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Wednesday, June 30

Al-Qaida to start English propaganda paper

posted: 06/30/2010 8:45 p.m.

Al-Qaida is preparing to launch its first online propaganda newspaper in English.

'Ferris Bueller' actor faces felony charge in LA

posted: 06/30/2010 6:13 p.m.

“Ferris Bueller” actor Jeffrey Jones was charged Wednesday with failing to update his sex offender registration status, authorities said.

House passes bank rules

posted: 06/30/2010 6:08 p.m.

The House has passed a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, setting the stage for a final vote in the Senate, where votes for the bill remain in flux.

Wooldridge out as director of university group

posted: 06/30/2010 5:51 p.m.

Tim Wooldridge, a former state legislator, is out as the executive director of a group promoting public universities in the state.

Lincoln's agri committee holds first farm bill hearing

posted: 06/30/2010 5:14 p.m.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas called for a safety net for farmers Wednesday in the agriculture committee's first farm bill hearing.

ACLU issues travel warnings for Arizona

posted: 06/30/2010 4:52 p.m.

The nation’s top civil liberties group on Wednesday issued travel alerts for Arizona, saying the state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants could lead to racial profiling and warrantless arrests.

Obama's remarks in Racine

posted: 06/30/2010 4:50 p.m.

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT A TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE ECONOMY

Judge rules drug evidence OK in doctor's trial

posted: 06/30/2010 3:22 p.m.

A federal judge says prosecutors can introduce evidence that an Arkansas doctor allegedly possessed and distributed prescription drugs before a bombing at the home of the state medical board chairman.

School Board holding emergency meeting

posted: 06/30/2010 3:16 p.m.

The board of the Pulaski County Special School District is holding an emergency meeting tonight regarding the acting superintendent's contract.

Gulf beaches hit as distant hurricane pushes oil

posted: 06/30/2010 2:59 p.m.

Rough seas generated by Hurricane Alex pushed more oil from the spill onto Gulf Coast beaches Wednesday as cleanup vessels were sidelined by the faraway storm’s ripple effects.

Arkansas names new associate AD for marketing

posted: 06/30/2010 2:53 p.m.

Brian Pracht, who has 15 years of collegiate marketing and promotions experience at the institutional and conference level, is joining the Arkansas athletic department as associate athletic director for marketing, athletic director Jeff Long announced on Wednesday.

Prosecutor says he’s to blame for case delay

posted: 06/30/2010 2:15 p.m.

A Polk County prosecutor says he’s solely responsible for the stalled appeal of a death-row inmate who was convicted of killing his niece.

VIDEO: Prosecutor finds no police wrongdoing in West Memphis shootings

updated: 06/30/2010 6:02 p.m.

The prosecutor for Arkansas' 2nd Judicial District has released new video and reports related to the May 20 shootings in West Memphis that left two police officers and two suspected assailants dead.

Lotto player surprised to win $250,000

posted: 06/30/2010 1:51 p.m.

A Springdale man knew he had won something on a Mega Millions ticket he bought more than a month ago, he just didn't know how much.

Petraeus confirmed 99-0 as Afghan war chief

posted: 06/30/2010 1:05 p.m.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the new commander of the Afghanistan war. The vote was 99-0.

Body of Louisiana man found in Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2010 1:02 p.m.

White County authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of a Louisiana man who was found near Bradford.

Wal-Mart plans biggest debt offering in two years

posted: 06/30/2010 1 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, plans to sell $3 billion of debt in its biggest dollar-denominated bond offering since April 2008, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

Louisiana man drowns in Lake DeGray

posted: 06/30/2010 12:28 p.m.

Clark County officials say a Louisiana man has drowned on Lake DeGray.

Supreme Court nominee Kagan won’t criticize Roberts court

posted: 06/30/2010 11:25 a.m.

Elena Kagan declined an invitation to criticize the current Supreme Court on Wednesday, testifying at the third day of confirmation hearings, “I’m sure everyone up there is acting in good faith.”

Hurricane Alex churns toward Mexico, Texas coasts

posted: 06/30/2010 11:23 a.m.

Hurricane Alex churned westward through the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday, far from oil spill cleanup efforts but on a collision course with Mexico and the southern Texas coastline.

Ex-AIG exec says he was truthful about losses

posted: 06/30/2010 11:16 a.m.

A former top executive of American International Group Inc. says he told the truth about the company’s losses while defending its compensation plan.

Green Party certified to appear on ballot

posted: 06/30/2010 10:42 a.m.

The Green Party has been cleared to appear on the ballot in November in Arkansas.

First the Eagles, then Pops on the River

posted: 06/30/2010 10:38 a.m.

The Eagles are returning to central Arkansas on Thursday, minus any fancy-pants name like the “Hell Freezes Over” tour this time around, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Blast hits center of Chechen capital

posted: 06/30/2010 9:46 a.m.

An Associated Press reporter has heard a powerful explosion shake the center of the capital of the restive Russian region of Chechnya and seen people injured by the blast.

LR's 311 extends hours for fireworks complaints

posted: 06/30/2010 9:44 a.m.

The City of Little Rock's 311 citizen services line will operate extended hours next week to handle fireworks-related complaints.

Deputy among two Arkansans on 'Big Brother'

posted: 06/30/2010 9:15 a.m.

A deputy sheriff in Miller County and a woman from Huntington are among the contestants on the upcoming season of Big Brother, a CBS reality show in which a group of people vie for a cash prize while living together in house constantly monitored by television cameras.

$6.2 million in energy grants awarded

posted: 06/30/2010 8:47 a.m.

More than 40 Arkansas cities and counties will split $6.2 million in stimulus grants aimed at increasing energy efficiency and developing renewable energy projects, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced Wednesday.

Circuit judge in spat with man after traffic encounter, police say

posted: 06/30/2010 8:35 a.m.

Police say a Faulkner County Circuit Judge David Clark and a Conway Parks Department worker engaged in an altercation following a traffic encounter. The worker and another man were arrested on alcohol charges.

LR among cities getting volunteer grant

posted: 06/30/2010 7:35 a.m.

Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore and Little Rock are among the 10 cities receiving grants to hire a senior city official who will help develop a program to increase volunteerism.

Obama trying to restore confidence in economy

posted: 06/30/2010 7:31 a.m.

A day after consumer concerns about the economy sent stocks sliding, President Barack Obama is trying to assure the American people that the economic recovery is headed in the right direction.

8 militants killed in gunbattle at Afghan airport

posted: 06/30/2010 7:20 a.m.

Militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to an airport in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday in a failed attempt to enter the air field used by Afghan and international forces, authorities said. Eight insurgents died in the ensuing gunbattle.

State prisons to cut spending to afford more inmates

posted: 06/30/2010 5:55 a.m.

To staff the recently completed space for 360 more inmates at the Ouachita River Unit in Malvern, the Arkansas Department of Correction will reduce spending on maintenance and operations at other prisons and eliminate service bonuses for its employees.

Judge orders details on charge in blast

posted: 06/30/2010 5:54 a.m.

A week before the scheduled jury trial of a Pope County doctor accused in a bombing that partially blinded the head of the state Medical Board, a judge has ordered prosecutors to provide more details about the bombing accusation.

Petraeus gets Senate panel nod

posted: 06/30/2010 5:53 a.m.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of U.S. and foreign forces in Afghanistan after the general told senators he would insist on “an unshakeable commitment to teamwork among all elements of the U.S. government.”

Kagan recruiter ban probed

posted: 06/30/2010 5:53 a.m.

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday defended her treatment of military recruiters when she was dean at Harvard Law School, saying they had access to students “every single day” and any limitations were aimed at protecting the rights of homosexuals on campus.

Unsung Orlando gets on fast track

posted: 06/30/2010 5:52 a.m.

What is Paulo Orlando doing in Midland, Texas, today for the Texas League All-Star Game?

South Carolina snags 1st crown

posted: 06/30/2010 5:52 a.m.

Whit Merrifield’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave South Carolina its first baseball national championship with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the College World Series on Tuesday night.

Buying public is gloomier of spirit

posted: 06/30/2010 5:51 a.m.

Consumers are increasingly worried about jobs and the economy, the Conference Board said Tuesday as it reported that its Consumer Confidence Index plummeted in June.

China, Taiwan link economies

posted: 06/30/2010 5:51 a.m.

A trade deal signed Tuesday between China and Taiwan will help ease 60 years of hostility and push their economies closer together, analysts said, a sign that China’s strategy of wooing the self-ruled island with carrots instead of sticks is paying off.

Blue heaven

posted: 06/30/2010 5:50 a.m.

A truly American way to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday is to forget the grill and the burgers or hot dogs — and reach for the blueberries.

‘ Ad-ucating’children

posted: 06/30/2010 5:49 a.m.

Advertising is as much a part of a modern child’s world as water and air, coming at him through innumerable sources — television, radio, the Internet, on bus sides and bathroom walls, gift certificates for good schoolwork and even cereal boxes and milk cartons — bombarding him with messages to buy, buy, buy.

Larry King announces end of talk show after 25 years

posted: 06/30/2010 5:40 a.m.

CNN host Larry King announced Tuesday evening that he would end his longrunning talk show, Larry King Live, sometime this fall.

Arrest at Cyprus airport 11th in Russian spy case

posted: 06/30/2010 5:39 a.m.

The accused moneyman for a Russian spy ring whose members were assigned a decade or more ago to infiltrate American society was captured overseas, authorities said Tuesday. He was the last of 11 arrests made over three days in one of the largest such busts in recent years.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/30/2010 5:36 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 3-4-15-27-37 Mega Ball : 35 Estimated jackpot : $16 million Megaplier: 3

Inmates allowed work in county

posted: 06/30/2010 5:35 a.m.

An oversight committee voted Tuesday to allow Saline County to once again participate in a state inmate work program, provided that county employees receive additional training and agree to follow state policies on inmate visitation.

Unquenchable kiss wins bad-writing contest

posted: 06/30/2010 5:34 a.m.

A sentence that compares a kiss to the union of a thirsty gerbil and a giant water bottle has won the top prize in an annual bad-writing contest.

Election May 18, yet no certification

posted: 06/30/2010 5:33 a.m.

It’s been 43 days since the May 18 preferential primary election, but Secretary of State Charlie Daniels has yet to certify official results from the election.

Panel to weigh fate of UCA path

posted: 06/30/2010 5:32 a.m.

The future of a much-debated Depression-era sidewalk in front of the University of Central Arkansas president’s home will be in the hands of the Conway City Council.

Woman who killed LR man in drunken-driving crash gets 6 years

posted: 06/30/2010 5:25 a.m.

A 23-year-old Searcy woman who said no court-ordered punishment could be worse than the guilt she’s suffered for killing a Little Rock man in a drunken-driving crash was sentenced to six years in prison with three years suspended Tuesday.

Quakes flitter below 3 counties

posted: 06/30/2010 5:23 a.m.

A series of earthquakes that have rattled White, Faulkner and Cleburne counties this month have geologists studying to determine if they are the results of natural gas drilling in the area or an active seismic fault.

PAPER TRAILS: Fans have new reason to cheer: Real seats

posted: 06/30/2010 5:22 a.m.

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: The old bleachers at the Junior Deputy Sheriffs of Pulaski County’s sports complex on Cantrell Road were recently removed and upgraded with actual seats with backs and armrests — from the old Ray Winder baseball field.

As storm churns Gulf, oil cleanup idles

posted: 06/30/2010 5:21 a.m.

Oilscooping ships in the Gulf of Mexico steamed to safe refuge Tuesday because of the rough seas churned up by Hurricane Alex.

State gets U.S. cash for bird habitats

posted: 06/30/2010 5:20 a.m.

The BP oil spill prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allocate $3.3 million to Arkansas to expand and improve habitats for migratory birds.

Female police chief PB’s first

posted: 06/30/2010 5:19 a.m.

Pine Bluff officials will introduce the city’s first female police chief at a news conference today, 3 1 /2 months after Mayor Carl Redus terminated former Chief John Howell for insubordination.

Obama presses senators to cap carbon in 2010

posted: 06/30/2010 5:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pushed the Senate to pass energy legislation that would cap carbon emissions.

Moroccan official visits PB for a lesson in U.S. voting

posted: 06/30/2010 5:18 a.m.

Hassan Aghmari’s first trip to the U.S. took him to Pine Bluff.

City calls for vote on ice cream trucks

posted: 06/30/2010 5:17 a.m.

The Sherwood City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. to vote on an ordinance that would allow ice cream trucks in the city.

Killing won’t delay vote, Mexicans insist

posted: 06/30/2010 5:17 a.m.

Mexican officials say they will hold state elections as planned, a message to drug cartels believed to be behind a gubernatorial candidate’s assassination that they will not let criminals destroy the country’s democracy.

Teacher panel holds first meeting

posted: 06/30/2010 5:15 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District’s newly formed Personnel Policies Committee, made up in part by teachers elected last week by their colleagues, met for the first time Tuesday and agreed that the election of teacher members should be repeated in September.

Siegelman, Scrushy cases to get reviews

posted: 06/30/2010 5:13 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a new review of the convictions in the government corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-Health-South CEO Richard Scrushy.

Long-term jobless bill rejected

posted: 06/30/2010 5:11 a.m.

The House rejected a bill Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for long stretches.

Protesters, police clash in Greece

posted: 06/30/2010 5:03 a.m.

Dozens of masked youths clashed with police at a union protest Tuesday in Athens during the country’s fifth general strike this year against the cashstrapped government’s planned pension and labor changes.

Victims’ IDs released in Saturday shooting

posted: 06/30/2010 5:03 a.m.

Little Rock police released the names of the two victims of a Saturday evening shooting on West 24th Street, as the details of that night were filed with the district court.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2010 4:37 a.m.

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

Financial overhaul deal tweaked, bank fee gone

posted: 06/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

Top Democratic House and Senate negotiators who worked out a deal on an overhaul of financial regulations regrouped Tuesday to eliminate a $19 billion fee on banks that had threatened to derail the legislation.

Clinton center weather series starts

posted: 06/30/2010 4:32 a.m.

A discussion series on severe weather and natural disasters will be presented at the Clinton Presidential Center complex in Little Rock over the summer, beginning today.

Shot kills woman near Dardanelle

posted: 06/30/2010 4:32 a.m.

Yell County authorities are investigating the shooting death Monday of a Dardanelle-area woman.

Israeli: No Palestinian state soon

posted: 06/30/2010 4:32 a.m.

Israel’s foreign minister said Tuesday that there was “no chance” a Palestinian state would be established by 2012 — a message delivered ahead of the latest visit by President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy.

Judge delays Greens’ ballot trial

posted: 06/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

A federal judge has delayed a trial that was scheduled to begin next Tuesday in Little Rock on whether the Green Party of Arkansas is being unconstitutionally denied a spot on state ballots.

Names and faces

posted: 06/30/2010 4:30 a.m.

Barbara Eden said she’s been bottled up long enough. The 75-year-old former star of I Dream of Jeannie is writing a memoir to be published by Crown Archetype. Crown Archetype Vice President Tina Constable said Jeannie Out of the Bottle will be published next spring.

In the news

posted: 06/30/2010 4:30 a.m.

Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman, said the administration will do what it can to ensure that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, 55, who spent more than 30 years in the Army and resigned from his job as commander of the Afghanistan war over a magazine article, can retire at the rank of four stars, despite the fact that he has been at that rank for just over a year instead of the three years required by the service.

DJ sought as suspect in stabbings at club

posted: 06/30/2010 4:30 a.m.

A man known as “DJ Quest” and a woman believed to be his girlfriend are wanted in the stabbing of two people inside a Pulaski County nightclub early Sunday morning, according to a sheriff ’s office report released Tuesday.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/30/2010 4:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I love Justice Marshall. But if you confirm me to this position, you will get Justice Kagan.

The world in brief

posted: 06/30/2010 4:28 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I am not going to vote because there is a lot of fear. The tension is very strong.” Maria Pilar Villegas, a convenience store clerk in Mexico Article, this page

National GOP tags Crawford ‘young gun’

posted: 06/30/2010 4:28 a.m.

Rick Crawford is the second Arkansas Republican congressional candidate to be anointed a “young gun” by the national party, GOP officials said Tuesday.

WIMBLEDON: Head over heels after upset

posted: 06/30/2010 4:27 a.m.

Venus Williams would shank a shot — and she shanked many on this day — then turn toward the Court 1 player guest box where her parents were seated and put her palms up or shrug her shoulders.

Rodgers wants birthday to remember

posted: 06/30/2010 4:26 a.m.

Patrick Rodgers legally becomes a man today.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Vacation memories precious and new

posted: 06/30/2010 4:21 a.m.

As I write this, I’m sprawled in a camp chair, enjoying New Mexico’s crisp, pinion-scented air and sipping a glass of Pistachio Rose.

Kids in Explorer program come to know state parks

posted: 06/30/2010 4:20 a.m.

Starting this summer, young people have the opportunity to appreciate Arkansas state parks in a new way by participating in an educational program that encourages seeing, smelling and listening to what the parks have to offer.

HEART & SOUL: Good relationships entail high standards

posted: 06/30/2010 4:18 a.m.

Everyone else was giving a young friend of ours free advice, so I thought I’d offer mine. Since she’s at a turning point in her life and is facing a host of decisions, I volunteered my universal three rules for everything and everyone.

Arkansas girl, 11, killed in shooting

posted: 06/30/2010 4:12 a.m.

Authorities say an 11-year-old Arkansas girl visiting her father in North Carolina was killed when the 20-gauge shotgun he was unloading went off.

Police rifles OK’d in W. Memphis

posted: 06/30/2010 3:55 a.m.

West Memphis patrol officers will soon carry semiautomatic rifles on duty with the City Council’s approval, the city’s assistant police chief said Tuesday.

Obituaries

posted: 06/30/2010 3:53 a.m.

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

European champs make quarterfinals

posted: 06/30/2010 3:53 a.m.

David Villa called it one of his best goals.

Charles A. Donaldson: Interior decorator tapped love of arts

posted: 06/30/2010 3:51 a.m.

Charles A. Donaldson wouldn’t head to Hallmark to buy cards for his family — he’d make them. Drawing religious figures and always adding a Bible verse to fit the Christmas or Easter season, Donaldson would professionally print the cards and paint the figures by hand, his niece Margaret Dunn said.

Daily record

posted: 06/30/2010 3:50 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.

COMMENTARY: Richardson resolves to shock doubters

posted: 06/30/2010 3:49 a.m.

Thumbing through his wardrobe, Nolan Richardson came across a gem: his coveted pink sports coat.

State called 8th-fattest in U.S. obesity report

posted: 06/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas is the eighth most obese state in the nation, up from its 10th-place ranking last year, according to an annual report released Tuesday.

ANALYSIS 2010: NBA free agent class has great deal to offer

posted: 06/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

It takes more than just one King to make a free agency class elite.

2 face alcohol charges after traffic dispute spurs fight

posted: 06/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

Two men were arrested on alcohol charges after Faulkner County Circuit Judge David Clark and a Conway Parks Department worker engaged in an altercation after a traffic encounter, police said.

Deputies’ patrol cars pelted with fireworks

posted: 06/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

A North Little Rock teenager was charged with aggravated assault after Pulaski County sheriff ’s deputies say he hit a patrol car with a “large firework” that bounced off the hood and exploded against the windshield.

Police beat

posted: 06/30/2010 3:45 a.m.

Police arrest Texan in LR burglaries. Police arrested a Texas man Tuesday they believe burglarized eight homes, including at least three in Little Rock, between November and March, according to a Little Rock police arrest report.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

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

Other days

posted: 06/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 30, 1910 FORT SMITH — After being in session ten days, the Grand Jury adjourned yesterday afternoon. In its final report it says that the insane wards at the county hospital are not thoroughly sanitary, and that the patients are not as comfortable as they should be.

LETTERS

posted: 06/30/2010 3:42 a.m.

Power trumps good With all the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, I hear much talk about the importance of switching to cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar. When listening to the arguments for why we need to keep drilling for oil, I wonder what it might’ve been like 150 years ago.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Subway, Yankee Stadium don’t intimidate Lee

posted: 06/30/2010 3:42 a.m.

Cliff Lee, the former Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher from Benton, beat the New York Yankees in their ballpark again, pitching his third consecutive complete game to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.

What she doesn’t say

posted: 06/30/2010 3:41 a.m.

Football may be the equivalent of an established church in these latitudes, but politics can be quite a spectator sport, too. It’s a joy to watch a particularly smooth political operator advance like a broken-field runner in agile action. The art lies as much, perhaps more, in the feint as the actual move.

The cold shoulder

posted: 06/30/2010 3:39 a.m.

THAT DISTANT melody—well, noise—you hear approaching is the familiar sound of the ice cream truck in summer. That is, for those of you who live in towns that allow the roving iceboxes with tinny tunes attached.

Law in a nutshell

posted: 06/30/2010 3:37 a.m.

It’s not enough to do right, it needs to be done right. That about sums up the non-decision Monday by a circuit judge in Pulaski County. His Honor Tim Fox was called on to decide the latest legal round between the teachers’ union and the Pulaski County school board that’s trying to free the district from the union’s contract, and its toils.

One last lion

posted: 06/30/2010 3:37 a.m.

The death of Senator Robert C. Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, this week at age 92 is a loss for the nation and for the Senate as an institution.

Marlins staying with Rodriguez

posted: 06/30/2010 3:37 a.m.

Edwin Rodriguez told the Florida Marlins’ top executives last weekend that he would happily accept whatever job they wanted him to have.

The right thing

posted: 06/30/2010 3:36 a.m.

After allowing a Rolling Stone reporter into his inner circle for about a month, General Stanley McChrystal was allowed to resign for comments incredibly unbecoming in an officer.

Guest writer: Overhaul overdue

posted: 06/30/2010 3:36 a.m.

It has been suggested by supporters of Arkansas colleges and universities that I am in need of a history lesson because I want to repeal sections of Amendment 33.

Change slow to come

posted: 06/30/2010 3:35 a.m.

Responses from teachers invited to share their thoughts on what has been done to improve education in the last few years have ranged from the gratifying to the disheartening.

Off the wire

posted: 06/30/2010 3:35 a.m.

GOLF Woods: No tension Tiger Woods will have Steve Williams carrying his golf bag at this week’s AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., near Philadelphia, two weeks after making critical comments about his caddie at the U.S. Open.

TIDBITS

posted: 06/30/2010 3:32 a.m.

PRAISE FOR PIE Charlotte Bowls was featured in the June issue of Southern Living magazine when her coconut pie, served at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets, 290 Main St., Keo, was named one of the South’s best pies by the magazine. Tasters at Southern Living sampled more than 70 pies for the story, which is also available online south ernliving.com/travel.

FRONT BURNER: Cool tuna salad pinch hits for BLT on sizzling day

posted: 06/30/2010 3:29 a.m.

Though the official high for the day was 99 degrees, the thermometer on my kitchen window read 102 degrees. And I simply could not bear the thought of turning on the oven, the range or even the toaster.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 06/30/2010 3:29 a.m.

William Bounds Grill Mill, available in two sizes (5 inches and 7 inches), is made of durable stainless steel and features straight sides with a textured area for a nonslip grip, ideal for use over a grill or stove. The adjustable ceramic milling mechanism comes with a lifetime warranty and crushes to release more flavor than traditional grinding mills.

IDEA ALLEY: Dip gives the zip to fried tomatoes

posted: 06/30/2010 3:28 a.m.

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

UNCORKED: America, the Home of the Vineyards

posted: 06/30/2010 3:26 a.m.

This July Fourth, I will be celebrating the United States’ independence, but I will also be reflecting on the day America gained its independence as a respected wine nation.

Slim pickings

posted: 06/30/2010 3:26 a.m.

WHAT: Dove Miniatures (ice cream) STATS: Each individually wrapped bar contains 60 calories and 4 fat grams. Sold in boxes of 12.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Chinese bistro food for home kitchens

posted: 06/30/2010 3:25 a.m.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro recently debuted Home Menu, a line of frozen Asian entrees for two you can make in your kitchen. The selections are: Orange Chicken made with white-meat chicken, a spicy orange sauce, carrots, water chestnuts and edamame.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/30/2010 3:18 a.m.

German mussel wins out The Germans have a ringer on their side for the World Cup — octopus oracle Paul.

No time for online dating? Outsource leg work

posted: 06/30/2010 3:17 a.m.

Max Hartshorn has pretty much mastered online dating.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/30/2010 3:17 a.m.

BASEBALL Hogs’ Cox, Eibner add All-America honors Arkansas’ Zack Cox and Brett Eibner were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division I All-America teams released Tuesday.

New dates bringing in more cowboys

posted: 06/30/2010 3:16 a.m.

Rick Culver joked that he won’t know what to do with himself on the Fourth of July.

Roachell rolls after rough start

posted: 06/30/2010 3:15 a.m.

Conway’s Summar Roachell recovered from a near-disastrous start Tuesday and held on to win the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship.

Cabot’s Benton makes national event

posted: 06/30/2010 3:14 a.m.

Cabot’s Colby Benton shot 1 over par Tuesday and grabbed a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 06/30/2010 3:14 a.m.

Crispin: The End of Time Avi HarperCollins Children’s, $16.99, ages 10-up The final installment in Colorado author Avi’s brilliant Crispin series begins with sorrow and tension. Crispin’s beloved friend and protector,

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/30/2010 3:12 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My husband retired a couple of years ago, and now all he does is worry about his health. He only has a few minor problems (like anyone his age) but all he can think about is how he might become disabled some day, and things like that. How can I change this? Or should I even try? — Q.R.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/30/2010 3:12 a.m.

Happy birthday. You become increasingly consistent with your actions. People trust you, and you trust yourself. Your confidence attracts a new client, boss or fan base over the next six weeks. July is the most romantic month. Finances take a turn for the better in August.

PARENTING: Keep On Keepin’ On with wild child’s discipline

posted: 06/30/2010 3:11 a.m.

Q Our 13-year-old daughter recently told us that she wants to be like everyone else even if that means doing the wrong thing. She gets as close to trouble as possible and lots of times goes head-on into it.

No rush to lower homes’ loan tab

posted: 06/30/2010 3:11 a.m.

Homeowners are taking advantage of the lowest mortgage rates in almost 40 years to refinance their homes, but not at the high levels that might be expected.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/30/2010 3:10 a.m.

QI’ve been divorced for five years and with my current girlfriend for four. I think it’s best for our children if my girlfriend comes to parent-teacher conferences since she is very involved with the kids and helps me care for them during the 50 percent of the time that we have them. How would you advise going about this?

Shale drilling complaints escalate

posted: 06/30/2010 3:10 a.m.

Drilling in the Fayetteville Shale formation in the northern part of the state has been a game changer for state regulatory agencies. With 2,300 wells drilled and 2,000 miles of pipeline laid since drilling began in the formation in 2004, agencies have had to adapt quickly.

Family shopper

posted: 06/30/2010 3:09 a.m.

ALLERMATES WRISTBANDS What are they? Bracelets that announce a child’s allergy in bright colors so temporary caregivers and others will know not to expose the wearer to potentially life-threatening foods. Perfect for play dates and school parties.

Slowdown fears pound stocks

posted: 06/30/2010 3:09 a.m.

Stocks and interest rates plunged Tuesday after signs of slowing economies from China to the U.S. spooked traders who were already uneasy about a global recovery.

Retailer reassigns U.S.-unit president

posted: 06/30/2010 3 a.m.

Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and CEO of U.S. operations for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will become chief of the e-commerce and global food and merchandise sourcing office as the retail giant attempts to strengthen its international grip, company officials said Tuesday.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/30/2010 2:59 a.m.

Ex-Alltel, CJRW execs form marketing firm Communications veterans David Martin and Randy Wilbourn have formed Martin-Wilbourn Partners LLC, a marketing and communications company in Little Rock.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/30/2010 2:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There was such a large demand for refinancing in 2009 that the vast majority of people who were considering refinancing probably did it last year.” Scott McElmurry, chief operating officer for Bank of Little Rock Mortgage Article, 1D

Prices for homes back on increase

posted: 06/30/2010 2:55 a.m.

Home prices in April rose for the first time in seven months as government tax credits bolstered the housing market. But the rebound may be short-lived now that the incentives have expired.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/30/2010 2:54 a.m.

1. Where is the arena described as “a palace built for cows” ? 2. Name the 20th century U.S. president who wrote the book Keeping Faith. 3. Who painted pictures in a series called “The Rake’s Progress” ? 4. In troy weight, how many ounces equal one pound?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/30/2010 2:48 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Strawberries are delicious and colorful, and they are a great snack! One cup of strawberries has about 46 calories and provides more than the daily requirement for vitamin C. They also are rich in antioxidants, and plentiful in the supermarket at this time of year.

Creature feature

posted: 06/30/2010 2:47 a.m.

We have a mixed-breed dog (he’s part fish, I think) that really likes to swim. He jumps into ponds, lakes, streams... just anything with water. We draw the line at our neighbor’s pool. We’d like to know if there are any water safety tips for dogs.

Tuesday, June 29

3 rigs, 28 platforms evacuated because of Alex

posted: 06/29/2010 8:50 p.m.

The federal agency that regulates offshore oil and gas says operators on the western edge of the Gulf are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Storm Alex but not those involved in the spill response.

New police chief for Pine Bluff is Ga. woman

posted: 06/29/2010 8:14 p.m.

City officials plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to introduce a police chief to replace one fired by the mayor.

Ark. prison board names top deputy to run agency

posted: 06/29/2010 8:06 p.m.

The state Corrections Board on Tuesday chose a 35-year veteran of the Arkansas prison system to be the new director in the wake of Larry Norris’ retirement in January.

White House: McChrystal to retire with 4 stars

posted: 06/29/2010 4:32 p.m.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, fired from his job as commander of the Afghanistan war after more than three decades in the Army, will be allowed to retire at the rank of four stars.

Series of quakes shake Searcy area

posted: 06/29/2010 3:36 p.m.

A series of small earthquakes have rattled the Searcy area over the last several days, though officials say even the strongest temblor fell far short of one capable of producing damage.

Stocks skid on renewed fears of global slowdown

posted: 06/29/2010 3:32 p.m.

Stocks and interest rates tumbled after signs of slowing economies spooked traders who were already uneasy about a recovery.

New owner, old sound

posted: 06/29/2010 3:20 p.m.

No worries fans of metal and underground music in central Arkansas, Downtown Music will be true to its metal and underground music roots.

World Cup watchers

posted: 06/29/2010 3:18 p.m.

In retrospect, it couldn't have been a good sign that a car engine exploded before the U.S. played its first-ever extra time in a World Cup match.

Food for the soul

posted: 06/29/2010 3:16 p.m.

Anyone familiar with Arkansas politics back in the '80s and '90s will remember the name Robert “Say” McIntosh.

Near-misses: The barbecue restaurants that almost were tops

posted: 06/29/2010 3:11 p.m.

Narrowing down more than 40 local barbecue restaurants to a top three is a tiring yet delicious job.

Barbecue finalists: In descending order from highest to lowest scores

posted: 06/29/2010 3:08 p.m.

Out of the 45 barbecue restaurants visited, here are four through 12.

Maumelle’s Smoke Shack proprietor lives out his barbecue dreams

posted: 06/29/2010 3:02 p.m.

A little bit of persistence can go a long way.

Conway’s Smokehouse continues family tradition of perfectly smoked meats

posted: 06/29/2010 3 p.m.

When 57-year-old Don Smith was a kid, he swore he’d never be in the restaurant business.

House votes to extend homebuyer credit 3 months

posted: 06/29/2010 2:57 p.m.

The House has passed a bill giving homebuyers an extra three months to complete their purchases and still qualify for a generous tax credit.

The legend of The Shack

posted: 06/29/2010 2:55 p.m.

You’re standing outside a barbecue place. Any barbecue place. Anywhere.

Capitol Smokehouse keeps customers queuing up for the ‘cue

posted: 06/29/2010 2:53 p.m.

And this is the important part when barbecuing pork butts. Remember this: low and slow. Low is 175 degrees. Slow is 16 hours to 18 hours.

House rejects extension of unemployment benefits

posted: 06/29/2010 2:47 p.m.

The House rejected a bill Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for long stretches.

West Memphis police to get semiautomatic rifles

posted: 06/29/2010 2:38 p.m.

West Memphis patrol officers will be getting semiautomatic rifles, a decision reached just over a month after two officers were fatally shot during a traffic stop.

UPDATE: One lane open after I-440 wreck

posted: 06/29/2010 2:33 p.m.

One lane of Interstate 440 west at Interstate 30 is now open, but dispatchers say it may be several hours before the roadway is cleared completely.

8 district farm families selected

posted: 06/29/2010 2:24 p.m.

Eight farm families were selected as tops in their respective districts for this year. An overall winner for the state will be selected from the eight and honored later this year.

White House: Arrests will not hurt US-Russia ties

posted: 06/29/2010 2:15 p.m.

The White House says the arrests of 11 people in an alleged Russian spy ring won’t affect the relationship between the United States and Russia.

Senate panel endorses Petraeus as Afghan war chief

posted: 06/29/2010 2:14 p.m.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of Gen. David Petraeus to become the next commander of the Afghanistan war.

Plan to flee triggered spy arrests, officials say

posted: 06/29/2010 2:13 p.m.

A Justice Department spokesman says the FBI arrested defendants in the Russia spy case on Sunday partly because one of the suspects was scheduled to leave the country and had to be taken into custody before departure.

2 who left CJRW create new marketing firm

posted: 06/29/2010 12:57 p.m.

The recent defections from long-time advertising firm CJRW have joined forces to create a new marketing company in Little Rock.

New PB police chief to be installed

posted: 06/29/2010 11:55 a.m.

Pine Bluff will introduce Brenda Davis- Jones as the city's new chief of police Wednesday.

Medical marijuana user sues over Walmart firing

updated: 06/29/2010 2:25 p.m.

A man who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday he was wrongfully fired from a Walmart store in Michigan after testing positive for the drug.

BP floating financial lifeline to station owners

posted: 06/29/2010 11:45 a.m.

Oil giant BP PLC is floating a financial lifeline to the owners, operators and suppliers of the gas stations around America that bear its name and have been struggling because of boycotts prompted by the Gulf spill.

Prosecutors say drug evidence relevant in Mann case

posted: 06/29/2010 11:28 a.m.

A doctor charged in the bombing outside the home of the state medical board chairman planned the attack after the board received a complaint that he’d been illegally distributing drugs, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.

8 arrested in marijuana scheme

posted: 06/29/2010 11:21 a.m.

KENNETT, Mo. — Ten people from Missouri, Arkansas and Texas are facing federal indictment for conspiring to distribute a large amount of marijuana in southeast Missouri.

Petraeus vows long-term commitment in Afghan war

posted: 06/29/2010 11:17 a.m.

Gen. David Petraeus cautiously endorsed President Barack Obama’s exit plan for the Afghan war on Tuesday, but left himself room to recommend changes or delays as he interviewed for the job of commander of the stalemated war.

Stocks skid on renewed fears of global slowdown

posted: 06/29/2010 11:12 a.m.

Stocks and interest rates are tumbling after more signs of a slowing global economy have spooked traders.

Flood of TV ads washes over impressionable children

posted: 06/29/2010 11:10 a.m.

Advertising is as much a part of modern children’s world as water and air, coming at them through innumerable sources — television, radio, the Internet, on bus sides and bathroom walls, gift certificates for good schoolwork and even cereal boxes and milk cartons — bombarding them with messages to buy, buy, buy, as reported in Wednesday’s Family section

Blueberries are as all-American as the Fourth of July

posted: 06/29/2010 11:07 a.m.

A truly American way to celebrate Independence Day on Sunday is to forget the grill and the burgers or hot dogs — and reach for the blueberries, writes Kelly Brant in Wednesday’s Food pages.

Arkansas among most obese states, study finds

updated: 06/29/2010 11:11 a.m.

Arkansas ranks among the 10 worst states in adult and childhood obesity, according to a study released Tuesday by Trust for America's Health.

11th arrest made in Russia spy ring bust

posted: 06/29/2010 9:58 a.m.

An eleventh person was captured overseas as authorities broke up a suspected Russian spy ring whose members were assigned a decade or more ago to infiltrate American society.

Authorities search for Union County jail escapee

posted: 06/29/2010 9:13 a.m.

Authorities in south Arkansas are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Union County jail.

Recruiters had Harvard access, Kagan says

posted: 06/29/2010 9:09 a.m.

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan told her confirmation hearings on Tuesday the Pentagon’s recruiters had access to Harvard Law School students “every single day I was dean,” adding that she believes military service is the most important way anyone can serve the country.

Burglar caught in act at investment firm, police say

posted: 06/29/2010 8:56 a.m.

Police in Searcy arrested a man Monday who was in the process of burglarizing a local branch of an investment firm, authorities said.

Alex expected to strengthen into hurricane

posted: 06/29/2010 8:52 a.m.

A strengthening Tropical Storm Alex was expected to become a hurricane Tuesday as it swirled toward the Gulf coast of northern Mexico and southern Texas, where authorities were readying emergency shelters and distributing sandbags.

Wal-Mart appoints new online, U.S. leaders

posted: 06/29/2010 8:23 a.m.

Wal-Mart on Tuesday named new presidents for its U.S. operations and for a unit that focuses on online sales.

Home prices rise for first time in seven months

posted: 06/29/2010 8:11 a.m.

Home prices in April rose for the first time in seven months as government tax incentives helped to bolster the housing market.

Son of Ashdown mayor drowns in Oklahoma lake

posted: 06/29/2010 8:06 a.m.

Authorities in Little River County say the son of Ashdown’s mayor has drowned in a southeastern Oklahoma lake.

Cyprus police arrest alleged Russian spy

posted: 06/29/2010 7:36 a.m.

A Cyprus police spokesman says authorities have arrested a Canadian citizen wanted by U.S. authorities on suspicion of espionage and money laundering.

Allens to expand in Van Buren

posted: 06/29/2010 7:30 a.m.

Arkansas-based Allens Inc. has announced plans to expand its vegetable plants in Arkansas and New York and to buy a plant in Texas.

Court spikes city’s gun rule

posted: 06/29/2010 5:52 a.m.

The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that the Second Amendment provides all Americans a fundamental right to bear arms, a long-sought victory for gunrights advocates who have chafed at federal, state and local efforts to restrict gun ownership.

Wall Street hiring climbs as pay offers fly

posted: 06/29/2010 5:50 a.m.

Wall Street firms are adding jobs for the first time in two years with New York seeing 6,800 more financial-industry positions from the end of February through May, according to the New York state Department of Labor.

10 arrested, said to be a spy ring for Russia

posted: 06/29/2010 5:49 a.m.

They had lived for more than a decade in U.S. cities and suburbs from Seattle to New York, where they seemed to be ordinary people working ordinary jobs.

In Senate the longest, Byrd dies

posted: 06/29/2010 5:48 a.m.

Robert Byrd, the U.S. senator who set records for longevity in Congress while becoming known for his powerful oratory and mastery of legislative rules and traditions, has died. He was 92.

Israeli premier called to testify

posted: 06/29/2010 5:45 a.m.

The Israeli commission of inquiry into last month’s deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla will summon the country’s prime minister to testify, the chief investigator announced Monday as the five-member panel officially began work.

Stimulus axed, states take on budget holes

posted: 06/29/2010 5:44 a.m.

For cash strapped states counting on federal stimulus money, the news was a stunning blow: A deficit-weary Congress had rejected billions in additional aid, forcing lawmakers into a mad scramble to balance their budgets.

London traffic fee’s top resister is U.S.

posted: 06/29/2010 5:44 a.m.

Britain’s Foreign Office named the United States Embassy on Monday as the worst offender among diplomatic missions that have racked up $54 million in disputed traffic congestion charges.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/29/2010 5:43 a.m.

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

BP: $2.65 billion spent on spill

posted: 06/29/2010 5:42 a.m.

BP’s mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, it said Monday, but the oil giant denied reports out of Russia that Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward is resigning.

Obama reaches out on exploring space

posted: 06/29/2010 5:41 a.m.

Saying the U.S. is no longer “racing against an adversary,” President Barack Obama called Monday for greater international cooperation in exploring space.

Blagojevich tape mentions Oprah

posted: 06/29/2010 5:41 a.m.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich called Oprah Winfrey a kingmaker who could influence voters as he considered naming the talk show host to President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat, according to an FBI tape played Monday at his corruption trial.

Gunmen kill Mexican candidate

posted: 06/29/2010 5:40 a.m.

The front-running candidate for governor in the violence wracked border state of Tamaulipas was assassinated Monday.

NATO, Afghans differ on fatal raid

posted: 06/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

NATO said Monday that a Taliban commander was among several armed people killed during a search operation in Kandahar, but residents claimed the troops killed eight innocent civilians, including two elderly men.

Justice Stevens bids farewell after 34 years

posted: 06/29/2010 5:38 a.m.

Bowtie-wearing lawyers and spectators dotted the U.S. Supreme Court chamber on Monday, a nod to retiring justice John Paul Stevens and his signature neckwear.

Byrd’s death hampers finance-overhaul vote

posted: 06/29/2010 5:37 a.m.

The death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia threatens to delay the vote on a package of new rules for Wall Street.

Cities’ handgun laws wobble as court rolls out ruling

posted: 06/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

Chicago and other big cities began wrestling Monday with how to reshape their handgun laws after the Supreme Court placed limits on such local ordinances.

Other matters before the Supreme Court

posted: 06/29/2010 5:35 a.m.

In other actions on Monday, the Supreme Court: Agreed to hear an appeal from business and civil-rights groups trying to overturn a 2007 Arizona law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

Belgian church panel disbands after police raid

posted: 06/29/2010 5:35 a.m.

A panel appointed by the Catholic Church to investigate clerical sex abuse in Belgium is shutting down after police seized all its files during a raid last week, the group’s chairman said Monday.

In the news

posted: 06/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 86, a New Jersey Democrat now the oldest member of the Senate with the death of West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, said he is free of cancer after undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy, adding: “Though it’s not yet visible, there is definitely hair growing on my scalp.”

Names and faces

posted: 06/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

Hip-hop star Method Man pleaded guilty in New York to a tax-evasion charge Monday, writing a check on the spot for the final $40,000 restitution payment after owing about $106,000.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/29/2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I looked up to him, I fought next to him, and I am deeply saddened that he is gone. He leaves a void that simply can never be filled.” West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, on the death of fellow Democrat Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 06/29/2010 5:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “These events reinforce the need to combat organized crime on all fronts.” Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont, after the killing of Rodolfo Torre, the front-running candidate for governor in a border state racked by drug-related violence Article, this page

Judge queries district’s vote on union ties

posted: 06/29/2010 5:32 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge on Monday questioned whether the School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District acted prematurely in voting April 20 to sever ties with its teachers’ union without having personnel policies or a personnel policies committee in place.

Proctor exhausts appeals of ouster

posted: 06/29/2010 5:30 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider Willard Proctor Jr.’s appeal of the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that ousted him from office, ending the former circuit judge’s legal challenges to his January removal.

New ordinance penned for girl’s ice-cream quest

posted: 06/29/2010 5:28 a.m.

Ten-year-old Jenna Steele’s mission to bring ice cream trucks to Sherwood is gaining some momentum.

NLR votes to front veterans memorial

posted: 06/29/2010 5:27 a.m.

North Little Rock City Council members approved Monday having the city front the full $160,000 cost for a veterans memorial in Laman Plaza.

Health Board drafts ban on synthetic ‘pot’ sales

posted: 06/29/2010 5:27 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Health on Friday will consider adopting a rule that would ban the sale of K2 and other synthetic marijuana products, the state Health Department announced Monday.

Makeshift meth lab exposed in LR motel room, 2 arrested

posted: 06/29/2010 5:26 a.m.

The smell emanating from a southwest Little Rock motel room Monday morning led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and two arrests, police said.

State tests for E. coli on stretch of Saline

posted: 06/29/2010 5:25 a.m.

Test results from samples taken Monday to determine the level of E. coli in a portion of the Saline River won’t be ready until Wednesday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Before killing, gun returned to suspect

posted: 06/29/2010 5:24 a.m.

A Little Rock man accused of capital murder used a gun he had retrieved from police a day before the slaying, a Little Rock detective testified on Monday.

LR pools in business until Aug. 1

posted: 06/29/2010 5:23 a.m.

Little Rock officials are combing the city budget for $18,000 to keep two public pools open for two more weeks this summer, Assistant City Manager Bryan Day said Monday.

SWEET TEA: Shadden’s cooker’s gone cold

posted: 06/29/2010 5:20 a.m.

I’m not the first person to tell Vivian Shadden that I wouldn’t have stopped at her store unless someone had suggested I oughta.

Obituaries

posted: 06/29/2010 5:19 a.m.

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

Daily record

posted: 06/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

Didn’t mean to shoot, suspect tells LR police

posted: 06/29/2010 5:17 a.m.

Little Rock police released more details Monday in the shooting death of an 18-year old Little Rock man on South Taylor Street early Sunday.

Intruders cut man, rape woman, flee

posted: 06/29/2010 5:14 a.m.

Garland County sheriff’s investigators were searching Monday for three men who broke into a woman’s home, raped her and stabbed a man visiting the residence.

Coroner identifies train-hit woman

posted: 06/29/2010 5:14 a.m.

The woman hit by a train Saturday night in the College Station community of Pulaski County was identified by the coroner Monday as Karen Mackintrush.

ASU panel proposes ways to boost security

posted: 06/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

An Arkansas State University committee proposing changes to security because of an April 16 fatal shooting on the Jonesboro campus has come up with more than 90 preliminary safety recommendations.

Teen admits killing; charge cut

posted: 06/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

In exchange for a 40-year prison sentence, a Little Rock teenager admitted on Monday to being the gunman in a fatal robbery.

Other days

posted: 06/29/2010 5:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 29, 1910 PINE BLUFF —A deal was consummated here today whereby Louis Rosenfield of Chicago, owner of the Sunny Brook distilleries, purchased 23,000 acres of timber and cut-over lands in this and adjoining counties from W.E. Graham and O.E. McKenzie for $160,000.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 06/29/2010 5:12 a.m.

Tax-law expert, Supreme Court spouse WASHINGTON — Georgetown University law professor Martin D. Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died Sunday of cancer, the Supreme Court announced. He was 78.

The lottery’s latest

posted: 06/29/2010 5:11 a.m.

MOST businesses might expect an independent auditor to deliver an independent audit. Not the Arkansas Lottery (Big Ernie Passailaigue, Head Honcho). Its executives have just reacted with sky-high umbrage to an audit’s findings.

Inmate who left work-release arrested

posted: 06/29/2010 5:11 a.m.

Hours after he walked away from his work-release job in Texarkana, a state prison inmate was arrested after he tried to break into a church on Monday evening, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction said.

COLUMNISTS: The third depression

posted: 06/29/2010 5:11 a.m.

Recessions are common; depressions are rare. As far as I can tell, there were only two eras in economic history that were widely described as “depressions” at the time: the years of deflation and instability that followed the Panic of 1873 and the years of mass unemployment that followed the financial crisis of 1929-31.

A tragic joke

posted: 06/29/2010 5:10 a.m.

We should honor BP for protecting the environment. While we’re at it, we can name Jack the Ripper to the Commission for the Protection of Women, and make Philip Morris a special adviser on pulmonary health.

OTHERS SAY: Full disclosure

posted: 06/29/2010 5:09 a.m.

Americans vote in secret, but they expect most other significant political acts to take place in the sunshine, from passing laws to making campaign donations. Anonymity in those areas is inimical to a robust democracy, and the Supreme Court was right on Thursday to rule that there is no constitutional right to hide in the shadows when signing a referendum petition.

LETTERS

posted: 06/29/2010 5:09 a.m.

Actions were unacceptable Letter writer Linda Massey obviously does not understand the military culture, its laws or the requirement for civilian control of the military.

Another vacation spoiled

posted: 06/29/2010 5:08 a.m.

Chancellor G. David Gearhart may never experience a peaceful vacation. Over his years in Fayetteville, each time he finally has gotten away from the University of Arkansas, another calamity inevitably has suddenly arisen.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: One-name wonders

posted: 06/29/2010 5:05 a.m.

As Brazil was dismantling Chile, a couple of fans delighted the crowd by parading around the stadium with two giant gold replicas of the World Cup trophy.

Cabrera helps stop Naturals

posted: 06/29/2010 5:03 a.m.

Daniel Cabrera did not pitch long enough Monday night to get the victory, but the former major leaguer’s start gave the Arkansas Travelers a much-needed boost.

Lineman big hit on potent team

posted: 06/29/2010 5:01 a.m.

The second in a series profiling new additions for the Arkansas football team in 2010.

Roddick ‘fired’ by unseeded Lu

posted: 06/29/2010 4:59 a.m.

Andy Roddick’s mood was subdued, his words curt.

Cooper wins 1 for Gamecocks

posted: 06/29/2010 4:57 a.m.

Blake Cooper allowed three hits in eight-plus innings and Bobby Haney drove in a career high three runs, moving South Carolina within a victory of its first national title with a 7-1 victory over UCLA in Game 1 of the College World Series final Monday night.

Division talk tabled by SEC

posted: 06/29/2010 4:56 a.m.

Abolishing the SEC’s divisional alignments in men’s basketball was a hot topic at the league tournament in March in Nashville, Tenn.

No joltin’ for Joe as rookie All-Star

posted: 06/29/2010 4:54 a.m.

Suddenly there seems to be an intense baseball debate about whether Stephen Strasburg should appear in the July 13 major league All-Star Game — perhaps even as the National League’s starting pitcher.

Hearing opens on Kagan’s court bid

posted: 06/29/2010 4:51 a.m.

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged at her Senate confirmation hearing Monday to show the “evenhandedness and impartiality” the Constitution demands if she is confirmed and to offer proper deference to Congress and the laws it makes.

Basketball slighted in Big 12 raid

posted: 06/29/2010 4:50 a.m.

It was a harrowing and humbling experience for everybody who coaches basketball in the Big 12.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Marlins manager has plenty to savor in San Juan

posted: 06/29/2010 4:49 a.m.

The Florida Marlins gave interim manager Edwin Rodriguez a sweet homecoming in Puerto Rico on Monday night, beating the New York Mets 10-3.

AJGA ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Razorbacks signee riding high after Public Links

posted: 06/29/2010 4:48 a.m.

Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., demonstrated clearly what she could do on a national stage Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

State sports brief

posted: 06/29/2010 4:42 a.m.

CROSS COUNTRY Conway’s Friant to run at Ozarks Conway’s Matthew Friant will continue his cross country career at the University of the Ozarks. Friant helped the Wampus Cats finish as state runner-up his sophomore and junior years.

Cubs’ Zambrano on restricted list

posted: 06/29/2010 4:42 a.m.

Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list and the Chicago Cubs expect to be without the hot-tempered pitcher until at least the All-Star break.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

A golf shot of Olympic proportions Bill Pennington of The New York Times wondered if anyone had ever made a hole in one and won an Olympic gold medal.

Semipro

posted: 06/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

HATTIESBURG BLACK SOX 7, PINE BLUFF BRAVES 2 Hattiesburg............ 201 301 0 — 7 10 0 Pine Bluff................ 200 000 0 — 2 0 2 Washington, Riley (7) and Parks. Marshall, Smith (5) and Blackstock. WP — Washington. LP — Marshall.

Courting LeBron

posted: 06/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

A look at the teams that could pursue LeBron James in free agency (in alphabetical order): CHICAGO BULLS PROJECTED AMOUNT UNDER SALARY CAP $29.2 million WHY THEY’D LAND LEBRON With Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, Bulls have perhaps the best core of any James suitor. ...

Off the wire

posted: 06/29/2010 4:41 a.m.

TENNIS Capriati recovering Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was recovering Monday from an accidental overdose of prescribed medication, a family spokesman said.

James could put league on hold

posted: 06/29/2010 4:40 a.m.

Hey Le-Bron, make up your mind!

Incomes up 0.4%; savings rise, too

posted: 06/29/2010 4:39 a.m.

Incomes grew faster than spending in May, making it possible for American households to simultaneously increase savings and support the economic recovery, analysts said.

States ease food-vendor laws

posted: 06/29/2010 4:38 a.m.

At Wisconsin farmers markets, vendors no longer need licenses to sell pickles, jams and other canned foods, while small farmers in Maine can sell slaughtered chickens without worrying about inspections.

Obama signs spectrum-sale memo

posted: 06/29/2010 4:38 a.m.

The Obama administration is seeking to nearly double the wireless communications spectrum available for commercial use over the next 10 years, an effort that could greatly enhance the ability of consumers to send and receive video and data with smart phones and other hand-held devices.

Regional carriers finding sour side to links with Delta

posted: 06/29/2010 4:37 a.m.

Delta Air Lines depends heavily on its partnerships with regional carriers to operate Delta Connection flights all over the country, but it has fractured some of those relationships as it cuts back its flights using smaller planes.

China, Taiwan to sign accord

posted: 06/29/2010 4:34 a.m.

Longtime rivals China and Taiwan are set to sign a broad-reaching trade deal today to draw their economies closer, which Beijing hopes could lead to a political accommodation, six decades after they split amid civil war.

Airbus calls for U.S.-EU powwow

posted: 06/29/2010 4:33 a.m.

Airbus called Monday for talks between the United States and the European Union to end the trans-Atlantic fight over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers, saying it was the only way to end the costly six-year dispute.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/29/2010 4:29 a.m.

Allens Inc. expanding in state, N.Y., Texas Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs will expand plants in Van Buren and Oakfield, N.Y., and has acquired a plant in Fort Worth, the company said in a news release Monday.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/29/2010 4:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The WTO has now ruled in the U.S. case against European government subsidies to Airbus and the findings will be made public shortly.” Charlie Miller, Boeing spokesman Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Stocks a worry; interest rates fall

posted: 06/29/2010 4:28 a.m.

A darkening view of the economy sent bond market interest rates to their lowest level in 14 months and kept many investors out of the stock market.

Virgin Islands financier bilked 400, U.S. says

posted: 06/29/2010 4:27 a.m.

A Virgin Islands-based financial manager ran a $105 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded 400 investors by falsely claiming to invest in foreign currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Monday.

JULY CALENDAR: In with a bang

posted: 06/29/2010 4:27 a.m.

Sizzle fo shizzle! July is packed tight as a firecracker with all the fuse that’s fit to print — fireworks, motorcycles, cowboys, wrestlers, cardboard boats and — hot news if you happen to be a mosquito — nudists.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Bachelor hookups turn into breakups

posted: 06/29/2010 4:22 a.m.

Sandra and Jesse.

CRITICAL MASS: Lu’s desperate housewife

posted: 06/29/2010 4:10 a.m.

The song and the singer are familiar and, though you’ve never imagined her singing it, the casting seems perfect.

THE TV COLUMN: Rescue Me’s firefighters snuff blazes, start more

posted: 06/29/2010 4:09 a.m.

The roll call of outstanding summer drama continues today when Season 6 of Rescue Me debuts at 9 p.m. on FX.

DRESSING ROOM: Fashion Week back for a second season

posted: 06/29/2010 3:59 a.m.

After making a splashy debut in 2009, Little Rock Fashion Week glides into its second season July 10-17.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/29/2010 3:56 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know faith is important, but how much faith do you have to have in order to be saved and go to heaven when you die? — J.McD.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Evolve for yourself, not her

posted: 06/29/2010 3:56 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend of one year and I recently broke up. She said it’s because she needs to learn to be on her own two feet, because she hopped from one relationship to the next and never learned to be happy on her own, and because I need to grow up because I’m still acting like a senior in high school.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/29/2010 3:55 a.m.

Happy birthday. You find new inspiration. Also, you’ll be a muse to others. You’ll work on yourself to get ready for a fun event in August. Because you’re prepared, you’ll have a blast. October brings an enriching relationship.You’ll get better and better at thinking things through. One of your brilliant strategies will pay off in November. Gemini and Aries people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/29/2010 3:52 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Please ask your readers to stop writing in library books. I read a lot of fiction, and I’m sure the authors research their material in depth, but they probably do make mistakes in detailing specifics or descriptions of things.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 06/29/2010 3:51 a.m.

Q. How many Social Security numbers have been issued since the program started?

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/29/2010 3:50 a.m.

1. Who was president of the United States when Alaska was purchased from Russia? 2. What does the expression “to sleep like a top” mean? 3. What is the smallest unit of life? 4. In the more than 200-year history of the United States, has there always been a presidential election every four years?

Monday, June 28

Hurricane warnings for Texas, Mexico as Alex churns

posted: 06/28/2010 9:56 p.m.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for the coasts of south Texas and northeastern Mexico as Tropical Storm Alex gains strength.

Escapee from work release caught in Texarkana

posted: 06/28/2010 9:16 p.m.

Arkansas prison officials have captured a 20-year-old man who walked away from a work release job in Texarkana.

Union says Air Force wrong to privatize food jobs

posted: 06/28/2010 5:47 p.m.

Dozens of picketers were out in force Monday at Elmendorf Air Force Base to protest a move by the military to privatize food service jobs.

McChrystal tells Army he will resign

posted: 06/28/2010 5:24 p.m.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, told the Army on Monday that he will retire.

Health Board to look at synthetic 'pot' ban

posted: 06/28/2010 5:20 p.m.

The Arkansas Board of Health has called a special meeting for Friday to discuss whether to enact an emergency ban of synthetic marijuana products.

NLR forecasters sending out extra weather balloons

posted: 06/28/2010 4:25 p.m.

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says it’s sending up twice as many weather balloons as normal to help with the forecasting of Tropical Storm Alex.

Police discover drug lab at LR motel

posted: 06/28/2010 3:54 p.m.

Two people were arrested Monday as Little Rock police officers discovered a methamphetamine lab in a motel room.

PCSSD to require registration of all students

posted: 06/28/2010 3 p.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District is requiring all students — new and returning — to register at the school they will attend this coming year.

Authorities investigate Garland County kidnapping

posted: 06/28/2010 2:33 p.m.

Authorities are trying to identify three men accused in a rape and stabbing after forcing their way into a Garland County residence.

Rampage suspect didn't complete anger therapy

posted: 06/28/2010 2:24 p.m.

A convicted murderer originally from Arkansas, who was arrested in the weekend stabbing deaths of four people, was released from prison in 2006 but was put back behind bars two years ago for failing to complete anger management therapy.

Arrest made in weekend shooting

posted: 06/28/2010 2:16 p.m.

A 25-year-old Little Rock man has been arrested in connection with the Saturday night shooting of a mother and daughter.

BP puts spill costs at $2.65 billion

posted: 06/28/2010 2:15 p.m.

BP said Monday that the cost of containing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has reached $2.65 billion as it drills two relief wells to plug the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

LR home builder files for bankruptcy

posted: 06/28/2010 1:47 p.m.

A prominent Little Rock home builder has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Proctor hearing request denied by Supreme Court

posted: 06/28/2010 12:41 p.m.

The top court in the land refused to hear a petition filed by a former Pulaski County circuit judge to be reinstated after his removal from the bench for ethical violations.

Doctor says bombing indictment unclear

posted: 06/28/2010 11:53 a.m.

The doctor charged in the bombing of the state medical board chairman wants prosecutors to offer more specifics as the case heads to trial July 6.

Authorities identify woman killed by train

posted: 06/28/2010 11:36 a.m.

Authorities have identified a woman who died late Saturday night after being hit by a train in Pulaski County.

Senate panel begins Kagan confirmation hearings

updated: 06/28/2010 3:13 p.m.

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is telling senators she’ll do her best to consider cases impartially and with judicial humility, as she begins Judiciary Committee hearings.

State to get up to $3.3 million for bird habitats

posted: 06/28/2010 11:14 a.m.

Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says the state may receive as much as $3.3 million to develop and enhance habitat for birds making their annual migration south toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Murder suspect appears in court

posted: 06/28/2010 11:04 a.m.

A Little Rock man suspected of fatally shooting an 18-year-old in front of a local auto-service business Sunday was arrested after he showed up at police headquarters claiming he had been the victim of a crime, prosecutors said in court Monday.

FDA urging limited antibiotics in meat

posted: 06/28/2010 10:26 a.m.

The Food and Drug Administration is urging meat producers to limit the amount of antibiotics they give animals in response to public health concerns about the drugs.

Supreme Court strikes down part of anti-fraud law

posted: 06/28/2010 10:11 a.m.

The Supreme Court has struck down part of the anti-fraud law enacted in response to Enron and other corporate scandals from the early 2000s.

Supreme Court extends gun owner rights nationwide

updated: 06/28/2010 11:31 a.m.

The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live.

Clams on contaminated boat sent to Arkansas for incineration

posted: 06/28/2010 8:56 a.m.

The Coast Guard says a clam boat that dragged up canisters of mustard gas earlier this month off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., has been decontaminated.

I-430 lane closure set for this week

posted: 06/28/2010 8:31 a.m.

The state Highway and Transportation Department says southbound motorists on Interstate 430 should be alert to a lane closure scheduled during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fort Smith police to be on cable TV show

posted: 06/28/2010 7:57 a.m.

Fort Smith police officers will be featured on a cable television series.

Americans spend more in May, see incomes rise

updated: 06/28/2010 11:12 a.m.

Americans spent a little more in May but not enough to speed along the economic recovery.

Tuesday brings new season of outstanding 'Rescue Me'

posted: 06/28/2010 6:44 a.m.

The roll call of outstanding summer drama continues Tuesday when Season 6 of 'Rescue Me' debuts at 9 p.m. on FX, as Michael Storey reports in The TV Column in Tuesday’s Style section.

West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

updated: 06/28/2010 11:19 a.m.

Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday. He was 92.

Guinea holds 1st democratic poll

posted: 06/28/2010 5:52 a.m.

Junta-ruled Guinea held its first free election Sunday since independence more than half a century ago, a vote laden with hope the West African nation will end decades of harsh military rule and launch a democratic era.

Kyrgyz voters approve constitution

posted: 06/28/2010 5:50 a.m.

Barely two weeks after ethnic purges left many minority Uzbek communities in smoldering ruin, about two-thirds of Kyrgyzstan’s voters went to the polls Sunday to peacefully and overwhelmingly approve a new constitution they hoped would bring stability to the Central Asian nation.

Alex soaks Mexico, threatens BP cleanup

posted: 06/28/2010 5:49 a.m.

A tropical depression slammed into parts of Mexico on Sunday, but the storm was regaining strength into the night as it moved over warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Farmer gets fowl fix for pests

posted: 06/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

Farmer Don Cameron spent more than half a million dollars on drip irrigation to save water and grow better tomatoes. But gophers soon began chewing his drip lines, threatening to ruin his investment.

Arsenic killing Bangladeshis

posted: 06/28/2010 5:47 a.m.

Hanufa Bibi stoops in a worn sari and mismatched flip-flops to work the hand pump on her backyard well. Spurts of clear water wash grains of rice from her hands, but she can never get them clean.

Panetta doubts insurgent deal

posted: 06/28/2010 5:44 a.m.

CIA Director Leon Panetta on Sunday dismissed reports that the network of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a major element in the insurgency in Afghanistan and an ally of al-Qaida, was open to a Pakistan-brokered reconciliation process that could usher the group into a power-sharing arrangement in Kabul.

In the news

posted: 06/28/2010 5:43 a.m.

Dick Cheney, the 69-year-old former vice president, was expected to be released from George Washington University Hospital today after being treated for a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease, daughter Liz said.

Names and faces

posted: 06/28/2010 5:42 a.m.

Bidders from around the world bought up Michael Jackson memorabilia worth nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary of his death, including $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystalstudded glove he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/28/2010 5:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We all know the weather is unpredictable and we could have a sudden, last-minute change.” Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, as those involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf kept watch on a tropical depression that hit Mexico on Sunday Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 06/28/2010 5:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We can no longer continue to live like we are in a jungle, as if we are in a state without authority.

Pulaski County grew 7.2%, report estimates

posted: 06/28/2010 5:39 a.m.

More people moved into Pulaski County in the past 10 years than left it, according to preliminary estimates from Metroplan.

Cities, counties kill synthetic ‘pot’ buzz

posted: 06/28/2010 5:36 a.m.

Since February, ordinances in places like Alpena and Conway as well as Crawford, Faulkner and Van Buren counties have outlawed the sale and possession of a chemical compound with a marijuana-like effect on the brain commonly called “K2.” But neither the state’s most populous county nor its largest city view the compound as a threat.

Mentor’s fight for kids hailed

posted: 06/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

For 23 years, Richard Anderson has been teaching discipline and the importance of education to children and young adults in Little Rock through tae kwon do.

Systems’ trustees in search of chiefs

posted: 06/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System and Arkansas State University System — the two largest in the state — begin the new fiscal year Thursday with something in common.

Pine Bluff hopes to catch trolley

posted: 06/28/2010 5:27 a.m.

People walking in downtown Pine Bluff can soon catch a trolley bus and ride by the convention center or farmers market if the plans meet federal approval, officials said.

Water district fears depleted stimulus to bog reservoir work

posted: 06/28/2010 5:23 a.m.

A water district based in south Sebastian County is seeking a government permit to enlarge its lake, but the project is likely to be delayed as federal stimulus money dries up, the district’s manager said.

Fund lifts city hopes of landfill cleanups

posted: 06/28/2010 5:22 a.m.

Arsenic, ammonia and vinyl chloride seep from a patch of land that Fayetteville officials hope will one day be part of a regional park.

PAPER TRAILS: Chelsea is vowing to keep it real

posted: 06/28/2010 5:19 a.m.

CHELSEA’S BIG DAY: New details are trickling in about the impending wedding nuptials of Arkansas’ and the nation’s former first daughter — Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky.

Obituaries

posted: 06/28/2010 5:19 a.m.

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

A better chance for foster kids remains elusive

posted: 06/28/2010 5:18 a.m.

Megan Anthony wanted the experience of a first job, but as a foster kid, she knew that wasn’t likely to happen.

Other days

posted: 06/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 28, 1910 HOT SPRINGS — Col. Theodore Roosevelt may visit the Arkansas State Fair at Hot Springs next October.

2 killed in wreck near Dardanelle

posted: 06/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

Two people were killed and five were injured in an automobile collision early Sunday on Arkansas 27, about 1 mile south of Dardanelle, the Arkansas State Police reported.

put on suspension

posted: 06/28/2010 5:14 a.m.

Donovan did not advise Pearson in a timely manner that she had lost money orders that Pearson entrusted to her, and she failed to timely deliver to HomEq Servicing’s counsel the funds delivered to her by the clerk of the court, the committee said.

Fayetteville lawyer

posted: 06/28/2010 5:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct suspended the law license of Ann Cecelia Donovan of Fayetteville for six months, the committee said Thursday.

Woman killed after hit by train

posted: 06/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

A woman died after being struck by a train late Saturday evening in the College Station community of Pulaski County, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

LR man arrested in fatal shooting

posted: 06/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

A man was arrested Sunday morning in a fatal shooting that happened hours earlier in front of a Little Rock auto-service business, police said.

Antiquated cemetery gains extra assistance

posted: 06/28/2010 5:11 a.m.

Patti Lack and Bridgette Easton have a mission — to help clean up and maintain the Pine Hill Cemetery, one of the oldest public cemeteries, if not the oldest, in Craighead County.

Garland County jail up in air

posted: 06/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

It is becoming unlikely that a proposed sales tax to fund a new Garland County Detention Center will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, county Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Chairman Bud West said.

Police beat

posted: 06/28/2010 5:09 a.m.

2 in NLR stabbed in nightclub fight A man and a woman were taken to a hospital after each was stabbed in the chest at a nightclub in the McAlmont community east of North Little Rock early Sunday, a spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office sheriff’s office said.

A final salute

posted: 06/28/2010 5:08 a.m.

THERE is something achingly sad about the way Stanley McChrystal ended a career dedicated to serving his country. But there was no getting around it: Patriot, warrior, and remarkable leader that he is, there was no real alternative: He had to be relieved of his command.

A sad day for the country

posted: 06/28/2010 5:07 a.m.

The flap about General Stanley McChrystal’s “resignation” was nobody’s finest hour. But there are some painful lessons in all this that go beyond any of the individuals involved—the general, the president or any of the officials at the Pentagon or the State Department.

Tide turning on red-light cameras

posted: 06/28/2010 5:06 a.m.

Running a red light is the automotive equivalent of playing Russian roulette, and it costs the lives of nearly 800 U.S. motorists—red-light runners and innocent victims alike—each year. That number comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which says red-light runners injure thousands of other people each year.

LETTERS

posted: 06/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

Lincoln to the rescue Starting in August 2006, I fought for 19 months to get Medicare B to pay 80 percent for my physical therapy. After many appeals to Medicare that were denied, I finally appealed to Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Jim Keet’s quandary

posted: 06/28/2010 4:57 a.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet has come out in favor of ethics. Good for him. Arkansas certainly needs ethics.

Guest writer Gulf will recover

posted: 06/28/2010 4:56 a.m.

I’m an oilman, and I am also an environmentalist. And yes, you can be both.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Naturals roll, Travs hurting

posted: 06/28/2010 4:54 a.m.

Ernesto Mejia drove in three runs and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals defeated the Arkansas Travelers 6-3 in front of 4,387 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park on Sunday night.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Bump it and lump it

posted: 06/28/2010 4:53 a.m.

Kurt Busch tried to bump-and-run past Jimmie Johnson.

Spearmon wins 200 in absence of stars

posted: 06/28/2010 4:48 a.m.

Fayetteville’s Wallace Spearmon knows his 200-meter title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships might be viewed with skepticism since Tyson Gay and Shawn Crawford weren’t in the field.

Beebe’s Warden nets $50,000 fish

posted: 06/28/2010 4:44 a.m.

Nicholas Warden’s history in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza reads sort of like a country and western song. It’s been nothing but bad luck and heartache, but he found redemption Sunday by winning the tournament and $50,000 with a single largemouth bass weighing 6.62 pounds.

‘Obscene’ triumph for Kerr

posted: 06/28/2010 4:43 a.m.

Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and near speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship — and any other major for that matter.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: English ousted, angry at official

posted: 06/28/2010 4:42 a.m.

Germany’s latest World Cup victory over England will be remembered not for any of the brilliant goals, but for the one that didn’t count.

COMMENTARY: Baseball needs Strasburg as All-Star

posted: 06/28/2010 4:38 a.m.

You have to laugh at the numbskulls around Major League Baseball who are cold to the idea of Stephen Strasburg occupying a spot on the All-Star team.

UCLA baseball covets spot on school’s wall of champs

posted: 06/28/2010 4:38 a.m.

UCLA has won a nation-leading 106 NCAA championships in 17 sports. Not one of them is in baseball — yet.

U.S.-Ghana match sets viewing record

posted: 06/28/2010 4:37 a.m.

The United States’ 2-1 loss to Ghana in extra time, which eliminated the Americans from the tournament in South Africa, was the most-watched men’s World Cup game ever in the United States.

State briefs

posted: 06/28/2010 4:36 a.m.

Fayetteville guard gives UA women her word Fayetteville point guard Calli Berna made an oral commitment to the Arkansas women’s basketball team Sunday and plans to sign during the early signing period in November.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/28/2010 4:35 a.m.

Cup draws Lakers star to Africa On his first trip to Africa, Kobe Bryant looked very much at home Sunday — bantering with teen athletes in Soweto area of Johannesburg, using his trilingual skills with the World Cup press corps, and displaying a keen knowledge of international soccer.

INTERLEAGUE: Betemit’s blast swings momentum Royals’ way

posted: 06/28/2010 4:35 a.m.

Bruce Chen was laboring, and Jaime Garcia was cruising.

Off the wire

posted: 06/28/2010 4:35 a.m.

BASKETBALL Jackson: Health an issue Phil Jackson said seeing Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl sidelined last season with throat cancer will influence his coming decision on whether to return as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Watson wins playoff, gets worked up

posted: 06/28/2010 4:34 a.m.

Bubba Watson really wanted to play well at the Travelers Championship to impress U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.

Technology takes the tap out of texting

posted: 06/28/2010 4:32 a.m.

Back in the 1990s, typing out “hello” on most cell phones required an exhausting 13 taps on the number keys, like so: 44-33-555-555-666.

Chip seen to aid toxin tests by mimicking human lung

posted: 06/28/2010 4:31 a.m.

A coin-sized device created by Harvard University researchers mimics the workings of a human lung on a computer chip. They’re hoping it will provide a way to test drugs and assess the impact of environmental pollutants.

Tiny subs tracking oil in gulf

posted: 06/28/2010 4:30 a.m.

A Rutgers University ocean lab has two remote-controlled gliders, or small robotic submarines, in the Gulf of Mexico helping federal agencies predict the path of the oil plume from the BP ongoing spill.

G-20 leaders pledge to cut deficits in half

posted: 06/28/2010 4:30 a.m.

World leaders Sunday endorsed a pledge by rich nations to slash budget deficits in half in three years despite President Barack Obama’s concerns that cutting stimulus spending too quickly could stall the global recovery.

Tesla going public to raise cash

posted: 06/28/2010 4:28 a.m.

Tesla Motors Inc. is trying to pull off the first initial public offering of a U.S. automaker in a half-century, for an electric sports-car company that’s lost money every year since its founding in 2003.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: AAs charged by USB, kit to make Bluetooth more hands-free among odd new gadgets

posted: 06/28/2010 4:26 a.m.

It’s time for another hodgepodge of gadgets, and some rather unusual ones at that.

ON COMPUTERS: InSight drive lets users keep an eye on space

posted: 06/28/2010 4:24 a.m.

One of our faithful readers likes to keep everything on his computer rather than use an external storage drive. He says he loses track of what’s on a storage drive. Ah, ha! We have a solution.

Technology news in brief

posted: 06/28/2010 4:21 a.m.

Motorola, Verizon to unveil Droid X CHICAGO — Motorola and Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced the Droid X, a new smart phone running Google’s Android operating system, just a day before Apple Inc. started sales of the iPhone 4.

Web has deaf reading lips, not captions

posted: 06/28/2010 4:20 a.m.

The actress Marlee Matlin shimmied her way onto Dancing With the Stars two years ago, memorably using sign language to tell viewers to “read my hips.” But when Matlin, who is deaf, went to ABC.com to watch a replay of the show, she was impeded because the network’s videos were missing captions.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/28/2010 4:19 a.m.

ALMA June Wagner, P.O. Box 263, June 18, Chapter 7. ALTHEIMER Janet Lynn Smith, 9006 E. Swan Lake Rec. Road, June 18, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Myeisha M. Haywood, 1551 O’Connell St., June 17, Chapter 13.

Arkansas’ economic indicators

posted: 06/28/2010 4:18 a.m.

Arkansas River barge traffic Tons of freight hauled May 814,349 April 1,061,940 March 1,198,056 Feb. 896,012 May 2009 522,044 Year 2009 11,657,847(+3%) Construction contracts In millions Arkansas RESIDENTIAL May $107.7

Price war cleaves cost of e-book readers

posted: 06/28/2010 4:14 a.m.

Amazon.com Inc. last week cut the price of its Kindle electronic reader 27 percent to $189, just hours after Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a discount on its own e-book device, the Nook.

Hell on heels

posted: 06/28/2010 4:09 a.m.

“It all started with step aerobics,” Joyce Wagner recalled. “I would wake up the morning after a step class and could hardly walk. Then about five years ago I started experiencing a lot of pain in the heel and sole of my left foot.” Most feet experience heel pain from time to time, but achy heels can be indicative of a more serious problem — plantar fasciitis.

‘Get Sexy in 60!’ or maybe just a few minutes longer

posted: 06/28/2010 3:59 a.m.

Exercise instructors who don’t sweat aren’t to be trusted.

Racing writer wants to dive into swimmers’ memories

posted: 06/28/2010 3:53 a.m.

Swimming pools are few and far between in Arkansas but far more numerous than they were in Grandpa’s day. He and his pa grew up swimming nekkid in a hole in a river.

You won’t have to sprint to catch this Olympian

posted: 06/28/2010 3:49 a.m.

The world’s first female Olympic marathon champ, Joan Benoit Samuelson, will light up the annual Firecracker Fast 5K at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Little Rock.

Heat-stroke-felled athletes lack clear path back to turf

posted: 06/28/2010 3:44 a.m.

It was 90 degrees in Buffalo, N.Y., when Douglas Casa stood on the starting line of a track, ready to run 25 laps in a race that was part of the Empire Games, a championship event for high school students.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/28/2010 3:43 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My boyfriend says the reason he uses drugs is because they make him feel close to God. Is this possible?

Compression shorts help little, studies find

posted: 06/28/2010 3:39 a.m.

Compression garments are popular with some athletes, such as runners and basketball players, who think the tight-fitting clothing lends a competitive edge. But that may not be the case, according to two new studies presented June 3 at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/28/2010 3:38 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll make meaningful new connections this year. Your feelings will deepen while doing the most ordinary of activities.You’ll also learn that relationships don’t have to be so heavy to be good. Carefree friendships infuse your days with laughter. There’s a transportation upgrade in August. November brings a windfall. Save it! Capricorn and Taurus people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 06/28/2010 3:36 a.m.

Doesn’t it seem like TV characters have more fun? Cool jobs. Great-looking friends. And really hip places to hang out.

Do women draw ’skeeters? Studies puncture that myth

posted: 06/28/2010 3:35 a.m.

Mosquitoes find some people tastier than others. But a widespread notion is that women, to mosquitoes at least, are the sweeter sex, supposedly because estrogen is a strong attractant.

MASTER CLASS: Broad jump builds lower body strength

posted: 06/28/2010 3:33 a.m.

Love it or hate it, World Cup Soccer is drawing the eyes of the world. As I sat down to write this column, the U.S. team’s future was uncertain as it furiously competed against the Algerians for the opportunity to advance to the next round.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/28/2010 3:31 a.m.

DEAR READERS: If you are hosting a wedding, family reunion or other large event, you may be considering hiring a caterer. Call family, friends and business associates for recommendations. Here are some hints to help you if you meet with a caterer: Take notes on the details of the foods and beverages being suggested.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/28/2010 3:13 a.m.

1. Hiawatha is a legend in the history of what American Indian people? 2. Name the actor in these movies, among many more: Silent Fall, Postcards From the Edge and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. 3. Carl Hubbell was a star pitcher for the New York Giants. Was he a left-hander or right-hander ?

Don’t fight gravity, use it, Pose-ers say

posted: 06/28/2010 3:12 a.m.

Running feels hard. Falling feels easy.

Sunday, June 27

GOP senators: Can Kagan be impartial judge?

posted: 06/27/2010 6:16 p.m.

Leading Republican senators on Sunday questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan could be an impartial judge as they tried to inject some drama into her upcoming confirmation hearing.

Shift to adult can be hard, Ark. foster kids say

posted: 06/27/2010 5:38 p.m.

Megan Anthony wanted the experience of a first job, but as a foster kid, she knew that wasn’t likely to happen.

World leaders walk economic tightrope in Canada

posted: 06/27/2010 4:51 p.m.

Wary of slamming on the stimulus brakes too quickly but shaken by the European debt crisis, world leaders pledged Sunday to slash government deficits in the most industrialized nations in half by 2013, with wiggle room to meet the goal.

Alex moves into Gulf, expected to gain strength

posted: 06/27/2010 4:28 p.m.

Tropical Storm Alex moved into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday after weakening to a depression as it swirled across Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rains that left at least four people dead across the region.

Oil spill’s psychological toll quietly mounts

posted: 06/27/2010 2:53 p.m.

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath.

Hospitalized Cheney reported feeling much better

posted: 06/27/2010 2:35 p.m.

One of Dick Cheney’s daughters says the hospitalized former vice president could go home on Monday after receiving medication to treat a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease.

Longtime Sen. Byrd in hospital, seriously ill

posted: 06/27/2010 1:53 p.m.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, is seriously ill in a Washington-area hospital.

1 dead, 3 shot at San Francisco gay pride event

posted: 06/27/2010 1:36 p.m.

One person is dead after a shooting in San Francisco during a gay pride street party.

Kyrgyz leader says new constitution is approved

posted: 06/27/2010 12:58 p.m.

The interim leaders of Kyrgyzstan said voters approved a new constitution Sunday that will allow the Central Asian nation to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.

Senate candidate subpoenaed for Blagojevich trial

updated: 06/27/2010 3:21 p.m.

U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday that he has been subpoenaed to testify at the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Pope deplores Belgian sex raids, stresses autonomy

posted: 06/27/2010 12:27 p.m.

Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at what he called the “deplorable” raids carried out by Belgian police who detained bishops, confiscated computers, opened a crypt and took church documents as part of an investigation into priestly sex abuse.

Troubled contractor gets Afghanistan security deal

posted: 06/27/2010 12:16 p.m.

CIA Director Leon Panetta says the agency has hired Xe (zee) Services — the company once known as Blackwater — for a $100 million contract to provide security in Afghanistan.

A year later, coup talk again rattles Honduras

posted: 06/27/2010 12:13 p.m.

A year after the coup that ousted Manuel Zelaya, the new Honduran president warns some want him to be next.

NATO: Afghan ops not slowed despite command change

posted: 06/27/2010 12:11 p.m.

The NATO-led command stressed Sunday that military operations to secure vast areas of Afghanistan would not be delayed by the ouster of its top commander and mounting casualties.

Volunteers pour in to fill food bags

posted: 06/27/2010 6:33 a.m.

Volunteers from the community and University of Arkansas athletics packed 1.4 million Haiti “care” meals in 24 hours.

Boozman, Lincoln tout records, views

posted: 06/27/2010 6:33 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman said his voting record exemplifies what Arkansans believe and U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s votes show the opposite.

U.S. policy unchanged, admiral assures Karzai

posted: 06/27/2010 6:32 a.m.

America’s top military officer assured President Hamid Karzai on Saturday that newly chosen NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus would pursue the policies of his ousted predecessor, whom the Afghan leader warmly praised for reducing civilian casualties.

N. Korea, Iran draw G-8 leaders’ rebukes

posted: 06/27/2010 6:32 a.m.

Top world leaders briefly put aside deep economic differences Saturday and condemned North Korea for its purported role in the sinking of a South Korean warship, set a five-year exit timeline for Afghanistan and said the standoff in Gaza was “not sustainable and must be changed.”

World Cup: Ghana gets in way again

posted: 06/27/2010 6:31 a.m.

Grim-faced American players filed by one by one on their way out of Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Their World Cup was over.

Formidable formulas

posted: 06/27/2010 6:30 a.m.

Making the playoffs in the state’s two largest athletic classifications might be easier than trying to explain how those schools will now qualify for postseason play.

Want to own a bank? It’s a buyer’s market

posted: 06/27/2010 6:29 a.m.

In 1998, Regions Financial Corp. acquired First Commercial Corp. for $2.7 billion — more than four times First Commercial’s book value.

Automation on rise in China

posted: 06/27/2010 6:29 a.m.

New minimum-wage laws, a looser yuan exchange rate and worker strikes like those affecting Honda and Toyota are raising costs at plants in China’s Pearl River Delta. They’re also boosting plans to increase automation of assembly lines.

Marvel-ous duo

posted: 06/27/2010 6:28 a.m.

Captain America throws his spinning shield, lightning crackles in the graveyard and Gorilla Man proves there’s just no stopping a giant ape when he’s got a gun. And all this happens so quietly that the cats sleep through it — another day’s adventure in the Little Rock home of comic-book artists Mitch Breitweiser and Elizabeth Dismang-Breitweiser.

Sally Elaine Scudder

posted: 06/27/2010 6:27 a.m.

Times really have changed for farmers like Elaine Scudder. Nobody orders a bushel of anything anymore. People want their produce shelled, packaged and ready for use. And hardly anyone “puts up” vegetables.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 06/27/2010 6:16 a.m.

Fiction 1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist. 2. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille. John Corey, now a federal agent, pursues a Libyan terrorist who has returned to America bent on revenge.

MALE CALL: Tuxedo or a nice suit?Ask bride

posted: 06/27/2010 6:15 a.m.

Q. My question is regarding an afternoon wedding. The bridegroom and his groomsmen will be wearing tuxedos as will the father of the bride. Should the father of the bridegroom wear a tuxedo as well?

OSCAR MORALES GUEVARA RECEPTION: Colombian tells his story to Rotarians, party guests

posted: 06/27/2010 6:14 a.m.

Oscar Morales Guevara, who describes himself as the guy next door and a technology freak, was honored at a reception June 15 at the home of Martha and French Hill.

SCHOLARLY SOIREE 24 grown-up CARTI kids get help with college costs

posted: 06/27/2010 6:14 a.m.

Twenty-four cancer survivors were awarded college scholarships during the June 10 CARTI Kids Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship Awards ceremony.

DEAR ABBY: Service dogs are working, so hands off

posted: 06/27/2010 6:13 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am 18, disabled and work with a service dog. I would like to offer people a few tips on interacting with service dog owners. Perhaps it will lessen some of the daily frustrations all handlers deal with: 1. Not all service dogs are big dogs. I know several Chihuahuas who save their owners’ lives every day with their medical alert tasks.

Bridal policy

posted: 06/27/2010 6:13 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs.

LEGAL AFFAIRS Civil rights leader addresses annual law society meeting

posted: 06/27/2010 6:12 a.m.

Members of the W. Harold Flowers Law Society dined June 19 with retired Circuit Judge D’Army Bailey of Memphis, a leader in the civil rights movement.

Anniversaries

posted: 06/27/2010 6:12 a.m.

Bernardine and James Allen Brown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Branson. The couple were married June 25, 1960.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Study: Rate of heart attacks decreasing

posted: 06/27/2010 6:12 a.m.

Finally, Americans can get some really good news about our health. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that the incidence of heart attacks is decreasing.

Huckabee daughter weds in Virgin Islands ceremony

posted: 06/27/2010 6:11 a.m.

Sarah Elizabeth Huckabee, daughter of Janet and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Bryan Chatfield Sanders were married May 25 at the Nazareth Lutheran Church on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

PICTURE PERFECT EVENING: Positive visions

posted: 06/27/2010 6:11 a.m.

Visual Images That Affect Lives (VITAL), a recently formed artists’ collective, celebrated the opening of its inaugural show June 11 at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Terry House in Little Rock.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Her singing inspired his love,but he couldn’t act right away

posted: 06/27/2010 6:10 a.m.

When all other attempts to meet the girl of his dreams failed, James Pennington did something bold. He showed up on her front porch, sat down with her and her parents and asked to take her to a movie.

‘Joanelle’ moved here to volunteer at Heifer

posted: 06/27/2010 6:10 a.m.

Seven years ago, Joan Leland moved halfway across the country to Arkansas after a lifetime in Massachusetts, just so she could start volunteering at Heifer Ranch.

SPIN CYCLE New scents for celebs in bad odor

posted: 06/27/2010 6:10 a.m.

You too can smell like a blend of cougar, too much pre-awards show champagne and rotten tomatoes hurled at movie screens.

Social eyes Revealing a passion

posted: 06/27/2010 6:09 a.m.

And a rollicking good time was had by all during the fifth annual Passion for Fashion: Underneath It All.

HOG FUTURES: BYRAN JONES Borderline prospect rock solid

posted: 06/27/2010 6:08 a.m.

The first in a series profiling new additions for the Arkansas football team in 2010. Arkansas’ most coveted in-state signee in February technically wasn’t an in-state signee.

POP NOTES Drake’s album reinforces status as master rap lyricist

posted: 06/27/2010 6:08 a.m.

It has been nearly a decade since a debut album has been as highly anticipated as 23-year-old Canadian actor-turned-singerand-rapper Drake’s opening salvo, Thank Me Later (Young Money/ Cash Money/Universal Motown, rated B+).

TV ON DVD Gee, Beaver! 234 episodes on DVD!

posted: 06/27/2010 6:07 a.m.

What is it? Leave It to Beaver, the complete series, 234 episodes on 37 discs from Shout! Factory When? Tuesday How much? $199.99 What’s Leave It to Beaver? You’ve got to be kidding. Either that or you’re very young and your pop-culture education has been sorely neglected. Or you’ve been living under a rock for the last 53 years.

Marvel editor calls pair artistic ‘forces of nature’

posted: 06/27/2010 6:06 a.m.

Marvel comics writer and editor Mark Paniccia says Mitch and Elizabeth Breitweiser of Little Rock are so good at what they do that it hardly matters they’re also one of the industry’s mere handful of comics-creating couples.

LIKE IT IS: U.S. team’s showing at World Cup success

posted: 06/27/2010 6:02 a.m.

Soccer really is an amazing sport.

COMMENTARY: Time for changes in interleague play

posted: 06/27/2010 6:01 a.m.

Maybe interleague play has run its course.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Hogs assistant saw potential in son at early age

posted: 06/27/2010 5:59 a.m.

Long before Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen made his oral commitment to Arkansas on Feb. 17, his father, Arkansas defensive tackles coach Bobby Allen, realized his son had a chance to play on the major college level.

Off the wire

posted: 06/27/2010 5:58 a.m.

BASEBALL Rodriguez interviews Florida interim manager Edwin Rodriguez will still be with the Marlins when they open a threegame series in his native Puerto Rico on Monday. He just doesn’t know what job he’ll have during that trip.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/27/2010 5:57 a.m.

Sandler: Knicks bad for LeBron Actor Adam Sandler’s fellow New York Knicks fans might not want him advising Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

INTERLEAGUE: Cardinals’ Hawksworth provides relief as starter

posted: 06/27/2010 5:56 a.m.

While Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker came through with home runs, Blake Hawksworth came through when the St. Louis Cardinals needed him.

THE TV COLUMN Teens in Huge genuine; Stiles cleaves to Dexter

posted: 06/27/2010 5:56 a.m.

Are you weary of seeing all those size 2 waifs on TV? I’m talking about the Kristen Stewart “Bella” types who’d be blown down the street in a stiff wind.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/27/2010 5:55 a.m.

1917 Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I.

Judy Garland shines again in high-def A Star Is Born

posted: 06/27/2010 5:55 a.m.

Audiences don’t usually jump out of their chairs and cheer when a movie star’s name is projected on the big screen — especially when the movie is 56 years old and the star has been dead more than four decades.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs’ early lead not enough against Naturals

posted: 06/27/2010 5:53 a.m.

Given the way the Northwest Arkansas Naturals have been hitting the ball, early leads tend to disappear quickly for their opponents.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Bauer, Bruins blow out Frogs

posted: 06/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

Like everyone else at Rosenblatt Stadium, UCLA’s Trevor Bauer was feeling the heat.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: ‘Never-say-die’ Gamecocks in final

posted: 06/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

When it comes to in-state rival Clemson, South Carolina considers any victory over the Tigers to be a great one.

Twins front-runner to trade for Lee

posted: 06/27/2010 5:51 a.m.

When the Minnesota Twins reached the playoffs a year ago, they started Brian Duensing against CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. How much different would they be this season — both for a stretch-run battle and the playoffs — if they can turn to Cliff Lee?

TELL ME ABOUT IT Supporting child is way to go

posted: 06/27/2010 5:51 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: We have an unmarried 30-yearold daughter who is involved with an unmarried 30-yearold father of two children, ages 3 and 4 months.

COMMENTARY: U.S. team bungles shot to give soccer big kick

posted: 06/27/2010 5:50 a.m.

With a cushy road into the semifinals theirs for the taking, the Americans showed they’re still, at best, a secondtier team.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/27/2010 5:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your physical and emotional attractiveness are on the rise. Also, your diplomatic skills will earn you amazing benefits in every aspect of life. You’ll deal fairly with your colleagues and win their favor with your enthusiastic support. Your reputation grows through the next 10 weeks.

Arkansas signees show off abilities

posted: 06/27/2010 5:49 a.m.

Four Arkansas signees gave Razorbacks football fans a glimpse of their potential Friday night as they helped lead the East All-Stars to a 45-21 victory over the West team at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

WORLD CUP: Uruguay in quarterfinals for 1st time since 1970

posted: 06/27/2010 5:47 a.m.

The game on the line, Luis Suarez sidestepped two defenders in the driving rain and struck a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.

High school football report

posted: 06/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

Winston might get to return Little Rock Parkview Coach William Hardiman said there is a “possibility” that junior Chris Winston will attempt to play this fall.

LISTEN UP Shorty’s Treme and fit; Sarah sings through pain

posted: 06/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

Trombone Shorty Backatown Verve/Forecast B+ The major label debut of Faubourg Treme born-andbred horn player/vocalist Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews smacks of crossover opportunism (and why not, given the attention the HBO series has focused on his neighborhood ).

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES It’s true: Sign-up cutoff near for ‘Arkansas MythBusting’

posted: 06/27/2010 5:45 a.m.

July 9 is the deadline to enroll in the Old State House Museum’s Summer Fun youth enrichment program, titled “Arkansas MythBusting,” 8 a.m.-noon July 19-23 at the museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock.

Sanders Jr. elicits comparisons to famous father

posted: 06/27/2010 5:44 a.m.

Of the approximately 400 players in last week’s Shootout of the South 7-on-7 passing tournament in Little Rock, one stood out simply because of his name.

Drivers feel heat as they work way toward Chase

posted: 06/27/2010 5:43 a.m.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship traditionally kicks off at New Hampshire. So does the 10-race sprint to make the 12-driver field.

Busch wins, passes Martin mark

posted: 06/27/2010 5:43 a.m.

Kyle Busch spent most of his race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where he’s most familiar.

Red Bull’s Vettel charges to 8th pole

posted: 06/27/2010 5:42 a.m.

Sebastian Vettel earned Red Bull’s eighth pole in nine Formula One races this season, posting the fastest time in qualifying Saturday for the European Grand Prix.

Nadal overcomes pain, deficit, flap with umpire

posted: 06/27/2010 5:41 a.m.

Things got quite complicated for Rafael Nadal on Saturday.

Kerr has 8-stroke lead going into final round

posted: 06/27/2010 5:40 a.m.

Holding an eight-stroke lead and 18 holes away from a second major title, Cristie Kerr wasn’t about to declare victory in the LPGA Championship.

Greens don’t wilt Rose

posted: 06/27/2010 5:40 a.m.

Justin Rose closed in on his second consecutive PGA Tour victory Saturday, shooting a 2-under-par 68 to take a three-stroke lead over Ben Curtis into the final round of the Travelers Championship.

LET’S TALK

posted: 06/27/2010 5:39 a.m.

Helaine Williams’ column does not appear today.

Sizzling summer action

posted: 06/27/2010 5:38 a.m.

Traveling north in the gathering light of dawn, Alan Thomas and I enjoyed the cool air as we ascended Arkansas 103 into the Ozarks.

Future Razorback wins women’s Public Links

posted: 06/27/2010 5:37 a.m.

Emily Tubert, an incoming freshman at the University of Arkansas, beat Lisa McCloskey 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final match Saturday to win the Women’s Amateur Public Links championship.

Getting complaint noticed takes finding the right chief

posted: 06/27/2010 5:36 a.m.

If you’ve recently been the unlucky recipient of a rejection letter from your airline, hotel or car rental company, you’re in good company. The travel industry appears to be sending out more form letters than ever.

Recession? No problem in Dubai

posted: 06/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

“The shopping malls are like cathedrals.” That was the word from a man who enthusiastically interrupted me as I sat with my cup of coffee, leafing through a travel guide to Dubai.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: UA fishing team takes Oklahoma to school

posted: 06/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

The University of Arkansas continued its dominance of regional college bass fishing last week by winning the Bassmaster College Bass Classic at Lake Hudson in Oklahoma.

Private land seminar at LR Nature Center

posted: 06/27/2010 5:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, The National Wild Turkey Federation and The Nature Conservancy will offer habitat management and enhancement workshops for landowners July 10 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock.

Wooden’s humble start, grand journey remembered

posted: 06/27/2010 5:33 a.m.

John Wooden was remembered Saturday for being “one in a billion as a coach, mentor and friend” during a memorial service uniting the decades of “boys” who helped him win a record 10 national championships at UCLA.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

FISHING Beebe’s Warden leads Big Bass Bonanza Nicholas Warden of Beebe has the overall lead in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza on the Arkansas River, catching a 6.62-pound bass in the Dumas pool.

Fairly fantastic

posted: 06/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

In 1964, a bus to Queens led 12-year-old Jeff Blumenfeld to the world.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Robust laws aid airline customers with disabilities

posted: 06/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

Unless you’re in a premium class, air travel is a struggle no matter what your age, and the older you get, the tougher the struggle becomes. With all the current press coverage of new “travelers’ rights” proposals, a quick look at specific rights for travelers who may need a bit of extra help is timely.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Seeing Europe on bike an intimate experience

posted: 06/27/2010 5:29 a.m.

Some travelers are surprised when I tell them to consider biking in Europe. I explain that it’s not only a cheap way to travel, but it gets you close to the ground and close to the people.

Fresh from Winter’s Bone,Arkansas actress is moving west

posted: 06/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

Editor’s note: In Winter’s Bone, a rural noir set in the Missouri Ozarks, Fayetteville’s Lauren Sweetser plays Gail, the best friend — and main source of emotional support — of the film’s main character, 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence).

Fort Smith gets 2nd data source on area economy

posted: 06/27/2010 5:23 a.m.

There are now two quarterly reports tracking economic data in the Fort Smith region.

Early scallop season springs from worry about oil

posted: 06/27/2010 5:18 a.m.

The thought of crude oil mixing with bay scallops has been making folks more than a little nauseated in this coastal town of no stoplights in Florida’s Big Bend region.

Lottery auditor’s note stirs up dust

posted: 06/27/2010 5:17 a.m.

A suggestion by the lottery’s internal auditor that written policies should be established for the planning and design of scratch-off ticket games struck a nerve with lottery managers.

Bankers nearing overdraft deadline

posted: 06/27/2010 5:16 a.m.

Banks have long walked a thin line on debit-card overdraft fees. They are a sore point for many consumers, but the fees generate billions of dollars of revenue each year. Now the Federal Reserve has stepped in to craft new regulations aimed at preventing complaints about high overdraft fees.

State students see gains on Stanford tests

posted: 06/27/2010 5:14 a.m.

Arkansas students as a group showed gains on most sections of the 2010 Stanford Achievement Test, topping the national average for math at each of the tested grades and doing the same on the reading sections in all but two grades.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 06/27/2010 5:14 a.m.

EDUCATION Ben Lewis has been named superintendent of schools at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith.

Democrat-Gazette’s Upshaw, Murphy win state prize

posted: 06/27/2010 5:13 a.m.

Reporters Amy Upshaw and C.S. Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won the I.F. Stone Award for investigative reporting at the annual Arkansas Press Association luncheon Saturday in Tunica, honoring journalists from the Natural State.

Nowhere to hide?

posted: 06/27/2010 5:13 a.m.

The three journalists crept along in a boat captained by James Ledet in a bayou near Golden Meadow, La., one early afternoon. We were all looking for the same thing as we traversed narrow stretches of water framed by swamp grass, in a landscape dotted with docked shrimp boats and old oil rigs.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Congress honors state teen for volunteer work

posted: 06/27/2010 5:11 a.m.

Jacob Costello of Wesley in Madison County was among 252 young people to receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which honors people between the ages of 14 and 23 for volunteer work, physical fitness, personal development and exploration.

The candidates’ contrasts

posted: 06/27/2010 5:09 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and her Republican foe, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, to identify votes that illustrate their core differences.

COLUMN ONE A tale of two muses

posted: 06/27/2010 5:09 a.m.

Poor, superannuated Clio, quiet muse of History waiting in the shadows. She’s always being shoved aside by her much younger sister, Anomie, the ever-bubbling, ever-fashionable, ever-changing muse of the Present that I’ve just made up.

Up, up and over the English Channel

posted: 06/27/2010 5:08 a.m.

Just before he reached the English Channel, Jonathan Trappe of Raleigh saw that he was about to fly over the White Cliffs of Dover, so he stabbed a couple of balloons and cut loose others. It was OK. There were a few dozen more in a pleasing mix of colors to keep him aloft.

Hard to argue with someone else’s heart

posted: 06/27/2010 5:07 a.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA. It was a Hollywood actress-Julianne Moore-who pointed out the obvious to me; that most couples who stay together have likely been through times as bad as most couples who get divorced. Whether or not we break up often depends less on the damage we sustain (or inflict) than our prospects for re-inventing our lives.

Support doesn’t end when Johnny graduates

posted: 06/27/2010 5:06 a.m.

In the glow of graduation season across America, many a proud, tuition-paying parent sighs with relief and thinks, “My work here is done.” Well, think again, Mom and Dad.

Love conquers all

posted: 06/27/2010 5:05 a.m.

When Joseph Reyes and Rebecca Shapiro got married in 2004, they had a Jewish wedding ceremony. He was Catholic but converted to Judaism after they married, and they agreed to raise any children in the Jewish faith. However, after their daughter Ela was born, Reyes began to worry about the fact that she had not been baptized. “If, God forbid, something happened to her, she wouldn’t be in heaven,” he told me.

Custer died for your sins

posted: 06/27/2010 5:04 a.m.

The bumper stickers were born before the holiday. They could be seen on cars coming and going from the Indian reservations in America. They read “Custer died for your sins,” or “Custer wore Arrow Shirts.” And then came the holiday.

School district unites leaders to define goals

posted: 06/27/2010 5:01 a.m.

Sandra Sawyer likes lists, Mildred Tatum sees the glass half-full, and Bill Vasquez is decisive.

No-raises decision has UA adjusting contracts, software

posted: 06/27/2010 5 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville employees will spend the next few weeks processing contracts and resetting payroll software to reflect UA System President B. Alan Sugg’s decision last week to suspend most employee raises.

EDITORIALS Oh, yes, victory

posted: 06/27/2010 4:59 a.m.

IT’S SAID that at a low point in the American civil war—there were so many—Abraham Lincoln met with a group of congressmen to discuss whether a Union commander should be replaced. (So many needed to be.) Whom would you suggest take over? the president wanted to know. “Anybody,” somebody replied.

Mayor’s trip irks Helena council

posted: 06/27/2010 4:58 a.m.

Some Helena-West Helena aldermen are upset that Mayor James Valley and 15 other city workers attended the Arkansas Municipal League conference this month without prior approval from the council.

RV park drives cash to NLR

posted: 06/27/2010 4:57 a.m.

A steady stream of recreational vehicles is helping North Little Rock’s Riverside RV Park to almost match last year’s pace for overnight stays in less than half the time.

SWEET TEA: A deep breath, then peace

posted: 06/27/2010 4:55 a.m.

Even Chad Wheat, who confesses he doesn’t attend church as often as his grandmother would like, thinks he witnessed a miracle on a highway near Scott.

School board looks at renovation options

posted: 06/27/2010 4:54 a.m.

Several options were suggested to pay for the complete Fayetteville High School renovation at a recent Fayetteville School Board meeting.

COLUMNISTS Books, books everywhere

posted: 06/27/2010 4:54 a.m.

Ihave always loved public libraries.

BP bankruptcy a nightmare

posted: 06/27/2010 4:53 a.m.

It would be a “horror,” a “disaster,” according to lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to administer BP’s $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill. “That is not an option.” Feinberg was talking about a bankruptcy filing by BP.

Obituaries

posted: 06/27/2010 4:52 a.m.

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

Burglaries

posted: 06/27/2010 4:51 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included.

LETTERS

posted: 06/27/2010 4:51 a.m.

McChrystal’s future bright I hate to see the armed forces lose great leaders because they are so scarce.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 06/27/2010 4:50 a.m.

Rose City alumni raise $3,000. In observance of Rose City Middle School’s 40th anniversary this year, a group of Rose City alumni decided to give back to the school, as reported in April.

Police beat

posted: 06/27/2010 4:49 a.m.

Shooting wounds mother, daughter. Police were investigating a Saturday night doubleshooting in central Little Rock that sent a mother and daughter to the hospital with gunshot wounds, police said.

Fire destroys car in River Market

posted: 06/27/2010 4:49 a.m.

Around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, smoke could be seen from behind Gusano’s restaurant on President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock as a 2003 Honda Accord caught fire and was destroyed.

Liberals don’t do econ

posted: 06/27/2010 4:48 a.m.

Conservatives have long accused liberals of thinking that money grows on trees. They now have some empirical evidence for the charge.

UA selects 5 students to be Sturgis Fellows

posted: 06/27/2010 4:48 a.m.

The University of Arkansas has selected its 2010 class of Sturgis Fellows.

Education notebook

posted: 06/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

Arkansas to lose 5 school districts. Arkansas’ roster of 244 school districts is slimming down to 239, effective July 1.

Vehicle accidents kill 2 men in state

posted: 06/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

Two people died in separate motor-vehicle accidents Friday on Arkansas roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal crash reports.

Job isn’t always easy

posted: 06/27/2010 4:46 a.m.

Being a sheriff sometimes can have more to do with negotiating unexpected twists and curves than busting criminals.

A teacher moment

posted: 06/27/2010 4:45 a.m.

The observation might have been from the autumn of 2003 when I asked public school teachers to share their thoughts on improving education.

It’s not an oil leak news story without a suffering animal

posted: 06/27/2010 4:45 a.m.

The moment I heard about the Deepwater Horizon oil leak, I knew I’d soon see depressing photos of animals. That’s how it goes with oil spills and oil leaks.

that’s life Persistence usually pays off

posted: 06/27/2010 4:44 a.m.

I am not good in emergencies. Ask anyone in my family.

Hot Springs fundraiser to star Dick Van Dyke

posted: 06/27/2010 4:43 a.m.

Comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke looks forward to the reunion that will take place when his brother, five-time Emmy Award winner Dick Van Dyke, jets into Hot Springs.

BATESVILLE ‘Kalling’ all ducks

posted: 06/27/2010 4:42 a.m.

He pressed the acrylic duck call to his lips.

Pet of the week

posted: 06/27/2010 4:42 a.m.

Eeyore is our pet of the week. He is a handsome beagle mix. He 4 months old and very lovable and playful. He is up to date on shots and is dogdoor and crate trained.

Abuse-victim memorial dedicated

posted: 06/27/2010 4:40 a.m.

Velma Davis has never been abused by her husband, yet she shares the emotional and physical scars of so many victims of domestic violence.

Police say plane hit home, didn’t crash

posted: 06/27/2010 4:40 a.m.

The Arkansas State Police said an accident in which a small airplane hit an empty mobile home in southwest Arkansas will not officially be considered a crash.

Other days

posted: 06/27/2010 4:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 27, 1910 The work of moving out of the old penitentiary in this city preparatory to abandonment of the old buildings will be started this morning, according to announcement made yesterday by Superintendent J.A. Pitcock of the penitentiary.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 06/27/2010 4:39 a.m.

Bassist for ’60s rock band the Kinks. Pete Quaife, a bassist who joined forces with two schoolmates to form the Kinks, one of the leading rock bands of the 1960s British Invasion, died Wednesday in Herlev, Denmark. He was 66.

SEARCY Scholarship changes single mom’s life

posted: 06/27/2010 4:38 a.m.

As if being a single mom weren’t difficult enough, Judy Collins of Searcy decided to go back to college after owning a hair salon for 15 years. Collins graduated from Harding University in May and is working on her master’s degree in school and clinical counseling.

HEBER SPRINGS Friends of library operate bookshop

posted: 06/27/2010 4:37 a.m.

Members of the Friends of Cleburne County Library said residents and visitors to Heber Springs love to read. In order to support and encourage good reading habits in the area, the club owns and regularly operates a bookshop in downtown Heber Springs.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 06/27/2010 4:34 a.m.

Missouri State University recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Birkner to direct Morrilton college

posted: 06/27/2010 4:33 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg has named Linda Birkner interim chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, a news release said.

Timeline set for special election in Stone County

posted: 06/27/2010 4:30 a.m.

A special election to fill the Democratic Party nominee vacancy for the office of Stone County sheriff has been set by Gov. Mike Beebe for Tuesday, Aug. 3.

front&center Charlie White

posted: 06/27/2010 4:27 a.m.

Residents and visitors to Heber Springs will enjoy an “electric, rocking, band kind of thing” at this year’s lights over the lake.

outdoors Witching-hour fishing

posted: 06/27/2010 4:24 a.m.

The first fishing lure I owned was a black Arbogast Jitterbug. My uncle Julius gave it to me, along with a lesson on nighttime bassing.

Engagements

posted: 06/27/2010 4:23 a.m.

Heather Ann Berggren, daughter of Alisa and Daryl Berggren of Bentonville, and Christopher Walton Croft, son of Tina and David Croft of Benton; Aug. 7.

Water Carnival to feature second White River’s Got Talent competition

posted: 06/27/2010 4:23 a.m.

The White River’s Got Talent competition will kick off the 67th annual White River Water Carnival on Friday, Aug. 6, with a night of free family entertainment. This year’s contest has added a youth division.

Weddings

posted: 06/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Walker-Dintelman Nuptial vows were exchanged by Betty Leigh Margaret Dintelman and Crisstopher Lee Walker on Saturday at the Clinton presidential library in Little Rock. The Rev. Danny R. Fortner officiated.

WEDDINGS: AMANDA JO GRIMSLEY NICHOLAS RYAN BAKER

posted: 06/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Amanda Jo Grimsley and Nicholas Ryan Baker at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church. Deacon Larry Jegley officiated.

Heber Springs family earns honor for farming

posted: 06/27/2010 4:21 a.m.

Patrick McGary of Heber Springs said he’s been farming all his life. Now, at age 74, he and his wife, Lavelle, 70, have been named the 2010 Cleburne County Farm Family of the Year.

WEDDINGS: LEAH LOUISE BIENVENU DR. BRANDON CLAY EVANS

posted: 06/27/2010 4:20 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Leah Louise Bienvenu and Dr. Brandon Clay Evans at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Pavilion in the Park.

Balance with zero tolerance

posted: 06/27/2010 4:20 a.m.

Jennifer Tarvin, a detective with the Benton Police Department, has duties that make her job a balancing act.

that’s life Persistence usually pays off

posted: 06/27/2010 4:19 a.m.

I am not good in emergencies. Ask anyone in my family.

WEDDINGS: CHRISTINA MICHELLE WADE JERAD RICHARD HENSON

posted: 06/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

The Lodge at Mount Magazine at Mount Magazine State Park in Paris was the setting at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, for the marriage of Christina Michelle Wade and Jerad Richard Henson. The Rev. Luke Conway of First United Methodist Church of Maumelle officiated.

Saline County Farm Family shows value of farming to daughters

posted: 06/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

Farming is a family operation on the Elliott Farm outside Benton. Craig, 48, a third-generation farmer, and his wife, Gina, 46, along with their daughters, Mollie, 12; Melissa, 10; and Marilee, 8, are the 2010 Saline County Farm Family of the Year.

WEDDINGS: HEATHER LASHAE RHODES KERRY LYNDON NEWBURN

posted: 06/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

Heather LaShae Rhodes and Kerry Lyndon Newburn were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in North Little Rock. The Rev. O.C.

WEDDINGS: AMBER ELIZABETH BENNETT MARTIN CAIN BYNUM

posted: 06/27/2010 4:16 a.m.

Amber Elizabeth Bennett became the bride of Martin Cain Bynum at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. The Rev. Vic Nixon officiated.

Flights from Hot Springs to Dallas to begin soon

posted: 06/27/2010 4:13 a.m.

Hot Springs area residents will soon have a faster and easier way to take business trips to Dallas or to see a Cowboys game.

Lobbyists shift focus to shaping bank rules

posted: 06/27/2010 4:06 a.m.

Well before Congress reached agreement on the details of its financial-overhaul legislation, industry lobbyists and consumer advocates started preparing for the next battle: influencing the creation of several hundred new rules and regulations.

Friends of Library hosting trivia night fundraiser

posted: 06/27/2010 4:04 a.m.

The Friends of the Coronado Center Library will host a trivia night fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 17, in the Coronado Center Auditorium. The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to fund library projects.

outdoors By the moonlight

posted: 06/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

The first fishing lure I owned was a black Arbogast Jitterbug. My uncle Julius gave it to me, along with a lesson on nighttime bassing.

Front & Center: Jane Lucas

posted: 06/27/2010 4 a.m.

A conversation with Jane Lucas always comes back to talk about a night in August 2005.

OBU student wins 33rd annual piano competition

posted: 06/27/2010 3:58 a.m.

Carrie Brown was named the firstplace winner for the second yea r i n Ouach ita Bapt ist University’s Virginia Queen Piano Competition.

Heir fights for art E. Germans took

posted: 06/27/2010 3:57 a.m.

Matthew Dietel remembers accompanying his father, a passionate art collector, on Sunday visits in the 1950s to the Angermuseum in the East German city of Erfurt.

Paris fare dodgers unite

posted: 06/27/2010 3:56 a.m.

Fare dodgers who jump the turnstiles or sneak in through exit barriers on the Paris Metro are practically as much a fixture of the city as the subway itself.

Obama plan to close Cuba prison on back burner

posted: 06/27/2010 3:55 a.m.

Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantanamo prison, making it unlikely that President Barack Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.

Hot Springs Village artist to be featured at gallery

posted: 06/27/2010 3:54 a.m.

Gallery 726 at 726 Central Ave. in Hot Springs will feature Hot Springs Village artist Barbara Seibel beginning from 5-9 p.m. Friday during Gallery Walk and continuing throughout the month.

High-risk insurance pools gearing up

posted: 06/27/2010 3:53 a.m.

The Obama administration is poised to award contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to about 20 states to run new insurance pools for people with serious medical problems.

Palin speaks at California school

posted: 06/27/2010 3:51 a.m.

Amid tight security and protests, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a highly anticipated fundraising appearance Friday at California State, Stanislaus, where she was given a standing ovation by a sold-out audience of about 370 who paid $500 a plate to hear her speak.

Spill in storm’s path? Forecast can’t say

posted: 06/27/2010 3:49 a.m.

Tropical Storm Alex was strengthening fast in the west Caribbean on Saturday, and forecasters said it was too soon to say whether it would hit the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chihuahua wins ugliest dog title

posted: 06/27/2010 3:48 a.m.

A Chihuahua’s oddly curved back and legs and closed-up left eye earned the 4-year-old rescue dog top honors at the World’s Ugliest Dog contest at a Northern California fair Friday.

Review faults Rolling Stone

posted: 06/27/2010 3:47 a.m.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has made no public comment since President Barack Obama relieved him of his Afghan war command Wednesday over disparaging remarks the general and his aides made about administration officials in the presence of a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine.

Raccoon cuts power to 8,000 in Memphis

posted: 06/27/2010 3:45 a.m.

A raccoon described as acrobatic and mean-spirited knocked out power to a section of downtown Memphis that included two hospitals and the newspaper for more than five hours.

War-control shift put off in S. Korea

posted: 06/27/2010 3:43 a.m.

South Korea agreed with the U.S. to delay a planned handover of “wartime control” in the event of a military conflict to Dec. 1, 2015, from April 2012 amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

Obama requests finance measure

posted: 06/27/2010 3:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama prodded Congress on Saturday to send him financial overhaul legislation, saying the compromise lawmakers have crafted would be a boon to consumers and help deflect the next global financial crisis.

CONWAY Ready to sparkle

posted: 06/27/2010 3:42 a.m.

For a couple of days, the fate of this year’s Lights Over the Lake in Conway hung in the balance. But thanks to Acxiom Corp., the celebration is back on.

American Indian tribes keep history alive in Arkansas

posted: 06/27/2010 3:41 a.m.

Quapaw. Caddo, Blackfoot, Cherokee, Chippewa — these tribes and many more are represented by people in Arkansas.

Friends of Heber Springs Library continues operation of bookshop

posted: 06/27/2010 3:40 a.m.

Members of the Friends of Cleburne County Library said residents and visitors to Heber Springs love to read. In order to support and encourage good reading habits in the area, the club owns and regularly operates a bookshop in downtown Heber Springs.

N. Korea’s plans raise speculation Kim’s easing out

posted: 06/27/2010 3:38 a.m.

Secretive North Korea said Saturday that it will choose new ruling party leaders later this year — a surprise announcement that is intensifying speculation that the regime is setting the stage for supreme ruler Kim Jong Il’s youngest son to eventually succeed him.

that’s life Persistence usually pays off

posted: 06/27/2010 3:35 a.m.

I am not good in emergencies. Ask anyone in my family.

India wants more tried for ’08 Bombay attacks

posted: 06/27/2010 3:34 a.m.

India pressed Pakistan on Saturday to put more suspects on trial for purported links to the 2008 Bombay attacks, a sign of persistent tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals that are trying to resume peace talks.

Peaceful Somalian state votes for leader

posted: 06/27/2010 3:33 a.m.

Voters in Somaliland queued for hours and thronged polling stations Saturday for the second presidential election held in the self-declared republic in the northwest, in a peaceful exercise in governance not seen for decades in the country’s anarchic south.

Independence Day parade set for July 3

posted: 06/27/2010 3:32 a.m.

The Quitman Lions Club annual Independence Day Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Formation will be on the east side of the Quitman Schools. Parade participants should be in position no later than 9:30 a.m.

Title’s meaning fades as schools set multiple valedictorians

posted: 06/27/2010 3:32 a.m.

There will be no valedictory speech at Jericho High School’s graduation today. With seven seniors laying claim to the title by compiling A-plus averages, no one wanted to sit through a solid half-hour of inspirational quotations and sappy memories.

Local artists featured at Arts Center

posted: 06/27/2010 3:31 a.m.

Local artist Jeannie Stone is the July featured artist at the River Valley Arts Center in Russellville, along with Small Works on Paper, a juried touring exhibition from the Arkansas Arts Council that is showing in 11 galleries in the state.

Questions linger over Kyrgyz unrest

posted: 06/27/2010 3:30 a.m.

Two weeks after thousands are thought to have died in ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the interim Kyrgyz government has yet to provide an explanation of why it occurred — a reflection, experts and former officials say, of the leadership’s inner turmoil and a possible portent of further troubles.

China pact stirs Taiwan protest

posted: 06/27/2010 3:27 a.m.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters chanted anti-communist slogans as they marched in Taiwan’s capital Saturday to protest a planned trade agreement with rival China that they say will undermine the island’s self-rule and harm its economy.

Powerball

posted: 06/27/2010 3:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 13-30-32-38-57 Powerball : 25 Estimated jackpot : $20 million Power Play: 4

TV news shows

posted: 06/27/2010 3:25 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — CIA Director Leon Panetta. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Conway Regional names new diabetes educator

posted: 06/27/2010 3:25 a.m.

Rhonda Monfee, a registered clinical dietitian, was named the new diabetes education coordinator for the Conway Regional Health System.

In the news

posted: 06/27/2010 3:24 a.m.

Sean Berte, 32, a former Boston firefighter, was sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting he grew more than 100 marijuana plants that were seized from his Maine home in a federal raid last year.

Names and faces

posted: 06/27/2010 3:24 a.m.

Farrah Fawcett’s closest friends marked the first anniversary of her death by dedicating a cancerresearch foundation in her name.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/27/2010 3:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Congress is doing this in broad strokes.

The world in brief

posted: 06/27/2010 3:23 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We must ensure that terrorists have no free run either in Pakistan or India, and both countries must work together.” Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram Article, 11A

Front & Center: Charlie White

posted: 06/27/2010 3:23 a.m.

Residents and visitors to Heber Springs will enjoy an “electric, rocking, band kind of thing” at this year’s lights over the lake.

community Life on the farm

posted: 06/27/2010 3:22 a.m.

Patrick McGary of Heber Springs said he’s been farming all his life. Now, at age 74, he and his wife, Lavelle, 70, have been named the 2010 Cleburne County Farm Family of the Year.

outdoors By the moonlight

posted: 06/27/2010 3:18 a.m.

The first fishing lure I owned was a black Arbogast Jitterbug. My uncle Julius gave it to me, along with a lesson on nighttime bassing.

Conway students win awards at media festival

posted: 06/27/2010 3:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Association of Instructional Media held its annual Student Media Festival on April 17 in Hot Springs.

Tech to host summer theater presentation of Willy Wonka

posted: 06/27/2010 3:10 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University will host a summer theater presentation of Willy Wonka, with almost 100 local thespians in the cast and lots of singing and dancing.

Saturday, June 26

Children feared among several victims of NY fire

posted: 06/26/2010 8:19 p.m.

Children were feared to be among the victims of a house fire that killed several people in am upstate New York village on Saturday, authorities said.

Obama, Lee criticize North Korea on ship sinking

posted: 06/26/2010 6:17 p.m.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that North Korea must be “held to account” for its alleged sinking of a South Korean warship, a tough statement of support for an ally made at its leader’s side.

Tropical Storm Alex soaks Belize, Mexico’s Yucatan

updated: 06/26/2010 7:13 p.m.

Hundreds of tourists and residents fled low-lying islands off Belize and beachgoers were warned to stay out of the water along Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast, as rain from Tropical Storm Alex began lashing the region.

Jonesboro women work to restore old cemetery

posted: 06/26/2010 3:16 p.m.

Patti Lack and Bridgette Easton have a mission — to help clean up and maintain the Pine Hill Cemetery, one of the oldest public cemeteries, if not the oldest, in Craighead County.

Obama, Brit leader: Afghanistan in critical period

posted: 06/26/2010 2:42 p.m.

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say it is critical to get the Afghanistan war right this year.

Plane hitting empty Ark. home not a crash

posted: 06/26/2010 1:40 p.m.

The Arkansas State Police say a small airplane’s collision into an empty mobile home in southwestern Arkansas will not officially be considered a crash.

Unclear if tropical storm Alex will hit oiled Gulf

posted: 06/26/2010 12:09 p.m.

Tropical Storm Alex formed in the western Caribbean on Saturday, and forecasters said it was unclear if it would hit the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

India detains Pakistan-bound ship carrying weapons

posted: 06/26/2010 12:07 p.m.

India detained a Pakistan-bound ship carrying undeclared military hardware, including rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns, police said Saturday.

US to Karzai: New general won’t alter Afghan plan

posted: 06/26/2010 12:03 p.m.

America’s top military officer assured President Hamid Karzai on Saturday that newly chosen NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus would pursue the policies of his ousted predecessor, whom the Afghan leader warmly praised for reducing civilian casualties.

World leaders seek common ground on crises

updated: 06/26/2010 5:57 p.m.

At odds over how to strengthen the global recovery, top world leaders found common ground on foreign policy Saturday, condmening North Korea for the alleged sinking of a South Korean warship and endorsing a five-year exit timetable for Afghanistan

E. coli in stretch of Saline River

posted: 06/26/2010 6:18 a.m.

A portion of the Saline River is unsafe for swimming, health officials announced Friday after investigating four cases of severe diarrhea among people who swam there.

Bring Cool Treats to City Streets: Girl to mayor:Why no ice-cream trucks?

posted: 06/26/2010 6:17 a.m.

Ten-year-old Jenna Speele understands the summer lure of ice-cream trucks. A mad dash toward the carnival-like melody blaring down the street holds the promise of a tasty, cool treat.

Relief well on right track, BP says

posted: 06/26/2010 6:17 a.m.

BP’s effort to drill a relief well through 2 1 /2 miles of rock to stop the Gulf of Mexico gusher is on target for completion by mid-August, the oil firm said Friday.

Finance bill primed for votes

posted: 06/26/2010 6:17 a.m.

Waiting to take off on a flight back to Arkansas after two hours of sleep following a night of negotiations on a major financial overhaul bill, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln on Friday portrayed the compromise legislation as a big accomplishment.

Texas League: Naturals top Travs 13th time

posted: 06/26/2010 6:16 a.m.

Make that 13 victories for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals against the Arkansas Travelers this year.

All-Star Football: Big night for little guy

posted: 06/26/2010 6:15 a.m.

It’s safe to say fewer people are doubting Tim Johnson’s selection to the All-Star game.

Pump prices inch up for 4th

posted: 06/26/2010 6:15 a.m.

After falling for six straight weeks, gasoline prices have started to rebound with the approach of the Fourth of July weekend and the travel it entails.

Utility’s decision on plant has risks

posted: 06/26/2010 6:14 a.m.

The road that Southwestern Electric Power Co. is taking to get its $2.1 billion coal-fired plant, which is being built in Hempstead County, to interstate “merchant” status stands to have some bumps.

A blaze of glory

posted: 06/26/2010 6:14 a.m.

Sedate or ostentatious, chandeliers long have served as a room’s focal point, most at home over a dining table. But they are not limited to that application, and these days are not at all relegated to traditional brass light fixtures with candlesticks or classic sparkling crystals.

2nd farming mission gears up

posted: 06/26/2010 6:06 a.m.

The Arkansas National Guard is sending a second Agribusiness Development Team to Afghanistan early next year to continue efforts to build a cooperative extension service for farmers in Zabul province.

Interest on tax debt too high, suit says

posted: 06/26/2010 6:04 a.m.

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleges that the state is charging too much interest on tax debts owed by individuals and businesses, in violation of the state Constitution.

Agency receives 1st lease money

posted: 06/26/2010 6:03 a.m.

Making good on an interagency agreement, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission delivered a $640,000 check to Department of Environmental Quality Director Teresa Marks on Friday — the first installment of a $1 million grant made possible by profits from natural-gas drilling on state land.

After 11 years, Bono’s flood-halting lake on way

posted: 06/26/2010 6:02 a.m.

Residents of a southwest Bono neighborhood have been told for a decade that a proposed $3.3 million lake project would alleviate the flooding that plagued the area every time hard rain fell.

Bail reduced in killing of in-law

posted: 06/26/2010 6:01 a.m.

A first-degree murder suspect saw his $500,000 bail reduced to $50,000 Thursday after his defense attorney said the Little Rock man acted in self-defense in fatally shooting his brother-in-law during a family gathering.

District wants NYC lawyer on case

posted: 06/26/2010 6 a.m.

Pulaski County Special School District attorneys are asking a judge to permit a New York attorney to join in the district’s defense against a lawsuit filed by the teachers’ union to retain its recognition as the contract bargaining agent for teachers.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Ticketed and ticked at Grady

posted: 06/26/2010 5:57 a.m.

On the Monday after the first column about the town of Grady in Lincoln County appeared here — speed trap or not? — The Drivetime Mahatma was walking down his street. A neighbor stopped him.

Secrecy needed for deals, 3 say

posted: 06/26/2010 5:56 a.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and economic development officials from Tennessee and Mississippi said Friday that secrecy is a key part of negotiating with corporate prospects, but said there must be transparency once the deals are finalized.

Helena treasurer not doing his job, prosecutors say

posted: 06/26/2010 5:54 a.m.

Prosecutors are working to remove Helena-West Helena Treasurer Michael Boone from office over allegations that he’s not doing his job.

Ohio man charged in bank heist in Conway

posted: 06/26/2010 5:54 a.m.

An Ohio man accused of robbing a Centennial Bank branch on East Oak Street was charged Friday with aggravated robbery and other felony offenses.

Motorcycle crash, car wreck kill two

posted: 06/26/2010 5:53 a.m.

Two people died and four were injured in two separate motor-vehicle accidents Thursday on Arkansas roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident reports.

Work on bridge to shut I-430 lane

posted: 06/26/2010 5:52 a.m.

Crews repairing a median barrier glare screen on the Interstate 430 bridge over the Arkansas River will require a lane closure next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Lottery panel approves ticket vending machines

posted: 06/26/2010 5:52 a.m.

Proposed rules for lottery ticket vending machines sailed through an Arkansas Lottery Commission panel Thursday afternoon.

Spa City’s flood alert examined

posted: 06/26/2010 5:52 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service has expressed interest in the U.S. Geological Survey’s unique flood-warning system for downtown Hot Springs and whether such a system could be used in the Albert Pike Recreation Area, a survey representative said Tuesday.

3 principals confirmed for elementary schools

posted: 06/26/2010 5:51 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board has approved the appointment of three new elementary school principals and hired a school-improvement specialist to assist principals at two academically troubled campuses.

Former developer settles debt with casino, is freed from jail

posted: 06/26/2010 5:50 a.m.

Former real estate developer Brandon Barber was released Wednesday from the Washington County jail after paying an outstanding debt owed to a Las Vegas casino since 2007.

LR keeping pools open till Aug. 1 despite cuts

posted: 06/26/2010 5:50 a.m.

Little Rock’s two public swimming pools will stay open until Aug. 1, Assistant City Manager Bryan Day said Friday.

Other days

posted: 06/26/2010 5:49 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 26, 1910 Uncle Sam will probably give new recruits a chance to make good in the army next month, according to Maj. Charles B. Ewing, who took charge of the recruiting station in Little Rock yesterday.

Obituaries

posted: 06/26/2010 5:48 a.m.

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

Winston Penn Wardlaw: Camp counselor, loved to have fun

posted: 06/26/2010 5:47 a.m.

It was only fitting that Winston Penn “Win” Wardlaw play the lead — the carefree Elwood P. Dowd, who speaks to an imaginary rabbit — in Harvey at Catholic High School for Boys in 2008.

Daily record

posted: 06/26/2010 5:44 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

Volunteer’s suggestion nets building for JBU

posted: 06/26/2010 5:44 a.m.

After working side by side with students and professors from John Brown University building bathrooms in Guatemala for some of the country’s poorest residents, Little Rock contractor Dave Constien felt compelled to help the Siloam Springs university.

GOP candidate Keet touts ethics plan

posted: 06/26/2010 5:43 a.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet proposed a package of six “ethics reform” changes Thursday.

Sugg appoints May to lead Criminal Justice Institute

posted: 06/26/2010 5:42 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg has named Cheryl P. May director of the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, a Friday news release said.

Barnett selected for state GOP spot

posted: 06/26/2010 5:41 a.m.

State Rep. Jonathan Barnett of Siloam Springs is the new national committeeman for the state Republican Party, the GOP said Tuesday.

Cabot man guilty in child-rape case

posted: 06/26/2010 5:41 a.m.

A jury found a Cabot man guilty of rape Thursday and sentenced him to 13 years in state prison.

County district’s board to set goals at meeting

posted: 06/26/2010 5:40 a.m.

The School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District has scheduled a retreat today to help create performance objectives for its new superintendent and board operating principles.

It’s in the bag

posted: 06/26/2010 5:40 a.m.

What can you do with a few hundred used plastic shopping bags? Members of New Life Church in Conway are weaving them into sleeping mats for the homeless.

Laser uncovers earliest images of Peter, Paul

posted: 06/26/2010 5:39 a.m.

The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul have been discovered in a catacomb under an eight-story modern office building in a working-class neighborhood of Rome, Vatican officials said Tuesday.

Muslim store owners wrestle with reliance on liquor sales

posted: 06/26/2010 5:38 a.m.

Prescribed by his Islamic faith to pray five times a day, Mazen Materieh often prostrates himself on one of the prayer rugs in the basement of his corner store. When he is done, he returns to his perch behind the counter, where he sells liquor, lottery tickets and pork skins — all forbidden by the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.

ON RELIGION: Ethicists:What does the ‘good death’ look like?

posted: 06/26/2010 5:37 a.m.

As the end of his life drew near, Pope Pius XII began addressing complex medical questions that were personal, theological, practical and scientific, all at the same time.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 06/26/2010 5:37 a.m.

Delegates approve church merger GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council have agreed to be merged into the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Can we round it down?

posted: 06/26/2010 5:36 a.m.

North Korea has announced that the United States owes it more than $65 trillion for various offenses. That running tab includes the costs of the Korean War 60 years ago, damage done to the North Korean economy by sanctions, and probably for the harm done when Kim Jong Il cuts himself shaving.

LETTERS

posted: 06/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

Keep moving ahead We read about the oil spill, and other than it messing up our vacations on the Gulf Coast, here in Little Rock we are not affected.

No laughing matter

posted: 06/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

WHEN THE weather gets like this, it’s hard to keep your sense of humor.

Add reading to summer fun

posted: 06/26/2010 5:33 a.m.

The last school bell has rung, but we must make sure that students don’t stop reading. As millions of children stream out into the sunlight, eager to engage in summer activities like swimming, camping and Little League, there is a great risk that our schoolchildren will suffer summer reading loss.

The Afghan conundrum

posted: 06/26/2010 5:31 a.m.

President Obama was fully justified in dismissing General Stanley McChrystal.

Guide to the Editorial Page

posted: 06/26/2010 5:31 a.m.

Only the editorials express the opinion of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Beth El’s legacy

posted: 06/26/2010 5:30 a.m.

I almost feel like an intruder as I enter Temple Beth El in Helena-West Helena. It’s quiet here.

No words that fit

posted: 06/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

I read that those of us who worry and scurry our way through life might as well be throwing away a lot of unopened gifts every day.

Guest writer: Lights along the roadside

posted: 06/26/2010 5:28 a.m.

There are over 1.5 million homeless children in the United States. Many of them live without competent supervision, relying on older street kids to keep them safe. They will be exposed to instability and abuse, they will experiment with drugs, they will beat and be beaten, and on any given day 13 will die.

Roddick remains focused, on course to face Federer

posted: 06/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

There were moments during Andy Roddick’s third-round match at Wimbledon when he could have allowed himself to get distracted by frustration.

Spirits high for U.S. team

posted: 06/26/2010 5:03 a.m.

For other countries, a second-round World Cup match is a big step. For the United States, today’s game against Ghana is so much more.

WORLD CUP: Spain avoids elimination, bests Chile

posted: 06/26/2010 5:02 a.m.

Spain learned the lesson of Italy and France. But Chile’s still alive, and South America keeps on rolling.

INTERLEAGUE: Zambrano throws fit, suspended

posted: 06/26/2010 5 a.m.

Carlos Zambrano threw another tantrum, and this time, the Chicago Cubs might be out of patience.

HOG CALLS: Pistol packs pop if it’s run correctly

posted: 06/26/2010 4:58 a.m.

Arkansas high school football coaches got their shot to learn the Pistol.

Kerr pulls ahead by 5 with bogey-free round

posted: 06/26/2010 4:57 a.m.

As confident as Cristie Kerr is playing, the top-ranked American was left surprised with how she ran away from the pack in the second round of the LPGA Championship on Friday.

Rose rolling at 14 under after 36 holes

posted: 06/26/2010 4:56 a.m.

Justin Rose shot an 8-underpar 62, birdieing five consecutive back-nine holes for the second consecutive round, to take a four-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland on Friday in the Travelers Championship.

INTERLEAGUE: Jackson walks eight, but finishes with no-hitter

posted: 06/26/2010 4:55 a.m.

Edwin Jackson was so wild early there was no reason to think he would even finish the game, forget throw a nohitter.

D.C. celebrates Wizards’ Wall

posted: 06/26/2010 4:55 a.m.

John Wall was driven in a sport utility vehicle limousine to the Verizon Center, where he stepped onto a red carpet surrounded by scores of fans who cheered, craned their necks and did their best to snap photos of the Washington Wizards’ No. 1 overall draft pick.

Gamecocks reliever gets start, throws three-hitter

posted: 06/26/2010 4:54 a.m.

Michael Roth pitched a three-hitter in his first start in 14 months, and South Carolina scored in five of the first six innings to beat Clemson 5-1 on Friday night and force a second Bracket 2 final at the College World Series.

USTA SOUTHERN CLOSED 18S GIRLS: Harrison holds on after surge

posted: 06/26/2010 4:51 a.m.

A good breakfast can only take you so far.

USTA SOUTHERN CLOSED 18S BOYS: Injury derails bid for 2nd title

posted: 06/26/2010 4:50 a.m.

Garrett Brasseaux didn’t win a second consecutive USTA Southern Closed 18s boys title Friday, but at least no one was doubting his toughness.

Patrick getting better feel, in heels, for NASCAR

posted: 06/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

Danica Patrick can kick up her heels in style in her NASCAR return.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/26/2010 4:47 a.m.

NCAA Indoors returning to UA. The NCAA Indoor track and field national championships will return to Arkansas after a two-year absence in 2013.

World Cup report

posted: 06/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

Brazilians favorites in final 16. With the final 16 set at the World Cup, Brazil has been installed as a 7-2 favorite to win its sixth title by BetUS.

Off the wire

posted: 06/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

FOOTBALL Player hurt in crash Chad Jones, 21, a two-sport star at LSU who was drafted by the New York Giants, underwent surgery for a broken left leg and ankle Friday after a dawn wreck in which his sport utility vehicle smashed into a pole in New Orleans.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/26/2010 4:43 a.m.

Maddon’s barbs find their target Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon visited the mound and appeared to have some harsh words for the Rays’ pitcher during the top of the seventh inning Thursday against the San Diego Padres.

U.S. must aid Internet boost, execs say

posted: 06/26/2010 4:35 a.m.

A pair of Arkansas telecommunications executives told the Senate Commerce Committee this week that expanding broadband access to rural areas without Internet service is not economically feasible without billions of dollars in additional government funding.

Yuan posts 0.5% gain, largest weekly leap since ’08

posted: 06/26/2010 4:34 a.m.

The yuan saw its biggest weekly gain since December 2008 this week after China set the currency’s daily rate at a record high Friday, allowing for appreciation before today’s Group of 20 meeting.

First-quarter growth put at sluggish 2.7%

posted: 06/26/2010 4:31 a.m.

The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday, offering its third and final estimate for the period.

G-20 chiefs face rifts on economic recovery

posted: 06/26/2010 4:28 a.m.

As world leaders gathered to deal with the aftermath of the global financial crisis, President Barack Obama boasted about a congressional compromise on overhauling the U.S. banking system and called for an international effort to prevent future economic meltdowns.

Dismiss antitrust lawsuit, GE asks

posted: 06/26/2010 4:25 a.m.

General Electric Co. filed a motion Friday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed in May by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. that claims GE engaged in a scheme to monopolize sales of wind turbines through baseless patent-infringement claims that scared off potential Mitsubishi customers.

Boeing to inspect 787s after tail problem seen

posted: 06/26/2010 4:23 a.m.

Boeing Co., more than two years behind schedule in delivering the 787 Dreamliner, said it will inspect 23 aircraft after discovering that tail parts on some planes had been improperly installed.

$34 million scam halted, SEC says

posted: 06/26/2010 4:22 a.m.

The government said Friday that it obtained a court order to halt a purported $34 million Ponzi scheme targeting federal employees and law enforcement agents nationwide with promises of safe investments in a nonexistent bond fund.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/26/2010 4:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is still the weakest and longest economic recovery in U.S. postwar history.” Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Bank stocks soar on overhaul bill

posted: 06/26/2010 4:20 a.m.

Banks were the market’s big performers on a day when the Dow Jones industrial average fell almost 9 points and the other major indexes had only slim gains.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/26/2010 4:20 a.m.

Truck tonnage falls 0.6% from April The American Trucking Associations reported Friday that the For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.6 percent in May, the first month-to-month drop since February.

Ask the expert

posted: 06/26/2010 4:16 a.m.

I enjoy painting rooms in my house because it’s a great way to change the look of rooms without costing too much.

Tools & toys

posted: 06/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

M Brace. What’s to love: A speedy way to create a raised bed for gardening.

In the garden

posted: 06/26/2010 4:11 a.m.

Q Can you please tell me what this plant is? I grew this bush from a cutting off of a huge bush next to my duplex in the Heights in Little Rock.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Clinton center, wetlands visitors get a big hand

posted: 06/26/2010 4:10 a.m.

Dear Otus, Our family loves to go to Little Rock’s river walk. Our kids, especially, love the artwork. But that latest one at the entrance to the Clinton library grounds is kind of creepy. It scared my 4-yearold who said it looked like a zombie hand. What’s up with that?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/26/2010 4:09 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why does the devil keep trying to win the battle between good and evil, when he must know that at the end of time he’s not going to be the victor?

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 06/26/2010 4:08 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: With all the news about uncontrolled acceleration, my wife has decided that she wants to be prepared in case it happens to her.

Keep it clean

posted: 06/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

Cleaning Parties. “Green” cleaning parties, during which guests head to the kitchen to make nontoxic homemade cleaners, are popping up around the country, Jan Jarvis, medical and health reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote recently.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/26/2010 4:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. You don’t need to be told that you’re good at what you do, but you’ll hear that a lot this year. July brings an important win. Out of love, you will make a commitment in November. In December, you will feel the admiration of your peers — a most satisfying experience. Loved ones make you proud in 2011.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/26/2010 4:06 a.m.

1. A Japanese computer company, Namco, developed the video arcade game Pac-Man in the 1980s. What is the origin of that name? 2. The TV quiz shows The $64,000 Question and The $64,000 Challenge placed contestants in booths that were called what?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/26/2010 4:03 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A recent column discussed “white doves” being released at special events, and I asked you about any experiences you had.

Do-it-yourself energy audit finds where money is going

posted: 06/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

For many homeowners, electricity use and energy bills are highest during the summer.

Afghans woo firms to develop minerals

posted: 06/26/2010 3:48 a.m.

Afghanistan, sitting on as much as $3 trillion of untapped minerals according to the government, is holding talks with companies on developing mineral and energy deposits.

Pakistan on watch for sacrilege on Net

posted: 06/26/2010 3:45 a.m.

Pakistan will monitor seven major websites, including Google and Yahoo, to block anti-Islamic links and content, an official said Friday. Seventeen lesserknown sites are being blocked outright for purported blasphemous material.

Jobless-benefits bid not dead yet

posted: 06/26/2010 3:43 a.m.

The demise of Democrats’ jobs agenda legislation means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had counted on fresh federal aid will now have to consider more budget cuts, tax increases and layoffs of state workers.

Toll from storms in China at 377

posted: 06/26/2010 3:41 a.m.

The death toll from storms that have pounded southern China for more than a week has climbed to 377, the government said Friday.

Arizona alien law draws a following

posted: 06/26/2010 3:41 a.m.

Arizona’s new immigration law doesn’t take effect until next month, but lawmakers in nearly 20 other states are already clamoring to follow in its footsteps.

White House confident as Kagan faces hearings

posted: 06/26/2010 3:39 a.m.

White House officials said they have no doubt Elena Kagan will leave her audience impressed when she testifies before a Senate committee next week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Cheney in discomfort, goes to hospital

posted: 06/26/2010 3:38 a.m.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease.

Koreas mark 60 years since war’s start

posted: 06/26/2010 3:34 a.m.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied in their capital Friday to condemn the United States and South Korea on the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, while Seoul told Pyongyang to admit responsibility for a deadly warship sinking.

German court: Suicide help legal

posted: 06/26/2010 3:33 a.m.

Germany’s top criminal court issued a ruling Friday legalizing assisted suicide in cases in which it is carried out based on a patient’s prior request.

Little Bighorn flag put up for auction

posted: 06/26/2010 3:32 a.m.

Lt. Col. George Custer and the men of his 7th Cavalry Regiment went into the Battle of the Little Bighorn with flags flying, but they were wiped out, and nearly all their military artifacts were carried away by the victorious Lakota Sioux warriors.

NYC pares subway, bus routes

posted: 06/26/2010 3:31 a.m.

New Yorkers took some subways and buses for the last time Friday, a few of them carrying cardboard tombstones to mourn the end of their favorite commuting routes.

Hurricane Darby churns in Pacific

posted: 06/26/2010 3:30 a.m.

Hurricane Darby was still Category 3 strength Friday, making it the second major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season.

All survive tornado in Connecticut city

posted: 06/26/2010 3:29 a.m.

Residents of Connecticut’s largest city counted themselves lucky Friday that no one died in a rare tornado that shredded trees and roofs, took out power lines and collapsed buildings Thursday afternoon.

U.S. rethinks Marine strategy

posted: 06/26/2010 3:28 a.m.

On a stretch of clean, white Southern California beach, thousands of young Marines this month charged forward from the sea, leaping from helicopters and landing craft, echoing the exercises conducted decades before when Marines trained for Iwo Jima and Inchon.

Vatican criticizes Belgian raids

posted: 06/26/2010 3:27 a.m.

The Vatican said Friday that it was astonished and outraged that Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse had conducted raids that also targeted the graves of two archbishops.

Is $500,000 enough to run deficit panel? Some say no

posted: 06/26/2010 3:26 a.m.

President Barack Obama sought $15 million to run his oil-spill commission, and a panel on the Wall Street meltdown got $8 million. The budget for his commission on reducing the federal deficit: $500,000.

Hong Kong OKs electoral changes

posted: 06/26/2010 3:25 a.m.

Hong Kong’s legislature on Friday agreed to add 10 elected seats, completing a set of Beijingbacked electoral changes that critics have said reinforce the territory’s undemocratic political system.

Cat’s two faux paws give it four good legs

posted: 06/26/2010 3:24 a.m.

Oscar the cat may have lost one of his nine lives, but his new prosthetic paws make him one of the world’s few bionic cats.

In the news

posted: 06/26/2010 3:22 a.m.

Marty Czarnecki and Denise Irvine tied the knot at the Copps grocery store in Wautoma, Wis., where the couple met last year while he was working in the store’s liquor aisle and she arrived to buy wine.

Names and faces

posted: 06/26/2010 3:21 a.m.

Prince Harry showed he knows his way around a rifle as he joined West Point cadets in training at the storied military grounds Friday at the start of his three-day visit to New York.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/26/2010 3:21 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 1-2-13-19-27 Mega Ball: 21 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 04

The nation in brief

posted: 06/26/2010 3:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The layman’s translation is,‘We are where we thought we were.’” BP spokesman Bill Salvin, on efforts to drill a relief well to stop the Gulf gusher Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 06/26/2010 3:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “North Korea should clearly and frankly admit and apologize for its wrongdoing over its provocation.” South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, referring to the sinking of the Cheonan warship Article, this page

All-Star football report

posted: 06/26/2010 2:52 a.m.

West QB Jordan’s day short. Benson Jordan of Lake Hamilton got off to a fast start Friday before his day was cut short by a minor neck injury.

Friday, June 25

Arizona’s Edwin Jackson no-hits Rays

posted: 06/25/2010 9:16 p.m.

Edwin Jackson settled down after a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter of the season of the pitcher, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Former Vice President Cheney hospitalized

updated: 06/25/2010 8:11 p.m.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease.

Teen shot by Border Patrol had smuggling arrests

posted: 06/25/2010 5:27 p.m.

Federal records show that a 15-year-old Mexican boy shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents was among El Paso’s most wanted juvenile smugglers.

Michael Jackson’s father files wrongful death suit

posted: 06/25/2010 4:59 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged with giving the pop superstar a lethal dose of sedatives.

Hurricane Darby becomes a Category 3 storm

posted: 06/25/2010 4:34 p.m.

Hurricane Darby is still Category 3 strength, making it the second major hurricane of the eastern Pacific season.

Ark, Miss., TN officials: Secrecy key for deals

posted: 06/25/2010 3:52 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and economic development officials from Tennessee and Mississippi say that secrecy is a key part of negotiating with corporate prospects. But they also say there must be transparency once the deals are finalized.

Razorbacks to host NCAA regional, championship

posted: 06/25/2010 2:51 p.m.

Arkansas will play host to the 2012 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional Championship and the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, it was announced by the NCAA on Friday. The events will be held at Barnhill Arena and the Randal Tyson Track Center, respectively.

Ex-Fordyce police chief's appeal rejected

posted: 06/25/2010 1:28 p.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a former Fordyce police chief who was convicted of killing his wife.

Craft distillery sets up shop in LR

posted: 06/25/2010 1:04 p.m.

All the equipment that Phil Brandon needs to start a small-batch distillery near downtown Little Rock has arrived at his warehouse. Now he has to put it together and start cooking grain.

Helath officials link illness in 3 to Saline River swimming

posted: 06/25/2010 12:42 p.m.

State health officials are warning that a river in Saline County is unsafe for swimming after three cases of illness were linked to the body of water.

Bono Lake project expected to be finished in 2011

posted: 06/25/2010 12:31 p.m.

Warm, dry weather has allowed construction work on a 100-acre lake project in northeastern Arkansas to progress in recent weeks.

One generator at Blakely Mountain Dam back to working

posted: 06/25/2010 12:28 p.m.

A generator at Blakely Mountain Dam again is operational and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the second generator at the hydroelectric plant should be working again later this summer.

Heading into G-8, leaders differ on how to nurture a global recovery

posted: 06/25/2010 11:26 a.m.

As world leaders gathered to deal with the aftermath of the global financial crisis, President Barack Obama boasted about a congressional compromise on overhauling the U.S. banking system and called for an international effort to prevent future economic meltdowns.

Pakistan scours Google, other websites for blasphemy

posted: 06/25/2010 11:24 a.m.

Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo and Amazon, for sacrilegious content, while blocking 17 other, lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims, an official said Friday.

Government lowers growth estimate for first quarter

posted: 06/25/2010 11:18 a.m.

The government lowered its estimate of how much the economy grew in the first quarter of the year, noting that consumers spent less than it previously thought.

Newest chandeliers can steal the design show

posted: 06/25/2010 10:21 a.m.

Sedate or ostentatious, chandeliers long have served as a room’s focal point, most at home over a dining table, as reported in Saturday’s HomeStyle section.

2 from Arkansas arrested in Wyoming man's death

posted: 06/25/2010 10:02 a.m.

Two more men have been charged with killing a Casper man during a robbery attempt.

Masingill confirmed for Delta agency post

posted: 06/25/2010 9:42 a.m.

The Senate confirmed Christopher Masingill as the new co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority on Thursday night.

Magnolia man dies in Louisiana accident

posted: 06/25/2010 9:26 a.m.

An Arkansas man died after losing control of the dump truck he was driving in Bossier Parish.

Man survives plane crash in Little River County

posted: 06/25/2010 8:35 a.m.

Little River County authorities say a man escaped serious injury after crashing his plane into an empty home while attempting to take off.

Storms cause damage in Garland County

posted: 06/25/2010 8:09 a.m.

Garland County officials say several homes were damaged and large trees and power poles were toppled when severe thunderstorms moved through the state.

Prince Harry visiting US Army cadets at West Point

posted: 06/25/2010 7:14 a.m.

Britain’s Prince Harry will join cadets training at the U.S. Military Academy as he starts a three-day visit to New York.

House, Senate lawmakers finalize deal on bank bill

posted: 06/25/2010 6:16 a.m.

One year in the making, a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street rules forged in the aftermath of a financial crisis cleared congressional negotiations early Friday and headed to the House and Senate for final votes. Lawmakers hope to have a bill on President Barack Obama’s desk by July 4.

Whitlow Thinks About More Than Football

posted: 06/25/2010 6:15 a.m.

Allen Whitlow is the first football Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star selection in Rogers Heritage’s young history.

C-130 upgrade OK for takeoff

posted: 06/25/2010 5:40 a.m.

A decade-long struggle to develop a C-130 avionics upgrade program ended this week with Pentagon approval to start limited production of the upgrade kits and move forward with final flight tests of the modified planes at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Ex-prosecutor Harmon wins acquittal in drug-selling trial

posted: 06/25/2010 5:40 a.m.

Dan Harmon, a former prosecutor who served time in federal prison for public corruption, was acquitted Thursday of drug charges that threatened to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Judge won’t delay oil-drilling ruling; BP taps Witt

posted: 06/25/2010 5:38 a.m.

A federal judge who overturned a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling imposed after the Gulf oil spill refused Thursday to put his ruling on hold while the government appeals.

After long negotiations, still no derivatives deal

posted: 06/25/2010 5:38 a.m.

A measure pushed by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., to rein in trading in risky derivatives remained in limbo as a House-Senate conference committee meeting limped into its 12th hour late Thursday evening.

Petrino scans state of recruiting

posted: 06/25/2010 5:37 a.m.

Arkansas football Coach Bobby Petrino wanted to talk about recruiting, but there was something bugging him when he agreed to a question-and-answer session with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

5 Wildcats go in 1st; Wall No. 1

posted: 06/25/2010 5:37 a.m.

John Wall is heading to Washington, and a record number of Kentucky teammates are following him to the NBA.

SWEPCO unveils end run

posted: 06/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. announced Thursday that it would rather switch than fight opposition to its coal-fired power plant under construction in Hempstead County.

Russia to lift ban on U.S. chicken

posted: 06/25/2010 5:36 a.m.

Russia, once the largest importer of U.S. chicken, has agreed to lift a 5-month-old ban on the meat after talks Thursday between presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. Shares of U.S. poultry producers rose in New York.

Movie Review: Grown Ups

posted: 06/25/2010 5:35 a.m.

I give up. Almost alone among my circle of movie going friends, I have held out hope for Adam Sandler’s soul.

Aussies swear in new leader

posted: 06/25/2010 5:15 a.m.

Julia Gillard was sworn in Thursday as Australia’s first female prime minister less than 24 hours after the Welsh-born education minister mounted her challenge to oust Kevin Rudd as Labor Party leader.

Association Blasts Mayor’s Support Of Gay Pride Parade

posted: 06/25/2010 5:15 a.m.

Strong words from an evangelical Christian advocacy group are not enough to temper Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s support for a gay pride parade set to roll Saturday in Fayetteville.

Democrats give up on state, jobless aid

posted: 06/25/2010 5:14 a.m.

Senate Democrats on Thursday abandoned efforts to provide fresh aid to cash-strapped state governments and extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers, leaving in limbo President Barack Obama’s push for more spending to bolster the economy.

High court’s ruling puts Skilling verdict in doubt

posted: 06/25/2010 5:11 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Thursday restricted one of federal prosecutors’ favorite tools for pursuing corrupt politicians and self-dealing corporate chiefs, and cast doubt on the conviction of former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling.

Crash injures 24 on runaway Atlantic City resort bus

posted: 06/25/2010 5:09 a.m.

A bus carrying gamblers from New York City’s Chinatown to this seaside casino resort crashed into two other vehicles, then smashed into a retaining wall Thursday morning. Twenty-four of the 50 people aboard were injured, including the driver, who was thrown through the windshield and then run over by the runaway vehicle.

U.S.-Russian relations back on track, says Obama

posted: 06/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have “succeeded in resetting” the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries that had dipped in recent years.

French strike over pension plan

posted: 06/25/2010 5:06 a.m.

Trains stood still and children played instead of studied as workers around France went on strike Thursday to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age by two years to 62.

Jamaican in U.S. to face drug trial

posted: 06/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

Christopher Coke, a reputed gang leader from Jamaica accused of running a major smuggling operation of drugs and guns in the United States, arrived in New York on Thursday evening after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Jamaican courts.

Envoy calls McChrystal friend despite his swipe

posted: 06/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday acknowledged having “vigorous debates” with Gen. Stanley McChrystal but said he and the ousted NATO commander acted in synch to implement war strategy.

In attack, Filipinos shot, hacked; 4 die

posted: 06/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

About 30 hooded attackers, believed to be Abu Sayyaf militants, shot and hacked horrified victims as they ran for their lives in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/25/2010 5:03 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Pakistanis give U.S. 5 prison time

posted: 06/25/2010 5 a.m.

Five Virginia men were convicted on terror charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday by a Pakistani court in a case that intensified U.S. concern about its citizens linking up with foreign extremist groups.

Retired archbishop’s home raided in sex-abuse inquiry

posted: 06/25/2010 4:58 a.m.

Police raided the home and former office of the recently retired archbishop of Belgium on Thursday, carrying off documents and a personal computer as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, officials said.

Palin’s legal fund found to be illegal

posted: 06/25/2010 4:57 a.m.

A legal defense fund set up for Sarah Palin when she was Alaska governor was illegal, an investigator for the state Personnel Board said Thursday.

Documents on Hitler in jail to be auctioned

posted: 06/25/2010 4:57 a.m.

Adolf Hitler enjoyed special treatment while jailed in 1924, being allowed hundreds of visitors — sometimes unsupervised — including some 30 to 40 to celebrate his 35th birthday, according to a treasure trove of documents that have surfaced from the prison near Munich where he was held.

In the news

posted: 06/25/2010 4:56 a.m.

Karen Hunt, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County, Calif., sheriff’s office, said Victorville school officials placed an elementary school on lockdown after a fight broke out among a group of parents at a kindergarten graduation ceremony.

Names and faces

posted: 06/25/2010 4:56 a.m.

Lindsay Lohan will have to answer more questions about a 2007 car chase that landed her in jail, including inquiries about drug use at the time, a California judge ruled Thursday.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/25/2010 4:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The debt is out of control. Since I did that last time, the debt’s at over $13 trillion and rising.” Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who helped block a jobless aid measure after voting three months ago to defeat a filibuster Article 3A

The world in brief

posted: 06/25/2010 4:54 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They had hoped for justice and are devastated by the results.” Attorney Nina Ginsberg, on the families of five Virginia men convicted of terror charges in Pakistan Article, 1A

State 3 to FEMA: Widen flood-map delay

posted: 06/25/2010 4:52 a.m.

A trio of Arkansas lawmakers has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to grant a 90-day extension to all counties affected by the agency’s “heavy handed” new federal flood-plain designations.

Coroner minus 1 skull all of a sudden has 2

posted: 06/25/2010 4:51 a.m.

A homicide victim’s missing skull suddenly surfaced Thursday, less than two hours after a reporter asked about its whereabouts.

ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR WEEK: Second chance revives Morgan

posted: 06/25/2010 4:50 a.m.

This is Thamail Morgan’s story, but not the one you think you know.

State banks likely dodge capital rule

posted: 06/25/2010 4:48 a.m.

A deal to apply proposed capital requirements only to bank holding companies with $15 billion or more in assets has been reached by U.S. Senate and House negotiators.

11-hour match ends with 70-68 fifth set

posted: 06/25/2010 4:48 a.m.

When The Match That Would Not End finally did, at 70-68 in the fifth set, after a record 11 hours, 5 minutes spread over three days, the customary handshake between opponents simply would not suffice.

COMMENTARY: Strasburg adds fight to acclamations

posted: 06/25/2010 4:43 a.m.

After suffering his first major league defeat, 1-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg is starting to learn how Walter Johnson felt.

Board questions LR school chief

posted: 06/25/2010 4:43 a.m.

Little Rock School Board members took another step Thursday in its process of evaluating Superintendent Linda Watson, asking her in a private session to describe her accomplishments as the chief executive in the 26,700-student district.

WORLD CUP: 2006 champion out in 1st round

posted: 06/25/2010 4:41 a.m.

The stunned looks and the tears told the story — for both teams.

Stadium discloses AT&T naming deal

posted: 06/25/2010 4:41 a.m.

AT&T and the War Memorial Stadium Commission released details Thursday of a contract granting the telecommunications giant certain naming rights at the arena after the company rescinded its call for privacy in the deal that potentially earns $1.8 million for the stadium over 10 years.

Wildlife agency director resigns

posted: 06/25/2010 4:41 a.m.

Scott Henderson, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission since 2003, will leave the post to become a special liaison between the agency and its commissioners on Sept. 1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hawkins handles it all as East prevails again

posted: 06/25/2010 4:40 a.m.

The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star week has been a one-sided affair so far, and the East girls basketball team made sure it stayed that way.

Court rejects appeal over tab for defense

posted: 06/25/2010 4:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by the Arkansas Public Defender Commission to reconsider its order that the commission pay the defense expenses of a Memphis man accused of killing a soldier.

Won’t rule out earmarks, Elliott says

posted: 06/25/2010 4:39 a.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Joyce Elliott said Thursday that she won’t balk at earmarks for projects, unlike her Republican opponent, Tim Griffin.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Harris gets East going; rally completed in 4th

posted: 06/25/2010 4:38 a.m.

The East dominated the fourth period and defeated the West 82-69 Thursday in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star boys’ basketball game at Walton Arena.

Police beat

posted: 06/25/2010 4:38 a.m.

LR man charged in kidnap, assault A Little Rock man was arrested Thursday after police say he struck his girlfriend and kidnapped her, driving her to his grandmother’s house and threatening her on June 8.

LR police say 2 saved life of man on bridge

posted: 06/25/2010 4:38 a.m.

Samuel Jones’ reaction when he saw a man climb over the railing of the East 21st Street bridge over Interstate 30 in Little Rock on Thursday morning helped save the life of a U.S. Air Force airman, police said.

3-year-old in PB dies in fire

posted: 06/25/2010 4:37 a.m.

A Wednesday afternoon fire took the life of an outgoing little boy who loved to play outdoors, the boy’s grandmother said Thursday.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks a hit with Houston linebacker

posted: 06/25/2010 4:37 a.m.

One visit to Arkansas was enough to convince Houston St. Pius X linebacker Kellen Jones the Razorbacks were going to be a major contender for his services.

PAPER TRAILS: A not-so- heavenly match

posted: 06/25/2010 4:36 a.m.

We all know tragic cautionary tales about meeting strangers through the Internet.

Deal takes pen out of Jones’ hand

posted: 06/25/2010 4:36 a.m.

A promotion that seemed a surefire success went wrong in a hurry for the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday, leaving both fans and the Travelers’ front office upset.

Daily record

posted: 06/25/2010 4:35 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.

Obituaries

posted: 06/25/2010 4:35 a.m.

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

Circle weathers competition for spot

posted: 06/25/2010 4:34 a.m.

Hardy’s Nathan Circle beat the heat and the field Thursday.

Acxiom revives July 3 celebration

posted: 06/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

This city’s annual Lights Over the Lake display is back on.

Heat deadly for 1, health agency says

posted: 06/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

At least one Arkansan has died from the heat this summer, the first one reported this year, an Arkansas Department of Health spokesman said Thursday.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/25/2010 4:32 a.m.

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

U.S. grant aids job hunt for younger parents

posted: 06/25/2010 4:32 a.m.

Five months ago, 20-year old Antoinette Racy, was homeless and became a single mother.

Other days

posted: 06/25/2010 4:31 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 25, 1910 HOT SPRINGS — Following a serious thunderstorm, in which much damage was done the telephone and telegraph wires, came a veritable cloudburst which filled the principal thoroughfares of the city with water late this afternoon.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 06/25/2010 4:31 a.m.

Brother, uncle to Bush presidents HINGHAM, Mass. — Prescott S. Bush Jr., brother to one U.S. president and uncle to another, has died after a long illness, according to his family. He was 87.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 06/25/2010 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions on Thursday.The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts. state.ar.us.

THEATER REVIEW: Dracula chills successfully through sloppy conclusion

posted: 06/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s summer vampire is no cute teen Twilight boyfriend.

INTERLEAGUE: First hit since ninth for Cubs a winner in 13th

posted: 06/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

Marlon Byrd hit an opposite-field RBI single with one out in the 13th inning as the Chicago Cubs won 3-2 on Thursday to avoid a sweep and end the Seattle Mariners’ six-game winning streak.

The same old game

posted: 06/25/2010 4:28 a.m.

ONE OF the bright spots in Blanche Lincoln’s record of late has been her insistence on re-imposing some fiscal restraints on the country’s banks and investment houses. The kind of restraints that were imposed when the Great Depression hit, but that were left to crumble as time went on.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/25/2010 4:28 a.m.

TENNIS Finals set in Southern Closed Unseeded Garrett Brasseaux of Covington, La., who has already defeated the tournament’s top seed, takes on Kennesaw, Ga.’s Hunter Reese, the No. 2 seed, in the boys’ final of the Southern 18 Closed tennis tournament this morning at Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock.

Here comes the judge

posted: 06/25/2010 4:27 a.m.

AS IF Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf coast hadn’t been hurt enough by a succession of disasters natural and man-made, the Obama administration has chosen to pile on by arbitrarily banning deepwater drilling for six months. At least.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers turn to pitching to find victories

posted: 06/25/2010 4:27 a.m.

Two good pitching outings, two victories.

Anybody have a miracle on hand?

posted: 06/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

The U.S. Army now knows what rock bands know: There’s nothing like “the blow that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.” Abraham Lincoln relieved George McClellan for an excess of caution.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Gamecocks take charge with 1 strike left in 12th

posted: 06/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

Brady Thomas singled in the winning run in the 12th inning and South Carolina eliminated Oklahoma from the College World Series with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Who’s committed?

posted: 06/25/2010 4:25 a.m.

So General Stanley McChrystal is out, fired by his commander-in-chief on Wednesday for shooting off his mouth to a Rolling Stone reporter.

Spurs jump at chance to land Anderson

posted: 06/25/2010 4:25 a.m.

The San Antonio Spurs figured they would never get a shot at Oklahoma State guard James Anderson with the 20th pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday.

LETTERS

posted: 06/25/2010 4:24 a.m.

Move is a good idea The Walton Family Foundation’s desire to anchor the Walton Arts Center offerings from the current site adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to a northern location near Bentonville’s emerging cultural center will expand access for many area residents.

Off the wire

posted: 06/25/2010 4:24 a.m.

GOLF Lewis shares LPGA lead Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks ), Cristie Kerr and Seon Hwa Lee each shot a 4-under-par 68 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the LPGA Championship on the Locust Hill Country Club course in Pittsford, N.Y., outside of Rochester.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

Players take bow for queen Queen Elizabeth II made her first appearance at Wimbledon in 33 years Thursday.

Right call, Mr. President

posted: 06/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama made the right call in accepting the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal as head of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

How about legislating?

posted: 06/25/2010 4:22 a.m.

It’s never easy to admit being wrong, particularly for legislators. But as parents and patrons from the Weiner school district pointed out this week at a news conference in Little Rock, closing their school is wrong.

ON FILM: Take freaky, captivating ride on Mystery Train

posted: 06/25/2010 4:20 a.m.

With all due respect to Cleveland, America’s neediest city and a perfectly appropriate location for anything so ridiculous as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Memphis is the mythic cradle of rock ’n’ roll.

Let teachers teach

posted: 06/25/2010 4:19 a.m.

The topic was what teachers want, which we last explored here almost seven years ago.

Movie Review: Knight and Day

posted: 06/25/2010 4:19 a.m.

Tom Cruise should go bonkers more often. At least on screen, that is.

Movie Review: Mother and Child

posted: 06/25/2010 4:17 a.m.

Finely acted and measured in its subtly faith-based approach, Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child does not quite escape the limitations of its soapy genre but it struggles mightily and honorably before finally collapsing into third-act melodrama.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/25/2010 4:16 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, PG-13 The love triangle between mortal Bella (Kristen Stewart), vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) teeters as the werewolf pack and the Cullen clan join together to fight a new breed of vampires.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/25/2010 4:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. Here’s your winning secret: When you see opportunity, grab it without hesitation. Loved ones celebrate you through July.You’ll see new parts of the world in August. There’s a financial bonus in September, or one of your usual expenses is no longer necessary.

Strength seen in business spending

posted: 06/25/2010 4:14 a.m.

Factory orders for durable goods fell 1.1 percent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, largely the result of a drop in demand for commercial aircraft.

Retailer disputes Chicago pay pact

posted: 06/25/2010 4:13 a.m.

Chicago aldermen gave zoning approval Thursday for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a second store in the city, praising a union agreement with the retailer to guarantee raises within a year. Moments after the vote, a Wal-Mart spokesman said there was no such deal.

Woody, Buzz animate sales

posted: 06/25/2010 4:13 a.m.

The toy market is on a hot streak at movie theaters.

U.S. mortgage rates drop to record lows

posted: 06/25/2010 4:12 a.m.

Mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest level on record, giving consumers added incentive to lock in low payments for home purchases and refinanced loans.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/25/2010 4:12 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you’ve said that we’ll never have world peace until Jesus comes again, but does that mean governments and diplomats shouldn’t at least try to work toward a more peaceful world? Surely God wants us to work for peace, doesn’t He? — K.W.

Crowds line up for latest iPhone

posted: 06/25/2010 4:11 a.m.

Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone was selling briskly Thursday as thousands lined up outside stores around the world.

Film clips

posted: 06/25/2010 4:11 a.m.

At area theaters 81 ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PG Tim Burton’s twist on the Lewis Carroll classic, with Mia Wasikowska in the role of a now-19-year-old Alice returning to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl.

German leader insists budget cuts best path

posted: 06/25/2010 4:10 a.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday to defend Germany’s planned budget-cutting measures at this weekend’s G-20 summit as she shrugged off U.S. concerns that the spending cuts could threaten the global economic recovery.

Home movies

posted: 06/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: The Children’s War (Not rated, 64 minutes) — Earnest and harrowing, if somewhat thin, documentary about the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militant “Christian” group in northern Uganda led by war criminal and “prophet” Joseph Kony

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

Technology firms settle with states A $173 million settlement has been reached with six computer-chip manufacturers that were sued by 33 state attorneys general for price fixing, according to a release from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

1. How many stories has the Empire State Building in New York? 2. What was the real name of actor W.C. Fields? 3. Complete this rhyme: “Twinkle, twinkle, little star / How I wonder what you are.”

Business news in brief

posted: 06/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Chicago could very well be a model for how Wal-Mart expands into urban areas — a multiformat, localized approach that leverages Wal-Mart’s growing community-relations skills to capture urban market share.” Leon Nicholas, a director at consulting firm Kantar Retail in Cambridge, Mass.

MARKET REPORT: Retail forecasts pull stocks down

posted: 06/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

Stocks fell Thursday after disappointing forecasts from retailers and concern about the government’s financial-overhaul package.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/25/2010 4:07 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Is there a simple remedy for noisy hardwood floors? I have tried baby powder and mineral oil.

Screen gems

posted: 06/25/2010 4:05 a.m.

Moon Ring, a feature film by Scott Loye, completed shooting its “120 page script in 11 days” according to the film’s Twitter page (twitter.com/ moonringmovie).

Undrafted Washington gets shot with Knicks

updated: 06/25/2010 12:46 a.m.

Former Arkansas forward Michael Washington will get a chance to prove himself with the New York Knicks after not being selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Thursday, June 24

Republicans kill Senate jobless aid measure

posted: 06/24/2010 6:01 p.m.

Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats’ jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits for more than a million people out of work more than six months.

VIDEO: Harmon acquitted on both counts

updated: 06/24/2010 7:19 p.m.

Ex-prosecutor Dan Harmon was acquitted of drug charges after a one-day trial in Grant County

Palin defense fund illegal, board investigator says

posted: 06/24/2010 5:44 p.m.

A legal defense fund set up for Sarah Palin when she was Alaska governor was illegal, an investigator for the state Personnel Board said Thursday.

Arkansas among 33 states to reach settlement over computer chips

posted: 06/24/2010 5:20 p.m.

Arkansas and 32 other states will share in a $173 million settlement with six international manufacturers who were accused of price fixing related to the sale of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) computer chips.

Director of game and fish steps down

posted: 06/24/2010 4:31 p.m.

The director of the game and fish agency is stepping down Sept. 1 and will be replaced by the deputy director.

First heat-related death reported in Arkansas

posted: 06/24/2010 2:44 p.m.

The state's first heat-related death of the summer has been reported, the Health Department announced Thursday.

'Any pinhead' can run against Washington, Elliott tells group

posted: 06/24/2010 2:33 p.m.

Democrat Joyce Elliott says she’s not running against Washington as she seeks a congressional seat in central Arkansas.

Amount of AT&T deal with stadium disclosed

posted: 06/24/2010 2:13 p.m.

A deal that puts AT&T's name on the field at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is potentially worth up to $1.8 million over a 10-year span, it was revealed Thursday.

Three arrested on drug charges in Humnoke

posted: 06/24/2010 1:49 p.m.

Three men were arrested on drug charges after investigators with a search warrant discovered chemicals used to make methamphetamine in a truck outside a Humnoke residence, authorities said.

Judge: Won't delay ruling on Gulf drilling moratorium

posted: 06/24/2010 1:16 p.m.

A federal judge who overturned a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after Gulf oil spill refused Thursday to put his ruling on hold while the government appeals.

Wal-Mart reaches deal on 2nd Chicago store

posted: 06/24/2010 1:01 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. got the go-ahead to build a second store in Chicago when the city council’s zoning committee approved the project.

AFA Opposes Fayetteville Pride Parade

updated: 06/24/2010 12:25 p.m.

Strong words from an anti-gay organization are not enough to halt Northwest Arkansas’ gay pride parade, set to roll Saturday in Fayetteville.

Teen accused of taking pitbull from animal shelter

posted: 06/24/2010 11:56 a.m.

Authorities in El Dorado say a teenager was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on a city worker and stole a black pitbull from the city’s animal shelter.

Arrest made in Conway bank robbery

posted: 06/24/2010 11:44 a.m.

Conway police have arrested a man from Ohio in connection with a bank robbery.

Pakistani anti-terror court convicts 5 Americans

posted: 06/24/2010 11:36 a.m.

Five young American Muslims were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years in jail Thursday in a case that highlights concerns about Westerners traveling to Pakistan to link up with al-Qaida and other extremist groups.

Ex-prosecutor’s trial begins in Sheridan

posted: 06/24/2010 11:32 a.m.

A trial began Monday morning in the case of Dan Harmon, a former prosecutor for Saline, Grant and Hot Spring counties.

SWEPCO shifts coal-fired plant to 'merchant' status

posted: 06/24/2010 10:46 a.m.

The state’s highest court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling reversing a panel’s issuance of a permit for a $1.7 billion coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas.

Isner beats Mahut in longest tennis match on record

posted: 06/24/2010 10:45 a.m.

John Isner has won the longest tennis match on record by beating Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set at Wimbledon.

Grown Ups is a cynical and lazy film

posted: 06/24/2010 10:42 a.m.

If you’ve seen the advertising trailer for Grown Ups, you’ve pretty much seen the movie — at least the “funny” parts, writes reviewer Philip Martin in Friday’s MovieStyle section.

No bail for Dallas man accused of Obama threat

posted: 06/24/2010 9:31 a.m.

A Dallas man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama has been denied bail.

Thousands line up for new iPhone

posted: 06/24/2010 8:39 a.m.

Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone was selling briskly Thursday as thousands lined up outside stores around the world to become among the first to own the device amid concerns of supply shortages.

Jobless claims drop but remain at elevated levels

posted: 06/24/2010 8:26 a.m.

Initial claims for jobless benefits fell by the most in two months last week, but remain above levels consistent with healthy job growth.

Police: Money was motive in Fayetteville murder

posted: 06/24/2010 7:55 a.m.

Investigators say the daughter of a Fayetteville woman who was strangled 14 years ago was a murder suspect all along. But authorities weren’t able to make an arrest until the victim was positively identified earlier this month.

12 killed as train hits beachgoers in Spain

posted: 06/24/2010 7:26 a.m.

A train speeding through a seaside rail station plowed into a group of youths taking a shortcut across the tracks to get to a beach party, killing at least 12, injuring 14 and turning a festive night meant to welcome the start of summer into one of carnage and tragedy, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 06/24/2010 6:22 a.m.

The Weekend Calendar lists events from around the state that are occurring the weekend after publication. To submit an event for publication please use our calendar form at www.arkansasonline.com/events/submit. For more event check our searchable events database at www2.arkansasonline.com/events/.

3-county chase ends in death

posted: 06/24/2010 6:11 a.m.

Authorities worked to determine Wednesday whether a man shot to death in Plumerville after leading police on a predawn car chase through three counties committed suicide or was killed by an Arkansas State Police trooper.

LR stadium deal details kept secret

posted: 06/24/2010 6:10 a.m.

War Memorial Stadium’s field is emblazoned with a new name — “AT&T Field” — under a five-year deal announced Wednesday, but stadium and company officials aren’t saying how much it cost to have the words prominently displayed.

Obama ousts McChrystal, taps Petraeus

posted: 06/24/2010 6:09 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday stripped Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for making disparaging remarks about administration officials just over a year after he was entrusted with salvaging the war effort.

After hitch, cap back on gusher

posted: 06/24/2010 6:09 a.m.

Oil had spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for much of the day Wednesday before engineers reattached a cap being used to contain the gusher and direct some of the crude to a surface ship.

Hooray for USA

posted: 06/24/2010 6:08 a.m.

Over and over, everything seemed to go against them.

Ex-Hogs hoping for a call

posted: 06/24/2010 6:04 a.m.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks Michael Washington and Courtney Fortson are hoping their NBA dreams come true tonight in the NBA Draft.

Hot Springs plant adding 150

posted: 06/24/2010 6:03 a.m.

Rexam, a consumer packaging company, will add at least 150 jobs at its Hot Springs plant by the end of the year, the London-based firm said Wednesday.

New-home sales plunge 33% in May

posted: 06/24/2010 6:02 a.m.

Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits.

Provision by Lincoln has relief for Arvest

posted: 06/24/2010 5:40 a.m.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is supporting a legislative move in Congress that would currently benefit only one bank in the state, Arvest Bank of Fayetteville. Her provision would be part of a proposed major overhaul of the financial system.

Aide says state officer fired him over article

posted: 06/24/2010 5:39 a.m.

The chief deputy for state Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox said Wednesday that Wilcox fired him because of an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette last month detailing Wilcox’s travel expenses and use of state vehicles. Bentley Hovis said Wilcox fired him Tuesday.

2 doubt road bill on way in 2011

posted: 06/24/2010 5:38 a.m.

The co-chairmen of a special committee looking into changing the way Arkansas pays for road construction expressed doubt that the 2011 meeting of the Legislature will take up legislation based on the committee’s final report.

Keep drug probe out of bomb trial, doctor’s filing says

posted: 06/24/2010 5:36 a.m.

Federal prosecutors should not be allowed to use drug allegations against a Pope County doctor accused of planting a bomb that injured the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board, defense attorneys argue.

Arts venue nudged on site choice

posted: 06/24/2010 5:34 a.m.

The Walton Arts Center can count on the support of its namesake foundation for an expansion site, but only if it is built in Bentonville, arts center leaders said Wednesday.

Ex-police chief loses appeal in ’07 killing

posted: 06/24/2010 5:32 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a former Fordyce police chief’s first-degree murder conviction in the 2007 shooting of his wife.

By error, 14,100 got tax breaks

posted: 06/24/2010 5:27 a.m.

Living in prison didn’t stop nearly 1,300 inmates from cashing in on a popular tax break for first-time homebuyers, a government investigator reported Wednesday. Their take: more than $9 million.

SWEET TEA: No clues to wreck or kind act

posted: 06/24/2010 5:25 a.m.

Dirk van Wyngaarden’s accident at 2 p.m. on April 11 was a one-vehicle crash.

Powerball

posted: 06/24/2010 5:24 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball : 11-30-45-47-48 Powerball : 10 Estimated jackpot : $97 million Power Play: 3

300 overseas travelers sit 4 hours on runway

posted: 06/24/2010 5:24 a.m.

A hot, dark and miserable four-hour stretch spent by hundreds of travelers parked in a diverted trans-Atlantic plane renewed calls Wednesday to add international travel to a months-old federal rule limiting how long airlines can keep passengers trapped on the tarmac.

Group presses Beebe to rescue Weiner schools

posted: 06/24/2010 5:23 a.m.

Supporters of the Weiner School District on Tuesday asked Gov. Mike Beebe to take action to stop the district’s merger into the neighboring Harrisburg School District.

9/11 1st responders back deal in court

posted: 06/24/2010 5:23 a.m.

Despite mixed emotions, most of the 9/11 responders who appeared Wednesday at a day-long “fairness hearing” in federal court in Manhattan said they favored a deal that would end their seven-year legal fight over the toxic fallout produced by the World Trade Center’s collapse.

Democrats whittle on spending

posted: 06/24/2010 5:22 a.m.

Senate Democrats struggled Wednesday to revive a bill extending jobless benefits and a host of other spending and tax measures as they searched for ways to reduce the measure’s deficit impact and attract critical GOP support.

Crawford gets vow from House

posted: 06/24/2010 5:21 a.m.

A Republican Congressional leader Tuesday pledged to secure Rick Crawford a spot on the House Agricultural Committee if he wins the 1st Congressional District seat in November.

Clark, D.C. delegation weigh in on war change

posted: 06/24/2010 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas’ only living four-star general, Wesley Clark, and members of the state’s congressional delegation saluted President Barack Obama’s decision Wednesday to name Gen. David Petraeus to oversee the Afghan war

Beebe sets sheriff’s-race vote to break tie in Stone County

posted: 06/24/2010 5:20 a.m.

Stone County voters will head back to the polls Aug. 2 to choose a Democratic nominee for sheriff after two candidates deadlocked in a runoff earlier this month.

Drinking, sex reports prompt inmates’ relocation

posted: 06/24/2010 5:19 a.m.

The State Department of Correction has pulled its Act 309 prisoners from the Saline County jail after an inmate got hold of a six-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.

Censure rescinded over failings in Afghan battle

posted: 06/24/2010 5:19 a.m.

The Army has reversed a decision to punish three officers for command failures that led to one of the deadliest firefights for U.S. forces since the Afghanistan war began nearly a decade ago.

County tags $1 million for NLR viaduct work

posted: 06/24/2010 5:18 a.m.

Pulaski County will spend up to $1 million to help North Little Rock renovate the Main Street viaduct.

Uzbeks say officers ripped, burned IDs

posted: 06/24/2010 5:17 a.m.

One after another, people came out of their houses in this village of ethnic Uzbeks to show how their passports, ID cards and driving licenses had been ripped to shreds or burned by Kyrgyz policemen.

Kurds vow to hit Turkey harder

posted: 06/24/2010 5:16 a.m.

A Kurdish rebel commander threatened more attacks on Turkish targets Wednesday, saying the guerrilla group would keep fighting until its demands for greater rights and autonomy are met, a pro-Kurdish news agency reported.

Obituaries

posted: 06/24/2010 5:16 a.m.

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

Al-Qaida-tied group says Iraq bank evil, bombing it was easy

posted: 06/24/2010 5:15 a.m.

An al-Qaida front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bombing a state-run investment bank, gloating over its ease in penetrating security in an attack that killed at least 18 people.

Belarus, Russia tangle over gas

posted: 06/24/2010 5:13 a.m.

Belarus said Wednesday that it had paid off its entire gas debt to Russia, and warned it would stop the transportation of Russian gas across its territory to other European countries unless Moscow settles its debts to Belarus by today.

Gunmen in Darfur snatch 2 Germans

posted: 06/24/2010 5:12 a.m.

Gunmen raided a humanitarian agency’s office in south Darfur and kidnapped two German aid workers, a spokesman for the international peacekeeping mission said Wednesday.

More-diverse panel to write climate-change report

posted: 06/24/2010 5:12 a.m.

The U.N. science body on climate change announced Wednesday that a broader range of experts will write its next report on global warming after the panel was accused of ignoring its critics and allowing glaring errors to creep into its work.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 5:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “As difficult as it is to lose Gen.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 06/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

Self-declared nurse in WWII Life photo. Edith Shain, who said she was the nurse being smooched by a sailor in Times Square in the famous Life magazine photograph marking the end of World War II, has died. She was 91.

In the news

posted: 06/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

Julia Gillard, deputy to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, stood unopposed and was named Australia’s first female premier after Rudd’s support in the ruling Labor Party collapsed.

Names and faces

posted: 06/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

Prince Albert of Monaco is engaged to marry Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, a union that will give the wealthy Mediterranean principality its first crown princess since American Grace Kelly died in 1982.

Daily record

posted: 06/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

The world in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We wanted to take part in the referendum, but we have no documents left.” Yusupjon Ibrakhimov, among ethnic Uzbeks who said their identification documents were ripped to shreds or burned by Kyrgyz policemen Article, this page

Police beat

posted: 06/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

NLR man charged in rape of girl North Little Rock police on Wednesday charged a 35-year-old man with rape, about a week after police say he told officers he took more than 100 sexually explicit photographs of a 9-year-old girl, according to a police news release.

Traffic stop nets meth; three illegal aliens held

posted: 06/24/2010 5:06 a.m.

A traffic stop last week led to the arrest of three illegal aliens on drug charges, 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said in a news release.

Mabelvale ‘pot’ bust nets cash, 73 pounds

posted: 06/24/2010 5:05 a.m.

The Saline County sheriff’s office Wednesday announced a second drug seizure related to an investigation that netted more than 600 pounds of ‘pot’ in North Little Rock earlier this week.

Motorcycle crash kills LR man, 20

posted: 06/24/2010 5:04 a.m.

A 20-year-old man died Wednesday morning after the motorcycle he was riding struck a culvert in Clark County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.

NLR reports dip in its tax revenue

posted: 06/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

June revenue from North Little Rock’s city sales tax fell short of last June’s totals by $244, the 20th month of the past 21 for the city to earn less than the corresponding month for the year before, figures released Wednesday showed.

Arkadelphia man charged in slaying

posted: 06/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

Arkadelphia police have arrested a man they say gunned down another man in an apartment complex late Tuesday.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 06/24/2010 5:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Other days

posted: 06/24/2010 5 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 24, 1910 Semi-weekly band concerts will be given at the City park by the First Regiment band throughout the remainder of the summer.

An outrage even for them

posted: 06/24/2010 4:59 a.m.

The Taliban’s execution of an 8-year-old accused of “collaborating” with foreign forces has proved too much even for Afghans hardened by three decades of fighting.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 06/24/2010 4:58 a.m.

Fight Thousands of martial arts enthusiasts from around the world converge on Little Rock for the American Taekwondo Association’s annual Songahm Taekwondo World Championships. Official opening ceremonies featuring performances by demonstration teams and finalists start at 6 p.m. Friday at Verizon Arena, North Little Rock.

The wish for war

posted: 06/24/2010 4:56 a.m.

THANK goodness for the New York Times. (Now there’s a phrase you won’t see in this column all that often.) Not long ago the newspaper many think of as this country’s paper of record published a lengthy story about life in North Korea, based on interviews with North Koreans themselves.

Degeneration of democracy

posted: 06/24/2010 4:55 a.m.

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.

Endless love romances Wimbledon

posted: 06/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

On and on they played — longer than anyone ever had before. And still there was no winner.

LETTERS

posted: 06/24/2010 4:53 a.m.

McChrystal was correct Gen. Stanley McChrystal has said what everyone already knows—Barack Obama lacks experience, knowledge and skill in handling the war in Afghanistan.

Obama stuns critics

posted: 06/24/2010 4:51 a.m.

This just in: Barack Obama is not a superhero. He can’t plunge into the Gulf of Mexico to seal BP’s underwater oil gusher with Xray vision.

Just missed it

posted: 06/24/2010 4:50 a.m.

True story: A couple of men were at the gym Wednesday morning, riding those bikes that never seem to go anywhere. It wasn’t a day for magazines or books, for the U.S.A. was on TV—at the World Cup, playing Algeria, and a win for the Yanks would mean they’d move on to play another day.

ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR WEEK: Caraway ready to take his shot

posted: 06/24/2010 4:49 a.m.

Spencer Caraway will have no guarantees when he gets to Arkansas State this season as an invited walk-on, but just receiving an opportunity to play basketball for a Division I school is a major step.

Sorellas ladles up tasty Italian

posted: 06/24/2010 4:48 a.m.

A while back, a co-worker recommended Sorellas Italian Restaurant in Cabot as a great place to get a solid Italian meal.

CHEAP EATS: Food copious but hit-or-miss at Fu Xing buffet

posted: 06/24/2010 4:46 a.m.

“Fu” in Chinese means “good fortune, blessing and happiness.” Fu Xing (pronounced “Foo Shing” ) is the ancient Chinese name for one of the stars on Orion’s Belt, also called “Star of Blessings.” It supposedly represents the god in charge of Chinese agriculture.

Cast of 100 set for Willy Wonka

posted: 06/24/2010 4:45 a.m.

A cast of almost 100 from the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center in Russellville will stage the musical Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka — music by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, lyrics by Newly, adapted for the stage by Bricusse and Tim McDonald, based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and July 1-3, 2 p.m.

Vilonia’s Sisson earns foe’s favor

posted: 06/24/2010 4:44 a.m.

In her 20 years as Siloam Springs girls’ basketball coach, Debbie Sharp has seen more than her fair share of great players. But it wasn’t great play that caused Sharp to make a beeline for Vilonia’s locker room after the Lady Panthers had defeated Vilonia 40-38 in February. Sharp

COMMENTARY: College Series leaves storied setting

posted: 06/24/2010 4:43 a.m.

How do you say goodbye to a place that’s been your home for 60 years?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/24/2010 4:41 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m in prison because I got angry and killed someone, and I’m haunted by guilt.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Child needs tools to deal with relative who gives her creeps

posted: 06/24/2010 4:40 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

Golf report

posted: 06/24/2010 4:40 a.m.

Monk ‘put golf on map’ Longtime Arkansas State Golf Association executive director Charles “Monk” Wade died Sunday at the age of 90. There was a moment of silence at the start of this week’s ASGA Monk Wade Father and Son Championship at Greystone Country Club in Cabot.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/24/2010 4:39 a.m.

Happy birthday. It is automatic for you to think of others.You are helpful by nature. And this year you are the one who gets pampered and tended to. It feels strange at first, but try to enjoy this well-deserved turn. An investment pays off in August. Take a romantic risk in October — your instincts are keen. You’ll be written about in February. Pisces and Libra people adore you.

DEAD SOLID PERFECT: Classic staring at unsettling future

posted: 06/24/2010 4:39 a.m.

I’ve watched a lot of golf in the past couple of weeks.

INTERLEAGUE: Strasburg loses 1st, sets 4-game strikeout mark

posted: 06/24/2010 4:38 a.m.

Sensational starts from Stephen Strasburg are no longer good enough for the Washington Nationals. The way they’re hitting the ball these days, they need him to be just about perfect.

Cousins big question mark

posted: 06/24/2010 4:37 a.m.

Like a president-elect awaiting inauguration, John Wall is seemingly just biding his time until he can officially begin cleaning up Washington.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/24/2010 4:37 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Mattresses and box springs frequently are sold as a set. Is it necessary to replace the box spring when replacing the mattress?

NBA notes Heat trade shooting guard to Thunder

posted: 06/24/2010 4:37 a.m.

The Miami Heat wanted to clear more cap space for free agency. The Oklahoma City Thunder wanted a shooter to boost their three-point corps.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/24/2010 4:36 a.m.

1. When is the next leap year? 2. What is the common name for soybean curd? 3. Describe the musical instrument called “flageolet.” 4. Provide the motto of the Three Musketeers.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers find joy of victory

posted: 06/24/2010 4:36 a.m.

Hand this to the Arkansas Travelers — they haven’t lost their sense of humor.

TCU slams door on Florida State

posted: 06/24/2010 4:34 a.m.

Matt Curry hit a go-ahead grand slam in TCU’s eight-run eighth inning and the Horned Frogs eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with an 11-7 victory Wednesday night.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 06/24/2010 4:33 a.m.

The west Little Rock Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened Monday in a brand-new strip center at 13000 Chenal Parkway (just west of Cold Stone Creamery and Target). It will have the same hours as its North Little Rock sibling — 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily — and a patio that the North Little Rock outlet doesn’t. The telephone number is (501) 225-1100.

ALL-STAR VOLLEYBALL: Steady Williamson guides West

posted: 06/24/2010 4:32 a.m.

Staci Williamson made the most of her moment in the spotlight.

Selected restaurants

posted: 06/24/2010 4:32 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers’ visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

CAVE CITY on a mission

posted: 06/24/2010 4:29 a.m.

The sash across her chest and the sparkling tiara atop her head denote a beauty pageant winner. Although she may be beautiful, that’s not what earned Judy Little the title of Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas 2010. She entered the door of the restaurant at an angle, pushing the door open with the arm of her electric wheelchair. This enabled her to maneuver the heavy door with ease.

Stone County frets over sheriff’s race

posted: 06/24/2010 4:28 a.m.

Who will be the next Stone County sheriff? The night of May 18, Stone County Sheriff Todd Hudspeth awaited the primary election results to see if he would be on the Democratic ticket for the November general election to run against Republican candidate William Russ Aiken.

ALL-STAR SOFTBALL: Fenter finishes it off for East

posted: 06/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

West Memphis pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter couldn’t have scripted a better encore performance than the one she staged Wednesday at Bogle Park.

Thoughts on Three Rivers Standing in honor of a fallen hero

posted: 06/24/2010 4:22 a.m.

It was hot Sunday afternoon. But no one complained.

News in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 4:21 a.m.

WOODRUFF COUNTY Preschoolers help animals AUGUSTA — The Augusta Preschool raised $100.32 for dogs at the Woodruff County Animal Rescue by collecting pennies for the Pennies for Paws fundraising campaign.

Kids College at Newport set for July

posted: 06/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

The Arkansas State University-Newport’s Kids College will be Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23, at the ASUNewport campus. Students will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

McCrory student wins scholarship

posted: 06/24/2010 4:18 a.m.

Courtney Myers of McCrory was awarded the Academic Freshman Scholarship for the fall 2010 semester at Arkansas State University-Newport.

Harding college receives grant

posted: 06/24/2010 4:17 a.m.

The Harding University Cannon-Clary College of Education and Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification were awarded a $3,500 grant from State Farm.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

Giants, Petrus agree to terms The New York Giants agreed to terms with fifth-round draft pick Mitch Petrus of Arkansas on Wednesday.

Flavor: Korea, tornadoes & blueberries

posted: 06/24/2010 4:16 a.m.

Herman and Merle Sutterfield of Fox, in Stone County, will be married 59 years come Sept. 29. That’s a mighty fine accomplishment and one that bears celebrating. Herman, who served under the red, white and blue during the Korean War, is now awash in fields of blue, as in blueberries.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK POOL) Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows. Bass are in their summer pattern and are biting well along the jetties, drops and brush piles.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: AGFC more than hunting, fishing

posted: 06/24/2010 4:14 a.m.

On June 17, Brett Morgan completed his seven-year term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Salem man wins demolition derby

posted: 06/24/2010 4:09 a.m.

Brandon Hill of Salem won the Fulton County Fair Summer Demolition Derby. Second place went to Brennon and David Cochran of Salem, and the third-place winner was John Hughes of Batesville. In the derby race, Lee Dillinger of Viola was the overall winner.

Writers group offers 16 contests

posted: 06/24/2010 4:08 a.m.

The White County Creative Writers of Searcy is offering 16 contests designed to test writers’ skills as novelists, short-story writers, poets, essayists or nonfiction writers.

University honored for service

posted: 06/24/2010 4:07 a.m.

The Corporation for National and Community Service named Harding University to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the exemplary service contributions of the school’s students, faculty and staff in meeting critical community and national needs. This is the fourth consecutive year Harding has received the honor.

Incentive Scholarship awarded to McCrory grad

posted: 06/24/2010 4:06 a.m.

James Andrew Sandusky of McCrory was awarded the Arkansas State University-Newport Incentive Scholarship for the fall 2010 semester. He is the son of Lisa and Harvey Sandusky.

High-tech high

posted: 06/24/2010 4:05 a.m.

The school colors for Bismarck High School are blue and white, but the designation of the new high school building is green.

All about Tri-Lakes Pulse of a town

posted: 06/24/2010 4:05 a.m.

It was unsettling to hear that the 30th annual Brickfest celebration in Malvern could be the city’s last.

Police concerned about new K2 ‘drug’

posted: 06/24/2010 4:04 a.m.

Police believe there is a new “drug” showing up in Arkansas that is so new it isn’t illegal, but city, county and state law-enforcement agencies are hoping that will soon change.

’08 case requests will get 2nd go

posted: 06/24/2010 4:04 a.m.

A hearing officer said Wednesday that he’ll reconsider requests to gather and present evidence that were denied for a 2008 hearing at the state Insurance Department in which Arkansas Surgical Hospital argued that major insurers were violating the state “any willing provider” law by paying them less than other hospitals are paid.

News in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 4:03 a.m.

CLARK COUNTY Enrollment up at HSU ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University has experienced a 14 percent increase in its enrollment for the Summer 1 session. According to final figures released this week, 972 students are enrolled in summer classes, compared to 851 a year ago.

Fed lets interest rate stay on floor

posted: 06/24/2010 4:03 a.m.

Federal Reserve officials Wednesday retained a pledge to keep the benchmark interest rate at a record low for an “extended period” and signaled that European government debt may harm American growth.

GM gears to cut Treasury stake

posted: 06/24/2010 4:02 a.m.

General Motors Co. is preparing for an initial public offering that would sell 20 percent of the Treasury’s stake in the automaker and reduce the U.S. to a minority owner, said two people familiar with the plan.

Community college releases president’s list

posted: 06/24/2010 4:02 a.m.

National Park Community College students named to the president’s list must maintain a 3.6 semester GPA and a 3.6 cumulative GPA to make the list.

Lindsey says his finances were skewed

posted: 06/24/2010 4:01 a.m.

Fayetteville developer John David Lindsey said Wednesday that the economy’s fluctuations skewed property values after he applied for loans from two institutions now accusing him of deliberately misleading them concerning his financial standing.

Flavor: Worth the drive

posted: 06/24/2010 4:01 a.m.

Roy “Gene” Neighbors of Hot Springs never cooked doughnuts before in his life, but a week before opening Spa City Doughnuts — the familiar retro, galvanizedmetal storefront on Park Avenue — he learned.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/24/2010 4 a.m.

Energy Star rebates increased by state The Arkansas Energy Office announced Wednesday it has increased the rebate amounts for its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program. The increased amounts will apply to new purchases and will be retroactive for those who have already received rebates.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 3:59 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We fear that the appetite to buy a home has disappeared alongside the tax credit.” Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics, in a note to clients.

Senior centers to serve as cooling sites

posted: 06/24/2010 3:59 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Development Council Senior Activity Centers in Clark, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, and Saline counties will serve as cooling shelters during their regular business hours for anyone who needs a break from the heat.

Saline County libraries offering monoprint art class

posted: 06/24/2010 3:58 a.m.

Benton Elementary School art teacher Tane Steed will teach the art of making suminagashi monoprints at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library in Bryant. Registration is required, and all materials will be provided.

Former OBU student receives award from Sigma Tau Delta honor society

posted: 06/24/2010 3:57 a.m.

Rachel Dunnahoe, a former student at Ouachita Baptist University, earned second place at the 2010 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention for her essay in the Critical Theory, World and British Literature category.

Standing in honor of a fallen hero

posted: 06/24/2010 3:56 a.m.

It was hot Sunday afternoon. But no one complained.

CONWAY: living the dream

posted: 06/24/2010 3:53 a.m.

A self-proclaimed “shoe connoisseur,” Dalencia Hervey said she dreamed of owning her own shoe store.

Japan execs disclose pay by new rule

posted: 06/24/2010 3:53 a.m.

The Japanese are finally finding out who is getting the big paychecks, thanks to a new rule requiring disclosure of pay for executives receiving $1 million or more.

MARKET REPORT: Home-sales dip weighs on stocks

posted: 06/24/2010 3:28 a.m.

The stock market closed with a slight loss Wednesday after sales of new homes hit a record low and the Federal Reserve indicated that problems in Europe pose a threat to the U.S. economy.

5 hard-hit states in line for special mortgage assistance

posted: 06/24/2010 3:27 a.m.

The Obama administration has approved five plans to help homeowners as part of a $1.5 billion effort to assist the states suffering the most in the housing bust.

Suds Gallery to open in Perryville

posted: 06/24/2010 3:25 a.m.

A new business will emerge Friday in downtown Perryville.

FAULKNER COUNTY: Runners take on 100-mile ultra races

posted: 06/24/2010 3:25 a.m.

Dustin Speer of Conway ran 100 miles earlier this month, but he didn’t do it alone.

News in brief

posted: 06/24/2010 3:24 a.m.

YELL COUNTY Dardanelle plans July Fourth celebration DARDANELLE — Plans are firming up for Dardanelle’s Fourth of July celebration. The festivities will take place Saturday, July 3.

Flavor: Preschool teaches respect for food, each other

posted: 06/24/2010 3:23 a.m.

The Garden for Creative Learning in Russellville, not even a year old, has already gained a reputation in the community as a place that nurtures smart and engaging preschoolers. At the core of its teaching philosophy is the conscious decision to raise the students’ awareness of their community, their playmates and themselves. Paramount to this discovery is fostering an awareness of what the preschoolers put into their bodies and where that food comes from.

Off the wire

posted: 06/24/2010 2:47 a.m.

COLLEGE SPORTS OU, A&M got SEC invite The president of the University of Oklahoma said Wednesday that his school and Texas A&M received invitations to join the SEC during the last round of conference realignment.

Fast Forward

posted: 06/24/2010 2:45 a.m.

NEXT WEEK. Little bit rock ’n’ roll: The Eagles return to North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena at 7:30 p.m. July 1. Tickets are $47 to $152. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

THE TV COLUMN: New Rookie Blue, Boston Med hit ABC today

posted: 06/24/2010 2:43 a.m.

ABC is unveiling a couple of new series today — Rookie Blue and Boston Med.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/24/2010 2:41 a.m.

No joke, Carey raps Cup ref Comedian Drew Carey is among the U.S. fans who thinks referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali has eyesight problems.

Wednesday, June 23

Aerial drone set for Texas under new border plan

posted: 06/23/2010 8:51 p.m.

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will station an unmanned aerial drone in Texas as part of its stepped-up surveillance of criminal trafficking along the Mexican border.

Obama's remarks on McChrystal

posted: 06/23/2010 8:06 p.m.

Remarks by President Barack Obama on the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, as provided by the White House.

Walmart growth looms large in Illinois governor's race

posted: 06/23/2010 5:56 p.m.

The fight over building more Walmarts in the city of Chicago has spilled over into the Illinois governor’s race, with Republican Bill Brady joining with an influential black minister Wednesday to support the big box chain’s expansion.

State committee delaying final report on highways

posted: 06/23/2010 5:20 p.m.

A committee studying ways to increase funds for Arkansas’ highways is delaying its final recommendations until the month before lawmakers return to the Capitol for the legislative session.

Special primary set for Stone County sheriff

posted: 06/23/2010 5:17 p.m.

Stone County voters will get a redo in picking a Democratic nominee for sheriff.

Judge sides with Google in Viacom lawsuit

posted: 06/23/2010 4:30 p.m.

A federal judge in New York is siding with Google in a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by media company Viacom over YouTube videos.

AT&T buys naming rights for War Memorial field

updated: 06/23/2010 4:57 p.m.

The playing surface at War Memorial Stadium has been named AT&T as part of a sponsorship agreement with the corporation, officials announced Wednesday.

Russian leader posts his 1st tweet on US tech tour

posted: 06/23/2010 2:01 p.m.

Russia President Dmitry Medvedev has kicked off his Silicon Valley tour with a tweet.

OU president: Sooners, A&M invited to join SEC

updated: 06/23/2010 5:25 p.m.

The president of the University of Oklahoma says his school and Texas A&M both received invitations to join the Southeastern Conference during the last round of conference realignment.

Giants announce deal with former Razorback

posted: 06/23/2010 12:25 p.m.

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with fifth-round draft pick Mitch Petrus of Arkansas.

Obama replaces McChrystal with Petraeus

updated: 06/23/2010 1:13 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he has accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with regret, but is certain that it is the right decision for the country’s national security and the future of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

VIDEO: Rexam adding more than 150 jobs in Hot Springs

updated: 06/23/2010 12:56 p.m.

A consumer packaging company will expand its operations in Hot Springs, adding 150 new jobs by the end of the year.

More oil gushing into Gulf after cap problem

updated: 06/23/2010 6:11 p.m.

Engineers had to completely uncap the broken oil well spewing into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped into machinery being used to collect the spilled fuel. Hundreds of thousands of gallons more poured into the water as crews scrambled to replace a critical component.

Obama, McChrystal conclude Oval Office talk

updated: 06/23/2010 11:55 a.m.

An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is under fire for critical remarks about administration officials in a Rolling Stone interview.

US advances to second round in World Cup

posted: 06/23/2010 11:16 a.m.

Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria.

New-home sales plunge 33% with tax credits gone

posted: 06/23/2010 11:12 a.m.

Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits.

Taekwondo World Championships come to town

posted: 06/23/2010 11:07 a.m.

Thousands of martial arts enthusiasts from around the world are converging on Little Rock for this weekend’s American Taekwondo Association’s annual Songahm Taekwondo World Championships, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

Police arrest 2 relatives in 1996 slaying

posted: 06/23/2010 10:29 a.m.

A woman whose skeletal remains were found in a well at Little Rock in 2000 has been identified as the victim of a slaying that occurred in 1996 in Fayetteville, and her daughter and former son-in-law have been arrested and charged in her death, police said Tuesday.

Authorities seize 73 pounds of marijuana

posted: 06/23/2010 10:17 a.m.

Authorities seized more than 70 pounds of marijuana and arrested three people Monday in Saline County.

Doctor asks to limit evidence in bomb case

posted: 06/23/2010 9:35 a.m.

Attorneys for the Pope County doctor charged in the bombing that hurt the state medical board chairman want a federal judge to bar prosecutors from talking about narcotics the doctor may have possessed.

UA president: holding off on planned raises

posted: 06/23/2010 9:09 a.m.

The University of Arkansas system president, B. Alan Sugg, says faculty and staff raises planned for July 1 at the system’s campuses will be delayed until next year.

Searchers find body of 23-year-old in Lake Greeson

posted: 06/23/2010 9:04 a.m.

Authorities have recovered the body of a 23-year-old who drowned while swimming in Lake Greeson.

Investigator: Inmates get homebuyer tax credits

posted: 06/23/2010 8:31 a.m.

A government investigator says nearly 1,300 prison inmates have wrongly received more than $9 million in tax credits for homebuyers despite being incarcerated when they reportedly bought a home.

Fellow law clerks endorse Kagan for court

posted: 06/23/2010 8:19 a.m.

A broad group of former law clerks who worked with Elena Kagan at the Supreme Court some 20 years ago are calling her exceptionally well-qualified to be a justice.

Suspect in shooting dead after chase

updated: 06/23/2010 2:43 p.m.

A man suspected of shooting his ex-girlfriend later fired at officers while leading authorities on a chase that ended with him fatally shooting himself, police said.

BP confirms Bob Dudley in key Gulf Coast role

posted: 06/23/2010 7:17 a.m.

BP PLC says that Bob Dudley has been appointed to head the new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, which is in charge of cleaning up the oil spill.

McDaniel says $275K paid to Ark. crime victims

posted: 06/23/2010 7:10 a.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more than $275,000 was paid out in May by the state Crime Victims Reparations Board.

MEMS criticizes coroner’s report on death

posted: 06/23/2010 6:09 a.m.

While admitting responsibility for twice mistakenly declaring dead a lightly dressed, unconscious woman who overdosed on pain pills, top Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services officials said Tuesday that a coroner’s report released last week unfairly criticized the agency and its employees.

39th getting back to basics

posted: 06/23/2010 6:08 a.m.

The men of Alpha Company’s 2nd Platoon sought refuge from the pounding heat among the hungry ticks and chiggers in the shade of an oak grove.

Heat has many running for cover

posted: 06/23/2010 6:07 a.m.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees in Arkansas during the first two days of summer and will return this weekend after a brief respite as thunderstorms move into the state tonight and Thursday, forecasters said Tuesday.

Close Booneville site, allies for disabled say

posted: 06/23/2010 6:06 a.m.

Advocates for the disabled called on Gov. Mike Beebe to close the Booneville Human Development Center, saying Tuesday that residents have long been neglected and denied basic rights.

Judge strikes ban on drilling

posted: 06/23/2010 6:03 a.m.

A federal judge Tuesday struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the federal government acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in imposing the halt.

Top war officer irks Obama

posted: 06/23/2010 6:02 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he wants to hear directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over remarks made to Rolling Stone magazine.

Arkansas High School All-Star Week: Alternate chosen for heart

posted: 06/23/2010 6:01 a.m.

Staci Williamson wasn’t the best volleyball player in the state this year, nor was she the top-rated athlete on her Siloam Springs team.

Texas League: Travs remain thin, starving for relief

posted: 06/23/2010 6 a.m.

For the second night in a row, the Arkansas Travelers barely had enough players to take the field.

Geithner gives banks’ bailout update

posted: 06/23/2010 5:59 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday assured members of the Congressional Oversight Panel that taxpayers are recovering their investment from the $700 billion financial bailout.

May home sales slide 2.2%, U.S. report says

posted: 06/23/2010 5:58 a.m.

Sales of previously owned homes dipped 2.2 percent in May, even though buyers could receive government tax credits.

Scraping away at time

posted: 06/23/2010 5:57 a.m.

The lure of prehistoric discoveries attracted 175 people from ages 8 to 80 to a recent archaeological training dig at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park near Scott.

Just a bowl of cherries

posted: 06/23/2010 5:56 a.m.

Bright red to deep purple (except when they’re yellow) and succulently sweet (except when they’re sour), cherries are a sure sign of summer’s arrival.

Serena shows off serve, curtsy

posted: 06/23/2010 5:46 a.m.

Serena Williams finished with an ace and a curtsy, showing she’s ready for the queen and a lot more at Wimbledon.

Budget chief to step down

posted: 06/23/2010 5:45 a.m.

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag says he’s stepping down next month, positioning him to be the first highprofile member of President Barack Obama’s team to depart the administration.

Rains burst levee in southern China

posted: 06/23/2010 5:45 a.m.

Torrential rains burst a dike in southern China, sending 88,000 people fleeing their homes and prompting China’s top leaders to call Tuesday for stepped-up rescue operations.

Fenter steps up to face challenges

posted: 06/23/2010 5:44 a.m.

West Memphis pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter might be the most adaptable player on the field today at Bogle Park.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/23/2010 5:43 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 12-17-21-23-30 Mega Ball : 24 Estimated jackpot : $26 million Megaplier: 4

Humiliating flop torments France

posted: 06/23/2010 5:43 a.m.

The referee waved a red card at the French player, ejecting him from the game for a nasty, elbow foul. His coach buried his head in his hands.

White House lays out health-law rules

posted: 06/23/2010 5:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama unveiled a package of consumer benefits Tuesday to build support for his health-care overhaul and warned Republicans about trying to repeal his landmark law. “We’re not going back,” said the president.

U.S. team down to its last chance

posted: 06/23/2010 5:42 a.m.

One more game, one last chance to make their reputation.

Plan unveiled to aid homeless

posted: 06/23/2010 5:41 a.m.

The Obama administration Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan that aspires to end homelessness among some of society’s most vulnerable groups within the next decade.

Storms in Midwest tote rains, tornado

posted: 06/23/2010 5:41 a.m.

Central Indiana residents fled flooded neighborhoods Tuesday, while those in a small town in Wisconsin tried to figure out why a warning siren failed to alert them before a tornado destroyed 25 homes there.

3 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan attacks

posted: 06/23/2010 5:39 a.m.

The head of a provincial health department in northern Afghanistan was killed Tuesday by a bomb planted in his private clinic, while three NATO servicemen were killed in attacks, officials said.

Kurd rebels kill 5 in Istanbul blast

posted: 06/23/2010 5:38 a.m.

Kurdish rebels detonated a remote controlled bomb in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 12 on a bus carrying military personnel and their families, officials said. Authorities stepped up security across Turkey, fearing more attacks.

Off the wire

posted: 06/23/2010 5:37 a.m.

HOCKEY Oilers change coaches Pat Quinn was removed as coach of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday after his team finished with the worst record in the league in his first season. He was replaced by Oilers assistant Tom Renney, who will be running his third NHL team. Quinn was assigned to the front office as a senior adviser.

Sending aid ship to bust Gaza blockade, Iran says

posted: 06/23/2010 5:37 a.m.

Iran said Tuesday that it would send a blockade-busting ship carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza, fueling concern in Israel, where commandos were training for another possible confrontation at sea.

COMMENTARY: Lost opportunities define U.S. Open

posted: 06/23/2010 5:36 a.m.

Even with 21 majors, they still had everything to gain by winning the U.S. Open.

Buying Iran gas, says Pakistan

posted: 06/23/2010 5:36 a.m.

Pakistan’s prime minister promised Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the U.S. levies additional sanctions against the Mideast country.

Bombs blast Iraq, leave 9 dead

posted: 06/23/2010 5:34 a.m.

Bombs killed at least nine Iraqis on Tuesday, including two leaders of government-backed Sunni militias that have fought al-Qaida-in-Iraq, officials said.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/23/2010 5:34 a.m.

Roachell, Bennett make USGA event Conway’s Summar Roachell shot a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday and was the medalist for U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship qualifying at Hot Springs Country Club’s Arlington Course.

Nicaragua clear of last land mines

posted: 06/23/2010 5:34 a.m.

Nicaragua has become the last country in Central America to clear its territory of anti-personnel mines, government officials said Tuesday.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/23/2010 5:33 a.m.

Poll: Vick top dog for haters Who’s the most disliked person in sports?

In the news

posted: 06/23/2010 5:33 a.m.

State Rep. Tim Scott, 44, won the GOP nomination to an open South Carolina congressional seat, which if he wins in November would make him the first black Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives since Oklahoma’s J.C. Watts retired in 2003.

INTERLEAGUE: Holliday leads way as Cards hit four home runs

posted: 06/23/2010 5:32 a.m.

Matt Holliday brought his hitting tear to Toronto, connecting for one of four home runs by the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Names and faces

posted: 06/23/2010 5:32 a.m.

A rare collection of signed William Faulkner books and personal items, including one of his most acclaimed novels, Light in August, sold at auction Tuesday for $833,246. The collection of 90 items was nearly a complete representation of Faulkner’s work, said the auction house, Christie’s.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/23/2010 5:32 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY We’re not going back.” President Barack Obama, on the possibility of Republicans trying to repeal his health-care overhaul.

Oaklawn report

posted: 06/23/2010 5:32 a.m.

Comedero keeps on winning It’s $342,450 and counting for the sensational Comedero, who took another step toward becoming the richest Arkansas-bred in history in the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes on Saturday night at Charles Town Race Course in West Virginia.

The world in brief

posted: 06/23/2010 5:31 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If we shut down the opening, then terrorism, warlords and vampires who feed on the blood of the young would win.” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, vowing not to make concessions to Kurdish rebels who have killed 17 Turkish soldiers since Friday.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Gamecocks knock out No. 1 seed

posted: 06/23/2010 5:31 a.m.

Jackie Bradley and Adrian Morales homered during an eight-run second inning that propelled South Carolina to an 11-4 victory over No. 1 national seed Arizona State on Tuesday, knocking the Sun Devils out of the College World Series.

Coyotepass ruling isn’t overturned

posted: 06/23/2010 5:30 a.m.

A Garland County Circuit judge has affirmed a decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission concerning the disqualification of a horse in 2009 because of a medical violation.

ALL-STAR BASEBALL: One good swing does it for West

posted: 06/23/2010 5:28 a.m.

Houston Pruitt made the most of his team’s only hit.

ALL-STAR BOYS SOCCER: Lung’aho takes over in 2nd half

posted: 06/23/2010 5:27 a.m.

Shortly after leading his team to victory, John Lung’aho was getting measured for his MVP ring when East Coach Jason Hay walked up and half-jokingly asked Lung’aho for an autograph.

History’s clutter

posted: 06/23/2010 5:25 a.m.

Like most families, mine can be divided into two groups, planters and foragers, although in these modern times, craftsmen and collectors might be more appropriate designations.

Center looking to slash its costs

posted: 06/23/2010 5:25 a.m.

Arkansas Arts Center leaders signaled Tuesday that they’re tightening the purse strings on the financially troubled museum as it prepares to enter a new fiscal year July 1.

LR board examines budget-gap solutions

posted: 06/23/2010 5:24 a.m.

Little Rock city directors grappled Tuesday evening with money, or the lack of it, discussing options for dealing with an impending $6 million deficit in the planned $131.1 million general fund budget for 2011.

ALL-STAR GIRLS SOCCER: Fed-up East team turns up pressure

posted: 06/23/2010 5:24 a.m.

The East won’t go winless in 2010.

PAPER TRAILS: Osbornes to join TV Duggars?

posted: 06/23/2010 5:24 a.m.

THE OTHER OSBORNES: Seems everybody has their own reality show, so why not Little Rock philanthropist and medical research testing company owner Jennings Obsorne?

Some animals banned on pedestrian bridges

posted: 06/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban livestock and exotic animals from crossing pedestrian bridges.

HOG CALLS: Arkansas will be counting on McCann

posted: 06/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

With a great catcher, a baseball team behind the 8 ball can still play ahead of the game.

2 charged over skeleton found in ’00

posted: 06/23/2010 5:21 a.m.

A Little Rock woman and her ex-husband were arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the 1996 disappearance and death of the woman’s mother.

BIB TALES: Bountiful bowls conquer hunger at Genghis Grill

posted: 06/23/2010 5:21 a.m.

The day after my first trip to Genghis Grill a little over a year ago, I got very sick and was prescribed three weeks of bed rest that ended with the birth of my daughter, Tallulah.

More memorial funds sought

posted: 06/23/2010 5:20 a.m.

Having already obligated $100,000 to a veterans memorial, the North Little Rock City Council is being asked for another $10,000 to help cover the cost for granite as part of the display.

Scheduling bid denied in Wyeth damages trial

posted: 06/23/2010 5:20 a.m.

Donna Gail Scroggin’s punitive-damages trial against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, now a division of Pfizer Inc., won’t be heard on July 20, U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson Jr. said Tuesday.

Bauxite voters OK 2.9-mill tax uptick

posted: 06/23/2010 5:19 a.m.

Patrons of the Bauxite School District on Tuesday approved a property-tax increase.

Obituaries

posted: 06/23/2010 5:19 a.m.

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

Mayo, Baker top Hall High class

posted: 06/23/2010 5:18 a.m.

Alayne Mayo, daughter of David and Jamie Lannece Mayo, graduated as valedictorian of Hall High School in the Little Rock School District.

Ex-ethics director, attorney acquitted

posted: 06/23/2010 5:17 a.m.

A longtime attorney and former head of the Arkansas Ethics Commission was acquitted Tuesday of accusations he smuggled $1,300 to a Pulaski County jail inmate when a circuit judge threw out the criminal charge that could have sent Jack Ray Kearney to prison for 20 years.

Buffalo River on E. coli alert for short stretch

posted: 06/23/2010 5:17 a.m.

Warning signs are being placed along a section of the Buffalo National River because officials are worried about high levels of E. coli in the water.

UA’s Sugg puts hold on raises

posted: 06/23/2010 5:17 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg on Tuesday directed all system campuses to withhold budgeted salary increases for professors and administrators at the request of Gov. Mike Beebe.

IDEA ALLEY: Reader says recipe for punch is a lie!

posted: 06/23/2010 5:16 a.m.

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

Wyatt to make $115,600 as professor

posted: 06/23/2010 5:16 a.m.

The Arkansas State University system has set aside a $115,600 annual salary for retiring President Les Wyatt to become a professor effective July 1, according to documents released Tuesday.

UNCORKED: Serve her a hot red, get an icy stare

posted: 06/23/2010 5:16 a.m.

Acting as the wine police when dining out is the last of my intentions. But several times in the past few months, the question of a wine’s temperature has marred my dining experience. Not that I have a wine thermometer tucked in my handbag, but when wines are served too warm or too cold they lose their luster.

Daily record

posted: 06/23/2010 5:15 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

Pay legal fees, judge tells district

posted: 06/23/2010 5:14 a.m.

A circuit judge has ordered the Greene County Tech School District to pay a Paragould newspaper $2,500 in attorney’s fees for improperly withholding information covered by the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Slim pickings

posted: 06/23/2010 5:14 a.m.

WHAT: Hint water STATS: A serving contains no calories and no fat. Sold at Fresh Market and Whole Foods Market. For more information or online ordering, visit drinkhint. com.

Motorcycle crash kills 2 in Camden

posted: 06/23/2010 5:14 a.m.

Two people were killed Monday evening in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in Camden, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash report.

At Central High, Liu, Wu top grads

posted: 06/23/2010 5:14 a.m.

Helio Liu, son of Wenyun Liu and Yuzhi Chen, graduated as Little Rock Central High School valedictorian.

Conway cancels July 4 fireworks

posted: 06/23/2010 5:13 a.m.

The general fund of the city of Conway is so short on money that aldermen decided Tuesday night to pay a $500 penalty rather than fund an annual summer fireworks event.

No synthetic ‘pot,’ Conway decides

posted: 06/23/2010 5:12 a.m.

Add Conway to the list of Arkansas cities and counties that have outlawed synthetic marijuana.

Charles E.Wade Known for work in golf, banking

posted: 06/23/2010 5:11 a.m.

As a child, Charles E. Wade was referred to as “that little monkey” by his grandfather because of his love of climbing trees, earning him the nickname “Monk.”

Other days

posted: 06/23/2010 5:11 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 23, 1910 The attorney general has rendered an opinion to the effect that a retailer and wholesaler cannot have an understanding by which the latter pays for liquor advertisements in dry territory without violating the law.

Family shopper

posted: 06/23/2010 5:10 a.m.

SAFETYTAT What is it? A temporary tattoo for children that provides the number of their parents’ mobile phone, just in case they’re separated in a crowded place like the zoo or a mall — or heaven forbid — while on vacation in a strange city. Gives well-meaning security guards or kindly concerned strangers a way to help parent and child reconnect quickly.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 06/23/2010 5:08 a.m.

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps Jennifer Larue Huget and Edward Koren, Schwartz & Wade, $16.99, ages 4 to 8 and up Workingback ward from introducing readers to her spotless, faultlessly tidy room, Erica Ann Kelly brightly offers an outline and advice to other messy kids.

50 ways to beat the heat

posted: 06/23/2010 5:02 a.m.

With the summer heat starting to cover these latitudes like a horse blanket, it’s definitely time to update this annual list of heat-beaters. Feel free to clip and save, mix and match, and add your own: 1. Forget talk radio and 24/7 television news.

Creature feature

posted: 06/23/2010 5:02 a.m.

I’ve been reading your articles about traveling with dogs, but I have a cat and I’m moving to another state soon. I plan to take Delta with me, but she meows and meows when I’m just taking her to the vet’s office, so I’m worried about her riding in the car all day long.

HEART & SOUL: Duking it out: Likes vs. stuff that likes us

posted: 06/23/2010 5 a.m.

Trying to explain to her son why he couldn’t have the candy bar he’d just grabbed off the shelf, the pregnant woman in the checkout line in front of me said, “Because it’s not good for you.”

We can’t have this

posted: 06/23/2010 4:59 a.m.

“He’s worse than the Cabots and the Lodges. They at least talked to one another before they told God what to do. Mac tells God right off.” —Harry S. Truman, writing in his diary in 1945 IT’S NOT exactly a state secret that Joe Biden is a highly vocal jerk.

Editorial notebook Angels in the night

posted: 06/23/2010 4:58 a.m.

At first there is a strange rhythmic noise, bump. . . bump. . . bump. . . . It’s a lot like the sound a small rock might make when lodged between the treads of a rear tire.

Quote of the Day

posted: 06/23/2010 4:58 a.m.

A dad of bookish bent had noticed the same dangerous tendency in his 10-year-old, so he asked the boy if he’d like a Kindle for his birthday.

LETTERS

posted: 06/23/2010 4:57 a.m.

One path toward ‘reform’ With the talk of the immigration reform beginning to circulate, I thought I would provide a comprehensive immigration reform that would actually work instead of what is coming out of Washington. Call them my laws if you wish.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/23/2010 4:53 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Which is more important, your talk or your walk? A friend of mine is constantly talking about what God has done for him, but his life certainly doesn’t measure up to what a Christian ought to be. — L.W.

PARENTING: Say little, but mean it, and children will follow

posted: 06/23/2010 4:52 a.m.

A teacher from San Diego recently attended a workshop of mine in which I explained the simple fundamentals of “Leadership Parenting.” The fundamentals are nothing new.

Walgreen posts lower net income in third quarter

posted: 06/23/2010 4:52 a.m.

Walgreen Co., the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, said Tuesday that its profit sank 11 percent in the third quarter because of higher costs related to the nation’s health-care rules and its $623 million buyout of rival Duane Reade.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/23/2010 4:51 a.m.

Happy birthday. You become healthier as you set a series of small goals and systematically accomplish them. Next month you’ll spend wonderful quality time with one of your favorite people. A new interest has you developing your mind and memory in September. .

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/23/2010 4:25 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you ever get frustrated trying to spread a glob of jelly on a biscuit or toast? The jelly balls up and will not spread evenly. I thought there had to be a better way.

China’s yuan dips after surge

posted: 06/23/2010 4:23 a.m.

The Chinese yuan edged lower against the U.S. dollar in spot trading Tuesday, a day after surging to a new high after the central bank’s decision to let the currency trade in a wider range.

3 nations approve bank fee for crises

posted: 06/23/2010 4:22 a.m.

Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday committed to levying a fee on banks to shield taxpayers from the cost of resolving financial crises and said they would ask other countries to join them.

FRONT BURNER: Wine comes into focus with the proper glasses

posted: 06/23/2010 4:21 a.m.

For years I’ve prided myself on my sense of smell, and thus my ability to identify flavors.

READING NOOK

posted: 06/23/2010 4:20 a.m.

The Big Book of BBQ from the editors of Southern Living magazine ($24.95, Oxmoor House) provides a basic primer on smoking meat for aspiring barbecue experts. It discusses what barbecue is and isn’t, the craft’s basic tools and techniques, and offers well-tested recipes from the “Barbecue Belt.”

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 06/23/2010 4:19 a.m.

Kyocera’s Micro Serrated Utility knife is ideal for slicing tomatoes and other smooth-skinned fruits and vegetables. The ceramic blade is resistant to acids, juices, oils and salts and will not cause food discoloration the way some metal blades do.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Zatarain’s, Arizona introduce products

posted: 06/23/2010 4:15 a.m.

Zatarain’s has expanded its line of Cajun- and Creoleinspired products. New and existing products include: Mild and Spicy Jambalaya mixes ($1.99) Spicy Red Beans and Rice mix ($1.99)

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/23/2010 4:05 a.m.

QMy ex-husband is now living with the woman he left me for. Unfortunately my children (ages 9 and 13) were aware of the affair. Our son hasn’t spoken to his father in over a year.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/23/2010 4:05 a.m.

1. Identify Damon and Pythias. 2. What determines the number of a thread? 3. In horseback riding, what is a “demivolt” ? 4. Who is president of the U.S. Senate? 5. Arthur E. Summerfield served all eight years of the Eisenhower presidency in what Cabinet post?

FORCES OF NURTURE: Through the sweat, that SUV looks cool

posted: 06/23/2010 4:04 a.m.

It’s been 10 years since we last shopped for a car.

Bereaved Parents meet in Little Rock

posted: 06/23/2010 4:04 a.m.

Informative speakers, inspiring workshops and a candlelit ceremony aim to console parents from across the United States whose children have died. The parents will gather in Little Rock to encourage and learn from one another.

Acxiom top tier sees pay decline

posted: 06/23/2010 4:02 a.m.

Most executives at Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. received less compensation for fiscal 2010 than a year earlier, according to an annual regulatory document filed Tuesday.

Mounds site of ceremonies

posted: 06/23/2010 4:02 a.m.

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park features 18 mounds of various sizes on 100 acres bordered by an oxbow lake to the west and an embankment on the other three sides.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/23/2010 4:01 a.m.

Insurance on check accounts extended The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday extended for six months a guarantee program that insures checking accounts.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/23/2010 4 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “China has to keep the currency stable under the current circumstances and will certainly take any consequences of the yuan’s appreciation very seriously.” Yi Xianrong, economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Article, 1D

Dig archaeology? Groups are nearby

posted: 06/23/2010 4 a.m.

The site of next year’s dig has not yet been determined, but often the dig stays at the same location for two consecutive years. Thus, it’s quite possible that next year the field training program will be back at Toltec Mounds.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks slip on housing, oil news

posted: 06/23/2010 3:41 a.m.

Stocks dropped for a second day Tuesday after home sales fell unexpectedly and the White House said it would fight a court ruling that lifted its ban on offshore oil drilling.

Tuesday, June 22

Haley, Scott win SC runoff for GOP nominations

posted: 06/22/2010 7:53 p.m.

Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, handily won the Republican nomination for governor and Tim Scott, a black lawmaker, grabbed the GOP nod for a House seat in South Carolina primary runoffs Tuesday, a fresh sign of racial progress in the Deep South and the GOP.

Judge lifts offshore drilling ban as ‘overbearing’

posted: 06/22/2010 7:50 p.m.

A federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too.

Black SC Republican nominated in 1st District

posted: 06/22/2010 7:47 p.m.

South Carolina voters have nominated a black Republican state lawmaker for an open congressional seat, rejecting one of the state’s legendary political names.

Latest NYC 9/11 search finds 72 human remains

posted: 06/22/2010 7:46 p.m.

New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Center site has recovered 72 human remains.

Fayetteville man pleads guilty in fraud

posted: 06/22/2010 6 p.m.

A federal prosecutor says a former lawyer from Fayetteville has pleaded guilty to a pair of fraud charges stemming from theft of more than $240,000 from a trust account the man once managed as a lawyer.

UA president: holding off on planned raises

posted: 06/22/2010 5:51 p.m.

The University of Arkansas system president, B. Alan Sugg, says faculty and staff raises planned for July 1 at the system’s campuses will be delayed until next year.

Reports: Fugitive drug lord surrenders in Jamaica

posted: 06/22/2010 5:39 p.m.

Jamaica news media are reporting that reputed drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke has surrendered to police.

Son of Dallas chief dies in shootout with police

posted: 06/22/2010 5:11 p.m.

The city’s new police chief faces one of the worst tragedies that could befall a law enforcement officer: living with the knowledge that his dead son was a cop killer.

Ark. chief justice confirmed for federal board

posted: 06/22/2010 4:59 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says the nomination of its chief justice, Jim Hannah, to the board of the State Justice Institute has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Obama says war general showed ’poor judgment’

posted: 06/22/2010 4:56 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he wants to hear directly from Gen. Stanley McChrystal before deciding whether to fire the Afghanistan war commander over a disparaging magazine story that has enraged the White House and threatened to undermine the administration.

FEMA chief eyes later limit for OK on flood maps

posted: 06/22/2010 4:34 p.m.

FEMA’s top official says his agency should give counties and cities in the Mississippi Delta region another 90 days to adopt new flood-zone maps.

Bin Laden hunter to be released by Pakistan

posted: 06/22/2010 4:22 p.m.

A relative of an American on a solo mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden says the Colorado man is being released by the Pakistani government without charges.

Polo on the hardcourt under the stars

posted: 06/22/2010 3:18 p.m.

The streetlights cast shadows taller than their single-speed bikes.

Fifty-two minutes of wisdom

posted: 06/22/2010 3:16 p.m.

Roger Lewis is ironing his clothes in a Washington, D.C., area hotel room when reached via telephone.

Wet but not wild

posted: 06/22/2010 3:13 p.m.

A recent weekday trip to Willow Springs triggered gauzy recollections of the 1993 movie The Sandlot.

Worth the wait

posted: 06/22/2010 3:09 p.m.

It's finally here. After a two-year wait, the grocery store-deprived residents of North Little Rock's Argenta district ... finally have a place to call their own, and it's a market with a mission.

Movin' on up

posted: 06/22/2010 3:05 p.m.

Sorry, Arkansas. There will be no Hayden Simpson in this year's NBA Draft.

White House to appeal ruling against drilling ban

posted: 06/22/2010 3 p.m.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the White House intends to immediately appeal a federal judge’s ruling against a moratorium on new deepwater drilling.

Keet: Ark. school consolidation law needs change

posted: 06/22/2010 2:40 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet said Tuesday that an Arkansas law requiring small school districts to consolidate should probably be changed, a move that Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said would invite new lawsuits.

Ark. couple arrested after death of baby

posted: 06/22/2010 1:53 p.m.

Police have arrested a Paragould couple in the death of their infant daughter, who was found to have methamphetamine in her system.

Judge blocks offshore drilling moratorium

posted: 06/22/2010 1:03 p.m.

A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the Gulf oil spill.

Orszag to leave as budget director in July

posted: 06/22/2010 12:46 p.m.

White House Press Budget Director Peter Orszag says he’s stepping down next month.

Mallett, Williams earn Blue Ribbon honors

posted: 06/22/2010 12:21 p.m.

Two members of the Arkansas football team were selected for honors for the 2010 Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, which featured Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett on the cover.

VIDEO: Group asks Beebe to shut Booneville center

posted: 06/22/2010 11:21 a.m.

The Disability Rights Center has called on Gov. Mike Beebe to close the Booneville Human Development Center because of purported abuse, neglect and confinement at the state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities.

White House releases 'bill of rights' for patients

posted: 06/22/2010 10:28 a.m.

Most health insurance plans will soon be barred from turning children down because of pre-existing medical problems, the White House announced Tuesday, spelling out how early benefits of the new health care law will work.

Crawford touts support from House GOP leader

posted: 06/22/2010 9:48 a.m.

The Republican nominee for the 1st District congressional seat announced a boost to his campaign Tuesday as the House minority leader pledged to get him on the agriculture committee.

New jobs coming to Hot Springs packaging plant

updated: 06/22/2010 12:57 p.m.

A packaging manufacturer is set to add new jobs to its Hot Springs facility.

Naked Cowboy tells Naked Cowgirl to hang up her copycat act

posted: 06/22/2010 8:57 a.m.

New York City’s famous Naked Cowboy wants a bikini-clad woman who calls herself The Naked Cowgirl to stop ripping off his trademark.

McChrystal called on to explain comments to Obama

posted: 06/22/2010 8:51 a.m.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, was summoned to Washington on Tuesday to explain unflattering comments about senior members of the Obama administration that appeared in a magazine profile.

Home sales dip 2.2 percent despite tax credits

posted: 06/22/2010 8:41 a.m.

Sales of previously occupied homes dipped 2.2 percent in May, signaling that a boost from home-buying tax credits is fading sooner than expected.

For now, life is just a bowl of cherries

posted: 06/22/2010 8:18 a.m.

Bright red to deep purple (except when they’re yellow) and succulently sweet (except when they’re sour), cherries are a sure sign of summer’s arrival, as Kelly Brant writes in Wednesday’s Food pages.

Families dig archaeology training at Toltec Mounds

posted: 06/22/2010 8:14 a.m.

The lure of prehistoric discoveries attracted 175 people from ages 8 to 80 to a recent archaeological training dig at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park near Scott, as reported in Wednesday’s Family section.

5 arrested in Rogers stabbing death

posted: 06/22/2010 7:55 a.m.

Five people have been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a northwest Arkansas man, and police are searching for a sixth suspect.

Rains burst levee in southern China, 68,000 flee

posted: 06/22/2010 7:47 a.m.

Torrential rains burst a dike in southern China, sending 68,000 people fleeing their homes and prompting China’s top leaders to call Tuesday for stepped-up rescue operations for the thousands still in danger.

Conway bank robber sought

posted: 06/22/2010 7:44 a.m.

Authorities in Conway are searching for a man who robbed a Centennial Bank late Monday afternoon.

Car lot owner pleads guilty to immigration charge

posted: 06/22/2010 7:21 a.m.

The owner of a northwest Arkansas used car business has pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal immigrant.

NATO, Afghan forces capture senior Taliban figure

posted: 06/22/2010 7:03 a.m.

NATO and Afghan forces captured a senior Taliban figure in an overnight raid, the international force said Tuesday in a statement.

Car-bombing suspect in NYC pleads guilty

posted: 06/22/2010 5:12 a.m.

Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying his attack was the answer to “the U.S. terrorizing... Muslim people.”

Hormone case retrial a go

posted: 06/22/2010 5:10 a.m.

A Little Rock woman got a green light Monday to proceed to trial — possibly next month — on her claims that a pharmaceutical company owes her punitive damages because its hormone therapy drugs caused her breast cancer.

Court upholds ban on terror-group aid

posted: 06/22/2010 5:09 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that forbids providing training and advice to terrorist organizations even regarding entirely peaceful and legal activities, saying it does not violate the free-speech rights of those who want to help.

China eases yuan’s peg on dollar

posted: 06/22/2010 5:09 a.m.

The Chinese yuan surged to a record high Monday as Beijing delivered on its central bank’s weekend promise of greater flexibility in its exchange rates.

Iraqi electricity minister resigns

posted: 06/22/2010 5:08 a.m.

Iraq’s electricity minister resigned Monday after a surge in angry protests over the lack of power despite years of promises that the situation would improve.

U.S. panel chiefs agree on Iran-sanctions bill

posted: 06/22/2010 5:07 a.m.

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman said they have resolved differences on legislation to penalize companies selling gasoline to Iran and added new banking prohibitions.

Pelosi to Senate: Bill must have jobs focus

posted: 06/22/2010 5:06 a.m.

The top House Democrat said Monday that her chamber won’t vote on Senate legislation to reverse a cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

Individual health premiums rise

posted: 06/22/2010 5:06 a.m.

People who buy their own health insurance have been hit lately with premium increases that far exceed increases in premiums for employer-sponsored coverage, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Winds toughen fight against Arizona blaze

posted: 06/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

Fire crews battling a wildfire northeast of Flagstaff that quickly grew to more than 13 square miles were working Monday to protect homes in the fire’s path.

House, Senate hit debit card deal

posted: 06/22/2010 5:04 a.m.

Limits on the fees banks charge merchants who accept debit cards would not apply to government-issued cards, under a tentative House-Senate deal aimed at easing worries raised by state treasurers.

Rabid Kyrgyz police said to kill 2 Uzbeks

posted: 06/22/2010 5:03 a.m.

Kyrgyz government forces swept into an ethnic Uzbek village Monday, beating men and women with rifle butts in an assault that left at least two dead and more than 20 wounded, witnesses told The Associated Press.

Step taken to raze Palestinian homes

posted: 06/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

A Jerusalem planning body on Monday approved a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem to make room for an Israeli tourist center, a decision that could raise tensions in the divided city and deepen the conflict with the Obama administration.

U.S. loses five more to war

posted: 06/22/2010 5:01 a.m.

A helicopter crash killed three Australian commandos and a U.S. service member before dawn Monday in a rugged area of southern Afghanistan where fighting has raged for days.

Con man killer, 77, gets 2 life sentences

posted: 06/22/2010 5 a.m.

An aging con man who confessed to killing five people over 20 years and wrote an autobiography detailing his life of crime was sentenced to two life terms in prison Monday, his second such sentence in as many weeks.

In the news

posted: 06/22/2010 4:59 a.m.

John Glenn, 89, former astronaut and U.S. senator, said NASA should keep flying the soon-to-be-retired shuttle fleet until a reliable replacement is ready, asking The Associated Press, “We have a vehicle here, why throw it away?”

Names and faces

posted: 06/22/2010 4:58 a.m.

The judge brought to fame in the fight over Anna Nicole Smith’s remains says he believes that someone is guilty of manslaughter in the starlet’s death, in a book to be released today.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/22/2010 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The $20 billion might not be enough, maybe it will.

The world in brief

posted: 06/22/2010 4:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They were driven by revenge and were acting like wild animals.” Aziza Abdirasulova, a human-rights worker in Kyrgzstan, saying revenge spurred Kyrgyz soldiers’ assault on an ethnic Uzbek village Article, this page

Four LR buildings up for sale

posted: 06/22/2010 4:56 a.m.

After acquiring several properties in downtown Little Rock in 2004 and 2005 and revitalizing one of its aging buildings into condominiums, a California investment company is now selling four buildings in hopes of shifting its focus elsewhere.

NLR bust nets 615 pounds of ‘pot’

posted: 06/22/2010 4:55 a.m.

North Little Rock police made one of the largest marijuana busts in the department’s 106-year history Sunday, seizing more than 600 pounds of the drug, a small cache of guns and $23,000 while serving a search warrant at the warehouse of a Pulaski County construction firm.

PB council lets 7 clubs serve liquor until 5 a.m.

posted: 06/22/2010 4:54 a.m.

The Pine Bluff City Council passed an ordinance Monday that will allow at least seven private clubs to serve alcoholic beverages until 5 a.m., two hours later than under current city law.

Flooding decrees delayed 90 days

posted: 06/22/2010 4:53 a.m.

Crittenden County officials received a 90-day extension to adopt a new federal flood insurance plan that will raise premiums for thousands Monday after a heated meeting among residents and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director W. Craig Fugate.

History group sizes up UCA sidewalk’s merits

posted: 06/22/2010 4:51 a.m.

Members of the Faulkner County Historical Society braved a blistering sun Monday to view a Depression-era sidewalk that the University of Central Arkansas’ president wants to replace with a decorative walkway.

Legal defense funds differed, state says

posted: 06/22/2010 4:50 a.m.

The head of the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Monday that the state treated a legal defense fund for former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker different from the way it treated one sought by Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee because of different laws and circumstances.

SWEET TEA: A father’s inventive renaming

posted: 06/22/2010 4:49 a.m.

Thomas Edison Bensberg doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t Thomas Edison Bensberg.

Daily record

posted: 06/22/2010 4:48 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.

Obituaries

posted: 06/22/2010 4:47 a.m.

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

MUSIC REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz: It’s fun because ...

posted: 06/22/2010 4:46 a.m.

Even when the current national touring production of The Wizard of Oz isn’t quite great and powerful, it’s a whiz of a Wiz if ever a Wiz there was Monday night at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall.

State universities slam on pay-increase brakes

posted: 06/22/2010 4:45 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville had already notified nearly 1,200 faculty and staff members of planned pay increases when it learned last week that the state’s finance director suspended raises for most public employees.

Jacksonville High set for changes

posted: 06/22/2010 4:44 a.m.

Charles Hopson, the incoming superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District, announced plans Monday for leadership changes at Jacksonville High School.

Iraq war veteran missing at lake

posted: 06/22/2010 4:43 a.m.

Firefighters and divers continued Monday searching for the body of a Murfreesboro man who slipped under water at Lake Greeson on Sunday while swimming with family.

2 women killed in 2 car crashes

posted: 06/22/2010 4:43 a.m.

One person was killed Sunday in an automobile accident in Jonesboro and another was killed Monday in an accident south of Hope, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Jailer put on leave after posing nude

posted: 06/22/2010 4:42 a.m.

A Washington County sheriff’s office spokesman says a jailer who posed nude for a Playboy website has been put on administrative leave with pay while officials investigate whether she violated department policy.

Elliott to address Political Animals

posted: 06/22/2010 4:42 a.m.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott will address the Political Animals Club of Little Rock at its meeting Thursday at the Grand Hall of the Governor’s Mansion.

Bauxite vote today on school-tax rise

posted: 06/22/2010 4:41 a.m.

The Bauxite School District in Saline County is asking for a school millage increase to help lower debt payments, build a road and to pay for staff and maintenance at the new middle school.

U.S. judge asked to bar book

posted: 06/22/2010 4:41 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Correction wants a judge to bar an attorney from giving an inmate a book that sets out accreditation standards for prisons.

Other days

posted: 06/22/2010 4:41 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 22, 1910 Gabe Pratt, chief of police, has been notified to arrest all persons who are guilty of violation of the ordinance requiring all grass and weeds cut down in or about the premises, the cleaning up of alleys, removal of all rubbish and the filling or draining of all cesspools within five days from the date of the passage of the ordinance.

Huie Bird Hard work drove hotel owner’s life

posted: 06/22/2010 4:40 a.m.

Huie Bird’s life was a testament to the idea that if you work hard, your dreams can come true, his daughter Peggy Cogan said.

Ward man’s 2nd pass try on motorcycle is fatal

posted: 06/22/2010 4:40 a.m.

A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he crashed into another vehicle on Madden Road in Jacksonville just as a police officer was preparing to pull him over, authorities said.

Discuss poultry, Obama is urged

posted: 06/22/2010 4:39 a.m.

Both Arkansas senators and 23 others signed a letter Monday asking President Barack Obama to discuss the poultry trade ban when he meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in advance of the G-8 summit.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2010 4:39 a.m.

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

Man robs bank in Conway, flees

posted: 06/22/2010 4:39 a.m.

A man wearing a T-shirt and blue plaid shorts robbed a Centennial Bank branch in Conway on Monday afternoon, police said.

A familiar problem

posted: 06/22/2010 4:38 a.m.

We were putting up the tents when Pakistani police pulled up and told us we might get killed if we camped there. Four guys in a British lump of a car, they’d driven out from Peshawar to warn us.

The Wal-Mart killers

posted: 06/22/2010 4:37 a.m.

WHEN somebody in Arkansas starts off a sentence with, “This ain’t no lie,” you know you have about a 50-50 chance of hearing a whopper, and maybe a 90-percent chance of hearing a fishing story.

Approach windfall with caution

posted: 06/22/2010 4:36 a.m.

U. S. geologists report that Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest nations, could hold massive mineral reserves worth nearly $1 trillion. For a largely illiterate country of 28 million, locked in a seemingly incessant cycle of war and religious turmoil, such a windfall certainly heralds the possibility of transformative change. The question is whether it’ll be change for the better or worse.

OTHERS SAY: Starship enterprises

posted: 06/22/2010 4:36 a.m.

The president’s plan to give the private sector a larger role in space exploration got a big boost with the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The rocket was built by SpaceX, a company founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.

LETTERS

posted: 06/22/2010 4:27 a.m.

These rights already exist Re the proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that Arkansas citizens have a right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife subject to regulations that promote wildlife conservation and management : A careful and skeptical reading of the proposed amendment shows that it really does only one thing. It grants to Arkansas government a sovereign immunity to suits in place of constitutional immunity.

Lawyer’s uh-oh moment

posted: 06/22/2010 4:25 a.m.

Ouch. Talk about a full-blown public display of foot-in mouth disease. Lisa McGee, a lawyer with the state Human Services Department’s Division of Children and Family Services, or DCFS, ignited some pre-Fourth fireworks the other day during the final minutes of a legislative subcommittee session in Little Rock.

Eye-opening match

posted: 06/22/2010 4:23 a.m.

For Roger Federer, Wimbledon nearly ended at the beginning.

ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR WEEK: Forrest City ace at home in Baum

posted: 06/22/2010 4:19 a.m.

The Arkansas baseball team is in a waiting period while hoping some of its top players return and high school signees make it to campus for next year.

Short-handed Travs hammered at home

posted: 06/22/2010 4:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers could have used Brian Walker — or anyone else — in Monday’s 11-4 loss to the Springfield Cardinals before 3,701 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Walker’s retirement Monday left Arkansas with one active catcher on the roster, Alberto Rosario.

Ex-Hog Walker hangs up cleats

posted: 06/22/2010 4:07 a.m.

On the field or in the clubhouse, Brian Walker was the Arkansas Travelers’ designated joker.

BP’s spill tab at $2 billion and counting

posted: 06/22/2010 4:06 a.m.

BP said Monday that it has spent $2 billion in two months fighting its Gulf of Mexico oil spill and compensating victims, with no end in sight.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: Rout shown live in North Korea

posted: 06/22/2010 4:03 a.m.

North Korea picked the wrong moment to allow its people to see a bit more of the outside world.

East goalkeeper tough to top

posted: 06/22/2010 4 a.m.

Chase Cain loves football and is a standout basketball player, but he will try to shine as a soccer player tonight.

Off the wire

posted: 06/22/2010 4 a.m.

FOOTBALL Panthers’ Smith breaks arm Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith will miss the start of training camp with a broken left forearm. Blame it on a mysterious game of flag football.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/22/2010 3:53 a.m.

U.S. Open accenting the open Much was made of Graeme McDowell’s victory Sunday in the U.S. Open being the first by a European in 40 years.

D-II schools tend to take sweet time

posted: 06/22/2010 3:52 a.m.

Six NCAA Division II Arkansas colleges are exploring the possibility of leaving the Gulf South Conference, but don’t hold your breath. Glaciers move faster than policy changes in what used to be Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference territory.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2010 3:52 a.m.

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

State sports briefs

posted: 06/22/2010 3:51 a.m.

UALR’s athletic director earns top honor in region UALR’s Chris Peterson will be named the Central regional Athletic Director of the Year later this week.

INTERLEAGUE: Hernandez keeps glove up, takes Royals down

posted: 06/22/2010 3:51 a.m.

Livan Hernandez took the mound coming off his worst outing of the season and with the Washington Nationals mired in a losing streak. With a small adjustment on the mound, he gave both himself and his team a lift.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Sun Devils ace takes first loss

posted: 06/22/2010 3:49 a.m.

Clemson kept waiting for the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Year to throw the ball over the plate. When he did, the Tigers were ready.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Website informs, intrigues out-of-state prospects

posted: 06/22/2010 3:46 a.m.

The Internet is becoming more and more of a recruiting tool for schools across the country, including Arkansas. The Razorbacks launched thisisarkansasfootball.com on July 1, 2009, to help educate recruits about the football program and university.

Jacksonville coach leaves for Springdale

posted: 06/22/2010 3:45 a.m.

Jacksonville Coach Mark Whatley resigned Monday to become offensive coordinator at Springdale, Bulldogs Coach Shane Patrick said.

Pebble Beach doesn’t yield any signature shots

posted: 06/22/2010 3:44 a.m.

Anyone looking for excitement in the final round of the U.S. Open is at the wrong major.

Adidas looking for World Cup boon

posted: 06/22/2010 3:43 a.m.

German sporting goods giant Adidas AG predicts it will net $1.86 billion in sales of balls, jerseys and shoes linked to the World Cup in South Africa this year.

Mortgage-aid-program exits hit 436,000

posted: 06/22/2010 3:43 a.m.

More than a third of the 1.24 million borrowers who have enrolled in the Obama administration’s $75 billion mortgage modification program have dropped out.

GM steers hopes to new Cruze

posted: 06/22/2010 3:40 a.m.

General Motors, which has a past littered with small-car busts such as the Corvair and Vega, will roll out the Chevrolet Cruze in September — betting it can attract younger drivers and succeed in the most competitive segment of the worldwide auto market.

Cruises for Mississippi floated

posted: 06/22/2010 3:39 a.m.

A Seattle cruise line plans Mississippi River excursions next year with routes between New Orleans and Memphis that includes a stop in Helena-West Helena, Ark. Plans also call for a cruise between Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

SEC suit accuses investing adviser

posted: 06/22/2010 3:38 a.m.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed civil fraud charges against an investment adviser and his firm in connection with complex securities tied to mortgages during the housing market bust.

Monitoring of banks’ pay OK’d

posted: 06/22/2010 3:37 a.m.

Federal regulators on Monday adopted a plan to ensure that banks’ pay policies don’t encourage employees to take reckless gambles like those that contributed to the recent financial crisis.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 06/22/2010 3:35 a.m.

Two banks announce leaders in Arkansas Two banks have chosen top executives for operations in Arkansas.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/22/2010 3:34 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Many large banking organizations have already implemented some changes in their incentive compensation policies, but more work clearly needs to be done.” Daniel Tarullo, Federal Reserve Governor Article, 1D

NBC stations backing Comcast deal

posted: 06/22/2010 3:33 a.m.

Television station owners affiliated with NBC have agreed to support Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal after the company pledged it won’t shift events such as the Olympics and football to cable, an executive said Monday.

MARKET REPORT: Yuan jitters weigh on markets

posted: 06/22/2010 3:32 a.m.

Stocks erased big gains Monday after investors lost some of their enthusiasm about China’s decision to let its currency appreciate against the dollar.

Ear wars

posted: 06/22/2010 3:32 a.m.

Of the five senses, hearing is the one we punish most through excess. About three in 20 people will lose high-frequency tones by their 69th birthday, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many of those by choice.

CRITICAL MASS: Stones’ surly Exile is apex of boomers’ rock

posted: 06/22/2010 3:30 a.m.

Because the vanity of my generation — the baby boomers — requires it, we are doomed to forever hear the old noises coming back at us.

WHAT’S IN A DAME: Vandalism is food for thought ...

posted: 06/22/2010 3:28 a.m.

I can’t get my fill of meaty food rage stories.

THE TV COLUMN: Earl, minus mustache, patrols land of Elvis

posted: 06/22/2010 3:28 a.m.

His name was Earl, but now you can call him Dwight — Detective Dwight Hendricks, Memphis Police Department.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Marriage:Altar to divorce

posted: 06/22/2010 3:25 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

Shakespeare Actors offer 4 workshops

posted: 06/22/2010 3:24 a.m.

Actors Katie Campbell, Monica Clark-Robinson and Josh Rice, company members of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, will lead a series of one-day workshops called “Theatre 4 Days” Monday-July 1 at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/22/2010 3:24 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your schedule relaxes in July. Spare time is a precious commodity, and you’ll make the most of it. You’ll become an expert at something different and new. You get good publicity in August — friends speak well of you. There’s a financial bonus in September. Love inspires you to travel in November and December. Aquarius and Virgo people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/22/2010 3:23 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: New Eyes for the Needy needs your help! It was a few years ago that you advocated for us in your column, and we received an outpouring of support for our programs of providing free eyeglasses to poor people in the United States and distributing used glasses to the impoverished in developing countries.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/22/2010 3:22 a.m.

1. What two words are missing from the Shakespeare quote: “Lord, what __________ these __________ be” ? 2. What is represented by the red stripe portion of a barber pole? 3. How many U.S. presidents were born in Virginia? 4. Name the manufacturer of the “Silver Cloud” automobile.

Golden Record: Music for aliens?

posted: 06/22/2010 3:19 a.m.

The Golden Record left Earth’s orbit on the first Voyager launch in 1977. Composed by Carl Sagan and a small committee, these gilded copper plates hold actual sound recordings meant to introduce our planet — its weather, its animals, its most advanced life.

From mere vibrations to sweet music

posted: 06/22/2010 3:17 a.m.

An abbreviated refresher on how you hear: Sound waves are produced when things — from leaves to lightning — vibrate in matter. Though we think of air as the ideal medium, children are often amazed at how near a waterproof watch alarm sounds from the other end of a swimming pool.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 06/22/2010 3:16 a.m.

Q. What happens to my Medicare coverage if my Social Security benefits stop because I go to jail?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/22/2010 2:26 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A friend of mine claims to be interested in Christianity, but whenever I answer one of his questions, he just comes up with another question. Do you think he’s sincere, or am I wasting my time? — D.N.

Monday, June 21

Neb. town votes to restrict illegal immigration

posted: 06/21/2010 9:47 p.m.

Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont have approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.

White House budget chief stepping down, AP source says

posted: 06/21/2010 9:19 p.m.

A Democratic official tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama’s top budget official, Peter Orszag, plans to step down later this year.

Conway police seek man who robbed Centennial Bank

posted: 06/21/2010 9:15 p.m.

Police say they’re looking for a man who robbed a bank in Conway and got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

NYC car bomb suspect pleads guilty

updated: 06/21/2010 4:42 p.m.

A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty to trying to bomb Times Square and says he is “part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people.”

Washington County jailer on leave during review

updated: 06/21/2010 6:07 p.m.

A Washington County sheriff’s office spokeswoman says a jailer who posed nude for a Playboy website has been put on administrative leave with pay while officials investigate to see if she violated department policy.

Motoryclist killed in crash as officer tries to make traffic stop

posted: 06/21/2010 2:13 p.m.

A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he crashed into another vehicle just as a Jacksonville Police Department officer attempted to pull him over, authorities said.

U.S. Capitol dome to get fresh coat of paint

posted: 06/21/2010 1:44 p.m.

The dome of the Capitol building in Washington is getting a fresh coat of white paint to help protect its cast-iron surface.

Driver injured when car overturns in water

posted: 06/21/2010 1:36 p.m.

A Little Rock man was injured Monday morning when his car veered off Highway 10 near Jolly Roger's Marina and overturned in the water.

Cameroon: plane carrying Australian execs found

posted: 06/21/2010 1:35 p.m.

Cameroon’s government spokesman says search teams have found the wreckage of a small plane carrying top executives of an Australian mining firm that disappeared over the weekend.

SEC accuses money manager of fraud

posted: 06/21/2010 12:46 p.m.

Federal regulators have filed civil fraud charges against an investment adviser and his firm in connection with complex securities tied to mortgages during the housing market bust.

Arizona fire at 5,000 acres, windy day predicted

posted: 06/21/2010 12:39 p.m.

A fire burning near Flagstaff, Arizona, is threatening homes on the outskirts of the city.

Four arrested in Saline County home invasion

updated: 06/21/2010 1:04 p.m.

A group of four men who may have been in a gang together are facing charges in a Saline County home invasion earlier this month in which the assailants purportedly broke in, held the residents at gunpoint and then made off with a variety of items.

State officials negotiating lawsuit verdict

posted: 06/21/2010 11:53 a.m.

An attorney for Garland County says officials are trying to resolve differences over a federal court verdict regarding an inmate who suffered brain damage while he was in jail.

Arkansas' Love named to Outland Trophy list

posted: 06/21/2010 11:41 a.m.

Arkansas senior offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List as announced by the Football Writers Association of America Monday.

Jailer who posed for Playboy placed on leave

posted: 06/21/2010 11:20 a.m.

A Washington County jailer who posed nude for a Playboy website has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Wal-Mart grant supports summer feeding programs

posted: 06/21/2010 10:14 a.m.

A $2.1 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to the National Recreation and Park Association will provide meals for 4.9 million children over the next two years, officials said Monday.

Newspaper: Van der Sloot retracts confession

posted: 06/21/2010 10:02 a.m.

A Dutch newspaper that interviewed Joran van der Sloot in his prison cell in Lima, Peru, said Monday he has retracted his confession to the killing of a young woman there.

High court upholds anti-terror law

posted: 06/21/2010 9:55 a.m.

The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, rejecting a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups.

Heat advisory issued for much of Arkansas

posted: 06/21/2010 9:51 a.m.

A heat advisory continues for much of Arkansas as temperatures surge into the upper-90s and triple digits.

Supreme Court rejects drug maker's appeal

posted: 06/21/2010 9:21 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Pfizer Inc.’s appeal of a verdict in favor of an Arkansas woman who blames the company’s menopause drugs for her breast cancer, leaving intact a $2.7 million award.

Yuan gains but China warns it won’t fix economy

posted: 06/21/2010 9:07 a.m.

China followed through Monday on its pledge to allow greater flexibility in exchange rates, but said an appreciation in its currency alone could not rebalance world growth as it urged world leaders to carry out more fundamental financial changes.

PB aldermen to take up club closing times

posted: 06/21/2010 9:01 a.m.

Pine Bluff’s council is set to consider an ordinance that would repeal closing times for some private clubs.

Charges pending in fatal wreck

posted: 06/21/2010 9 a.m.

Charges are pending against a driver involved in an accident that killed a bicyclist Sunday, police said.

WORLD CUP: Portugal defeats N. Korea in 7-0 rout

posted: 06/21/2010 8:32 a.m.

Portugal put on the most dominant performance of the World Cup, routing North Korea 7-0 on Monday and eliminating the Asian nation from the tournament.

Cruise line plans excursions on Mississippi

posted: 06/21/2010 8:28 a.m.

A Seattle cruise line plans Mississippi River excursions next year with routes between New Orleans and Memphis, Tenn., and between Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

Ear wars and the Ultimate Om

posted: 06/21/2010 7:40 a.m.

Of the five senses, hearing is the only one we punish through excess, writes Bobby Ampezzan in Tuesday’s Style section. About three in 20 people will lose high-frequency tones by their 69th birthday, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many of those by choice.

615 pounds of marijuana seized in LR

updated: 06/21/2010 2:18 p.m.

Several hundred pounds of marijuana were seized and one person was arrested after North Little Rock authorities served a search warrant at a Little Rock residence Sunday, according to a police report.

Judge to hear bid to overturn halt on drilling

posted: 06/21/2010 7:38 a.m.

Several oil service companies are asking a federal judge to block the Interior Department from enforcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Teams expected back at W.Va. mine Monday

posted: 06/21/2010 7:03 a.m.

Inspection teams are expected to continue searching the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in the industry’s worst U.S. disaster in 40 years.

Suicide blasts in Iraq leave up to 33 dead

posted: 06/21/2010 5:32 a.m.

Suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit killed as many as 33 people Sunday as insurgents tried to turn a months-long deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.

Uzbeks at Kyrgyz border refuse to go home

posted: 06/21/2010 5:29 a.m.

Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks massed on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan refused to return home Sunday, saying they feared for their lives after violent pogroms and didn’t trust Kyrgyz troops to protect them.

U.S. still targets ’11 to start Afghan exit

posted: 06/21/2010 5:27 a.m.

The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservations expressed by top generals that absolute deadlines are a mistake.

Town to vote on anti-alien law

posted: 06/21/2010 5:25 a.m.

Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will decide today whether to ban hiring or renting property to illegal aliens after an influx of Hispanic workers attracted by jobs at local meatpacking plants.

Ex-defense chief wins Colombia presidency

posted: 06/21/2010 5:25 a.m.

A former defense minister from a powerful political clan who oversaw a major weakening of leftist rebels won Colombia’s presidency Sunday, routing an eccentric outsider in a runoff.

Key suspect seized after Yemen attack

posted: 06/21/2010 5:24 a.m.

Yemen said Sunday that it has arrested the suspected mastermind of the attack on the southern intelligence headquarters, which reportedly freed detainees and left 11 people dead.

Australia, Telstra OK wireless deal

posted: 06/21/2010 5:23 a.m.

The government and Australia’s largest telecommunications company announced a deal Sunday that clears a major hurdle to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s plans for a superfast national broadband network.

Arizona fires spur evacuations

posted: 06/21/2010 5:22 a.m.

The second wildfire to hit Flagstaff, Ariz., in two days grew to 3,000 acres Sunday, driving residents from hundreds of homes and prompting a search for some missing hikers.

Man kills 2, self at restaurant

posted: 06/21/2010 5:21 a.m.

A gunman attacked his stepdaughter’s family as they ate lunch at a California restaurant, killing her husband and 6-year-old son, wounding the woman and another child, and then fatally shooting himself.

Toy Story 3 pulls in $109 million

posted: 06/21/2010 5:19 a.m.

Walt Disney Co.’s Toy Story 3 was the top movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend with $109 million in ticket sales, a record opening for its Pixar studio.

Publisher scraps Tiananmen book

posted: 06/21/2010 5:19 a.m.

A Hong Kong publisher said Sunday that he has scrapped plans to publish an insider account of Beijing’s decision-making behind its 1989 crackdown on prodemocracy student protesters in Tiananmen Square because of copyright problems.

Israel lets more goods into Gaza

posted: 06/21/2010 5:18 a.m.

Israel on Sunday began to ease its 3-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip, allowing all food items and a wider range of building supplies into the Hamas-ruled territory while banning materials that have military use.

46 miners killed in Chinese blast

posted: 06/21/2010 5:17 a.m.

State media said at least 46 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in the central Chinese province of Henan.

Polish election seen heading for runoff

posted: 06/21/2010 5:16 a.m.

A somber election season in Poland was prolonged by two weeks Sunday when a first round of voting produced no immediate successor to Lech Kaczynski, the president killed more than two months ago in a plane crash.

Kurd-Arab cooperation aim of U.S. in north Iraq

posted: 06/21/2010 5:16 a.m.

At a small but heavily fortified outpost on the edge of this dust-blown town, a contingent of American soldiers has recently taken up residence alongside Kurdish and Arab forces in what is likely to be one of the last new missions undertaken by the U.S. military in Iraq.

Rescuing newborns focus of program

posted: 06/21/2010 5:14 a.m.

It has been called the most dangerous minute of a person’s life. For 829,000 babies each year, it’s the beginning of the end.

In the news

posted: 06/21/2010 5:12 a.m.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey, vowed at a funeral for 11 soldiers killed by Kurdish rebels that the Iraq-based insurgents responsible for the attack will “drown in their own blood.”

Names and faces

posted: 06/21/2010 5:12 a.m.

The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago honored actor Robert Downey Jr.

The nation in brief

posted: 06/21/2010 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re just treating this like we treat any other well that we drill.” Wendell Guidry, drilling superintendent for one of the relief wells that BP says is the best hope for stopping the Gulf of Mexico oil leak Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 06/21/2010 5:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Ordinary Iraqis are paying the price of the political struggle in Baghdad.” Ahmed Abdullah, an engineer in Iraq’s Electricity Ministry, on the inability of the country’s leaders to form a new government Article, 1A

C-130 crew hustles to weather Iraq crisis

posted: 06/21/2010 5:09 a.m.

When the crew of a Little Rock Air Force Base C-130 began the second leg of a routine mission in Iraq, no one knew they were about to face a cascading in-flight emergency.

Victim’s widow bids farewell

posted: 06/21/2010 5:08 a.m.

Cindy Wise is not ready to leave Arkansas.

After 2nd chance, path ends in prison

posted: 06/21/2010 5:07 a.m.

Having served 12 years of his 160-year prison sentence, Julius Johnson Jr. got the hope of a second chance.

Official urges PB to delete club laws

posted: 06/21/2010 5:06 a.m.

A Pine Bluff alderman wants the city to get out of the business of regulating private clubs and has proposed allowing them to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Counties reconcile on clinic for HIV

posted: 06/21/2010 5:03 a.m.

It took just one face-to-face meeting last week for the leaders of two Northwest Arkansas counties to go from an impasse on funding for an HIV clinic to the prospect of a regional partnership.

LR woman dies after hit by car

posted: 06/21/2010 4:53 a.m.

A Little Rock woman was killed Sunday morning when she was struck on her bicycle by a vehicle that police say ran a red light.

PAPER TRAILS: The Box puts lid on original site

posted: 06/21/2010 4:53 a.m.

BOXING IT ALL UP: For those who missed this news, The Box burger joint (established as the Band Box in 1948 and later dubbed the Burger Box), a local institution at 17th and Main in Little Rock for more than half a century, cooled its grill at the longtime locale for the last time Friday.

Batesville mourns soldier slain in Iraq

posted: 06/21/2010 4:53 a.m.

Hundreds of people stood along U.S. 167 waving American flags Sunday, waiting to greet Spc. William “Chris” Yauch’s casket as it made its way to Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Batesville.

Obituaries

posted: 06/21/2010 4:52 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: 06/21/2010 4:52 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO June 21, 1910 One hundred thousand acres of land in Arkansas are being surveyed and detailed descriptions are being made for a number of Chicago capitalists, who are investing an average of $100,000 a month in Arkansas, according to W. DeWoody Dickinson of the firm of Dickinson & Watkins.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 06/21/2010 4:50 a.m.

Mexican author, political activist MEXICO CITY — Renowned Mexican journalist, critic and political activist Carlos Monsivais died Saturday at 72.

Car accident kills Conway man, 49

posted: 06/21/2010 4:48 a.m.

A Conway man was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle accident in Lee County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash report.

Police beat

posted: 06/21/2010 4:48 a.m.

Woman arrested in arm stabbing A North Little Rock woman was arrested Thursday after police say she stabbed a woman who sold her what she thought was crack cocaine.

Relativism rampant

posted: 06/21/2010 4:47 a.m.

IT IS a time, like all times, when the country faces serious issues. What may set our time apart is how unseriously those issues are debated.

A cynical, selective muzzle

posted: 06/21/2010 4:46 a.m.

The cynical decision this week by House Democrats to exempt the National Rifle Association from the latest campaign finance regulatory scheme is itself a public disclosure. It reveals the true purpose of the perversely named Disclose Act: namely, to silence congressional critics in the 2010 elections.

No sympathy for the jobless

posted: 06/21/2010 4:44 a.m.

I barely arrived in time for the Great Depression. I saw Hoovervilles on a train trip to Washington in 1940 and consumed too much ginger ale at a lease-breaking party. Most of what I think I know, though, I learned from the story we tell ourselves.

LETTERS

posted: 06/21/2010 4:39 a.m.

Values need reassessment A number of politicians make “traditional values” a major plank in their platforms. What they often do not explain is what their traditional values are.

No easy answers

posted: 06/21/2010 4:36 a.m.

The Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance will probably submit an interim report in the next few weeks.

Difficult day at beach

posted: 06/21/2010 4:35 a.m.

In a U.S. Open with golf’s biggest stars on the leaderboard, it was Graeme McDowell who played like one.

Fort Smith Classic: Kirk nets 3 victories in 1 round

posted: 06/21/2010 4:33 a.m.

Chris Kirk’s first professional victory will be a memorable one. It’s almost certainly sending him to the PGA Tour.

Ambrose stops, drops as Johnson rolls down road

posted: 06/21/2010 4:31 a.m.

Marcos Ambrose had his first career Sprint Cup Series victory in sight when a late caution threw a roadblock into his path.

BP crews go deeper at oil leak

posted: 06/21/2010 4:31 a.m.

Drilling crews are grinding ever deeper to build the relief wells that are the best hope of stopping the oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: Brazilians earn spot in Round 2

posted: 06/21/2010 4:29 a.m.

Brute force and hand balls aside, Brazil has achieved its first objective at the World Cup: advancing out of Group G.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs roll to victory

posted: 06/21/2010 4:29 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers ended their nine game road trip on a high note, beating the Tulsa Drillers 7-2 Sunday night at Oneok Field.

Federer still man to beat

posted: 06/21/2010 4:27 a.m.

Walking the Wimbledon grounds Sunday, wearing a white jacket with gold trim, his collar turned up for protection from a biting wind, the tournament’s sixtime champion looked like the same old Roger Federer.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/21/2010 4:26 a.m.

Old-timers still quick with quips Fireballer Bob Feller’s ceremonial first pitch bounced before it reached home plate.

Off the wire

posted: 06/21/2010 4:16 a.m.

GOLF Miyazato wins ShopRite Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under-par 64 to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic on Sunday in Galloway Township, N.J. The 25-year old Miyazato is guaranteed to take over the No. 1 spot in today’s rankings after her fourth victory of the season.

COMMENTARY: One-man shows sure to flop in NBA

posted: 06/21/2010 4:14 a.m.

Kobe Bryant finally answered the questions.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Sooners hold off South Carolina

posted: 06/21/2010 4:13 a.m.

Caleb Bushyhead homered and drove in the winning run, and Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth inning to lead Oklahoma to a 4-3 victory over South Carolina in the rain-plagued College World Series on Sunday night.

Sun Devils-Tigers set to play opener today

posted: 06/21/2010 4:11 a.m.

The first-round College World Series game between Arizona State and Clemson has been postponed until today at 10 a.m. because of rain.

INTERLEAGUE: Pavano solid, Halladay struggles as Twins win

posted: 06/21/2010 4:10 a.m.

Carl Pavano pitched a four-hitter, and Justin Morneau and Denard Span homered to lead the Minnesota Twins past Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Sunday.

Tablet firms ad-lib with no Windows

posted: 06/21/2010 4:09 a.m.

Microsoft Corp.’s failure to deliver a tablet-friendly version of Windows is forcing big computer makers like Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. to rely on rival software to help them keep up with Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Kinect takes Xbox hands-free

posted: 06/21/2010 4:08 a.m.

To appeal to families ready to graduate from the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Corp. wants to build on the success of the Wii’s motion-capture wand — by getting rid of the wand entirely.

Sony, Nintendo focus on 3-D gaming

posted: 06/21/2010 4:08 a.m.

After taking over the big screen, 3-D is poised to hit the small screen via video games.

Asian urbanization begets ‘instant city’

posted: 06/21/2010 4:06 a.m.

It’s a product like no other: a complete city for a million people.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: New perspective grid among Adobe’s welcome additions to revamped Illustrator

posted: 06/21/2010 4:05 a.m.

Adobe has been hard at work updating its top programs. Last week, I took a look at its most popular program, the image editor Photoshop. It’s one of many programs that have had a revamp.

ON COMPUTERS: Little things mean a lot; new GPS on the spot

posted: 06/21/2010 4:04 a.m.

We find it’s often the little things that are the most interesting. There’s no need and little point in writing 2,000-word thumb-suckers on the latest camera or cell phone. Forthwith, here are some notes about little things: Vpike.com lets you plot a route on a Google map and see it as a series of street views when you click “route” and “drive.”

Technology news in brief

posted: 06/21/2010 4 a.m.

Apple unveils updated Mac Mini Apple Inc. last week introduced a redesigned Mac Mini, raising the price of its least-expensive Macintosh personal computer by $100 after updating the chassis and making it faster.

Key fob connects smart phone to car

posted: 06/21/2010 3:59 a.m.

There are big aspirations for the tiny key fob, the device on key chains that unlocks cars at the touch of a button.

Arkansas’ economic indicators

posted: 06/21/2010 3:57 a.m.

Arkansas River barge traffic Tons of freight hauled May 814,349 April 1,061,940 March 1,198,056 Feb. 896,012 May 2009 522,044 Year 2009 11,657,847(+3%) Construction contracts In millions Arkansas RESIDENTIAL April $117.2 March $126.8 Feb. $97.6 Jan. $85.2 April 2009 $95.3

States probe Google’s data gathering

posted: 06/21/2010 3:56 a.m.

Google Inc. has been asked for “detailed information” about its collection of data from wireless computer networks in Massachusetts and Illinois, said the latter state’s attorney general.

AOL selling social-networking site Bebo

posted: 06/21/2010 3:56 a.m.

AOL Inc. is paring its ambitions in online social networking, selling a website called Bebo that it bought a little more than two years ago for $850 million when AOL was still part of Time Warner Inc.

Crunching the numbers

posted: 06/21/2010 3:54 a.m.

“I’m an expert witness in a court case tomorrow. I’m more nervous about this,” Jo Spencer jokes as a gas mask tightens around her head like a helmet.

Now there’s a rare bird: Audubon Society alert!

posted: 06/21/2010 3:53 a.m.

You can plan an outing to see a rare bird in Arkansas just as you might plan to catch the sunset at Mount Nebo or admire autumn leaves in the Ozarks.

Happy trails

posted: 06/21/2010 3:52 a.m.

COLLINS CREEK TRAIL Location: Trailhead parking is on Hatchery Road in Heber Springs. Turn right 400 yards east of Greers Ferry Dam on Arkansas 25. Parking is just ahead on the left.

Doctors lower age for first swim lesson

posted: 06/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines regarding the age its doctors believe children should learn to swim. They had recommended that swim lessons could begin at age 4 or older, but in May this was reduced to age 1.

30th annual Brickfest 5K blazes a new path

posted: 06/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

Spend a few moments with the word “goldbrick.” Once upon a time, it meant a solid brick of gold shaped for ease of shipment to places like Fort Knox. Today, the dictionary says, it’s a block of something cheap gilded for use in a swindle, or it’s military slang for an unreliable worker — a shiftless shirker.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 06/21/2010 3:50 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our town has been shocked recently because of violence in our schools. It’s gotten so bad they’re putting police in the schools.

‘Big as an elephant’ means a lot less as animals get fit

posted: 06/21/2010 3:50 a.m.

Shaunzi and Kara are the zoo’s biggest losers.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/21/2010 3:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. Just by being yourself, you’ll help loved ones in ways you can’t even understand. Your social savvy and your ability to read people will be put to the test with the many opportunities July brings. You will deliver one peak performance after another. The most romantic months are September and January. Capricorn and Scorpio people adore you.

Gulpha Gorge

posted: 06/21/2010 3:48 a.m.

Trail runners training for the Pikes Peak Marathon (in Colorado Springs, Colo., this August) are inviting all other runners and hikers to join them at 6:30 a.m. Sunday for a free 15- or 18-mile run from Gulpha Gorge Campground at Hot Springs.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 06/21/2010 3:48 a.m.

Bored with your regular haunts? Try something a little different.

Bike route open

posted: 06/21/2010 3:21 a.m.

Little Rock city workers are repairing Gill Street, one of the oldest roads along the city’s designated bike route from Murray Park to downtown. The road is expected to be closed through Wednesday. But the bike route is not blocked.

Check your knowledge

posted: 06/21/2010 3:20 a.m.

1. What do the British call a frozen popsicle ? 2. Name any three of President Theodore Roosevelt’s six children. 3. Of what state is Charleston the capital ? 4. What is “Parkinson’s Law” ?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 06/21/2010 3:19 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I work for a catalog company and wanted to mention a couple of hints for readers who place orders: Please remember to have all of your item numbers handy when you order.

MASTER CLASS: Save the cuffs by toughening them up

posted: 06/21/2010 3:18 a.m.

Every time you turn a doorknob or open a jar of grape jelly, you’re using the rotator cuff.

Exercising hips decreases knee pain, study suggests

posted: 06/21/2010 3:16 a.m.

Knee pain is the bane of many runners, sometimes causing them to give up running altogether. But knee pain might be lessened by strengthening the hips, a new study finds.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/21/2010 2:16 a.m.

ALEXANDER Eric B. Burchfield, 19506 S. Alexander Road, June 15, Chapter 7. Jason W. Wilkerson, 1610 Pamela Way, June 16, Chapter 13. ALMA Lisa M. Cater, 109 Maple Shade Road, June 10, Chapter 7.

Sunday, June 20

Media: 46 dead in explosion in central China mine

posted: 06/20/2010 10:25 p.m.

State media say at least 46 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a mine in the central Chinese province of Henan.

McDowell holds on, wins US Open

posted: 06/20/2010 8:21 p.m.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland has won the U.S. Open, holding off France’s Gregory Havret to become the first European to win America’s national championship since 1970.

Highfill trailer fire kills 5-year-old boy

posted: 06/20/2010 7:59 p.m.

Authorities say a 5-year-old boy is dead after a trailer in which he and his family were living caught fire.

Ex-defense chief wins Colombia runoff in rout

posted: 06/20/2010 7:28 p.m.

A former defense minister from a powerful political clan who oversaw a major weakening of leftist rebels won Colombia’s presidency Sunday, routing an eccentric outsider in a runoff.

Tornado tears through downtown Billings, Mont.

updated: 06/20/2010 9:32 p.m.

A tornado that ripped the roof off a sports arena in Billings, Mont., Sunday evening also tore through businesses, damaging a bar and a casino and leaving just the walls of an auto glass shop standing.

State says no to raises at Ark. agencies, universities

updated: 06/20/2010 7:17 p.m.

No state employees will be getting raises at the start of the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, and raises that some university boards approved this spring have been suspended, the state’s top fiscal official said Sunday.

Hole, not vandals, may have sunk Ark. steamboat

updated: 06/20/2010 7:04 p.m.

A historic river boat at the Jacksonport State Park may have sunk because of a hole in a pipe and not vandalism, as officials originally thought, the park’s superintendent said.

Celia becomes season’s first hurricane

posted: 06/20/2010 3:48 p.m.

Celia was upgraded to hurricane status Sunday as it howled toward open seas, away from Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Gates: Veto possible of military gay ban bill

posted: 06/20/2010 3:45 p.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama could end up vetoing legislation that would lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Crews drill deep into Gulf of Mexico to halt leak

posted: 06/20/2010 3:02 p.m.

Drilling crews are grinding ever deeper to build the relief wells that are the best hope of stopping the massive oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

White House affirms Afghan pullout begins next summer

posted: 06/20/2010 12:46 p.m.

The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservations among top generals that absolute deadlines are a mistake.

Israel drafting new list of goods banned from Gaza

posted: 06/20/2010 12:43 p.m.

Israel pledged Sunday it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and other items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Authorities: Man facing charge of starting AZ fire

updated: 06/20/2010 3:08 p.m.

A California man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of leaving behind hot coals at a campsite just outside Flagstaff, sparking a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 170 homes and a hotel near downtown, a city spokeswoman said.

Suicide bombs kill 33 in Iraq, officials say

updated: 06/20/2010 6:19 p.m.

Suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit killed as many as 33 people Sunday as insurgents tried to turn a monthslong deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.

Medicare Rx gap set to shrink

posted: 06/20/2010 5:33 a.m.

The law that’s overhauling the U.S. health system will in a decade’s time phase out what is for many a dreaded time of year — the period when Medicare Part D enrollees fall into the so-called doughnut hole, a coverage gap during which they pay the entire price of prescription drugs.

Club to row, row, row boats on water supply

posted: 06/20/2010 5:33 a.m.

Central Arkansas Water has permitted the Arkansas Boathouse Club to row on Lake Maumelle — the latest move to allow more recreation on Little Rock and North Little Rock’s main water source — and members expect to hit the lake today.

Afghanistan attacks rising, U.N. reports

posted: 06/20/2010 5:32 a.m.

The United Nations reported Saturday that insurgent violence has risen sharply in Afghanistan over the past three months, with roadside bombings, complex suicide attacks and assassinations soaring over last year’s levels.

Envoy urges inquiry into Kyrgyz violence

posted: 06/20/2010 5:32 a.m.

A top U.S. envoy called Saturday for an independent investigation into the violence that has devastated southern Kyrgyzstan, as amateur video emerged of unarmed Uzbeks gathering to defend their town during the attacks.

Broadaway goes in reverse to lead

posted: 06/20/2010 5:31 a.m.

Josh Broadaway is best known for his reverse grip. He’s 18 holes away from being known for his first Nationwide Tour victory.

110th U.S. Open: Taking Route 66

posted: 06/20/2010 5:31 a.m.

Dustin Johnson plays his best at Pebble Beach no matter what month, no matter what stage.

Putting order to images of the past

posted: 06/20/2010 5:30 a.m.

John Rogers never knows what he’s going to find next among his 32 million photographs and negatives, most of them original newspaper prints from newspapers in Denver, Chicago and Detroit.

Wal-Mart gets back to basics after fumbling ‘fast fashion’

posted: 06/20/2010 5:29 a.m.

Eduardo Castro-Wright, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s vice chairman in charge of U.S. operations, raised some eyebrows when he told reporters after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting that apparel “isn’t our most important business” and called it a “work in progress.”

Munchkins and Winkies, oh my!

posted: 06/20/2010 5:28 a.m.

Theater. The Wizard of Oz 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock.

Corliss Mondari Williamson

posted: 06/20/2010 5:27 a.m.

Corliss Williamson stands at the top of the key inside the University of Central Arkansas’ student gymnasium in Conway, a basketball poised like an idea bubble above his head. This is a set that drives true point guards batty — the biggest, most dominant player on the team is the farthest away from the net, getting ready to... pass?

Road test no place for ‘slump’

posted: 06/20/2010 5:15 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson hasn’t been to Victory Lane in 10 races, his longest drought in two years.

LIKE IT IS: Dad’s willingness to cook served him well

posted: 06/20/2010 5:10 a.m.

Friday was Dad’s birthday, and like today, he was missed a little more than usual.

Off the wire

posted: 06/20/2010 5:09 a.m.

FOOTBALL Raiders, Seymour reach deal Defensive lineman Richard Seymour signed his $12.4 million exclusive franchise tag tender with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Wounded Big 12 still ‘on life support’

posted: 06/20/2010 5:08 a.m.

The Big 12 gained a reprieve last week.

Second thoughts

posted: 06/20/2010 5:07 a.m.

Some dads get to live dream twice With Father’s Day today, Mark McGuire of the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union ranks the best father-son (daughter in one case) combinations in sports history.

Edwards leaves Villenueve smoking on restart

posted: 06/20/2010 5:06 a.m.

Carl Edwards swooped past Jacques Villeneuve on a restart with nine laps to go, then ran away from the field to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday.

U.S. Open report

posted: 06/20/2010 5:05 a.m.

No prize for 1st ace since 2006. Thongchai Jaidee has hit 10 holes in one in his long golfing career — and he realizes it takes a lot of luck on top of pinpoint shotmaking.

Fort Smith Classic report

posted: 06/20/2010 5:04 a.m.

Thompson treasuring good times. Kyle Thompson is a long shot to win the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic, even after shooting a third-round 66 to move to 8-under-par 202.

INTERLEAGUE: Wainwright, Motte carry Cards past Athletics

posted: 06/20/2010 5:03 a.m.

Adam Wainwright threw eight sharp innings and Jason Motte struck out Adam Rosales with the tying run in scoring position, preserving the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/20/2010 5:02 a.m.

1912 The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Nieves’ home runs propel Travs

posted: 06/20/2010 5:02 a.m.

Abel Nieves went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI as the Arkansas Travelers beat the Tulsa Drillers 4-2 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Oneok Field.

Sullivan’s power surge startles

posted: 06/20/2010 4:56 a.m.

Bentonville third baseman Alex Sullivan seemed like an unlikely candidate to set a single-season state home run record going into this year.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE Soldier made 480-mile trips to see her

posted: 06/20/2010 4:55 a.m.

In the first few words they exchanged, Sharon Woodward informed Clyde Beard that she was brushing her teeth. Three months later, their toothbrushes were hanging side by side.

Early start spurred Moore

posted: 06/20/2010 4:54 a.m.

Brandon Moore’s high school debut wasn’t memorable, at least not in a good way, nor was his last high school outing much better.

DEAR ABBY Reader barely abides public cleavage

posted: 06/20/2010 4:53 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: Over the last year I have noticed cleavage everywhere. It’s in the middle and high schools, the teller waiting on me at the bank, the cashier at the supermarket and department stores — all offering plunging frontal views. I can’t believe management allows this, and for the younger women, I can’t believe their parents permit it. These females look like they’re dressed for a romantic evening, not as employees of reputable businesses or students.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Big three from Big Easy set to attend UA camp

posted: 06/20/2010 4:52 a.m.

Arkansas is expected to host several of the top prospects in the nation for the junior/senior prospect camp July 17.

High school report

posted: 06/20/2010 4:51 a.m.

Melbourne next stop for Gore Osceola will not be Clinton Gore’s final coaching job after all.

EXTRA POINTS

posted: 06/20/2010 4:50 a.m.

Magnolia senior defensive end Adrain Thomas has been offered a scholarship by Missouri State, Panthers Coach Robert Day said.

JENNINGS RECEPTION Friends toast Belize wedding

posted: 06/20/2010 4:48 a.m.

Newlyweds Mary and Clark Jennings were honored with a reception June 11 at the Clinton School of Public Service.

SHOOTOUT OF THE SOUTH: Pulaski Academy routs Texas foe

posted: 06/20/2010 4:48 a.m.

No halftime adjustments were necessary.

MALE CALL Stretching those dollars still covers clothing sales

posted: 06/20/2010 4:47 a.m.

Q. I have found a silver lining for our weak economy : Since everyone is so value conscious, if you shop carefully and know what you are looking for, you can find great bargains. When it comes to professional clothing I imagine this applies as well, but I could use advice on how to stretch the clothing dollar.

LET’S TALK Frustration is universal experience that teaches

posted: 06/20/2010 4:46 a.m.

Ever had those moments when you get a great idea or an urge to do something, only to find that everybody else thought of it before you — and beat you to it?

Summer night’s dream

posted: 06/20/2010 4:45 a.m.

After the campfire burned out and the other campers retired for the night, I kicked back and savored summer’s light show at Tyler Bend.

RETROSPECTIVE Ill-starred ‘Pharaohs’ merits last-minute visit

posted: 06/20/2010 4:45 a.m.

It is well-known by now that the widely heralded “World of the Pharaohs” has turned into a financial and public-relations debacle for the Arkansas Arts Center.

THE TV COLUMN Grace goes to its reward; summer tryouts begin

posted: 06/20/2010 4:44 a.m.

It’s the eternal Circle of Life on the TV — one series dies; another is born.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Challenge livens hunter education process for youth

posted: 06/20/2010 4:43 a.m.

Nearly 400 teens and preteens participated in the 13th annual Arkansas Youth Hunter Education Challenge last weekend at the C.A. Vines 4-H Youth Center in Ferndale.

Note

posted: 06/20/2010 4:41 a.m.

Conway shooter 3rd at regional event. Matt Mink of Conway took third in the Production division at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s (USPSA) Canyon Creek Area 5 Regional Handgun Championship last weekend.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Odes to an unfettered youth

posted: 06/20/2010 4:40 a.m.

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

WORLD CUP: Dutch OK with no style points

posted: 06/20/2010 4:39 a.m.

The Netherlands is showing it doesn’t have to be flashy to advance at the World Cup.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/20/2010 4:38 a.m.

Simpson, Cubs agree on $1.6 million bonus Hayden Simpson made good on his promise to be an easy sign for the Chicago Cubs.

TV ON DVD Season 1 of Family Matters is era before Urkel took over

posted: 06/20/2010 4:38 a.m.

What is it? Family Matters Season 1, 22 episodes on three discs from Warner Home Video.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Frogs hop to lead, win

posted: 06/20/2010 4:37 a.m.

College World Series newcomer TCU isn’t acting like it plans to go home any time soon.

SPIN CYCLE

posted: 06/20/2010 4:36 a.m.

Jennifer Christman’s column does not appear today.

New Phantom moves to city, gets great suit

posted: 06/20/2010 4:32 a.m.

The first thing to remember is that this isn’t your father’s Phantom.

Soaps last week

posted: 06/20/2010 4:30 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of June 14-18.) All My Children: Greenlee fired Madison and instructed the Fusion staff to remove all Erica references from the product line.

Dress for Success will don new location in Little Rock

posted: 06/20/2010 4:27 a.m.

In this competitive job market, where job-seekers need every possible advantage, what happens to women who have the training and the skills but who can’t afford the right clothes to make a good, professional impression? That’s where Dress for Success stepped in. Until it closed in December 2009.

Social eyes Cooking up a good time

posted: 06/20/2010 4:27 a.m.

Cooking show host extraordinaire Paula Deen spiced up a VIP luncheon Saturday at the Arkansas Women’s Show, telling jokes and autographing books.

Party’s race for land chief still a puzzler

posted: 06/20/2010 4:26 a.m.

In March, 23-year-old LJ. Bryant left a message on a mentor’s phone. He was considering running for an office and asked for a call back.

LIFELONG HEALTH As parents age, family will have role reversal

posted: 06/20/2010 4:26 a.m.

For many older Americans, health problems can often lead to a very challenging family dynamic — a role reversal between parent and child. Children become a parent’s parent.

HOT, HOT DOGS Beebe bash grills up $9,000

posted: 06/20/2010 4:25 a.m.

About 300 guests braved the late Sunday afternoon heat to attend the fourth annual Beebe Backyard Burger Bash, hosted by the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association on June 13.

DISCO INFERNO 300 Vintage Affair guests get down for cancer relief

posted: 06/20/2010 4:24 a.m.

Polyester and Afros. Psychedelic colors and Naugahyde. Platform shoes and fondue.

Anniversaries

posted: 06/20/2010 4:23 a.m.

Mildred and Herman McGhee of North Little Rock celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married June 2, 1950.

Veteran’s war tale to see light of day at last

posted: 06/20/2010 4:23 a.m.

For close to half a century, a World War I veteran’s manuscript had passed from one relative to another, from one drawer to another.

Bridal policy

posted: 06/20/2010 4:22 a.m.

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

It’s new mics as law ends joyful noise on 700 band

posted: 06/20/2010 4:21 a.m.

Arkansas churches are spending tens of thousands of dollars so pastors can deliver their Sunday sermons on wireless microphones and not run afoul of a new law.

Tentacles for dinner

posted: 06/20/2010 4:20 a.m.

What has eight arms and is covered in a special sauce? Dinner. At least that’s what the judges at the third annual Diamond Chef Arkansas competition were served by Chef Daniel Capello and Chef Jason Knapp. The evening’s mystery ingredient was octopus.

Ex-foes shift gears on LR supercenter

posted: 06/20/2010 4:20 a.m.

Ten years ago, some residents in the quiet, well-kept neighborhood of DuQuesne Place were ready for war.

Need a pal pronto? Try rentafriend.com

posted: 06/20/2010 4:19 a.m.

In a not-so-secret double life, Jennifer Morrison is simply “Jennifer,” platonic friend for hire.

Destination wrinkles wedding dress choice

posted: 06/20/2010 4:17 a.m.

A destination wedding can add extra romance to a wedding. But if a knock-out bridal gown is also on your wish list, plan accordingly.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Ross: ‘Downright angry’ over BP’s response to spill

posted: 06/20/2010 4:17 a.m.

When BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward appeared before a House panel Thursday, Democratic Rep. Mike Ross told the man who has become the face of the Gulf oil spill that he was “frustrated and downright angry” at the company’s response to the crisis.

LISTEN UP Macy Gray on rebound; Reflection Eternal clicks

posted: 06/20/2010 4:13 a.m.

Macy Gray The Sellout Concord BAfter the public’s indifferent reception of Macy Gray’s last album, the slick will.i.amproduced Big (2007), it’s probably safe to say that the title is meant ironically, and that we are meant to receive this low-key, introspective album as a career reboot; a return to Gray’s roots as a soul pop eccentric, a pleasingly raspy-voiced crooner who would have sounded right at home fronting the Family Stone.

Pollution judge to give up gavel

posted: 06/20/2010 4:12 a.m.

After 17 years as the administrative hearing judge for the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, Michael O’Malley has decided to retire.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 06/20/2010 4:12 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your new year is marked by a powerful inner confidence. You no longer feel you need validation from outside sources, and ironically, praise and appreciation are lavished on you over the next 10 weeks. A long quest culminates in July.

Plan for Argenta: 1 ‘bite’ at a time

posted: 06/20/2010 4:11 a.m.

Taking in the finished Argenta Master Plan for — once again — redeveloping North Little Rock’s historic downtown isn’t something anybody need attempt in one sitting.

POP NOTES We’re clearly in Prine time with live CD, tribute album

posted: 06/20/2010 4:08 a.m.

John Prine is the quintessential Americana storyteller — a man who spins musical yarns filled with warmth, humor and grit. Taking cues from Bob Dylan and one-time mentor Kris Kristofferson, he produces timeless, minimalist folk-rock, with a splash of rockabilly and country to pay homage to his Kentucky roots.

Obituaries

posted: 06/20/2010 4:07 a.m.

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

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 06/20/2010 4:06 a.m.

City to offer fans, relief center. Recent high temperatures have prompted North Little Rock to issue a call for donated fans and to open a relief center at the city’s community center.

SWEET TEA: Vets add to father’s fine legacy

posted: 06/20/2010 4:06 a.m.

Tony Frigault, 10, saw the Jeep first.

3 vehicle accidents take 3 lives in state

posted: 06/20/2010 4:06 a.m.

Three people died Friday and Saturday in three motorvehicle accidents on Arkansas roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality reports.

Police beat

posted: 06/20/2010 4:05 a.m.

Gunfire in NLR leaves 1 injured. A man in his late 20s suffered a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound Saturday evening during an exchange of gunfire outside a North Little Rock house, police said.

Milestone ahead

posted: 06/20/2010 4:05 a.m.

The construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began as a project to put people back to work during the Depression.

MUSIC REVIEW: 4,700 chill out in arena to cool Christian groove

posted: 06/20/2010 4:04 a.m.

More than 4,700 folks braved the oppressive heat and humidity Saturday night and headed to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock for an opportunity to be entertained and uplifted by Chris Tomlin and TobyMac, two popular artists in contemporary Christian music.

Education notebook

posted: 06/20/2010 4:04 a.m.

OBU dedicates, opens new plaza. Ouachita Baptist University has officially opened Heflin Plaza on campus, dedicating it June 10.

ARKANSAS TRAVELER Museum recalls Hot Springs as mobsters’ vacation getaway

posted: 06/20/2010 4:03 a.m.

Tucked at one end of Hot Springs’ popular Bathhouse Row, past all the specialty and novelty stores and historic bathhouses that put a bright, touristy shine on things, is a tribute to the seamier side of the resort town’s history.

Pet of the week

posted: 06/20/2010 4:03 a.m.

Roscoe is a handsome short-haired black and tan 6-month-old Standard Manchester terrier puppy with a unique bat-like marking on his forehead. Roscoe probably won’t get too much bigger than he is now. Roscoe loves to be around people and other dogs and has done just fine with cats. He has lots of energy, so a fenced yard is a must in his new home.

Housing agencies given $22 million

posted: 06/20/2010 4:02 a.m.

Housing authorities across Arkansas received $22 million in annual federal grants last week to modernize their units or to build new ones.

Speech, appraisals of books set in LR

posted: 06/20/2010 4:01 a.m.

Allan Stypek, former cohost of the radio show The Book Guys, will speak July 8 at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System and will also appraise books during the event.

Chronic disease program renewed for adults over 59

posted: 06/20/2010 4:01 a.m.

Three summers ago, Arkansas was among 24 grant recipients that gave a health program for older Americans a test run.

Jailer under review after Playboy pose

posted: 06/20/2010 3:59 a.m.

A Washington County jailer who recently told Playboy.com that she hopes to become an undercover officer is now going uncovered on the company’s website as the June 7 Cybergirl of the Week.

Victim of fatal crash identified

posted: 06/20/2010 3:57 a.m.

The man who died in a rollover accident Friday evening in North Little Rock was identifie