehart makes move, still man for Grizzlies

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Zach Morehart made quite an impression on Fort Smith Northside Coach Darrell Henry the first time Henry watched him in practice.

TRI-LAKES PLAYER TO WATCH: Quiet star

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Saturday through Thursday, Chris Rycraw is a polite, mildmannered kid who gets along with everybody and likes to play video games.

Coaches ask Clinard to do it all for Bulldogs

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Chris Clinard will play many roles for Springdale this season, but he has one major responsibility.

4-3A CONFERENCE: No more surprises for Lamar

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Lamar won't take anyone by surprise this year, but then, the Warriors won't need to do that.

4-2A CONFERENCE: Reality harsh for small school programs

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

There was little doubt about what Decatur wanted.

1-3A CONFERENCE: Tigers toughest again in tough league

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

No conference dominated its classification like the 1-3 A did last year.

1-3A/4-3A COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

1-3 A schedule SEPT. 4 Union Christian at Cedarville

4A COMPOSITE SCHEDULES

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

1-4 A schedule SEPT. 3 Gentry at Colcord (Okla.)

BEST OF CLASS 3A

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Kyle Bailey, 5-10, 180, doesn't put up eye-popping numbers at Cedarville, but the three-year starter is a winner. He's led the Pirates to 15 victories in his first two seasons as a starter, as well as a pair of playoff appearances.

Familiar names at Greenwood

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Greenwood Coach Rick Jones likes to hire coaches' sons every chance he gets.

HOT SPRINGS LAKESIDE RAMS: Looking for new weapons

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

The 2008 Hot Springs Lakeside Rams could depend on a trio of players to carry the offensive load: quarterback Mitchell Scott, running back B.J. Jones and wide receiver Ben Crumpton. In games such as the Rams' 44-27 victory over crosstown rival Hot Springs, the trio combined for 483 yards and five touchdowns. But all three players have graduated, leaving a void in the Rams' 2009 offensive attack.

Siloam lineman 'a cut above' rest

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Deric England thought he was something special when he reported to Siloam Springs practice as a sophomore two years ago.

Arkansas depth chart

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Offense WR 85 Greg Childs

1-4A CONFERENCE: Defending champion Saints remain the center of attention

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Shiloh Christian Coach Josh Floyd is ready for all the excitement to die down so he can get to business.

BENTON PANTHERS: New leader, new hope

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

2008 was not a banner season for the Benton Panthers, as the team managed just two wins.

1-4A CONFERENCE: Take the best of both worlds

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Change is a gradual process at Prairie Grove.

MAGNET COVE PANTHERS: Loaded with talent

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Two years ago, the Magnet Cove Panthers were struggling to understand a new offense. Head Coach Ronnie Efird was hoping to take a traditional option offense and reconfigure it into a Spread offense.

From puppy to pack leader

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Lab work helped turn Alma's Isaac McCoy into a star.

GLEN ROSE BEAVERS: Championship spirit

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Last season, the Glen Rose Beavers attempted to defend their 3A state championship but came up a few points short and were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs.

Van Buren eager to see if it's the real deal

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Pretenders or contenders?

MALVERN LEOPARDS: Building on success

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

2 Booneville eight ards 008 ' marked first years playoff in, but the the Malvern a first appearance 30- round 29 loss Leop has to in - only made this year's team hungry for more success and a playoff victory in 2009.

BAUXITE MINERS Ready to bounce back

updated: 08/30/2009 10:47 a.m.

Last season the Bauxite Miners had a rare off year, finishing with a 4-6 record and out of the playoffs. Even with the mediocre results of last season, head coach Jon Watson is confident his team can turn things around and return to the playoffs this season.

4-4A CONFERENCE: Booneville sticking to its power game

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Booneville will try to win games the old-fashioned way this year.

4-4A CONFERENCE: Fostering plenty of production

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Defining Wesleigh Foster's role with the Clarksville Panthers is about as difficult as trying to tackle him.

All lined up, ready to go

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Former Arkansas offensive lineman Benji Mahan flashes a big smile when asked about his guys at Bentonville.

4-3A CONFERENCE: Warriors' Kinsey, Jones have big plans

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Every football team would like to improve upon its performance of a year ago, and Lamar is no different.

2009 ARKANSAS FORECAST: Give these Hogs Liberty, Memphis

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

OK, we were a little rambunctious a year ago, predicting an 8-5 record, including a bowl victory, for Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino's first edition of the Razorbacks.

BEST OF CLASS 2A

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

BEST QUARTERBACK Michael Corbitt Not many players in the conference are as versatile as Magazine's Michael Corbitt, who is just as comfortable lining up at tailback or fullback as he is taking snaps for the Rattlers.

JESSIEVILLE LIONS: Trying to recover

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Things were going reasonably well for the Jessieville Lions. The team hadn't missed the playoffs since the '90s, they won the 2A state title in 2006, and they knew exactly what kind of offenses and defenses they would be seeing from week to week and year to year.

4-2A CONFERENCE: Wilkerson just happy to play wherever Eagles need him

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Union Christian quarterback/defensive back Aaron Collins had to think about it for a minute since he could benefit from either way he answered.

2009 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS PREVIEW: Bobby building

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Last year was set design and show prep.

4-2A CONFERENCE: Rattlers ready to strike in 2009

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Magazine is ready to take the next step.

Rebels' defense capable of carrying large load

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

If defense wins championships, as most coaches still claim, then Fort Smith Southside should be in good shape this season.

7A-West predictions

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

1. Springdale Har-ber Wildcats are serious challengers for state title

Introducing Mr. Mallett

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Ryan Mallett had just driven nearly 900 miles one cold winter day early in 2008 when he pulled into a broad, sloping parking lot in Northwest Arkansas and called his father.

1-3A CONFERENCE: Weight regimen readies Tigers

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

It took a lot of strength to turn Mansfield's program into a winner.

5A-West schedule

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

AUG. 31 CAC vs. Pine Bluff Dollarway

Best of Class 4A

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Kiehl Frazier, a 6-2, 210-pound junior, has the ideal combination of arm strength, speed, size and knowledge for a multi-purpose quarterback in the Spread offense. He passed for 17 touchdowns and rushed for 15 more while helping lead Shiloh Christian to a Class 4A state title last year.

LAKE HAMILTON WOLVES: Making noise

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Act one for the Lake Hamilton Wolves was losing the 2007 6A state championship game after an otherwise perfect season.

1-3A CONFERENCE: McDonald answers the call

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Ryan McDonald's coaches don't mind the fact that he made them look a little foolish last season.

2009 preseason magazine rankings

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

LINDY'S 1. Florida 2. Texas 3. Oklahoma

BISMARCK LIONS: Ready to rise

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Jeff McBride is in his first year as coach of the Bismarck Lions, and the challenge is daunting. The Lions finished 1-8 overall last year and 0-7 in the 5-3 A conference, so McBride's first task was changing the mindset of the Lions' players.

MOUNTAIN PINE RED DEVILS: Spread is dead

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

With nine returning start ers on offense and nine returning starters on de fense, the Mountain Pine Red Devils possess the ex perience to return to the 2A playoffs. And if they succeed in securing a playoff slot, the 2009 team hopes to avoid the one-and-done playoff trips that have plagued the two previous teams, including a 32-13 loss to Murfreesboro in 2008 as the Red Devils finished 9-2.

FOUNTAIN LAKE COBRAS: Determined to dominate

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

The Fountain Lake Cobra offense in 2008 was statistically the second most explosive offense ever witnessed in Arkansas public high school football history. Fountain Lake scored 725 points in 14 games, second only to the state-record of 753 points set by Junction City in 2003.

7A-West schedule

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

AUG. 31 Fayetteville vs. Little Rock Central

4-2A composite schedule

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

4-2A composite schedule

Rogers healthy again, ready for another go

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Luck wasn't on Andy Couture's side at the end of last season, and it stalked him into the spring.

Arkansas position-by-position analysis

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

Quarterback Interceptions were coming with alarming regularity early in fall camp from Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson, the contenders for the starting job.

Goblins tempered by inexperience

posted: 08/30/2009 6 a.m.

This year's Harrison team makes Coach Tom Tice feel young again.

Tastefully different Elegant TENth Event

posted: 08/30/2009 5:24 a.m.

It looks like a cocktail party. It sounds like a cocktail party. But it isn't just your typical cocktail party.

Spicing up the ASI rooftop Juicy cameos and heavy scripts

posted: 08/30/2009 5:22 a.m.

From the rooftop of the Arkansas Studies Institute building in Little Rock's River Market District, where we found ourselves the other afternoon with David Stricklin - head of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, housed somewhere south of our feet - we made note of the various advertisements we could see from the perch.

Social eyes Friends of a Friend

posted: 08/30/2009 5:21 a.m.

About 500 people gathered Aug. 20 for a dinner at the Doubletree Hotel to pay tribute to Monsignor Scott Friend.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE Her surprise was hogging the popcorn; his was a ...

posted: 08/30/2009 5:21 a.m.

Susan Fruits had the perfect opportunity to ask Jack O'Keefe all about himself the first time they met.

Anniversaries

posted: 08/30/2009 5:20 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Don E. Ghent will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday with a drop-in reception at their home.

'Vintage' guests party at The Fabulous '50s

posted: 08/30/2009 5:19 a.m.

Poodle skirts, greased-back hair and leather jackets were all the rage Aug. 22 at A Vintage Affair: The Fabulous '50s, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Engagements

posted: 08/30/2009 5:19 a.m.

Crystal Michelle Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garry Campbell of Maumelle, and Brittney James Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Newton of England; Nov. 14.

Weddings

posted: 08/30/2009 5:18 a.m.

Barger-Holt Nuptial vows were exchanged by Sarah Katherine Holt and Michael Barger on Saturday at Allie's Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colo. Dr. Ron Holt officiated.

LIFELONG HEALTH Good physicians discuss end care before the end

posted: 08/30/2009 5:17 a.m.

Despite the talk of so-called "death panels" and "death to grandma," numerous experts in hospice and palliative care maintain that this has actually been a positive discussion about end-of-life decisions.

Bridal policy

posted: 08/30/2009 5:16 a.m.

ENGAGEMENTS - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper.

Social calendar

posted: 08/30/2009 5:16 a.m.

September 3 Designing Women, 5:30 p.m. Arkansas Governor's Mansion, a fashion trunk show and silent auction benefi ting Women's Foundation of Arkansas. More information is at womensfoundationarkansas.org.

MALE CALL There are ways to justify another blue sweater

posted: 08/30/2009 5:15 a.m.

Q. Yesterday while I was at the mall I bought myself a new sweater. When I took it out of the bag, my wife said, "Not another blue sweater!" I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I realized I have something that's just about identical. Why would I do something like that, and do you have a good excuse for me to not return it?

DEAR ABBY Neighbors alarmed by woman's change

posted: 08/30/2009 5:15 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My neighbors and I are extremely concerned about my next-door neighbor of 38 years, "Anne." She was always somewhat of a narcissist, and her husband has always been an unsociable, passive-aggressive bore who thinks he's always right.

WEDDINGS DR. CHRISTINA KAY HARDESTY DUSTIN LOGAN APPLEGATE

posted: 08/30/2009 5:14 a.m.

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew was the setting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, for the marriage of Dr. Christina Kay Hardesty and Dustin Logan Applegate. The Rev. Matt Garrison and the Rev. Camille LeBron Powell of Second Presbyterian Church officiated.

WEDDINGS JACLYN NICOLE MCCARTY MATTHEW ALLAN THOMAS

posted: 08/30/2009 5:13 a.m.

Marriage vows were exchanged by Jaclyn Nicole McCarty, who goes by Niki, and Matthew Allan Thomas, who goes by Allan, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 in Greene Chapel at Hendrix College in Conway. Thomas Martin officiated.

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS Clinton School greets students hailing from 16 states, 5 nations

posted: 08/30/2009 5:12 a.m.

First lady Ginger Beebe, former Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey, Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore and Billie and Dean Skip Rutherford welcomed 36 new students to the Clinton School for Public Service during an Aug. 20 dean's reception at Trapnall Hall. The students hail from 16 states and five countries.

Heights gallery is setting for Contemporaries gala

posted: 08/30/2009 5:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries and their guests enjoyed "creative cocktails," hors d'oeuvres and the talents of various artists at ARTini, held Aug. 20 at Boswell Mourot Fine Art in the Heights.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE Junior League 'stuffs the bus'

posted: 08/30/2009 5:08 a.m.

The Junior League of Little Rock "stuffed the bus" Aug. 22 at the Little Rock Zoo.

LISTEN UP Gunbunnies CD unearthed from Warner Bros. discards

posted: 08/30/2009 5:07 a.m.

The Gunbunnies Great Big Diamond Max Recordings BRemember these guys? They were an Arkansas major-label band back in 1990 when Virgin released the acclaimed Paw Paw Patch. Industry politics and indifference would do in the 'Bunnies. And members would go their separate ways a few years later, but not before recording demos for Warner Bros.

THE TV COLUMN Time to dust off the DVRs for start of new season

posted: 08/30/2009 5:07 a.m.

September arrives Tuesday and that means the new fall TV season can't be far behind.

LET'S TALK Bill collectors' net can catch innocent

posted: 08/30/2009 5:06 a.m.

As I've stated before in this space, I haven't always made the best decisions as far as finances are concerned.

TV ON DVD Josh Whedon's 'Actives' live weird existence in Dollhouse

posted: 08/30/2009 5:05 a.m.

What is it? Dollhouse, Season 1, 14 episodes on four discs from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Julia Child's book is cooking as a best-seller 48 years later

posted: 08/30/2009 5:05 a.m.

Almost 48 years after it was first published, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child is finally topping The New York Times best-seller list, bringing with it all the butter, salt and goose fat that home chefs had largely abandoned in the age of Lipitor.

LIKE IT IS Petrino's appearance adds to frenzy of fans

posted: 08/30/2009 5:05 a.m.

Monday's Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon featuring Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino was virtually sold out by the end of the work day Thursday.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/30/2009 5:04 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have a clear vision of who you want to be, and this year you make the changes necessary to become that person. The process that works best for you is loving, creative and gentle.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Avoid husband-bashing choir

posted: 08/30/2009 5:03 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: With the economy in the toilet and rampant job loss, a number of my women friends have become the main breadwinner of their households. I am also the main breadwinner of our household, but not because of the economy.

ALL-ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM Adventure seeker

updated: 08/30/2009 10:14 a.m.

Adventure is defined as participating in things that involve uncertainty and risk. Blake James, Little Rock Central's determined senior linebacker, is still living his adventure. An equally determined Maggie remains by his side.

The buzz

posted: 08/30/2009 5 a.m.

Whitney! Madonna! Barbra! Miranda! Mariah! (Maybe.) September has divas out the wazoo, even if Mariah Carey's new album is delayed for the third time. And frankly, Miranda Lambert probably wouldn't like being called a diva, given her countryrock heck-raising music, such as "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." But we're thrilled to know Lambert is back with another album.

'Blue Ghost' haunts today's visitors with battle video games

posted: 08/30/2009 4:55 a.m.

The boys and I had reached the engine room of the USS Lexington, the decommissioned aircraft carrier berthed in Corpus Christi Bay.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Rehm, Gloriana,Pvt. Wars, ASO's Big Band fill week

posted: 08/30/2009 4:55 a.m.

Public radio's Diane Rehm will headline an eponymous fundraiser for Little Rock public stations KUAR-FM, 89.1, and KLRE-FM, 90.5's Tower Campaign at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 11301 Financial Center Parkway, Little Rock.

Brewer's service rewarded

posted: 08/30/2009 4:55 a.m.

Ronnie Brewer is getting ready for his first trip to Europe, but it's for work, not a vacation.

Off the wire

posted: 08/30/2009 4:54 a.m.

Michigan players allege violations Several Michigan football players claim the program regularly violates NCAA rules limiting how much time they can spend on training and practice sessions, according to a published report.

SPIN CYCLE Back to school for celebrities: Dunce caps fit the lamebrains

posted: 08/30/2009 4:54 a.m.

All the kiddos are back in school.

Dune desire

posted: 08/30/2009 4:53 a.m.

Every few years the urge to experience the rocky, scraped-clean landscape of New Mexico becomes overwhelming.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Timeshares tricky to dump but renting, donating are options

posted: 08/30/2009 4:53 a.m.

Most timeshare owners appear to be reasonably happy with their program - fortunately, because getting out from under an unwanted timeshare can be a struggle. If you need to dump a timeshare, you'll be lucky to get back a fraction of what you paid, and you may get nothing at all.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE American drivers 'steer'-crazy in Britain, Ireland

posted: 08/30/2009 4:52 a.m.

While most first-time visitors to Europe choo-choose to travel by train, consider the convenience of driving. Behind the wheel you're totally free, going where you want, when you want.

COMMENTARY Kazmir comes cheap, could be priceless

posted: 08/30/2009 4:51 a.m.

This trade might refuel the Los Angeles Angels, or it might fool them.

Retailers sense new thriftiness in aisles

posted: 08/30/2009 4:51 a.m.

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported second-quarter earnings this month that exceeded expectations, the company's top officer, Mike Duke, also cited a "new normal" of shoppers spending less and saving more, which trimmed sales.

Airlines in for bumpy winter in face of diminishing cash

posted: 08/30/2009 4:49 a.m.

Airlines cut fares to get more passengers on planes and salvage the summer travel season, but now their job gets harder heading into the slower fall and winter months.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/30/2009 4:48 a.m.

Here's the story behind Penn State Coach Joe Paterno's rolled-up pants.

Individual traders taking risks to recoup losses

posted: 08/30/2009 4:47 a.m.

Stung by punishing losses in the bear market, some individual investors are souring on traditional buy-andhold investing in favor of aggressive trading aimed at scoring big gains.

GM's low-cost minivans selling hot in China, dominate market

posted: 08/30/2009 4:46 a.m.

When Beijing deliveryman Han Yanmin replaced his motorcycle with a low-cost minivan, he rejected Chinese automakers and opted for General Motors Co.

Goydos, Marino remain tied for lead; Woods lurks

posted: 08/30/2009 4:46 a.m.

Paul Goydos figured Liberty National at least would look good on television, with the Statue of Liberty and so many other New York landmarks serving as a spectacular backdrop at The Barclays.

U.S. AMATEUR MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 17-year-old South Korean advances to final

posted: 08/30/2009 4:45 a.m.

With each passing day, Byeong-Hun An is making his resume look more impressive.

Chinese caskets making inroads

posted: 08/30/2009 4:45 a.m.

Kale Phillips toured a casket manufacturer on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, this summer.

Chrysler partnership with Fiat spoils plan to team with Nissan

posted: 08/30/2009 4:44 a.m.

Nissan Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC have dropped their plans to produce vehicles for each other.

Lee, Vinson tied for lead in ASGA event

posted: 08/30/2009 4:44 a.m.

Tumbling Shoals' Stan Lee shot a 3-under-par 69 in the second round Saturday and is tied for the lead after two rounds of the Arkansas State Golf Association Senior Stroke Play at Greystone Country Club's Cypress Creek course. Lee is tied at even-par 143 with first-round leader John Vinson of Batesville, who shot a 3-over 74.

Kmart brings back blue light special to excite customers

posted: 08/30/2009 4:43 a.m.

Attention, Kmart shoppers: The blue light special is back.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NOTES Cubs' Soriano gets scan of sore left knee

posted: 08/30/2009 4:42 a.m.

Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano got a magnetic resonance imaging scan Saturday, and Manager Lou Piniella said there's a good possibility Soriano will need an injection to treat inflammation in his left knee.

Credit-card delinquency data show signs of improvement

posted: 08/30/2009 4:42 a.m.

The rate at which credit-card holders fell behind on their payments was far worse in the second quarter than it was last year, but did improve sharply from the alarming level seen in the first three months of 2009.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Holliday, Rasmus power Cardinals over Nationals

posted: 08/30/2009 4:42 a.m.

As soon as Matt Holliday joined Albert Pujols in the middle of the lineup, the St. Louis Cardinals took off.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES Californians bash way into title game

posted: 08/30/2009 4:41 a.m.

California's minimashers bashed their way into the Little League World Series championship on Saturday night.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 08/30/2009 4:40 a.m.

ACCOUNTING PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Little Rock promoted Ashley J. Wright to senior manager, Stephen R. Gelwix to manager and Kristen D. Lybrand to senior associate.

INTERNATIONAL FINAL Taiwan takes bow after Sung finishes

posted: 08/30/2009 4:40 a.m.

The smiling boys from Taoyuan, Taiwan, stood along the third-base line and took a bow in unison as their parents and fans snapped pictures.

TEXAS LEAGUE Reckling's last start mostly solid for Travs

posted: 08/30/2009 4:39 a.m.

Even though he took the loss, Arkansas Travelers left-hander Trevor Reckling reminded everyone of his value one final time Saturday.

Cancer-free celebration

posted: 08/30/2009 4:38 a.m.

Brady Long will remember Arkansas fondly for what I pray will be a long and healthy life.

Shortline railroads fill small-town voids left by big firms

posted: 08/30/2009 4:37 a.m.

After an hour of shunting rail cars aside, a 1964-vintage locomotive operated by Tim "Brown Dog" Carney nudges six hopper-loads down an embankment into a pasta factory. It's a routine delivery: 540 tons of semolina flour milled in St. Louis from durum wheat grown in North Dakota.

Russian nuclear power firm makes deal to mine uranium in Mongolia

posted: 08/30/2009 4:36 a.m.

Russia's stateowned nuclear power company, whose expansion on the international market in recent years has outstripped the country's capacity to supply uranium fuel to the new power plants, won a large concession last week to mine uranium in Mongolia.

Calendar

posted: 08/30/2009 4:35 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com AUGUST 30 Arkansas Gun and Cartridge Collector's Club Gun and Knife Show, Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Hall of Industry.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN New commissioner wrong to take turkey shots

posted: 08/30/2009 4:35 a.m.

Emon Mahoney, the least experienced member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has got Arkansas' turkey problems all figured out.

We are the Martians

posted: 08/30/2009 4:34 a.m.

It was exactly 10 years ago, 1999, that the heat of a rocket ship on its way to Mars turned the dark Ohio winter into summer. The First Expedition landed men on Mars but it would be three expeditions later before the men of Earth would fully inhabit the red planet and make it their own.

Sun Belt taking all to Hot Springs

posted: 08/30/2009 4:34 a.m.

The Sun Belt Conference hopes more teams, two courts and a better start time for its men's championship game will make the 2010 post-season basketball tournament a success.

COLUMN ONE The Angel's Dictionary

posted: 08/30/2009 4:33 a.m.

With apologies to Ambrose Bierce, author of The Devil's Dictionary: Advice, the miser's substitute for charity.

Radio gig a healthy change of pace for a 'no talker'

posted: 08/30/2009 4:32 a.m.

I've had this part-time job talking on the radio for a little more than a year now, so I guess it's all right to write about it. Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. But since no one's given me any indication that I won't be doing it for the foreseeable future, maybe a little shameless selfpromotion is in order.

Elderly most vulnerable to outdated system of health care

posted: 08/30/2009 4:29 a.m.

One of the most volatile issues being debated concerning the health-care proposal is what impact it will have on the elderly, particularly because there will be so many of us.

'No reform' not an option

posted: 08/30/2009 4:28 a.m.

As executive director of the non-profit Arkansas Public Policy Panel, I lead an organization with a small number of employees, all relying on the panel for health insurance.

Ted Kennedy remembered as reformer

posted: 08/30/2009 4:28 a.m.

Sen. Ted Kennedy did right by immigrants-and by Barack Obama.

Leszek Kolakowski, 1927-2009

posted: 08/30/2009 4:27 a.m.

Cracow, Poland Leszek Kolakowski, who died at 82 last month, will be remembered by the world of letters as one of the leading philosophers of the late 20th Century, a man whose magisterial Main Currents of Marxism will be read centuries from now by anyone interested in getting at the intellectual roots of one of modernity's most consequential-and lethal-bodies of thought.

Brewer hopes to stay in Utah

posted: 08/30/2009 4:26 a.m.

The Utah Jazz have until Oct. 31 to sign Ronnie Brewer to a contract extension.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 08/30/2009 4:26 a.m.

Fiction 1. SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy. An unlikely group's friendship from the '60s to the '80s, and from South Carolina to San Francisco; by the author of The Prince of Tides. 2. SMASH CUT, by Sandra Brown. A publicity-seeking lawyer tries to get to the bottom of who murdered a wealthy executive.

On social justice and human dignity

posted: 08/30/2009 4:26 a.m.

This is an excerpt from the essay "What is Left of Socialism." Does the demise of Marxism automatically mean the end of the socialist tradition? Not necessarily.

A year of slipping the leash

posted: 08/30/2009 4:25 a.m.

Fifty years ago, on July 21, 1959, Grove Press won permission to publish D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. Two days later, G.D. Searle, the pharmaceutical company, sought government approval for Enovid, the birth control pill.

EDITORIALS The mutilated book

posted: 08/30/2009 4:24 a.m.

YALE UNIVERSITY long has been a citadel of political correctness and a prime example of the current academic rage for deconstructing truth. But this time it's reached the bottom (let's hope) of its flight from Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth. It's getting so that the only remaining evidence of either one at Yale may soon be confined to its motto. Talk about honoring qualities in the breach.

A breakdown next door

posted: 08/30/2009 4:23 a.m.

Aweek ago, my husband and I spent the day knocking on doors and apologizing to our neighbors. The night before, I had called 911 for an ambulance to transport our schizophrenic son to the hospital. Again. He didn't want to go. Again.

NFL EXHIBITION Cowboys display Jones-Barber duo on 94-yard drive

posted: 08/30/2009 4:22 a.m.

Felix Jones got the Dallas Cowboys away from their goal line and, 13 plays later, into the opposing end zone. Marion Barber did most of the hard work in between.

TRAVERS STAKES Summer Bird soars at sloppy Saratoga

posted: 08/30/2009 4:21 a.m.

Summer Bird isn't the other Bird anymore.

COLUMNISTS From yarb docs to Pekin

posted: 08/30/2009 4:20 a.m.

Over the weekend as I was planting some comfrey in my garden, my thoughts turned to the role herbs such as comfrey played in the medical treatment of our ancestors. That thought, in turn, caused me to be grateful for living in an age when we do not have to depend on yearly purgatives or bitter slippery elm bark tea to treat our ills.

LETTERS

posted: 08/30/2009 4:19 a.m.

Space exploration is essential The recent letter from Arthur Luck of Maumelle demands response. Luck contends that space exploration "is not research, it is engineering," as if engineering just happens without research. It is obvious that he needs to bone up on the manned space program's contributions to the technology we enjoy.

ARKANSAS STATE Red Wolves possess no shortage of experienced hands

posted: 08/30/2009 4:19 a.m.

If ASU fails to reach expectations this season it won't be because the Red Wolves are too young.

Children, tell; parents, listen

posted: 08/30/2009 4:17 a.m.

Gather 'round, children. In the event your parents haven't seen fit to do it, I'm going to tell you something you need to know.

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF Coleman retains run-to-win motto

posted: 08/30/2009 4:17 a.m.

Monte Coleman insists he's not stuck in another era, even if his preferred style of offense suggests otherwise.

Tents and camel noses

posted: 08/30/2009 4:16 a.m.

Opposition to Obama care tends to have little to do with the actual details. Most people, including most members of Congress, don't know them.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS Defense takes up for Bears offense

posted: 08/30/2009 4:15 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Bears have a lot of questions going into their fifth and final year of transition from NCAA Division II to the Football Championship Subdivision of NCAA Division I.

The Oath Keepers

posted: 08/30/2009 4:15 a.m.

Ever heard of a former paratrooper and Yale Law School graduate named Stewart Rhodes? How about the non-partisan group he founded in April called the Oath Keepers? Me neither. Not until last week anyway.

Soaps last week

posted: 08/30/2009 4:14 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Aug. 24-28.) All My Children: JR busted Marissa out of the hospital. David found the two of them at the Yacht Club and told Marissa he'd release her if she agreed to stay with him at Wildwind.

State college roundups

posted: 08/30/2009 4:13 a.m.

HARDING 17, MISSOURI SOUTHERN 15 SEARCY - Josh Powell threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyler O'Quinn in the final 18 seconds to give Harding a season opening victory over Missouri Southern on Saturday at First Security Stadium.

COVER STORY Oxford's tangled webs fill Inspector Lewis mysteries

posted: 08/30/2009 4:13 a.m.

Heaven knows there are enough law and order shows on TV to back up the judicial system for decades. That's why some viewers prefer their detective shows with a British accent. Crime and its solving are so very much more civil over there, ol' chap.

On the RISE

posted: 08/30/2009 4:12 a.m.

Despite the economic downturn, record-breaking enrollment numbers at private colleges continue to rise.

Arkansas opponent capsules

posted: 08/30/2009 4:12 a.m.

Game 1 MISSOURI STATE TIME/DATE 6 p.m. Sept. 5 PLACE Little Rock 2008 RECORD 4-7 overall, 3-5 Missouri Valley Conference COACH Terry Allen (107-80 overall in 15 seasons, 12-21 in three seasons at Missouri State).

that's life Getting a year older ... or is it younger?

posted: 08/30/2009 4:11 a.m.

Weird things happen when you get older.

Superintendent plans to change Pangburn's culture of learning

posted: 08/30/2009 4:10 a.m.

White County native Jerrod Williams never wanted to follow in his parents' footsteps by becoming a teacher. The 35-year-old Pangburn School District superintendent was a business major when he began working with kids and heard the call of the classroom.

Several Three Rivers students awarded scholarship

posted: 08/30/2009 4:09 a.m.

Twenty eight Three Rivers students were awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Razorbacks report

posted: 08/30/2009 4:09 a.m.

Free safety Matt Harris was riding in a car with Arkansas teammates Mitch Petrus (offensive line) and John Durmon (fullback) earlier this summer when Harris began singing along with a rock song.

Gloriana to perform at Harding

posted: 08/30/2009 4:08 a.m.

Gloriana will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Harding University's Benson Auditorium.

Lyon College named one of 'America's Best Colleges'

posted: 08/30/2009 4:07 a.m.

Lyon College is once again on a select list of "America's Best Colleges," according to Forbes.com.

RECRUITING Arkansas turns to junior colleges for help with needs

posted: 08/30/2009 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas is trying to fill as much of its football recruiting class with high school prospects as possible, but once again the Razorbacks are looking to the junior colleges for some immediate help.

front&center Chris Boyett

posted: 08/30/2009 4:06 a.m.

Students first - that's Chris Boyett's motto.

Aging Program selling spaces for names to be engraved on new sign

posted: 08/30/2009 4:04 a.m.

The White County Aging Program, a nonprofit organization for senior citizens, is selling spaces for names to be engraved in its new sign to help cover the cost of the sign. The organization's old sign was damaged by severe storms, Director of Transportation Tammy Stipes said.

Bearden QB Lowe runs, passes, wins

posted: 08/30/2009 4:04 a.m.

The most accomplished member of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette preseason Super Sophomore Team is Bearden quarterback DeFonta Lowe.

Player capsules

posted: 08/30/2009 4:03 a.m.

OFFENSE Brandon Allen, QB FAYETTEVILLE 6-2, 210, 4.8, Jr. COMMITTED TO Undecided ATT. COMP.

Batesville community college awards several scholarships to area students

posted: 08/30/2009 4 a.m.

Seven students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

McCrory student wins scholarship

posted: 08/30/2009 4 a.m.

Heather Myers of McCrory has been awarded the Arkansas State University-Newport Incentive Scholarship for the fall 2009 semester.

High school football report

posted: 08/30/2009 4 a.m.

Series set for Shiloh, Springdale Shiloh Christian and Springdale won't have to travel far for at least one of their nonconference games during the 2010-2012 cycle.

Call us

posted: 08/30/2009 3:59 a.m.

Please call the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with game reports before 10:30 p.m. each Friday night this fall.

Searcy teams prepare for Race for the Cure

posted: 08/30/2009 3:59 a.m.

Organizations in Searcy are uniting to participate in the 2009 Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure. The race will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in downtown Little Rock. Anyone can participate in the race through the Women's 5K Run/Walk, the Family Fun Walk (2K), the Three Miles of Men, the Kids for the Cure or as a pajamaware (supporting the cause, but unable to attend).

This week's games

posted: 08/30/2009 3:59 a.m.

MONDAY CLASS 7A Fayetteville vs. LR Central (at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock), 5 p.m. CLASS 5A De Queen vs. Monticello (at Arkansas-Pine Bluff), 5:30 p.m. PB Dollarway vs. Central Arkansas Christian (at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock), 7:30 p.m. CLASS 4A DeWitt vs. Star City (at Arkansas-Pine Bluff), 7:45 p.m. CLASS 3A 5-3 A HS Lakeside JV at Bismarck, 7 p.m.

Elvis coming to CenterStage

posted: 08/30/2009 3:58 a.m.

Elvis is making his way to Center-Stage Playhouse in Cabot. Butch Dicus, one of the region's premiere Elvis impersonators, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of CenterStage's "Lost in the '50s" event.

BOWLING Collins records first 800 series, fifth 300 game

posted: 08/30/2009 3:57 a.m.

Haskell's Scott Collins finally caught that elusive 800 series, doing so in the Millennium First League at Millennium Bowl where he smashed the pins for games of 265, 268 and 300 for an 833 series.

Rotary Club provides dictionaries, thesauruses to Fairfield Bay students

posted: 08/30/2009 3:56 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Fairfield Bay has been a sponsor of the Dictionary Project for several years, giving dictionaries and thesauruses to third- and fourth-grade students in area schools.

Briscoe wins duel at finish

posted: 08/30/2009 3:56 a.m.

Points leader Ryan Briscoe went wheel-to-wheel with fellow championship contender Scott Dixon on the last lap and came out on top, winning Saturday night's Indy-Car series race at Chicagoland Speedway by only 0.0077 seconds.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/30/2009 3:56 a.m.

SOCCER Harding men fall at home Harding's Connor Galloway had two goals, but it wasn't enough for the Bison men as they lost 5-3 to Lynn College on Friday in Searcy.

Governor appoints new Ozarka trustees

posted: 08/30/2009 3:56 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced his appointment of Bob Evins and Larry Sullivan to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees.

Regional motor sports calendar

posted: 08/30/2009 3:55 a.m.

SEPTEMBER 4 Beebe Speedway, Mini-Stock Mania 4-5 Batesville Motor Speedway, Locust Grove, Summer Slam, monster trucks 11 Malden (Mo.) Speedway, Parts Plus USCS sprint cars, Rislone USCS modifieds 12 I-30 Speedway, Little Rock, Ark

Fast learner

posted: 08/30/2009 3:54 a.m.

Former Newport track star Caleb Cross has never been one to be slowed by hurdles. In fact, they make him better. Cross' excellence in the 110 and the 300-meter events earned him a Track and Field scholarship to the University of Arkansas, making him the first athlete from Newport High School to receive a Division I scholarship in that sport.

Woman volunteers to help construct home abroad

posted: 08/30/2009 3:51 a.m.

Searcy resident and volunteer Cheryl Pinkley joined a 10-member team of volunteers from five states in America. The team will participate in a ThriventBuilds Worldwide/Habitat for Humanity International project in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

U.S.: Pakistan altered missiles sent for defense

posted: 08/30/2009 3:47 a.m.

The United States has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying American-made missiles to expand its capability to strike land targets, a potential threat to India, according to senior administration and congressional officials.

The fish that eats salad

posted: 08/30/2009 3:47 a.m.

When summer temperatures peak and days become searing and sultry, it's often difficult to catch fish of any sort. Hot water with low oxygen levels often gives bass, crappie, walleyes and other popular gamefish a bad case of lockjaw.

Ash Flat student awarded scholarship to ASU-Newport

posted: 08/30/2009 3:45 a.m.

Arkansas State University-Newport awarded Tyler Scott Phillips of Ash Flat the ASU-Newport High Voltage Scholarship for the one-year program that begins Monday, Aug. 24. Phillips is the son of Bruce and Levita Phillips.

Jacob's Place Homeless Mission names two new board members

posted: 08/30/2009 3:43 a.m.

Stephanie Dalrymple and Rees Jones, both of Searcy, have joined the board of directors for Jacob's Place Homeless Mission.

Splash Zone hosting second annual "Doggie Dip"

posted: 08/30/2009 3:42 a.m.

Dog owners will have the chance for the their pets to take a swim at Jacksonville's Splash Zone pool and help raise funds for improvements at the city's dog park.

Deficit, debt to test Obama tax pledge

posted: 08/30/2009 3:42 a.m.

During last year's presidential campaign, President Barack Obama vowed to enact an agenda without raising taxes on the middle class, a pledge that budget experts viewed with skepticism. Since then, a severe recession, deficits and a national debt that is swelling toward a 50-year high have made his promise harder to keep.

Student receives young artist scholarship

posted: 08/30/2009 3:41 a.m.

Sam Pettit, a 2009 Cabot high school graduate, is one of four recipients of The Arkansas Repertory Theatre Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program's young artist college scholarship.

ASU-Searcy offering welding certification

posted: 08/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

People interested in obtaining their certification in welding will be able to participate in a course sponsored through the Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe.

State efforts for gamblers' ills not ready

posted: 08/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

Nearly 10,000 calls have been made to the National Council on Problem Gambling's hot line from Arkansas area codes the past 3 1 /2 years.

Spies now spinning a Web

posted: 08/30/2009 3:39 a.m.

Intellipedia, the U.S. intelligence community's version of Wikipedia, hummed in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election in June, with personnel at myriad government agencies updating a page dedicated to tracking the disputed results.

Farm family in community of Fryatt receives county honor

posted: 08/30/2009 3:39 a.m.

Devon and Janet Smoot were high school sweethearts at Mammoth Spring High School. They married two weeks after Janet, who is two years younger than Devon, graduated, and have been married 19 years.

Leftovers a real gas for regional utility

posted: 08/30/2009 3:39 a.m.

Leftovers from San Francisco Bay Area restaurants are being served to help power the region.

Godmothers take reins in Italy syndicate

posted: 08/30/2009 3:38 a.m.

They go by such nicknames as "Fat Cat" and "Tomboy." Their simmering power struggles once drove them into the streets, guns blazing. They rule their crime families with steely determination, and also raise the kids and stir the pasta.

'It's a calling'

posted: 08/30/2009 3:37 a.m.

One Benton elementary teacher has found a way to break the language barrier with her students and has been rewarded for it.

Political elite joins with family for Kennedy farewell

posted: 08/30/2009 3:36 a.m.

The nation's political elite gathered at a Roman Catholic basilica in Edward Kennedy's hometown of Boston and bade farewell to the senator from Massachusetts whose legislative career spanned almost a half century.

Former allies seethe over Sanford

posted: 08/30/2009 3:36 a.m.

Republican legislators fumed Saturday over Gov. Mark Sanford's affair and questionable travel, though they stopped short of trying to force his resignation or impeachment before they return to the Statehouse in January.

LA-area fire nearly triples in size; 3 hurt

posted: 08/30/2009 3:35 a.m.

A growing wildfire sending large billows of smoke into the sky north of Los Angeles nearly tripled in size Saturday, injuring three residents, burning a small number of homes, knocking out power to many more and prompting evacuations in a number of mountain communities.

OBU named No. 1 Baccalaureate College in the South

posted: 08/30/2009 3:35 a.m.

Ouachita Baptist University was named a top college in the South for the third year in a row, and its administrators, professors and students believe they know why.

Danny sprays East, emptying beaches

posted: 08/30/2009 3:34 a.m.

Heavy rain and dangerous rip currents from a weak tropical system emptied East Coast beaches for a second straight late-summer weekend, while a Pacific hurricane grew stronger Saturday and threatened the Mexican coast.

GOP health-care negotiator blasts proposals

posted: 08/30/2009 3:33 a.m.

A leading GOP negotiator on health care struck a further blow to fading chances of a bipartisan compromise by saying Democratic proposals would restrict medical choices and make the country's "finances sicker without saving you money."

Obama marks 4 years since Katrina

posted: 08/30/2009 3:33 a.m.

President Barack Obama marked the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by pledging to make sure that turf wars and red tape don't slow the pace of the continuing recovery.

Nucor feeling pinch of Chinese imports

posted: 08/30/2009 3:32 a.m.

It's not just Texarkana tire makers who are worried about cheap Chinese imports.

The fish that eats salad

posted: 08/30/2009 3:32 a.m.

When summer temperatures peak and days become searing and sultry, it's often difficult to catch fish of any sort. Hot water with low oxygen levels often gives bass, crappie, walleyes and other popular gamefish a bad case of lockjaw.

Newly found planet presents astrophysicists a paradox

posted: 08/30/2009 3:32 a.m.

Scientists have discovered a planet that shouldn't exist. The finding, they say, could alter our understanding of orbital dynamics, a field considered pretty well settled since the time of astronomer Johannes Kepler 400 years ago.

Japanese cast ballots in key vote

posted: 08/30/2009 3:31 a.m.

Japanese cast ballots today in hotly contested parliamentary elections in which the ruling conservative party, battered by a laggard economy and voter desire for change after more than half a century of virtual oneparty rule, was expected to suffer an overwhelming defeat.

that's life Getting a year older ... or is it younger?

posted: 08/30/2009 3:31 a.m.

Weird things happen when you get older.

Bomb attacks in Iraq kill at least 18

posted: 08/30/2009 3:30 a.m.

Bombs struck a cafe in Baghdad and remote communities in northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 18 people, as the visiting Iranian foreign minister warned that Iraq's instability affected the whole region.

front&center Sam Taggart

posted: 08/30/2009 3:30 a.m.

Dr. Sam Taggart inherited his father's storytelling abilities and his mother's caregiving side to become a family doctor and author.

Afghan president closes in on 50% of vote

posted: 08/30/2009 3:30 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai widened his lead over his main challenger in election returns released Saturday, creeping toward the 50 percent mark that would enable him to avoid a runoff.

N. Korea frees four fishermen

posted: 08/30/2009 3:29 a.m.

Four South Korean fishermen, whom Pyongyang detained for a month after they accidentally entered North Korean waters, returned home Saturday.

Swat militant camp raided

posted: 08/30/2009 3:29 a.m.

Helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley, killing six Taliban fighters in an area the government had already declared clear of militants, an official said Saturday.

Iran sacks mass-trial prosecutor

posted: 08/30/2009 3:28 a.m.

Iran's new judiciary chief has fired the prosecutor involved in the mass trial of opposition activists charged with seeking to topple the ruling system through a "velvet revolution," state media reported Saturday.

Saline County Library to participate in card sign-up month

posted: 08/30/2009 3:28 a.m.

The Saline County Library will participate in a nationwide effort to promote library card sign-up month throughout September at both library branches.

Marathon information meeting set for Monday

posted: 08/30/2009 3:27 a.m.

Little Rock Marathon race officials announced that residents in Saline county will have an opportunity to learn more about running or walking a marathon during an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Bryant Middle School Gym at 200 NW Fourth St.

U.S. test to gauge progress of Afghan, Pakistan strategy

posted: 08/30/2009 3:26 a.m.

The White House has assembled a list of about 50 measurements to gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan as it tries to calm rising public and congressional anxiety about its war strategy.

St. Joseph's to open new after-hours clinic

posted: 08/30/2009 3:26 a.m.

St. Joseph's Mercy Health System is establishing an after-hours Express Care Clinic at its 70 West St. Joseph's Mercy Clinic location.

In the news

posted: 08/30/2009 3:25 a.m.

James Murdoch, 36, the son of News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch and an executive in charge of the company's businesses in Europe and Asia, criticized the British Broadcasting Corp., a main competitor, in a speech in Scotland, saying, "As Orwell foretold, to let the state enjoy a near-monopoly of information is to guarantee manipulation and distortion."

'A victory'

posted: 08/30/2009 3:25 a.m.

John Siratt's motto is a good one for golf: "Sometimes you hit it down the middle of the fairway and end up in a divot. You just play on," said the Antioch golfer, 51.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/30/2009 3:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "If you rule out inflating our way out of the problem and defaulting on the debt, there are two ways: Cut spending or raise taxes." William Gale, an expert on fiscal policy at the Brookings Institution, on the growing federal deficit.

TV news shows

posted: 08/30/2009 3:24 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows: ABC's This Week - Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and John Kerry, D-Mass.

that's life Getting a year older ... or is it younger?

posted: 08/30/2009 3:24 a.m.

Weird things happen when you get older.

Names and faces

posted: 08/30/2009 3:24 a.m.

Jamie Foxx took some music and laughte r to New Orleans with his "Blame It" tour. The entertainer joked with the enthusiastic crowd of thousands at the New Orleans Arena on Thursday night.

Golden paddles

posted: 08/30/2009 3:23 a.m.

The Sayger children of Russellville know how to bring home the gold and the gold and the gold... .

The world in brief

posted: 08/30/2009 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The lack of stability and security in Iraq will definitely affect the region." Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, speaking at a news conference in Baghdad.

EcoFest organizers plan hands-on festivities

posted: 08/30/2009 3:22 a.m.

Conway's first EcoFest - scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Laurel Park - promises to be hands-on entertainment for the whole family.

Skeet-shooting contest deadline set for Friday

posted: 08/30/2009 3:21 a.m.

Friday is the deadline to register for the Aiming for Education Skeet-Shooting contest at 2 p.m. at Point Remove Lodge, 36 Hunt Club Lane. The entry fee is $50 per person, $150 for a team of three and $20 for the youth trap shoot event.

Nature photography topic of workshop

posted: 08/30/2009 3:20 a.m.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will offer "Nature Photography : Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary" on Saturday through Monday, Sept. 7.

CASA receives certification from national association

posted: 08/30/2009 3:19 a.m.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates of the 20th Judicial District, ser ving Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties, has been awarded certification by the National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association.

front&center Chris Boyett

posted: 08/30/2009 3:18 a.m.

Students first - that's Chris Boyett's motto.

Chamber to sponsor Minority Enterprise Development Week

posted: 08/30/2009 3:17 a.m.

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host and sponsor Minority Enterprise Development Week Tuesday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 11. Other sponsors are Metro Little Rock Alliance and Bank of the Ozarks.

The fish that eats salad

posted: 08/30/2009 3:16 a.m.

When summer temperatures peak and days become searing and sultry, it's often difficult to catch fish of any sort. Hot water with low oxygen levels often gives bass, crappie, walleyes and other popular gamefish a bad case of lockjaw.

Obituaries

posted: 08/30/2009 3:15 a.m.

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

Continuing Education to offer course in desktop publishing

posted: 08/30/2009 3:15 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University Department of Continuing Education will hold an introduction to desktop publishing class.

SWEET TEA Lost ring still a gem of a story

posted: 08/30/2009 3:15 a.m.

Geneva Cobbs heard the "ponk" in the water.

Heber Springs, Conway St. Joseph favored for golf honors

posted: 08/30/2009 3:14 a.m.

High school golf season is well under way, and several River Valley and Ozark teams should be contending for honors when the post-season begins in mid-September.

Black legislator ratio for state is 13th in U.S.

posted: 08/30/2009 3:14 a.m.

The latest survey of legislative demographic characteristics shows Arkansas has the 13th-highest percentage of black legislators among the 50 states, 11 percent.

Faulkner Academy of Arts to present free comic opera

posted: 08/30/2009 3:14 a.m.

The Faulkner Academy of Arts of Conway will be at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Fine Arts Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to present an evening of music and theater.

Flag-football league forming for children with disabilities

posted: 08/30/2009 3:13 a.m.

Community Connections, partnering with Life Champs, will offer the Rivals United Football League starting this fall.

Author, commentator to speak at library

posted: 08/30/2009 3:12 a.m.

The Faulkner County Library will present an evening with Andrei Codrescu, author and NPR commentator, at 7 p.m. Friday. Codrescu will discuss his newest book, The Posthuman Dada Guide, followed by a book signing.

Fayetteville code bans short-term home renting

posted: 08/30/2009 3:11 a.m.

For Fayetteville, autumn means plenty of overnight visitors for large events like Arkansas Razorbacks football games and Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

LR Zoo's intake up, but so are expenses

posted: 08/30/2009 3:09 a.m.

The Little Rock Zoo is on track to make more money this year than last, but the projected gains won't be much and won't be nearly enough to help out-pace the facility's expenses.

Attorneys to contest suspect's mental evaluation

posted: 08/30/2009 3:08 a.m.

Attorneys for a Little Rock motorist accused of killing a pedestrian announced Thursday that they will challenge state doctors' findings that she is fit to stand trial.

OUR TOWN North Little Rock notebook

posted: 08/30/2009 3:08 a.m.

Support growing for business district A majority of downtown businesses in North Little Rock are supporting the formation of a central business district, according to a Friday statement from the Argenta Downtown Council.

Getting it straight

posted: 08/30/2009 3:07 a.m.

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

Assets freed in stock-scam case

posted: 08/30/2009 3:06 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge unfroze the assets of a Sherwood-based company that state regulators claim is a front for a stock scam.

Drain repair in works to free up Big Dam Bridge parking

posted: 08/30/2009 3:06 a.m.

Plans are in the pipeline to fix a drain - and free up prime parking space over it - at the foot of the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock.

W. Virginia fugitive found dead in state

posted: 08/30/2009 3:05 a.m.

A West Virginia caregiver charged in the death of her 74-year-old client has been found dead in Arkansas.

Pet of the week

posted: 08/30/2009 3:05 a.m.

Smokey Blue is our pet of the week. She recently had a litter of kittens. She would like a home where she will be treated like a princess.

Arkansas task force focusing efforts on fighting Alzheimer's

posted: 08/30/2009 3:04 a.m.

State Rep. Butch Wilkins, co-chairman of a task force on Alzheimer's disease, opened the first meeting with a personal story Wednesday.

Shelter worker wins animal-cruelty case

posted: 08/30/2009 3:04 a.m.

Forrest City's chief animal-control officer has been cleared of animalcruelty charges after he was accused of failing to care for dogs at the city's shelter.

Other days

posted: 08/30/2009 3:03 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO August 30, 1909 Representing financial interests contemplating the construction of a $1,000,000 waterpower electric plant to furnish light and power to Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff, C. E. Hart of Joplin, Mo., an engineer, has been in the city for a week investigating the electrical needs of the three cities and making surveys of the site and lines.

Governor's appointments

posted: 08/30/2009 3:02 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Thursday appointments to six state boards or commissions: To the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, for terms expiring June 30, 2012: Charlotte Britton, Hope, replacing Lisa Williams ; Jana Hayes, Fort Smith, reappointed; Lynne Raney Hill, Camden.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 08/30/2009 3:02 a.m.

Celebrity disc jockey, LA club owner The celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner known as DJ AM was found dead in a New York City apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist Jenni Weinman said in a statement.

PB guard charged in drug possession

posted: 08/30/2009 3:01 a.m.

Bond has been set at $5,000 for a prison guard at the Maximum Security Unit near Pine Bluff after, authorities said, marijuana was found in her bra as she reported for work.

Bush aide to speak at Clinton School

posted: 08/30/2009 3:01 a.m.

Matthew Dowd, chief campaign strategist for President George W. Bush's 2004 presidential race, will give a speech at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Wednesday. Dowd has worked for Republicans and Democrats during a 30-year career.

LR Hilton to host blind convention

posted: 08/30/2009 3 a.m.

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas will hold its 50th annual convention Sept. 25-26 at the Little Rock Hilton.

Workers fell eight beetle-infested trees

posted: 08/30/2009 3 a.m.

Workers cut down eight trees at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion this week after they became infested with locust leaf-miner beetles.

Six Arkansans killed in roadway accidents

posted: 08/30/2009 2:59 a.m.

Four crashes on state roadways since Tuesday claimed six lives, Arkansas State Police reported.

Education notebook

posted: 08/30/2009 2:59 a.m.

Reports key on best test-taking pupils Arkansas' top-performing elementary and middle schools, as based on 2009 Benchmark and End-of-Course exam results, will be highlighted over the next three months in a series of reports issued by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Police beat

posted: 08/30/2009 2:58 a.m.

Police say girl, 17, stabbed housemate A 17-year-old North Little Rock girl was being held without bond Saturday after police say she stabbed an 18-year-old man who lives in the same house, police reported.

Saturday, August 29

Goodyear, Steelworkers reach deal on contract

posted: 08/29/2009 8:51 p.m.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers of America have reached a tentative national contract agreement.

Ark. prison guard arrested on gun, drug complaint

posted: 08/29/2009 8:29 p.m.

Bond has been set at $5,000 for a prison guard at the Maximum Security Unit near Pine Bluff after authorities say marijuana was found in her bra as she reported for work.

Calif. firefighters wage fierce wildfire battles

updated: 08/29/2009 9:46 p.m.

A growing wildfire sending massive billows of smoke into the sky north of Los Angeles nearly tripled in size Saturday, injuring three residents, burning a small number of homes, knocking out power to many more and prompting thousands of evacuations in a number of mountain communities.

Rogers mayor at odds with director's salary

posted: 08/29/2009 7:37 p.m.

The executive director of the Rogers Public Library Foundation earned a salary in 2008 equivalent to nearly 60 percent of the nonprofit's cash donations that year.

Flood warning issued for Bradley Co.

posted: 08/29/2009 7:24 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock has issued a flash flood warning for southeastern Bradley County in southeast Arkansas.

Rheem lays off 43 at Fort Smith plant

posted: 08/29/2009 6:33 p.m.

A Fort Smith heating and cooling products manufacturer is laying off 43 employees.

Spokeswoman: 7 found dead at Ga. mobile home

posted: 08/29/2009 3:09 p.m.

Seven people were killed and two critically injured at a mobile home located on a historic plantation in southeastern Georgia, a county spokeswoman said Saturday.

Jimena intensifies, now a Category 2 Pacific storm

updated: 08/29/2009 3:45 p.m.

Forecasters say Jimena has quickly intensified over the warm waters off Mexico's coast and is now a Category 2 hurricane.

Archery a newfound joy for Arkansas woman, 74

posted: 08/29/2009 3:06 p.m.

It's never too late to be a beginner, and it's never too early to be exceptional.

Harding coaches take 'trip of a lifetime'

posted: 08/29/2009 3:05 p.m.

Seeing wild bison grazing on dandelions along the highway is just one of the tales being told by two men who completed a 24-day trip to Fairbanks, Alaska on their motorcycles this summer.

Obama: Katrina lessons not forgotten

posted: 08/29/2009 9:11 a.m.

President Barack Obama promised Saturday that his administration would not forget what he called a tragic response to Hurricane Katrina. He said he would visit the still-recovering New Orleans before the end of the year.

Bomber to be treated as hero, U.S. warned

posted: 08/29/2009 6 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder warned his Scottish counterpart in June that the man convicted of blowing U.S.-bound Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky could get a hero's welcome if allowed to return to Libya, according to the head of a group representing the families of victims.

Month is war's deadliest for U.S.

posted: 08/29/2009 5:22 a.m.

An American service member died Friday when his vehicle struck a bomb in eastern Afghanistan, making August the deadliest month for U.S. forces in the nearly eight-year war.

Kennedy honored for public service

posted: 08/29/2009 4:59 a.m.

Sen. Edward Kennedy was remembered as a bighearted man with a passion for public service and helping other people at a memorial service at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Treasurer sends very best, but with the state's money

posted: 08/29/2009 4:54 a.m.

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner has paid more than $850 in state funds for birthday cards for lawmakers and constitutional officers.

Drop in diesel price fuels CATA savings

posted: 08/29/2009 4:53 a.m.

Lower diesel fuel prices will propel a $471,288 drop in Central Arkansas Transit Authority's costs next year, saving Little Rock and Pulaski County money during a troubled economy, according to a draft budget released Friday.

COURTNEY STONE 1991-2009 Beloved in Bremerton

posted: 08/29/2009 4:52 a.m.

He was going to go back to Bremerton, Wash.

SUPER SIX COUNTDOWN No. 1 Bentonville goes on offensive

posted: 08/29/2009 4:51 a.m.

Barry Lunney Sr. needed three seasons to win his first state championship at Fort Smith Southside in 1991.

Spending up a little in July; incomes flat

posted: 08/29/2009 4:50 a.m.

Consumer spending in the U.S. rose slightly in July as Americans jammed auto showrooms to take advantage of the "cash for clunkers" program while avoiding other purchases.

GM predicts leap in auto sales for '10

posted: 08/29/2009 4:47 a.m.

An executive with General Motors said Friday that the company sees U.S. auto sales growing by 2 million next year.

Taking the plunge

posted: 08/29/2009 4:45 a.m.

Blue sky with no clouds, Hot afternoons can get you down and make you sweaty, Midsummer sun bake, I know exactly what we should do and I think you're ready, Gonna stay cool, cool, cool at the swimming pool.

California firefighters save ocean-view homes

posted: 08/29/2009 4:39 a.m.

Firefighters beat back flames licking at oceanview estates Friday, while another wildfire raged through a dry forest above Los Angeles' foothill suburbs. Residents nervously watched aircraft drop loads of water and retardant on nearby blazing slopes.

TE spot appeals to Youngblood

posted: 08/29/2009 4:29 a.m.

As a quarterback, Jim Youngblood didn't shy away from contact.

COMMENTARY Heisman competition about to heat up

posted: 08/29/2009 4:27 a.m.

Together, the trio could stop traffic just as easily as they could a blitzing defense. Whether it's Times Square, the Rose Bowl or Campus Corner in Norman, Okla., Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford cannot walk anywhere without becoming the focus of every father, child and linebacker around.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/29/2009 4:25 a.m.

Tebow plan gets Gators' attention A minor league baseball team put together a promotion around the question "What would Tim Tebow do?" and the University of Florida answered with a cease and desist request.

Off the wire

posted: 08/29/2009 4:25 a.m.

FOOTBALL NCAA must surrender FSU records The NCAA must release documents on Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty, a Florida judge ruled Friday, noting that the NCAA's rationale for keeping the documents secret would "emasculate" the state's broad public access laws.

Leader slips in 64 ahead of wind

posted: 08/29/2009 4:23 a.m.

Beth Bader shot an 8-under-par 64 at the Safeway Classic on Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the second round at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

Notes

posted: 08/29/2009 4:21 a.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals and National League saves leader Ryan Franklin are negotiating a two-year contract extension that could allow him to end his career in St. Louis.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Cardinals' Smoltz solid again in first start at home

posted: 08/29/2009 4:21 a.m.

John Smoltz showed his St. Louis Cardinals debut was no fluke Friday night, striking out six and allowing a run in six innings in his first home start.

Rain could dampen Quality Road's track in Travers

posted: 08/29/2009 4:20 a.m.

The Travers Stakes has come down to this: no filly, one Bird and seven colts with a huge opportunity to rise to the head of their 3-year-old class.

Two sides to Serena as Open draws near

posted: 08/29/2009 4:19 a.m.

In one breath, Serena Williams says she considers herself the favorite at the U.S. Open.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES Little guys still draw large crowds

posted: 08/29/2009 4:19 a.m.

The small-town charm of the Little League World Series appears to be as popular as ever.

THURSDAY'S TEXAS LEAGUE Travelers' 20 down Drillers

posted: 08/29/2009 4:18 a.m.

Mark Trumbo homered and tripled and Wil Ortiz was 5 for 5 with 3 RBI as the Arkansas Travelers pounded Tulsa 16-7 in front of 4,028 at Drillers Stadium on Thursday night.

Cowboys don't have to adjust video

posted: 08/29/2009 4:17 a.m.

Jerry Jones can keep his video boards right where they are, at least for this season.

NFL notes

posted: 08/29/2009 4:16 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams has only a bruised shoulder from a hard collision with a teammate, yet still might not play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night.

NFL EXHIBITION Campbell, Brady shine

posted: 08/29/2009 4:15 a.m.

Tom Brady and Jason Campbell put on a regular season show in preseason, producing 359 yards and six scoring drives combined.

Making short work on 'longest' course

posted: 08/29/2009 4:14 a.m.

Webb Simpson looked at the scores and the weather, neither of which indicated an easy time Friday at Liberty National. He quickly settled on a simple game plan Friday and made it pay off in The Barclays.

U.S. AMATEUR Arkansas' Lingmerth falls in quarterfinals

posted: 08/29/2009 4:13 a.m.

Arkansas senior David Lingmerth was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the 109th U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club on Friday.

Byrd gets shot to fix porous D

posted: 08/29/2009 4:10 a.m.

The latest in a series profiling Gulf South Conference football teams in Arkansas.

U.S. advice for Scot: Bomber is hero fodder

posted: 08/29/2009 4:04 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder warned his Scottish counterpart in June that the man convicted of blowing U.S.-bound Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky could get a hero's welcome if allowed to return to Libya, according to the head of a group representing the families of victims.

2 strapped universities offer tuition breaks

posted: 08/29/2009 4:01 a.m.

Two of Arkansas' public universities raised tuition for in-state students this semester while allowing out-of-state undergraduate students to pay cheaper in-state tuition rates primarily because they live in campus housing.

China tells Burma to end fighting; 10,000 flee strife

posted: 08/29/2009 4 a.m.

China has told Burma to put an end to fighting with an ethnic militia that has sent 10,000 people fleeing across their border.

Hurt Saudi prince vows to fight terrorism

posted: 08/29/2009 4 a.m.

Hours after being lightly wounded by a suicide bomber, a senior Saudi prince largely credited with the kingdom's aggressive anti-terrorism efforts said Friday that he was more determined than ever to fight militants in the country.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/29/2009 3:59 a.m.

GOLF Vinson, Abinante take first-round leads Batesville's John Vinson shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday and leads after the first round of the Arkansas State Golf Association's Senior Stroke Play at Greystone Country Club's Cypress Creek course in Cabot.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 08/29/2009 3:59 a.m.

Two smaller, more conservative U.S.-based Lutheran denominations are expressing disappointment in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's decision to open a wider door to gay clergy.

THURSDAY'S STATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

posted: 08/29/2009 3:58 a.m.

SE OKLAHOMA STATE 54, HENDERSON STATE 38 DURANT, Okla - Henderson State lost its season opener, giving up 531 yards of total offense to Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Center to unveil hand-lettered Torah

posted: 08/29/2009 3:58 a.m.

At the Chabad-Lubavitch of Arkansas Center for Jewish Life, it will soon be time to dance.

Calendar

posted: 08/29/2009 3:56 a.m.

MUSIC, ART AND ENTERTAINMENT Wabbaseka will celebrate Scatter Fest at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 in the park off U.S. 79, Wabbaseka. (870) 766-4262.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 08/29/2009 3:55 a.m.

Stephens CEO: Frugal fi rms 'well-positioned ' Warren Stephens, chief executive of Little Rock-based investment bank Stephens Inc., was interviewed Friday on CNBC about his thoughts on a variety of economic fronts.

Shiite family delays opening seminary for Westerners

posted: 08/29/2009 3:55 a.m.

It took years for a family of prominent American Shiite scholars to build a specialized seminary that would train Americans and Europeans to lead mosques in the West.

Oil exec criticizes emission proposal

posted: 08/29/2009 3:54 a.m.

Proposed legislation to reduce carbon emissions in the United States would be unlikely to make a difference in the global environment and could harm the nation's economy, Claiborne Deming, former chief executive officer at Murphy Oil Corp., said Friday.

Georgia prison choir's CD is solid Indigo

posted: 08/29/2009 3:53 a.m.

When she is singing, everything goes away for Sally Windhorn. The barred windows and razor wire are gone. The football field-size compound of maximum-security Metro State Prison, where she's spent the last three years of her life, could be big as the sky.

Comcast wins appeal of FCC's market-share rule

posted: 08/29/2009 3:53 a.m.

Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, won a legal victory Friday as a court threw out a rule limiting cable companies to 30 percent of the market.

U.S. goods bear famous Cuba brands

posted: 08/29/2009 3:52 a.m.

Cuban rum maestro Jose Navarro's taste buds sing when he sips Havana Club, the sweet spirit distilled in this farming town south of the capital.

Musicians plan concert for pioneer of rockabilly

posted: 08/29/2009 3:52 a.m.

The musicians who played the rowdy rockabilly music of the 1950s will return to a popular nightclub for a concert Sunday to benefit one of the pioneers of that musical genre.

Other days

posted: 08/29/2009 3:51 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO August 29, 1909 The action of the business men of Fort Smith in asking the railroads to establish the same rates for Fort Smith as for Little Rock has caused the merchants and shippers of Little Rock to sit up and take notice.

Deadly citrus menace found in new location

posted: 08/29/2009 3:50 a.m.

A pest that can carry a fatal citrus disease has been found in Los Angeles County, stoking fears that California's $1.6 billion citrus industry could be hit by a potentially devastating threat.

Little Rock School District notebook

posted: 08/29/2009 3:50 a.m.

Teachers contract decision delayed The proposed 2009 contract for Little Rock School District teachers has not yet been ratified by the School Board.

Rogers man is charged in 10 area bank robberies

posted: 08/29/2009 3:49 a.m.

Police and prosecutors aren't saying much about Anthony Timothy Barnes, other than he may have robbed 10 Northwest Arkansas banks while wearing a variety of funny hats.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/29/2009 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There are U.S. interests thinking about how they are going to be affected by an influx of Cuban products, and the outlook is not always positive." Jake Colvin, director of Washington-based USA Engage.

Frail widow swindled of $82,000, police say; man held

posted: 08/29/2009 3:48 a.m.

A Texarkana man sat in a Heber Springs jail Friday after police said he spent the summer swindling a 91-year-old widow with dementia out of $82,000.

SUV hits tree, kills 2 from Texarkana

posted: 08/29/2009 3:48 a.m.

A Texarkana police officer broke the glass out of a Ford Explorer window and yanked an injured man from the fiery wreckage Thursday night after responding to a crash.

COLUMNISTS The only exit strategy

posted: 08/29/2009 3:46 a.m.

Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. The 1,000-page monstrosity that emerged in various editions from Congress was done in by widespread national revulsion not just at its expense and intrusiveness but at the mendacity with which it is being sold.

EDITORIALS Another quick tour

posted: 08/29/2009 3:46 a.m.

"Well, read 'em a clippin' , News." -Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman ) to News Carver when Harvey tried to take over the Hole In The Wall Gang.

Save compassion for the victims

posted: 08/29/2009 3:45 a.m.

"I'm alone. My whole family is gone." That was the cry of anguish from Dr. Sudhakar Dixit in 1988 when he lost his parents, his sister and her two young children in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Four more years

posted: 08/29/2009 3:44 a.m.

A few days ago, Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, stood before a gathering of Fed officials in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and made the argument for his reappointment to another four-year term.

Strong demand prompts rise in Intel sales forecast

posted: 08/29/2009 3:44 a.m.

Intel Corp. raised its third-quarter revenue forecast above Wall Street's expectations Friday, citing strong demand for its chips and giving another signal that business is improving for one of the world's biggest technology companies.

MARKET REPORT Momentum wanes, tempering gains

posted: 08/29/2009 3:43 a.m.

Stocks mostly fell Friday as investors balked at extending the market's recent rally despite an improved outlook from Intel Corp.

LETTERS

posted: 08/29/2009 3:42 a.m.

Yelling foils discourse The Republican state party chairman, Doyle Webb, made a big issue of Blanche Lincoln's remark that they were acting un-American.

Fish fries and funerals

posted: 08/29/2009 3:41 a.m.

Two events in a recent five-day period have caused me to think a lot about having grown up in Arkansas and why I choose to raise my own family here.

Fort Smith hopes jobs cut in Indiana move to its Whirlpool plant

posted: 08/29/2009 3:41 a.m.

Fort Smith's 1.2-millionsquare-foot Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing plant is in contention for jobs that will come from a soon-to-be-closed plant in Evansville, Ind.

Clearing the decks

posted: 08/29/2009 3:40 a.m.

Alot of ground to cover today, starting with Brandon Barber.

Owner's bankruptcy closes realty office

posted: 08/29/2009 3:40 a.m.

Exit Pinnacle Realty, 3350 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers, has ceased operations after its owner, Cameron Torabi, filed personal bankruptcy last month.

Colorectal cancer group holds activities today

posted: 08/29/2009 3:39 a.m.

A colorectal cancer organization will hold its annual awareness activities in Little Rock today.

'09 bank failures hit 84 as FDIC seizes 3 more

posted: 08/29/2009 3:39 a.m.

Regulators on Friday shut down small banks in California, Maryland and Minnesota, pushing to 84 the number of bank failures this year amid the soured economy and rising loan defaults.

Tools & toys

posted: 08/29/2009 3:37 a.m.

Rain Barrels AR, US What's to love: These rain barrels are made in Little Rock and are reasonably priced.

Weather again a factor for shuttle

posted: 08/29/2009 3:36 a.m.

For the third time this week, NASA fueled space shuttle Discovery for a Friday night launch to the international space station after resolving a fuel valve problem.

Ask the expert

posted: 08/29/2009 3:35 a.m.

I am planning to replace the windows and possibly doors in my home for something more energy efficient. I understand I might be able to get a tax credit. Please fill me in.

Names and faces

posted: 08/29/2009 3:35 a.m.

A professional arbiter has ruled Jeremy Piven did not breach his contract with the Broadway producers of Speed-the-Plow when the actor abruptly left the revival of the David Mamet play in December. At the time, Piven's doctor said he was suffering from mercury poisoning after eating too much fish.

Personal space

posted: 08/29/2009 3:35 a.m.

Carole J. Smith Where I live: I have lived at Cambridge Place Condominiums in Little Rock for about nine years and I have two cats, Lizzie and Checkers.

Florida's Crist picks ex-aide for seat

posted: 08/29/2009 3:35 a.m.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday named one of his closest confidants to fill out the term of resigning Republican Sen. Mel Martinez, ensuring that he will have an ally serving as a caretaker senator as Crist seeks election to the seat himself in 2010.

In the garden

posted: 08/29/2009 3:34 a.m.

Janet Carson is an extension horticulturist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Write to her at P.O. Box 391, Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or e-mail her at jcarson@arkansason line.com

Palin's PAC cited for excessive gifts

posted: 08/29/2009 3:34 a.m.

The Federal Elections Commission has found that former Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee gave excessive contributions to two well-known Republicans.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/29/2009 3:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "As you know, we're trying to raise some extra money here, getting rid of the old stuff we don't use anymore." Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, on a garage sale of surplus inventory designed to lessen the state deficit.

Boy lost in N.C. surf kicked up by Danny

posted: 08/29/2009 3:32 a.m.

People along the Carolina coast braced for approaching Tropical Storm Danny, which reinforced the dangers of even a weakening storm after a young boy disappeared Friday in rough surf.

Baby boom cited for British growth

posted: 08/29/2009 3:32 a.m.

Britain's population took its biggest jump in almost half a century last year, as a baby boom made new births rather than immigration the main contributor to growth for the first time in a decade.

California opens 2-day garage sale

posted: 08/29/2009 3:32 a.m.

Bargain-hunters snatched up watches confiscated from criminals, surplus prison shirts and antique pianos salvaged from parks on the first day of a statewide garage sale to scrape together cash for California.

The world in brief

posted: 08/29/2009 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We are still confronting the remnants of a dictatorship and terrorism by those who want to hurt Iraq." Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, on the political void left by the Wednesday death of Shiite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim.

N.M.'s Richardson won't face charges

posted: 08/29/2009 3:26 a.m.

New Mexico's top federal prosecutor confirmed Friday that no charges will be brought against Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and his former top aides after a probe of a purported pay-to-play scheme prompted him to withdraw his nomination as U.S. commerce secretary.

Iran president joins hard-liners' call

posted: 08/29/2009 3:24 a.m.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the prosecution of Iran's top opposition leaders Friday, backing hard-liners pushing for escalation of the post-election crackdown.

N. Korea to let families visit, will free 4 fishermen

posted: 08/29/2009 3:23 a.m.

Four South Korean fishermen held by North Korea after their boat strayed into northern waters will be released, and families divided for decades after the Korean War will get a rare chance to meet next month.

Iran evading queries, atomic agency says

posted: 08/29/2009 3:23 a.m.

Iran is stonewalling the U.N. nuclear watchdog on "possible military dimensions" to its suspect nuclear program, officials said Friday, urging the regime to clarify the mysterious role of a foreign explosives expert and shed light on other issues.

Germany detains '07 terror suspect

posted: 08/29/2009 3:22 a.m.

German authorities have arrested another suspect purportedly linked to a radical Islamic terror cell that plotted to attack U.S. targets in Germany, prosecutors said Friday.

Tensions build as thousands mourn Iraqi Shiite leader

posted: 08/29/2009 3:21 a.m.

Thousands of mourners marched through Baghdad behind the coffin of one of the country's most powerful Shiite leaders Friday, and eulogies from rivals and allies reflected deep worry over the political void left by his death.

Congressman says Libya's Gadhafi to skip over N.J. town

posted: 08/29/2009 3:19 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman said late Friday that he's been given assurances from a representative of the Libyan government that Moammar Gadhafi won't stay in Englewood, N.J., when he visits the United States next month to address the U.N. General Assembly, a visit that has sparked angry protests.

U.S. troops a hot topic at summit

posted: 08/29/2009 3:16 a.m.

South American presidents wrangled for hours Friday over a pending deal to expand the U.S. troop presence in Colombia, closing their meeting with a statement that foreign troops should not be allowed to threaten any of the region's nations.

Texas gay-bar raid prompts three firings

posted: 08/29/2009 3:15 a.m.

Texas' liquor board fired two agents and a supervisor, disciplined two other supervisors and changed several policies in the wake of a raid at a gay bar that left a customer seriously injured and led to protests, officials announced Friday.

Man faces 26 charges in school-bus attack

posted: 08/29/2009 3:14 a.m.

The man who police say hijacked an Atlanta public school bus with about a dozen students aboard and then left the vehicle driverless as it thundered down a steep hill was charged Friday with 13 counts of false imprisonment and 13 more charges of reckless conduct.

Cheney says 'enhanced' questioning was justified

posted: 08/29/2009 3:13 a.m.

CIA interrogators were justified in exceeding even the broad authorizations the Justice Department gave them to handle terrorism suspects, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview for broadcast Sunday, suggesting that any aggressive tactic was justified in the goal of preventing another terrorist attack.

In the news

posted: 08/29/2009 3:13 a.m.

Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, and his wife, Anna, became victims of identity theft when a thief stole Anna's purse at a Capitol Hill Starbucks in August 2008, a case that prosecutors say is part of a nationwide identity-theft ring.

CLICK & CLACK'S CAR TALK

posted: 08/29/2009 3:12 a.m.

Click & Clack (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) dispense advice about cars in Car Talk every Saturday. E-mail Click & Clack by visiting the Car Talk section of cartalk.com

Late filing sinks drill-waste appeal

posted: 08/29/2009 3:11 a.m.

By a 7-to-5 vote Friday, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission decided not to hear a North Little Rock woman's appeal of a permit granted to a Prairie County drilling waste storage facility.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/29/2009 3:09 a.m.

Happy birthday. This year brings many unique and gratifying experiences. A change you've long considered will be relatively easy to make in September. Family unrest is settled in time for a joyous Christmas season, largely because of your selfl essness and solution-oriented approach. A loving commitment is sealed in February. Gemini and Scorpio adore you.

Defense can test rape-case evidence

posted: 08/29/2009 3:06 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge approved a defense request Friday for DNA testing on evidence from the Lee County rape case against the Marianna man accused of killing TV news anchor Anne Pressly. But Curtis Lavelle Vance's defenders don't expect their examination to delay the 28-year-old's November capital-murder trial in Little Rock.

Sherwood policeman arrests LR officer on DWI charge

posted: 08/29/2009 3:06 a.m.

Sherwood police charged a Little Rock police officer with driving while intoxicated last Saturday after the officer passed out at a gas station and later claimed he hadn't been driving the car, documents show.

100 attend service for GI 59 years after death

posted: 08/29/2009 3:02 a.m.

Army Pfc. Johnny Mayberry was laid to rest in American soil Friday, nearly 59 years after dying for his country on a frozen battlefield in Korea.

LR lawyer faces less time in jail

posted: 08/29/2009 3:02 a.m.

Little Rock lawyer Alvin Clay and two other men were sentenced Friday in a fraud case that left the presiding judge with questions about the fairness of the proceedings.

Sun shining again on solar companies

posted: 08/29/2009 3:01 a.m.

Ed Murray remembers the dark days of solar energy in the 1980s, when federal rebates and other incentive programs disappeared. So did many solar companies.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA School-bus studies 101: Be cautious

posted: 08/29/2009 2:59 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: Please explain about school zones. What times are they in effect? Do buses have to maintain the same speed as cars? If a school has a flashing-light sign and it flashes all day, should drivers be careful about reducing their speed? - D. Moore.

Obituaries

posted: 08/29/2009 2:58 a.m.

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

OTUS THE HEAD CAT Free seminars teach owners how to stretch their own cats

posted: 08/29/2009 2:57 a.m.

Dear Otus, I want to thank you for your pet advice column. You are doing the readers of the Democrat-Gazette a great service.

HIV-fear claim fails as shelter is cleared

posted: 08/29/2009 2:53 a.m.

A Little Rock homeless shelter was cleared Friday by the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission regarding a discrimination complaint by a man with HIV and his wife.

Crickets eat fabric if they get indoors

posted: 08/29/2009 2:53 a.m.

Crickets are cute, as bugs go, but they will eat fabric, including cotton, silk and wool.

After 3-day study, ideas for LR's Main Street fly

posted: 08/29/2009 2:53 a.m.

Little Rock's Main Street has the potential to support four distinct districts that would grab the attention of a variety of people and investors, urban planners said Friday after capping a three-day study of the corridor by the Mayors' Institute on City Design.

Green Party suit says law bars it from ballot access

posted: 08/29/2009 2:53 a.m.

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, the Green Party of Arkansas says its opportunity to be included as a political party on Arkansas ballots is unconstitutionally thwarted by a state law.

Getting it straight

posted: 08/29/2009 2:52 a.m.

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

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/29/2009 2:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How can we forgive someone who's hurt us when they won't admit they've done anything wrong, let alone ask for our forgiveness? I'm facing this situation right now with someone in my family, and I don't know what to do.

Police beat

posted: 08/29/2009 2:52 a.m.

Taker of van caught napping, police say Little Rock police arrested a Benton man Friday morning on an aggravated robbery charge after finding him asleep in a van they said he had stolen earlier this month.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/29/2009 2:51 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: You mentioned in a past column that you once owned ferrets. I am thinking of getting one (or two) for my children. Can you tell me any ferret facts that I should know?

NLR men plead guilty to January slaying

posted: 08/29/2009 2:51 a.m.

Two North Little Rock men have pleaded guilty to murder charges for participating in the January slaying of a mother of 13 who was shot in the head while cooking dinner. Prosecutors said an apparent feud during the week leading up to the shooting culminated in 37-year-old Virginia Brown's slaying by gunmen who were targeting her husband.

Attorney's mistakes thwart inmate's case

posted: 08/29/2009 2:50 a.m.

A federal appeals court panel expressed frustration Wednesday at the legal limitations that have thwarted an Arkansas death-row inmate's attempts to properly appeal his conviction and sentence.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/29/2009 2:50 a.m.

1. What is the more common name for sodium chloride? 2. Name the high card in the game of gin rummy. 3. The Yellow Kid was featured in the forerunner of what part of current-day newspapers? 4. What two states border on Chesapeake Bay? 5. The name of the country Costa Rica has what meaning?

A pig in the pool is worth ...

posted: 08/29/2009 2:49 a.m.

Even finding a pig in your pool is not enough to dissuade a homeowner from its enjoyment, central Arkansans recently learned.

Police charge mother of hospitalized child

posted: 08/29/2009 2:49 a.m.

A mother repeatedly disconnected the feeding tube in her 20-month-old son's abdomen at Arkansas Children's Hospital because she feared the toddler would reject regular food and become dependent on formula, Little Rock police said Thursday.

Daily record

posted: 08/29/2009 2:48 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces

Timeless decor helps room grow with girl

posted: 08/29/2009 2:48 a.m.

The Townsends are a young family who live in a Mediterranean-inspired home. Two children, three dogs and an occupied guest room translate into lots of household activity. There is one room on the top floor that is decidedly a departure.

Slain boy's mother pleads innocent

posted: 08/29/2009 2:48 a.m.

A woman charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 17 death of her 6-year-old son pleaded innocent Friday.

Making a joyful noise

posted: 08/29/2009 2:46 a.m.

Some of the biggest names in Christian music will be performing, for free, at Central Arkansas CityFest with evangelist Luis Palau in North Little Rock in October.

PB man arrested in 2 armed robberies

posted: 08/29/2009 2:46 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man was arrested in two armed robberies at game rooms in Saline County in July and early August.

Keep it clean

posted: 08/29/2009 2:43 a.m.

Cleaning mini-blinds Most of us have at least one set of mini-blinds in our home to help keep out hot sun. They also can offer privacy.

Reduce the clutter, increase the peace

posted: 08/29/2009 2:41 a.m.

A bedroom should be a sanctuary, but clutter can make it a source of stress.

Friday, August 28

AP source: Disc jockey DJ AM found dead in NYC

posted: 08/28/2009 7:09 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the celebrity disc jockey known as DJ AM has been found dead in a New York City apartment.

California wildfires force 1,500 people to flee

posted: 08/28/2009 5:37 p.m.

Firefighters beat back flames licking at ocean-view estates Friday, while another wildfire raged through a dry forest above Los Angeles' foothill suburbs. Residents nervously watched aircraft drop loads of water and retardant on nearby blazing slopes.

Hero funerals for 2 Buffalo firefighters

posted: 08/28/2009 5:23 p.m.

Mourners are saying their final goodbyes to two Buffalo firefighters who died after falling through the floor of a burning convenience store while searching for a victim they believed was trapped inside.

Man accused of brandishing knife, holding infant hostage

posted: 08/28/2009 3:30 p.m.

An argument in Little Rock got out of hand when a man began waving a large knife and held his infant daughter hostage in a bedroom, police say.

Murphy Oil chairman criticizes carbon limit bill

posted: 08/28/2009 3:02 p.m.

A bill before Congress to limit pollution linked to global warming is unlikely to produce the intended result, the chairman and former CEO of Murphy Oil Co. said Friday.

Ark. death-row inmate likely to avoid execution

posted: 08/28/2009 2:26 p.m.

An Arkansas death-row inmate convicted in the 1997 shotgun slayings of two store clerks likely will be spared from execution after a state-hired expert determined the man to be mentally disabled, the attorney general's office said Friday.

Deming critical of bill to limit carbon output

posted: 08/28/2009 2:01 p.m.

The chairman of El Dorado-based Murphy Oil Co. says a bill to reduce carbon output from energy use would not produce the intended result.

Man accused of shooting at West Memphis Wal-Mart

posted: 08/28/2009 1:57 p.m.

Police say a Memphis man has been arrested for assault after shooting at a West Memphis Wal-Mart.

Rogers man suspected in numerous bank robberies

posted: 08/28/2009 1:38 p.m.

Police say a Rogers man who's charged with robbing two Rogers banks is also a suspect in eight other bank robberies.

Consumer spending edges up in July; incomes flat

posted: 08/28/2009 11:30 a.m.

Consumer spending edged up in July with help from the popular Cash for Clunkers program, but household incomes, the fuel for future spending increases, were flat.

Iranian president: Prosecute opposition leaders

posted: 08/28/2009 11:28 a.m.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called for the leaders of the opposition to be prosecuted over Iran's postelection turmoil, stepping up pressure against the pro-reform movement that says he won the election by fraud.

August deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

posted: 08/28/2009 11:26 a.m.

An American serviceman died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Friday, making August the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces.

Swimming-pool choices for Arkansas backyards

posted: 08/28/2009 11:20 a.m.

Swimming pools are part of the fun of making peace with an Arkansas summer, along with lakes, rivers, creeks and streams, as reported in Saturday's HomeStyle section

Canada names new envoy to Washington

posted: 08/28/2009 9:21 a.m.

Canada's prime minister has named a provincial premier from a leftist opposition party as the country's new ambassador to the United States.

Dutch royals win privacy case against AP

posted: 08/28/2009 9:07 a.m.

A court has ruled in favor of the Dutch royal family in a privacy lawsuit against The Associated Press, saying photographs of the crown prince and his family on vacation in Argentina lacked news value.

Elder Bush will not attend Kennedy funeral

posted: 08/28/2009 8:32 a.m.

The elder President George Bush will not be attending Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral.

Consumer spending edges up in July, incomes flat

posted: 08/28/2009 7:57 a.m.

Consumer spending edged up in July with help from the popular Cash for Clunkers program, but household incomes, the fuel for future spending increases, were flat.

Ex-German Terrorist Becker Arrested 32 Years After Killings

posted: 08/28/2009 7:55 a.m.

Verena Becker, a former Red Army Faction terrorist, was arrested in Germany on suspicion of involvement in the killing of Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback, his driver and a police officer in 1977.

At least 8 minor earthquakes shake parts of Okla

posted: 08/28/2009 7:53 a.m.

At least eight minor earthquakes have been recorded in central and southern Oklahoma in a single day.

Merchants have high hopes for annual Frisco Festival

posted: 08/28/2009 6:31 a.m.

An estimated 40,000 people will make their way in, through and around downtown Rogers during this weekend's Frisco Festival, which is enough to get merchants ' mouths watering for lots of sales. It's an easy assumption to make, but Main Street Rogers President Kerry Jensen warned it might be ill-advised. The payoff for businesses, he said, could come in the weeks after the festival.

Barnes suspected of 8 other bank robberies

posted: 08/28/2009 6:30 a.m.

Anthony Timothy Barnes is charged with robbing two Rogers banks, but authorities suspect Barnes is a serial bank robber responsible for eight unsolved crimes in northwest Arkansas.

Funeral set for Arkansas soldier killed in Korean War

posted: 08/28/2009 6:04 a.m.

A funeral for an Arkansas soldier who disappeared nearly 60 years ago during the Korean War will be held in Fort Smith.

Fire pension board nixes benefit cuts

posted: 08/28/2009 5:45 a.m.

Two city representatives on the Fayetteville Firemen's Pension Board wanted Thursday to reduce benefits for pensioners by 23 percent, to save the ailing fund, but the other four board members - all pensioners - refused.

State agrees retarded killer of 2 can live

posted: 08/28/2009 4:05 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he will concede that a man sentenced to death in the 1997 shotgun slayings of two convenience store clerks should be spared from execution after a state-commissioned evaluation indicated the man is mentally retarded.

GI death adds to bloody August

posted: 08/28/2009 4 a.m.

A roadside bomb and gunfire attack killed a U.S. serviceman in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as the deadliest months of the eight-year war.

Kennedy mourners pay respects

posted: 08/28/2009 3:59 a.m.

A motorcade carrying the body of Sen. Edward Kennedy passed miles of mourners Thursday as it proceeded from the Cape Cod home where he spent his final days to the presidential library in Boston bearing the name of one of his slain brothers.

SEC eases its rules on how news outlets cover athletic events

posted: 08/28/2009 3:58 a.m.

The Southeastern Conference bent to a storm of complaints from news outlets and organizations Thursday by softening rules affecting how media and fans write about, film and photograph SEC athletic events.

Israeli leader given Auschwitz plans

posted: 08/28/2009 3:56 a.m.

Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp that were discovered in Berlin last year were handed over to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday for display at Israel's Holocaust memorial.

Questions on travel unfair, Sanford says

posted: 08/28/2009 3:55 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that a state senator shouldn't single him out by investigating his travels after other governors bought pricey flights for years.

Poland honors Jews, their rescuers

posted: 08/28/2009 3:54 a.m.

Aging Holocaust survivors gathered Thursday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the last deportations from the Lodz ghetto to Nazi death camps, while Poland's president recalled their suffering and praised the heroism of Poles who risked their lives to save Jews.

Blue Dog stance upsets peers

posted: 08/28/2009 3:40 a.m.

A key House Democrat suggested Thursday that party moderates who've pushed for changes in health-care legislation are "brain dead" and out for insurance-company campaign donations.

Richardson inquiry wrapping up

posted: 08/28/2009 3:39 a.m.

Federal authorities are wrapping up a pay-to-play investigation in New Mexico that prompted Gov. Bill Richardson to back away this year from serving as commerce secretary in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, with criminal charges against the Democrat and his top aides now appearing unlikely, according to three sources familiar with the case.

Pakistan suicide bomber kills 19 at key crossing into Afghanistan

posted: 08/28/2009 3:37 a.m.

A suicide bomber attacked the main border crossing for convoys ferrying supplies to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 19 security officers, officials said.

Choir leader admits child-sex abuse

posted: 08/28/2009 3:36 a.m.

A former music minister at a large Baptist church pleaded guilty to sex charges Thursday, ending what authorities say was years of abuse of teenage boys in the church's youth choir.

Ex-spy's son takes plea deal for testimony

posted: 08/28/2009 3:35 a.m.

The son of an ex-CIA spy agreed to testify against his imprisoned father Thursday in a plea deal that could help him avoid jail time for taking money from Russian agents.

Public option on health care likely out, says Snyder

posted: 08/28/2009 3:35 a.m.

U.S. Rep Vic Snyder said Thursday that he doesn't think a new government-run public option health plan will be part of changes to the nation's health-care system when legislation is finalized by Congress in coming months.

Dutch taking bogus moon rock in stride

posted: 08/28/2009 3:34 a.m.

It's not green cheese, but it might as well be.

Taiwan irks China over Dalai Lama

posted: 08/28/2009 3:34 a.m.

China on Thursday denounced Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the self-ruled island, casting a shadow over rapidly improving relations between Taipei and Beijing.

Young Afghan held 7 years will sue U.S.

posted: 08/28/2009 3:33 a.m.

The family of one of the youngest prisoners ever held at Guantanamo plans to sue the U.S. government to compensate him for mistreatment and an adolescence lost to nearly seven years in a cell, his lawyers said Thursday.

LR schools will wait to judge state's aid-cutoff plan

posted: 08/28/2009 3:33 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board is holding off a response to the state's settlement offer in the long-running desegregation lawsuit until it can calculate the impact on the school district's long-term finances and its school-choice programs.

Bank sues to auction off NLR church's HQ

posted: 08/28/2009 3:33 a.m.

Regions Bank is suing one of North Little Rock's largest churches for $1.1 million, saying that Full Counsel Christian Fellowship has failed to pay off its ministry headquarters building.

Activist priest: Bias like terrorism

posted: 08/28/2009 3:32 a.m.

America will never become a great nation until it eliminates the myriad social injustices that plague it, a Catholic priest known for provocative rhetoric and activism said at Philander Smith College's opening convocation Thursday.

Shiites in 2 nations mourn for Iraqi

posted: 08/28/2009 3:32 a.m.

Thousands of Iranians prayed and wept Thursday during a memorial for Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the start of a two-day tour of mourning that will take his body through his country's Shiite heartland, apparently in hopes of rallying large crowds of supporters.

Napolitano denies checkpoint politics

posted: 08/28/2009 3:31 a.m.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that politics did not influence the decision to spend millions of dollars in stimulus money on little-used border checkpoints while passing over higher-priority projects.

Board chief calls letters by member improper

posted: 08/28/2009 3:31 a.m.

A hastily-called meeting of the Pulaski County Special School Board on Thursday opened with an undercurrent of hostility between the current and former board president.

Woman kidnapped in '91 walks into police station; couple jailed

posted: 08/28/2009 3:30 a.m.

A woman who was snatched from a bus stop as an 11-year-old child in 1991 turned up at a California police station after 18 mysterious years, and a convicted sex offender and his wife were arrested in the kidnapping.

Death for accused gunman ruled out

posted: 08/28/2009 3:30 a.m.

Prosecutors on Thursday dropped plans to seek the death penalty against a Little Rock man accused of fatally ambushing a Mabelvale woman inside her father's garage as defense attorneys for Antonio Demond Finney announced they would mount an insanity defense in his capital-murder trial.

Tour gives urban-design group a feel of downtown LR

posted: 08/28/2009 3:30 a.m.

The 14 adults stopped at the corner of Third and Main Street to get a good view of the blocks of mostly vacant buildings ahead and behind them.

Shirtless man hijacks bus, loses pants

posted: 08/28/2009 3:30 a.m.

A shirtless man leaped through the window of an Atlanta school bus with about a dozen students aboard Thursday, overpowered the driver to take the wheel, then left the bus driverless as it careened down a steep hill, authorities said.

PAPER TRAILS: Who was that man on the mower?

posted: 08/28/2009 3:28 a.m.

PAYING IT FORWARD: A reader called Paper Trails the other day to report on a trio he's seen lately working in the neglected, overgrown and litter-filled Haven of Rest cemetery in Little Rock at the corner of 12th and Rodney Parham. The caller was pretty sure the man, wearing sweat pants and sunglasses, on the riding mower was local philanthropist Jennings Osborne.

Koreas nailing down family-reunion dates

posted: 08/28/2009 3:28 a.m.

North and South Korea worked Thursday to finalize a schedule for reuniting families long separated by the Korean War and to close a rift over whether the deal should include prisoners of war Seoul says are still held in the North.

In the news

posted: 08/28/2009 3:27 a.m.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, speaking to a group of students, said claims that opposition leaders had links to Western powers have not been proved despite other hard-liners' allegations after the disputed June 12 elections.

Obituaries

posted: 08/28/2009 3:27 a.m.

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

Lawmaker cries foul in study plan's failure

posted: 08/28/2009 3:26 a.m.

A legislator Thursday blamed a lobbyist for the real estate industry for killing his proposal to study whether to regulate home warranties.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/28/2009 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "When a member of the Kennedy family passes, it's like family. It feels like family." Jeanne Pagano, a mourner along the motorcade route that carried Sen. Edward Kennedy's body to Boston for a two-day public viewing. Article, 3A

Names and faces

posted: 08/28/2009 3:26 a.m.

At first, fans politely applauded the Gypsy performers sharing a stage in Romania with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Gypsies, and the cheers gave way to jeers. The sharp mood change swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert in Bucharest.

The world in brief

posted: 08/28/2009 3:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We rushed out and saw destruction all around." Ali Raza, an official in the Peshawar, Pakistan, administration office near where a suicide bombing killed at least 19 security officers Article, 5A Authenticity of art seized in Iraq doubted BAGHDAD - Authorities in the art world cast doubt Thursday on the authenticity of a purported Picasso painting that was seized by Iraqi police south of Baghdad.

Crawford kicks off run for House seat

posted: 08/28/2009 3:25 a.m.

With grain bins and a New Holland farm combine serving as a backdrop, Rick Crawford formally kicked off his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas at a rural farm north of Jonesboro on Thursday evening.

Sheriff's office clerk under investigation

posted: 08/28/2009 3:25 a.m.

The Lonoke County sheriff's office announced Thursday that it has asked for an Arkansas State Police investigation into "possible discrepancies concerning the fines and bond receipts and account balances." The fines and bonds clerk, who was not named in a prepared news release, has been assigned other administrative duties pending the outcome of a state audit and state police investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Residents oppose drill-fluid dump

posted: 08/28/2009 3:24 a.m.

The site where an Oklahoma company wants to dump waste gas-well drilling fluids will endanger the environment because it is too close to Lake Dardanelle and other bodies of water, Franklin County residents told state officials.

Small fall for GDP stirs hope

posted: 08/28/2009 3:23 a.m.

Further evidence the recession is ending came in a report Thursday confirming that the economy shrank at an annual rate of just 1 percent in the spring.

Boeing set to test 787 by end of '09

posted: 08/28/2009 3:22 a.m.

Boeing Co. said Thursday that its long-delayed 787 jetliner will be ready for its maiden test flight by year's end and its first delivery in the fourth quarter next year.

Teacher system to bid on timberland

posted: 08/28/2009 3:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's trustees on Thursday authorized system officials to submit an initial bid of $11.315 million for 10,000-plus contiguous acres of timberland in south Arkansas.

Daily record

posted: 08/28/2009 3:22 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces

Parolee acquitted in armed hold-up

posted: 08/28/2009 3:21 a.m.

A Little Rock man on parole for a 1993 gang-related murder was acquitted Wednesday of a 2007 home-invasion holdup after his defense attorney argued the victim wasn't completely honest with police.

Jury trial to determine poultry pollution case

posted: 08/28/2009 3:20 a.m.

A jury will decide if Arkansas poultry operations violated Oklahoma's public nuisance law, but the judge will rule on five other claims in the federal lawsuit.

No plan to borrow, stressed FDIC says

posted: 08/28/2009 3:19 a.m.

The agency that guarantees bank deposits said Thursday that there are no immediate plans to borrow money from the government to bolster its insurance fund, which has shrunk under the weight of collapsing banks.

Rehm appearance in Little Rock postponed

posted: 08/28/2009 3:19 a.m.

A fundraiser featuring public radio talk show host Diane Rehm has been postponed until next year.

Liquor retailers seek to shut out Springdale Macadoodles store

posted: 08/28/2009 3:18 a.m.

A liquor store owners association has asked a Pulaski County circuit judge to overturn an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decision to transfer a liquor permit to Tyler Austin, who wants to open a Macadoodles franchise in Springdale.

New FTC ban targets automated sales calls

posted: 08/28/2009 3:18 a.m.

Americans tired of having their dinners interrupted by phone calls touting car warranties or vacation packages will soon get some relief.

Police beat

posted: 08/28/2009 3:18 a.m.

Prostitute stole cash, LR man tells police A man expecting an encounter with a prostitute was instead robbed at knife point by the woman, Little Rock police report.

Blown circuit darkens downtown

posted: 08/28/2009 3:17 a.m.

A suspected fire in an underground Entergy vault near the Peabody Little Rock hotel left about 186 customers in downtown's River Market without power and darkened traffic and street lights Thursday night.

Robert Sterling: Life's hub always family, restaurants

posted: 08/28/2009 3:17 a.m.

Longtime restaurant owner Robert Sterling once asked his friend Ted Stanton if he'd ever tried a hamburger.

Stanford illness puts off hearing

posted: 08/28/2009 3:17 a.m.

Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, jailed on charges of bilking investors of $7 billion, was hospitalized Thursday with an irregular heartbeat and high pulse, just hours before his ex-finance chief became the first person to plead guilty in the case.

Other days

posted: 08/28/2009 3:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 28, 1909 PINE BLUFF - To prevent the issuance of a writ of mandamus, applied for by City Attorney Sorrells under orders from the City Council

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 08/28/2009 3:15 a.m.

Sergei Mikhalkov, an author favored by Stalin who wrote the lyrics for the Soviet and Russian national anthems, persecuted dissident writers as part of the Soviet propaganda machine and fathered two noted film directors, has died at age 96.

Music did a number on me

posted: 08/28/2009 3:14 a.m.

In a recent interview in Harper's Magazine, Dr. Oliver Sacks, the respected Columbia University neurologist, argued that intensive musical training had a profound effect on young brains. He noted a study that showed children with a single year of violin training demonstrated striking positive change in their left hemispheres.

The Chosin few

posted: 08/28/2009 3:13 a.m.

WELCOME BACK, soldier. Finally.

A chat with the Robot Husband

posted: 08/28/2009 3:12 a.m.

"Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems. . . . How would it be, for example, to relate to a machine that is as intelligent as your spouse?" -New York Times, July 25 Hello, Human Wife.

The hidden rainbow

posted: 08/28/2009 3:11 a.m.

SOMEWHERE-way up high on the arch of Fayetteville's historic Maple Street bridge-lies a hidden rainbow. It was painted there by a group of artists whose dream really did come true more than 30 years ago.

Where's George?

posted: 08/28/2009 3:07 a.m.

It was on the commute home. Our friend was punching the buttons on his car radio, looking for something other than commercials.

Ford to add shifts at plants in 2 states

posted: 08/28/2009 3:06 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it would add a third shift to production plants in Michigan and Missouri to meet increased demand for its F-150 trucks and Escape crossover vehicles.

Schools of opportunity

posted: 08/28/2009 3:05 a.m.

In addition to all the normal back-to-school preparatory rituals prior to last week, I also participated on a small advisory panel for a few classes at Jonesboro High School.

LETTERS

posted: 08/28/2009 3:05 a.m.

The screaming voices and the mobs playing to the cameras at the meetings with members of Congress tell one important fact: The enemies of health care reform are spending millions and using scare tactics to halt reforming our health care system.

Papa and the paper moon

posted: 08/28/2009 3:04 a.m.

If someday you pass me by and hear the slightly off-key strains of "It's Only a Paper Moon" rising from my throat, you'll know I'm thinking of Papa.

Medal honors act of bravery

posted: 08/28/2009 3:04 a.m.

A former McDonald's employee shot at work while defending a customer from her abusive boyfriend received the first Ozell Sutton Medal of Justice at Philander Smith College on Thursday.

FCC to look into competition between wireless-phone firms

posted: 08/28/2009 3:04 a.m.

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a closer look at the practices of the wireless industry, potentially the first step toward more regulations intended to push down prices and increase choices for consumers.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 08/28/2009 3:03 a.m.

St. Louis Fed leader: 'Cautiously optimistic' James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is "cautiously optimistic" that the worst of the country's economic crisis is over, he said Thursday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Shelter accused of HIV eviction

posted: 08/28/2009 3:03 a.m.

A homeless man says he was evicted from housing at a Little Rock homeless shelter because he is HIV-positive.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks reverse losses, move higher

posted: 08/28/2009 3:02 a.m.

The stock market's rally plodded along Thursday, sustained by sharp gains in financial and industrial shares.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/28/2009 3:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "No matter how challenging the environment, the FDIC has ample resources to continue protecting insured depositors as we have for the last 75 years." Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair Article, 1D Up a bit, mortgage rates still near lows WASHINGTON - Rates for 30-year home loans edged up this week but remain close to record lows reached over the spring.

Low crop, dairy prices seen dragging down farm profits

posted: 08/28/2009 3:01 a.m.

Profits for U.S. farmers will drop more than expected this year, falling 38 percent from 2008 as the recession erodes demand for crops, livestock and dairy products, the government said Thursday.

Super Six Countdown: Bolding has Pine Bluff on move

posted: 08/28/2009 3:01 a.m.

As expected, the second year of the Bobby Bolding era at Pine Bluff produced marked improvement.

Toyota to end output at California plant

posted: 08/28/2009 3 a.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to end production in March 2010 at a California joint venture in which it has built vehicles with General Motors, the company said Thursday.

Marketing blows up Basterds' audience

posted: 08/28/2009 3 a.m.

During a season when studios have become all but convinced audiences are losing interest in big-name movie stars and R-rated adult fare, perhaps it's appropriate that the end of summer brings a surprise hit embodying both qualities.

Arkansas Football: Looking for a quick fix

posted: 08/28/2009 3 a.m.

There are no comprehensive statistics ranking the overall performance of special teams in the NCAA's database.

Stingier defense key for Harding

posted: 08/28/2009 2:58 a.m.

For a while, it was fun to watch. With an All-America quarterback, a loaded receiving corps and a veteran offensive line, the 2008 Harding Bisons were potent even by the standards of the rapidfire Gulf South Conference.

$10 million sought in bankrupt-club fees

posted: 08/28/2009 2:58 a.m.

Attorneys and others involved in bankruptcy proceedings for Montana's ultra exclusive Yellowstone Club have requested more than $10 million in fees and expenses - including some charges billed at more than $900 an hour.

ON FILM: Tarantino's a transparent genius

posted: 08/28/2009 2:56 a.m.

Sometimes it is a relief for me to go to an "important" movie like Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds knowing I won't be required to write a word about it unless I choose. Going to the movies for me is a busman's holiday, but a holiday nevertheless - it's great to feel released into a film without the expectation of having to develop a theory of it.

ESPN set to televise UALR-Tulsa game

posted: 08/28/2009 2:56 a.m.

The UALR men's basketball team is expected to make its first national television appearance in more than two years this November.

Re-Taking Woodstock

posted: 08/28/2009 2:55 a.m.

A light comedy that feels like a make-work scheme between more ambitious projects, Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock is at once a fluent display of technical precision and an under-realized reiteration of '60s cliches.

Garcia good to go even with change

posted: 08/28/2009 2:55 a.m.

Seven days ago, Sergio Garcia wasn't even sure if he would be eligible to play in The Barclays for the start of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 08/28/2009 2:55 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) All About Steve, PG-13 A crossword puzzle constructor (Sandra Bullock) thinks she's found the love of her life in a news cameraman (Bradley Cooper), although she doesn't seem to notice that he doesn't feel the same way.

REVIEW: Adam

posted: 08/28/2009 2:54 a.m.

A sensitive film of much charm, Adam stars Hugh Dancy in the title role as a brilliant young electronic engineer. He's nice-looking but awfully uptight. Not long after the death of his father, with whom he shared a Manhattan apartment, Adam meets new neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne), who's beautiful and outgoing. Intrigued by Adam, Beth gradually attempts to break through his perplexing shell.

Off the wire

posted: 08/28/2009 2:54 a.m.

BASKETBALL Ex-Razorback to play in Greece Former Arkansas Razorbacks guard Patrick Beverley, the second-round NBA Draft pick the Miami Heat acquired in June from the Los Angeles Lakers at the cost of a $1.5 million payment and a future secondround pick, has signed to spend the 2009-2010 season in Greece.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/28/2009 2:53 a.m.

Harper gives TD bad twist Rod Harper couldn't contain himself.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/28/2009 2:53 a.m.

Happy birthday. It's a year of favorable partnerships.You'll follow shared interests to wondrous places. As you study and take in many experiences, you have the sense that you don't yet know how to apply what you've learned. Hold tight. Your purpose is more obvious in the spring. A door opens to your life's work in April. Taurus and Sagittarius adore you.

REVIEW: Paper Heart

posted: 08/28/2009 2:53 a.m.

Paper Heart conjures kindergarten sweetness - love celebrated in construction paper cutouts, before puberty, dating and disappointments begin to color the picture.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys Stadium could use a do-over

posted: 08/28/2009 2:53 a.m.

Jerry Jones built the NFL's Taj Mahal and, oops, no bathrooms.

Golf Roundup: UA senior in quarterfinals

posted: 08/28/2009 2:52 a.m.

Arkansas senior David Lingmerth moved into the quarterfinals of the 109th U.S. Amateur with two victories Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.

Film clips

posted: 08/28/2009 2:51 a.m.

At area theaters 82 BANDSLAM, PG A singer-songwriter and her rock group take on her smug ex-boyfriend in a battle of the bands. (111 minutes) 88 DISTRICT 9, R Abandoned aliens take refuge in South Africa.

Home movies

posted: 08/28/2009 2:51 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: American Son (R, 90 minutes) This solid, sad story concerns a young Marine (Nick Cannon) who, while spending four days at home over Thanksgiving before deploying to Iraq, struggles to make sense of the complicated relationships he has with his family and others.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Astros rally, keep Moehler's mark vs. Cards clean

posted: 08/28/2009 2:51 a.m.

Jeff Keppinger hit a tiebreaking home run with two out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday, avoiding a three-game sweep.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Wild pitch puts California in U.S. final

posted: 08/28/2009 2:50 a.m.

Nick Conlin had barely touched home plate with the winning run when he was surrounded by his teammates from Chula Vista, Calif.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs use 20 hits to down Drillers

posted: 08/28/2009 2:49 a.m.

Mark Trumbo homered and tripled and Wil Ortiz was 5 for 5 with 3 RBI as the Arkansas Travelers pounded Tulsa 16-7 in front of 4,028 at Drillers Stadium on Thursday night.

Smoltz not trying to 'duplicate' debut

posted: 08/28/2009 2:49 a.m.

Heading into his first start at home with the St. Louis Cardinals, John Smoltz realizes it'll be impossible to top his debut.

Screen gems

posted: 08/28/2009 2:49 a.m.

A special screening of Lee Isaac Chung's Munyurangabo, a 2007 movie Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert has declared "a beautiful and powerful film - a masterpiece," will be held at the director's high school alma mater in the Northwest Arkansas town of Lincoln, on Sept. 19.

Box office

posted: 08/28/2009 2:48 a.m.

Inglourious Basterds scalped the competition at the box office last weekend, opening at No. 1 with more than $38 million. It was by far director Quentin Tarantino's best opening.

Red Wolves coach visits Hogs country

posted: 08/28/2009 2:47 a.m.

Arkansas State men's basketball Coach John Brady feels more comfortable in Razorback territory and much more comfortable with his Red Wolves basketball team.

NFL EXHIBITION: Eagles mix in Vick for six plays

posted: 08/28/2009 2:47 a.m.

All eyes were on Michael Vick - for all of six plays.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/28/2009 2:47 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is being a preacher the only way to serve God? I'll be a senior in high school this year and I'm really starting to think about what I'll do with the rest of my life. - S.T.

NFL notes

posted: 08/28/2009 2:46 a.m.

COWBOYS One added, two cut ARLINGTON, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys have signed center Duke Preston and released linebacker Justin Rogers and tight end Rodney Hannah.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/28/2009 2:45 a.m.

1. In what Canadian city is the Hockey Hall of Fame? 2. Is it true or false that the U.S. flag should be raised and lowered briskly? 3. Name the river that runs through Des Moines, Iowa. 4. What is the capital of Indonesia?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/28/2009 2:45 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: We have small throw rugs with rubber backing on two bathroom linoleum floors, which have yellowed from the imprint of the rubber backing. We have tried every known cleaner without success. Any hints on how we can get these ugly stains out?

State sports briefs

posted: 08/28/2009 2:43 a.m.

Inside Razorback Football with Bobby Petrino will introduce new segments for the 2009 season. The one-hour television show will be broadcast from the Arkansas team meeting room, allowing the Razorbacks coach to use video displays to break down certain plays.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Calls to pick up as summer sets

posted: 08/28/2009 2:42 a.m.

Football season starts next week for most of college football.

Razorbacks report

posted: 08/28/2009 2:38 a.m.

Four months ago in his spring wrapup news conference, Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said that if the Razorbacks were playing that Saturday, Ryan Mallett would start at quarterback and backup Tyler Wilson would come into the game on the first series of the second quarter.

Burns settles into new role at Auburn

posted: 08/28/2009 2:35 a.m.

Kodi Burns made two big moves during Auburn's fall camp.

ASU receivers have plenty of experience

posted: 08/28/2009 2:34 a.m.

Arkansas State returns plenty of experience at wide receiver this season, and it all starts with senior starters Jahbari McLennan and Brandon Thompkins.

Thursday, August 27

Fed Reserve bank president says recession ebbing

posted: 08/27/2009 5:41 p.m.

A Federal Reserve bank president says the nation is on its way out of the recession, but believes it is too early for the Federal Reserve to act on an exit strategy.

Ark. school assignment on rifle shots criticized

posted: 08/27/2009 4:04 p.m.

A grandmother called the police over her sixth-grade granddaughter's homework including references to an enraged teacher shooting a rifle and murder rates in Moscow and Washington.

Infested trees cut down at Ark. governor's mansion

posted: 08/27/2009 4:02 p.m.

Workers cut down eight trees at the Arkansas governor's mansion this week after they became infested with an invasive beetle that could have spread across the grounds.

Hearings set on new area code for 870 region

posted: 08/27/2009 3:02 p.m.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings over adding a new area code within the existing 870 region.

Green Party sues over ballot access

posted: 08/27/2009 2:56 p.m.

The Green Party is suing Arkansas election officials over its losing a guaranteed spot on next year's ballot, arguing that the state ignored the party's victory in a House seat last year.

Judge: Tomato farmers waited too long to file suit

posted: 08/27/2009 2:22 p.m.

A federal judge at Washington says some Arkansas tomato farmers claiming their crops were damaged by drift of the rice pesticide Facet onto their tomato fields waited too long to challenge the registration of the chemical with EPA.

Mom accused of disconnecting baby's feeding tube

posted: 08/27/2009 12:33 p.m.

A Texas woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after hospital personnel caught her disconnecting her malnourished baby's feeding tube, police say.

Ex-music minister pleads guilty to sex charges

posted: 08/27/2009 11:38 a.m.

A former Benton music minister has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual indecency with a minor and apologized for his actions.

August tied for deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

posted: 08/27/2009 11:17 a.m.

A U.S. serviceman died Thursday in a militant attack involving a roadside bomb and gunfire, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as the deadliest months of the eight-year war.

GDP declines 1 percent in 2nd quarter

updated: 08/27/2009 11:25 a.m.

The economy shrank at an annual rate of 1 percent in the spring, a better-than-expected showing and more evidence that the recession is drawing to a close.

Taking Woodstock mixes '60s cliches with fluent precision

posted: 08/27/2009 11:06 a.m.

A light comedy that feels like a make-work scheme between more ambitious projects, Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock is at once a fluent display of technical precision and an under-realized reiteration of '60s cliches, writes reviewer Philip Martin in Friday's MovieStyle section.

China opposes Taiwan decision to invite Dalai Lama

updated: 08/27/2009 11:15 a.m.

China said Thursday that it "resolutely opposes" a decision by Taiwan's president to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the island.

Boeing sets schedule for 787 1st flight

posted: 08/27/2009 8:56 a.m.

After repeated delays, Boeing Co. said Thursday its 787 aircraft will be ready for its first test flight by year-end and its first delivery in the fourth quarter next year.

Stocks waver after GDP, jobs data

posted: 08/27/2009 8:54 a.m.

Stocks are wavering in early trading despite new reports on unemployment and gross domestic product that showed the economy might be stabilizing.

Fire chief wanted for bigamy

posted: 08/27/2009 8:38 a.m.

Police in Eureka Springs say a Faulkner County volunteer fire department chief who was arrested on forgery and fraud charges is also wanted for bigamy.

Judge: Oklahoma entitled to a jury trial in lawsuit

posted: 08/27/2009 8:35 a.m.

A federal judge says the state of Oklahoma is entitled to a jury trial for a part of its civil lawsuit against Arkansas poultry companies.

End military surveillance missions, China tells US

posted: 08/27/2009 7:58 a.m.

China demanded Thursday that the U.S. military cease its surveillance missions off the Chinese coast, reviving a dispute that continues to upset relations between the sides.

Auschwitz blueprints given to Israeli PM

posted: 08/27/2009 7:23 a.m.

Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp that were discovered in Berlin last year were handed over Thursday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for display at Israel's Holocaust memorial.

Minor earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

posted: 08/27/2009 6:46 a.m.

A minor 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattled an area in central Oklahoma.

Body found in NLR lake was LR man

posted: 08/27/2009 6:43 a.m.

Authorities have identified a body found in a small lake in North Little Rock as that of a Little Rock man.

Two found not guilty of murder

posted: 08/27/2009 6:27 a.m.

A Washington County jury deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday before finding two men not guilty as accomplices to second-degree murder in the death of Kent Thomas Crigler.

Ted Kennedy is mourned on both sides of the aisle

posted: 08/27/2009 5:59 a.m.

Friends and colleagues of the late Edward Kennedy on Wednesday mourned the loss of the Senate's "patriarch," whose legislative and political skills continued to affect official Washington until his dying days.

Lead expands for Karzai as Afghan vote is totaled

posted: 08/27/2009 5:56 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai extended his lead over his top challenger in Afghanistan's presidential election, new vote results showed Wednesday, but he remains short of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a two-man runoff.

Murphy Oil 1st lottery retailer

posted: 08/27/2009 5:52 a.m.

With the state's lottery to begin in about one month, a Murphy USA gas station in Magnolia on Wednesday became the first lottery retailer to be licensed by the Arkansas Lottery Commission.

Teen's arrest led to offer to resign

posted: 08/27/2009 5:44 a.m.

Youth Services Division Director Ron Angel told legislators Wednesday that he offered to resign after a delinquent youth released over employees' objections was later arrested on a capital-murder charge.

'Ox' pulling his weight

posted: 08/27/2009 5:42 a.m.

There is an Ox running in the middle of the Hogs. Seth Oxner, a red-shirt sophomore from Monticello, has been working as Arkansas' starting center throughout preseason practice.

Super Six Countdown: Greenwood expects success

posted: 08/27/2009 5:39 a.m.

Greenwood failed to reach the state championship game for the first time since 2003 last fall, but Coach Rick Jones still gave his ultra-successful program high marks.

Stimulus millions going to little-used border post

posted: 08/27/2009 5:36 a.m.

A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two Democratic senators persuaded the administration to make it happen.

New-home sales, orders for durable goods jump

posted: 08/27/2009 5:29 a.m.

Sales of new homes jumped more than forecast in July, and demand for long-lasting goods such as autos and computers climbed, adding to signs the economy is recovering from recession.

1620 brunch an ideal eye-opener

posted: 08/27/2009 5:26 a.m.

Evette Brady's 1620 The Restaurant is the kind of place you would think has always served Sunday brunch. But actually the upscale west Little Rock eatery, one of only two surviving lineal descendants of Jacques and Suzanne (and the only one serving haute cuisine), just started serving brunch a few weeks ago.

Arkansas pupils also score money on tests

posted: 08/27/2009 5:21 a.m.

A total of 556 students in 10 Arkansas high schools will pocket $75,400 next month after earning scores of 3s, 4s and 5s on the Advanced Placement tests that they took last spring in math, science and English.

Kentuckian gets life for 2 killings

posted: 08/27/2009 5:18 a.m.

The first of four defendants to be tried in the carjacking, sexual assault and slayings of a young Tennessee couple was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday by the same jury that convicted him of murder.

S.C. governor rejects No. 2's call to resign

posted: 08/27/2009 5:14 a.m.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford rebuffed his lieutenant governor's call to resign Wednesday, two months after he admitted an affair, saying he will not be "railroaded" out of office and plans to finish his term.

Victory for upstart party at Japan polls predicted

posted: 08/27/2009 5:11 a.m.

A Japanese campaign commercial shows then-U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama cheered by supporters waving the famous "Change" placards. The scene fades to the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan calling for change in his country, too.

New tropical storm forecast to clip coast

posted: 08/27/2009 5:10 a.m.

Forecasters say people in the Bahamas and the southeastern United States should keep an eye on Tropical Storm Danny, which could slowly get stronger as it moves toward land.

'Clunkers' sales near 700,000

posted: 08/27/2009 4:57 a.m.

"Cash for clunkers" generated nearly 700,000 new-car sales and ended under its $3 billion budget, the Transportation Department said Wednesday.

Hopes, data on New Orleans differ

posted: 08/27/2009 4:56 a.m.

Shelia Phillips doesn't see the New Orleans that Mayor Ray Nagin talks about, the one on its way to having just as many people and a more diverse economy than it did before Hurricane Katrina.

Shriveled budget has NASA plans near a black hole

posted: 08/27/2009 4:55 a.m.

NASA will test the powerful first stage of its new Ares moon rocket today, a milestone in a program that has spent $7 billion for a rocket that has its doubters.

High-speed rail line in plans for Britain

posted: 08/27/2009 4:54 a.m.

Britain's rail operator says it has plans for a new high-speed rail line that could get travelers from London to Scotland in two hours.

Taiwan OKs visit from Dalai Lama to console storm victims

posted: 08/27/2009 4:53 a.m.

Taiwan said today it has agreed to let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a devastating typhoon.

Al-Maliki pressures Syria over 2 suspects

posted: 08/27/2009 4:52 a.m.

Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Syria to hand over two suspects wanted in recent suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad.

New-car filings in state saw 23% skid

posted: 08/27/2009 4:52 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations dropped 23 percent in Arkansas in July from a year earlier as the government's "cash for clunkers" program had just gotten under way by the end of the month, according to a research firm.

Governor backs succession-law shift

posted: 08/27/2009 4:52 a.m.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday that he would support changing state law to allow him to appoint an interim successor to Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat while a special election is held.

Stimulus checks routed to Texas inmates in error

posted: 08/27/2009 4:51 a.m.

At least 240 Texas convicts had federal economic stimulus checks delivered to them at state prisons in a bureaucratic mix-up that federal and state authorities are investigating.

Police: Drug tip led to armed man's death

posted: 08/27/2009 4:50 a.m.

The man officers shot at a Levy intersection Tuesday night was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, was on parole and was confronted after narcotics officers got a tip an accomplice was selling marijuana in the neighborhood, North Little Rock police said Wednesday.

Bank insurer FDIC near bottom

posted: 08/27/2009 4:49 a.m.

The government agency that guarantees bank customers won't lose their money in a bank failure may need a lifeline of its own.

Lincoln posited as next to helm agriculture panel

posted: 08/27/2009 4:48 a.m.

With the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Arkansas' Sen. Blanche Lincoln has emerged as a contender to wield the gavel of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

S&Ls earn $4 million in quarter, but 40 now on problem list

posted: 08/27/2009 4:46 a.m.

U.S. savings and loan institutions eked out a $4 million profit in the second quarter, but the number of troubled S&Ls continued to rise, the government said Wednesday.

Study: New tests detect heart attack sooner

posted: 08/27/2009 4:40 a.m.

A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start - a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.

Airline's parts use probed by FAA

posted: 08/27/2009 4:39 a.m.

Southwest Airlines Co. is being investigated by U.S. safety officials over the use of unauthorized parts on at least 42 of its Boeing Co. 737 jets.

Railroad pushes for easing of brake rule

posted: 08/27/2009 4:38 a.m.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., the largest U.S. railroad, is pushing Congress to scale back a requirement for carriers to install automatic-braking systems on most of their tracks.

Rules set out for use of failing-schools aid

posted: 08/27/2009 4:37 a.m.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday told states how he wants them to spend $3.5 billion in money from the federal School Improvement Fund.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 08/27/2009 4:37 a.m.

Nature groups seek halt to power-plant project The Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society on Wednesday asked the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission to halt construction of a $2.1 billion coal-fired power-plant project near Texarkana.

French agent escapes Somali captors

posted: 08/27/2009 4:36 a.m.

A French security agent kidnapped by insurgents in Somalia last month said he escaped Wednesday while his captors slept, then walked five hours through one of the most dangerous cities in the world to safety at the country's presidential palace.

Cargo plane crash kills six in Congo

posted: 08/27/2009 4:22 a.m.

A small cargo plane crashed into a cemetery Wednesday morning, killing six people, the country's top transport official said.

In the news

posted: 08/27/2009 4:21 a.m.

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico said on a trade mission to Cuba that all U.S. citizens should be able to visit cultural gems such as Ernest Hemingway's former home outside Havana, adding, "I think enhancing cultural and artistic and educational ties is a prelude to diplomatic and commercial ties."

Names and faces

posted: 08/27/2009 4:20 a.m.

Singer Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy has been arrested on a 2-year-old warrant of driving without a valid license. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the 25-year-old was arrested late Tuesday during a traffic stop by Los Angeles police.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/27/2009 4:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The public was not at risk at all and the parts on our planes were not faulty." Ashley Rogers, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines.

Oil falls 62 cents on news of rise in supply

posted: 08/27/2009 4:19 a.m.

The price of oil fell again Wednesday with new government data showing that U.S. crude supplies increased last week, a sign that demand remains weak.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks hold back a bit, end higher

posted: 08/27/2009 4:19 a.m.

Stocks finished a choppy day of trading Wednesday mostly higher after positive reports on home sales and factory orders.

The world in brief

posted: 08/27/2009 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We must declare war against those who are carrying out a political agenda and affiliated with foreign countries, despite the fact that we do not want to suspend our ties with these countries." Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister.

Merkel: Opel talks still focus on Magna

posted: 08/27/2009 4:18 a.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that Germany's talks with General Motors Co. over the future of its Opel unit remained focused on Berlin's preferred bid, by Canadian auto-parts maker Magna.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/27/2009 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'm not going to be railroaded out of this office by political opponents or folks who were never fans of mine in the first place." Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina Article, 2A 6th admits to peeking at passport data WASHINGTON - A sixth person who worked at the State Department has pleaded guilty to sneaking a peek at celebrity passport files.

LR won't see River Rail run to the airport

posted: 08/27/2009 4:17 a.m.

River Rail's next extension of its streetcar service will have to go somewhere other than toward Little Rock's airport, on the basis of a consultant's findings, city and county officials said Wednesday.

Hotelier urged for LR tourism panel

posted: 08/27/2009 4:17 a.m.

Little Rock hotel and restaurant owners say the city's tourism agency needs a hotel representative now more than ever because of the economy, and see a desire by city officials to appoint someone from the general public as a power grab by City Hall.

Conway mom held in slaying of son, 6

posted: 08/27/2009 4:16 a.m.

The mother of a 6-year-old Conway boy who died last week and who had been the subject of two previous child-welfare investigations was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Walgreen Co. sets drug plan for Caterpillar

posted: 08/27/2009 4:16 a.m.

Walgreen Co., the second largest U.S. drugstore chain, formed a partnership to sell prescription drugs to Caterpillar Inc. employees, supplementing a similar program with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The Weekend Ten

posted: 08/27/2009 4:15 a.m.

Crossword and Sudoku enthusiasts will descend on the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, for its third annual Arkansas Puzzle Day, starting at 1 p.m.

Blytheville wins KIPP bid for next charter site

posted: 08/27/2009 4:15 a.m.

A nationally known charter-school network hopes to expand in the Arkansas Delta by opening a new branch in Blytheville in 2010.

SWEET TEA Dad giving good made best times

posted: 08/27/2009 4:12 a.m.

Joe Farmer wrote a lullaby for his kid, his firstborn daughter.

Obituaries

posted: 08/27/2009 4:11 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 08/27/2009 4:10 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 27, 1909 Rushing the work on the new Union station, preparations for putting a night force on the construction of the overhead midway are being made.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 08/27/2009 4:10 a.m.

Author Dominick Dunne, who told stories of shocking crimes among the rich and famous through his magazine articles and best-selling novels such as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Legislators take no action on school funding

posted: 08/27/2009 4:09 a.m.

Legislators said Wednesday that they see no reason to change school funding in Arkansas, at least not right now.

Fast Forward

posted: 08/27/2009 4:09 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Got the blues: The Hot Springs Blues Festival will take place next weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 4, 3 p.m. Sept. 5 and noon Sept. 6 at Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs. Tickets are $5. Call (501) 844-1022.

Watershed program begins in 2 counties

posted: 08/27/2009 4:08 a.m.

Tuesday marked the first day that farmers and ranchers could enroll land in a program, intended to help protect the Illinois River watershed, that is offering 150 percent of the lease price annually and other incentives for easements along waterways.

Daily record

posted: 08/27/2009 4:08 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces

Man's ex-wife, daughter held after his girlfriend shot, hurt

posted: 08/27/2009 4:08 a.m.

Police arrested a mother and daughter Wednesday in the shooting of a woman after a family quarrel.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/27/2009 4:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. Love and friendship will inspire you to hone your talents. In September, you will learn the best way to move your career forward.You'll be vital to another person's success in November, and in February, you'll be the recipient of similar mentorship. Travel is best in May and June. Scorpio and Gemini adore you.

Coroner: Man found in lake had drowned

posted: 08/27/2009 4:06 a.m.

A man whose body was found floating Tuesday in a lake near North Little Rock died by drowning, authorities said Wednesday.

EDITORIALS The Hon.Ted Kennedy

posted: 08/27/2009 4:06 a.m.

NOW THE florid obsequies can begin, as full of bombast as one of the senator's own speeches. In the spirit of nil nisi bonum-speak only good of the dead-let us begin by recalling Senator Kennedy's work with George W. Bush on the No Child Left Behind law.

A lion is silenced

posted: 08/27/2009 4:05 a.m.

Ted Kennedy once said that his own legislative record was one he'd love to run against. A number of people tried, of course, and lost. But then, they weren't Ted Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy spent 46 years in the Senate hewing pretty steadily to his course while others trimmed or just plain bailed out.

And overboard we go . . .

posted: 08/27/2009 4:05 a.m.

YOU COULD forgive friends and family for getting a little carried away when a politician dies. (A wise rabbi once told us that people shouldn't be held responsible for what they say at weddings and funerals.) You could even forgive the Boston Globe for gushing when a favorite son proves mortal. But one obituary after Ted Kennedy's death caught our eye like a cinder.

COLUMNISTS His own man

posted: 08/27/2009 4:05 a.m.

Nearly a half-century ago, as a young Associated Press reporter in New Orleans, I attended a Democratic Party dinner to observe the featured speaker, a young man whose brother had just been elected president.

THE TV COLUMN: Monty Python reunites; Guiding Light hits off-switch

posted: 08/27/2009 4:03 a.m.

The e-mail and news release "IN" basket is overflowing. Time to clear it out.

LETTERS

posted: 08/27/2009 4:02 a.m.

'Retirees' should stay retired I have been waiting for the three Garland County employees who have been exposed for double-dipping to retire and stay retired. Anyone who helped them conceal their scheme should do the same. Their greed shocks and angers me. How can they be trusted in anything they do after what they have done?

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Brother built bomb, wife lit fuse

posted: 08/27/2009 4:02 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My wife and my sister-in-law have a strained relationship. The issues between them escalated when, a year and a half ago, my brother admitted to an affair.

LR man robbed 4 stores, invaded home, police say

posted: 08/27/2009 4:01 a.m.

A Little Rock man has been arrested and charged in a string of about a half-dozen robberies since Saturday, Little Rock police said Wednesday.

Bloggers trounce pros

posted: 08/27/2009 4:01 a.m.

So yet another Bush administration cabinet official has petitioned to get his conscience and reputation back.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/27/2009 4:01 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My baby sister died when she was only a few months old, so I barely remember her (I was 6 at the time). Do you think I'll recognize her when I get to heaven? It may sound strange, but I've always felt lonely without her, since I didn't have any other brothers or sisters. - J.D.

Mamma Mia! sale is breast-cancer benefit

posted: 08/27/2009 4 a.m.

Celebrity Attractions, in collaboration with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will donate $5 to the Arkansas affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure from every ticket it sells, today through Sunday, to Oct. 6-8 performances of the touring musical Mamma Mia! at Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall.

Recent scandal 'pure hell' for Pitino and his family

posted: 08/27/2009 4 a.m.

Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday a sex scandal involving a woman accused of trying to extort millions from him has been "pure hell" for his family, fuming that newly released video of her police interview revived her "total fabrication."

Singer-guitarist, Boondogs play

posted: 08/27/2009 3:58 a.m.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Maxwell will make a rare visit to his home state this weekend and will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Satellite Coffee Co., Kavanaugh Boulevard and University Avenue, Little Rock.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/27/2009 3:57 a.m.

1. What aircraft maker built the Constellation? 2. The Rams of the National Football League represent what city? 3. In measurement, what percentage of a meter is a micrometer? 4. What is the meaning of the word "ombre" from the French/Latin "umbrare" ?

Weevils go after top teams

posted: 08/27/2009 3:57 a.m.

The latest in a series profiling Gulf South Conference football teams in Arkansas.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: My frequently asking "Are we there yet?" on a vacation trip when I was 8 years old made my father pull off the road to show me his map. He said: "We are in this town, and this is the direction we are going.

COMMENTARY NCAA ruining Bowden-Paterno chase

posted: 08/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

He is almost 80 now.

Off the wire

posted: 08/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

TENNIS Top seed survives upset bid Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova needed a third-set tiebreaker to advance to the Pilot Pen quarterfinals in New Haven, Conn., with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2) victory Wednesday over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

Promotion falling flat with some A U.S. official and some colleges are telling the brewer of Bud Light to can it.

CHEAP EATS: Kent returns to riverfront with small but meaty menu

posted: 08/27/2009 3:55 a.m.

Kent Berry's return to downtown brings back, to a smaller degree, the meat market he used to run there while offering an expanded over-the-counter breakfast and lunch service.

DEAD SOLID PERFECT Sullivant trumps Trump's course

posted: 08/27/2009 3:55 a.m.

Seth Sullivant's first hole in one will be more memorable than most.

Cauley wins in Amateur

posted: 08/27/2009 3:55 a.m.

Bud Cauley made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and a birdie on the 17th to beat Rickie Fowler 3 and 1 in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 08/27/2009 3:54 a.m.

A spokesman for Five Guys Burgers and Fries confirms a branch of the chain, based in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, is set to open in North Little Rock's Lakewood Village by "end of fall" - more specifically a target date of late November, but subject to change, as usual, based on circumstances.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Pineiro wins 7th consecutive decision for Cardinals

posted: 08/27/2009 3:54 a.m.

When Joel Pineiro's sinker is working, St. Louis Cardinals infielders get plenty of ground balls. The pitcher, too, with Pineiro's glove-work triggering two double plays that helped him win his seventh consecutive decision.

NFL notes Rookie Sanchez gets the call as Jets' starting quarterback

posted: 08/27/2009 3:53 a.m.

The future is now for the new face of the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez.

Selected restaurants

posted: 08/27/2009 3:52 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit www2.arkansasonline. com/restaurants/.

No sideshow this season, Romo sets mind on game

posted: 08/27/2009 3:52 a.m.

Tony Romo is ruining his reputation as a celebrity quarterback.

Fishing this week

posted: 08/27/2009 3:51 a.m.

1. GREERS FERRY Bream are biting well. Crappie are biting well on minnows. Black bass are biting well. Hybrid bass and white bass are schooling around the lake. Catfishing is good.

Backyard Brawl

posted: 08/27/2009 3:51 a.m.

For the past three years, the football rivalry between Cabot and Jacksonville has been one-sided.

Judsonia student won it all on national stage

posted: 08/27/2009 3:50 a.m.

Laura Holmes, a spring graduate of Riverview High School, placed first in Senior High Individual Performance in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. By defeating 70 or so other top history students from across the country, Puerto Rico, and Guam, she won a gold medal and a $1,000 scholarship.

Oaklawn meet to feature raises

posted: 08/27/2009 3:50 a.m.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs will offer 30 stakes races worth nearly $4.8 million during the 2010 live meeting that begins Jan. 15.

T Tauri joins Operation Military Kids

posted: 08/27/2009 3:50 a.m.

The T Tauri Movie Camp, a division of Ozark Foothills FilmFest Inc. completed its first week of working with Operation Military Kids by unveiling a new documentary film, Young Heroes: Military Teens Speak Out.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN Turkey hunters aim for Monday

posted: 08/27/2009 3:50 a.m.

Using the Little Rock meeting as a yardstick, Central Arkansas turkey hunters want the 2010 spring turkey season to start on a Monday.

General surgeon joins Batesville, Mountain View medical centers

posted: 08/27/2009 3:49 a.m.

Gary L. Bebow, administrator/CEO of White River Medical Center announced the addition Dr. Nicholas Gyles, general surgeon to the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville and Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View.

Deer hunting seminar scheduled in Jonesboro

posted: 08/27/2009 3:49 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a deer hunting seminar from 6:30-9 p.m. today at the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center at Jonesboro.

TEXAS LEAGUE Travs fall to Drillers in ninth

posted: 08/27/2009 3:48 a.m.

Jeff Kindel's bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth inning gave the Tulsa Drillers a 7-6 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday night in front of 7,093 fans at Drillers Stadium.

State briefs

posted: 08/27/2009 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas receives DE's commitment An Arkansas private oral commitment went public Wednesday.

Deep roots

posted: 08/27/2009 3:47 a.m.

Clarence and Zona Smith don't grow much of a garden anymore. For more than 25 years the couple has had their hands full running a fresh produce stand out of their front yard on West Center Street in Beebe. The entrepreneurs, married 51 years, believe in sticking to things.

WEDNESDAY'S LITTLE LEAGUE Double plays save day for Texas

posted: 08/27/2009 3:47 a.m.

Steven Cardone smiled as he jogged off the field after San Antonio, Texas escaped with another victory at the Little League World Series.

Completing construction on college campuses

posted: 08/27/2009 3:44 a.m.

Just in time for the start of fall classes, Ouachita Baptist University completed the first phase in its $45 million north campus redevelopment.

Community college opens new nursing building

posted: 08/27/2009 3:43 a.m.

50,000 The square footage of the new nursing and health sciences building at National Park Community College.

Cooking at Clover College

posted: 08/27/2009 3:41 a.m.

Leanna Thomson, 6, of Glen Rose swings the gold beads she's wearing to her back so they don't dip into the chocolate-and-peanut butter concoction head chef Emily Bell, 16, is closely monitoring.

Ouachita Technical College earns national concurrent enrollment certification

posted: 08/27/2009 3:40 a.m.

Ouachita Technical College was notified in late July that it is one of three universities and five two-year colleges in Arkansas to receive the endorsement of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

Razorbacks report

posted: 08/27/2009 3:39 a.m.

The defensive shuffling on the first team earlier in Arkansas' camp was just a taste of the major moves that have taken place since Saturday's scrimmage.

'It's a blessing'

posted: 08/27/2009 3:39 a.m.

Since the River Valley Christian Clinic in Dardanelle opened its doors in January 2007, the free health clinic has served about 6,500 patients, distributing the equivalent of $4 million in donated services.

Library to offer Wii Seniors program

posted: 08/27/2009 3:37 a.m.

The Faulkner County Library will host a program titled "Wii Seniors." Participants must be 55 years old or older.

Conway Cradle Care affected by downturn in economy

posted: 08/27/2009 3:37 a.m.

The economic downturn has caught Conway Cradle Care between a rock and a hard place.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 08/27/2009 3:37 a.m.

Tennessee freshman tailback Bryce Brown will not be punished as the result of an NCAA investigation into his eligibility, Coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday.

Train clubs hosting Saturday open house

posted: 08/27/2009 3:36 a.m.

Two train clubs will present three train layouts in action at a train open house in the Community Room of the McGee Sports Center in west Conway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event will be open to the public with no admission fee.

After-school snacks

posted: 08/27/2009 3:35 a.m.

Anybody who's reared children knows that young ones, no matter the age, are capable of sprouting into all-out eating machines leaving stocked pantries totally empty within the span of an afternoon.

ARKANSAS STATE ASU linebackers fighting for time

posted: 08/27/2009 3:35 a.m.

It's a big plus for Arkansas State to have eight returning starters on defense, but there is concern with only one linebacker among that bunch.

Librarians to raise money for March of Dimes

posted: 08/27/2009 3:34 a.m.

A jailbird party and movie night will be held at the Faulkner County Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tonight's games

posted: 08/27/2009 3:33 a.m.

Arkansas-Monticello at Tarleton State WHEN 7 p.m. Central today WHERE Tarleton Memorial Stadium, Stephenville, Texas RADIO KHBM-FM, 93.7, in Monticello INTERNET uamsports.com

Trillium Park starts home-visits program

posted: 08/27/2009 3:33 a.m.

Trillium Park, a senior living community, has launched a home-visits program called You Don't Have to Live with Us for Us to Help.

Two retire from Tech library staff

posted: 08/27/2009 3:32 a.m.

Two women who gave a combined 80 years of service to the library at Arkansas Tech University said farewell to colleagues during a potluck lunch and retirement party inside the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

Arkansas Tech makes plans for three new degree programs

posted: 08/27/2009 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University is one step closer to offering new degree programs in its department of history and political science and its department of biological sciences following action by the board of trustees during its August meeting.

Cotter mayor cites health, resigns post

posted: 08/27/2009 2:55 a.m.

First-term Cotter Mayor David McNair submitted his resignation Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 26

Murphy Oil 1st lottery retailer

posted: 08/26/2009 11:06 p.m.

With the state's lottery to begin in about one month, a Murphy USA gas station in Magnolia on Wednesday became the first lottery retailer to be licensed by the Arkansas Lottery Commission.

Animal control officer cleared in cruelty case

posted: 08/26/2009 7:09 p.m.

Forrest City's chief animal control officer has been cleared of animal cruelty charges after he was accused of failing to care for dogs at the city's shelter.

NLR police involved in deadly shooting

posted: 08/26/2009 6:46 p.m.

North Little Rock police officers shot a man at a Levy intersection Tuesday night, killing him.

Lottoery begins licenscing retailers

posted: 08/26/2009 6:01 p.m.

State officials on Wednesday awarded the first license to sell Arkansas lottery tickets to a Magnolia gas station whose parent company started a college scholarship program in 2007.

Offensive line a weak spot, Hogs guard says

posted: 08/26/2009 4:44 p.m.

Mitch Petrus figures the offensive line is the only position that could hold Arkansas back this season.

Miller County jail off probation list

posted: 08/26/2009 4:38 p.m.

The Miller County jail, plagued last year by security and contraband problems, has won praise from the state panel that reviews detention facilities.

Naturals release 2010 schedule

posted: 08/26/2009 4:35 p.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have released their Texas League schedule for next year.

Judge sides with Windstream in benefit dispute

posted: 08/26/2009 4:33 p.m.

A judge says Windstream Corp. has the power to reduce retiree benefits and force retirees to share health insurance costs.

Jury acquits pair in beating death

posted: 08/26/2009 4:32 p.m.

A Washington County jury has acquitted two men accused of beating a man to death in January.

Clinton Library opens guestbook honoring Kennedy

posted: 08/26/2009 4:27 p.m.

The Clinton Presidential Library has opened a guestbook for visitors to sign in memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Power plant opponents file new objection

posted: 08/26/2009 4:25 p.m.

Two environmental groups have filed a new request to state regulators asking them to stop construction of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas.

3 flu shots possible, health official says

updated: 08/26/2009 6:48 p.m.

A state Health Department official says Arkansans - including youngsters in school - may need to get three flu shots this year to protect against both regular, seasonal flu and swine flu.

Mom arrested in 6-year-old's death

posted: 08/26/2009 3:20 p.m.

Authorities arrested a Conway woman Wednesday in the death of her 6-year-old son.

Volunteer fire chief arressted on forgery charge

posted: 08/26/2009 1:51 p.m.

The chief of a volunteer fire department in Faulkner County has been arrested on felony forgery and credit card fraud charges.

Traveling preacher accused of stalking

posted: 08/26/2009 1:43 p.m.

Police in Lake City say a 24-year-old man traveling across Arkansas and preaching has been arrested on charges of sexual indecency with a child and Internet stalking.

Death row prisoner can seek new trial, judges say

updated: 08/26/2009 2:38 p.m.

A federal appeals court acknowledged Wednesday that proceedings for an Arkansas death row inmate were badly handled by a disbarred attorney, but in denying the man's request for a new trial said he could pursue another appeal at the state level.

Obama, others mourn Kennedy

updated: 08/26/2009 2:20 p.m.

A grieving President Barack Obama paid tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Wednesday, calling him a colleague, counselor and friend who etched his place in history as a "singular figure" on the American political landscape.

Durable goods orders increase by most in 2 years, new home sales jump

posted: 08/26/2009 11:03 a.m.

Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, as the manufacturing sector rebounded from the depths of the recession.

Karzai widens lead in Afghan vote count

posted: 08/26/2009 11:01 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai widened his lead over his top challenger Wednesday as Afghan officials released more partial vote results. The president's new total pushed him closer to the 50 percent threshold that would allow him to avoid a two-man runoff.

Big Little Rock weekend for crossword and Sudoku fans

posted: 08/26/2009 10:59 a.m.

Crossword and Sudoku enthusiasts will descend on the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock for its third annual Arkansas Puzzle Day, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Russia, U.S. Discuss Joint Missile Monitoring Center in Moscow

posted: 08/26/2009 7:01 a.m.

Russia and the U.S. may create a missile monitoring center to share information about unsanctioned launches and avoid accidents, said Nikolai Makarov, head of Russia's General Staff.

Construction work to force lane closure on 67/167

posted: 08/26/2009 6:58 a.m.

Construction work on U.S. Highway 67/167 in Jacksonville will require a lane closure this week.

Obama keeps Bernanke at Fed

posted: 08/26/2009 5:56 a.m.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he wants to keep Ben Bernanke on as Fed chairman, saying he shepherded America through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Fayetteville sent back to school

posted: 08/26/2009 5:51 a.m.

Fayetteville received an early wake-up call. The call came so early that someone hit the snooze button in a disheartening performance against Class 4A Shiloh Christian last Monday in a preseason scrimmage.

Federal deficit in '09 heading for $1.6 trillion

posted: 08/26/2009 5:24 a.m.

The federal deficit will soar to almost $1.6 trillion this year, miring the nation in the deepest pool of red ink since the end of World War II, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the White House reported Tuesday.

Afghan vehicle bombs kill 41 civilians at 1 site

posted: 08/26/2009 5:20 a.m.

A cluster of vehicle bombs detonated simultaneously Tuesday in the Taliban's spiritual homeland near a foreign-owned construction company that had recently taken over a contract to build a road through an insurgent-held area. At least 41 people were killed, all civilians, officials said.

Brain cancer kills Ted Kennedy, 77

updated: 08/26/2009 7:56 a.m.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died Tuesday night. He was 77.

Arkansans beat U.S. SAT scores

posted: 08/26/2009 5:15 a.m.

Members of the Arkansas high school Class of 2009 who took the SAT college entrance exam scored above the national average, but the state scores dropped in reading and writing when compared with 2007 and 2008 results. The math score improved.

Court says no jail time for Robinson

posted: 08/26/2009 5:14 a.m.

Tommy Robinson does not have to serve a 60-day jail term for criminal contempt of court, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled Tuesday.

Proposal to phase out desegregation money fair, says 1 panel chief

posted: 08/26/2009 5:11 a.m.

A co-chairman of a task force on the Pulaski County desegregation lawsuit came out Tuesday in support of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's latest proposal to phase out the state's payments to the school districts.

Razorbacks Football: Hogs' RB derby a crowded field

posted: 08/26/2009 5:07 a.m.

Remember last season when Arkansas' offensive coaches were reluctant to give any tailback other than Michael Smith many touches for weeks on end?

Ramsey rubber match : 'Hawks senior eyes game vs. Gentry cousins

posted: 08/26/2009 5:04 a.m.

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of stories previewing the high school football teams in Benton County.

On a 'Roll 'em'

posted: 08/26/2009 5:04 a.m.

15-year-old identical twin sisters have their own movie company, Doubletroublet Productions, in Little Rock. They make award-winning documentaries.

Palatable in pink

posted: 08/26/2009 5:04 a.m.

It's a bold new concept in cooking. Instead of salting your food - you "food" your salt.

Super Six Countdown: Tradition for Tigers

posted: 08/26/2009 5:03 a.m.

Doug Loughridge was a freshman lineman at Charleston in 1988 when the Tigers broke a three-year playoff drought.

Southside Stadium renaming one for ages

posted: 08/26/2009 4:56 a.m.

As athletics director for the Fort Smith School District since 1991, Jim Rowland has had a lasting impact on sports in that city.

Little sees good, bad in benefit vs. West Fork

posted: 08/26/2009 4:52 a.m.

Brian Little and Rodney Selph saw both good and bad in Tuesday night's scrimmage in Gentry.

June home prices up 1.4%, index says; consumers rosier

posted: 08/26/2009 4:47 a.m.

Home prices across most of the country have started to rise from the depths of the housing slump, according to new figures released Tuesday.

LIKE IT IS Calipari left mess for someone else to clean up

posted: 08/26/2009 4:44 a.m.

Clearing the desk and cleaning out notebooks before taking a couple of days off: Last week when the story broke that the University of Memphis would have to vacate 38 basketball victories and its Final Four appearance, the first thing that popped into my mind was that John Calipari had cheated.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE PREVIEW Reddies relying on Charpentier

posted: 08/26/2009 4:42 a.m.

The latest in a series profiling Gulf South Conference football teams in Arkansas.

Official: Big year for event

posted: 08/26/2009 4:42 a.m.

Tournament chairman Jay Allen believes the future of the LPGA P&G Beauty Northwest Arkansas Championship is in good shape but acknowledges this is a crucial year.

COMMENTARY FedEx Cup coming into own in 3rd year

posted: 08/26/2009 4:41 a.m.

For those who don't buy into the FedEx Cup, consider the alternative.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/26/2009 4:41 a.m.

Ochocinco better keep his gloves up Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco should know better than to trade oral jabs with a boxer.

Off the wire

posted: 08/26/2009 4:41 a.m.

TENNIS Serena seeded No. 2 for Open Defending champion Serena Williams was seeded No. 2 for the U.S. Open on Tuesday, behind Dinara Safina, because the tournament stuck to its policy of strictly following the rankings.

Razorbacks report

posted: 08/26/2009 4:39 a.m.

Arkansas sophomore tailback Broderick Green returned Tuesday after missing the previous five practices with pneumonia.

HIGH SCHOOL SCRIMMAGE: Springdale shows off its toughness

posted: 08/26/2009 4:35 a.m.

Springdale fumbled on its first play during a scrimmage Tuesday night against Siloam Springs, but that was about all the Bulldogs did wrong.

NFL notes

posted: 08/26/2009 4:26 a.m.

EAGLES Vick to debut Thursday Michael Vick will make his Eagles debut in a preseason game in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons - against the Eagles on the same field.

ARKANSAS STATE: Stallings addresses team

posted: 08/26/2009 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas State had what Coach Steve Roberts called "a very motivating experience" Tuesday afternoon, but the Red Wolves followed with mixed results in practice.

Study says prostate therapy risky for some

posted: 08/26/2009 4:25 a.m.

A new study links hormone therapy for prostate cancer with a higher risk of death in older men who've had serious heart problems.

College prep classes fuller

posted: 08/26/2009 4:25 a.m.

The number of Arkansas high school students taking rigorous Advanced Placement courses and earning scores of "qualified" or better continued to climb in 2008-09, fueled by supporting state laws.

Russia says search finds errant ship's cargo clean

posted: 08/26/2009 4:24 a.m.

Russia moved to quash speculation that a freighter embroiled in a high-seas mystery might have been carrying sensitive cargo, saying Tuesday that an initial search of the Arctic Sea last week uncovered nothing suspicious.

SEC notes

posted: 08/26/2009 4:24 a.m.

GEORGIA Tight end's career over Georgia tight end Bryce Ros is ending his football career because of a chronic foot condition.

Chavez: Venezuela to cut Colombia ties

posted: 08/26/2009 4:23 a.m.

President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that Venezuela is preparing to break off diplomatic relations with Colombia over the neighboring country's plan to give American troops greater access to its military bases.

Crackdown aims to keep illegal drugs off rail cars

posted: 08/26/2009 4:23 a.m.

When rail cars idle on side tracks in Mexico to be loaded with legitimate cargo and shipped to the United States, drug smugglers scan for places to hide their own loot - and if no good place is apparent, they make one.

Study: Circumcision fails to cut HIV risk in gay men

posted: 08/26/2009 4:21 a.m.

Circumcision, which has helped prevent AIDS among heterosexual men in Africa, doesn't help protect homosexual men from the disease, according to the largest U.S. study to look at the question.

Briton: Welcome of bomber odious

posted: 08/26/2009 4:20 a.m.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown broke his silence on the Lockerbie bomber Tuesday, saying he was repulsed by the hero's welcome Libya gave the convicted killer and insisting he played no role in Scotland's much-criticized decision to free him.

VA sorry for false disease notice

posted: 08/26/2009 4:20 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will personally apologize to veterans who received erroneous letters saying they had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, agency spokesman Katie Roberts said Tuesday.

Open sex-abuse records, Ginsburg says

posted: 08/26/2009 4:19 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut, saying that thousands of documents generated by lawsuits against six priests accused of sexual abuse cannot remain sealed.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Wainwright gets 15th victory to take lead in NL

posted: 08/26/2009 4:19 a.m.

Adam Wainwright worked eight innings of three-hit ball to become the National League's first 15-game winner and Albert Pujols' rare hit off Wandy Rodriguez drove in the lone run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/26/2009 4:17 a.m.

HORSE RACING It's a Bird handlers contest ruling Attorneys representing the owner and trainer of disqualified Oaklawn Handicap winner It's a Bird petitioned the Pulaski County Circuit Court on Tuesday to reverse the Arkansas Racing Commission's July 29 decision.

In Iran court, top reformist admits guilt in unrest

posted: 08/26/2009 4:17 a.m.

One of Iran's most prominent pro-reform figures admitted fomenting unrest and asked for the country's forgiveness Tuesday during the mass trial of activists detained in the post-election crackdown. The defendant's party, meanwhile, claimed the confession was coerced.

Diplomats: Iran's nuke yields in rut

posted: 08/26/2009 4:14 a.m.

Diplomats say Iran's production of enriched uranium has stagnated for months, even though Tehran has continued to install machines that carry out the process.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: San Antonio still undefeated

posted: 08/26/2009 4:13 a.m.

Travis Daves and Wyatt Willis each hit a two-run home run to lead San Antonio past Chula Vista, Calif., 6-3 on Tuesday night at the Little League World Series.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Torres shuts down Drillers

posted: 08/26/2009 4:11 a.m.

Alexander Torres allowed 2 hits and struck out 8 in 6 innings as the Arkansas Travelers beat the Tulsa Drillers 6-0 on Tuesday at Drillers Stadium.

Retailer adding bill-pay service

posted: 08/26/2009 4:09 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it has introduced a new bill-paying service at its Money Centers in stores across the nation aimed at customers who pay bills in person and do not have or use traditional checking accounts.

S. Korea rocket lifts off but misses orbit

posted: 08/26/2009 4:08 a.m.

South Korea launched its first rocket Tuesday, just months after rival North Korea's launch drew international anger, but space officials said the satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit.

GM says it still wants to sell Opel

posted: 08/26/2009 4:07 a.m.

General Motors Co. made clear during a meeting with German government representatives Tuesday that it is still interested in selling the automaker's European Opel unit, a German official said.

County employee fired after $14,600 disappears

posted: 08/26/2009 4:02 a.m.

A Pulaski County employee lost her job over not properly securing $14,600 that disappeared from a locked desk drawer in a county administration building earlier this month.

'Clunkers' ends after deadline extended

posted: 08/26/2009 4:02 a.m.

Car dealers were given a few more hours to get reimbursed for their "cash for clunkers" deals after the government extended the deadline for filing applications for the $3 billion government incentives into Tuesday evening.

1st of 4 charged in rape-murders convicted

posted: 08/26/2009 4:01 a.m.

A Kentucky man was convicted Tuesday of murder in the brutal carjacking, sexual assault and murder of a young Tennessee couple who were snatched while they were on a date in 2007 in Knoxville.

Scene of church killing 'horrific,' official says

posted: 08/26/2009 4 a.m.

The crime scene inside a small Pentecostal church where a pastor was slain was the most brutal he has seen in nearly 20 years as a prosecutor, the local district attorney said Tuesday.

In recession, hotels relax focus on stars

posted: 08/26/2009 3:59 a.m.

Luxury-hotel chains, the biggest losers in the lodging industry's decline, are cutting back on amenities and losing some of their hard-won rating stars.

Investment banker, fundraiser for top Democrats is arrested

posted: 08/26/2009 3:58 a.m.

A wealthy investment banker and prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats was arrested Tuesday on charges he lied to get a $74 million business loan that - once confronted by authorities - he hastily repaid.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 08/26/2009 3:57 a.m.

Watts back on board of directors at Dillard's Little Rock-based Dillard's Inc. on Tuesday said that J.C. Watts has returned to its board of directors.

Wikipedia will try anti-vandal editors

posted: 08/26/2009 3:56 a.m.

Wikipedia, hoping to limit errors and vandals, is testing new restrictions on the editing of articles on the online encyclopedia.

In the news

posted: 08/26/2009 3:54 a.m.

Sheryl Weinstein, a New York investor who says she had an affair 16 years ago with jailed financier Bernard Madoff, said she plans to forward him a copy of her book about their relationship, Madoff's Other Secret : Love, Money, Bernie and Me.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/26/2009 3:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "It's not uncommon that hotels make the decision that it doesn't make financial sense to keep the fifth star and to instead reposition the hotel." Mark Woodworth, president of PKF Hospitality Research, talking about hotel ratings.

Names and faces

posted: 08/26/2009 3:53 a.m.

The founder of the Papa John's pizza chain has finally reunited with the muscle car he sold years ago to help keep his family's business afloat. John Schnatter sold the gold-and-black 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for $2,800 in 1983.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/26/2009 3:53 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The alarm bells on our nation's fiscal condition have now become a siren." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on reports the national deficit will rise to nearly $1.6 trillion this year.

The world in brief

posted: 08/26/2009 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There was big smoke in the sky, and there were many dead bodies." Mohammad Ismail, a vegetable seller injured in one of several blasts Tuesday that killed dozens in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks regain their upward course

posted: 08/26/2009 3:51 a.m.

A rebound in consumer confidence and more healing in the housing industry have put stocks back on an upward path.

Police-system returns worst of 5 state plans

posted: 08/26/2009 3:50 a.m.

The Arkansas State Police Retirement System posted a return of minus 23.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the worst among five Arkansas state retirement systems in its last year as a stand-alone plan.

Woman gets 8 years in prison on child-pornography counts

posted: 08/26/2009 3:50 a.m.

A Clay County woman who has struggled all her life with a rare medical condition that causes her to fluctuate between the extremes of masculinity and femininity may finally get some much-needed help in prison, her attorney said Tuesday.

School officials split on stimulus

posted: 08/26/2009 3:49 a.m.

The Little Rock School District should reserve a portion of $36 million in federal stimulus money to fund initiatives recommended in a strategic plan due out sometime this winter, leaders of the blue-ribbon planning commission crafting the plan said Tuesday.

Earnings report

posted: 08/26/2009 3:49 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Staples Inc., the nation's largest office-supply retailer, a profit of $92.4 million, or 13 cents a share, down from $150.2 million, or 21 cents a share, a year ago. Revenue rose 9 percent to $5.53. Shares fell 40 cents to close at $27.91.

Ex-secretary gets probation in church-funds theft

posted: 08/26/2009 3:48 a.m.

A former church secretary has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing $50,000 from Little Rock First Presbyterian Church after repaying the money on Friday.

HEART & SOUL: First day of school leads a list of starts

posted: 08/26/2009 3:48 a.m.

And so it begins! Last week I celebrated my 15th first day of school. Amazing to think my kids and I have done this so many times.

Murder-case accusations fly at trial over perjury

posted: 08/26/2009 3:47 a.m.

Prosecutors accused a 21-year-old Little Rock man, a childhood friend of convicted child-killer Kevin Lawrence Banks, of luring a witness in a murder case against Banks into a fatal ambush last year.

Baptizing of child results in 3 charges

posted: 08/26/2009 3:47 a.m.

A Van Buren County man accused of holding his daughter underwater so long during an outdoor baptism that she became numb is awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping, battery and endangering the welfare of a minor.

PAPER TRAILS It rained cats minus the dogs

posted: 08/26/2009 3:46 a.m.

Imagine returning home to find 16 cats - four nursing mothers and 12 kittens - spilling out from a pet carrier left in your yard.

Obituaries

posted: 08/26/2009 3:45 a.m.

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

FORCES OF NURTURE: No room for his ex's castoff possessions

posted: 08/26/2009 3:45 a.m.

One night last year, Hubs was doing the usual flipping-between baseball-games-and-cruising-other-channels thing when we stumbled across a sitcom we'd never seen.

Daily record

posted: 08/26/2009 3:43 a.m.

Births The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.

Other days

posted: 08/26/2009 3:42 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 26, 1909 An order that all gambling houses in Little Rock be closed and that they be kept closed from now on, was made yesterday morning by Mayor W. R. Duley, and will be enforced today by the Police Department.

Getting it straight

posted: 08/26/2009 3:41 a.m.

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

Night work to shift U.S. 67/167 traffic

posted: 08/26/2009 3:41 a.m.

Crews working on U.S. 67/167 between Redmond Road in Jacksonville and Arkansas 440 will shift southbound traffic overnight Thursday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Judges reject school-merger suit

posted: 08/26/2009 3:41 a.m.

Residents of the former Lake View School District - the school system that successfully challenged Arkansas' school funding system but later had to consolidate with a neighboring school district - lost a federal challenge to undo that 2004 merger.

4 more added to lottery ranks

posted: 08/26/2009 3:40 a.m.

The Arkansas lottery has hired four more employees to increase its ranks to 59 employees with lottery ticket sales scheduled to begin on Sept. 28.

Ex-lawyer's aide receives 22 years in bank holdup

posted: 08/26/2009 3:40 a.m.

Vincent Sharnee Johnson once strolled Little Rock's courthouse halls in a dapper dark suit, easily moving between the courtroom galleries reserved for spectators and the "other side of the rail" reserved for lawyers, judges and court officials.

Creature feature

posted: 08/26/2009 3:39 a.m.

Do dogs and cats have emotions? Scientists believe that animals feel emotions like fear, anger, jealousy and happiness, although there is some debate about whether animals are aware of their emotions.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/26/2009 3:37 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your instincts grow stronger this year and when you follow them, you'll find and claim treasure upon treasure.Your personal life unclutters through September as you redefine yourself. A bold career move in October will require you to invest. You'll reap the reward in March. December and May are highly romantic. Cancer and Gemini adore you.

Frugal parents skip Pull-Ups, find kids toilet-train quicker

posted: 08/26/2009 3:36 a.m.

The recession is making life a little messier for some toddlers and their parents.

PARENTING: If teen is cursing at home, he should stay at home

posted: 08/26/2009 3:35 a.m.

Q: My 16-year-old son has started using curse words in our home. What's the best way to deal with this?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/26/2009 3:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm very disillusioned, because one of the most prominent leaders in one of our local churches just got caught in adultery. Apparently he'd been involved in this for years. Why should I bother with church, if this is what Christians are like? I don't have any use for hypocrites. - D.R.

NLR police say armed man fatally shot during traffic stop

posted: 08/26/2009 3:29 a.m.

A man armed with an undisclosed weapon was fatally shot Tuesday night by North Little Rock police officers during a traffic stop, a police spokesman said.

LR teens win U.S. Pony Club honors

posted: 08/26/2009 3:28 a.m.

Three Little Rock teenagers won national honors at the U.S. Pony Club Championships in Lexington, Ky., a spokesman for the club said Friday.

FRONT BURNER: Steak Tacos are reward for a deprived husband

posted: 08/26/2009 3:28 a.m.

I recently took a solo vacation, leaving husband Joe home alone for a five-day "weekend." It wasn't the original plan. We were supposed to spend a week on the beach in Florida - first to attend a friend's wedding.

READING NOOK

posted: 08/26/2009 3:27 a.m.

If the release of the movie Julie & Julia has you wanting to know more about Julia Child's cooking, especially the basics, the recently re-released paperback edition of Julia's Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child ($14.95, Knopf) is worth checking out.

Governor's appointments

posted: 08/26/2009 3:27 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced these appointments: Toyce Newton, Crossett, to the Arkansas State Board of Education for a term expiring June 30, 2016, replacing Diane Tatum.

Ex-CEO to discuss U.S. energy outlook

posted: 08/26/2009 3:27 a.m.

Claiborne P. Deming, chairman of the Murphy Oil Executive Committee, will discuss his views on the nation's energy future at a speech Friday in Little Rock.

USDA veteran to lead Farm Service

posted: 08/26/2009 3:26 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday tapped a veteran of farming administration to head the agency's state Farm Service and Rural Development office.

Johnson weighs run for Congress

posted: 08/26/2009 3:26 a.m.

Arkansas State Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Johnson said Tuesday that things have changed since he laughed off any thought that he would run against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 08/26/2009 3:25 a.m.

The Trudeau Fuel collection is ideal for brown bag lunches. The collection includes 10- and 16-ounce thermoses (the 10-ounce is pictured here). Each thermos has a two-part lid, ideal for storing crackers for soup or other dry snacks. The widemouthed thermoses will keep hot food hot for up to 3 hours and cold food cold for up to 7 hours.

Quorum Court vote raises garbage fees outside cities

posted: 08/26/2009 3:25 a.m.

Residents in unincorporated Pulaski County will see their trash bills jump by nearly $5 per month beginning Oct. 1 after the Pulaski County Quorum Court passed a rate increase Tuesday night with no fuss in a 12-to-1 vote.

3 Wal-Marts in Fayetteville apply for beer, wine permits

posted: 08/26/2009 3:24 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has applied for permits to sell beer and wine at all three of its Fayetteville locations, and at least two officials plan to oppose the requests.

Fisherman finds body in lake; cause of man's death unknown

posted: 08/26/2009 3:24 a.m.

Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the death of a man whose body was found floating in a lake near North Little Rock but had not determined whether his death was a homicide, an accident or by natural causes.

IDEA ALLEY: An oatmeal cookie by any other name ...

posted: 08/26/2009 3:24 a.m.

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

Truck checked in vanishing of 2

posted: 08/26/2009 3:23 a.m.

Police hope the forensic examination of a pickup that sat for weeks outside a Missouri strip club will offer clues to the whereabouts of two Bentonville women.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Lunch on the go grows and so do sweet choices

posted: 08/26/2009 3:23 a.m.

Oscar Mayer recently added six varieties to its Lunchables line. The packaged combos can be found in your grocer's refrigerated section near the lunch meats, and should sell for about $3.50 each.

EDITORIALS Long and winding road

posted: 08/26/2009 3:22 a.m.

THE GRAVEL PATH winding its way around the graves isn't trod enough to keep the grass from growing among the rocks. But you can tell visitors still walk among the spirits here, for there are colorful flowers adorning the graves.

Driving class from AARP set for LR

posted: 08/26/2009 3:22 a.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will host an AARP-sponsored defensive-driving class Sept. 12 at its Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock.

Thriving on paranoia

posted: 08/26/2009 3:20 a.m.

I have a second cousin who in his bachelor days became an amateur scholar of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He had read all the foundational texts of the field, and could discuss everything from the possibility of a second shooter on the grassy knoll to the relative likelihood that Sam Giancana, Carlos the Jackal, Lyndon Johnson or all three were involved.

COLUMNISTS Dept. of Correspondence

posted: 08/26/2009 3:20 a.m.

Dear Irate, It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you, but I'm not sure whether (a) you really believe that the unions' card-check proposal doesn't threaten workers' rights to a secret ballot, or (b) you think I'm dumb enough to believe it.

Slim pickings

posted: 08/26/2009 3:20 a.m.

WHAT: Yoplait Delights Parfaits STATS: Each contains 100 calories and 1.5 fat grams.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/26/2009 3:19 a.m.

1. A majority of the solid matter in ocean water is... 2. Did John Adams, our nation's second president, serve one or two terms in that office? 3. Who wrote the poem "Barbara Fritchie" ?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/26/2009 3:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I am unsuccessful in hard-boiling eggs. Please tell me the solution.

LETTERS

posted: 08/26/2009 3:16 a.m.

New freedom surfaces at town halls Freedom of screech has been added to the First Amendment. People screeching in public meetings all over the nation are on TV daily. It's tragic that these screechers do not understand the basis of reason on which this nation was founded.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 08/26/2009 3:16 a.m.

Q. A DNA test has shown I'm the proud biological father of a 3-year-old from a short-term relationship. At our first family court session she asked me to give up my rights. She had started to date a guy, whom she married a year later, who wanted to adopt him.

Non-opinion sanctions abuse

posted: 08/26/2009 3:15 a.m.

The university that used to get my paltry little check hasn't missed it, but I sorta miss sending it. Actually, what I miss is the good feeling I got from knowing that my modest sum combined with other modest sums would make a difference to students who have the same interests I had when I went there.

Family shopper

posted: 08/26/2009 3:14 a.m.

WORK OF ART CLIPS What do they do? The art clips come with a 72-inch-long string with keyholes for easy hanging and eight clothespin holders to hold pieces in place. They come in flower, bird, heart and star motifs.

Design project to target LR's Main Street corridor

posted: 08/26/2009 3:09 a.m.

Urban designers and architects are visiting Little Rock's Main Street this week as part of a three-day design project sponsored by the Mayors' Institute on City Design.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 08/26/2009 3:07 a.m.

Night-Night, Baby! Text by A.J. Wood and Emily Hawkins graphics by Mike Jolley and Emma Dodd (Silver Dolphin Books, $12.95, ages 6-18 months) This hefty board book from the Amazing Baby series will appeal to parents who like to read to their babies, and to the babies, too.

Ted Kennedy dies at 77

updated: 08/26/2009 9:31 a.m.

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died late Tuesday night after a year-long battle with a brain tumor.

Tuesday, August 25

More on the desegregation case developments

posted: 08/25/2009 6:48 p.m.

A co-chairman of a task force on the Pulaski County desegregation lawsuit came out Tuesday in support of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's latest proposal to phase out the state's payments to the school districts.

Robinson won't serve jail time or pay fine in bankruptcy case

posted: 08/25/2009 6:22 p.m.

Former Arkansas congressman Tommy Robinson will not have to spend 60 days in jail or pay a $5,000 fine levied as part of a citation for criminal contempt of court stemming from his bankruptcy case, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Body found in lake in NLR

posted: 08/25/2009 6:01 p.m.

A body has been found in a small lake in North Little Rock.

Mom arrested while picking up child from school

posted: 08/25/2009 5:07 p.m.

Independence County authorities say a woman waiting to pick up a child at school was arrested and charged with drunken-driving and drug possession after a deputy had to wake her up as she sat behind the wheel of her car.

2 picked to lead state's agriculture agencies

posted: 08/25/2009 3:16 p.m.

The Obama administration has appointed Lawrence McCullough to serve as the USDA Rural Development state director for Arkansas and Linda Newkirk as the Farm Service Agency's state director

Missile plant still has work to do, execs assure employees

posted: 08/25/2009 3:15 p.m.

Raytheon Missile Systems executives say the future of the company's plant in East Camden appears to be assured for years to come.

White House, Congressional Budget Office project record deficits

posted: 08/25/2009 11:35 a.m.

The federal government faces exploding deficits and mounting debt over the next decade, White House and congressional budget officials projected Tuesday in competing but similar economic forecasts.

8 killed in Afghan blast caused by 5 car bombs

posted: 08/25/2009 11:32 a.m.

Afghan officials said at least eight people have been killed in a huge blast in the southern city of Kandahar caused by five car bombs strung together.

Obama breaks vacation, keeps Bernanke at Fed

posted: 08/25/2009 11:31 a.m.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he wants to keep Ben Bernanke on as Fed chairman, saying he shepherded America through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Salt blocks from the Himalayas are new cooking tool

posted: 08/25/2009 11:30 a.m.

It's a bold new concept in cooking, as reported in Wednesday's Food pages. Instead of salting your food - you "food" your salt.

Little Rock teen twin sisters make praised movies

posted: 08/25/2009 11:28 a.m.

Sarah and Emma Bailin are 15-year-old identical twin sisters who have their own movie company, Doubletroublet Productions, in Little Rock, as Ron Wolfe reports in Wednesday's Family section. They make award-winning documentaries.

South Korea launches first rocket into space

posted: 08/25/2009 6:24 a.m.

South Korea's first rocket blasted off into space Tuesday following an aborted attempt last week and just months after its rival North Korea drew international ire for its own launch.

McDaniel to talk desegregation settlement with lawmakers

posted: 08/25/2009 6:18 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is talking with lawmakers about his proposal to phase out the roughly $60 million a year the state gives in desegregation funding to three school districts.

Shooting suspect claims self defense

posted: 08/25/2009 6:16 a.m.

The man arrested after the shooting death of a Cabot man near Mayflower is claiming self defense.

New trial date set for Barrett

posted: 08/25/2009 6:01 a.m.

Jury selection is now set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Roger Dale Barrett's capital-murder case.

Beaver Shores man suspected of other fires

posted: 08/25/2009 5:53 a.m.

A man accused of setting fire to a home in the Beaver Shores area on Friday is a suspect in three other suspicious fires.

Baehler pleads not guilty

posted: 08/25/2009 5:52 a.m.

A Rogers man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and making her smoke methamphetamine.

Sounding Off : Colt Moorman Senior QB/defensive back

posted: 08/25/2009 5:42 a.m.

Colt Moorman is sounding off.

Gravette Lions

posted: 08/25/2009 5:34 a.m.

Profiling the Gravette Lions.

One man killed in weekend accident

posted: 08/25/2009 5:06 a.m.

A Stilwell, Okla., man died Sunday evening following a one-vehicle accident in southwest Washington County.

District receives $68K to help out homeless

posted: 08/25/2009 4:47 a.m.

Federal stimulus dollars will provide the Fayetteville School District with a $68,000 McKinney-Vento subgrant to aid homeless students.

Policy group gives Fayetteville schools an A

posted: 08/25/2009 4:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Policy Foundation gave the Fayetteville School District an A grade during its recent evaluation of Arkansas school districts, making it one of nine schools in the state to receive the ranking.

Shiloh stomp: Saints' offense, defense rough up Fayetteville in preseason scrimmage

posted: 08/25/2009 4:39 a.m.

While the scoreboard registered goose eggs for both squads, it wasn't hard to discern the winner.

Fright tactics by CIA spur criminal probe

posted: 08/25/2009 4:38 a.m.

The Obama administration disclosed new cases of purported abuse in the CIA's interrogation program, issuing a report Monday that describes prisoners being choked to the point of passing out and threatened with harm to their immediate families.

Afghan official claims clear win for Karzai

posted: 08/25/2009 4:37 a.m.

An Afghan Cabinet minister said Monday that President Hamid Karzai won Thursday's presidential election with an overwhelming majority of 68 percent. If confirmed, such a result would eliminate the need for a runoff election in October between Karzai and his top challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, but could raise questions about the vote's credibility.

New Shiite bloc dumps al-Maliki politically

posted: 08/25/2009 4:36 a.m.

The Iranian-backed Shiite parties that helped propel Iraq's prime minister into power three years ago dumped him Monday as their candidate for re-election, forming a new alliance to contest the January vote.

N.J. town to Gadhafi: Stay away

posted: 08/25/2009 4:35 a.m.

When Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi comes to the United Nations next month, he wants to pitch his special air-conditioned tent on a lawn in New Jersey, a proposal that has angered neighbors and added insult to injury in a state that lost 33 residents in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Malawi kids absorb nicotine

posted: 08/25/2009 4:32 a.m.

Children picking tobacco in the fields of Malawi for consumers far beyond the African country's borders are being poisoned as they absorb up to two cigarette packs' worth of nicotine each day

3 California wildfires declared contained

posted: 08/25/2009 4:31 a.m.

Firefighters have surrounded three wildfires that have been burning throughout California for weeks.

Do-it-yourself meth making sidesteps pill law

posted: 08/25/2009 4:30 a.m.

This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a 2-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile reaction produces one of the world's most addictive drugs.

Report sees flu hitting U.S. hard

posted: 08/25/2009 4:28 a.m.

White House advisers project that swine flu will sicken up to half the U.S. population, hospitalize up to 1.8 million patients and potentially cause as many as 90,000 deaths this year, more than twice the number killed in a typical seasonal flu.

Pastor found slain in Oklahoma church

posted: 08/25/2009 4:28 a.m.

A pastor who came alone to a small church in southwest Oklahoma every Sunday in hope that someone would join her to pray was found slain inside the weathered building, police said Monday, but who would want to kill her was a mystery.

Maine spectators ignored wave warnings, rangers say

posted: 08/25/2009 4:27 a.m.

Rangers at Acadia National Park insisted Monday that they had done all they could to warn visitors before beauty suddenly turned brutal, launching a hurricane-generated wave over a group of gawkers, dragging three into the roiling Atlantic and killing a 7-year-old girl.

FDA probing bad livers, use of weight pill

posted: 08/25/2009 4:26 a.m.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of liver damage in patients taking alli, the only nonprescription weight-loss drug approved by the agency.

Scot defends bomber's release

posted: 08/25/2009 4:25 a.m.

Scotland's justice minister Monday defended his much-criticized decision to free the Lockerbie bomber, as the U.S. State Department said that though it disagreed "passionately," the move would not affect relations between America and Britain.

Oklahoma paper still publishing after blaze

posted: 08/25/2009 4:24 a.m.

A weekend fire that destroyed the building that housed The Anadarko Daily News didn't stop the newspaper from publishing on Monday.

Athens fire recedes; others rage

posted: 08/25/2009 4:23 a.m.

A huge wildfire that destroyed homes and forests receded Monday as a multinational airborne effort beat back flames that at one point threatened Athens' northern suburbs and raged near the ancient battleground at Marathon.

Afghans to seek postelection reconciliation with 'ten-dollar Taliban'

posted: 08/25/2009 4:21 a.m.

Once the national elections are behind them, local Afghan leaders will step up efforts to reconcile with mid level Taliban in the extremists' southern Helmand province stronghold, a key provincial official said Monday.

Bernanke to be reappointed

posted: 08/25/2009 4:20 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, who led the biggest expansion of the central bank's power in its 95-year history to battle the worst economic slump since the 1930s, will be nominated to a second term by President Barack Obama, said David Axelrod, Obama's senior adviser.

French divorce law: Text messages proof

posted: 08/25/2009 4:20 a.m.

Unfaithful spouses in France beware: Passionate text messages sent to mistresses and lovers can now be used as evidence against you in a divorce.

In the news

posted: 08/25/2009 4:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama started his first vacation in office by playing tennis with first lady Michelle Obama and golf with his buddies on Martha's Vineyard, also vacation spot for former Presidents Bill Clinton and Ulysses S. Grant.

Names and faces

posted: 08/25/2009 4:18 a.m.

A spokesman for Alec Baldwin said the actor has no plans to challenge Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2012 election. Matthew Hiltzik said Monday that Baldwin does not plan to move to Connecticut or to run against the independent senator.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/25/2009 4:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Gadhafi is a dangerous dictator whose hands are covered with the blood of Americans and our allies." Rep. Steve Rothman, objecting to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pitching a tent on a Libyan-owned estate in New Jersey Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 08/25/2009 4:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The danger of the fires flaring up again is not yet over." Greek Fire Brigade spokesman Yiannis Kappakis on blazes that threatened Athens' suburbs but receded Monday Article, this page

LR airport's passenger traffic falls 9.62% in '09; some relief at Highfill

posted: 08/25/2009 4:14 a.m.

The number of passengers departing and arriving from the state's largest airport has declined nearly 10 percent this year through July, but airport revenue hasn't dropped at the same pace because of increased fees for parking and landings and a leaner budget.

Lottery hires 13 new workers, most marketers

posted: 08/25/2009 4:12 a.m.

The Arkansas lottery has hired 13 more employees, including a former head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a son of a former state lawmaker.

LR districts aim to keep past design elements

posted: 08/25/2009 4:06 a.m.

Developers will be blocked from replacing older buildings in the River Market District with taller structures under proposed changes to the downtown district's design guidelines.

Electric sign vote delayed in council

posted: 08/25/2009 4 a.m.

Mayor Patrick Hays dropped a proposal Monday to legislate behavior along North Little Rock public right-of-ways because he said it had become too divisive an issue.

Explosion injures 2 at Forrest City plant

posted: 08/25/2009 3:59 a.m.

A butane tank exploded Monday morning at a recycling center, sending two employees to a Memphis hospital with burns, officials said.

Overturned twice, death sentence upheld in '89 murder

posted: 08/25/2009 3:58 a.m.

Bruce Earl Ward, who is on death row for the Aug. 11, 1989, rape and murder of a clerk at a Little Rock gas station and convenience store, got no relief from his death sentence Monday from a federal appeals court. Rebecca Lynn Doss, 18, was strangled in the men's restroom of the Jackpot store at North Rodney Parham Road and Old Forge Drive in Little Rock as she worked the night shift alone.

Offender gets 2 years for not registering

posted: 08/25/2009 3:57 a.m.

A man who lived on property owned by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Fort Smith airs care-bill doubt

posted: 08/25/2009 3:56 a.m.

Other aspects of America's health-care system should be fixed before lawmakers try to put a new and expensive system in place, panelists told residents attending a town hall meeting Monday on health care.

SWEET TEA: Willpower key, says ex-smoker

posted: 08/25/2009 3:55 a.m.

The last sentence of Herbert Bruhn's recent letter to the editor stopped me cold.

Other days

posted: 08/25/2009 3:53 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 25, 1909 The demand of the city that the Iron Mountain railroad take over and keep in repair its portion of the West Third street viaduct has been conveyed to the attorneys and officers of the railroad by City Attorney W.B. Brooks, following an order from Mayor Duley that the railroad be notified to repair the viaduct.

Obituaries

posted: 08/25/2009 3:53 a.m.

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

Firm OKs $1,350 for inmate who claimed medical neglect

posted: 08/25/2009 3:52 a.m.

The company that provides medical care to Arkansas prison inmates has agreed to pay $1,350 to a convicted murderer who said he waited years to be prescribed glasses, have a mole removed and have an operation on his shoulder.

Police beat

posted: 08/25/2009 3:52 a.m.

4 LR gas stations robbed over 3 days Four Little Rock gas stations were robbed over a span of three days, and police believe the same robber was involved in at least two of the heists.

Lawyer: Alamo's rights violated

posted: 08/25/2009 3:50 a.m.

An attorney claimed in a court filing Monday that evangelist Tony Alamo's religious freedoms were violated when he stood trial on child sexual abuse charges last month.

Teacher free, charged with sexual assault

posted: 08/25/2009 3:49 a.m.

A media specialist in the Beebe School District is free on $20,000 bond after being charged over allegations that she had sex with a student, a prosecutor said Monday.

Daily record

posted: 08/25/2009 3:49 a.m.

Marriage Licenses, Divorces.

Cool weekend sets record NLR lows

posted: 08/25/2009 3:47 a.m.

Thanks to cold air blowing in from the north, the temperature in North Little Rock fell to record lows on Sunday and Monday, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said Monday.

Harding set to host 2nd President Bush

posted: 08/25/2009 3:47 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to speak at Harding University on April 22, 2010, as part of the school's lecture series.

Board grants parole early to 599 inmates

posted: 08/25/2009 3:46 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Corrections invoked a law Monday allowing 599 inmates to be released from prison up to 90 days early.

Arts Center gives annual report

posted: 08/25/2009 3:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center acquired 109 works during the 2008-09 fiscal year, including 66 drawings, five paintings and 31 works of contemporary craft, the center's board of trustees learned Monday.

All the president's zombies

posted: 08/25/2009 3:44 a.m.

The debate over the "public option" in health care has been dismaying in many ways. Perhaps the most depressing aspect for progressives, however, has been the extent to which opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction-in Congress, if not with the broader public-simply by repeating, over and over again, that the public option would be, horrors, a government program.

Invitation to abuse

posted: 08/25/2009 3:44 a.m.

". . . tell truth and shame the devil." -Hotspur to the boastful Glendower in Henry IV, Part 1 AS ANY LAW student knows, or will soon find out, the way a legal question is asked can determine the answer.

Food for the soul

posted: 08/25/2009 3:43 a.m.

On a summer visit back to the farm here where I grew up, I think I figured out the central problem with modern industrial agriculture. It's not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste, and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all.

LETTERS

posted: 08/25/2009 3:37 a.m.

Or should that be clinicking?

A champion comes home

posted: 08/25/2009 3:36 a.m.

Stacy Lewis says she's happiest as a player on the LPGA tour when she's either giving to others or thinking her way around a blur of fairways and greens.

Super Six Countdown: Year of the Dragons

posted: 08/25/2009 3:31 a.m.

Junction City's program has reached the point that levels of success aren't measured by winning seasons or playoff appearances.

Keopple's ride at SAU might include bumps

posted: 08/25/2009 3:29 a.m.

First in a series profiling Gulf South Conference football teams in Arkansas. Bill Keopple appears to be a nice man in a tough situation.

Sogard's slam sinks Travelers

posted: 08/25/2009 3:28 a.m.

San Antonio Missions second baseman Eric Sogard can now say he's hit a rare home run off Arkansas Travelers lefthander Trevor Reckling.

Arkansas Football: Petrino bothered by red zone woes

posted: 08/25/2009 3:26 a.m.

Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and the rest of Arkansas' quarterbacks might be in for extra running between now and the start of the season.

Off the wire

posted: 08/25/2009 3:24 a.m.

GOLF Woods wins skins game Tiger Woods won the second annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge on Monday, surging past inaugural winner Camilo Villegas in the closing holes at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, N.Y.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/25/2009 3:23 a.m.

Young's arm is no match for old man Jean-Jacques Taylor, a columnist with The Dallas Morning News, says it's difficult watching former University of Texas star Vince Young as a quarterback these days.

September could get boxing off canvas

posted: 08/25/2009 3:21 a.m.

If the American prizefighting industry is to shed its doldrums anytime soon, September looks fairly promising.

LIKE IT IS: Full-time dad fine role for Tuberville for now

posted: 08/25/2009 3:20 a.m.

Monday was the kickoff for the Little Rock Touchdown Club, and Tommy Tuberville returned it for a touchdown.

Cowboys return to site of collapse

posted: 08/25/2009 3:20 a.m.

A screened chain-link field separates the cleared-out spot where the Dallas Cowboys' indoor facility used to be from two resodded and reconfigured outdoor practice fields.

NFL notes

posted: 08/25/2009 3:20 a.m.

DOLPHINS-CHIEFS Two linemen traded DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins traded offensive linemen Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice. Ndukwe started 15 games at right guard for Miami last season after an injury to Donald Thomas.

NFL EXHIBITION: Tough start for Jets' QB

posted: 08/25/2009 3:19 a.m.

Rookie Mark Sanchez, vying to become the New York Jets' starting quarterback, got off to a wretched start and finished with a flourish in a 24-23 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Ex-Hog Lee wins eighth consecutive, fifth with Phillies

posted: 08/25/2009 3:17 a.m.

Cliff Lee's pitching. Ryan Howard's power. The Philadelphia Phillies appear to have the pieces in place for another World Series run.

Notes

posted: 08/25/2009 3:16 a.m.

ROYALS Pitching change made The Kansas City Royals have cut left-handed pitcher Ron Mahay and promoted right-hander Yasuhiko Yabuta from the minors. The Royals designated Mahay for assignment Monday. He was 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 41 games.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Georgia team remains unbeaten

posted: 08/25/2009 3:13 a.m.

Warner Robins, Ga., scored the tying and go-ahead runs Monday on a passed ball and a wild pitch to stay unbeaten and edge Mercer Island, Wash., 3-2 at the Little League World Series.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/25/2009 3:11 a.m.

QB Stegall walks on at Mississippi State Former Greenwood High School quarterback Daniel Stegall, who spent four years in the New York Mets organization before being released this summer, will walk on as a quarterback at Mississippi State, according to The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Germantown shooting guard wowed by Walton Arena

posted: 08/25/2009 3:10 a.m.

Germantown, Tenn., shooting guard Austin Hollins is high on Arkansas' wish list, and he is also high on the Hogs after an unofficial visit to Fayetteville a few weeks ago.

SEC notes

posted: 08/25/2009 3:09 a.m.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier suspended starting defensive end Clifton Geathers on Monday following his Sunday morning arrest by Columbia police for fighting outside a nightclub. Geathers was charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police spokesman Brick Lewis said.

Hogs' offensive line fine in 2nd scrimmage

posted: 08/25/2009 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas' offensive line didn't open big holes for the running game in the second scrimmage of camp, but that wasn't the case in scrimmage No. 3 on Saturday. "I think our offensive line is getting better," Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said.

ARKANSAS STATE: Carrington anchors ASU line

posted: 08/25/2009 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas State's defensive line came into fall practice as one of the Red Wolves' strengths.

Petrino praises Wingo, says RBs learning

posted: 08/25/2009 3:05 a.m.

Arkansas freshman tailback Ronnie Wingo had trouble powering through defensive tackle Zach Stadther and safety Tramain Thomas on a couple of goal-line runs in Saturday's scrimmage, but he is showing plenty of reasons to play him this season.

U.S. extends deadline for clunkers' paperwork

posted: 08/25/2009 3:01 a.m.

The Transportation Department extended the deadline Monday for auto dealers to submit their "cash for clunkers" deals, giving them more time to make sure they get repaid under the popular $3 billion government rebate program.

China premier says recovery tenuous

posted: 08/25/2009 3 a.m.

China's top economic official warned that the country faces new problems and said Beijing will stick to its stimulus because the recovery lacks a solid foundation, according to comments reported Monday.

Irish firm buying P&G drug business

posted: 08/25/2009 2:59 a.m.

Shares of Ireland's Warner Chilcott Plc skyrocketed Monday on news of its bid to morph from a small, specialty pharmaceutical company to a global player by buying Procter & Gamble Co.'s prescription drug business for $3.1 billion.

Theme-park complex stalls in Dubai

posted: 08/25/2009 2:58 a.m.

Walk through the grand arched entrance of Universal Studios' Dubai theme park, and you step into... wind-swept desert.

Reader's Digest firm files for bankruptcy

posted: 08/25/2009 2:56 a.m.

Reader's Digest Association Inc., publisher of the iconic general interest magazine that began gracing American homes in 1922, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as it faces debt payments and falling circulation.

Purchase of lab set to save 50 jobs

posted: 08/25/2009 2:52 a.m.

About 50 jobs would remain in Redfield under a proposed acquisition of a drug-testing lab that had been scheduled to close, which would have eliminated 120 positions.

Cattle study targets disease that kills high-altitude stock

posted: 08/25/2009 2:51 a.m.

More than 100 young Angus and Hereford bulls are on a working vacation at 8,700 feet above sea level in northern New Mexico, chomping on lush, high-meadow grass, helping researchers and ranchers get a handle on a disease that causes 75,000 cattle deaths each year across the West.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 08/25/2009 2:50 a.m.

Acxiom announces 2 new board members Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. on Monday announced it has selected two new board members, Jerry D. Gramaglia and Clark Kokich.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/25/2009 2:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "What Dubai thought they'd done was create this everlasting growth market. ... The world was booming.Whatever crazy idea you came up with, people said 'Yeah, I'll buy it.'" David Camp, director at ERA Aecom, a consulting firm Article, 1D

Remove Street View images, Swiss government tells Google

posted: 08/25/2009 2:49 a.m.

A Swiss government official is demanding that Google Inc. immediately take off the Internet any "Street View" images of Switzerland, and the company said Monday that it would work to resolve problems with the privacy-rights regulator.

MARKET REPORT Stocks pull back from earlier highs

posted: 08/25/2009 2:48 a.m.

Investors slowed their hectic buying of stocks Monday, leaving the major indexes little changed after a four-day advance.

Germany expects GM-Opel talks this week

posted: 08/25/2009 2:47 a.m.

The German government anticipates a visit this week from a General Motors Co. executive as Berlin pushes for a quick decision on the European Opel unit's future, an official said Monday.

Making mummies

posted: 08/25/2009 2:45 a.m.

"Ankh-en-orange-en" is a dry subject - the name of a withered doll that helps teach about Egyptian mummies.

WHAT'S IN A DAME: Shopper can't always want what she gets

posted: 08/25/2009 2:42 a.m.

The date was entered in my calendar and etched in my mind.

Third Puzzle Day set at Clinton School

posted: 08/25/2009 2:41 a.m.

Arkansas Puzzle Day, Saturday, will be a challenge to make rows of words add up to a triumph - and get the numbers to spell out f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d !

DRESSING ROOM: Ruffles and plaids, hats and scarves are in for fall

posted: 08/25/2009 2:37 a.m.

From big-shoulder silhouettes and ruffles to neon pink and other shiny colors, "the fall fashion scene is lively and luscious," says Little Rock-area fashion maven Rita Mitchell Harvey. "But is the American consumer going to cast away her newfound frugality and take a bite of the temptation?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/25/2009 2:36 a.m.

Happy birthday.You won't take "no" for an answer. You find a way to do the undoable and attain the unattainable. January amps up your physical strength and endurance. With great self-discipline, you'll accomplish both short- and long-term goals. In February, you'll be inspired to give your heart and will receive one in return. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you.

THE TV COLUMN: Donny Osmond, Mya to put on their Dancing shoes

posted: 08/25/2009 2:33 a.m.

A reader in Monticello who claims to be ''inordinately obsessed '' with Dancing With the Stars made me pinky swear to put this information in the paper as soon as I found out.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Judging levels of dependence

posted: 08/25/2009 2:32 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I suspect that I am dependent on my boyfriend to an unhealthy degree. We live together and spend most of our free time together. I have a reasonable amount of good, close friends, but most of them live in other parts of the country.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/25/2009 2:30 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm an old man now, and I'm haunted by all the bad things I've done and the knowledge that it's too late to make up for them. I wish I could go to heaven when I die, but now I know I won't. I don't know why I'm writing you, but maybe someone will read this and take a different path. - Z.M.

Eclectic concert set at arts co-op

posted: 08/25/2009 2:26 a.m.

The SoMa String Quartet - Mike Burkepile and Charlotte Crosmer, violin; Joe Joyner, viola; and Casey Buck, cello - and an eclectic lineup of musicians will put on a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock.

Singer from Poyen hits Billboard list

posted: 08/25/2009 2:25 a.m.

Poyen's Justin Moore, who released his first album Aug. 11, debuted on Billboard magazine's Top 200 this week at No. 10. Justin Moore (Valory) debuted at No. 3 on the magazine's Country Albums charts. His single "Small Town USA" is No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs list.

Concert to toast KABF milestone

posted: 08/25/2009 2:24 a.m.

Public radio station KABFFM, 88.3, will mark its 25th anniversary with a concert, featuring Unseen Eye, G-Funk, Family Dog, Afrodesia and Tim Anthony at 8 p.m. today at Juanita's, 1300 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $5. Call (501) 225-1323.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/25/2009 2:23 a.m.

1. Hong Kong is at the mouth of what river in China? 2. What U.S. city is named after Revolutionary War Gen. Anthony Wayne? 3. The word "myriad" means any indefinite large number, but originally it meant how many? 4. Of what country is Amman the capital?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/25/2009 2:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Cell phones generally put contacts in alphabetical order. If you put "ICE" (in case of emergency) before a name, put a space in front of the "I," which brings this contact to the top of the list and makes it easier to locate.

ARTBEAT: UALR faculty works, plus Egypt exhibit, talks on schedule

posted: 08/25/2009 2:15 a.m.

There are many reasons to be happy that the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's art faculty has two showcases for their work.

Monday, August 24

AP source: Fed's Bernanke picked for second term

posted: 08/24/2009 8:49 p.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, widely credited with taking aggressive action to avert an economic catastrophe after the financial meltdown last fall, will be nominated by President Barack Obama for a second term, The Associated Press learned Monday night.

Jury awards punitive damages to smoker's daughter

posted: 08/24/2009 6:59 p.m.

A jury has decided that cigarette maker Philip Morris USA should pay $13.8 million in punitive damages to the daughter of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.

Major exhibit on Egypt heads to Ark. Arts Center

posted: 08/24/2009 2:47 p.m.

The opening of the "World of the Pharaohs" exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center is a month away.

Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Abuse Allegations

posted: 08/24/2009 1:48 p.m.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move.

George W. Bush to speak at Harding

posted: 08/24/2009 1:44 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to speak at Harding University next spring as part of the school's lecture series.

Court: Delaware sports betting would violate ban

posted: 08/24/2009 1 p.m.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a plan to offer sports betting in Delaware would violate a federal ban.

Department of Justice unit wants CIA abuse cases reopened

posted: 08/24/2009 11:45 a.m.

The Justice Department's ethics office has recommended that Attorney General Eric Holder reopen and pursue several CIA prisoner-abuse cases, a government official said Monday.

'Cash for clunkers' program heads into final day

posted: 08/24/2009 11:44 a.m.

It was a race to the finish for dealers and customers alike as the government's "cash for clunkers" program headed into its final lap Monday.

Shiite groups announce new alliance minus Iraqi prime minister

posted: 08/24/2009 11:42 a.m.

Major Iranian-backed Shiite groups announced a new alliance Monday but excluded the Iraqi prime minister. The move puts pressure on Nouri al-Maliki to strike a deal with Sunni parties if he hopes to keep his job after January's parliamentary elections.

Making mummies at the Arkansas Arts Center

posted: 08/24/2009 11:41 a.m.

"Ankh-en-orange-en" is a dry subject - the name of a withered doll that helps teach about Egyptian mummies, writes Ron Wolfe in Tuesday's Style section.

Fired Fort Smith officer gave names of undercover officers

posted: 08/24/2009 8:15 a.m.

Fort Smith police documents say a probationary officer was fired for giving out the names and descriptions of undercover officers and confidential informants.

St. Vincent webcasts knee-replacement surgery

posted: 08/24/2009 7:18 a.m.

Internet users will be able to view knee-replacement surgery on the World Wide Web.

Decision nears on Wal-Mart near Va. battlefield

posted: 08/24/2009 7:14 a.m.

Wal-Mart should know this week if it can build a Supercenter near a Civil War battlefield in Virginia.

Arkansas Arts Center to announce Egypt exhibit details

posted: 08/24/2009 6:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center says artifacts from 3,000 years of Egyptian history will be coming to the institution next month.

Man shot near Mayflower identified

posted: 08/24/2009 6:04 a.m.

Faulkner County authorities say the man shot to death near Mayflower was 37-year-old Sean Michael Engle of the Cabot area.

Obamas begin Martha's Vineyard vacation

posted: 08/24/2009 5:27 a.m.

President Barack Obama and his family began a weeklong vacation on this Massachusetts island with a message to the reporters who have crowded the New England villages: Chill out and don't expect much.

Dress rehearsal : FHS, Shiloh Christian vie for last word before both squads begin regular season

posted: 08/24/2009 5:16 a.m.

Fayetteville had its way with Class 4A Shiloh Christian in a preseason scrimmage in 2008. The Purple Dogs forced six turnovers (five in the first half ) and the first-teamers entered the break up 34-13. The second half featured a blend of reserves and then starters playing alternate positions en route to a 37-16 final.

Allen, Frazier wage a friendly QB rivalry

posted: 08/24/2009 5:13 a.m.

While Fayetteville and Shiloh Christian may have an evolving feud in 7-on-7, there also exists a quarterback rivalry between Fayetteville junior Brandon Allen and this year's Top Gun Quarterback Challenge winner, Shiloh junior Kiehl Frazier.

Can't miss this Pioneer : Gentry follows mohawked senior's lead

posted: 08/24/2009 4:33 a.m.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories previewing the high school football teams in Benton County.

Sounding Off : Eathen Ramsey Junior linebacker

posted: 08/24/2009 4:31 a.m.

Q & A with Gentry's Eathen Ramsey.

Gentry Pioneers

posted: 08/24/2009 4:30 a.m.

Profile of the Gentry Pioneers.

Siren to be placed near Decatur school

posted: 08/24/2009 4:06 a.m.

Work to install one of three donated tornado sirens near Northside Elementary School here is underway.

Technology news in brief

posted: 08/24/2009 3:59 a.m.

Palm OKs sale of developers' programs Palm Inc. will let developers start selling applications for its Pre phone through the company's online store in mid-September, stepping up competition with Apple Inc.'s App Store.

Once flashy PB theaters on market

posted: 08/24/2009 2:16 a.m.

Posters promoting an annual film festival, an old advertisement for 25-cent balcony seating and three rolls of old, dusty tickets are among the signs that the old Community Theater in downtown Pine Bluff isn't quite dead yet.

Arkadelphia to try hybrid police fleet

posted: 08/24/2009 2:15 a.m.

When a thief in a stolen hybrid car smoked lawmen in Crown Victorias during a highspeed chase through Clark County earlier this year, Arkadelphia Police Chief Al Harris was impressed.

Police beat Police: Man shot in leg outside NLR house

posted: 08/24/2009 2:12 a.m.

A man was shot in the leg outside a North Little Rock house on Sunday evening, police said.

Victim identified in fatal shooting

posted: 08/24/2009 2:11 a.m.

A man shot to death early Saturday morning was identified as a 37-year-old resident of the Cabot area, Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore said Sunday.

Board, town seek consensus on high school

posted: 08/24/2009 2:10 a.m.

It's historic by Eureka Springs standards, but nobody is raising a ruckus about the possible demolition of the city's 58-year-old high school.

Afghan vote outcome up in air

posted: 08/24/2009 2:10 a.m.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said fraud in the nation's Aug. 20 election has been widespread enough to alter its outcome.

Bill's fury pulls Maine spectators into ocean

updated: 08/24/2009 4:53 a.m.

A large wave fueled by Hurricane Bill swept a group of surf-watchers into the sea at a Maine park Sunday, including a 7-year-old girl who died after the Coast Guard pulled her from the churning waters.

Vic Snyder on the ropes

posted: 08/24/2009 2:09 a.m.

The notion that Congressman Vic Snyder might need to be replaced is tinged with poignancy, although also a bit liberating.

Battery-aided bikes finding niche

posted: 08/24/2009 2:09 a.m.

Chie Igawa is part of a trend that's transforming Japan's roads. The 36-year-old Tokyo housewife zips her kids around on a battery-boosted bicycle without breaking a sweat or having to worry about traffic rules.

SOLHEIM CUP: Seismic shift for stars, stripes

posted: 08/24/2009 2:09 a.m.

The scoreboards around Rich Harvest Farms were awash in European blue, and the holes were beginning to dwindle.

LETTERS

posted: 08/24/2009 2:09 a.m.

As a registered dietitian, I want to point out inaccuracies of Susan Levin's commentary, "Reform starts in the lunchroom." Cheese is a nutritious part of healthy school lunches that provides growing children a great source of calcium and high-quality protein.

Sony aims for boost with system price cut

posted: 08/24/2009 2:07 a.m.

Sony Corp. slashed the price of the Play-Station 3 around the world in a move that analysts said is likely to increase sales of the game console while not adding much to its money-losing earnings.

And this not so little piggy . . .

posted: 08/24/2009 2:07 a.m.

Everybody knows about Wilburette, the suave 800-pounder who managed to escape the slaughter house when a tractor-trailer rig carrying 90 porcine beauties overturned off an interstate, leaving hogs scattered everywhere. Miss Wilburette was found sometime later cooling off in at a swimming pool.

Others say The other Clinton's trip

posted: 08/24/2009 2:06 a.m.

If the only headlines you've heard out of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Africa were that she was overshadowed by her husband's North Korean trip and that she snapped at a reporter who seemed to be asking her about the former president, then you missed the real story.

Missions' pitching cools off Travelers

posted: 08/24/2009 2:06 a.m.

The killer instinct the Arkansas Travelers had finally been showing over the past two weeks abandoned them Sunday.

More than miles separating us

posted: 08/24/2009 2:05 a.m.

Our story so far: Last year, Barack Obama was elected president, the first American of African heritage ever to reach that office. If this was regarded as a new beginning by most Americans, it was regarded apocalyptically by others who promptly proceeded to lose both their minds and any pretense of enlightenment.

A crying shame

posted: 08/24/2009 2:05 a.m.

THERE'S A reason the media have approval ratings just below congressmen and just above jailed congressmen. But where to put officials with the outfit known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation? Somewhere in the General Embarrassment range?

Hide the First Amendment!

posted: 08/24/2009 2:04 a.m.

I'm still trying to get my head around the idea that a public school can ban a student from wearing a T-shirt with the First Amendment printed on the back.

Obituaries

posted: 08/24/2009 2:04 a.m.

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

Court to rule if dog is ' vicious'

posted: 08/24/2009 2:03 a.m.

Fayetteville Animal Shelter staff considered Rudy one of the shelter's most well-behaved dogs before he was adopted by a Springdale family now fighting to keep him.

Weekend crashes kill 4 Arkansans

posted: 08/24/2009 2:03 a.m.

Four people were killed in motor vehicle accidents on Saturday and Sunday in Stone, Randolph, Madison and Conway counties, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Other days

posted: 08/24/2009 2:02 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO August 24, 1909 LUXORA - The public school term at Luxora, Mississippi county, will begin Monday. Mississippi county being one of the 30 counties to which the compulsory education law enacted by the recent legislature applies, the directors of the district have announced their intention to have the law enforced to the letter.

Lawmen to look at regional cash-for-tips program

posted: 08/24/2009 2:01 a.m.

Criminals cross the jurisdictional boundaries all the time. So do the tips that law-enforcement agencies get about those criminals.

Hogs break camp full of confidence

posted: 08/24/2009 2:01 a.m.

There is no empirical evidence to say Arkansas will be a vastly improved football team in 2009.

State to consider appeal of permit

posted: 08/24/2009 2 a.m.

A state commission will consider Friday whether to hear a late appeal of a permit issued earlier this year to Prairie County Land Farm, LLC, a facility that stores water discarded during natural gas drilling.

Clean finish good for Martin, Busch

posted: 08/24/2009 2 a.m.

Mark Martin has never been a dirty racer.

LR airport awaits direct D.C. flights

posted: 08/24/2009 1:59 a.m.

The deal is in the works to land the state's largest airport a nonstop flight to and from the heart of the nation's capital.

NLR act lengthens electronic sign ban

posted: 08/24/2009 1:59 a.m.

Bright and constantly changing electronic signs meant to grab a passer-by's attention in North Little Rock also distract drivers and are a nuisance to others, according to a committee of city aldermen.

PAPER TRAILS: Teen crush centered on a Mad Man

posted: 08/24/2009 1:58 a.m.

I became a fan of AMC's new hit drama Mad Men early in the second season, before I even realized I knew someone on the show.

Pakistan Taliban threaten amid leadership confusion

posted: 08/24/2009 1:57 a.m.

Pakistani Taliban fighters are committed to helping the fight in Afghanistan and consider President Barack Obama their "No. 1 enemy," a top commander said Sunday amid uncertainty about whether a new leader has been appointed to head the movement.

National League: Unassisted triple play secures Philly victory

posted: 08/24/2009 1:56 a.m.

It happened so fast, Eric Bruntlett needed a few moments before he realized he had just ended a game with an unassisted triple play.

Social Security payouts likely to shrink for many

posted: 08/24/2009 1:55 a.m.

Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next year, the first time in a generation that payments would not rise.

Off the wire

posted: 08/24/2009 1:55 a.m.

ATHLETICS U.S. earns 3 more gold Americans LaShawn Merritt, Kerron Clement, Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards each won a second title at the world championships in the 1,600-meter relays Sunday in Berlin.

Fugitive reality-TV star found dead

posted: 08/24/2009 1:54 a.m.

Canadian police said fugitive murder suspect and reality-show contestant Ryan Jenkins was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in a motel in British Columbia.

The world in brief

posted: 08/24/2009 1:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The key is whether this is an indicator of future sectarian violence." Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S.

Tens of thousands flee Greek wildfires

posted: 08/24/2009 1:53 a.m.

A partial drop in gale-force winds early today offered hard-pressed Greek firefighters a brief respite after wildfires raged for two days north of Athens, burning houses and parts of forests while forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.

Iraqi suspect says $10,000 got bombs past checkpoints

posted: 08/24/2009 1:52 a.m.

Attackers paid $10,000 to get a bomb-laden truck past checkpoints and next to the Iraqi Finance Ministry in last week's attacks, one of the suspected masterminds said in a confession broadcast Sunday.

End of 'clunkers' program drives car sales

posted: 08/24/2009 1:52 a.m.

From Vermont to California, exhausted but appreciative car dealers watched their lots grow empty as crowds rushed to trade in gas guzzlers during the final weekend of the popular "cash for clunkers" program.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/24/2009 1:51 a.m.

Vandy coach pays to play Down Under Vanderbilt men's basketball Coach Kevin Stallings was a little shy when asked about his latest trip with the Commodores - at least about how it was funded.

COMMENTARY: World should be in awe of more than Bolt

posted: 08/24/2009 1:51 a.m.

The mayor of Berlin gave Usain Bolt a piece of political history Sunday for the Jamaican sprinter's contribution to sports history at the 12th World Track & Field Championships.

The nation in brief

posted: 08/24/2009 1:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There's no reason we have to do it all now, but we do have to get started." Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., on overhauling the U.S. health-care system Article, 1A

Names and faces

posted: 08/24/2009 1:50 a.m.

Jack Ingram better be in a chatty mood come Tuesday.

NFL notes

posted: 08/24/2009 1:48 a.m.

EAGLES Coordinator: Vick looks good Michael Vick showed no signs of rust during the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Sunday, throwing tight spirals with plenty of velocity.

Hopes fade for 2-party care bill

posted: 08/24/2009 1:47 a.m.

Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday that President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are considering "alternatives" to a bipartisan healthcare bill amid continuing opposition from Republicans.

Commanders seek more troops for war

posted: 08/24/2009 1:46 a.m.

Allied military commanders in Afghanistan have told a senior U.S. envoy that they need more troops to deal with an intensifying insurgency in the country's east, raising the possibility that the Obama administration may refocus the war on the lawless border with Pakistan.

In the news

posted: 08/24/2009 1:45 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance since having the cast removed from his broken right wrist at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Cutler gives boost to Bears with exhibition of his skill

posted: 08/24/2009 1:45 a.m.

Jay Cutler gave a glimpse of why he was a Pro Bowl quarterback last season and how he can help transform the Chicago Bears' offense.

Flu vaccine campaign has challenges, snags

posted: 08/24/2009 1:44 a.m.

Government health officials are mobilizing to launch a swine-flu vaccination campaign this fall that is unprecedented in its scope - and in the potential for complications.

Lawyer told to retrieve all copies of e-mails

posted: 08/24/2009 1:44 a.m.

The Houston Nutt-Mitch Mustain flap hasn't gone away yet. In the latest turn of events, Fort Smith attorney Eddie Christian Jr., has been ordered to retrieve e-mails he obtained and then sent to others in connection with a lawsuit filed in 2007 against John White, who at the time was the University of Arkansas chancellor.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Smoltz strikes out 9, allows 3 hits in Cardinals debut

posted: 08/24/2009 1:43 a.m.

John Smoltz cleared his mind of all the bad things that happened to him in Boston, fixed his delivery and had a brilliant debut with the St. Louis Cardinals.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/24/2009 1:42 a.m.

Former Auburn and Ole Miss Coach Tommy Tuberville will be the guest speaker at today's Little Rock Touchdown Club kickoff luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel in west Little Rock.

Antitrust audit is next hurdle for Web pact

posted: 08/24/2009 1:41 a.m.

Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. hope that by joining forces, they can tilt the balance of power in Internet search away from Google Inc. First, however, Yahoo and Microsoft have to convince regulators that their plan won't hurt online advertisers and consumers.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Moore wins Wyndham in playoff

posted: 08/24/2009 1:41 a.m.

Ryan Moore won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to beat Kevin Stadler on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship.

High-end hotels going for high-tech amenities

posted: 08/24/2009 1:38 a.m.

When Elliot Aleskow recently checked into the Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif., the Maryland doctor got a room with what seemed to be typical hotel amenities: A bed, a flat-screen TV, curtains, an alarm clock, lamps and a remote control.

ON COMPUTERS: Hey StudyBlue - can we borrow your chem notes?

posted: 08/24/2009 1:35 a.m.

In a recurring nightmare, we're still in college. But we're late for class, have lost all our notes, haven't paid attention for months and are about to flunk out. Then we wake up and remember that we aren't in college anymore and already have degrees.

MySpace looks to grow with music application

posted: 08/24/2009 1:34 a.m.

Social networking hub MySpace said last week it is acquiring iLike, a popular music application on rival Facebook, in the first move by new management to expand after a series of drastic cuts and writedowns.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 08/24/2009 1:33 a.m.

ALEXANDER Anita C. Singleton, 8013 Greenland Drive, Aug. 13, Chapter 13. Jennifer Caroline Boccarossa, 13716 Carrington Place, Aug. 13, Chapter 7. Mary A. Denton, P.O. Box 182, Aug. 19, Chapter 13.

Study rethinks list of 'don'ts' after breast cancer surgery

posted: 08/24/2009 1:32 a.m.

After a woman has surgery for breast cancer, she is typically given a long list of don'ts. Don't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, including your child. Don't carry a heavy purse or grocery bags. Don't scrub, push, pull or hammer.

NEW WORKOUTS

posted: 08/24/2009 1:31 a.m.

Walk at Home: Walk Your Belly Flat, Anchor Bay Entertainment, 53 minutes, DVD, $14.95. Available at Amazon.com, www.walkathome.com and other retailers.

No tools necessary

posted: 08/24/2009 1:30 a.m.

Stopwatch. Check. Whistle. Check. Authoritative stance. Check. An ungodly early morning hour. Sweat. Sore muscles.

Towels are history, but togas are back

posted: 08/24/2009 1:30 a.m.

"Our main goal," says Zoni Stein - businessman, inventor, visionary - "is to put the towel of today into the Metropolitan Museum. Because we just made that towel history." History, as in: antique. Vestigial. Obsolete. "Eventually, you'll go into someone's house and say, 'You have a towel?'" Instead of what Stein thinks they should have, which is a Wearable Towel: The Towel With Arm Openings.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/24/2009 1:30 a.m.

Happy birthday.You contribute to the lives of others in such a positive way that they will be moved to celebrate you until you can't take the attention anymore! The exchange of knowledge leads to a breakthrough in business in November. December and January bring romantic distractions that feed back into the main road of your goals. Cancer and Leo adore you.

Marathon training, with a virtual coach

posted: 08/24/2009 1:29 a.m.

Runner's World magazine has a new online training service for marathoners.

Life lines

posted: 08/24/2009 1:29 a.m.

Name that leader Here's your chance to shine a spotlight on that inspirational fitness-supporting buddy you admire for being so very fit or... building a trail, teaching children to jump-rope, volunteering at every race... rewarding employees who exercise... providing a bicycle rack... or whatever.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 08/24/2009 1:28 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've never read the Bible very much, but recently I started reading it again and I was puzzled by something. When Jesus healed people, why did He tell some of them to keep quiet about it and not tell anyone? I'd think He'd want people to know, so more would come hear Him. - L.W.

Check your knowledge

posted: 08/24/2009 1:26 a.m.

1.Who wrote the novel The Rainmaker? 2. Does high blood pressure increase the risk of kidney failure? 3. Identify the "Sagebrush State." 4. Name any one of the three secretaries of the treasury during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

MASTER CLASS: For fresh moves, you can switch to cable

posted: 08/24/2009 1:26 a.m.

Over the years, I've used the cable machine to exercise nearly every muscle group in the human body. This outstanding piece of exercise equipment can be adjusted and manipulated to apply resistance to movement patterns that simply wouldn't be possible otherwise.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 08/24/2009 1:25 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: It is much easier and safer, if you are drinking coffee (or another beverage) while driving, to put a plastic straw into the hole in the sipper-mug lid. With the straw in place, you can get to the last drop without lifting the mug in front of your face - a no-no if you are driving. - Beverlee Schiff, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Wii Fit and its rivals have place in fitness

posted: 08/24/2009 1:24 a.m.

Spurred by the success of Nintendo's Wii Fit, video games are suddenly more and more about fitness.

ON TV CONTEST: Let old Christine visit Two and a Half Men

posted: 08/24/2009 1:24 a.m.

Why should TV characters be confined to one series on one network all the time? Isn't it fun when things get mixed up?

THIS WEEK

posted: 08/24/2009 1:13 a.m.

Monday Bella Vista Bike Club rides at 8 a.m. Call (479) 366-0063.

Sunday, August 23

Police: Reality TV star found dead

posted: 08/23/2009 8:48 p.m.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canadian police say fugitive murder suspect Ryan Jenkins has been found dead of an apparent suicide in a motel in British Columbia.

Trading White House for Martha's Vineyard rental

posted: 08/23/2009 7:57 p.m.

The first family settled in Sunday for their vacation on Martha's Vineyard not long after Hurricane Bill scampered away, leaving behind big waves and heavy rip currents for the Obamas.

Hurricane wave sweeps Maine spectators out to sea

posted: 08/23/2009 5:26 p.m.

A rogue wave from Hurricane Bill swept spectators out to sea at a Maine park Sunday as the storm-churned surf attracted onlookers and daredevils along the Eastern Seaboard.

Man killed near Mayflower, suspect arrested

posted: 08/23/2009 2:38 p.m.

Faulkner County authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man near Mayflower.

Thousands evacuated as fires reach Athens suburbs

posted: 08/23/2009 12:58 p.m.

A raging fire bore down on Athens' northern suburbs Sunday, prompting panicked residents to battle the flames with tree limbs and buckets, and police to order 10,000 people to evacuate one town immediately.

QUITMAN BULLDOGS New system, new coach

posted: 08/23/2009 8:08 a.m.

Last season, Quitman's main goal was to win a game. It was the school's first year to play as a varsity football team, and they achieved their goal, finishing out the season 1-9. This year, the goal has been set a bit higher.

POCAHONTAS REDSKINS: 'We plan on being competitive'

posted: 08/23/2009 8:07 a.m.

Coming off its worst season in 12 years, Pocahontas will rely this season on its younger players. With only two returning starters, including quarterback Matt Sullivan, the task may seem difficult to bounce back, but head coach Dave Williams is remaining optimistic.

SCHOOL SPIRIT Stepping up

posted: 08/23/2009 8:04 a.m.

Football is a team sport. Not just on the field, but off the field during practice times and all those moments leading up to the games. It takes a roster of active parents and volunteers contributing toward their team's goal.

JACKSONVILLE RED DEVILS: Not looking back

posted: 08/23/2009 8:04 a.m.

The Jacksonville Red Devils rebounded from an abysmal 2007 season that saw them win just three games to a 6-6 record and a trip to the playoffs last year.

FEATURED PLAYER: Workin' hard ' humble

posted: 08/23/2009 8:03 a.m.

It didn't matter that it was in Heber Springs, where the air up there is just a little cooler than down in the valley.

HEBER SPRINGS PANTHERS: Jekyll and Hyde

posted: 08/23/2009 8:02 a.m.

Some teams can point to one thing or one moment that changes its season for the better or sometimes for the worse. For Heber Springs, it was a halftime speech that turned an abysmal record and a big halftime deficit into an inspiring comeback and a seven-game winning streak.

NORTH PULASKI FALCONS: Hope springs eternal

posted: 08/23/2009 8:02 a.m.

2 following Falcons 009 Since is a and clean arriving a one new slate -win head in for season May coach the, North Russell in Rick 2008 Pulaski Russell, in.

CEDAR RIDGE TIMBERWOLVES Looking for win No. 1

posted: 08/23/2009 8:01 a.m.

In 2008, Cedar Ridge played its first year of varsity football, skipping the usual transition year in junior varsity in which some schools choose to participate. The young squad finished 0-9, but head coach Todd Lovell said the 2009 Timberwolves will be a much stronger team.

HIGHLAND REBELS Primed for a comeback

posted: 08/23/2009 8 a.m.

Attempting to move to a Spread offense, the Highland Rebels struggled in their 2008 season, going 0-10. This season, however, head coach Clay Wiggins said his squad would return to primarily running the ball.

CABOT PANTHERS: Steeped in experience

posted: 08/23/2009 8 a.m.

To compete at the highest level in Arkansas high school football, a program needs to be able to rely on experienced upperclassmen. The 2009 Cabot Panthers will have the benefit of 23 returning seniors, 12 of whom received significant playing time last season.

CAVE CITY CAVEMEN: Building toward success

posted: 08/23/2009 7:59 a.m.

Jon Bradley started the varsity program at Cave City in 2006 and although - like any new team - they struggled their first season, going 1-9, they bounced back in 2007 with a 6-5 year that resulted in a trip to the playoffs.

SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE SOUTHERNERS Heavy on experience

posted: 08/23/2009 7:58 a.m.

Entering his fourth year as head coach of the Southside Batesville Southerners, Jon Johnston returns seven offensive starters and five defensive starters from a 2-8 team.

SALEM GREYHOUNDS Hopes set high

posted: 08/23/2009 7:58 a.m.

Experience, speed and size are the key ingredients Salem High School is relying on in 2009 to improve on its 1-9 finish a year ago.

THREE RIVERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Two of a kind, only different

posted: 08/23/2009 7:58 a.m.

Anyone who's watched a Mike Malham-coached team in the last 30 years knows his squads are almost always dened by the sum being greater than its individual parts.

BATESVILLE PIONEERS: Out with the old

posted: 08/23/2009 7:57 a.m.

The Batesville Pioneers started the season strong, winning their first eight games, but struggled at the end of the season, dropping their final two of three.

HOXIE MUSTANGS

posted: 08/23/2009 7:55 a.m.

HOXIE MUSTANGS

ROSE BUD RAMBLERS: In need of some stops

posted: 08/23/2009 7:55 a.m.

The great experiment known as the Rose Bud football program is in its fourth year, and things could be looking up. Second-year head coach Steve Rose has implemented his Spread offense, and the experiment could get very interesting.

BEEBE BADGERS: Staying the course

posted: 08/23/2009 7:54 a.m.

After winning eight and nine games, respectively, in head coach John Shannon's first two seasons, the Beebe Badgers hope to continue to improve that win total and build on a rare playoff success in 2009.

AUGUSTA RED DEVILS: Ready to get off the roller coaster

posted: 08/23/2009 7:54 a.m.

It was a roller coaster season for the Augusta Red Devils in 2008, with the mid-season lows of losing four games in a row to finishing with a three-game winning streak and pushing their way into the playoffs.

RIVERVIEW RAIDERS: Eyes on the prize

posted: 08/23/2009 7:53 a.m.

For a first-year football program, success is usually measured in progress made toward just being competitive rather than wins and losses. Winning just one game can be a big accomplishment. By those standards, one could say the Riverview Raiders were one of the most successful programs in the state in 2008.

MCCRORY JAGUARS: Loaded with talent

posted: 08/23/2009 7:53 a.m.

The McCrory football program enjoyed a complete turnaround last season under first-year coach Gary Moody. After winning just one game in 2007, the Jaguars went 7-4 last season and earned their first playoff berth in 11 seasons.

NEWPORT GREYHOUNDS: Ready to get over the hump

posted: 08/23/2009 7:53 a.m.

The Newport Greyhounds' 2008 season ended two points away from a spot in the Class 4A state championship game. The Greyhounds were defeated 24-23 in overtime by Pine Bluff Dollarway, ending the season at 10-4 and one game short of their first state championship game since winning the Class AAA title in 1991.

ALL-AREA PRESEASON TEAM ◊ree Rivers all-area team

posted: 08/23/2009 7:52 a.m.

OFFENSE QB - Wes McMullen, Heber Springs McMullen is the head of an offensive juggernaut at Heber Springs. He threw for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and will be expected to keep defenses from stacking the box. RB - Braylon Mitchell, Heber Springs Mitchell's a freight train looking for defensive backs to punish for daring to get in his way.

BALD KNOB BULLDOGS | Ready to move on

posted: 08/23/2009 7:51 a.m.

The Bald Knob Bulldogs ended last year thinking about what could have been. After starting their conference schedule with four consecutive losses, the Bulldogs recovered to win their final three games and squeak into the playoffs to face a Newport team that had drubbed them 55-26 earlier in the regular season.

MOUNTAIN VIEW YELLOWJACKETS: 'Everyone is behind us'

posted: 08/23/2009 7:51 a.m.

The phrase "nowhere to go but up" has been used at Mountain View for a while now, and in the case of the last two football seasons, it couldn't have been more true. The Yellowjackets are winless in their last 20 games, and they have only prevailed four times in the past four years.

WALNUT RIDGE BOBCATS Oh so close

posted: 08/23/2009 7:50 a.m.

Walnut Ridge's 2008 campaign can be summed up in two games: a game against Mc-Crory on Sept. 26 and a game against Marked Tree on Oct. 10.

HARDING ACADEMY WILDCATS: Always near the top

posted: 08/23/2009 7:49 a.m.

In his first year at the helm of the Harding Academy Wildcats, head coach Roddy Mote led the team to a 10-2 record and another trip to the playoffs.

CONWAY: A whole different look

posted: 08/23/2009 7:49 a.m.

Fans of the Conway Wampus Cats will see a lot of changes this fall when their team takes the field. The most notable change will be at the head coaching position, where Clint Ashcraft has taken over for longtime head coach Kenny Smith.

CONWAY CHRISTIAN | On the rise

posted: 08/23/2009 7:48 a.m.

Last season the Conway Christian Eagles became one of the few teams to qualify for the playoffs in their first year as a member of the Arkansas Activities Association with a 4-7 record.

VILONIA: Hoping to stay healthy

posted: 08/23/2009 7:47 a.m.

Vilonia coach Jim Stanley understands one thing about his football team this year - they will have to grow up quickly in the tough 5A West Conference.

MAYFLOWER: Looking for contributions

posted: 08/23/2009 7:46 a.m.

Last season the Mayflower Eagles stormed through the regular season en route to a 10-2 record and advanced to the third round of the playoffs before dropping a close game to the eventual state champions.

SEARCY LIONS: New coach, new hope

posted: 08/23/2009 7:45 a.m.

Tim Harper's 2008 football team was the Des Arc Eagles, a team that finished runner-up in 2A. Harper's new team is the Searcy Lions, a program that has won a total of three games in four years.. "I love a challenge," the Lions' new head coach told the Three Rivers Edition when he accepted the Searcy coaching position in January.

OAK GROVE Time to strike is now

posted: 08/23/2009 7:44 a.m.

Sometimes adaptation is the name of the game. An explosive backfield and a swagger-inducing 4-0 start heralded a strong year for the Oak Grove Hornets in 2008. But after running back Brandon Hudson broke his leg, it started a roller coaster: a three-game skid against three very good teams, some beating of round pegs into square holes and then a three-game winning streak snapped by a first-round playoff loss to Warren.

GREENBRIER Still building

posted: 08/23/2009 7:44 a.m.

Greenbrier head coach Randy Tribble's return to high school football was not a memorable one, as the Panthers averaged just 14.6 points per game while giving up 35.2 points per game en route to a 1-9 record in 2008.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS CHRISTIAN: Team building, year by year

posted: 08/23/2009 7:43 a.m.

In their first season under head coach Tommy Shoemaker, the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs posted a 6-5 record and advanced to the playoffs once again.

PERRYVILLE: High expectations

posted: 08/23/2009 7:42 a.m.

In his first year as head coach at Perryville, James Clayton led his team to something the Mustangs had never achieved - a conference championship. Granted, the team had to share the title, but it was still a feat any first-year coach would love. The team went 8-2-1 and made it to the second round of the playoffs.

TWO RIVERS: Trying to hold on

posted: 08/23/2009 7:41 a.m.

Since the consolidation of Ola-Plainview, the newly named Two Rivers Gators have had their ups and downs. Last season, the team managed to reach the playoffs only to lose in the first round to Cross County.

BIGELOW: Young and hungry

posted: 08/23/2009 7:41 a.m.

Amid high expectations and despite a new defensive system, a senior-heavy Bigelow Panthers squad recorded a perfect record in the 2A-5 conference and only two losses all season last year, including a low-scoring firstround defeat to Carlisle in the playoffs.

DANVILLE: High expectations

posted: 08/23/2009 7:41 a.m.

The Danville Little Johns suffered an early exit from the playoffs last season at the hands of Hazen, but Coach D.J. Crane is excited about the upcoming season thanks to the addition of a solid sophomore class that was undefeated last year in junior high.

DARDANELLE Something to prove

posted: 08/23/2009 7:39 a.m.

Between untested kids and players moving positions, there are a lot of question marks for the Dardanelle Sand Lizards going into the 2009 campaign.

WESTERN YELL Hoping to stay fresh

posted: 08/23/2009 7:38 a.m.

When it came to describing the expectations of the 2009 season, Western Yell County head coach Phil Collins put it frankly: "We are in a tough situation we are trying to make better." The Wolverines are coming off an 0-10 season that featured a lack of depth and strength at the linemen positions on both offense and defense. Although the situation is not much better this season, Collins is focused on progressing the program at Western Yell County.

DOVER Lots of talent back

posted: 08/23/2009 7:35 a.m.

Returning several starters from last year's team, the Dover Pirates are hoping that experience will translate into a trip to the state playoffs in 2009.

POTTSVILLE Numbers game

posted: 08/23/2009 7:35 a.m.

There will be strength in numbers at Pottsville this season.

ATKINS: Anybody's guess

posted: 08/23/2009 7:34 a.m.

After losing nine offensive starters from last year's state playoff team, the Atkins Red Devils are picked in preseason polls to finish anywhere from second to sixth in the 4-3 A Conference. Coach Charlie Sorrels understands that wide variety in opinions.

RUSSELLVILLE: Time to win is now

posted: 08/23/2009 7:33 a.m.

After losing in the semifinals of the state playoffs during the past two seasons, Russellville Cyclone coach Jeff Holt is ready to reach the elusive championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. A state title is an attainable goal for the Cyclones this year, with a senior-dominated roster and an offense potentially more potent than last year's squad, Holt said.

RIVER VALLEY AND OZARK PLAYER TO WATCH: Workin' hard stayin' humble

posted: 08/23/2009 7:33 a.m.

BREAKING DOWN BRAYLON MITCHELL,784 number of yards last year 20 touchdowns 2 jersey number 11 number of Mitchell's siblings 6-2 Mitchell's height 225 Mitchell's weight It didn't matter that it was in Heber Springs, where the air up there is just a little cooler than down in the valley.

MORRILTON: It all comes down to the end

posted: 08/23/2009 7:32 a.m.

With talent to compete and experience taking hard knocks, Morrilton head coach Buddy Greeson expects to see a lot of improvement from his team this year.

CLINTON | This year could be the year

posted: 08/23/2009 7:31 a.m.

A move from the 4-4 A to the 2-4 last year left the Clinton Yellow Jackets with the same results, disappointing 4-6 overall record and only two conference wins, not a strong enough resume for a playoff berth.

QUITMAN: Bigger and better things

posted: 08/23/2009 7:30 a.m.

Last season, Quitman's main goal was to win a game. It was the school's first year to play as a varsity football team, and they achieved their goal, finishing out the season 1-9. This year, the goal has been set a bit higher.

ALL-AREA PRESEASON TEAM

posted: 08/23/2009 7:29 a.m.

OFFENSE QB - Jordan Dycus, Mayower His 29 touchdown passes to only seven interceptions last season paced the Eagles.

TEAM SPIRIT Stepping up

posted: 08/23/2009 7:29 a.m.

Football is a team sport. Not just on the eld, but othe eld during practice times and all those moments leading up to the games. It takes a roster of active parents and volunteers contributing toward their team's goal. And just like how dierent styles of coaching bring out the best in players, there are also dierent ways organizations and individuals take part in keeping team morale high.

HEBER SPRINGS Jekyll and Hyde

posted: 08/23/2009 7:28 a.m.

Some teams can point to one thing or one moment that changes its season for the better or sometimes for the worse. For Heber Springs, it was a halftime speech that turned an abysmal record and a big halftime deficit into an inspiring comeback and a seven-game winning streak.

Intimidation, fraud said rife in Afghan vote

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Reports of fraud and intimidation in Afghanistan's presidential election continued to mount Saturday, with anecdotal but widespread accounts of ballot box stuffing, a lack of impartiality among election workers and voters casting ballots for others.

Prospectors seek the payoff winds in Arkansas hills

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Bristie Cure is a wind prospector, one of a handful of explorers who visit Arkansas with wind maps in hand searching for profitable ridgelines and abundant open space.

James Larry Yale

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Just minutes from downtown Rogers, the road dips down into a valley, revealing an idyllic landscape of trees, fields, mountains and water. This serene spot, near a northwest finger of Beaver Lake, is where James Yale lives and creates.

Hurricane weakens as it nears U.S.

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward Saturday, churning up rough seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers up and down the eastern seaboard, including President Barack Obama's planned vacation spot, Martha's Vineyard.

Tough 'Ombres march into history

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Sgt. 1st Class Andy Knote took the flag tucked tightly in its canvas casing from his sergeant major Saturday and slowly walked through a cloud of smoke toward Camp Pike's historic gate in North Little Rock.

Insurers exploring savings of overseas health care

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Elizabeth Kunz left her dentist's office this spring with a mouth full of problems and no way to pay for them.

The scoop on ice cream

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

In Stanley Kubrick's marvelously mad movie classic, Dr. Strangelove, Sterling Hayden's delusional Gen. Jack D. Ripper sincerely believes that part of the Communist Cold War conspiracy against America involves fluoridation.

Bridge still uncrossed for Clinton Foundation

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

As the Clinton Presidential Center plans to celebrate its fifth year, it still has one big, rusty job left to do: Build a 21st-century bridge to North Little Rock.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP Busch stays alive in race for Chase

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Kyle Busch saved his season Saturday night by winning a side-by-side sprint to the finish against Mark Martin at Bristol Motor Speedway.

ARKANSAS FOOTBALL: Plays aplenty on sunny Saturday

posted: 08/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

Coach Bobby Petrino ambled to the podium after Arkansas' 190-play, nearly three-hour scrimmage Saturday and turned amateur comedian.

'I want to be the first '

posted: 08/23/2009 6 a.m.

Russellville has been known for its great quarterbacks this decade.

Health-care battle thrusts Ross into leadership role

posted: 08/23/2009 5:07 a.m.

Mike Ross, the self-described conservative Democrat who represents south Arkansas' vast 4th District, has emerged as a national leader on the health-care debate that roils Congress' summer recess.

State's fund to help soldiers untapped

posted: 08/23/2009 5:02 a.m.

Act 1028 became law in 2005 with little fanfare, just words on paper carrying good intentions in the wake of the largest wartime deployment of state troops since World War II.

'Outraged' by bomber's release, says FBI chief

posted: 08/23/2009 5 a.m.

FBI Director Robert Mueller sharply criticized Scotland's justice minister for releasing the Lockerbie bomber, an act that "gives comfort to terrorists" all over the world.

E.T.'s or hoax, crop circles draw visitors

posted: 08/23/2009 4:57 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce paused last year to give special thanks to an uncommon type of visitor who doesn't come around much but makes each visit count.

Hitting bottle risky for boomers

posted: 08/23/2009 4:55 a.m.

The early baby boomers are known as the generation of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But it turns out, they're hitting the bottle pretty hard as they age, as well. And that portends significant alcohol-related health problems ahead as those midlifers become senior citizens.

War re-enactors begin taking on Vietnam

posted: 08/23/2009 4:54 a.m.

The dirt paths that lead to Alpha Company's field headquarters are lined with overgrown grass and weeds. A canvas tent is protected by machine guns, sandbags and Army-green storage boxes. And lurking somewhere outside is the enemy: the Viet Cong.

Jackson inquiry leads to raid of pharmacy

posted: 08/23/2009 4:53 a.m.

Federal drug agents raided a Beverly Hills pharmacy Friday as part of the investigation into Michael Jackson's death.

Preserve's rare find fires up flower fans

posted: 08/23/2009 4:52 a.m.

Joe Fehrer, manager of Nassawango Nature Preserve on Maryland's Eastern Shore, has set the rules: No photos of the horizon or any landscape feature that might identify this place. No naming the back road that leads to this site.

Daschle has ear of White House, health industry in overhaul

posted: 08/23/2009 4:51 a.m.

Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes, called President Barack Obama in his study off the Oval Office to withdraw his nomination as health secretary and czar of the health system's overhaul.

'Distortions' dominate health-care debate, Obama says

posted: 08/23/2009 4:51 a.m.

President Barack Obama said debate over revamping the U.S. health-care system is being dominated by "willful misrepresentations and outright distortions." Obama, after leaving Washington to start a week-long vacation, used his weekly address on the radio and Internet to urge Americans to "rise above our differences" to fix a costly and ineffective health-insurance system.

Judge's ruling frees ex-terrorism suspect

posted: 08/23/2009 4:50 a.m.

A federal immigration judge on Friday reached the same conclusion as the jury that acquitted Youssef Megahed on terrorism-related charges in April: The government did not prove its case.

U.S. gives Red Cross detainee IDs

posted: 08/23/2009 4:50 a.m.

In a reversal of Pentagon policy, the military for the first time is notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross of the identities of militants who were being held in secret at a camp in Iraq and another in Afghanistan run by U.S. Special Operations forces, according to three military officials.

Prison in Kentucky set afire during riot

posted: 08/23/2009 4:49 a.m.

Rioting inmates set fire to trash cans and other items inside a central Kentucky prison, and damage to some buildings was so extensive that officials were busing many of the facility's 1,200 prisoners elsewhere, police said Saturday.

2 die in plane crash near football field

posted: 08/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

Officials say two people were killed when a biplane crashed near a football scrimmage at an Ohio high school.

Detainee's attorneys get OK to quiz 9/11 plotter

posted: 08/23/2009 4:47 a.m.

A federal judge has ordered the government to allow attorneys for a detainee challenging his confinement at Guantanamo Bay to submit questions about his case to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Date farmers scramble to fill orders for early Ramadan

posted: 08/23/2009 4:46 a.m.

In June, the calls to Dennis Jensen's Riverside County date farm in Southern California began to pick up. By July, he said, the calls took on a more urgent nature: "Send me some dates; save me!"

Iraq fears security forces aided bombings

posted: 08/23/2009 4:45 a.m.

The suicide bombers who blew up explosives-laden trucks outside government buildings in Baghdad may have been aided by members of Iraq's security forces, the foreign minister said Saturday, even as the government insisted Iraqi forces could still protect the nation.

N. Korean envoys meet South leader

posted: 08/23/2009 4:45 a.m.

A high-level North Korean delegation conveyed a message from leader Kim Jong Il to the South Korean president during a rare meeting today in the latest sign of warming ties on the tense Korean peninsula.

German professors targeted in Ph.D. bribery probe

posted: 08/23/2009 4:44 a.m.

Prosecutors are investigating about 100 professors across Germany on suspicion they took bribes to help students get their doctoral degrees, authorities said Saturday.

Hit by recession, scammers work harder on cons

posted: 08/23/2009 4:44 a.m.

Online swindling takes dedication even in the best of times, the scammer said earnestly.

Haitians ditching disabled kids

posted: 08/23/2009 4:42 a.m.

Her frail body lies almost motionless inside a rusted metal crib. Her diaper is soiled, but she doesn't cry. At 9 months old, she weighs just 5 pounds.

Wildfires imperil towns, villages in Greece

posted: 08/23/2009 4:40 a.m.

Dozens of wildfires broke out across Greece, torching olive groves, cutting off villages and sending residents fleeing Saturday as one of the largest blazes swept perilously close to the capital's northern suburbs.

Militants surrender weapons in Nigerian oil region

posted: 08/23/2009 4:39 a.m.

A top militant leader and 1,000 fighters surrendered to the Nigerian government Saturday, turning in their weapons in the biggest hand-over since an amnesty began three weeks ago, but other fighters said attacks in the oil-rich Delta region will resume next month regardless.

Pakistani Taliban council picks new chief

posted: 08/23/2009 4:39 a.m.

The Pakistani Taliban have appointed a new chief, militants said Saturday, selecting a top commander known for his ruthless efficiency in staging attacks, including a major hotel bombing and a deadly assault against the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Capitol lighting switch aimed at efficiency

posted: 08/23/2009 4:38 a.m.

How many lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb?

Craft down in Iraq; 5 U.S. civilians die

posted: 08/23/2009 4:35 a.m.

A U.S. security company helicopter crashed Tuesday as it flew over a dangerous Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad where insurgents and Iraqi security troops fought a prolonged gunbattle.

Students' financial-aid appeals skyrocket

posted: 08/23/2009 4:35 a.m.

College students are appealing financial aid decisions this summer in unprecedented numbers, an outpouring of need that underscores how layoffs and pay cuts have battered household budgets in the past year.

In the news

posted: 08/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

President Barack Obama will visit China for the first time in November, said the new American ambassador in that country, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Quinn settles into family-friendly job

posted: 08/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

The football landscape is a little different these days for Steve Quinn, who is coaching in high school for the first time since 1992.

Singer reports threat over concert in Cuba

posted: 08/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

Cuba is condemning threats made against Colombian pop singer Juanes, who plans to stage a "Peace Without Borders" concert next month in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution.

Names and faces

posted: 08/23/2009 4:33 a.m.

The latest act in a nine-year battle involving Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, and a high-end contractor played out before the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday. The case revolves around the couple's sprawling Sun Valley-area home, built by Storey Construction starting in 2000. Hanks and Wilson say the company's shoddy workmanship left them out more than $2 million.

'People person' helps 'littles' achieve success

posted: 08/23/2009 4:33 a.m.

What do the University of Arkansas Dancing Razorback, a property management supervisor and the general manager of LeafGuard of Arkansas have in common ?

The nation in brief

posted: 08/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Where, I ask, is the justice?" FBI Director Robert Mueller, ending a letter sharply criticizing Scotland's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber on grounds of compassion.

TV news shows

posted: 08/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows: ABC's This Week - Sen. John Mc-Cain, R-Ariz. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC's Meet the Press - Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Karl Eikenberry, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

The world in brief

posted: 08/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We don't fight for money, we fight for development." Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a top militant leader in Nigeria, who along with 1,000 fighters surrendered to the government.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE Their friendship survived childhood, his tan, a spat

posted: 08/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

At just 10 years old, Kathy Bryant was captivated by the boy she saw sprawled on the living room floor with a book when she and her father stopped by to see his family.

Social calendar

posted: 08/23/2009 4:31 a.m.

August 27 Toast & Roast, 6 p.m. Peabody Little Rock hotel, a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.

Social eyes In Little Rock fashion

posted: 08/23/2009 4:31 a.m.

The Statehouse Convention Center was the setting Aug. 15 for the Little Rock Fashion Week Couture Show, the culmination of the firstever event.

Report: 9 schools in state get an F

posted: 08/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

Seventeen Arkansas school districts received an A while nine others scored F's in a new study by the Arkansas Policy Foundation.

LIFELONG HEALTH For health-care reform, right treatment needed

posted: 08/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

With each passing day the goals of health-care reform seem to become harder to understand. As someone who has spent my life delivering handson, in-the-trenches care to thousands of older adults, I am convinced of one thing: We must improve health care or face dire consequences.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 180 Arts Center volunteers treated to dinner at gallery

posted: 08/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center saluted more than 180 volunteers for their service during an appreciation dinner Monday at the center's main gallery.

Sculpture event stalls LR rock project

posted: 08/23/2009 4:29 a.m.

When work began last year on the plaza dedicated to the rock that gave the capital city its name, the project was targeted for completion by May 2009, but plans change.

WELCOME STUDENTS UALR law school function gets students, families on same page

posted: 08/23/2009 4:29 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law welcomed students and their families during a reception Aug. 16 at the school's downtown campus.

Anniversaries

posted: 08/23/2009 4:29 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hyland will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family on an Arkansas River dinner cruise. The couple were married Aug. 28, 1949. Mrs. Hyland, the former Betty Mullen, is a retired teacher.

Weddings

posted: 08/23/2009 4:28 a.m.

Lazarre-Dean Nuptial vows were exchanged by Ellen Kimberly Dean and Brandon Robert Lazarre on Aug. 15 at Park Hill Baptist Church. The Revs. Ken Shaddock and Mark Lacy officiated.

Swine flu prevention key at state colleges

posted: 08/23/2009 4:28 a.m.

Arkansas' largest universities are among schools across the country preparing for the possibility of significant numbers of swine flu cases as students return to campus.

DEAR ABBY Cell phone photo a good way to have current ID of child

posted: 08/23/2009 4:27 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I have an idea that may prove useful to parents. I have worked in law enforcement for more than 18 years, including as a state police dispatcher. There are often stories in the media of children lost or abducted in the blink of an eye.

Engagements

posted: 08/23/2009 4:27 a.m.

Katherine Elizabeth Carlisle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joplin Riley Carlisle of Harrison, and Bradford Russell Spain, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Spain of Fort Smith; Oct. 17.

Hole in drug coverage catches some by surprise

posted: 08/23/2009 4:27 a.m.

An estimated 98,000 older Arkansans reach a gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage each year during which they must pay the full cost of their medications out of pocket.

Education notebook

posted: 08/23/2009 4:26 a.m.

Ouachita Baptist University dedicated its new $26 million housing complex last week.

Unidentified body discovered in river

posted: 08/23/2009 4:25 a.m.

Pope County authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered in the Arkansas River near Sweden Island Park.

Bridal policy

posted: 08/23/2009 4:25 a.m.

ENGAGEMENTS - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper.

Stealth gardeners fight blight at night

posted: 08/23/2009 4:24 a.m.

They work at night, at some of the less attractive spots. They work quickly. And they're not afraid to get their hands dirty.

SWEET TEA In the end, it's family, belonging

posted: 08/23/2009 4:24 a.m.

Before Janet Owens-Heath took her first breath of the Colorado air, years before she would understand that she needed the touch of a family, she already was without one.

Beloved clothes get another life

posted: 08/23/2009 4:23 a.m.

Fashion accidents happens. That pair of pants you love gets a stain that can't be coaxed out. Your favorite skirt gets a rip. A new shirt goes into the washer, instead of the dry cleaning bag. We grieve and move on.

Obituaries

posted: 08/23/2009 4:23 a.m.

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

Teachers learn a lot, sneak a peek at tours

posted: 08/23/2009 4:22 a.m.

The Clinton Presidential Center and Heifer International honored more than 200 teachers Aug. 11 with a reception and tours of both facilities.

WEDDINGS DENISE ALEXANDRA DILLARD CRAIG ANDREW LUCIE

posted: 08/23/2009 4:21 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Denise Alexandra Dillard and Craig Andrew Lucie at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. Daniel D. McKee officiated.

Wearing waist-defining belt is a cinch

posted: 08/23/2009 4:20 a.m.

There are buttery soft handbags I lust after, and beautifully detailed heels I can only dream of cramming my oversize feet into.

CATHERINE LORRAINE ODOM FRANCIS EHREN HARTZ

posted: 08/23/2009 4:20 a.m.

Catherine Lorraine Odom and Francis Ehren Hartz exchanged marriage vows at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Shipyard Beach Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Rev. Earl Carter, grandfather of the bridegroom, officiated.

SUZANNE ELIZABETH BIENVENU WESLEY PATRICK ANDERSON

posted: 08/23/2009 4:19 a.m.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville, Calif., was the setting at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, for the marriage of Suzanne Elizabeth Bienvenu and Wesley Patrick Anderson. Monsignor Francis Malone of Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock officiated.

KELLY MARIE DEGOSTIN MICHAEL THOMAS MARCHAND

posted: 08/23/2009 4:19 a.m.

Kelly Marie DeGostin and Michael Thomas Marchand were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church. Monsignor Royce R. Thomas officiated.

Other days

posted: 08/23/2009 4:19 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 23, 1909 As the date set by the Railroad Commission for the opening of the new Union station of the Iron Mountain comes closer and closer, the contractors and railroad men increase the speed of the work on the depot and its approaches in order to have them in shape to throw open to the traveling public by the specified date.

JENNIFER NICOLE BENNETT SAMUEL GREGORY SACKETT

posted: 08/23/2009 4:18 a.m.

Jennifer Nicole Bennett became the bride of Samuel Gregory Sackett at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jeff Hampton officiated.

Arkansas Run for the Fallen honors state's dead servicemen

posted: 08/23/2009 4:18 a.m.

Lee Ann Seideman walked a mile with her family Saturday morning and planted a small photo of her son mounted on an American flag.

MALE CALL TravelerCrease treatment keeps pants looking sharp

posted: 08/23/2009 4:17 a.m.

Q. A friend told me just last week an unusual thing about a purchase he made at Jos. A. Bank. On closing the sale of a pair of trousers, the salesman asked if the customer would like a permanent crease made into the pants. Have you ever heard of this? And would you recommend it?

Pet of the week

posted: 08/23/2009 4:17 a.m.

Jill is our pet of the week. She is a 2 1 /2-year-old Labrador retriever mix. Jill is a laid-back dog that gets along with children and other animals.

Groups look to remove litter across Arkansas

posted: 08/23/2009 4:17 a.m.

In 1969, Carl Garner decided he couldn't take the vast amount of litter lining the shoreline of Greers Ferry Lake anymore. So the resident engineer for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers organized a group of residents to pick up trash.

OUR TOWN Little Rock notebook

posted: 08/23/2009 4:17 a.m.

Stephens mum on Main Street The first phase of demolition work on Main Street is over, but Warren Stephens isn't saying what happens next or when the next phase might be.

SPIN CYCLE DeLay has new floor to spin on

posted: 08/23/2009 4:16 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of "All the News That's Fit to Razz" ... Joining entertainers like Donny Osmond and athletes like Michael Irvin and Chuck Liddell for next season's Dancing With the Stars (premiering Sept. 21 on ABC) will be former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Man beaten to death in apparent break-in

posted: 08/23/2009 4:16 a.m.

An apparent home invasion left an unidentified man dead late Friday after he was beaten by the people inside the apartment, Jonesboro police.

Nonprofit exec to talk at Clinton School

posted: 08/23/2009 4:15 a.m.

Kristin Lindsey, chief operating officer of the Council on Foundations, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Ken Jones Spa City shop owner hunted game, coins

posted: 08/23/2009 4:15 a.m.

Despite ailing health, Hot Springs precious metals and coin shop owner Ken Jones wheeled and dealed till the end.

Man, 43, is arrested in Mayflower death

posted: 08/23/2009 4:15 a.m.

Faulkner County authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man near Mayflower.

Recession chic: V-neck reaches apex of popularity

posted: 08/23/2009 4:14 a.m.

In fashion, ostentation is out.

OUR TOWN North Little Rock notebook

posted: 08/23/2009 4:14 a.m.

Young Professionals luncheon hosts Hays Mayor Patrick Hays will be guest speaker at the Next Generation of Young Professionals luncheon on Thursday at U.S. Pizza, 4001 McCain Park Dr., in North Little Rock.

Wages settlement costs state $130,000

posted: 08/23/2009 4:14 a.m.

The U.S. Labor Department says Arkansas will pay more than $130,000 in back overtime wages for 161 wildlife officers.

TV ON DVD Six DVDs of 1980s' ache and angst, titled thirtysomething

posted: 08/23/2009 4:13 a.m.

What is it? thirtysomething Season 1, 21 episodes on six discs from Shout! Factory.

LISTEN UP: From the aurally photographic to the occasionally hummable

posted: 08/23/2009 4:13 a.m.

Bill Frisell Disfarmer Nonesuch B+ Electric jazz guitarist Bill Frisell presents us with 26 aural snapshots meant to supplement and complement the silver stark midcentury portraits shot by mysterious Heber Springs photographer Mike Disfarmer, whose willing, paying customers invariably registered as quarry with vain expectations in his prints.

THE TV COLUMN: Summer substitutes are striking out with audiences

posted: 08/23/2009 4:10 a.m.

It's hard to teach an old viewer new tricks.

The buzz

posted: 08/23/2009 4:08 a.m.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has received many donations over the years from the musicians and industry the institution preserves and celebrates.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Friend's secrets, lies bewilder

posted: 08/23/2009 4:07 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: "Mary" and I have been friends for 28 years. To say we are best friends is an understatement. There is nothing we haven't been through: marriages, divorces, births, deaths, good times, bad times. Over the years there have been a few bumps, sometimes more than a bump - but I have rolled with it, and we continue to be the best of friends.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 08/23/2009 4:07 a.m.

Happy birthday. You're not afraid to be yourself in a bigger way. Your mind works differently than the minds of others, and you'll set up your work and domestic flow in a way that supports your unique thought process. Creative brilliance brings in big bucks this fall.

POP NOTES Multi-stringed Swedish band Vasen is finger-pickin' good

posted: 08/23/2009 4:06 a.m.

The world may be shrinking, but world music is getting bigger.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES 'Behind the Curtain' patrons get to dine with cast at Rep

posted: 08/23/2009 4:05 a.m.

The Friends of the Rep will take Arkansas Repertory Theatre patrons "Behind the Curtain" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, backstage at the Rep, 601 Main St., Little Rock.

Bevy of Bauhaus

posted: 08/23/2009 4:05 a.m.

Yes, there's an I.M. Pei office building, a Richard Meier glass residential tower and Philippe Starck-designed apartments in Tel Aviv.

At 80,Arthur Frommer continues his travel quest

posted: 08/23/2009 4:04 a.m.

He is America's premier authority on travel. From the self-published Europe on $5 a Day in 1957, he grew an empire that has included travel guides, a magazine, newspaper columns, a radio show and a blog.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Pricing each component tells a lot about cruise deal's value

posted: 08/23/2009 4:03 a.m.

When you receive a cruise promotion by mail or e-mail, you may have a tough time figuring out if it's a good deal. A couple I know recently received such a promotion: They were interested, but weren't sure whether to jump on it or wait for something else. I thought that answering their question would raise a broader interest in looking at cruises.

Tour deals entice, but check math

posted: 08/23/2009 4:03 a.m.

Though some people wince at the thought of taking a tour vacation, others like the idea of a no-worry trip on which all you have to do is show up because almost everything is provided. What could be a game-changer for the naysayers during these difficult times are tour savings of 10 percent to 35 percent over a year ago.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Not all business, Brussels is also a mecca for culture

posted: 08/23/2009 4:02 a.m.

Six hundred years ago, Brussels was just a nice place to stop and buy a waffle on the way to France.

Questions linger in Affiliated Foods postmortem

posted: 08/23/2009 4 a.m.

There are theories about how Affiliated Foods Southwest Inc. could go from a vibrant regional distributor to bankruptcy in just a few years.

'56 saw Little Rock face tough choices: 28 flavors

posted: 08/23/2009 3:59 a.m.

The most familiar icecream chain of post-World War II America arrived in central Arkansas in August 1956. That's when Howard Johnson brought its 28 flavors to a new restaurant and motor lodge on University Avenue just south of Asher Avenue, along what was then the recently completed New Benton Highway.

Wal-Mart fighting union battles in U.S., Canada

posted: 08/23/2009 3:55 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its chief labor-union critic, the United Food and Commercial Workers, have escalated their sparring on both sides of the border that separates the United States and Canada.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

posted: 08/23/2009 3:53 a.m.

Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more; deeds recorded July 27-31 : Courtney Lane LLC to Stafford Tract LLC, Pt 19-2 N-10 W; W/2 29-2 N-10 W; SE 30-2 N-10 W; NE SW 30-2 N-10 W; SE NW 30-2 N-10 W; SW NE 30-2 N-10 W; SW SW 29-2 N-10 W, $2,210,000.

Brazil takes bigger role in oil fields extractions

posted: 08/23/2009 3:52 a.m.

Faced with the world's most important oil discovery in years, the Brazilian government is seeking to step back from more than a decade of close cooperation with foreign oil companies and more directly control the extraction.

Tribal-artifact buyers, dealers feel weight of U.S. crackdown

posted: 08/23/2009 3:51 a.m.

An intensifying federal investigation into the sale of American Indian artifacts has cloaked the market in a fog of uncertainty.

COLUMN ONE The healer

posted: 08/23/2009 3:50 a.m.

God bless you, John B. Coburn, Churchman super-plus, Even when you're Bishop, you'll be one of us!

That's a bus of a different color

posted: 08/23/2009 3:49 a.m.

School buses began rolling again last week as classes started for the new school year. But they're not all yellow.

LIKE IT IS Gators earn crown in made-for-Disney moment

posted: 08/23/2009 3:47 a.m.

After searching and researching from top to bottom in hopes of finding someway to beat the heavy favorite, Florida still ends up the No. 1 pick, and the prediction here is the Gators will travel across country to play Southern Cal for the BCS championship.

Moonshine

posted: 08/23/2009 3:47 a.m.

As my pickup rolls along a rural East Tennessee two-lane at sunset-the surrounding forests already dark-a friend I'll call D. explains why, over the past few years, homemade corn liquor, otherwise known as moonshine, has found its renaissance.

Private pain, private choices

posted: 08/23/2009 3:46 a.m.

"Well, she's practically incoherent. She's not eating as much or taking in as much fluids as she was. She's sleeping 16 hours day." The director of nursing at the nursing home was reading from Mother's file.

How to manage a public hearing

posted: 08/23/2009 3:44 a.m.

Every so often in the life of a public agency, it becomes necessary to defend the agency's programs and, more important, its funding. In fact, the legislation that creates many government agencies requires them to hold public hearings to present their plans for the next one to five years.

Truth loses power when perception trumps reality

posted: 08/23/2009 3:44 a.m.

Itry not to read too much about the state of journalism, not because I don't care about the subject but because the news is invariably disheartening. While anyone with an ego and a forum can pretend to knowledge, I have to admit I'm not a businessman.

Poll shows road rough for UA

posted: 08/23/2009 3:44 a.m.

Five SEC teams are in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, and Arkansas plays every one of them.

At last, facing down bullies (and their enablers)

posted: 08/23/2009 3:43 a.m.

Back in the 1990s, I did a physical on a boy in fifth or sixth grade at a Boston public school. I asked him his favorite subject: definitely science; he had won a prize in a science fair, and was to go on and compete in a multischool fair.

SOLHEIM CUP All tied up going into final round

posted: 08/23/2009 3:43 a.m.

The sun went down over Rich Harvest Farms, and everybody's nerves seemed to go with it.

Off the wire

posted: 08/23/2009 3:42 a.m.

TENNIS Russians in Rogers Cup final Maria Sharapova advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Russian compatriot Alisa Kleybanova on Saturday night. Sharapova will face fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the tournament's first all-Russian women's final.

In the line of fire

posted: 08/23/2009 3:42 a.m.

To outsource the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has turned to the cheapest labor possible. About two-thirds of the 200,000 civilians working under federal contracts in the war zones are foreigners. Many come from poor, Third World countries. Others are local hires.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 08/23/2009 3:42 a.m.

Fiction 1. BAD MOON RISING, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Book 18 of the Dark-Hunter paranormal series. 2. THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC, by Richard Russo. A long-married couple wrestle with their dissatisfactions during a Cape Cod weekend; by the author of Empire Falls. 3. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.

COLUMNISTS Banking the wild old way

posted: 08/23/2009 3:41 a.m.

The recent spate of bank failures reminds me that for much of its early existence Arkansas was plagued by debt due to the failure of its early banking system. Much of this debt involved out-ofstate investors, perhaps the strangest case involving the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Second thoughts

posted: 08/23/2009 3:41 a.m.

Bowden: Gators QB is no Ward Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden has heaped praise on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow over the past two seasons.

COMMENTARY Ex-Hog turns little pass into big play

posted: 08/23/2009 3:41 a.m.

It was just a little dump-off pass, the kind that quarterbacks throw when they have no place else to go with the ball.

EDITORIALS Losing touch

posted: 08/23/2009 3:40 a.m.

SOMETHING remarkable is happening in American politics and in the American psyche it reflects. Which is nothing new. Something remarkable always seems to be happening in this ever swaying yet miraculously stable system bequeathed to Americans by the founding generation.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 08/23/2009 3:40 a.m.

Retiring reality for horse The 1988 Arkansas Derby winner has a new home.

I R L

posted: 08/23/2009 3:39 a.m.

Team Penske No. 3 driver Will Power broke two vertebrae in his lower back and sustained a concussion Saturday after crashing into Nelson Philippe of Conquest Racing during a practice session for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

LETTERS

posted: 08/23/2009 3:39 a.m.

Car license law needs work Recently, Meredith Oakley wrote about making veterans aware of special car tags available to them. I am a veteran and retired from the military and I am a strong advocate for veterans' rights, although I have never served in a war or conflict. There is additional information regarding availability of the special car tags.

Where are our priorities?

posted: 08/23/2009 3:39 a.m.

At a time when we Americans may abandon health-care reform because it supposedly is "too expensive," how is it that we can afford to imprison people like Curtis Wilkerson?

Liberals old and new

posted: 08/23/2009 3:38 a.m.

Acontinuing source of frustration for anyone who visits America from a foreign country is the unique way in which the words "liberal" and "conservative" are used here.

Razorbacks report

posted: 08/23/2009 3:38 a.m.

Asked to grade Arkansas' defense after Saturday's scrimmage, linebacker Jerry Franklin said he'd give it a B-minus.

Choice is a no-brainer

posted: 08/23/2009 3:37 a.m.

As decision-making goes, it looks like a pretty easy choice to me.

Gifts from Brian

posted: 08/23/2009 3:36 a.m.

Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, out of the gray dust of profound grief can come enlightenment for those of us still making our way in this troubled world.

Soaps last week

posted: 08/23/2009 3:36 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Aug. 17-21.) All My Children: Zach persuaded Adam to lend him money. Jesse stood up to Madison's threats and countered with some of his own. Natalia found Randi at the Pine Cone with baby Trevor, and Randi begged her not to make her turn Trevor over to the authorities.

Nelson changing days

posted: 08/23/2009 3:35 a.m.

Rex Nelson's weekly column has moved to the Saturday Voices page.

RECRUITING Pair of Coffeyville prospects interested in Arkansas

posted: 08/23/2009 3:35 a.m.

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College defeated Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College 19-0 on Saturday in a preseason scrimmage at Robertson Field.

Dentist by day, astronomer by night

posted: 08/23/2009 3:34 a.m.

Since childhood, Dr. Douglas Matthews has studied astronomy. Not only is he a third-generation dentist, but he is also a third-generation amateur astronomer with his own observatory in his backyard.

AROUND THE STATE ASU's Roberts says camp as good as any

posted: 08/23/2009 3:34 a.m.

Arkansas State completed its fall camp Saturday with a full-pads workout inside ASU Stadium.

COVER STORY New kids' show teaches, and you can dance to it

posted: 08/23/2009 3:33 a.m.

It has been more than 20 years since we had a preschooler in the house, but I still remember worrying about what he was watching on TV.

NFL EXHIBITION Bell steps in soundly for Saints

posted: 08/23/2009 3:32 a.m.

Mike Bell made the most of Reggie Bush's absence.

that's life Sending the kids back to school

posted: 08/23/2009 3:31 a.m.

Oh, what a difference a few years make.

NFL NOTES Andrews optimistic of return

posted: 08/23/2009 3:31 a.m.

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid is preparing to open the regular season without injured twotime Pro Bowl offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.

Dance instructor working to open performing arts center

posted: 08/23/2009 3:31 a.m.

With a smile that could light up a room, Shani Bufford's enthusiasm for the arts is unmistakable. Bufford is not a run-of-themill dance instructor; she brings her experience as a professional actress, dancer and casting agent to share with each student who enters Fusion Dance Academy.

Judsonia resident wins derby

posted: 08/23/2009 3:30 a.m.

Jackie Foster of Judsonia with co-driver Brandon Elliot won at the Fulton County Fair Summer Demolition Derby. The team took home a check for $1,608.75.

Local artists display work inspired by travels

posted: 08/23/2009 3:29 a.m.

Beverly Austin, Howard Johnson and Garrett Johnson, local artists, are now showing art pieces inspired by travel in France, Italy, Honduras and Ukraine. The Searcy Arts Council and city of Searcy Parks and Recreation are hosting this exhibit at the Searcy Art Gallery, 300 E. Race St. in Searcy.

Expectations feel good to De Queen

posted: 08/23/2009 3:29 a.m.

This is the year De Queen hopes to be the king.

Heart Clinic Arkansas welcomes two physicians

posted: 08/23/2009 3:29 a.m.

Dr. Bradley R. Hughes and Dr. Eric J. Robinson joined Dr. Leon Roby Blue and Dr. David M. Evans in practice at Heart Clinic Arkansas in Searcy.

De Queen Leopards

posted: 08/23/2009 3:28 a.m.

ENROLLMENT 354 (based on 2008-2010 Arkansas Activities Association classification cycle; 25th among 48 Class 4A schools) MASCOT Leopards CONFERENCE 7-4 A

Renovated historical property re-opens as restaurant and inn

posted: 08/23/2009 3:28 a.m.

FR "Red" Porterfield has what you might call a "can-do" attitude.

front&center: Stanley Wood

posted: 08/23/2009 3:27 a.m.

There's been one simple principal guiding Stanley Wood's life: Be like Dad.

A long way from home

posted: 08/23/2009 3:27 a.m.

Cabot native Kara Phillips, now a teacher in Alaska's bush, flew with some students to a nearby village last year to attend a basketball tournament.

Summer's hottest hybrids

posted: 08/23/2009 3:26 a.m.

It started slowly-a ripple here, a ripple there, on the mirror-like surface of DeGray Lake. Near one of the lake's many islands, we watched the spectacle unfold.

ASU-Beebe fall classes will begin on Monday

posted: 08/23/2009 3:25 a.m.

Arkansas State University-Beebe will begin the fall 2009 semester on Monday with day and night classes offered at ASU-Beebe campuses at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and Little Rock Air Force Base.

High school football report

posted: 08/23/2009 3:25 a.m.

EPC move is all about numbers East Poinsett County named Brian Weathers its new coach Friday in hopes that the 11th hour move will increase player participation in time for the school's scheduled Sept. 4 opener against Corning, Superintendent Micky Pierce said.

AMERICAN LEAGUE Santana shows Blue Jays consistency, breaking ball

posted: 08/23/2009 3:24 a.m.

Slowed by injuries at the start of the season, Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ervin Santana is finishing strong.

Registration for Kidstage open

posted: 08/23/2009 3:24 a.m.

Searcy's Center on the Square and Land O'Frost announce registration for the fall session of Land O'Frost KidStage is now open. Registration will continue through the first day of workshops Tuesday, Sept. 8. The cost is $60 per child.

Williams sets Manley Chapel dedication

posted: 08/23/2009 3:23 a.m.

Williams Baptist College will open Manley Chapel with a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Dedication of the new chapel will coincide with the first day of classes and opening convocation.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Albano, Bourjos spur Travs

posted: 08/23/2009 3:22 a.m.

An inside-the-park home run overshadowed a solid performance by Marco Albano on Saturday night.

Shot in the line of duty

posted: 08/23/2009 3:22 a.m.

March 12, 2008, is a date Cpl. Scott Clark of Gurdon will never forget.

Bryant's 22nd Fall Fest announces new contests

posted: 08/23/2009 3:21 a.m.

Several new contests have been added to Bryant's 22nd annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Mills Park.

that's life Sending the kids back to school

posted: 08/23/2009 3:20 a.m.

Oh, what a difference a few years make.

front&center: Jorge Garcia Jr.

posted: 08/23/2009 3:19 a.m.

It wasn't until 1996, at the age of 45, that Jorge Garcia Jr. got his first taste of politics.

Twins' Mauer continues to amaze Gardenhire

posted: 08/23/2009 3:18 a.m.

After missing April with a hip/back injury then hitting.414 in May, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer entered the weekend hitting.465 in August. He had raised his batting average 25 points in 17 games, climbing to a majors best.378. His batting average had been.383 before he went 1 for 7 Wednesday and Thursday. "It's fascinating to watch," Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Summer's hottest hybrids

posted: 08/23/2009 3:18 a.m.

It started slowly - a ripple here, a ripple there, on the mirror-like surface of DeGray Lake. Near one of the lake's many islands, we watched the spectacle unfold.

Saline Memorial expands services for dialysis

posted: 08/23/2009 3:17 a.m.

In an effort to improve access to the lifesaving benefits of kidney dialysis, Saline Memorial Hospital developed an inpatient dialysis program. Under the direction of physicians from Nephrology Associates, Saline Memorial Hospital will operate an inpatient dialysis unit in two designated locations within the hospital.

Smaller guns, big bang

posted: 08/23/2009 3:15 a.m.

When you think of sporting firearms, you usually think of shotguns and rifles, but handguns are an exciting option that most of us overlook.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Mayflower angler takes skills national as top rookie

posted: 08/23/2009 3:13 a.m.

For years, Billy McCaghren of Mayflower was one of the best bass fishermen in Arkansas, and now he's one of the best in the country.

BOWLING 800 series sweetened by victory

posted: 08/23/2009 3:12 a.m.

Benton's Greg Lang ran off games of 258, 290 and 258 for an 806 series in the Enterprise Lanes Thursday Doubles qualifying. The 806 was his fifth 800 series and the 290 his fourth 11 strikes-in-a-row that includes a 279.

that's life Sending the kids back to school

posted: 08/23/2009 3:12 a.m.

Oh, what a difference a few years make.

'It's a challenge'

posted: 08/23/2009 3:12 a.m.

Kayla Johnson admits to being a little nervous about starting a new school, but her background and success in gymnastics have given her self-confidence that she can do just about anything.

'A fine idea'

posted: 08/23/2009 3:11 a.m.

F.R. "Red" Porterfield has what you might call a "can-do" attitude.

Junior receives award at Hendrix College

posted: 08/23/2009 3:10 a.m.

Jadon S. Wiese, son of JR and Mary Wiese of Conway, is the recipient of the Shideler Chemistry Award at Hendrix College.

Yell County farm family plans to expand

posted: 08/23/2009 3:10 a.m.

Michael "Mike" Darr has been a farmer all of his life. He started helping his dad when he was a child growing up in central Missouri and said that experience "put a dream in me that someday I would be a farmer."

High school football scrimmage schedule

posted: 08/23/2009 3:09 a.m.

MONDAY Brookland Jr., Hoxie Sr. at Paragould Sr.-Jr., 5:30 p.m. Cabot South, LR Christian Jr., Stuttgart Jr., Vilonia Jr., LR Catholic Jr. at Sylvan Hills Jr., 5:30 p.m.

Youth advisory council appoints new leader

posted: 08/23/2009 3:09 a.m.

Marlene Kuras is the new adult leader for the Youth Advisory Council division of the local foundation.

front&center: Jann Bryant

posted: 08/23/2009 3:08 a.m.

Jann Bryant of Conway has tugged at the heartstrings of many students during her career as a music instructor.

Bryant feels better about 67 than 62

posted: 08/23/2009 3:08 a.m.

Brad Bryant came off the course Saturday at the Jeld-Wen Tradition with a huge grin.

'I want to be the first '

posted: 08/23/2009 3:07 a.m.

Russellville has been known for its great quarterbacks this decade.

Russellville Recreation and Parks to host competition

posted: 08/23/2009 3:06 a.m.

The Russellvill Recreation and Parks Department will host a local competition for NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Vick Field, 915 E. Parkway.

Applications due Sept. 15 for foundation grants

posted: 08/23/2009 3:06 a.m.

Faulkner County science teachers in grades 5-8 can go to arcf.org to apply for grants through Arkansas Community Foundation's Science Initiative for Middle Schools program.

SUMMER'S hottest hybrids

posted: 08/23/2009 3:05 a.m.

It started slowly-a ripple here, a ripple there, on the mirror-like surface of DeGray Lake. Near one of the lake's many islands, we watched the spectacle unfold.

Flag football league forming for children with disabilities

posted: 08/23/2009 3:04 a.m.

Community Connections, partnering with Life Champs, will offer the Rivals United Football League starting this fall.

Atkins plans pickling contest for May 2010

posted: 08/23/2009 3:03 a.m.

A home-canned pickling contest is scheduled in conjunction with People For A Better Atkins' PickleFest in May 2010. The categories include pickled cucumbers, squash, peppers, okra, peaches, relishes and miscellaneous items. Pickles may have been canned in 2009 or 2010.

Miss Mount Nebo pageant set for Sept. 19

posted: 08/23/2009 3:02 a.m.

The Miss Mount Nebo Pageant will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Dardanelle Community Center.

Saturday, August 22

The Arkansas Policy Foundation study

posted: 08/22/2009 9:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Policy Foundation study, including the grades for each of the state's school districts, is available on the foundation's Web site: www.arkansaspolicyfoundation.org.

Benton Co. considers hike in inmate fee

posted: 08/22/2009 7:32 p.m.

Benton County officials are considering increasing the fee charged to cities to house inmates at the county jail.

Man killed during Jonesboro home invasion

posted: 08/22/2009 3:59 p.m.

Jonesboro police say a man was killed after being beaten by a homeowner during an apparent home invasion.

Hurricane Bill's winds weaken as it nears US

posted: 08/22/2009 3:51 p.m.

Forecasters have downgraded Bill to a Category 1 hurricane as it nears the U.S. coast, but tropical storm watches and warnings are still in effect for the Massachusetts coast and parts of Canada.

Winner picked in Italy's record euro147 million lotto

posted: 08/22/2009 3:10 p.m.

A lucky lotto player in Tuscany won Italy's record euro147.8 million ($211.8 million) state lottery Saturday, pocketing what has been billed as Europe's biggest jackpot.

Sewing hobby becomes big business for Searcy woman

posted: 08/22/2009 3:08 p.m.

Kelly Mackey of Searcy leaned over her dining room table and ran a pair of noisy Black and Decker electric scissors around a homemade pattern, cutting a piece of cloth that will become the front of a child's dress.

Arkansas man says Dover Lights a hoax

posted: 08/22/2009 2:07 p.m.

Danny Cruse has spent hundreds of dollars on equipment, everything from night vision goggles to global-positioning systems.

Cotter man shares garden's bounty with others

posted: 08/22/2009 1:05 p.m.

Keith Curley of Cotter grows 40 heads of cabbage every spring, and he doesn't even like cabbage.

Abdullah accuses Karzai of 'rigging' Afghan vote

posted: 08/22/2009 12:45 p.m.

President Hamid Karzai's leading challenger accused him of using the Afghan state to "rig" this week's election and detailed allegations of cheating by government officials in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press.

Karzai, main Afghan rival both claim lead in election

posted: 08/22/2009 4:38 a.m.

Both main candidates for Afghan president claimed to be ahead Friday after an election marked by violence, spotty turnout and fraud allegations.

Libya's welcome home to Lockerbie bomber angers U.S., Britain

posted: 08/22/2009 4:37 a.m.

Libya kept the Lockerbie bomber out of sight Friday, apparently wary of hurting its improving ties with the West, as Britain's foreign secretary denounced the bomber's warm homecoming and warned that the world's view of Tripoli will be damaged if it trumpets his release.

LR police's 12 layoffs create records holdup

posted: 08/22/2009 4:31 a.m.

When Little Rock city directors slashed the Police Department's remaining operating budget by 25 percent earlier this month, the department laid off 12 part-time workers as part of its cuts - eight of whom worked in the records section.

UCA advised: Follow counsel of U.S. on data

posted: 08/22/2009 4:30 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas would be wise to follow the advice of the U.S. Department of Education and withhold the identities of students who received no-criteria presidential discretionary scholarships, the Arkansas attorney general's office said Friday.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FOOTBALL: Transfers of power

posted: 08/22/2009 4:28 a.m.

When Arkansas struggled to put quality depth on the field in its secondary last season, it had nowhere to turn for help.

Fed chief's forecast cheers investors

posted: 08/22/2009 4:26 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday what investors wanted to hear - that the economy is on the verge of recovery - and they responded with a rally that sent the major indexes to new highs for the year.

Arkansas sees slight uptick in jobless rate

posted: 08/22/2009 4:26 a.m.

Arkansas' unemployment rate changed little in July, rising to 7.4 percent from 7.2 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SHARPIE 500 Martin takes fifth pole of season

posted: 08/22/2009 4:26 a.m.

Alan Gustafson gambled at Michigan and it cost driver Mark Martin of Batesville dearly in his chances to make the Chase for the championship.

Bricks or mortar?

posted: 08/22/2009 4:15 a.m.

Concrete walkways, patios and driveways can be beautiful and inexpensive - but for those worried about the environmental impact of their hard-scaping, there are paver options that retain much of the utility and beauty of traditional poured concrete.

Trusty resigning from state Senate

posted: 08/22/2009 3:39 a.m.

Sharon Trusty on Friday submitted her resignation from the state Senate, effective Sept. 1. She cited family needs.

Weather warnings a phone call away

posted: 08/22/2009 3:38 a.m.

Two months ago, Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley could hear tornado sirens at his home a few miles east of Melbourne only when it was still and the wind was blowing in the right direction.

Deadlock in trial over boy's death

posted: 08/22/2009 3:38 a.m.

The capital-murder trial of a Little Rock man over the death of a toddler ended with a hung jury Thursday after defense experts testified that authorities relied on outdated and obsolete medical theory to accuse him of killing his girlfriend's son.

State GOP leaders ask for clarified ethics rule

posted: 08/22/2009 3:38 a.m.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb of Benton and Pulaski County Republican Committee Treasurer Russell Reddoch of Little Rock on Friday asked the state Ethics Commission about the meaning of a commission rule governing covering reporting by political action committees. They said the rule is ambiguous because "aggregate" isn't defined.

Obituaries

posted: 08/22/2009 3:37 a.m.

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

Entergy substation verdicts 'inconsistent,' attorneys argue

posted: 08/22/2009 3:36 a.m.

A substation that Entergy wants to build in Pulaski County properly received a conditionaluse permit from Little Rock to build, but the subdivision where it would be built is illegal, a jury decided this week.

59 years after his death, soldier to be laid to rest

posted: 08/22/2009 3:36 a.m.

An Arkansas soldier who died in the Korean War will be buried in Fort Smith next week, nearly 60 years after he disappeared on the frozen battlefield at the Chosin Reservoir.

State agency to hire 150 to process disability claims

posted: 08/22/2009 3:35 a.m.

Arkansas will get 150 new jobs, courtesy of $9 million in federal funds, to process other states' disability claims, legislators learned Friday.

LR spring tests positive for E. coli contamination

posted: 08/22/2009 3:35 a.m.

A natural spring in Little Rock tested positive for E. coli bacteria recently, and health officials are advising the public not to drink from it.

Council OKs UCA bid for firm's interim help

posted: 08/22/2009 3:35 a.m.

The Legislative Council on Friday signed on to the University of Central Arkansas' request to contract with a Massachusetts firm for temporary financial consulting.

Daily record

posted: 08/22/2009 3:34 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces

State focus of photos at Bentonville gallery

posted: 08/22/2009 3:33 a.m.

Harry Miller's Vision of Arkansas: 1900-1910, a traveling exhibit of 30 photographs, opened Friday at Crystal Bridges at the Massey, the temporary exhibition space in downtown Bentonville for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Driving fast, not tags, top ticket cause

posted: 08/22/2009 3:33 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: How about all those drivers with expired tags on their vehicles? It's amazing to me, and you have to wonder why they are not ever noticed by the local police. - Legal Tags.

I-530 bypass lanes to close for work

posted: 08/22/2009 3:32 a.m.

Crews erecting overhead beams above the Interstate 530 bypass will require intermittent 15-minute lane closures today and Sunday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Police beat

posted: 08/22/2009 3:32 a.m.

Suspect confessed to theft, police say While questioning a homeless man Friday in connection with one burglary, the suspect admitted to another, Little Rock police reported.