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Thursday, September 30

VIDEO: Speeding driver critical after being shot at NLR High School

updated: 09/30/2010 6:24 p.m.

A North Little Rock High School, East Campus, police resource officer was hit Thursday afternoon by a car that the officer had attempted to stop for driving too fast on the campus in the area where students were loading onto school buses.

Senate confirms Marine chief

posted: 09/30/2010 4:38 p.m.

The Senate has confirmed Gen. James Amos as the next head of the Marine Corps, with Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford as his deputy.

Feds want charges dropped against Afghan man

posted: 09/30/2010 4:26 p.m.

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to drop charges against an Afghan man whose brother-in-law was Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.

Lottery chief reverses on comp time

posted: 09/30/2010 4:25 p.m.

The director of the Arkansas lottery says he has eliminated a policy that allowed salaried employees to take compensatory time for the extra hours they put in during the lottery’s launch last year.

Arkansas to get $7.3M to expand broadband access

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

Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation say the state will get $7.3 million in federal stimulus money to expand access to broadband services.

2 run off with money, beer from gas station

posted: 09/30/2010 2:31 p.m.

Two men entered a Little Rock gas station demanding money and got away after a scuffle with the owner and an employee, police said.

Woman shot inside Jacksonville residence

posted: 09/30/2010 2:29 p.m.

Jacksonville police are looking for a shooter who hit a Jacksonville woman while she was inside a residence on Ruth Ann Drive.

State's top court to hear arguments over ballot title

posted: 09/30/2010 2:10 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments on Oct. 21 in a lawsuit trying to block a proposed constitutional amendment on interest rates and energy projects.

Novartis to pay $422.5 million over marketing

posted: 09/30/2010 1:59 p.m.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. has agreed to pay $422.5 million stemming from illegal marketing of the anti-epileptic drug Trileptal and five other drugs, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Vet shares story with goal of shedding light on soldiers' plight

posted: 09/30/2010 12:55 p.m.

Army Sgt. Chad Rozanski knows firsthand about the realities of war – the violent intensity of a firefight, the earth-rattling boom of a bomb, the unrelenting heat, the homesickness.

Obama expected to announce Emanuel’s exit Friday

posted: 09/30/2010 12:42 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama will make a personnel announcement Friday. It’s widely expected to be the departure of chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Congress OKs bill on VA cemetery burials

posted: 09/30/2010 12:41 p.m.

A bill to allow some parents of fallen soldiers to be buried next to their children in national military cemeteries has been approved by Congress.

Jimmy Carter leaves Ohio hospital after 2-day stay

posted: 09/30/2010 12:25 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter has left an Ohio hospital where he spent two days recovering from a viral infection doctors say likely gave him stomach problems.

Interior Dept. sets new offshore drilling rules

posted: 09/30/2010 12:08 p.m.

The Obama administration has announced new rules requiring that offshore drilling rigs certify that they have working blowout preventers and standards for cementing wells.

US hits Iranian energy firm with sanctions

posted: 09/30/2010 12:02 p.m.

The Obama administration is slapping sanctions on a Swiss-based Iranian oil and gas company and claiming success in persuading several European energy firms to divest from the country.

Pakistan cuts NATO supply line after report of deadly border strike

posted: 09/30/2010 11:19 a.m.

Pakistan blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Thursday in apparent retaliation over a reported cross-border helicopter strike by the coalition that killed three Pakistani frontier soldiers.

Panel denies Postal Service's plea to raise rates

posted: 09/30/2010 11:14 a.m.

The independent panel that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has denied the agency’s request to increase the cost of mailing a letter by 2 cents - to 46 cents.

Wal-Mart expanding work force by 36 percent, mostly with overseas hiring

posted: 09/30/2010 11:14 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, plans to increase its work force by 36 percent in the next five years as it expands its presence in global markets.

'The Social Network' captures all-American success and excess

posted: 09/30/2010 11:05 a.m.

There’s a line toward the end of "The Social Network" where a lawyer says, “Every creation myth needs a devil.”

VIDEO: Arguments in Echols appeal conclude

updated: 09/30/2010 11:59 a.m.

Oral arguments before the Arkansas Supreme Court began Thursday as attorneys for convicted killer and death row inmate Damien Echols ask the justices to grant a new trial.

I-430 bridge lanes to close for inspection

posted: 09/30/2010 9:30 a.m.

Crews performing a routine inspection of the Interstate 430 Bridge over the Arkansas River, between Little Rock and North Little Rock, will require a lane closure next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

I-530 lane closed today for repaving

posted: 09/30/2010 8:37 a.m.

The state Highway and Transportation Department says southbound motorists should be cautious Thursday as they travel through the intersection of Interstate 530 and I-30 on Little Rock’s south side.

Conway fire truck catches fire

posted: 09/30/2010 8:36 a.m.

Conway firefighters had a pretty quick response time when the engine of one of their fire trucks caught fire.

FLAVOR: And the Lord said 'eat'

posted: 09/30/2010 8:28 a.m.

Ruthie Doss of Mountain View is convinced that we live in a sick society, and she’s determined to educate the masses on dietary principles that she and fellow Seventh-day Adventists follow.

THOUGHTS ON THREE RIVERS: Ridin’ down the Rock ’n’ Roll Highway

posted: 09/30/2010 8:28 a.m.

Saturday, I joined people from all over who flooded Newport for the 13th annual Depot Days festival. The festival not only celebrates the old depot, but it also is a tribute to the musical history of Jackson County.

Sons of Thunder storm through state

posted: 09/30/2010 8:27 a.m.

A small group of five Searcy men believe they are being guided. Although they know which direction they are headed, they’re still unclear on the impact or the outcome. John Byrd, Sid Langley, Gene Morris, Greg Rowden and Jay Jordan are the base of the new Christian men’s group Sons of Thunder that seems to be taking Arkansas by storm.

White River ready to rock with Rocktoberfest

posted: 09/30/2010 8:26 a.m.

The banks of the White River will rock with Rocktoberfest’s 10th anniversary show. Sponsored by Batesville Promotions, Rocktoberfest will be extended to two days this year to accommodate the extensive lineup of bands.

RE: RIVER VALLEY: Oil and gas: Benefit or hazard?

posted: 09/30/2010 8:20 a.m.

My first visit to the new Panera Bread Co. at the Village at Hendrix in Conway came on a cloudy Thursday afternoon several weeks ago.

Super teaching Powers

posted: 09/30/2010 8:20 a.m.

There’s not a corner of Kathy Powers’ classroom at Raymond and Phyllis Simon Intermediate School in Conway that isn’t filled with books.

Women create art, camaraderie

posted: 09/30/2010 8:20 a.m.

The nine women giggling in the sunny pool house sounded more like sorority girls planning a big dance than longtime friends who share a passion for an art form considered dainty, feminine and wholly ladylike. That’s the allure of china painting, and that’s the paradox.

Calendar of Events

posted: 09/30/2010 8:20 a.m.

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

Pope County jailer suspected of giving inmates tobacco

posted: 09/30/2010 6:59 a.m.

A Pope County jailer has been arrested and fired for allegedly delivering tobacco to inmates.

AIG reaches deal to repay government

posted: 09/30/2010 6:57 a.m.

AIG, which became a lightening rod for criticism over government bailouts, said it reached a deal to repay billions of dollars it received during the credit crisis.

UPDATE: Halter, hopefuls for his office, kick off health challenge

updated: 09/30/2010 11:37 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is launching an initiative encouraging Arkansans to take a 12-week challenge to exercise often and eat healthier.

Groundbreaking set for $62M Ark power pool office

posted: 09/30/2010 6:28 a.m.

Southwest Power Pool Inc. is to break ground on the new $62 million office it is building in Little Rock.

Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas-area home

posted: 09/30/2010 6:23 a.m.

Tony Curtis, the Bronx tailor’s son who became a 1950s movie heartthrob and then a respected actor with such films as “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Some Like It Hot,” has died. He was 85.

More classes, different chefs for cooking classes

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

A new season of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s series of hands-on cooking classes will begin in October with a new format for the popular culinary arts program.

Who needs a hunter education card?

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old and has a valid hunting license.

Harding pharmacy student association honored nationally

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

The Harding University branch of the Student Association for Health-System Pharmacists was featured in the Student Society Spotlight section of the organization’s national affiliate website for the chapter’s membership-drive efforts.

Festival promotes tolerance

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Hannah Kirk, 8, a student at Lake Hamilton Elementary School in Hot Springs, glanced from the small sheet of blue paper in her hands to her teacher and back again before carefully folding the paper in half. She and her classmates were making origami cranes to be handed out Saturday at Seeds of Peace, a community peace festival hosted by REGARD of Hot Springs.

Bradford Fun Fest honors firefighters

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

The 27th annual Bradford Fun Fest will be held Friday and Saturday. Friday night will kick off with the All School Reunion at the school gym.

Conservative turkey season proposed by AGFC

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently proposed continuing a conservative-turkey-season structure. The conservative-season structure has been in place since 2007. If approved at the October meeting, the season would be 18 days for most of the state, with an additional two-day youth hunt.

FLAVOR: The cornbread queen

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Velma Sandage of Donaldson doesn’t usually measure out her ingredients when she cooks. That little fact, however, didn’t come between her and the Best of Show ribbon at the Hot Spring County Fair where her cornbread recipe beat out other savories and sweets in the baked-goods category.

Commission encourages hunting feral hogs

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Feral hogs are not native to North America, but many feral hogs live in Arkansas because of illegal releases and high reproductive success. Hogs compete directly with many native game animals for food and destroy habitat for many other wildlife species.

Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

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

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

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

News in Brief

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

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

Medical center hosts free program

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

A free continuing-education program, “Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Stress,” will be given at the White County Medical Center South Campus, 1200 Main St. in Searcy.

Tour visits Clark County artists

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Since 2007, the Round About Artist Studio Tour has promoted the works of rural artists in Clark County.

Williams sees 10 percent growth in enrollment

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Fall enrollment on the Williams Baptist College campus hit its highest level in recent history, according to figures released by the school. Williams experienced a 10 percent enrollment jump on its Walnut Ridge campus, which included big increases across the board for the four-year, liberal arts college.

City Council to hear rezoning request Oct. 12

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

The Conway Planning Commission’s denial of Kroger Co.’s request to rezone its property on Salem Road for expansion will be on the agenda for the City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Buck fever

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Don’t tell Ida Rose it’s too late to learn something new. After years of going to deer camp and watching the boys bag the bucks, she’s recently become one of the top hunters in her camp at bringing home the bacon — or venison, as the case may be.

ALL ABOUT TRI-LAKES: Quilt show rich with tradition

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

There is just something special about quilts.

Cowboy Catfish Supper

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Every September, the call goes out to area seniors to come together at the Clinton Senior Center and bring a dessert or two for the annual Cowboy Catfish Supper.

Deer chili: The hunt is over

posted: 09/30/2010 6 a.m.

Try cooking your own deer chili

Weekend Calendar

posted: 09/30/2010 5 a.m.

The Weekend Calendar lists events from around the state that are occurring the weekend after publication. To submit an event for publication please use our calendar form at www.arkansasonline.com/events/submit. For more event check our searchable events database at www.arkansasonline.com/events/.

GOP sues over cars, names 8 Democrats

posted: 09/30/2010 4:45 a.m.

The state Republican Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state’s seven constitutional officers and the House speaker — all Democrats — alleging that their personal use of state vehicles violates the Arkansas Constitution.

Workers protest across Europe

posted: 09/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

European unions orchestrated a crescendo of protests across the continent Wednesday, sending workers ranging from Greek doctors to Spanish bus drivers to Lithuanian engineers out to vent over job cuts, higher taxes and smaller pensions.

Airstrike makes key kill in Afghanistan

posted: 09/30/2010 4:44 a.m.

A NATO airstrike killed a senior al-Qaida commander in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, and Pakistan is investigating reports that a separate CIA drone-launched missile killed the group’s No. 3 commander in its territory.

No. 15 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: Waiting his turn

posted: 09/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

Jarius Wright heard teammates and coaches telling him to be patient, and he heeded their advice.

National League: Braves sweep Marlins, lead NL wild card race

posted: 09/30/2010 4:43 a.m.

Bobby Cox wants to make sure the attention being paid to his final regular-season games as Atlanta’s manager takes a back seat to the Braves’ pursuit of their first playoff berth since 2005.

In Fed, discord on aiding economy

posted: 09/30/2010 4:42 a.m.

Divisions within the Federal Reserve over how to pump up the economy and lower unemployment came into sharper view Wednesday as three Fed officials squared off in competing speeches over how much help would come from one likely next step — buying more government debt.

‘A DOLLAR IS A DOLLAR’: It’s ours and you can’t have it back

posted: 09/30/2010 4:42 a.m.

State highway officials have a message for the federal government: If you give us money, you can’t have it back. Not even a buck.

Southwest forecast: Higher fares

posted: 09/30/2010 4:41 a.m.

Southwest Airlines Co.’s planned purchase of AirTran Holdings Inc. will lead to higher ticket prices as a competitor is eliminated and the merged carrier works to make up for higher costs, analysts say.

Faithful fans flock to Trio’s

posted: 09/30/2010 4:41 a.m.

The scouting report on Trio’s is that it serves fashionable food for the garden club crowd. The impressionist oil painting anchoring the dining area — and mirrored on the menu covers — reinforces this.

Board turns down appeal over pension

posted: 09/30/2010 4:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s board on Wednesday unanimously upheld a decision to cut off pension payments to Garland County Treasurer Jo West Taylor, agreeing with the system’s director that Taylor did not properly “terminate” employment before receiving benefits.

Keet unveils 10-point pledge

posted: 09/30/2010 4:36 a.m.

Jim Keet, the Republican candidate for governor, unveiled his “Pledge to Arkansas” on Wednesday, reiterating promises he has made on the campaign trail.

17 kids in a pickup; YMCA fires driver

posted: 09/30/2010 4:35 a.m.

A North Little Rock YMCA employee on Tuesday drove 17 elementary school students a mile down one of the city’s busiest streets in a pickup — some sitting and standing in the truck’s open bed — sparking an Arkansas Department of Human Services investigation.

State, gas driller strike road deal

posted: 09/30/2010 4:33 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and Southwestern Energy Co. have tentatively struck a deal in which the natural-gas company will pay for improvements on a state highway.

Concert to help deliver tugboat

posted: 09/30/2010 4:32 a.m.

Hank Williams Jr. fans taking in his concert Saturday at Verizon Arena will contribute to the state’s veterans and also help North Little Rock in its effort to bring the U.S.S. Hoga tugboat to Arkansas.

Center’s trial focuses on doctor

posted: 09/30/2010 4:31 a.m.

Psychiatric terminology and names of medications used to treat psychiatric conditions were flung around a Little Rock federal courtroom on Wednesday as the testimony of a Massachusetts psychiatrist, testifying as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, continued into a second day.

Obama gives nod to Arkadelphian for U.S. attorney

posted: 09/30/2010 4:28 a.m.

President Barack Obama nominated William Conner Eldridge Jr., a bank president and prosecutor, to serve as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, in an announcement sent out Wednesday afternoon.

Daily record

posted: 09/30/2010 4:26 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Jamaica bears brunt of storm

posted: 09/30/2010 4:26 a.m.

Tropical Storm Nicole caused flooding and mudslides across Jamaica on Wednesday, leaving two confirmed dead and at least 12 more missing, even as the drenching system moved north and dissipated over the Florida straits.

At detainee’s NYC trial, bin Laden a key player

posted: 09/30/2010 4:25 a.m.

Prosecutors plan to give Osama bin Laden a starring role in the terrorism trial of the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in civilian courts, a test case in the debate over whether suspects scooped up in the war against terrorism can be prosecuted like regular suspects.

SWEET TEA: Elvis beat lights to Lona Fay

posted: 09/30/2010 4:24 a.m.

Lona Fay Smith Lancaster was Number 17 of 20, the last child born in the family’s house that didn’t have electricity until Miss Lona Fay was 10 years old. Or thereabouts.

U.S. judge hearing short, sweet

posted: 09/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Paul “P.K.” Holmes III, President Barack Obama’s nominee for an open federal judgeship in Arkansas, a warm reception at a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Obituaries

posted: 09/30/2010 4:23 a.m.

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

California puts off execution of teen’s killer

posted: 09/30/2010 4:22 a.m.

Today, almost three decades after 15-year-old Susan Jordan’s family received a call telling them they’d never see her again, they had hoped to see the execution of the man who placed that taunting phone call.

Woman, 71, dies in crash with big rig

posted: 09/30/2010 4:22 a.m.

Leticia Lucero, 71, of Beebe was killed at 10:29 a.m. Tuesday when she turned her vehicle into the path of a tractor-trailer in Prairie County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Inmate, 48, dies of unknown causes

posted: 09/30/2010 4:21 a.m.

A 48-year-old Arkansas Department of Community Correction inmate died early Wednesday of unknown causes, a spokesman for the agency reported.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/30/2010 4:19 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: Bond Avenue North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Bracy Road

Police arrest 2 in shooting as fair was closing; 2 hurt

posted: 09/30/2010 4:19 a.m.

Two men have been arrested in a shooting that injured two people near Kay Rodgers Park on Monday as the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair was closing for the night.

Envoys scurry to save Mideast talks

posted: 09/30/2010 4:18 a.m.

The Palestinians dug in ahead of a crucial meeting today with Washington’s Mideast envoy, saying they can’t be expected to continue peace talks unless Israel reverses a decision to lift restrictions on West Bank settlement construction.

Sex offender wins in appeal

posted: 09/30/2010 4:18 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a sex offender shouldn’t have been sent back to prison for working at a day-care center.

More Medicare plans to offer prescription-gap aid

posted: 09/30/2010 4:17 a.m.

Elderly U.S. residents with high drug costs will soon have more options to help them cope with Medicare’s prescription coverage gap.

Ex-hopeful files to represent self

posted: 09/30/2010 4:17 a.m.

Abel Tomlinson, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, plans to represent himself in circuit court against charges that he sold a controlled substance and wants to use a freedom-of-religion defense.

Eye kept on European terror plot

posted: 09/30/2010 4:16 a.m.

Security officials said Wednesday that a terror plot to wage Bombaystyle shooting rampages or other attacks in Britain, France and Germany is still active and that recent CIA strikes in Pakistan were aimed at al-Qaida operatives suspected in the threat.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/30/2010 4:16 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 09/30/2010 4:15 a.m.

Renowned director of Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn, the three-time Oscar-nominated director best known for Bonnie and Clyde, died Tuesday, a day after he turned 88.

Other days

posted: 09/30/2010 4:14 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1910 The paving of West Fourteenth street is being pushed, grading at the extreme west end of the street near the railroad being the program for yesterday.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 09/30/2010 4:13 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe’s office on Monday announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions : To the Social Work Licensing Board: Tealisa Allen, Little Rock, reappointed; Kaylynn Barrett, England, reappointed; Betty Rhodes, McGehee, reappointed. Appointments expire June 30, 2013.

General: Iraq’s political crisis aids militants

posted: 09/30/2010 4:12 a.m.

The top U.S. commander for Baghdad on Wednesday warned that Iraq’s prolonged political crisis has encouraged militants to step up attacks and left civilians so frustrated they could be holding back crucial tips on suspected insurgent cells.

Quitting, mayor hopeful says

posted: 09/30/2010 4:12 a.m.

A Centerton mayoral candidate plans to withdraw from the race after his arrest early Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the assault of an alderman.

EU acting on expulsions of Gypsies; France claims win

posted: 09/30/2010 4:11 a.m.

The European Union decided Wednesday to take legal action against France over its expulsions of Gypsies to poorer EU nations but said it lacked proof that Paris acted in a discriminatory way.

Boat-launch ramp closing for repairs in Quarry Park

posted: 09/30/2010 4:11 a.m.

The Army Corps of Engineers will temporarily close the Norfork River boat-launch ramp in Quarry Park below the Norfork Dam for repairs beginning Monday.

Gates sees wartime disconnect

posted: 09/30/2010 4:11 a.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as “something for other people to do.”

General Kim reports

posted: 09/30/2010 4:10 a.m.

Gosh, talk about moving up the ladder quickly in the military.

New planet in Goldilocks zone

posted: 09/30/2010 4:09 a.m.

Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right.

Stormy marriage looms

posted: 09/30/2010 4:09 a.m.

It’s not too early to offer some predictions about 2011: (1) Snooki will be all atwitter about herself on Twitter. (2) The Republican Party and the tea party will effectuate a political marriage that figures to be as volatile as the legendary union of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

Exiting Congress OKs stopgap spending

posted: 09/30/2010 4:08 a.m.

Congress on Wednesday night passed a stopgap spending bill that’s needed to avert a government shutdown Friday, paving the way for lawmakers to bolt Washington for the fall campaign.

Bomber said he wanted to kill at least 40 in NYC, planned second attack

posted: 09/30/2010 4:07 a.m.

The man who planted a car bomb in Times Square boasted that he thought it would kill at least 40 people and that he planned to detonate a second bomb two weeks after the first, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Who’d name a kid 10180g?

posted: 09/30/2010 4:07 a.m.

Last month, a team of researchers hunting extrasolar planets—those that reside around stars other than our sun—discovered a solar system with at least five and possibly seven planets. This is a remarkable discovery, bringing the number of known exoplanets to nearly 500.

Powerball

posted: 09/30/2010 4:06 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 13-44-51-52-55 Powerball: 30 Estimated jackpot: $35 million Power Play: 4

OTHERS SAY: A vacuum of vision

posted: 09/30/2010 4:06 a.m.

AMERICA’S spaceflight program is about to enter a vacuum : a vacuum of vision. Even with expected passage of a resolution to provide NASA with its annual operating budget, it appears increasingly unlikely that Congress will be able to provide a guiding mission for NASA before it adjourns.

In the news

posted: 09/30/2010 4:06 a.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter, 85, is recovering at a Cleveland hospital from an upset stomach that was likely caused by a viral infection, according to a statement from Metro-Health Medical Center.

Names and faces

posted: 09/30/2010 4:05 a.m.

Kiernan Shipka, the 10-year-old actress who plays Don and Betty Draper’s daughter Sally on Mad Men is getting a lot of airtime this season, but she’s not allowed to see much more than her own scenes. “I’m not allowed to watch the show,” Kiernan said.

The world in brief

posted: 09/30/2010 4:05 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are protesting mainly for our children, because they’re not here — they are out looking for jobs.” Emilio Martella, one of 2,000 protesters in Rome during Wednesday demonstrations throughout Europe against government debt-cutting measures Article, 1A

No magical solutions

posted: 09/30/2010 4:05 a.m.

Just how gullible are you? Of many absurdities in the Republican Party’s Pledge to America, the most problematic may be the GOP’s vow to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, colloquially called Obamacare.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/30/2010 4:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m relieved.This was a hastily designed plan.” John Grele, an attorney for Albert Greenwood Brown, whose execution today, which would have been California’s first since 2006, was called off Wednesday Article, this page

LETTERS

posted: 09/30/2010 4:04 a.m.

Change the rules for judges The recent story about the apparent shortage of federal judges in Arkansas probably elicited no comment. The public has become used to just accepting whatever Congress wants to do about federal district judges.

Madden says yes to Hogs

posted: 09/30/2010 3:59 a.m.

Rashad “Ky” Madden has completed the set for Arkansas.

LIKE IT IS: Pelphrey delivers another set of Triplets

posted: 09/30/2010 3:57 a.m.

Late Tuesday night it was being predicted that Rashad “Ky” Madden was going to commit to the Ole Miss Rebels.

RYDER CUP: Captains motivate off course

posted: 09/30/2010 3:55 a.m.

Preparations for the Ryder Cup were intense and inspirational. There was laughter and a few tears. One thing players from both sides agreed on was the importance of rallying behind the flag.

COMMENTARY: Ryder Cup isn’t what it used to be

posted: 09/30/2010 3:54 a.m.

The Ryder Cup was a very large deal in the mid-1990 s.

Curley Wolves, Cobras meet before state playoffs this time

posted: 09/30/2010 3:53 a.m.

Let’s do it again. Class 3A powers Fountain Lake and Prescott will meet for the third consecutive year at 7 p.m. today at Beckham Memorial Field in Fountain Lake.

High school football report

posted: 09/30/2010 3:52 a.m.

Conaway, Eagles flying high Greene County Tech continues to fly higher and higher under Coach Jeff Conaway.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/30/2010 3:51 a.m.

Rushing onus on Petrino Arkansas coaches noted a minor improvement in the Razorbacks’ running game during Saturday’s 24-20 loss to No. 1 Alabama, but Coach Bobby Petrino said the onus is now on him to stick with it.

SEC report

posted: 09/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

4-0 isn’t enough at LSU LSU is 4-0 and ranked 10th nationally, but some fans at Tiger Stadium booed quarterback Jordan Jefferson, the offense and Coach Les Miles during and after last week’s 20-14 victory over West Virginia.

Red Wolves prepare for Louisville, homecoming

posted: 09/30/2010 3:47 a.m.

Arkansas State gets a rare challenge Saturday.

NFL notes

posted: 09/30/2010 3:46 a.m.

JETS Revis, Pace uncertain FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It might be another week before Darrelle Revis plays again for the New York Jets. The All-Pro cornerback did not practice Wednesday, spending part of the session on a stationary bike and also working with a trainer on the side.

Fishing this week

posted: 09/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) Catfishing is good drifting the main channel with whole shad fished 15-30 feet deep. Spotted bass are biting well around jetties and current breaks on Flukes.

Hybrid, electric cars take stage

posted: 09/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

European carmakers are looking to a bevy of fuel-efficient, lower-emissions models going on display at the Paris Auto Show this week to weather a depressed market and tough new European Union pollution standards.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/30/2010 3:44 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Arkansas Tech beats Harding Arkansas Tech beat Harding 20-25, 25-14, 11-25, 25-19, 15-13 Tuesday in Russellville. Sarah Von Lienen led Arkansas Tech (15-3, 3-0 ) with a careerhigh 28 kills. Emily Tate had a career-high 28 digs for Harding (6-8, 1-1 ), which finished with a season-high 82 digs. Arkansas Tech has won 10 consecutive matches.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Fall arrives for archery season

posted: 09/30/2010 3:42 a.m.

Archery deer season begins Friday morning.

Big catfish bring big money

posted: 09/30/2010 3:41 a.m.

Anglers from eight states competed in the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Saturday on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff, where Mark Farrow of Meredosia, Ill., and Jerry Cline of Springfield, Ill., won $2,500 with five catfish that weighed 85.35 pounds.

CLASS 7A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Roachell seals it with double eagle

posted: 09/30/2010 3:40 a.m.

If any of the other competitors in the Class 7A girls state golf tournament had any thoughts of catching Summar Roachell for medalist honors Wednesday, those hopes ended when the Conway sophomore posted a double eagle early in the second round of the two-day event.

CLASS 5A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: For Evans, there’s no place like home

posted: 09/30/2010 3:39 a.m.

If Endsley Evans hates Ben Geren Golf Course, imagine what she could do on a course she likes.

Wal-Mart’s Schoewe to leave in ’11

updated: 10/08/2010 8:45 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. filed documents Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the plans for the retailer’s chief financial officer to retire at the end of January.

Off the wire

posted: 09/30/2010 3:38 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Bowyer appeal denied An appeals committee denied Richard Childress Racing’s request to have Clint Bowyer’s penalty reversed, and the team owner vowed Wednesday to fight the decision to NASCAR’s highest level.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/30/2010 3:37 a.m.

What’s in a name? A mistake The Chicago Blackhawks officially have their names on the Stanley Cup as the 2009-2010 champions.

Truckers endorse plan for tracking on-the-road hours

posted: 09/30/2010 3:35 a.m.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services and four other trucking companies endorsed a proposal Thursday that seeks to prevent tired truck drivers from causing highway accidents by mandating the use of in-cab recording devices, which track a long-haul driver’s time behind the wheel.

Fast Forward

posted: 09/30/2010 3:35 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Blue: The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival will sound off Oct. 7-9 in downtown Helena. Performers include B.B. King, Dr. John and Taj Mahal. General admission is $25. Call (870) 338-8327 or visit blue sandheritagefest.com.

WTO ruling a loss for U.S.

posted: 09/30/2010 3:31 a.m.

U.S. restrictions on imports of Chinese chicken, turkey and duck that are no longer in place broke global commerce rules, the World Trade Organization said Wednesday.

THE TV COLUMN: Friday evening isn’t just for the duds anymore

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

OK. That’s it. Your Fall 2010 TV schedule is finally in place.

ON CHRISTIANITY

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

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our daughter has had a successful kidney transplant, and now she’s urging us to sign up as organ donors. Do you see anything wrong with this? I’ve always been told we need to respect our bodies since God gave them to us, and I’m wondering if this might be treating them with disrespect. — N.R.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: A priceless wedding gift

posted: 09/30/2010 3:29 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m getting married in a few months and am thrilled to have my four closest friends in the wedding. Sometimes I can feel myself getting too frantic about minute details that only I would care about, but all my ladies have been incredibly patient and kind.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 09/30/2010 3:28 a.m.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Michael Buble’s Crazy Love Tour concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/30/2010 3:27 a.m.

Happy birthday. As you deepen your commitment to your work, you’ll exceed all expectations. In your personal life, you will throw caution to the wind in October and enjoy the adventure that follows.Your popularity grows in November. You’ll make an important sale. February brings renovations and improvements. Leo and Virgo adore you.

MUSIC: Chapman concert is family creation

posted: 09/30/2010 3:26 a.m.

Time has helped heal Steven Curtis Chapman and his family from a personal tragedy that had him wondering whether he would continue his career as a mainstay of the contemporary Christian music scene.

MUSIC: Pain teaches Franti ‘best things ... aren’t things’

posted: 09/30/2010 3:25 a.m.

Singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Franti has been all over the map, with his music, his performances and the causes he has helped champion.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/30/2010 3:24 a.m.

1. Where is the Strait of Belle Isle? 2. Is it true or false that the gnat is a mosquito? 3. Who wrote Robinson Crusoe? 4. What is the more formal name for the arm bone that runs from shoulder to elbow?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/30/2010 3:23 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Preparing for the oncoming winter weather, I found several plants in small pots that would need to be moved inside if they were to last through the cold spell. I repotted several small plants together in a larger pot. They don’t take up quite so much space inside. — G.O., via e-mail

TRANSITIONS

posted: 09/30/2010 3:22 a.m.

Old Mill Bread Bakery & Cafe, in the Rock Creek Square shopping center, 12111 W. Markham St. at Bowman Road, Little Rock, is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, offering a “Sunday Fiesta Brunch Casserole” package — a sausage-andegg casserole “with a little zing,” according to co-owner Jeanie Berna, plus “fresh fruit and a big slice of the day’s sweet bread.”

China repeats promise of currency flexibility

posted: 09/30/2010 3:22 a.m.

China repeated promises of exchange rate flexibility Wednesday but offered no new measures to affect Wednesday’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on currency legislation.

CHEAP EATS: Hard working Homer’s satisfies in a big way

posted: 09/30/2010 3:21 a.m.

In most ways, Homer’s is the same It’s still a place where the customers — white-collar, blue-collar, no-collar, the majority of them men — come in droves, and you can’t hear yourself talk for the noise.

Cubans told coffee short, no imports

posted: 09/30/2010 3:20 a.m.

A full-page article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Wednesday warned that Cuban authorities will no longer fill the nation’s coffee shortfall with imports.

Selected restaurants

posted: 09/30/2010 3:19 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/30/2010 3:19 a.m.

$2.4 million added for appliance rebates The Energy Star Appliance Rebate program has been reopened in Arkansas with an additional $2.4 million to fund rebates for energy-efficient appliances, the Arkansas Energy Office announced Wednesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/30/2010 3:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Maybe access to market-ready electric vehicles is going to be the big news in Paris.” Carlos Da Silva, a senior market analyst at industry forecasters IHS Global Insight, talking about this week’s Paris Auto Show Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Europe’s protests depress stocks

posted: 09/30/2010 3:15 a.m.

Stocks slipped Wednesday as protests against austerity measures in Europe brought new worries about the region’s financial system.

Google’s future in China iffy, exec says in Hong Kong

posted: 09/30/2010 3:13 a.m.

Google’s future in China is “very uncertain” after it pulled its search engine from the country in a dispute over restrictions on freedom of information, a company official said Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 29

Obama nominates Eldridge to be US atty for W. Ark.

posted: 09/29/2010 8:20 p.m.

An Arkadelphia lawyer has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the U.S. attorney for the federal court system’s Western District of Arkansas.

Last weekend of Arsenic and Old Lace performance

posted: 09/29/2010 6:23 p.m.

The final chance to catch Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesserling, at the Cabot Community Theatre is approaching. Reservations are still being taken for shows set for Friday and Saturday.

Tickets available for Hunt Family performance

posted: 09/29/2010 6:22 p.m.

Tickets are still available for The Hunt Family performance scheduled for Friday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Ozarka College unveils academic mace

posted: 09/29/2010 6:21 p.m.

Ozarka College administration announced the arrival and unveiling of a new college ceremonial artifact, the Ozarka College Academic Mace. An academic mace is a tradition for colleges and universities that dates back to the first universities founded in the Middle Ages. The mace symbolizes authority, learning and scholarship, history, reputation and values.

Three students earn scholarship

posted: 09/29/2010 6:20 p.m.

Three students were awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.

Retired superintendent to present program on school consolidation

posted: 09/29/2010 6:19 p.m.

Ted Hall, retired superintendent of the Batesville School District, will present a program titled “Schools Consolidate: From One Room to Many” at 4 p.m. today in the Old Independence Regional Museum.

Harding University hosts annual lectureship

posted: 09/29/2010 6:18 p.m.

Harding University’s 87th annual Bible Lectureship will be today through Wednesday. Christians from across the country will join together for a time of spiritual growth and fellowship under the theme “Hear the Word of the Lord” as they explore God’s word in today’s world.

Ozarka College exceeds enrollment record

posted: 09/29/2010 6:18 p.m.

Ozarka College’s official enrollment count was reported for the 2010 fall semester, and the number of students attending Ozarka is 1,573 — a 15 percent increase over the 2009 fall enrollment and a new record for the college. Full-time equivalency is up 23 percent, which indicates that students are taking larger course loads.

Prime Times hosting AARP driver course

posted: 09/29/2010 6:16 p.m.

Prime Times of White County Medical Center will host an AARP Driver Safety course in the Hubach Center on the first floor from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 8.

Heber Springs golfer hopes to capture fourth straight state title

posted: 09/29/2010 6:15 p.m.

Katie Webb just keeps getting better, and a fourth-consecutive individual state high school golf championship could be in the offing for her this fall.

Harding Graduate Reading Programs to host Picture Book Author Series

posted: 09/29/2010 6:15 p.m.

Beginning Friday, Harding Graduate Reading Programs will host the Picture Book Author Series featuring the following esteemed authors:

Musician offers instruction

posted: 09/29/2010 6:14 p.m.

The Continuing Education Department at Ozarka College will offer two noncredit music courses in October, led by local musician Jerry Bone.

Volunteers invited to walk shelter dogs

posted: 09/29/2010 6:13 p.m.

Volunteer dog walkers will walk at 8 a.m. Thursdays at the North Complex Park in Batesville. Walkers anticipate moving the time to 9 a.m. later in the year when the weather gets colder. The group walks shelter dogs at the Humane Society of Independence County.

Registration open for Dutch oven workshop

posted: 09/29/2010 6:12 p.m.

Jacksonport State Park will host a Dutch oven workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16, and again on Saturday, Oct. 23, in the picnic area. Park interpreters will discuss methods on how to use and maintain a Dutch oven.

Citizens Bank announces Roger Bennett Memorial Concert

posted: 09/29/2010 6:11 p.m.

Citizens Bank will host Brian Free and Assurance at 7 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Citizens Bank began the gospel concert series on Oct. 6, 2006, when it brought Roger Bennett & Legacy Five to Batesville for Bennett’s homecoming.

Public readings of A Taste of Buffalo at Arkansas Tech

posted: 09/29/2010 6:05 p.m.

Public readings of a new musical comedy written by two members of the Arkansas Tech University faculty are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Techionery.

Musical performances, gallery exhibits fill UCA fall schedule of events

posted: 09/29/2010 6:03 p.m.

he following is a schedule of events at the University of Central Arkansas. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

UCA to present LeAnn Rimes

posted: 09/29/2010 6:01 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning country music artist LeAnn Rimes will continue the UCA Public Appearances season with a performance at 4 p.m. today in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas.

Literacy councils merge

posted: 09/29/2010 6 p.m.

The Pope County Literacy Council Board of Directors announced that the Pope County Literacy Council merged with the Yell County Literacy Council to become the River Valley Literacy Council serving Pope, Yell and Johnson counties on Aug. 30.

Bike rally to benefit homeless

posted: 09/29/2010 6 p.m.

Riders of Arkansas Rally (ROAR) will come to Conway Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3, to help the homeless through the ROAR into Toad Suck-Brakes for Homeless event. The event is expected to attract many motorcycle riders, both local and statewide. The local chapter 17 of Arkansas Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) will also be helping the local homeless.

Plumerville Homecoming scheduled

posted: 09/29/2010 5:59 p.m.

All Plumerville residents, former residents, graduates and former students of Plumerville School are invited to the 2010 Homecoming and Reunion on Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9.

Special events abound at Designer House

posted: 09/29/2010 5:58 p.m.

The Conway Symphony Designer House will open for a special evening event, Ladies Night Out and Art Exhibit, from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $20 and include food from Hospitality Sponsor Panera Bread, wine, a tour of the Designer House and an exhibit featuring more than 20 artists.

Migratory bird seasons set by commission

posted: 09/29/2010 5:54 p.m.

For more than a decade, waterfowl hunters have enjoyed 60 days to pursue their passion. This year will be no different. Waterfowl season was set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this summer at the agency’s headquarters in Little Rock.

New toll-free number is a must for deer hunters

posted: 09/29/2010 5:50 p.m.

Deer hunters will want to keep one number handy as they head into the woods this fall. It’s a number required for taking a buck or a doe.

Bag a buck, feed a family

posted: 09/29/2010 5:48 p.m.

Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry is a successful program that has provided approximately 1 million meals to the state’s most needy residents, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website.

Gates chides America for apathy

posted: 09/29/2010 4:27 p.m.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as “something for other people to do.”

House passes 9/11 health bill to help sick workers

posted: 09/29/2010 3:39 p.m.

The House has approved a bill to give up to $7.4 billion to workers sickened during the cleanup of World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Judge: No re-election for Greenwood mayor

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

A Sebastian County judge says that a misdemeanor theft conviction last year makes Greenwood Mayor Kenneth Edwards ineligible to run for re-election.

Arkansas to get $1.5M for disabilities program

posted: 09/29/2010 2:45 p.m.

The federal Labor Department says the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will get a $1.5 million grant to improve services to disabled workers.

Springdale man arrested on assault charges

posted: 09/29/2010 1:50 p.m.

A Springdale man is accused of coming at his wife with a knife and threatening to cut off her head, according to police.

Court overturns Hot Springs malpractice verdict

posted: 09/29/2010 1:40 p.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has thrown out a jury verdict in a medical malpractice case on grounds that leaving a sponge in a patient is not an automatic reason for liability.

Hearing on Turk plant end; no ruling yet

posted: 09/29/2010 1:14 p.m.

The federal court hearing on an attempt to halt construction of a $1.7 billion coal-fired electric plant has concluded, but the judge has not ruled.

Italy’s Berlusconi wins confidence vote

posted: 09/29/2010 1:06 p.m.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi has won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies by a wide margin.

Powerful earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

updated: 09/29/2010 2:01 p.m.

A local agency says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 has hit off eastern Indonesia.

Man pleads guilty to 2 church arsons

posted: 09/29/2010 12:40 p.m.

A man charged with setting fire to two churches in Pope County has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Carter to spend 2nd night in Ohio hospital

posted: 09/29/2010 12:36 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter will spend a second night in an Ohio hospital for additional medical observation after being whisked from an airplane to an emergency room with an upset stomach.

Tyson lays off 24 workers at Harrisonburg plant

posted: 09/29/2010 12:18 p.m.

Tyson Food Inc. has laid off 24 workers at its poultry processing plant in Harrisonburg.

Madden commits to Arkansas

posted: 09/29/2010 11:15 a.m.

East Poinsett County guard Rashad Madden committed to Arkansas' basketball program on Wednesday.

Sex offender can work as builder at school, court rules

posted: 09/29/2010 10:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled that a judge was wrong when he revoked the probation of a violent sex offender in Jefferson County because he performed carpentry work at a daycare center.

Pryor legislation on border agents passes Senate

posted: 09/29/2010 10:37 a.m.

Legislation by Sen. Mark Pryor to help prevent corruption in the U.S. Customs and Border agency unanimously passed the Senate.

$1.26 million to help patients navigate health-care options

posted: 09/29/2010 10 a.m.

Arkansas will receive $1.26 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to help seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers navigate their health care and long-term care options.

National Guard to conduct mass-casualty exercise with UAMS

posted: 09/29/2010 9:42 a.m.

Downtown Little Rock will be witness to a full-scale exercise Sunday between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Army Aviators of the Arkansas National Guard to practice the medical response to a mass casualty event.

Lottery scholarships go to 4,173 at UA

posted: 09/29/2010 9:13 a.m.

Lottery scholarships were handed out to 4,173 students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for the semester, the most of any college in the state.

Arkansas GOP files suit over state vehicle use

updated: 09/29/2010 11:02 a.m.

The Arkansas Republican party has filed a lawsuit over the personal use of state vehicles by Arkansas' seven constitutional officers and Speaker of the House Robbie Wills.

Children’s health care is topic of summit

posted: 09/29/2010 8:24 a.m.

The focus will be health care for children when national, state and local health advocates and policy makers gather in Little Rock on Wednesday.

Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe

posted: 09/29/2010 8:20 a.m.

Anti-austerity protests broke out across Europe on Wednesday — Greek doctors and railway employees walked out, Spanish workers shut down trains and buses, and one man even blocked the Irish parliament with a cement truck to decry the country’s bank bailouts.

China promises currency flexibility

posted: 09/29/2010 8:07 a.m.

China repeated promises of exchange rate flexibility Wednesday but offered no new measures that might avert a possible vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on currency legislation.

Experts: Terror threat against Europe still active

posted: 09/29/2010 7:28 a.m.

European security officials say a terror plot to wage a Mumbai-style shooting spree in Britain, France and Germany is still a threat and authorities are monitoring sites in Pakistan where the threat originated.

Pollution agency targets Kensett sewer system

posted: 09/29/2010 7:26 a.m.

The city of Kensett has been ordered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to fix its sewer system so large amounts of storm water don’t get mixed in with sewage and overload the system.

Weekend brings ‘Rowdy Friends,’ ASO’s new music director

posted: 09/29/2010 7:17 a.m.

“The Rowdy Friends” will heat up Verizon Arena in North Little Rock with a night of country music at the American Freedom Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section.

Tropical depression aims at Cuba, then Florida

posted: 09/29/2010 7:01 a.m.

A tropical depression that quickly developed in the Caribbean headed over Cuba early Wednesday threatening to strengthen into a tropical storm as it headed toward southeastern Florida.

$1.1 billion to Haiti all talk so far

posted: 09/29/2010 6:32 a.m.

Nearly nine months after the earthquake, more than a million Haitians still live on the streets among piles of rubble. One reason: Not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has arrived.

Large crowd expected for Echols oral arguments

posted: 09/29/2010 6:30 a.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court officials are bracing themselves for a large crowd for this week’s oral arguments in the case of convicted killer Damien Echols.

President scolds, rallies Democrats

posted: 09/29/2010 6:29 a.m.

Buck up. Stop whining. And get to work.

Set to lay off workers, Cuba details severance

posted: 09/29/2010 6:28 a.m.

Cuba on Tuesday gave details of the severance packages it will offer state workers who lose their jobs in government layoffs scheduled for the next six months, reassuring a jittery public that nobody will be left defenseless during the historic economic reboot.

Outsourcing measure fails

posted: 09/29/2010 6:27 a.m.

The U.S. Senate failed to advance legislation that would create tax breaks for companies that move foreign-based jobs to the U.S. and penalize those that send jobs offshore.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/29/2010 6:26 a.m.

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

River’s ebb to ease city’s flooding fear

posted: 09/29/2010 6:26 a.m.

The swollen Wisconsin River should recede over the next day or so, giving an isolated rural neighborhood a chance to recover from three days of flooding, authorities said Tuesday.

Sensor wilts in steamy LA

posted: 09/29/2010 6:23 a.m.

Forecasters may never know just how hot it got in Los Angeles during a day of record-breaking heat: After the temperature soared to 113 degrees in downtown, the thermometer took the rest of the day off.

Court: U.S. can continue stem-cell funding

posted: 09/29/2010 6:22 a.m.

The U.S. government can continue funding embryonic stemcell research while it seeks to reverse a lower-court order that barred support to scientists who use the cells, an appeals court said.

Ethics panel chief stalling, say GOP 5

posted: 09/29/2010 6:21 a.m.

The House Ethics Committee split along party lines Tuesday as Republicans demanded preelection trials for two prominent Democrats, Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters.

Obama backs Gulf-mending plan

posted: 09/29/2010 6:20 a.m.

President Barack Obama endorsed a plan to rehabilitate the Gulf of Mexico with some of the billions of dollars in waterpollution fines expected from the companies responsible for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Study says women still lagging in pay

posted: 09/29/2010 6:19 a.m.

Women continued to face lower wages and fewer managerial opportunities than men during the past decade, a government study found.

Gunman opens fire at Texas campus

posted: 09/29/2010 6:19 a.m.

A student wearing a dark suit and a ski mask opened fire Tuesday with an assault rifle on the University of Texas campus before fleeing into a library and fatally shooting himself. No one else was hurt.

Offset extended tax cuts, budget chief tells panel

posted: 09/29/2010 6:17 a.m.

A permanent extension of Bushera tax cuts would provide a temporary boost to the U.S. economy and then become a drag on growth by pushing up interest rates, the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.

Eiffel Tower threatened again

posted: 09/29/2010 6:16 a.m.

Intelligence officials have intercepted a credible terror plot against Britain and France, raising security fears Tuesday at the Eiffel Tower but failing to raise the overall threat level in either country.

Mexico: 11 missing after landslide

posted: 09/29/2010 6:15 a.m.

A huge mudslide first thought to have buried hundreds of people has left only 11 missing and there are no confirmed dead, authorities said Tuesday night, backing off earlier predictions of a catastrophe in Mexico’s rain-soaked southern state of Oaxaca.

Intermediate deal needed, Israeli says

posted: 09/29/2010 6:14 a.m.

Israel’s foreign minister called Tuesday for an intermediate agreement with the Palestinians, a position directly at odds with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to reach a final peace deal in the coming year.

Bomber kills official, son, 4 other Afghans

posted: 09/29/2010 6:14 a.m.

A suicide bomber killed a deputy provincial governor and five others Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, police said. Later, a tearful President Hamid Karzai decried the violence, fretting that young people will choose to flee their country.

French debate bill to strip citizenship

posted: 09/29/2010 6:13 a.m.

A new bill introduced Tuesday in Parliament is aimed at toughening immigration rules — including stripping naturalized citizens of their nationality if they threaten the lives of police.

3 targeted Danish paper, police say

posted: 09/29/2010 6:12 a.m.

Three terror suspects arrested in a purported al-Qaida plot in Norway were likely planning an attack against a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, Norwegian and Danish police said Tuesday.

Miner families cheerier as Chile rescue quickens

posted: 09/29/2010 6:10 a.m.

Rapid progress Tuesday in the drilling of escape tunnels for 33 trapped miners brought smiles, hugs and cheers of “Viva Chile!” from family members and government officials, as hopes rose the men might be rescued sooner than planned.

In the news

posted: 09/29/2010 6:10 a.m.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff who is considering a run for mayor of Chicago, isn’t having any luck persuading the tenants renting his home on the city’s North Side to move out, said his spokesman Rick Jasculca.

Names and faces

posted: 09/29/2010 6:09 a.m.

The long running legal fight over whether former Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith should have gotten part of the fortune left behind by her elderly Texas billionaire husband landed at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices announced new cases to be argued in the forthcoming 2010 term.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/29/2010 6:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our campus is safe.” Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, after a student opened fire with an assault rifle on campus, hurting no one, before fatally shooting himself Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 09/29/2010 6:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “My countrymen, do not destroy your own soil to benefit others.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai telling the Taliban to turn away from violence Article, this page

A year in, state lottery’s rolling

posted: 09/29/2010 6:04 a.m.

Arkansas’ lottery sold more than $485 million in tickets and raised at least $99 million for college scholarships in its first year of operation, a lottery spokesman said Tuesday.

UCA got $3.6 million advance from state

posted: 09/29/2010 6:03 a.m.

The University of Central Arkansas obtained a $3.6 million advance in state funds this summer, even as the school’s leaders have talked of much-improved finances.

In a state first, 3 hospitals get trauma status

posted: 09/29/2010 6:01 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Tuesday the first three hospitals designated as trauma centers in the state’s planned trauma system, which he expects to be fully operational within two years.

State ranks third for child poverty

posted: 09/29/2010 6 a.m.

As the recession shook Americans’ confidence last year, more than a quarter of Arkansas children — and almost one-fifth of residents — were living in poverty, new census figures show.

Developer is convicted of fraud

posted: 09/29/2010 5:58 a.m.

Saline County real estate developer and lawyer Aaron Jones is headed to prison after his conviction Tuesday on four federal charges accusing him of setting his Chenal Valley mansion on fire in 2008 to collect insurance money.

Grant helps hire 6 to keep watch on shale drilling

posted: 09/29/2010 5:57 a.m.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it has hired more inspectors primarily to police drilling operations on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission land and elsewhere in the Fayetteville Shale thanks to a $1 million interagency grant.

Prisons to seek more money

posted: 09/29/2010 5:56 a.m.

In preparation for next year’s legislative session, the Arkansas Department of Correction is once again requesting money to build prison space for 2,000 more inmates, with the department’s director saying the lack of space for the state’s growing inmate population is “becoming a crisis for staff and inmate safety.”

McDaniel asks for time on challenge to ballot proposal

posted: 09/29/2010 5:55 a.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday for more time to respond to a lawsuit challenging whether a constitutional amendment to change the state’s interestrate limits should appear on the November ballot.

Doctor last expert witness for U.S.

posted: 09/29/2010 5:54 a.m.

A psychiatrist testifying for the U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge Tuesday that the chief psychiatrist for the Conway Human Development Center lacks the specialized training needed to properly manage the center’s developmentally disabled residents.

Panel advises judge’s ouster

posted: 09/29/2010 5:53 a.m.

A panel of Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission members recommended Tuesday that a circuit judge be removed from the bench after several complaints about his conduct.

8 in state win writing award

posted: 09/29/2010 5:49 a.m.

Eight Arkansas high school seniors are among 543 students to be recognized this year as outstanding writers by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Fatal arson is sent to juvenile court

posted: 09/29/2010 5:48 a.m.

A 19-year-old Sherwood man, accused of starting a house fire two years ago that killed his grandmother, will be prosecuted in juvenile court, a Pulaski County circuit judge has ruled, describing the evidence supporting his decision as “clear and convincing.”

PAPER TRAILS: Novel idea brings new interest

posted: 09/29/2010 5:47 a.m.

BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT: Novelist Rick Bass’ Nashville Chrome, a fictionalized account of the 1950s country trio The Browns, has turned the spotlight back on the long-forgotten singing sensation.

Obituaries

posted: 09/29/2010 5:46 a.m.

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

Cycle crash kills Missouri man, 54

posted: 09/29/2010 5:45 a.m.

A Poplar Bluff, Mo., motorcyclist was killed Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree on a rural Searcy County highway, the Arkansas State Police said.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/29/2010 5:44 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Daily record

posted: 09/29/2010 5:43 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/29/2010 5:43 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: Sam Peck Road North Little Rock: 47th Street Pulaski County: Kelly Road

17 students semifinalists for awards

posted: 09/29/2010 5:42 a.m.

Seventeen Arkansas high school seniors are among more than 1,600 black students to be named semifinalists in the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

For 2-year plot to deal ‘pot’ in state, 6 given prison time

posted: 09/29/2010 5:42 a.m.

Six men were sentenced in federal court in Fayetteville to prison terms for their roles in a marijuana-distribution scheme in the Fort Smith and Fayetteville areas that netted almost $700,000 in two years.

Felon, 26, charged in another’s death

posted: 09/29/2010 5:41 a.m.

A 26-year-old felon was arrested Tuesday in the death of another felon earlier this month, North Little Rock police said.

Cityfest to close recycling drop-off

posted: 09/29/2010 5:41 a.m.

Pulaski County’s Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District reported that the recycling drop-off on Fair Park Boulevard across from the Little Rock Zoo will be closed Saturday because of Cityfest, a faith-based community festival.

Arkansas achievers

posted: 09/29/2010 5:40 a.m.

Andrew Simms of Little Rock, a graduate of Pulaski Academy, has received a University of Arkansas Honors College Prestigious Fellowship, an Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, an AT&T Foundation Scholarship, and a Chess Association for Arkansas Schools Scholarship.

Parents sue over child’s flu death

posted: 09/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

The parents of a Hot Springs girl who died after contracting the swineflu virus in 2009 have filed suit against a hospital and its physicians, alleging negligence.

Police beat

posted: 09/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

2 men arrested, charged in robbery Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a beating and robbery that occurred last month, Little Rock police said.

U.S. 67/167 work to shift lane traffic

posted: 09/29/2010 5:39 a.m.

Crews working on the widening of U.S. 67/167 between Sherwood and Jacksonville will shift southbound traffic from the old lanes to newly constructed lanes beginning Thursday evening, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Adoption, foster ruling appealed

posted: 09/29/2010 5:38 a.m.

Five months after a Pulaski County Circuit judge struck down a voter-approved ban on allowing unmarried couples to foster or adopt children, an appeal of the ruling began in earnest Tuesday, with state attorneys and lawyers for a conservative Christian group filing arguments with the Arkansas Supreme Court supporting the restrictions.

Replacing asphalt to close I-530 lane

posted: 09/29/2010 5:38 a.m.

Crews replacing some asphalt on Interstate 530 near the Interstate 30 interchange in Little Rock will require a lane closure Thursday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Other days

posted: 09/29/2010 5:37 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 29, 1910 The alarming frequency of burglaries in Little Rock has caused the police committee of the common council to take a hand in the administration of the affairs of the department.

Lorene Franks Bivens She couldn’t bear to see cotton bolls

posted: 09/29/2010 5:37 a.m.

Lorene Franks Bivens never drove a car, rarely went to the doctor and never had a surgery or broken bone until a few days before her 102nd birthday when she broke her collarbone, her granddaughter Sharon Hearnsberger said.

State to cremate unclaimed inmates

posted: 09/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

The unclaimed bodies of prison inmates will be cremated, unless the inmate has expressed religious objections, under a policy approved by the Board of Corrections on Tuesday.

Heifer to present paper on education

posted: 09/29/2010 5:36 a.m.

The Heifer International Education Division concept paper titled “Creating a World of Citizen Engagement through Global Education” will be presented at the fourday U.S. Summit and Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C., starting Nov. 16.

Charges filed on 3 in woman’s killing

posted: 09/29/2010 5:35 a.m.

Authorities have charged three people in the 2005 slaying of a woman in Hot Springs, and one of the suspects already faces capital-murder charges in the deaths of five people in Pearcy in Garland County last year.

Oklahoman, 83, dies in I-40 crash

posted: 09/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

An 83-year-old Oklahoma man died in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 40 in St. Francis County, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Ideology vs. Principle

posted: 09/29/2010 5:34 a.m.

Dear Critic, It was wholly a pleasure to get your pointed question about a phrase we used in an editorial the other day about those who “tend to confuse ideology with principle.” What’s the difference, you asked, and would I know?

OTHERS SAY: Even Sweden?

posted: 09/29/2010 5:33 a.m.

Sweden’s reputation for fairness and tolerance took a nasty hit this month after a xenophobic antiimmigrant party that misleadingly calls itself the Sweden Democrats won 20 seats in the 349-seat Parliament.

Keep it up, sir

posted: 09/29/2010 5:32 a.m.

WHEN IT comes to improving education in this country, this president seems as determined as the last one to make meaningful changes—for the better. Every president these modern days seems to want to be known as the Education President.

A better way to spend $100 million

posted: 09/29/2010 5:32 a.m.

Here’s my (perhaps uncharitable) question about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to Newark schools, announced with great fanfare on Oprah Winfrey’s show last week.

LETTERS

posted: 09/29/2010 5:31 a.m.

Extremists are in control As the national political pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other, from the neo-conservative Republicans to the far-left Democrats, many in the middle feel increasingly alienated and exasperated. We have come to wish a pox on both.

Internet scam: Part II

posted: 09/29/2010 5:30 a.m.

Last week I told you about a common Internet scam involving the hijacking of an e-mail address.

LIKE IT IS: UALR paging Dr. V for well-earned honor

posted: 09/29/2010 5:21 a.m.

He seems to always be there.

No. 15 Arkansas vs. Texas A & M: The Carroll College Hogs

posted: 09/29/2010 5:18 a.m.

Bob Petrino Sr. knows a lot of his former Carroll College football players have gone into coaching.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Reds end title drought

posted: 09/29/2010 5:16 a.m.

Jay Bruce raised both index fingers as he rounded first base and took the final steps toward a long-awaited championship. Jubilant Reds teammates streamed toward the plate while fireworks went off overhead.

Roachell tries to stick to plan in 7A tournament

posted: 09/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

Summar Roachell may have a commanding seven-stroke lead heading into today’s f inal round of the Class 7A girls state golf tournament, but the Conway sophomore has vowed not to stray from her game plan.

RYDER CUP: Woods doesn’t tee off

posted: 09/29/2010 5:15 a.m.

The Ryder Cup is getting personal for Tiger Woods.

Rachel’s historic ride ends

posted: 09/29/2010 5:14 a.m.

There was no “Race for the Ages” for Rachel Alexandra.

COMMENTARY: Madden: No reason to panic in NFL

posted: 09/29/2010 5:13 a.m.

The winless San Francisco 49ers scratched offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye on Monday, firing him a day after he got a vote of confidence from Coach Mike Singletary.

High school football report

posted: 09/29/2010 5:12 a.m.

Cluster at the top of 3-2 AAugusta is the only remaining team with an unbeaten record in the 3-2 A heading into Friday night’s home game against East Poinsett County.

Off the wire

posted: 09/29/2010 5:08 a.m.

FOOTBALL Jaguars claim Edwards The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former Buffalo Bills starter Trent Edwards off waivers Tuesday. Edwards is expected to sign a contract this morning and join his new teammates at practice later in the day.

Second thoughts

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

Water time special for Iraqi rowers For Haidar Nozad, each stroke on Lake Carnegie was like a rowing fantasy camp.

GCT farms victory through Davis

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

It was a blue ribbon performance.

Marion’s Alford rolls to 6A crown

posted: 09/29/2010 5:05 a.m.

Marion freshman Brooke Alford fired the low round on both Monday and Tuesday to claim an easy victory in the Class 6A girls state golf tournament at the Russellville Country Club.

Notes

posted: 09/29/2010 5:04 a.m.

TIGERS Cabrera on crutches Miguel Cabrera’s season is likely over because of a badly sprained right ankle. The Detroit Tigers’ slugger had his right foot in a walking boot and crutches propped against his locker Tuesday.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/29/2010 5:03 a.m.

FOOTBALL UAPB’s Webber honored by SWAC Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior wide receiver Raymond Webber was named offensive player of the week by the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Open date allows Bears time to heal

posted: 09/29/2010 5:02 a.m.

The bye week for Central Arkansas came at a good time.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/29/2010 4:58 a.m.

UA tries to learn from loss Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett took Saturday’s 24-20 loss to No. 1 Alabama hard.

State home sales dip in August

posted: 09/29/2010 4:57 a.m.

Nearly 15 percent fewer homes were sold in Arkansas in August compared with a year earlier, the Arkansas Realtors Association said in a report Tuesday.

Confidence weakens again

posted: 09/29/2010 4:54 a.m.

Americans’ view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February.

Foreclosure sale’s office buildings go to Hunt Ventures

posted: 09/29/2010 4:53 a.m.

Ten buildings at Pinnacle Point office park in Rogers sold Tuesday for $24.1 million at a foreclosure auction on the front steps of the Benton County Courthouse.

Grants set to improve broadband

posted: 09/29/2010 4:52 a.m.

Connect Arkansas will receive $7.8 million in federal funding to improve the state’s broadband infrastructure and to encourage more Arkansans to take advantage of the resource.

Agency, Murphy settle on facilities

posted: 09/29/2010 4:52 a.m.

Murphy Oil USA has reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to spend nearly $145 million in upgrades and penalties in a settlement addressing its refineries’ violations of the Clean Air Act.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/29/2010 4:50 a.m.

Plant won’t hurt lake, SWEPCO witness says A consultant for Southwestern Electric Power Co. testified Tuesday that the quality of water in the Little River, near where the utility is building a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant, will not adversely affect a lake that is home to bald eagles, mussels, terns and alligators.

MARKET REPORT: Dow rallies after bad start to day

posted: 09/29/2010 4:49 a.m.

A late push gave stock indexes moderate gains Tuesday as investors brushed off news that consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since February.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/29/2010 4:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Overall, consumers’ confidence in the state of the economy remains quite grim.” Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a statement.

Chamber honors 100-year-old firms

posted: 09/29/2010 4:47 a.m.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening honored 46 of its members that have been in existence for at least 100 years.

Racking up

posted: 09/29/2010 4:37 a.m.

At first glance, children’s consignment sales seem chaotic and overwhelming — cavernous halls filled with umpteen racks of kiddie clothes and hundreds of eager shoppers scurrying to snatch their share of the best deals.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Mother gets hand on thumb dilemma

posted: 09/29/2010 4:33 a.m.

Cathy Frye and I have been writing Forces of Nurture for more than two years, and I still can’t predict what will resonate with readers.

HEART & SOUL: Good mates watch each other’s health

posted: 09/29/2010 4:32 a.m.

My grandparents’ marriage was typical of their generation. She brought up the children, managed the house, prepared meals, planned their social life. He worked, paid the bills and went on hunting trips.

Head-lice fear often worse than real thing, experts say

posted: 09/29/2010 4:31 a.m.

The mere thought of head lice crawling around a child’s scalp is enough to generate shudders of disgust. Judging from the drastic measures some parents take to get rid of them — from mayonnaise and vinegar to overdoses of potentially toxic chemicals — you’d think they were the worst scourge on earth.

Creature feature

posted: 09/29/2010 4:30 a.m.

I have a dog that’s part border collie and lately I haven’t been able to walk him every day like I know I should. I’ve heard that dogs can be taught to use a treadmill. I have a treadmill and would like to do that if it’s possible. Is it?

If child isn’t ready, push to toilet train is futile

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

In the 1930s, federal guidelines suggested that babies complete toilet training by 6 to 8 months of age. To which a modern parent might respond : Bwahahaha!

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/29/2010 4:28 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have a friend who’s what I guess you’d call a serious Christian, and sometimes he’ll say things like, “God has been talking to me” about something or, “God wants me to do” something. Did he actually hear God speak? — K.G.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/29/2010 4:27 a.m.

Happy birthday. Relationships take center stage. You’ll overcome lingering trust issues and open your heart. You’ll meet one who appreciates your honesty (perhaps a professional relationship), and you will build something wonderful together.

PARENTING: Days of high self-esteem boosterism are fading

posted: 09/29/2010 4:26 a.m.

The notion that adults should do all they possibly can to advance the self-esteem of children is dying a slow but hopefully unavoidable death.

Gouda stuff from goats

posted: 09/29/2010 4:23 a.m.

When you hear the words goat cheese, do you crinkle your nose and say something like, “ugh” ? Or, do you respond with delight at the ways one can enjoy the tangy treat?

FRONT BURNER: Am I dreaming, or did you say bacon brittle?

posted: 09/29/2010 4:20 a.m.

Last week I had the pleasure of serving as a judge at the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s Arkansas Chef’s Culinary Classic. The competition, now in its seventh year, is part of the organization’s convention and trade show. Chefs from across the state compete in four categories: appetizers, soups/ salads, entrees and desserts.

READING NOOK

posted: 09/29/2010 4:19 a.m.

The iconic Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook has been gracing kitchen shelves since 1930 and this year, much loved “Red Plaid” got a top-to-bottom makeover.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 09/29/2010 4:18 a.m.

Halloween is still a month away, but we couldn’t resist these festive painted drinking glasses. The dishwasher-safe glasses (also available in skull-and-crossbones motif) are just the right combination of creepy and cute.

IDEA ALLEY: It’s beans, it’s pie; it’s Pinto Bean Pie

posted: 09/29/2010 4:16 a.m.

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

UNCORKED: Spit like you mean it at wine-tastings

posted: 09/29/2010 4:16 a.m.

It’s the time of year when wine enthusiasts have opportunities to expand their horizons without leaving the state by attending various wine-tasting events. Which makes it an ideal time to review wine-tasting navigation — that is, how to deal with an overwhelming maze of wines.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Sugar an issue? Clemmy’s, Smucker’s provide choices

posted: 09/29/2010 4:14 a.m.

The folks at Smucker’s have some flavorful options for people watching their sugar intake. First is a line of preserves containing 50 percent less sugar and calories than most regular preserves. The preserves are available in Concord grape, orange marmalade, raspberry, strawberry and apricot flavors, and a 15.5-ounce jar sells for about $3.50.

Slim pickings

posted: 09/29/2010 4:12 a.m.

WHAT: Zone Perfect Cookie Dough Nutrition Bars STATS: Vary by flavor. The oatmeal-raisin variety contains 170 calories and 3.5 fat grams. Visit zoneperfect. com.

How-to advice for first-timers

posted: 09/29/2010 4:10 a.m.

Duck Duck Goose employee Lynn Beardsley had these three tips for first-time consignment sale shoppers: Come prepared. Wear comfortable shoes and bring something to carry your purchases in.

HELPFUL HINTS

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

DEAR READERS: Cabbie (our mini schnauzer) and I love fresh carrots. An average-size carrot has 35-48 calories per 100 grams, so they are healthy for both of us. Carrots are excellent for eye health, among many traits, and it’s because an average carrot has 2 1 /2 times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/29/2010 4:04 a.m.

1.Who wrote the poem “My Shadow,” about “a little shadow that goes in and out with me” ? 2. What country is a confederation of 20 full and six half cantons? 3. What is the source of the caraway seed? 4. On the centigrade scale, water boils at 100 degrees and freezes at...

State ranks third for child poverty, data show

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

As the recession shook Americans’ confidence last year, more than a quarter of Arkansas children — and almost one-fifth of residents — were living in poverty, new census figures show.

Heirloom Tomato Cobbler With Basil Ice Cream and Bacon Brittle

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

This savory cobbler is the creation of the Ozark Conference Center’s chef Adam Hanry.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/29/2010 1:24 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions : 2-10-13-36-38 Mega Ball : 18 Estimated jackpot : $23 million Megaplier: 3

Tuesday, September 28

Jones found guilty on all charges

updated: 09/28/2010 5:57 p.m.

Saline County developer and attorney Aaron Jones has been found guilty of four federal counts related to an arson at his Chenal Valley mansion.

Murphy pays civil penalty over Clean Air Act violations

posted: 09/28/2010 2:47 p.m.

Murphy Oil will pay a $1.25 million civil penalty for violations to the Clean Air Act at refineries in two states and spend $142 million to upgrade its pollution reduction equipment as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

UAMS, The Med picked as top-level trauma centers

posted: 09/28/2010 1:52 p.m.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and the Regional Medical Center in Memphis were selected to provide the highest level of trauma care under the new statewide system for aimed at getting patients specialized care in emergency situations. Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff was designated a Level 2 center, which can provide comprehensive clinical care.

Jury begins deliberations in Jones trial

updated: 09/28/2010 1:13 p.m.

A jury of 12 women has begun deliberations in the trial against Aaron Jones, the prominent Saline County developer and attorney accused of burning down his Chenal Valley mansion in a scheme to collect the insurance money.

Panel calls for Simes to be removed from bench

posted: 09/28/2010 12:27 p.m.

A judicial discipline panel is calling for the removal of an east Arkansas judge for his handling of a case seeking to reinstate a fired police chief.

More inspectors for Fayetteville Shale area

posted: 09/28/2010 12:17 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday that it is stepping up efforts to monitor the natural gas production efforts in the area known as the Fayetteville Shale.

Carter 'doing fine' at Ohio hospital, grandson says

updated: 09/28/2010 2:12 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter, on a trip promoting his new book, developed an upset stomach on a flight to Cleveland on Tuesday and was transported to a hospital, officials said.

Consumer, business confidence both weaken

posted: 09/28/2010 11:17 a.m.

Americans’ view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February.

Children’s consignment sales are a growing business

posted: 09/28/2010 11:13 a.m.

At first glance, children’s consignment sales seem chaotic and overwhelming — cavernous halls filled with umpteen racks of kiddie clothes and hundreds of eager shoppers scurrying to snatch their share of the best deals, according to a story in Wednesday’s Family section.

Goat cheese has a long and varied history

posted: 09/28/2010 11:08 a.m.

Goats were one of the first domesticated animals, so it stands to reason that goat cheese has a long and varied history, as Rosemary Boggs reports in Wednesday’s Food pages.

UA, UCA get grants to study phosphorus effects on Ozark streams

posted: 09/28/2010 10:17 a.m.

Researches at two universities in Arkansas will receive more than $386,000 in grants to help improve the management of the Ozark Highland streams near Fayetteville, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

Which artists would you pick for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

posted: 09/28/2010 10:09 a.m.

The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 were announced Tuesday and include rap acts as well as a hair band.

Record gap between rich and poor, census finds

posted: 09/28/2010 10 a.m.

The income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record as young adults and children in particular struggled to stay afloat in the recession.

Halter calls for lottery improvements on its first anniversary

updated: 09/28/2010 11:37 a.m.

Arkansas’ lieutenant governor says he wants to see changes made to the state lottery and to the scholarship program that it funds.

Survey finds atheists know most about religion

posted: 09/28/2010 9:49 a.m.

A survey that measured Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics know more, on average, than followers of most major faiths.

2 wounded in shooting near fair in Fort Smith

posted: 09/28/2010 9:25 a.m.

A shooting near the main gate at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith has left two people wounded.

UPDATE: Man kills self after shooting at UT Austin, police say

updated: 09/28/2010 12:57 p.m.

A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside a University of Texas campus library then fatally shot himself, university police said.

Woman dies in house fire trying to save dog

posted: 09/28/2010 9:19 a.m.

Investigators say a 72-year-old woman in El Dorado died in a house fire while apparently trying to save her pet dog.

Woman leads police to robbery suspect

posted: 09/28/2010 9:16 a.m.

A woman tracked a suspect she said made off with her purse and told Little Rock police officers of his whereabouts, leading to an arrest.

Mexican governor: Hundreds feared dead in landslide

updated: 09/28/2010 3:12 p.m.

A hillside collapsed on hundreds of sleeping residents Tuesday in a rural Mexican community drenched for days by two major storms, killing at least seven and leaving at least 100 missing, disaster officials said.

Three charged with murder in 2005 Hot Springs slaying

posted: 09/28/2010 9:05 a.m.

Authorities have charged three people in the 2005 slaying of a woman in Hot Springs, and one of the suspects already faces capital murder charges over the deaths of five people in Pearcy last year.

Wreck briefly closes Interstate 30 westbound lane

posted: 09/28/2010 8:55 a.m.

A wreck between a motorcycle and SUV briefly shut down a westbound lane of Interstate 30 in North Little Rock during morning rush hour.

Victim identified from Altheimer fire

posted: 09/28/2010 8:13 a.m.

Authorities in Jefferson County have identified a woman whose body was found inside of a house that burned in Altheimer.

Motorcyclist killed in Searcy County wreck

posted: 09/28/2010 7:17 a.m.

A 54-year-old Missouri man was killed Monday when the motorcycle he was riding veered off a Searcy County roadway and struck a tree.

Obama: Democratic voter apathy 'inexcusable'

posted: 09/28/2010 7:07 a.m.

Admonishing his own party, President Barack Obama says it would be "inexcusable" and "irresponsible" for unenthusiastic Democratic voters to sit out the midterm elections, warning that the consequences could be a squandered agenda for years.

Pakistan angry at NATO attacks

posted: 09/28/2010 5:52 a.m.

Pakistan on Monday strongly denounced airstrikes from Afghanistan-based NATO helicopters that killed more than 60 insurgents in Pakistan last weekend, warning that it would have to consider “response options” if it happened again.

189th retires its last C-130E to ‘boneyard’

posted: 09/28/2010 5:51 a.m.

Chief Master Sgt. Donald O’Conner, like the rest of the crew, asked to fly Tail 7811 of Arkansas’ C-130 fleet Monday on its final mission — to the U.S. Air Force’s airplane “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

Wal-Mart offers $4.25 billion to buy African merchandiser

posted: 09/28/2010 5:50 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Monday said it has made a nonbinding offer of about $4.25 billion to buy Massmart Holdings Limited of South Africa.

U.S. seeks enhanced watch on Internet

posted: 09/28/2010 5:50 a.m.

Federal officials are planning to seek legislation that would require social-networking companies and voice-over-Internet service providers to adapt their technology so law enforcement agents can monitor users’ communications to catch suspected terrorists and other criminals.

Obama again sounds call for a longer school year

posted: 09/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

President Barack Obama started the school week Monday with a call for a longer school year and said the worst-performing teachers have “got to go” if they don’t improve quickly.

Kim Jong Il gives son general’s rank

posted: 09/28/2010 5:48 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il promoted Kim Jong Un to the rank of general in the Korean People’s Army, the state news agency reported, the clearest signal yet that the younger Kim is on track to succeed his father in ruling the impoverished country.

President signs bill to provide $30 billion to small businesses

posted: 09/28/2010 5:39 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill to help small businesses expand and hire by cutting their taxes and creating a $30 billion loan fund.

Chavez allies lose edge in Venezuela’s congress

posted: 09/28/2010 5:38 a.m.

Opponents of Hugo Chavez won new clout to try to rein in a socialist leader who has ruled largely unchecked, making gains in congressional elections that weaken the president ahead of his next re-election bid and could force him to deal with rivals.

Panel dissects BP response plan

posted: 09/28/2010 5:37 a.m.

The two chairmen of the president’s Oil Spill Commission, which is conducting an inquiry into the April 20 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, expressed skepticism Monday about claims from BP and government officials that initial underestimation of the flow rate of the Macondo well had no effect on the response to the spill.

LA hits 113 degrees, setting all-time high

posted: 09/28/2010 5:36 a.m.

California’s blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an alltime record high of 113 degrees Monday in downtown Los Angeles, and many sought refuge at the beach or in the shade.

Husband kills wife, four stepchildren

posted: 09/28/2010 5:35 a.m.

A man who terrorized his estranged wife for months killed the woman and four of his stepchildren during a middleof-the-night rampage, police said Monday.

Iraq solicits action in deadlock

posted: 09/28/2010 5:34 a.m.

Iraq’s foreign minister urged the United States on Monday to take a more active role in breaking the deadlock over formation of a new government, saying the nearly seven-month election stalemate has not only left the country in limbo but hurt its economy.

Palestinians hold off decision on talks

posted: 09/28/2010 5:32 a.m.

The Palestinian president said Monday that he would wait at least a week before deciding whether to quit Mideast peace talks, giving U.S. mediators time to broker a compromise after Israel refused to extend its 10-month moratorium on new West Bank settlement construction.

FBI agents cheated on test, probe finds

posted: 09/28/2010 5:31 a.m.

A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans.

Hearing in Afghan killings begins

posted: 09/28/2010 5:30 a.m.

Despite the array of prescription drugs he was taking, an Army soldier’s videotaped statement describing how he and his colleagues randomly killed three Afghan civilians appeared to be a reliable account, an investigator testified Monday at a hearing into one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghan war.

In the news

posted: 09/28/2010 5:30 a.m.

Rep. Rick Lazio, a New York Republican who lost his party’s primary to Carl Paladino but remained on the ballot as the Conservative Party’s candidate for New York governor, has dropped out of the race, leaving Paladino as Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s main opponent, but declined to endorse his former GOP opponent.

Names and faces

posted: 09/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

Officials said a metal homage to the late punk rocker Joey Ramone may be New York City’s most-stolen street sign. The Department of Transportation recently reinstalled the “Joey Ramone Place” sign in lower Manhattan for the fourth time since 2003. This time, it was raised 8 eight feet to curb temptation.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/28/2010 5:29 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s a little bit like Custer. He underestimated the number of Indians that were on the other side of the hill, and he paid the ultimate price for that.” Former Sen. Bob Graham on claims by British Petroleum and the government that initial underestimation of the flow rate of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had no impact on the response to the spill Article, this page

The world in brief

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Lack of efforts of government formation has been very negative on all aspects of life.” Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, urging the U.S. to be more active in helping to break his country’s political stalemate Article, this page

Dunn defense: Admit TV show

posted: 09/28/2010 5:26 a.m.

Attorneys for Gary Dunn, who is charged in the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer, have asked a judge to let them present evidence that her boyfriend’s favorite television program was Forensic Files, which aired an episode with “striking similarities” to the Dirksmeyer killing.

Survey: Adoptions in state rise, kids face shorter waits

posted: 09/28/2010 5:24 a.m.

Adoptions are increasing in Arkansas while the length of time a child waits to find a home is decreasing, according to a new report.

Saline County developer’s federal arson trial nears end

posted: 09/28/2010 5:23 a.m.

Closing arguments are expected today in the federal trial of Saline County real-estate developer Aaron Jones, who federal prosecutors say torched his expensive Chenal Valley home to collect insurance money.

Retailer is denied second large sign

posted: 09/28/2010 5:22 a.m.

North Little Rock’s City Council refused Monday night to approve an additional pylon sign for a Wal-Mart Supercenter store just off Maumelle Boulevard.

Mothers speak in defense of center

posted: 09/28/2010 5:20 a.m.

The mothers of two residents of the Conway Human Development Center testified Monday as a federal trial focusing on the residents’ care shifted to the state to defend itself against allegations brought by the Department of Justice.

River cleanup plan working, say experts, but more to do

posted: 09/28/2010 5:18 a.m.

Steps taken by Northwest Arkansas cities, poultry companies and farmers are keeping phosphorus out of the Illinois River and its tributaries, but much remains to be done, waterquality experts say.

Fired exec sues Heifer over theft allegations

posted: 09/28/2010 5:17 a.m.

A fired Heifer International executive is suing the Little Rock-based charity and its leadership over their refusal to retract accusations that he stole from Heifer using doctored expense requests — theft allegations that Heifer said were the basis for his dismissal.

City OKs health-care coverage

posted: 09/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

City employees’ health insurance won renewal by the North Little Rock City Council in an 8-0 vote Monday that included approval of a 3.93 percent increase in premiums.

Teen to stand trial on armed robbery

posted: 09/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge ordered an armed robbery suspect to stand trial as an adult after an official with the state agency that administers juvenile justice programs doubted that the 18-year-old could be rehabilitated by its services.

Obituaries

posted: 09/28/2010 5:16 a.m.

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

SWEET TEA: Hooahs for GED graduates

posted: 09/28/2010 5:15 a.m.

The chow-hall-turned auditorium at Camp Robinson was full of men and women — 144 of them from 41 states — formerly known as civilians without high school diplomas.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/28/2010 5:14 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/28/2010 5:14 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: West Markham Street North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Republican Road

Daily record

posted: 09/28/2010 5:13 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Town hall invites cause stir

posted: 09/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s campaign on Monday called “phony” her opponent’s asking her to join him at a town hall meeting.

Other days

posted: 09/28/2010 5:12 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 28, 1910 A report from George P. Rogers, the Little Rock youth who is making a trip around the world alone, indicates that he is now making pretty good time across the deserts of Utah, riding a wheel.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 09/28/2010 5:11 a.m.

Actress, 100, with Titanic comeback Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood beauty who gave up acting for 30 years and later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as the spunky survivor in Titanic, has died. She was 100.

LR fatality’s driver hit 2 other cars, police say

posted: 09/28/2010 5:11 a.m.

The man who caused a fatal car accident while traveling the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Little Rock early Sunday had also struck two other vehicles seconds earlier but told police he did not remember doing that, according to accident reports released by Little Rock police Monday.

Bus firm gets fine over disability act

posted: 09/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

A Dallas bus company involved in an Arkansas crash that killed four people in 2007 drew a $55,000 fine from federal authorities for violating provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Police beat

posted: 09/28/2010 5:10 a.m.

3 gunmen rob 8 in LR apartment Eight people were robbed at gunpoint by intruders at an apartment in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood on Monday evening, police said.

UAMS to test vaccine for HPV

posted: 09/28/2010 5:08 a.m.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will soon begin testing a therapeutic vaccine designed for women who are infected with the human papillomavirus.

Man faces murder charges in shootings

posted: 09/28/2010 5:04 a.m.

A Jackson County man who told police he shot his nephew and his nephew’s wife several times in their heads last week will face murder charges, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said.

Politics versus gold

posted: 09/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

One of the many slick tricks of the Obama administration was to insert a provision in the massive Obamacare legislation regulating people who sell gold. This had nothing to do with medical care but everything to do with sneaking in an extension of the government’s power over gold, in a bill too big for most people to read.

Not this business again

posted: 09/28/2010 5:03 a.m.

READING news articles about the outfit called Secure Arkansas is like watching a really bad infomercial at 2 a.m. on the sci-fi channel. The announcer’s lame jokes don’t work, the product is shoddy, and you can tell the studio audience is faking it.

And cut!

posted: 09/28/2010 4:59 a.m.

Apologizing for the rude behavior of your wife and your mother at the movies is difficult enough in person. But today, sadly, I must apologize in print, because there’s no way to know who was sitting near us the other night, watching the excellent George Clooney thriller The American.

OTHERS SAY: Energy roulette

posted: 09/28/2010 4:55 a.m.

Democrats’ plans to put a price on carbon—a good idea—died over the summer. So last week a handful of senators led by Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman announced that they would offer a bill that would establish a so called renewable electricity standard (RES), which would require that utilities derive 15 percent of their power from sources such as wind and solar by 2021.

LETTERS

posted: 09/28/2010 4:54 a.m.

Loss of jobs also important The recent story about the light bulbs only discussed the labor costs of making the bulbs. What about the cost of more U.S. citizens not having jobs?

Getting back in touch

posted: 09/28/2010 4:52 a.m.

The Lowell City Council has voted to join 41 other Arkansas communities by displaying the words, “In God We Trust,” inside City Hall.

‘Ageless wonder’ Blanda, 83, dies

posted: 09/28/2010 4:51 a.m.

George Blanda, who played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, died Monday. He was 83.

What now? Petrino aims to get Hogs to forget about what if

posted: 09/28/2010 4:47 a.m.

Gone with Saturday’s excruciating 24-20 loss to No. 1 Alabama is Arkansas’ best-case scenario season.

2:30 p.m. kickoff for Hogs-Aggies

posted: 09/28/2010 4:46 a.m.

The second Southwest Classic between Arkansas and Texas A&M will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central on ABC on Oct. 9. The Razorbacks and Aggies are in the midst of a 10-year series at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Arkansas won 47-19 last season.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs good, just not good enough vs. Tide

posted: 09/28/2010 4:43 a.m.

It was not, repeat not, a choke job.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Shutout gives Phillies division

posted: 09/28/2010 4:41 a.m.

Roy Halladay stood in the middle of the sort of wild clubhouse celebration he’d longed to be a part of for so many years, a pair of goggles perched on the brim of his dark cap with “Playoffs” written in white above a red Phillies “P.” Rookie mistake, putting those goggles up there, instead of over his eyes: Halladay scrunched his face and braced against the sting as teammate Jayson Werth poured a full bottle of bubbly over him.

Notes

posted: 09/28/2010 4:39 a.m.

BILLS QB Edwards released Chan Gailey needed to see Ryan Fitzpatrick put some life into Buffalo’s anemic offense just once before deciding Trent Edwards was expendable.

MONDAY’S GAME: Field goal puts Chicago at 3-0

posted: 09/28/2010 4:38 a.m.

Still doubting the Bears?

Winning brings relief for Cowboys

posted: 09/28/2010 4:37 a.m.

A 1-2 record has never looked so good for the Dallas Cowboys.

Off the wire

posted: 09/28/2010 4:35 a.m.

BASKETBALL U.S. women rout Canada Lindsay Whalen scored 16 points and Angel McCoughtry added 11 to lead the United States to an 87-46 rout of Canada on Monday night in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in the second round of the women’s basketball world championship.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/28/2010 4:34 a.m.

Captains discourage socializing It’s difficult to imagine alltime golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer protesting abstinence from tweeting during Ryder Cup Week.

Best of the worst still not comfortable

posted: 09/28/2010 4:33 a.m.

The major league baseball contenders — some of them, anyway — have the rest of this week to make something of the 2010 season. Members of pretending teams can spend the final week packing for home.

Notes

posted: 09/28/2010 4:32 a.m.

ORIOLES Manager, player suspended Baltimore pitcher Alfredo Simon has been suspended three games and Orioles Manager Buck Showalter has been penalized one game after a run-in this weekend against Toronto.

CLASS 7A GIRLS GOLF: Roachell, Fayetteville defend

posted: 09/28/2010 4:29 a.m.

The format for the Class 7A girls state golf tournament has changed, but the top contenders for the team and individual titles are the same as last year’s.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/28/2010 4:27 a.m.

FOOTBALL Wonder Boys’ freshman honored Arkansas Tech freshman quarterback Rico Keller was named offensive player of the week Monday by the Gulf South Conference.

Jessieville’s Bennett wins again

posted: 09/28/2010 4:26 a.m.

Jessieville senior Grier Bennett earned medalist honors at the Class 3A girls state tournament for the second year in a row, firing a one-over par at the Mountain Ranch Golf Course on Monday afternoon.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Florida recruits like what they see at game, visit

posted: 09/28/2010 4:23 a.m.

Arkansas hosted five official visitors for the Alabama game, with three coming from Orlando Dr. Phillips high school.

2007 victory over Auburn stands out for Leavitt

posted: 09/28/2010 4:21 a.m.

Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt told members of the Little Rock Touchdown Club that everyone experiences adversity, but it’s how adversity is dealt that defines a person.

College notes

posted: 09/28/2010 4:20 a.m.

LOUISVILLE Top receiver lost to injury Louisville is going back to basics, and the Cardinals are doing it without their top receiver. Coach Charlie Strong said Monday senior Doug Beaumont is out indefinitely with a knee injury sustained in a 35-28 loss to Oregon State on Sept. 18, a devastating blow to an offense that has struggled at times to move the ball.

RAZORBACKS CONFIDENTIAL

posted: 09/28/2010 4:04 a.m.

Rudell Crim HEIGHT 6-0 WEIGHT 209 POSITION Strong safety CLASS Senior HOMETOWN Tallahassee, Fla. LAST STOP Butler County (Kan.) College SCOOP Crim made the switch from cornerback to safety in the spring, has started all four games and ranks fifth on the team with 19 tackles.

Southwest set to buy AirTran

posted: 09/28/2010 4:03 a.m.

Southwest Airlines has agreed to buy AirTran in a $1.4 billion deal that will combine two of the country’s largest low-fare airlines and give Southwest access to Atlanta, the busiest hub in the nation.

LR port set to top ’09 figures

posted: 09/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

Led by strong industrial activity in central Arkansas, commercial traffic at the Port of Little Rock is on track to surpass last year’s totals, even as traffic has declined along the river as a whole.

Tyson seeks to reverse China tariffs

posted: 09/28/2010 4:01 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. chicken processor, said Monday it will try to appeal China’s decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. chicken shipments.

Shippers: China slows down trade of Japanese goods

posted: 09/28/2010 3:59 a.m.

China has stepped up customs inspections of goods shipped to and from Japan, slowing trade, logistics companies said Monday, amid a spat over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain near disputed islands.

Ford to shrink product lineup

posted: 09/28/2010 3:58 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally said Monday that the company is considering how to reduce its product lineup to as few as 20 models.

Nestle looking to grow its medical nutrition business

posted: 09/28/2010 3:57 a.m.

Nestle plans to plow hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding its medical nutrition business over the next decade, hoping to capitalize on a growing market for foods to help treat chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Swiss consumer giant said Monday.

Share risks, banks are told

posted: 09/28/2010 3:55 a.m.

Federal regulators are insisting that banks share some risk when issuing the type of asset-backed securities that nearly toppled the financial system two years ago.

Unilever to purchase Alberto Culver

posted: 09/28/2010 3:53 a.m.

Unilever, the maker of Dove soap, has agreed to buy Alberto Culver Co. for $3.7 billion in cash to add VO5, Nexxus and TRESemme hair-care products in the company’s biggest purchase in a decade.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/28/2010 3:51 a.m.

Communities receive $2.5 million in grants The Arkansas Economic Development Commission on Monday announced the recipients of a total of $2.5 million in General Assistance and Innovative Project grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks slide after 4-week rally

posted: 09/28/2010 3:50 a.m.

Stocks took a pause Monday from their big September rally as worries about the financial sector offset excitement over a fresh round of corporate dealmaking.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/28/2010 3:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We intend to do everything we can to continue selling chicken profitably to China, as well as seek ways to expand our poultry exports to alternative markets.” Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods Inc.

OCTOBER CALENDAR: Fair warnings

posted: 09/28/2010 3:49 a.m.

October is when things go bump in the night, and no wonder. Night comes all of a sudden these last weeks of daylight-saving time. Watch out for lumberjacks, mothers-in-law and other squirrels underfoot. 1 World Smile Day. Smile, and the world smiles with you. Cry, and you might as well have been a Travs fan.

DRESSING ROOM: Fashion for fall looks to the past

posted: 09/28/2010 3:41 a.m.

So fall has finally fallen, at least officially. What will we be wearing as the temperatures head downward ?

CRITICAL MASS: My favorite Wilson brother

posted: 09/28/2010 3:39 a.m.

The best song on Bob Dylan’s 1986 album Knocked Out Loaded is an 11-minute, 5-second number called “Brownsville Girl,” which Dylan co-wrote with the playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

ARTBEAT: Thomas’ small works big winners

posted: 09/28/2010 3:37 a.m.

Barry Thomas has some small surprises for fans of the Arkansas oil painter’s impressionistic work.

THE TV COLUMN: Network debuts complete; it’s Baseball time

posted: 09/28/2010 3:34 a.m.

Two new network series and an important PBS offering premiere today and Wednesday.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/28/2010 3:32 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Ten years ago, I told my son I didn’t want anything more to do with him because I didn’t approve of his immoral lifestyle. Well, now I’ve got cancer and the prospects aren’t good, and I’m wondering if I did the right thing. I feel so alone, and he’s the only family I have. — R.M.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Be bridesmaid to please kin

posted: 09/28/2010 3:28 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My brother dated X in college, and they moved in together afterward. For five years, she joined us at family dinners, vacations, etc. We really loved her.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/28/2010 3:26 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your actions will have a tremendously positive effect on your environment. The loving gestures you exchange in October help you to feel secure in your relationships, which are your personal kingdom. Romance develops through November. Firm in your convictions, you’ll make important deals in January. Scorpio and Leo people adore you.

Social Security Q&A

posted: 09/28/2010 3:26 a.m.

Q. What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report ? Do I have to complete both?

Workshop for guitarists

posted: 09/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

Acoustic guitarist Doyle Dykes, known for a wide range of musical styles, will present a concert and workshop at 7 p.m. today at Little Rock Jams in Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, 10301 Rodney Parham Road.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/28/2010 3:25 a.m.

1. The Grand Canyon was discovered by European explorers from what country? 2. What happens to carbon dioxide after it freezes? 3. How were famed songwriters George and Ira Gershwin related? 4. Salicylic acid is the basis of what medicine?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/28/2010 3:23 a.m.

DEAR READERS: A reader recently complained about rudeness at one of her doctor’s offices.

Monday, September 27

Placido Domingo to leave Washington National Opera

posted: 09/27/2010 6:27 p.m.

Placido Domingo said Monday he will leave the Washington National Opera when his contract expires next year, leaving a company with a higher artistic profile that is still struggling to support itself.

Crew praised for NY emergency landing

posted: 09/27/2010 6:16 p.m.

The pilot and his crew who brought 60 passengers to safety in an emergency landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, while sparks flew and one plane wing dragged along the tarmac, are being praised for their professionalism.

California governor delays execution by 45 hours

posted: 09/27/2010 6:06 p.m.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has delayed by two days an execution that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

Top 2 on Senate agriculture panel lament move by China

posted: 09/27/2010 5:57 p.m.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says a move by China to finalize high duties on poultry imported from the U.S. is likely to lead to heightened tension between the two countries.

Downtown LA bakes at record 113 degrees

posted: 09/27/2010 5:33 p.m.

California’s blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, and many sought refuge at the beach.

Murphy reaches accord on refineries in La., Wisc.

posted: 09/27/2010 5:31 p.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. says it has reached an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency covering emissions at refineries in Louisiana and Wisconsin.

$5M going to state to improve housing

posted: 09/27/2010 5:13 p.m.

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority will receive $5 million to stabilize communities that have had high rates of foreclosure, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's office announced Monday.

Prosecutor in Stevens case commits suicide

posted: 09/27/2010 5:03 p.m.

An attorney says a Justice Department prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted Sen. Ted Stevens has killed himself.

$7.8 million goes to boost broadband in Arkansas

posted: 09/27/2010 4:34 p.m.

Connect Arkansas will receive $7,796,866 in Recovery Act funds to improve broadband connectivity in Arkansas, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's office announced Tuesday.

Winrock awarded Food for Progress grant

posted: 09/27/2010 4:27 p.m.

Winrock International has received a Food for Progress grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company announced in a news release Monday.

Beebe appoints 54 to boards, commissions

posted: 09/27/2010 4:18 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe appointed 54 individuals to state boards and commissions, the governor's office announced Monday.

US watching NKorea succession maneuvers closely

posted: 09/27/2010 4:06 p.m.

The United States is closely watching North Korea’s leadership succession drama for clues to the reclusive nation’s policy on scrapping its nuclear weapons program, a top State Department official said.

Arkadelphia, Ark., woman now facing capital charge

posted: 09/27/2010 3:19 p.m.

An Arkadelphia woman accused of killing a man in July has now been charged with capital murder, upgraded from the first-degree murder charge that was filed earlier.

Wyclef Jean hospitalized, suffering from ’stress’

posted: 09/27/2010 3:15 p.m.

A representative for hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean (WY’-klef zhahn) says he has been hospitalized at an undisclosed location.

Ben & Jerry’s drops all-natural label

posted: 09/27/2010 3:04 p.m.

Alkalized cocoa, corn syrup and artificial vanilla. They’re safe to eat, but are they natural?

ASU researchers patent trace detector

posted: 09/27/2010 3:02 p.m.

A patent for a device to detect trace quantities of gases has been granted to a pair of Arkansas State University researchers.

Navy says 13 die during rescue of boat off Somalia

posted: 09/27/2010 2:59 p.m.

A Navy warship was providing humanitarian supplies to passengers aboard a broken-down boat off the coast of Somalia on Monday when the boat suddenly capsized, killing at least 13 passengers.

Prosecution, defense rest cases in Smith trial

posted: 09/27/2010 2:57 p.m.

The prosecution and defense have rested their cases Monday in the seven-week drug conspiracy trial of Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend and two doctors.

Ward man accused of arson

updated: 09/27/2010 2:53 p.m.

A Ward man has been arrested in connection with an arson earlier this month in which a residence, a camping trailer and a tractor were destroyed.

’Titanic’ co-star Gloria Stuart dies at 100

posted: 09/27/2010 2:35 p.m.

Gloria Stuart, the Hollywood actress of the 1930s who gained an Oscar nomination 60 years later for her role as the spunky survivor in “Titanic,” has died. She was 100.

Arkansas takes on Texas A&M on ABC

posted: 09/27/2010 2:24 p.m.

The Razorbacks will face the Aggies in the Southwest Classic at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with ABC televising the game.

Obama signs $30B small business lending bill

posted: 09/27/2010 2:21 p.m.

Scoring a prized political victory five weeks before the Nov. 2 elections, President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill to help small businesses expand and hire by cutting their taxes and creating a $30 billion loan fund.

Lanes to close on U.S. 70 bridge

posted: 09/27/2010 2:14 p.m.

A routine inspection of a bridge on U.S. 70 at the Prairie/Monroe County line will shut down lanes, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Calif state court judge refuses to block execution

posted: 09/27/2010 1:55 p.m.

A California state court judge has refused a death row inmate’s request to block his scheduled execution on Wednesday.

Some US executions held up by shortage of drug

posted: 09/27/2010 1:46 p.m.

Some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections from coast to coast.

Man convicted of murder in death of Adenhart, 2 others

posted: 09/27/2010 12:56 p.m.

A jury has found a man guilty of murder in the deaths of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken-driving crash.

Iraq: US should help break deadlock over new government

posted: 09/27/2010 12:47 p.m.

Iraq’s foreign minister has told the AP that the United States should take a more active role in breaking the deadlock over formation of a new government in his country.

Arkansas' first trauma system centers to be named

posted: 09/27/2010 12:31 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe, along with state lawmakers and health officials, will announce Tuesday the first facilities to be designated as trauma centers.

LR man shot in leg, hand, stomach

posted: 09/27/2010 12:20 p.m.

A man who was shot in the leg, hand and stomach told officers his assailant is a black man with dreads he knows only as "Mad Dog," according to Little Rock police.

GSC honor goes to Tech's freshman QB

posted: 09/27/2010 12:09 p.m.

Arkansas Tech redshirt freshman quarterback Rico Keller has been named the Gulf South Conference offensive player of the week.

SEC honors Lester, 2 others as players of the week

posted: 09/27/2010 12:07 p.m.

The Southeastern Conference named Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama safety Robert Lester and LSU cornerback/return man Patrick Peterson players of the week.

UAMS scientist gets $3.3 million grant

posted: 09/27/2010 12:02 p.m.

An associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $3.3 million federal grant to research the human papillomavirus, HPV.

Grants awarded to 12 Arkansas cities, counties

posted: 09/27/2010 11:49 a.m.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has awarded grants to 12 Arkansas cities and counties for assistance programs and improvement projects.

Attorney says ’sexting’ Wis. prosecutor to resign

posted: 09/27/2010 11:47 a.m.

The attorney for the Wisconsin prosecutor who acknowledged sending sexually harassing text messages to a domestic abuse victim says the DA will resign his office.

Jones' wife testifies as defense begins case

posted: 09/27/2010 11:35 a.m.

Aaron Jones was not in financial trouble when a fire gutted his Chenal Valley mansion despite having a bank account that was overdrawn by about $17,000, his wife testified Monday.

P&G sets new environmental goals

posted: 09/27/2010 11:34 a.m.

The world’s largest consumer product maker says it is stepping up its environmental efforts with tough long-term targets on energy efficiency and reducing waste.

DOD oversees destruction of classified war memoir

posted: 09/27/2010 11:26 a.m.

The Defense Department says it has overseen the destruction of 9,500 copies of a former Army intelligence officer’s war memoir that the Pentagon contends threatened national security.

U.S. Mideast envoy to return to region, AP source says

posted: 09/27/2010 11:24 a.m.

A U.S. official says the Obama administration’s special Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell will return to the region this week to continue urgent efforts to break a deadlock in negotiations over Israeli settlements.

NATO helicopters strike in Pakistan

posted: 09/27/2010 11:15 a.m.

NATO helicopters in eastern Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, killing more than 50 militants and prompting a protest from Islamabad.

Southwest Airlines to buy AirTran for $1.4 billion

posted: 09/27/2010 11:06 a.m.

Southwest Airlines has agreed to buy AirTran in a $1.42 billion deal that will combine two of the nation’s biggest discount carriers.

Wal-Mart offers $4.25 billion in bid to purchase Massmart

posted: 09/27/2010 11:05 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is making a bid to enter the retail market in Africa, offering about $4.25 billion to buy Massmart Holdings Ltd. of South Africa.

Flood-damaged levee holds in central Wisconsin

posted: 09/27/2010 11:05 a.m.

Dozens of residents opted to stay in their flood-stranded homes in central Wisconsin Monday, even as a nearby levee weakened by recent heavy rain barely held.

CUNY-IBM to open unique school in NYC

posted: 09/27/2010 10:57 a.m.

The City University of New York and IBM will open a unique school that merges high school with two years of college, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday in announcing a series of ambitious educational initiatives.

4 high school students killed in wreck

posted: 09/27/2010 10:42 a.m.

A pickup overturned on a southern Louisiana highway and ended up in a bayou, killing four high school students.

Report: Significant cheating by FBI agents on exam

posted: 09/27/2010 10:38 a.m.

A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans.

More than 100 pounds of drugs collected in Searcy

posted: 09/27/2010 10:30 a.m.

The Searcy Police Department netted more than 100 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medicine during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event held over the weekend.

Two new TV network series, plus update of Ken Burns’ 'Baseball'

posted: 09/27/2010 10:20 a.m.

Two new network series and an important PBS offering premiere Tuesday and Wednesday, as Michael Storey reports in his Tuesday television column in the Style section.

Adoptions on the rise in state, advocacy group says

updated: 09/27/2010 10:18 a.m.

The number of children adopted in Arkansas in 2009 nearly has doubled since 2002, while the time they waited in foster care has decreased, according to a new report by a child welfare group.

Bond set for driver in fatal wreck

posted: 09/27/2010 9:32 a.m.

Bond was set at $25,000 Monday for a Jacksonville man accused of driving while intoxicated when he caused a fatal wreck early Sunday in downtown Little Rock.

7th and Chester shut down in LR

updated: 09/27/2010 10:09 a.m.

A truck ran into a power pole in Little Rock on Monday, knocking out power to the 7th street block just as morning rush hour was winding down.

Canned pumpkin shortage over just in time for fall

posted: 09/27/2010 9:12 a.m.

Pumpkin lovers can relax: A nearly year-long shortage of the canned stuff is over.

Segway company owner dies after falling into river on device

posted: 09/27/2010 9:01 a.m.

A British businessman who last year bought the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway personal transporter has died in an accident on one of the vehicles.

Money alone can't fix school problems, Obama says

posted: 09/27/2010 8:41 a.m.

President Barack Obama started the school week Monday with a call for a longer school year, and said the worst-performing teachers have “got to go” if they don’t improve quickly.

Wal-Mart offers to buy South African retailer for $4.25B

posted: 09/27/2010 7:29 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering to buy South African retailer Massmart Holdings Ltd. for approximately $4.25 billion.

3 die in single-vehicle crash in Stone County

posted: 09/27/2010 7:25 a.m.

Three Mountain View residents have been killed in a single-vehicle crash in Stone County.

Teen found shot to death in Forrest City

posted: 09/27/2010 7:10 a.m.

Police in Forrest City say a teenager has been found shot to death outside a public housing complex.

Palestinians threaten again to quit peace talks

posted: 09/27/2010 7:08 a.m.

A senior Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas will quit Mideast peace talks if Israel resumes construction in West Bank settlements now that 10-month-old building restrictions have expired.

Afghan vote recounts ordered

posted: 09/27/2010 6:03 a.m.

Afghan election officials ordered recounts Sunday of voting at locations in seven provinces after last week’s parliamentary elections — the latest sign that fraud allegations could hurt the credibility of the ballot.

Iraq on guard against Iranians at border as tension heightens

posted: 09/27/2010 6 a.m.

On any map, this castlelike fort is located in Iran. But war, time and drifting desert sands have blurred the border, and for now, Iraqi guards stoutly defend Qutaiba as theirs.

Israel’s freeze on building officially ends

posted: 09/27/2010 5:59 a.m.

Jewish settlers released balloons and broke ground on a kindergarten in celebration Sunday as a 10-month construction slowdown expired, while U.S. and Israeli leaders tried to figure out how to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks over the end of the restrictions.

Tax-cut vote seen for after elections

posted: 09/27/2010 5:57 a.m.

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress said Sunday that they would find a way to extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections, unable to secure GOP backing before lawmakers break to campaign.

BP probe falls short, experts say

posted: 09/27/2010 5:56 a.m.

Engineering experts probing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill exposed holes in BP’s internal investigation as the company was questioned Sunday for the first time in public about its findings.

‘Elmo’ fends off attacker in fight

posted: 09/27/2010 5:55 a.m.

Police in central Florida said a man dressed as Sesame Street character Elmo was attacked Saturday at a music store in Winter Park, but he was able to fend off the attacker.

Japan asks China to pay for damage

posted: 09/27/2010 5:54 a.m.

Japan asked China to pay for damage to Japanese patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel near disputed islands, as simmering tension between the two Asian neighbors showed no signs of easing today.

Thousands to lose jobs as stimulus plan expires

posted: 09/27/2010 5:54 a.m.

Tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs within weeks unless Congress extends one of the more effective job creating programs in the $787 billion stimulus act: a $1 billion New Deal-style program that directly paid the salaries of unemployed people so they could get jobs in government, at nonprofit organizations and at many small businesses.

Georgia minister to fight sex suits

posted: 09/27/2010 5:53 a.m.

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he’d be back to lead the church the next week.

Louisiana city bars call new law unfair

posted: 09/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

Some bar owners in Fat City, Metairie’s entertainment district, say a new ordinance that will limit hours of operation will unfairly benefit competitors and eventually kill their businesses.

Cash-send rule pitched

posted: 09/27/2010 5:52 a.m.

The Obama administration wants to require U.S. banks to report all electronic money transfers into and out of the country, a dramatic expansion in efforts to counter terrorist financing and money laundering.

Foes hope voters reduce Chavez’s power

posted: 09/27/2010 5:50 a.m.

Opponents of President Hugo Chavez tried to break his longstanding monopoly on power Sunday in congressional elections, while the firebrand leader rallied his supporters urging them to “attack” through the ballot box.

Pakistan defense official quits

posted: 09/27/2010 5:49 a.m.

Pakistan’s federal minister for defense production resigned after being summoned by the prime minister to explain comments he made criticizing the army and accusing it of killing prominent politicians, officials said Sunday.

Kashmir separatists reject peace proposal

posted: 09/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

Kashmiri separatist leaders Sunday rejected India’s offer to release hundreds of young detainees and review the deployment of security forces in the Himalayan territory to defuse deadly civil unrest.

In the news

posted: 09/27/2010 5:48 a.m.

Steve Burke, 52, Comcast’s chief operating officer, will become CEO of NBC Universal later this year when Comcast takes control of the broadcaster, replacing outgoing chief Jeff Zucker.

Names and faces

posted: 09/27/2010 5:47 a.m.

The House’s No. 2 Democratic leader said Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert’s testimony last week on immigration was “inappropriate” and “an embarrassment.”

The nation in brief

posted: 09/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “One way or the other, we’re going to get it done.” David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s top political aide, on extending middle-class tax cuts.

The world in brief

posted: 09/27/2010 5:46 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If we don’t win today, it’s straight to communism.” Cristian Jaaniorg, a critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as he waited to vote at a Caracas polling station Sunday Article, this page

Sheriff race a rematch of 2008 contest

posted: 09/27/2010 5:43 a.m.

The vote totals in the race for Pulaski County sheriff were not close two years ago.

Law: No professional horseshoers

posted: 09/27/2010 5:41 a.m.

For the past 17 years, Arkansas law has apparently banned professional horseshoers.

NLR council to look at health-care plan

posted: 09/27/2010 5:40 a.m.

City employees in North Little Rock who pay extra for certain insurance coverage will be able to catch a break under the new federal healthcare law if they so choose.

New Helena library aims to boost literacy, economy

posted: 09/27/2010 5:39 a.m.

More than a century after moving into a Pecan Street building near downtown Helena-West Helena, the Phillips County Library has a new home and several new programs aimed at boosting the economy and reducing illiteracy.

Kerr, Staley vie for District 32

posted: 09/27/2010 5:38 a.m.

State Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, faces a Democratic challenger, Carolyn Staley, in his bid for re-election to the House District 32 seat in northwest Little Rock.

Tennesseean dies in head-on crash

posted: 09/27/2010 5:37 a.m.

A Tennessee woman was killed in an accident Saturday in Cross County, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Man arrested after fatal LR wreck

posted: 09/27/2010 5:37 a.m.

A Jacksonville man was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and felony negligent homicide after a head-on collision in downtown Little Rock early Sunday that left one person dead and another injured, police said.

Other days

posted: 09/27/2010 5:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1910 MEMPHIS — A bill to restrain 108 alleged saloon keepers of Memphis from maintaining nuisances in the shape of saloons has been prepared by the Law Enforcement League and will be filed in the Chancery Court tomorrow.

PAPER TRAILS: Cornering the past in Little Rock

posted: 09/27/2010 5:34 a.m.

REWINDING TIME: There’s a corner in Little Rock where, inside a small strip mall, a snippet of time stands still as 2010 continues whizzing by in modern vehicles, some of them hybrids.

Obituaries

posted: 09/27/2010 5:33 a.m.

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

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/27/2010 5:32 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: Scott Hamilton Road North Little Rock: Kierre Drive Pulaski County: Eureka Gardens Road

MUSIC REVIEW: Mraz’s Harding show mixes hits, new songs

posted: 09/27/2010 5:32 a.m.

Jason Mraz and his brand of quirky pop, complete with soaring vocals, wicked horns and clever wordplay took over Harding University on Saturday night.

Police beat

posted: 09/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

LR man wounded in street shooting A man was shot in the leg and abdomen on a Little Rock street Sunday evening, police said.

Rallies for the rest of us

posted: 09/27/2010 5:30 a.m.

For almost every monumental cause pressed by thousands of souls protesting at our national Mall—jobs, voting rights, equal rights, peace, citizenship, Falun Gongthere has been a responding sneer.

The cost of war crimes

posted: 09/27/2010 5:29 a.m.

Wars are invariably accompanied by war crimes, even when it comes to highly professional American troops. Overall, U.S. forces have performed admirably in Afghanistan; there have been relatively few reports of atrocities, and commanders have taken steps to minimize civilian casualties.

The least we can do

posted: 09/27/2010 5:29 a.m.

WHEN THE troopers come in after a patrol in rural Afghanistan, the least the rest of us back home could do is make sure they’re comfortable in the barracks.

A school health plan that works

posted: 09/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

Teachers in urban schools struggle daily to educate children whose academic progress is held back by poor health or the numbing effects of poverty.

A chance for better schools

posted: 09/27/2010 5:28 a.m.

Public education in Pulaski County got a much deserved, and hopefully beneficial, jolt in last week’s elections.

LETTERS

posted: 09/27/2010 5:27 a.m.

Blame Democrats for slide It is standard practice to credit or blame the president for everything that happens. This is somewhat unfair relating to the economy because only Congress has the power to initiate revenue bills.

NFL Week 3: Just glee in Big D

posted: 09/27/2010 5:25 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys can breathe a little easier — and even smile again.

Good bye lets Hogs regroup

posted: 09/27/2010 5:20 a.m.

Arkansas didn’t have an open date before playing No. 1 Alabama, as will be the case with six of the Crimson Tide’s other SEC opponents this season.

Furyk soaks up victory, millions

posted: 09/27/2010 5:19 a.m.

The biggest shot of his career gave Jim Furyk the biggest payoff in golf.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Phils secure spot, wait to pop cork

posted: 09/27/2010 5:18 a.m.

The going-nowhere New York Mets made sure the Philadelphia Phillies took their champagne on the road.

Johnson delivers at Dover

posted: 09/27/2010 5:17 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson had it all. He won the pole, dominated again to win at Dover International Speedway, and even held his baby daughter in his arms in Victory Lane for the first time.

COMMENTARY: Cowboys welcome Williams’ big day

posted: 09/27/2010 5:12 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys did not accomplish everything they were hoping to Sunday. Houston’s Arian Foster had more than 100 yards rushing by the end of the third quarter — more than Marion Barber and Felix Jones combined — and Matt Schaub completed more than 70 percent of his passes.

NFL notes

posted: 09/27/2010 5:11 a.m.

Seattle RB ties record Seattle running back Leon Washington equaled an NFL record with two kick returns for touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 27-20 victory over San Diego on Sunday at Qwest Field.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/27/2010 5:10 a.m.

Heat start camp with boots on Serious people have serious jobs at Hurlburt Field, a U.S. Air Force installation in Florida’s Panhandle that houses the 1st Special Operations Wing.

Off the wire

posted: 09/27/2010 5:09 a.m.

FOOTBALL Cesario dies at 34 Anthony Cesario, a second team All-America offensive lineman at Colorado State before a short NFL career, has died. He was 34. Anthony was hunting Saturday near Steamboat Springs, when he had apparent heart problems and died, the school said in a release Sunday.

Saints’ OT flub revives Falcons

posted: 09/27/2010 5:08 a.m.

It should have been a routine chip shot for Saints playoff hero Garrett Hartley, a 29-yard field goal in overtime to keep New Orleans unbeaten.

Cassel, Chiefs improve to 3-0

posted: 09/27/2010 5:05 a.m.

Matt Cassel’s three touchdown passes included a trick play that caught San Francisco completely flat-footed and the surprising Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten Sunday with a 31-10 rout of the hapless, winless 49ers.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/27/2010 5:04 a.m.

FOOTBALL Leavitt to speak at LR Touchdown Club Former University of South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt will speak at the weekly meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club today at noon in the Embassy Suites hotel.

Nevada ends 62-year drought

posted: 09/27/2010 5 a.m.

The only previous time Nevada was ranked in the AP Top 25, the Wolf Pack ended the season playing in the Harbor Bowl in San Diego.

Razorbacks Rewind

posted: 09/27/2010 4:58 a.m.

Tide add spice in 2nd half Alabama’s defensive response after a passive first half against Arkansas’ aerial assault saved the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s bacon during a 24-20 victory on Saturday.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

posted: 09/27/2010 4:56 a.m.

OFFENSE WR Jarius Wright Wright, a junior out of Warren, bounced back from a lean couple of weeks to post six catches for 131 yards against No. 1 Alabama. The yardage total was the second-best of Wright’s career, trailing his six catches for 139 yards in the 2009 season opener against Missouri State.

Drone-building industry takes off

posted: 09/27/2010 4:55 a.m.

The cars begin rolling through the security checkpoints before dawn. In a sprawling complex in the craggy rock outcroppings of north San Diego County, 3,300 workers are building a new generation of weapons central to the military’s vision for modern warfare.

Google is out of China, but keeps hand in

posted: 09/27/2010 4:53 a.m.

Google is hiring dozens of marketing and technical employees in China to fend off a shrinking market share against local rivals after closing its Chinese search engine in March in a dispute over censorship.

New AT&T phone gets satellite service

posted: 09/27/2010 4:52 a.m.

AT&T Inc. has weathered plenty of complaints about spotty cellphone coverage. Last week, it started selling its first phone that includes a backstop for AT&T’s own network, over a satellite. That means blanket coverage of the U.S., even in the wilderness or hundreds of miles offshore.

Android leads smart-phone pack; competition a bonanza for buyers

posted: 09/27/2010 4:51 a.m.

The country is in the midst of an Android invasion, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.

Britain cranks up 100 wind turbines

posted: 09/27/2010 4:50 a.m.

The world’s largest offshore wind turbine farm, with a capacity to power more than 200,000 homes for a year, opened last week off the coast of southeast England.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: New Smartfish, Microsoft mice need tweaks before they’re the shape of things to come

posted: 09/27/2010 4:50 a.m.

I have a couple of critters to talk up this week, and they’re definitely not what you might expect.

ON COMPUTERS: Apple, Google TVs:Will they boom or bust?

posted: 09/27/2010 4:49 a.m.

We were in a crowded Apple store the other day and sat down to watch the new Apple TV service while we waited for a relative. We were there for an hour. During this time, not a single person stopped to look at the TV, despite movie trailers going by on the screen.

Technology news in brief

posted: 09/27/2010 4:48 a.m.

MySpace says it will reinvent itself MySpace, the social-networking website, is undergoing a “dramatic remake” to increase its appeal to younger users, News Corp.’s chief digital officer said.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

ALEXANDER Steve and Sarah Lavendusky, 2663 Kruse Loop, Sept. 17, Chapter 13. ALMA Ervin Roy and Margaret Louise Rensberger, 4426 Lamb Road, Sept. 16, Chapter 7. AMITY Linda Juanita Satterlee, 220 Beechtree Road

Arkansas’ economic indicators

posted: 09/27/2010 4:47 a.m.

Arkansas River barge traffic Tons of freight hauled Aug. 874,141 July 897,392 June 924,428 May 814,349 Aug. 2009 1,149,019 Year 2009 11,657,847(+3%) Construction contracts In millions Arkansas RESIDENTIAL Aug. $104.6

IBM buys business-intelligence firm

posted: 09/27/2010 4:46 a.m.

IBM agreed last week to buy Netezza, a data warehouse company, for $1.7 billion in cash, highlighting how much the fast-growing field of business intelligence is increasingly both a hardware and a software technology.

Tall signs, barricade mean it: Go away

posted: 09/27/2010 4:44 a.m.

Curious folks who take the lollipop trail at Two Rivers Park hoping to see how construction’s coming on that new bridge to span the Little Maumelle River will find a long orange barricade blocking their way.

Pedaling Pinnacle

posted: 09/27/2010 4:43 a.m.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park has had a mountain bike problem for years.

Exercise ball seating does little for posture

posted: 09/27/2010 4:41 a.m.

Exercise balls are becoming a popular alternative to office chairs, a way — some say — to burn more calories and improve posture.

Happy trails

posted: 09/27/2010 4:34 a.m.

KINGFISHER TRAIL, PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Location: Park at Pinnacle’s main picnic area on Arkansas 300 about two miles north of Arkansas 10. Trailhead is near the playground.

Traildogs leap Gap on Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

posted: 09/27/2010 4:29 a.m.

The volunteer crew that’s building the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) west of Hot Springs began beavering away again last week.

Navy plebes start careers on ropes

posted: 09/27/2010 4:22 a.m.

Thirty feet in the air, an Indiana Jones-style rope bridge loomed, strung between two poles, wobbling occasionally in the morning sunshine. Even for 18-year-olds, who are certain they’re invulnerable, its irregularly spaced wooden slats screamed caution.

Anywhere, time is right for yoga

posted: 09/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

As a kid in rural Illinois, Tara Stiles liked to meditate in trees. So although she has grown up to own Strala, a New York yoga studio, and works as Deepak Chopra’s personal yoga instructor, she’s a firm believer that yoga should be accessible to anyone, anywhere — whether you’re on a mat or a branch.

That’s not the way to stop a nosebleed

posted: 09/27/2010 4:18 a.m.

Nosebleeds are rarely serious. Lots of people get them, but common as they are, most people don’t know how to stop one.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/27/2010 4:16 a.m.

Happy birthday. There’s a wonderful alchemy at work in your life this year. Mystical notions and realistic goals get mixed together to great effect. Personal fulfillment marks the next 10 weeks, as you accomplish a win in three key areas of your life. Finances take a turn for the better in January.You’ll celebrate a powerful love in April. Scorpio and Sagittarius adore you.

ON TV CONTEST

posted: 09/27/2010 4:15 a.m.

Where would TV be without alien abductions, vampire romances and flying superheroes? It would probably be a very dull place.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/27/2010 4:14 a.m.

1. Babe Ruth played major league baseball in New York and Boston but he grew up in what city? 2. Bulgaria fought on which side during World Wars I and II? 3. Who wrote The Grapes of Wrath? 4. What is candling?

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/27/2010 4:13 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I recently went online to check phone and Internet specials being offered by my phone company. And sure enough, it had a new-customer special that was much lower than I was paying. After a bunch of phone calls and threatening to leave, I cut my bill from $90 a month to $60. I had to mark my calendar, because in two years when the agreement expires, the company can reset my rates automatically.

MASTER CLASS: Weekend football needs warm-ups

posted: 09/27/2010 4:12 a.m.

With football season in full swing, droves of weekend warriors will be dusting off their cleats for some good old pigskin with their buddies. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these guys and gals aren’t physically prepared for the activities required to play a game of football.

Scouts get down, dirty so pal can soar as Eagle

posted: 09/27/2010 4:11 a.m.

Since Pinnacle Mountain State Park occupies land largely made of shale and sandstone, no gravel had to be donated to carpet its new trailheads.

Trails to be opened with group ride Saturday

posted: 09/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park will celebrate the grand opening of the Jackfork and Rabbit Ridge mountain bike trails at 9 a.m. Saturday — just in time for national Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Hydration isn’t for blood flushing

posted: 09/27/2010 4:10 a.m.

Drinking extra fluids can help a sick person, but not by flushing the germs from the bloodstream, as many people have been led to believe.

Bike trail lovers can send support

posted: 09/27/2010 4:09 a.m.

Off-road cyclists who’d like to support the new trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park can donate money.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/27/2010 3:31 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m in drug rehab for the third time in a year. Nothing seems to work. I’ll think I’ve got it licked, and then I’ll fall back into my old ways. I promised my parents I’d write you, but I’m not even sure I believe in God. — J.S. DEAR J.S.: More than anything, I want to assure you that God not only exists, but He loves you and wants to help you get on the right path. In fact, He cares about you even more than your parents do (or anyone else, for that matter).

Sunday, September 26

Chavez vies for control in congressional vote

posted: 09/26/2010 6:11 p.m.

Venezuela is awaiting the results of congressional elections, and President Hugo Chavez’s opponents are hoping to break his long-standing monopoly on power in the National Assembly.

Miller Co. sheriff denies violating civil rights

posted: 09/26/2010 6:01 p.m.

The attorney for Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall has issued a statement denying claims in a lawsuit that Stovall violated a former employee’s civil rights.

Man claims wrongful firing from Turner’s NM ranch

posted: 09/26/2010 5:37 p.m.

A former wildlife manager for a northern New Mexico ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner alleges he was wrongfully fired from the ranch after a new general manager began pushing religion on employees.

Suspect in 18 killings dies in Honduras shootout

posted: 09/26/2010 5:29 p.m.

Authorities in Honduras say the chief suspect in the massacre of 18 workers at a shoe factory earlier this month has been killed in a shootout with police.

Israeli settlement slowdown expires

posted: 09/26/2010 5:08 p.m.

Israel’s 10-month settlement construction slowdown has expired, and Jewish settlers were preparing to resume their building, possibly endangering newly resumed peace talks.

Navy confirms helicopters took dip in Lake Tahoe

posted: 09/26/2010 5 p.m.

Military officials say an investigation is under way after two U.S. Navy helicopters dipped temporarily into the waters of Lake Tahoe, before righting themselves and landing at a nearby airport.

Officials say levee failing near Wis. park

posted: 09/26/2010 4:48 p.m.

Officials in central Wisconsin say a levee south of Highway 33 is failing, and access into a park area is being cut off.

12 dead when bus crashes in Germany

posted: 09/26/2010 4:36 p.m.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday when a bus carrying Polish tourists crashed on the highway southeast of Berlin, police said.

Air Force launches surveillance satellite from Ca.

posted: 09/26/2010 4:31 p.m.

A U.S. space surveillance satellite was launched late Saturday from the central California coast, the Air Force said.

1 found dead after fire at SE Ark. home

posted: 09/26/2010 3:55 p.m.

Authorities say one person has been found dead inside a burned home in Altheimer.

Plane arrives in Pakistan after false bomb threat

posted: 09/26/2010 3:49 p.m.

Relatives thronged an airport in southern Pakistan on Sunday to greet passengers whose flight from Canada was diverted to Sweden after a baseless report that a man aboard had explosives. Canadian officials investigated whether someone with a grudge called in the threat.

VP’s official residence getting security upgrade

posted: 09/26/2010 3:48 p.m.

The vice president’s official residence is getting a security upgrade.

Pakistani minister resigns after criticizing army

posted: 09/26/2010 2:57 p.m.

Pakistan’s federal minister for defense production resigned after being summoned by the prime minister to explain comments he made criticizing the army and accusing it of killing prominent politicians, officials said Sunday.

Jackson’s wife: ’My heart will heal’ after affair

posted: 09/26/2010 2:55 p.m.

The wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says she and her husband have undergone counseling since he told her nearly two years ago of an extramarital affair.

Experts question BP’s take on Gulf oil spill

posted: 09/26/2010 2:49 p.m.

Engineering experts probing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill exposed holes Sunday in BP’s internal investigation as the company was questioned for the first time in public about its findings.

Descendants of 1st black US doctor mark NYC grave

posted: 09/26/2010 2:42 p.m.

Descendants of the nation’s first professionally trained African-American doctor have gathered at his previously unmarked New York City gravesite to lay flowers on his new tombstone.

Iraqi women embrace American mothers of war dead

posted: 09/26/2010 2:13 p.m.

Nine American mothers whose children died fighting in Iraq were embraced Sunday by dozens of Iraqi women who lost their own children during decades of war and violence in a meeting participants said brought them a measure of peace.

NE Ark. wheat farmers facing shortage of seed

posted: 09/26/2010 2:09 p.m.

An Arkansas crop consultant says wheat farmers in northeast Arkansas will plant more wheat despite not being able to get as much seed as desired.

Rimes concert in Conway canceled

posted: 09/26/2010 2:07 p.m.

LeAnn Rimes, who was to perform in Conway at 4 p.m., has canceled because of illness, the University of Arkansas announced in a news release Sunday two hours before the concert was to start.

Court appearance set Wednesday in acid hoax case

posted: 09/26/2010 1:53 p.m.

A prosecutor in Washington state says a woman who falsely claimed a stranger threw acid in her face will appear in court Wednesday.

Survey: Gas prices flat in 2-week span

posted: 09/26/2010 1:43 p.m.

A new survey finds the average price of regular gasoline in the United States has stayed flat in the last two weeks.

Parts of Tenn. left out of electric car project

posted: 09/26/2010 1:33 p.m.

Western Tennessee, along with the northeast corner of the state, were not included in the planned locations of the first all-electric car charging stations in Tennessee.

Washington seeking settlement deal to save talks

posted: 09/26/2010 1:12 p.m.

An official in Washington says urgent diplomatic efforts are underway to rescue Israeli-Palestinian peace talks hours before a West Bank settlement construction slowdown expires.

Hyundai recalls 139,500 Sonatas in US on steering

posted: 09/26/2010 12:38 p.m.

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 139,500 Sonata sedans in the U.S. because of a manufacturing defect that may cause drivers to lose steering control.

UPDATE: Afghan election commission orders recounts

updated: 09/26/2010 3:51 p.m.

Afghan election officials ordered recounts Sunday in seven provinces after last week’s parliamentary elections, while security problems continued to plague the country with the kidnapping of four aid workers, including one British woman.

Fla. man drowns while attempting birthday bet

posted: 09/26/2010 12:21 p.m.

Authorities say a South Florida man who bet $50 that he could swim across a canal behind his house drowned while attempting the feat.

House leader: Colbert was an ’embarrassment’

posted: 09/26/2010 12:12 p.m.

The House’s No. 2 Democratic leader said Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert’s testimony last week on immigration was “inappropriate” and “an embarrassment.”

Man who killed Seton Hall student sought

posted: 09/26/2010 11:55 a.m.

New Jersey authorities are asking the public’s help in finding a man who opened fire at a party, killing a Seton Hall University student and wounding four other people.

Computer attacks linked to wealthy group or nation

posted: 09/26/2010 11:45 a.m.

An analysis by a leading computer security company says a powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group.

Big oil refinery loads spark big battle

posted: 09/26/2010 11:41 a.m.

Lewis and Clark traveled what is now U.S. Highway 12 during their mission to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. So did the Nez Perce Indians during the tribe’s epic flight from the U.S. Army in 1877.

UPDATE: Iran crosses into Iraq to hit bombing suspects

updated: 09/26/2010 1:51 p.m.

Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a group it says was involved in last week’s bombing of a military parade, state TV reported Sunday.

New Muslim comic book superhero on the way

posted: 09/26/2010 11:30 a.m.

Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero — a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.

Dubai Islamic Bank wins control of mortgage lender

posted: 09/26/2010 11:21 a.m.

Dubai Islamic Bank assumed control of troubled mortgage provider Tamweel on Sunday, boosting its stake in a bid to spur real-estate lending in the debt-laden emirate.

White House, Dems see tax cut vote after election

posted: 09/26/2010 11:14 a.m.

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress said Sunday they would find a way to extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections, unable to secure GOP backing before lawmakers break to campaign.

REVIEW: Mraz brings Harding crowd to its feet

posted: 09/26/2010 11:07 a.m.

Jason Mraz and his brand of quirky pop, complete with soaring vocals, wicked horns and infectious lyrics took over Harding University on Saturday night.

Snake in room adds to C’weath Games woes

posted: 09/26/2010 11:05 a.m.

Two more Australian athletes withdrew Sunday and a South African competitor reportedly found a snake in his room as complaints over cleanliness, security and construction continued to dog the troubled Commonwealth Games a week before the sporting event opens in New Delhi.

BP says company’s oil spill study had limitations

posted: 09/26/2010 11 a.m.

BP’s lead investigator into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill told an independent panel of experts Sunday that the company’s internal probe had limitations.

Jewish activists set sail for Gaza from Cyprus

posted: 09/26/2010 10:58 a.m.

A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Britain set sail on Sunday for Gaza, hoping to breach Israel’s naval blockade there.

UK says British national missing in Afghanistan

posted: 09/26/2010 10:51 a.m.

Britain’s Foreign Office says it is investigating reports that a U.K. citizen has disappeared in Afghanistan.

Chavez aiming to keep control in legislative vote

posted: 09/26/2010 10:50 a.m.

President Hugo Chavez was seeking to hold on to his dominant control of Venezuela’s congress on Sunday in elections that put his popularity to a critical test.

Sparks flying, wing aground, NYC flight lands safe

posted: 09/26/2010 10:44 a.m.

Federal transportation officials are investigating what caused the landing gear on a New York-bound flight to malfunction, sending sparks flying as the plane careened down a runway with one of its wings dragging along the tarmac.

Suspected US missile attacks kill 7 in NW Pakistan

posted: 09/26/2010 10:37 a.m.

Suspected U.S. drone aircraft carried out two missile strikes against a house and a vehicle near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing seven alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Weakened Matthew soaks southern Mexico, Guatemala

posted: 09/26/2010 10:32 a.m.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew drenched parts of Central America and southern Mexico on Sunday, a day after it weakened to a tropical depression.

Ga. megachurch pastor pledges to fight accusations

updated: 09/26/2010 10:38 a.m.

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he’d be back to lead the church the next week.

Heat of the moment

posted: 09/26/2010 6:14 a.m.

Alan Thomas sounded drowsy when he answered the phone last Sunday.

In the booth

posted: 09/26/2010 6:13 a.m.

Getting fair share of pub According to Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, Arkansas-Alabama lived up to its billing.

SEC ROUNDUP

posted: 09/26/2010 6:11 a.m.

NO. 9 FLORIDA 48, KENTUCKY 14 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trey Burton scored six touchdowns, breaking former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s school record, and No. 9 Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) beat Kentucky (3-1, 0-1 ) for the 24th consecutive time.

SEC: Auburn pounds South Carolina

posted: 09/26/2010 6:10 a.m.

Cam Newton and No. 17 Auburn are hard to stop once they get going.

Calendar of Events

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

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

Conway ArtsFest to begin Tuesday, celebrating ‘art of the community'

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Conway will celebrate “the art of community” during the fourth annual Conway ArtsFest, set to begin Tuesday and continue through Sunday, Oct. 3, in and around downtown Conway. Most events are free, and all are open to the public.

Festival of Chairs set for Saturday

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Friends of CASA have been hard at work planning the ninth annual Festival of Chairs, scheduled for 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the Centennial Valley Event Center in Conway. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, call (501) 328-3347.

Abbas tells U.N.: It’s peace or settlements

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

U.S. officials scrambled Saturday to find a compromise in a dispute threatening new Middle East peace talks as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlement construction.

Policeman fired for revealing checkpoint

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

A DWI checkpoint in Alexander on Aug. 18 resulted in 13 arrests, four warrants being issued and the firing of a Shannon Hills police officer.

THAT'S LIFE: Love me, love my CPAP

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

As if my threadbare old T-shirts and mismatched pajama bottoms weren’t sexy enough, I’ve added a breathing mask to my sleeping ensemble.

Obama: GOP plan returns to ‘worn-out’ policies

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the package of proposals that Republicans unveiled last week would repeat the policies that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression and go against the American people’s interests.

Natural State is ripe for Melbourne gourd artist

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Mother Nature provides a rich canvas of possibilities in the Arkansas hills. For one artist, it is the unobtrusive gourds growing on sprawling vines that call to her. She is known as The Gourd Lady.

FRONT AND CENTER: Larry Davis

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

My brother and I had polio,” Larry Davis began. Polio? you think, eyebrows raised. Wasn’t a polio vaccine developed back in the 1950s? “Yeah,” Davis said, acknowledging the reaction on his visitor’s face. “I’m old.”

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

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

Community catering

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Known for her lunch specials and ample yeast rolls, Diane White took a bit of a risk when she decided to open her restaurant in downtown Batesville. Ten years ago when Elizabeth’s Restaurant first opened its doors, it was the only eating place downtown. Before White moved in, two restaurants had come and gone in the vintage building that houses Elizabeth’s.

Foreclosures stable near 1%

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

The country is still in the throes of a home-mortgage crisis, but Pulaski County has been spared the worst of it.

EMT President seeks change

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Patrick Moore of Conway, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, gets a text message or e-mail every time a medical helicopter crashes in the United States.

Local Chef dropped from Hell's Kitchen

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Entering the front doors of Lulav just up the stairs to the left, a group of close friends and family gathered in the VIP room of the Little Rock restaurant to watch Hell’s Kitchen.

Arkansans drive up, drop off old prescription drugs

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Charles Cunningham had a bagful of prescription medication left after his elderly mother died in May.

FRONT AND CENTER: Nancy Dunaway

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Following her retirement, Nancy Dunaway of Hot Springs planned to travel and make art, but then life intervened. Her plans were derailed when her doctor found a “questionable area” during a routine mammogram in the summer of 2008.

River Valley Voices

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

FRONT AND CENTER: Richard Dawe

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

He grew up in the Ozarks and always knew he would return.

The Chase heating up; Harvick, Hamlin tangle

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Kevin Harvick showed he had his teammate’s back by damaging Denny Hamlin’s rear.

For the kids

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Chandler’s big brown eyes are as sincere as they come, and he’s good at making eye contact.

Mary Carol Pederson

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Mary Carol Pederson was a 32-yearold stay-at-home mother of a toddler with another child on the way in 2003 when she decided to let a troubled teenager she didn’t know move in with her family.

Blinded by optimism

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Ben Israel made his mark as an optometrist, then amassed even greater wealth as a high-profile developer. But like others, he was in too deep when the recession hit.

Their love is lifing them even higher

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

For Donna Stokes, who is married to Jim Steel of Maumelle, hang gliding is a peaceful and serene sport. Her husband, however, relishes the challenge of rougher weather conditions and enjoys pushing the limits of his endurance. With respect to their differences, the husband and wife agree on one thing: Reaching for the heavens keeps their marriage exciting.

Chrome shines, rods rumble in car show

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

The American automobile will be celebrated as a mechanical marvel, a work of art and a status symbol in the 32nd annual Dixie Car Club Open Car Show in Benton on Saturday.

OUTDOORS: Good ol’ boys take on the teal

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

Teal season in Arkansas coincides directly with the homestretch of both mosquito-slapping season and “look out, there’s a snake!” season. These factors, plus the addition of heat and humidity, mean relatively few of the state’s duck hunters participate in this early-season opportunity.

Planning Commission denies rezoning request

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

The Conway Planning Commission voted 6-2 Monday night to deny Kroger Co.’s request for rezoning to allow for expansion of its store on Salem Road in Conway. The commission also tabled Kroger’s request for a conditional-use permit to add gasoline pumps at the same location.

Time for Timberfest

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

As many as 12,000 visitors are expected in Sheridan during Timberfest 2010 on Friday and Saturday.

Nearly 2,000 take dam bike tour

posted: 09/26/2010 6 a.m.

With 25 miles left to go on a 100-mile bike ride, the orange wedges, bananas, Gatorade and iced water were welcome energy boosters for riders stopping at First United Methodist Church in Mayflower on Saturday.

Poultry firms fidget as corn prices spike

updated: 10/08/2010 8:46 a.m.

A week-long bump in corn prices was enough to remind analysts and poultry processors of the volatile nature of the commodities market and the influence it can have on the poultry industry.

No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 10 Arkansas 20: Fourth and done

posted: 09/26/2010 5:58 a.m.

Arkansas proved Saturday it belongs in the upper echelon of college football.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

posted: 09/26/2010 5:58 a.m.

“Alabama spoiled the spectacle in the Ozarks. The stadium was jammed with Razorbacks fans.

Stay tuned

posted: 09/26/2010 5:57 a.m.

Poor Santa Claus. It seems everyone counts on the hardest working man in the gift business to have a little (or big) something in the bag for them.

Mallett’s magic goes poof

posted: 09/26/2010 5:56 a.m.

There wasn’t any comeback magic for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett on Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.

Tide turn to ‘Alabama football’

posted: 09/26/2010 5:55 a.m.

Alabama’s green-behind-the-ears defense looked lost at times against Arkansas in the first half Saturday.

Instant replay

posted: 09/26/2010 5:53 a.m.

Heisman winners bad sign Alabama’s 24-20 victory over Arkansas on Saturday dropped the Razorbacks to 0-5 all-time against a team featuring a player who won the Heisman Trophy the previous year.

Alabama 24, Arkansas 20

posted: 09/26/2010 5:51 a.m.

1st Quarter ARKANSAS 7, ALABAMA 7 Arkansas probably couldn’t have asked for a better start: Ryan Mallett to Jarius Wright for 31 yards and to Ronnie Wingo for a 43-yard touchdown.

Scoring summary

posted: 09/26/2010 5:50 a.m.

FIRST QUARTER Arkansas TIME 14:10 (:50 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Ronnie Wingo Jr. caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: QB leads UAPB in victory

posted: 09/26/2010 5:49 a.m.

Josh Boudreaux ran for a touchdown and threw three scoring passes to Raymond Webber as Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeated Clark Atlanta 35-19 on Saturday in the Gateway Classic.

Game sketch

posted: 09/26/2010 5:47 a.m.

RECORDS Alabama 4-0, 1-0 SEC; Arkansas 3-1, 1-1 STARS Alabama tailback Mark Ingram ran 24 times for 157 yards and scored on runs of 54 and 1 yard.

COMMENTARY: Season not lost if Cowboys win today

posted: 09/26/2010 5:42 a.m.

Even dreams based on false hopes shouldn’t die this quickly. And maybe, just maybe, this one won’t.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE: Keller pulls Buisson act, wins first start for Tech

posted: 09/26/2010 5:41 a.m.

Rico Keller made his first career start a memorable one.

High school football report

posted: 09/26/2010 5:39 a.m.

Coach finally gets first Kenneth Moore needed 14 games to reach a career milestone.

LIKE IT IS: Arkansas falls short, but progress obvious

posted: 09/26/2010 5:38 a.m.

Arkansas played Alabama off its feet Saturday, but in the end it couldn’t stop Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

Furyk leads, plot entangles

posted: 09/26/2010 5:34 a.m.

Jim Furyk headed to the first tee Saturday in the Tour Championship and heard his father and coach, Mike Furyk, give him a simple instruction to “just play golf.” It’s a reminder he has uttered over the years not to get too caught up in mechanics or strive for the perfect swing, but to hit the ball, find it and get it in the hole as quickly as possible.

Busch wins 11th, sets series mark

posted: 09/26/2010 5:33 a.m.

Kyle Busch has set a single-season record for victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, taking the checkered flag for the 11th time in only 23 races Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Off the wire

posted: 09/26/2010 5:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL McNeill ends holdout San Diego Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill ended his holdout Saturday when he signed his one-year contract tender as a restricted free agent.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/26/2010 5:31 a.m.

Bing had 1960 tape all along One of baseball’s lost treasures has been located.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Believe it or not, global warming is addressed

posted: 09/26/2010 5:30 a.m.

Mike Armstrong, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission assistant director, had a lively exchange with commissioners Craig Campbell and Ron Pierce Wednesday during the AGFC’s monthly briefing.

Second chance with side-by-side pleasing

posted: 09/26/2010 5:29 a.m.

For my past three dove hunts I used a 16-gauge, CZ Ringneck side-by-side shotgun, and I am delighted with its performance.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Recruit’s mom a guiding light

posted: 09/26/2010 5:28 a.m.

When Forrest City receiver Davyon “Sleepy” McKinney needs advice, he doesn’t venture far from home.

SUN BELT: ASU sparked by lightning delay, struck down

posted: 09/26/2010 5:27 a.m.

Arkansas State was less than a minute away from beating the fourtime defending Sun Belt Conference champions. But its defense couldn’t hold on.

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST: Marecic hits Irish from both sides

posted: 09/26/2010 5:26 a.m.

Owen Marecic scored on a run and interception return 13 seconds apart and Nate Whitaker kicked a career-high five field goals Saturday, leading No. 16 Stanford to a 37-14 victory over Notre Dame that has the Cardinal 4-0 for the first time since 1986.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA: UCLA’s return to Texas as fun as last trip

posted: 09/26/2010 5:25 a.m.

Thirteen years after “Rout 66,” UCLA produced another stunner: The Bruins blew out Texas again.

BIG EAST/ATLANTIC COAST: Sooners, Jones hit quick, top Bearcats

posted: 09/26/2010 5:24 a.m.

Landry Jones ran an Oklahoma offense moving so fast that Cincinnati couldn’t even line up at times, throwing for 370 yards and two touchdowns, and the eighth-ranked Sooners withstood a late Bearcats rally Saturday for a 31-29 victory that kept them unbeaten.

BIG TEN: Sanzenbacher, Pryor make connections

posted: 09/26/2010 5:23 a.m.

Most of the crowd of 105,017 had filed out of Ohio Stadium before they encountered their only disappointment of the day.

Boise St. flawed, still wins

posted: 09/26/2010 5:22 a.m.

With a national stage yet again, Boise State showed that even a flawed performance is good enough with Kellen Moore at the helm.

UCA loses players, game

posted: 09/26/2010 5:21 a.m.

Losing three key starters was not a good recipe for Central Arkansas to get a victory at Tulsa on Saturday night.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cantu’s shot brings division title to Texas

posted: 09/26/2010 5:20 a.m.

The Texas Rangers clinched the AL West title Saturday and their first playoff berth in 11 years, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Jorge Cantu’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning.

Conger says luncheon feeds women’s ambition

posted: 09/26/2010 5:19 a.m.

All it took was one luncheon and Cynthia Conger was captivated.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 09/26/2010 5:19 a.m.

Officials recruiting trainers Officials at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs have started recruiting for the 2011 season that begins Jan. 14, said David Longinotti, the track’s assistant general manager/ racing.

Jazzed up

posted: 09/26/2010 5:18 a.m.

Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center brought Ramsey Lewis to the Clinton Presidential Center for its Sept. 17 black-tie fundraiser featuring a performance by the internationally renowned jazz artist.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/26/2010 5:18 a.m.

SOCCER Arkansas loses to Tennessee Tennessee scored in the 88th minute Friday in Knoxville, Tenn., for a 2-1 victory over Arkansas.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE He was quick to spot girl in the trench coat

posted: 09/26/2010 5:17 a.m.

Paula Trible and her friends were at the Village Supper Club in Spartanburg, S.C., in August 1959 to watch bachelors as they looked for new girls in town.

DEAR ABBY Sister should stop pressing to adopt sibling’s next baby

posted: 09/26/2010 5:15 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 29-year-old woman with one child. Having always wanted to adopt, I looked into international adoptions and foster care adoptions. I also became a foster care provider for two years. I have always wanted to expand my family, but adoption is expensive and foster care wasn’t the right fit.

CHEERS TO THE CHEFS Creative tastes

posted: 09/26/2010 5:14 a.m.

Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts was transformed into a wine and food lovers’ paradise Sept. 17 at its 13th annual Wine and Food Festival.

LIFELONG HEALTH Patients need to know angioplasty’s benefits

posted: 09/26/2010 5:13 a.m.

In the most recent Annals of Internal Medicine, research shows that 88 percent of patients with known coronary artery disease undergoing coronary angiogram and possible angioplasty believe that the latter procedure will prevent a heart attack. Eightytwo percent of patients believe it will prevent death from a heart attack. Sadly, neither is true.

DANCING WITH THE STARS Landers does victory dance at Tumor Foundation benefit

posted: 09/26/2010 5:13 a.m.

And the winner was... Scott Landers, with the help of his fancy footwork along with his professional partner, Malarie Sharpe.

SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP CELEBRATION Doggone excellent cake gives Edgehill party a lift

posted: 09/26/2010 5:12 a.m.

Stacy Sells was honored Sept. 16 by friends and family during Edgehill Enchantment, an evening benefiting the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County.

Scholarship use vexes 1 on panel

posted: 09/26/2010 5:11 a.m.

An Arkansas lottery commissioner said he’s worried about Arkansas colleges’ policy of issuing a student’s “excess scholarship money” back to the student to be spent on whatever he chooses.

Weddings

posted: 09/26/2010 5:09 a.m.

Seigrist-Awwad Leila Ann Awwad and Michael Anthony Seigrist were united in marriage Saturday in McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville. The Rev. Larry Burton officiated.

Character seen pivotal in race for 2nd District

posted: 09/26/2010 5:08 a.m.

Congressional candidate Joyce Elliott questions whether her opponent, Tim Griffin, can be trusted. It’s a matter of character, she said.

Engagements

posted: 09/26/2010 5:08 a.m.

Taryn Alece Dunlap, daughter of Teresa and Jim Dunlap of Memphis, and Ryan Christopher Shannon, son of DeAnna Korte of Little Rock and Jay Shannon of Hot Springs; Nov. 6.

Anniversaries

posted: 09/26/2010 5:06 a.m.

Winnie and Robert Tice of Little Rock have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Hopefuls cite mood of voters

posted: 09/26/2010 5:05 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman said time hasn’t lessened Arkansans’ frustration over the federal stimulus program and the health-care revamp that U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln voted for.

Bridal policy

posted: 09/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

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

Talk heats up between rivals for high court

posted: 09/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

A circuit judge and an appellate court judge are vying for one of the seven spots on the state’s highest court, where justices are elected for eight-year terms and are paid $145,204 a year.

GRAND REOPENING Updated UALR concert hall dedicated with party, music

posted: 09/26/2010 5:04 a.m.

After a summer of construction, painting and planting, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock celebrated the grand reopening of the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall and the dedication of the Remmel Family Fine Arts Lobby on Sept. 16 in the Fine Arts Building.

State missing mark on college graduates

posted: 09/26/2010 5:03 a.m.

Arkansas has failed to produce enough college graduates to increase personal income or create a strong economy for the past 30 years, said Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems president.

WEDDINGS MEGAN SUZANNE EVANS WILLIAM THOMAS ATCHLEY

posted: 09/26/2010 5:02 a.m.

Megan Suzanne Evans became the bride of William Thomas Atchley at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the home of the bride’s parents. Officiating was the bride’s father.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/26/2010 5:01 a.m.

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

BRANDI LEIGH JOHNSON DR. MATTHEW HUNTER BRIDWELL

posted: 09/26/2010 5 a.m.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Brandi Leigh Johnson and Dr.

KELLY ELIZABETH KAVANAUGH JASON WESLEY IMHOFF

posted: 09/26/2010 4:57 a.m.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church was the setting at 7 p.m.

Hogs fans take loss with a gulp

posted: 09/26/2010 4:56 a.m.

Arkansas fans’ hopes were dashed Saturday as the Razorbacks fell short in a bid to beat the nation’s No. 1-ranked college football team.

CHANELLE LESHA HANSBERRY TRISTAN RYAN ROBINSON

posted: 09/26/2010 4:55 a.m.

Chanelle Lesha Hansberry became the bride of Tristan Ryan Robinson at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in St. Mark Baptist Church. Donald Crossley of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs officiated.

Clinton School lecturer to speak about talking

posted: 09/26/2010 4:53 a.m.

An author will give a lecture about the origin of language and social talk, and explain how good conversations work.

MALE CALL Fashion Week leaves options for men bare

posted: 09/26/2010 4:52 a.m.

Q. I see everything on TV about Fashion Week for women, but does anything ever show up there for men?

Vance rape trial moved to Feb. 1

posted: 09/26/2010 4:52 a.m.

The Lee County rape trial of the man convicted of killing TV news anchor Anne Pressly has been delayed again.

KALEIDOSCOPE SUPPORT Event’s $46,000 to benefit clinics that offer counseling

posted: 09/26/2010 4:52 a.m.

Almost 300 people gathered Sept. 17 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to support the Kaleidoscope Grief Center and Methodist Family Health’s counseling clinics.

LET’S TALK Digits stop the digital revolution

posted: 09/26/2010 4:51 a.m.

Here at work we have a new time-clock system, with which my long fingernails and I initially clashed.

SWEET TEA: Soul mate awaited in Lonoke

posted: 09/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

The stuff in this room — like the 21 swimming medals that hang from a 4-foot MVP soccertournament trophy — is a remnant from the days when Eric Young was whole but not complete.

ASO’s new Mann debuts Saturday

posted: 09/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

It’s a whole “New World” for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. And that’s not just a reference to the Antonin Dvorak symphony that closes next weekend’s concerts at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall.

State justices take up suit over wastewater

posted: 09/26/2010 4:48 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday questioned lawyers about whether it is Arkansas’ responsibility to ensure that downstream water quality won’t be harmed as a result of a new dumping permit in El Dorado.

LR neighbors leery of plans for old elementary school

posted: 09/26/2010 4:47 a.m.

Residents in the Wright Avenue neighborhood of Little Rock have worked together for years to save the historic Mitchell Elementary School building. Despite that history, many aren’t happy with the latest proposal to reuse the century-old building.

Tusk III carries on UA tradition

posted: 09/26/2010 4:46 a.m.

Like Mattie Ross from the John Wayne film True Grit, the University of Arkansas’ live mascot, Tusk III, lives on a farm near Dardanelle in Yell County.

Conviction affirmed in baseball-bat death

posted: 09/26/2010 4:46 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a murder conviction in the death of a man beaten with a baseball bat in Faulkner County.

TV ON DVD Purists will be delighted by Glee’s full first season

posted: 09/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

What is it? Glee, Season 1, 22 episodes on seven discs from 20th Century Fox.

3 road accidents leave five dead

posted: 09/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

Five people died and two others were injured in three motor-vehicle accidents Friday and Saturday on Arkansas roads, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal-crash reports.

Politics of energy topic of LR talk

posted: 09/26/2010 4:45 a.m.

The former head of Shell Oil Co. will deliver a lecture about the policy and politics of the American energy industry.

Author to speak at Clinton school

posted: 09/26/2010 4:44 a.m.

Jay Jennings, a Little Rock native and veteran sportswriter who penned a book about the 2007 Little Rock Central High School football team 50 years after nine black students enrolled in the school, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

State parkland now in city limits

posted: 09/26/2010 4:43 a.m.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is now officially part of a city.

THE TV COLUMN Today’s prime-time list populated by veterans

posted: 09/26/2010 4:43 a.m.

This week winds down the frenetic fall-season debut of new TV shows.

Burglaries

posted: 09/26/2010 4:43 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

posted: 09/26/2010 4:42 a.m.

Landlords get less time for repairs Little Rock has shortened the time period that rentalproperty owners have to correct “life-safety” violations, from 30 days to seven days.

TELL ME ABOUT IT Illness won’t sink true love

posted: 09/26/2010 4:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: A friend is getting married to a woman who has multiple sclerosis. His family is very upset by this fact (along with a few other issues they have with his bride-to-be ).

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 09/26/2010 4:41 a.m.

Mexican food star of convention It’ll be a good week in North Little Rock for Mexican food lovers.

Pet of the week

posted: 09/26/2010 4:41 a.m.

Canine Close-Up Lucky is a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever mixed with Brittany spaniel. He is 2, and very playful and loving. Trolley is a handsome mixed breed who was recently abandoned when his owners moved.

Other days

posted: 09/26/2010 4:40 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 26, 1910 TEXARKANA — A movement is on foot having for its object the lighting of Broad, the principal business street of the city, by the use of natural gas.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/26/2010 4:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are both smart and wise. Before you take a step up the career ladder in October, you’ll find out exactly where the step leads and what the new position will entail.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Singing ‘Phantoms’ appear in Conway, Fort Smith halls

posted: 09/26/2010 4:40 a.m.

“The Three Phantoms” — singer-actors Craig Schulman, Brad Little and Gary Mauer — will give two Arkansas performances this week: 7:30 p.m.

LISTEN UP Neil Young’s Noise just that; Chesney’s taking no chances

posted: 09/26/2010 4:38 a.m.

Neil Young Le Noise Reprise B- A very solo experiment with Young’s voice and guitar(s) electronically processed by producer Daniel Lanois, Le Noise comes across as heartfelt and earnest yet ultimately half-baked project that is undone more by the insufficiency of Young’s vague songwriting than the at times deranging atmospherics.

SPIN CYCLE

posted: 09/26/2010 4:37 a.m.

Jennifer Christman’s column does not appear today.

Georgia peach

posted: 09/26/2010 4:34 a.m.

The next time I visit Savannah, I will spend my time sitting in its shady squares, people-watching and deciding which square to adopt as my own. On my first visit, however, I toured. And toured.

In D.C., oil firms ramp up lobbying

posted: 09/26/2010 4:33 a.m.

Over the past decade, Lion Oil has spent millions of dollars upgrading its operations, adding to the miles of piping that snake through its El Dorado refinery.

Loyalty, unvalued, flies away

posted: 09/26/2010 4:32 a.m.

Quitting a frequent-flier program looks easy: You cut up your card and donate the miles to charity. And that’s it.

Wealthy Chinese fuel bodyguard boom

posted: 09/26/2010 4:31 a.m.

Perhaps the most visible sign of the explosion of private wealth in China tries hard not to be visible at all — the private bodyguard.

Volunteering overseas enriches everyone

posted: 09/26/2010 4:30 a.m.

Kathy Boisvert, who teaches preschoolers with special needs near her home in Massachusetts, had never been overseas before she signed up with World Teach, a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer teachers with overseas assignments.

2 new dinosaurs unearthed in Utah

posted: 09/26/2010 4:29 a.m.

Scientists said Wednesday that they’ve discovered fossils in the southern Utah desert of two new dinosaur species closely related to the Triceratops, including one with 15 horns on its large head.

CONSUMER TRAVEL Looking to retire overseas? OK, but no Medicare

posted: 09/26/2010 4:28 a.m.

In these days of dwindling mutual fund prices and 401(k)s becoming 201(k)s, many of you are seriously thinking about whether to retire somewhere outside the United States.

Foreign aid to China under new scrutiny

posted: 09/26/2010 4:28 a.m.

China spent tens of billions of dollars on a dazzling 2008 Olympics. It has sent astronauts into space. It recently became the world’s second-largest economy. Yet it gets more than $2.5 billion a year in foreign government aid — and taxpayers and lawmakers in donor countries are increasingly asking why.

Russian craft delivers 3 safely to Earth

posted: 09/26/2010 4:27 a.m.

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts who lived six months on the international space station touched down safely, but one day late, Saturday morning in the cloudy central steppes of Kazakhstan.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE

posted: 09/26/2010 4:27 a.m.

Rick Steve’s column does not appear today.

State secrets cited in cleric case

posted: 09/26/2010 4:26 a.m.

The Obama administration urged a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit filed over its targeting of a U.S. citizen for killing overseas, saying that the case would reveal state secrets.

State banks hunting, gathering failed institutions

posted: 09/26/2010 4:26 a.m.

Four Arkansas banks have purchased financial institutions from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the past 10 months, but there are others in the state with the capacity and desire to buy failed banks.

Deportees stirring trouble back home

posted: 09/26/2010 4:25 a.m.

The crime was horrifying enough — a nightclub owner, hacked to death with a machete, was found buried in pieces. But what really angered people was that the suspect in the slaying had been deported from the U.S. to his native Grenada as a convicted felon.

Scientist dissects markets’ May skid

posted: 09/26/2010 4:24 a.m.

As a doctoral candidate in physics at Princeton two decades ago, Gregg E. Berman spent 1 1 /2 years in a laboratory searching through subatomic data for an elusive particle called the heavy neutrino.

Gunman targeted 3, prosecutor says

posted: 09/26/2010 4:23 a.m.

Three employees wounded in a shooting last week at a cold-storage warehouse in southeast Nebraska don’t appear to be random victims, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Sex claims turning up heat on Georgia pastor

posted: 09/26/2010 4:23 a.m.

Over the past two decades, Bishop Eddie Long has built a religious and financial empire from scratch, transforming a small, faltering church into a modern cathedral with one of the largest and most influential congregations in the country.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 09/26/2010 4:21 a.m.

AGRICULTURE The Arkansas Farm Bureau has hired Celise Weems as safety coordinator.

U.S. prestige on line in ’75

posted: 09/26/2010 4:21 a.m.

When the merchant ship Mayaguez and its American crew were seized by communist forces off the coast of Cambodia in 1975, the Ford administration was determined to craft a muscular response in hope of limiting damage to U.S. prestige, according to newly declassified documents published by the State Department.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Rules’ effects on farmers focus of D.C. hearing

posted: 09/26/2010 4:19 a.m.

The Senate Agriculture Committee took the Environmental Protection Agency to task Thursday for rules and regulations affecting farmers.

Bomb scare diverts Pakistani jet with 273 aboard

posted: 09/26/2010 4:18 a.m.

Police evacuated 273 people from a Pakistani jet diverted to Stockholm because of a bomb alert Saturday and briefly detained a passenger after Canadian authorities received a tip-off that he was carrying explosives.

Teeny bedbugs draw big crowd

posted: 09/26/2010 4:18 a.m.

One can cook them or freeze them. Poison them and stab them with a screwdriver. People have tried all these tactics and more, but bedbugs continue to thrive and spread across the United States, experts say.

Younger Miliband wins U.K. party vote

posted: 09/26/2010 4:17 a.m.

Britain’s opposition Labor Party elected young lawmaker Ed Miliband as its new leader Saturday, after he narrowly defeated his elder and better-known brother in a close-run contest to replace ousted Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

German business climate rosier

posted: 09/26/2010 4:16 a.m.

German business confidence unexpectedly rose to its highest level in more than three years in September as a stronger economy supported business, but the coming months are likely to be more difficult, a closely watched survey showed Friday.

Iran’s nuke agency fights cyber-worm

posted: 09/26/2010 4:16 a.m.

Iran’s nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over power plants, Iranian media reports said.

Flooding hits Belize, Guatemala

posted: 09/26/2010 4:15 a.m.

Matthew weakened to a tropical depression Saturday along the coast of Belize, dousing the southern part of the Central American nation and neighboring Guatemala with rain that caused flooding in coastal areas.

Civil Rights

posted: 09/26/2010 4:15 a.m.

From an immigration law in Arizona to a planned mosque near Ground Zero to Glenn Beck emoting at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s

COLUMN ONE Update

posted: 09/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

It’s time to update the list of things I should have learned by now. It just keeps on growing. Among them: A man’s never learned as much as he thinks he has. He also may have learned the wrong things. The truly wise are those capable of unlearning some things.

The candidates ask

posted: 09/26/2010 4:14 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), Rep. John Boozman (R), Greenland Mayor John Gray (G), and Trevor Drown (I) to pose questions for their opponents.

As nationalism rises, will the European Union fall?

posted: 09/26/2010 4:13 a.m.

The European Union is dyingnot a dramatic or sudden death, but one so slow and steady that we may look across the Atlantic one day soon and realize that the project of European integration that we’ve taken for granted over the past half-century is no more.

Cyber-bullying beats down victims, study says

posted: 09/26/2010 4:12 a.m.

A study released this past week shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard and onto Facebook pages, online chat groups and cell-phone text messages, its victims are feeling more hopeless and depressed.

India changes tack on Kashmir

posted: 09/26/2010 4:12 a.m.

The Indian government announced a major policy shift in Kashmir on Saturday, calling for the release of jailed student protesters, easing security strictures in major cities, reopening schools and universities, and offering financial compensation to the families of the more than 100 civilians killed since the restive region broke out in protests in June.

Sensation of reading still a thrill

posted: 09/26/2010 4:12 a.m.

Idon’t remember the magic moment when glyphs on paper ceased swimming and coalesced into sense, but I know reading was my first obsession.

Burma: Elephant good sign for vote

posted: 09/26/2010 4:11 a.m.

Burma’s state-controlled media hailed Saturday the capture of a rare white elephant as a positive omen for coming elections, the first balloting in two decades in the military-ruled country.

First rescue capsule arrives at Chile mine

posted: 09/26/2010 4:10 a.m.

The first of three rescue capsules specially built to lift out 33 miners trapped since early August arrived at the mine Saturday.

Find a bed, make a friend

posted: 09/26/2010 4:10 a.m.

I left my husband waiting at the ferry dock with our suitcases as I followed the woman toward her house hidden among a grove of orange trees on Lopud Island in Croatia.

Adam Smith? Who’s he?

posted: 09/26/2010 4:10 a.m.

The college curriculum has been eroding in many fields. Students can major in English, for example, yet never read any Shakespeare. I’m sorry to report that my field, economics, is experiencing similar erosion—in particular, the demise of courses on the history of economic thought.

In the news

posted: 09/26/2010 4:10 a.m.

Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., said he wants his city to become the “first example of a public school turnaround” with the help of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation, although the overhaul may include closing some schools.

Names and faces

posted: 09/26/2010 4:09 a.m.

TV comedian Bill Maher is taking another jab at Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, who as a conservative Christian activist was a frequent guest on his Politically Incorrect show in the 1990s.

Guest column Facts and the Fair Tax

posted: 09/26/2010 4:09 a.m.

Many publications have consistently written with contempt about the Fair Tax, but have obviously done so without bothering to conduct even the most perfunctory research on what it actually does and does not do.

Powerball

posted: 09/26/2010 4:08 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 8-16-27-35-42 Powerball : 30 Estimated jackpot : $25 million Power Play: 2

TV news shows

posted: 09/26/2010 4:08 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Presidential adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-K y.; Queen Rania of Jordan. 9 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/26/2010 4:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “That’s not a prescription for a better future. It’s an echo of a disastrous decade we can’t afford to relive.” President Barack Obama, on the package of proposals that Republicans called the “Pledge to America” plan Article, 5A

The world in brief

posted: 09/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of settlements.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Article, 1A

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 09/26/2010 4:07 a.m.

Fiction 1. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen. A family of Midwestern liberals during the Bush years; by the author of The Corrections. 2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.

EDITORIALS Justice delayed-again

posted: 09/26/2010 4:06 a.m.

ONCE AGAIN fearful politicians, this time in the U.S. Senate, have shied away from doing the right thing in favor of, well, not doing much of anything about a continuing source of confusion and contention.

COLUMNISTS Put a candle in the window

posted: 09/26/2010 4:05 a.m.

Overnight guests at our home in the country often comment on how dark the nights are. On moonless nights it is impossible to walk about without a flashlight.

Nancy Pelosi isn’t helping

posted: 09/26/2010 4:03 a.m.

I’m getting the idea that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making preparations to retire—not that she will. But how else can you explain her seeming lack of concern for House members who must run in districts more conservative than her liberal San Francisco district?

LETTERS

posted: 09/26/2010 4:02 a.m.

Hog fans creating eyesore While tailgating on the War Memorial Golf Course during Razorback game days is a lot of fun, apparently there are a lot of people who are either slobs or just don’t care what happens to the golf course when they tailgate.

Senator Lincoln’s answers to Congressman Boozman’s questions:

posted: 09/26/2010 4 a.m.

1. What do you consider your primary responsibility as a member of Congress? Lincoln: My primary responsibility is to represent the people of Arkansas-I answer to them. I'm on the battlefield in Washington, fighting for my constituents, not in the partisan foxholes on either side. I will fight for Arkansas whether it's against the leadership of my own party, the President or the companies that send our jobs overseas. My job is to stand up for Arkansas.

Congressman Boozman’s answers to Senator Lincoln’s questions

posted: 09/26/2010 4 a.m.

1. Congressman Boozman, explain your support for a plan to add a national sales tax of at least 23percent to everything Arkansans buy. Boozman: I have the strongest record of any candidate in the race when it comes to supporting tax relief for Arkansans. And, I am the only candidate in this race who has signed a pledge not to raise taxes and who will fight for a full extension of the ’01 and ‘03 tax cuts.

Candidate John Gray’s answers to questions from Senator Blanche Lincoln:

posted: 09/26/2010 4 a.m.

1. Do do you support a national sales tax?

Candidate Trevor Drown’s answers to Senator Lincoln’s questions

posted: 09/26/2010 4 a.m.

1. Do do you support a national sales tax? Drown: Not at the present time, there is not enough information or control mechanisms in place. We have more important things to address. Now is not the time to look at new ways to do things, when we can fix many of the problems we have with common sense legislation.

Taxes, the rich and more

posted: 09/26/2010 3:59 a.m.

With the expected Democratic Party electoral drubbing only about six weeks away, it is strange but perhaps predictable to hear the Obama administration claim that the rich aren’t paying “their fair share.”

Nitros and Chargers

posted: 09/26/2010 3:58 a.m.

The state Game and Fish Commission furnishes 658 vehicles for its 613 employees. Go ahead blurt it out. You’ll feel better: What the 12-point-buckin’ , trout-stockin’ , ding-dong dandy’s up with that?

Hope is all we have

posted: 09/26/2010 3:56 a.m.

It’s been more than a dozen years since Arkansas voters agreed to give the Game and Fish Commission a share of state tax revenues.

Chiklis’ new series deserves to find an audience

posted: 09/26/2010 3:53 a.m.

You have to hand it to Michael Chiklis. He has played some wildly diverse characters in his acting career.

Soaps last week

posted: 09/26/2010 3:52 a.m.

(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of Sept. 20-24.) All My Children: Randi became upset at repeatedly seeing Frankie and Madison interacting, but Frankie assured her that he loved only her and suggested they have a baby.

KRISTIN NICOLLE DUMONT CHARLES MATTHEW ST. CLAIR

posted: 09/26/2010 3:40 a.m.

Kristin Nicolle Dumont and Charles Matthew St. Clair were united in marriage at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 25

Ill. anti-war activists targeted by FBI speak out

posted: 09/25/2010 8:06 p.m.

Two anti-war activists say a search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement.

NY governor to appear on ’SNL,’ source says

posted: 09/25/2010 7:43 p.m.

A person close to the governor of New York says he will appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” after lambasting the show for mocking his blindness.

AP photographer wounded during West Bank protest

posted: 09/25/2010 7:22 p.m.

An Associated Press photographer suffered a broken rib on Saturday while being detained by Israeli security forces during a protest in the West Bank.

Rangers clinch AL West title with 4-3 win over A’s

posted: 09/25/2010 6:57 p.m.

The Texas Rangers clinched the AL West title Saturday and their first playoff berth in 11 years, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Jorge Cantu’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning.

UPDATE: Crimson Tide topples Hogs, 24-20

updated: 09/25/2010 7:18 p.m.

Top-ranked Alabama rallied from 13 points down to defeat 10th-ranked Arkansas, 24-20, on Saturday afternoon at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Abbas says settlements block Mideast peace deal

posted: 09/25/2010 4:55 p.m.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlement construction in areas the Palestinians claim for their future state.

False alarm of gunman sends NY workers into hiding

posted: 09/25/2010 4:33 p.m.

Security officials at a New York office tower gave workers a scare when they inadvertently sent out an e-mail warning that a gunman was loose in the building.

Flood fight continues in parts of Minn., Wis.

posted: 09/25/2010 4:31 p.m.

With 240 guests expected, Luke Fischer and Rachel Smith weren’t about to let the flooding across southern Minnesota get in the way of their wedding.

UPDATE: Arkansas 17, Alabama 7 at halftime

updated: 09/25/2010 4:37 p.m.

No. 10 Arkansas leads No. 1 Alabama 17-7 at halftime here in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

At UN, climate ministers seek way out of stalemate

posted: 09/25/2010 3:14 p.m.

Climate ministers and top negotiators from dozens of nations remain deadlocked over how to cut greenhouse gases less than three months before the next major international climate summit.

BP fund czar promises bigger, faster claims

posted: 09/25/2010 3:02 p.m.

The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill says people should start getting bigger payments. And he says they will be getting them faster.

Bomb scare diverts plane; may have been a hoax

posted: 09/25/2010 2:58 p.m.

Police evacuated 273 people from a Pakistani jet diverted to Stockholm due to a bomb alert Saturday and briefly detained a passenger after Canadian authorities received a tip-off that he was carrying explosives.

Israeli leaders praise Fidel Castro

posted: 09/25/2010 2:54 p.m.

Israeli leaders are praising former Cuban President Fidel Castro for supporting Israel in a series of interviews.

Obama dismisses GOP ’Pledge’ as echo of disaster

posted: 09/25/2010 2:32 p.m.

President Barack Obama says Republicans’ plan to slash taxes and cut spending if the GOP retakes the House in November is no more than “an echo of a disastrous decade we can’t afford to relive.”

Soyuz capsule lands in Kazakh steppe with 3 aboard

posted: 09/25/2010 2:15 p.m.

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts who lived six months on the International Space Station touched down safely, but one day late, Saturday morning in the cloudy, central steppes of Kazakhstan.

AP Poll: Many think health overhaul should do more

posted: 09/25/2010 2:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

UPDATE: 1 killed, 5 hurt in shootings near Seton Hall in NJ

updated: 09/25/2010 5:34 p.m.

A man who was denied access to a private party at an apartment near Seton Hall University left and returned with a handgun, fatally shooting a university student and wounding four other people.

Storm shreds aging tents in Haiti earthquake camps

posted: 09/25/2010 1:53 p.m.

The sudden, powerful storm that ripped through Haiti’s battered capital destroyed thousands of tents in the homeless camps where more than 1.3 million people live eight months after the earthquake destroyed their homes, shelter officials said Saturday.

Ed Miliband elected new leader of UK Labour Party

posted: 09/25/2010 1:07 p.m.

Britain’s opposition Labour Party elected young lawmaker Ed Miliband as its surprise new leader Saturday, after he narrowly defeated his elder and better-known brother in a close run contest to replace ousted prime minister Gordon Brown.

UPDATE: Tropical Storm soaks Central America, loses steam

updated: 09/25/2010 2:01 p.m.

Tropical Storm Matthew toppled power lines and left thousands without power for hours in Honduras before weakening to a depression over Belize on Saturday. Heavy rains were falling in Central America, however, and forecasters warned of possible flooding and mudslides.

Zebras, undefeated, still earning their stripes

posted: 09/25/2010 6:29 a.m.

The Pine Bluff Zebras can still say they’re undefeated, but it’s been a while since they’ve been dominant for an entire game.

TOP 10 Conway keeps rolling, tops Cabot

posted: 09/25/2010 6:28 a.m.

No problem.

Har-Ber not rattled by first-half deficit

posted: 09/25/2010 6:27 a.m.

For one half Friday, the battle of Springdale seemed to exceed all expectations.

Overtime play pays off for Bentonville

posted: 09/25/2010 6:26 a.m.

Bentonville’s lone offensive play in overtime was one the Tigers actually wanted to run during their final drive in regulation.

West Memphis drops LR Hall

posted: 09/25/2010 6:26 a.m.

Little Rock Hall turned it over on its first three possessions of the game and West Memphis cashed in on all three mistakes en route to a 46-6 victory Friday night at Scott Field.

7A/6 A-EAST: Jonesboro trounces Parkview

posted: 09/25/2010 6:25 a.m.

Jonesboro bounced back from consecutive nonconference defeats to highly-ranked 7A opponents, beating Little Rock Parkview 35-7 in the Class 7A/6A-East opener for both teams.

7A-6A CENTRAL: Central loses, skid hits 25

posted: 09/25/2010 6:24 a.m.

Drew White got his revenge against Little Rock Central Friday.

Bryant bounces back big from opening act

posted: 09/25/2010 6:23 a.m.

The opening drive was all Little Rock Catholic, but the rest of Friday night’s 7A-6 A Central game belonged to Bryant.

6 A-SOUTH: Wolves take frustration out in rout

posted: 09/25/2010 6:22 a.m.

It didn’t take long to take control.

5 A-WEST: Greenbrier ends Harrison’s 12-year streak

posted: 09/25/2010 6:21 a.m.

The Greenbrier Panthers took advantage of four first-half fumbles by Harrison on their way to a 35-7 victory Friday at John Hawks Memorial Field at Don Jones Stadium.

5 A-Southwest: Warriors complete comeback

posted: 09/25/2010 6:18 a.m.

Little Rock Christian quarterback Josh Alberius threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Logan Kuhn with 15 seconds left to complete a come-frombehind 28-27 victory over the Hope Bobcats on Friday night at Warrior Field.

5 A-EAST

posted: 09/25/2010 6:18 a.m.

BEEBE 60, PARAGOULD 14 BEEBE — Jay Holdway ran for three touchdowns to help lead Beebe (1-3, 1-0 ) to a 5A-East Conference win over Paragould (0-4, 0-1 ).

5 A-SOUTHEAST: Backups lift White Hall to victory

posted: 09/25/2010 6:17 a.m.

The White Hall Bulldogs can thank their defense and a pair of backup running backs for their first victory of the season, a 28-13 thriller Friday night at Sylvan Hills.

Cougars clip Falcons with big plays

posted: 09/25/2010 6:16 a.m.

The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars scored 20 second-quarter points en route to a 43-6 5A-Southeast victory over the North Pulaski Falcons Friday at Cad Polk Stadium.

CLASS 4A SUPER SIX: QB’s second half just perfect

posted: 09/25/2010 6:15 a.m.

Fredi Knighten wasn’t perfect through the first half of Pulaski Academy’s 7-4 A Conference game Friday at Pulaski Oak Grove, part of the reason his Bruins entered halftime with a one-point lead.

CLASS 2A

posted: 09/25/2010 6:14 a.m.

Super Six BEARDEN 55, STRONG 6 BEARDEN — Defonta Lowe ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead Bearden (3-1, 3-0 8-2 A) over previously unbeaten Strong.

CLASS 4A ROUNDUPS

posted: 09/25/2010 6:13 a.m.

2-4 A NEWPORT 49, CAVE CITY 22 CAVE CITY — Quadarius Ross ran for three touchdowns to lead Newport (1-3, 1-0 ) to a 2-4 A Conference victory over Cave City (0-4, 0-1 ).

CLASS 3A: Arkansas Baptist outshines Barton

posted: 09/25/2010 6:12 a.m.

Arkansas Baptist used a balanced attack Friday night at Eagle Field, pounding Barton 42-14 in the teams’ 2-3 A opener.

CLASS 3A SUPER SIX

posted: 09/25/2010 6:11 a.m.

RIVERCREST 48, CORNING 9 CORNING — Quarterback Demoin Brown needed only one quarter to lead Class 3A’s No. 1 Rivercrest (4-0, 1-0 ) past Corning (0-4, 0-1 ).

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Alabama SEC: West staredown

posted: 09/25/2010 6:07 a.m.

Arkansas’ quest for the brass ring has reached this moment of truth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rays nab AL East lead

posted: 09/25/2010 6:05 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays are back in first place and one step closer to postseason play.

Punter rooted as Hog

posted: 09/25/2010 6:04 a.m.

Dylan Breeding used to be an Alabama fan. Now he’s Arkansas’ punter. Growing up in Hoover, Ala., Breeding regularly attended Crimson Tide home games with his parents, who are Alabama graduates.

HOG CALLS: Hogs shouldn’t underestimate Tide QB

posted: 09/25/2010 6:03 a.m.

To beat their unbeaten foe, the Arkansas Razorbacks must beat an unbeaten quarterback.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Johnson looks to bounce back

posted: 09/25/2010 6:02 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson is back on top, shaking off a poor finish in last week’s Chase for the Sprint Cup opener to take the pole Friday for Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Ogilvy down a stroke, keeps priorities straight

posted: 09/25/2010 6:01 a.m.

Geoff Ogilvy broke into a befuddled smile, searching for the right words, unsure exactly how to reply.

This date in baseball

posted: 09/25/2010 6:01 a.m.

1941 Pete Reiser’s home run and Whitlow Wyatt’s five-hitter helped Brooklyn beat the Boston Braves 6-0 and clinch the Dodgers’ first pennant in 21 years.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL UCA keeps streaks alive Chloe Smith had 22 kills and Karlie Giesler had a season-high 12 kills to lead Central Arkansas to a 26-28, 25-17, 25-23, 15-10 victory over Sam Houston State on Thursday in Conway.

Shady characters

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

After the summer we have had, we are all grateful for a little shade. There are times when it is the only saving grace to being outside in an Arkansas summer.

Authors discuss pop culture politics

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

Fast food restaurants began offering apple wedges and side salads as an alternative to french fries in response to a movie, not a legislative mandate, a pair of political science professors said Friday.

Firms seen buying more capital goods

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

U.S. companies invested last month in computers, communications equipment and machinery, pushing capital-goods orders up for the third time in four months, the Commerce Department said Friday.

3 Afghan journalists released

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

Three journalists picked up by coalition forces or the Afghan intelligence service for their suspected links to Taliban propaganda networks have been freed after brief detentions that prompted angry reaction from journalism advocates and President Hamid Karzai’s call for their quick release.

Interest-rate ballot issue is challenged

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

Arkansas’ long and tortured history of wrestling with interest-rate limits took another turn Friday when a lawsuit asked the state Supreme Court to strip Issue 2 from the Nov. 2 ballot.

States sweet on standards for honey

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

You might call them the Honey Police — beekeepers and honey producers ready to comb through North Carolina to nab unscrupulous sellers of sweet but bogus “funny honey.”

Cuba eases its grip on private business

posted: 09/25/2010 6 a.m.

Cuba’s communist leaders mapped out a new world of free enterprise Friday, approving a laundry list of small-time businesses, allowing islanders to take on employees and even promising credit to burgeoning entrepreneurs.

ASU,Troy feature top offenses

posted: 09/25/2010 5:58 a.m.

The top two offenses in the Sun Belt Conference will be on display today in Troy, Ala.

UCA bearing down on Tulsa

posted: 09/25/2010 5:57 a.m.

For the second time in three seasons, Central Arkansas gets a crack at Tulsa.

SWAC capsule Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Clark Atlanta

posted: 09/25/2010 5:57 a.m.

WHEN 3 p.m. Central today WHERE Edward Jones Dome, St.

Battling for respect in the SEC

posted: 09/25/2010 5:56 a.m.

Here’s No. 12 South Carolina’s chance to take another step out of Florida’s shadow in the SEC East. And perhaps No. 17 Auburn can make a little noise in the SEC West and share some of the glory with that other team in the state.

Position by position matchups

posted: 09/25/2010 5:55 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterback Greg McElroy is perhaps the prototypical quarterback for this Alabama offense. He knows the schemes, he’s smart at the line and he’s technically sound.

TCU overcomes Dalton’s miscues

posted: 09/25/2010 5:34 a.m.

Andy Dalton bounced back from interceptions on consecutive throws by leading three consecutive touchdown drives, lifting No. 4 TCU to a 41-24 victory over longtime rival SMU on Friday night.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

posted: 09/25/2010 5:33 a.m.

CHRIS LOW ESPN.com There won’t be a U.S president in attendance, and nobody’s dubbing it the “Game of the Century.” Not yet, anyway.

Man surrenders in girl’s abduction

posted: 09/25/2010 5:27 a.m.

Police say a 17-year-old Arkansas girl abducted by a former boyfriend from a Wal-Mart parking lot has turned up safe in east Texas.

Testimony focuses on center’s use of restraints

posted: 09/25/2010 5:23 a.m.

Government attorneys, state and federal alike, got a taste of their own acronymladen medicine Friday when Chief U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes closed another week’s worth of testimony on the state of the Conway Human Development Center by jokingly imitating much of the language used during the trial.

Longer combat stints exclude C-130 crews

posted: 09/25/2010 5:21 a.m.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz has increased standard combat deployments from four months to six months, with a few exceptions including C-130 flight and maintenance crews.

Mining company gets more time

posted: 09/25/2010 5:20 a.m.

The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday granted Umetco Minerals Corp. more time to respond to public comments on its proposal to remove the drinking-water designation from Wilson Creek, a tributary of Lake Catherine that feeds the Ouachita River.

$20 million awarded for ’04 surgery error

posted: 09/25/2010 5:19 a.m.

Six years after a surgeon cut out the wrong part of their 15-year-old son’s brain in an operation featured on the front page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Pamela and Kenny Metheny said their youngest child’s healing really began Friday.

Family of UCA leader gets lifts

posted: 09/25/2010 5:17 a.m.

University of Central Arkansas police officers have chauffeured President Allen Meadors’ wife and his elderly parents to campus events. A state ethics rule calls the practice into question.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: DV plates clear spot in the lot

posted: 09/25/2010 5:13 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I am a disabled Vietnam veteran and have DV tags on both my vehicles. I was recently parked in a handicapped spot at McCain Mall when a woman approached. She wanted me to move and berated me loudly.

Abortion provider for 3 decades dies

posted: 09/25/2010 5:12 a.m.

Dr. William F. Harrison, a Fayetteville obstetrician-gynecologist, died Friday after being diagnosed with leukemia in May. He was 75.

Project offers grants to mark Civil War

posted: 09/25/2010 5:11 a.m.

Grants will be awarded by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission for projects supporting the planning and execution of local commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, panel chairman Tom Dupree announced Thursday.

Defense set for Monday in arson

posted: 09/25/2010 5:10 a.m.

Developer Aaron Jones will begin presenting his defense when his federal arson trial resumes at 10 a.m. Monday before U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller in Little Rock.

U.S. giving basin $1.2 million more

posted: 09/25/2010 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas will get an additional $1.2 million in federal funding to help implement conservation practices through the Point Remove-Mississippi River Basin Initiative Project.

UA dean to relinquish post

posted: 09/25/2010 5:08 a.m.

Bill Schwab plans to step down as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and go back to writing a book and starting a project in Egypt, he said.

Oklahoma unveils phosphorous plan

posted: 09/25/2010 5:08 a.m.

Oklahoma officials for the first time Wednesday revealed how they will re-evaluate a phosphorous standard for the Illinois River and other streams that affect Arkansas cities and poultry producers.

LR radio-show host suffers on-air collapse

posted: 09/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

A longtime Little Rock radio host collapsed on the air Friday morning while broadcasting live from a Sherwood car dealership.

Sheridan woman dies in car crash

posted: 09/25/2010 5:07 a.m.

A 52-year-old woman died Thursday after her car ran off Arkansas 46 in Sheridan and struck a tree, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatal crash report.

CityFest lines up players, prayers

posted: 09/25/2010 5:06 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Christians gathered for the 2009 Central Arkansas CityFest with evangelist Luis Palau.

Obituaries

posted: 09/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

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

Civil War report available for review

posted: 09/25/2010 5:05 a.m.

Civil War battlefields in Arkansas are the topic of a draft report by the American Battlefield Protection Program that discusses conditions of these historic sites.

Commission OKs water quality shift

posted: 09/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

Water quality changes for Big Creek and parts of Bayou DeView were approved Friday by the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, which granted an unopposed request by Jonesboro City Water and Light.

Conviction upheld in murder of florist

posted: 09/25/2010 5:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the capital-murder conviction and life sentence resulting from a killing at an El Dorado flower shop in 1992.

Daily record

posted: 09/25/2010 5:02 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

Higher Education notebook

posted: 09/25/2010 5:01 a.m.

19,972 pupils took advanced tests A total of 19,972 Arkansas high school students last spring took 33,504 Advanced Placement tests to receive college credit for their high school courses.

NOTEWORTHY DEATHS

posted: 09/25/2010 5:01 a.m.

1950s pop icon, husband to starlets Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.

Education notebook

posted: 09/25/2010 5 a.m.

New hire a sibling of superintendent Timothy Hopson, the brother of the Pulaski County Special School District’s new superintendent, Charles Hopson, is joining the county district as a new assistant principal at North Pulaski High School.

Other days

posted: 09/25/2010 4:59 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1910 Acting Mayor George R. Stratman takes exceptions to the statement in an afternoon paper that he was responsible for the failure of Ringling Bros.’ circus to hold a parade in Little Rock yesterday.

Burglaries

posted: 09/25/2010 4:59 a.m.

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments.

Uncertainty grows with U.S., Iraq power shift on horizon

posted: 09/25/2010 4:55 a.m.

At a time when Washington policymakers would prefer to put the Iraq war behind them, the American mission in Baghdad is becoming more complicated as U.S. officials embark on one of the most complex power transfers in American history.

Pelosi floats plan for tax-relief vote

posted: 09/25/2010 4:51 a.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she is considering calling a vote on extending middleclass tax cuts next week.

FBI: Teller forced to rob bank

posted: 09/25/2010 4:50 a.m.

A bank teller was kidnapped early Friday from his home by robbers who strapped a suspected bomb to his chest and used him to steal money from a Bank of America branch while his father was being held hostage, the FBI said.

Diplomat’s wounds puzzle NYC police

posted: 09/25/2010 4:49 a.m.

A Nicaraguan diplomat found dead in his apartment was grasping hair in both hands that investigators were analyzing and at least some of his wounds appeared to have been selfinflicted, police said Friday.

Released hiker asks Iranian to send fiance, friend home

posted: 09/25/2010 4:47 a.m.

Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans arrested last year while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday to plead for the release of her still-imprisoned fiance and their friend.

Limit Islam in textbooks, board urges

posted: 09/25/2010 4:46 a.m.

The Texas Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as socialconservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation’s publishing industry.

Gay nurse ordered reinstated

posted: 09/25/2010 4:45 a.m.

A federal judge ruled Friday that a decorated flight nurse discharged from the Air Force for being gay should be given her job back as soon as possible in the latest legal setback to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Therapy benefit seen besting mammogram

posted: 09/25/2010 4:44 a.m.

A new study in Norway suggests that increased awareness and improved treatments rather than mammograms are the main force in reducing the breast-cancer death rate.

Obama fumes at Iranian’s remark

posted: 09/25/2010 4:42 a.m.

President Barack Obama and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traded heated remarks Friday on the subject of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and hopes for a quick resumption of talks on Iran’s nuclear program appeared to fade.

Censure of Israel over nukes rejected

posted: 09/25/2010 4:41 a.m.

A 151-nation meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency narrowly defeated an Arab push Friday to censure Israel for shielding its nuclear programs from inspection in a result that the U.S. said was a positive signal for ongoing Mideast peace talks.

In Austria, palaces not just for royalty

posted: 09/25/2010 4:40 a.m.

Robert Tidmarsh’s eyes light up when he talks about the sprawling park surrounding Schoenbrunn Palace, one of Austria’s most famous landmarks, and his to enjoy every time he comes home.

England’s monarch seeks help with bills

posted: 09/25/2010 4:40 a.m.

A government fund intended to provide subsidized heating to low-income Britons got some interest from an unexpected source: Queen Elizabeth II, who wanted help paying the bills at Buckingham Palace.

In the news

posted: 09/25/2010 4:35 a.m.

Raymond Martin, the Gallatin County, Ill., sheriff, has been convicted of trafficking marijuana and plotting to kill two people who planned to testify against him and will soon be out of a job after the county board chairman, Randy Drone, said Martin’s conviction will finally allow the board to fire him.

Names and faces

posted: 09/25/2010 4:35 a.m.

Taking his comedy act to Congress, Stephen Colbert told lawmakers that a day picking beans alongside illegal aliens convinced him that farm work is “really, really hard.” “It turns out — and I did not know this — most soil is at ground level,” Colbert testified Friday. Also, “It was hotter than I like to be.”

Getting it straight

posted: 09/25/2010 4:35 a.m.

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

Mega Millions

posted: 09/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions : 2-28-38-42-55 Mega Ball : 25 Estimated jackpot : $16 million Megaplier: 04

The nation in brief

posted: 09/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Good flight nurses are hard to find.” U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton, ruling that a flight nurse discharged from the Air Force under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should be given her job back as soon as possible Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 09/25/2010 4:33 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was offensive. It was hateful.” President Barack Obama, on Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement that most of the world thinks the U.S. was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to benefit Israel Article, this page

Second thoughts

posted: 09/25/2010 4:32 a.m.

Arkansas hogs spot for itself In addition to its No. 10 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, Arkansas is ranked in another AP poll, this one a little more colorful.

Off the wire

posted: 09/25/2010 4:32 a.m.

FOOTBALL Cowboys release Anderson The Dallas Cowboys have released injured fullback Deon Anderson to make room for tight end Scott Chandler from the practice squad.

Ringers guild event has global reach

posted: 09/25/2010 4:31 a.m.

The sound of clanging bells will fill the air Oct. 1-3 as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock hosts the annual General Meeting of the North American Guild of Change Ringers.

Mission of mercy

posted: 09/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

As she walks the corridors of St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs clad in a traditional black habit, Sister Dorothy Calhoun is a visible reminder of the hospital’s spiritual heritage.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 09/25/2010 4:29 a.m.

Iowa dioceses back constitution vote DES MOINES, Iowa — Roman Catholic leaders in Iowa are urging voters to back a constitutional convention, saying the rare gathering would be the quickest way to overturn the court ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.

Visigoths at the gate?

posted: 09/25/2010 4:27 a.m.

When facing a tsunami, what do you do? Pray, and tell yourself stories. I am not privy to the Democrats’ private prayers, but I do hear the stories they’re telling themselves.

Frontier justice still not justice

posted: 09/25/2010 4:26 a.m.

It was once a staple plot of TV westerns: There’s been a vicious killing. Everybody knows who did it—or thinks they knowand the posse wants to string the varmint up. No need for the bother of a trial.

Dept. of Corrections

posted: 09/25/2010 4:25 a.m.

WE ARE indebted to our regular correspondent, Alert Reader, for pointing out that the question Blanche Lincoln dodged in her debate the other day with John Boozman, her opponent in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, was not whether she’d voted for Obamacare.

Frances Maschal Landers

posted: 09/25/2010 4:25 a.m.

SOME newspaper articles will stick with a reader for years.

OTHERS SAY: Whims of the father

posted: 09/25/2010 4:24 a.m.

Whatever one thinks of his politics, Newt Gingrich has demonstrated a wide-ranging intelligence over the years.

LETTERS

posted: 09/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

Two deserve a hand Kudos to Ben Pickard and kudos to Joe White, the lottery commissioners who voted for “Big Ernie” Passailaigue’s resignation.

Carrying the rock

posted: 09/25/2010 4:23 a.m.

It was early 2007 and Little Rock native Jay Jennings was living the life of a free-lance writer in a 400-square-foot New York apartment.

Honor merited

posted: 09/25/2010 4:22 a.m.

I’m not sure what’s behind the slight pause I’ve felt whenever I’ve written about my uncle over the years.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/25/2010 4:18 a.m.

Economists to speak at conference in LR Michael Dueker, head economist for North America with Russell Investments, will present his outlook on the national economy at the annual Arkansas Economic Forecast Conference on Nov. 10.

Lehman Brothers to auction art

posted: 09/25/2010 4:17 a.m.

For sale: a sign of the times.

PSC chief refuses request to recuse

posted: 09/25/2010 4:16 a.m.

Paul Suskie, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, has denied a motion filed by large industrial companies asking him to recuse from three energy-efficiency cases.

Hawker cutting 350 jobs on salary

posted: 09/25/2010 4:15 a.m.

Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft on Friday said it will cut its salaried work force by 350 positions companywide, but the aircraft manufacturer said it is still deciding where the cuts will be made.

3 ex-state workers charged with fraud

posted: 09/25/2010 4:14 a.m.

Three former employees of the Arkansas Department of Human Services have been charged by the Arkansas Insurance Department with producing counterfeit proof-of-insurance cards for motor vehicles.

Did Japan buy dollars? Authorities won’t say

posted: 09/25/2010 4:12 a.m.

Japanese authorities were silent after a sudden jump in the dollar against the yen Friday that traders initially said was because of the Bank of Japan intervening to weaken the Japanese currency.

More states affected by foreclosure flaws

posted: 09/25/2010 4:12 a.m.

Flawed foreclosure documents like those that led mortgage lender Ally Financial to halt evictions in 23 states this week are showing up in parts of the country previously thought to be unaffected, according to attorneys and consumer advocates.

KB Home revenue pares quarter’s loss

posted: 09/25/2010 4:11 a.m.

KB Home said Friday that it narrowed its fiscal third-quarter loss, as the homebuilder booked fewer write-downs and higher average selling prices helped increase revenue.

IRS eases corporate tax requirement

posted: 09/25/2010 4:11 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service is scaling back its requirement that companies begin listing all tax-saving transactions to help the agency identify issues for possible audits.

MARKET REPORT: New orders stoke stock gains

posted: 09/25/2010 4:10 a.m.

Stocks rose sharply Friday, giving the market its fourth straight week of gains, after a big increase in orders for manufactured goods allowed investors to shake off several days of doldrums.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/25/2010 4:09 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You can go to roadside stands throughout the western part of the state, and they’ll try to sell you Karo syrup and swear it’s sourwood honey.”

Ask the expert

posted: 09/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

We are going to redo our livingdining-kitchen area and would like to get some ideas on how to approach the aspect of lighting. What kinds of things should we consider?

Tools & toys

posted: 09/25/2010 4:06 a.m.

Mio Pop-Up Bike Basket What’s to love: Can be installed on front or rear of most bicycles.

In the garden

posted: 09/25/2010 4:04 a.m.

Q Can you identify the attached picture? The bean it produces is over 12 inches long. Is it edible?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Rogue black-ops coyotes targeting NLR pets

posted: 09/25/2010 4:02 a.m.

Dear Otus, Am I the only one who suspects something fishy is going on with all the coyote sightings up near Camp Robinson ?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/25/2010 4:02 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We did our best to raise our two sons in a loving home, and we always took them to church and urged them to follow Jesus. One has turned out very well, with a fi ne family and active in his church, but our other son was always rebellious and now is in prison for dealing drugs. What did we do wrong? We must’ve been terrible parents to have such a son. — P.N.

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

posted: 09/25/2010 4:01 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: In my infinite wisdom, I woke up early one Saturday morning and decided I would do something productive with my weekend.

Not every monarch is migrating

posted: 09/25/2010 4 a.m.

What triggers monarch migration?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/25/2010 4 a.m.

Happy birthday. You are in demand, and it will take skill to give everyone the love and attention they want from you. You’ll be pampered in October and will upgrade important tools in November. In January, your investments are seeds that you plant and then leave unattended. They grow naturally, and you’ll see your fruits in August.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/25/2010 4 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Our dog goes for grooming and comes back with a neckerchief each time. So, in a couple of years we’ve collected quite a variety. I was wondering what I could do with them.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/25/2010 3:59 a.m.

1. “F.I.C.A.” are letters seen on payroll deduction forms. For what do the letters stand? 2.Who was president of the Soviet Union immediately prior to the presidency of Mikhail Gorbachev?

Keep it clean

posted: 09/25/2010 3:58 a.m.

Mint robotic hard floor cleaner What is this little box? It’s an automatic floor cleaning appliance named Mint for use on hard floors, such as tile, vinyl, laminate and sealed hardwood.

Habitat for Humanity will host Sneak Peeks

posted: 09/25/2010 3:57 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County is holding a ReStore and After Sneak Peeks event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lafayette Building in downtown Little Rock.

Arboretum integrates a medley of vegetables

posted: 09/25/2010 3:57 a.m.

A new exhibit that tickles your taste buds and makes you feel good all over is now part of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington.

Garvan Gardens to host shade garden workshop

posted: 09/25/2010 3:56 a.m.

If you want to learn more, plan to attend “The Shady Side of Gardening” workshop at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

7 A-CENTRAL: Pointers pounce on Tigers, hold on

posted: 09/25/2010 2:39 a.m.

Drew White got his revenge against Little Rock Central Friday.

Friday, September 24

Pulaski Academy overcomes Oak Grove, 44-20

posted: 09/24/2010 11:25 p.m.

Pulaski Academy won a handy victory over Oak Grove, 44-20, on Friday night at Bobby Tiner Stadium in North Little Rock.

Greenland 41, Marshall 14

updated: 09/24/2010 11:19 p.m.

Greenland routed Marshall, 41-14, on Friday night in Greenland.

Conway sweeps Cabot, 41-7

updated: 09/24/2010 11:16 p.m.

Conway trounced Cabot, 41-7, on Friday night at John McConnell Stadium in Conway.

Van Buren locks out Little Rock Central, 41-31

updated: 09/24/2010 10:37 p.m.

Van Buren defeated Little Rock Central, 41-31, on Friday night at Blakemore Field in Van Buren.

Little Rock Christian 28, Hope 27

updated: 09/24/2010 10:45 p.m.

Little Rock Christian squeezed out Hope, 28-27, on Friday night at Warrior Field in Little Rock.

Utah fire sparked by National Guard base contained

posted: 09/24/2010 7:23 p.m.

Fire officials have declared the wildfire that began burning in a Salt Lake City suburb on Sunday to be 100 percent contained.

Girl, 17, abducted in Ark. turns up in Texas, police say

posted: 09/24/2010 7:15 p.m.

Police say a 17-year-old Arkansas girl abducted by a former boyfriend from a Walmart parking lot has turned up safe in east Texas.

Man who claimed self-defense faces murder charges

posted: 09/24/2010 7:09 p.m.

The Jackson County sheriff says capital murder charges have been filed against a man who claimed he killed his aunt and uncle in self-defense.

Guilty plea entered in Obama student loan records case

posted: 09/24/2010 6:48 p.m.

The last of nine former employees of a U.S. Department of Education contractor charged with unlawfully viewing President Barack Obama’s student loan records has pleaded guilty.

Tropical Storm Matthew threatens Central America

updated: 09/24/2010 7:17 p.m.

Nicaragua was evacuating about 10,000 people from the path of Tropical Storm Matthew as the storm drenched the Caribbean coast and threatened much of a Central American region prone to disastrous flooding.

Fed boss says plodding economy still needs help

posted: 09/24/2010 6:17 p.m.

The economy is recovering from a deep recession more slowly than anticipated and still needs help from the Federal Reserve, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

Cross-country paddler completes 4,300-mile trip

posted: 09/24/2010 5:55 p.m.

An extreme paddler who launched a cross-country canoe trip in Portland, Ore., has completed the journey 4,300 miles later in Portland, Maine.

Meteorologist says fire danger high in Arkansas

updated: 09/24/2010 8:52 p.m.

A forecaster for the National Weather Service says Arkansans need to be alert to the dangers of wildfires, as hot and dry conditions persist in the state.

US prods Israel, Palestinians on peace talks

posted: 09/24/2010 5:34 p.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the Obama administration engages in furious, last-minute diplomacy to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing this weekend.

2 men get 18 months for attack on Comcast website

posted: 09/24/2010 5:33 p.m.

Two men who hacked into Comcast Corp.’s website have been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

126th bank this year shut down

posted: 09/24/2010 5:21 p.m.

Regulators on Friday shut down a small bank in Florida, lifting to 126 the number of U.S. bank failures this year on a wave of loan defaults and economic distress.

Treasurys drop on signs of corporate spending

posted: 09/24/2010 5:04 p.m.

Treasurys prices dropped Friday after a positive report on durable goods orders caught traders by surprise.

Colbert tells Congress farm work ’really hard’

posted: 09/24/2010 4:47 p.m.

Taking his blowhard comedy act to Congress, Stephen Colbert told lawmakers that a day picking beans alongside illegal immigrants convinced him that farm work is “really, really hard.”

UPDATE: 20,000 pounds of fertilizer spill near I-35 in Mo.

updated: 09/24/2010 7:34 p.m.

A portion of a northwest Missouri highway has reopened after being closed several hours because of a fertilizer spill.

Government seizes 3 failing wholesale credit unions

posted: 09/24/2010 4:21 p.m.

Regulators are taking over three companies that provide financing for U.S. credit unions, after the companies suffered massive losses on mortgage investments and were short cash.

Lawsuit filed over loan, energy measure in Ark.

posted: 09/24/2010 4:19 p.m.

A lawsuit before the Arkansas Supreme Court is challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would ease the state’s interest-rate limits on consumer and government loans and allow bond financing for energy efficiency projects.

BP works on own estimate for amount of spilled oil

posted: 09/24/2010 4:18 p.m.

Oil giant BP is working behind the scenes to formulate its own estimate for how much crude spewed from its well in the Gulf of Mexico, as it prepares for a potential legal fight with the U.S. government over fines.

Judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force

posted: 09/24/2010 4:15 p.m.

A federal judge says the Air Force violated the constitutional rights of a highly decorated flight nurse when it discharged her for being gay, and ordered that she be given her job back as soon as possible.

Judge clears way for 1st Calif execution since ’06

posted: 09/24/2010 4:14 p.m.

A federal judge has cleared the way for California’s first execution since 2006 after the state revised its lethal injection procedures.

Stocks jump as the news improves on manufacturing

posted: 09/24/2010 3:47 p.m.

Stocks are reviving a September rally and closing with big gains following more good news on the economy.

Sheridan driver killed in wreck

posted: 09/24/2010 2:14 p.m.

A 52-year-old Sheridan woman was killed Thursday when the vehicle she was driving swerved off the road and crashed into a tree.

Obama: US in Afghanistan until ’job is done’

posted: 09/24/2010 1:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama says U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan “until the job is done.”

US praises Japan’s release of Chinese captain

posted: 09/24/2010 1:09 p.m.

The United States is praising Japan’s decision to release a Chinese fishing boat captain involved in a collision near disputed islands.

FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago

posted: 09/24/2010 12:26 p.m.

The FBI says it’s searched eight homes in Minnesota and Chicago in a terrorism investigation. One subject says the FBI is targeting leaders of the anti-war movement.

LR radio host has 'medical emergency' on air

updated: 09/24/2010 2:21 p.m.

A longtime Little Rock radio personality who co-hosts a popular show on KABZ 103.7 suffered a medical emergency on air Friday morning and had to be hospitalized, according to a posting on the station's website.

Government opens probe of headlights on Honda Fit

posted: 09/24/2010 11:37 a.m.

The government has opened an investigation into the subcompact Honda Fit after receiving complaints that the vehicle’s low-beam headlights stopped working.

Obama calls Iranian leader’s remarks ‘offensive,’ ‘hateful’

posted: 09/24/2010 11:07 a.m.

President Barack Obama called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks at the United Nations yesterday “offensive” and “hateful.”

Rape trial of Curtis Vance delayed again

updated: 09/24/2010 4:55 p.m.

The rape trial for the man convicted of killing a Little Rock TV anchorwoman was delayed Friday for the fifth time.

Texas education board considers resolution limiting Islam in textbooks

posted: 09/24/2010 11:07 a.m.

Social conservatives are seeking to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, warning of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation’s publishing industry.

Durable goods rise outside volatile transportation

posted: 09/24/2010 11:04 a.m.

U.S. companies invested last month in computers, communications equipment and machinery, increasing capital goods orders for the third time in four months.

Choosing plants for a shade garden in Arkansas

posted: 09/24/2010 11:02 a.m.

After the summer Arkansans have had, everyone is grateful for a little shade, writes Janet Carson in Saturday’s HomeStyle. There are times when it is the only saving grace to being outside in an Arkansas summer.

DNA an absolute match to Jones, examiner testifies

posted: 09/24/2010 10:18 a.m.

DNA recovered from duct tape found in a trash compactor after a 2008 fire at Aaron Jones' Chenal Valley mansion matched Jones "within all scientific certainty," the forensic DNA examiner who analyzed the sample testified Friday.

Clinton assures Lebanon of US support

posted: 09/24/2010 10:17 a.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is assuring Lebanon that the U.S. will continue to support its government and army despite fears in Congress that American assistance may be used against Israel.

Police: Fla. bank robber has taken hostages

posted: 09/24/2010 9:30 a.m.

Police are surrounding a Miami-area bank where they say a robber has taken hostages.

Man linked to 23 kids gets prison in support case

posted: 09/24/2010 9:18 a.m.

A Michigan man accused of fathering 23 children with 14 women has been sent to prison for failing to pay tens of thousands dollars in child support.

Judge grants delay in Newton County murder trial

posted: 09/24/2010 8:37 a.m.

A judge in Newton County has granted a delay in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend so the defense can summon an expert on battered women’s syndrome.

Second Afghan journalist released by NATO

posted: 09/24/2010 8:14 a.m.

A second Afghan journalist detained by NATO coalition forces for allegedly spreading Taliban propaganda has been freed after an outcry from media workers and a call from President Hamid Karzai for their quick release.

Delay for man charged in killing at police station

posted: 09/24/2010 7:47 a.m.

A man accused of murdering a romantic rival in the parking lot of the Conway police station has been granted more time to collect evidence for his trial.

Police to perch on doughnut shop roof for charity

posted: 09/24/2010 6:38 a.m.

Law enforcement agencies in Little Rock and surrounding areas will take to the roof of a local doughnut shop during a charity drive for Special Olympics.

Hog fans ready for Alabama

posted: 09/24/2010 6:29 a.m.

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is rolling into Fayetteville with its Heisman Trophy tailback, a fierce defense and dreams of winning back-to-back SEC and national titles.

Bid fails to tweak Watson contract

posted: 09/24/2010 6:29 a.m.

In his last regular meeting as a Little Rock School Board member, Mike Daugherty on Thursday tried to win a two-year contract extension for Superintendent Linda Watson, whose contract is set to expire at the end of this 2010-11 school year.

3 districts get $13.7 million for merit pay

posted: 09/24/2010 6:29 a.m.

Three Arkansas school districts will use $13.7 million in federal funds to provide bonuses to their teachers, with the size of the annual checks based in part on the teachers’ ability to raise student scores on standardized tests.

4 Walton heirs still jam U.S. top-10 richest list

posted: 09/24/2010 6:28 a.m.

Four family members of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton remained in the top 10 of Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 richest Americans, and in most cases their fortunes increased from a year ago.

Congress passes bill for small business

posted: 09/24/2010 6:28 a.m.

Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a long-delayed bill to help struggling small businesses with easier credit and other incentives to expand and hire workers.

Obama exhorts U.N. on Mideast

posted: 09/24/2010 6:28 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Thursday challenged the world to overcome decades of shattered promises and help Israelis and Palestinians close a historic peace deal within a year. “This time will be different,” he said.

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Alabama: Mind-set makeover required

posted: 09/24/2010 6:27 a.m.

Can Arkansas rebound from being a four-touchdown loser to Alabama one season to knocking the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide from their perch atop the SEC and the nation the next season?

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rays rock CC, nip at Yankees

posted: 09/24/2010 6:27 a.m.

B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays knocked around CC Sabathia, took a few lumps and left the Bronx with the confidence — and schedule — that could carry them to an AL East title.

Man drowns in Garland County lake

posted: 09/24/2010 6:21 a.m.

Authorities have recovered the body of a 41-year-old man who drowned in a Garland County lake Thursday night.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs will need some luck, and they’ll get it

posted: 09/24/2010 6:13 a.m.

This could be a wild and crazy weekend in the SEC with four games being between undefeated teams.

Witness says center’s food is a concern

posted: 09/24/2010 5:58 a.m.

An occupational therapist from Oklahoma, testifying Thursday as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, noted several problems that she saw at the Conway Human Development Center regarding residents who have trouble swallowing and are prone to choking.

COMMENTARY: Stupidity now Edwards’ mark in NFL

posted: 09/24/2010 5:56 a.m.

Once again, Braylon Edwards dropped the ball.

Casey eyeing his goal, not snub

posted: 09/24/2010 5:55 a.m.

Paul Casey won’t be going to the Ryder Cup. He wouldn’t mind a $10 million consolation.

Eighteen-day turkey season proposed

posted: 09/24/2010 5:54 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard proposals for an 18-day turkey season running April 16-May 3, 2011, at its monthly meeting Thursday in Little Rock.

Phillies draw from 3 aces

posted: 09/24/2010 5:54 a.m.

Having three aces is no problem until the Philadelphia Phillies have to pick one to start the first game of the playoffs.

ASU looking for reversal of fortune against Troy

posted: 09/24/2010 5:54 a.m.

The storyline is similar, but Arkansas State is seeking a different ending when it plays at Troy on Saturday.

This date in baseball

posted: 09/24/2010 5:53 a.m.

1940 Jimmie Foxx of the Boston Red Sox hit his 500th career home run off Philadelphia’s George Caster in the first game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park.

State college report

posted: 09/24/2010 5:51 a.m.

Weevils now have the backs Gwaine Mathews has never questioned Johnny Polite’s talent. He’s just always known he’s been asking a lot for the little guy from McGehee to be Arkansas-Monticello’s lone rushing threat behind quarterback Scott Buisson.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Four from Florida eager to see game, campus

posted: 09/24/2010 5:49 a.m.

The anticipation of 10thranked Arkansas’ game against top-ranked Alabama on Saturday isn’t restricted to the two state universities.

Dyer’s pitch misses with Lattimore

posted: 09/24/2010 5:47 a.m.

For a few moments at Marcus Lattimore’s church in South Carolina last February, it seemed the SEC’s two most dynamic young runners would share the same backfield.

TOP 25: Just like old times for Miami

posted: 09/24/2010 5:46 a.m.

The decades may change, the conferences may change but everything seems to stay the same when Miami plays Pitt. The games are as one-sided as the rivalry.

Dasher suspension stands after appeal

posted: 09/24/2010 5:44 a.m.

The NCAA has rejected Middle Tennessee’s appeal, forcing quarterback Dwight Dasher to sit out his full four-game suspension for accepting a $1,500 loan.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/24/2010 5:43 a.m.

Petrino enjoying moment Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino has noticed the growing number of tents outside Reynolds Razorback Stadium, set up by students this week to make sure they get seats for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Alabama.

Key matchup

posted: 09/24/2010 5:42 a.m.

Arkansas defensive front vs. Alabama offensive line Perhaps the single biggest improvement for Arkansas in 2010 has been its defensive line.

High school football report

posted: 09/24/2010 5:40 a.m.

Player’s condition ‘improved’Camden Fairview dedicated last Friday’s 37-36 Class 5A nonconference victory over Watson Chapel to sophomore defensive lineman Khiry Neal, who has been hospitalized in Little Rock for more than a month because of a staph infection.

CLASS 7A/6A: Red Devils defuse Bombers’ offense

posted: 09/24/2010 5:39 a.m.

Junior wide receiver D’Vone Mc-Clure ran for one touchdown and had a touchdown reception as Jacksonville beat Mountain Home 26-2 in the 7A/6A-East opener Thursday night at Jan Crow Stadium in Jacksonville.

NFL’s new dance: QB Shuffle

posted: 09/24/2010 5:39 a.m.

Call it the QB Shuffle. Or the QB Quandary.

Notes

posted: 09/24/2010 5:38 a.m.

RAVENS Top pick agrees to deal OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens and top draft pick Sergio Kindle have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, even though the linebacker will not play this season.

Favre, Minnesota ‘grasping at straws’

posted: 09/24/2010 5:37 a.m.

The hair on Brett Favre’s head looks just a little grayer these days.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/24/2010 5:36 a.m.

This is how rumor mill gets rolling For a few hours Thursday, it looked as though college football was gaining an innovative coach but losing an entertaining broadcaster.

Off the wire

posted: 09/24/2010 5:36 a.m.

BASKETBALL U.S. women rout Greece Angel McCoughtry and Swin Cash each scored 16 points to lead a balanced U.S. offense in a 99-73 victory over Greece on Thursday at the women’s basketball world championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Crowbar, tape focus of day in Jones case

posted: 09/24/2010 5:19 a.m.

Paint on a crowbar found in Benton developer Aaron Jones’ toolbox, carpet from the back of his sport utility vehicle and records from a burglar-alarm system provided clues about the fire that gutted Jones’ 5,700-square-foot Little Rock home on May 30, 2008, investigators told jurors Thursday.

Blockbuster open but in bankruptcy

posted: 09/24/2010 5:18 a.m.

Blockbuster Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday under a plan that lowers its nearly $1 billion debt and provides financing to reorganize a video-rental business that analysts say failed to adapt to competition from rivals such as Netflix Inc.

Teacher: Student OK after surgery

posted: 09/24/2010 5:13 a.m.

A Little Rock man whose botched brain surgery is the subject of a medical-malpractice trial was an eager-to-please student who enjoyed school and helping out with his high-school football team, a special education teacher testified Thursday.

Speak out, author urges Philander Smith crowd

posted: 09/24/2010 5:13 a.m.

Author, professor and minister Michael Eric Dyson told an overflow audience Thursday night at Philander Smith College in Little Rock that the microphone is a powerful tool for amplifying the voices of the oppressed.

PAPER TRAILS: Stranded pets, family reunited

posted: 09/24/2010 5:12 a.m.

FINAL CHAPTER: Now for an update on the story of Thomas Walker and his beloved dogs that appeared here in early September.

Library system to lease 24 more parking spaces

posted: 09/24/2010 5:11 a.m.

Four months after shutting down its Aerospace branch to save money, the Central Arkansas Library System is planning to spend $550,000 on a 10-year parking lease.

GOP chief backs 2 from Tea Party

posted: 09/24/2010 5:10 a.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele had nearly finished a 20-minute exhortation of the faithful at the party’s state headquarters in Little Rock Thursday night when he was asked why establishment Republicans weren’t supporting Tea Party insurgent candidates such as Christine O’Donnell, recent winner of the GOP Senate primary in Delaware.

UALR gets U.S. grant for literacy education

posted: 09/24/2010 5:09 a.m.

A $2.7 million U.S. Department of Education grant announced Thursday to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will pay for nearly tripling the number of teachers in the university’s literacy-intervention education program.

Quorum court OKs paying Bisbee legal fees

posted: 09/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court voted 9-2 Thursday night in favor of an ordinance appropriating $50,150 to pay attorneys’ fees in a criminal case against County Judge Dave Bisbee.

Highway accidents kill two in Arkansas

posted: 09/24/2010 5:08 a.m.

Two people died this week in separate single-vehicle accidents on Arkansas roads, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Car hits, hurts mother, 3 kids on NLR street

posted: 09/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

A mother and her three children were hit by a car Thursday morning in North Little Rock after the car’s driver was likely blinded by the sun, according to a police report.

Man blacks out at museum

posted: 09/24/2010 5:07 a.m.

An Arkansas man is recovering in a Wichita, Kan., hospital after he slipped a noose around his neck while posing for a photograph at a Wild West museum Wednesday and then blacked out, nearly suffocating.

Obituaries

posted: 09/24/2010 5:06 a.m.

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

Highway agency sets Cash hearing

posted: 09/24/2010 5:05 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will hold a design hearing Thursday to discuss proposed improvements to Arkansas 226.

State teacher award names 14 as finalists

posted: 09/24/2010 5:04 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Education on Wednesday named 14 teachers regional finalists for the 2011 Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition.

LR board backs planned charter school

posted: 09/24/2010 5:04 a.m.

In a rare move, the Little Rock School Board voted 7-0 Thursday to support a proposed open-enrollment charter school in the city.

Lanes set to close on U.S. 70 bridge

posted: 09/24/2010 5:03 a.m.

Crews conducting a routine inspection of a bridge on U.S. 70 at the Prairie/Monroe County line will require a lane closure next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Daily record

posted: 09/24/2010 5:01 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licenses, and Divorces.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 09/24/2010 5:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/24/2010 5 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: West Roosevelt Road North Little Rock: JFK Boulevard and H Street Pulaski County: Kanis Road

Getting it straight

posted: 09/24/2010 4:59 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Police beat

posted: 09/24/2010 4:59 a.m.

Woman shot in leg at LR apartment Police were seeking a man who they believe shot up an apartment Thursday evening, injuring a woman inside, police said.

Other days

posted: 09/24/2010 4:58 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 24, 1910 Today is the last chance to get a 50-cent check and one of the banks that the Gazette is giving away.

Politics, law or both?

posted: 09/24/2010 4:58 a.m.

AT LEAST since de Tocqueville, that most perceptive observer of things American, it’s been noted that political issues in this country have a way of becoming legal ones and vice versa. We’ve also learned, like many a lawyer, not to predict how a judge will decide a case.

Penny-wise on crime

posted: 09/24/2010 4:57 a.m.

For more than 200 years, the political left has been coming up with reasons why criminals should not be punished as much, or at all. The latest gambit in Missouri is providing judges with the costs of incarcerating the criminals they sentence.

Reduce the burden on all

posted: 09/24/2010 4:56 a.m.

What should we do about ending those Bush tax cuts? As you may have heard, those are the tax cuts that “let the rich get away without paying their fair share of federal income taxes and force the middle class to carry the burden of paying for the costs of government in Washington.”

The hitchhiker

posted: 09/24/2010 4:55 a.m.

I love a mystery. Give me something out of order in the standard scheme of things and I’m hooked.

A guilty system

posted: 09/24/2010 4:54 a.m.

The guilty verdict in the murder trial of Ricky Ray Anderson is yet another tragic wake-up call regarding our legal system’s inadequacies when it comes to protecting the most sacred of all rights.

OTHERS SAY: Star power at the UN

posted: 09/24/2010 4:53 a.m.

A single mother of three, survivor of prison torture and exile. A pediatrician, linguist and practiced buster of gender barriers as the first female president of Chile.

LETTERS

posted: 09/24/2010 4:51 a.m.

Adjust director’s pay The director of the Arkansas lottery needs a reduction in salary. Ernie Passailaigue is the second highest paid lottery director in the United States. He may be third if Georgia’s lottery director qualifies for a bonus.

Pakistani who grabbed rifle gets 86 years

posted: 09/24/2010 4:40 a.m.

A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist convicted of trying to kill U.S. agents and military officers in Afghanistan was sentenced Thursday to 86 years in prison after she delivered a message of world peace and forgave the judge.

Iran halts seat bid to U.N. nuke panel

posted: 09/24/2010 4:38 a.m.

Iran on Thursday withdrew its bid at the last minute for a seat on the decision-making board of the same U.N. nuclear agency probing its activities for evidence that Tehran may be interested in making atomic weapons, officials said.

Thousands protest across France

posted: 09/24/2010 4:37 a.m.

French authorities estimated nearly 1 million protesters filled the streets Thursday to try to force President Nicolas Sarkozy to drop his plan to raise the retirement age two years to 62, while strikes also disrupted airports, train stations and schools for the second time this month.

Senate GOP again blocks campaign-finance disclosure bill

updated: 09/24/2010 5:32 p.m.

CORRECTION: Outside groups spent $446,574 against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a Democrat, in his unsuccessful challenge in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington group that advocates openness in government. The wrong figure was used in an article in Friday’s newspaper about campaign funding. For the second time in two months, Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill that would have required corporations and unions to disclose their involvement in political advertisements.

GOP bid to halt union rule sinks

posted: 09/24/2010 4:31 a.m.

Senate Republicans on Thursday failed in their bid to overturn a new rule making it easier for unions to organize workers in the airline and railroad industries.

Parties spar with clashing plans

posted: 09/24/2010 4:30 a.m.

These are two remarkably different visions for governing America.

Costlier Medicare drug plans in works

posted: 09/24/2010 4:28 a.m.

Millions of senior citizens face double-digit increases in their Medicare prescription premiums next year unless they shop for cheaper coverage.

Deluge forces evacuations in Wisconsin, Minnesota

posted: 09/24/2010 4:27 a.m.

Heavy rains soaked parts of the upper Midwest on Thursday, forcing evacuations in one flood-ravaged Wisconsin town where 20,000 sandbags were dispatched to rivers and creeks that had overflowed.

No. 2 rebel chief killed, Colombia says

posted: 09/24/2010 4:26 a.m.

Colombia’s military killed the field marshal and No. 2 leader of the country’s main leftist rebel group in bombing raids and combat at a major guerrilla encampment at the edge of the country’s eastern plains, authorities announced Thursday.

Set journalists free, Karzai urges

posted: 09/24/2010 4:24 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai called Thursday for the quick release of three detained Afghan journalists — arrests that analysts said were reminiscent of a strategy the U.S. military used in Iraq to detain local journalists as a way to disrupt insurgents’ propaganda networks.

In Middle East talks, hope arises

posted: 09/24/2010 4:23 a.m.

Hopes of averting a breakdown in Middle East peace talks grew Thursday as senior Palestinian officials said their side would consider an expected U.S.-brokered compromise on Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank.

White House files to keep ‘don’t ask’

posted: 09/24/2010 4:22 a.m.

Attorneys for the Obama administration objected Thursday to a proposed worldwide injunction being considered by a federal judge that would halt the military’s ban on openly homosexual troops.

In the news

posted: 09/24/2010 4:20 a.m.

Lt. Rich Maricelli of the Missoula County, Mont. sheriff’s office, said a woman fended off a 200-pound bear trying to enter her home by whacking the animal on the head with a 14-inch zucchini from her garden, adding that she suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded in the attack.

Names and faces

posted: 09/24/2010 4:20 a.m.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix returned to David Letterman’s Late Show on Wednesday to apologize for his wacky appearance last year that turned out to be an elaborate piece of performance art.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If anyone can show me where there’s a Democratic bill to hold hostage, I’ll buy them lunch.” Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, after the White House accused Republicans of “holding middle-class tax cuts hostage” Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 09/24/2010 4:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today we have a pension, we deserve one, and we wish the same thing for the younger generation.” Retired French police officer Michel Fourgues Article, 2A

Top 25 picks

posted: 09/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

Big East still looks real small The Big East could use a few big victories this week.

Plant a possible risk to mussel, 2 say

posted: 09/24/2010 4:15 a.m.

Two Arkansas zoologists testified Thursday that the Little River is home to a rare species of mussel, and work done on a 600-megawatt coal-fired plant in Hempstead County could harm the species.

Murphy to study electric fuel site

posted: 09/24/2010 4:14 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. is making a move to sell power for electric vehicles, with a plan to add a charging point to one of its gas stations in Tennessee.

State hews to its tourism-ad plan

posted: 09/24/2010 4:13 a.m.

Though the Arkansas tourism industry has felt the effects of the economic downturn, officials say they are staying the course in the spring and summer marketing campaign.

FCC grants use of vacant TV airwaves

posted: 09/24/2010 4:12 a.m.

Federal regulators Thursday cleared the way for technology companies to use vacant television channels for their wireless data and Internet services that may be worth more than $4 billion a year.

Existing-home sales up in August, still lag

posted: 09/24/2010 4:11 a.m.

Sales of previously owned homes rose last month, but not enough to keep August from being the second-worst month for sales in more than a decade.

1st-time jobless claims rise 12,000

posted: 09/24/2010 4:08 a.m.

The tally of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time in five weeks as the job market remains sluggish.

Irish economy ebbs 1.2% in quarter

posted: 09/24/2010 4:05 a.m.

Already reeling from a banking crisis that is threatening its financial credibility, Ireland suffered another setback Thursday when fresh data showed that its ailing economy shrank 1.2 percent in the second quarter.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/24/2010 4:04 a.m.

Will sell Netto stores, says Wal-Mart’s Asda Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Asda Group Ltd. unit offered to sell 24 percent of the Netto U.K. discount supermarkets it’s planning to buy to resolve local competition questions, Britain’s Office of Fair Trading said.

MARKET REPORT: Stock rally weakens on job news

posted: 09/24/2010 4:04 a.m.

A September stock rally weakened Thursday as investors were disappointed by a jump in unemployment claims and more signs of trouble for Europe’s economy.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/24/2010 4:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “What’s becoming increasingly clear is that this isn’t a normal recovery.” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak, referring to a report that requests for unemployment benefits rose last week Article, 1D

Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

posted: 09/24/2010 4:03 a.m.

There’s too much worth chewing over in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, to dismiss it out of hand.

Movie Review: The Virginity Hit

posted: 09/24/2010 4 a.m.

I know I shouldn’t like The Virginity Hit.

Movie Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

posted: 09/24/2010 3:58 a.m.

In the Guardians of Ga’Hoole novels of Kathryn Lasky, owls have mastered fire and metallurgy and have been known to play the lute as they sing their epic poems about epic battles from days of yore.

Movie Review: Cairo Time

posted: 09/24/2010 3:56 a.m.

There is a wistful placidity at the heart of Ruba Nadda’s Cairo Time that, while not at all unpleasant, will likely feel foreign to most American moviegoers.

Movie Review: Bran Nue Dae

posted: 09/24/2010 3:56 a.m.

A sunny, colorful Australian Aborigine musical sounds like a good idea, but Bran Nue Dae is a very slightly plotted, overthe-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old Benny Hill episode. If that sounds like fun, go see it, mate.

Screen gems

posted: 09/24/2010 3:53 a.m.

Docu-philes rejoice. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is less than a month away. Tickets are available for the event, set for Oct. 15-24 at the historic Malco Theatre in Hot Springs.

PREVIEWS

posted: 09/24/2010 3:52 a.m.

New this week Bran Nue Dae 82 PG-13 A 16-year-old Australian (Rocky McKenzie) in the late ’60s transfers to a Catholic boarding school for boys, where he falls afoul of the headmaster (Geoffrey Rush), then meets a wide range of colorful folks while attempting to hitchhike home to an aboriginal community on the continent’s western coast.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 09/24/2010 3:51 a.m.

(opening dates are tentative) Animal Kingdom, R After the death of his mother, a 17-year-old Australian moves in with his hithertoestranged family in Melbourne, including a doting grandmother and her three criminal sons.

Take it to the bank: Town is No. 1

posted: 09/24/2010 3:51 a.m.

The Town is the talk of the box office, opening with $23.8 million to take the No. 1 spot.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/24/2010 3:50 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know I’m supposed to pray, but I’ve always had this feeling that God must be too busy to bother with the little things I worry about.

Film clips

posted: 09/24/2010 3:49 a.m.

At area theaters 78 ALPHA AND OMEGA, PG Two wolves (voices of Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) try to find their way home to their pack after being kidnapped. Animated.

Home movies

posted: 09/24/2010 3:48 a.m.

Recent DVD releases: Ondine (PG-13, 111 minutes) — Having lost his family — not through drinking but by refusing to continue to drink — fisherman Syracuse (Colin Farrell) works the gray sea off the southern coast of Ireland and lives only for his frail daughter Annie (Alison Barry), one of those movie kids who are cast to make insightful commentary on the folly of adults.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/24/2010 3:47 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’re a dynamo. A single task keeps your attention through the next six weeks, and you won’t rest until you have accomplished it. Someone special adds to your life in so many different ways, it’s like five wonderful people are rolled into one. Bonus money shows in November.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/24/2010 3:46 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I’m sure most of your readers have a jumble of wires and cords behind the entertainment center or TV. The cable box, DVD player and game units all plug in back there.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/24/2010 3:45 a.m.

1. Frank Leahy coached football at Fordham University and Boston College, but he gained fame as a coach at what university? 2. If an egg is placed in a glass of water and it floats near the top, is it fresh or stale?

Thursday, September 23

21 killed in fighting in Somalia’s capital city

posted: 09/23/2010 5:06 p.m.

Heavy fighting between Islamist militants and pro-government troops raged in several parts of Somalia’s capital Thursday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 78, an official said.

US walks out on Ahmadinejad UN speech

posted: 09/23/2010 3:56 p.m.

The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were actually behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.

4 selected for Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

posted: 09/23/2010 2:07 p.m.

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame will honor four business leaders in the state with induction into the Hall of Fame.

Man accused of shooting officer sentenced

posted: 09/23/2010 2:05 p.m.

A judge has handed down a 20-year prison sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to first-degree battery in the November shooting of a Fort Smith police officer.

Lincoln to introduce bill funding discrimination settlement

posted: 09/23/2010 1:58 p.m.

Blanche Lincoln is one of three Senators who today announced they will introduce a bill to fund the Pigford Settlement, a $1.15 billion agreement reached with thousands of black farmers who were unfairly discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when applying for loans, credit and other forms of financial help.

Congress changes intellectual disability wording

posted: 09/23/2010 1:53 p.m.

Disabilities advocates are applauding Congress for passing legislation that eliminates the term “mental retardation” from federal laws.

Wife of detained US contractor visits him in Cuba

posted: 09/23/2010 1:27 p.m.

The wife of an American contractor detained in Cuba since December on suspicion of spying has been allowed to come to the island and meet with him, according to a person familiar with the case.

Nicaraguan official found with throat slit in NYC

posted: 09/23/2010 12:40 p.m.

New York City police say a Nicaraguan diplomatic official was found dead in an apartment with his throat slit.

Senate rejects bid to overturn new union rule

posted: 09/23/2010 12:21 p.m.

Senate Republicans have failed in their bid to overturn a new rule making it easier for unions to organize workers in the airline and railroad industries.

$5.8M Ark tourism ad plan hits range of audiences

posted: 09/23/2010 11:55 a.m.

The state tourism agency plans to use its $5.8 million advertising budget to promote Arkansas as a state filled with fun indoor and outdoor activities, and the ads will appear in media ranging from gas pump TVs to specialty magazines.

Hogs fans lining up for a ‘classic’ game

posted: 09/23/2010 11:36 a.m.

As the top-rated and defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide arrive in town Thursday for Saturday’s game against the 10th-ranked University of Arkansas Razorbacks, anxious businesses and nervous fans are hoping for a game that will go down as a classic.

Jurors hear Jones police interview, detective testimony

posted: 09/23/2010 11:19 a.m.

Jurors on Thursday are hearing testimony from the police detective who first investigated Aaron Jones the night of a fire that tore through Jones' Chenal Valley mansion.

Obama presses for Mideast peace in UN address

posted: 09/23/2010 11:19 a.m.

President Barack Obama challenged the countries of the United Nations on Thursday to unite around peace efforts that he said could achieve agreement within a year to create an independent Palestine and a secure Israel.

Blockbuster files for bankruptcy protection

posted: 09/23/2010 11:15 a.m.

Blockbuster Inc., the world’s largest movie-rental company, filed for bankruptcy Thursday after failing to adapt its storefront model to online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.

Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel is a mixed bag

posted: 09/23/2010 11:09 a.m.

There’s too much worth chewing over in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, to dismiss it out of hand, according to the review in Friday’s MovieStyle section

FDA keeps diabetes pill with heart risks on market

posted: 09/23/2010 10:39 a.m.

Federal health regulators will allow GlaxoSmithKline to continue selling a controversial diabetes pill but will restrict access to the once-blockbuster drug because of heart attack risks.

New VP at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

posted: 09/23/2010 10:31 a.m.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has promoted David Greenwood to vice president of Enterprise Data Management, according to Sam Partin, senior vice president of Actuarial and Risk Management.

American hiker wants to meet with Iran president

posted: 09/23/2010 9:58 a.m.

An American woman held in Iran for more than 13 months and accused of espionage says she wants to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he’s in New York.

Obama tells Iran it must stand up on nuke program

posted: 09/23/2010 9:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama is calling anew for Iran to demonstrate a “clear and credible commitment” to a peaceful nuclear program.

UA protein center to get $5.4M from NIH

posted: 09/23/2010 9:03 a.m.

The National Institutes of Health will give more than $5.4 million to a protein center at the University of Arkansas.

Stocks slide as unemployment claims rise

posted: 09/23/2010 9 a.m.

Stocks are sliding after first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, more evidence that the economy remains sluggish.

Afghan president calls for release of journalists

posted: 09/23/2010 8:58 a.m.

President Hamid Karzai is calling for the quick release of three Afghan journalists — two held by the coalition and the other by Afghan security forces.

Mom, three kids hit by car in NLR

posted: 09/23/2010 8:29 a.m.

A mother and three children were hit by a car while walking to school on 45th Street, authorities said.

Small earthquake shakes part of Faulkner County

posted: 09/23/2010 7:01 a.m.

A small earthquake rattled part of Faulkner County Thursday morning, the latest in a series of minor temblors reported in the area over the last several months.

Canoe teams take trip to Wisconsin

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

The Sayger family escaped the early-August Arkansas heat when all nine children and their parents made the 15-hour trek from Russellville to Peshtigo, Wis., to paddle in the U.S. Canoe Association’s 2010 national competition.

ALL ABOUT TRI-LAKES: A show with lots of stars

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

Is there anything as wondrous as looking at the planets and stars? As someone who grew up in the Space Age, I have always been fascinated with the night sky.

Taking back drugs

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

Millions of doses of prescription drugs, many of them controlled substances, are not securely guarded and are vulnerable to theft and misuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Those valuable and unguarded drugs can be found in most homes in America, including those in Arkansas.

The family behind Brown's

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

For nearly 38 years, motorists traveling Interstate 30 have passed the beacon of Southern hospitality in Benton known as Brown’s Country Store and Restaurant. The restaurant, with its two-story, wraparound porches and old-fashioned street lamps, is generally packed. Usually a bus or two are conspicuously parked there, and more often than not, a member of the Brown family is on the premises greeting and thanking folks for their patronage.

Calendar of Events

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

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

President's letter praises legacy of Benton resident's grandfather

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

Patricia Ashley of Benton knew she had something special when she noticed the envelope in her mailbox said “The White House.”

News in Brief

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

News snippets from around the River Valley and Ozark area.

Tri-Lakes Calendar of Events

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

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

Tri-Lakes News in Brief

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

News snippets from around the Tri-Lakes area.

FLAVOR: Fair busy time for family concessionaires

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

A brightly lit Ferris wheels, rotating late into the night, serves as a beacon to passersby, and the sounds of piped carnival music and screaming ridegoers cause cars on the highway to slow down. This is fair time across the land, and all smells at the Lonoke County Fair lead to W&M Concessions, known far and wide for its traditional and tasty fair food.

THOUGHTS ON THREE RIVERS: Another Sunday drive

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

It was another Sunday afternoon drive that took me to Heber Springs.

Three Rivers Calendar of Events

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

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

Emergency shelter gives children temporary home

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

The children are called guests, and some of them have never slept in a bed.

RE: RIVER VALLEY: First day of fall is here

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

According to my calendar, today is the first day of autumn, though I don’t put much stock in what my calendar tells me. On the alleged “first day of spring” this year, it was already about 80 degrees outside and I was wearing a tank top and shorts.

A big day in a little town

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

The city of Plainview is preparing for its fourth annual Frontier Day, to be held Saturday. Organizers expect about 2,000 Yell County residents and Plainview alumni to attend the event, sponsored by the Plainview Beautification Committee.

FLAVOR: Buy, buy the American pie

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

A slice of Americana tasted good to American Legion Auxiliary, Post 20, members, guests and visiting politicians who congregated last week for the annual “Meet Your Candidates” Political Pie Auction in downtown Russellville.

Depot Days celebrates early days of rock ’n’ roll

posted: 09/23/2010 6 a.m.

Back in the early days of rock ’n’ roll, Jackson County was buzzing with budding musicians such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley. People would travel hundreds of miles to attend performances by these musicians.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 09/23/2010 5:30 a.m.

The Weekend Calendar lists events from around the state that are occurring the weekend after publication. To submit an event for publication please use our calendar form at www.arkansasonline.com/events/submit. For more event check our searchable events database at www.arkansasonline.com/events/.

LR digs up $164,564 to re-roof police HQ

posted: 09/23/2010 3:55 a.m.

Little Rock won’t be using federal stimulus money to pay for a new roof on the city’s police headquarters.

Delta Caucus shows 2 sides for hopefuls

updated: 09/24/2010 5:27 p.m.

CORRECTION: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., did not attend a fundraising event for her that was held in Boston on Wednesday. A story in Thursday’s paper incorrectly reported that Lincoln had traveled to Boston after meeting Wednesday with members of the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus. The meeting was on neutral ground in Washington, but Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln held home-court advantage.

Health-care fight worth it, Obama says

posted: 09/23/2010 3:54 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday marked major provisions of the new healthcare law that go into effect today and visited with Americans who stand to benefit immediately as he stepped up efforts to repulse Republican attacks on his signature domestic initiative.

Terrorists grow within, U.S. says

posted: 09/23/2010 3:53 a.m.

Efforts by terrorists abroad to radicalize and recruit U.S. residents present new security threats, three top Obama administration officials told Congress on Wednesday.

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Alabama: A not-so running start

posted: 09/23/2010 3:52 a.m.

The last time Arkansas beat a No. 1 team at Reynolds Razorback Stadium 29 years ago, a Bequette was on the line.

American League: More at stake for Twins

posted: 09/23/2010 3:52 a.m.

A division title secured, the Minnesota Twins are not letting up.

Evictions of many up in air

posted: 09/23/2010 3:51 a.m.

Some of the nation’s largest mortgage companies used a single document processor who said he signed off on foreclosures without having read the paperwork — an admission that experts said may open the door for homeowners across the country to challenge foreclosure proceedings.

SEC pressed on Ponzi-case delays

posted: 09/23/2010 3:51 a.m.

Senators pressed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief enforcement official Wednesday to explain why the agency has yet to demote or fire staff members who waited 12 years to file charges in a major Ponzi scheme investigation.

Euro-elegance on Lulav’s menu

posted: 09/23/2010 3:50 a.m.

Central Arkansas’ celebrity chefs are pretty much local, and none of those have really developed the big culinary head that celebrity chef-dom always seems to bring on.

Day’s yield: 80 pounds of ‘pot’

posted: 09/23/2010 3:42 a.m.

An arson fire, a traffic stop and a search warrant led authorities separately to more than 80 pounds of marijuana around Pulaski County in a span of less than seven hours on Tuesday.

Witness: Mistake cured patient

posted: 09/23/2010 3:39 a.m.

A Houston pediatric neurologist testified on Wednesday that the Little Rock man subjected to botched brain surgery as a teenager at Arkansas Children’s Hospital was likely cured of the seizure disorder the operation was intended to alleviate.

Old NLR orphanage gets shot at new life

posted: 09/23/2010 3:38 a.m.

A historic orphanage in North Little Rock will be an orphan no longer. A place thousands of youngsters once called home is itself getting a make-or-break chance at a new life.

County Tea Party loses meeting place

posted: 09/23/2010 3:36 a.m.

Central Baptist College is now off-limits as a meeting place for the Faulkner County Tea Party after a dispute involving the Conway School District’s millage increase.

CPA testifies of Joneses’ cash woes

posted: 09/23/2010 3:35 a.m.

A certified public accountant hired by the government to analyze the financial records of millionaire real estate developer Aaron Jones and his wife, Abby, testified Wednesday that the couple was having financial “liquidity problems” when their pricey Little Rock home went up in flames on May 30, 2008.

Charter issue looms for LR School Board

posted: 09/23/2010 3:33 a.m.

The Little Rock School Board meets tonight to consider how to respond to the latest proposal for an open enrollment charter school — but the board will do it without its newly elected members.

SWEET TEA: Home had 37 years of memories

posted: 09/23/2010 3:30 a.m.

For a house that had sheltered newlyweds, newborn daughters and newborn grandchildren, a house that had harbored souls happy and sometimes not-so, Rebecca Hochradel’s home didn’t make much of a pile.

Witness: Center practices vary from the norm

posted: 09/23/2010 3:29 a.m.

A psychiatrist hired by the U.S. Department of Justice testified Wednesday that the psychiatric care at the Conway Human Development Center does not meet generally accepted practices in that medical field.

E-mail-suit contempt charge ruled moot

posted: 09/23/2010 3:28 a.m.

Years of legal wrangling over e-mails regarding a former Razorback quarterback ended last week, a month after the lawyer who disseminated the e-mails died after a stroke.

Egg execs tell Congress little

posted: 09/23/2010 3:27 a.m.

The heads of two Iowa egg farms linked to as many as 1,600 salmonella illnesses this summer gave Congress few answers in testimony about the conditions at their farms Wednesday, as one executive would not testify and the other did not answer many of the lawmakers’ questions.

Donation to judge raises doubt

posted: 09/23/2010 3:27 a.m.

A state Supreme Court candidate has accepted a campaign contribution from a political party’s county organization, and the head of the state judicial discipline agency said Tuesday that he doubts that’s appropriate.

UCA scholarship applicants’ transcripts delayed by glitch

posted: 09/23/2010 3:25 a.m.

University of Central Arkansas students applying for lottery scholarships ran into problems this month — more than 200 of their transcripts weren’t received for a while by the state Department of Higher Education.

Decision soon in case of fatal fire, judge says

posted: 09/23/2010 3:24 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge said Tuesday that he’d decide within a week whether a 19-year-old Sherwood man accused of setting a house fire that killed his grandmother should stand trial as an adult or be charged in the juvenilejustice system.

Spending, tax cuts top ‘pledge’ GOP hopes to win with

posted: 09/23/2010 3:24 a.m.

House Republican leaders are vowing to cut taxes and federal spending, repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care law and ban federal funding of abortion as part of a campaign manifesto designed to propel them to victory in midterm elections Nov. 2.

Foreign aid can help U.S. economy, Obama says

posted: 09/23/2010 3:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that assistance to developing countries can spur U.S. economic growth, and he announced an overhaul of U.S. foreign-aid policy that focuses on helping foreign economies develop over the long term.

Brothers charged in killing

posted: 09/23/2010 3:23 a.m.

Fort Smith police detective James Melson disguised himself as an electric company employee so he could check whether two brothers suspected in the slaying of a 22-year-old woman were staying in a local apartment, according to an affidavit.

McChrystal-article inquiry said to leave matters unsettled

posted: 09/23/2010 3:23 a.m.

An Army inquiry into a Rolling Stone magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal has found that it was not the general or senior officers on his staff who made the most egregious comments that led to his abrupt dismissal as the top Afghan commander in June, according to Army and Pentagon officials.

Spouse of misdiagnosed woman is found dead

posted: 09/23/2010 3:22 a.m.

It took Pamela Harper two days to die after her brotherin-law found her unconscious in his backyard that cold March morning.

Florida gay-adoption ban tossed

posted: 09/23/2010 3:22 a.m.

Florida will immediately stop enforcing its ban on adoptions by homosexuals after a decision by a state appeals court that the 3-decade-old law is unconstitutional, Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday.

CATA budget expected to soar on diesel costs

posted: 09/23/2010 3:22 a.m.

Diesel-fuel costs are going up for Central Arkansas Transit Authority buses, raising the public agency’s fuel budget next year by $167,400 and possibly causing service cutbacks.

Author Dyson to speak at Philander Smith

posted: 09/23/2010 3:21 a.m.

Michael Eric Dyson, a professor, cultural critic and author, will speak tonight at Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

Shooting by Israeli kills 1, incites mob

posted: 09/23/2010 3:21 a.m.

With U.S.-brokered peace talks hanging by a thread, clashes broke out in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after a private Israeli security guard, working for Jewish residents of an Arab-dominated area, shot to death a Palestinian man during an early morning altercation.

Jonesboro utility seeks leeway for 2 waterways

posted: 09/23/2010 3:21 a.m.

A Jonesboro utility will ask the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday to change water-quality standards for parts of Big Creek and Bayou DeView so the company won’t run afoul of tighter mineral limitations on the waterways.

25 insurgents killed in attack

posted: 09/23/2010 3:20 a.m.

Insurgents attacked a NATO and Afghan army outpost in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and at least 25 of the militants were killed in the resulting fight, officials said Wednesday.

Don’t give inmate book, attorney told

posted: 09/23/2010 3:20 a.m.

At the request of Arkansas prison officials, a judge Wednesday barred an attorney from giving an inmate a copy of a book listing accreditation standards for prisons.

2 districts’ millage votes differ

posted: 09/23/2010 3:20 a.m.

Two school districts within 10 miles of each other in Jonesboro face contrasting futures after Tuesday’s millage elections.

12 die in bombing at Iranian military parade

posted: 09/23/2010 3:19 a.m.

A bomb exploded at a military parade in northwestern Iran on Wednesday, killing 12 spectators in an attack that one official blamed on Kurdish separatists who have fought Iranian forces in the area for decades.

In the news

posted: 09/23/2010 3:19 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska incumbent who is mounting a write-in campaign to keep her seat after losing the Republican primary last month, will remain in her post as top minority member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, GOP lawmakers in Washington decided.

3 on finalists list for agriculture post

posted: 09/23/2010 3:18 a.m.

Three people have been named finalists for the job of vice president for agriculture at the University of Arkansas System.

Names and faces

posted: 09/23/2010 3:18 a.m.

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will join Randy Jackson as American Idol judges next season, after months of turnover and speculation about the future of TV’s top-rated show. Actress-singer-dancer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Tyler will have the job of trying to match the offbeat chemistry of former judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.

Powerball

posted: 09/23/2010 3:18 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball : 10-24-36-52-55 Powerball : 15 Estimated jackpot : $20 million Power Play: 5

Sheriff: Man, wife killed; uncle held

posted: 09/23/2010 3:18 a.m.

A Jackson County man is being held for questioning after police said he shot and stabbed two people to death during a fight Tuesday evening.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/23/2010 3:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Sometimes I fault myself for not having been able to make the case more clearly to the country.” President Barack Obama, on his health-care overhaul Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 09/23/2010 3:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This move has a foreign root. The U.S. and its allies are present in the region.” Provincial Gov.

Obituaries

posted: 09/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

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

Ronald Harlow Bullerwell: Retired, he saw 48 states by RV

posted: 09/23/2010 3:15 a.m.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Ronald Harlow Bullerwell spent eight years visiting 48 of the 50 states in his recreational vehicle after serving as a police officer for 31 years.

Candidate releases travel-expense list

posted: 09/23/2010 3:13 a.m.

Pat O’Brien, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, on Wednesday released a list of his travel expenses and challenged his Republican opponent, Mark Martin, to do the same.

Millage election results

posted: 09/23/2010 3:12 a.m.

Following are the unofficial results of school districts’ proposed changes in their millage rates in Tuesday’s school elections across the state.

Daily record

posted: 09/23/2010 3:10 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Governor’s appointments

posted: 09/23/2010 3:10 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced the following judicial appointments last week: Susan Hickey, El Dorado, as circuit judge, 13th Judicial District. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2012; she replaces Carol Anthony.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/23/2010 3:09 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: Cantrell Road North Little Rock: Fairway Avenue Pulaski County: Dixon Road

Police beat

posted: 09/23/2010 3:08 a.m.

Man, 23, arrested in purse-snatching A 23-year-old Sherwood man was arrested Wednesday in Mayflower in a Sept. 13 purse-snatching in Little Rock, Little Rock police said.

UA still searching for answers on ground

posted: 09/23/2010 3:08 a.m.

When Arkansas tight ends D.J. Williams and Ben Cleveland shifted from the left side of the formation to the right on a third-and-3 at the Georgia 41 last Saturday, pretty much everyone in Sanford Stadium could sense what was coming.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/23/2010 3:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Kuchar back in Atlanta

posted: 09/23/2010 3:07 a.m.

Matt Kuchar is the face of golf in Atlanta this week at the Tour Championship, just like he was 10 years ago.

Other days

posted: 09/23/2010 3:06 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1910 The “Royal Blue Flyer” is in the limelight again. This is the pigeon which pilots the train crews of the Iron Mountain over the road between Malvern and Arkadelphia and sometimes as far south as Gurdon.

Pop culture fodder for forum

posted: 09/23/2010 3:06 a.m.

Tim Dale and Joe Foy will discuss on Friday a book they wrote about the influence of popular culture on the political views and values of American audiences.

LIKE IT IS: Razorbacks will have to earn their respect

posted: 09/23/2010 3:06 a.m.

Arkansas went to Georgia ranked No. 12 in the nation and took on an unranked Bulldogs team that was coming off a loss to South Carolina and whose best playmaker was sitting out for disciplinary reasons.

COMMENTARY: Winning not a cure for some athletes

posted: 09/23/2010 3:05 a.m.

We’re big enough here to admit when we’re wrong and, it turns out, there is now empirical proof we erred with Kobe Bryant.

Darr vows to fight federal health law

posted: 09/23/2010 3:03 a.m.

The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said Wednesday that if elected he will file a lawsuit challenging the federal health-care law.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/23/2010 3:03 a.m.

CROSS COUNTRY Arkansas women honored by SEC Arkansas women’s cross country runner Miranda Walker has been named female athlete of the week by the SEC. Stephanie Brown was named female freshman of the week.

Washington’s listening now

posted: 09/23/2010 3:02 a.m.

Christine O’Donnell’s win last week may have shocked establishment politicians and the media, but it was no surprise for everyday Americans who have been struggling to get Washington’s attention.

OTHERS SAY: Flu shots for health workers

posted: 09/23/2010 3:02 a.m.

Imagine your reaction if you watched a loved one wheeled into surgery, then saw the staff preparing to operate without masks, sterile gowns and gloves.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/23/2010 3:01 a.m.

Tickets hot item on web Tickets for No. 10 Arkansas’ home game against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday are scalding items on the Internet.

A tale of two elections

posted: 09/23/2010 3:01 a.m.

HERE’S A simple, too simple, summary of how two school elections turned out this week in and around Little Rock: It was a case of Win One, Lose One for the teachers’ unions. Two union-backed candidates won decisively in the county school district while the opposite happened in Little Rock. End of story.

Tide ‘licking chops’ for Mallett

posted: 09/23/2010 3 a.m.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett’s style is enticing to Alabama’s Damion Square, right down to the way Mallett drops back in the pocket and stays there.

Change comes to Cuba

posted: 09/23/2010 3 a.m.

Fidel Castro, the face and soul of the Cuban Communist revolution for more than 50 years, drew limited attention in the United States when he recently declared to an Atlantic magazine correspondent: “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.”

The Weekend Ten

posted: 09/23/2010 3 a.m.

BALLOONS A couple of country music greats will be the headliners at the Legends Balloon Rally at the Hot Springs Municipal Airport, U.S. 70 West, Hot Springs. Clint Black and The Charlie Daniels Band present concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively.

LETTERS

posted: 09/23/2010 2:58 a.m.

Vote for suitable stewards A sad and strident refrain plays out daily on editorial pages, at tea-party rallies, and throughout the media. It insists that our government is incompetent and evil. It characterizes all those who work for it as lazy, corrupt, second-rate bureaucrats.

The Cupcake Factor

posted: 09/23/2010 2:57 a.m.

Never mind the tea party, what about the crumpets?

Off the wire

posted: 09/23/2010 2:57 a.m.

BASKETBALL Crittenton invited to camp The Charlotte Bobcats will bring Javaris Crittenton to training camp with a non-guaranteed contract, giving the ex-Washington Wizards guard a chance to return to the NBA following his infamous gun altercation with Gilbert Arenas.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/23/2010 2:56 a.m.

5-7 might be enough for a bowl There will be 35 college football bowl games played at the end of this season, and there is a distinct possibility that some of those spots will be filled by teams with losing records.

SEC report

posted: 09/23/2010 2:55 a.m.

Streak not part of plan Florida has Kentucky’s number, and it’s now reached 23.

NFL notes

posted: 09/23/2010 2:55 a.m.

COWBOYS Three limited for practice Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins, tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant have been limited in practice because of injuries, but are expected to play Sunday against Houston.

Fast Forward

posted: 09/23/2010 2:53 a.m.

NEXT WEEK Blues: Fayetteville hosts Bikes, Blues & BBQ, which includes demonstration rides, music, a motorcycle show, battle of the bikes and food, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Admission prices vary. Call (479) 527-9993 or visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

Trip to Troy no easy task for ASU

posted: 09/23/2010 2:53 a.m.

Arkansas State will be going against the numbers if it is able to defeat Troy on the road Saturday.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/23/2010 2:52 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve tried to read the Bible, but as far as I can tell it just talks about people who lived a long time ago, and I don’t see much point in trying to find out what they did. What am I missing? — J.W.

High school football report

posted: 09/23/2010 2:51 a.m.

Coaches adjust to system Van Buren Coach Mike Lee said he tells his players that life is about monitoring and adjustments.

THE TV COLUMN: New sitcoms apt to tank; Blue Bloods praised

posted: 09/23/2010 2:51 a.m.

The new fall season brings back a boatload of fan favorites today and Friday. Then Sunday debuts the new Fox animated lineup and several more stalwarts. Then you can catch your breath.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Invite parents to baptism, even if rejection is certain

posted: 09/23/2010 2:49 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: After I left home 13 years ago, I converted to a different religion from the one in which I was raised. This caused a great deal of friction between my parents and me, which simmers under the surface to this day.

UNC’s Burney, Williams suspended by NCAA

posted: 09/23/2010 2:48 a.m.

The NCAA suspended North Carolina defensive back Kendric Burney six games and safety Deunta Williams four games on Wednesday for receiving improper benefits.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/23/2010 2:47 a.m.

Happy birthday. You’ll finally have the time to do what you want. All you have to do is make the time, and the world complies. The next 10 weeks bring many long, meaningful conversations that cement bonds of affection and also lead you to explore new interests. December brings an impressive payday. Travel in May. Gemini and Virgo people adore you.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 09/23/2010 2:47 a.m.

Elsewhere in arts and entertainment this weekend : Tickets — $27, $43, $53 and $63 (including a $1 charity donation, plus “convenience charges” ) — go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 18 performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena.

Devils improving with passing game

posted: 09/23/2010 2:46 a.m.

Jacksonville and Mountain Home have a chance to grab the early lead in the 7A/6AEast Conference.

Class 4A-5A top performers

posted: 09/23/2010 2:46 a.m.

CLASS 5A TROY BRUNSON, Monticello, had 10 1 /2 tackles (2 for loss) and 1 interception. NEAL BURCHAM, Greenbrier, completed 26 of 38 passes for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/23/2010 2:46 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: You published a hint about putting sharp knives together in the same bin in the dishwasher silverware holder, tips up. You said they should go tips down “as a safety precaution.”

Fishing this week

posted: 09/23/2010 2:45 a.m.

HOT SPOTS 1. ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) Catfishing is good in the main channel using whole shad fished 15-30 feet deep. Spotted bass are biting well around jetties and current breaks on Flukes. Bream are biting well on crickets in the creeks. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around wood. White bass are biting well on chatter baits fished around jetties and current breaks. Stripers are biting well on live shad floated about 10-15 feet deep around creek mouths.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Saving jakes should help flock

posted: 09/23/2010 2:44 a.m.

For spring 2011, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s wildlife management division will propose a 20-day spring turkey season with a two-bird, no-jake bag limit at today’s meeting in Little Rock.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/23/2010 2:41 a.m.

1. What does “conjuration” mean? 2. What was the real name of “Bronco Billy” Anderson, America’s first cowboy movie star? 3. The first woman elected to Congress was elected in 1876, 1896 or 1916? 4. To what did Samson owe his great strength?

CHEAP EATS: Food at Skeeter & Millie’s worth a road trip to Sheridan

posted: 09/23/2010 2:40 a.m.

A recent weekend found a friend and me heading south to Sheridan to check out Skeeter & Millie’s, a restaurant that a co-worker said was well worth the drive. So, off we went. The drive was pleasant, and took about 40 minutes from downtown Little Rock.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 09/23/2010 2:38 a.m.

What used to be Union Tapas & Cocktails, 3421 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, which had closed during the summer for renovations, was set to reopen Wednesday as Union Bistro.

Obama team loses its bailout chief

posted: 09/23/2010 2:34 a.m.

Herb Allison, the head of the government’s $700 billion financial-bailout program, announced on Wednesday that he would resign. He is the latest in a series of departures from President Barack Obama’s economic team.

Housing aid exits pass half of entries

posted: 09/23/2010 2:32 a.m.

The Obama administration’s flagship mortgage-relief effort is failing to ease the foreclosure crisis as more than half of those who have enrolled have left the program.

Malaysia weighs freer money rules

posted: 09/23/2010 2:30 a.m.

Malaysia is studying the possibility of letting its currency trade freely overseas, officials said Tuesday while playing down the prospect of immediate changes.

Is inflation too low? Possibly, Fed says

posted: 09/23/2010 2:29 a.m.

It might seem like prices are rising, from medical care to college tuition. Yet to the Federal Reserve, they might not be going up fast enough.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/23/2010 2:27 a.m.

Windstream to sell $500 million in debt Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. on Wednesday said it will sell $500 million in corporate bonds to help pay for an Overland Park, Kan., company.

Selected restaurants

posted: 09/23/2010 2:27 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit www2.arkansasonline. com/restaurants.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/23/2010 2:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The average person may be bewildered by the Fed’s concern about deflation.” Allen Sinai, chief economist at Decision Economics Article, 1D

Wal-Mart, FedEx trying online buy-ship service

posted: 09/23/2010 2:25 a.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a new service in which online shoppers who do not live near any of the company’s stores can use site-to-store shipping to FedEx Office locations.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks dip; Treasurys heat up

posted: 09/23/2010 2:24 a.m.

Traders put their September stock rally on hold and moved into Treasurys and gold Wednesday, a day after the Federal Reserve said it was ready to take more action to boost the economy.

Potash sues to block takeover bid by BHP

posted: 09/23/2010 2:24 a.m.

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan asked a U.S. court Wednesday to block a $39 billion hostile takeover by BHP Billiton on the grounds BHP has made “false statements and half-truths” to manipulate the perceived value of the Canadian company.

General Mills posts 12% gain in quarter

posted: 09/23/2010 2:23 a.m.

General Mills Inc.’s first-quarter net income rose 12 percent on stronger sales of key products such as Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Yoplait yogurts.

Wednesday, September 22

$1.2M federal grant to aid Ark. medical school

posted: 09/22/2010 5:41 p.m.

Members of Congress from Arkansas say the state’s medical school is to get a $1.2 million grant to help pay for training doctors.

Russia bans sales of anti-aircraft systems to Iran

posted: 09/22/2010 4:10 p.m.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has banned all sales of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.

14 are regional finalists for Ark. teacher of year

posted: 09/22/2010 3:16 p.m.

The state Education Department says 14 teachers from around the state have been named regional finalists in competition for the title of Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

UN experts: Israel flotilla raid broke int’l law

posted: 09/22/2010 3:01 p.m.

A group of U.N.-appointed experts says Israeli forces violated international law “including international humanitarian and human rights law” during and after their raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

59 NYC cabbies accused of charging double fare

posted: 09/22/2010 2:18 p.m.

Dozens of New York City taxi drivers have been arrested on charges of quietly doubling the rates that thousands of passengers should have paid. Officials say tourists and residents unsuspectingly overpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars in all.

World powers renew offer of nuke talks with Iran

posted: 09/22/2010 2:08 p.m.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany have offered Iran another chance to enter negotiations over its suspect nuclear program, seeking a quick resolution to the long-running dispute.

State police looking at death in cabin

posted: 09/22/2010 1:30 p.m.

State police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a cabin at Yarborough Landing in Little River County.

LR street sweeper goes up in flames

posted: 09/22/2010 12:53 p.m.

A Little Rock street sweeper was destroyed after it became engulfed in flames while it was being driven in a west Little Rock neighborhood.

Obama, White House boosting health law at 6 months

posted: 09/22/2010 12:31 p.m.

President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to reintroduce his signature health care bill to skeptical voters who don't like or understand it six months after it became law.

I-440 reopens after wreck

updated: 09/22/2010 1:50 p.m.

An injury accident has shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 440 in North Little Rock.

Witness says Jones in financial trouble at time of fire

updated: 09/22/2010 11:39 a.m.

An expert witness for the prosecution in the Aaron Jones trial testified Wednesday that Jones was not in good financial shape when his house burned to ground in 2008.An expert witness for the prosecution in the Aaron Jones trial testified Wednesday that Jones was not in good financial shape when his home burned to ground in 2008.

Violence in east Jerusalem clouds peace efforts

posted: 09/22/2010 11:25 a.m.

Crowds of Palestinian youths went on violent rampages in east Jerusalem on Thursday, stoning buses, overturning cars and facing down Israeli riot police at the holy city’s most sensitive religious site following the shooting death of a local man.

Conway Center court hearing resumes

posted: 09/22/2010 11:17 a.m.

The hearing in federal court on the Conway Human Development Center continues today. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state in 2009, claiming Arkansas’ facilities for developmentally disabled adults and children had fallen below federal standards of care and violated the civil rights of the residents.

Financial bailout chief announces resignation

posted: 09/22/2010 11:14 a.m.

Herb Allison, the head of the government’s $700 billion financial bailout program, is resigning.

Woman shot over cough syrup, police say

posted: 09/22/2010 11:08 a.m.

A woman was shot once in the wrist Tuesday night by a man who was upset she hadn't brought him cough syrup, authorities said.

Country tunes plus hot-air balloons this weekend

posted: 09/22/2010 11:04 a.m.

A couple of country music greats will be the headliners at the Legends Balloon Rally at the Hot Springs Municipal Airport this weekend, as reported in Thursday’s Arkansas Weekend section. Clint Black and The Charlie Daniels Band present concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively.

65 pounds of marijuana discovered at house fire

posted: 09/22/2010 10 a.m.

The Little Rock Police narcotics unit was notified after the Little Rock Fire department discovered 65 pounds of marijuana at the site of a structure fire, Tuesday.

NATO calls for strategic partnership with Russia

posted: 09/22/2010 9:42 a.m.

NATO’s chief says a proposed summit of the leaders of Russia and NATO’s 28 nations will showcase the strategic partnership between the former Cold War rivals and result in greater cooperation in the Afghan war, missile defense and other areas.

Zimbabwe drops charges against US health workers

posted: 09/22/2010 9:20 a.m.

An attorney for four American volunteer health workers says Zimbabwe has dropped charges against them alleging they worked at an HIV/AIDS clinic and orphanage without proper medical licenses.

17 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop

posted: 09/22/2010 9:07 a.m.

Pulaski County authorities found more than 17 pounds of marijuana in the back of a Cadillac stopped initially because its driver wasn't wearing a seat belt, according to a police report.

Hope approves deer hunt within city

posted: 09/22/2010 9 a.m.

The coming deer season will include private lands within the city of Hope.

Book says aides doubt Obama's Afghan strategy

posted: 09/22/2010 8:27 a.m.

President Barack Obama's top advisers spent much of the past 20 months arguing about policy and turf, according to a new book, with some top members of his national security team doubting the president's strategy in Afghanistan will work.

3 French employees kidnapped in ship off Nigeria

posted: 09/22/2010 8:25 a.m.

The French marine services company Bourbon says three French employees have been kidnapped in an attack on one of its ships off Nigeria.

Judge tosses lawsuit filed by ex-county employee

posted: 09/22/2010 6:44 a.m.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Garland County road department employee who said he had been improperly fired.

Voters in school district boot two

posted: 09/22/2010 5:10 a.m.

Newcomers Gloria Lawrence and Tom Stuthard easily won election Tuesday to the Pulaski County Special School Board, unseating incumbents Charlie Wood and Danny Gililland and shifting the balance of power in support of the teachers’ union.

Assessor ruled out tax-credit penalties

posted: 09/22/2010 5:09 a.m.

Pulaski County Assessor Janet Ward said Tuesday that she’s never levied a penalty against anyone who received a homestead-property-tax credit that he didn’t legally deserve.

Italy probes money flow at Vatican

posted: 09/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

Italian authorities seized $30 million from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money-laundering probe.

Bill is blocked on gay troops

posted: 09/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

Senate Republicans, joined by Arkansas’ two Democratic senators, blocked a major defense bill Tuesday that opponents said was weighed down with items unrelated to military readiness.

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Alabama: Heisman watch

posted: 09/22/2010 5:05 a.m.

Maybe Ryan Mallett and Mark Ingram will be sitting side by side in the Nokia Theatre at New York’s Times Square on Dec. 11 as Heisman Trophy finalists, awaiting an announcement on the winner.

QB a perfect fit for Tide

posted: 09/22/2010 5:04 a.m.

Ryan Mallett has the Heisman hype and maybe the biggest arm in college football.

Ready with new moves, Fed says

posted: 09/22/2010 5:03 a.m.

The Federal Reserve signaled Tuesday that it’s worried about the weakness of the recovery and is ready to take further steps to help the economy if needed.

Arkansas workers’ ranks see decrease

posted: 09/22/2010 5:03 a.m.

The Arkansas work force in August continued to shrink at a much faster rate than the nation’s, as state unemployment inched up to 7.5 percent.

Buckling up baby

posted: 09/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

Let’s say you’re Jane Q. Reader — responsible parent of two toddlers and a 10-year-old — all of whom you expect to come hustlebustle down the stairs any minute now calling for breakfast and pleading for help finding their shoes.

The golden egg

posted: 09/22/2010 5:02 a.m.

Ah, the elegant egg. The humble egg. It really is all it’s cracked up to be.

Police arrest eight city officials of LA suburb in scandal

posted: 09/22/2010 4:54 a.m.

The mayor and ex-city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption scandal that authorities said cost the blue-collar city more than $5.5 million in excessive salaries and illegal personal loans.

GOP seeks records of 8 in cars case

posted: 09/22/2010 4:51 a.m.

The state Republican Party has sent Freedom of Information Act requests to all seven state constitutional officers plus the House speaker over state-car use in preparation for a lawsuit that the GOP says it will file this week.

Voters oust LR School Board incumbent

posted: 09/22/2010 4:29 a.m.

Michael Nellums will take Micheal Daugherty’s spot on the Little Rock School Board after unseating the five-term incumbent in Tuesday’s election.

Conway adopts millage increase

posted: 09/22/2010 4:26 a.m.

Voters in the Conway School District overwhelmingly approved a 1.9 mill increase Tuesday to finance construction of high school facilities on its west campus and an additional elementary school for the rapidly growing system.

Law shuts new clubs by 2 a.m.

posted: 09/22/2010 4:24 a.m.

Any private clubs that want to move their business into Little Rock will have to close by 2 a.m., city directors mandated Tuesday.

Lincoln’s flier broke law, says state GOP

posted: 09/22/2010 4:23 a.m.

The Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint Tuesday with a U.S. Senate ethics panel, charging that Sen. Blanche Lincoln illegally mailed a pamphlet earlier this month describing her tenure as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Iran’s president blames capitalism for poverty

posted: 09/22/2010 4:23 a.m.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that capitalism faces inevitable defeat and called for the overhaul of “undemocratic and unjust” global decision-making bodies.

UALR to spearhead program to aid 10,000 children

posted: 09/22/2010 4:23 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will oversee a coalition of organizations in a “cradle-to-career” effort to assist children in a low-income portion of the city with health, educational and social needs.

Developer on trial in arson

posted: 09/22/2010 4:22 a.m.

With two million-dollar homes for sale, no prospective buyers and a worsening economy steadily eroding the homes’ values, Benton-area real estate developer Aaron Jones had a strong motive for setting his Chenal Valley home on fire to collect insurance money.

Al-Qaida: Abducted nuclear workers in Niger

posted: 09/22/2010 4:22 a.m.

Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for kidnapping five French citizens near a uranium mine deep in the desert of the African nation of Niger, an audio message broadcast Tuesday said.

Informant says he pushed attack

posted: 09/22/2010 4:20 a.m.

A paid FBI informant testified Tuesday that he prodded a would-be bomber to move forward with a 2009 plot to attack synagogues and shoot down military planes by falsely promising to make him “the happiest man on planet Earth.”

Polish detainment probe sought

posted: 09/22/2010 4:19 a.m.

A human-rights organization and lawyers for a Saudi man accused in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole demanded Tuesday that Polish prosecutors investigate the terror suspect’s detention and treatment at a CIA prison once housed in Poland.

Center too restrictive for some, expert argues

posted: 09/22/2010 4:18 a.m.

A special-education expert who has been critical of the Conway Human Development Center spent a second day on the witness stand Tuesday outlining problems she found at the facility.

23,000 still clearing oil from water in the Gulf

posted: 09/22/2010 4:17 a.m.

Crews on fishing boats with giant vacuums sucked up pools of oil near a small Louisiana barrier island Tuesday as officials sought to reassure residents that the cleanup continues even though no crude has leaked in two months.

Teacher bonuses no help, study says

posted: 09/22/2010 4:16 a.m.

A study released Tuesday found that offering teachers annual bonuses of up to $15,000 had no effect on student test scores — a result seen likely to inflame debate about performance-pay programs sprouting in schools nationwide.

Airman dead in ’68 gets highest medal

posted: 09/22/2010 4:15 a.m.

For decades, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger’s courage under fire was kept as secret as the mission that placed him on a remote Laotian mountain, high above the clouds, in March 1968.

PAPER TRAILS: Arkansans abound in the news

posted: 09/22/2010 4:15 a.m.

TAKING NOTE: Two Little Rock-based travel agents — a father and daughter — appear in Travel + Leisure magazine’s “A-List : The 121 Top Travel Agents” in the October issue.

Some Medicare prices to drop

posted: 09/22/2010 4:14 a.m.

Seniors enrolled in popular private health-insurance plans through Medicare will pay a little less on average next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday.

Obituaries

posted: 09/22/2010 4:14 a.m.

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

ATV flips, kills 62-year-old man

posted: 09/22/2010 4:13 a.m.

Authorities in Little River County say a 62-year-old man has died after an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Bill Clinton reveals new aid plans in U.S., abroad

posted: 09/22/2010 4:13 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday warned of the growing devastation of the global economic downturn and said the dangers posed by natural disasters around the world had been increased by the effects of climate change.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/22/2010 4:12 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

NLR to give taste of local eateries

posted: 09/22/2010 4:12 a.m.

The 17th annual “Taste of the Town” will be 5:30-7 :30 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Arena, sponsored by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Tea Party Nation cancels event

posted: 09/22/2010 4:12 a.m.

Even as it gains momentum and attracts substantial donations after a string of primary-election wins, the “Tea Party” movement is facing the challenges of a grass-roots organization that has no central leadership or single goal.

Tourism bureau chief moving on

posted: 09/22/2010 4:11 a.m.

Little Rock is losing its Convention and Visitors Bureau chief executive to Jacksonville, Fla.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 09/22/2010 4:11 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: Base Line Road North Little Rock: Crystal Hill Road Pulaski County: Peters Road

9 die in Afghanistan copter crash

posted: 09/22/2010 4:10 a.m.

A helicopter carrying international troops crashed in a rugged section of southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing nine servicemen in the deadliest such incident in four years for coalition forces.

Research park’s plans progressing

posted: 09/22/2010 4:10 a.m.

A new research park that will cater to companies turning local medical research into real-world applications is one step closer to reality.

Reclassified Igor walloping Canada

posted: 09/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

Hurricane Igor pelted Canada’s Atlantic coast province of Newfoundland with heavy rain Tuesday, flooding communities, washing out roads and stranding some residents in their homes.

Man, 22, gets 30 years in robbery of pizzeria

posted: 09/22/2010 4:09 a.m.

The first of three men accused of robbing 16 people at a Little Rock pizza restaurant was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Daily record

posted: 09/22/2010 4:08 a.m.

Births, Marriage Licences, and Divorces.

Expect riots if talks collapse, Israeli says

posted: 09/22/2010 4:07 a.m.

New Palestinian violence could break out if peace talks collapse after this weekend’s expiration of an Israeli settlement slowdown, the Israeli military chief warned Tuesday.

Beebe touts move up in income rank

posted: 09/22/2010 4:07 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday that the state’s move up the ranks of per capita income during his time as governor shows Arkansas is going in the right direction.

Blagojevich details arise

posted: 09/22/2010 4:06 a.m.

New details emerged Tuesday that raise a fresh round of questions about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s role in the Senate-seat scandal that brought down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, even as the congressman contemplates a run for mayor of Chicago.

Court keeps Cherokee out of suit over waste

posted: 09/22/2010 4:06 a.m.

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the Cherokee Nation’s request to intervene in Oklahoma’s water-pollution lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies.

Alamo lawyer says sex claim wasn’t proved

posted: 09/22/2010 4:05 a.m.

Echoing arguments made during evangelist Tony Alamo’s criminal trial last year, an attorney told a panel of appeals court judges Tuesday that prosecutors failed to show that sex was the “dominant purpose” for the preacher taking underage girls across state lines.

Mega Millions

posted: 09/22/2010 4:05 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 3-20-43-47-52 Mega Ball: 26 Estimated jackpot: $12 million Megaplier: 4

2 win board re-elections

posted: 09/22/2010 4:05 a.m.

Dorothy “Dot” Williams and Ron Treat were re-elected in uncontested races to two seats on the North Little Rock School Board.

In the news

posted: 09/22/2010 4:05 a.m.

Zeituni Onyango, President Barack Obama’s Kenyan aunt who lived for years illegally in Boston before being granted asylum in May, told WBZ-TV in an interview that the United States should grant her citizenship, saying, “If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.”

Names and faces

posted: 09/22/2010 4:04 a.m.

Aretha Franklin’s son was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit, the singing legend’s spokesman said Tuesday. Eddie Franklin, who is in his 50s, was attacked Monday night, Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement.

Jonesboro district OKs tax jump

posted: 09/22/2010 4:04 a.m.

Jonesboro School District voters favored a millage increase for the first time in 22 years.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/22/2010 4:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He would be here just saying ‘I was doing my job up there.’” Richard Etchberger, son of Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger, who was posthumously honored with a Medal of Honor for saving three Air Force comrades in a Vietnam War attack in Laos Article, this page

LR man gets 20 years in ’08 stabbing

posted: 09/22/2010 4:03 a.m.

A 49-year-old Little Rock man admitted Tuesday to fatally stabbing a romantic rival more than two years ago.

The world in brief

posted: 09/22/2010 4:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is not your normal heavy-rainfall flooding. It’s having a major impact.” Chris Fogarty of the Canadian Hurricane Center, noting that 8 inches of rain in a few hoursfrom Hurricane Igor has washed out roads, stranded residents and closed schools in Newfoundland Article, this page

Other days

posted: 09/22/2010 4:02 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1910 ROGERS — Besides being the first day of court it was sales day and horse and mule day at Bentonville, and people thronged the streets of the county site town from every nook and corner of the county, and fully 2,000 people were present.

William Loral Thomason In cards and life, always dealt fair

posted: 09/22/2010 4:01 a.m.

Whether it was in business or at the bridge table, one could expect a laugh and a fair deal from William Loral Thomason, his daughter Lisa Thomason said.

USDA dismissed in Weiner lawsuit

posted: 09/22/2010 4 a.m.

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the U.S. Department of Agriculture from a lawsuit that challenges the state-ordered merger of the Weiner School District on Tuesday.

A test of character

posted: 09/22/2010 4 a.m.

WITH THE possible exception of weddings and funerals, nothing tests character under stress like how candidates behave in a political debate.

Great teachers we’ve known

posted: 09/22/2010 3:58 a.m.

Dear Close Reader, It was wholly a pleasure to be told that a line in one of our editorials got you to thinking about a great teacher you once had. The line was: “We can still remember the piercing, unblinking blue eyes of a professor of biology who could look right through you, and see every vacuum of knowledge you were so desperately trying to cover up in class.”

LIKE IT IS: Saban hard to like, but he’s earned respect

posted: 09/22/2010 3:58 a.m.

After much consternation, it seems it is OK to respect Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban.

Mugged by reality

posted: 09/22/2010 3:57 a.m.

This just in: The recession that started in December 2007 ended in June 2009, according to the official arbiter of the U.S. business cycle.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Yankees topple Rays, extend lead in AL East

posted: 09/22/2010 3:57 a.m.

Real fast, Nick Swisher and the New York Yankees got real comfortable against James Shields.

LETTERS

posted: 09/22/2010 3:56 a.m.

Where are the moderates?

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Halladay wins 20th for Phillies

posted: 09/22/2010 3:55 a.m.

Roy Halladay became Philadelphia’s first 20-game winner in 28 years, Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run and the Phillies increased their lead in the National League East to five games with their ninth consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Unable to open safe, burglars nick nickels

posted: 09/22/2010 3:55 a.m.

They came looking for the big money, but left carrying pockets full of change.

COMMENTARY: Can Jones let team continue to totter?

posted: 09/22/2010 3:54 a.m.

Jerry Jones has way too much riding on this season to sit back and watch his Dallas Cowboys wobble much longer.

Frazier shines for TV audience

posted: 09/22/2010 3:53 a.m.

Kiehl Frazier was the reason ESPNU televised Friday night’s nonconference game between Shiloh Christian and Greenwood.

High school football report

posted: 09/22/2010 3:51 a.m.

Unbeaten Hornets are taking baby steps Bearden Coach Mike Cox has lost only seven games since he began coaching the Class 2A Bears in 2006. The f irst six losses were to teams that won a state championship or played for a state championship.

Fighting cyber crime

posted: 09/22/2010 3:49 a.m.

Used to be the Internet scams came from Nigeria. Imagine my surprise when the latest one claimed to have come from Cyprus.

Week 3 Class 3A/2A best performers

posted: 09/22/2010 3:48 a.m.

CLASS 3A JARED ANDERSON, Episcopal Collegiate, scored three touchdowns. TICORIAN BERRY, Camden Harmony Grove, ran 26 times for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Notes

posted: 09/22/2010 3:48 a.m.

DODGERS/METS Torre: Sorry for comments Dodgers Manager Joe Torre apologized Tuesday for saying he was curious about the New York Mets job, a comment that offended Mets Manager Jerry Manuel.

Razorback report

posted: 09/22/2010 3:47 a.m.

Arkansas dealing with hype There’s a developing theme around the Arkansas campus with the No. 10 Hogs gearing up for Saturday’s game with No. 1 Alabama.

Off the wire

posted: 09/22/2010 3:46 a.m.

BASKETBALL Vols report violations Tennessee has reported several NCAA violations committed under Coach Bruce Pearl, including nearly 100 excessive phone calls to recruits and permitting families of recruits to stay longer than allowed by the NCAA when visiting Knoxville.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/22/2010 3:46 a.m.

GOLF Harding wins own tournament Harding’s women’s team won its Bison Fall Golf Classic at River Oaks Golf Course Tuesday in Searcy. The Bisons turned in a 620, while Arkansas Tech shot a 642.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/22/2010 3:45 a.m.

Beavers get blue for Boise To prepare for Saturday’s game at No. 3 Boise State, No. 24 Oregon State has painted one of its practice fields blue.

FRONT BURNER: Those stevia plants, Mom, thanks much, but they died

posted: 09/22/2010 3:43 a.m.

Back in early summer, my mom called to tell me she had a present for me. It wasn’t yet my birthday and she hadn’t missed any other gift-giving occasions, so this was one of those “just because.” Aw, Mom, that’s sweet. Thanks.

TIDBITS

posted: 09/22/2010 3:42 a.m.

COOKING CLASSES Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s Saturday Chef’s Series cooking classes, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. at the Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 09/22/2010 3:40 a.m.

Mincing fresh herbs by hand with a knife can be a tedious — not to mention dangerous — task. Microplane’s Herb Mill cuts fresh herbs like parsley, dill, sage and mint with hundreds of tiny scissors without bruising or blemishing. Dishwasher safe, although you have to disassemble it for thorough cleaning.

COMMENTARY: Defense is his baby, but Saban’s offense rocks

posted: 09/22/2010 3:39 a.m.

Greg McElroy didn’t say that Nick Saban plays favorites.

IDEA ALLEY: Lighter is sweeter in molasses range

posted: 09/22/2010 3:39 a.m.

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

UNCORKED: What to do with surplus open wine

posted: 09/22/2010 3:38 a.m.

Rarely in our home, but on occasion, I am faced with the dilemma of what to do with leftover wine. My choices are to drink, save, use Martha Stewart’s recommendation of turning it into ice cubes or, with great pain, pour it down the kitchen sink.

Key matchup

posted: 09/22/2010 3:38 a.m.

Arkansas cornerbacks vs. Alabama receivers Cornerbacks Ramon Broadway and Isaac Madison will draw the most frequent man-to-man coverage among the Razorbacks’ defensive backs against the talented Crimson Tide receiving corps, led by All-SEC player Julio Jones, Darius Hanks and Marquis Maze.

Cooking, handling tips can eradicate bacteria

posted: 09/22/2010 3:37 a.m.

Eggs have received a bad rap in recent weeks due to the extensive recall because of salmonella contamination. But that doesn’t mean eggs should be on the banned foods list.

SUPERMARKET SLEUTH: Pillsbury sweetens baking aisle choices

posted: 09/22/2010 3:37 a.m.

Pillsbury has been extremely busy lately creating new products for just about everyone’s taste. First is the new line of sugarfree products sweetened with Splenda.

Slim pickings

posted: 09/22/2010 3:36 a.m.

WHAT: Extra Dessert Delights gum STATS: Each stick contains 5 calories and no fat.

Plant called benign for area

posted: 09/22/2010 3:30 a.m.

A 32-year-old Southwestern Electric Power Co. coalfired power plant near Gentry does not seem to have damaged an adjacent wildlife area, the former director of Audubon Arkansas testified under cross-examination in a federal case Tuesday.

Home construction jumps 10.5%

posted: 09/22/2010 3:30 a.m.

Home construction increased last month and applications for building permits also grew. But the gains were driven mainly by apartment and condominium construction, not the much larger singlefamily-homes sector.

Family shopper

posted: 09/22/2010 3:29 a.m.

THE ORIGINAL HOMEWORK BOX What is it: A container to corral the papers, worksheets and tools that kids need to get their homework done. Comes with ruler, stapler and staples, tape and tape dispenser, glue stick, pencils, pencil sharpener and scissors. Big enough to hold a stack of schoolwork, too.

Airlines to analyze full name, birth date

posted: 09/22/2010 3:28 a.m.

A program that has been phased in during the past year will require airlines to collect additional information from passengers to help the government match travelers’ names against federal “no-fly” and enhanced screening lists.

Planner: Fifth on fraud question

posted: 09/22/2010 3:27 a.m.

Little Rock developer Roger Stephen “Steve” Clary said under oath Tuesday in a bankruptcy proceeding that if he were asked questions about allegations of fraudulent use of proceeds from a loan, he would refuse to answer under the protection of the Fifth Amendment.

Creature feature

posted: 09/22/2010 3:27 a.m.

Last summer, a stray male kitten showed up in my yard, and I was considering keeping it. However, my male, altered, deaf cat who was then around 8 months old went nuts. Now, I have the opportunity to adopt a female kitten, but I’m afraid of another bad reaction from my cat.

FORCES OF NURTURE: Cancer red flags not just lumps

posted: 09/22/2010 3:26 a.m.

I’d like to discuss a type of breast cancer many of you probably haven’t heard of: inflammatory breast cancer, known as IBC.

Hunt’s lawsuit over debt from Pinnacle Air settled

posted: 09/22/2010 3:25 a.m.

Johnelle Hunt has reached a settlement with Chicago billionaire John Calamos, who she claimed owed her more than $4 million related to Pinnacle Air LLC, a charter jet service that went out of business in 2008.

HEART & SOUL: Resilient friendship is pleasant surprise

posted: 09/22/2010 3:24 a.m.

Five years ago, I slowed my life way down and pulled back from activities and the friendships that came with them. At first, this was part of coping with the end of a marriage. I didn’t feel social, didn’t want company and didn’t want to be company.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/22/2010 3:22 a.m.

Dillard’s to close 2 stores in Florida Little Rock-based Dillard’s Inc. will close two stores in Florida, the company told authorities in that state.

BOOKSHELF: ‘Inkworld’ creator pens new adventure

posted: 09/22/2010 3:22 a.m.

Tucked in the back of a lush garden exploding with flowers, Cornelia Funke’s study is a wonderland of books. Her desk is cluttered with tomes about fairy tales, which are stacked next to those about mining, alongside travel guides for Spain, France and England.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks mixed after Fed meeting

posted: 09/22/2010 3:21 a.m.

Stocks got a brief bump after word that the Federal Reserve is ready to do more to help the economy, but ended mostly lower Tuesday after the central bank disappointed some investors by not taking any bold new actions.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/22/2010 3:21 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The housing market has found a bottom, and we’re bouncing along here.” Thomas Simons, an economist at Jefferies Group Inc.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/22/2010 3:20 a.m.

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

BIB TALES: Dinner is nicely ricey, not dicey, at Taziki’s

posted: 09/22/2010 3:20 a.m.

Dinner at Taziki’s didn’t exactly make us feel like we were transported to another continent, although the artwork on the walls — in window-like frames over Greeklike scenes — was an honest effort on someone’s part.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/22/2010 3:19 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’m already dreading Christmas because there’s always so much to do, and I just get overwhelmed. I know it’s wrong, but in recent years I’ve even ended up hating Christmas. How can I get out of this trap? — D.T.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/22/2010 3:19 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your social life thrives because of the confident way you present yourself, especially to strangers. Over the next six weeks, you will learn more about a new interest. You could go into business in November and start making money right away.The holidays feature better communication with family.

PARENTING: Mother reads too much into child’s tantrums

posted: 09/22/2010 3:18 a.m.

Today’s parents — and especially those in the educated class who consume parenting information via newspaper columns, books, and seminars — tend toward what I call “psychological thinking.” They assign psychological meaning and significance to any behavior on the part of their children that is the least bit out of kilter.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/22/2010 3:18 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Did you know that September is National Honey Month? Here are a few “sweet” honey facts and an easy-to-do recipe: It’s best to store honey at room temperature. According to the National Honey Board, honey can last indefinitely if stored correctly. The source of the nectar determines honey’s color.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/22/2010 3:17 a.m.

1. Greer Garson plays the role of Mrs. Miniver in the Academy Award-winning movie of that name. What is Mrs. Miniver’s first name? 2. Where in New York were the World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and the mid-1960 s held? 3. What fatal event occurred in Washington State in 1980?

5-Step-Test can tell if child needs a boost

posted: 09/22/2010 3:16 a.m.

When children outgrow their child seats, safety experts recommend they graduate to a booster seat, not an adult seat belt.

Information, tips are online

posted: 09/22/2010 3:14 a.m.

There are plenty of websites devoted to child passenger safety. These were highly recommended by our sources: carseatsar.org: This Arkansas site has a calendar of events that lists forthcoming child seat inspections.

Car safety seats by the numbers

posted: 09/22/2010 3:13 a.m.

To help parents choose the correct restraint for each stage of their child’s development, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following guidelines in its 4 Steps For Kids campaign.

Tuesday, September 21

Aretha Franklin’s son reportedly severely beaten

posted: 09/21/2010 5:57 p.m.

Aretha Franklin’s son was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit, the singing legend’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.

World’s oldest man marks 114th birthday in Montana

posted: 09/21/2010 5:54 p.m.

A Montana resident believed to be the world’s oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday Tuesday at a retirement home in Great Falls.

Japan officials delay Paris Hilton from entering country

posted: 09/21/2010 5:48 p.m.

Japanese officials delayed Paris Hilton at Narita International Airport while they decide whether she will be admitted to the country after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas.

LR Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO leaving

posted: 09/21/2010 5:31 p.m.

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Chief Executive Officer Dan O'Byrne is leaving for a similar job in Jacksonville, Fla.

Hearing begins in federal court on SWEPCO plant

posted: 09/21/2010 5:08 p.m.

The former director of Audubon Arkansas says the $1.7 billion coal-fired plant under construction in Hempstead County poses a “tremendous” threat to the birds, fish and other wildlife in the area.

Body of Texas man recovered as rain finally eases

posted: 09/21/2010 4:48 p.m.

Authorities have found the body of a driver swept away in floodwaters after storms dumped more than 10 inches of rain along the Texas coast.

Economic Council chief leaving for Harvard

posted: 09/21/2010 4:33 p.m.

The White House said Lawrence Summers, director of the National Economic Council, will leave the administration and return to Harvard University at the end of the year.

OSHA cites safety lapses at Smackover, Ark., plant

posted: 09/21/2010 4:07 p.m.

An oil refinery owned by a Texas company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for lapses in safety measures at the plant, with proposed fines totaling $165,600.

Mood rings recalled; lead cited

posted: 09/21/2010 3:01 p.m.

“Love Tester” mood rings and necklaces are being recalled because of high levels of lead in the jewelry, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and distributors announced Wednesday.

9 NATO troops die in Afghan chopper crash

posted: 09/21/2010 2:38 p.m.

A helicopter carrying international troops crashed in a rugged section of southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing nine service members in the deadliest such incident in four years for coalition forces.

Al-Qaida claims kidnapping of 5 French in Niger

posted: 09/21/2010 2:34 p.m.

Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch claimed responsibility in an audio message broadcast Tuesday for kidnapping five French nationals that disappeared in the deserts of Niger last week.

Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

posted: 09/21/2010 2:21 p.m.

Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

State justice released from hospital

posted: 09/21/2010 2:19 p.m.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Donald Corbin has been released from the hospital nearly two weeks after having a portion of his left lung removed as part of his cancer treatment.

Fed signals it will take further steps if needed

posted: 09/21/2010 1:39 p.m.

The Federal Reserve offered a dim view of the economy Tuesday and signaled it’s prepared to provide new relief if necessary.

Ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal

posted: 09/21/2010 1:38 p.m.

The mayor and ex-city manager of the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption investigation.

Ga. inmate attempts suicide hours before execution

posted: 09/21/2010 1:34 p.m.

A Georgia death row inmate is in a hospital after attempting suicide hours before his scheduled execution.

Kan. airman with HIV charged with assault for sex

posted: 09/21/2010 12:38 p.m.

An airman in Kansas has been charged with assault and related crimes for having unprotected sex without telling his partners he was HIV positive, the Air Force said Tuesday.

Wyclef Jean officially ends bid for president

posted: 09/21/2010 12:36 p.m.

Wyclef Jean has officially ended his bid for Haiti’s presidency.

Conway man competes on Biggest Loser

posted: 09/21/2010 12:27 p.m.

A Conway pediatric physical therapist will compete with 20 other contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser on Tuesday night.

Few takers for BP Gulf rig worker fund

posted: 09/21/2010 11:52 a.m.

There have been far fewer applicants than expected for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill.

UPDATE: Ark. GOP files ethics complaint against Lincoln

updated: 09/21/2010 4:05 p.m.

The Arkansas Republican Party said Tuesday that it filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, saying the Democrat improperly used taxpayer funds to mail a newsletter about her re-election bid.

Obama’s aunt says US obligated to make her citizen

posted: 09/21/2010 11:24 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s aunt, who lived for years illegally in Boston, says in her first interview since being granted asylum that the United States has an “obligation” to grant her citizenship.

Arkansas jobless rate edges up to 7.5 percent

posted: 09/21/2010 11:15 a.m.

Arkansas' unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in August, from 7.4 percent in July, the state's Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday.

Italian police investigate Vatican bank officials

posted: 09/21/2010 11:11 a.m.

Italian authorities have seized $30.18 million from a Vatican bank account and begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money laundering inquiry.

Stocks waver ahead of Federal Reserve decisions

posted: 09/21/2010 11:01 a.m.

Investors are holding back from making big moves in the stock market as they wait to see if the Federal Reserve might take new actions to stimulate the economy.

Financial trouble was motive for fire, prosecutor says

posted: 09/21/2010 10:57 a.m.

A Saline County attorney and real estate developer torched his Chenal Valley home and then lied when he told authorities intruders were responsible for the May 30, 2008 blaze, prosecutors said during opening arguments Tuesday in the federal trial against Aaron Jones.

Tea party group announces $1 million donation

posted: 09/21/2010 10:44 a.m.

A tea party group is $1 million richer thanks to an anonymous donor who wants his money to influence this year’s midterm elections.

Ahmadinejad says capitalism faces defeat

posted: 09/21/2010 10:18 a.m.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says capitalism is facing defeat and is calling for an overhaul of the “undemocratic and unjust” global decision-making bodies.

Buckling up baby — the right way

posted: 09/21/2010 10:15 a.m.

Let’s say you’re Jane Q. Reader — responsible parent of two toddlers, writes Kim Christ in Wednesday’s Family section. When you drive them to day care, the kids are safely strapped into car seats you know are correctly installed because you read the manufacturer’s instructions and were careful to get the job done just right.

Making the most of the incredible, edible egg

posted: 09/21/2010 10:14 a.m.

The elegant yet humble egg really is all it’s cracked up to be, writes Kelly Brant in Wednesday’s Food pages.

Twitter hack opens popups, causes havoc

posted: 09/21/2010 9:42 a.m.

A new way to cause mischief quickly spread through short-messaging service Twitter Tuesday morning before the site could fix the problem, as mysterious “tweets” of blocked-out text propagated themselves and caused popup windows to open.

Home construction jumps 10.5% in August

posted: 09/21/2010 9:28 a.m.

Home construction increased last month and applications for building permits also grew. The gains were driven mainly by apartment and condominium construction, not the much larger single-family homes sector.

Man drowns after ATV crash in SW Ark

posted: 09/21/2010 8:19 a.m.

Authorities in Little River County say a 62-year-old man has died as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Obama to award Medal of Honor

posted: 09/21/2010 7:46 a.m.

An airman killed in Laos in 1968 will be honored Tuesday with the nation’s highest military award for valor.

Murfreesboro annexes Crater of Diamonds State Park

posted: 09/21/2010 7:12 a.m.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park now officially is part of a city.

Van carrying 30 kids plunges into Pakistan river

posted: 09/21/2010 7:10 a.m.

A van carrying at least 30 schoolchildren plunged into a river in Pakistan-held Kashmir on Tuesday, and most of the passengers were confirmed or feared dead.

US urges Iran to return to nuclear talks

posted: 09/21/2010 7:09 a.m.

U.S. officials urged Iran on Tuesday to return to negotiations over its nuclear program.

Somalia’s prime minister resigns amid tensions

posted: 09/21/2010 7:07 a.m.

Somalia’s prime minister says he is resigning to prevent political turmoil.

NATO says 9 troops killed in helicopter crash

posted: 09/21/2010 7:07 a.m.

A helicopter carrying international troops crashed Tuesday, killing nine service members in southern Afghanistan where troops are ramping up pressure on Taliban insurgents.

Too soon to judge vote, say Afghan authorities

posted: 09/21/2010 6:21 a.m.

Afghan authorities said Monday it was too early to judge the validity of the country’s parliamentary ballot despite observers’ reports of widespread fraud in the vote that was to help consolidate its shaky democracy.

FBI misled Congress on peace-rally surveillance, report finds

posted: 09/21/2010 6:20 a.m.

The FBI gave inaccurate information to Congress and the public when it claimed a possible terrorism link to justify surveilling an anti-war rally in Pittsburgh, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Monday in a report on the bureau’s scrutiny of domestic activist groups.

GOP-allied groups to boost fundraising

posted: 09/21/2010 6:19 a.m.

Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million this year, using new freedom from fundraising restrictions to create a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November.

NASA chief’s oil contact investigated

posted: 09/21/2010 6:18 a.m.

NASA’s chief found himself under scrutiny again Monday, this time for making what he called “inappropriate” contact with an oil company while considering an alternative fuel project.

Training sparked Utah wildfire

posted: 09/21/2010 6:17 a.m.

The commander of the Utah Army National Guard took responsibility Monday for a fast-moving wildfire that led to the evacuation of 1,600 homes, saying Guard officials erred when they allowed live-fire training despite high-wind warnings.

Fort Bliss gunman injures two, is killed

posted: 09/21/2010 6:16 a.m.

A person opened fire Monday at a convenience store on Fort Bliss, injuring two people before being killed by responding officers, the commander of the west Texas Army post said.

Obama: Recession woes still real

posted: 09/21/2010 6:14 a.m.

President Barack Obama said Monday he doesn’t care that the recession has been declared over by a group of economists. For the millions of people who are out of work or otherwise struggling, he said, “it’s still very real for them.”

1 missing in flooding as rain bashes Texas coast

posted: 09/21/2010 6:10 a.m.

Relentless rainfall brought partly from Hurricane Karl caused widespread problems along the Texas coast Monday, leaving at least one person missing in high floodwaters, schools closed and raw sewage gushing from an overwhelmed city sewer system.

France calls for attack on poverty

posted: 09/21/2010 6:08 a.m.

The 10-year-old promise to lift the world’s poorest is unfulfilled and with world economies clawing back from the worst recession since World War II, the French president and others implored leaders on Monday not to return to their “old bad habits” of ignoring global poverty.

Indian leaders visit Kashmir for talks

posted: 09/21/2010 6:07 a.m.

A delegation of Indian lawmakers launched a mission Monday in Kashmir to find ways of defusing months of deadly unrest, but their trip was immediately derided by the Himalayan region’s separatists as a publicity stunt.

Terrorist threats on rise in France

posted: 09/21/2010 6:06 a.m.

France has stepped up its vigilance against terror threats, a top official announced Monday amid reports of various new threats, including one against the Paris transport network.

Violence halts Zimbabwe constitution meetings

posted: 09/21/2010 6:05 a.m.

Zimbabwean lawmakers in charge of a constitutional overhaul program halted public canvassing Monday after weekend violence disrupted their work, and the prime minister said he suspected the violence was sparked by political operatives.

Names and faces

posted: 09/21/2010 6:03 a.m.

Paris Hilton, who faced a felony drug charge, avoided jail time by pleading guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges during the Las Vegas Justice Court hearing, admitting that she had cocaine in her purse and lied to police when she was arrested.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/21/2010 6:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s always the possibility that some ammunition will catch brush on fire.” National Guard Lt. Col. Hank McIntire, after a training session in Utah sparked a wildfire that burned thousands of acres and at least three homes Article, this page

Getting it straight

posted: 09/21/2010 6:02 a.m.

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

The world in brief

posted: 09/21/2010 6:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We did succeed in having an election in almost all over Afghanistan, but that does not mean that we did not have difficulties in terms of arrangements for the elections.” Waheed Omar, spokesman of President Hamid Karzai, saying it’s too early judge the validity of parliamentary elections in the country Article, 1A

3 county retirees filing to appeal pension cuts

posted: 09/21/2010 6:01 a.m.

Three elected county officials are attempting to appeal a decision by the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System to cut off their pension benefits, even though the system’s attorney says they missed a deadline for filing notices of the appeals.

Ex-U.S. attorney: Removals legal, but marred by wrongs

posted: 09/21/2010 5:59 a.m.

During a panel discussion Monday, former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins smiled — but kept silent — when asked to comment on the man who replaced him after he was ousted during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Late liquor permits set for vote

posted: 09/21/2010 5:58 a.m.

Little Rock wants to prevent private clubs holding 5 a.m. liquor licenses in other cities from moving their business into the capital city.

School elections set today in state

posted: 09/21/2010 5:57 a.m.

Today is election day in Arkansas’ 239 school districts.

Panel votes against zoning change, 6-2

posted: 09/21/2010 5:56 a.m.

The Conway Planning Commission recommended Monday night that the City Council deny a zoning-change request that would allow a major Kroger grocery expansion on the city’s west side.

Reasons for search cleared in threat trial

posted: 09/21/2010 5:54 a.m.

Jurors will be able to hear how the investigation into the slayings of a toddler and her father brought Pulaski County deputies into contact with the suspects’ grandfather, who is accused of threatening an officer, a circuit judge ruled Monday.