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Tuesday, November 30

Ex-MSU player to meet with Secretary of State officials over Newton

posted: 11/30/2010 4:41 p.m.

Former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers is scheduled to meet with officials from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office Dec. 9 to discuss the recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Mann's wife to be formally sentenced in February

posted: 11/30/2010 3:25 p.m.

A federal judge has delayed the sentencing for the wife of an Arkansas doctor convicted in the bombing at the home of the state medical board chairman.

LR restaurants join campaign to promote Gulf seafood

posted: 11/30/2010 3 p.m.

Several Little Rock restaurants are participating in a national campaign to promote seafood from the Gulf Coast in the wake of the disastrous oil spill earlier this year.

New enclosure enables rehab of injured eagles

posted: 11/30/2010 2:51 p.m.

A new enclosure at the central Arkansas home of a raptor specialist will serve as a refuge for injured eagles and vultures, which can be treated and then returned to the wild.

Missing Michigan boys’ father charged with kidnapping

posted: 11/30/2010 2:49 p.m.

Police say the father of three missing Michigan boys has been charged with parental kidnapping.

LR School Board sets meeting on superintendent

posted: 11/30/2010 2:45 p.m.

The Little Rock School District Board will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, December 1, at 6 p.m.

Google near deal to buy Groupon for $6 billion

posted: 11/30/2010 2:24 p.m.

Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, is close to an agreement to acquire daily coupon company Groupon Inc. for about $6 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Pangburn police chief: Mayor wants resignations

posted: 11/30/2010 12:34 p.m.

The police chief in the White County town of Pangburn says the recently re-elected mayor has asked him and the town’s two other police officers to resign.

Wisconsin teen gunman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

posted: 11/30/2010 12:20 p.m.

The 15-year-old gunman who shot himself as police stormed the room at Marinette High School hours has died, according to police.

Pentagon study dismisses risk of gay troops

updated: 11/30/2010 2:06 p.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday that existing policies such as housing and spousal benefits for military service members “can and should be applied equally to homosexuals as well as heterosexuals.”

Obama calls meeting with GOP leaders ’good start’

updated: 11/30/2010 12:38 p.m.

President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders agreed Tuesday to work out their differences over taxes and vowed after their first formal meeting since the elections to work harder on a more cooperative approach. There was no consensus on whether to keep Bush era tax cuts in place for the middle class and wealthy alike.

Emergency meeting called of Pulaski County School board

posted: 11/30/2010 11:58 a.m.

The "future role of superintendent" is the subject of discussion for an emergency meeting of the Pulaski County Special School District board.

Senate passes bill to boost food safety

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

The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food.

Consumer confidence hits 5-month high

posted: 11/30/2010 11:15 a.m.

Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to a five-month high in November amid more hopeful signs.

Young writers find voice during 'NaNoWriMo'

posted: 11/30/2010 11:01 a.m.

Hush little baby, but tell us a tale.

Coping with cooking during a kitchen overhaul

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

If you live long enough, words of your inexperienced youth will come back to haunt you. In a recent case, it was the words of a home economics college professor, writes retired former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Food editor Irene Wassell in Wednesday’s Food pages.

Man flown to hospital after being pinned under tree

posted: 11/30/2010 10:55 a.m.

A man was taken to the hospital by helicopter Tuesday morning after being pinned under a tree in Saline County.

Three arrested on ticket scalping charges outside game

posted: 11/30/2010 10:39 a.m.

Three people were arrested on ticket-scalping charges Saturday outside the Arkansas-LSU football game, police said Tuesday.

Clinton school receives $750k to help Delta through philanthropy

posted: 11/30/2010 10:15 a.m.

The Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service received a grant to study and promote giving in the Mississippi River Delta region.

Consumer confidence hits 5-month high

posted: 11/30/2010 9:31 a.m.

Americans’ confidence rose to its highest level in five months in November, amid more hopeful signs for the economy.

Obama, Hill leaders to meet: taxes, treaty on tap

posted: 11/30/2010 9:03 a.m.

A House Republican leader heading into a postelection meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday said the GOP remains steadfastly opposed to any tax increases.

EU launches antitrust probe into Google searches

posted: 11/30/2010 9 a.m.

European Union regulators will investigate whether Google Inc. has abused its dominant position in the online search market by deliberately lowering links to smaller rivals' sites in its search results.

VIDEO: Swiss ABB paying $4.2 billion for Fort Smith company

updated: 11/30/2010 9:06 a.m.

Swiss-based industrial robot maker ABB Ltd. says it is expanding its North American operations by acquiring Fort Smith-based electric-motor manufacturer Baldor Electric Co. in a deal worth $4.2 billion including debt.

Miller County settles lawsuit against ex-sheriff

posted: 11/30/2010 7:33 a.m.

A civil lawsuit against former Miller County Sheriff Linda Rambo and former Chief Deputy Tommy Hollin has been settled for $24,000 plus attorney fees.

Defense, friends say Ore. bomb plot suspect set up

posted: 11/30/2010 6:43 a.m.

A defense attorney and friends suspect that a teenager accused of plotting mass killings in Portland was set up — groomed and talked into a plot to detonate what he thought were six 55-gallon drums of explosives in a van.

Mallett Manning finalist

posted: 11/30/2010 6:04 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award on Monday, which is sponsored by the Sugar Bowl and takes into account postseason performances for quarterbacks.

Obama offers freeze on pay

posted: 11/30/2010 5:33 a.m.

President Barack Obama proposed freezing the pay of about 2 million federal civilian employees this fiscal year and next to help rein in the budget deficit.

Release of files draws vow to act

posted: 11/30/2010 5:29 a.m.

The Obama administration moved forcefully Monday to contain damage from the release of more than a quarter-million classified diplomatic files, branding the action as an attack on the United States and raising the prospect of legal action against online whistleblower WikiLeaks.

Afghan police officer kills 6 in U.S. forces

posted: 11/30/2010 5:28 a.m.

An Afghan border police officer opened fire on U.S. troops during a training mission in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing six of them in one of the worst such attacks in the past year, according to Afghan and NATO officials.

Justices to review Arizona campaign law

posted: 11/30/2010 5:23 a.m.

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider dismantling an Arizona rule that gives extra money to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals.

Freeing health-care law of thorn hits Senate snag

posted: 11/30/2010 5:23 a.m.

The Senate on Monday failed to repeal an element of the healthcare overhaul even though Democrats and Republicans agreed it needed to be jettisoned to prevent businesses from being saddled with undue tax paperwork.

U.S. refuses talks with N. Korea

posted: 11/30/2010 5:22 a.m.

The United States, South Korea and Japan are all balking at China’s request for emergency talks with North Korea as high-profile military exercises between South Korea and the United States in the Yellow Sea continued in a show of force.

U.N. pushes air cargo rules

posted: 11/30/2010 5:21 a.m.

The U.N. agency that oversees aviation is pushing new guidelines for cargo security to counter al-Qaida’s new mail-bomb strategy but is stopping short of calling for 100 percent screening of packages, as pilots and some U.S. lawmakers have urged.

East Jerusalem housing gets nod

posted: 11/30/2010 5:21 a.m.

Israel gave preliminary approval Monday for 130 new apartments in disputed east Jerusalem, the area the Palestinians want as the capital of their hoped-for state.

Teen pleads innocent in FBI terror sting

posted: 11/30/2010 5:20 a.m.

Terrorism suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud pleaded innocent Monday to a federal charge regarding an attempt to explode a car bomb at a crowded Christmas-tree lighting last week in Portland, and his lawyers suggested that he was improperly entrapped by the FBI.

Scientist’s death sabotage, Tehran says

posted: 11/30/2010 5:18 a.m.

Iran’s president accused Israel and the West of being behind a pair of daring bomb attacks that killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another in their cars on the streets of Tehran on Monday. He also admitted for the first time that a computer worm had affected centrifuges in Iran’s uranium enrichment program.

Haiti-vote observer: Fraud not ruinous

posted: 11/30/2010 5:18 a.m.

International observers played down allegations of widespread fraud in Haiti’s critical post-quake election as ballots began to be counted at an industrial park in the capital Monday.

Scientists switch identities of cells

posted: 11/30/2010 5:17 a.m.

Scientists are reporting early success at transforming one kind of specialized cell into another, a feat of biological alchemy that doctors may someday perform inside a patient’s body to restore health.

Pay or face suit, Pakistani tells CIA

posted: 11/30/2010 5:16 a.m.

A Pakistani man who says he lost his son and brother in an American missile attack in the northwest threatened Monday to sue the CIA unless he receives compensation, a move that will draw attention to civilian casualties in such strikes.

American prisoners in Iran call families in U.S.

posted: 11/30/2010 5:16 a.m.

Two Americans held in Iran on espionage charges told their families during brief phone calls over the weekend that they haven’t had access to their lawyer and do not know what is happening in their cases, their families said Monday.

Egyptians cry vote fraud, riot

posted: 11/30/2010 5:15 a.m.

Protesters set fire to cars, tires and two polling stations, clashing with police firing tear gas in riots that broke out around Egypt on Monday over allegations the ruling party carried out widespread fraud to sweep parliamentary elections.

Student captor shot; 24 held unharmed

posted: 11/30/2010 5:14 a.m.

A student armed with a handgun held 23 other students and a teacher captive for several hours on Monday at a high school in Marinette, Wis., and then shot himself, the authorities said.

In the news

posted: 11/30/2010 5:13 a.m.

Glenn Fine, the Justice Department inspector general, said he will step down in January after 10 years as the agency’s watchdog, during which time he criticized department tactics in the war on terror and the firings of nine U.S. attorneys, because he wants to pursue new professional challenges.

Names and faces

posted: 11/30/2010 5:12 a.m.

Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco will co-host the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, to be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said in an e-mailed statement.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/30/2010 5:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the WikiLeaks disclosure of classified diplomatic files Article, 1A

The world in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “People know these elections were rigged.” Sobhi Saleh, an opposition candidate in Egypt, alleging cheating by the ruling party Article, this page

Justices urged: Let files hit blade

posted: 11/30/2010 5:08 a.m.

Pulaski County is running out of court-record storage space, Circuit Clerk Pat O’Brien warned on Monday in a petition to the Arkansas Supreme Court asking that the justices overturn an order by the county’s 17 circuit judges barring him from destroying paper records that have been duplicated by electronic files.

Screens extend learning to buses

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

While the wheels on this yellow school bus go round and round, the students on the bus can watch the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and other math and science programming on five, customized ceilingmounted computers.

Weiner merger suit dismissed

posted: 11/30/2010 5:05 a.m.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Weiner school supporters who argued that the state mandated merger of the small town’s school district into the nearby Harrisburg School District threatened the agriculture of the rice producing region and, ultimately, national security.

On 2011 budget, residents pipe up

posted: 11/30/2010 5:04 a.m.

Rick Daes thinks it’s time Little Rock bites the bullet and tells residents how much money the capital city really needs to function.

Details few in 2 recent NLR shooting deaths

posted: 11/30/2010 5:03 a.m.

Police say they have made no arrests and have no suspects after two separate shootings from late Sunday night that killed two North Little Rock men.

Stodola: Locale ideal for homeless shelter

posted: 11/30/2010 5:02 a.m.

A former state probation office surrounded by industrial businesses is an ideal location for a city-run homeless shelter, Mayor Mark Stodola said Monday, breaking his silence on his preferred site.

Jonesboro 911 center takes text messages

posted: 11/30/2010 5:01 a.m.

Last summer, a Jonesboro girl text-messaged friends, frantically telling them to summon police.

Today’s radar speed checks

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

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Mara Lynn Road North Little Rock: Randolph Road Pulaski County: Batesville Pike Road

NLR electric utility’s relocation in works

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

North Little Rock’s Electric Department will be moving out of downtown in 2011, pending City Council approval of the city’s budget proposal.

Poverty task force advocates tax cuts

posted: 11/30/2010 4:59 a.m.

A report released Monday by a legislative task force on poverty includes several proposed tax cuts task force members say could help lift Arkansas from having one of the highest poverty rates in the country.

Daily record

posted: 11/30/2010 4:58 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Man, 39, on trial in death by 2-by-4

posted: 11/30/2010 4:57 a.m.

Testimony began Monday in the trial of one of two Texarkana men accused of beating a homeless man to death with a wooden board.

Pills found on body of slain LR teen

posted: 11/30/2010 4:56 a.m.

Police investigating the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man in Little Rock on Friday found prescription drugs on the man’s body and suspected marijuana in the possession of a witness at the scene, according to a report released Monday.

SWEET TEA: Towman’s a tower of generosity

posted: 11/30/2010 4:53 a.m.

Tim Moody was the star of a recent three-page tow truck story in American Towman magazine, which the editors illustrated with some fine full-color towtruck photography.

Obituaries

posted: 11/30/2010 4:52 a.m.

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

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/30/2010 4:50 a.m.

Star Wars sequel, James Bond director Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, has died at age 87. Kershner died Saturday in Los Angeles after a long illness, said Adriana Santini, a France-based actress who is a family friend.

Leola Elizabeth Hagerman Teacher’s caring not school-bound

posted: 11/30/2010 4:50 a.m.

Leola Elizabeth Anderson Hagerman was affectionately known to most as “Nonna” — a nickname given to her by her grandchildren.

Other days

posted: 11/30/2010 4:49 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 30, 1910 Mayor Duley announced yesterday afternoon that he wished to call the attention of the people of Little Rock at this season to the importance of centralizing their efforts and systematizing their dispensations of charity for the alms giving occasions that are ahead.

2 die in accidents on state highways

posted: 11/30/2010 4:49 a.m.

Two people were killed in highway accidents Sunday and Monday in Bryant and near Fort Smith, the Arkansas State Police reported.

TV host’s speech in LR relocated

posted: 11/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

Today’s scheduled speech by Adam Richman, host of the Man v. Food cable television program on the Travel Channel, has been moved from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service to the Robinson Center Music Hall.

Beebe seeks details on filling House seat

posted: 11/30/2010 4:48 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe sent a letter Monday to the state’s Democratic and Republican political parties asking how they want to deal with a special election to fill the District 24 state House of Representatives seat won by a man who died shortly before the general election.

Crucial choices ahead

posted: 11/30/2010 4:47 a.m.

Let it never be said that our words, pledges and promises don’t matter. Republicans newly elected to Congress already are feeling the heat to put their convictions where many of their mouths and campaign ads have been.

Ballot-issue lawsuit goes to high court

posted: 11/30/2010 4:47 a.m.

The court battle over a constitutional amendment to allow higher retail interest rates moved Monday to the Supreme Court.

Police beat

posted: 11/30/2010 4:46 a.m.

Police seeking 2 in bank robbery Police in Little Rock say they are looking for two suspects after an early-afternoon bank robbery at 2922 South University Ave. on Monday.

The playthings of yore

posted: 11/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger. That was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

He won’t go away

posted: 11/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

SERIOUS people just smile when some partisan or other announces quite officially that the current occupant of the White House—whatever party he belongs to—is the Worst President Ever.

The Spanish prisoner

posted: 11/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

The best thing about the Irish right now is that there are so few of them. By itself, Ireland can’t do all that much damage to Europe’s prospects. The same can be said of Greece and of Portugal, which is widely regarded as the next potential domino.

LETTERS

posted: 11/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

Legislator proves a class act I am sure some have followed the so-called opinion by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. This little fiasco was triggered by a request from Gov. Mike Beebe to issue an opinion as to the next step caused by the untimely death of Keith Crass, who was elected to fill the House District 24 seat vacated by term-limited Rick Saunders of Hot Springs.

‘Great year’ for UA

posted: 11/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

For all intents and purposes, Arkansas was eliminated from the SEC West race and national championship contention after its 65-43 loss at Auburn on Oct. 16.

ASU head coach steps down

posted: 11/30/2010 4:29 a.m.

After back-to-back losing seasons, Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts resigned Monday, bringing a change to a Red Wolves football program that reached the cusp of winning seasons in nine years but could not break through.

Step taken with foot by Powell

posted: 11/30/2010 4:28 a.m.

Arkansas’ basketball season has been 40 minutes of hell for Marshawn Powell.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs are in a sweet spot, Sugar Bowl or not

posted: 11/30/2010 4:25 a.m.

It is a very good place where the Arkansas Razorbacks football program is today, and by Saturday night could be great.

Wallace big hit with Smith, ’Riders

posted: 11/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

Doyle Wallace almost certainly is the only former football player asked to submit notarized confirmation that he had earned a unique achievement.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/30/2010 4:22 a.m.

BASKETBALL Thurman to speak at NWA Tip-Off Club Former Arkansas player Scotty Thurman will speak at Wednesday’s meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Tip-Off Club at the Springdale Holiday Inn. Lunch registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Notes

posted: 11/30/2010 4:21 a.m.

NFL No suspensions for brawl Houston’s Andre Johnson and Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan each were fined $25,000 but avoided suspensions by the NFL on Monday, a day after slugging it out in the fourth quarter of the Texans’ 20-0 victory.

Off the wire

posted: 11/30/2010 4:20 a.m.

FOOTBALL McCarney in at North Texas Dan McCarney, a Florida assistant and former Iowa State head coach, will be announced as the new coach of the Mean Green to day, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/30/2010 4:19 a.m.

Cut slows Walker’s ring return Former NFL running back Herschel Walker was cut below his left eye last week and will miss his second professional mixed martial arts fight, originally scheduled for Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

NFL Westbrook runs over Arizona

posted: 11/30/2010 4:18 a.m.

Brian Westbrook’s big games weren’t all in his rearview mirror after all.

5 picked as award finalists

posted: 11/30/2010 4:18 a.m.

The Broyles Award selection committee has chosen TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman as award finalists.

TOP 25 MEN: Pullen leads Wildcats to victory

posted: 11/30/2010 4:17 a.m.

Jacob Pullen broke the school record for career three-pointers, leading No. 5 Kansas State to an 85-61 victory over Division II Emporia State on Monday night.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Arkansas coaches hit trail packing LSU victory

posted: 11/30/2010 4:15 a.m.

Arkansas wasted no time to begin traveling to recruit Sunday after the Razorbacks’ 31-23 victory over then fifthranked LSU on Saturday. Sunday began the contact period, when coaches can go on the road to visit recruits’ schools and make in-home visits.

Records, not record make Freeze happy

posted: 11/30/2010 4:14 a.m.

Hours before Steve Roberts resigned as the head football coach at Arkansas State, offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze defended his boss and denied any speculation that he would be Roberts’ successor.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: Delph’s 3 lifts Conway in OT

posted: 11/30/2010 3:48 a.m.

In a year with a lot of talented Arkansas high school seniors, Micah Delph made a case Monday night that he should be included.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: Russell’s free throws seal victory for ’Cats

posted: 11/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

Tarvanell Russell made two free throws with 8.6 seconds to play in overtime to lift Watson Chapel to a 63-62 victory over Pulaski Oak Grove in the first round of the Mills Invitational at the Galaxy gymnasium.

UALR report

posted: 11/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

Bails back to form for UALR It’s a rare sight to see a big man eager to run sprints, but UALR forward Derrick Bails tossed that archetype aside at the conclusion of Monday’s practice at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.

State prisons sue, cite rice-crop taint

posted: 11/30/2010 3:46 a.m.

More than four years after a genetically engineered variety of rice was discovered in the U.S. supply — spawning numerous lawsuits against Bayer CropScience — the Arkansas Department of Correction has also filed a complaint against the Germany-based conglomerate.

Shopping season starts strong, group says

posted: 11/30/2010 3:37 a.m.

The average shopper in the U.S. spent 6.4 percent more over Thanksgiving weekend than last year as more people picked up jewelry and toys, heartened by the economic rebound.

Wal-Mart bids again for stores

posted: 11/30/2010 3:35 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it has made a revised offer to buy 51 percent of the shares of South Africa retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd. for 16.5 billion rand, or $2.3 billion.

Bailout boosts Ireland banks

posted: 11/30/2010 3:34 a.m.

Ireland’s international bailout helped its bank stocks Monday but angered many taxpayers, who questioned why the government’s pension reserves must be ravaged as part of a deal that burdens the whole country.

Two airlines’ shareholders OK merger

posted: 11/30/2010 3:32 a.m.

Shareholder approval for an $8.9 billion merger between British Airways PLC and Iberia SA to create Europe’s No. 3 airline was overshadowed Monday by the threat of new strikes at the British flag carrier.

Dairy farmers miss out on boom

posted: 11/30/2010 3:22 a.m.

This year’s agriculture boom is a bust for U.S. dairy farmers as surging costs for cattle feed compound a glut of milk products.

Apple suits up for patent fights

posted: 11/30/2010 3:20 a.m.

Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.’s iPhone one of the bestselling smart phones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he’s adding lawyers to the mix.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/30/2010 3:18 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We don’t think some dairymen will be able to survive.They’re looking at some rough times.” Mike Brown, an economist at Glanbia Foods Inc.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/30/2010 3:17 a.m.

Stephens Media buys 7 Iowa publications Stephens Media, which owns several Arkansas newspapers, including the Pine Bluff Commercial, has bought seven publications in Iowa from a subsidiary of the Omaha World-Herald Co.

MARKET REPORT: Dow slips on foreign debt woes

posted: 11/30/2010 3:17 a.m.

Stocks ended lower Monday on lingering fears that Europe’s debt crisis will continue to spread even after Ireland is bailed out. The Dow Jones industrial average dipped below 11,000 but recovered much of its losses late in the day.

DECEMBER CALENDAR: Finish line

posted: 11/30/2010 3:16 a.m.

December is the heavyweight champion of months. Nothing stops December, not even a sock on the fireplace. Santa’s bank balance might be down for the count, but he always did say the best things are free: jingles and twinkles, harks and heralds — and fruitcake, the gift that keeps on re-re-re-gifting.

Gloriously cranky film book expands

posted: 11/30/2010 3:12 a.m.

New! Improved! Crankier?

REISSUES: Labels dig deep for boxed sets

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

Record companies, like the musicians they record and promote, have fans.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/30/2010 3:10 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My mother (who had a strong faith) passed away from cancer recently, and I don’t know what to say to our 4-year-old daughter.

Revised biography ponders Philip Dick

posted: 11/30/2010 3:09 a.m.

Half a century later, Anne R. Dick still remembers the sunny October day she met a clean shaven 29-year-old Berkeley exile who had just moved to this rural enclave in west Marin County, thick with eucalyptus trees and brooding owls.

THE TV COLUMN: Idol shift has Thursday shows singing the blues

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

Fox has just thrown a big ol’ monkey wrench into the midseason TV schedule.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Resentment needs steady feeding

posted: 11/30/2010 3:05 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I gave up med school because my fiance was scared of the massive debt and uncertainty about where we live. I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was young; now how do I stop resentment from creeping in? Thanks.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/30/2010 3:05 a.m.

Happy birthday. You will no longer need to look outside yourself for confidence and power. You recognize that it is already in you.You’ll acquire an interesting treasure in December. January brings intellectual rewards, and your studies will lead you to interesting relationships. February brings a lifestyle upgrade. Taurus and Aquarius people adore you.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/30/2010 3:03 a.m.

1. Who created the Muppets? 2. How was Thomas Jefferson elected president, and what other person nearly won the presidency that year? 3. George H.W. Bush represented Texas in Congress, but he was born in what other state? 4. The Oregon Trail ran between Oregon and...

Social Security Q&A

posted: 11/30/2010 3:03 a.m.

Q. Do disabled children qualify for benefits?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/30/2010 3:02 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I recently had my retirement and 80th birthday celebration. I suggested in the invitation that my guests bring a food item for donation in lieu of a gift for me. I got this idea from a previous hint in your column.

Monday, November 29

Official: Student has hostages in Wis. high school

posted: 11/29/2010 6:12 p.m.

An emergency management official in Wisconsin says an armed student has taken hostages inside a high school classroom in Marinette.

Tennessee Supreme Court halts next 4 executions

posted: 11/29/2010 5:48 p.m.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has halted executions for four death row inmates so a new protocol for lethal injections can be reviewed.

Opponents challenge Ark. interest-rate amendment

posted: 11/29/2010 5:07 p.m.

Opponents of an amendment approved by voters that raises the state’s interest rate cap are appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Mallett finalist for Manning Award

posted: 11/29/2010 4:49 p.m.

Razorback Ryan Mallett is one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and given to the nation's best quarterback, the University of Arkansas announced Monday in a news release.

Game and Fish to build with $32M from gas leases

posted: 11/29/2010 4:32 p.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it may take three more years to spend the $32 million it has picked up from assigning natural gas drilling rights on state land it manages.

Hector students trying out high-tech school bus

posted: 11/29/2010 4:06 p.m.

Students in the rural Hector School District can now do more than stare out of the window during the two or more hours they spend on the school bus each day.

Broyles Award finalists announced

posted: 11/29/2010 3:23 p.m.

The Broyles Award Selection Committee announced the five finalists for the award Monday.

UPDATE: Suspect in Oregon terror plot pleads not guilty

updated: 11/29/2010 4:52 p.m.

A 19-year-old Somali-American man has pleaded not guilty to an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb at an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

U.S. 67 lane to close starting Tuesday

posted: 11/29/2010 2:48 p.m.

Repair of a guardrail on the U.S. 67 overpass at Jacksonville will require a lane to close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced in a news release Monday.

Ore. terror suspect once focus of date rape case

posted: 11/29/2010 2:42 p.m.

A 19-year-old Somali-American man who allegedly tried to blow up what he thought was a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony was investigated for rape in 2009 but never charged.

UPDATE: ASU announces resignation of Roberts

updated: 11/29/2010 6:10 p.m.

After back-to-back losing seasons, Arkansas State University football Coach Steve Roberts resigned on Monday.

Iran: Computer worm affected centrifuges

posted: 11/29/2010 2:18 p.m.

Iran’s president has confirmed for the first time that a computer worm affected centrifuges in the country’s uranium enrichment program.

Nelson named SEC Defensive Player of Week

posted: 11/29/2010 1:35 p.m.

Jerico Nelson, Razorback safety/linebacker, was selected Monday as SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the University of Arkansas announced in a news release.

Centennial Bank in LR robbed

posted: 11/29/2010 1:35 p.m.

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a Centennial Bank in Little Rock early Monday afternoon.

UN studying NKorea sanctions

posted: 11/29/2010 1:24 p.m.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice says the U.N. Security Council is studying how to respond to revelations about a new uranium enrichment plant in North Korea and the country’s shelling of a populated island in neighboring South Korea.

Stallbaumer leaving newspaper group

updated: 11/29/2010 2:34 p.m.

Tom Stallbaumer, publisher of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers’ local daily and weekly newspapers, has been named publisher of a group of daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, including the Ames Tribune.

Clinton calls leaked documents attack on world

posted: 11/29/2010 12:33 p.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the leak of hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic documents is an attack not only on the United States but also the international community.

Afghan police officer kills 6 US service members

posted: 11/29/2010 12:30 p.m.

An Afghan border police officer opened fire on U.S. troops during a training mission in the east of the country Monday, killing six American service members before he was shot dead, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

Berlusconi: No wild parties, just elegant soirees

posted: 11/29/2010 12:23 p.m.

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi insisted Monday he only throws elegant, dignified soirees at his villas and not wild parties as reportedly described by a Rome-based U.S. diplomat in a cable contained in the Wikileaks trove.

Ireland’s bailout boosts banks, inflames taxpayers

posted: 11/29/2010 12:16 p.m.

Ireland’s international bailout boosted its bank stocks Monday but outraged many hard-pressed taxpayers, who questioned why the government’s pension reserves must be ravaged as part of a deal that burdens the whole country with the mistakes of a rich elite.

Holder confirms criminal probe on Wall Street

posted: 11/29/2010 11:54 a.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the U.S. attorney’s office in the southern district of New York is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street.

Obama meets Walmart CEO at White House

posted: 11/29/2010 11:50 a.m.

A White House official says President Barack Obama is meeting with Walmart’s chief executive as part of his efforts to increase outreach to the business community.

Arizona authorities clear CenturyLink, Qwest deal

posted: 11/29/2010 11:49 a.m.

Two state regulatory bodies in Arizona have approved the $10 billion acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc. by CenturyLink Inc., the companies said Monday.

Ark. committee issues ideas for cutting poverty

posted: 11/29/2010 11:24 a.m.

A task force says reducing taxes for single parents, expanding insurance for the poor and increasing funding for early childhood education will help reduce poverty in Arkansas.

Staggering Picasso trove turns up in France

posted: 11/29/2010 11:14 a.m.

A retired French electrician and his wife have come forward with 271 undocumented, never-before-seen works by Pablo Picasso estimated to be worth at least 60 million euros ($79.35 million), an administrator of the artist’s estate said Monday.

P. Allen Smith sponsoring NLR tulip festival to benefit Komen

posted: 11/29/2010 11:09 a.m.

An Arkansas resident who hosts a pair of popular gardening television shows is sponsoring a tulip festival in North Little Rock's Argenta district that will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Power outage at Atlanta airport cancels flights

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

Officials at Atlanta’s airport say about two-dozen flights were canceled and others delayed because of a power outage.

Steamboat could return to Mississippi River

posted: 11/29/2010 11:04 a.m.

A longtime Minnesota congressman’s loss in the general election could lead to the return of the Delta Queen steamboat’s travels along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

SKorea cancels new artillery drill on tense island

posted: 11/29/2010 11:04 a.m.

South Korea’s military has canceled a live-fire artillery exercise planned for Tuesday on the front-line island targeted last week by a deadly North Korean bombardment.

US tries to contain damage from leaked documents

posted: 11/29/2010 11:03 a.m.

Bristling over the unauthorized release of more than a quarter million classified State Department documents, the Obama White House on Monday ordered a government-wide review of how agencies safeguard sensitive information.

Wal-Mart makes firm offer on South African group

posted: 11/29/2010 11:03 a.m.

The U.S. giant retailer Wal-Mart is offering to buy 51 percent of South Africa’s Massmart stores.

Stocks drop on European debt concerns; Dow off 143

posted: 11/29/2010 11:02 a.m.

Stocks are falling sharply as concerns about the European debt crisis overshadowed a strong weekend of holiday sales.

Fox shifts nights of American Idol

posted: 11/29/2010 11:01 a.m.

Fox has just thrown a big ol’ monkey wrench into the midseason TV schedule, as Michael Storey reports in Tuesday’s Style section. For its 10th season, which begins Jan. 19, American Idol will air on Wednesday and Thursday instead of its usual Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

NLR police investigating two homicides

posted: 11/29/2010 10:54 a.m.

Authorities in North Little Rock are investigating two homicides that occurred within hours of each other Sunday night and Monday morning.

Court to review patent judgment against Microsoft

posted: 11/29/2010 10:24 a.m.

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to referee a $290 million dispute between Microsoft Corp., and a Canadian technology company over complaints that a tool used in the popular Microsoft Word program violated patent protections.

Citing deficit, Obama freezes federal worker pay

updated: 11/29/2010 2:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama has announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees, saying the step is necessary to help bring the federal deficit under control.

Citing deficit, Obama to freeze federal worker pay

posted: 11/29/2010 9:26 a.m.

A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce a pay freeze for federal employees Monday.

AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Clinton Center

posted: 11/29/2010 9:23 a.m.

The largest traveling section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display Wednesday outside the Clinton Center, officials announced Monday.

East Jerusalem housing gets preliminary OK

posted: 11/29/2010 8:16 a.m.

Israel has given preliminary approval for 130 new apartments in disputed east Jerusalem.

Pedestrian killed on I-30 in Saline County

posted: 11/29/2010 7:40 a.m.

A Benton man who was attempting to walk across Interstate 30 in Saline County was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle Sunday morning, authorities said.

UN agency pushes new rules on air cargo security

posted: 11/29/2010 7:37 a.m.

The U.N. agency that oversees aviation is pushing new guidelines for cargo security to counter al-Qaida’s new mail-bomb strategy, but is stopping short of calling for 100 percent screening of packages, as pilots and some U.S. lawmakers have urged.

Search to resume for 3 young Mich. brothers

posted: 11/29/2010 7:25 a.m.

Authorities searching for three Michigan boys who were last seen the day before their father tried to commit suicide say the children are in “extreme danger.”

NATO: 6 service members killed in Afghanistan

posted: 11/29/2010 7:14 a.m.

A gunman wearing an Afghan border police uniform killed six NATO service members during a training mission Monday in the east of the country, NATO forces said in a statement.

Tiny house movement thrives amid real estate bust

posted: 11/29/2010 7 a.m.

As Americans downsize in the aftermath of a colossal real estate bust, at least one tiny corner of the housing market appears to be thriving.

Board urges helmet laws as deaths rise

posted: 11/29/2010 5:55 a.m.

On Nov. 20, Aubrey Appling became the 89th person to die in a motorcycle or all-terrain-vehicle accident in Arkansas this year, surpassing a high mark set in 2007, according to Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality records.

Lawmakers’ papers destined for archives

posted: 11/29/2010 5:53 a.m.

With three Arkansas members leaving Congress, their papers will provide new chapters in the American story when they eventually become part of the congressional collections at universities across the state.

Buy now, analysts say of flat-screen TVs

posted: 11/29/2010 5:46 a.m.

For shoppers in the market for a new flatpanel TV, it’s a good time to buy.

Hogs root, root, root for Tigers

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

Woooooo! Pig! War Eagle? The Arkansas Razorbacks and their fans may need to adjust the Hog call on Saturday and mix in Auburn’s battle cry when the Tigers play South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.

HOG CALLS: Beating LSU brings Petrino smiles

posted: 11/29/2010 3:45 a.m.

Bobby Petrino smiled after his first Arkansas-LSU game like he never smiled his first Arkansas season.

Leaked cables put diplomats in harsh light

posted: 11/29/2010 3:44 a.m.

A cache of a quarter-million confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Void corrupt election, Haiti candidates urge

posted: 11/29/2010 3:41 a.m.

Voters in Haiti’s first election since the January earthquake encountered delays, excitement, confusion and shoving Sunday, but even before the polls closed, 12 of the country’s 19 presidential candidates declared that the results could not be trusted.

1st marine preserve to celebrate 50 years

posted: 11/29/2010 3:40 a.m.

In the 1950s, the continental United States’ only living barrier reef was under attack. Divers armed with chisels, hammers and dynamite were harvesting barge loads of colorful coral and queen conch for curio shops and roadside vendors.

Rio police call slum raid success

posted: 11/29/2010 3:39 a.m.

Rio police backed by helicopters and armored vehicles invaded a shantytown complex long held by suspected traffickers Sunday, quickly taking over the key drug-gang stronghold.

North will pay, S. Korean vows

posted: 11/29/2010 3:37 a.m.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak vowed to make Kim Jong Il’s regime pay for military attacks as China sought talks to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula less than a week after North Korea shelled a South Korean island, killing four people.

Roof’s fall leaves thrift shop unsure

posted: 11/29/2010 3:34 a.m.

The Salvation Army said it will be some time before it can reopen a Colorado thrift store after the roof collapsed.

Mosque fire was arson, police say

posted: 11/29/2010 3:32 a.m.

Anger over a Somali-born teen’s failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas treelighting ceremony led to arson Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center where the suspect worshipped, authorities said.

Lame-duck Congress’ to-do list full

posted: 11/29/2010 3:31 a.m.

The unemployed and millionaires. Doctors and black farmers. Illegal aliens hiding from the law and homosexuals hiding in the military. Along with just about everybody else, they all have something at stake as Congress struggles to wrap up its work for the year.

Ex-justice opines on death penalty

posted: 11/29/2010 3:31 a.m.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has amplified the reasons for his late career change of heart about the death penalty, explaining at length why he moved from being a key vote to reinstate capital punishment in 1976 to his belief that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Egyptians protest election fraud

posted: 11/29/2010 3:30 a.m.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested outside vote counting stations, scuffling with police and denouncing what they called widespread fraud in Egypt’s parliament elections Sunday.

Israel OKs alien-detention center

posted: 11/29/2010 3:29 a.m.

Israel’s Cabinet voted Sunday to erect a detention facility to hold thousands of Africans who have slipped illegally through the porous southern border with Egypt, heating up a debate over how to handle their mounting numbers.

$89 billion bailout OK’d for Ireland

posted: 11/29/2010 3:29 a.m.

European Union nations agreed to give $89.4 billion in bailout loans to Ireland on Sunday to help the debt-stricken country weather its banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency.

In the news

posted: 11/29/2010 3:27 a.m.

King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s 86-year-old ruler, is recovering from a successful back operation in New York City, the country’s interior minister said, adding that he “enjoys good health and he has walked on his own feet.”

Names and faces

posted: 11/29/2010 3:27 a.m.

Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they’re going offline to prove it. Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/29/2010 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We know how it is, we know some people due to ignorance are going to perceive of these things and hold most Muslims accountable.”

The world in brief

posted: 11/29/2010 3:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The key to this, obviously, is China.And, unfortunately, China is not behaving as a responsible world power.” John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who said China should do more to help resolve the conflict between North and South Korea Article, 1A

Senate to rethink alien-student aid

posted: 11/29/2010 3:23 a.m.

When it comes back into session this week for a last flurry of activity before adjourning, the Senate will consider legislation that would create a path to citizenship for students who came to the United States illegally, provided they enroll in college or serve in the armed forces.

Pawn registry helping lawmen

posted: 11/29/2010 3:22 a.m.

When Saline County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jerrime Mardis last month, they found strongboxes, guns and stolen jewelry in his truck.

Postal Service looks at shifting mail processing out of Harrison

posted: 11/29/2010 3:19 a.m.

As the U.S. Postal Service looks for ways to save money after posting a net loss of $8.5 billion, one possibility is trucking more of Harrison’s mail to Fayetteville and back.

NLR mayor aims for electric-rate cut

posted: 11/29/2010 3:18 a.m.

Another electric-rate reduction and phased-in raises for city employees will be among high points of North Little Rock’s proposed budget for 2011, Mayor Patrick Hays said.

PB bond issue aims to get city on its feet

posted: 11/29/2010 3:18 a.m.

When it rains here, Sixth Avenue and other major thoroughfares resemble small canals.

Jet lands in LR after engine problem

posted: 11/29/2010 3:15 a.m.

An American Airlines jet carrying 171 people made an emergency landing at Little Rock National Airport, Adams Field, on Sunday morning after an “engine stall,” an airline spokesman said.

Mariners seek recognition

posted: 11/29/2010 3:15 a.m.

For years after World War II, Al Reid looked on as his friends used the GI Bill to go to college or to buy homes. Though he had faced similar dangers and risked his life in the pursuit of victory, Reid had not received the benefits that others enjoyed.

NLR investigating body in parking lot

posted: 11/29/2010 3:14 a.m.

North Little Rock police were investigating a suspected homicide late Sunday at the Silver City Courts public housing complex at West 19th and Marion streets.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/29/2010 3:13 a.m.

Airplane!, Naked Gun comedies’ star Leslie Nielsen, the Canadian born actor who in middle age tossed aside three decades of credibility in dramatic and romantic roles to make a new, far more successful career as a comic actor in films like Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.

Other days

posted: 11/29/2010 3:13 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 29, 1910 Undeterred by the opposition — and, it is claimed, threats — of those who are opposed to the union of Little Rock and Argenta, those who favor annexation are going ahead with their plans.

Police beat

posted: 11/29/2010 3:12 a.m.

Wal-Mart worker charged in theft An assistant manager at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Little Rock was arrested Sunday in the theft of $76,500 from the store after police said he gave his fiancee instructions on how to steal the money.

Liberals will survive

posted: 11/29/2010 3:12 a.m.

A few days ago, Dr. Bradley Gitz wrote a column expressing his concern for the future of political liberals.

Monticello man dies in car crash

posted: 11/29/2010 3:11 a.m.

A Monticello motorist was killed Sunday after hitting a tree on East Jackson Avenue, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality report.

Dollars and censure

posted: 11/29/2010 3:11 a.m.

It was a beaten Charlie Rangel who pleaded for mercy from the members of the House Ethics Committee but didn’t get it last week. Now the veteran New York Democrat faces a censure vote by the full House of Representatives for his violations of the rules.

How not to manage

posted: 11/29/2010 3:10 a.m.

BY NOW Ron Mathieu, manager of Little Rock’s national airport, has apologized to just about everybody in sight and maybe quite a few folks who aren’t. And he needed to.

. . . but not the last

posted: 11/29/2010 3:09 a.m.

The first good Samaritan was encountered on the road, if you remember your Bible stories. Well, they’re still around, and that’s no story. As a 40-year-old father of four in Fayetteville discovered the other day.

OTHERS SAY: Putting up with pat downs

posted: 11/29/2010 3:09 a.m.

Should the United States adopt an Israeli-style approach to airport security? Would profiling be more effective in detecting would-be terrorists and spare the general public from invasive techniques?

Can we learn to let go?

posted: 11/29/2010 3:08 a.m.

Not long ago, I visited my freshman daughter at college for Parents’ Weekend. Like many parents of my generation, I was reminded of how lucky I was to have applied to college when admission standards were lower.

LETTERS

posted: 11/29/2010 3:08 a.m.

Revisit education outlays Put “education” in the title of a bill and who would dare oppose it?

NFL Week 12: He’s sad, they’re mad

posted: 11/29/2010 3:05 a.m.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks fullback Peyton Hillis is running with a distinguished crowd these days as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

No. 4 Stanford positions itself

posted: 11/29/2010 3:03 a.m.

Stanford was the big winner in the latest BCS standings.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys finding ways to use Jones

posted: 11/29/2010 3:01 a.m.

It’s pretty obvious the Cowboys drafted the wrong running back in the first round a few years ago, when they took Felix Jones.

Cutler’s four TDs lead Bears

posted: 11/29/2010 2:59 a.m.

Still doubting the Chicago Bears? They’re making it tougher.

Bryant’s kick lifts Falcons

posted: 11/29/2010 2:59 a.m.

Don’t even mention a third consecutive winning season to the Atlanta Falcons.

Chargers stifle Manning, Colts

posted: 11/29/2010 2:58 a.m.

San Diego’s defense gave Peyton Manning another night to forget.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/29/2010 2:57 a.m.

The kicker: Boise backs Brotzman Boise State fans have a message for kicker Kyle Brotzman: We still love you.

Off the wire

posted: 11/29/2010 2:55 a.m.

TENNIS Federer beats Nadal in final Roger Federer won his fifth season-ending title by beating top ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Sunday at the ATP World Tour Finals.

COLLEGE NOTES: Miami Coach Shannon fired after 7-5 season

posted: 11/29/2010 2:53 a.m.

His voice nearly cracking, Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt somberly laid out some of the many reasons why Randy Shannon was right for the Hurricanes.

COLLEGE MEN: Second-half run lifts Missouri

posted: 11/29/2010 2:51 a.m.

Despite a lineup that included just eight players, Arkansas-Pine Bluff trailed by only two points at halftime against No. 12 Missouri on Sunday.

College football report

posted: 11/29/2010 2:50 a.m.

Hokies finish on high note Most of the disappointment from an 0-2 start to the season has been wiped away now that No. 15 Virginia Tech is heading to the ACC championship game.

Razorbacks Rewind

posted: 11/29/2010 2:50 a.m.

Hogs’ rise helped by computers Arkansas jumped from No. 12 to No. 7 in the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday after tripping No. 5 LSU 31-23 to cap off the regular season.

TOP 25 WOMEN: UConn women win, close in on record

posted: 11/29/2010 2:49 a.m.

Maya Moore scored 26 points and top-ranked Connecticut won for the 84th consecutive time, beating LSU 81-51 Sunday.

Netflix embraces video streaming’s growth

posted: 11/29/2010 2:48 a.m.

Netflix is preparing for the day when getting DVDs by mail is as old-fashioned as going to the video store.

IDEO retools devices, policies

posted: 11/29/2010 2:45 a.m.

Employees at the Silicon Valley design firm IDEO LLC spotted weaknesses in the current crop of electronic book readers. So they did what came naturally to them and designed their own.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Hands-free Bluetooth kit delivers quality phone calls over car audio

posted: 11/29/2010 2:45 a.m.

I said previously that I’m on the lookout for potential gift ideas for Christmas. I’ve had a few people ask me about various products, and the product this week is a request.

IPhone’s popularity in Japan opens doors for foreign developers

posted: 11/29/2010 2:45 a.m.

The iPhone’s popularity in Japan is cracking open an industry long thought inaccessible to outsiders.

GM puts new electric Volt’s mpg at 93

posted: 11/29/2010 2:44 a.m.

The Chevrolet Volt, General Motors’ first foray into electric vehicles, is expected to get the equivalent of 93 miles per gallon of gasoline in combined city and highway driving while powered by its batteries.

N.M. utility joins solar storage drive

posted: 11/29/2010 2:43 a.m.

New Mexico’s largest electric utility is teaming up with federal scientists and researchers at two colleges to develop a way for managing solar energy so it can be accessed when it’s most needed, rather than only when the sun shines.

Toshiba, Vizio to unveil Google TVs

posted: 11/29/2010 2:42 a.m.

Toshiba Corp. and Vizio Inc. plan to release products based on Google Inc.’s TV software, lending support to the Internet search company’s efforts to bring the Web to TV screens, people familiar with the matter said.

Technology news in brief

posted: 11/29/2010 2:40 a.m.

Facebook closer to ‘face’ trademark Facebook has moved a step closer toward trademarking the word “face” — at least in certain contexts.

ON COMPUTERS: Sometimes, anti-virus programs lay on the fear

posted: 11/29/2010 2:39 a.m.

A friend left us a panicky phone message a few days ago. Her computer screen was flashing a message from McAfee anti-virus and it said she had to take action right away. She’s physically disabled and was very scared.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 11/29/2010 2:37 a.m.

ALEXANDER Arlene Alice Donna, 564 Diamond Hills Cove, Nov. 22, Chapter 7. Patsy Pauline Burchfield, 14605 Douglas St., Nov. 23, Chapter 7. Rebecca G. Patterson, 14101 Pleasant Hill, Nov. 24, Chapter 13. Ronny P. Patterson, 14101 Pleasant Hill, Nov. 24

Professor promotes recess at work site

posted: 11/29/2010 2:37 a.m.

We all know by now that we should be getting 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days. Yet for all the proselytizing, wheedling and cajoling, only about 5 percent of the population has bought into the program.

Fonda, 72, still going strong

posted: 11/29/2010 2:36 a.m.

Jane Fonda can play down her still enviable physique with charming self-deprecation, gasping in exasperation and covering her rump with both hands as her new exercise routine aims her 72-year old “booty” toward the (kindly out-of-focus ) camera.

Warner’s 30-minute DVD gets to pain in short order

posted: 11/29/2010 2:34 a.m.

Jackie. Oh.

Fit for giving

posted: 11/29/2010 2:33 a.m.

There she is again, and again, and … seriously, this is getting old.

Cyclocross is part pedal, part carry, part cowbell

posted: 11/29/2010 2:31 a.m.

Cyclocross is an increasingly popular option for coldweather bike racing in our state.

Jingle all the way to the finish line

posted: 11/29/2010 2:30 a.m.

The Arthritis Foundation continues its Christmas tradition of fundraising 5Ks with the 19th annual Craig’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at 11 a.m. Saturday.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/29/2010 2:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have asked a lot of yourself in the past. This year, you decide to relax and take it easy, and you wind up being even more productive than you were before.You’ll find a new social niche in December and will love the new people you meet. A job gets more creative in January. You’ll win an award or victory in May. Leo and Virgo people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 11/29/2010 2:29 a.m.

Every year, the TV judge asks: If you could guarantee a long life for a TV series, which one would it be? Why?

Race seeks volunteers

posted: 11/29/2010 2:28 a.m.

Organizers of the Fayetteville Half Marathon are so in need of volunteers for the Dec. 12 footrace they’re offering to reward large groups of helpers with a cash donation to their organization.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/29/2010 2:27 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A previous column asked for your hiccup fixes.

No martial ‘art,’ Grasshopper, Krav Maga is about survival

posted: 11/29/2010 2:27 a.m.

“The groin!” exclaimed Madison Schiavi.

MASTER CLASS: Using ball adds curl to biceps move

posted: 11/29/2010 2:26 a.m.

Strength-training the upper arms is fairly straightforward in terms of the movements required to elicit desired results. But a few small adjustments can do wonders for your comfort and enjoyment while training.

Plumped freshman? Feign obliviousness

posted: 11/29/2010 2:25 a.m.

What should you say to your college kid when he comes home from college having all too clearly gained the notorious Freshman 15?

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/29/2010 2:24 a.m.

1.Who was the first Arkansas governor actually born in the state? 2. When and where was entertainer Nelson Eddy born? 3. What is called for by the First Amendment to the Constitution? 4. Is fruit of the cactus plant ever edible?

Obituaries

posted: 11/29/2010 2:20 a.m.

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

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/29/2010 1:34 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Someone hurt me very deeply about two years ago, and now I have an opportunity to really get back at her. My mother says I shouldn’t do it, but I don’t see any reason not to. What this person did was wrong, so why should she get away with it? — C.J.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/29/2010 1:16 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Pine Valley Road North Little Rock: 2400 Lakeview Road Pulaski County: Faulkner Lake Road

NFL notes

posted: 11/29/2010 1:01 a.m.

Johnson, Finnegan brawl in Houston Andre Johnson politely asked Cortland Finnegan to stop it. By the fourth quarter, Houston’s star receiver had simply had it with the Tennessee cornerback’s antagonistic antics.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/29/2010 1 a.m.

FOOTBALL Freeze to speak at LR Touchdown Club Arkansas State offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze will speak at noon today at the weekly meeting and season finale of the Little Rock Touchdown Club in the Embassy Suites hotel.

Sunday, November 28

Plane makes emergency landing in Ark.; no injuries

posted: 11/28/2010 5:26 p.m.

A plane en route from Boston to Dallas has made an emergency landing at Little Rock National Airport. No injuries have been reported.

Guatemalan pro soccer player found chopped up

posted: 11/28/2010 4:48 p.m.

Police in Guatemala have found the body of a professional soccer player chopped up and left in five plastic bags in a rural area.

LR man carrying explosives arrested in Va.

posted: 11/28/2010 4:30 p.m.

A Little Rock man, 21, was arrested Thursday night when a Virginia State Trooper said he saw the man throwing explosives from the pickup he was in.

Holiday sales encouraging, but are shoppers done?

posted: 11/28/2010 3:27 p.m.

Holiday spending appears to be off to a respectable start, with shoppers crowding stores and malls in bigger numbers than last year on Friday and steady traffic the rest of the weekend.

Annual pancake breakfast set Saturday at senior center

posted: 11/28/2010 3:08 p.m.

The 30th annual Pancake Breakfast and Craft Sale for the Conway Senior Citizens Center will be from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Al-Qaida claims attack on Yemen Shiites

posted: 11/28/2010 2:18 p.m.

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing killing Shiite tribesmen in northern Yemen.

Fire set at mosque where terror suspect worshipped

posted: 11/28/2010 2:09 p.m.

Anger on Sunday over a Somali-born teen’s failed plan to blow up a van full of explosives during Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony erupted in arson on Sunday when a fire damaged an Islamic center frequented by the suspect, authorities said.

Pentagon details security changes prompted by leak

posted: 11/28/2010 2 p.m.

The Pentagon says it has toughened up security procedures since the website WikiLeaks released thousands of secret war logs.

EU ministers consider extending Greek loans

posted: 11/28/2010 1:56 p.m.

European officials say they are considering giving Greece more time to pay back its 110 billion emergency loan package.

Major candidates call for halt to Haiti election

posted: 11/28/2010 1:20 p.m.

Nearly all the major candidates in Haiti’s presidential election have backed a statement calling for the cancellation of Sunday’s election.

7 plead guilty in Ark. to stealing baby formula

posted: 11/28/2010 1:16 p.m.

Seven members of an alleged crime ring that involved the theft of about $18,000 worth of baby formula from Texas grocery stores have pleaded guilty in Arkansas.

McCain: Time to discuss ‘regime change’ in NKorea

posted: 11/28/2010 1:15 p.m.

Sen. John McCain said Sunday it was time to discuss “regime change” in North Korea, but the former Navy combat pilot didn’t say how he advocates changing the government in the repressive and secretive dictatorship.

UPDATE: EU approves $113 billion bailout for Ireland

updated: 11/28/2010 12:55 p.m.

EU governments have approved an 85 billion ($113 billion) bailout deal for Ireland.

Obama returns to basketball court after accident

posted: 11/28/2010 12:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama is back on the basketball court, though this time with two players less likely to throw an elbow his way — his daughters.

Iraq West Qurna to hit 750K barrels per day

posted: 11/28/2010 12:28 p.m.

Production from Iraq’s prized West Qurna Stage 1 oil field should more than triple to 750,000 barrels a day in three years time, an oil official said Sunday.

UPDATE: White House condemns WikiLeaks’ document release

updated: 11/28/2010 1:18 p.m.

The White House says WikiLeaks’ decision to release classified U.S. diplomatic files endangers U.S. diplomats, intelligence agents and democratic activists who seek America’s help.

Race to fill Ark. House seat has 1st candidate

posted: 11/28/2010 12:15 p.m.

The race to fill an Arkansas House seat has its first entry.

Goodwill thrives at San Francisco thrift store

posted: 11/28/2010 12:05 p.m.

San Francisco is home to what is believed to be the first Goodwill, and maybe the first store of any kind, designed as a jobs programs for workers whose genders are different from the ones they had at birth.

Ivory Coast votes in election to reunite country

posted: 11/28/2010 11:57 a.m.

Millions of people voted largely without incident on Sunday in a long-overdue presidential election in Ivory Coast, the final step toward reuniting the country eight years after a civil war divided it in two.

Police: Pa. couple hid 5 children from society

posted: 11/28/2010 11:52 a.m.

They lived outside society, hidden from the world in a squalid row house with no heat, electricity or running water. They had no birth certificates, no schooling, no immunizations or evidence of medical care — nothing whatsoever to prove their existence.

Blair: Israel must do more to ease Gaza blockade

posted: 11/28/2010 11:51 a.m.

International Mideast envoy Tony Blair says Israel needs to do more to ease its blockade of Gaza and allow exports from the Hamas-ruled territory.

Swiss voters approve foreigner deportation plan

posted: 11/28/2010 11:27 a.m.

Swiss voters on Sunday approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners who commit serious crimes or benefit fraud, in a significant victory for the nationalist party that pushed the proposal against the will of the government.

FBI: OR bomb suspect spoke of best site for blast

posted: 11/28/2010 11:21 a.m.

The Somali-born university student met with an undercover FBI agent in August at a Portland hotel and told him he had found the perfect location for a terrorist attack: the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Pulaski County man killed in house fire

posted: 11/28/2010 11:12 a.m.

The body of a Pulaski County man was found in the charred remains of a home at 701 Dreher Cut Off, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office reported.

Fire reported at Ore. Islamic center; no injuries

posted: 11/28/2010 10:55 a.m.

Arson caused a fire on Sunday at an Islamic center that was the occasional place of worship for a Somali-born teen who two days ago was arrested on charges of plotting a terror attack in Portland, authorities said.

Rio police claim victory after invading gang haven

posted: 11/28/2010 10:46 a.m.

Rio police backed by helicopters and armored vehicles invaded a shantytown complex long held by traffickers on Sunday, quickly taking over the key drug gang stronghold in a historic victory meant to help make the city safe for the 2016 Olympics.

EU proposes new rules for future bailouts

posted: 11/28/2010 10:43 a.m.

A permanent mechanism to solve future debt crises in the eurozone should force losses on private investors “only on a case by case basis,” the European Commission proposed on Sunday.

US, SKorea launch war games in tense Yellow Sea

posted: 11/28/2010 10:38 a.m.

A U.S. supercarrier and South Korean destroyer took up position in the tense Yellow Sea on Sunday for joint military exercises that were a united show of force just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack.

FRONT AND CENTER: John Thurston

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

John Thurston is striving toward servanthood. After spending the past 13 years in ministry operations at Agape Church in Little Rock, the Wye Mountain native is ready to step into a public-service role.

On Main Street Malvern

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Standing in the 300 block of Main Street in Malvern, Julie Warner said she feels at home.

Waterfowl artist wins awards

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Jeff Ellis waited on his bicycle at the end of Magnolia Street in Newport and rode through the winding streets to his home.

FRONT AND CENTER: Todd Hudspeth

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Many of those who know him say he is a great friend. Loyalty comes with being a great friend, and Stone County Sheriff Todd Hudspeth is loyal to his county. Although he won’t be serving a third term as sheriff, he said he has no plans to leave his hometown of Mountain View.

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Three Rivers area.

Arkansas leads nation in stroke mortality

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Phillip Davidson was on a break between the business education classes he taught at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment Treatment Center in Alexander when he first realized he was feeling strange.

New Russellville mayor elected

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

With 59.25 percent of the votes, Alderman Bill Eaton unseated Russellville Mayor Tyrone Williamson in Tuesday’s runoff election.

Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Tri-Lakes area.

Dixie Car Club holds annual toy drive

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

While the delivery may not be as magical as by Santa’s sleigh, a collection of toys will arrive in Little Rock in style when they are brought a Toys for Tots drive by a convoy of classic cars and other collectible vehicles.

'God had other plans'

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Chad Duvall can look back and see that what happened a year ago was orchestrated from above.

Calendar of Events

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the River Valley and Ozark area.

‘Close to my heart’

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Diane Peyton of Conway greeted the hundreds of attendees to her Art in Faith booth at Dazzle Daze with a smile, but not a pushy sales pitch.

New Goodwill store opening in Cabot

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Most people love a bargain, and if one could help out a good cause, get a bargain and get rid of unwanted items at the same time, it might just be a perfect world.

OUTDOORS: Choice cuts

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

When I was young, I hunted deer with a group of men who camped in east Arkansas’ wooded river bottoms. I have lots of good memories of those times, including many that revolve around camp traditions. A hunter who shot at and missed a deer, for example, had his shirttail cut off. A young nimrod who killed his first deer would be “blooded” by camp members.

Winners named in Conway League of Artists’ Tri-County Show

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Conway artist Sandra Ake took top honors in the Conway League of Artists’ 25th annual Tri-County Show, currently on display at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. in Conway.

State park offering eagle tours

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Lake Dardanelle State Park is offering winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing an American bald eagle now through February. Many other birds will be in the area for viewing, including white pelicans, snow geese and osprey.

First lady speaks at luncheon

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Ginger Beebe was the featured speaker at this year’s Heber Springs Volunteer Luncheon sponsored by the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

‘Why Jews Laugh’

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

Brooklyn-based author Jonathan Safran Foer once said in an interview that he’s not very funny. He corrected himself Nov. 28 when he presented a lecture titled “Why Jews Laugh at Things That Aren’t Funny,” as part of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language annual series.

UCA's Thornes helps preserve tribe's language

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

University of Arkansas Assistant Professor Tim Thornes discusses a project to help preserve the language of the Native American Burns Palute tribe in the following video:

THAT'S LIFE: Chocolate shortage not so sweet

posted: 11/28/2010 6 a.m.

On a recent visit, my mother casually made an announcement that shook me to my core during dinner at a restaurant.

N0. 12 Arkansas 31, No. 5 LSU 23: Oh, so sweet

posted: 11/28/2010 5:41 a.m.

As Arkansas fans rocked War Memorial Stadium with a chant of “BCS! BCS!” quarterback Ryan Mallett took a knee from the LSU 1-yard line to end a memorable SEC West clash in the Hogs’ favor Saturday.

LIKE IT IS: Razorbacks rip Boot out of Tigers’ hands

posted: 11/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

With 1:58 to play, the Mad Hatter, Les Miles, tried to dial up one more magical moment in what had been an almost charmed season. This time he needed an onside kick to bounce his way.

COLUMN ONE: Is NPR for sale?

posted: 11/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

Here’s the latest from that continuing show, As the Media World Turns. It seems George Soros, sugar daddy of 1,001 leftish crusaders, personal hobbyhorses, and even some good causes, has just given NPR $1.8 million to hire a hundred new reporters.

LSU shaken by big plays

posted: 11/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

For almost a full minute Saturday, following the biggest of several big plays that turned things Arkansas’ way, LSU’s Patrick Peterson and Lavar Edwards stood with their hands on their hips in the south end zone as Razorback players celebrated around them.

Hamilton goes long

posted: 11/28/2010 5:14 a.m.

LSU brought the SEC’s top pass defense into War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, but the Tigers could not stop Cobi Hamilton from making big plays.

Arkansas 31, LSU 23

posted: 11/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 7, LSU 0 Arkansas’ first drive was stopped by a muffed Shotgun snap. Linebacker Jerico Nelson had tackles for losses of 4 and 5 yards on LSU’s first two snaps, but a muffed punt catch by Joe Adams set the Hogs back to their 4.

Scoring summary

posted: 11/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

FIRST QUARTER ARKANSAS TIME 2:30 (2:15 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Knile Davis ran 14 yards for a touchdown.

Instant replay

posted: 11/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

Offense, Mallett soaring It took Ryan Mallett 25 games to become Arkansas’ career leader in passing touchdowns.

League investigates Broncos for spying

posted: 11/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

The Denver Broncos placed their video operations director on leave while the NFL investigates whether the team broke league rules by filming the San Francisco 49ers’ walkthrough in London last month.

NBA: Mavs maintain mastery of Heat

posted: 11/28/2010 5:08 a.m.

Caron Butler scored seven of his 23 points in a key run for Dallas to start the second half and the Mavericks went on to win their fifth consecutive game, 106-95 over the struggling Miami Heat on Saturday night.

ARKANSAS WOMEN UA: women make plays down stretch

posted: 11/28/2010 5:07 a.m.

Lyndsay Harris and Keira Peak each scored 16 points Saturday to lead Arkansas to a 59-56 victory over Texas-El Paso in the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic championship.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 11/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

TENNESSEE 24, KENTUCKY 14 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tyler Bray threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as Tennessee (6-6, 3-5 SEC) extended its winning streak over Kentucky (6-6, 2-6 ) to 26 consecutive games to become bowl eligible with a victory Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Colts must look ahead to Chargers

posted: 11/28/2010 5:05 a.m.

Tonight’s game against the San Diego Chargers will test the Indianapolis Colts’ ability to forget.

Oaklawn report

posted: 11/28/2010 5:04 a.m.

Borel aims for return in January The agent for twotime Oaklawn Park riding champion Calvin Borel said the jockey is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery last Sunday in Louisville, Ky., to repair a broken jaw.

Just a man and his failure

posted: 11/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

The papers came the day before Thanksgiving.

SOUTHLAND WOMEN: Poor shooting too much for UCA to overcome

posted: 11/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

In its first home game in more than two weeks, Central Arkansas turned in its worst shooting performance of the season.

SUN BELT: Familiar ending for ASU hands foe league title

posted: 11/28/2010 5:02 a.m.

Arkansas State’s season came to an end in familiar fashion.

SEC: Seminoles get revenge, ACC title shot

posted: 11/28/2010 5:01 a.m.

The day could not have gone any better for Florida State.

SEC: South Carolina shreds Clemson

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

Steve Spurrier has already led South Carolina to a landmark season, and there is still so much left for the Gamecocks to accomplish.

SEC: Coach quits; Vandy loses

posted: 11/28/2010 4:59 a.m.

Josh Harris rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown as Wake Forest defeated Vanderbilt 34-13 on Saturday night in Robbie Caldwell’s last game as Vanderbilt’s coach.

ATLANTIC COAST/BIG EAST N.C.: State can’t slow O’Brien, Smith

posted: 11/28/2010 4:58 a.m.

Danny O’Brien threw for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, all to Torrey Smith, and Maryland denied No. 23 North Carolina State a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game by defeating the Wolfpack 38-31 Saturday.

BIG TEN: Buckeyes defense stifles Wolverines

posted: 11/28/2010 4:57 a.m.

“The Game” is getting one-sided.

FUNDRAISING FUN: Philanthropists who gave receive their just desserts

posted: 11/28/2010 4:55 a.m.

The Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals held its National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Nov. 17 at Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Background music was provided by the Arkansas Symphony Quartet.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Moore, Gabbert lead Missouri past Kansas

posted: 11/28/2010 4:55 a.m.

Missouri has never played better defensively in a Big 12 game — and now the Tigers might never play another Big 12 game.

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Polk’s late score rescues Huskies

posted: 11/28/2010 4:54 a.m.

Chris Polk scored on a 1-yard run as time expired, and Washington denied California bowl eligibility while keeping its postseason hopes alive with a 16-13 victory Saturday.

FRIDAY’S LATE GAME: Nevada’s payoff small for victory

posted: 11/28/2010 4:53 a.m.

The payoff for Nevada might come later, perhaps in the form of a few top recruits — or some grudging recognition from those watching nationally that the Wolf Pack belong in the BCS top 25 after all.

Mimicry helps Allen to title

posted: 11/28/2010 4:51 a.m.

Brad Allen of Judsonia capped the 75th annual Wings Over the Prairie Festival by winning the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest on Saturday.

Sooners survive Bedlam

posted: 11/28/2010 4:50 a.m.

Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as No. 13 Oklahoma beat No. 9 Oklahoma State 47-41 on Saturday night to force a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.

Stanford makes BCS case

posted: 11/28/2010 4:48 a.m.

Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to set a single-season school record and No. 6 Stanford stated its case for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series by beating Oregon State 38-0.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Son appreciative after hunts on good, bad days

posted: 11/28/2010 4:47 a.m.

Is it better to break in a young duck hunter with an epic adventure or an uneventful outing?

What the rifle likes

posted: 11/28/2010 4:45 a.m.

Since Winchester introduced its new line of short-magnum cartridges in 2001, one in particular, the.270 WSM, captured my fancy.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/28/2010 4:45 a.m.

BASKETBALL Henderson State women win tournament Henderson State (5-1 ) won the West Florida Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday with a 62-57 victory over South Carolina-Aiken in Pensacola, Fla.

High school basketball report

posted: 11/28/2010 4:43 a.m.

Top talent on display in Jonesboro Arkansas signees Hunter Mickelson and Ky Madden will play in the Hurricane Classic in Jonesboro next weekend, but Jonesboro Coach Wes Swift believes the two Razorbacks-tobe are not the only future college players playing in the tournament.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Strong-armed UA class draws No. 3 ranking

posted: 11/28/2010 4:42 a.m.

Signing one of the nation’s top recruiting classes has become an annual event for Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn and his staff. The latest group of 16 prospects added during the early signing period that ended Nov. 17 is rated the No. 3 class by scouting service Perfect Game USA.

At smaller firms, jobs upturn seen

posted: 11/28/2010 4:41 a.m.

The nation’s recovery from the deepest recession since the Great Depression has been notably lacking in the creation of jobs. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.6 percent, and Arkansas’ is 7.8 percent.

Tour of historic homes helps church help others

posted: 11/28/2010 4:33 a.m.

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church will bustle Dec. 5 with a lot more than the regular worship service and Sunday School classes.

Social eyes Memorable man

posted: 11/28/2010 4:33 a.m.

Craig O’Neill is used to having all eyes on him at charitable events. But this time — instead of serving as the master of ceremonies — O’Neill was the one being honored.

LIFELONG HEALTH Moderation, not excess, is lesson of Twinkie Diet

posted: 11/28/2010 4:32 a.m.

Often in health, nothing is what it seems. Recommendations for healthy living seem to change continuously, as Americans look for easier and quicker solutions to bypass the tried-and-true methods of disease prevention.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE Once ‘nerd’ settled in, he was quite a keeper

posted: 11/28/2010 4:30 a.m.

When Anna Cox first saw John May in the halls of Hope High School she thought he was too quiet and studious for her.

A DREAMY NIGHT Dance teams step up

posted: 11/28/2010 4:29 a.m.

Eight dance teams twirled, shimmied, leapt and spun their way across the dance floor Nov. 18 at Dancing Into Dreamland at the Governor’s Mansion.

Emotions, care run deep, says new secretary of state

posted: 11/28/2010 4:25 a.m.

Mark Martin, the newly elected secretary of state known for bursts of emotion, says he received political inspiration from a longtime Democrat, retiring U.S. Rep. Marion Berry.

DECORATING FOR A CAUSE All decked out

posted: 11/28/2010 4:23 a.m.

Little Rock Junior Departmental Club kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration Nov. 18 with a luncheon and fundraiser at Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Huckabee, Palin vie for spotlight

posted: 11/28/2010 4:23 a.m.

They jockey for airtime on Fox, ogle the same groups of voters for a possible presidential run and now have launched competing book tours.

Engagements

posted: 11/28/2010 4:22 a.m.

Allison Black, daughter of Betty and Fred Black of Little Rock, and Garrett Hubbard, son of Anne and Mike Nicolaou of Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Roger Hubbard of Phoenix; Jan. 22.

Few passers-by can ignore LA store’s antique scales

posted: 11/28/2010 4:21 a.m.

Johnny Smith of Hollywood, Calif., stands before the platform like a man before an altar.

Arkansas sees improvement in road safety

posted: 11/28/2010 4:21 a.m.

Only one other state made more advances in road-safety laws than Arkansas over the past two years, according to a national ranking on roadsafety progress among the states.

Trolleys still seen as a tourist draw

posted: 11/28/2010 4:19 a.m.

Six years into the return of streetcars to the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock, riding the trolleys remains a novelty attraction for tourists and young children instead of an alternative to driving for commuters and shoppers.

DEAR ABBY Wife’s back-seat anxiety drives him to distraction

posted: 11/28/2010 4:19 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My wife is a back-seat driver who seems to get more anxious every time we go anywhere together.

Anniversaries

posted: 11/28/2010 4:18 a.m.

Clemmie and the Rev. Jim Edwards will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cabot First Baptist Church.

Attorney now hopeful on adoption-ban filing

posted: 11/28/2010 4:17 a.m.

An attorney for a Little Rock psychiatrist who endorses the ban on allowing unmarried couples to be foster parents or adopt children said he’s optimistic the Arkansas Supreme Court will accept supporting arguments from his client — despite a previous rejection — now that the justices have allowed similar filings from several groups who oppose the prohibition, Initiated Act 1 of 2008.

History rises from old graves

posted: 11/28/2010 4:15 a.m.

What started off simply as a way to kill time and avoid traffic, has turned into a three-year labor of love for Kristal Clark, grounds supervisor for North Little Rock’s Edgewood Cemetery.

Weddings

posted: 11/28/2010 4:14 a.m.

Kenley-Gairhan Micha Nicole Gairhan and Charles “Wyatt” Kenley were united in marriage Nov. 6 at First Baptist Church in Trumann.

Democrat-Gazette fills 2 editor posts

posted: 11/28/2010 4:13 a.m.

Jennifer Cook has been promoted to city editor of the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Michelle Bradford has been hired as deputy city editor, which was Cook’s previous job.

MALE CALL Sleeve length variety shortened to cut cost

posted: 11/28/2010 4:13 a.m.

Q. Last week, while in a very expensive men’s store, I checked out some of their top-of-the-line (and top price) shirts.

Professor works to save dying language

posted: 11/28/2010 4:12 a.m.

Books squeezed together on crowded shelves, a floor of manuscripts and translations stacked atop each other, boxes of audiotapes, maps of the nation’s northwest coast, a blue and orange Indian blanket draped over a quilt rack.

LR teen dies from gunshot wounds

posted: 11/28/2010 4:11 a.m.

A Little Rock teen died Friday night after being shot at his house at 1312 W. 19th St., Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said.

Man’s body found in burned house

posted: 11/28/2010 4:10 a.m.

An unidentified man’s charred body was found Saturday in the remains of a fire that destroyed a home at 701 Dreher Cut Off, a Pulaski County sheriff’s office report said.

WEDDINGS NAO YOSHIDA AARON KYLE SHANEYFELT

posted: 11/28/2010 4:10 a.m.

Nao Yoshida and Aaron Kyle Shaneyfelt were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in Pleasant Valley Country Club. Officiating was Eric Yates, minister at Crosswalk Family of God Church.

2 separate vehicle accidents on state roads leave 3 dead

posted: 11/28/2010 4:09 a.m.

Three people died on Arkansas roads in two unrelated accidents on Saturday, Arkansas State Police said.

WEDDINGS LEINA NAKAMURA LEWIS TONY HIEU NGUYEN

posted: 11/28/2010 4:08 a.m.

Leina Nakamura Lewis became the bride of Tony Hieu Nguyen at 3 p.m.

Hot Springs man hit by car, killed

posted: 11/28/2010 4:08 a.m.

Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper reported that a Hot Springs man died at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock on Saturday morning from multiple traumatic injuries.

SWEET TEA: Give me real heat or nothing

posted: 11/28/2010 4:08 a.m.

In the matter of heating a house, you can’t beat real fire, by which I mean real logs burning in a real fireplace.

SLOAN CLAIRE JOHNSON BENJAMIN TYLER MILTON

posted: 11/28/2010 4:07 a.m.

St. Edward Catholic Church was the setting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, for the marriage of Sloan Claire Johnson and Benjamin Tyler Milton. Deacon Joe Milligan of Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth officiated.

DESIGNING WOMAN BNicole line makes debut in dramatic, sleek fashion

posted: 11/28/2010 4:06 a.m.

Brandi Tate — among the latest in a growing lineup of up-and-coming, Arkansasbased fashion designers — made her debut with a show of her BNicole line Nov. 12 at the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative in Little Rock.

SPIN CYCLE Mexico is a real trip; Ole, Dallas Vaqueros!

posted: 11/28/2010 4:03 a.m.

Recently I traveled with five friends to Los Cabos, Mexico.

Obituaries

posted: 11/28/2010 4:03 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: 11/28/2010 4:02 a.m.

Knights to host Christmas party The North Little Rock Knights of Columbus will host a Christmas party for mentally challenged residents from the area 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5 at KC Hall, 6253 Camp Robinson Road.

POP NOTES Time tells one story, ears another

posted: 11/28/2010 4:02 a.m.

You’re lucky if you haven’t been gut-stuck by someone you thought you trusted, someone you thought you meant something to, maybe even — you dared to think — as much as they did to you.

Pet of the week

posted: 11/28/2010 4 a.m.

Canine Close-Up Squeaky is a well-behaved pug/ miniature pinscher mix.

THE TV COLUMN History Channel licks sugarcoating off Christmas

posted: 11/28/2010 3:59 a.m.

I still remember how surprised I was to learn that the name Santa Claus was an Americanization of the Dutch Sinterklaas.

Police beat

posted: 11/28/2010 3:59 a.m.

Radio thief shoved clerk, police say North Little Rock police charged a man with robbery after they say he assaulted an employee of the Family Dollar on East Broadway while he was stealing a radio.

Other days

posted: 11/28/2010 3:58 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 28, 1910 Fred H. Phillips, commissioner of mines, manufactures and agriculture, who will soon begin his “bread and meat campaign” for the purpose of increasing the production of necessary food stuffs on the farm, states that while the idea of the campaign is original with him, he has seen in actual experience the end he will strive to attain put to the test and prove highly successful.

Off the wire

posted: 11/28/2010 3:58 a.m.

FOOTBALL Saints’ Smith arrested New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was arrested Saturday in Louisiana after he was accused of grabbing his wife’s hair and pulling her down the street.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/28/2010 3:57 a.m.

Broncos’ BCS hope reined in Nevada’s 34-31 overtime victory over Boise State on Friday night was the best game of the 2010 college football season, according to Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootball-News.com.

Teen arrested in plot to bomb Oregon city

posted: 11/28/2010 3:55 a.m.

A Somali-born teenager attempting to detonate what he believed was a car bomb at a packed Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, Ore., was arrested Friday night by authorities who had spent nearly six months tracking him and setting up a sting operation, officials in Oregon said.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Marriage vs. HGTV, football

posted: 11/28/2010 3:55 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend wants to get married. Is it fair to ask, “What’s in it for me?” He has been unemployed for the three years that we have been dating.

Ex-serviceman: Repeal ‘don’t ask’

posted: 11/28/2010 3:53 a.m.

When he stood over live bombs in Afghanistan, methodically working to disarm them, nobody worried about the fact that he was gay, Brian Muller said.

TV ON DVD Meddling kids, dog live on in Scooby-licious DVD set

posted: 11/28/2010 3:52 a.m.

What is it? Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, the complete series, 41 half-hour episodes on eight discs from Warner Home Entertainment.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/28/2010 3:51 a.m.

Happy birthday. Character development doesn’t always happen through hardship. This year’s lesson : Being strong in good times takes grace, too. Invest carefully next month. You’ll follow a romantic whim in January and be most fulfilled by the result. Family needs your cooperation in May. There’s an important June wedding.

LISTEN UP Vaughan, King discs show a love for blues guitar riffs

posted: 11/28/2010 3:50 a.m.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session Stax A- Yes blues fans, you’ve seen this meeting of the legendary Albert King and thenemerging legend Stevie Ray Vaughan before. This 1983 session has been reissued several times, including one earlier this year. So why should you care that another version is out?

LET’S TALK There’s plenty on the platter to be thankful for this year

posted: 11/28/2010 3:48 a.m.

This Thanksgiving season — in a year when many of us are bombarded by the things not to be thankful for — here are just some of the things I’m thankful for, on “national news headlines” and personal levels: That there is no air travel in my immediate future and that I am not employed in one of those controversial feel-copping jobs with the Transportation Security Administration.

Memory erasure elicits hope, fear

posted: 11/28/2010 3:47 a.m.

Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence often wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are working to make that wish come true.

Gaza tuk-tuks’ popularity upsetting the donkey cart

posted: 11/28/2010 3:46 a.m.

Gaza’s donkey carts — slow, but cheap and essential for survival in the scruffy land — have finally met their match. They are being edged out by an Asian import, a blend of motorcycle and miniature pickup.

Famed lost feline Prince Chunk dies

posted: 11/28/2010 3:44 a.m.

An enormously fat cat named Prince Chunk who became famous when he was found wandering in New Jersey after his owner lost her home to foreclosure has died.

Parks pad adventure, for a price

posted: 11/28/2010 3:43 a.m.

In secluded pockets throughout the forests and savannahs of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, designers are crafting an experience unlike any other to be found in the theme park.

In New Orleans, charter schools shake system

posted: 11/28/2010 3:43 a.m.

When Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago, it displaced families and destroyed schools. It also unwittingly provided a chance to reinvent public education in a failing school district.

Madoff’s family, investors sued

posted: 11/28/2010 3:42 a.m.

Bernard Madoff’s investors, employees and family members, including his wife, were sued by a trustee seeking to recover as much as $69 million in fake profits they received before the con man’s firm collapsed.

Taking a different kind of gamble in Vegas

posted: 11/28/2010 3:41 a.m.

To mark milestone birthdays, Nina Reeves and Tammy Flores wanted to do something a bit crazy and way out of character.

Health law faces detour as court ruling awaited

posted: 11/28/2010 3:40 a.m.

As the Obama administration presses ahead with the new health-care law, officials are bracing for the possibility that a federal judge in Virginia will soon reject its central provision as unconstitutional and, in the worst case for the White House, halt its enforcement until higher courts can rule.

Sunny outlook

posted: 11/28/2010 3:40 a.m.

George Washington slept here. Among the hundreds of markers that make that claim, the most curious is here on Barbados, the easternmost Caribbean island, off the coast of Venezuela, which Washington visited in 1751.

Republican sees larger role for federal watchdogs

posted: 11/28/2010 3:39 a.m.

The Republican who will lead the chief investigative committee in the House is planning to vastly expand scrutiny of the Obama administration by seeking new subpoena powers for dozens of federal agency watchdogs in hopes of using their investigations and his own in a push to cut spending and shrink the government.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Strict bag limits ground the sale of local goodies

posted: 11/28/2010 3:37 a.m.

Two weeks ago, when our niece left for a week in Hawaii, we asked her to bring home one of the pineapple three packs that are sold at Honolulu’s airport.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Slovakia’s capital puffs life back into Old Town

posted: 11/28/2010 3:35 a.m.

Bratislava, capital of Slovakia and just an hour by train from Vienna, is the comeback kid among European capitals. A decade ago, the city was virtually a ghost town. But today, Bratislava is downright charming, bursting with colorfully restored facades, lively outdoor cafes, swanky boutiques, in-lovewith-life locals, and — on sunny days — an almost Mediterranean ambience.

Coin slots still in the money

posted: 11/28/2010 3:34 a.m.

Jeanette White gripped five quarters with dirt-stained fingers and plopped them into a boxy video poker machine named Fortune 1: Clang! Clang! Clangclangclang !

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES ‘Two Jewish Guys’ tape special; pianist back for Bach

posted: 11/28/2010 3:34 a.m.

The Two Jewish Guys — Little Rock lawyer Phil Kaplan and adman Leslie Singer — will present their Jewish Guys Hanukkah Special at 7 p.m. Monday at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Group prompts yoga debate

posted: 11/28/2010 3:32 a.m.

Yoga is practiced by about 15 million people in the United States, for reasons almost as numerous — from the physical benefits mapped in brain scans to the less tangible rewards that New Age journals call spiritual centering. Religion, for the most part, has nothing to do with it.

Slight bump seen in sales on Black Friday over ’09

posted: 11/28/2010 3:31 a.m.

Shoppers crowded stores on Black Friday but spent just a little more than last year on the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, according to data released Saturday by a research firm.

Water availability challenges Coke as flak continues

posted: 11/28/2010 3:31 a.m.

Three sentences inserted into Coca-Cola Co.’s 113-page annual report carried a prescient warning.

Shoppers shrug off gas prices

posted: 11/28/2010 3:29 a.m.

Many Americans are determined not to let higher gas be the Grinch that spoils their Christmas spending plans.

No curbs achieved at conference on bluefin fishing

posted: 11/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

An international conservation conference in Paris made progress Saturday on protecting sharks but didn’t do anything to save the Atlantic bluefin tuna, which has been severely overfished to feed the market for sushi in Japan, environmental groups said.

U.S. hopeful of S. Korea trade deal

posted: 11/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk considers himself a dealmaker at heart, but he now faces the question: Can a negotiator really cut deals if neither side will compromise ?

Candidate to flout Ivory Coast curfew

posted: 11/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

Ivory Coast’s opposition leader said he would not respect a curfew imposed Saturday because it would open the door to electoral fraud the day before elections that could restore stability to the world’s biggest cocoa producer after a decade of unrest.

Veterinarians learn crime investigation

posted: 11/28/2010 3:27 a.m.

When federal investigators working the Michael Vick dogfighting case needed someone to dig up and analyze the remains of eight pit bulls buried on the football star’s Virginia property, they summoned Melinda Merck.

New law puts SEC in tight spot between companies, snitches

posted: 11/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

An unlikely ad has been getting screen time in Manhattan movie theaters that cater to the Wall Street crowd in New York.

Military has eye on robot force

posted: 11/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

Voting restrictions observed in Egypt

posted: 11/28/2010 3:24 a.m.

Egyptian election observers said Saturday that there was no letup in harassment of opposition candidates on the eve of parliamentary elections, which critics say are little more than a tool for tightening the government’s grip and burying dissent.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 11/28/2010 3:24 a.m.

FINANCE Simmons First National Bank has appointed Patrick J. Anderson as chairman of the Kansas market and W. Greg Bell as senior vice president and agriculture business manager. Bell will assume oversight of commercial loans in addition to agriculture business management.

U.S. frets over new document leak

posted: 11/28/2010 3:22 a.m.

U.S. diplomats and officials said they’re bracing for at least three newspapers and WikiLeaks to publish today hundreds of thousands of classified State Department cables that could drastically alter U.S. relations with top allies and reveal secrets about U.S. foreign policy.

Indian state’s rules distress microlenders

posted: 11/28/2010 3:22 a.m.

A quarter of Indian microfinance companies face failure after a clampdown last month in their biggest market pared debt payments and curtailed bank financing, said N. Srinivasan, who consults for organizations including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Grads find jobs in parties’ wake

posted: 11/28/2010 3:21 a.m.

Your head aches, you’re hungry, and your house is littered with sticky plastic cups. Who ya gonna call? Hangover Helpers.

For Saudi women, a fight for marriage

posted: 11/28/2010 3:21 a.m.

Year after year, the 42-year-old Saudi surgeon remains single, against her will. Her father keeps turning down marriage proposals, and her hefty salary keeps going directly to his bank account.

Analyst: 2 cutting pension funds close

posted: 11/28/2010 3:21 a.m.

AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the two largest U.S. phone carriers, may be underestimating obligations to their pension funds, according to an analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Skyjack attempt foiled, Iran says

posted: 11/28/2010 3:20 a.m.

A man attempting to hijack a Syriabound flight carrying a number of Iranian lawmakers was arrested onboard, Iran’s state radio reported Saturday.

Casino giant switches name to Caesars

posted: 11/28/2010 3:19 a.m.

The world’s largest casino company changed its name last week to Caesars Entertainment Corp., completing a move it first announced just as the industry began prolonged and significant economic struggles.

German firms buck recession, can’t hire enough

posted: 11/28/2010 3:16 a.m.

The steady purr of the production line at industrial pump-maker HAWE Hydraulik SE plant would evoke envy in much of the industrialized world. It’s the sound of the German jobs machine.

2 bombers kill 12 Afghan police

posted: 11/28/2010 3:16 a.m.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters Saturday, killing 12 officers in an area along the Pakistan border that still sees heavy Taliban attacks even as NATO pours in more troops and resources.

$115 billion rescue near, Ireland minister asserts

posted: 11/28/2010 3:15 a.m.

An Irish government minister said Saturday that he expects an agreement within the next 24 hours on a European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout loan for Ireland worth about $115 billion — but rejected reports that the aid could come with a punitively high interest rate.

Rebirth of Haiti slow, costly

posted: 11/28/2010 3:14 a.m.

Yolette Pierre says thank you, America. She points to the plastic over her head, to a gray sack on the dirt floor, to a bucket in the corner. Thank you for the tarp. Thank you for the rice. Thank you for the water, too.

The New Deal in Reverse

posted: 11/28/2010 3:14 a.m.

On March 4, 1933, the day he took office, Franklin Roosevelt excoriated the “money changers” who “have fled from their high seats in the temples of our civilization [because] they know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers.

Marriage injustice

posted: 11/28/2010 3:12 a.m.

Edith “Edie” Windsor and Thea Spyer were together for 44 years and legally married since 2007. They lived in New York, which recognizes samesex marriage. But none of that mattered when Ms. Spyer died at 77 in 2009 after a decades-long struggle with multiple sclerosis.

Chasing a myth

posted: 11/28/2010 3:11 a.m.

“Each morning, wanting to believe in our schools, we take a leap of faith,” filmmaker Davis Guggenheim says in Waiting for “Superman.”

Guest column Smart education policy can save Dems in 2012

posted: 11/28/2010 3:09 a.m.

With a defeat that drilled deep into state legislatures, the 2010 election dug quite the hole for Democrats to dig out of in 2012. Health-carerepealing, apocalyptic rhetoric from the new Republican majority seemed to forecast stymied domestic policy progress and re-election-thwarting gridlock for President Obama.

Iraq’s al-Maliki set on pullout of U.S. in 2011

posted: 11/28/2010 3:08 a.m.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that an agreement requiring U.S. troops to leave by the end of 2011 will stand because Iraqi forces are capable of taking care of the country’s security.

Rio slum invasion on hold for now

posted: 11/28/2010 3:03 a.m.

Hundreds of police and soldiers surrounded one of Rio’s most dangerous slums after the end of a sunset deadline offered to drug-gang members holed up inside, though officials late Saturday did not indicate when they might invade.

Religion didn’t sway war move, Blair says

posted: 11/28/2010 3:01 a.m.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that his religious beliefs did not play a role in his decision to support the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq during a debate in Toronto about the merits of religion.

Peace, love and Puritanism

posted: 11/28/2010 3:01 a.m.

Thanksgiving 1971, the 350th anniversary of the “first” of the harvest celebrations in Plymouth, Mass. Invited to speak to a local historical society about that long-ago event, I described the ritual significance of food to the colonists and the Native Americans who attended.

TSA has met the enemy-and they are us

posted: 11/28/2010 3 a.m.

How did an agency created to protect the public become the target of so much public scorn?

Home, eat, home

posted: 11/28/2010 2:59 a.m.

To be an immigrant is to live in a perpetual state of gratitude mixed with longing. You love your adopted country, are thankful for its opportunities. You get to a point where a place that once felt like another planet is home.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 11/28/2010 2:58 a.m.

Fiction 1. HELL’S CORNER, by David Baldacci. Recalled to duty, Oliver Stone hunts for those responsible for a bomb detonated near the White House. 2. FULL DARK, NO STARS, by Stephen King. Four long stories, light on the supernatural and dealing mostly with grisly human behavior.

EDITORIALS North Korea-crazy

posted: 11/28/2010 2:57 a.m.

“From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour.

Woman accused of funding terror

posted: 11/28/2010 2:56 a.m.

A woman charged in San Diego with aiding a Somali terrorist group is accused of sending $800 to two fighters in the organization.

COLUMNISTS Digging up the past

posted: 11/28/2010 2:56 a.m.

The historic town of Washington, Arkansas, has always had a special place in my heart. I was hired by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as their first historical parks planner in 1977.

Nuclear plant in Iran to start by late January

posted: 11/28/2010 2:56 a.m.

Technicians have finished loading fuel into Iran’s first nuclear power reactor and aim to start up the facility by late January, the country’s nuclear chief said Saturday.

Lost in a war unknown

posted: 11/28/2010 2:55 a.m.

For six years, Army Staff Sergeant Adam Dickmyer was a sentinel, one of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fiery plane crash in Karachi kills 8 in crew

posted: 11/28/2010 2:55 a.m.

A cargo plane crashed into a housing complex in Pakistan’s largest city soon after takeoff today, setting off a huge blaze and killing all eight Russian crew members onboard, the civil aviation authority said.

Where’d they all go?

posted: 11/28/2010 2:54 a.m.

It was an educational experience on Thanksgiving Day when the 6-yearold, who’d spent a lot of the morning picking turnip greens, discovered that when they’re cooked, they boil down considerably. He couldn’t get his mind around a whole Wal-Mart bag of raw greens not even filling a big bowl for the table after they’re cooked.

Artillery fire shakes up S. Koreans, but no shells drop

posted: 11/28/2010 2:52 a.m.

North Korean artillery was heard today on the front line South Korean island attacked last week, though no shells landed on the island, South Korea’s military said.

Thought stream

posted: 11/28/2010 2:52 a.m.

Astream of thoughts this morning : I’m sure I wasn’t alone in feeling a mixture of shock and sadness to see Bryan Abernathy charged with terroristic threatening last week.

TV news shows

posted: 11/28/2010 2:51 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Discussion of philanthropy with Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Ted Turner and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

Powerball

posted: 11/28/2010 2:51 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 10-30-37-47-54 Powerball: 39 Estimated jackpot: $79 million Power Play: 5

In the news

posted: 11/28/2010 2:50 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI, speaking during a vespers service at the Vatican to mark the beginning of Advent, called for politicians, the media and world leaders to show more respect for human life at its earliest stages, saying embryos aren’t just biological material but dynamic, autonomous individuals.

LETTERS

posted: 11/28/2010 2:50 a.m.

Flood control plan crucial Year after year, America suffers devastating flooding that costs government billions of dollars in damage and numerous deaths.

Names and faces

posted: 11/28/2010 2:50 a.m.

Country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas, said a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/28/2010 2:50 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This defendant’s chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people — even here in Oregon — who are determined to kill Americans.” Dwight C. Holton, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, referring to a Somaliborn teenager accused of trying to bomb a packed Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland Article, 1A

Obama’s dilemma

posted: 11/28/2010 2:49 a.m.

That two years is forever in politics is reflected in how things have changed in the past year alone.

The world in brief

posted: 11/28/2010 2:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s more important to get it right than to get it quick.” Noel Dempsey, Ireland’s transport minister, on the terms of a $115 billion bailout loan for the country Article, 13A

Top 25 College Men: Duke wins in Singler’s homecoming

posted: 11/28/2010 2:46 a.m.

Kyle Singler had 30 points and five rebounds to lead No. 1 Duke to a 98-71 victory over Oregon in a homecoming game Saturday against his little brother E.J.

Florida county in a Catch-22

posted: 11/28/2010 2:38 a.m.

Across the nation, troubled homeowners have cheered the news that some banks are slowing the foreclosure process to review questionable documents. Then there are places like Lee County, Fla., where not everyone is applauding.

Gift cards again lead Christmas request list

posted: 11/28/2010 2:36 a.m.

Go ahead, admit it. You’d rather buy your own Christmas gifts.

On borrowed time

posted: 11/28/2010 2:34 a.m.

State lottery czar Ernie Passailaigue looks to be on his way out.

Displays of ambition

posted: 11/28/2010 2:33 a.m.

As far as birthdays go, 50 is a pretty big deal — whether you happen to be a middle-aged person gifted with a bouquet of black balloons or an arts institution that measures with pride each year its doors are open.

Ho, ho, ho! Here come the Christmas shows

posted: 11/28/2010 2:32 a.m.

December arrives Wednesday. Then it’s a short 24 days until Christmas.

Thomas Mitchell Norman

posted: 11/28/2010 2:32 a.m.

Officer Tommy Norman stopped by the North Little Rock Police Department on a recent Wednesday, his day off, before heading over to Park Hill Elementary to lead Star Student, a program honoring wellbehaved children.

Soaps last week

posted: 11/28/2010 2:31 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Nov. 22-26.) All My Children: The jury returned with its verdict, and the courtroom was in shock. Kendall lashed out, and Greenlee apologized to her.

Saturday, November 27

Police: 2 men shot inside suburban Detroit mall

posted: 11/27/2010 7:02 p.m.

Police say two men have been injured in separate shootings inside a shopping mall in the suburban Detroit community of Harper Woods.

UPDATE: Arkansas boots LSU, 31-23, in season finale

updated: 11/27/2010 6:49 p.m.

Ryan Mallett threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns as No. 12 Arkansas made its case for the school’s first BCS bowl game with a 31-23 win over No. 5 LSU on Saturday.

Chavez promotes general criticized by opposition

posted: 11/27/2010 4:22 p.m.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday promoted a general who sparked controversy by suggesting the military would not accept an electoral return to power by government opponents.

Ark. robbery suspect fatally shot by resident

posted: 11/27/2010 3:40 p.m.

Police say a Fort Smith resident fatally shot another man during an attempted home invasion robbery.

Obama’s back on the hard court — as spectator

posted: 11/27/2010 3:36 p.m.

It took 12 stitches to patch up that busted lip President Barack Obama got from a pickup basketball game — and now he’s back on the hard court, but this time as spectator.

UPDATE: Cargo plane crashes into Pakistani housing complex

updated: 11/27/2010 5:10 p.m.

A cargo plane crashed into a housing complex in Pakistan’s largest city soon after takeoff Sunday, setting off a huge blaze and killing all eight crew on board, the civil aviation authority said. Casualties on the ground appeared likely.

War for Rio? Olympic city facing gang backlash

posted: 11/27/2010 2:58 p.m.

The drug gang leader jabs the muzzle of his .556-caliber Sig Sauer assault rifle around as he talks.

Arkansas-LSU Live Blog

posted: 11/27/2010 2:28 p.m.

Join in an interactive blog for today's showdown in Little Rock.

Search scaled back for Utah ranger shooter suspect

posted: 11/27/2010 2:24 p.m.

Authorities say they’re further pulling back on the search for the man suspected of shooting and critically wounding a Utah park ranger.

LR teen shot in home dies

updated: 11/27/2010 4:19 p.m.

A Little Rock teenager was shot in his home at 1312 W. 19th St. and later died Saturday, Little Rock police said.

Suicide bombers kill 12 at Afghan police HQ

posted: 11/27/2010 2:12 p.m.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters Saturday, killing 12 officers in an area along the Pakistan border that still sees heavy Taliban attacks even as NATO pours in more troops and resources.

Pope urges respect for embryos

posted: 11/27/2010 2:09 p.m.

Pope Benedict XVI called Saturday for politicians, the media and world leaders to show more respect for human life at its earliest stages, saying embryos aren’t just biological material but dynamic, autonomous individuals.

Deal on Ireland’s 85B bailout could come Sunday

posted: 11/27/2010 2:03 p.m.

An Irish government minister said Saturday he expects an agreement within the next 24 hours on an EU-IMF bailout loan for Ireland worth approximately 85 billion ($115 billion), but he rejected reports that the aid could come with a punitively high interest rate.

Higher gas prices won’t slow most holiday shoppers

posted: 11/27/2010 1:59 p.m.

Many Americans are determined not to let higher gas be the Grinch that spoils their holiday spending plans.

Online sales see 16 percent spike on Black Friday

posted: 11/27/2010 1:50 p.m.

Shoppers who skipped the crowds on Black Friday gave online merchants a 16 percent spike in revenue, according to data released Saturday. That’s spurring optimism for spending the rest of season.

Affidavit: Woman sent $800 to Somali terror group

posted: 11/27/2010 1:50 p.m.

A woman charged in San Diego with aiding a Somali terrorist group is accused of sending $800 to two fighters in the organization.

Sweet success: Fannie May back after bankruptcy

posted: 11/27/2010 1:44 p.m.

A half-dozen years ago iconic chocolatier Fannie May, loved by Chicago candy devotees who passed down their affections for mint meltaways, caramels and vanilla buttercreams from generation to generation, was all but finished.

Brazil Vice President undergoes new surgery

posted: 11/27/2010 1:36 p.m.

Doctors say Brazil’s vice president has successfully undergone surgery for an intestinal blockage and hemorrhage.

Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore.

posted: 11/27/2010 1:33 p.m.

Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.

Jonesboro launches texting for emergency calls

posted: 11/27/2010 1:31 p.m.

Jonesboro has begun a service that allows residents to send a text message to emergency dispatchers rather than use a voice line to call for assistance.

Jonesboro club operator sues city over ordinance

posted: 11/27/2010 1:28 p.m.

The operator of a private Jonesboro nightclub is suing the city, saying its alcohol ordinance is not legal.

5 state regions in crime rater’s top 10

posted: 11/27/2010 6:07 a.m.

Arkansas’ urban areas are some of the most dangerous in the country if you believe everything you read.

On trip to China, 8 to seek teachers

posted: 11/27/2010 6:04 a.m.

Leaders in the Pulaski County Special School District are looking for Mandarin Chinese language teachers, and they are taking their search to the People’s Republic of China.

Homeowner at odds with city over razing

posted: 11/27/2010 6:02 a.m.

Little Rock is moving to condemn and raze a house whose owners blame the city for a collapsed driveway and sliding foundation that occurred after a drainage pipe running through the property failed.

Tontitown winemakers hope to revive tradition

posted: 11/27/2010 6:02 a.m.

David Peachee poured up glasses of white wine for Sandi and Sandford “Sandy” McKim to taste Friday afternoon at the Tontitown Winery, which opened Oct. 15.

LR sets 4 meetings next week to explain budget to residents

posted: 11/27/2010 6:01 a.m.

Little Rock officials are taking City Hall’s 2011 budget on the road to tell residents about what the $134.4 million spending plan means for them and the capital city.

Plan aims to fight deadly bat disease

posted: 11/27/2010 6 a.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is drafting a plan to combat the spread of a disease that has killed more than 1 million bats nationally, but so far the best advice remains — keep out.

Budget refuels election rivalry

posted: 11/27/2010 5:58 a.m.

Now that the anything-but-friendly race for 20th Judicial District prosecuting attorney is over, the aftershocks have begun.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: ‘Federal money’ left a bad taste

posted: 11/27/2010 5:55 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: My gripe with your column about construction on U.S. 67/167 in Pulaski County is “federal money.” All is from us, the taxpayers. We give the feds a dollar, and they generously give us back about 30 cents. — Mountain Home.

Other days

posted: 11/27/2010 5:54 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 27, 1910 That woman’s suffrage will be adapted eventually in Arkansas is the prediction of Miss Erie Chambers, who believes that the ballot is needed more by the mother and wife than by the working girl and business woman. Miss Chambers does not set a time when the new regime will be in working order, but she firmly declares it will come.

Woman, 38, held in death of beau

posted: 11/27/2010 5:53 a.m.

A 38-year-old Baxter County woman was arrested Friday in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Police beat

posted: 11/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

NLR man accused of assault, theft A North Little Rock man was arrested Friday morning at 65th Street and University Avenue and charged with aggravated assault and theft after police say he threatened one person with a utility knife and nearly hit another with his car.

Obituaries

posted: 11/27/2010 5:51 a.m.

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

Getting it straight

posted: 11/27/2010 5:51 a.m.

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

Korean tensions build

posted: 11/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday appointed a former top military commander as defense minister as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula before exercises with the U.S.

Border-tunnel bust yields 20 tons of ‘pot’

posted: 11/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

Authorities seized more than 20 tons of marijuana in connection with a cross-border tunnel equipped with a rail car, fluorescent lighting and a ventilation system — the second discovery of a major underground drug passage in San Diego this month, officials said Friday.

Meth trade skyrockets in Mexico

posted: 11/27/2010 5:43 a.m.

Mexican crime syndicates are importing mass quantities of the cold medicines and common chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, despite Mexico’s efforts to regulate those ingredients, law-enforcement agents say.

U.S. briefs allies on next WikiLeaks flow

posted: 11/27/2010 5:42 a.m.

U.S. allies around the world have been briefed by American diplomats about an expected release of classified U.S. files by the WikiLeaks website that is likely to cause international embarrassment and could damage some nations’ relations with the United States.

Iceland to rewrite charter

posted: 11/27/2010 5:41 a.m.

Iceland’s getting a new constitution — and it’s really going to be the voice of the people.

At RNC, bloc aims to recruit successor to Steele

posted: 11/27/2010 5:39 a.m.

A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants Chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to interviews with committee members.

Bodies along border identified by project

posted: 11/27/2010 5:39 a.m.

Lorenia Ton visits the morgues of southern Arizona searching for clues among the unclaimed bodies and belongings of people who tried to cross the desert.

DeLay verdict enters appeals phase

posted: 11/27/2010 5:37 a.m.

The conviction of Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, marks the beginning of a lengthy appeals process that will seek to cleanse the name and record of the former House majority leader.

FedEx finds lost radioactive rods

posted: 11/27/2010 5:36 a.m.

A shipment of radioactive rods used in medical equipment that disappeared on Thanksgiving Day was found Friday in Tennessee by the shipping company FedEx.

Medicare patients see doctors shy away

posted: 11/27/2010 5:36 a.m.

Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you’re a senior citizen covered by Medicare, the wait is eight weeks.

2 shot at Taiwan election rally

posted: 11/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

A gunman opened fire on a campaign rally on the eve of key local elections in Taiwan on Friday, killing one man and critically wounding the son of a former vice president. A suspect is in custody and may belong to a gang.

Illinois politician defends Emanuel

posted: 11/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky said Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel shouldn’t be punished for “responding to the call” of the president.

Three tornadoes strike Louisiana

posted: 11/27/2010 5:33 a.m.

Three tornadoes damaged houses in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes, but no injuries have been reported, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Troops, traffickers trade shots in Rio

posted: 11/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

Brazilian soldiers and police exchanged gunfire with druggang members holed up in a slum complex Friday and stood their ground, trapping the traffickers inside.

Russia opens plant for disarming

posted: 11/27/2010 5:31 a.m.

Russia will miss a 2012 deadline for destroying all of its chemical weapons, officials said Friday as they inaugurated a major new plant to dispose of them.

Brits ferried fake Taliban, Afghan says

posted: 11/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

A senior Afghan official blamed the British secret service for escorting a Taliban impostor to take part in top-level peace talks with the Afghan government, newspapers reported Friday.

Don’t rely on U.S., Ecuadorean says

posted: 11/27/2010 5:29 a.m.

Members of a fledgling South American defense union should stop seeking solutions from the United States and instead turn to their own leaders for answers, Ecuador’s leader said Friday.

U.S. shuts sites to fight cyber-piracy

posted: 11/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

In what appears to be the latest phase of a far-reaching federal crackdown on online piracy of music and movies, a number of sites that facilitate illegal file sharing were shut down this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Mega Millions

posted: 11/27/2010 5:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 5-9-34-43-47 Mega Ball: 8 Estimated jackpot: $42 million Megaplier: 02

In the news

posted: 11/27/2010 5:26 a.m.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, said in Lebanon, where he was receiving a leadership award, that Middle Eastern countries should adopt their own version of Europe’s Schengen Agreement, which allows for borderless travel among 25 European signatory countries.

Names and faces

posted: 11/27/2010 5:26 a.m.

First came the royal engagement. Now — 10 days later — the first book.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/27/2010 5:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You can’t keep spending the kind of money they’re spending every month just to operate the RNC. I would hope he would step aside.” Republican National Committee member Ada Fisher, on Chairman Michael Steele Article, 3A

The world in brief

posted: 11/27/2010 5:25 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not the moment to circumvent risks, but rather to confront risks.” Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, as troops support a police operation on gang turf Article, 7A

No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 5 LSU: Curiouser and curiouser

posted: 11/27/2010 5:23 a.m.

Fans fattened by Thanksgiving overindulgence will gather en masse in Little Rock today to see two SEC powers tangle for high stakes and heavy hardware.

TOP 25: Newton, Tigers on track after ironclad comeback

posted: 11/27/2010 5:22 a.m.

Cam Newton ran around Bryant-Denny Stadium with a hand over his mouth, having hushed up those who might have thought his shot at the national title and Heisman Trophy were done.

COLLEGE MEN: Blazers top Hogs in NLR

posted: 11/27/2010 5:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks celebrated wildly after Jeff Peterson’s buzzer-beating basket against Alabama-Birmingham.

UA receiver shows no quit after ‘The Hit’

posted: 11/27/2010 5:15 a.m.

Google the names of Joe Adams and Chad Jones, and dozens of video links will pop up to what’s become known as “The Hit.” It happened last season when Adams, an Arkansas receiver, had his helmet knocked off by Jones, LSU’s free safety, with a bone-jarring hit on a pass play over the middle.

HOG CALLS: Proud linemen pave way for Davis

posted: 11/27/2010 5:03 a.m.

Offensive linemen don’t have individual stats.

Off the wire

posted: 11/27/2010 5:02 a.m.

TENNIS Nadal, Djokovic reach semis Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic completed the semifinal lineup at the ATP World Tour Finals with straight-set victories Friday in London.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/27/2010 5:01 a.m.

University finds fault for changes The stadium that was home to The Play will never be the same after today.

Notes

posted: 11/27/2010 5:01 a.m.

GIANTS Andrews in hospital EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants appear to have lost their second left tackle in Shawn Andrews (Camden Fairview, Arkansas Razorbacks).

Jets prepare for marquee game

posted: 11/27/2010 5 a.m.

The showdown is set, and Rex and the Jets are ready.

Wolves primed for 2010 finale

posted: 11/27/2010 4:59 a.m.

Arkansas State will wrap up the 2010 season today when the Red Wolves play Florida International in Miami, as the Red Wolves try to end the season on a positive note after losing consecutive games to Western Kentucky and Navy.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 11/27/2010 4:58 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterbacks LSU’s Jordan Jefferson has taken knocks for his passing, but he’s been solid the past few weeks (including a 10-of-13 performance against Alabama) and his running is always a threat.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Burkhead, Nebraska clinch Big 12 North

posted: 11/27/2010 4:56 a.m.

Nebraska is off to the Big 12 championship game — and Bo Pelini won’t go kicking and screaming.

BIG EAST/ MID-AMERICAN: Turnovers doom Pitt’s BCS hopes

posted: 11/27/2010 4:56 a.m.

West Virginia never believed Pittsburgh was a better team. Not in August, when Pitt was a near-unanimous pick to win the Big East. Not in October, when the Panthers opened a two-game conference lead over the Mountaineers.

PACIFIC-10/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Ducks win share of Pac-10 title

posted: 11/27/2010 4:55 a.m.

Darron Thomas passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and top-ranked Oregon earned at least a share of a second consecutive Pacific-10 title with a 48-29 victory over No. 21 Arizona on Friday night.

CLASS 7A: Bentonville rolls into final

posted: 11/27/2010 4:54 a.m.

Bentonville learned its lesson the first time they played Springdale Har-Ber, when the Wildcats almost overcame a big deficit late with two onside kicks.

CLASS 5A: Opportunistic Fairview subdues Watson Chapel

posted: 11/27/2010 4:53 a.m.

The Camden Fairview Cardinals overcame muddy field conditions and 43-degree temperatures to defeat Watson Chapel 34-21 in a Class 5A semifinal Friday night.

Allen does it again for Fayetteville

posted: 11/27/2010 4:52 a.m.

With their white jerseys streaked in mud, Fayetteville’s football players hugged one another and celebrated at midfield of Jim Rowland Stadium.

CLASS 6A: Ford’s return leads Wildcats to safety

posted: 11/27/2010 4:51 a.m.

With four seconds left on the clock, El Dorado faced a fourth-and-7 at its own 34-yard line. Senior quarterback Taylor Reed lined up deep in a punt formation, took the deep snap, and sprinted back into his own end zone. The official signaled a safety as the clock expired, giving the Wildcats a 21-20 victory over Lake Hamilton in the 6A State semifinals.

Greenwood defense gives offense, Sunde short field

posted: 11/27/2010 4:50 a.m.

As the man responsible for calling the Greenwood Bulldogs’ offensive plays, Rick Jones had a fairly easy job in Friday’s Class 5A semifinal at Pioneer Stadium.

CLASS 3A: Keese’s feet, feat get the job done

posted: 11/27/2010 4:49 a.m.

Senior quarterback Seth Keese scored on four short touchdown runs and reached a career milestone in Harding Academy’s 35-6 victory over Rison in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night at First Security Stadium.

Texarkana earns trip to 6A title game

posted: 11/27/2010 4:48 a.m.

Texarkana scored 29 of their 42 points in the second half — 22 in the final quarter — en route to a stunning 42-28 victory over Pine Bluff on Friday night at Jordan Stadium.

Class 4A: PA puts Ashdown in reverse

posted: 11/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

Pulaski Academy held Ashdown to minus-43 yards in a 38-0 rout of the Bruins’ 7-4 A Conference foe in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs at Rector Field on Friday.

Shiloh’s defense comes through in victory

posted: 11/27/2010 4:46 a.m.

Just a few inches of artificial grass stood between Nashville and the end zone, where a touchdown would get the Scrappers within striking distance of Shiloh Christian.

Star City keeps reaching milestones

posted: 11/27/2010 4:46 a.m.

For the first time in program history, the Star City Bulldogs will be playing football in December.

Class 2A: Versatile Lowe lifts Bearden

posted: 11/27/2010 4:45 a.m.

The Bearden Bears intercepted four Spencer Langston passes in the second half — the last coming in the final 90 seconds — to defeat the Bigelow Panthers 21-14 in the Class 2A state playoffs Friday at Panther Stadium.

Magazine’s defense stifles Carlisle

posted: 11/27/2010 4:44 a.m.

When Magazine needed a big play, junior quarterback Ryan Chambers made sure he had the ball in his hands.

Hill,Watkins lead Senators to victory

posted: 11/27/2010 4:43 a.m.

Pulaski Robinson, led by two touchdowns each by Evian Hill and Jaalen Watkins, beat Mena 50-22 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Friday.

In the Lane

posted: 11/27/2010 4:42 a.m.

Arkansas misfires on threes Arkansas had missed 15 consecutive three-point shots covering more than 35 minutes when Jeff Peterson connected from the right wing with less than a second remaining to forge a 57-57 tie and force overtime.

Tigers slow Beavers RB

posted: 11/27/2010 4:41 a.m.

The West Fork Tigers (11-2 ) made the most of a threehour drive to central Arkansas Friday night, advancing to the Class 3A semifinals with a 27-7 victory over the previously unbeaten Glen Rose Beavers (11-1 ).

FRIDAY’S MEN: Hot second half propels UALR

posted: 11/27/2010 4:41 a.m.

A three-second sequence in the second half of UALR’s 74-65 victory over Louisiana Tech on Friday in front of 2,336 fans at the Jack Stephens Center illustrated a key component in the philosophy of UALR basketball Coach Steve Shields: Every man boxes out and rebounds in space.

SEC MEN: Gaskins, Ole Miss prevail

posted: 11/27/2010 4:40 a.m.

Trevor Gaskins scored a careerhigh 24 points and Chris Warren added 20 as Mississippi defeated previously unbeaten Penn State 84-71 on Friday night.

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN: Tennessee drops ’Nova, wins tournament

posted: 11/27/2010 4:38 a.m.

All the talk around Tennessee this season has been about Coach Bruce Pearl and his suspension for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

Hotels add holy book of Hindus

posted: 11/27/2010 4:36 a.m.

Pull open a drawer in some Houston hotel rooms, and beside your room-service menu and Gideons Bible, you might find a copy of the Bhagavad-Gita.

Silver Tea to pour attention on library

posted: 11/27/2010 4:35 a.m.

The Episcopal Church Women of St. James’ Episcopal Church will soon be busy baking cookies and making treats for their biggest annual event, the Silver Tea.

Pages of plenty

posted: 11/27/2010 4:34 a.m.

Revelation of the Magi Revelation of the Magi, translated by Brent Landau (HarperOne, $22.99) Not much is written in the Bible about the Wise Men, or the Magi, as they are often called, but they are an important part of the Christmas story.

ON RELIGION: Lennon ‘almost too honest’ on religion, priest says

posted: 11/27/2010 4:33 a.m.

Few images of John Lennon are as iconic as that of the ex-Beatle playing a white piano in a white room, gazing into the camera lens while singing “Imagine.”

Sudden attack

posted: 11/27/2010 4:33 a.m.

THINK of looking out your kitchen window one peaceful Saturday morning to see a neighbor’s pit bull mauling your little boy in the front yard. Rushing out to help, you and your other young son are bitten on the face and arms, too. Torn and bleeding, all of you somehow manage to retreat to the safety of your home.

OTHERS SAY: Teaching the teachers

posted: 11/27/2010 4:32 a.m.

Teachers, like doctors, should receive their training through clinical practice. That conclusion of a national report calling for teacher education to be “turned upside down” makes sense.

The irrelevance of START

posted: 11/27/2010 4:32 a.m.

It’s a lame-duck session. Time is running out. Unemployment is high, the economy is dangerously weak and, with five weeks to go, no one knows what taxes will have to be paid on everything from income to dividends to death when the current rates expire January 1st.

North Korea will never play nice

posted: 11/27/2010 4:31 a.m.

While it is cowardly and foolish not to resist an act of aggression, the best way to deal with a provocation is to ignore it—or so we are taught. By refusing to be provoked, one frustrates and therefore “beats” the provoker; generations of bullied children have been consoled with this logic.

Arkadelphia Promise

posted: 11/27/2010 4:30 a.m.

I like to joke that there’s one traffic jam per year in my hometown of Arkadelphia. It only lasts a few minutes following the annual Battle of the Ravine football game between Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University.

LETTERS

posted: 11/27/2010 4:28 a.m.

Reply unprofessional While presenting his light-rail proposal, Steve Luoni, director of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Community Design Center, dismissed the criticism from a woman who has lived in a community with light rail, San Diego. His response to the criticism, “It sounds like a bad design,” was unprofessional.

Local laws at risk

posted: 11/27/2010 4:27 a.m.

Fort Smith passed an ordinance back in 1983 that boosted the city’s sewer rates.

Black Friday draws droves of early birds

posted: 11/27/2010 4:24 a.m.

At 10 p.m. Thanksgiving, when Toys R Us opened its doors, about 900 people who snaked through a North Little Rock shopping center burst into cheers and applause.

Entergy offering ‘choice meters’

posted: 11/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. has developed a program so residential customers can monitor their electricity use and possibly lower their monthly bills.

Food for pets key to Del Monte sale

posted: 11/27/2010 4:21 a.m.

Shares of Del Monte Foods Co. rose Friday, a day after a group of investors agreed to acquire the company in a $4 billion deal.

Portugal passes debt-cutting plan

posted: 11/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

Europe struggled mightily Friday to keep the debt crisis from spreading, as Portugal passed austerity measures to fend off the speculative trades pushing it toward a bailout and Ireland rushed to negotiate its own imminent rescue.

Gulf-area casinos’ financial rebound seen slow

posted: 11/27/2010 4:17 a.m.

Gambling in Louisiana and Mississippi is staging a slow comeback from the economic meltdown of 2008, aggravated for a time by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that chased away some tourists.

Qantas seen addressing crisis well

posted: 11/27/2010 4:15 a.m.

Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce will be onboard today as the carrier flies its first Airbus SAS A380 service since a midair engine explosion. That commitment helped persuade Mark Ritson to push ahead with a similar trip.

Fiat wants Italian plant to make Chrysler Jeeps

posted: 11/27/2010 4:15 a.m.

Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne on Friday proposed a joint venture with Chrysler LLC to build Alfa Romeo and Jeep brand vehicles at Turin’s Mirafiori auto plant.

Japan passes $61 billion stimulus package

posted: 11/27/2010 4:14 a.m.

Japan’s ruling party on Friday passed a new $61 billion stimulus package that aims to create jobs and revive the country’s faltering economic recovery.

It’s dry indoors, so water the tree

posted: 11/27/2010 4:13 a.m.

There is nothing like the scent of a fresh-cut Christmas tree to evoke special memories. When choosing the family Christmas tree, look for three basic things: Freshness.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall on euro, Korean ills

posted: 11/27/2010 4:13 a.m.

Stocks sank during Friday’s shortened session as jittery traders were afraid to commit to any holdings ahead of the weekend amid lingering uncertainty surrounding Europe’s debt troubles and North Korea’s war threats.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/27/2010 4:12 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Gamblers, like other people, have to feel comfortable about their financial situation. ... When the economy got tanked, the industry got whacked.” Joseph Weinert, senior vice president of Linwood, N.J.-based Spectrum Gaming Group Article, 1D

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

P.A.M. directors OK buyback of shares P.A.M. Transportation Services’ board of directors has authorized a stock repurchase of up to 500,000 shares over the next year.

Season’s greenings

posted: 11/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

We have gone from a horrid summer to a fantastically showy fall, and now the bright lights and festive decorations will keep the color coming. From poinsettias to Christmas trees, amaryllis bulbs to fresh wreaths, there are many ways to add color to our homes, or provide extra seasonal cheer with plants.

Tools & toys

posted: 11/27/2010 4:08 a.m.

Nosy Eyeglass Stand What’s to love: Helps you keep track of your glasses.

Poinsettias

posted: 11/27/2010 4:08 a.m.

Who wouldn’t welcome a blooming plant as a gift? The red poinsettia still reigns supreme among flowering Christmas-season plants, but if red doesn’t fit your color scheme, you have plenty of other options.

Ask the expert

posted: 11/27/2010 4:07 a.m.

I live in a recently built house that is energy efficient — i.e., thoroughly insulated and caulked, among other things. This is great, except that I worry sometimes that it’s too tight and we don’t get enough fresh air inside, especially now that it’s colder. What do you think?

Staying alive

posted: 11/27/2010 4:06 a.m.

Even though you may think of these winter-season plants more as a decoration than a living thing, they are indeed living and do need light and water to stay alive.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: ‘Queen Kate’ to heal U.K.’s Diana-rent psyche

posted: 11/27/2010 4:05 a.m.

Dear Otus, You can imagine how thrilled our Arkansas Anglophile Association is about the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It’s about time we got another young, pretty future queen. How did Kate and William meet?

In the garden

posted: 11/27/2010 4:04 a.m.

Q My wife and I viewed the most beautiful red maple we’ve ever seen on the grounds of the Heber Springs dam viewing area just off the highway over the dam.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 11/27/2010 4:03 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: A few years ago, our 1998 Camry started to leak water inside. This is a problem in Oregon, so we took it in for repair, and $500 later, they told us that they cleared the “weep channels” in the sunroof.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/27/2010 4:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I feel trapped. My boss is pressuring me to do something illegal, and I don’t want to do it because I’m a Christian and I know it would be wrong. I desperately need my job, but I don’t know how much longer I can put him off.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: As the proud owners of four dachshunds, we are aware that their extended backbones create a tendency for back problems, which can affect the quality of the lives of many “doxies.”

Keep it clean

posted: 11/27/2010 4:01 a.m.

The many uses of baking soda There are loads of other uses for that little box of baking soda sucking up odors in the refrigerator.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/27/2010 4 a.m.

Happy birthday. People have often told you that you are talented. This year, you get fi nancial proof that your gifts are exceptional and useful. People are moved by what you do. You’ll push forward with an idea that will take several months to realize.You’ll cross the finish line in June — sweet victory ! Family celebrates you.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/27/2010 4 a.m.

1. Is a full house or flush the more difficult hand to draw in the card game of poker? 2. What two letters have the highest point value in Scrabble? 3. Where in the white House did President Abraham Lincoln lie in state?

Myriad of choices

posted: 11/27/2010 3:59 a.m.

Many plants exhibit celebratory colors: amaryllis bulbs, anthurium, azaleas, cyclamen, gerbera daisies, holiday cactus, Kalanchoe, orchids and paperwhites.

Understanding nature key to Christmas cactus blooms

posted: 11/27/2010 3:58 a.m.

If you haven’t begun the annual ritual of tampering with the lifestyle of your Christmas cactus to get it to set flower buds, you really need to get going. Or, if you’re like me and leave it outdoors until the temperatures reach freezing, you still need a trick or two to ensure the buds will set.

Some professional decorator tips for decking the halls

posted: 11/27/2010 3:58 a.m.

Matthew Mead’s favorite Christmas decoration is the wreath.

Red giant, tiny tatsoi pass muster on flavor

posted: 11/27/2010 3:57 a.m.

You may not know plants like tatsoi and red giant now, but once you try these mustards you will forever be hooked. The cool-season landscape can be extraordinarily beautiful and edible if you plan your combinations carefully.

Wreaths are easily made from what’s in our yards

posted: 11/27/2010 3:57 a.m.

If budget constraints limit your buying power, why not take some of nature’s bounty and use it in your Christmas decorations?

Friday, November 26

Fayetteville 24, FS Southside 21

updated: 11/26/2010 11:48 p.m.

Fayetteville defeated Fort Smith Southside, 24-21, on Friday night at Jim Rowland Stadium in Fort Smith.

Bearden snags win over Bigelow, 21-14

posted: 11/26/2010 11:13 p.m.

Bearden defeated Bigelow, 21-14, Friday night at Bigelow.

Fountain Lake blocks Mansfield, 44-21

posted: 11/26/2010 10:49 p.m.

Fountain Lake took the win over Mansfield, 44-21, on their own turf Friday night.

Pulaski Academy 38, Ashdown 0

posted: 11/26/2010 10:38 p.m.

Pulaski Academy shut out Ashdown, 38-0, on Friday night in the 4A playoffs at Rector Field.

Shiloh Christian clobbers Nashville, 48-10

posted: 11/26/2010 10:29 p.m.

Shiloh Christian Academy handily beat Nashville, 48-10, on Friday night at Shiloh Christian.

Hand over holiday bonuses, Mexican teachers threatened

posted: 11/26/2010 7:38 p.m.

Authorities in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez are investigating extortion threats posted outside local schools demanding payments from teachers, a state official said Friday.

Colo. shopper possibly trapped in store collapse

posted: 11/26/2010 7:33 p.m.

Firefighters are searching through a partially collapsed thrift store in western Colorado for a shopper possibly trapped under the debris.

Dinner with Clinton draws eBay bidders

posted: 11/26/2010 5:45 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton will guide a tour of the Clinton Presidential Library and share a meal with the winning eBay bidder in an auction that is at $25,600 with more than five days left.

Girlfriend of Baxter Co. man charged in his death

posted: 11/26/2010 5:14 p.m.

The Baxter County sheriff’s office says a 38-year-old woman faces a first-degree murder charge stemming from the shooting death of her boyfriend.

Police, soldiers trade fire with gunmen in Rio slum

posted: 11/26/2010 5:10 p.m.

Brazilian soldiers and police exchanged gunfire with drug-gang members holed up in a massive slum complex Friday, but stood their ground, trapping the traffickers inside.

Oil hovers below $84, recovering from earlier dip

posted: 11/26/2010 3:51 p.m.

Oil prices recovered somewhat on Friday after dipping earlier in the day on growing concerns about Europe’s debt crisis.

US: Wikileaks release will put lives in danger

posted: 11/26/2010 3:43 p.m.

The Obama administration is condemning the expected release of classified diplomatic cables by the Wikileaks website and warning that it will endanger “lives and interests.”

San Diego drug tunnel had railcar, tons of pot

posted: 11/26/2010 3:20 p.m.

U.S. authorities said Friday that they seized tons of marijuana in connection with a cross-border tunnel that was equipped with a rail car — the second discovery of a major underground drug passage in San Diego this month.

Egyptians protest police violence before election

posted: 11/26/2010 3:18 p.m.

Egyptian activists held several rallies across the country Friday to protest police violence, especially against candidates running in this weekend’s parliamentary election.

Everton vet wants credit for Merchant Marine time

posted: 11/26/2010 2:57 p.m.

For years after World War II, Al Reid looked on as his friends used the GI bill to go to college or to buy homes. Though he had faced similar dangers and risked his life in the pursuit of victory, Reid had not received the benefits that others enjoyed.

Federal prisons to accept some tribal convicts

posted: 11/26/2010 2:55 p.m.

Federal prisons are opening their doors to some felons convicted in tribal courts.

UPDATE: 12 stitches for Obama after errant elbow in hoops

updated: 11/26/2010 3:42 p.m.

President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday with a group of family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said.

Jonesboro launches texting for emergency calls

posted: 11/26/2010 2:29 p.m.

Jonesboro has begun a service that allows residents to send a text message to emergency dispatchers rather than use a voice line to call for assistance.

Haiti’s presidential campaigns roar to a close

posted: 11/26/2010 1 p.m.

Haiti’s presidential candidates are wrapping up their campaigns with loud, musical rallies.

Hershey sues Mars over similar candy packaging

posted: 11/26/2010 12:56 p.m.

Bitter rivals on store shelves in the candy aisle may also duke it out in court.

Game and Fish eager to pay off high-interest bond

posted: 11/26/2010 11:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission still hasn’t spent most of the $32 million it has picked up by assigning natural gas drilling rights on land it manages.

Throngs brave weather for Christmas bargains

posted: 11/26/2010 11:20 a.m.

At 10 p.m. Thanksgiving, when Toys R Us opened its doors, 900 people who snaked through a North Little Rock shopping center burst into cheers and applause.

North Korea warns region is on brink of war

posted: 11/26/2010 11:16 a.m.

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.

Son of former Taiwan vice president shot at election rally

posted: 11/26/2010 11:14 a.m.

A gunman opened fire on a campaign rally on the eve of key local elections in Taiwan on Friday, killing one man and critically wounding the son of a former vice president. A suspect is in custody and could belong to a gang, police said.

US briefs UK govt about next WikiLeaks release

posted: 11/26/2010 10:41 a.m.

The British government says it has been briefed by the United States about an expected release of American diplomatic files by the WikiLeaks website.

Saudi forces arrest 149 al-Qaida suspects

posted: 11/26/2010 10:39 a.m.

A Saudi official says authorities have arrested nearly 150 al-Qaida suspects over the past eight months, foiling planned attacks on Saudi government officials, civilians and media personalities.

Wreaths, trees and plants are heart of Christmas decor

posted: 11/26/2010 10:21 a.m.

Arkansas has gone from a horrid summer to a fantastically showy fall, and now the bright lights and festive decorations will keep the color coming, writes Janet Carson in Saturday’s HomeStyle section. From poinsettias to Christmas trees, amaryllis bulbs to fresh wreaths, there are many ways to add color to your home, or provide extra seasonal cheer with plants.

State budget hearings to kick into gear

posted: 11/26/2010 10:17 a.m.

Legislative committees will start to hit their stride next week as legislators get down to business in budget hearings.

Serbia seeks suspected Nazi from US

posted: 11/26/2010 9:22 a.m.

Serbia has asked the U.S. to extradite a naturalized American citizen who is suspected of serving in a Nazi unit that killed thousands of civilians during World War II.

FedEx searches for missing radioactive equipment

posted: 11/26/2010 9:20 a.m.

FedEx is searching for radioactive rods used for medical equipment that went missing during shipment between North Dakota and Tennessee.

Whirlpool confirms layoffs at Fort Smith plant

posted: 11/26/2010 9:15 a.m.

Whirlpool Corp. officials have confirmed that 850 employees have been laid off at the plant in Fort Smith since October.

Russia opens key plant to destroy chemical weapons

posted: 11/26/2010 9:13 a.m.

Russia has inaugurated a plant designed to destroy the country's largest stockpile of chemical weapons.

Officials pull out of CA bomb factory, cite danger

posted: 11/26/2010 9 a.m.

Explosives experts have pulled out of a northern San Diego County home with a large quantity of bomb-making materials because it's too dangerous.

Pakistan police say bombing plot in capital foiled

posted: 11/26/2010 8:56 a.m.

Pakistani police say they have foiled a plot to bomb a mosque and government buildings in the country's capital.

SC man accused of threatening to shoot president

posted: 11/26/2010 7:50 a.m.

A South Carolina man has been arrested and accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

USDA: All Ark. counties are natural disaster areas

posted: 11/26/2010 7:48 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says all 75 counties in Arkansas have been designated as primary natural disaster areas.

Coroner says child dies of unknown causes

posted: 11/26/2010 7:47 a.m.

The Pulaski County Coroner says a toddler has died at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a Little Rock motel room.

VIDEO: Black Friday sales draw hundreds of shoppers

updated: 11/26/2010 6:46 a.m.

Heath Hudspeth braved the rain, the sleet, the freezing temperatures and more than 15 hours waiting on the sidewalk outside the front door of the Little Rock Best Buy, which opened its doors at 5 a.m. Thursday to cater to hundreds of Black Friday deal-seekers.

For shelter, meal, family gives thanks

posted: 11/26/2010 5:54 a.m.

Eleasha Brown and her family sat huddled around a laminate table Thursday in the basement cafeteria of the shelter that not only provided them with Thanksgiving dinner but is also serving as their temporary home.

Obama calls on nation’s spirit

posted: 11/26/2010 5:40 a.m.

Saying America has a history of doing what it takes to make a better tomorrow, President Barack Obama is calling on a country climbing out of its worst economic slump in decades to summon that spirit again.

Garden study lets kids cultivate green thumbs

posted: 11/26/2010 5:33 a.m.

A group of 11-year-old children gathered around the end of a shovel, staring at a tiny grub writhing among the clods of black soil resting in its metal scoop.

100 cats, dogs find families in month

posted: 11/26/2010 5:32 a.m.

More than 100 cats and dogs found new homes in November, a record-setting month for the 3-year-old Little Rock Animal Village.

State health panel to host AIDS talk

posted: 11/26/2010 5:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission will host a panel discussion on HIV and AIDS in Arkansas on Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Service in Little Rock.

Shortcut to 4-lane U.S. 67 turns up volume in Cash

posted: 11/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

Junior Bates sits on a bench in front of Vicki’s Store in Cash on sunny afternoons and counts the cars that pass through the nearby four-way stop.

Sherwood golf course tops budgeted income

posted: 11/26/2010 5:28 a.m.

Instead of yelling “fore,” don’t be surprised to hear Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman shouting “we broke par.” The Greens at North Hills golf course surpassed its projected 2010 revenue by $80,745 as of Nov. 23, City Clerk/Treasurer Angela Nicholson said. Annual revenue was budgeted at $500,000.

Gift caps Thanksgiving at restaurant

posted: 11/26/2010 5:27 a.m.

Bill Reed of Bentonville was equal parts thankful and shocked Thursday by the generosity of stranger.

Arkansan’s flight suit sells for $620

posted: 11/26/2010 5:27 a.m.

An Air Force flight suit that Bill Pogue wore 50 years ago sold at auction Nov. 6 for $620.

Paying for Aug. 10 poll still up in air

posted: 11/26/2010 5:26 a.m.

The votes have long since been counted and the result known, but the Aug. 10 special election for a seat on the Siloam Springs Board of Directors is not yet settled.

Man challenges his sentence to die for killing ex-girlfriend

posted: 11/26/2010 5:25 a.m.

The new attorneys for convicted murderer Zachariah Marcyniuk, who was sentenced to death for killing his former girlfriend, have filed a motion claiming he did not receive effective counsel.

Focus urged on crimes against disabled

posted: 11/26/2010 5:24 a.m.

Law enforcement, social service agencies and victim advocates need to formalize a process for investigating crimes against adults with disabilities, supporters of the measure said recently.

Rig on I-40 hits, kills pedestrian

posted: 11/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

Pulaski County officials are trying to identify a woman who died Thursday morning after she was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Obituaries

posted: 11/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

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

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 11/26/2010 5:22 a.m.

Upgrades to shut 2 library branches Two Central Arkansas Library System branches will undergo renovations in coming weeks.

Burglaries

posted: 11/26/2010 5:22 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock Police Department. 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.

Thanksgiving closings

posted: 11/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

The following schedules for state, federal and local government offices may be affected by the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: Aldersgate Road North Little Rock: McCain Boulevard Pulaski County: Stewart Road

Police beat

posted: 11/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

LR gunman sought after man wounded Little Rock police said Thursday that they were still looking for the man who fired off about a dozen shots that sent one man to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Other days

posted: 11/26/2010 5:20 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 26, 1910 Another one of the brilliant captures made by the Little Rock Detective Department was brought to the attention of the Gazette yesterday when a white friend of Will Richardson, a negro, came to complain that the man had been arrested by Detective Charles Stein last Saturday night simply because Richardson was carrying a pair of new shoes under his arm and Detective Stein thought that he might possibly have stolen them.

No scans, no problem

posted: 11/26/2010 5:20 a.m.

The state-of-the-art in terrorist explosive isn’t the bomb hidden in a shoe. It’s not peroxide-based liquid explosives spirited onboard aircraft in containers of 3 fluid ounces. And it’s not undershorts with a special packet of plastic explosive designed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

An official apology

posted: 11/26/2010 5:19 a.m.

“GAME, Fish chief contrite over law flap,” said the headline over the story about Craig Campbell’s banquet of crow before a legislative oversight committee.

Airport security? Really?

posted: 11/26/2010 5:19 a.m.

No country has better airport security than Israel—and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Israeli airport security people don’t have to strip passengers naked electronically or have strangers feel their private parts.

LETTERS

posted: 11/26/2010 5:16 a.m.

No sport in shooting The feature story “Shoot to thrill” reminds me of an incident that happened a few years back.

The greatest gift

posted: 11/26/2010 5:16 a.m.

What is it with parents that they never want anything for Christmas?

NFL Week 12: Saving the Saints

posted: 11/26/2010 5:16 a.m.

Drew Brees was a young Dallas Cowboys fan cheering on Jason Garrett during his amazing comeback victory on Thanksgiving 1994.

Thanks to give

posted: 11/26/2010 5:15 a.m.

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”—Cicero Now that the morning after Thanksgiving has become shrouded as Black Friday, we need more than ever to remember the above sentiments.

More artillery heralds Koreas on brink of war

posted: 11/26/2010 5:14 a.m.

South Korean officials said Friday that artillery shots were heard on the Yellow Sea island attacked earlier this week by North Korea.

Political impasse in Iraq resolved

posted: 11/26/2010 5:11 a.m.

Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cemented his grip on power Thursday, bringing an end to nearly nine months of political deadlock after he was asked to form the next government.

Man back in U.S. for trial in wife’s death

posted: 11/26/2010 5:08 a.m.

An Alabama man who served prison time in Australia in his wife’s drowning death during their honeymoon returned Thursday to the U.S., where he faces murder charges that could carry a much stiffer punishment.

Cowboys a winner for Salvation Army

posted: 11/26/2010 5:08 a.m.

Wake-up calls aren’t needed at the home of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Not on the day before Thanksgiving. Not when the Salvation Army needs his help.

4 Afghan arrests stir fears vote in danger

posted: 11/26/2010 5:06 a.m.

The Afghan attorney general’s office Thursday announced four arrests in its investigation of fraud during the contentious September parliamentary election, a move some Western officials fear is part of efforts by the political elite to overturn the results of certain races.

E-mail seems to sap Waters’ ethics prosecution

posted: 11/26/2010 5:05 a.m.

Information that forced postponement of Rep. Maxine Waters’ ethics trial raises new questions about an investigative panel’s charges that the California Democrat improperly tried to steer federal bailout money to a black-owned bank where her husband is a stockholder and former director.

Terror alerts to go colorless?

posted: 11/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

The Homeland Security Department is looking to scrap the five-tiered color-coded terrorism warning system in favor of a streamlined one with as few as two alerts, officials said.

Aerobics, weights aid diabetics

posted: 11/26/2010 5:03 a.m.

People with diabetes should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar, a new study suggests. The combination worked best for weight loss too, compared to aerobics or weight training alone.

Euro to exit debt crisis stronger, Merkel asserts

posted: 11/26/2010 5:02 a.m.

The 16-nation euro currency will survive the debt crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday, and a senior central banker said the European Union would be willing to increase its $1 trillion bailout fund if necessary.

E-mails reveal oil-spill miscues

posted: 11/26/2010 5:01 a.m.

The Obama administration struggled behind the scenes to determine how much oil leaked in the Gulf of Mexico from a BP well this year and defended estimates that for months were inaccurate, according to thousands of government e-mails.

Chefs serve delicacies in Paris subway

posted: 11/26/2010 5 a.m.

Renowned French chefs are slicing and sauteing this week in a subway station in a series of cooking demonstrations that result in mouthwatering treats for commuters.

4 in Nigeria face weapons charges

posted: 11/26/2010 4:59 a.m.

A Nigerian court Thursday charged an Iranian and three Nigerians with arms trafficking in connection with an arms shipment officials seized last month at Nigeria’s busiest port.

Tax-bill protests persist in Ukraine

posted: 11/26/2010 4:59 a.m.

About 6,000 people gathered in Ukraine’s capital Thursday on the fourth day of demonstrations against tax-law changes, part of the largest nationwide wave of protests since the Orange Revolution of 2004.

Swede, 2 Poles charged in Auschwitz sign theft

posted: 11/26/2010 4:58 a.m.

Polish prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a Swede with neo-Nazi ties and two Poles and said all three had confessed to the theft of the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the gates of the Nazi’s Auschwitz death camp last year.

Police sweep hits Rio slum

posted: 11/26/2010 4:57 a.m.

Elite police units in borrowed navy tanks rumbled through a heavily fortified slum Thursday in an effort to apprehend drug-gang leaders they blame for five days of widespread violence, even as scores of armed youth fled to a neighboring shantytown.

Tokyo holds on to No. 1 in restaurant guide

posted: 11/26/2010 4:57 a.m.

Japan’s capital has retained its top spot in the world of gastronomy, according to Michelin Guides, with more top-rated restaurants than Paris for the second year in a row.

Army cooks’ order: Fried turkey

posted: 11/26/2010 4:56 a.m.

A few days before Thanksgiving, Capt. Bo Reynolds gave his cooks a special mission.

Professor implants camera in his head in name of art

posted: 11/26/2010 4:55 a.m.

A New York University arts professor might not have eyes on the back of his head, but he’s coming pretty close.

Israel’s Olmert: Bad step

posted: 11/26/2010 4:49 a.m.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took a rare public jab at his successor Thursday, saying that Israel should agree to the U.S. demand to halt settlement construction in the West Bank to restart Mideast peace talks.

In the news

posted: 11/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

Craig Brooks, an Australian paramedic, said a Melbourne woman was in serious condition with suspected internal bleeding after she forgot to pull her car’s hand brake and was run over twice by the car, once as it rolled down her driveway and then after the vehicle bounced off a fence on the other side of the road.

Names and faces

posted: 11/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

Auctioneers overestimated the power of the dark side. An original Darth Vader costume from one of George Lucas’ Star Wars movie did not sell at auction Thursday when no bidder offered to pay the reserve price Christie’s auctioneers said.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/26/2010 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not the hardest Thanksgiving America has ever faced. But as long as many members of our American family are hurting, we’ve got to look out for one another.” President Barack Obama Article, 1A Investor group to buy Del Monte NEW YORK — Del Monte Foods Co. on Thursday agreed to be bought for $4 billion in cash by a group of investors that includes its former owner in what would be the biggest private equity deal of the year.

The world in brief

posted: 11/26/2010 4:47 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s not the euro that is in danger, it’s the fiscal policy in some member states that got out of hand.The euro is one of the world’s most stable currencies.” Axel Weber, the head of Germany’s central bank Article, this page Students protest Italy education cuts ROME — Italian students on Thursday occupied the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Rome’s Colosseum to protest education cuts and university changes being considered by parliament.

HIGH SCHOOL: Keese to keep eye on title

posted: 11/26/2010 4:19 a.m.

Harding Academy senior quarterback Seth Keese should reach 9,000 yards of career total offense when the No. 3 Wildcats meet No. 4 Rison in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game tonight at First Security Stadium in Searcy.

Frantic finishes series hallmark

posted: 11/26/2010 4:18 a.m.

Fantastic finishes each of the past three years aren’t just occasional happenings between Arkansas and LSU.

UA men are on rebound

posted: 11/26/2010 4:17 a.m.

Arkansas’ basketball players figured to get an especially large helping of rebounding drills during Thursday’s practice.

LIKE IT IS: Can it get any better for SEC football fan?

posted: 11/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

What a great weekend, with two huge SEC games that could impact the BCS.

THURSDAY’S GAME: Hawks glad to get victory, end skid

posted: 11/26/2010 3:56 a.m.

Josh Smith isn’t concerned that the Atlanta Hawks have yet to beat a team with a winning record.

COMMENTARY: Gee shows ignorance, reality of BCS

posted: 11/26/2010 3:55 a.m.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee’s stance against TCU and Boise State on Wednesday was nothing more than business as usual in the BCS world.

Razorbacks report

posted: 11/26/2010 3:53 a.m.

Petrino: Friday good fit Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said he would prefer the Hogs’ annual game against LSU to be on the Friday after Thanksgiving, as it was during his first season in 2008 when the Razorbacks won 31-30 on a late touchdown pass at War Memorial Stadium.

THE RECRUITING GUY: McKinney earns high praise from fan, father

posted: 11/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

Forrest City receiver Davyon “Sleepy” McKinney, who orally committed to Arkansas during the summer, has yet to don a Razorbacks uniform but already has a fan in Greenwood.

Pressure on Auburn in rivalry

posted: 11/26/2010 3:51 a.m.

No. 11 Alabama can just relax and play ball.

Wolves’ finale tough road test

posted: 11/26/2010 3:50 a.m.

Arkansas State will wrap up its 2010 season Saturday when it travels to Miami to face Florida International.

TOP 25: Interception finishes off Longhorns

posted: 11/26/2010 3:49 a.m.

Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards, with two long touchdown runs, to help No. 17 Texas A&M beat Texas 24-17 on Thursday night, sending the Longhorns to their first losing season since 1997.

Mustain expecting to finally get start

posted: 11/26/2010 3:47 a.m.

When Mitch Mustain left Arkansas for Southern California nearly four years ago, he imagined a very different course for his college career.

Notes

posted: 11/26/2010 3:46 a.m.

PANTHERS Clausen back at practice CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just as Jake Delhomme moved into position to possibly start against Carolina, his former team’s uncertain quarterback situation took a new turn.

Smith gives edge to Jets in victory

posted: 11/26/2010 3:45 a.m.

One shoe or two, Brad Smith was too much for the Bengals.

Perfect holiday getaway for Brady

posted: 11/26/2010 3:44 a.m.

Tom Brady was perfect on the field and his exit was first class.

SEC/TOP 25 WOMEN: Tennessee puts depth on display

posted: 11/26/2010 3:43 a.m.

Pat Summitt is well aware of the challenges of the Paradise Jam tournament, having to play three games in three days.

WEDNESDAY’S TOP 25 MEN: Connecticut turns away Kentucky

posted: 11/26/2010 3:41 a.m.

Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun said before the Maui Invitational he had no idea how good his team would be, joking that he was still trying to figure out his players’ names.

Bolding, Hunt run to rematch

posted: 11/26/2010 3:40 a.m.

Pine Bluff Coach Bobby Bolding still has a perfect Class 6A playoff bracket.

Southside in familiar territory

posted: 11/26/2010 3:38 a.m.

Fort Smith Southside turned its season around with a victory over Fayetteville in Week 7 of the regular season.

Har-Ber looking for fast start

posted: 11/26/2010 3:37 a.m.

If Springdae Har-Ber learned anything from its last meeting with Bentonville, it’s that it can’t afford to get off to slow start.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/26/2010 3:36 a.m.

BASKETBALL UAFS men suffer home loss Arkansas-Fort Smith held a brief second half lead and trailed by one point with four seconds remaining, but Missouri Southern State held on for a 75-70 victory over the Lions on Wednesday in Fort Smith.

Wildcats hoping for perfection at home

posted: 11/26/2010 3:36 a.m.

There’s no place like home for defending state champion El Dorado, which puts a 17-game home winning streak on the line against Lake Hamilton in the semifinals of the Class 6A playoffs tonight at Memorial Stadium.

Change only constant for Woods in 2010

posted: 11/26/2010 3:35 a.m.

The dark sedan backed into a spot next to the clubhouse at the Australian Masters, trunk open, waiting to whisk Tiger Woods to the airport.

Off the wire

posted: 11/26/2010 3:34 a.m.

TENNIS Murray, Federer advance Roger Federer and Andy Murray easily secured spots in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday with straight-sets victories in their last round-robin matches in London.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/26/2010 3:34 a.m.

For week, safety OK with flags It’s not yet known if the Washington Redskins’ signing of safety Macho Harris will make a difference in the NFC East race.

Movie Review: Burlesque

posted: 11/26/2010 3:33 a.m.

Every movie has a few cliches. You’ve just got to finesse them. In Burlesque, writer/director Steve Antin lays on the cliches with a trowel, delivering a show-biz tale packed with elements that were starting to smell iffy back in the Great Depression.

Movie Review: Faster

posted: 11/26/2010 3:31 a.m.

Faster screenwriters Joe and Tony Gayton had three good ideas for movies: Ex-con goes on killing rampage to avenge his brother’s murder; drug-addicted cop tries to get his life in order; and bored millionaire becomes a killer for hire.

Movie Review: Tangled

posted: 11/26/2010 3:30 a.m.

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair.” Those words aren’t the only familiar things about Tangled, the new Disney animated musicalcomedy-adventure, which riffs off the famed Brothers Grimm fairy tale — not to mention a dozen other Disney princess fantasies. But Tangled never finds a voice of its own.

Movie Review: Love & Other Drugs

posted: 11/26/2010 3:29 a.m.

For the past few years, fans of romantic comedy have had bitter pills to swallow.

Movie Review: The Tillman Story

posted: 11/26/2010 3:27 a.m.

At the very beginning of Amir Bar-Lev’s The Tillman Story, Mary Tillman, the bereaved mother of the former professional football player turned Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004, states it plainly: “What they said happened, didn’t happen. They made up a story.”

Movie Review: Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

posted: 11/26/2010 3:26 a.m.

Truth be told, I’m kind of glad it’s over. Somewhere about halfway through the second film, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy reached the point of diminishing returns for me.

PREVIEWS

posted: 11/26/2010 3:24 a.m.

New this week (All movies opened Wednesday) Burlesque 81 PG-13 Christina Aguilera plays a small-town singer who gets her shot at stardom while performing at a neo-burlesque Los Angeles nightclub and catches the eye of a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane).

BOX OFFICE

posted: 11/26/2010 3:24 a.m.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are

Home movies

posted: 11/26/2010 3:22 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Avatar: Extended Collector’s Edition (R, 162, 170 and 178 minutes) — OK, if you’ve been waiting for the definitive Avatar release, this threedisc, $50-plus set might be it. You get the original theatrical version, the extended version and now the practically three-hour collector’s edition. Plus a lot of extras. Grade: 85

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/26/2010 3:21 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does God always judge people who are evil and deliberately do wrong?

Film clips

posted: 11/26/2010 3:20 a.m.

At area theaters 78 ALPHA AND OMEGA, PG Two wolves (voices of Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) try to find their way back to their pack after being kidnapped.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 11/26/2010 3:19 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Fair Game, PG-13 Naomi Watts plays CIA covert officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was leaked after her diplomat husband (Sean Penn) challenged the Bush administration’s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/26/2010 3:17 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have a few suggestions on how to make moving a little easier.

Pot labels coming to Colorado

posted: 11/26/2010 1:27 a.m.

What’s in that joint, and how can you be sure it’s safe?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/26/2010 1:18 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll love the meaningful connections you make with others this year. January brings fulfilling work.There’s an important realization in February that causes you to change your course. You’ll purchase a new car or some other big-ticket item in June.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/26/2010 1:17 a.m.

1. Lincoln is the capital of which state? 2. What is the highest classification for minor-league baseball? 3. One who is “felicitous” has what ability?

Thursday, November 25

Epic battle over, Iraq PM must form new government

posted: 11/25/2010 1:03 p.m.

Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cemented his grip on power Thursday, bringing an end to nearly nine months of political deadlock after he was asked to form the next government.

No injuries as SUV overturns on Bowman Road

posted: 11/25/2010 10:50 a.m.

No one was injured when a sport utility vehicle overturned on Bowman Road Thursday morning.

House in west LR damaged in fire

posted: 11/25/2010 10:16 a.m.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire in a house in west Little Rock Thursday morning.

SKorea's defense chief resigns over NKorea attack

posted: 11/25/2010 9:10 a.m.

South Korea's defense minister resigned Thursday amid intense criticism two days after a North Korean artillery attack killed four people on a small island near the Koreas' disputed frontier.

Kanye West, Kung Fu Panda to star at NYC parade

posted: 11/25/2010 8:31 a.m.

A high-kicking Kung Fu Panda and a diary-toting Wimpy Kid will join the giant balloon lineup for the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

RE: RIVER VALLEY: Finding a family this Thanksgiving

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau reported that Thanksgiving dinner will cost a family of 10 an average of $39.61, or just less than $4 a person.

OUTDOORS: It’s all about the turkey

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Native Americans of the Blackfoot referred to the creature as omahksipi’kssii. I’m not really sure how to pronounce that, but the meaning of that word is “big bird.

Bryant Relay for Life looking for volunteers to help organize event

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers in Bryant — walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and community leaders — to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2011 event.

Local Head Start receives book donation

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Reading Is Fundamental and First Book donated more than 2,000 books to Child Development Inc., which serves at-risk children in 13 counties across the state.

Calendar of Events

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the River Valley and Ozark area.

Buzzing like a yellow jacket

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

5 a.m., game day. Barbara Smith couldn’t sleep.

Spirits in the Spa City

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Screaming in the night, vanishings, ghost murderers on the prowl, the spirits of corpses left to rot in a mental hospital and the stench of burning flesh. These are the bone-chilling tales relived each night in downtown Hot Springs.

Several from ASU-Beebe honored at association’s fall conference

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Members of the Arkansas State University-Beebe alumni, faculty, staff and student body were recently honored at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges fall conference in Hot Springs.

Harding programs to host Authors Reader’s performance

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Harding University Graduate Reading Programs will host four writers from the Authors Reader’s Theatre performing dramatic readings of their work at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Benson Auditorium.

Glen Rose football fans behind Beavers all the way

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

In the South, high school football is much more than a sport; it’s a way of life.

Coping with grief during the holidays

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Cherished holiday traditions are carried down through generations. However, when someone who has been a key part of those traditions is no longer there, that person’s absence can create sadness.

A cold night in the life of football

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Clad in green fleece over camouflage, and head topped with an orange hunter’s cap, Joe Hart was asked about the importance of community support when it comes to the McCrory High School football team.

Students provide 400 food sets

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University students donated 400 food kits to help the less fortunate during the fourth annual Helping Halls program.

THOUGHTS ON THREE RIVERS: Big, black, scary Friday

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

I’ve never been much of a shopper, and Black Friday scares me to death.

Annual community dinner scheduled

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Conway community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St.

Filmmaker to conduct workshop

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Gordy Hoffman, founder and director of the widely respected BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, will conduct a workshop titled “Starting and Finishing Your Screenplay” for both established and aspiring screenwriters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 25. The workshop will be at the Landers Theater building, 325 E. Main in historic downtown Batesville. Morning coffee will be provided. There will be a one-hour lunch break; there are several restaurants nearby.

Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Tri-Lakes area.

Man wears many hats: Store-owner, broadcaster, Navy veteran

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

When T.R. Garner of Calico Rock came to Searcy to attend Harding College in the summer of 1939, there was no way for him to foresee that he would become well-known for a radio program called Sawdust and Sandpaper.

Gift will purchase items for food bank

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Thanks to the Junior Auxiliary of Searcy, A Day of Caring received $2,500 in funding from the Pepsi Refresh Project, in partnership with Doublebee’s Convenience Stores. The money was used to purchase grocery items for the A Day of Caring Food Bank.

Clinton Live Nativity prepares for 13th year

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Tammy Aday is still looking for this year’s baby Jesus, and if she doesn’t find him soon, she’ll be heading to the Clinton Walmart for a bit of baby shopping.

Bald Knob gears up for Snowflake Pageant

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Bald Knob Snowflake Pageant 2010, sponsored by the Santa’s Helper Committee, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Bald Knob Middle School Auditorium.

FLAVOR: Taste of the holidays

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

For we here at the zoned editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Thanksgiving brings to mind three things: family, food and holiday deadlines.

Groups help grief-stricken get through the holidays

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The upcoming holidays can become a season of pain for those who recently lost a loved one.

Student has successful rodeo season

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Sam Nave, a 2011 Calico Rock High School senior, recently completed a stellar rodeo season and received numerous awards in several associations.http://www.arkansasonline.com/admin/news/story/add/#

Collecting the classics

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

George Covington Sr. of Conway is a lover and collector of old things — toys, furniture, buildings and, for the past 30 years, classic cars.

Two new employees join UACCB staff

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville hired two new employees. Cheston Cooper was hired as the computer lab manager, and Leigh Keller was hired as a project adviser for Student Support Services.

Madrigal Feaste offers old-world Christmas

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

A University of Central Arkansas Christmas tradition, the Madrigal Feaste, featuring the UCA Chamber singers, will return Friday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 5 in the McCastlain Ballroom.

ALL ABOUT TRI-LAKES: Too much Thanksgiving

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

My mother-in-law uses a saying: “Too much sugar for a nickel.”

Santa rides the rails

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

As hundreds of children in Garland and Hot Spring counties eagerly await the arrival of Old St. Nick, they won’t be listening for the sound of sleigh bells ringing, but whistles blowing, with the Arkansas Midland Santa Train.

In the black

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

There is a tradition that is almost as popular as the two holidays that it falls between.

Teacher of the Year

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Kathy Powers was a bundle of nerves on Nov. 12 at the Governor’s Mansion gala.

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Three Rivers area.

Wind Ensemble presents winter concert

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble will present an evening of music at 7:30 Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

Artist donates paintings to St. Joseph’s Mercy

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Local artist Ernest Nipper donated two paintings to St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.

New Conway theater to open Dec. 10

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The old Conway Towne Centre is looking younger every day.

Madrigal Feaste offers food, entertainment

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Southside High School Choir Department in Batesville will present its 16th annual Ye Olde Christmas Madrigal Feaste on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11. The Royal Singers will host an elegant evening of songs and a feaste reminiscent of banquets in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

Table at Luigi’s takes Indie Award

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Table at Luigi’s, a feature film by the University of Central Arkansas’ Digital Filmmaking program that premiered in April, was honored as the Best in Show at the Indie Fest in La Jolla, Calif.

Chamber Singers to perform holiday dinner concert

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The Harding University Chamber Singers will perform their fourth annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5, including appetizers and dinner provided by Classic Fare Catering.

Computer programming students compete in Battle of the Brains

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Competing against 135 teams within a five-state region, eight Harding University students participated in the Battle of the Brains computer programming competition on Nov. 6 in Fayetteville. The top Harding team was recognized for finishing fourth in the state and was also ranked 25th in the region.

Ozarka College offering GED testing

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

Ozarka College in Melbourne will offer the GED test at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The following tests will also be given in December:

Calico Rock readies for Christmas events

posted: 11/25/2010 6 a.m.

The public is invited to the Calico Rock Main Street and Arkansas 56 Open House and Christmas Parade. Everyone is invited to be in the parade.

No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 5 LSU: A ‘family’ celebration

posted: 11/25/2010 5:52 a.m.

Arkansas football players were unable to leave campus to be with family members on Thanksgiving Day, but they will still be with other “family” members.

Despite a push to get fliers to balk, few say no to scans

posted: 11/25/2010 4:30 a.m.

Passengers appeared to opt out of National Opt-Out Day on Wednesday as lines moved smoothly at airports around the country despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

Overeaters’ gobbling confounds diagnoses

posted: 11/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

Gluttonous eating that coincides with Thanksgiving presents a special challenge to emergency-room doctors, who always see a few overeaters late on the feast day or the day after.

SWEPCO work OK’d to restart

posted: 11/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. can resume work on 8 crucial acres of a 3,000-acre site where it is building a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said in a one-sentence order Wednesday.

Federal ban on fake ‘pot’ in the works

posted: 11/25/2010 4:20 a.m.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans Wednesday to temporarily ban the sale and use of “synthetic marijuana,” after action by Arkansas and many other state and local governments to restrict the substance.

Bill aims to limit public-defender funds

posted: 11/25/2010 4:18 a.m.

CORRECTION: The Arkansas Supreme Court decision in case No. CR10-120, Arkansas Public Defenders Commission v. Pulaski County Circuit Court, found that the commission had to pay “reasonable and necessary” defense costs in the capital murder trial of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad even though he was being represented by retained counsel. The case did not require the Public Defenders Commission to pay attorney fees to private lawyers hired by indigent people. The result of the ruling was incorrectly stated in Thursday’s story about proposed legislation filed for the upcoming session of the Arkansas General Assembly. A Little Rock lawmaker has filed a bill in an effort to stop poor defendants from hiring a private attorney and then charging the state’s Public Defender Commission for the cost.

Hit at civilians new for N. Korea; 2 dead

posted: 11/25/2010 4:17 a.m.

Rescuers found the burned bodies Wednesday of two islanders killed in a North Korean attack, casualties of the artillery exchange a day earlier between North and South Korean militaries.

Ex-House leader DeLay convicted in cash swap

posted: 11/25/2010 4:16 a.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment in Texas forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives.

Storm packs ice, snow punch for Dakotas

posted: 11/25/2010 4:13 a.m.

A storm that pummeled much of the West is promising to deliver its chaotic mix of snow, sleet and ice to much of the Dakotas on Thanksgiving Day.

Oil-spill final-claim rules outlined

posted: 11/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

Victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill won’t be able to sue any of the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster once they accept a final payment from BP’s $20 billion compensation fund.

Teacher degree bonuses get hard looks

posted: 11/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master’s degrees even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more effective has been mostly debunked.

Pain ranges widely as Irish unveil cuts, tax rises

posted: 11/25/2010 4:08 a.m.

Ireland’s government said Wednesday that it will cut spending and raise taxes over the next four years as talks on a multibillion-dollar bailout of the country near conclusion.

Seal Levy photos, mom asks judge

posted: 11/25/2010 4:07 a.m.

Chandra Levy’s mother wants to lock up some of the trial evidence used to convict killer Ingmar Guandique.

New Afghan election probe starts

posted: 11/25/2010 4:07 a.m.

Afghanistan’s top prosecutor announced a new investigation Wednesday into allegations of ballot manipulation, potentially dealing another setback to a fraudmarred parliamentary election just as many had hoped a declaration of final results would allow the country to move on.

5 Somalis guilty of piracy, face life in U.S. prison

posted: 11/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

Five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa’s coast were convicted Wednesday on federal piracy charges in what the government said was the first piracy conviction in a U.S. courtroom in nearly 200 years.

Petition takes aim at Iranian leader

posted: 11/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

Dozens of Iranian lawmakers have signed a petition seeking to make Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the first president to be summoned for questioning since the Islamic Revolution 32 years ago.

U.K. students rail against fee plans

posted: 11/25/2010 4:05 a.m.

Thousands of British students protested Wednesday against government plans to triple university tuition fees, and there were sporadic scuffles with police, two weeks after a similar demonstration sparked a small riot.

Pentagon seeks lowdown on Asia’s gliding snakes

posted: 11/25/2010 4:03 a.m.

An unusual breed of Asian snakes can glide long distances in the air, and the Defense Department is funding research at Virginia Tech to find out why.

Anglican faction says no to plan

posted: 11/25/2010 4:01 a.m.

Leaders of conservative Anglicans on Wednesday rejected a proposed covenant to hold their global communion together, just as the Church of England gave preliminary approval to the plan.

Somali capital’s civilian toll: 4,200

posted: 11/25/2010 4 a.m.

The only ambulance service in war-torn Mogadishu said Wednesday that more than 4,200 bystanders have died in warfare the past two years, and a U.S. group that works to prevent civilian deaths said Somalia is more dangerous for civilians than Afghanistan or Iraq.

Cambodians say shouts set off panic on bridge

posted: 11/25/2010 4 a.m.

As a suspension bridge in the Cambodian capital swayed under the weight of thousands of revelers, some began to shout that the structure was going to collapse. Others pushed, heaved and even jumped off the span as a panic took hold that ended in the deaths of more than 350 people.

Passailaigue ouster is on Beebe’s radar

posted: 11/25/2010 3:59 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he would favor the ouster of lottery head Ernie Passailaigue if financial problems at the Arkansas Lottery Commission aren’t corrected.

Powerball

posted: 11/25/2010 3:58 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 8-20-21-32-37 Powerball: 4 Estimated jackpot: $64 million Power Play: 3

In the news

posted: 11/25/2010 3:57 a.m.

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of federal and international standards to ensure that people who agree to be subjects in research supported by the U.S. government are protected from unethical or inhumane treatment.

Names and faces

posted: 11/25/2010 3:56 a.m.

Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose is suing video-game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. for $20 million over the company’s use of the song “Welcome to the Jungle” in the game Guitar Hero III.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/25/2010 3:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He really doesn’t understand fully. He does understand he will die in a U.S. prison. He understands that.” Attorney Jon Babineau, who represented Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, one of five Somali men convicted on federal piracy charges Article, 3A

The world in brief

posted: 11/25/2010 3:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think this time our military demonstrated to the whole world that it doesn’t make empty talk.” Pyongyang resident Ri Pong Suk Article, 1A

Lawmaker shifts on foreclosure fee

posted: 11/25/2010 3:54 a.m.

A state legislator said Wednesday that he decided the best way to prevent circuit clerks from earning big profits from selling foreclosed properties is to remove them from the process altogether.

Defending champions on deck for Cowboys

posted: 11/25/2010 3:54 a.m.

Jason Garrett is constantly encouraging the Dallas Cowboys to stack good days together and offering the tools to help.

State to see wet, cold weekend

posted: 11/25/2010 3:53 a.m.

A cold front expected to blast through Arkansas overnight Wednesday and during the day today will bring the potential of heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash floods as it moves in, and freezing rain, sleet or snow as it leaves, said Chris Buonanno, the science and operations officer with the National Weather Service’s North Little Rock office.

2 road crashes kill 3 in state

posted: 11/25/2010 3:51 a.m.

An 83-year-old woman was one of three people to die on Arkansas roads this week, according to preliminary fatal-crash reports supplied by the Arkansas State Police.

College Men: Arkansas pulls away, now 3-0

posted: 11/25/2010 3:51 a.m.

It was a struggle for Arkansas much of the game, but the Razorbacks finally pulled away late to beat winless Southeast Missouri State 66-56 on Wednesday night at Walton Arena.

Congressman-elect’s son gets 10 years in drug case

posted: 11/25/2010 3:49 a.m.

James Phillip Womack, the son of Rogers mayor and U.S. Rep.-elect Steve Womack, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to deliver drugs, but his incarceration may be shortened if he is accepted into a boot camp program.

Senator-elect’s mother dies at 89

posted: 11/25/2010 3:48 a.m.

The mother of U.S. Rep. John Boozman, senator-elect for Arkansas, has died.

Standoff leads to charges for 2

posted: 11/25/2010 3:47 a.m.

A Saline County man was charged with third-degree domestic battery after a five-hour standoff with Saline County sheriff’s office SWAT officers, Arkansas State Police and U.S. Marshals on Tuesday afternoon.

Notes

posted: 11/25/2010 3:47 a.m.

BROWNS Delhomme back at QB BEREA, Ohio — Jake Delhomme has spent most of his first season with Cleveland dispensing sound advice to rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.

Thanksgiving closings

posted: 11/25/2010 3:46 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Thanksgiving Day holiday today.

SEC report

posted: 11/25/2010 3:45 a.m.

Ziemba streak hits 50 It’s appropriate senior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba will set Auburn’s ironman record in the Iron Bowl on Friday when the Tigers play Alabama.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/25/2010 3:45 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: LaHarpe Boulevard North Little Rock: North Hills Boulevard Pulaski County: Highway 365, Wrightsville

Parade to focus on breast cancer

posted: 11/25/2010 3:44 a.m.

The fifth annual Cash Christmas Parade will feature a theme of “A Pink Parade” in awareness of breast cancer, promoter Will Keedy said.

Crimson Tide, Tigers wary of opposing backs

posted: 11/25/2010 3:44 a.m.

Auburn’s running game features a Heisman Trophy candidate, a player who broke Bo Jackson’s freshman rushing record and another who leads the nation in yards per carry.

Merriex’s shot key for Trojans

posted: 11/25/2010 3:42 a.m.

A week ago, UALR guard Jeanette Merriex hoisted jumpers in relative solitude of an empty Jack Stephens Center, hauling in crisp passes from assistant coach Rebecca Chilton Peoples.

SWEET TEA: Ticked-off turkey tuff to swallow

posted: 11/25/2010 3:42 a.m.

To remind you, Willie Perkins is the public address system disguised as a greeter at the front of the Maumelle Wal-Mart, the one who bumps your fist and fog-horns, “Bam,” then “All right now.”

SUN BELT MEN: Niles, ORU wash away UALR

posted: 11/25/2010 3:41 a.m.

Oral Roberts guard Warren Niles swiped the ball at midcourt coasted to the rim to polish off the blowout he started in the first half.

Obituaries

posted: 11/25/2010 3:41 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: 11/25/2010 3:40 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.

Other days

posted: 11/25/2010 3:39 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 25, 1910 Gov. Geo W. Donaghey will address the negro Baptist convention at 3 o’clock this afternoon. A committee headed by Dr. J.P. Robinson, extended an invitation yesterday, and the governor said he will visit the convention at 3 o’clock today. He will receive an ovation from the negro Baptists.

William Turner Carter Longtime pastor served the world

posted: 11/25/2010 3:39 a.m.

The Rev. William Turner Carter wasn’t one to give advice, but often quoted the Bible, Luke 12:48: To whom much is given, much is required.

TOP 25 MEN: Spartans rebound in Hawaii, beat Huskies

posted: 11/25/2010 3:39 a.m.

It wasn’t the tournament victory Michigan State has been looking for in the past 12 seasons. That went away with a disappointing loss in the semifinals to Connecticut.

LR Zoo to close for holiday, Hogs

posted: 11/25/2010 3:38 a.m.

The Little Rock Zoo will be closed today for Thanksgiving and Saturday for the Razorback football game at War Memorial Stadium.

Springdale OKs 2 a.m. as closing time for bars

posted: 11/25/2010 3:38 a.m.

Closing time for Springdale bars was pushed back Tuesday to 2 a.m. after the City Council approved changes to go into effect immediately

Bulldogs may be without top RB

posted: 11/25/2010 3:37 a.m.

The games just keep getting tougher for Greenwood.

A most American holiday

posted: 11/25/2010 3:37 a.m.

Americans are the most religious people in the developed world, yet Thanksgiving has become our most widely celebrated holiday precisely because it lacks any overt sectarian origins.

Keep the faith

posted: 11/25/2010 3:36 a.m.

IT’S BECOME almost a standard litany in hard times. It was repeated regularly during the stagflation of the Carter Years, then during the Reagan Recession that would follow.

People still go hungry here

posted: 11/25/2010 3:36 a.m.

Good news. An average of 17.7 percent of all Americans were at times unable to feed themselves in the 12 months prior to September of this year. That’s according to an analysis of data from the Gallup-Healthways Index, conducted and newly released by the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC), an advocacy group.

Cutting the deficit

posted: 11/25/2010 3:35 a.m.

So your mortgage payment’s overdue and you’re lying awake at 4 a.m. wondering where the money’s going to come from when the kitchen smoke alarm starts beeping.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys energized by Garrett, Kitna

posted: 11/25/2010 3:34 a.m.

If there is such a creature as a higher football power, Dallas Cowboys fans — despite two consecutive victories — are continuing to curse the beast.

LETTERS

posted: 11/25/2010 3:33 a.m.

Give thanks that they came An immigrant giving thanks: America has mused and been sung by many great voices, yet each November, as winter knocks on the continent’s door, even the most outof-tune singer, the most handicapped writer, hears the call to pay homage to this amazing land.

CLASS 5A PLAYOFFS: CAMDEN FAIRVIEW AT WATSON CHAPEL Cardinals, Wildcats meet again

posted: 11/25/2010 3:33 a.m.

Watson Chapel began the season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.

Home sales slump, prices jump

posted: 11/25/2010 3:32 a.m.

Arkansas home sales were once again skewed in the latest figures because of the effects of a federal tax credit.

High school football report

posted: 11/25/2010 3:31 a.m.

Carlisle sticks to ground Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen threw five touchdown passes in Friday night’s 34-20 victory over West Memphis in the quarterfinals of the Class 7A playoffs.

To save rare birds, people have to eat them, farmers say

posted: 11/25/2010 3:30 a.m.

Bill and Sherri Battles know the best way to save their rare red, gray and brown turkeys is to eat them.

Razorbacks report

posted: 11/25/2010 3:30 a.m.

Players hustle for big blocks If a theme tied together the offensive portion of Arkansas’ 38-31, double-overtime victory at Mississippi State last Saturday, it was the power of competent effort blocking.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/25/2010 3:29 a.m.

FOOTBALL Broyles semifinalists named Six SEC assistant coaches are among the semifinalists for the 2010 Broyles Award.

Buying, incomes gain in October

posted: 11/25/2010 3:29 a.m.

Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At the same time, demand for long-lasting manufactured goods fell off.

Waterfowl report

posted: 11/25/2010 3:28 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly waterfowl report: NORTHEAST ARKANSAS DAVE DONALDSON BLACK RIVER WMA Upper Island GTR Good abundance of mast crop within the GTRs. 268.8 MSL. 75 percent flooded. Hunters should be aware of hangers and submerged logs within the boat runs and GTRs.

Chinese rare-earth shipments again heading to Japan

posted: 11/25/2010 3:28 a.m.

China resumed exports to Japan of rare-earth minerals crucial in high-tech manufacturing after a twomonth ban and a Japanese conglomerate announced a major supply deal with an Australian miner that will reduce dependence on Chinese production.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Thanksgiving spirit powerful

posted: 11/25/2010 3:27 a.m.

As I contemplate venturing into the drizzle for a lateafternoon deer hunt, I am compelled to share a spirit of Thanksgiving.

Interest on home loan gets tax look

posted: 11/25/2010 3:27 a.m.

Long considered a key ingredient of American homeownership, the income-tax deduction for mortgage interest now is on the menu of the commission looking for ways to trim the federal deficit.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/25/2010 3:26 a.m.

It just kept going and going and... Only 142 people showed up to see Skidmore play Southern Vermont, most of them friends and family members of the players who were eager to start a Thanksgiving break.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/25/2010 3:25 a.m.

State Farm Bureau convention nears The Arkansas Farm Bureau next week will hold its annual convention in Hot Springs.

Off the wire

posted: 11/25/2010 3:25 a.m.

BASKETBALL 76ers center suspended Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has been suspended without pay for one game for committing a flagrant foul against Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee on Tuesday night.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/25/2010 3:24 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The flurry of U.S. data... suggests that households have started to pick up the baton of growth from businesses.” Paul Dales, U.S. economist at Capital Economics Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Economic data buoy Dow up 151

posted: 11/25/2010 3:23 a.m.

Stocks ended Wednesday on a positive note after a batch of economic reports offered hope that the U.S. economy was improving.

Igibon changes hands, not food

posted: 11/25/2010 3:22 a.m.

In a business so capricious that dedicated cupcake patisseries outperform the neighborhood bar and grill, sometimes a restaurant can rock steady even as an entire eating landscape shifts around it.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 11/25/2010 3:19 a.m.

1 QUACK UP Stuttgart’s annual Wings Over the Prairie Festival lets fly with its main events this weekend. The carnival and midway area is open today-Saturday. Arts and crafts, the sporting collectibles show and duck-calling events start Friday.

Fast Forward

posted: 11/25/2010 3:18 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Sights: North Little Rock’s Burns Park presents Hometown Holiday Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25). Admission is $5 for cars, $10 for multipassenger vans and $20 for motor coaches. Call (501) 753-7307 or visit nlrpr.org.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/25/2010 3:14 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: It’s been a very hard year for us because of the economic downturn, and to be honest, it would be hypocritical of us to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. When you don’t have anything to be thankful for, how can you claim to be celebrating it without being a liar? — R.R.

Simpsons World is 9 pounds of obsessive detail

posted: 11/25/2010 3:13 a.m.

It is a doorstop, a cornerstone, the foundation piece in a great wall of geekdom.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/25/2010 3:12 a.m.

Happy birthday.Your attitude attracts many good times to you this year. Whatever you do, you make it fun. In December, you’ll find out that a large number of people agree with you and will support you.You’ll put a large sum of money in the bank in December and July.There’s terrific news about family in January. Capricorn and Virgo people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/25/2010 3:11 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have very sensitive skin, but I wax my brows once a month. Due to skin sensitivity, I often would break out after each procedure, despite washing my face immediately afterward. I finally recalled that old chemistry saying about “like dissolves like.”

TELL ME ABOUT IT: You can’t say it in person, so you sent it to the Internet?

posted: 11/25/2010 3:10 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend, “B,” and I have been together five years. Lately, she has started doing something that really bothers me. I am studying for a degree in chemistry. I also work full time, and school has been getting tougher.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/25/2010 3:08 a.m.

1. What is the meaning of “endemic” ? 2. The birthplace of Mohammed is a holy city of Islam. The city? 3. What is the name for a measure of wood consisting of 128 cubic feet, which is a pile eight feet long, four feet wide and four feet high? 4. Who were the carpetbaggers after the U.S. Civil War?

CHEAP EATS: Ice cream absolutely a Scrumdiliumptious treat

posted: 11/25/2010 3:06 a.m.

There aren’t many ice cream parlors left for those who like to enjoy flavorful frozen treats in an unhurried, sit-down setting. A few options remain in central Arkansas, but the closest to a real ice cream parlor experience is the Scrumdiliumptious Ice Cream Shop on Arkansas 107 in Sherwood.

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/25/2010 3:05 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 11/25/2010 3:03 a.m.

Flying Burrito Co. in the River Market, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, will close Tuesday. Its owners plan to open another, fullservice Mexican-American restaurant in its place.

LIKE IT IS: Plenty for trusty scribe to be thankful for

posted: 11/25/2010 1:48 a.m.

Here’s 25 things I’m thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 24

Texas jury convicts DeLay

posted: 11/24/2010 5:09 p.m.

A jury in Texas has convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

8th U.S. Circuit says coal-fired plant work can resume

posted: 11/24/2010 5:04 p.m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. can resume work on eight acres of land where it is building a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said in a one-sentence order Wednesday.

Trial date set in beating death of Paragould man

posted: 11/24/2010 3:48 p.m.

The Greene County circuit clerk’s office say a trial will begin Dec. 6 for three Paragould residents on charges stemming from the October 2009 beating death of a man at his home.

Man turns himself in after Saline County dispute

posted: 11/24/2010 3:41 p.m.

A domestic dispute led to charges for two people in Saline County on Tuesday, authorities said.

North Korea shelling kills 4, guts homes

posted: 11/24/2010 3:21 p.m.

Rescuers found the burned bodies Wednesday of two islanders killed in a North Korean artillery attack — the first civilian deaths from a skirmish that marked a dramatic escalation of tensions between the rival Koreas.

Boozman's mother dies, congressman releases statement

posted: 11/24/2010 3:16 p.m.

The mother of Rep. John Boozman, senator-elect for Arkansas, has died.

US poised to make synthetic 'pot' illlegal

posted: 11/24/2010 1:55 p.m.

Cracking down on fake pot, the government moved Wednesday to outlaw five chemicals used in herbal blends to make the synthetic marijuana sold in head shops and on the Internet to a growing number of teens and young adults.

Anti-Facebook pastor takes leave over affair 10 years ago

posted: 11/24/2010 1:53 p.m.

A pastor who barred church officials from using Facebook, saying it can lead to adultery, is temporarily stepping down from the pulpit following his admission that he engaged in a three-way sexual relationship a decade ago.

Airport lines move smoothly despite warnings

posted: 11/24/2010 12:56 p.m.

The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

Two killed in Mississippi County wreck

posted: 11/24/2010 12:33 p.m.

A driver and a passenger were killed early Wednesday when the car they were in drove through a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming pickup.

Man strips down to Speedo at Salt Lake airport

posted: 11/24/2010 12:14 p.m.

A college student has posted a video of himself on the Internet stripping down to a Speedo bathing suit at Salt Lake City’s airport.

Storm shuts roads in Rockies

posted: 11/24/2010 11:13 a.m.

A powerful snowstorm pummeled the Rockies on Wednesday, bringing white-out conditions to parts of the region and closing roads on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

South Korea: North Korea shelling killed 2 civilians

posted: 11/24/2010 11:09 a.m.

Rescuers found the burned bodies Wednesday of two islanders killed in a North Korean artillery attack — the first civilian deaths from a skirmish that marked a dramatic escalation of tensions between the rival Koreas.

Irish unveil 4-year plan to put $20 billion hole in deficit

posted: 11/24/2010 11:06 a.m.

Ireland has unveiled the harshest budget measures in its history, a four-year plan cut $13.3 billion from spending and raise $6.7 billion in extra taxes to combat Europe’s worst deficit.

Everything is just ducky this weekend in Stuttgart

posted: 11/24/2010 11:04 a.m.

Stuttgart’s annual Wings Over the Prairie Festival lets fly with its main events this weekend, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

October report shows further decline in home sales

posted: 11/24/2010 9:57 a.m.

Home sales in Arkansas were down more than 25 percent this October compared to last year and year-to-date sales are down as well, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

Unemployment claims drop sharply to 407K

posted: 11/24/2010 9:41 a.m.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level since July 2008, a hopeful sign that improvement in the job market is accelerating.

Zoo to close for Razorbacks game

posted: 11/24/2010 9:30 a.m.

The Little Rock Zoo will be closed Saturday as big crowds descend on War Memorial Stadium for the Arkansas Razorbacks game against LSU.

Mayor who 'didn't care' about re-election wins big

posted: 11/24/2010 9:04 a.m.

The small-town Arkansas mayor who said he didn't care if he got reelected earned nearly 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election.

Ark. convict challenging his death sentence

posted: 11/24/2010 8:14 a.m.

31-year-old man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2008 is appealing his death sentence, saying he received ineffective counsel.

Madoff trustee sues UBS, others for $2B

posted: 11/24/2010 7:37 a.m.

The trustee trying to recover money for investors cheated by jailed financier Bernard Madoff announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Swiss bank UBS AG and related entities and individuals, alleging they collaborated in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

TSA’s Pistole says screeners braced for boycott

posted: 11/24/2010 7:13 a.m.

The head of the nation’s airport security agency says authorities are braced to deal with any delays brought on by protests over full body scans.

Feinberg to lay out details on BP spill claims

posted: 11/24/2010 7:11 a.m.

The deadline to make an emergency Gulf of Mexico oil spill claim is over and the administrator of the $20 billion fund is laying out more details about what happens next.

Forced into sex, 2 state in report

posted: 11/24/2010 5:50 a.m.

A report released Tuesday detailing the investigation into the 2009 rape and sex-abuse allegations against a Department of Human Services employee says he was the supervisor of one of the accusers and the foster-care caseworker of the other.

Sherwood’s mayor holds off challenger

posted: 11/24/2010 5:50 a.m.

Mayor Virginia Hillman held off Alderman Sheila Sulcer to win re-election in Tuesday’s runoff after a campaign that included some harsh criticism of city spending and a negative website about the mayor.

JPs give 4% raises to all county workers

posted: 11/24/2010 5:49 a.m.

After considering a budget that would have given sheriff ’s workers bigger raises than other employees, the Pulaski County Quorum Court agreed on a 4 percent across-the-board increase to the chagrin of some who said the county is spending too much money and could easily cut its staff to save more.

Throw out suit, agency argues

posted: 11/24/2010 5:44 a.m.

Because he can’t show any wrongdoing, Sheffield Nelson’s legal challenge to organizational changes at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission should be thrown out of court, the agency contends in written arguments filed on Tuesday.

For fallen Arkansan, new honor

posted: 11/24/2010 5:28 a.m.

Sgt. 1st Class Randall Alford walked through the halls of the Sgt. Russell Collier Health Clinic on Tuesday looking through the building’s panoramic windows at the vistas of rolling hills bursting with fall colors.

Attorney: GOP suit flakier still

posted: 11/24/2010 5:26 a.m.

Accusations in a Republican-backed lawsuit that Gov. Mike Beebe has violated the state constitution by approving spending bills that paid for cars used by Arkansas’ executive officers propel the case “into the realm of frivolity,” the governor’s lawyer claims in recent court filings.

Saunders to resign 24th District seat

posted: 11/24/2010 5:23 a.m.

The current state House of Representatives member for the 24th District said Tuesday he will resign in January to allow the governor to call a special election to fill the seat, which was won in the Nov. 2 election by Republican Keith Crass, who died before election day.

Groups plan to serve up feasts

posted: 11/24/2010 5:21 a.m.

While area families gather around the dinner table to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, many will be lining up at homeless shelters and churches to celebrate the holiday.

State’s private sector jobs rise 1.9%

posted: 11/24/2010 5:19 a.m.

Private sector jobs in Arkansas increased at the highest rate since the beginning of the recession, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday in an employment survey.

No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 5 LSU: Earning their keep

posted: 11/24/2010 4:53 a.m.

Arkansas coaches felt they could survive the season at cornerback with veterans Ramon Broadway and Isaac Madison backed up by an inexperienced but talented crew led by Darius Winston.

The BIG picture

posted: 11/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

The Thea Foundation gives scholarships to art students.

Koreas trade artillery fire

posted: 11/24/2010 3:22 a.m.

North Korea launched an artillery barrage on a South Korean island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, wounding at least 19 others and setting more than 60 buildings ablaze.

Conway City Council votes 5-3 to allow Kroger expansion

posted: 11/24/2010 3:19 a.m.

A divided City Council late Tuesday night approved a zoning request necessary for Kroger to expand its store on Conway’s west side into a 123,000-foot marketplace with an adjacent gasoline station that could service up to 14 vehicles at once.

Minister’s killer tied to robbery

posted: 11/24/2010 3:17 a.m.

The final chapter of the Christmas Eve murder of a Salvation Army major in North Little Rock was closed on Tuesday as prosecutors revealed that the man believed to have pulled the trigger on Philip Wise was killed while brandishing a gun during a convenience store robbery.

Britain to limit alien workers, cut student visas

posted: 11/24/2010 3:17 a.m.

Britain will impose a tough annual limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slash visas for overseas students as it seeks to dramatically reduce immigration, the government said Tuesday.

Parole worker seeks an ouster from the board

posted: 11/24/2010 3:16 a.m.

An employee who filed a sexual-harassment grievance against a Board of Parole member said she’s not satisfied with the board’s handling of her complaint and wants the member to be removed from the board.

PAPER TRAILS: Arkansans excelling in Music City

posted: 11/24/2010 3:15 a.m.

HIS FRIEND LUKE: When country music star Brad Paisley, shining brighter than ever these days after recently being named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, played at Verizon Arena on Friday, he brought an Arkansas teen into the inner fold of the musical experience.

Cambodia unsure of cause of stampede that killed 378

posted: 11/24/2010 3:15 a.m.

At the bridge where investigators poked though the debris of a disaster — abandoned flip-flops and sneakers, water bottles, pieces of sugar cane — Chea Chan lit a Buddhist memorial offering of incense, coconut and lotus flowers, and wept.

State to pay accident claim

posted: 11/24/2010 3:14 a.m.

An Arkansas State Claims Commission panel has unanimously awarded $250,000 to a Northwest Arkansas man whose car slammed into the rear of a slow-moving Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department vehicle in 2009 on U.S. 412.

Obama calls auto bailout ‘right decision’

posted: 11/24/2010 3:13 a.m.

President Barack Obama defended the federal aid to General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, saying it was the “right decision” to save a major sector of the economy and the jobs that go with it.

Man, 54, arrested inside UA library

posted: 11/24/2010 3:13 a.m.

A Fayetteville man was arrested Monday night at the University of Arkansas’ Mullins Library after refusing to leave and scuffling with an officer, police said.

Armory to be emergency center

posted: 11/24/2010 3:13 a.m.

The former National Guard Armory at Massard Road and Zero Street, home to a regional police training academy run by the Fort Smith Police Department, is being remodeled for use by Sebastian County as an emergency operations center.

Mega Millions

posted: 11/24/2010 3:12 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 2-6-12-34-35 Mega Ball: 33 Estimated jackpot: $34 million Megaplier: 4

Protect Christians, Iraqi legislator says

posted: 11/24/2010 3:10 a.m.

A Christian lawmaker called on Iraq’s government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community, lambasting the nations that have offered asylum to the Christians as meddling in Iraq’s problems.

Baxter tops Phillips in NLR

posted: 11/24/2010 3:10 a.m.

CORRECTION: North Little Rock Alderman Jimmy Phillips will be 64 on Dec. 7. His age was incorrect in an article Wednesday on a city runoff election. Steve Baxter upended North Little Rock Alderman Jimmy Phillips to win a Ward 3 City Council position in Tuesday’s runoff election.

Some officials can skip airport screenings

posted: 11/24/2010 3:10 a.m.

Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Blizzard slams U.S. Northwest

posted: 11/24/2010 3:09 a.m.

A storm that crippled much of the Pacific Northwest barreled into the Rockies on Tuesday, causing whiteout conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Watson wins Alexander runoff

posted: 11/24/2010 3:09 a.m.

Regina Watson won 81 percent of the 63 votes Tuesday during a runoff election for Alexander Ward 4, Position 2 alderman.

Massachusetts serial killer admits to 8th murder

posted: 11/24/2010 3:08 a.m.

A serial killer from western Massachusetts added an eighth murder to his record Tuesday, admitting that a woman he strangled in 1995 was his first killing.

High court justice to talk about book

posted: 11/24/2010 3:08 a.m.

Robert L. Brown, a justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, will discuss his new book — an examination of some of the major decisions made by the state’s 10 post-World War II governors — during a speech in Little Rock on Dec. 1.

AIDS pill seen slowing HIV’s spread

posted: 11/24/2010 3:07 a.m.

Scientists have an exciting breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. A pill already used to treat HIV infection turns out to be a powerful weapon in protecting healthy homosexual men from catching the virus, a global study found.

Vatican explains condom shift

posted: 11/24/2010 3:07 a.m.

Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner, even if that means a woman averts a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said Tuesday, signaling a shift in papal teaching as it explained Pope Benedict XVI’s comments.

LR man sues over airports’ screenings

posted: 11/24/2010 3:06 a.m.

A 49-year-old Little Rock man has asked a federal judge to block the U.S. Transportation Security Administration from using the tough new airport-screening procedures on him, saying they violate his constitutional and civil rights.

$1 million given for endowed chair

posted: 11/24/2010 3:06 a.m.

Major league baseball pitcher Cliff Lee and his wife, Kristen, have created a $1 million endowed research chair at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to honor the doctor who treated their son’s cancer.

College-raises investigation suffers a delay

posted: 11/24/2010 3:05 a.m.

A state investigation into salary increases at Northwest Arkansas Community College will not be completed until the end of the year, a state official said.

Terror sweep nets 11 in Europe

posted: 11/24/2010 3:05 a.m.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 11 suspects have been detained in an anti-terror sweep in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

120 dogs removed from rescue place

posted: 11/24/2010 3:05 a.m.

Officials removed more than 120 dogs Tuesday, some with mange and other medical issues, living at what authorities described as an overcrowded volunteer-run animal-rescue place outside Hector in Pope County.

Indonesia raises alert on volcano

posted: 11/24/2010 3:03 a.m.

Indonesia has raised the alert level at one of its dozens of volcanoes to its highest level, telling villagers and tourists to stay off the rumbling slopes.

Saline County approves sale of Bauxite landfill

posted: 11/24/2010 3:02 a.m.

The Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board voted to sell the district-owned landfill Tuesday night, despite protests from the landfill workers union.

Doubts rose early on ID of Taliban, says general

posted: 11/24/2010 3:02 a.m.

The top commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that he was not surprised by reports that an impostor was involved in peace talks with the Afghan government because there were long-held doubts about one of the purported Taliban representatives.

Fort Smith district to ask Fort Chaffee for 80 acres

posted: 11/24/2010 3:02 a.m.

The School Board for the Fort Smith School District passed a resolution Monday requesting 80 acres of former Fort Chaffee land as a future site for one or more schools.

Man v. Food host to talk of travels

posted: 11/24/2010 3:01 a.m.

Adam Richman, host of the Man v. Food cable television program on the Travel Channel, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday.

In the news

posted: 11/24/2010 3 a.m.

Salvatore LaRosa has been charged with robbery after New York City police say he and an accomplice held up a Staten Island pizzeria and fled with a bag they believed held the day’s proceeds but really was full of pizza dough.

Tech OKs its 1st doctorate program, in education

posted: 11/24/2010 2:59 a.m.

Arkansas Tech University’s board of trustees approved the school’s first doctoral degree program Thursday, sending the proposal to the state Department of Higher Education.

Names and faces

posted: 11/24/2010 2:58 a.m.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is to take place April 29 at Westminster Abbey. An aide to Prince William said Tuesday that the couple had chosen the abbey, where Queen Elizabeth II was also married, for its “staggering beauty” and because it offered intimacy despite its grand scale.

System offering free library cards

posted: 11/24/2010 2:57 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Library System is offering free replacement library cards to patrons who have lost their cards. The offer starts Monday and ends Dec. 5. The regular fee to replace a library card is $5.

The world in brief

posted: 11/24/2010 2:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I was really, really terrified, and I’m still terrified.” Lee Chun-ok, 54, a resident on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island whose house collapsed during North Korean shelling Article, 1A

NLR police 7th agency in state to be accredited

posted: 11/24/2010 2:56 a.m.

After a three-year wait, the North Little Rock Police Department became just the seventh law-enforcement agency in Arkansas to achieve accreditation from the nation’s most prestigious law enforcement association.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/24/2010 2:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t think the roads can get much worse.” David Gibbs, emergency operations director for the Fairbanks, Alaska, North Star Borough, where a blizzard made travel nearly impossible Article, this page

DeLay case jury reports progress

posted: 11/24/2010 2:55 a.m.

Jurors in the money-laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ended their first full day of deliberations without a verdict.

Runoff results

posted: 11/24/2010 2:52 a.m.

Following is a list of unofficial results of county and municipal runoff races in central Arkansas in Tuesday’s election. Lonoke County results were unavailable. Results can also be viewed on our website at www.arkansasonline.com.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/24/2010 2:52 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well.

SE Missouri State fresh start for Nutt

posted: 11/24/2010 2:51 a.m.

Dickey Nutt finally is getting to coach a basketball game against Arkansas.

Thanksgiving closings

posted: 11/24/2010 2:51 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Thanksgiving DayHoliday on Thursday.

Obituaries

posted: 11/24/2010 2:51 a.m.

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

Hamilton rebounds for award

posted: 11/24/2010 2:50 a.m.

Josh Hamilton thought back to the days when his career was derailed by drugs and alcohol.

Daily record

posted: 11/24/2010 2:48 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas’ bowl plans hinge on LSU game

posted: 11/24/2010 2:48 a.m.

Having avoided the temptation to once again lament the BCS computer ranking of Richard Billingsley, let it be said that every computer ranked Auburn No. 1 but his.

Police beat

posted: 11/24/2010 2:47 a.m.

Drug raid results in arrest for 7 Little Rock narcotics detectives arrested seven men Monday night in a raid of a suspected drug residence, police said.

Obituary deadlines

posted: 11/24/2010 2:43 a.m.

To allow sufficient time for production of the unusually large Thanksgiving Day newspaper, obituaries for publication in Thursday’s editions must be submitted by noon today.

COMMENTARY: Petrino deserves mention with best

posted: 11/24/2010 2:43 a.m.

When it comes to coach of the year candidates, Chip Kelly clearly has done a great job at Oregon this season and it’d be hard to argue with Auburn’s Gene Chizik as a strong contender with his team being unbeaten. TCU’s Gary Patterson and Boise State’s Chris Petersen would probably make the short list, too.

Other days

posted: 11/24/2010 2:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 24, 1910 The “Royal Blue Flyer,” that pilot pigeon, is in the limelight again. Or if not in the limelight, it, at least, has been in the headlight of an Iron Mountain locomotive, as it piloted a train from Witherspoon to Donaldson yesterday morning, taking its accustomed position just in front of the engine.

Family, frozen in time

posted: 11/24/2010 2:41 a.m.

After all this time, you’d think I’d get used to it, but looking for the first time at the faces of people who were photographed a century ago or more still unsettles me.

Crazy aunt at it again

posted: 11/24/2010 2:40 a.m.

PRESIDENT TRUMAN : We will take whatever steps are necessary to meet the military situation, just as we always have.

NIT SEASON TIP-OFF: Red Wolves can’t overcome 2nd half

posted: 11/24/2010 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas State was outscored 43-29 in the second half and lost 69-62 to Pepperdine on Tuesday at the JQH Arena in the Red Wolves’ final game in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

How to end childhood hunger

posted: 11/24/2010 2:39 a.m.

As we prepare for our Thanksgiving bounty, it’s hard to believe that there might be a kid on our block who doesn’t know when her next meal will come.

SEC/TOP 25 MEN: Another difficult victory for Gators

posted: 11/24/2010 2:38 a.m.

Florida Coach Billy Donovan figures his team is “very disappointed” considering its preseason ranking.

The day before

posted: 11/24/2010 2:37 a.m.

It’s the busiest day of the year at the nation’s crowded airports. And in many a kitchen. Imagine the hubbub that preceded the first Thanksgiving in American history.

SEC WOMEN: UA women win, flying into holiday

posted: 11/24/2010 2:37 a.m.

Arkansas’ women’s basketball team should head off to its Thanksgiving in El Paso, Texas, with a spring in its step.

BOYS: Northside tops Fair in fourth

posted: 11/24/2010 2:35 a.m.

A mental mistake on an inbound pass, a late foul and an intercepted pass at the buzzer sank the Little Rock Fair War Eagles’ chances of a victory.

BOYS: Warriors use spurt for victory

posted: 11/24/2010 2:33 a.m.

Little Rock Hall Coach Jon Coleman would like to see his Warriors play with a little more consistency. But then again, he liked what he saw Tuesday night.

H.S. football report

posted: 11/24/2010 2:32 a.m.

Beavers will take little luck Glen Rose’s 28-27 overtime victory over Fordyce in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night didn’t go according to the script.

LETTERS

posted: 11/24/2010 2:30 a.m.

Please don’t roll back clock How could a black man, a liberal political nobody, not a rich man, become president of the U.S.A.? This seems to be the underlying anger and disbelief by many right-wing conservatives.

BOYS: Parkview runs past Central

posted: 11/24/2010 2:29 a.m.

Little Rock Parkview didn’t need star forward Aaron Ross to take any drama out of Little Rock Central’s season-opener Tuesday night at Tiger Fieldhouse.

NFL notes

posted: 11/24/2010 2:28 a.m.

TITANS Young snubbed Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher says though he had an assistant tell Vince Young not to attend a team meeting, the quarterback has not been banned from the team’s headquarters.

GIRLS: Brown makes her move late

posted: 11/24/2010 2:26 a.m.

If Kayla Brown seemed to be out of control late in Tuesday night’s game with Little Rock Hall, it’s because she was.

From Gulf South to Great American

posted: 11/24/2010 2:25 a.m.

The six NCAA Division II schools in Arkansas that are defecting from the Gulf South Conference finally have a name.

College notes

posted: 11/24/2010 2:24 a.m.

PENN STATE Paterno returning Joe Paterno plans to return as Penn State coach next season, ending the latest round of speculation about retirement.

HEART & SOUL: Exporting the spirit of our Thanksgiving

posted: 11/24/2010 2:24 a.m.

If we don’t set out food, there isn’t a dinner. We can decorate the table and the house. We can fancy up the front door. We can gather to watch the game. But unless there’s food to share, a meal doesn’t happen.

Razorbacks report

posted: 11/24/2010 2:24 a.m.

Williams on best behavior Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino jokingly discussed tight end D.J. Williams’ pursuit of the school record for receptions Monday.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Juggling job, kids deflates a mother

posted: 11/24/2010 2:23 a.m.

Every mother I know has one of those days every once in a while.

Revised, economic growth hits 2.5%

posted: 11/24/2010 2:23 a.m.

The economy grew faster last summer than first thought, benefiting from stronger spending by U.S. shoppers and improved overseas sales of U.S. goods.

Portugal, Spain next debt targets

posted: 11/24/2010 2:20 a.m.

Europe’s efforts to contain its debt crisis came under increasing strain Tuesday as bond market jitters shook Portugal and Spain, seen as the 16-nation eurozone’s next-weakest links now that Ireland has followed Greece by accepting a huge international rescue.

MOVIES OPENING TODAY

posted: 11/24/2010 2:19 a.m.

Burlesque PG-13 Christina Aguilera plays a small-town singer who gets her shot at stardom while performing at a neo-burlesque Los Angeles nightclub and catches the eye of a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane).

Russian poultry imports to drop

posted: 11/24/2010 2:18 a.m.

Russia will cut its poultry-import quota to 350,000 metric tons next year, 50 percent less than this year and about 40 percent less than originally planned.

BIB TALES: Copper Grill is eager to please big, little diners

posted: 11/24/2010 2:18 a.m.

Downtown was hopping when we dropped by Copper Grill for lunch on a recent Saturday, and we were lucky enough to snag a parking spot right across the street.

Home sales fall more than forecast

posted: 11/24/2010 2:17 a.m.

Sales of previously owned homes fell more than forecast in October as foreclosure moratoriums and a lack of credit disrupted the U.S. housing market.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/24/2010 2:16 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We moved to a new city last year, and the church we’ve started attending is more formal or traditional than our old one. Recently, they’ve been talking about Advent, and I’m too embarrassed to admit I don’t even know what it means.

DuPont offers $70 million settlement

posted: 11/24/2010 2:16 a.m.

Chemical maker DuPont is offering to pay $70 million to settle a toxic exposure case it lost in West Virginia.

BOOKSHELF

posted: 11/24/2010 2:16 a.m.

Candy Construction Sharon Bowers Storey Publishing, $14.95 Kids + candy = construction ? Hmmm, maybe, if all the building materials don’t disappear from the job site. Candy Construction gives easy step-bystep instructions for a craft kids are sure to love.

From GM’s IPO, U.S. gets $11.7 billion

posted: 11/24/2010 2:15 a.m.

U.S. assistance to General Motors Co. and other automakers is on track to cost “far less than anyone had first anticipated” as the Treasury Department recoups the funds it used to stabilize the industry, the acting head of the Troubled Asset Relief Program said Tuesday.

Trouble listing of banks expands

posted: 11/24/2010 2:13 a.m.

The number of banks on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s “problem” list grew over the summer, even as the industry posted solid net income and fewer loans soured.

Bond-buy plan stirred Fed doubts

posted: 11/24/2010 2:10 a.m.

Federal Reserve policymakers clashed over the benefits and risks of initiating a $600 billion program to rejuvenate the economy, but voted for it anyway, according to minutes of their closed deliberations released Tuesday.

PARENTING: The Doctor’s rules should get lazy kid in line

posted: 11/24/2010 2:10 a.m.

In their e-mail to me, his parents call him “The Laziest Kid in America.” The child in question, a third-grader, hides his clothes rather than put them away properly (in truth, hiding them probably takes more effort), would sometimes rather soil his britches than stop what he’s doing and go to the bathroom, forgets to bring work to or from school almost daily, and is nasty to his parents when they don’t give him his way.

Creature feature

posted: 11/24/2010 2:09 a.m.

We have adopted a 3-year-old adult mixed breed dog who has long hair. I’ve never had a longhaired dog. Do I need to brush him every day? He’s mostly an indoor dog. All dogs need grooming, but some dogs need more brushing and maintenance than others.

Art Closet grant hits very close to home

posted: 11/24/2010 2:08 a.m.

Things that go around really do come around.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/24/2010 2:07 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Is there some way to clean the inside of the dishwasher without using the pricey cleaners available at the grocery store?

Salazar vows to speed energy projects

posted: 11/24/2010 2:06 a.m.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he wants to spur offshore wind projects in the Atlantic Ocean by expediting permits and identifying promising areas for wind power.

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 11/24/2010 2:06 a.m.

Q.My boyfriend and I recently got engaged. He has two children, ages 3 and 4, but he never married their mother. He says they have known each other since childhood and they had kids as “friends.”

MARKET REPORT: Dow falls on Korean, debt woes

posted: 11/24/2010 2:06 a.m.

Stocks fell Tuesday as a flare-up of tensions between North and South Korea combined with downbeat news on the economy gave investors plenty of reasons to sell ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The dollar and gold rose as investors sought safe places to park money.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/24/2010 2:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. You accept yourself to a greater degree, and in a weird way, it makes it easier for you to change what you want to change about yourself, too. In the new year, you return to your ideal weight or train to create better health and fitness. Finances improve in December and March.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/24/2010 2:05 a.m.

1. Name the singer with the nickname “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” 2. Antwerp is a city in what European country? 3. What is the highest noncommissioned officer rank in the U.S. Army? 4. Provide the dominant ingredient of charcoal.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/24/2010 2:03 a.m.

Whole state declared natural disaster area The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated all of Arkansas as a primary natural disaster area because of the summer’s heat and drought that damaged crops and livestock. The designation was made Friday and announced in a news release Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/24/2010 2:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It appears we’re coming out of the recession even a little bit more strongly than the nation as a whole.” Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Article, 1D

State sports briefs

posted: 11/24/2010 1:45 a.m.

FOOTBALL Webber named finalist for Payton Award Arkansas-Pine Bluff wide receiver Raymond Webber rewrote UAPB’s record books for wide receivers this year.

Off the wire

posted: 11/24/2010 1:42 a.m.

BASEBALL Huff stays with Giants First baseman/outfielder Aubrey Huff is staying put with San Francisco just as he’d hoped, agreeing to a $22 million, two-year contract with the World Series champions Tuesday.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/24/2010 1:40 a.m.

McCann’s dad tough to impress Dallas Cowboys rookie Bryan McCann was harassed by teammates, particularly Dez Bryant and Roy Williams, after being tackled in the open field Sunday by Detroit kicker Dave Rayner on a first-half kickoff return.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/24/2010 1:11 a.m.

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

Tuesday, November 23

China restarts rare earth shipments to Japan

posted: 11/23/2010 10:11 p.m.

China has released the first shipments to Japan of rare earth minerals used in high-tech manufacturing since a diplomatic row between the countries in September.

2nd blast in New Zealand mine

posted: 11/23/2010 10:10 p.m.

Police say there has been a second blast inside the New Zealand mine where 29 workers are missing and that no one could have survived.

Watson wins runoff in Alexander

posted: 11/23/2010 9:49 p.m.

Regina Watson won 51 of the 63 votes cast Tuesday in the Alexander Ward 4, Position 2, alderman race, unofficial results show.

Hillman wins another term as Sherwood mayor

posted: 11/23/2010 9:28 p.m.

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman won reelection Tuesday night with 2,374 votes to Alderman Sheila Sulcer's 1,686, according to unofficial results.

Baxter new NLR Ward 3 alderman

updated: 11/23/2010 9:30 p.m.

Independent Steve Baxter won the vote Tuesday for North Little Rock Alderman, Ward 3, over Alderman Jimmy Phillips, early results show.

Report blames rig operator for Australia’s worst oil spill

posted: 11/23/2010 8:24 p.m.

A government report has blamed the oil rig operator for Australia’s worst ever oil spill.

Spain frees Guatemalan wanted in UN-backed probe

posted: 11/23/2010 7:30 p.m.

A Spanish judge Tuesday ordered a former Guatemalan interior minister be freed because authorities in the Central American country failed to request his extradition on charges he ordered the extra-judicial execution of seven inmates.

Asian shares open lower after Korean hostilities

posted: 11/23/2010 7:29 p.m.

Asian stock markets fell in early trade Wednesday as sentiment was weighed down by a tense standoff between North and South Korea after a deadly exchange of artillery fire.

Jury finds man guilty in Calif. teen torture trial

posted: 11/23/2010 7:04 p.m.

A jury has found a neighbor guilty of torturing a teen held captive in a central California home for more than a year.

US general in SKorea condemns NKorean attack

posted: 11/23/2010 7:03 p.m.

The top U.S. general in South Korea has condemned North Korea’s artillery attack on a South Korean island.

FAA gives spacecraft re-entry license to SpaceX

posted: 11/23/2010 6:56 p.m.

Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s California-based space launch firm has become the first commercial company to receive a Federal Aviation Administration license to allow an orbiting spacecraft to return to Earth.

UPDATE: Obama: US committed to defend South Korea

updated: 11/23/2010 10:13 p.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would defend South Korea after what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of those most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades.

2 killed as fire crew truck, car crash north of LA

posted: 11/23/2010 5:49 p.m.

Authorities say one inmate and one other person have been killed and eight others injured as a truck carrying a state prison firefighting crew was involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle in northern Los Angeles County.

Democratic Rep. Jim Costa holds on to Calif. seat

posted: 11/23/2010 5:02 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Jim Costa has narrowly won enough votes to retain his seat in a California district where Democrats hold a 20-point registration advantage.

Lost in frenzy over searches, travelers hit roads

posted: 11/23/2010 4:53 p.m.

Lost in the frenzy over new airport inspections is the fact that 94 percent of holiday travelers will reach their destination by road this year.

Axl Rose sues Activision over tune used in game

posted: 11/23/2010 4:15 p.m.

Welcome to the courtroom, Activision.

Dalai Lama wants to give up ceremonial duties

posted: 11/23/2010 3:52 p.m.

The Dalai Lama wants to give up his lesser known role as the ceremonial leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile, an aide said Tuesday, in what appeared to be another step in the aging leader’s efforts to prepare his people for life after he dies.

Drill breakthrough in NZ mine rescue

posted: 11/23/2010 3:17 p.m.

Rescuers have drilled through to the main tunnel at the New Zealand coal mine where 29 miners were caught in a methane-fueled explosion last week. They have not been heard from since.

Arkansas man sues over new TSA screenings

posted: 11/23/2010 3:11 p.m.

An Arkansas man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration, claiming that the agency’s new screening rules are detrimental to his “emotional, psychological and mental well-being.”

Drought-stricken Arkansas declared national disaster area

posted: 11/23/2010 3:02 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire state of Arkansas as a natural disaster area because of losses caused by drought, excessive heat and related insects and diseases that began April 1 and continues.

Lawmaker says he’ll resign before session

posted: 11/23/2010 1:02 p.m.

An Arkansas lawmaker whose elected successor is dead says he’ll leave office in January so the governor can call a special election to fill his seat.

Air Force fires 2 in document mix-up

posted: 11/23/2010 11:37 a.m.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz says two people have been fired from the service’s aerial refueling tanker program after confidential information was mistakenly sent to competing contractors.

Jawbone not that of Holloway, Aruba prosecutors say

posted: 11/23/2010 11:27 a.m.

A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong to missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday.

Vatican says condoms OK to prevent HIV

posted: 11/23/2010 11:25 a.m.

Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner — even if that means a woman averts a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said Tuesday, signaling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it explained Pope Benedict XVI’s comments.

UN says Iran enrichment was stopped

posted: 11/23/2010 11:21 a.m.

Iran temporarily stopped enriching uranium earlier this month for unspecified reasons, the U.N. nuclear agency said Tuesday.

Arkansas jobless rate inches up to 7.8 percent

posted: 11/23/2010 11:13 a.m.

The Arkansas unemployment rate in October inched up one-tenth of a percentage point from September to 7.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.

North, South Korea exchange fire

posted: 11/23/2010 11:10 a.m.

North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.

Economic growth slightly faster than first thought

posted: 11/23/2010 11:07 a.m.

The economy grew slightly faster last summer than first thought, benefiting from stronger spending by U.S. shoppers and improved overseas sales of U.S. goods.

Thea Foundation offers much more than art scholarships

posted: 11/23/2010 10:59 a.m.

The Thea Foundation gives scholarships to art students, but that’s only a portion of its mission, which is to encourage young people to participate in the arts and to advocate for the importance of arts in education, as Eric E. Harrison reports in Wednesday’s Family section.

Author Sedaris returning to LR

posted: 11/23/2010 10:54 a.m.

Author Davis Sedaris will return to Little Rock next year as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Man shot after attacking woman in Garland County

posted: 11/23/2010 10:42 a.m.

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg early Tuesday morning when he showed up at a Garland County residence and began attacking and threatening a woman there.

Petraeus not surprised about Taliban impersonator

posted: 11/23/2010 10:36 a.m.

Gen. David Petraeus says reports that a man leading the Taliban side of peace talks with the Afghan government was an impersonator are “not a surprise” because “there was skepticism about one of these all along.”

Cliff Lee donates $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital

posted: 11/23/2010 10:26 a.m.

Major League pitcher Cliff Lee and his wife are donating $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital, the hospital announced Tuesday.

Arkansas unemployment up slightly

posted: 11/23/2010 9:43 a.m.

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas in October but still remained lower than the national average.

Alamo followers ask for dismissal of lawsuit

posted: 11/23/2010 8:36 a.m.

Attorneys for businesses associated with convicted evangelist Tony Alamo and several Alamo followers are asking that a lawsuit against them be dismissed.

Charges dropped in Obama e-mail threat case

posted: 11/23/2010 7:39 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a Northern California man who was accused of sending an e-mail threatening to kill President Barack Obama and members of his family.

Driver unhurt as car overturns off I-30

posted: 11/23/2010 7:02 a.m.

A driver escaped injury Tuesday morning when his car veered out of control on Interstate 30, hit a pole and ended up on its side in a ditch.

N. Korea fires artillery onto S. Korean island, 2 dead

updated: 11/23/2010 7:38 a.m.

South Korea says two marines have been killed and 16 others injured in a North Korean bombardment of a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed western sea border.

Swept Away - Part 3: Dawn reveals magnitude of loss

posted: 11/23/2010 6 a.m.

Reuben and Kathryn Cleveland strained to keep their heads above water as the Little Missouri River gushed into their 1985 Toyota motor home parked at the federal campground. “Lord, if it be thy will and we have to go, let us go together,” Kathryn, 78, prayed aloud. “But please, spare the children.”

State lottery to get review every 60 days

posted: 11/23/2010 5:55 a.m.

The legislative committee that oversees the lottery voted Monday to begin reviewing the organization every two months after an audit found several internal problems in the lottery’s operations.

Boss over foster-care unit jailed in sex case

posted: 11/23/2010 5:52 a.m.

A supervisor at the office that handles foster children and abuse/neglect cases in Polk County remained in jail Monday after authorities charged him with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in foster care and raping an adult female.

No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 5 LSU: Production picks up

posted: 11/23/2010 5:38 a.m.

Six SEC quarterbacks rank among the top 25 nationally in pass efficiency.

Stampede kills 349 at Cambodia festival

posted: 11/23/2010 5:34 a.m.

At least 349 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a stampede at an annual water festival in Cambodia that the prime minister today called the nation’s worst tragedy since the murderous Khmer Rouge regime more than three decades ago.

Taliban chief in peace talks a fake

posted: 11/23/2010 5:33 a.m.

For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the repeated appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.

Al-Qaida: Plot cheap, a success

posted: 11/23/2010 5:32 a.m.

In a detailed account of its failed parcel-bomb plot last month, al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen said late Saturday that the operation cost only $4,200 to mount, was intended to disrupt global air cargo systems and reflected a new strategy of low-cost attacks designed to inflict broad economic damage.

Rules set to direct insurance fees to care

posted: 11/23/2010 5:31 a.m.

The Obama administration issued rules Monday defining a promise to consumers in the new federal health-care law that insurers will spend at least $4 out of $5 they collect in premiums on medical services and other efforts to improve patients’ health.

Joggers’ attacker is guilty in Levy death

posted: 11/23/2010 5:30 a.m.

An illegal alien from El Salvador imprisoned for attacking two female joggers was found guilty Monday of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Chief: Don’t force pat-downs

posted: 11/23/2010 5:29 a.m.

The nation’s airport-security chief pleaded with Thanksgiving travelers for understanding and urged them not to boycott full-body scans Wednesday, lest their protest snarl what is already one of the busiest, most stressful flying days of the year.

Congo murder, rape trial begins

posted: 11/23/2010 5:26 a.m.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba pleaded innocent Monday to charges that he gave his private army free rein to sexually assault and murder men, women and children in neighboring Central African Republic.

Tyson ends ’10 profitably

posted: 11/23/2010 5:25 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. ended its fourth-quarter and 2010 fiscal year in the black. The Springdale-based meat giant Monday said increased prices helped reduce debt to levels not seen in the past decade.

Israel starts work on Egypt fence

posted: 11/23/2010 5:25 a.m.

Israel began work Monday on a border fence along its frontier with Egypt that is meant to keep out Islamic militants and African aliens, the Defense Ministry said.

Prosecutors to appeal 2 war-crimes verdicts

posted: 11/23/2010 5:24 a.m.

Serbia on Monday sentenced two men to 15 and six years each in prison for the wartime torture and killing of 700 Muslims in eastern Bosnia — but the prosecutor’s office called the sentences too lenient and said it will appeal.

In the news

posted: 11/23/2010 5:23 a.m.

Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, said in an interview with CNN’s Larry King that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is considering a presidential run in 2012, seems “very happy in Alaska” and added, “I hope she’ll stay there.”

Names and faces

posted: 11/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

Keith Urban is trying to make his fans and his family happy this summer. The multiplatinum country star is hitting the road June 16 on a 44-city arena tour in the U.S. with a schedule that gives him time to be with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their 2-yearold daughter, Sunday Rose. “

The nation in brief

posted: 11/23/2010 5:22 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “While some level of administrative costs are certainly necessary, we believe they have gotten out of hand.That is going to change.” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, on new rules requiring insurers to spend $4 out of $5 they collect in premiums on patients Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 11/23/2010 5:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “A commander who lets his troops carry out such criminal tactics is hundreds of times more dangerous than any single rapist.” Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, at the trial of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, who’s charged with allowing his private army to rape and murder civilians Article, this page

Hospital at Level I in care

posted: 11/23/2010 5:19 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health has designated Arkansas Children’s Hospital a Level I trauma center and the first targeted toward pediatric patients.

Ex-astronaut makes LR school touchdown

posted: 11/23/2010 5:18 a.m.

Being an astronaut on a space shuttle flight is like being Superman, Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., a crew member on two such shuttle flights in the 1990s, told pupils Monday at Little Rock’s Cloverdale Aerospace Technology Conversion Charter Middle School.

Incompetence bid fails in UCA case

posted: 11/23/2010 5:08 a.m.

A judge on Monday rejected defense arguments that the man accused of murdering two University of Central Arkansas students in October 2008 is mentally retarded and ineligible for the death penalty.

Bryant school building starts rise

posted: 11/23/2010 5:06 a.m.

Bryant High School students will attend classes in a new building in 2013, administrators said Monday.

Man ruled fit for trial in theft, dog death

posted: 11/23/2010 5:04 a.m.

A 28-year-old Little Rock man with a history of psychiatric problems was found fit to stand trial Monday on accusations that he stabbed a dog to death while stealing a baseball cap from a southwest Little Rock home.

Agency said to be evading the law

posted: 11/23/2010 5:03 a.m.

A former Game and Fish Commission chairman said Monday the agency is circumventing state law to give contracts to friends of commissioners.

Alderman’s answers cleared for his trial

posted: 11/23/2010 5:03 a.m.

A federal judge ruled Monday that statements federal agents said were voluntarily given in 2009 by North Little Rock Alderman Sam Baggett about his relationship with a convicted felon would be allowed at his Dec. 7 trial.

NLR Council approves bonuses for city workers

posted: 11/23/2010 5:02 a.m.

Wanting to thank city employees who “worked very hard” under tighter budgets during the recent recession, the North Little Rock City Council on Monday approved one-time bonuses for all full-time city employees.

Post-robbery statement stays

posted: 11/23/2010 5:02 a.m.

A former Little Rock man who told police he was inspired to rob a Little Rock bank by a movie about John Dillinger lost a bid to have the statement thrown out of court Monday.

Mena woman, 69, dies in collision

posted: 11/23/2010 5:01 a.m.

A woman was killed Sunday evening when she crashed a car into an oncoming truck on Arkansas 41 south of Horatio in western Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Daily record

posted: 11/23/2010 5:01 a.m.

Marriage Licenses and Divorces.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/23/2010 5 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: South University Avenue North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Peters Road

Police beat

posted: 11/23/2010 4:59 a.m.

Police arrest man in five burglaries A homeless man was arrested Monday in the burglary of five houses in Little Rock.

Thanksgiving day closings

posted: 11/23/2010 4:56 a.m.

The following state, federal and local government offices’ schedules may be affected by the Thanksgiving Day Holiday on Thursday.

Ministry attorney seeks suit’s dismissal

posted: 11/23/2010 4:55 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by six former members of the southwest Arkansas-based Tony Alamo Christian Ministries should be dismissed because the allegations it contains are too general, an attorney said in a court filing Monday.

Burglaries

posted: 11/23/2010 4:54 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock Police Department. 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.

Betty Thomas Luten Avid volunteer for Easter Seals

posted: 11/23/2010 4:54 a.m.

Betty Thomas was described in her 1942 high school yearbook as “a blond with a shy smile and a dreamy look in her eyes. Don’t let that fool you, though, because she’s full of pep.”

Other days

posted: 11/23/2010 4:53 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 23, 1910 Alderman J.H. Hollis, in speaking yesterday of the action of the Police Committee in their investigation of the police affairs and of the happenings at the council meeting Monday night, after reiterating in substance his statements during the proceedings of the council, added that Mayor Duley and Alderman John Toohey, chairman of the Police Committee, and Chief McMahon had recruited the ranks of the police force with their personal friends until they had depleted the value of it as a patrolling power.

SWEET TEA: Hot cocoa, for all who lost recipe

posted: 11/23/2010 4:53 a.m.

Every year, one or two folks admit to losing the Sweet Tea hot chocolate recipe, for which we all have Sweet Tea’s mother to thank.

Obituaries

posted: 11/23/2010 4:52 a.m.

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

Group hopes Delta Queen bidding will get boat cruising again

posted: 11/23/2010 4:51 a.m.

The historic Delta Queen riverboat, now a floating hotel docked in Tennessee, is up for sale, and a group of Delta-region leaders hopes it gets tugged back into service carrying tourists on the big rivers in the nation’s midsection.

Nothing succeeds like . . .

posted: 11/23/2010 4:51 a.m.

THE LATEST news out of the Democratic Party’s unchanged and unchanging establishment will surely hearten Republicans: Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected the party’s leader in the House, and Harry Reid is the once and future majority leader in the U.S. Senate.

Mobile home fire kills Lonoke man

posted: 11/23/2010 4:50 a.m.

Fire claimed the life of a Lonoke man Monday morning, a Lonoke County sheriff’s office investigator said.

State gives LR more time to repair roof of police HQ

posted: 11/23/2010 4:50 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Labor has given Little Rock an additional three months to finish replacing the police headquarters’ leaky roof, a Labor Department attorney said Monday.

Arkansas GI dies in Afghanistan

posted: 11/23/2010 4:49 a.m.

Spc. David S. Robinson, 25, of Fort Smith died Saturday in Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a noncombat accident, according to the Department of Defense.

The promotion

posted: 11/23/2010 4:49 a.m.

DEAR Saif al-Adel. . . or Muhammad al-Makkawi. . . or Ibrahim al-Madani. . . or whatever you’re calling yourself these days to keep from being, as the infantry says, Caught in the Open, In the name of Allah, the merciful, the beneficent, I send affectionate greetings, some news, and a few packages you might want to be very careful with.

There will be blood!

posted: 11/23/2010 4:48 a.m.

Former Senator Alan Simpson is a Very Serious Person. He must be—after all, President Barack Obama appointed him co-chairman of a special commission on deficit reduction.

Foreclosure woes endure

posted: 11/23/2010 4:47 a.m.

Thousands across Northwest Arkansas have lost their homes to foreclosure. Like one of those gray and rainy late-November days, the misery feels as if it’s set in for a long while.

Why Sarah Palin won’t run

posted: 11/23/2010 4:46 a.m.

Despite Sarah Palin’s quotes in a forthcoming New York Times Magazine profile and her remarks to Barbara Walters, I remain convinced that she won’t seek the White House in 2012.

LETTERS

posted: 11/23/2010 4:43 a.m.

Revamp campaign finance We the voting taxpayers should expect more from our elected officials. What is censure? A slap on the wrist. I feel that those we choose to serve us should at least pretend to be held to a higher standard.

SEC Men: Hogs start week off right in rout

posted: 11/23/2010 4:40 a.m.

Arkansas coasted against Florida Gulf Coast.

Bird of the day

posted: 11/23/2010 4:38 a.m.

What’s for dinner? Thanksgiving or any other time, the answer is more and more likely to be turkey.

Sinking Vikings drop Childress

posted: 11/23/2010 4:34 a.m.

Hastily hired five seasons ago to bring order to a disheveled franchise, Brad Childress vowed to lead the Minnesota Vikings the only way he knew how — in case this was his only crack at being a head coach.

Votto ends MVP run by Pujols

posted: 11/23/2010 4:31 a.m.

Joey Votto and Albert Pujols had a long conversation behind the batting cage before a game a few years ago.

TCU surprising in Mountain West

posted: 11/23/2010 4:29 a.m.

When Southwest Conference members disbanded in the 1990s, I figured the quality of their football programs — persistently strong, persistently weak or somewhere in between — would continue to look about the same in new surroundings.

LIKE IT IS: Revisiting Starkville, sharing bonus Miles

posted: 11/23/2010 4:27 a.m.

“I can tell you that issue was trying to use and have utility in an extra down.” Les Miles, LSU football coach, Oct. 4, 2010.

MONDAY’S NFL: Rivers, Chargers find form

posted: 11/23/2010 4:22 a.m.

Take away all those special teams blunders and turnovers, and this is how the San Diego Chargers were supposed to look all along.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/23/2010 4:19 a.m.

BASKETBALL Henderson State women score 125 Henderson State (3-1 ) had eight players scored at least 10 points Monday in a 125-40 victory over Baptist Bible in Arkadelphia. Malorie Marshall led Henderson State with 22 points. Marsharae Borwn added 20 points.

NCAA CROSS COUNTRY: Windblown Hogs nab 10th

posted: 11/23/2010 4:17 a.m.

Elite status still eludes Arkansas after a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

College football notes

posted: 11/23/2010 4:15 a.m.

NEBRASKA Pelini apologizes Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini tried to tamp down the frenzy surrounding his program Monday, apologizing for his sideline tirades and assuring fans that his star quarterback hasn’t quit the team.

Boll Weevils’ Mathews quits

posted: 11/23/2010 4:13 a.m.

Citing a professional opportunity outside of football and a desire to closer follow his son’s football career, Gwaine Mathews resigned as Arkansas-Monticello football coach Monday after six seasons.

NFL Notes

posted: 11/23/2010 4:12 a.m.

TITANS Young going on IR Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher said Vince Young needs season-ending surgery on his throwing hand. Not that being healthy would have kept the quarterback in the Titans’ starting lineup.

Razorbacks report

posted: 11/23/2010 4:05 a.m.

Williams up for top TE honor Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was named Monday as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award.

TOP 25 MEN: Freshman steps up for Wildcats

posted: 11/23/2010 4:04 a.m.

Shortly after making a careless mistake, one of numerous in the first half, Terrence Jones tried pleading his case to Kentucky Coach John Calipari.

ASU falls behind early, can’t overtake Pacific

posted: 11/23/2010 4:03 a.m.

Pacific scored the game’s first 12 points against Arkansas State on Monday in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tipoff at the JQH Arena, and the Red Wolves never fully recovered.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Recruits ready to enjoy Thanksgiving traditions

posted: 11/23/2010 4:01 a.m.

Like many of us, Arkansas’ football commitments will spend time with their families while enjoying the traditional and not so traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Arkansas Baptist wins 5-3A opener

posted: 11/23/2010 4 a.m.

Kendall Hogue scored 16 points and the Arkansas Baptist Eagles turned in a solid defensive effort to knock off the visiting Cutter Morning Star Eagles 52-37 Monday night.

Irish aid request sparks election as coalition fails

posted: 11/23/2010 3:58 a.m.

Ireland’s bid for financial aid prompted Prime Minister Brian Cowen on Monday to call elections after support for his government unraveled.

Sweet potatoes hot in Europe

posted: 11/23/2010 3:48 a.m.

The humble sweet potato — a Southern staple and customary Thanksgiving dinner menu item — is suddenly looking a lot more cosmopolitan.

Bank’s buying power is noted

posted: 11/23/2010 3:47 a.m.

Home BancShares, which bought its sixth Florida bank of the year on Friday, still has the resources to buy another $2 billion in assets from failed banks, a Stephens Inc. analyst said Monday.

Bush tells of view at top during visit to Wal-Mart HQ

posted: 11/23/2010 3:46 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush said Monday that he “gave my heart and soul to the presidency” but doesn’t believe it’s in the nation’s interest to have a former president judge his successors.

Comcast sets management for NBC; deal still not OK’d

posted: 11/23/2010 3:45 a.m.

Comcast is still in negotiations with the government over its proposed takeover of NBC Universal, but that did not stop the cable company from announcing a new management lineup for the entertainment giant last week.

Can curb inflation, China says

posted: 11/23/2010 3:44 a.m.

Beijing has the capacity to control surging prices while keeping economic growth on track, China’s main planning agency said Monday, in the latest effort to quell public anxiety about inflation.

Star says Potter is fine as a 2-D film

posted: 11/23/2010 3:43 a.m.

Disappointed that the new Harry Potter film, which opened Friday, isn’t in 3-D ? Its star, Daniel Radcliffe, feels the opposite.

MARKET REPORT: As bank shares drop, retail rises

posted: 11/23/2010 3:42 a.m.

Stocks pared their losses and ended narrowly mixed Monday amid anxiety over Europe’s financial crisis and a widening probe into insider trading on Wall Street.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 11/23/2010 3:41 a.m.

Fed sponsors talks on regulatory change The Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will sponsor a discussion on financial regulatory overhaul on Dec. 7 at the Peabody Little Rock hotel.

Business news in brief

posted: 11/23/2010 3:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Ten years ago, [the sweet potato] was an undiscovered vegetable in Europe.We’ve done a very good job of promoting it and building awareness of the flavor and nutritional value since then.” David Picha, professor at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Article, 1D

DRESSING ROOM: G.Washington spritzed here

posted: 11/23/2010 3:40 a.m.

You may not know — and I didn’t — that George Washington supposedly had a favorite cologne.

Southland will air again; Emmys - go figure

posted: 11/23/2010 3:36 a.m.

Q. My favorite gritty cop show was Southland. The characters and story lines were great. Will it be back?

Movies based on real events pose challenges

posted: 11/23/2010 3:35 a.m.

Early on in 127 Hours, around hour 10 or so, James Franco, who has fallen into a canyon and stands awkwardly trapped with one arm beneath a boulder, pulls out a cheap pocket tool, a multiuse thingamajig with a particularly dull knife.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 11/23/2010 3:34 a.m.

Q. I was disabled for a while several years ago. My health has since improved. Can I receive disability benefits for the time I was disabled?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/23/2010 3:16 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I recently lost my wallet. You know what’s next: Cancel all credit cards! Well, that was the easy part.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. You do way more than your fair share and will be financially rewarded for your extra effort. Family makes you proud in the next 10 weeks. You’ll be celebrated for your many talents in January. Relationships go from being platonic to romantic to platonic to romantic... and on and on. June and October are perfect for travel. Scorpio and Libra people adore you.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I had back surgery a couple of years ago, and now I think I’m addicted to pain pills. I get them from several different doctors, and I’m scared to seek help because I know that’s illegal.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Floored! Angry! Upset too!

posted: 11/23/2010 3:14 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a newly out gay male. Recently I was at a bar when my friend “John” came in. John and I have been close, as we both were realizing we were gay, and had a sexual relationship as well.

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/23/2010 3:14 a.m.

1. How many deciduous or first teeth do people have? 2. Why does a rattlesnake shake its rattles before attacking ? 3. Is Ohio State in the Big Eight or Big Ten football conference ? 4. How was Prince Albert related to Queen Victoria of England ?

Veterinarian talks turkey

posted: 11/23/2010 3:13 a.m.

Arkansas has 20 million reasons to say Happy Thanksgiving — the number of turkeys raised and processed in the state this year in time for Turkey Day.

Taking stock of leftover leftovers

posted: 11/23/2010 3:13 a.m.

One thing about a big turkey for Thanksgiving is the several things to come for days after — turkey leftovers.

20 lives lost in Albert Pike flood

posted: 11/23/2010 3:02 a.m.

The 20 who died in the Albert Pike flood.

Getting it straight

posted: 11/23/2010 2:30 a.m.

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

Second thoughts

posted: 11/23/2010 2:23 a.m.

Own goal in overtime ‘surreal’ The Colorado Rapids beat FC Dallas 2-1 Sunday night to win the MLS Cup after a Dallas defender deflected the ball into his own net.

Election Day

posted: 11/23/2010 2:05 a.m.

Today is election day for runoffs for city and county offices.

Monday, November 22

Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month

posted: 11/22/2010 5:55 p.m.

A Pentagon spokeswoman says no service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules surrounding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Qantas to return A380s to service

posted: 11/22/2010 5:52 p.m.

Qantas says it will return its grounded superjumbo fleet to the skies.

Plane with student pilot violates DC air space

posted: 11/22/2010 5:29 p.m.

U.S. fighter jets intercepted a small plane flow by a student pilot after it crossed into restricted airspace in the Washington area, military and aviation officials said Monday.

Bush in Bentonville, meets with Walmart workers

posted: 11/22/2010 5:27 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush met with Walmart employees Monday at corporate headquarters in Bentonville.

UPDATE: Fire damages LR menswear store, photo business

updated: 11/22/2010 11:32 a.m.

A fire that started outside a Little Rock men's clothing store caused $20,000 in structural damage to the shop and a neighboring photography business, officials said Monday, though the owner of the clothing store disputed the damage estimate.

Irish premier faces early elections after bailout

posted: 11/22/2010 4:26 p.m.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says he will call an early national election next year once Ireland passes an emergency budget and negotiates a massive EU-IMF bailout.

Robot breakdown delays rescue of trapped NZ miners

posted: 11/22/2010 4:24 p.m.

The bid to rescue 29 New Zealand coal miners trapped underground by a massive gas explosion for nearly five days hit new problems Tuesday as a mechanical robot broke down inside a tunnel and hard rock layers slowed progress on gas testing.

3-car accident snarls traffic in NLR

posted: 11/22/2010 4:03 p.m.

A three-vehicle accident at 13th and Main streets in North Little Rock snarled traffic Monday afternoon, witnesses said.

Troubles stop Iran nuke enrichment

posted: 11/22/2010 3:57 p.m.

Diplomats say major technical problems led to a temporary shut-down in Iran of thousands of centrifuges enriching uranium.

Hunter bringing in deer on ATV dies in accident

posted: 11/22/2010 3:47 p.m.

The Izard County sheriff says a hunter bringing a slain deer out of the woods has died in an ATV accident.

Ark. lottery chair vows changes after audit

posted: 11/22/2010 3:45 p.m.

The chairwoman of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is vowing to take steps to correct a batch of problems with the lottery’s operations turned up by a legislative audit.

Israeli bill makes territorial withdrawals harder

posted: 11/22/2010 3:44 p.m.

Israel’s parliament has passed a bill that could complicate peace efforts with the Palestinians and Syria by making it very difficult for any government to make territorial withdrawals.

Judge allows Va. Tech shooting lawsuit to advance

posted: 11/22/2010 3:03 p.m.

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against Virginia Tech officials by the families of two students killed in the mass shootings at the school can go forward.

NJ lawmakers approve tough law to fight bullying

posted: 11/22/2010 3:01 p.m.

New Jersey lawmakers have approved what advocates say will be the nation’s toughest laws to fight bullying in institutions of learning.

Big drug arrest on Caribbean cruise ship

posted: 11/22/2010 2:47 p.m.

A suburban body shop owner accused of helping to run one of the largest drug smuggling organizations in the Caribbean was arrested Monday as he took a family vacation on a cruise ship.

Health plans must spend premiums on medical care

posted: 11/22/2010 2:30 p.m.

Health insurance premiums should go for actual medical care — not insurers’ overhead and profits — the Obama administration said Monday in rules that for the first time require the companies to give consumers a rebate.

Hard rock frustrates rescue of trapped NZ miners

posted: 11/22/2010 2:28 p.m.

Hard rock layers slowed the progress of drills boring into a New Zealand mine as rescuers waited impatiently for a chance to test if air quality underground is safe enough for them to go in to pull out 29 trapped miners.

Bryant breaks ground for high school

posted: 11/22/2010 2:13 p.m.

Bryant welcomed more than 150 state and city officials as construction began Monday morning on a high school projected to cost $28 million.

Nissan Leaf to get equivalent of 99 miles per gal

posted: 11/22/2010 2:06 p.m.

Nissan’s new electric car, the Leaf, will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, based on government testing.

Feds raid 2 hedge funds linked to trading probe

posted: 11/22/2010 1:42 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided two hedge funds linked to a broader insider-trading probe.

Irish premier won’t quit, staying to pass budget

posted: 11/22/2010 1:29 p.m.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says he’s not going to quit because he is determined to pass an emergency budget and negotiate a massive EU-IMF bailout despite signs that his government is unraveling.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto easily wins NL MVP award

posted: 11/22/2010 1:27 p.m.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto was overwhelmingly elected the National League’s Most Valuable Player on Monday, ending the two-year reign of Albert Pujols.

UPDATE: Over 300 die in stampede at Cambodian festival

updated: 11/22/2010 6:25 p.m.

Thousands of people stampeded during a festival in the Cambodian capital, leaving at least 345 dead and hundreds injured in what the prime minister called the country’s biggest tragedy since the 1970s reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge.

Pope seeks debate on condoms and AIDS

posted: 11/22/2010 12:42 p.m.

Pope Benedict XVI wanted to “kick-start a debate” when he said some condom use may be justified, Vatican insiders say, raising hopes and fears that the church may be starting to back away from its condom ban for its flock of 1 billion Catholics.

Israel says tourism to break record in 2010

posted: 11/22/2010 12:41 p.m.

Israel’s Tourism Ministry says 2010 will be a record year for tourism, which has already surpassed the high of 3 million visitors set in 2008.

Spill panel details goofs, hero in ending gusher

posted: 11/22/2010 12:07 p.m.

A new study from the presidential oil spill commission details behind-the-scenes tension and mistakes behind the three-month effort to cap the busted BP oil well, with a lone scientist working from a cell phone photo saving the day.

Jury convicts Guandique of murdering Chandra Levy

posted: 11/22/2010 11:48 a.m.

A jury has found Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE’-kay) guilty of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in 2001, when her disappearance became a national sensation.

Report: Nuke weapons drivers drank on road

posted: 11/22/2010 11:43 a.m.

Government agents hired to drive nuclear weapons and components in trucks sometimes got drunk while on convoy missions, including an incident last year when two agents were detained by police at a local bar during one, according to a report Monday by the U.S. Energy Department’s watchdog.

Tariq Aziz seeks pardon from Iraqi president

posted: 11/22/2010 11:42 a.m.

Lawyers for Tariq Aziz, the longtime international face of Saddam Hussein’s regime, said Monday they will seek a presidential pardon to spare him from execution.

Vikings fire Childress after falling to 3-7

posted: 11/22/2010 11:37 a.m.

The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Brad Childress.

Government: Health plans must spend premiums on medical care

posted: 11/22/2010 11:19 a.m.

Health insurance premiums should go for actual medical care — not insurers’ overhead and profits — the Obama administration said Monday in rules that for the first time require the companies to give consumers a rebate.

Lonoke man dies in house fire

posted: 11/22/2010 11:15 a.m.

A 31-year-old man died after his house on McCoy Road caught fire about 4 a.m. Monday, the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Irish to shrink, merge banks as part of bailout

posted: 11/22/2010 11:09 a.m.

Ireland’s banks will be pruned down, merged or sold as part of a EU-IMF bailout taking shape, the government said Monday as the nation came to grips with its failure to protect and revive its banks.

Walmart lawyers starting pro bono program

posted: 11/22/2010 11:03 a.m.

Walmart's legal department will begin an in-house pro bono program to help low-income clients in the state, the retailer announced Monday.

Stocks slip on concerns euro crisis will spread

posted: 11/22/2010 10:55 a.m.

Stock prices and the euro fell Monday as investors worried that Ireland’s request for financial assistance may not be the last bailout needed in Europe.

Nelson may mount severance tax hike campaign

posted: 11/22/2010 10:52 a.m.

Former natural gas executive Sheffield Nelson says he may ask Arkansas voters to back a severance tax increase on natural gas if lawmakers don’t in next year’s session.

Children's Hospital earns top trauma designation

posted: 11/22/2010 10:33 a.m.

Arkansas Children's Hospital has been named the state's only pediatric Level I trauma center, the hospital announced Monday.

Boy dies in fall from luxury suite at Lakers game

posted: 11/22/2010 10:20 a.m.

A toddler has died after falling 50 feet from a luxury suite at the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors in the Staples Center arena.

Food for Fines program to start Dec. 6 at CALS

posted: 11/22/2010 10:05 a.m.

The Food for Fines program at the Central Arkansas Library System begins Dec. 6.

Walmart to open pharmacy on UA campus

posted: 11/22/2010 9:47 a.m.

Wal-Mart will open a retail pharmacy on the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus in January that will be open to everyone in the area, not just those at the college.

Walmart offers price matching on Black Friday

posted: 11/22/2010 9:32 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will match competitor prices beginning on Thanksgiving Day and running through the weekend, one of the most popular shopping periods of the year.

Turkey rules, and not only for Thanksgiving

posted: 11/22/2010 9:29 a.m.

What’s for dinner? Thanksgiving or any other time, the answer is more and more likely to be turkey, reports Ron Wolfe in Tuesday’s Style section.

Authorities warn of carpet-cleaning scam

posted: 11/22/2010 9:14 a.m.

Authorities in Pulaski County say a scammer conned a woman by claiming to be a carpet cleaner, asking for up-front payment and then never returning to perform the work.

Mena woman killed in wreck

posted: 11/22/2010 8:40 a.m.

A Mena woman was killed Sunday afternoon when the car she was driving hit a guardrail, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle.

Higher prices help Tyson Foods return to 4Q profit

posted: 11/22/2010 8:15 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. returned to a fourth-quarter profit, partly helped by higher prices and increasing sales of pork and prepared foods.

Suspected US missile strike kills 5 in Pakistan

posted: 11/22/2010 8:12 a.m.

Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at a car and a motorcycle in northwestern Pakistan, killing five people.

29 escape barefoot from flooded Chinese coal mine

posted: 11/22/2010 7:32 a.m.

Barefoot and wrapped in white quilts, 29 miners were pulled out of a Chinese coal mine Monday after being trapped by a flood and waiting a day for rescuers to pump out water.

Closing arguments expected in US piracy trial

posted: 11/22/2010 6:57 a.m.

The piracy trial of five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Africa is nearing an end in Virginia.

Swept Away - Part 2: ‘Get everybody and get out!’

posted: 11/22/2010 6 a.m.

The water’s powerful current splintered families camped along the Little Missouri River. Two children clung to a tree as their mother was swept away. Aging childhood sweethearts, married for decades, were yanked apart. Those able to keep their heads above water became targets for chunks of concrete, vehicles and upended trees launched by the turbulent river. Kerri Basinger clung to her two young daughters as the engorged river tossed and tumbled its human cargo.

Arsenal layoffs a big blow to region

posted: 11/22/2010 5:59 a.m.

The economically stressed Arkansas Delta faces yet another financial blow with the coming layoff of 1,100 workers at the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. Officials across southeast Arkansas are scrambling to prevent the losses from negatively affecting the area’s economy.

ASU chancellor search on hold amid transition

posted: 11/22/2010 5:50 a.m.

The search for a new chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro will be put on hold until newly appointed ASU System President Charles L. Welch takes the helm, officials said.

Nascar Sprint Cup: ‘This is unbelievable’

posted: 11/22/2010 5:29 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson wasn’t the best all year. Not even close.

Taliban vow to force NATO out by 2014

posted: 11/22/2010 5:25 a.m.

The Taliban on Sunday vowed to force the U.S.-led coalition to abandon Afghanistan before a 2014 date set by the alliance for handing over security responsibility to its allied Afghan forces.

Irish ask, EU grants loan for bank bailout

posted: 11/22/2010 5:25 a.m.

Ireland relented Sunday and formally applied for a rescue package worth more than $100 billion after months of trying to survive its financial crisis with austerity measures and strict budgetary planning.

N. Korea enriching uranium, scientist says

posted: 11/22/2010 5:24 a.m.

In secret and with remarkable speed, North Korea has built a new, highly sophisticated facility to enrich uranium, an American nuclear scientist said, raising fears that the North is ramping up its atomic program despite international pressure.

Catholics differ on pope’s comments

posted: 11/22/2010 5:23 a.m.

Some Catholic believers in the United States greeted Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments on condoms as a sign that the church was stepping into the modern debate in the fight against AIDS, though the church was adamant Sunday that nothing has changed in its views banning contraception.

Airport screenings hot topic on talk shows

posted: 11/22/2010 5:22 a.m.

The head of the agency responsible for airport security, facing protests from travelers and pressure from the White House, appeared to give ground Sunday on his position regarding invasive passenger screening procedures.

Chinese mourn fire victims

posted: 11/22/2010 5:22 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Chinese swarmed Sunday to the site of a high-rise fire that killed 58 people to mourn and quietly criticize a system that allowed illegal contracting and unsafe materials in the heart of China’s most modern city.

$1 billion for widows, welfare runs out in Iraq

posted: 11/22/2010 5:21 a.m.

Iraq has run out of money to pay for widows’ benefits, farm crops and other programs for the poor, the parliament leader told lawmakers, who have collected nearly $180,000 so far this year in one of the world’s most oilrich nations.

Abbas: Freeze must include Jerusalem

posted: 11/22/2010 5:19 a.m.

The Palestinian president warned Sunday that he would not accept a U.S. proposal for resuming peace talks unless Israel stops building homes for Jews in disputed east Jerusalem.

Need is high for pro bono help

posted: 11/22/2010 5:18 a.m.

Michael Bell’s body is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal disease that has steadily robbed him of speech and muscle control. But his spirit still has fight.

In the news

posted: 11/22/2010 5:14 a.m.

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s king, is traveling to the U.S. for further medical checks and to receive treatment after examinations showed a slipped disc had caused a blood clot that put pressure on his nerves, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Names and faces

posted: 11/22/2010 5:14 a.m.

Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is preparing for his role as Abraham Lincoln by visiting the state where the former president began his political career. DreamWorks Studios said Day-Lewis will star in the Steven Spielberg-directed film Lincoln.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/22/2010 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We all wish we lived in a world where security procedures at airports weren’t necessary, but that just isn’t the case.” Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole, in response to anger over airport body scans and pat-downs Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 11/22/2010 5:13 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t credit that at all.” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he doesn’t believe a newly revealed North Korean facility is part of a peaceful nuclear energy program Article, 1A

Sheriff’s worker raises stir debate

posted: 11/22/2010 5:09 a.m.

As they prepare for a Tuesday vote, some Pulaski County Quorum Court members are questioning if giving sworn sheriff ’s employees higher raises than everyone else in the 2011 budget would damage morale.

Thanksgiving to draw more to state roads

posted: 11/22/2010 5:08 a.m.

An improving economy is prompting more Arkansans and other Americans onto the road or into the air to visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Yard-parking enforcement varies around state

posted: 11/22/2010 5:07 a.m.

Code enforcement officers know where to go if they want to find violations of a Springdale law forbidding parking on grass. Officers Bobby Nivens and Mike Sidney one day last week took only a few minutes to find three violations in the Oaks Addition, a subdivision in an eastern area of the city that’s dominated by long rows of duplexes.

El Dorado rethinks market

posted: 11/22/2010 5:06 a.m.

What started as a discussion about restrictions for street vendors has led to talks on El Dorado building and operating a citywide marketplace for farmers and other vendors.

Cleanup of toxins completed

posted: 11/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

Cleanup is complete on land in southern Fayetteville that had been contaminated with industrial waste for more than a decade.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 11/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well. Little Rock: East Sixth Street North Little Rock: Randolph Road Pulaski County: Colonel Maynard Road

Other days

posted: 11/22/2010 5:01 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 22, 1910 It is possible that Argenta may be annexed to Little Rock. A petition and an ordinance introduced into the City Council at their meeting last night, met with the unanimous approval of that body.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 11/22/2010 5:01 a.m.

Author, painter, actress, Arkansan Norris Church Mailer, an actress, model, author, painter and Arkansas native who enjoyed and endured the ride of her life as the sixth and final wife of Norman Mailer, died at her home in Brooklyn on Sunday. She was 61.

OTHERS SAY Ethics, what ethics?

posted: 11/22/2010 5 a.m.

With bipartisanship so rare, it ought to be a good sign when Republicans and Democrats agree on something. But that’s not the case when it comes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent entity set up two years ago, in the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, to complement—and prod—the often-somnolent House ethics committee.

Police beat

posted: 11/22/2010 4:59 a.m.

24-year-old, teen held in burglary A man and a teenager were arrested on burglary and attempted theft charges Sunday after a resident reported seeing them inside a neighbor’s house in southwest Little Rock, police said.

Step right up, suckers

posted: 11/22/2010 4:59 a.m.

WHY IS it that the latest, bumper crop of embarrassments rolled out by the state lottery, or rather by the state auditors who have to go over its confused books, neither surprises nor shocks?

The Twinkie diet

posted: 11/22/2010 4:57 a.m.

Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, lost 27 pounds in two months on the Twinkie diet.

Caddo Valley fills treasurer position

posted: 11/22/2010 4:56 a.m.

The Caddo Valley City Council voted Thursday night to fill the treasurer/recorder position left open when voters approved a recall of the previous treasurer/recorder during the general election earlier this month.

LETTERS

posted: 11/22/2010 4:55 a.m.

Caution for new car buyers This year we sold our 10-year-old car to our son and bought a new one. When we registered the new car, we were told that we would have to pay 6 percent sales tax on the list price, which is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Screaming at screeners

posted: 11/22/2010 4:51 a.m.

That shrill, screeching sound is the anguished squeal of outraged airline passengers experiencing the rigorous new pat-downs demanded by the Transportation Security Administration.

Arkansas chimes in after cowbells hush

posted: 11/22/2010 4:47 a.m.

Cowbells may still be ringing in the ears of Arkansas’ football players.

Peterson adheres to ‘pass-first’ style

posted: 11/22/2010 4:44 a.m.

Playing time wasn’t a problem for Jeff Peterson at Iowa.

NFL WEEK 11: McCann boosts Cowboys again

posted: 11/22/2010 4:43 a.m.

The punt was bouncing into the end zone and Detroit’s John Wendling played it perfectly, leaping just before the goal line and tapping the ball toward the field. For the fourth time this game, the Dallas Cowboys were about to be pinned inside their 5-yard line.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys showing they want Garrett

posted: 11/22/2010 4:40 a.m.

In the 14 days Jason Garrett has been the Dallas Cowboys’ interim head coach, he’s given this team a direction and focus it never had even in the best days of the Wade Phillips’ regime.

Pats’ RB shines in QB duel

posted: 11/22/2010 4:38 a.m.

A little guy who came out of nowhere overshadowed the NFL’s biggest stars.

Vick, McCoy lead Eagles’ rally

posted: 11/22/2010 4:38 a.m.

LeSean McCoy ran 50 yards for a go-ahead score on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York Giants 27-17 after blowing a 13-point lead Sunday night.

Holmes lifts Jets again

posted: 11/22/2010 4:37 a.m.

Nailbiting, racing hearts and stunning comebacks.

Oregon, Auburn on top; Boise still rising

posted: 11/22/2010 4:36 a.m.

Boise State has pushed closer to TCU in the latest BCS standings and seems primed to pass the Horned Frogs with one more big victory.

SUN BELT MEN: Guy’s spark lifts UALR

posted: 11/22/2010 4:36 a.m.

Daylon Guy’s jumper over the outstretched arm of Illinois State’s Austin Hill seemed the very picture of an ill-advised three-point attempt on Sunday afternoon at the Stephens Center.

College Notes

posted: 11/22/2010 4:35 a.m.

NEBRASKA Pelini to get talking-to Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman isn’t happy with Coach Bo Pelini’s behavior.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/22/2010 4:33 a.m.

Star rookie loses, finds ear jewel Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant lost more than the football on an incomplete passing play against the New York Giants last Sunday.

Off the wire

posted: 11/22/2010 4:31 a.m.

HORSE RACING Borel needs surgery for jaw Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel will be out five to six weeks after suffering a broken jaw when unseated by his horse during the $1 million Delta Jackpot on Saturday.

Razorbacks rewind

posted: 11/22/2010 4:28 a.m.

Davis hits upper tier of leaders Arkansas tailback Knile Davis might be making a push to first-team All-SEC status after starting the season as a reserve.

TOP 25 MEN Commodores jar Tar Heels

posted: 11/22/2010 4:26 a.m.

John Jenkins scored 16 points, and Festus Ezeli and Jeffery Taylor each had 15 to lead Vanderbilt to a 72-65 victory over reeling No. 8 North Carolina 72-65 on Sunday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

SEC WOMEN: UA women top Middle Tennessee

posted: 11/22/2010 4:24 a.m.

It was the fourth victory in as many tries for the Arkansas women, but certainly the most satisfying.

Speediest of all, 4G rolling out slowly

posted: 11/22/2010 4:23 a.m.

The next generation of smart phones will be more like mobile entertainment centers, allowing users to watch live high-definition TV broadcasts, download entire movies in seconds, and make uninterrupted video phone calls from street corners and hilltops alike.

Facebook corrals messaging

posted: 11/22/2010 4:17 a.m.

In a bid to become the junction box for people’s digital communications, Facebook said last week that it plans to start a new communication platform intended to unify email, instant messaging, text messaging and the social network’s existing message system through a single “social in-box.”

@ sign blooms in other tongues

posted: 11/22/2010 4:14 a.m.

The squiggly little “at” symbol that makes our email go is more colorful in translation.

Technology is opening new doors for the disabled

posted: 11/22/2010 4:13 a.m.

Sophie Prunty has a rare neurological disorder that makes it difficult for her to get around and communicate. But fastened to the front of the teenager’s wheelchair is a computer that has changed her life.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: IHome iA100 alarm-clock radio does so much more than wake you in the morning

posted: 11/22/2010 4:12 a.m.

Knowing a thing or two about technology, I have had several people ask me for gift ideas, a common request around Christmas. I see quite a few products in my line of work, so I’m happy to oblige when I can.

Nokia admits power problem in N8

posted: 11/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

Nokia Corp. said its top N8 model, aimed at making up lost ground in the smart-phone market, has had power problems with some handsets not turning on after recharging.

Cisco unveils cost-cutting products

posted: 11/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

Cisco Systems Inc., the largest computer-networking equipment maker, is introducing products that let a company’s employees use software that runs from data centers, rather than only on their personal computers.

Arkansas’ economic indicators

posted: 11/22/2010 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas River barge traffic Tons of freight hauled Sept. 783,851 Aug. 874,141 July 897,392 June 924,428 Sept. 2009 931,383 Year 2009 11,657,847(+3%)

ON COMPUTERS: Xbox Kinect tops Wii on technology, manners

posted: 11/22/2010 4:06 a.m.

We gave away our Wii because you had to hold a controller in your hand while you used it. Sometimes it would fly out of your hand during vigorous games. It also kept telling us how badly we were doing.

Technology news in brief

posted: 11/22/2010 3:25 a.m.

Google’s Voice makes it to iPhone Google Inc.’s Voice calling application has won approval to be on the iPhone after more than a year of haggling with Apple Inc.

SHOOT to thrill

posted: 11/22/2010 3:23 a.m.

“Ready?” asked referee Luke Boroughs in the direction of one side of the speedball course.

Happy trails

posted: 11/22/2010 3:18 a.m.

BUCKEYE NATIONAL NATURE TRAIL Location: Parking for the trailhead is halfway up the paved road behind the visitors center just west of Greers Ferry Dam on Arkansas 25 in Heber Springs.

Fayetteville Mud Turtles tackle Tennessee relay

posted: 11/22/2010 3:18 a.m.

When the Fleet Feet Fayetteville Mud Turtles signed up for the 195-mile Ragnar Relay Tennessee, they didn’t think they would win.

Calories to burn pre- or post-feast? Trot on out

posted: 11/22/2010 3:16 a.m.

This newspaper’s Family section published my story Wednesday about an enlightened method for teaching children how to ride bicycles.

Post-race cool-down vital, but ‘best’ method debated

posted: 11/22/2010 3:16 a.m.

Most amateur athletes would never treat a hardworking animal like a race horse as carelessly as we treat ourselves after a workout.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 11/22/2010 3:15 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve had a lot of money problems this year, and recently I watched a TV program advertising a book that would tell me how to become wealthy very quickly, or so they claimed. I bought it, but now they’re saying I need to buy a second book from them. Am I just wasting my money? — A.J.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/22/2010 3:15 a.m.

Happy birthday. You draw people in with your stellar sense of humor, and you’re constantly surrounded by fun and laughter. You don’t have to pursue love; it comes for you. December brings meaningful work. There’s a move or a new job in March. Hobbies take you to interesting places in April. Family celebrations fill the summer. Cancer and Aries people adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 11/22/2010 3:14 a.m.

Every Thanksgiving, the president of the United States pardons a turkey, saving it from someone’s dinner table. What if you could spare just one TV series from the network chopping block?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 11/22/2010 3:13 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I have several fashion watches that I wear only occasionally. To keep the battery working longer, I pull the stem out when not in use. My jeweler told me this one, and it works — no more watches with dead batteries!

Timid often find a killer instinct

posted: 11/22/2010 3:12 a.m.

There’s an episode of L.A. Law in which lawyers from the firm go out paintballing. One of them, Stuart Markowitz, a normally squishy kind of man, goes ballistic and earns the name “Rambowitz.”

Check your knowledge

posted: 11/22/2010 3:12 a.m.

1. Does the frog have a tail? 2. Into what body of water does the Mississippi River empty? 3. The Kentucky Derby is for horses of what age? 4. What is the name of the chief artery in the body?

Many factors in blood volume

posted: 11/22/2010 3:10 a.m.

A woman’s husband weighs twice as much as she does. How does his blood volume compare with hers?

NFL notes

posted: 11/22/2010 2:41 a.m.

Punches, flags rule at Heinz There were plenty of punches and penalties at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.

State sports briefs

posted: 11/22/2010 2:39 a.m.

FOOTBALL Prep football coaches to speak at TD Club Arkansas high school football coaches Ellis “Scooter” Register, Kevin Kelley and Mike Malham will speak at noon today at the weekly meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club in the Embassy Suites hotel.

MASTER CLASS: Jump into Frog Squats to firm hips, thighs

posted: 11/22/2010 2:37 a.m.

Here’s a fancy term for you: cardiovascular supplementation.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 11/22/2010 2:10 a.m.

ALEXANDER Patricia Swain, P.O. Box 604, Nov. 11, Chapter 13. ALMA James Steven Watson, 1008 Maple Shade Road, Nov. 12, Chapter 13. ARKADELPHIA Joyce A. Perry, 2392 Arkansas 7 S.

Russia on trial

posted: 11/22/2010 2:09 a.m.

Russia’s tradition of autocracy has always been matched by that of the suffering, ascetic dissident who speaks truth to power. In the modern era there was Solzhenitsyn. There were Sharansky and Sakharov. And now, somewhat improbably, comes Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Obituaries

posted: 11/22/2010 2:03 a.m.

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

Sunday, November 21

Norris Church Mailer, 61, dies

posted: 11/21/2010 6:01 p.m.

Norris Church Mailer, the former model who married Norman Mailer and managed his career and his family life over three decades while carving out her own niche as a writer, died on Sunday at her home in Brooklyn Heights. She was 61.

Official: Plane lands safely in NY, no injuries

updated: 11/21/2010 5:20 p.m.

A fire official says a plane arrived safely at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after reports of a fire on the passenger jet’s wing led to an emergency landing.

Elections confirm popularity of Polish government

posted: 11/21/2010 4:32 p.m.

Poles voted Sunday in local elections that appeared to reward the government’s go-slow approach in trimming the welfare state in the EU’s largest new member — the only one in Europe to avoid a recession.

Huckabee says ousting of Iowa judges historic move

posted: 11/21/2010 4:08 p.m.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says Iowa voters have sent a national message by ousting three state Supreme Court justices over the gay marriage issue.

Jimmie Johnson wins 5th NASCAR championship

updated: 11/21/2010 4:23 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson has won his record fifth consecutive NASCAR championship by making the fewest mistakes in the season finale.

Officers broaden search for Utah shooter

posted: 11/21/2010 3:29 p.m.

The search for a gunman accused of critically wounding a Utah park ranger stretched into a second day Sunday as helicopter and boat crews combed a rugged Utah canyon and law officers broadened their pursuit to include a railroad line.

Ireland: EU, IMF agree to fund emergency aid

posted: 11/21/2010 2:59 p.m.

Debt-struck Ireland on Sunday formally appealed for a massive EU-IMF loan to stem the flight of capital from its banks, joining Greece in a step unthinkable only a few years ago when Ireland was a booming “Celtic tiger” and the economic envy of Europe.

Hillary Clinton: No plans to seek elective office

posted: 11/21/2010 2:57 p.m.

Don’t expect to see Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name on an election ballot anytime soon.

TSA chief: Screening will be minimally invasive

posted: 11/21/2010 2:33 p.m.

The head of the federal agency responsible for airport security says screening procedures should be as minimally invasive as possible, shifting his position that there would be no change in controversial scans and pat-downs.

Abbas insists on Jerusalem in settlement freeze

posted: 11/21/2010 2:06 p.m.

The Obama administration’s troubled attempt to revive Mideast peace talks took another blow Sunday when the Palestinian president rejected the latest U.S. plan to get the sides talking again.

Autopsies being done on mom, 3 kids slain in Fla.

posted: 11/21/2010 1:54 p.m.

Autopsies were being performed Sunday on the bodies of a young mother and three small children found slain in what was described by police as a violent crime scene in north Florida.

Believers find mixed blessings in Pope’s comments

posted: 11/21/2010 1:44 p.m.

Some Catholic believers in the Americas greeted Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments on condoms as a sign that the church was stepping into the modern debate in the fight against AIDS.

Ex-Playboy model convicted of murder dies in Ore.

posted: 11/21/2010 1:29 p.m.

A former Milwaukee police officer and Playboy Club model who gained national notoriety after she was convicted of murder and then escaped from prison has died in Oregon. Laurie Bembenek was 52.

Review of NW Ark. college’s pay raises extended

posted: 11/21/2010 1:14 p.m.

An investigation into pay raises given at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville will continue into December.

Iran sets February trial date for 3 Americans

posted: 11/21/2010 12:58 p.m.

Iran has set a Feb. 6 trial date for three Americans arrested more than a year ago along the Iraqi border and charged with spying.

Ex-De Queen mayor to lead Lt. Gov-elect transition

posted: 11/21/2010 12:48 p.m.

A former mayor of De Queen and one-time adviser to Gov. Mike Huckabee will lead the transition team for Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Darr.

Survivor struggled to breathe after NZ coal blast

posted: 11/21/2010 12:43 p.m.

The explosion that left 29 miners missing in New Zealand was a series of bangs that pelted debris and made it a struggle to breathe, said a coal cutter who lost consciousness but eventually walked out of the tunnel with minor injuries.

Welfare funding runs out in Iraq

posted: 11/21/2010 12:38 p.m.

Iraq has run out of money to pay for widows’ benefits, farm crops and other programs for the poor, the parliament leader told lawmakers, who have collected nearly $180,000 so far this year in one of the world’s most oil-rich nations.

Pope’s praise of Pius dismays Holocaust survivors

posted: 11/21/2010 12:29 p.m.

A Holocaust survivors group has voiced dismay over Pope Benedict XVI’s assertion in a new book that wartime pontiff Pius XII was a “great righteous” man who saved more Jews than anyone else.

Regulators OK Entergy transmission system

posted: 11/21/2010 12:27 p.m.

Federal regulators have extended a four-year-old arrangement with Entergy Corp. on how the company will manage its regional power transmission system.

Gunmen kill Iraqi TV reporter in front of parents

posted: 11/21/2010 12:18 p.m.

Police say gunmen stormed the home of an Iraqi TV reporter and shot him to death in front of his parents in a northern Iraqi city.

Mullen calls North Korea ’very dangerous’ country

posted: 11/21/2010 12:16 p.m.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he worries that North Korea is advancing its potential nuclear capability toward “real life” after a scientist reported new activity in its atomic program.

Suspected US missiles kill 6 in NW Pakistan

posted: 11/21/2010 12:12 p.m.

Four suspected U.S. missiles slammed into a house in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing six people in an area near the Afghan border teeming with local and foreign militants, intelligence officials said.

Britain pledges its support for Ireland bailout

posted: 11/21/2010 12:04 p.m.

Britain’s government says it stands ready to support Ireland as the country seeks a multibillion euro bailout from the international community.

Ark carpenter finds brown diamond in state park

posted: 11/21/2010 12:02 p.m.

A Friendship carpenter has dug up a 2.44-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Harding College of Business students sign foundational beam as part of upgrade

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

On a steel beam that will be a part of the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration facilities upgrade is a Bible verse, written alongside hundreds of Harding University business students’ signatures: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” — Matthew 7:24

Trout Day 2010 set for Dec. 4

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are partnering to bring seasonal trout fishing to Russellville.

Hospital donates disposable pads to Humane Society

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

As part of White County Medical Center’s initiative to Go Green, the WCMC Green Team found an inventive way to repurpose items previously tossed in the trash.

Harding dedicates new health sciences building

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Harding University Board of Trustees made the decision in July to name the health sciences building in honor of Dr. Henry and Grace Farrar.

FRONT AND CENTER: L.J. Bryant

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

With a confident stride, L.J. Bryant sauntered to the reception area of his Little Rock office. A red tie, neatly knotted at the collar of his blue shirt, hung perfectly straight.

Writers guild seeks new members, strives to produce published authors

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The creative energy ran rampant as a group of writers took turns reading their individual works at a recent White River Writers Guild meeting.

Why does the earth quake?

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Last year at this time, the Arkansas Geological Survey had recorded about 35 earthquakes. This year there have been more than 400, and several have been felt by Faulkner County residents.

Thanksgiving 4-H style

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Many 4-H groups are livestock related; however, some students at Southside Middle School near Batesville are in it for the community service.

Deadline for screenwriting contest nears

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The deadline is approaching for the fourth annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest Screenwriting Competition. The competition, the only one of its kind in Arkansas, is limited to writers who have not yet had a work produced or optioned. Entries are accepted in two categories — Feature Screenplay, 90-130 pages, and Short Screenplay, 30 pages or less.

Atkins native wins fellowship from Arkansas Arts Council

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Scarlet Sims, a native of Atkins, received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Holiday Tour of Homes planned in Sharp County

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Highlighting the holiday season in Sharp County, the Timely Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International, will again sponsor its annual Holiday Tour of Homes. The theme this year will be “A Village Christmas” and will be from 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Meet your rodeo queen

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Stephanie Kaeppel of Conway has always wanted to be a cowgirl.

Arkadelphia students promised scholarships

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Tuesday’s announcement of the Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship, which will allow qualifying students in the Clark County seat to attend college free of charge, was big news for the community.

THAT'S LIFE: New nephew set to crawl down catwalk

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

I am thinking of starting a new magazine called Baby GQ.

Harding faculty member earns Distinguished Service Award

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

At the Arkansas Nurses Association annual convention Oct. 22-23 in Little Rock, Cathleen Schultz, dean of the Harding University Carr College of Nursing and president of the National League for Nursing, served as keynote speaker for the event.

Country Christmas marks its 25th year

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches will mark the 25th year of the Country Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the ranches’ flagship campus near Batesville.

Registration opens for Batesville Christmas parade

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2010 Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Calendar of Events

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the River Valley and Ozark area.

Izard County Historical Society elects new officers

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Fifty-three members and guests of the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society from six Arkansas counties met Oct. 3 at the old Wiseman Red School House for the society’s quarterly fall membership meeting.

UACCB hosts Cade’s felted landscapes

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Felted landscapes by Hot Springs fiber artist Barbara Cade are now on exhibit in the Roy Row Sr. and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The exhibit will continue until Monday, Dec. 13.

Artists receive awards at Arkansas Arts Council luncheon

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Two Faulkner County artists — one a lifetime resident and the other a transplant from Wisconsin — were honored Nov. 10 for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas.

Begging for the Food Room

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Since 2004, Calico Rock Community Care, locally known as the Food Room, has bought a building, replaced the roof, put in new electrical wiring and plumbing, and added a kitchen. Ruedean Lester took over this food pantry in 2003. In six years, she has raised $75,000 in donations.

Director, writer to conduct screenwriting workshop

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Gordy Hoffman, founder and director of the widely respected BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, will conduct a workshop titled “Starting and Finishing Your Screenplay” for both established and aspiring screenwriters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Landers Theater building, 325 E. Main in downtown Batesville.

College offers ACT testing

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansas State University-Newport is offering the ACT test on three dates in preparation for the spring 2011 semester. The dates are Tuesday, Nov. 30; Wednesday, Jan. 5; and Tuesday, Jan. 11. The test will be given at 9 a.m. in Walton Hall, Room 123.

Arts-crafts sale heralds holidays

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Hundreds of early birds flocked to the Artchurch Studio in Hot Springs on Nov. 13 to get a head start on their holiday shopping with the second annual Handmade for the Holidays.

FRONT AND CENTER: Tim Johnsen

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Tim Johnsen, president of St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, was recently appointed to a full three-year term as a director of the Arkansas Hospital Association.

Hot Springs artist’s work on display at library in Conway

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansans are invited to view a special piece of artwork on display at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Prince St. in Conway.

OUTDOORS: Duck stamp leaves mark in wildlife conservation history

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansans who enjoy hunting ducks, geese and other migratory waterfowl have probably recently purchased federal and state duck stamps for the seasons that opened Saturday.

ArtBlast festival celebrating 10th year

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Children and their families are invited to the 10th anniversary of ArtBlast, Hot Springs’ annual children’s arts festival, on Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Hot Springs Civic Center. Hall A will offer 22,000 square feet of hands-on interactive art activities for kids ages 4 to 18.

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Three Rivers area.

ASU-Beebe to hold grand reopening of England Center

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansas State University-Beebe will hold a grand reopening of the Walter D. England Center, which houses ASU-Beebe’s creative arts programs, from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

Teens give back through special event

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

It is an acknowledged truth that the teenage years are rife with opportunities for risky behavior, and the Russellville School District, in its commitment to arm teen leaders to act as champions for change in their communities and schools, has recently hosted the second Teen Leadership Coalition. Sixty-five students, 15 facilitators and approximately six parents from nine high schools in Pope and Yell counties attended the two-day event.

Hot Springs/Garland County awarded Think Green Grants

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission was one of two Keep America Beautiful local certified affiliates in Arkansas to receive $10,000 in Think Green Grants from the Waste Management Charitable Foundation and Waste Management Inc. Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful also received a grant.

Hot Springs POA taking committee applications

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association is accepting applications for interested property owners willing to serve on the POA’s standing committees.

Harding University presents A Child’s Christmas in Wales

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Harding University Department of Theatre will present the musical A Child’s Christmas in Wales Thursday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

UCA Karate Club racks up national awards

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

J.D. Swanson of Conway was a small child in New Zealand when his parents decided he needed karate lessons.

Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Find out what's going on in the Tri-Lakes area.

Christmas Potluck planned on Petit Jean

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet for an early Christmas Potluck at 6:30 p.m. today at the CCC Barracks in Petit Jean State Park.

FRONT AND CENTER: Casey Sanders

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Casey Sanders felt out of place. She’s used to sitting on the other side of the table, and she’s the first one to admit it.

Harding professors awarded for collaboration with ARCare

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Harding University College of Pharmacy professors partnered with ARCare, formerly White River Rural Health Center, in the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative.

Students compete in Battle of the Brains

posted: 11/21/2010 6 a.m.

Competing against 135 teams within a five-state region, eight Harding University students participated in the Battle of the Brains computer programming competition on Nov. 6 in Fayetteville.

All smiles, not all graceful, 130 skaters hit the ice in LR

posted: 11/21/2010 5:47 a.m.

Ice can be a cold, hard teacher, but on Saturday, one would think children were falling into pits of pillows as they plopped down on their bottoms and burst into laughter at the grand opening of River Market on Ice.

COLUMN ONE: Tomorrow

posted: 11/21/2010 5:05 a.m.

There’s a certain slant of light, On winter afternoons, That oppresses, like the weight Of cathedral tunes.

Game sketch

posted: 11/21/2010 4:33 a.m.

RECORDS Arkansas 9-2, 5-2 SEC; Mississippi State 7-4, 3-4 STARS Arkansas tailback Knile Davis set a career high for the third time in the past five weeks with a 187-yard rushing effort, and he scored three times. Jerry Franklin had 15 tackles for the Hogs. Ryan Mallett passed for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns.

SWEET TEA: They took the final train out

posted: 11/21/2010 4:32 a.m.

Fifty-four-year-old Gray Clark remembers the day he rode the last passenger train to Clarksville as if he were 4 years old at the time.

LIKE IT IS: Cowbells serenade Hogs-Bulldogs classic

posted: 11/21/2010 4:31 a.m.

It was a game that deserved overtime and no loser. A Southeastern Conference classic.

Off the wire

posted: 11/21/2010 4:30 a.m.

BASEBALL Ex-Yankee acquitted A jury in Florida has acquitted former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz of DUI manslaughter in a 2007 crash that killed a mother of two.

Second thoughts

posted: 11/21/2010 4:30 a.m.

Different directions to victory NFL Films has recently produced separate documentaries of Tom Landry and Bill Parcells.

Busch wins; JGR takes owner’s title

posted: 11/21/2010 4:29 a.m.

Kyle Busch kept his perfect weekend alive by winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday — a victory that gave Joe Gibbs Racing the owner’s championship.

COMMENTARY: At 90, Musial gets overdue medal

posted: 11/21/2010 4:29 a.m.

Happy birthday, Stan Musial.

Oaklawn report

posted: 11/21/2010 4:28 a.m.

Doocy recovers as agent Tim Doocy has ridden his last race, but he still plans to have a ride.

It all comes down to this

posted: 11/21/2010 4:28 a.m.

After all the talk, tweeting and obvious attempts at mind games, it’s time for NASCAR’s three title contenders to get serious about the tightest championship race in seven years.

WENDY’S INVITATIONAL: NLR, James pull away from Hall

posted: 11/21/2010 4:27 a.m.

Jerrica James and Kayla Brown combined for six three-pointers in leading the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats to a 63-45 victory over host Little Rock Hall in the championship game of the Wendy’s Invitational on Saturday night.

HEAVENLY HOOPS: Confidence key for Russellville

posted: 11/21/2010 4:25 a.m.

Kaylee Wiedower and the Russellville Lady Cyclones are playing with confidence.

SOUTHLAND MEN: Hawaii visit no luau for UCA

posted: 11/21/2010 4:24 a.m.

Zane Johnson and Bill Amis each scored 15 points and Hawaii used a huge surge over the final 10 minutes of the first half to beat Central Arkansas 83-69 on Friday night.

Hogs brace for 3 games in 5 days

posted: 11/21/2010 4:23 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey said the Razorbacks are gearing up for “a pro week” with three games over a fiveday span.

Deer management creates paradise in the Ozarks

posted: 11/21/2010 4:22 a.m.

And to think this place was once almost turned into a landfill.

TOP 25 MEN: Stokes, Fisher lead Villanova rout

posted: 11/21/2010 4:21 a.m.

Corey Stokes scored 19 points, and Corey Fisher had 16 to lead No. 6 Villanova to an 86-41 victory over Lafayette on Saturday night.

Season ticket sales off slightly

posted: 11/21/2010 4:20 a.m.

Arkansas has sold 9,525 basketball season tickets this season, down 683 from last season’s total of 10,208, according to figures from the school.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: UAPB comeback falls short in finale

posted: 11/21/2010 4:18 a.m.

T.J. Shelton caught a pair of touchdown passes in the second half from Josh Boudreaux, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff ’s rally in its season finale fell short in a 20-13 loss to Texas Southern on Saturday.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE: Aplin’s record dulled by Dobbs

posted: 11/21/2010 4:18 a.m.

Ricky Dobbs ran for three touchdowns, setting an NCAA record in the process, and passed for another to lead Navy to a 35-19 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.

Proper gear can make pheasant hunt pleasant

posted: 11/21/2010 4:16 a.m.

When I first started hunting pheasants about 10 years ago, my lack of proper, high-quality equipment limited my enjoyment.

Great bird destination

posted: 11/21/2010 4:15 a.m.

Roger Demanette shook his head in mock disgust as a convoy of pickups stopped Saturday in front of our impromptu field kitchen.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN: Pryor keeps Ohio State alive

posted: 11/21/2010 4:14 a.m.

Fourth down, 10 yards to go with the season on the line for Ohio State.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: Cowboys clinch tie for Big 12 South title

posted: 11/21/2010 4:13 a.m.

Brandon Weeden took Oklahoma State somewhere it’s never been before.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: UCA’s goal-line stand caps victory

posted: 11/21/2010 4:13 a.m.

Central Arkansas was 12 feet away from a losing conference season for three consecutive plays Saturday.

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST/WESTERN ATHLETIC: Cal defense has no answer for Luck

posted: 11/21/2010 4:12 a.m.

Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and led No. 6 Stanford to scores on all eight possessions he played as the Cardinal beat California 48-14 for its most lopsided victory in the Big Game in 80 years.

ATLANTIC COAST/BIG EAST: Hokies win ninth consecutive game

posted: 11/21/2010 4:11 a.m.

Virginia Tech had one bad week this season. The Hokies have been perfect in all others.

SEC: Gators hit go, end home skid

posted: 11/21/2010 4:11 a.m.

Florida’s home finale turned out to be a much-needed feelgood story.

Penalties, Texas A&M hold down Nebraska

posted: 11/21/2010 4:10 a.m.

Cyrus Gray ran for a career-high-tying 137 yards and Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with about three minutes left as No. 19 Texas A&M knocked off No. 8 Nebraska 9-6.

SEC: Vols win, keep bowl chances alive

posted: 11/21/2010 4:09 a.m.

Learning on the job is getting a little more difficult for Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.

SEC: No letdown for South Carolina

posted: 11/21/2010 4:08 a.m.

South Carolina needed less than a half to put to rest any worries that it would follow its latest big victory with another letdown.

Scoring summary

posted: 11/21/2010 4:06 a.m.

FIRST QUARTER Mississippi State TIME 9:23 (3:14 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Chris Relf ran 23 yards for a touchdown.

Davis carries on after fumbles

posted: 11/21/2010 4:05 a.m.

Knile Davis looked drained as he spoke with reporters Saturday night after scoring the game-winning touchdown in Arkansas’ 38-31 double-overtime victory over Mississippi State.

Instant replay

posted: 11/21/2010 4:04 a.m.

Ejection follows punch Arkansas starting senior outside linebacker Anthony Leon was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game at Mississippi State after drawing a personal foul penalty.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Official visits include some perks, peculiarities

posted: 11/21/2010 4:02 a.m.

Fans interested in recruiting often ask about the differences between official and unofficial visits.

High school roundups

posted: 11/21/2010 4:01 a.m.

GIRLS WATSON CHAPEL 46, MOUNT ST. MARY 23 Tatiyana Brown scored 13 points as the Lady Wildcats (2-1 ) took third place with a victory over the host Belles (1-2 ).

State sports briefs

posted: 11/21/2010 4:01 a.m.

BASKETBALL Ouachita Baptist women win, men fall Ouachita Baptist’s women (2-0 ) scored 29 points off turnovers to beat North Alabama 78-53 Friday in Arkadelphia.

Arkansas 38, Miss. State 31, 2OT

posted: 11/21/2010 4 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 Arkansas couldn’t sustain its first drive, but Mississippi State did, with four big plays on an 86-yard drive, including Chris Relf’s 29-yard pass to Brandon Henderson and Relf’s 23-yard touchdown run on the next snap.

Swept Away - Part 1: River turns campground into deadly trap

posted: 11/21/2010 4 a.m.

As the Little Missouri River churned through the campground, uprooting trees and carrying away RVs, Kerri Basinger turned to her husband Shane. “I think this is it,” she told him. “We’re fixin’ to die.” “No, we’re not,” Shane declared, his eyes reflecting a grim determination. “Don’t scare the kids.”

The Albert Pike Flood: About this series

posted: 11/21/2010 3:59 a.m.

Reporters Cathy Frye and Amy Upshaw began conducting interviews for this series in the days following the June 11 flood. In all, they talked to more than 20 survivors, rescuers, relatives and others familiar with the flood.

For state legislators, tax cuts top priority

posted: 11/21/2010 3:58 a.m.

After hearing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist speak at a meeting of the Center-Right Coalition in downtown Little Rock, state Rep. Jon Woods and state Rep.-elect Justin Harris talked of their desire to enact tax cuts.

Budget fatter for LR tourism agency

posted: 11/21/2010 3:56 a.m.

The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission passed a 2011 budget that anticipates collecting $10.2 million in taxes from prepared food and hotel-room sales.

Moving memory-filled for Arkansans in D.C.

posted: 11/21/2010 3:56 a.m.

Thanks to pink slips from voters, there’s an unusually high demand for moving boxes on Capitol Hill this month.

Conduct panel rebukes PB lawyer over untimely filing

posted: 11/21/2010 3:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct reprimanded and cautioned a Pine Bluff lawyer in a decision released Thursday.

Obituaries

posted: 11/21/2010 3:55 a.m.

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

Car hurts deputy in Izard County

posted: 11/21/2010 3:55 a.m.

An Izard County sheriff’s deputy was taken by helicopter Friday to a hospital after he was struck by the mirror on a Ford Crown Victoria being driven by a 65-year-old man, who then fled the scene, Arkansas State Police reported.

Other days

posted: 11/21/2010 3:55 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Nov. 21, 1910 The Dodridge ditcher, the machine which the Iron Mountain is using to improve the drainage from its roadway, is now located between Chidester and Sayre on the El Dorado district of the road.

Steele to be head of Black Caucus

posted: 11/21/2010 3:53 a.m.

State Sen. Tracy Steele, D-North Little Rock, will be president of the Legislative Black Caucus during the 88th General Assembly, which convenes Jan. 10 for the state’s next legislative session.

Officials late on taxes fault life, elections

posted: 11/21/2010 3:53 a.m.

A number of city and county officials, some who said they were consumed with campaigning or rushing through their daily routines, neglected to pay their 2009 property, business or real estate taxes.

Education notebook

posted: 11/21/2010 3:53 a.m.

State has 468,066 in public schools A total of 468,066 students in kindergarten through 12th grade are enrolled in the state’s public schools this year, according to data released last week by the Arkansas Department of Education.

3 spots for grabs at polls Tuesday

posted: 11/21/2010 3:52 a.m.

Sherwood voters will choose a mayor Tuesday and voters in North Little Rock and Alexander will each decide an alderman’s race.

LR man dies of gunshot at his apartment

posted: 11/21/2010 3:52 a.m.

Little Rock police Saturday were trying to determine who was responsible for a fatal shooting earlier in the evening on Colonel Glenn Road a block west of University Avenue.

OUR TOWN North Little Rock notebook

posted: 11/21/2010 3:52 a.m.

All aboard: Trains to run at library An exhibit of toy trains will open Dec. 15 at the Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., in North Little Rock in the library’s second-floor exhibit hall.

Tobacco ban draws talk of ifs, ands, butts

posted: 11/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

Since the Little Rock Zoo board of governors banned tobacco use at the animal park about a week ago, there has been much discussion about “what if” contingencies since there is no law prohibiting smoking.

Quake near Guy a magnitude 3.9

posted: 11/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.9-magnitude earthquake 2 miles east of Guy on Saturday.

Justices reject appeal in ’08 fatal stabbing

posted: 11/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the capital-murder conviction of a man who killed his homeless friend because he wanted to know what it felt like and to find out whether he could get away with it.

First El Dorado Promise fulfilled

posted: 11/21/2010 3:51 a.m.

Ashley Baldwin Milam celebrated a milestone Aug. 6 when she put on a cap and robe to collect her degree, but it was more than just a personal accomplishment.

String of crimes finally ends in suicide

posted: 11/21/2010 3:50 a.m.

A Louisiana man who went on a crime rampage Thursday that included an attempted theft in Union County committed suicide in the parking lot of a Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City as law-enforcement officials closed in Friday.

Pope says condoms not right, but ...

posted: 11/21/2010 3:49 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI now says that condom use can be justified in some cases to help stop the spread of AIDS, the first Vatican exception to a long-held policy condemning condom use. The pope made the statement in a series of interviews with a German journalist, part of an effort to address some of the harshest criticisms of his papacy.

MUSIC REVIEW Country Paisley rocks arena with wit, wow

posted: 11/21/2010 3:49 a.m.

It’s easy to understand how Brad Paisley recently won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award after seeing him in concert Friday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

NATO: Afghans get security reins in ’14

posted: 11/21/2010 3:49 a.m.

NATO and Afghanistan agreed Saturday to the goal of a phased transfer of security responsibility to the Afghan government by the end of 2014, but acknowledged that allied forces would remain in Afghanistan in a support role well beyond that date.

Truck veers into big rig; driver dies

posted: 11/21/2010 3:48 a.m.

A Kirby man died Saturday when he lost control of his 1998 Toyota truck and ran into an 18-wheeler, according to a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police.

MUSIC REVIEW Beethoven burns barns, jeans swell crowd

posted: 11/21/2010 3:47 a.m.

The Beethoven symphony was a barn-burner ; the bluejeans business appeared, at least, to be an effective marketing tool.

Creative aprons let bidders tie one on for Our House

posted: 11/21/2010 3:44 a.m.

It’s dinnertime at Our House and the residents form a relaxed line at the buffet counter — women and children first, as is the custom here.

Newfound in Milky Way, planet was born elsewhere

posted: 11/21/2010 3:44 a.m.

Scientists have discovered the first planet from another galaxy, sort of.

DEAR ABBY Thoughtless neighbors need to appreciate others’ privacy

posted: 11/21/2010 3:43 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a stayat-home mom with a 10-yearold daughter. We live in a complex that houses about 250 people.

Town steps up for ill shop owner

posted: 11/21/2010 3:43 a.m.

As the brutal economy pounded the downtown district of Elgin, shop owner Patricia Keeney was forced to let go of her employees and even her own health insurance.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE First ring he offered her was pitched out window

posted: 11/21/2010 3:43 a.m.

Charles Barnett watched Shirley Archer from the bleachers while she was in physical education class at school in Clinton, but it took a dare to get them on a date.

California declares emergency over toxic water

posted: 11/21/2010 3:42 a.m.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Saturday for San Bernardino County, where the water supply for the city of Barstow was found to be contaminated with a toxic chemical used to make explosives and rocket fuel.

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN Magical night

posted: 11/21/2010 3:42 a.m.

You’ve been touring cross-county, have 16 shows in Little Rock in the second national tour of a popular Broadway show and it is your night off: What do you do? If you are the cast and crew of Wicked, you donate your time and talents to benefit Arkansas AIDS Foundation.

Social eyes She gets an A+

posted: 11/21/2010 3:42 a.m.

The Governor’s Mansion was a sea of beautifully attired teachers Nov. 12 — all anxiously awaiting who would be named the 2011 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Braun begins campaign for Chicago mayor

posted: 11/21/2010 3:41 a.m.

Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun kicked off her campaign for Chicago mayor Saturday by reintroducing herself to voters.

CHEFS NIGHT OUT March of Dimes celebrates doctor’s child-health work

posted: 11/21/2010 3:41 a.m.

It wasn’t your typical fundraising tribute dinner and auction.

Homeless, addicted, ailing female veterans getting help

posted: 11/21/2010 3:41 a.m.

Until a few weeks ago, Lindsay Higgins was sleeping on park benches and friends’ sofas.

HALEY TRIBUTE Development chief Haley honored by Lions World

posted: 11/21/2010 3:40 a.m.

Maria Haley, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, was the honoree at the Lions World Services for the Blind 2010 Vision Award luncheon. The event, a capacity-crowd benefit for the agency, took place Nov. 11 in the ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel.

Democrats plan to fight cash with cash in 2012

posted: 11/21/2010 3:40 a.m.

Major Democratic strategists, still reeling from a barrage of midterm spending by conservative groups, are planning a similarly well-funded campaign by liberal organizations aimed at re-electing President Barack Obama in 2012.

ARTY AWARDS Arts organization crafts awards for state honorees

posted: 11/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

Handmade vessels of native Arkansas wood were given as awards Nov. 10 at the Governor’s Arts Awards luncheon at the Peabody Little Rock hotel.

Afghan-killings case is halted

posted: 11/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

An Army appeals court has halted the prosecution of one of five soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians for fun earlier this year, taking the unusual step after his attorney argued that the Army’s refusal to make gruesome photographs public violated his client’s right to an open trial.

Weddings

posted: 11/21/2010 3:39 a.m.

Haydon-Hayden Madeline Marie Hayden became the bride of Jon Robert Haydon on Saturday in Cornerstone Bible Fellowship, Sherwood. Barry Wingfield officiated.

Anniversaries

posted: 11/21/2010 3:38 a.m.

Laura and Dr. Bert O. Miller of Little Rock will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday with a reception at the couple’s home.

Heads aplenty join a chorus of red

posted: 11/21/2010 3:38 a.m.

Last June, in the middle of her Last Girl on Earth tour, the R&B pop diva Rihanna strutted onto the Rock in Rio stage outside Madrid with the sides of her head shaved and a bowl-cut of hair dyed matador red — the color of blood and passion and showmanship.

Air Force mixes up bid details

posted: 11/21/2010 3:38 a.m.

The Air Force mistakenly gave rival companies sensitive information that contained each other’s confidential bids in a long-standing, multibillion-dollar competition to build a new refueling tanker.

Engagements

posted: 11/21/2010 3:37 a.m.

Brandy Sherell Daniels, daughter of Everdean and Walter L. Daniels of Little Rock, and Marcus Jarrell Chunn, son of Myra and Alfred Hall of Cleveland, Ohio; July 9.

To stay relevant, libraries opening doors to digital age

posted: 11/21/2010 3:37 a.m.

Kathy DeGrego’s T-shirt shows right away that she isn’t an oldschool librarian.

MALE CALL Drastic alterations often a waste of money

posted: 11/21/2010 3:37 a.m.

Q. I have been dieting very successfully, going from a size 48 to a 43 suit. I agree with you that it is better to buy fewer and buy better, which is why I always buy top-of-the-line suits from the finest American and Italian makers.

LIFELONG HEALTH CT-scan screening saves lives in lung cancer study

posted: 11/21/2010 3:36 a.m.

Lung cancer is among the most lethal cancers worldwide. In 2010, the cancer will be diagnosed in 222,000 Americans, and more than 157,000 patients will die from lung cancer each year.

WEDDINGS ANNAMARIE SLIKKER JOSHUA NATHAN MARTIN

posted: 11/21/2010 3:34 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Annamarie Slikker and Joshua Nathan Martin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael Mattox, along with The Rev. John T. Martin Jr. of Emporia, Va., uncle of the bridegroom, officiated.

Medical mergers stir new health-overhaul worries

posted: 11/21/2010 3:34 a.m.

When Congress passed the healthcare law, it envisioned doctors and hospitals joining forces, coordinating care and holding down costs, with the prospect of earning government bonuses for controlling costs.

LINDSAY LEA RATLIFF MAGNUS JOHAN KULLENBERG

posted: 11/21/2010 3:33 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Lindsay Lea Ratliff and Magnus Johan Kullenberg at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in Sylvan Hills Church of Christ. Bill Oliver, elder at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, officiated.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Pryor pushes food safety in lame-duck assembly

posted: 11/21/2010 3:32 a.m.

While much of the past week’s lameduck session of Congress focused on the election of new leaders and the orientation of new members, some legislative business did take place.

RACHEL TAYLOR LOGAN JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER HRITZ

posted: 11/21/2010 3:32 a.m.

Rachel Taylor Logan became the bride of Joseph Christopher Hritz at 4:30 p.m.

WEDDINGS AMANDA DELL MCHAN JEFFREY ALLEN YATES

posted: 11/21/2010 3:31 a.m.

The Albert Pike Hotel was the setting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, for the marriage of Amanda Dell McHan and Jeffrey Allen Yates. The Rev. Linda Kline officiated.

At CIA, 1 secret still defies exposure

posted: 11/21/2010 3:31 a.m.

It is perhaps one of the CIA’s most mischievous secrets.

UA grad’s film tells warm interfaith story

posted: 11/21/2010 3:31 a.m.

When the congregation at Fayetteville’s Temple Shalom began looking for a new home in 2006, its members had no idea that their story would become an international sensation.

LET’S TALK Twinkies, Oreos diet works fine in Kansas

posted: 11/21/2010 3:30 a.m.

Just when we’ve repeated the “eat healthy, lose weight” mantra to the point where we actually might think about heeding it, here comes this story about the guy who lost 27 pounds on what CNN. com called the “Twinkie diet.” No, this wasn’t some yahoo who decided, on a lark, to hit the bad-food booths at all the fall fairs and festivals.

Tea Party star plots next move

posted: 11/21/2010 3:29 a.m.

Even from thousands of miles away, through a computer screen, over Skype, and into a packed room in Fresno, Calif., Rep. Michele Bachmann knows how to ignite a crowd.

Backyard bird cafe really OK

posted: 11/21/2010 3:29 a.m.

Bird lovers occasionally run across advice that it’s a bad idea to feed birds. On behalf of his feathered friends, and the folks who love to feed them, Bill Thompson III begs to differ.

A ROYAL TEA Garden Club has bloomin’ good time with Londoner

posted: 11/21/2010 3:28 a.m.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, gardens adviser to Hampton Court Palace and vice chairman of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust, charmed hundreds of members of the Little Rock Garden Club and their guests during a tea, lecture and book signing Nov. 11.

Bigger ocean waves stir ripples in scientific debate

posted: 11/21/2010 3:28 a.m.

It’s one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, where 1 million cubic feet of water a second collides with 20- or 30-foot ocean swells over a four-mile stretch of shifting sand.

Russian Nutcracker a debut in America

posted: 11/21/2010 3:27 a.m.

A time-honored production gets a new principal. Alexandra Elagina, a soloist at Jalil State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tatarstan, has just joined the Moscow Ballet’s East Coast tour of The Great Russian Nutcracker.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Stinson, Perfect Tym’n on bill of Paragould bluegrass series

posted: 11/21/2010 3:26 a.m.

Bluegrass musicians Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym’n will give a concert 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theatre, 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould, part of radio station KASU-FM’s Bluegrass Monday concert series.

U.S., Pakistan butting heads on drone flights

posted: 11/21/2010 3:26 a.m.

The United States has renewed pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country, reflecting concern that the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan is being undermined by insurgents’ continued ability to take sanctuary across the border, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

Mother, 3 kids slain in Florida

posted: 11/21/2010 3:24 a.m.

A woman and her three young children were found slain Saturday in a north Florida home, and homicide detectives were out looking for whoever might have had a reason to harm them, police said.

TV ON DVD Superheros without capes populate Human Target

posted: 11/21/2010 3:24 a.m.

What is it? Human Target, Season 1; 12 episodes on three discs from Warner Home Video.

Amid negotiations, gunfire

posted: 11/21/2010 3:24 a.m.

A group of dissident officers was reported ready to surrender Saturday after attempting to seize power earlier in the week, but junior officers resisted and gunfire rang out during negotiations aimed at defusing a volatile impasse.

U.S. vow in writing, Israel says

posted: 11/21/2010 3:22 a.m.

The U.S. has given Israel a written guarantee that it won’t pressure the Jewish state for additional settlement freezes if it accepts a limited 90-day construction moratorium to revive Mideast peace talks, a top Israeli official said Saturday.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Methods corrupt message

posted: 11/21/2010 3:22 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: Is it so crazy to give your child the ultimatum that, indeed, she may marry at any time but we, as her parents, will not pay for the event until she is 25? I think she is entirely too young (21). She believes she is adult enough to marry, so I say, go ahead, but you are going to have to pay for it.

Police, opposition group fight before Egypt vote

posted: 11/21/2010 3:21 a.m.

Clashes broke out between police and members of Egypt’s largest opposition group Saturday, and authorities arrested hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members as tensions intensified ahead of next week’s parliamentary elections.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 11/21/2010 3:21 a.m.

Happy birthday. You lead the way with empathy and compassion and make a difference in the world. Insight gained through the next seven weeks helps you make a brilliant career move.

Militia trainer back in Israel

posted: 11/21/2010 3:20 a.m.

An Israeli wanted in Colombia for training militias that killed hundreds returned home Saturday after he was released from a Moscow jail, disappointing activists and victims who have tried for years to bring him to justice.

Exquisite Prague

posted: 11/21/2010 3:20 a.m.

“Prague,” native son Franz Kafka famously said, “is a dear little mother with claws.” Well, she sinks her claws into me on my first afternoon, spent following the sunlight along the Vltava River flowing through the capital.

Old Silk Road city gets Chinese shove to riches

posted: 11/21/2010 3:20 a.m.

At the Sunday market in Kashgar, it isn’t a wild stretch to imagine commerce as it might have been in the 13th century when Marco Polo passed through the Silk Road oasis: Smooth-faced boys wrangle with horses, sheep and camels.

U.S. cash is being restricted in Mexico

posted: 11/21/2010 3:19 a.m.

Travelers, be aware: Your freewheeling days of spending U.S. dollars in Mexico are over.

LISTEN UP Gems from Charles’ vault; Chapman mourns superbly

posted: 11/21/2010 3:18 a.m.

Ray Charles Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters Concord B One of the beauties of this set of 10 unreleased tunes put together by producer John Burk (Genius Loves Company ) from the Ray Charles archives is how well it works as an album.

Greek town at center of immigration debate

posted: 11/21/2010 3:18 a.m.

The little farming town of Nea Vissa on the edge of Europe, where the crosses of Greek Orthodox churches face Turkey’s minarets scarcely a mile away, has become the latest battleground in the continent’s war against a flood of unwanted foreigners from the strife-torn Muslim world.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Verdun’s battlefields recall WWI’s heavy toll

posted: 11/21/2010 3:17 a.m.

Verdun is in northeastern France, not far from the Champagne region, in a strategic location between Paris and the German border. The battlefields of Verdun in France provide a poignant tribute to the 800,000 casualties suffered here during the horrific war, which raged from 1914 to 1918.

Obama seeks options for airport screenings

posted: 11/21/2010 3:17 a.m.

President Barack Obama has asked security officials whether there’s a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers than the pat-downs and body scans causing an uproar.

Israeli airport allows peek into security

posted: 11/21/2010 3:16 a.m.

Airport security around the world isn’t good enough, an Israeli airport official said while showing international experts Israel’s near-legendary methods as a possible solution.

Benedict elevates 24 to rank of cardinal

posted: 11/21/2010 3:15 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI elevated 24 new cardinals in a festive ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, bestowing quadrangular red hats on the new members of a group that will one day elect his successor.

Russia entertains missile-shield talks

posted: 11/21/2010 3:15 a.m.

Russia was receptive but stopped short of accepting a historic NATO invitation Saturday to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Elections likely put rail updates off funding track

posted: 11/21/2010 3:15 a.m.

Although the recent election won’t change anything right away, you’re likely to see some changes in travel fairly soon — and possibly some big effects in a few years.

Pot sweetens for corporate whistle-blowers

posted: 11/21/2010 3:14 a.m.

When insider-trading scandals hit the financial markets in the late 1980s, lawmakers created a bounty program for whistleblowers, allowing regulators to reward tipsters who uncovered evidence of manipulation.

World health officials call for curbs on cigarette flavor additives

posted: 11/21/2010 3:14 a.m.

In a blow to the tobacco industry, public health officials from around the world agreed Saturday to recommend restricting or banning flavor additives that make cigarettes more attractive to new smokers.

Chapters on verse and life from Keith Richards

posted: 11/21/2010 3:14 a.m.

For legions of Rolling Stones fans, Keith Richards is not only the heart and soul of the world’s greatest rock ’n ’ roll band

China working on jet to go head-to-head with Boeing, Airbus

posted: 11/21/2010 3:13 a.m.

China is aiming to reshape the global aviation industry with a home-grown jetliner, a direct challenge to the supremacy of Boeing and Airbus, the world’s only manufacturers of large commercial aircraft.

Powerball

posted: 11/21/2010 3:12 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 10-12-38-53-57 Powerball: 1 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Power Play: 5

In the news

posted: 11/21/2010 3:12 a.m.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader in the Senate, called on Democrats to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts that are scheduled to expire Dec. 31, saying in the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address that Americans “don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession.”

Names and faces

posted: 11/21/2010 3:12 a.m.

Prince Charles has reopened a sensitive topic in Britain by suggesting that his wife, Camilla, may take the title of queen when he becomes monarch. The comments came in an NBC interview recorded in August, which was broadcast and Web-posted Friday.

TV news shows

posted: 11/21/2010 3:11 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock. NBC’s Meet the Press — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. 9 a.m., KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock.

China growth lures U.S. airlines to Asia

posted: 11/21/2010 3:11 a.m.

One of Peter Philipp Wingsoe’s employees at a Los Angeles marketing firm recently waited five days for a businessclass ticket on a United Airlines jet home from Beijing because planes were so packed.

The nation in brief

posted: 11/21/2010 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a critical contract with serious consequences for our military and economy, and this mistake will further delay an award that has already been pushed back to allow an illegally subsidized company to compete.” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on the Air Force’s mistaken transmission of bid data to two competitors for a refueling-plane contract Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 11/21/2010 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It is correct there is much in this area that needs to be pondered and expressed in new ways.” Pope Benedict XVI, on sexual ethics, saying condom use can be justified in some cases to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS Article, 1A

Economy, rapping rodents boost Kia sales

posted: 11/21/2010 3:10 a.m.

Rapping hamsters and unemployment near a 26-year high are helping Kia Motors Corp. log record sales in the U.S. even as its cars plummet in quality surveys.

TOP 25: Tigers find pass to cut off Rebels

posted: 11/21/2010 3:10 a.m.

As the jubilant student section in Tiger Stadium chanted his name, Jordan Jefferson hopped up on a box near the edge of the stands and stretched his arms above his head.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 11/21/2010 3:09 a.m.

COMMUNICATIONS Jason Brown has been hired as a public relations specialist at The Communications Group in Little Rock.

States, banks in talks on foreclosure-victim fund

posted: 11/21/2010 3:08 a.m.

State attorneys general and the country’s biggest lenders are negotiating to create a nationwide fund to compensate borrowers who can prove they lost their homes in an improper foreclosure, state and industry officials said last week.

No. 13 Arkansas 38, No. 21 Mississippi State 31 2OT: Survival in Starkville

posted: 11/21/2010 3:08 a.m.

Arkansas had a chance to wrap its arms around another road victory a couple of times late Saturday.